Dear St Luke's community,

During VBS, each day the kids were asked to share their God sightings, and during our Mission Trip, we were asked to share our Yeah God! moments. Both were about seeing how God was present in our lives, and to give thanks for what other people did. As I am preparing myself for my last Sunday before vacation, my heart is filled with thanksgivings for what I have seen happening at St Luke's since last Summer, and all that is happening right now.

I want to give thanks for a welcoming and loving community who cares for its members and its visitors. I want to give thanks for the outpouring of generosity of time, talents, and money that allows St Luke's to be a beacon of Christ's love in this community. I want to give thanks for so many volunteers offering their time in various ministries. I want to give thanks for a wonderful staff working beyond expectations. I want to give thanks for the many encounters, dialogues, confidences I have made or received during this year, and where I have seen the presence of the Lord working in so many lives. I know some of us have been or are walking t hrough the valley of the shadow of death, and I keep them in my thoughts and prayers, knowing that the Lord is present for them, comforting them, loving them, in the midst of their problems or sufferings... and for that too, I want to give thanks to the Lord.

New projects are on their ways, from Stephen Ministry to Spanish Bible Study; from Telecare to Youth Confirmation class, what else should we add? What are your dreams for St Luke's? What are your passions?

St Luke's is an amazing place, because of all of you, I'm so blessed and humbled to be your rector! So, I give thanks to the Lord for all that God has done for us, for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side, for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us. (Cf A General Thanksgiving, BCP 836)

Pierre-Henry+

St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of July 3, 2016
Calendar for July 2-8 & "Looking Ahead" available by clicking here.
Truth about Cancer Workshop Continues tonight at 6 p.m.
Weight & Wellness Centre, LLC & Dr. T. Dayana Leclair, D.H.M., M.S., CN, Ed., presents The Truth about Cancer: A Global Quest. This series  continues this evening  from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Conference Room. It will not meet on Monday, July 4, but will resume again Friday, July 8, at 6 p.m.
Parish Office Closed on July 4
Please note that the Parish Office will be closed on Monday, July 4, Independence Day! It will re-open with regular office hours on Tuesday, July 5. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!
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Fourth of July Fun & Bingo on July 4 at 6 p.m.
Come celebrate Independence Day with your St. Luke's family!  Bring kids, grandkids and neighbors on   Monday, July 4th . We will start with a pot luck in the Parish Hall at   6 pm . PLEASE sign-up so we know you are coming and what you are bringing to share. Picnic fare is suggested - potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw, desserts or other favorite picnic goodies. 

We will play BINGO for fun white elephant prizes. Please bring your white elephant prizes with you this weekend! There will be a collection bin in the Gathering Hall!
Thank you from Carl Anderson
Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. Luke's,

Just as I was speechless last Sunday morning when handed the microphone, I am still speechless. How does one say thank you for such thoughtfulness and generosity. I don't know but let me try. Thank you for the watch. It is beautiful. For those who didn't see it, it is solar! I shall enjoy it for a long time. Thanks for the gift certificate. Dinner at the Station will be great. Thank you for the luncheon with so much good food and those special cakes. Thank you for all the good wishes for my retirement. Carol and I still expect to be active here at St. Luke's. Thank you for the roses. Carol and I are great lovers of flowers. Thanks to all the people of St. Luke's, and particularly the staff. 

Special thanks to Dennis and Fr. Pierre-Henry. I am sure there are others who should be thanked but I don't know who. You know who you are, and I thank you.

It is a wonderful way to retire after 72+ years as a church organist, and I shall have many wonderful memories. Oh, and thank you for the very special prayer quilts and prayer beads made by the ladies of St. Luke's.

Carl
God Sighting from VBS!
A note from Sophie... I was about to leave the office yesterday when I actually ran into a parent of two kids from VBS. She wanted to give a thank you note from her children. Here is what it says:

"Thank you St Luke's for VBS. I had a lot of fun. My favorite part was Market Place, making fun crafts. I also liked family time, singing and dancing. I learned about Joseph and how God can make something bad into good. I also learned that Bob isn't so scary after all and is actually nice. He let me play with his sword. I can't wait until next year!
Love, Carter

Thank you for letting me go to VBS. I enjoyed going to the Market Place. I learned that Joseph's brothers stole his silver cup and I am asking if I can go next year.
Thank you to all the volunteers because I know it took a lot of work.
Kendall"

VBS was a lot of work, exhausting, and loud, but most of all it was rewarding! After reading the thank you notes I was overwhelmed with joy and it made me realize how much we all touched the kids' lives. So, yes, clear out your calendar, People, because VBS will definitely be back next year!
Centering Prayer Update
For those unable to attend last Friday's meeting but are interested in learning about Centering Prayer, two documents were made available to those who came: The Method of Centering Prayer and Helpful Resources for Nurturing Centering Prayer in Your Life (click on name of document to read.)  The next meeting of the Centering Prayer group will be on  Friday, July 22 , at  6:00 p.m. , in the Chapel.

Also, if you are interested in attending an "Introduction to Centering Prayer" workshop, to be held at St. Luke's in August (exact date and time are still being determined), please contact Keehna Sture at  ksture5983@gmail.com  or  941-539-1257 .  
Organist's "Sermon"
Worship. The act of honoring the Lord with our hearts and voices. When does worship actually begin? Well, it begins when we enter the Sanctuary! It begins when we take time to "talk with God!" He covets our prayers; he wants to hear from us each and every time we worship.
 
Have we considered what the organist contributes to worship each and every week? The Prelude is their offering, their sermon to us and their offering to the Lord. Their Postlude is a response to the Word and sends us out into the world in a joyful way. Respectfully, won't we consider holding our conversations from before worship, until after or during the passing of the Peace?
 
The organist's prayer goes something like this: "Dear Lord, thank you for the gifts that you have given me. Please accept my humble offering each week. I pray that my music is a sweet blessing to your ear."

July 31 Workshop on Organizing Your Personal and Financial Matters
If the person in your family who had previously handled the finances died, what would the surviving spouse or executor find?  Would they find everything neatly organized or would they have to go through the deceased' desk, unfilled papers, file cabinets, and numerous boxes to at least partially understand the family's finances?  Please Join Ron Davis, for a 45-minute workshop, on Sunday July 31, after the 10 a.m. service in the Parish Hall , to discuss and begin the process of leaving a very special gift to your spouse or executor - the gift of organized and complete personal and financial information.  Click  here  for informational flyer.
Fry's Community Rewards Update
Thirty-nine (39) households who shopped at Fry's between March 1, 2016, and May 31, 2016, and have designated St. Luke's Episcopal Church as their organization of choice, have contributed to the $171.52 total donation. To enroll in the program for the benefit of the St. Luke's Outreach Commission, you must have a Fry's VIP shopping card. Then, you can visit  www.frysfood.com/topic/new-community-rewards-program to begin the process of enrolling in the program.
Upcoming Diocesan Events
Episcopal Night at the Diamondbacks: 
The Arizona Diamondbacks invite all members of The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, along with their family and friends, to an exciting game of baseball as the D-Backs take on the Reds on Friday, August 26, 2016 at 6:40 p.m.  A portion of every ticket purchased will be donated to support an outreach ministry project to send water filters to South Sudan!  After the game, stay for post-game festivities that are part of the D-Backs Faith & Family Night. There will be fireworks, followed by a player Q&A. Special guest Matthew West  will be performing a concert to end the festivities. The ticket order deadline is  August 19, 2016 Seating is Limite d!
Tickets can be purchased online a   http://www.azdiocese.org/baseball.html
Native Ministry Gathering: 
Save the date of Saturday, September 3, for the Native Ministry Gathering, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix. More details will follow later this summer.
Don't Spend Christmas Alone Update as of July 1, 2016
Greetings to St. Luke's members and visitors:

You would be pleased to know that out of about fourteen critical areas of participation to produce the Christmas dinner only four of the Committee Leaders positions are not filled. Out of the fourteen, half of the volunteers are coming back to help this year; the other half are new recruits. The four positions that are not yet filled each have a strong candidate that has been asked. He or she either will be confirmed in the near future or someone else will step in as other volunteers have expressed desired to help. I will say that I am pleased, proud and not surprised. St. Luke's members have a reputation "to pull together" and yes, although just July, Don't Spend Christmas Alone, here we come!

Respectfully, Angeles Ramos Zarate, Chairwoman dsca1225@gmail.com
Fair Start school supply drive coming soon!
Fair Start is coming up soon, and many children depend on CCJ to help them have the supplies they need for a successful school year. The Outreach Commission will oversee the contribution from St. Luke's. Keep an eye out for more information and a collection bin in the Gathering Hall soon. Click  here for CCJ (Coalition for Compassion & Justice) School Supply Wish List.
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Food Donation Program
Thanks to each of you for your continued support of the weekly food donation program which benefits the area food banks. The food count was 139 items for weekend of June 25-26, 2016.
 
This week's shopping list: canned soup, hot cereal, rice, dried beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
June 25-26, 2016
Weekly Attendance: 304
Weekly Giving (Operating Fund): $9,305.00
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Ashley, Betty, Bob, Brenda, Brien, Brittany, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Christopher, Connie, Daniel, Deborah, Dick, Dick S., Donald, Dott, Elijah, Enrique, Eric, Erma, Evelyn, Francois, Frank, Fred, Gary, Geoff, Hank, Harris, Janice, Jason, Jean, Jeff, Joan, Joe, Judy, Julie Ann, Karen, Keena, Kristi, Larry, Lea Lea, Linda, Lisa, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Marty, Mary Grace, Mary, Martha, Maxine, Melissa, Michele, Miriam, Nancy, Paul, Penny, Pete, Peter Jr., Preston, Ray, Rita, Robert, Ruth, Sandy, Sara, Sheri, Shirley, Skip, Stephen, Susan, Susie, Suzette, Tammy, Tara, Teresa, Tina, Trey, Tricia, Vanessa, Vic, Walt, Zelma
 
...for those in our Armed Forces: Josh, Mark, Robby, Michael, Jesse, Bo, Brian, Daniel, Robert, Brad, Thomas, John, Amy, Lori, Ryan, Eli, Nathan, Sonny, "Doc", Jody, Felecia, Valerie, Andrew, Frank, Evan, Adam, Benjamin, Kevin, Steven, Jared, Chris, Matthew, Thor, Rondale, Marcus, Tyler, Gregory, Ben, Rockie, Darin, Ross, John, David, Calic, Echo, Brian, Emily, Analise

...in the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea
 
...in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Episcopal Campus Ministry in Tucson
 
...in the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Operation Fair Start, Angel Tree, Paper Collection and Recycling Program, Highway Cleanup Volunteers, and Prescott Valley Little League
Honoring Special Dates This Week
Birthdays: Pat Brockert, Kim Pruitt, Mary Queen, Hank Martin, Mary McKellar, Dennis Dill, Georgia Gilbert, Leonard Hennigan, Katie Staudt, and Patricia Buys
 
Anniversaries: Ray Clockel and Kathryn Bennett, Duncan and Julia Weir, Steve and Kathy Bracety, and Dwight and Charlotte Willman

This Week's Scripture Reading
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 9


Collect: O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Next Week's Scripture Readings: Eighth   Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 10


Worship Assistants, Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers

Worship Assistants for July 2-3, 2016
5:30 p.m. Service
Chalice Minister: Dave & Ruth Rothgery

8:00 a.m. Service
Chalice Minister: Rich & Katie Staudt

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: Fr. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Sub-deacon: Larry Neece
Chalice Minister: Bill Christy
Chalice Minister: Ernie Howell
Altar minister: Lucy Kemper
Reader 1: Barbara Lake
Reader 2: Penny Davis
Prayers: Barbara Harber
Verger: Mike Franklin
Greeters: Ted & Genell Lee
Welcome Table: Brenda Schwartz
Ushers: Jim & Jan Casacchia
Asst. Ushers: Bruce & Geni LeQuesne
Oblationers: Dwight & Charlotte Willman

Eucharistic Visitor: Keehna Sture

Altar Guild Team: 
Jodie Barnard, Nina Muehleisen, Barbara Kriger, Penny Davis, Sally Phelps, Holle Campbell

Coffee Hour Host
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 July 3: 
None for July 3
Altar Flowers
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 by phone or email.

Altar flowers on July 2-3 - to the glory of God
Community Groups 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 no meetings in June, July or August. Visit prescottdbe.org 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 July 21. For more info, call Joy Goff at 928-707-3749 or click here for flyer.

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.
Prescott Chamber Orchestra
The Prescott Chamber Orchestra holds its weekly rehearsals on Monday evenings and concerts at St. Luke's. Weekly rehearsals will resume after Labor Day. The first concert of the 2016-17 season is November 4, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Visit prescottstrings.com for more information.
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 first concert of the 2016-17 season is October 15, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. Visit prescottchorale.org for more information.
 
In the Community
People Who Care
People Who Care is a not for profit organization that matches volunteers with enrolled clients in the community who need a little help in order to continue living independently. To learn more visit peoplewhocareaz.com.
Aid 4 Veterans

Click here to read more about a service for veterans that offers assistance with in-home care and other important tasks. For more info, click  here  to email Ron Edwards.

Prescott Area
Habitat for Humanity
Join PAHH celebrate the 2016 Bike & Build North Carolina to San Diego team members at the Bike & Build Potluck on July 15. Click here for more info!

For information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, visit www.prescotthabitat.org.

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Friday 9 a.m. to noon

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