St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of September 24 , 2017

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ERD's Hurricane Relief Fund & International Disaster Response Fund
Episcopal Relief & Development works closely with church partners after disasters, equipping them to meet needs of those most vulnerable in their communities. Currently, our staff is responding to areas devastated by multiple Hurricanes, and watching developing tropical storms, and providing assistance in Mexico. Because of our strong diocesan partnerships, Episcopal Relief & Development is ready to assist in the recovery of the impacted areas for as long as necessary. You can help provide critical relief to affected communities by donating to ERD's Hurricane Relief Fund and/or to the International Disaster Response Fund for Mexico. You can donate directly to ERD online: or you can bring your donation to church marked with ERD-Hurricane or ERD-Mexico.

Compassionate God... Draw near to us in this time of sorrow and anguish, comfort those who mourn, strengthen those who are weary, encourage those in despair, and lead us all to fullness of life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen
- Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (Church Publishing: New York), page 733
Elder Appreciation Sunday: What a nice affair!
What a great event the Elder Appreciation reception turned out to be last Sunday, the 17th! Thanks to the efforts of the committee: Barbara and Dave Brubaker, Sharon Neece, and Pam and Murry Williams. There was wonderful food and the decorations made it a special place. It took many hands and we thank all who helped. We got presents and a book to remember all our dear friends. Next year we should have a book signing like we used to do in our school annuals.  
-Jean   Ehlers , Membership Chair
The way of the pilgrim is often hard. As our bodies, minds and souls confront the difficulties of our journey, a loving word of encouragement can mean the world, both in the giving and the receiving. Spanish pilgrims would shout "Ultreya!" or Keep Going! to one another in encouragement and solidarity.  

Tomorrow, September 23, at 1 PM our Cursillo Community will be hosting an Ultreya, a time of encouragement, love and sharing. We will sing, listen to speakers, converse with each other, pray and celebrate communion together. 

Mrs. Sharon Welker will be our lay speaker for the Ultreya. She will be offering a thoughtful testimony about forgiveness and the Painted Bunting.  Father Pierre-Henry Buisson will be giving the Clergy response and also leading us in communion.  

All are welcome. We hope all our St. Luke's Cursillo Community, and anyone interested in Cursillo or who just needs some encouragement, will attend and join with us. This will take place in the Classroom Wing of St. Luke's.

The Spirituality of Water: The Apache Story from Yesterday to Today, Sept. 24 at 11:30 a.m.
Plan to attend a special presentation, The Spirituality of Water - The Apache Story from Yesterday to Today , on Sunday, September 24, at 11:30 a.m., in the Parish Hall, given by Vincent Randall, Apache Culture Director. This is part of the Diocesan Native American Ministry.
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 one of the following dates: 

Saturday, Sept 23 10:00 AM
               Tuesday, Sept 26 11:00 AM
               Friday, Sept 29 11:00 AM

ALL are welcome!
Bible Study resumes this Wednesday at 4 p.m.!
The Wednesday Bible Study will resume this Wednesday, September 27. However, please note the change in start time! It will begin at 4 p.m.! Also, it will now be meeting in the Library, which is next to the Parish Hall.
Highway Clean-up on Thursday, Sept. 28
Help clean our stretch of Highway 89, just north of St. Luke's this Thursday, September 28. Meet at Gabby's Kitchen in Chino Valley (Mile Post 325) at 6:30 a.m. for coffee. Clean-up will start at 7 a.m. and will finish when our stretch of highway is clean!
Diocesan Convention: Sept. 29-30
This year's Diocesan Convention will be held on September 29-30, 2017, in Phoenix. This year's theme is  Ministering on the Margins: The Activated Church. To learn about all things related to this year's Convention, please visit:
Singles Dinner Night Out on October 6
The next gathering of the St Luke's Singles Dinner Night Out will be on Friday,  October 6 at  5:30 p.m. at El Gato Azul, 316 W. Goodwin Street in Prescott. Email or call  Sherri,   or  928-308-1333. The d eadline for reservation is Monday, October 2. The Singles Dinner Night Out is the first Friday of the month!
Save the Date: Blessing of the Animals on Oct. 8
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! Event flyers are available in the Gathering Hall if you want to share one or a few with family, friends, or neighbors.
Join us 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. We will be need volunteers to help host our booth between 10 am to 6 pm. A commitment of 2 hours speaking with visitors to our booth and handing out literature from our church is all that is required.  To learn more about this great event, visit .

There will be a sign-up sheet in the Gathering Hall starting this weekend.

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!
Warm for Winter Collection Starts Now
Do you have winter wear hanging around not being used????
Warm for Winter sponsored by CCJ and supported by St. Luke's Parish will be October 28th from 9 am -1 pm. We are inviting all parish members to participate in collecting winter wear for children and adults of low-income families and individuals. New and gently-used items for all ages are needed such as: Coats, Hats, Scarves, Gloves, Socks, Sleepers for children, Quilts and Blankets. Questions call Carol Covert or Mary Hallford. St Luke's collection date is now through October 21st. 
Faithful Dissent: Loving Our Way into a Brighter Tomorrow
We live in increasingly divisive times. From politics to sports, the gift of human difference can quickly become a chasm that can invite serious discord and division. What does it mean for Christians to disagree? How do we do so faithfully? In this class we get answers from activist Ed Bacon and ethicist Stanley Hauerwas.

This free, 45-minute online class contains video lectures and discussions. No special software is required. Registration is free from September 11 - 24 and open to all. Go to --> Menu --> The Big Class to register.
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. 

Don't miss it! Our 3rd Annual Taste for Mission
Our 3rd Annual Taste for Mission fundraiser will be on Sunday, October 29, at 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall. 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.

If you would like to help make in-person calls to merchants to request donations for the silent auction, please contact Dwight Willman.
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!
Lost and Found
Lost and found items have been placed in a box on the table in the Gathering Hall. If not claimed by September 30, they will be donated to the upcoming yard sale.
News from the Diocese
The Gathering 2017
The disease of addiction touches us all, either directly or indirectly. Education and community are two ways we can fight back to help ourselves and others. This fall, the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona is hosting the annual gathering of the international group: Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church (RMEC). The 3-day event covers many aspects of all types of addiction. Topics will include: addiction within indigenous peoples; the current opioid epidemic in this country; codependency; updates on Episcopal recovery program actions and more. All are welcome to attend.

October 5 - 7, 2017; Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport, 4300 East Washington St, Phoenix, Arizona 85034

Registration for this event, hotel accommodations and the meeting agenda can be found here:
(*Meals are included in the Gathering registration. Accommodations are billed separately. One-day commuter rates are available if needed.)

There will be a free to the public 12-step closing Eucharist on  Saturday, October 7 at 10 AM at Trinity Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ. 
For information on the Gathering Event, please contact Dawn Jackson at or call 602-254-0796. For more information on recovery ministry interest or needs, please contact The Rev. John Christopher, Recovery Ministries for the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona at 602-757-9282.
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!
Stewardship 2017: Thank you for pledging!
Thank you for pledging! It's not too late! Make a pledge today! In case you haven't yet made your pledge, you are invited to complete a pledge card by clicking here.You may also find it on our home page (above News & Updates) at . It's fast, secure, very easy to do. Every pledge is important to the life of St. Luke's and 100% participation is encouraged.
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.
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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. 16-17, 128 food items were collected!!
Thumb Butte Quilters:  143 food items were collected!!
This week's shopping list: Canned soup, hot cereal, rice, dried beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
September 16-17, 2017
Attendance: 271

 Pledge and plate figures: 
    Sept. 16/17:  Pledge-$4,671, Plate-$950
Honoring Special Dates
September 24:  Linda Cheek
September 25:  Dave Carmichael
September 26:  Jim Pessin
September 28:  Darlene Hernandez 
September 29:  Linda Kaul, Gordon Mohr
September 30:  Jerry Sweeden  

September 27:  Heath & Amy Thein
September 30:  Herb & Ann Reynolds
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Angela, April + baby & family, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Barbara + Scott,  Bea, Bee, Beth L., Brien, Brittany, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl, Christopher, Chuck, Connor, Dan, Daniel,  David, Denise, Don, Donald, Dott, Ed, Elderly man, Elizabeth, Evelyn,  Fred, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, Gerry, Greg, Gus, Hank, Harris, Heather, Ileen S., Jack H., Jean, Jeanne, Jeanne, Jocelyn, 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, Sona + infant, Stephen, Susan, Susan B.,  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 Southeast Flordia
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Christ the King (Tucson)
...for our companion Diocese: 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 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, September 27
Jeremiah 20:7-9
Psalm 13:1-6
Matthew 10:34-39

Weekly Worship Assistants for Sept. 23-24, 2017
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant: Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Trampus Tribbey
Greeters: Roger & Jane Peacock
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Devena Reed
Greeters: Ed & Hedy Sullivan
Ushers: Jim & Pam Damm
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest: Fr Jack Wolter
Sub-deacon: Lou Gennarelli
Chalice Minister: Beth Shaw
Chalice Minister: Keehna Sture
Altar Minister: Sharon Neece
Reader 1: Michael Bradburn-Ruster
Reader 2: Georgia Franklin
Prayers: Lynne Wells
Verger: Barbara Sayle
Greeters : Ernie Howell & Sharon Dawley
Welcome Table: Rosaleen Runnalls & Ann Reynolds
Ushers: Geoff & Brenda Holden
Asst. Ushers: Barbara Baker-Rosenberg & Jean Ehlers
Oblationers: Al & Lynette Bjornstad
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. If you could take a turn, please sign-up in the Gathering Hall. 

Host on September 17: Reception for Vincent Randall
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 September 23/24:
     Linda Cheek, Pat Eaton
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 Oct. 3. 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 Sept. 21. 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

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 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.

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Phone: (928) 778-4499