Greetings,

Someone asked me very recently how I feel being at St Luke's now. I answered that I was really happy to be the rector of such a loving and vibrant Christian community. I'm so thankful that the Lord called me to this place at that time. I can feel the Spirit's presence in our worship, and also in the various activities and ministries that are happening on a daily basis. If I had only one word to summarize what I am witnessing at St Luke's it would be "generosity." Generosity in welcoming visitors and new members, generosity in working for the less fortunate, and such a huge generosity of time, talents, money without which this place would not be what it is now, and would not be able to proclaim the Good News of Jesus.
 
Speaking of generosity I'm blown away by the generosity of so many of you who have given so many items for the Yard Sale sponsored by our Youth! We have so many items that we could run a yard sale several weeks in a row! Let see what is going to happen Saturday...
 
Another way to be generous for the less fortunate is through the United Thank Offering Sunday. This weekend we are going to collect our offerings of cash or check at every service. If you write a check, just add UTO in the memo line. This is a worthy cause, every penny, every dollar, will help. No offering is too small for this cause!
 
I am giving thanks to the Lord for all the energy, love, life and generosity that I can see and experience at St Luke's. I'm giving thanks for what the Lord is doing in so many lives. But today I also want to give thanks to the Lord for having chosen me to serve Him as a priest on April 29, 1990. I had no clue of what would happen to me at that time. I would never have dreamed to be in a place like St Luke's... I give thanks for what the Lord has done in my life, how he has guided and lead me, how he is using me to share the Good News of his unconditional love for all. I give thanks for being a privileged witness of God's grace here at St Luke's.
 
I keep all of you in my heart and prayers, especially those who are suffering in one way or another, and those who are homebound. May God bless and keep you.
 
In Christ's love,
Pierre-Henry+

St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of May 1, 2016
Calendar for April 30-May 6 & "Looking Ahead" available by clicking here.
Monthly Potluck for tonight (April 29) is Cancelled
Please note that the monthly potluck that was scheduled for this evening has been cancelled. Watch for the sign-up for the May potluck in the next couple of weeks!

It's finally here! The Yard Sale is tomorrow!
Have you heard? The youth group is having a yard sale on Saturday, April 30, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. Bake sale included, too! It's a huge sale and there is something for everyone!

The proceeds of the yard sale will benefit the youth mission trip to Cortez, Colorado, this June.
 
United Thank Offering Reminder
Hopefully you have been thanking God for the many blessings you have received. The U.T.O. Spring Ingathering will take place  April 30  and  May 1st at all three services. Place coins, bills, or checks in the large U.T.O. boxes. Blue U.T.O. envelopes are in the Gathering Hall and in your bulletins.
Cookie Time & Fellowship before Saturday evening service on April 30
At 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, there will be a brief time of fellowship over cookies before the 5:30 p.m. service. Plan to arrive a little early tomorrow to enjoy this time together!
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Attention St. Luke's Golfers
Please read the note below from Lucy Kemper:
There will be a brief meeting in the Parish Hall on Sunday, May 1, between the 8 and 10 a.m. services...approximately 9:15 a.m.  We need to get everyone's help in scheduling our events for the coming season...it is upon us!  If you would like to host an event, please have a date and place in mind. Thank you, Jean Ehlers, for hosting last Saturday's game. We also need your help with the 2nd Annual St. Luke's Benefit Golf Tourney.

"The Big Bad Musical" at St. Luke's on May 6-7
The jury - you - must decide the outcome of the biggest trial ever in the fairy-tale world!  The notorious Big Bad Wolf is being slapped with a class-action lawsuit by storybooks of quirky characters who want to get even:  Little Red Riding Hood, her Grandmother, the Three Little Pigs and the Shepherd in charge of the Boy Who Cried Wolf.  With Sydney Grimm as the commentator on live Court TV, the two greatest legal minds in the Enchanted Forest - the Evil Stepmother and the Fairy Godmother - clash in a trial that will be remembered forever after. Performances, by the Show Time Community Theatre and their cast of youth ages 10-18 years old, will be Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 7 at 3 & 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The cost for adults is $10 and $5 for under 18 years old. Visit showtimetheater.org for more information.

Our very own parishioners, Cassidy and Shelby Blake, are two of the performers in "The Big Bad Musical." We hope you will be here!

Mother's Day Jazz Concert at St. Luke's on May 8
The Camerata Singers will be performing a Mother's Day cabaret-style concert of Vocal Jazz classics which will be accompanied by an instrumental combo. The concert will be Sunday, May 8, at 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Tickets are $20. They will be available for purchase this weekend after both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services and are also available at  cameratasingersaz.org.
Visit the website for more information.  
Cheer on St. Luke's girls' little league softball team in Prescott Valley
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The season is in full swing! St. Luke's has again sponsored a little league team in Prescott Valley. All games are played on Field 1 at Mountain Valley Park, 8600 E. Nace Lane in Prescott Valley. Continue to look here for the upcoming games. Complete season flyer is  here.

The next four games are as follows: May 3 at 5:15 p.m., May 7 at 11:15 a.m., May 10 at 5:15 p.m., and May 14 at 11:15 a.m. 
Know any Graduates?
Graduation Sunday is May 22. We would like to know who your graduates are! Please email or call the office, 778-4499, with the name of your graduate, your relationship to the graduate, degree or level of completion, and school from which he/she is graduating.
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Interested in St. Luke's participating in Frontier Days Rodeo Parade on July 2?
Looking for folks who might be interested in discussing St. Luke's possible participation in the Frontier Days Rodeo Parade in Prescott on July 2. If you have interest, ideas or would like to discuss it further, please contact Deborah Pendleton-Maurice by clicking  here.
Quarterly Update on Fry's Community Rewards
There were 31 households, which is up by 6 participants, who shopped at Fry's between December 1, 2015, and February 29, 2016, who have linked their VIP shopping card to St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Because of this great support, St. Luke's Outreach Commission will be receiving $166.65 from the Fry's Community Rewards program! To learn more or to link your Fry's VIP shopping card to St. Luke's please visit  Fry's Community Rewards website . You must update your enrollment each October. To see a graphic illustration of the history of donations received from this program, click  here.

Next Blood Drive at St. Luke's: June 16
Donate this June and be entered to win a 2016 VW Passat S!

The Blood Drive will take place on Thursday, June 16, in the Parish Hall, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit  www.bloodhero.com or call 1-877-UBS-HERO to make your appointment now! Click  here for flyer on June 16 Blood Drive.
Like Us on Facebook!!
If you are on Facebook, please go to the St. Luke's Episcopal, Prescott, AZ, page, and Like and Share posts that you feel comfortable supporting. By clicking on the "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
Thanks to each of you for your continued support of the weekly food donation program which benefits the area food banks. The food count was 173 items for weekend of April 23-24, 2016.
 
This week's shopping list: canned chicken, cold cereals, pasta, powdered milk
Weekly Attendance & Giving
April 23-24, 2016
Weekly Attendance: 268
Weekly Giving (Operating Fund): $8,412.68
 
Your quarterly pledge statements are available in the Gathering Hall. 

Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Ashley, Barbara, Betty, Brenda, Brien, Brittany, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Colleen, Dick, Dick S., Donald, Dott, Eric, Frank, Gary, Geoff, Hank, Jason, Jean, Jerod, Joan, Joe, Judy, Julie Ann, Karen, Kathryn, Keena, Kristi, Larry, Lea Lea, Liam, Linda, Lisa, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Marty, Mary Grace, Maxine, Melissa, Michele, Miriam, Nancy, Paul, Penny, Pete, Phyllis, Preston, Ray, Rita, Robert, Ruth, Sandy, Sara, Sheri, Shirley, Skip, Stephen, Susan, Susie, Tammy, Teresa, Tina, Trey, Val, Vanessa, Vic, Walt
 
...for those in our Armed Forces: Josh, Mark, Robby, Michael, Jesse, Curt, Bo, Brian, Daniel, Robert, Brad, Thomas, John, Amy, Lori, Ryan, Eli, Nathan, Sonny, "Doc", Jody, Felecia, Valerie, Andrew, Frank, Evan, Adam, Benjamin, Kevin, Steven, Jared, Chris, Matthew, Thor, Rondale, Marcus, Tyler, Gregory, Ben, Rockie, Darin, Ross, John, David, Calic, Echo, Brian, Emily, Analise

...in the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church of Kenya
 
...in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Emmaus Episcopal Church Plant in Surprise
 
...in the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Prescott Valley Food Bank, Operation Deep Freeze, Chino Valley Food Bank, Warm for Winter
Honoring Special Dates This Week
Birthdays: 
Foy Minnema, Alan Kessler, Fred Volpe, 
Sara Williman, Eugene Moreno,
Emma Rosengren, Mike McInnes
 
Anniversaries: No anniversaries this week.
 
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This Week's Scripture Reading
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Collect: 
O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Next Week's Scripture Readings: Seventh Sunday of Easter


Community Groups 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. In May, the meeting is on May 11, which is different from regular schedule.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 May 19. Click  here  for flyer.

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.

Path to Hope Circle
This support group and healing environment for Seniors who feel lonely, depressed, isolated, or a lack of purpose. Meets the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays in the Conference Room, 1-2:30 p.m. Click here for flyer. Contact Terri Roza for more information.
Prescott Chamber
Orchestra
The Prescott Chamber Orchestra holds its weekly rehearsals on Monday evenings and concerts at St. Luke's. Weekly rehearsals will resume after Labor Day. Visit  prescottstrings.com for more information.

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. p.m.Visit prescottchorale.org for
more information. 
In the Community
People Who Care Volunteer Orientation
People Who Care is holding their next volunteer info and orientation meeting on May 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley in Prescott. Visit the PWC website by clicking here.
Aid 4 Veterans

Click here to read more about a service for veterans that offers assistance with in-home care and other important tasks. For more info, click  here  to email Ron Edwards.

Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity: Buildfest 2016
The PAHH Buildfest 2016 will take place at the YCCA Home & Garden Show at the Prescott Valley Event Center in Prescott Valley, May 13 -15. Click here for event flyer.

Church Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1-4 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to noon

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Sexton
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St Luke's Episcopal Church 

Please contact the church office by email or phone with questions or concerns.
Email:  info@slecp.org
Phone: (928) 778-4499