St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of May 14 , 2017
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A Prayer for Mother's Day
On this Mother's Day, we give thanks to God for the gift of motherhood in all its diverse forms.

Let us pray for all the mothers among us today; for our own mothers, those living and those who have passed away; for the mothers who loved us and for those who fell short of loving us fully; for all who hope to be mothers some day and for those whose hope to have children has been frustrated; for all mothers who have lost children; for all women and men who have mothered others in any way-those who have been our substitute mothers and we who have done so for those in need; for the earth that bore us and provides our sustenance. We pray this all in the name of God, our great and loving Mother. Amen.

- from Women's Common Prayers: Our Lives Revealed, Nurtured, Celebrated (Morehouse Publishing, 2000)
Cursillo
Cursillo is a way of encouragement, love, and devotion to our Lord and to our brothers and sisters in Christ. The cornerstone of Cursillo are the small groups where we love and encourage one another in our walks of faith. It is what church was always meant to be, what our faith always called us to become.  
This weekend we are asking anyone who is involved in Cursillo to wear rainbow colors. We hope you will seek those people out and ask them about Cursillo. We will also have tables in the Gathering Hall providing information.  

In a Cursillo small group you find a place of peace, encouragement and love where you can share your struggles, triumphs, questions, and doubts, not to be judged but to be accepted. It is a safe place where we renew our commitment to study, act in piety and work for our Lord.  

Our church has many small groups where you are welcome to come and see what Cursillo is all about.  

Cursillo weekends are amazing experiences of God's presence and love. No matter where you are in life, or in your walk with God they give you a time to renew, rejuvenate and to better understand your walk with God. In the beauty of Chapel Rock, in a safe environment of love and support, you will experience the peace, joy and love of our Lord. 

This summer, July 13-16 at Chapel Rock will be our Cursillo weekend. Places are still available, though registration forms must be in soon.
Next Dinner Night Out is Friday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Rosa's Pizzeria Italian Restaurant, 330 W. Gurley Street, in Prescott. It is just past square on right when coming into town from direction of Prescott Valley. The group will meet at 5:30 P.M.
 
Please R.S.V.P  to Sherri Frances by email, feathernews71@gmail.com, or phone at 928-308-1333. The cut-off date to get reservation in is Monday, May 15.
Monthly Potluck at home of Ted & Genell Lee - May 19 at 6 p.m.
The next monthly potluck will take place at the home of Ted and Genell Lee on Friday, May 19, at 6 p.m. You are all warmly invited!! Please bring an appetizer to share and your favorite beverage. Please sign up in the Gathering Hall for the purposes of gathering a count. Directions to their home in Prescott can be obtained when you sign-up. Call the Lees for more information at 778-2022.
United Thank Offering - Spring Ingathering May 20-21
The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. UTO is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the monies to support mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion. In 2016, UTO awarded 32 grants for a total of $1,161,314.62 for the mission and ministry of The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.
 
The spring ingathering of our UTO will be May 20 and 21 at all three services. During the offering time we will pass large boxes in which you may deposit your small, blue UTO boxes. Envelopes with cash, and checks maybe placed in the offering plates. (Please, write checks to St Luke's with UTO in memo line.)
 
The United Thank Offering Prayer
Gracious God, source of all creation, all love, all true joy: accept we pray these outward signs of our profound and continuing thankfulness for all of life. Keep each of us ever thankful for all the blessings of joy and challenge that come our way. Bless those who will benefit from these gifts through the outreach of the United Thank Offering. This we ask through Him who is the greatest gift and blessing of all, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Don't miss our chili cook-off on May 21 after the 10 a.m. service!

Help out at the Spring Kitchen Clean-up Day on May 25
You are warmly invited to join us for a kitchen clean-up day at church on Thursday, May 25, starting at 9 a.m. Please bring cleaning supplies such as buckets, sponges, gloves, etc!  "Many hands make light work!" Contact Georgia Franklin if you are interested in helping out by email at  franklinforestlodge@gmail.com.  
Daughters of the King - Day of Discernment, June 3 at 9 a.m.
The Daughters of the King will sponsor a  day  of  discernment  and training for the women of St. Luke's on  Saturday, June 3, in the Conference Room from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will be giving information on what we as Daughters believe and how our vows of prayer and service enhance our lives. This is an invitation to explore and learn, as well as an invitation to think about joining our order. More information will be forthcoming. If this is something that sounds interesting, please mark June 3rd on your calendar. There will be a sign-up sheet in the Gathering Hall.
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Save the Date for "Make a Joyful Noise" Concert on Saturday, June 3, at 3 p.m.
The Choir of St. Luke's, under the direction of Music Director, Dennis Houser, will present "Make a Joyful Noise," featuring Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi along with selections of the choir's favorite anthems. This will be a fundraiser for the mission of St. Luke's. There will be a free will offering.
Registration Now Open for 
Vacation Bible School, June 5-9
Join u s this summer for VBS at St. Luke's!! Step back in time with the Apostle Paul and experience what life was like in first-century Rome!

VBS will take place Monday, June 5 - Friday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to noon. It is FREE and open to children entering kindergarten and higher! Share the link below with friends and neighbors.

Don't delay!! Register online: https://vbspro.events/p/events/slecp
Debra Loder's Ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacons
Saturday June 10, at 10 a.m. at Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix
Graduates!
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.
Lost Eyeglasses
We have about a dozen pairs of eyeglasses that have accumulated in the lost and found. We will have a small white box on a table in the Gathering Hall this weekend with all of the glasses. The box is REALLY there this weekend!! Take a look if you're missing a pair of glasses.
Missions in Prescott Valley
Below is the excerpt of a letter from Chris and Breanna Lowman who are frequent visitors at our Wednesday Healing & Eucharist service. They are a young couple who feel called to serve.

Since returning to Prescott, Arizona, we have been looking for an opportunity to move into a neighborhood that others may see as troubled so that we could be present and make a difference there. Up until now it had seemed that all doors were closed...we took a leap of faith and sent personal letters out to each of the empty lot owners in the neighborhood, telling them of our vision and asking if they would be willing to sell...

We want to use this property to serve the community... click  here to read the rest of the letter and find out how their dream is taking shape!

Copies will also be available in the Gathering Hall. 
Pastoral Care: call for volunteers
Your Pastoral Care Team is currently ministering to more than 30 members of our congregation who are in need of St. Luke's ongoing support and pastoral care. Members of the Pastoral Care Team are Lucy Kemper (Chair), Chris Christy (Clergy Liaison for Pastoral Care), Keehna Sture (Parish Nurse), Jeanne Miller (TeleCare Ministry Chair), Sharon Neece, and Angeles Zarate (Vestry Liaison). 

Telecare Ministry
Telecare is a ministry of love! Telecare is a lay-led pastoral ministry, begun in 2016, that expresses St. Luke's care and concern to EVERY member of our church family. For our Spring calling campaign, we are looking for people who are willing to make phone calls to simply "check in" with members of our congregation and to ask if they have any prayer concerns. Calls can be made from the comfort of your own home! During our Fall calling campaign, we heard responses like, "I've been a member of this church for 20 years, and this is the first time anyone from the church has called me. Thank you so much." "Really, you're not calling to ask for money? Wow, we need to do more of this." There will be a brief training session for our volunteers. If you would like to help us please contact Jeanne Miller busijeanne@yahoo.com or any member of the Pastoral Care Team.

Lay Eucharistic Visitors
Our team is in need of several more Lay Eucharistic Visitors who will take communion to those members of our church family who are homebound. What an amazing experience to share the news of the community, prayers and communion with people who may be feeling alone and lonely. Please contact Deacon Chris Christy cchristy1231@gmail.com or any member of the Pastoral Care Team if you feel called to this ministry.
Check out all our recent activity on Facebook!
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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 banks. Number of food items collected on May 6-7, 2017, was 125. Thank you!
 
This week's shopping list: canned soup, hot cereal, rice, dried beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
May 6-7, 2017
Attendance: 273

Pledge - $9,143.00; Plate - $1,961.00

Special offering for Emmaus Church Plant in Surprise - $1,455.00
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays  
May 15:  Lauren Crawford
May 16:  Marjorie Hultberg, Herb Reynolds
May 17: Tom Ghan, Bill Preston
May 18: Raphael Buisson
May 19: Betty Gass, Deanne Newman, Laura Norman
May 20: Brian Weir
 
Anniversaries
May 17: Dan & Grace McFarland
May 18:  Clark & Ronna Weaver
May 20: Casey & Connie Hargis
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: Afshin, A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Angela, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Brien, Brittany, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl,  Christopher, Connor, Daniel, Deacon Kimball, Denise, Donald, Dott, Ed, Fred, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, Greg, Gus,Hank, Harris, Helen, Jack, Jack H., Jean, Jeanne, Josh, Judy, Julie Ann, June, Karen, Kathy, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken, Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea-Lea, Lisa, Madelon, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Marty, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Megan, Melissa, Michael, Michele, Mike, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Percy, Peter, Preston, Ray, Renita, Rich & Brenda, Rosemarie & friends, Rosey, Ruth, Sandy, Scott, Shea, Sheri, Sherry, Skip, Stephen, Steven, Susan, Susan B., Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Tina, Trey, Tricia, Vanessa, Wally, Walt, Zelma
 
...for those in our Armed Forces:
Josh, Mark, Jesse, Bo, Brian, Daniel, Robert, Brad, Thomas, John, Amy, Lori, Ryan, Eli, Nathan, Sonny, "Doc", Jody, Felecia, Valerie, Andrew, Frank, Adam, Benjamin, Kevin, Steven, Jared, Chris, Matthew, Nate, Thor, Rondale, Marcus, Tyler, Gregory, Ben, Rockie, Darin, Ross, John, David, Calic, Echo, Brian, Emily, Analise, Matthew, Dan 
 
...for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Diocese of New Jersey
 
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St Paul's Sudanese Mission in Phoenix
 
...for our companion Diocese: Navajoland
 
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Hungry Kids Project, Project Aware, Quixote's Garage, Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank, and Granite Creek Hunger Ministry
Scripture Readings for May 13-14
Fifth Sunday of Easter 
Acts 7:55-60
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
1 Peter 2:2-10
John 14:1-14
Weekly Worship Assistants, Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers  

May 13-14, 2017
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Richard Lassiter
Chalice Minister: Keehna Sture & Sharon Neece
Greeters:  Dan & Betty Phillips
 
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Gib McIntosh
Greeters:  Duncan & Julia Weir
 
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Richard Lassiter
Sub-deacon:  Charles Covert
Chalice Minister:  Lou Gennarelli
Chalice Minister:  Liz Kennedy
Altar Minister:  Bill Christy
Reader 1:  Vera Mulnix
Reader 2:  Patricia Anderson
Prayers:  Brenda Schwartz
Verger:  Barbara Sayle
Greeters:  Darrell Anderson
Welcome Table:  Barbara Lake
Ushers:  Beth Shaw & Rich Schwartz
Asst. Ushers:  Ken & Peggy Wagner
Oblationers:  Youth
 
Altar Guild Team:  Nina Muehleisen, Barbara Kriger, Sally Phelps,  Cynthia Moreno, Donna Bledsoe
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 May 14:
Angeles Zarate & Angel Vandegrift
Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2017 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 $45.00 (however, any donation is accepted). If you would like to have a person or event named here, please notify the office.
 
May 14:  Sally Phelps
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. 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 18. 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. Information on the 2017-18 season available this summer! 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. Visit prescottchorale.org for more information. 
In the Community
People Who Care
People Who Care is a not for profit organization that matches volunteers with enrolled clients in the community who  need a little help in order to continue living independently. Call 445-2480 for more information.


Prescott Noon Lions Club
Prescott Noon Lions Club is a non-profit organization that provides sight and hearing exams and devices to those in our community who cannot afford it on their own. If you would like to join us and 'give back' to our community, please contact Mike Franklin, 69hokie@gmail.com for more information.
"Golf Fore Homes" - Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity Annual Golf Tournament

The Annual Golf Tournament for Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity will take place on Friday, June 9, 2017, at Prescott Golf and Country Club, with check-in beginning at 7 a.m. For event flyer and registration, please click here.
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Service Schedule:
Healing & Eucharist Service - Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Holy Eucharist Service - Saturdays 5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist Service - Sundays 8 & 10 a.m.

Prayer in the Spirit of Taizé - 2nd Friday of the month at 6 p.m.
Centering Prayer - 2nd & 4th Fridays of the month at 9 a.m.

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.


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Phone: (928) 778-4499