St. Luke's Weekly Epistle

Week of October 8 , 2017

A prayer of lament for those who grieve and to remember those in need of healing after the shooting in Las Vegas:

Eternal God, hear the cries of your people. Do not ignore our pleas for your mercy. We cry out to you; we beg you to hear our petitions. Behold now all who grieve; let them, by your Spirit, know of your compassion, even as their hearts are broken and their lives pierced with the pain of sorrow in the deep valley of grief. Bring comfort to those who yearn for healing from injury and bless with your wisdom and tenderness those who care for them. We confess that you have been our God in ages past; be now our God of steadfast love and mercy for years to come. Amen.

The Rev. Lowell G. Almen
Bishop of the Grand Canyon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Acolyte Training
The word Acolyte is a traditional general term which means "assistant" and applies to all worship ministers.  Acolytes embody the ministry of all the baptized and play a vital role in helping the clergy cultivate an environment in which worship may be celebrated with reverence and awe, allowing for full participation by the congregation.

Would you like to serve at the Altar?  If the answer is "yes", or "maybe," please join us for our annual training/retraining on: 
TOMORROW!!  --->  Saturday, October 7, at 10:00 AM
Blessing of the Animals THIS Sunday at 2 pm!
In honor of St. Francis Day, St. Luke's will hold a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 8, at 2 p.m. Don't miss this special event! 

Warm for Winter - First Week Update
St. Luke's Youth Group did a great job Sunday collecting the first week's donations and cataloging what was received. 

There was a total of 137 items: 11 children's items, 5 adult pants, 1 pair women's shoes, 22 men's coats, 14 women's sweaters and coats, and 84 knit hats.

The green "Warm for Winter" donation box is located in the Gathering Hall next to the Outreach table. Please continue to help others be warm during the winter.  Donations will be accepted through October 21.

Thank you from the Outreach Commission and Youth Group!

Outreach Committee welcomes guest speaker from Prescott Area Shelter Services to its October 9 meeting 

The monthly meeting of the Outreach Committee will take place on Monday, October 9 at 4 p.m. in the Conference Room. Carmen Fredrick from  P.A.S.S.(Prescott Area Shelter Services) will be present as a guest speaker! All are welcome. Bring a friend!
Prescott Chorale Performance on October 14 at 3 pm
The first performance of the 2017-18 season for the Prescott Chorale, entitled "Music Gives Voice to the Soul," is on Saturday, October 14, at 3 p.m. at St. Luke's. Pre-concert talk, given by Dennis Houser, happens 30 minutes prior to the concert. Program includes works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, John Tavener, and Arvo Pärt. Ticket prices: adults $21 online ($22 at the door); youth 13 - 18: $6, and children free. Tickets available at
Get your tickets for Taste for Mission now!
Our 3rd Annual Taste for Mission fundraiser, will be on Sunday, October 29, at 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall, to benefit the mission of St. Luke's.  Tickets are on sale now! You may also purchase tickets  here!

Volunteers are needed to make appetizers which will be served during the event. If you would be willing to help out with this please contact Pam Williams.
Flyers are available for you to take with you to distribute/post at clubs, businesses, or other public places.

...and most importantly, we want you to know that just your presence at this fun event will be so appreciated! You are so important to all of us, and we love being a part of this great St. Luke's family with you
Join us and help at Hopefest AZ!
On Saturday, October 14, St. Luke's will host an information booth at the 6th Annual Hope Fest AZ. This event will be a  free community event and resource fair  festival of service agencies. This event will be held at the Courthouse Square in Prescott. 

Are you free from 4 to 6 pm on the 14th? We would love your help speaking with visitors to our booth and handing out literature from our church! Sign up sheet is in the Gathering Hall.

To learn more about this great event, visit .

Monthly Meeting of Aloha GMC Men's Group on October 14
All men of St Luke's are invited to the monthly gathering of the Aloha GMC Men's Group on Saturday, October 14, at 7:30 a.m. in the Chapel for the service. Breakfast will follow in the Conference Room. Important meeting will follow for the preparations for our BBQ on the 22nd!
Don't forget to get your pumpkins on October 22!
In addition to the St. Luke's Day barbecue and fun on October 22, there will be plenty of plump pumpkins for purchase! Proceeds will benefit the next youth mission trip to El Paso, Texas, in 2018.

Next Monthly Potluck on Oct. 27 at 5:30 p.m.
The next monthly potluck will be held at the home of Earl and Julie Poole on Friday, October 27, 5:30 - 8:30 pm. Bring an appetizer to share and your favorite beverage! Directions and sign-up sheet are in the Gathering Hall now.

You are all warmly invited! 
Free Table
The Free Table is off to a great start with many items having been given and received. Remember the table is near the piano in the parish hall. Any items on or under the table are free (the table itself is NOT free) and if you have items you wish to give place them on the table or near the piano if the table is not up.  
By sharing what we have we help each other, and we help the environment. By giving things we don't currently need a new home we help to cut down on waste and on the need for more stuff to be made and shipped over here.  
The table will be available at all three services, so whenever you worship, stop by and see what curiosities are available! It changes each week. 

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!
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 Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 138 food items were collected!!
This week's shopping list: Canned beef. canned vegetables. tomato sauce, canned beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
September 30 - October 1, 2017
Attendance: 280

Pledge and Plate figures for September 23-24, 2017:  Pledge-$3,941; Plate-$1,528
 September 30-October 1, 2017:  Pledge $12,475; Plate-$1,055  

$5,125 has been collected for the Episcopal Relief & Development Hurricane Relief.

Thank you!!!  
Honoring Special Dates
October 8:  Leanne Bryan, Ed Hume, Ayaka Komori, Bev Peterson
October 9:  Benjamin Dawley, Jesse Halstead, Anita Johnson
October 11:  Mark Neel
October 12:  Harold Hammond
October 13:  Geni Lequesne, Frank Maruna 
October 14:  Cathy Hoaglund, Francois Maurice

October 11:  Eugene & Cynthia Moreno

Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Angela, April + baby & family, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Beth L., Brien, Brittany, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl, Christopher, Connor, Daniel,  David, Denise, Don, Donald, Dott, Ed, Evelyn,  Fred, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, Gerry, Greg, Gus, Hank, Harris, Ileen S., Jack H., Jean, Jeanne, Jeanne, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, June, Karen, Kay ,Keena, Keith, Ken,  Kimball,  Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea, Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Marty, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Michael, Michele, Mike, Miriam, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Penny, Percy, Peter, Preston, Reed, Renita, Rich, Rosey, Ruth, Sandy, Shea, Sheri, Skip, Stephen,  Sue, Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Tina, Tom, Tom P., Trey, Tricia, Vanessa,, Wally, 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: Diocese of Saint Albans, Saint Albans-Bedford; and Saint Albans-Hertford (England)
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Church of St. Matthew, Tucson
...for our companion Diocese: 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 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, October 11
2 Corinthians 11:21b-33
Psalm 55:1-7
Luke 6:20-26

Journey to Generosity --
Reflection for October 8
"Living within a vision of God's justice"
by the Rev. Winnie Varghese
When I hear these words about tenant farmers, stewards, scheming to get more than their fair, legal share, I can't help but think of sharecroppers, serfs, peasants, landless laborers, migrants on every continent through the ages, wondering what it might take to create some security in their lives.
To read more, click here!
Weekly Worship Assistants for October 7-8, 2017
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant: Fr Bob Wills
Chalice Minister: 
Greeters: Tom & Susan Snodgrass
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: Fr Bob Wills
Chalice Minister: Tom Ghan
Greeters: Frank & Phyllis Maruna 
Ushers: Cynthia Moreno & Sylvia McIntosh
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: Fr Bob Wills
Assisting Priest: Fr Jack Wolter
Sub-deacon: Bill Christy
Chalice Minister: Trampus Tribbey
Chalice Minister: 
Altar Minister: Sharon Neece
Reader 1: Youth
Reader 2: Youth
Prayers: Youth
Verger: Sharon Welker
Greeters : Gil & Joanie Hedger
Welcome Table: Barbara Lake & Linda Schwabb
Ushers: Beth Shaw & Vera Mulnix
Asst. Ushers: Ken & Peggy Wagner
Oblationers: Youth
Altar Guild Team: Barbara Kriger, Sally Phelps, Cynthia Moreno,  Donna Bledsoe

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. If you could take a turn, please sign-up in the Gathering Hall. 

Host on October 8: No Host
Please feel free to bring something to share.
Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2017 flower chart is
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.
Flowers on October 7/8:
  Cynthia Moreno

In memory of Chelsea Stephens:
   Chalys Stephens

In celebration of their marriage: 
   Susan Bray + Darrell Anderson
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. Next meeting of DBE is Nov. 7. 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 Oct. 26. 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. First concert of the season is November 4 at 2:30 p.m. Visit for more information and tickets.
Prescott Chorale
Performance is Oct 14!
The Prescott Chorale holds its weekly rehearsals on Tuesday evenings and concerts at St. Luke's. Dennis Houser, our Music Director, is the Director.
First performance of the season is on Oct. 14 at 3 p.m!!

Visit for tickets and more information. 
In the Community
Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity
Toolbelts & Tuxedos Annual Gala is Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Prescott Resort.

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  703-887-4837 or 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.

St Luke's Episcopal Church 

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Phone: (928) 778-4499