St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of October 30, 2016
Click here for this week's calendar & "Looking Ahead."
There is no doubt that St Luke's is a wonderful and welcoming congregation striving to share the Good News of Jesus Christ through all we do: worship, education, pastoral care, outreach, fellowship, and so much more!

There is no doubt that St Luke's is growing. When I look at the congregation during the different services, I see so many new faces from new members and visitors. New people are involved in all our ministries bringing new ideas and renewed energies. Our children and youth ministries are blooming, too!

Everything we do at St Luke's we do it because of the outpouring generosity of each and every one of you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

In one week now, we are going to have our in-gathering Sunday, during which we will gather our pledge cards, bless them, and present them to the Lord. This in-gathering Sunday is the official end of our Stewardship Campaign. I hope we will have 100% pledgers at that time. What a wonderful testimony it would be! What a great message of love for the Lord and for our parish it would be!

Purposely, I did not talk about budget, bills, salaries, or commissions' needs during our campaign, because I deeply believe that Stewardship is, before all, a spiritual discipline. A spiritual discipline that calls us to be as generous as we can afford as a way to give thanks to the Lord from whom all blessings flow, and as a way to concretely support the Lord's work we do at St Luke's.

At this point of time however, the commissions have already expressed their financial needs for accomplishing their mission in 2017. Very soon the Finance and Budget Committee will review these demands, and will propose choices to the Vestry. My hope is that the Vestry will be able to adopt a balanced "Statement of Mission" (new name for the budget) before the end of November...

So, as your rector, and brother in Christ, I need your help.
Please, be generous!
Please, don't wait until the end of December to return your pledge card! Bring it to one of the services of November 4th and 5th.

If you are unable to attend church that weekend, please send your card by mail ASAP, or send us an email at pledge@slecp.org with the amount you want to pledge for 2017, and we will contact you for the details.

To conclude, I want to use Paul's words to the Corinthians, I'm certain that you will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through St Luke's ministries. ( 2 Co 9.11)

In thankfulness for the generosity of St Luke's people,

Pierre-Henry+
Online Pledging
Lost your pledge card?  Never received a pledge card?  Unable to attend our In-Gathering Sunday on November 5th and 6th?

Don't worry, we have the solution!  Just send an email to  pledge@slecp.org Let us know the total amount you want to pledge for 2017, along with the frequency of your donation (weekly, monthly, etc.), and i ndicate if you wish to have offering envelopes. Please include your contact information (address and phone number).  And it's done!
United Thank Offering Ingathering Weekend: October 29-30
This is fall United Thank Offering ingathering weekend, your opportunity to express thanks for many blessings received. These might include your family and friends, beautiful weather and environment, St. Luke's parish, our country; you can name many more!

The large boxes will be passed after the usual offering plates, and you may place your boxes or envelopes in them. If you forget your UTO offering you may bring it next week. Thanks!
Eileen's Retirement
After 12 years of great service, Eileen Stanton, is leaving us. She first was St Luke's Bookkeeper, under Fr. Paul. She served so well that she became St Luke's Financial Assistant helping the Rector, Treasurer, Wardens and Vestry to manage our finances and to make good decisions. She worked with 3 rectors, 2 interim rectors, 4 treasurers, 8 senior wardens, and countless volunteers. She will be missed, and we wish her the best for this next step of her life.

Eileen is a very discreet person and does not want to be at the center of attention. However, we managed to surprised her this past Wednesday with a farewell lunch at the Manzanita Grille with the staff, the clergy, and the Vestry members. It was good to celebrate her and to show her how much we appreciate her! A few pictures from the special lunch are below!
Next Monthly Potluck Tomorrow, Saturday, at 5:30 p.m.
The next monthly potluck is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, October 29, at the home of Earl and Julie Poole, at 5:30 p.m. Bring an appetizer to share and your favorite beverage. Come in costume, if you wish, for some added fun! Sign-up now in the Gathering Hall. All are welcome!  Correction from last week's Epistle: please note that it is not taking place today, Friday!
Prescott Chamber Orchestra Concert on November 4 at St. Luke's
The first concert of the Prescott Chamber Orchestra is coming up on Friday, November 4, at 7 p.m. at St. Luke's. Visit the PCO website  prescottstrings.com for information on the program and tickets.
First St. Luke's Singles Dinner Night Out
Come to the first St. Luke's Singles Dinner Night Out on Thursday, November 10, at 5 p.m. at Augie's Restaurant (1721 State Route 69) in Frontier Village in Prescott. Augie's features early specials from 4 to 7 p.m.
What it is: a chance to have company, conversation, and make new friends. Good to be out with others!
What is not:not a match-making process nor an environment for feeling uncomfortable.
For more information contact Sherri Frances by clicking  here. There will be a sign-up sheet in the Gathering Hall to get a count.
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Calling Veterans and their families!
Veterans' Day, November 11, is fast approaching. This year we would like to expand our previous years' observations by having a special coffee hour to honor our veterans and putting together a list recognizing current veterans and a list of remembrance for those no longer with us. Please email or drop off at the Church Office or in the Gathering Hall the following information: name, branch of service, dates of service, and a picture, preferably in uniform. For the spouses or children of veterans, please do the same for your loved ones. We need this as soon as possible so we can compile our honor display. We can copy photos! Please let us know if you would like to help make this a very special celebration. Contact Ed and Jan Hume by clicking here.
Come and watch The Champions on November 12
The Champions, a documentary, which will be shown on Saturday, November 12, at 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall, is an inspirational story about the pit bulls rescued from the brutal fighting ring of former Atlanta Falcon's star quarterback, Michael Vick, and those who risked it all to save them, despite pressures from PETA and the Humane Society to euthanize the dogs. It is a story of second chances, redemption and hope. This uplifting documentary takes us on a journey about more than just dogs-about prejudice, being misunderstood, the power of resilience, and the significance of the relationship we as humans have with animals.
Who is My Neighbor?
You are invited to attend a special presentation: "Who Is My Neighbor", research and findings released by the Morrison Institute by The Rev. Richard Morrison, Canon for Ecumenical and Community Relations on Sunday, November 13, after the 10 a.m. service in the Parish Hall.
 
We also welcome Canon Morrison as our guest preacher for both the 8:00 and 10:00 AM services. Again, the 30 minute presentation, which will specifically address northern Arizona demographics, will be held during the coffee hour after the 10 a.m. service on November 13.
Many Voices of Thanks Interfaith Celebration
This third annual celebration of thanks, on Thursday, November 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Prescott, brings together all faiths in our community for a night of song and shared reflection. Please bring a non-perishable food item. Click here for flyer.
Expecting Jesus, an Advent Workshop
Save the date of Saturday, November 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for Expecting Jesus, an Advent Workshop to be held at St. Luke's. Click here for flyer! Watch for more details soon!
Make your life-saving appointment now!
The next blood drive at St. Luke's will be on Wednesday, December 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Don't delay - schedule your appointment today.

Visit  www.bloodhero.com (Sponsor code: StLukesEC) or email Darrell Anderson by clicking  here.
Don't Spend Christmas Alone - St. Luke's Gift to the Community
December 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Shuttle Transportation News:   When it comes to a need to transport Christmas dinner guests from Prescott to St. Luke's, for many years we have been fortunate to count on the diligent help of Scott DeJoseph who coordinates two vans from The Prescott Christian Church; thank you for partaking once again!

This year, we are extending a broader invite to our beloved community! Transportation will be offered from Prescott Valley (PV), thanks to Rod and Cindy Lusk, owners of New Horizons Transport, and from Chino Valley, thanks to Sandy Stutey, Director of Yavapai Regional Transit. Many new guests will benefit from this opportunity. Without shuttle transportation many would have stayed home, but, instead, they will share holiday joy among us.  On behalf of St. Luke's parish members and guests, thank you for making this event possible for new guests.
 
Please thank and support the businesses that so generously join hands with St. Luke's to outreach and service the Quad-city community. You make the difference!

Angeles Ramos Zarate, Event Chairwoman

"At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received; how much money we have made; how many great things we have done. We will be judged by, 'I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me, I was homeless, and you took me in.'" -Mother Teresa

Check out pictures from last Saturday's Fall Festival by visiting the St. Luke's Website (click on link): stlukesprescott.church.
Outreach Commission Notes
Kenya Project: Last fall the Outreach Commission decided to begin a fundraising project for the Amagoro Junior Academy in Katakawa Kenya. The funds were to be used for the building of four classrooms. The original plan was to raise $3,500 a year for four years. Through the amazing generosity of the parishioners of St. Luke's, we raised approximately $12,000 in less than one year. We are asking you to help us raise $2,000 to complete our commitment in one year. Photos of the progress of construction on the classrooms are in the Gathering Hall along with a box containing envelopes in which donations can be placed. You may turn your donations in directly to the office or place them in the offering plate. Please write Kenya Project on the memo line of your check.

Be a Santa to a Senior: For the last 12 years, Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with
local non-profits to identify lonely, isolated and seniors in need to share a little holiday cheer.  We anticipate providing gifts to approximately 300 seniors in our community. Many seniors have difficulty opening packages. 
Please purchase a gift bag(s) and/or holiday tissue paper. 
Deposit bags and paper in the designated box in the Gathering Hall. For more info on Be a Santa to a Senior, contact Home Instead Senior Care at 928-708-9960.   

The Outreach Commission usually meets monthly at 4 PM in the Conference Room. Our next meeting is scheduled for November 14. We would welcome your attendance at this or a future meeting to learn more.
The Truth About Cancer: A Testimonial
"...Thank you very kindly for taking the time to share this impactful documentary series, along with your wisdom and professional insights, over the past several weeks. My husband and I both lost parents to cancer. It seems to be so prevalent these days that, quite frankly, it is a concern that often crosses my mind. How wonderful it is to know that there are physically and spiritually healthy alternatives to the common treatments of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation-all of which have scientifically-supported outcomes. It has also been invaluable to learn methods we can use at home of preventing cancer and other chronic diseases from ever developing in the first place. Again, many thanks."

The nine-week series continues on Monday, October 31, at 6 p.m. in the Conference Room at St. Luke's.
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Food Donation Program
Thanks to each of you for your continued support week after week of the weekly food donation program which benefits the area food banks.  The food count was 89 items  for weekend of October 22-23, 2016.
 
This week's shopping list: peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, canned tuna, canned fruit
Weekly Attendance & Giving
October 22-23, 2016 
Weekly Attendance: 279
Weekly Giving (Operating Fund): $9,165.00

Third-quarter giving statements are available for pick-up in the Gathering Hall.
Living Generously Reflection - October 30, 2016
[TENS] Zacchaeus the tax collector is not the ancient equivalent of modern day IRS or Canada Revenue Agency employees. He was not a civil servant. Ancient Roman tax collectors were individuals who bid for the right to collect taxes in a certain geographic area. This bid represented the tax Rom expected from a given geographic area. Read more
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Al, Albert, Amanda, Angie, Ashley, Barbara, Bee, Betty, Bob, Brenda, Brien, Brittany, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Christopher, Dan, Daniel, Rev. Deborah, Dick, Donald, Dott, Ed, Enrique, Eric, Frank, Fred, Gary, Geoff, Greg, Hank, Harris, Janice, Jean, Jeanne, Joe, Josh, Joy, Judy, Julie Ann, Karen, Kay, Keena, Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Laurel, Lea Lea, Lisa, Lynette, Margo, Marian, Marie, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Marty, Mary, Maxine, Melissa, Michele, Michelle and her husband, Miriam, Nancy, Norma, Pam, Paul, Percy, Peter Jr., Pete Sr., Preston, Ray, Renita, Rita, Robert, Ruth, Sandy, Sara, Sheri, Shirley, Skip, Stephen, Susan, Susie, Suzette, Tammy, Tawny, Ted, Terri, Teresa, Tina, Trey, Tricia, Vanessa, Walt, Zelma
 
...for those in our Armed Forces: Josh, Mark, 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, Matthew, Dan

...in the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Bermuda (Extra-Provincial to Canterbury)
 
...in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Stephen's in Douglas
 
...in the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: People Who Care, Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, Native American Ministries, West Yavapai Guidance Foundation
Honoring Special Dates This Week
Birthdays: Myles Marmon, Mary Shenefield, Art Villemure, Mike Cash, Danielle McCaslin, Joyce Sprow, Kaitlynn Heinz, Donna Peters
 
Anniversaries: Ted & Genell Lee, Frank & Phyllis Maruna
This Week's Scripture Readings:  Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 26
Click here for readings 

Collect: A lmighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Next Week's Scripture Readings:  All Saints' Day

Worship Assistants, Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers
 
Worship Assistants for October 29-30, 2016  
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Ernie Howell
Greeters:  Scott & Carol Hein
 
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Deacon:  Kimball Arnold/Chris Christy
Chalice Minister: Les Garripee
Greeters:  Mark & Nancy Paola
 
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Richard Lassiter
Deacon:  Kimball Arnold/Chris Christy
Sub-deacon:  Debra Loder
Chalice Minister:  Charles Covert
Chalice Minister:  Cathie Carter
Altar Minister:  Sharon Neece
Reader 1:  Brenda Schwartz
Reader 2:  Rich Schwartz
Prayers:  Lynne Wells
Verger:  Sharon Welker
Greeters :  Madelon Cianfrani & Joyce Boden
Welcome Table:  Brenda Schwartz
Ushers:  Bob & Lois Hepner
Asst. Ushers:  Larry Whearley & Wally Wands
Oblationers: Ted & Genell Lee
 
Eucharistic Visitors:  Gib & Sylvia McIntosh
 
Altar Guild Team:  Elsie Tyree, Sylvia McIntosh, Pat Eaton,  Pat Ogburn, Jane Peacock, Linda Rose
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 October 30:
Charlotte Willman, Eileen Griffin, Keehna Sture
 

 

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 October 29-30 given... 
by Linda Cheek in memory of her husband Leon
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. 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 Nov. 17. For more info, call Joy Goff at 928-707-3749.

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, 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 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 next concert of the 2016-17 season is Dec. 3, 2016 at 3 & 7:30 pm. 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. Click  
here  for more info.
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
For information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, visit  www.prescotthabitat.org.
Toolbelts & Tuxedos Annual Gala is Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 6-10 p.m. at the Prescott Resort. Click here for invitation to gala. 
Church Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1-4 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to noon

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Rector
Deacon
Deacon

Music Director
Organist
Parish Administrator
Financial Assistant

Children's Ministry / 
Youth Director
Sexton
Senior Warden
Junior Warden
Vestry Liaison to Pastoral Care Commission
Vestry Liaison to Christian Formation Commission
Vestry Liaison to
Fellowship Commission
Vestry Liaison to Communications Commission
Parish Treasurer
Vestry Liaison to
Worship Commission
Vestry Liaison to
Outreach Commission
Vestry Liaison to Membership Commission
Assistant Treasurer

St Luke's Episcopal Church 

Please contact the church office by email or phone with questions or concerns.
Email:  info@slecp.org
Phone: (928) 778-4499