St. Luke's Weekly Epistle

Week of February 4 , 2018

Family Eucharist this Sunday!!

Katie Staudt, left, our new Junior Warden, with Fr. Pierre-Henry.
Parish Election Results
At the Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, January 21, 2018, the following individuals were elected:
Junior Warden: Katie Staudt 
Vestry Members: Mary Berkheiser, Sharon Neece, Earl Poole
Delegates to Diocesan Convention: Leanne Bryan, Kyle Denison, Barbara Harber, Liz Kennedy, Keehna Sture; alternate: Rich Staudt
Special Coffee Hour on February  4
Help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fr. Bob Wills' ordination to the priesthood with a special coffee hour!!                       
Men's Group on February 10
Aloha!! The Men's Group will meet at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 10 for a service in the Chapel followed by a light breakfast in the Conference Room.

All men of the parish are invited to attend!
Spirituality for the Second Half of Life Ministry
You are invited to join us for an event scheduled for Saturday, February 10, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. to introduce this new ministry in the Diocese.
We all optimistically embark on a new phase of our lives in our 50s as we begin to contemplate retirement and a whole new way of living. But this exploration of new ways continues into our 90s and beyond - seemingly ever changing. We want to spend some fellowship time with you considering what we want this second half of our lives to look like - and how God desires to enter into both the adventure and the challenges - and how we, as a community of faith, can share the journey together - perhaps deciding together on a variety of stage- and age-related activities and gatherings. We hope that you will join us to explore ideas for the St. Luke's "family of sages". We will spend two hours thinking and planning together followed by lunch together at 11:30 a.m. We hope to see you then.
The Reverend Ann Johnson        Linda M. Williams, PhD, CSD

Please indicate your plan to attend on the sign-up sheet in the Gathering Hall
or call the Parish Office at 928-778-4499.
For our Music Ministry
There will be a jewelry sale in the Gathering Hall following the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, February 11th. Designed and beaded by Mary Bowers, a member of St. Luke's Choir. 100% of the profits will benefit the Music Ministry. Just in time for Valentine's Day! the Parish Hall at St. Luke's!
Ash Wednesday - February 14
7:30 a.m. in the Chapel
10:00 a.m. in the Church
7:00 p.m. in the Church

Lent 2018
Our Lenten program, featuring our Wednesday Series with Soup Suppers at 5 p.m. and Study at 6 p.m., will begin on Wednesday, February 21. Weekly services include the Healing & Eucharist Service at 10 a.m., Celtic Morning Prayer on Thursdays at 9 a.m., Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 12 p.m. Daily, during Lent, Morning Prayer will be offered at 8 a.m. from February 15 to Good Friday. There are also monthly or bi-monthly weekday offerings as well as a Sunday afternoon Video Series!! For details on all of this and more click here for our Lent 2018 program pamphlet.
Parish Library "Bookmobile" has arrived
Checkout the middle bay of the display "windows" in the Gathering Hall.  You  w il l find books available for your use this Lent.  When you find a book that speaks to you, take it home for as long as you want.  When you are finished, just return it to the basket in the Library.
Outreach News
The Outreach Commission would like to remind everyone of the scholarships and grants due dates coming up in March.
The  2nd annual  St. Luke's Episcopal Church Educational Scholarship 
application is now available on St. Luke's website. The name was changed to Educational Scholarship rather than College Scholarship due to the fact it also encompasses trades schools. The qualification to apply has changed to include any accredited school in  any state rather than Arizona only. If you know a student graduating from a quad-city high school direct him or her to St. Luke's website to apply for the Scholarship which is due March 30, 2018 . Applications are also available in the Gathering Hall on the Outreach table.

Many of you may know or be involved in a group/program that helps others and may need a little financial help, direct them to our website to fill out a grant  application for assistance. This is due March 15, 2018.

The next Outreach meeting will be Monday February 12, 2018 @ 4:00 pm.
Please join us as we are always looking for new ways in which we can spread God's news throughout our community.
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.
Getting to Know Muslim Neighbors
Learn more about the beliefs and practice of Islam through readings, lectures, discussions, and videos. A trip to a local mosque will be offered. This opportunity to broaden perspectives on faith and feelings of Muslims is guided by two scholars, one Christian and one Muslim.  Become familiar with the culture and beliefs, exploring beyond headlines, to engage the "heart-lines" of Muslim people.
Yavapai College, Prescott: 2/16-3/9, 2-4 pm; Bldg 31, Room 102; $70 or call 717 7755 to register
Mary Queen has registered for this class and thought others might be interested in attending. 
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
Help Wanted: St. Luke's Ushers
We are in need of someone who would be willing to oversee and coordinate the usher ministry, which would include recruitment of more ushers. Might this be you? Please contact the Parish Office at                                
Sacramentum: Forming Sacred Community to Explore Jesus
Is Jesus calling you . . . to go deeper?
This class is designed to help you go deeper into the mystery of Christ through the lens of the Episcopal tradition.  Class starts February 11, 5-6:30 in the Parish Library.
February 11 -  Relationships - Who is Jesus and who are we?
February 18 - Belonging - Explore belonging through the lens of the baptismal covenant and the Book of Common Prayer.
February 25 - Scripture - Faithful reading, interpretation, and application of scripture lies at the heart of Christianity.
March 4 - Prayer - How do we talk to God through prayer, spiritual disciplines, sacraments, and liturgy?
March 11 - Politics - Knowing Jesus informs our actions--social justice and Christian responsibility.\ are addressed.
March 18 - Story - The history and heritage of the Episcopal church and its place in the wider Anglican Communion is explored.
March 25 - Wayfinding - The constant companion on the Christian journey is discernment:  What does our baptism call us to be and do?  How do we sense God leading?  How does our faith inform our decision-making?
This class is free.  You can sign-up this Sunday, February 4.
If you have questions or would like to register you can also contact Mary Queen at
Operation Deep Freeze
Operation Deep Freeze is held at the local Salvation Army. When the temperature goes below 28 degrees, an emergency winter shelter is provided with a hot meal, shower, and overnight stay for people who are homeless in the Prescott and Quad City area. Volunteers sign up to take a one week assignment, which runs from Monday through Sunday. St Luke's week is February 26 - March 4. If called upon the food for the evening meal must be prepared at the Salvation Army's kitchen. The Salvation Army will contact our lead person Liz Kennedy when the temperature is expected to go below 28 degrees, in turn she will contact whoever has signed up. The sign-up sheet is located in the Gathering Hall.
Lenten Soup Suppers
Each Wednesday in Lent (not Ash Wednesday) a group provides soups for the parish to share. It could be a group of people who are friends, a committee of people, a prayer group...just a group to provide the soup and bread for the evening. It is fun and delicious! Please check with your group to see if they are willing to offer this evening of food and fellowship. The dates available are Feb. 28, March 7, and March 21. Call Pam Williams if you need more information. 928-277-8226. Sign-up sheets are out now!
St. Luke's Episcopal Concert Series
Below is the current list of artists and offerings in our beautiful sanctuary at
St. Luke's Episcopal.

Sunday March 11, 2:00 pm -- Shrine of the Ages Chorale from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Dr. Edith Copley, Conductor - Free will offering

Saturday May 12, 3:00 pm -- Town Choir (Tour choir) of the Phoenix Boys Choir, Dr. Craig Westendorf - Free will offering

Sunday November 18, 3:00 -- Recital (Artists to be announced)
Becoming Beloved Community

Becoming Beloved Community represents a set of interrelated commitments around which we as Episcopalians may organize our many efforts to respond to racial injustice and grow a community of reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers.  As you continue to learn about this strategic vision we encourage you to imagine a labyrinth.  On the road toward reconciliation and healing, we move around corners and double back into quadrants we have indeed visited before, each time discovering a fresh revelation or challenge.
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
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!
Go to the St. Luke's Episcopal, Prescott, AZ, page, , and Like and Share posts that you feel comfortable supporting. By clicking on the link above or "Like us on Facebook" button below, you'll be taken directly to the St. Luke's Facebook page.
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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 Jan. 27-28,  175 food items were collected!!
This week's shopping list: 
Canned beef, canned vegetables, tomato sauce, canned beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
1/27-28:  Attendance - 193
                   Pledge - data next week
                   Plate - data next week
Honoring Special Dates
February 4: Ron Davis, Paul Nelson
February 5: Tom Schmidt
February 7: Susan Bray, Win Gee
February 8: Barbara Lake, Doug Ogburn, Linda Taylor
February 9: Amber Harris, Emma Parknowitz, Celina Soza, Jan Sundquist, Alton Vergote
February 10: Sue Boyce, Joan Hedger, Renee McKnight, John Minnema, Thomas Restifo

February 6: Stephen & Gislela Slonneger
February 9: Ned & Sharon Welker
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, Connor, Daniel,  David, Denise, Diana, Dianne, Don, Donald, Dott, Dylan, Ed, Enrique, Evelyn,  Fred, Gavin, Gaye, Gene, Geoff, Gerry, Grace, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank, Harold & Wilma. Harris, 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, 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 who have passed away

Mary Todd-Pendergast, passed away: 1/18/2018
   Memorial service on February 24, 2018 at 11:00 am, Emmanuel Lutheran (Prescott Valley)

Katie Williams (Lolly Skinner's mother) passed away: 1/13/2018
   She was an amazing woman and loved doing for others her whole life.
    Celebration of Life on March 3, 2018 at 10:30 am, lunch/reception to follow
    St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 56th Street & Oak, Phoenix, AZ
    RSVP at
...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: Anglican Church of South America & Diocese of Argentina
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  St Stephen's (Douglas)
...for our companion Diocese:  Diocese of Navajoland
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Arizona Sewing Works,Prescott Valley Food Bank, Operation Deep Freeze, Chino Valley Food Bank, Warm for Winter
Scripture Readings
The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
1 Kings 10:1-10
Psalm 37:1-7, 32-33, 41-42
Mark 7:14-23
Weekly Worship Assistants for February 3-4, 2018
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Bob Wills
Chalice Minister: Trampus Tribbey
Greeters: Tom & Susan Snodgrass
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Bob Wills
Chalice Minister: Gib McIntosh
Greeters:  Duncan & Julia Weir
Ushers:  Ed & Hedy Sullivan
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson/Fr Bob Wills preaching
Assisting Priest:  Fr Bob Wells
Sub-deacon:  Ernie Howell
Chalice Minister:  Beth Shaw
Chalice Minister:  Bill Christy
Altar Minister: Lucy Kemper
Reader 1: George Chesney
Reader 2:  Wini Larson
Prayers:  Vera Mulnix
Verger:  Lynne Wells
Greeters:  Gil & Joan Hedger
Welcome Table:  Darrell Anderson & Susan Bray-Anderson
Ushers: Bruce & Geni LeQuesne
Asst. Ushers:  Barbara Baker-Rosenberg & Rich Schwartz
Oblationers: Ned & Sharon Welker
Altar Guild Team:  Elsie Tyree, Pat Eaton, Sylvia McIntosh
Pat Ogburn, Jane Peacock, Betsy Denison

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. 

Hostess on February 4: Vera Mulnix

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.
Altar Flowers on January 28:
   Given in thanksgiving for Tom & Beth who reflect the love of Christ in all they do to support everyone at St. Luke's
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 Feb. 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  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