St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of July 16 , 2017
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K~B Book Sale at St. Luke's on July 16
K~B Books will be with us after both services on Sunday, July 16. Kathryn Bunch's traveling book show is well known to many of you, but, if not, be sure to stop by her tables in the Gathering Hall to acquaint yourselves with this special ministry.  Special requests for books can be received up to, and on, the Sunday of Kathryn's visit. She does not charge to ship and appreciates your business throughout the year. Website address is and email is You may also reach Kathryn by  phone: 619.235.9465.
Blood Pressure Checks this weekend!
Blood pressure checks will be available after all services this weekend-- on Saturday , July 15, in the Choir Room, and,  on Sunday , July 16, in the Library in the Parish Hall.
Native American History Book Study - Tuesday, July 18
The first meeting of the Native American History and Discussion Group will meet Tuesday, July 18, in the Parish Library a t 2:00 p.m. The first meeting will share the book for study and the format of the group. Please email Sherri Frances  of your interest.
Outreach for Children and Youth:  Operation Fair Start
From Mary Queen, parishioner and member of the Outreach Commission:

MEMORIES--One of the lasting memories of my childhood was the excitement of getting school supplies for the new school year. For 47 years as a teacher shopping for school supplies for the new school year recreated those memories. Now when I shop for school supplies to donate to OPERATION FAIR START I am again drawn back to those happy childhood memories.

I invite you to join me in donating a backpack filled with supplies or bringing individual supplies to donate. Donations should be brought to church by July 23. We have empty backpacks at church that we would like to fill and donate. Click here to see a list of supplies.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED at 505 W Gurley in Prescott to sort donations on July 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (downstairs, Little Tree House); fill backpacks on July 27-28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (upstairs, Esther Hall), or distribute backpacks on July 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (upstairs, 9-1). Call 928 541-9304 for further information.
French Boys Choir Perform at St. Luke's on Aug. 2 at 7 p.m.
St. Luke's will be hosting the French Boys Choir on Wednesday, August 2, at 7 p.m. Plan to attend this very special performance. Share this with your friends and neighbors; all are warmly invited to attend! For more information on the French Boys Choir, visit their website here.
Housing Need for French Boys Choir
One household to house two boys is needed while the French Boys Choir will be in the Prescott area. Housing is needed for two nights: August 1 & 2. Housing has already been arranged for the remaining boys. If this is something you are able to help with, please call the church office at 778-4499. Thank you for considering this neat opportunity!
St. Luke's Benefit at Augie's on August 15
Eat lunch and/or dinner at Augie's Restaurant and help St. Luke's! 15% of your check (excluding alcohol) will benefit the mission of St. Luke's. Augie's is located at 1721 State Route 69 in Prescott. Click here for flyer to print and take with you!
Check out our great VBS and Mission Trip Photos!
Want to see our awesome kids in action? Want to find some cool pictures of your child or grandchild? Visit the St. Luke's website at From the home page, scroll to the News & Updates sections. You'll enjoy taking a look at the journeys our kids have had this summer!
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.
Notes from the Nurse
Like the "catch all" column from a couple of months ago, this month's column also lacks a central theme, as I wanted to pass on several health-related items that parishioners have shared with me over the past few weeks.
The first is in regard to the correct use of mattress toppers.  Did you know that, without a moisture barrier between the topper and the mattress, body heat (sweat) is absorbed into the topper and passes right through to the mattress?  Over time, if the conditions are right, the moisture that has been absorbed can turn into mold and spread throughout the mattress!  The end result is not only a ruined mattress, but also respiratory issues that have been caused by the mold!  So, if you have bought, or have been given, or are using, a mattress topper without a waterproof, breathable, zippered case, be aware that your mattress may be providing the perfect environment for mold to grow!  The parishioner who shared this story with me-Jeanne Miller-also shared that, in researching where to find suitable, and reasonably-priced, waterproof mattress topper cases, she found a good selection at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.   If you would like further information on this issue, Jeanne would be happy to speak with you!
The second item of interest, passed on to me by Angeles Zarate, is in regard to how to beat the steep price of ambulance transportation.  This information is based on an article in the Daily Courier which appeared on April 16th of this year.  It is summarized below, but if you would like to read the entire article, here is the link:
If you're in a serious auto accident, or fall and break a leg at home, an ambulance ride to the hospital can cost over $1,600.  Insurance typically does not cover the entire transport bill, and paying the out-of-pocket portion can be financially challenging.  But, here in the Quad-City area, there's help available, as long as you plan ahead.  Here's how to do it.
Life Line Ambulance, owned by American Medical Response, offers a cost-saving "subscription" plan, called "Life Care," that costs $50.73 a year.  When subscribers need medically necessary emergency or non-emergency ambulance transportation, they pay nothing out of pocket.  The subscription covers whatever their insurance does not, and it covers all family members who live in the subscriber's home as well.  At this time, there are roughly 5,000 subscribers in Life Line's coverage area.  So if you are interested in subscribing to Life Line's "Life Care" program, call Life Line Ambulance at 928-445-3814 for details.  Also-AND THIS IS IMPORTANT-subscriptions are taken only in September, and they last for one year.
The article also contains information about medical helicopter service, the cost of which can exceed $10,000 per trip.  A service called Native Air, owned by Air Methods (based in Denver, CO), offers a subscription plan to cover the cost of medically-necessary helicopter transportation that insurance doesn't cover.  The plans start at $40 per year.  Further information can be obtained by calling Air Methods at 855-877-2518.
The third piece of information comes from John Euson, who asked me to let the congregation know that he has an electric hospital bed, in good condition, to loan to anyone who might need it.  The only drawback is that it doesn't have a mattress, so whoever needs the bed would have to provide the mattress for it.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the Goodwin Fire.  Thankfully, there was no loss of life, but some people have been greatly impacted.  As summer continues to bake us, make sure that you are taking whatever measures you need to take to keep your house and family safe!  And may the monsoons arrive before this column appears in the Epistle!  --Keehna Sture, RN, Parish Nurse
File Cabinet Needed
A file cabinet is currently needed for music storage at St. Luke's. It must be full suspension and in good condition. If you have one to donate, or for purchase (by music fund), please contact Dennis Houser at
Help out Prescott Area Shelter Services 

All items appreciated, most needed items at Prescott Area Shelter Services include:

Disinfecting wipes, floor cleaner, all purpose cleaner, mops, 13 gallon trash bags, paper towels, toilet paper, laundry soap, quart/gallon size zip lick bags, copy paper, batteries, stamps, pillows

There is a collection box in the Gathering Hall to place your items. Click here for detailed info.

Thank you SO much for your generosity!
Native American Ministry Spiritual Retreat
Everyone is invited to join with the Council of Native American Ministries, The Rev. Canon Debbie Royals, and Special Guest and Spiritual Leader, Mona Polacca on August 11-12 for an opportunity to experience Native American spirituality and continue to engage with Native traditional values and processes. Full details and registration information are available here:  
Register Now!
Faith Forming Faith Catechumenal Training Seminar, Aug. 17-19
On behalf of Canon to the Ordinary, The Rev. Megan Traquair, please find the following message about the upcoming Catechumenate Training program offered this summer in Carefree AZ, and mark your calendars now if you would like to attend:

The  Faith Forming Faith Catechumenal Training Seminar, will equip congregations to:
- form adults who seek a relationship with Christ,
- shape them toward baptism or a renewed faith,
- build them to live as active disciples of Jesus,
- plant them as a regular partners in their faith community,
- who joyfully serve others.

Thursday, August 17- Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, 7415 E. Elbow Bend Rd., Carefree, Arizona.

Pastor Paul Hoffman of Seattle, WA has served in the ELCA since 1981. He guided the process of Catechumenal formation at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church in Seattle over the last eighteen years of his service as a parish pastor. During that time, the parish prayed for and received into its ministry a steady stream of new and renewed Christians.

This is an intensive two and a half day, morning-to-night training seminar. Costs for attending vary between $150 for commuters and up to $325 for single room on site hotel-type accommodations. All fees are included.

During your time in the beautiful desert campus of the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, you will worship, pray, study, and form life-changing relationships grounded in the lectionary Scriptures through the various seasons of the liturgical calendar, all under the leadership of Pastor Hoffman, trained lay catechists, and various other diocesan/synodical pastors and priests. Congregations who send a delegation of a parish pastor/priest and three to five lay members to attend and study will return prepared and inspired to begin a catechumenal process that will not only welcome newcomers, but will transform the parish from the inside, out.

Here is what a few attendees from the 2016 training seminar said about their experience:
- "It was the most meaningful conference I've attended in recent memory that takes the whole person into consideration, not just what you do on Sunday."
- "It is not a retreat, it is an intensive workshop."
- "You will get a great deal out of this conference for a very modest investment of time."
- "Go! Go! Go! Very powerful tool to bring the congregation closer to the Word of God."

For more information about the Catechumenate and to discern how it might be used in your parish or congregation, it is recommended that you read Faith Forming Faith by Pastor Hoffman, available online through or Cascade Books.

Registration for this event is open now: . For flyer, click  here.

If interested in this event, please sign interest form on red-skirted tables in Gathering Hall.
Ignatian Spirituality and Imaginative Practice Presentations
At Arizona ' s 2016 Diocesan Convention,  T he Very Rev. Jeffrey John, Dean of St. Albans Cathedral, England, offered a quick look into Ignatian Spirituality. His comments sparked significant interest in Ignatius of Loyola and his related Spiritual Exercises. While there are several Anglican communities based on Benedictine and Franciscan Spirituality, there is lack of Ignatian opportunities for  Episcopalians . To that end, The Rev. Dr. Gil Stafford and The Rev Julie O'Brien will be offering the presentation,  " Ignatian Spirituality and Imaginative Practice."

Stafford is the Canon Theologian for the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona and also the priest-in-charge at St. Peter's, Litchfield Park. O'Brien is the rector at St. Stephen's, Phoenix. Both have studied and practicedIgnatian spirituality in their own ministry and life. The Rev. O'Brien will be presenting "A Brief History and Background of the Practice of Ignatian Spirituality." Stafford's presentation will be on "Ignatian Spirituality,Spiritual Direction, and Discernment from a Jungian Perspective."

There will be two opportunities to learn more about this topic. The presentations will be held in Tucson and Phoenix on the dates listed below. Both presentations are open to the public without charge and Laity and Clergy alike are invited to attend:

Saturday August 5, 2017
10 AM - Noon at Grace St Paul
's Episcopal Church, 2331 E Adams St., Tucson, AZ

Saturday August 12, 2017
10 AM - Noon at Trinity Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt
 St., PhoenixAZ

6th Annual Episcopal Night at the D-Backs on August 25
The Arizona Diamondbacks invite all members of The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona along with their family and friends to an exciting division rivalry as the D-backs take on the San Francisco Giants on Friday, August 25 at 6:40 p.m.!

New this year: we're all sitting together in the same section, so everyone will have more of an opportunity to chat with fellow Episcopalians and Bishop and Laura Smith!

A portion of every ticket purchased by using this special offer will be designated for the Diocesan Council for Native American Ministry.

The ticket order deadline is August 23, 2017Seating is Limited! Tickets can be purchased online at ,  by phone (the number is on the form), or by mailing the attached order form.
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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 banks. Thank you for your ongoing support! 

For the week of July 8-9,128 food items were collected!!
This week's shopping list: canned soup, hot cereal, rice, dried beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
July 8-9, 2017
Attendance: 254
Pledge: $6,895.00
Plate: $408.00

July 1-2, 2017
Pledge: $13,054.00
Plate: $1,423.00

June 24-25, 2017
Pledge: $6,665.00
Plate: $706.00

Honoring Special Dates
July 18: Pam Damm, Shirley Snyder
July 20: Boston Soza
July 21: Amy Bird, Matthew Kurtz

July 16: Tom & Kristine Donovan
July 19: Dave & Nancy Carmichael, Rocky & Nancy Del Mar
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Andrea, Angel, Angela, Ashley, Avery, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Beth L., Brien, Brittany, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl,  Christopher, Connor, Daniel,  Denise, Donald, Dott, Ed, Fred, Gary, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, Gil, Greg, Gus, Hank, Harris, Jack H., Jean, Jeanne, Josh, Judy, Julie Ann, June, Karen, Kay, Keena, Keehna, Keith, Ken,  Kimball,  Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea, Lisa, Madelon, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Margaret, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Marty, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Michele, Mike, Miriam, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Penny, Percy, Peter, Preston, Reed, Renita, Rich, Rosey, Sandy, Shea, Sheri, Skip, Stephen, Susan B., Susan, Suzette, Tammy, Tawnya, Terri, Teresa, Tina, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Trey, Tricia, Vanessa, Vic, Wally, Walt, Zelma
...for those in our Armed Forces:
Josh, Mark, Jesse, Bo, Brian, Daniel, Robert, Brad, Thomas, John, Amy, Lori, Ryan, Eli, Nathan, Sonny, "Doc", Jody, Felecia, Valerie, Andrew, Frank, Adam, Benjamin, Kevin, Steven, Jared, Chris, Matthew, Nate, Thor, Rondale, Marcus, Tyler, Gregory, Ben, Rockie, Darin, Ross, John, David, Calic, Echo, Brian, Emily, Analise, Matthew, Dan 
...for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Diocese of Ontario (Canada)
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Stephen's in Sierra Vista
...for our companion Diocese: Navajoland
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: US Vets/Troop Support, United Thank Offering, United Blood Services Blood Drive, Boy Scout Troop 10
Scripture Readings
* 6th Sunday after Pentecost
Genesis 25:19-34
Psalm 119:105-112
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Weekly Worship Assistants
July 15-16, 2017

5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Jack Wolter
Preacher: Deacon Kimball Arnold
Chalice Minister: Dave & Ruthie Rothgery
Greeters:  Doug & Pat Ogburn
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Jack Wolter
Preacher: Deacon Kimball Arnold
Chalice Minister:  Gil McIntosh
Greeters:  Ed & Hedy Sullivan
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Jack Wolter
Preacher: Deacon Kimball Arnold
Assisting Priest:  Fr Richard Lassiter
Sub-deacon: Charles Covert
Chalice Minister:  Liz Kennedy
Chalice Minister:  Doug Pask
Altar Minister:  Lucy Kemper
Reader 1:  Zibbie Wolter
Reader 2:  Lynne Wells
Prayers:  Patricia Anderson
Verger:  Larry Griffin
Greeters :  Larry & Eileen Griffin
Welcome Table:  Beth Shaw
Ushers:  Bob & Laura Norman
Asst. Ushers:  Geoff & Brenda Holden
Oblationers: Ron & Penny Davis  
Altar Guild Team:  Nancy Reynolds, Barbara Baker-Rosenberg,  Brenda Holden, Evelyn David,
Betty Gass, Doris Schoeben

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 July 16: Jack Parker and Tani Hendrickson
Thank you!

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 July 15-16 given by: Jim and Nina Muehleisen
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 Sept. 5. 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 July 20. 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. Information on the 2017-18 season available this summer! 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. Visit 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. Call 445-2480 for more information.

Prescott Noon Lions Club
Prescott Noon Lions Club is a non-profit organization that provides sight and hearing exams and devices to those in our community who cannot afford it on their own. If you would like to join us and 'give back' to our community, please contact 
Mike Franklin, 
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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 Friday 6 pm              Prayer in the Spirit of TaizĂ©
  • 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 section.
Our calendar is available at the Events section.

St Luke's Episcopal Church 

Please contact the church office
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Phone: (928) 778-4499