St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of October 7 , 2018
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Last Sunday, we officially began our Stewardship Campaign for 2019, Transforming Generosity. In my sermon, I said that as Christians we have a vocation: we are called to be the salt of the earth! We are fulfilling this vocation every time we are proclaiming through our lives the message of love, peace, and reconciliation that is the heart of Christ's Good News! This is what we are striving to accomplish at St Luke's through all our ministries! Our worship, our Christian Education, our Fellowship, our Outreach, our Youth and Children ministry, our Small Groups, our Membership, our Pastoral Care; all our ministries and everything we do, we do it for God's glory and the service of our neighbors.

All we do at St Luke's and for the community is made possible by your generosity of Time, Talent, and Treasure. St Luke's is an amazingly generous congregation. Thank you!

During this Campaign some parishioners will share with us what Stewardship means to them, and why they are giving to St Luke's as a way to give back to God. You will soon receive a letter with a pledge card. On the back of this card you will find a simple proportional giving chart to help you in deciding what you are going to give to the Lord, through St Luke's, in 2019. Please, take the time to think and pray about it. This is the time to dream for St Luke's! 

Stewardship is about faith, generosity, and our desire to give back to the Lord in thanksgiving. It's money, of course, but it is first a spiritual matter. Pledging faithfully, pledging sacrificially, not only will help St Luke's to do Christ's work, but will help us to grow in our relationship with the Lord. On November 4th, let us unleash our transforming generosity!
In Christ's Love,
Welcoming Children With Boundless Joy
In church one Sunday many years ago, the stewardship chair was speaking about that year's pledge drive. While he was speaking, a young child started crying. In an effort to be funny, the man said, "My father (a priest) often says 'a crying child should be like your pledge. They should be carried out.'" Thankfully, that comment did not elicit laughter but boos from the congregation.
In today's Gospel, the disciples seem to be acting like security guards and they are trying to keep children away from Jesus. Jesus will have none of it. Instead he orders the disciples to let the children get close to Jesus. He honors the children and their desire to be close to him.
How we, as individuals and as a church, honor children says a great deal about our commitment to transformational generosity. Nothing transforms our church and our faith like welcoming children into the center of our worship. Whether they are part of the congregation or integral to the worship through singing in a choir or assisting with the service, children can elevate the wonder and joy of our praise and thanksgiving. And we must also honor children with meaningful programs of Christian formation, ministry and mission. There are few cities and towns across America where there are not children who are suffering. Too many children go to bed hungry and hopeless. That truth is an affront to God, and we, as "the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement" must work and give to reduce that suffering. Finally, we must honor children with our own sense of loving generosity. Jesus says the reign of God belongs to the children. They are not to be shunned or turned away. They are to be welcomed as the future of God's realm. Let us lift them up and follow in their boundless joy and God's boundless presence.
For reflection ...
❖ How can you make your church a place of joyful welcoming to children?
❖ Have you considered making children an integral part of your stewardship program? How would you or do you do that?

Visiting and bringing the Eucharist to those who cannot attend church, is one of the most vital ministries at St. Luke's. If a member of our family is unable to come to be with us, then we need to go and be with them.  Feeling like the family has not forgotten you is so important! The commitment is one Sunday a month and sometimes less if we have more Eucharistic Visitors. Training takes about an hour, and we will pair you with an experienced person for your first Sunday.  Please contact Deacon Chris Christy ( or Lucy Kemper( if you would like to know more.
Walkabout with VI Bishop Candidates: Videos to View from Q&A Session at St. Peters in Litchfield Park
For anyone who was unable to attend the Walkabout held at St. Luke's, you can click the link below to hear the Bishop Candidates' positions on important issues. The candidates were asked different questions about the same topics in each forum.


Episcopal Relief & Development is continuing its support of the impacted Episcopal dioceses in North Carolina and South Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. 
ERD is offering critical emergency aid including food, water, gas cards, cleaning supplies and other well as providing rent and utility assistance to those affected, and partnering with local health and social service organizations to cover costs associated with medical care programs and supplies.
ERD's US Disaster team is in regular contact with church partners in the impacted regions. The organization is supporting the work of the affected dioceses and the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry to provide essentials such as food, water and clothing to migrant and seasonal farmworkers.
Please continue to  pray for those impacted by Hurricane Florence. Donations to the  Hurricane Relief Fund will help Episcopal Relief & Development respond to this  crisis.
If you would like to help you can put a check in the offertory plate this Sunday made out to St. Luke's Episcopal Church with ERD Hurricane Relief Fund in the memo line.
WARM FOR WINTER COLLECTION :  Only two more Sundays to gather new and/or gently used winter clothing for the Coalition for Compassion & Justice handout to low-income families.  St. Luke's collection this past month has been slim, so here is a call to arms for congregants to review their closets and dresser drawers for items (maybe those that don't fit anymore??) to donate.  CCJ will serve about 600 clients this year, so know that EVERY clothing contribution helps to meet the need.
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Gathering Hall Display Windows
When I accepted responsibility for the display windows in the Gathering Hall, I envisioned coordinating the displays to focus on the following: Youth and Children, Parish Life, Parish Commissions/General Church, and Faith Formation.  In order to accomplish this goal and minimize confusion I need your help.  Going forward I will have a calendar sign-up sheet for everyone to use in scheduling displays in the windows.  I would suggest a display two to three weeks before an event.  In addition, it would be nice if you could take photos of an event and add them as soon as possible after the event; leaving them on display for two additional weeks to celebrate our life together.  You can reserve a window by contacting me at, call me at 310 530-4001, or use the sign-up calendar in my folder in the office workroom.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  Mary Queen  
St. Luke's participation in the 7th Hope Fest was a triumph.,h_1254,al_c,usm_0.66_1.00_0.01/46e6ac_69b7e75be0594caeaae457b3c7c09d4e~mv2_d_5000_3300_s_4_2.png
The booth was cheerfully decorated with plenty of Outreach Ministry information on hand. Anyone waking their dog got invited to Sunday's Blessing of the Animals , families with young children were invited to check out Youth Ministry activities and the Family Eucharist, senior High School students were encouraged to apply for St. Luke's Scholarship fund, Latinos found out about the new Hispanic Ministry, and the Native American event got promoted for its upcoming event. Opportunities for involvement were diverse and. Iced lemonade and candy were just a small way to convey our welcoming message. Our volunteers' disposition to share St. Luke's mission was priceless. A sincere thank you to all that took part; you brought forth the intention of the event with abundant feelings of hope
Rosaleen and Angeles, Coordinators
Thank You!
A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped and supported the St. Francis of Assisi Blessing of the Animals.  While the weather didn't cooperate, all who attended the event had a wonderful time and all the animals got well blessed. 

Again, all who were involved, thank you,
Marty Bernatz

Photos from the event courtesy Marty Bernatz.
Quarterly Native American Presentation
Featuring Manuel Lucero: U.S. Army Veteran, Native American Studies scholar, and Assistant Director of the Smoki Museum, speaking on Native American contributions and historical events no holds barred!   His one-hour presentation will be followed by 30 minutes of interacting with the audience.
Saturday, October 20, 11 AM to 12:30 PM Parish Hall
Sponsored by St. Luke's Native American Ministry Committee. "We build bridges of understanding through learning, caring, respecting and interacting with our Native American brothers  and sisters."
Job Well Done!

Thank you to those who came and helped with the grounds and kitchen cleanup on Friday.
Adult Formation Opportunities
Inquirers' Class 
Sunday, at 11:30 a.m. in the Conference Room (last class October 28)
Benedictine Spirituality: Creating a Rule of Life Continues
  Oct. 10, 17, and 24 at  5:00 p.m. in the Conference Room

 Book of Job Bible Study 
Wednesdays 5 p.m. in the Library. 
Visit our website!
Be sure to visit our website,, every so often! There is a great section at the bottom of the Home page entitled "News & Updates" that contains information on recent events at St. Luke's along with some wonderful photos. 
Did you know we offer online giving?
St. Luke's offers secure online giving through Faithstreet. You may use this for a one-time gift or a recurring gift. Or, would you like to give with your bank account? You can set that up, too! To check it out, visit and click on the green icon, as pictured above, that says Give Online!
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.
Food Donation Program
Many thanks to all of you for your continued support each week of the weekly food donation program which benefits three area food banksThe counting of the food takes place each Monday and then is divided up for the three food banks.

For the week of September 30:  67 food items were collected

This week's shopping list: 
Canned soup, hot cereal, rice, dried beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
9/29/30  -  Attendance - 291
Pledge - $7,523  &  Plate - $859   
Honoring Special Dates
October 6:  Ed Sullivan
October 8:  Leanne Bryan, Ed Hume, Ayaka Komori, Bev Peterson
October 9:  Jesse Halstead, Anita Johnson
October 11:  Juliana Cargill, Mark Neel
October 13:  Geni Lequesne, Frank Maruna

October 7:  Darrell Anderson & Suzanne Bray
October 9:  Steven & Cynthia Dear
October 11:  Eugene & Cynthia Moreno
Our Prayer lists
For those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Andrea, Angela, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Betsy, Beth, Bill, Bob, Brandon, Brian, Brittany, Bruce, Carol, Carolyn, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Chris, Christopher, Chuck, Claire, Connor, Courtney, Daniel, Dave, David, Dawn Ellen, Debbie, Derrick, Dianne, Donald, Donna, Dorothy, Dott, Doug, Dylan, Earl, Ed, Enrique, Ernie, Evelyn, Francis, Fred, Gary, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, Gerry, Gina, Gislela, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank,. Hal & Karen, Harris, Harry, Heidi, Ian, Ileen, Jack, Jack H. Jack K., Jean, Jeanne, Jeri, Jerry, Jim, Joe, Joel, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karin, Kassidy, Kay, Kennedy, Keena, Keith, Ken, Kimball, Kira, Kyle, Kristi, Larry, Lea, Les, Les G., Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Marls, Martha, Matt, Maxine, Megan, Melissa, Meredith, Micaela, Michael, Michaela, Michele, Mike, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Peter, Philip, Reed, Renita, Rich Richard, Rick, Rob, Ron, Rosey, Ruth, Sabrina, Salem, Sally, Sandy, Sharon K., Sharon R., Shea, Sheri, Shirley, Skip, Steven, Sue, Sue & Wally, Susan, Susan S., Susan & Avery, Susan R., Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Terry, Timothy, Tina, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Tom & Moni, Trey, Tricia, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, William, Zachary, Zelma

For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian, Kyle.
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Episcopal Church
In Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Episcopal Schools-All Saints Day School (Phoenix), Christ Church School (Paradise Valley), Imago Dei Middle School (Tuscon), St Peter's Montessori School (Litchfield Park), St Michael's School (Tuscon)
In the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Warm for Winter, Highway Clean-up

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

The memorial service for Mary Short, the mother of Beth Parknowitz, will take place on Friday, October 12, at 3 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7763 E. Long Look Drive, Prescott Valley.
Scripture Readings
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Psalm 86:1-10
Jonah 4:1-11
Luke 11:1-4
Weekly Worship Assistants for Octoberer 6-7, 2018
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant: The Reverend Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preaching: The Reverend Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Ed Hume
Greeters: Susan Lohn, Tom Snodgrass
Welcome Table: Roger and Jane Peacock
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Reverend Denise Muller
Preaching: The Reverend Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Gib McIntosh
Ushers:  Marjorie Hultberg & Sylvia McIntosh
Welcome Table:Bill Bisig, Deborah Maurice

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: The Reverend Denise Muller
Preaching: The Reverend Pierre-Henry Buisson
Sub-Deacon:  Larry Neece
Chalice Minister: Monte Anderson
Chalice Minister:  Bill Christy
Altar Minister: Nancy Reynolds
Reader 1: Brenda Schwartz
Reader 2: Barbara Lake
Prayers: Patricia Anderson
Verger:  Larry Griffin
Greeters: Jim & Kathy Pessin
Welcome Table: Darrell Anderson & Susan Bray-Anderson
Ushers: Bruce & Geni Lequesne-Head
Asst. Ushers: Barbar Sayle & Rich Schwartz
Oblationers: Leanne Bryan & Kimberley Neel

Altar Guild Team: Robin Borok, Mary Hallford, Joy Ramsey Smith, Katie Staudt, 
Kathy MacCauley, Phyllis Maruna

Host Coffee Hour!!
Special thanks to those who host coffee hour after the 10 a.m. service. This is an important part of the fellowship of St. Luke's Church. 

October 7: 
Mary Queen

Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2018 flower chart is
posted 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 on the bulletin board in the Gathering Hall.  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: given in remembrance of our beloved daughter Chelsea Kristin 
(10/6/1960-10/6/2006) by Chalys Stephens

Bill Bisig
Community Groups & Happenings at St. Luke's
Daughters of the
British Empire (DBE)
DBE meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at St. Luke's in the Conference Room with the exception of the summer months.

Visit for more info or contact Diane Reddy.
Foster Care Info Nights: Foster Adoptive Network
Attend a foster care orientation meeting at St. Luke's in the Parish Hall on the 3rd Thursday of the month, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. For more info, call AZ Children's Association at 928-443-1991.

Girl Scouts Troop 79

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

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

Prescott Chamber Orchestra
The Prescott Chamber Orchestra holds its weekly rehearsals and concerts at St. Luke's. Visit for more information and tickets.

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 for tickets and more information.
In the Community
Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity

For general information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity and for information for this event, visit For Family Selection Criteria brochure, click  here .

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

First Sunday of the month 9:15 am Family Eucharist

Weekday Services:
  • Wednesday 10 am           Healing Service with Communion
  • Thursday 9:00 am            Morning Prayer 
  • 2nd & 4th Friday 9 am     Centering Prayer
Parish Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1 to 4 p.m.
Friday 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: .

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 

Please contact the church office
by email or phone.

Phone: (928) 778-4499