St. Luke's Weekly Epistle

Week of December 3 , 2017

Advent is at our doors!
But in the malls, on the radios, and in so many places, it seems that this is already Christmas! We are going to be part of a crazy race in order to be ready for Christmas. Like many others we are going to spend money on gifts, meals, treats, to celebrate the spirit of the season. Apparently more than 600 billion of dollars are going to be spent during this season in our country. And at the end of the race, when Christmas will be over, we will feel exhausted, and somehow unsatisfied...

There is a movement called "Advent Conspiracy" whose idea is to celebrate Advent differently. At the heart of the Advent Conspiracy there are 4 principles: worship fully, spend less, give more, love all. This conspiracy is an invitation to reclaim the season of Advent: a time of joyful preparation; a time to be focused on Christ; a time to slow down the pace of our busy lives and to give space to God; a time to be present to those who love.
 
The secret of Advent? It's not about us, it's about Christ. So, let us prepare ourselves to receive Christ again in our lives. Let us slow down the pace to allow the Spirit of God to work in our hearts.  Let us try to recognize Christ's presence in our world and in our lives.
 
I wish you a blessed and holy Advent season!
God's blessings on you and yours.
 
Pierre-Henry+
Family Service this Sunday at 9:15 a.m.
Bring your kids or grand-kids to the Family Service this Sunday, December 3, at 9:15 a.m. in the Meditation Room.

It is held the first Sunday of every month.

Pledge Update
When we began our Stewardship campaign we were invited to embark on a Journey to Generosity. Because we have been blessed, and because all we have come from God and belong to God, we want to be generous. Week after week the pledge cards are arriving. To this day 179 individuals or families have already sent back their pledge cards for a total of $447,808. This is fantastic! Thank you for your amazing generosity! Thank you for allowing St Luke's to be a beacon of Christ's love in this community! Thank you for allowing us to serve the Lord through St Luke's! 

In Christ's Love,
Pierre-Henry+


Pledge cards are still being received. It's not too late to send your pledge for 2018 either by mail or online!   The 2018 pledge card is available online by clicking here:  2018 Pledge Card  or on our website . Thank you!
One more chance for this beautiful doll house!! Raffle will be Sunday, Dec. 3
Completely furnished!  Here is your chance to b ecome a homeowner!
 
Tickets are being sold for $4 per ticket or $20 for 6 tickets. Drawing will take place on Sunday, December 3, during coffee hour. Get your tickets before it's too late!
 
This beautiful dollhouse was donated by Lyneal Nick. All the proceeds will go to the youth mission trip in El Paso Texas in June 2018.
Show Time Community Theatre performs this weekend at St. Luke's
The Christmas Season is fast approaching; start it off with a fun-filled modern rendition of Charles Dickens'  A Christmas CarolCome see  A 21st Century Christmas Carol,  presented by Show Time Community Theatre, tonight,  Friday, December 1, at 7 p.m.,  and  Saturday, December 2, at 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.  

Tickets for  A 21st Century Christmas Carol  are sold at the door and are $10 for adults, $5 for students 20 and under, and $25 for a family 4-pack. Come join us and get into the spirit of the holidays!
Blood Drive on December 6 at St. Luke's!
Give blood! Save a life!

Make your appointment now to donate blood on Wednesday, December 6, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall!

Visit  bloodhero.com now! (Sponsor code: StLukesEC)

Prescott Chorale Performances on Saturday, December 9 at St. Luke's. Get your tickets this weekend!
Get your tickets NOW!! You don't want to miss Holiday Joy the upcoming performances of the Prescott Chorale, on Saturday, December 9 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 

Join the Chorale for beautiful music of the season and light-hearted good wishes to you and yours at this special time of year. The Children's Choir, at the 3 p.m. performance, will remind the audience of the Joys of the holiday as well!

Tickets will be available after services this Sunday, November 26, as well as online at  prescottchorale.org . Tickets are $21 online, $22 at the doors, $6 for students 13 - 18 years old, and children 12 and under are free.
St. Luke's Christmas Angel Tree
Thank you for being a Christmas Angel! All names were taken.

Your wrapped and bagged gifts are due next week, December 9 -10. Please bring them to the Angel Tree in the Gathering Hall. They will be taken to the Family Services office for distribution to your special Christmas angel.
Christmas Flowers
Join with others and remember loved ones, memorials and thanksgivings at this most festive time of the year through the gift of flowers. Click
  here for Christmas Flowers form to print and complete
. Forms, on green paper, are available in the Gathering Hall, for those without access to a printer. Please have your completed slip to the office no later than Monday, December 19. You may also put it in the offering plate. Be sure to mark your check or donation with "Christmas flowers".

Don't Spend Christmas Alone Dinner Announcements
Thank you all for signing up on the Volunteer Sheets! And if you have any questions regarding what job you wish to do, please contact Beth Shaw, or any of the Co-Chairs for DSCA.

Look for the holiday box on a table in the Gathering Hall to make a money donation for Don't Spend Christmas Alone - Community Outreach. This is replacing the previous Ham donations.

The DSCA committee is asking that items be removed from the refrigerators and freezers in both kitchens off of the Parish Hall by December 17 so that room can be made for all the DSCA fixings that must be refrigerated or frozen. Any questions, contact George Chesney.

The co-Chairs, Cynthia Moreno, Muriel deGanahl, George Chesney and Carol Sweeden extend a heartfelt thank you and are looking forward to sharing  December 25th  with all.

As a reminder the Don't Spend Christmas Alone Dinner is on Christmas Day, December 25,  from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall. For more detailed information on DSCA, please click  here!
Next Men's Group meeting on December 9
The next meeting of the Men's Group will take place on Saturday, December 9, at 7:30 a.m. with the Eucharist in the Chapel followed by breakfast and meeting at Manzanita Grill at Antelope Hills. It will be a wonderful time for fellowship, to give thanks, and to plan for next year!

All men of the parish are warmly invited.
Outreach Commission News
The next meeting for the Outreach Commission is Monday December 11 at 4:00 pm in the  Conference Room. The guest speaker will be Carmen Fredrick from Prescott Area Shelter Services giving a short presentation of their program which St. Luke's supports. Please come and join us to hear what's going on in the community.
 
We welcome everyone! Please join us! Bring a friend!
Vestry Candidates
For 2018 there will be three open positions on our Vestry due to retiring members.  We are currently looking for individuals willing to run in the election held during our annual meeting in January. To be eligible, the individual needs to be at least 18 years of age and a communicant member in good standing. According to St. Luke's by-laws this would be a communicant member who for the previous year has been faithful in corporate worship and who has been faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God. To view the complete job description and requirements please click here.

Please contact Dwight Willman if you have questions and you would be interested in serving.
Save the Date for the Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish Meeting will take place Sunday, January 21, 2018. Please save the date! 
Details to follow.
Collection of toys & games for Yavapai Apache children
The Native American Committee of St Luke's is  collecting t oys and games for Yavapai Apache children, ages 1 year old up to the teenage years. Please leave items unwrapped.

Collection box with be in Gathering Hall beginning  Sunday, December 3.
Prescott Area Shelter Services (PASS) - Collection Continues
The wish list for Prescott Area Shelter Services includes things such as: laundry and dish soap, coffee, toilet paper, office supplies and more. Click  here to see complete list. Items can be brought to the Gathering Hall. Thank you for your help!
Save the date!! Saturday, April 14, 2018

If you can't wait for that date to give away your treasure, we have room for it!  Please contact Sophie Buisson at 703-980-5314.
Christmas Services at St. Luke's
December 24, 4:30 p.m. -- Family Christmas Service

December 24, 9:00 p.m. -- Traditional Christmas Service with Choir
(Caroling with Choir at 8:45 p.m.)

December 25, 10:00 a.m. -- Simple Christmas Service
Change in Bookkeeper's Work Days
Please note that Helen Henderson, our bookkeeper, will now be working on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays starting December 4.
Still looking for that perfect Christmas gift?
The Men's Group has 5 polo shirts (size Medium, both colors) available for $20 each. If interested contact Doug Ogburn at 636-3729.

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Visit our website!
Be sure to visit our website, stlukesprescott.church, 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  stlukesprescott.church 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 role they play in the life of this region.
Check out all our recent activity on Facebook!
Go to the St. Luke's Episcopal, Prescott, AZ, page,  https://www.facebook.com/stlukesaz/ , and Like and Share posts that you feel comfortable supporting. By clicking on the link above or "Like us on Facebook" button below, you'll be taken directly to the St. Luke's Facebook page.
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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 Nov. 25-26,  114 food items were collected!!
    
This week's shopping list: Canned beef, canned vegetables, tomato sauce, canned beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
November 18-19, 2017
Attendance: 263

Pledge and Plate figures for November 18-19, 2017:  Pledge-$7,050; Plate-$2,000.

Thank you!!!
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays
December 3: Mary Bowers
December 4:  Monte Anderson
December 5:  Gloria Martin, Bruce Ohannesian, Paula Tomitz
December 6:  Michele Clafin, Stephane Leon, Jeanne Miller, Evelyn Pronko, Joyce, Taylor,                             Lynne Wells
December 7: Joni Cash, Randi McInnes
December 8:  Myron Brower, Georgia Franklin, Marilynn Henry
December 9:  Christi Armer
   
Anniversaries
December 3: Roger & Jane Peacock, Art & Vivian Spicer Jr, Chuck & Linda Taylor
December 4:  Christopher & Karen Cone
December 6:  Mark & Kimberley Neel

Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Alex, Amanda, Angela, April + baby & family, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Beth L., Betty, Brien, Brittany, Bruce, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl, Christopher, Connor, Daniel,  David, Denise, Don, Donald, Dott, Dylan, Ed, Evelyn,  Fred, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, Gerry, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank, Harris, Jack H., Jean, Jeanne, Jerry, Joel, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julia & Blake, June, Karin, Kay ,Keena, Keith, Ken,  Kimball,  Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea, Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha,  Mary, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Michael, Michele, Miriam, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Peter,  Preston, Reed, Renita, Rich, Rick, Rosey, Ruth, Sandy, Shea, Sheri, Skip, Steve, Steven,  Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, Tom, Tom P., Trey, Tricia, Sue, Sue & Wally, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, Zelma
 
...for those in our Armed Forces (Please send us the names of loved ones actively serving.):
Echo, Brian
 
...for the Yavapai Nation
 
...for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Diocese of West Buganda (Uganda)
 
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  St John's Episcopal-Lutheran Congregation in Williams
 
...for our companion Diocese:  Diocese of Navajoland
 
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Don't Spend Christmas Alone, Prescott Area Shelter Services, Amagoro Junior Academy
Scripture Readings
* The First Sunday of Advent
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Exodus 33:12-17
Psalm 25:3-9
Matthew 10:26-31
Weekly Worship Assistants for December 2-3, 2017
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Dave & Ruthie Rothgery
Greeters: Tom & Susan Snodgrass
 
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Gib McIntosh
Greeters:  Francois & Deborah Maurice
Ushers:  Ed & Hedy Sullivan
 
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Richard Lassiter
Sub-deacon:  Monte Anderson
Chalice Minister:  Larry Neece
Chalice Minister:  Keehna Sture
Altar Minister: Nancy Reynolds
Reader 1:  Wini Larson
Reader 2:  George Chesney
Prayers: Lynne Wells
Verger:  Mike Franklin
Greeters:  Gil & Joan Hedger
Welcome Table:  Brenda Schwartz & Sharon Dawley
Ushers:  Bruce & Geni LeQuesne
Asst. Ushers:  Barbara Baker-Rosenberg & Rich Schwartz
Oblationers:  Chuck & Linda Taylor
   
Altar Guild Team:  Elsie Tyree, Pat Eaton, Sylvia McIntosh
Pat Ogburn, Jane Peacock

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. If you could take a turn, please sign-up in the Gathering Hall. 

Host on December 3: 

No Host, please feel free to bring something.
Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2018 flower chart is
now 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 $45.00 (however, any donation is accepted). If you would like to have a person or event named here, please notify the office.
 
Altar Flowers on November 26:
   Advent

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 prescottdbe.org 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. Next one is Dec. 21. For more info, call AZ Children's Association at 928-443-1991.

Girl Scouts Troop 79

Troop 79, which will begin meeting again after the summer months, 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.
Showtime Community Youth Theatre
Showtime Community Youth Theatre, for children ages 6-18 years old, holds rehearsals twice a week at St. Luke's this fall in preparation for their performances on Dec. 1-2, 2017, in the Parish Hall. See informational blurb above for details.
 
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. The next concert of the season is January 27 at 2:30 p.m. Visit  prescottstrings.com 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.
The next performances will take place on Saturday December 9 at 3 & 7:30 p.m.
Visit prescottchorale.org 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  www.prescotthabitat.org



Prescott Noon Lions Club
Want to give back and help the less fortunate in our community?
Join the Prescott  Noon Lions Club, the most active Lions Club in 7 Western states. Contact Mike Franklin at  703-887-4837 or  69hokie@gmail.com for more information on the club and how to come to a meeting as a guest to check us out.
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Service Schedule
 
Sunday Services:  
Saturday 5:30 pm Spoken Eucharist
 Sunday 8:00 am  Eucharist with hymns
Sunday 10:00 am Eucharist with Choir

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.

St Luke's Episcopal Church 



Please contact the church office
by email or phone.

Phone: (928) 778-4499