St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of March 31, 2019
Welcoming and Seating of the Bishop
God requires his people to shine as lights in the world. It is not merely the ministers who are required to do this, but every disciple of Christ. -- Ellen G. White
Trinity Cathedral cordially invites you to the Welcoming and Seating of the Bishop in the Cathedral for The Rt. Rev. Jennifer A. Reddall VI Bishop of Arizona on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 5 o'clock in the evening at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.   Your prayers and presence requested. A r eception will follow.
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!
St. Luke's Ministry Fair was a huge success!
Thank you to everyone who came to the Ministry Fair. It is our hope that you were able to connect with a ministry that suits you and will enrich your life as you grow and serve.
Special thanks to all who provided displays and were on hand to answer questions.
 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). 

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. 
Easter Hospitality

Sharing food and conversation with parishioners and  visitors is a great way to celebrate the Good News of Easter. We will be offering hospitality to all in the parish hall after both the 8am and 10am services on Easter Sunday. Please consider helping with this important ministry.  Signups will be in the Gathering Hall next week.
Save the Date:   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 6 at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary.

For those who would like to serve as a lector. Mandatory training/re-training date: April 6 at 1 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

 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)
Yarn Needed
The Outreach Committee is collecting yarn for crafters to make sorely winter accessories to meet the need in our communities this fall. Place donations in the collection bag next to the Outreach table in the Gathering Hall this weekend ONLY.  Best yarn for these hats and scarves: Red Heart Super Saver or comparable weight, in bright colors. Over 700 clients are served at the three non-profits that distribute warm winter clothing and about half of those clients are children. If interested in helping to knit or crochet these items, please contact Carol Covert 928-515-1630.
Fry's Community Rewards
Shop at Fry's and earn money for St. Luke's! You must select St. Luke's Episcopal Church as your preferred charitable organization here: You can also learn more about the program by visiting this site.

From December 1, 2018 through February 28, 2019, 55 households listed St. Luke's as their preferred charitable organization which earned us $148.17 in donations from Fry's.
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
Greetings form the Membership Commission. By now you should have picked-up or received by mail your 2019 Time and Talent Survey. Please take the time to read it over and mark with an "X" any volunteering you are currently doing at St Luke's. If you see a new interest please mark with an "N". If you are interested in something not listed please just write it in the margins. Please return your survey on or  before Easter Sunday, April 21 . If you have any questions please call me at 989-859-5381.

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.
Enneagram Workshop at St. Andrew's on April 6
The Enneagram is a map of human growth and development which combines the wisdom of the sacred traditions and modern psychology to describe nine personality types and how they interact with one another.

The Enneagram Workshop is being offered at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 100 Arroyo Piñon Drive in West Sedona on Saturday April 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $30. Register to reserve your spot,

For more info, click here for flyer.
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 23/24: 39 food items were collected.

This week's shopping list: 
canned soup, hot cereal, rice dried beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
March 23-24  -   Attendance: 274    Pledge: $4,564   Plate:  $2,422
Honoring Special Dates
March 31: Nina Hess, Nancy Simpkins
April 1: Nancy Del Mar
April 2: Karen Wiggins
April 3: Vanessa Chirichella, Bill Johnson
April 4: Linda Leon
April 5: Linda Schwab, Doris Highland,
April 5: Fr. Pierre-Henry Buisson,  Ellie Lassiter, Elizabeth Ruster-McGregor

April 1: Dave & Barb Burbaker
April 2: Dennis & Renee McKnight
April 5: Tony & Nancy Reynolds

Our Prayer lists
For those in need:  A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Andrea, Angela, Ashley, Baby Nolan, Barb,  Bea, Betsy, Brandon, Brian, Brittany, Bruce, Carmen, Carol, Carolyn, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Christopher, Chuck, 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, Kathleen & Philip, 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 Mumbai (North India)
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St John's (Bisbee)
St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: United Thank Offering, Granite Creek Hunger Ministry, Stagger Straight Emergency Shelter

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

Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Lent

Psalm 145:8-19

Isaiah 49:8-15

John 5:19-29

Worship Ministers for March 30-31, 2019

5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant & Preacher:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Art Villemure
Greeters: Susan Lohn, Tom Snodgrass
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Bill Christy
Greeters/Ushers:  Cynthia Moreno, Sally Phelps

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Rev. Denise Muller
Preacher: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Sub-Deacon:  Monte Anderson
Chalice Minister:  Steven Dear
Chalice Minister:  Cynthia Dear
Altar Minister:  Beth Shaw
Reader 1:  Wini Larson
Reader 2:  Patricia Anderson
Prayers:  Barbara Harber
Verger:  Larry Griffin
Greeters:  Joan Lane, Doris Schoeben
Welcome Table: Linda Taylor
Ushers:  Lauree Birchmeier, Lynne Wells
Asst. Ushers:  Jean Ehlers, Becky Hansen
Altar Guild Team:  Nancy Reynolds, Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Brenda Holden, Betty Gass, Doris Schoeben, Barb Brubaker, Tigger Gillam

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 March 31:
Jack & Alice Parker
Deacon Chris Christy
Darell Anderson

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