St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of January 5
A Prayer for the New Year
God of the New Year,
We enter this new year full of emotions: excitement, nerves, wonder, hope, and sadness.   As we reflect on the past year we see your love scattered through our days. We see your grace raining upon us. We see your reflection in us.
 
You're in the business of making all things new. This year may our eyes turn to you in seeing what new thing you're doing in us. How your story of redemption is our story, too. How your story of grace begs to be known in our lives. How your story of unending love finds us in the darkest corners. How your forgiveness reaches to our hearts and transforms us into people who forgive.   Make us new in you.
 
Turn our eyes to the small and quiet ways you make yourself known. In the simple and serene, the mundane and daily. In our waking and sleeping, may we turn to you. In our playing and working, may we offer our gifts to you. In our questioning and believing, may we keep our hearts on your word.
 
You walked with Abraham into an unknown land, You counted the multitude of stars as his descendants. You walked with the Israelites into a new home and identity. You called prophets to new lands to share your word.
  
You called your people to hear words of hope and restoration from your prophets. You walked with Mary and Joseph to welcome the Savior in a manger. You called fisherman and tax collectors to leave all they knew to proclaim your kingdom. You turned a symbol of death into a symbol of hope and resurrection for all time.
 
You are no stranger to bringing your people from desperation to hope, from sickness to healing,  from unbelief to belief, from uncertainty to peace.
 
You're in the business of making all things new.  T his year, this day, this moment, make me new.
Amen                                                                           Kimberly Knowle-Zeller    
              FOR KIDS!     
          Sunday January 5th
      From 9:15 am to 9:45 am
   At St Luke's Episcopal Church
       2000 Shepherds Lane Prescott
                                     We will meet in the Meditation Room.

        Bring your friends and family
        for a simple and warm service.
 
Journey Jottings: Notes from St. Luke's Deacon in Formation
 
December's deacon formation activities were held the weekend before Christmas, so Advent expectation was at its peak! The Cathedral was beautifully decorated, and final preparations were being made for Sunday's liturgy, and a Blue Christmas service that evening. The Class of 2020 participated, as we always do, in the Sunday liturgies.
 
But I'm getting ahead of myself! Saturday, December 21st, we had the second class of a two-part Theology module, taught by Rev. Poulson Reed, Rector of All Saints' Church in Phoenix. What made Saturday's class special was that Rev. Poulson, just one week earlier, had been elected Bishop of the Diocese of Oklahoma! Although the Deacon Formation Academy has some truly great faculty, it never has had a Bishop-elect, so our class felt privileged to be with Poulson that day, knowing that he would soon be on his way to a new leadership role in the Church, and new challenges and joys in Oklahoma. Most of our seven-hour class was devoted to discussing four broad themes of Christian theology: Incarnation, Resurrection, Salvation, and the Trinity, using the presentations that Amy, Susan, and I had prepared as a springboard to discussion. Because it is impossible to "cover" theology in two classes, Poulson encouraged us to continue reading and studying theological books and journals, and to make sure that we have a thorough understanding of our Church's core beliefs and doctrines (easily accessible to anyone, at  www.episcopalchurch.org ).
 
In January, the Class of 2020 will be starting another two-part DFA module: Christian Ethics. Our textbook is Ethics After Easter, by Stephen Holmgren, which is Volume 9 of The New Church's Teaching Series, published by Cowley Publications. The series was written for not only Episcopalians, but for those who come from other religious traditions, or no tradition at all, and who want to know what Anglicanism has to offer.
 
As 2019 comes to a close, bringing us to the threshold of a new year and a new decade, may we carry the Light of Christmas-Christ himself-within us, to illuminate the path ahead of each of us, and all of us. New Year's blessings and peace!
 
-Keehna Sture, Deacon Candidate
Update: Kenya School for Orphans and Poor Children      
I am Bishop Edwin Osera.  I was introduced to you and the Episcopal ministry by Sister Claire Clark who has been faithfully supporting our ministry to the disadvantaged  kids by feeding them every month.  Your ministry has done great things in supporting the poor and needy kids.  
     We thank you so much for your love and sacrificial giving.  We were required by the KENYA government to improve the buildings and infrastructure at our site for the safety of our children.  This is what we have been doing for the last three months.  Schools will be opened on 6th January,2020.  We have 3 teachers whose salary is total of $400 for the three.  The  two cooks earn $50 EACH so does one compound cleaner.  We feed our kids on beans and rice  and sometimes vegetables for lunch once a DAY.

     We need learning materials for class work.  The government recommends the syllabus books but does not give for free.  We buy it.
     We THANK you so much for supporting us and may God bless you.
Edwin and Dinah Osera
2nd Saturday Men's Fellowship  is next Saturday, January 11. 
Please meet at 7:30 a.m. in the Chapel for Eucharist, followed by breakfast and Bible Study. All men are welcome. 
For more information contact Don McKellar, 
Cell: 602-499-1471 or  donald@mckellar.biz
Order of St. Luke
Beginning Sunday, January 12th, confidential individual prayers will be available for anyone who wishes prayer immediately following the 10:00 Service. An Order of St. Luke Prayer Team will be available in the chapel adjoining the sanctuary.
 
Contact Person for The Order of St. Luke will be Claire Clark, who is the Convener.
It's happening: Saturday May 2nd 2020
Please consider getting rid of the "stuff" you don't need  any more for it is our "treasure"!
We take everything BUT books and clothing.  
This fundraiser is to support all the ministries of our church.
 
We do not have spare space to store anything until the week prior to the sale  but pickup trucks will be available to pick up your treasures.
A Regrettable Error  
In the Christmas Eve 9 pm bulletin the Communion Anthem was incorrect.  Under the direction of Lynda Rowntree, a Bell choir sextet played "What Child is This".  The sextet included Barb Berle, Betsy Denison, Gayle Gregory, Julie Cargill, 
Katie Staudt and Lynda Rowntree.  Thank you ladies, the piece was beautiful.
*****Many Thanks*****
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, to everyone who prepared and served in any way, making our three Christmas services beautiful and meaningful.
A "Thank You" from the Ogburn's
Doug and I would like to thank our 5:30 church family and our dear Alter Guild friends for all their prayers, love, kindness, and thoughtfulness following Doug's surgery and during his recovery.  You truly live and show the Christian way of love.  What a true blessing you have been to us, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts .  May God continue to shower His love and blessings upon each of you daily.  
Love,  Pat & Doug
Thanks to all who made DSCA 2019 a HUGE success!
Over 800 dinners served!

*****ANNOUNCEMENTS*****
The large poinsettias in the Narthex and Church can be adopted this weekend,   January 4 & 5.  
Next Saturday, January 11, there will be cookies and coffee served 
after the 5:30 pm church service. 
New 2020 Episcopal Calendar is HERE!
Pick up your copy of the 2020 Calendar.  They are now on the Outreach table. There will be a basket with the calendars  for a free will offering to help cover costs.
2020 Offertory Envelopes are in a Gathering Hall Window
Envelopes are in alphabetical order and available for pick-up.  If your envelopes are not there , please contact the office at info@slecp.org  or  by phone at 928-778-4499.
The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on 
Sunday, January 26,
 at 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall. 
   Please plan to attend this important meeting.
*****HELP WANTED*****
Ladies and Gentlemen!  We need your help!
Ushers - 10 am S e rvice
Greeters - 10 am Service
Coffee Hosts - after 10 am Service
Vergers - 10 am Service
Money Counters - Monday mornings
Receptionists - Thursdays 9-Noon & 1-4 pm
Fridays 9-Noon
*****This week at St. Luke's*****
Christian Formation
Saturday, January 4 - Order of St Luke 9 am (Conference Room)
Saturday, January 4 - TAEHS 4:15 pm
Sunday, January 5 - Sunday School 9:45 am
Sunday, January 5 - TAEHS 11:30 am
Tuesday, January 7 - Stephens Ministry 1 pm
Wednesday, January 8 - Just Faith 9 am
Wednesday, January 8 - Days of Awe and Wonder 4 pm
Wednesday, January 8 - Bible Study 5 pm
Thursday, January 9 - Woman's Cursillo Group 10 am
Thursday, January 9 - Men's Cursillo Group 10 am
Thursday, January 9 - Nos Hablamos 12 n
Thursday, January 9, Ten Commandments, 1 pm
Thursday, January 9 - EfM 5:30 pm
Friday, January 10 - St. Luke's Grief Support Group 10:30 am
Friday, January 10 - Stephens Ministry 1:30 pm
Saturday, January 11 -  2nd Saturday Men's Fellowship 7:30 am
Service Schedule
 
Sunday Services:  
Saturday 5:30 pm Spoken Eucharist
 Sunday 8:00 am Eucharist with hymns
Sunday 9:15 am Kids Eucharist (1st Sunday of Month)
Sunday 10:00 am Eucharist with Choir

Weekday Services:
  • Wednesday, January 8,   Healing Service 10 am
  • Thursday,  January 9,   Morning Prayer 9 am
  • Friday, January 10, Centering Prayer 9 am (2nd & 4th Friday)

Scripture Readings
2nd Sunday after Christmas
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, January 8 Epiphany
Worship Ministers for January 4 & 5

 5:30 p.m. Service 
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Art Villemure
Greeters:  William & Rita Kraus

 8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Gib McIntosh
Ushers: Sylvia McIntosh & Carol Sweeden

9:15 a.m. Service
Celebrant:The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher: The Rev. Jim Schubert

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant & Preacher: T he Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest: The Rev. Richard Lassiter
Sub-Deacon: Charles Covert
Chalice Minister:  Monte Anderson
Chalice Minister: Nancy Reynolds
Altar Minister:  Bill Christy
Reader 1: Patricia Anderson
  Reader 2: Brenda Schwartz
Prayers: Jim Schubert
Verger: Paul Nelson
Welcome Table: Darrell & Susan Bray-Anderson
Greeters: Jim & Kathy Pessin
Ushers: Bruce & Geni Lequesne
Lynne Wells & Cathy Carter
 
Altar Guild Team: Nancy Reynolds, Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Brenda Holden, 
Doris Schoeben, Tigger Gillam, Dorcas Lawn

Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays:
December 31: Cathy Kleinhenz
January 5 Colton Tomitz
January 6 Dan Phillips
January 7 Brenda Tillery, Jan Casacchia
January 8 Mary Hallford
January 9 Sandra, Hennigan, Wayne Hallford, Lyneal Nick
January 10 Marty McNaul
January 11 Lorraine Sohm, Doug Pask, Richard Lassiter, Joy Cobb, George Chesney
Anniversaries:
January 5 Troy & Lauren Crawford
January 10 Al & Mary Temme
Weekly Attendance 
December 24 & 25  Attendance  364      
December 28 & 29  Attendance  209      
Do you know we offer online giving?
St. Luke's offers secure online giving through Realm. You may use this for a one-time gift or a recurring gift. To make a gift click the following link.  Online donation.
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.
Our Prayer Lists
For those in need:  A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Alina & Audrina, Alison, Andrea, Angela, April & Raffy, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Beth, Betsy, Bill, Bob, Brandon, Brenda, Brian, Brittany, Bruce, Calvin, Camile, Carol, Carolyn, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cherie, Cheryl, Christine, Christopher, Cindy & family, Claire, Clare, Clay & Muriel, Colleen, Connor, Courtney, Craig & Victoria, Daniel, Dave, Dawn, Donna, Dorothy, Elaine, Ellen, Ellie, Elizabeth & Don, Debbie, Derrick, Dianne, Don, Donald, Donna, Dorothy, Dott, Doug and Pat, Dyla, Ed, Enrique, Ernie, Eve, Evelyn, Farrell families, Fran and Mike, Francis, Gary, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, George, Gerry, Gil & Joanie, Gina, Gisela, Gloria, Glory, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank, Hal & Karen, Harris, Harry, Heidi, Herb & Louise, Ian, Ileen, Jack, Jack H., Jack K., Jade, Jason, Jeanne, Jeff, Jennifer, Jeri, Jerry, Joan, Joe, Joel, John, Josh, Joy, Judy, JulieAnn, Julia & Blake, June, Karen & baby, Karin, Kathleen & Philip, Kay, Keith, Ken, Kimball, Kira, Kristi, Lane, Larry & Mary,  Lea, Lee, Les G., Lynn, Madelon, Margo, Maria & family, Mark, Martha, Mary, Marty,  Matt, Max, Maxine, Megan, Melania, Melissa, Michael, Michaela, Mike,  Mike & Fran, Miriam, Nancy, Nolan (baby), Oce & Lorna, Olivia,  Pam, Patricia, Patty, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Pete, Peter, Phil, Reed, Renita, Ricardo, Rich, Richard, Rick, Rosey, Ruth, Sabrina, Salem, Sean, Sally, Shannon, Shea, Sheri, Shirley, Stephen, Steven, Sue, Sue & Wally, Susan, Susan S., Susan R., Suzette, Susie, Sylvia, Tammy, Ted, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, T.J. & Lane, Toby, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Tom & Moni, Trey, Tricia, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Will, William, Zachary, Zelma
For those in our Armed Forces:  Echo, Brian, Lopez, Dante', Florian

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:   Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia
In Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:   St Andrew's in Sedona
In the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer:  Operation Deep Freeze, Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity

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


Host Coffee Hour!!
Special thanks to those who host coffee hour after the 10 a.m. service.
We do ask that you clean up at the conclusion of the coffee hour.

Sign-up sheet for coffee hour can be found on the red-skirted tables in the Gathering Hall.

This is an important part of the fellowship of St. Luke's Church.

January 5 - No Coffee Hosts



Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2020 flower chart is on the
Outreach table 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 in the narthex.  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.
 


Community Groups 
Daughters of the
British Empire (DBE)
DBE meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 1:30 pm 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.

Girl Scouts Troop 79

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


Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity
For general information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, click  hereFor 2019 home ownership informational meeting dates, click  here . For Family Selection Criteria brochure, click  here . (Meets off campus)

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 tickets and more information.
Boy Scouts Troop 10

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



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:  epistle@slecp.org .

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 

Email: info@slecp.org


Please contact the church office
by email or phone.

Phone: (928) 778-4499