St. Luke's Weekly Epistle

Week of March 25 , 2018

 From Pierre-Henry
We are about to enter in Holy Week following Jesus from his entrance in Jerusalem surrounded by a cheerful crowd, to the solitude of Gethesemane, and to his passion and death, on a cross mocked by the crowds.  We know that Jesus' life and mission do not end at the cross of Good Friday.  The heart and center of our Christian faith is precisely that the cross is empty, as the tomb is empty.  Holy Week is the gateway that will lead us to the joy, hope, and new beginning of Easter morning, when  we will once again joyfully proclaim that the Lord is risen.  Let us follow Christ in his passion, keeping the light of the ressurrection in mind.  

I wish you a blessed and meaningful Holy Week.  

In Christ's love.

Holy Week Schedule
Palm Sunday
March 24  5:30 pm
March 25    8:00 & 10:00 am
Wednesday in Holy Week
March 28
Holy Eucharist & Healing 10:00am
Maundy Thursday
March 29
9:00 am Celtic Morning Prayer
7:00 pm Holy Eucharist & Foot Washing
From 8:00 pm to 8:00 am
Vigil of Prayer in the Chapel
Good Friday
March 30
Noon & 7:00 pm Good Friday Liturgy
Holy Saturday
March 31
Time of rest and silence - no office
On Good Friday, offerings are invited from across The Episcopal Church to support the four dioceses in the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East.  Funds are used to promote peace and mutual understanding through pastoral care, health care, and educational programs throughout the region.
Easter Service Schedule
Bring your bell to ring with the Easter Alleluias!
Saturday March 31
7:00 pm
The greatest celebration of the year!
Sunday April 1
8:00 & 10:00 am
Easter Holy Eucharist
9:00 am (Meditation Room)
Family Eucharist - Easter
It's that time of year, again!  Flowers are in bloom, trees are budding, and the weather is warming up.

We are asking for your assistance with our Spring Clean-up Day.  Please bring your cleaning supplies, outdoor gardening tools, paint brushes and supplies to help us welcome Spring at St. Luke's.

Help is needed cleaning the kitchen, tiding the flowerbeds, sanitizing nursery toys and doing a bit of painting.  Many hands make ane easy workload.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 7 from 9 to 12.

Many Thanks, Katie Staudt (Jr. Warden)
The Fellowship Committee is hosting a soup supper on Wednesday, March the 28th.  There are no classes that evening, just fellowship as we prepare for Maundy Thursday  Good Friday, and Easter.  5pm. Please join us.
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, LEARN and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and there Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. 
Amen.   (BCP 236)

We learn by by reading the Bible again and again...and again and again, always discovering something new.  A good study bible is a great start.  Commentary series can help you go even deeper into God's word. (Check out the Parish Library)
(adapted from: Walk in Love by Scott Gunn & Melody Wilson Shobe)
The office will be closed Easter Monday, April 2.
Easter  is Coming . . .
and so are two Easter brunches.  Sign-up sheets are in the gathering hall--one for 8 am and one for 10 am.  PLEASE let us know how many are coming and what you are bringing to contribute.  It's always a great celebration!
We always have newcomers on Easter and this is a great way to welcome them to our Christian family.
Becoming Beloved Community

Almighty God, who created us in your own image:  Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it  in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen 
(The Book of Common Prayer)

.It can feel overwhelming to tackle "systemic racism" in all its depth and complexity.  Criminal justice reform is a project many of us can wrap our minds, hands, and hearts around.  Prisons tell the truth about racism more clearly than almost any other institution; black, Latino, and indigenous people make up such a disproportionate percentage of the group detained by the criminal justice system that it is  difficult to even apply the  word "justice" to the conversation. The Episcopal Church is committing itself to criminal justice reform and healing the impact of mass incarceration in a variety of ways.      
(Source: Becoming Beloved Community, House of Bishops)
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. Please mark your donation with Easter Flowers. 

To give a gift of Easter flowers for the church and chapel this Easter, please click here for Easter flowers form. You may also pick one up in the Gathering Hall. They must be submitted by Monday, March 26.
Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King is having a Discernment and Training Day on Saturday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Conference Room at St. Luke's. We invite all women of the church to attend and learn about Daughters.

There is no commitment to join Daughters but if you are interested either now, or after the class, this training session is necessary. There will be a signup sheet in the Gathering Hall. There will be beverages served and we ask that you bring a sack lunch. Hope to see many of you. If you have questions, please talk to one of the Daughters of the King.
Yard Sale
Saturday, April 14
8:00 am to 2:30

Please bring your treasures!
Sunday, April 8 through Wednesday, April 11
If you cannot deliver, our drivers can pick up.  
Sign-up sheets are available in the Gathering Hall.

Please no books and no clothes!

Items needed in addition to your treasure:  plastic/paper bags, tissue for glass wear.
Thank You!
United Thank Offering (UTO) In-gathering is May 13!
Your Invitation to Walk in the Steps of the Celtic Saints...
A Celtic Spirituality Pilgrimage 2018 (October 7-17)
Christians from all denominations have been inspired and amazed at the rediscovery of the story of how the Gospel came to the British Isles. 

You are invited to join the Rector (Timothy Dombek) and members of Advent Episcopal Church your own Celtic Spirituality Pilgrimage. W e'll be accompanied by the Rev. Simon Airey, an Anglican priest, professional storyteller, and a member of the Northumbria Community. Simon will share with us the stories of the saints, the places where they lived, and other sacred spots where heaven touches the earth.

We will look at why this Celtic Version of Christianity is so exciting and relevant for us today, and why the hierarchy of the church struggled with insights that we are now embracing again. We will experience worship influenced by the Celtic Christianity expression that exists today.

For more information, including travel costs, itinerary  and requirements, download the full-color brochure and all relevant forms from our website by clicking here or simply call Timothy Dombek at Advent Episcopal Church, 623-584-0350 or my cell phone at 602-615-1352. 
Need Yarn . . .

and maybe a few volunteers to knit or crochet winter hats/scarves for November Outreach Collections.  Remember that yarn you bought to make a blanket and then talked yourself out of making and which now sits in your closet unused?  Or how about that extra skein, or leftovers from other projects?  The Outreach Committee will take any and all yarn spring cleaning efforts from now until April 29.  Look for the collection bag next to the Outreach table in the Gathering Hall.  Over 700 clients (half of which are children) are served at three local non-profits that distribute warm winter clothing.  If you would like knit or crochet items, using your favorite pattern and yarn from the collection bag, contact Carol Covert (928-515-1630).  
Visit our website!
Be sure to visit our website,, every so often! There is a great section at the bottom of the Home page entitled "News & Updates" that contains information on recent events at St. Luke's along with some wonderful photos. 
Did you know we offer online giving?
St. Luke's offers secure online giving through Faithstreet. 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 green 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 role they play in the life of this region.
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 banksThe counting of the food takes place each Monday and then is divided up for the three food banks.

For the week of March 17-18,  90 food items were collected!!

This week's shopping list: 
Peanut Butter, macaroni and cheese, canned tuna, canned milk
Weekly Attendance & Giving
3/10-11:  Attendance - 223
                   Pledge - $8,639
                   Plate - $ 551
3/17-18:  Data will be posted next week
Honoring Special Dates
March 25:  Wilma Hammond, Thomas Mann
March 26:  Madelon Cianfrani, Ann Hoaglund, Grace McFarland
March 27:  Eddie Gillam Jr., Percy Wright 
March 28:  Martha Bernatz, Kristine Donovan
March 29:  Steve Bracety, Matthew Opitz, Marcia Reinhart, Henen Ruginis
March 31:  Nina Hess, Nancy Simpkins

March 26:  Robert McCaullay & Pat McKee
March 27:  Scott & Carol Hein
March 28:  Ed & Hedy Sullivan
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J.,Adam,  Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Angela, April + baby & family, Art, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Brandon, Brien, Brittany, Bruce, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl, Chris,  Christopher, Chuck, Claire, Connor, Daniel,  David, Denise, Dianne, Dick, Donald, Dott, Dylan, Ed, Enrique, Evelyn, Francis, Fred, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, Gerry, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank, Harold & Wilma. Harris, Harry, Ian, Ileen, Jack, Jack H., Jean, Jeanne, Jerry, Jim, Joe, Joel, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karin, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken,  Kimball, Kira,  Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea, Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Micaela, Michael, Michaela, Michele, Miriam, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Peter,  Preston, Reed, Renita, Rich, Rick, Ron, Rosey, Ruth, Salem, Sandy, Shea, Sheri,Shirley, Skip, Steve, Steven, Susan, Susan S.,  Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Trey, Tricia, Sue, Sue & Wally, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, Zelma

...for those in our Armed Forces:
Echo, Brian
...for the Yavapai-Apache Nation
...for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Dioceses of Brechin (Scotland)
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  St.Francis in the Valley (Green Valley)
...for our companion Diocese:  Diocese of Navajoland
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: United Thank Offering, Quixote's Garage
Scripture Readings
The Sunday of the Passion
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Psalm 70
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Hebrews 12:1-3
John 13:21-32
Weekly Worship Assistants for March 24-25, 2018
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Ernie Howell
Greeters:  Doug & Pat Ogburn
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Nancy Carmichael
Greeters:  Roger & Cynthia Crull
Ushers:  Marjorie Hultberg & Sally Phelps
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Jack Wolter
Sub-deacon:  Bill Christy
Chalice Minister:  Lucy Kemper
Chalice Minister:  Liz Kennedy
Altar Minister:  Monte Anderson
Reader 1:  Wini Larson
Reader 2:  Andy Wallace
Prayers:  Barbara Harber
Verger:  Dwight Willman
Greeters:  David & Barbara Brubaker
Welcome Table:  Diane Mazmanian & Genell Lee
Ushers:  Lynne Wells & Jean Ehlers
Asst. Ushers:  Ken & Peggy Wagner
Oblationers:  Sue Lutz & Barbara Lake
Altar Guild Team:  Robin Borok, Mary Hallford, 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. This is an important part of the fellowship of St. Luke's Church. 

Sunday March 18 hosts:
Carmen & Pat Welter

Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2018 flower chart is
now 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.
No Altar Flowers 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 p.m. at St. Luke's in the Conference Room with the exception of the summer months.

Visit 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 April 19. 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. The next concert of the season is April 28 at 2:30 p.m. 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.
The next performance will take place on Saturday April 21 at 3 p.m.
Visit for tickets and more information.
In the Community
Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity
For general information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity and for information for this event, visit For Family Selection Criteria brochure, click  here .


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Service Schedule
Sunday Services:  
Saturday 5:30 pm Spoken Eucharist
 Sunday 8:00 am  Eucharist with hymns
Sunday 10:00 am Eucharist with Choir

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

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Phone: (928) 778-4499