St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of October 16, 2016
Click here for this week's calendar & "Looking Ahead."
Convention Offering Sunday: October 15-16
Our annual Diocesan Convention is in one week! It takes place on Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22, in Phoenix.  The Annual Convention projects for this year are to send funds to purchase meals that will feed refugees in Greece and South Sudan. The goal, with the help of all of churches in the Diocese is to feed 20,000 refugees. Our collection this weekend (Oct. 15-16) will go towards this effort. For the informational flyer provided by the Diocese, please click  here
If you would like to learn more about either charity, visit their websites at:
Feed My Starving Children: https://www.fmsc.org 
Salaam Cultural Museum: https://salaamculturalmuseum.wordpress.com
Prescott Chorale Performances October 15-16
The first performance for the 2016-17 season of the Prescott Chorale is this weekend! The performance, today, October 15, is at 3 p.m. (with informative concert preview at 2:30 p.m.) will be at St. Luke's Episcopal Church and the performance on Sunday, October 16, at 4 p.m. (with concert preview at 3:30 p.m.) will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cottonwood. The program will feature works by Johann Adolf Hasse and Johannes Brahms. More detailed program information can be found by clicking  here.
 
Ticket prices are as follows: Adults are $18 online (prescottchorale.org), $20 at the door; youth (13-18) are $5, and children (12 and under) are free. 
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St. Luke's Day BBQ is tomorrow!
All are welcome to attend the parish BBQ / picnic on Sunday, October 16, after the 10 a.m. service. The men of The Aloha GMC will be cooking hamburgers and hot dogs! Please bring a dish to share. Again, all are welcome even if you forgot to sign-up! Join us!
Special Coffee Hour for Wanda Lyman on October 23

Wanda Lyman, long-time parishioner and friend at St. Luke's, is leaving Prescott to join her family in Wichita, Kansas in late October. We will be having a coffee hour reception for her on Sunday, October 23, after the 10 a.m. service. All are welcome! We are hoping that those of you who know Wanda will take the time to write a short note to her with good wishes or good memories of her time here. Pictures are also welcome. We will be assembling an album of notes and photos for her to enjoy in her new home. Please send/bring notes to the church office, to Nancy Carmichael, or to the reception on the 23rd. Thank you for helping her to leave with tangible memories as she makes this transition.
The Truth about Cancer series continues on Monday, October 17
A nine-part docu-series on DVD entitled The Truth about Cancer, will be hosted by Dr. T. Dayana Leclair, Doctor of Homeopathic Medicine, will continue with Part 2 this Monday, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., in the Conference Room of St. Luke's Church. This series is also very relevant for those with chronic diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, thyroid issues, and COPD to name a few. More information can be found on the red-skirted tables in the Gathering Hall.
Class on Islam starts on Tuesday, October 18 at 6 p.m.
Tom Snodgrass, St. Luke's parishioner, who has an extensive knowledge about Islam, is ready to offer a class on Islam. For your information, Tom developed an interest in Islam when he lived and worked with the Pakistani military for more than a year in Peshawar, Pakistan, studied it as military intelligence officer, and taught it for 10 years in an Embry-Riddle military history course. The class will meet for three weeks: Tuesday, October 18, 25, and November 1, at 6 p.m. in the Classroom Wing at St. Luke's. The sign-up sheet is in the Gathering Hall.
Pumpkins for Sale
October 22-23 - after all 3 services
Don't miss out on this fun event! More than a hundred juicy and delicious pumpkins for sale!

All proceeds go to the teen mission trip in June 2017. 

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Come to our Fall Fun Festival!
Saturday, October 22 - 2 to 4 p.m. in the Parish Hall

This fun activity is for children of all ages! Come in your costumes and be ready to carve and decorate pumpkins! There'll be lots of cookies and candies to share! You don't want to miss a great time!!

United Thank Offering
The fall ingathering of the United Thank Offering is scheduled for October 29 and 30 at all three services. Your coins, bills, and checks, offered in thanks for many blessings will combine with those of Episcopalians across the nation.

One grant will go to Good Shepherd Mission, Fort Defiance, AZ, St. Christopher's, Bluff, UT, and San Juan Mission, Farmington, NM, to start a bee keeping program of 40 hives across the Navajoland Area, where almost half the bee colonies have collapsed due to pesticides, loss of wildflower habitat, disease and climate change. The grant will provide the basic setup of hives, smokers, and beekeeping suits. The honey and honey combs collected will be marketed and sold to provide funding for the continuation of the project.
The Deacon's Voice - October 14, 2016
On this date, October 14, 2000, I was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons after fourteen months of discernment; two years of formation:  reading, writing, study and hands-on experiences, along with numerous other studies and preparation. It is my great honor to work and serve among you and our communities all these years and my heart is filled with happiness and joy to be with all of you.

Deacons actually work for the Bishop and he assigned me to St. Luke's though the parish rector provides oversight.  Deacons model the Servant ministry of Christ, are non-stipendiary, and we are to serve all people, particularly the poor, weak, the sick and the lonely.
Thank you for your love, support and continued prayers for this ministry.

In His Service,
Deacon Kimball Arnold
Notes from the Nurse
Signs of autumn are starting to appear now, even though many of our days are still warm and pleasant! And the beginning of fall signals the beginning of flu season in the U.S. Many people think of seasonal influenza as just a nuisance, but, in fact, the disease can be dangerous. Last flu season, 40 million people "caught the flu," and 970,000 people were hospitalized because of the illness.
 
There is a very simple way to reduce our chances of getting the flu or suffering from its complications: get a flu shot! The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that virtually "everyone" six months of age or older get a flu vaccine every season, but especially (1) young children; (2) adults over 65; and (3) people with chronic medical problems such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease, since these groups have a higher risk of complications if the flu is contracted.
 
Because flu viruses generally start to spread in October, now is the time to get the vaccine, as it will offer protection from the very start of flu season. The vaccine we receive at the start of any given flu season is the result of a process that begins earlier in the year, when disease researchers at the CDC do their best to determine the strains of flu virus that will be most prevalent in that particular flu season. Based on their scientific "guess," a vaccine is then created that will protect against those particular strains. People who are against the idea of flu shots cite the process as flawed (and therefore useless), but if the scientists waited until the beginning of flu season to determine what flu strains are circulating, there wouldn't be enough time to manufacture 315 million doses of flu vaccine to protect the population! So, even though the flu shot is not a perfect preventative measure, it can reduce our chances of coming down with the flu by 50-60% in years where the vaccine "matches" the strains of flu virus that are circulating around the country. And, by the way, the nasal spray vaccine that was available a few years ago has been found to be much less effective than the shot, so, bite the bullet, and bare your upper arm!
 
There are a variety of flu vaccines available, with the "trivalent vaccine" (protecting against three strains of flu virus) being appropriate for the vast majority of the population under 65 years of age. For those of us who are 65 or older, there are high-dose vaccines specifically for seniors; they contain more antigens, which help the immune system to develop antibodies (substances which help to fend off the virus).
 
What do you do if you end up contracting the flu, regardless of whether or not you received the flu vaccine? If you are not among the high-risk groups noted above, the best care is to stay at home, drink plenty of fluids, and rest. However, if you are considered "high-risk," you should immediately seek medical help, as there are antiviral medications available that can shorten the duration and severity of influenza symptoms. These medications can make you feel better sooner, and they lessen the likelihood of your family and friends coming down with what you have!
 
So, my advice is to add this item to your "to do" list: get a flu shot! They are available at physicians' offices, pharmacies (Walgreen's, CVS, Fry's, Walmart), and through Yavapai County Community Health Services. Most insurances are accepted at all locations. FYI, Walmart is offering a "Wellness Day" on Saturday, October 15th, from noon to 4:00 PM, during which free blood pressure and blood glucose tests are available, as well as low cost immunizations and free health product samples. Yavapai County Community Health Services is offering flu shot clinics between October and December, but you must call to make an appointment. Go to their website (www.yavapaihealth.com) to find out dates, times, and locations.
 
And, since we're approaching the third weekend of the month, please remember that I'll be available after all services on October 15th and 16th to check blood pressures! See you in the library!
-Keehna Sture, RN
Outreach Notes  
Warm for Winter: St. Luke's is collecting coats, hats, scarves and gloves for Warm for Winter through October 22. Coats are a priority. A collection box is in the Gathering Hall. Warm for Winter is a project of Coalition for Compassion and Justice.

Kenya Project: Last fall the Outreach Commission decided to begin a fundraising project for the Amagoro Junior Academy in Katakawa Kenya. The funds were to be used for the building of four classrooms. The original plan was to raise $3,500 a year for four years. Through the amazing generosity of the parishioners of St. Luke's, we raised approximately $12,000 in less than one year. We are asking you to help us raise $2,000 to complete our commitment in one year. Photos of the progress of construction on the classrooms are in the Gathering Hall along with a box containing envelopes in which donations can be placed. You may turn your donations in directly to the office or place them in the offering plate. Please write Kenya Project on the memo line of your check.

Be a Santa to a Senior: For the last 12 years, Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with
local non-profits to identify lonely, isolated and seniors in need to share a little holiday cheer.  We anticipate providing gifts to approximately 300 seniors in our community. Many seniors have difficulty opening packages. 
Please purchase a gift bag(s) and/or holiday tissue paper. 
Deposit bags and paper in the designated box in the Gathering Hall. For more info on Be a Santa to a Senior, contact Home Instead Senior Care at 928-708-9960.   

The Outreach Commission usually meets monthly at 4 PM in the Conference Room. Our next meeting is scheduled for November 14. We would welcome your attendance at this or a future meeting to learn more.
What is Godly Play?
"Children have an innate sense of the presence of God.
The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond."

Come and join us!
Our teachers are well-trained and very excited to wonder with you!
Diocesan Men's Retreat - "Mentoring: Your Opportunity to Make a Difference"
Join Bishop Smith, the men of our Diocese, and the panel of presenters: The Rev. Phil Shaw, Rector, Trinity Church (Kingman), Dr. Neil Stafford, Clinical Psychologist, and Jesse Villegas, Jr., Canon for Youth & Young Adult Ministries, to explore the power of mentoring. The retreat, Friday, November 18 - Sunday, November 20, will be held at Chapel Rock Camp in Prescott. To register for the event please go to: http://www.azdiocese.org/digital_faith/events.
Don't Spend Christmas Alone - St. Luke's Gift to the Community - December 25,
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Don't Spend Christmas Alone, a popular annual community outreach event, at which St Luke's parish members, public safety personnel from the Quad Cities, and volunteer supporters from the community at large, all come together to make this special day a joyful one for anyone alone or who may otherwise not celebrate Christmas. Guests are welcome to come and dine in or have a meal delivered to their home, free of charge. There will be cheerful Christmas d├ęcor and festive carols; and yes, Santa Claus himself will drop in (thank you, Larry Neece!) Guests head home with a warm handshake, a smile, a bag of cookies and comfort in the knowledge that on this joyous day, they are not alone. -10 weeks before Christmas; but who is counting?
 
Event Update: Prescott Valley Police Department, Chief Brian Starrell and Prescott Police Department, Deputy Chief, Amy Bonney communicated that their departments will be happy to deliver meals to the home bound. The Police Department in Chino Valley is also considering. We take this opportunity to acknowledge the commitment and efforts of these women and men to keep our communities safe. We stand behind them with respect, support and faithful prayers.
 
We share with delight that Darrin Kanoff and Larry Vollel from The Manzanita Grille, in Prescott, have volunteered to wear whelms as Head Chef and Kitchen Manager, respectively.
 
Linda and Randy Bonneville, owners of The Bonn-Fire Restaurant in Chino Valley, will personally prepare and donate their highly acclaimed home recipe of Scalloped Potatoes; indeed a special treat to all that will dine at St. Luke's on December 25.
 
Please thank and support the businesses that so generously join hands with St. Luke's to reach out and serve the Quad-city community. They are a true blessing!
 
The Committee Leaders will gather at the end of October to review, align and focus in producing an awesome DSCA-2016. St. Luke's members, with each one of you helping in any capacity that you can, this will be accomplished; thank you, in advance.
Angeles Ramos Zarate, Event Chairwoman
(480) 319-2614
or dsca1225@gmail.com

"Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you." -Steve Maraboli
Recent activity on St. Luke's Facebook Page
If you were not able to  attend last Sunday's service, check out what Trampus Tribbey shared with us about his personal experience at St. Luke's, and how St. Luke's changed his life. Click here to listen to and watch his inspiring message.
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Food Donation Program
Thanks to each of you for your continued support week after week of the weekly food donation program which benefits the area food banks.  The food count was 73 items  for weekend of October 8-9, 2016.
 
This week's shopping list: canned chicken, cold cereals, pasta, powdered milk
Weekly Attendance & Giving
October 8-9, 2016 
Weekly Attendance: 236
Weekly Giving (Operating Fund): $6,035.80
Living Generously Reflection - October 16, 2016
[TENS] Haven't we all been told that perseverance, along with resilience, are the keys to adult success?
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Ashley, Betty, Bob, Brenda, Brien, Brittany, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Christopher, Cindy, Dan, Daniel, Dennis, Diana, Dick, Donald, Dorothy, Dott, Ed, Eric, Frank, Fred, Gary, Geoff, Greg, Hank, Harris, Janice, Jean, Jennifer, Joe, John, John S., Josh, Joy, Judy, Julie Ann, Karen, Kay, Keena, Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea Lea, Linda, Lisa, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Marty, Mary, Maxine, Melissa, Michele, Michelle and her husband, Miriam, Nancy, Norma, Pam, Paul, Percy, Peter Jr., Pete Sr., Preston, Ray, Renita, Rita, Robert, Ruth, Sandy, Sara, Sheri, Shirley, Skip, Stephen, Susan, Susie, Suzette, Tammy, Ted, Terri, Teresa, Tina, Trey, Tricia, Vanessa, Walt, Zelma
 
...for those in our Armed Forces: Josh, Mark, Michael, Jesse, 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, Matthew, Dan

...in the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church of Ceylon
 
...in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Thomas in Clarkdale
 
...in the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Hungry Kids Project, Project Aware, Quixote's Garage, Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank, Granite Creek Hunger Ministry
Honoring Special Dates This Week
Birthdays:  Warren Smith, Arthur Spicer, Jr., Walter Epps, Ingrid Nasca, Shannon Rosenblatt, Sharon Welker, and Dwight Willman
 
Anniversaries: Chuck & Beth Parknowitz, Alan & Sue Robertson, John & Ileen Szelka, Bruce & Geni Lequesne
This Week's Scripture Readings:  Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 24
Click here for readings 

Collect:   A lmighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; 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: Twenty Third  Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 25

Worship Assistants, Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers
 
Worship Assistants for October 15-16, 2016  
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Art Villemure
Greeters:  Tom & Susan Snodgrass
 
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Deacon:  Chris Christy
Chalice Minister:  Bill Christy
Greeters:  Duncan & Julia Weir
 
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Bob Wills
Deacon:  Kimball Arnold
Sub-deacon:  Larry Neece
Chalice Minister:  Liz Kennedy
Chalice Minister:  Trampus Tribbey
Altar Minister:  Lucy Kemper
Reader 1:  Barbara Harber
Reader 2:  Penny Davis 
Prayers:  Wini Larson
Verger:  Mike Franklin
Greeters :  Rich Schwartz & Gwen Schenck
Welcome Table:  Beth Shaw
Ushers:  Barbara Baker-Rosenberg & Trampus Tribbey
Asst. Ushers:  Ted & Genell Lee
Oblationers: Bruce & Geni Lequesne
 
Eucharistic Visitors:  Lynne Wells
 
Altar Guild Team:  Robin Borok, Mary Hallford,
Joy Ramsey Smith, Katie Staudt, Kathy MacCauley,  Phyllis Maruna
Coffee Hour Host
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 October 16:
St. Luke's Day BBQ
 

 

Altar Flowers
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 by phone or email.
 
Altar flowers on October 15-16 given... 
by Sally Phelps 
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. 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 Oct. 20. For more info, call Joy Goff at 928-707-3749.

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. The first concert of the 2016-17 season is November 4, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. 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. The first concert of the 2016-17 season is October 15, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. 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. Click  
here  for more info.
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
For information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, visit  www.prescotthabitat.org.
Toolbelts & Tuxedos Annual Gala is Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 6-10 p.m. at the Prescott Resort. Click here for invitation to gala. 
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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Phone: (928) 778-4499