St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of April 7, 2019
From Pierre-Henry+
Time is flying so fast. I have the feeling that we just celebrated Ash Wednesday, and yet, Lent is almost over!  This coming Sunday is the fifth Sunday in Lent, and the following Sunday, April 14, is Palm Sunday, the first day of Holy Week.  
On  Palm Sunday , weather permitted, we will gather outside for listening of the triumphant entrance of Jesus in Jerusalem and the blessing of the palms. Then we will listen to Jesus' passion.
On  Maundy Thursday  we will celebrate and remember Jesus' last supper with his friends. According to John, before the meal, Jesus washed his disciples' feet as an example of servanthood love, then during the meal he broke the bread and shared the wine, signs of his upcoming death and resurrection. This service is our last Eucharist before Easter.
On  Good Friday  we will follow more closely Jesus' last days, his trial, and death on the cross, out of love.
Traditionally, Holy Saturday is a day of silence and prayer.  There is no corporate worship on this day. But, as the suns sets, we will gather for the great 
Vigil of Easter.  In my opinion, this is the most beautiful service of the year, where we bless the new fire, symbolizing the new life in Christ, enter in a darkened church for the service of Lessons, before singing the alleluias as the light comes for the first celebration of Easter.  True, it's a long service, but so meaningful!  And, of course, on 
Easter morning we will celebrate the joy of the resurrection.  Holy Week, from Palm Sunday to Easter, is the holiest week of our Christian Calendar because this is the week in which we remember and celebrate what is the heart of our Christian faith:  Christ suffered, died, and was buried, and rose again on Easter morning.
All are invited to the Holy Week celebrations. Let us celebrate together the different aspects of Christ's Passion, death and resurrection!  And let's share the joy of Easter with those around us.
May the Lord of love bless you and keep you.
Your brother in Christ,
Family Eucharist
This Sunday - April 7
From 9:15 am to 9:45 am
We meet in the Meditation Room.
Preacher: Rev. Jim Schubert and his puppets

Bring your friends and family for a simple and warm service.
 Our Lenten Program continues...

Weekly Services
* Morning Prayer - Monday to Friday - 9:00 am
* Holy Eucharist & Healing - Wednesday - 10:00 am

Centering Prayer
* April 12, 9 a.m. in the Meditation Room

Estudio Biblico
¿Te gustaría crecer en ti fe durante esta cuaresma?

Nos reuniremos cada martes durante esta cuaresma. ¡Únete a nosotros y crece tu fe! Continuando el martes 2 de abril a las 6 pm.

This is Our Story
* Sunday evenings, 6-8pm  in the Meditation Room
   Gathering for Young Adults

Wednesdays Together
Each Wednesday in Lent! Soup Supper at 5 p.m. (Parish Hall) and Study at 6 p.m. Study options are Stations of the Cross, Living the Way of Love, and Bible Study. See Lenten Program 2019 flyer for more details (available in Gathering Hall or link below). 

Holy Week Schedule
Palm Sunday
April 13  
5:30 pm
April 14    8:00 & 10:00 am
Wednesday in Holy Week
April 17
Holy Eucharist & Healing 10:00 am
Maundy Thursday
April 18
9:00 am Morning Prayer
7:00 pm Holy Eucharist & Foot Washing
Good Friday
April 19
Noon & 7:00 pm Good Friday Liturgy
Holy Saturday
April 20
Time of rest and silence  -  no office
Easter Service Schedule
Bring your bell to ring with the Easter Alleluias!
Saturday April 20
7:00 pm
The greatest celebration of the year!
Sunday April 21
8:00 & 10:00 am
Easter Holy Eucharist
Easter Flowers
Please join with others to remember loved ones at this most festive time of the year through the gift of flowers. We all enjoy the beauty of Easter flowers. Your gift will ensure they are beautiful again this year and for months to come.

Please provide the church with the following information: your name, if it is a  memorial or thanksgiving, and any other information.  Mark your donation with  Easter Flowers  (in memo line if paying by check).     

You may access the Easter Flowers form by clicking here and place it in the offering plate, email to, or call the church office (778-4499) with the information above no later than Monday, April 15. 
welcome all who come through our doors. 
They are   part of the Ministry Team and  form the first impression of St Luke's.   No meetings  are required, just a welcoming smile and arriving 20 mins before our Service.  It is a great way to get to know our fellow worshipers!  We are  currently looking for substitutes and Permanent Quarterly Greeters,  who alternate months.   You could serve occasionally, l(example: holy week services or 6 times a year.  A software directory would inform you, by email, on Wednesdays of openings or remind you on Thursdays, of your upcoming assignment.   Thank  you for giving it a try.  You will enjoy it.   
NEED 5 Parishioners -  Two Teams: Two positions- Team one, 3rd Sunday and Team Two, 4th Sunday 10 AM Service  (3 Sundays within 3 Months)  No Meetings! 
5th Sunday of Month- one opening  @ 4 times a year.
Marilyn Henry-De Lisle ,  Greeter Coordinator -  928-301-9248
VBS: Help wanted!
June 3rd to 7th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
VBS is one of the biggest outreach events of the year!
It is a powerful and unique opportunity for sharing the
gospel of Christ.
This is your chance to serve in many different ways:
Teaching, prepping the snack, acting and more!
Join us and see how fun and rewarding working with kids
can be!
Call or email Sophie and be part of the Wonder-Team!
The Prescott Community Cupboard is in need of packers. This is a job that would take you about 3 hours once every seven weeks.  St. Luke's is one of seven teams that packs groceries for our customers. Each team packs for one week (5 days).  As a team member, you and another person will be asked to pack one afternoon. It is an easy job and helps you to see how our Food Bank works.  You will be trained and will always be assigned with another person. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, call Sally Phelps, 928-776-9182, or Kathy Pessin, 928-771-2707.
Unplug and Reconnect, July 4-7
Family Camp is an opportunity to use your family vacation time to unplug from the busyness of daily life and reconnect with your family and with God. Experience prayer, music, free time exploring the beauty of nature, and old-fashioned camp fun, like arts and crafts, a campfire, the ropes course. Invest in your family, and come join us!  Sample f ees (including lodging, delicious meals and activities.  ADULTS AND TEENS (12+) starting at $110 CHILDREN (4-11) starting at $45 FAMILY OF 4* $525   Children 3 years and under attend for free  Choose between bunk lodging (shared rooms with dorm-style bathrooms) and linen lodging (private rooms with own bath)   Two-day and three-day options, starting Thursday or Friday. 
Further information and registration can be found at
Angel Quilts                                      Sharon and Linda cropped.jpg
A new and exciting group at St Luke's is starting in May.  Angel Quilts. There is a special need for quilts for children at Phoenix Children's Hospital.  This is the hospital where children with catastrophic diseases are lovingly cared for. They come from all over Arizona, and New Mexico as well as Mexico. Consequently, many parents cannot stay with their children, and many children are there all alone.  Sharon's friend, Allison West, had been supplying colorful quilts to these children for 15 years. Allison had found that children cling to a quilt which is all their own, and they can even take it home with them as well! This new ministry will meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month in the Parish Hall. Please come and make quilts with us. We also welcome your donation of new children's quilts.  New and seasoned quilters are welcome!  We will teach you how in no time! For more information you may call Linda Leal at 928-717-1647 or Sharon Welker at 928-541-1074.   
 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.       1 Cor. 13:7-8
This passage is transformative for a child given an experience that shows in concrete ways the force of love. Such an experience awaits the children of incarcerated parents at Camp
Genesis  (Chapel Rock) this summer. Camp Genesis empowers these kids to bond,
to believe, to hope, to endure, and to love. And, to have some fun! We invite the parish to help support these kids (ages 8-13).  The cost per child for a six day stay is $350. All donations, no matter the amount are greatly appreciated. Make checks payable to St Luke's Episcopal Church with  Camp Genesis on the memo line . Put your check in the offering plate or in the donation receptacle on the Outreach table in the Gathering Hall. Thank you so much for your support! 
Monday, April 8 from 3pm-4pm at Pendleton Wellness Center, 930 Division Street, Prescott

Join us for the latest research on the power of diet to reverse heart disease.  Sample some delicious food and take home the recipes too.
Doris Smith, long-time member of St. Luke's, celebrated her 108th birthday on March 7 at Prescott Village.  Doris is an amazing woman who is both kind and appreciative.  Her memory enriches conversations with all who cross her path.  She is actively engaged in life, asking those around her how things are going. Doris continues to volunteer in the Village Store two mornings each week. (From the Daily Courier on March 10, 2019)
April 11:   Training for Youth/Adult Acolytes and Lectors

For those who would like to serve as an  acolyte (youth or adults) - a.k.a. chalice ministers, sub-deacons, or altar ministers. Mandatory training/re-training date: April 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary.
For those who would like to serve as a  lector. Mandatory training/re-training date: April 11 at 1 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
Fair Trade vs Fair Trade Plus

JustCoffee is more than fair trade.  Fair Trade is a step in the right direction.  It guarantees a set price for the beans regardless of the commodity price.  But most Fair Trade organizations buy raw beans only and process them outside of Mexico.  Market price of fair trade coffee is significantly higher.   Café'Justo (JustCoffee) calls itself Fair Trade plus.  The cooperative owns and manages all the processing in Mexico.  They set the price of the coffee. With the additional income, the growers not only support their families, they invest in their future.
JustCoffee is more than fair trade.  Comparison tables show the difference between convention coffee, fair trade coffee and JustCoffee.
Nurse's Notes
Last month we posed possible questions/problems about "navigating your health care", and here are some  possible approaches you might find helpful in addressing your particular situation.

1. Keep a notebook or folder including important records. 
2. You can obtain any of your health care records by requesting them. 
3. Be aware of your particular cancer screening modalities: e.g., stool samples or colonoscopy, mammograms, prostate cancer screen, or specialty follow-up as needed, such as dermatological, neurological, cardiology.
4. Discuss your long-term health care directives with a chosen friend or relative. 
5. Attend medical appointments with an agenda. List the problems and questions you want addressed.
6. Keep a list of all the medications you take. 
For a more in depth listing  click here .

Please feel welcome to send us questions regarding health so that we might foster overall wellness as well as  spiritual wellness.

Julie Cargill: or Keehna Sture at

Time and Talent Survey 2019
Please turn in your completed TIME & TALENT SURVEY 2019 this weekend by placing it in the offering basket or in the box under the poster in the Gathering Space.  All forms need to be turned in by Easter Sunday, April 21.  Thank you all for taking the time and sharing your talents at St Luke's.  
Blessings, Lauree Birchmeier
Homeless School Children
The Outreach Commission has been made aware of this in a very profound way. In February Laurie Marley, homeless liaison for Chino Valley Unified School District , shared stories and experiences.
As of February 4, 2019, there are 318 homeless students in the district. That is almost 13% of the students. The state average is 4-6%. Twelve Chino Valley High School students are homeless and on their own. Children sleep in sheds, garages, campgrounds, and with friends and relatives. Prescott Unified School District and Prescott Valley Unified School District have a lower percentage of homeless students.
Many children live in situations that most of us have never imagined. The little kids don't understand that other children have their own bed or even their own room. The older students prefer to keep their life a secret from their friends until they absolutely can't.  Click here to read stories of local students.
We, as a Loving and Caring Parish, can make a difference by stepping up to the plate to help these students thrive and succeed.
Questions may be directed to Mary Hallford @ 602-796-1177 or Lyneal Nick @ 928-830-8005.
Saint Luke's Weekend Food Pantry is proud to announce that thus far this year we have served 514 individuals and made a donation of 240 food items to the three food banks Saint Luke's serves. We would like to Thank, B-Organic Farms, Paulden Food Bank and The Center for Spiritual Living for their generous donations to the Food Pantry, as well as those parishioners who are donating food, bags and making monetary donations to the Pantry. We are excited to announce that we are serving new individuals from the community weekly.
Journey Jottings: 
Notes from St. Luke's Deacon in Formation
Keehna Sture
Deacon formation classes were held on Saturday, 
March 16 th , at our usual location: the Cathedral, in Phoenix. Our morning session was Part II of the Book of Common Prayer, taught by Rev. Judy Turberg. She had given us an interesting assignment to complete in preparation for the class: the planning of hypothetical liturgies for Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer during Lent; alternatives for celebrating major feasts that fall during the Lenten season; how to make worship space accessible to, and inclusive of, the handicapped; and writing a Collect to celebrate the gifts of one of our classmates. We also spent some time discussing how deacons can use their individual gifts in creating and/or shaping liturgies that truly touch the hearts and spirits of those who attend. It was a great class!
Adult Formation Opportunities

  Book Study - On the Brink of Everything 
Wednesdays, 11 a.m. in the Library

  Romans Bible Study 
Wednesdays, 6 p.m.(during Lent) in the Conference Room
Did you know we offer online giving?
St. Luke's offers secure online giving through Vanco. 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  and click on the blue 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 the role they play in the life of this region.
Food Donation Program
Thank you for your continued support each week of the weekly food donation program which benefits  three area food banks The counting of the food takes place each Monday and then is divided up for the three food banks.

For the week of March 30/31: 298 food items were collected

This week's shopping list: 
peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, canned tuna, canned fruit
Weekly Attendance & Giving
March 30/31  -   Attendance: 276    Pledge: $11,480   Plate:  $828
Honoring Special Dates
April 7: Chelsea Ghan, Kaci Brown
April 8: Maxine Tartt
April 9: Kathryn Barber
April 10: Lynette Barnett
April 11: Pat Coleman, Ken Simpkins
April 12: Michael Staudt, Ken Wagner, Ruthie Rothgery
April 13: Kitty Chase

April 10: Dan & Betty Phillips

Our Prayer lists
For those in need:  A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Andrea, Angela, Ashley, Baby Nolan, Barb,  Bea, Betsy, Brandon, Brian, Brittany, Bruce, Carol, Carolyn, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Christine, Christopher, Chuck, Cindy, Claire, Clare, Connor, Courtney, Daniel, Dave, David, Dawn Ellen, Ellie, David, Debbie, Derrick, Dianne, Don, Donald, Donna, Dorothy, Dott, Dyla, Ed, Enrique, Ephra, Ernie, Evelyn, Francis, Fred, Gary, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, George, Gerry, Gil & Joanie, Gina, Gisela, Glory, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank,. Hal & Karen, Harris, Harry, Heidi, Ian, Ileen, Jack H., Jack K., Jade, Jason, Jean, Jeanne, Jeri, Jerry, Joan, Joe, Joel, John, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karin, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken, Kimball, Kira, Kristi, Lane, Layla, Lea, Les G., Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Mary, Matt, Max, Maxine, Megan, Melissa, Micaela, Michael, Michaela, Mike, Miriam, Nancy, Nolan (baby), Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Pete, Peter, Quentin, Reed, Renita, Ricardo, Rich, Richard, Rick, Rob, Rosey, Roxann and family, Ruth, Sabrina, Salem, Sandy, Sean, Sally, Sharon, Shea, Sheri, Shirley, Skip, Steven, Sue, Sue & Wally, Susan, Susan S., Susan R., Suzette, Tammy, Ted, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, T.J. & Lane, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Tom & Moni, Tony, Trey, Tricia, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, Will, William, Zachary, Zelma

For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Diocese of Nairobi (Kenya)
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St Peter's (Casa Grande)
St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank, Prescott Valley Food Bank, Chino Valley Food Bank

For the Yavapai-Apache Nation
For Bishop Zak and Amagoro Junior Academy
For our companion Diocese in Navajoland
Scripture Readings
The Fifth Sunday in Lent
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday in the Fifth Week of Lent

Canticle 2 or 13

Daniel 3:14-20,24-28

John 8:31-42

Worship Ministers for April 6 & 7

5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant & Preacher:  The Rev. Denise Muller
Chalice Minister:  Ed Hume
Greeters: Susan Lohn, Tom Snodgrass  
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher: The Rev. Denise Muller
Chalice Minister:  Gib McIntosh
Greeters/Ushers:  Kathryn Barber, Sylvia McIntosh
Welcome Table:  Francois & Deborah Maurice

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

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher: The Rev. Denise Muller
Sub-Deacon:  Larry Neece
Chalice Minister:  Lucy Kemper
Chalice Minister: Liz Kennedy
Altar Minister:  Bill Christy
Reader 1:  Tani Mendrickson
Reader 2:  Barbara Lake
Prayers:  Brenda Schwartz
Verger:  Michael Staudt
Greeters:  Jim & Kathy Pessin
Welcome Table: Darrell Anderson & Susan Bray-Anderson
Ushers:  Bruce & Geni Lequesne
Asst. Ushers:  Barbara Baker-Rosenberg & Rich Schwartz
Altar Guild Team:  Robin Borok, Mary Halford, Joy Ramsey Smith, Katie Staudt, Kathy MacCauley, Phyllis Maruna

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.
We are looking for coffee hour hosts for April and May!

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

Hosts for April 7:
Pat & Carmen Welter

Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2019 flower chart is 
posted in the Narthex.

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.
 There are no flowers on the altar during Lent.
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 pm at St. Luke's in the Conference Room, with the exception of the summer months.
Visit 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.
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.
Thumb Butte Quilters

Quilters meet the second Monday of the month in the Parish Hall at 9:00 am.  For more information email the current president by  clicking here .
Prescott Chamber Orchestra
The Prescott Chamber Orchestra holds its weekly rehearsals and concerts at St. Luke's. Visit 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 for tickets and more information.
In the Community
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 .
Census 2020 needs you!
Make your next job count! The 2020 Census will count all the people living in the United States of America and your help is needed. A variety of positions are available with a pay range of $13.75 - $19.50/hour. Apply here:

Click here for informational flyer.
Service Schedule
Sunday Services:  
Saturday 5:30 pm Spoken Eucharist
 Sunday 8:00 am Eucharist with hymns
Sunday 10:00 am Eucharist with Choir

First Sunday of the month 9:15 am Family Eucharist

Weekday Services:
  • Wednesday 10 am           Healing Service with Communion
  • Thursday 9:00 am            Morning Prayer 
  • 2nd & 4th Friday 9:00 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.
Email Address for Epistle Submissions

Submissions for the weekly Epistle should be sent to: .

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 


Please contact the church office
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Phone: (928) 778-4499