St. Luke's Weekly Epistle

Week of February 18 , 2018

A Magical Journey
Michael Goodluck, Navajo Flutist and Story Teller
The father of two children, Michael has dedicated himself to combating alcohol and drug abuse in the Navajo Nation as a Youth Coordinator working with Fighting Back, Inc. He adheres to this personal statement; "Each one of us has a unique opportunity to make this world the best it can become-for ourselves and the people around us."

As for his music, Michael has crafted his own line of flutes for 25 years. The haunting melodies that accompany his stories add a special element to the experience.

You're invited to meet him in person on Saturday February, 17, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at St. Luke's in the Parish Hall.

Building Bridges of Understanding dedicated to Caring, Learning, Interacting, Participating.
Lent 2018
Our Lenten program, featuring our Wednesday Series with Soup Suppers in the Parish Hall at 5 p.m. and Study at 6 p.m., will begin on Wednesday, February 21. 

Centering Prayer will take place on Friday, February 23, at 9 a.m. in the Meditation Room.

Weekly services include: 
  • Healing & Eucharist Service on Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
  • Celtic Morning Prayer on Thursdays at 9 a.m.
  • Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 12 p.m.
  • Morning Prayer will be offered at 8 a.m. in the Chapel every weekday (M-F) from February 15 to Good Friday.
  • Sacramentum - Video Series on Sunday afternoons in the Parish Library (starts at 5 p.m. on Feb. 18, 25; March 4; starts at 4 p.m. on March 11, 18, 25)
There are also monthly or bi-monthly weekday offerings. For details on all of this and more click here for our Lent 2018 program pamphlet.
Parish Office Closed on Monday, February 19 for Presidents' Day

Ultreya - February 24
Meet in the Classroom Wing! Potluck and fellowship from 12 - 1 p.m. Ultreya begins at 1 p.m.

Susan Bray-Anderson and Deacon Chris Christy will be our speakers.

Music, encouragement, discussion, and fellowship
Spanish Pilgrims would greet each other with "Ultreya!" or "Keep Going!" as they were on pilgrimage. It was an expression of encouragement to fellow travelers; a way to remind each other we don't walk alone. Ultreya gives us an opportunity for encouragement, support and love in our walks with God.

Everyone is welcome.
Sacramentum - Forming Sacred Community to Explore Jesus
        . . . TO GO DEEPER?

Belonging - Christ calls us not only to belong to him, but to other believers in a local faith community.  The Baptismal Covenant reminds us that we all belong to something greater.  We all belong to a group of people loved by God.  This kinship spreads across the whole world.  It includes the people we love and the people we have a hard time loving.  This week we will discuss the relationship between our experience at the Ash Wednesday service and our understanding of the Baptismal Covenant.  Our video presenter is Wendy Claire Barrie. Please join us this Sunday in the Parish Library from 5:00-6:30 to explore belonging through the lens of the Baptismal covenant and the Book of Common Prayer.

Read, Mark, and Inwardly Digest
These words from the Book of Common Prayer remind us of a way to interact with scripture.
The Good Book Club is a church-wide program that invites us to read the gospel of Luke and the book of Acts during Lent and Easter this year. CALENDARS and INDIVIDUAL BOOKS OF  THE GOSPEL OF LUKE are available in the Gathering Hall. Click below to view an invitation to join the Good Book Club from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.            
Becoming Beloved Community

As we begin our Lenten Journey one option is to choose "Becoming Beloved Community" as our Lenten discipline, opening our hearts and minds to a theology and practice that offers a way of living into justice and reconciliation as a way of life.

This week our emphasis is on the first step, which is "telling the truth".  As individuals, Lent challenges us to deepen our understanding of the truth in our lives as examined by the values and light of the Gospel of Christ. Q:  Will you persevere in resisting evil, and whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?  A: We will with God's help.

For reflection:  Read the detailed description of  "Becoming Beloved Community" (available online), focusing on "Telling the Truth" (pages 9-12).  For further information contact Mary Queen (

Inquirers' Class
Do you want to become a member of the Episcopal Church?
An eight-week series of Inquirers' Classes, to be led by The Rev'd Jack M. Wolter, will begin on March 11, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. in the Conference Room of St. Luke's Church to prepare those persons who have not yet been sacramentally confirmed (coming from a Protestant tradition) or received (coming from a Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox tradition) by a bishop in the Episcopal Church, or those who simply want to refresh their understanding of the practice of the Christian Faith in our tradition.
YOU are invited to join us for these presentations and discussions! We hope you will be a participant!
What is volunteerism at St. Luke's?
First and foremost it is selfless service to both the congregation and the community that is highly revered, acknowledged and appreciated. It rises out of a prayerful desire to channel our God-given talents and that often results in deepening spiritual growth as we follow Jesus. Volunteerism takes many forms from Altar ministry and Fellowship activities to supporting local food banks and driving for People Who Care.
Along with the desire to demonstrate God's love to others through service come solemn responsibilities. Chief among these is to honor our commitments to ourselves and others. When life happens and we are unable to keep our committed promises, then we are charged with the responsibility to find a replacement. To demonstrate the devastating results of failure to do so, we need not look further than a recent Sunday worship service when 5 of 15 scheduled volunteers failed to honor their commitment. Thanks to our extraordinary Vergers, other trained volunteers in attendance were tapped to step up and fill in where needed. This last minute scramble creates unnecessary confusion and results in a disruption of our most reverent and cherished celebration of the Lord.   Volunteers are vital to the functioning of our church services and by extension, our church lives.
As Volunteer Coordinator at St. Luke's, I thank each and every one of you for the selfless and generous gift of your time and talents to your church family and your community. We are so blessed to have a remarkable number of dedicated servants for the Lord. The staff constantly voices its gratitude to you all. We are reminded that our most powerful demonstration of our love of Jesus is through serving others. Thank you my brothers and sisters in Christ.

-Jean Ehlers
Socks & Souls -  Warming Souls through Soles
The churches throughout the Diocese will be collecting socks over the next 2 weeks! They will be given to those served at a Foot Washing & Foot Care ministry on Maundy Thursday at Trinity Cathedral. Being collected are new, white, men's tube socks in packs of 3, 5, 6, 10 and 12 pairs. 

(Unused socks will be donated to ICM Food & Clothing Bank and Central Arizona Shelter Services.)
nited Thank Offering
It's the time of the year when we have the opportunity to give money to UTO. Offerings from us and other Episcopal churches transforms lives in every imaginable way in the United States and around the world.  It's easy:
  1. Give Thanks to God for your Blessings
  2. Make an Offering in your Blue Box, envelope or whatever you'd like to use for each Blessing.
  3. Every penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and dollar offered in thanks through United Thank Offering is given to God's mission in the world.
  4. Your Blessings become blessings for others.
Your UTO donations will be collected on May 13.
Disaster Preparedness Workshop
Fire. Area power outage. Active shooter. Extreme weather.

These and other threats could affect your church facility, the congregation, and your
community. It's important to know what to do and who to call during a crisis. Don't leave it
to chance. Come learn how your church can prepare.

Saturday, March 24, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 322 N. Horne, Mesa, AZ, 85203. For flyer, click  here. RSVP at
Help Needed with Educational Scholarship Applications
As we did last year, St. Luke's will be awarding two $1000 scholarships to graduating seniors in the Quad Cities area.  The scholarships may be used for tuition, books, and other expenses of attending an accredited college or university, junior or community college, or vocational/trade school.  Applications are due March 30, 2018, and the awards will be announced at the 10:00 a.m. service on Sunday, May 6, 2018.  Between the application deadline and the announcement of the awards, we need volunteers to serve in three capacities:
  • Reading and reviewing the applications for completeness
  • Reading and evaluating the required two to three page essays
  • Interviewing the finalists on Saturday, April 28, 2018
If you would like to participate in the scholarship review in one of these ways or have any questions, please get in touch with Mary Berkheiser at
Prescott Area Shelter Services (PASS) - Collection Continues
The wish list for Prescott Area Shelter Services includes things such as: laundry and dish soap, coffee, toilet paper, office supplies and more. Click  here to see complete list. Items can be brought to the Gathering Hall. Thank you for your help!
Photographers Wanted!

Have you taken any photos at a recent church event? The Communication Commission would love to share them on our media outlets! The photos can be of meetings, special events, and anything in between! Cell phone pictures are welcomed. Please email the largest size available photos to or text them to 734-771-2397. Thank you!

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 Feb. 10-11,  153 food items were collected!!
  225 food items from Thumb Butte Quilters
This week's shopping list: 
Canned soup, hot cereal, rice, dried beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
2/10-11:  Attendance - 294
                   Pledge - data next week
                   Plate - data next week
Honoring Special Dates
February 18: Alan Robertson, Peggy Wagner
February 19: Fred Brane, HJeather Dievendorff, John Euson, Lisa MacNamera
February 20: Blake Games, Kathleen MacCauleyr

February 19: Gary & Karen Kensing
February 20: Harold & Wilma Hammond, Andrew & Beth Newton
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Angela, April + baby & family, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Beth L., Betty, Brandon, Brien, Brittany, Bruce, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl, Chris,  Christopher, Chuck, Claire, Connor, Daniel,  David, Denise, Dianne, Don, Donald, Dott, Dylan, Ed, Enrique, Evelyn,  Fred, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, Gerry, Grace, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank, Harold & Wilma. Harris, Harry, Ian, Ileen, Jack, Jack H., Jean, Jeanne, Jerry, Joann, Joe, Joel, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Juliann, 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, Robert, Ron, Rosey, Ruth, Salem, Sandy, Shea, Sheri,Shirley, Skip, Steve, Steven, Susan,Susan S.,  Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Tracie, Trey, Tricia, Sue, Sue & Wally, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, Zelma

...for those in our Armed Forces (Please send us the names of loved ones actively serving.):
Echo, Brian
...for the Yavapai Nation
...for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Dioceses of Blackburn, Blackburn-Brunley, & Blackburn-Lancastetr (England))
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  Church of the Epiphany (Flagstaff)
...for our companion Diocese:  Diocese of Navajoland
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: U.S. Vets/Troop Support, United Thank Offering, United Blood Services Blood Drive, Boy Scout Troop#10 
Scripture Readings
The First Sunday of Lent
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Psalm 51:11-18
Jonah 3:1-10
Luke 11:29-32
Weekly Worship Assistants for February 17-18, 2018
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Sharon Tootle
Greeters: Doug & Pat Ogburn
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: The Staudt Family
Greeters:  Jim & Pam Damm
Ushers:  Duncan & Julia Weir
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Richard Lassiter
Sub-deacon:  TBA
Chalice Minister:  Charles Covert
Chalice Minister:  Beth Shaw
Altar Minister: Lucy Kemper
Reader 1: Rich Schwartz
Reader 2:  Brenda Schwartz
Prayers:  Zibbie Wolter
Verger:  Larry Griffin
Greeters:  Ted & Genell Lee
Welcome Table:  Beth Shaw & Dave Brubaker
Ushers: Bob & Laura Norman
Asst. Ushers:  Diane Mazmanian & Lynne Wells
Oblationers: Chuck Taylor & Sharon Tootle
Altar Guild Team: Nancy Reynolds, Barbara Baker-Rosenberg,
Brenda Holden, Evelyn David, Betty Gass, Doris Shoeben 

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. 

From the Fellowship Commission: Don't forget to sign up for providing goodies for the Sunday Morning Coffees after the 10 a.m. service. The food provided does not have to be elaborate - just something to munch on while we get to visit our fellow parishioners.

Hosts on February 18: Pierre-Henry & Sophie Buisson

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 March 15. For more info, call AZ Children's Association at 928-443-1991.

Girl Scouts Troop 79

Troop 79, which will begin meeting again after the summer months, 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 Family Selection Criteria brochure, click here.

For general information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity and for information for this event, visit

Prescott Noon Lions Club
Want to give back and help the less fortunate in our community?
Join the Prescott  Noon Lions Club, the most active Lions Club in 7 Western states. Contact Mike Franklin at for more information on the club and how to come to a meeting as a guest to check us out.
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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