St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of December 22
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Our Advent season is almost over. Wednesday we will celebrate Christmas, the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who brings light to the darkness, to our darkness. This light is a symbol of hope, because according to
John 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  
May the light of Christ shine brightly in our lives at Christmas and all year long! 
May the light of Christ transform our hearts and help us to bring Christ's light to those in any kind of need around us. Have a blessed and merry Christmas.
In Christ's love,
Your brother in Christ,
Pierre-Henry+

Advent lV- The Right Light
     I am an early riser most days. And I am also someone who loves puzzles. On the way to my prayer chair I pick up a cup of coffee, take a few sips and wander over to my latest and most ambitious puzzle. It is a panorama of the Grand Canyon.
     This particular puzzle is challenging enough under the best of circumstances. But often I rise when it is still dark. Yes, I have a gooseneck lamp which can be manipulated, but held facing straight down on the puzzle, there is too much glare to see much of anything. When you add to this the fact that glaucoma is rapidly erasing my sight, well...you can begin to understand. Not enough light or too much light- either can render me incapable.
     But recently I have experimented with raising or lowering the horizontal blinds next to the puzzle. If I keep varying the the angle, I can accommodate it with the rising sun.
    But best of all is the light just before sunrise. If I am patient enough, and use only this first light; it is exactly what is needed. I am able place 14 or more pieces rapidly and then finally not so many at all. It strikes me that there is a special grace in this first light- a rare gift. What I also realize is the gift of waiting in darkness for God's light to gradually enter the place I inhabit. Waiting does not come easily to us, but - Oh what gifts it brings us! Visions of this world as God would have us see it...are granted to us - all in God's time.
     As we approach the season of Advent, we all long for the light of Christ. And we are rewarded when we are patient enough to accept the    darkness and the waiting. Christ is with us in darkness and in light. May you be blessed in this season of stillness and watching and waiting.
    Is there something for which you have been waiting? How can you you allow waiting in stillness and darkness to prepare you for the light of Christ in your heart?
      Verse: Matthew 4:16
Although your people live in darkness,they will see a bright light.
Although they live in the shadow of death,
a light will shine on them.
Rev. Susan Schubert
 Advent Intentions by St. Luke's Youth
          Advent IV -
When one does not wish to fight
Follow the Lord in His light,
Once you have follow ed the breeze
Your soul will be at ease.
by Danielle M.
    The Meaning of the Christmas Tree
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Each part of the Christmas tree celebrates Christ's birth
and tells the story of how God sent His Son to earth.
The wood reminds us of the manager where He lay
And of the rugged cross where He gave His life one day.
The evergreen shows the eternal life Christ gives-
anyone who believes in Him forever lives!
The decorations represent blessings from above
And inspire us to thank the Lord for His tender love.
The shining lights show us how we're to do the same,
As we share His grace and seek to glorify His name.
So may each beautiful tree bring honor to our King,
and may we celebrate Christ's love in everything!
Holley Gerth, author
To Your Health
Watch Your Step: Staying Safe in Snowy/Icy Weather
By Julie Cargill, RN, NP, Retired
Both our local hospitals were very busy the several days after our recent snowfall. Why? Lots of people with fractures and other injuries related to falls due to icy conditions. This brought to mind the particular increased danger of falling due to snowy/icy roads and paths. As we all know, falls put you at risk of serious injury.
As we get older, physical changes and health conditions - and sometimes the medications used to treat those conditions - make falls more likely. In fact, falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. I'll take this column's opportunity to consider some simple fall-prevention strategies.
1. Keep moving
2. Wear sensible shoes
3. Remove home hazards
4. Light up your living space
5. Use assistive devices
6. Consider personal complicating health care factors
Hopefully, just making sure you are aware of these issues will keep you safe and healthy into the New Year and many to follow!
For the entire article Click here
 
 Christmas Flowers
                                      Remember loved ones, memorials and thanksgivings at this most 
   festive time of the yea r throug h the gift  of flowers. Click Here  for 
   Christmas Flowers form to print and complete  Forms, on green paper,  are     also available in the Gathering Hall. Please return your completed  slip to       the office no later than Monday, December 17.  You may also  put it in the       offering plate or email the parish office at  info@slecp.org  with the 
   following    info:   your name,  thanksgiving/memorial, and/or other
   information to be  included.   Be sure to mark your check or donation with                                          " Christmas flowers" .   
Bells of St. Luke's
Thank you for showing your support!!!!
   The Bell Ringers of St. Luke's were featured ringing Christmas music 
for the Acker Musical Showcase. 
*****ANNOUNCEMENTS*****
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to our 
Bake Sale last weekend, December 14 & 15.  
What a success!!!  We raised $1096.
All proceeds go to our Youth Mission Trip 2020 In Las Vegas, NV.
A special  Thank  You to all our bakers, Tani Hendrickson,  
Rev. Susan Schubert and the Prescott Chorale 
for precious help!!!
Plus all the Teddy Bears found new homes!!!
 
Christmas Offertory Envelopes
will be in the Narthex this Saturday & Sunday, December 21 & 22.
They will be inserted in the Bulletin on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
New 2020 Episcopal Calendar is HERE!
Pick up a 2020 Calendar in the Narthex.  There will be a basket with the calendars 
for a free will offering to help cover costs.
2020 Offertory Envelopes are in the Gathering Hall
For those of you who indicated that you would like 
Offertory Envelopes for 2020 they are in the Gathering Hall 
i n alphabetical order.  
If you need envelopes, please contact the office at info@slecp.org  or
by phone at 928-778-4499.
GENTLEMEN and Ladies too.  WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!
There are several openings for  Ushers at the 10:00 a.m. service.  Your commitment is once  a month.  Please call Jan Casacchia 520- 730-2677 and volunteer today!!!  
LADIES and Gentlemen too.  WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!
We are in need of 3 Office Receptionists.  Each receptionist works one three hour shift
The shifts are: 9:00 a.m.- Noon Thursday,   
                        1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Thursday
                 9:00 a.m.- Noon Friday
Call Lauree 928 778-4499x303 for more information.
LOST AND FOUND COAT AND HAT RACK IN PARISH HALL
The Coat rack that used to be in the Parish Hall has been moved to the Gathering Hall.  
At the end of this weekend, December 21 & 22 all coats and hats left on the coat rack 
will be boxed up and put away.
Christian Formation
Sunday -    11:30 am (after service): TAEHS  (December 22)
Contemplative Advent Eucharist Service
Sunday: December 22 at 5:30 pm
This is a new, contemplative  service with the chanting of hymns designed for the season of Advent. The service will take place in the Chapel. ALL ARE WELCOME!
Morning Prayer in the Chapel 9:00 a.m.
Monday, December 23 &  Tuesday, December 24

Dwell intentionally with God each day.

Don't Spend Christmas Alone 
The DSCA dinner will be held December 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 pm in the Parish Hall. 
Let's make sure everyone is able to enjoy fellowship this Christmas. You can help us by inviting anyone in your neighborhood who lives alone.
The Parish Office will be closed beginning
at Noon on Tuesday, December 24 and will reopen on 
Thursday, January 2!

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on 
Sunday, January 26,
 at 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall. 
   Please plan to attend this important meeting

Do you know we offer online giving?
St. Luke's offers secure online giving through Realm. You may use this for a one-time gift or a recurring gift. To make a gift click the following link.  Online donation.
Stewardship Update
 
Pledges can be made online by clicking  here
We acknowledge...
According to Resolution #2016-3, of the 56th Diocesan Convention:
 
We acknowledge the living culture of the Yavapai people, the traditional custodians of the land we stand on, and pay tribute to the role they play in the life of this region.
Weekly Attendance & Giving
December 14 & 15          Attendance: 279        Pledge: $7,294         Plate:  $7,081
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays:
December 22: Sylvia McIntosh, Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Anna Johnson
December 23: Sarah Meyer
December 26: Carol Hassinger
December 27: Terry Lequesne, James Callan, Beth Cirzan
December 28: Denise Muller, Rich Staudt
Anniversaries:
December 22: Hank & Gloria Martin
December 24: Gary & Luann Herbert
December 26: Jim & Susan Schubert
December 28: Jeff & Marty Bernatz

Our Prayer Lists
For those in need:  A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Alina & Audrina, Alison, Andrea, Angela, April & Raffy, Ashley, Baby Nolan, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Beth, Betsy, Bill, Bob, Brandon, Brenda, Brian, Brittany, Bruce, Calvin, Carol, Carolyn, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cherie, Cheryl, Christine, Christopher, Cindy & family, Claire, Clare, Clay & Muriel, Colleen, Connor, Courtney, Craig & Victoria, Daniel, Dave, Dawn, Donna, Elaine, Ellen, Ellie, Elizabeth & Don, Debbie, Derrick, Dianne, Don, Donald, Donna, Dorothy, Dott, Doug and Pat, Dyla, Ed, Enrique, Ernie, Eve, Evelyn, Farrell families, Fran and Mike, Francis, Gary, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, George, Gerry, Gil & Joanie, Gina, Gisela, Gloria, Glory, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank,. Hal & Karen, Harris, Harry, Heidi, Herb & Louise,Ian, Ileen, Jack, Jack H., Jack K., Jade, Jason, Jeanne, Jeff, Jennifer, Jeri, Jerry, Joan, Joe, Joel, John, Josh, Joy, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karen & baby, Karin, Kathleen & Philip, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken, Kimball, Kira, Kristi, Lane, Larry & Mary,  Lea, Lee, Les G., Lynn, Madelon, Margo, Maria & family, Marian, Mark, Martha, Mary, Marty,  Matt, Max, Maxine, Megan, Melania, Melissa, Micaela, Michael, Michaela, Mike,  Mike & Fran, Miriam, Nancy, Nolan (baby), Oce & Lorna, Olivia,  Pam, Patricia, Patty, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Pete, Peter, Phil, Quentin, Reed, Renita, Ricardo, Rich, Richard, Rick, Rosey,, Ruth, Sabrina, Salem, Sean, Sally, Shannon, Shea, Sheri, Shirley, Skip, Stephen, Steven, Sue, Sue & Wally, Susan, Susan S., Susan R., Suzette, Susie, Sylvia, Tammy, Ted, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, T.J. & Lane, Toby, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Tom & Moni, Trey, Tricia, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Will, William, Zachary, Zelma
For those in our Armed Forces:  Echo, Brian, Lopez, Dante', Florian

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:  Christians in other denominations and the work of the ecumenical movement
In Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  St. Anthony on the Desert in Scottsdale
In the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer:  Vitalant Blood Drive; The Abundant Life Crusades Ministry, Kenya; Meals on Wheels

For the Yavapai-Apache Nation
For Bishop Zak and Amagoro Junior Academy
For our companion Diocese in Navajoland

Scripture Readings
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Click  here for readings!

Worship Ministers for December 21 & 22

 5:30 p.m. Service 
Celebrant The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher:  The Rev. Chris Christy
Chalice Minister: Art Villemure
Greeters:  Doug & Pat Ogburn  

 8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher:  The Rev. Chris Christy
Chalice Minister:  Nancy Carmichael
Ushers: Kathryn Barber & Carol Sweeden

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher: The Rev. Chris Christy
Assisting Priest: The Rev. Denise Muller
Sub-Deacon: Monte Anderson
Chalice Minister:  Charles Covert
Chalice Minister: Nancy Reynolds
Altar Minister:  Bill Christy
Reader 1: Barbara Harber
  Reader 2: Doris Highland
Prayers: Patricia Anderson
Verger:  Vera Mulnix
Welcome Table: Genelle Lee & Sandy McBride
Greeters: Gary De Lisle & Marilyn Henry-De Lisle
Ushers: Ken & Peggy Wagner
Eileen Griffin & Lynne Wells 

5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant & Preacher:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Reader:  Linda Guy
Cantor:  Gordon Snider
 
Altar Guild Team: Sally Phelps, Cynthia Moreno, Becky Hansen, Jennifer Benson, 
Betty & Dan Phillips, Marjorie Hultberg, Robin Borok


Worship Ministers for December 24 & 25

4:30 p.m. Service 
Celebrant &  Preacher:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  The Rev. Denise Muller
Sub-Deacon:   Larry Neece
Chalice Minister: Liz Kennedy
Chalice Minister: Gib McIntosh
Altar Minister:  Trampus Tribbey
Reader 1: Youth
 Reader 2: Youth
Prayers: Youth
Verger:  Lauree Birchmeier
Welcome Table: Volunteers Needed
Greeters: Terri Doran & Leigh Hunt
Ushers: Mary Berkheiser & Lynne Wells
Barbara Baker-Rosenberg & JoAnn Salem
Vera Mulnix & Volunteer Needed 

9:00 p.m. Service
Celebrant &  Preacher:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Richard Lassiter
 Sub-Deacon:   Trampus Tribbey
Chalice Minister: Jennifer Benson
Chalice Minister: Nancy Carmichael
Chalice Minister: Bill Christy
Chalice Minister: Rich Staudt
Altar Minister:  Charles Covert
Reader 1: Vera Mulnix
  Reader 2: Brenda Schwartz
Prayers: Volunteer Needed
Verger:  Paul Nelson
Welcome Table: Volunteers Needed
Greeters: V olunteers Needed
Ushers: Becky Hansen & Barbara Sayle
Jim & Jan Cassachia
Volunteer Needed & Volunteer Needed

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant & Preacher:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Jennifer Benson
Chalice Minister: Liz Kennedy
Welcome Table: Volunteers Needed
Greeters: Volunteers Needed
Ushers:  Eileen Griffin, Lynne Wells &  Larry Griffin

Altar Guild Team:  Sally Phelps, Cynthia Moreno, Becky Hansen, Jennifer Benson, 
Betty & Dan Phillips, Marjorie Hultberg, Robin Borok  



Host Coffee Hour!!
Special thanks to those who host coffee hour after the 10 a.m. service.
We do ask that you clean up at the conclusion of the coffee hour.

Sign-up sheet for coffee hour can be found on the red-skirted tables in the Gathering Hall.

This is an important part of the fellowship of St. Luke's Church.

December 22 DSCA: 




Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2020 flower chart is on the
Outreach table in the 
Gathering Hall!

Altar flowers are given in thanksgiving for our many blessings or a special event, in memory of a loved one, or to the glory of God. They are an offering that enrich our worship space. You may sign-up on the Altar Flowers poster in the narthex.  The suggested donation is $55.00. This is a change due to increased cost (however, any donation is accepted). If you would like to have a person or event named here, please notify the office.
 
Flowers: No flowers during Advent


Community Groups 
Daughters of the
British Empire (DBE)
DBE meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 1:30 pm at St. Luke's in the Conference Room, with the exception of the summer months.
Visit prescottdbe.org for more info or contact   Diane Reddy.

Girl Scouts Troop 79

Troop 79 meets on Sunday afternoons at 1:00 pm in the Parish Hall. For more information on the troop, click here to email the troop leader, Donna Dotzler.


Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity
For general information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, click  hereFor 2019 home ownership informational meeting dates, click  here . For Family Selection Criteria brochure, click  here . (Meets off campus)

Prescott Chorale
The Prescott Chorale holds its weekly rehearsals on Tuesday evenings and concerts at St. Luke's. Dennis Houser, our Music Director, is the Director.
Visit prescottchorale.org for tickets and more information.
Boy Scouts Troop 10

Troop 10 meets on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. For more information on the troop,  click here to email the troop leader.


Service Schedule
 
Sunday Services:  
Saturday 5:30 pm Spoken Eucharist
 Sunday 8:00 am Eucharist with hymns
Sunday 10:00 am Eucharist with Choir
Sunday 5:30 pm Contemplative Eucharist


Weekday Services:
  • Wednesday 10 am              Healing Service with Communion
  • Monday-Friday 9:00 am     Morning Prayer 
Parish Office Hours:
Monday, December 23   9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1 to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, December 24   9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Parish Office Hours December 24-January 1:
T he Parish Office will be closed from Noon December 24 thru January 1.

Parish Office Hours:
Thursday, January 2   9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1 to 4 p.m.
Friday, January 3   9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Church Website: 
The Sunday bulletin is available at the Worship bulletins section .
Our calendar is available at the Calendar section.
Email Address for Epistle Submissions

Submissions for the weekly Epistle should be sent to:  epistle@slecp.org .

The  deadline f or submissions to the Weekly Epistle is the end of the day Tuesday for the week you would like it to appear.  The preferred method of submission is by email. Thanks for your cooperation!

St Luke's Episcopal Church 

Email: info@slecp.org


Please contact the church office
by email or phone.

Phone: (928) 778-4499