St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of August 27 , 2017
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With many thanks
A note from Sophie Buisson:

Pierre-Henry and I wanted to thank you all for celebrating  with us the renewing of our vows on July 7th. It was such a moving and beautiful ceremony and we are blessed that you were part  this moment.

Thank you again for being part of our family,
Sophie
Statement by Habitat CEO on the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia
Dear Colleagues and Friends in Faith:
 
You may be interested in this statement from the CEO of Habitat for Humanity International regarding recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. It is important and timely, and it serves as a reminder that the Habitat community worldwide rejects racism, bigotry, and violence.The attached letter from Dan Rosensweig, President of Habitat of Greater Charlottesville, is powerful and worth reading in its entirety. Among other things, he urges the Habitat community to move forward together - many diverse hands in solidarity - one shovel of dirt, one board, one sheet of drywall at a time in our mission to build affordable housing in our communities.
 
Please share these remarks in whatever format may be appropriate in your congregation, your family, your business, and your neighborhood.
 
Thank you for partnering with Prescott Habitat for Humanity.
 
Blessings,
 
Christine Mack
Faith Relations Liaison
Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity
Parish Office Closed for Labor Day

The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, September 4, in observance of Labor Day. 

Resuming Wednesday, Sept. 6...
...Bible Study
The Wednesday evening weekly Bible study group will begin meeting again on Wednesday, September 6, at 5 p.m. in the office.
...Progressive Christian Studies
The next session of Progressive Christian Studies entitled America's Religious Faith will resume on Wednesday, September 6, at 5 p.m. in the Conference Room. There will be 14 sessions from September 5 through December 13 on Wednesday evenings from 5 - 6 p.m. 

The upcoming study will be based on the book American Gospel by Jon Meacham. The series will be facilitated by Fr. Bob Wills. Flyers available in the Gathering Hall.
Education for Ministry Startup
EfM (Education for Ministry) invites people into small, mentored communities that help us understand our lives and shape our actions as we deepen our Christian faith. We believe a gracious God calls us into relationship to serve the world. Through study, prayer, and theological reflection, EfM enables us to discover and exercise our gifts for ministry where we live and work.
 
EfM (Education for Ministry) will begin its Fall Semester on September 7, 2017. The seminar runs as before, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. There are several spots open for new students. This course is in a small group setting and teaches the Bible, its culture, history and theory. It challenges the brain in a fun and interactive way. Anyone who is interested in learning more about EfM, please contact Sharon Neece,  tootletales@earthlink.net or call 760-505-0545.
 
Sharon Neece will be available with information and enrollment forms next weekend, both before and after each service.
Next Inquirers' Class Begins Sunday, Sept. 10
Do you want to become a member of the Episcopal Church?

An eight-week series of Inquirers' Classes, to be led by The Rev'd Jack M. Wolter, will begin on September 10, at 11:30 a.m. in the Conference Room of St. Luke's Church to prepare those persons who have not yet been sacramentally confirmed (coming from a Protestant tradition) or received (coming from a Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox tradition) by a bishop in the Episcopal Church, or those who simply want to refresh their understanding of the practice of the Christian Faith in our tradition.

YOU are invited to join us for these presentations and discussions! We hope you will be a participant!
Calling all Building & Grounds Clean-up Volunteers!
We will have our Fall outdoor and kitchens clean-up day on  Saturday, Sept. 16 starting at 8:30 a.m.  We need to have completed the kitchens by  noon  so another function can set up. Please bring cleaning supplies, gloves, hats, towels, and outdoor maintenance equipment. Questions? 
Contact Mike Franklin at  703-887-4837  or email  69hokie@gmail.com , or Georgia Franklin at  805-795-6334  or email  franklinforestlodge@gmail.com .
Elder Appreciation Sunday - Sunday, September 17
ELDER APPRECIATION will be celebrated at St. Luke's on Sunday, September 17th following the  10 am  service. A few volunteers are needed to make some small sandwiches (tea or finger) or roll-ups and a few trays of fruit for the party. There is a sign-up sheet in the Gathering Hall. Contact Pam Williams with questions,  928-277-8226 .
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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. Be sure to save the date and watch for more details coming soon!
A Taste for Mission - Sunday, October 29
The 3rd  annual Taste for Mission - a fundraiser for St. Luke's Church - will be held on October 29th .   We are looking for donations of fine art for the silent auction part of our fundraiser.   If you are an artist, photographer, or a crafts-person that would be willing to donate a piece of your work to benefit our fundraiser, please contact Sharon Welker.
Quad-City Interfaith Council
St. Luke's plays an integral role in the Quad City Interfaith Council. Deacon Kimball serves as one of three leaders of the Council.
 
The mission of QCIC is: to promote respect, understanding, cooperation, and appreciation for the many religious and faith traditions within our community. To sponsor interfaith programs, engage in community service projects and inform and educate about community faith events. In all our efforts we strive to promote human dignity .
 
Hope Fest will be held on Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the Prescott Courthouse Plaza. Info@HopeFestAz.com
 
No Bully Workshop : Thursday, October 5, 2-4 p.m., at Yavapai College, Community Room  Building 19
 
Showing of  Bully Fighters , inspired by true events. A film followed by a panel discussion.  Held at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center 6 p.m.
 
Social Justice Committee meets the first Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. at Temple B'rith Shalom, 2077 Brohner Way, Prescott. They host programs the last Sunday of most months at 2 p.m.  Recent topics have included: racial justice, white privilege and learning how to be better allies to all victims of discrimination. For info contact,  anniebernkrant@hotmail.com or srobyn100@gmail.com.
 
Each November, a Community Inter-faith service is held a week before Thanksgiving. More details to come.
 
Please visit Quad City Interfaith Council's Facebook page: facebook.com/quadcityinterfaith/
 
Please check out these community events.

In peace, Deacon Kimball Arnold
Coffee Hour Treats
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We are doing much better at having some goodies to go with coffee after the  10 a.m.  service, but the Membership Committee had a good suggestion. If you feel providing cookies, etc., is too much for you to handle alone, ask a new person to partner with you. You will get to know them and they will have to opportunity to be a bit more involved at St. Luke's.
Cursillo
Cursillo is not an upgraded form of Christianity. You don't graduate into Cursillo once you have become an ideal Christian or when you finally become an enlightened spiritual being. 
 
If anything Cursillo is a remedial course on being a Christian. It is for those of us who want to be spiritual, but are too easily distracted. It is for those of us who want to understand more about our faith, the bible, and God, but can't seem to find the time. It is for those of us who want to love like Jesus loves, but can't find people lovable enough for us to get it right. 
 
Cursillo small groups give us an environment of acceptance and understanding where we can admit our lives don't add up to what we want them to be, and encouragement to get up and try it again.  
 
If you are finding being holy and perfect as difficult as we all do, come by and visit one of our small groups or one of our get togethers. Contact Ed. Hume or Trampus Tribbey for more information.  
 
Coming up in September we will be having a get together where we sing, pray, listen to encouraging messages (and usually eat). We hope all of you know you are welcome to join us!
The Free Table
We are beginning a free table ministry. In the Parish Hall will be a table marked as the free table. The table itself is not free, however, items placed on it (or under it) are free for the taking. If you have some good, usable items at home that you don't need, bring them to the church and put them on the table. We all probably have some things at home we don't need or use that someone else could use and may even need.
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  www.stlukesprescott.church . It's fast, secure, very easy to do. Every pledge is important to the life of St. Luke's and 100% participation is encouraged.
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 Aug. 19-20, 140 food items were collected!!
    72 food items donated by Thumb Butte Quilters 
 
This week's shopping list: Canned beef, canned vegetables, tomato sauce,
 canned beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
August 19-20, 2017
Attendance: 270

 Pledge and plate figures for August 19-20 will be included in the next week's Epistle.
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays
August 27:  Amy Chamberlin
August 28:  Helen Henderson
August 29:  Skip Adams,  Justin Armer,  Kheri Armer, George Dunham,  Chalys Stephens
August 30:  Lou Gennarelli,  Eileen Griffin
August 31:  Joyce Evans,  Carol Unangst
September 2:  Mike Kemper, Richard Pettenger

Anniversaries
August 27:  Paul & Shannon Rosenblatt
August 29:  Jim & Lynda Rowntree
August 30:  Larry & Betsy Whearley
August 31:  Jack & Randi Heard
September 1:  Gerry & Sandy Caton
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Amy, Angela, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Barbara + Scott,  Bea, Bee, Beth L., Blake, Bob, Brien, Brittany, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl, Chris, Christopher, Connor, Dan, Daniel,  Denise, Donald, Dott, Doug, Ed, Eileen, Fred, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff,, Gordon, Greg, Gus, Hank, Harris, Heather, Hilary, Jack H., Jean, Jeanne, Jeanne, Jerry, Jocelyn, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julia, Julie Ann, June, Karen, Kay ,Keena, Keith, Ken,  Kimball,  Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea, Lisa, Lisa and child, Madelon, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Michael, Michele, Mike, Miriam, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Penny, Percy, Peter, Preston, Reed, Renita, Rich, Rosey, Sandy, Shea, Sheri, Skip, Sona + infant, Stephen, Susan B.,  Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Tina, Tom, Tom P., Trey, Tricia, Vanessa,, Wally, Walt, Willa, 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, Rondale, Marcus, Tyler, Gregory, Ben, Rockie, Darin, Ross, John, David, Calic, Echo, Brian, Emily, Analise, Matthew, Dan 

...for the Yavapai Nation
 
...for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Ruvuma - (Tanzania)
 
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Episcopal Campus Ministries at ASU in Tempe
 
...for our companion Diocese: Navajoland
 
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: U.S. Vets/Troop Support, United Thank Offering, United Blood Services Blood Drive, Boy Scout Troop #10


Scripture Readings
* The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, August 30
James 4:11-12
Psalm 24:1-6
John 12:44-50
Weekly Worship Assistants for August 26-27, 2017
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson/Rev. Debra Loder, preaching
Chalice Minister: Art Villemure
Greeters:  Scott & Carol Hein
 
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson/ Rev. Debra Loder, preaching
Chalice Minister:  Gib McIntosh
Greeters:  Ed & Hedy Sullivan
Ushers:  Duncan & Julia Weir
 
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson/Rev. Debra Loder, preaching
Assisting Priest:  Fr Richard Lassiter
Sub-deacon: Charles Covert
Chalice Minister:  Tom Ghan
Chalice Minister:  Ernie Howell
Altar Minister:  Nancy Reynolds
Reader 1:  Brenda Schwartz
Reader 2:  Rich Schwartz
Prayers:  Zibbie Wolter
Verger:  Dwight Willman
Greeters :  Gil & Joan Hedger
Welcome Table:  Rosaleen Runnalls/Ann Reynolds
Ushers:  Geoff & Brenda Holden
Asst. Ushers:  Jean Ehlers/Lynne Wells
Oblationers: Wayne & Mary Hallford
 
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 August 27: Barbara Brubaker
  Barbara Leonard
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 August 26-27 given to the glory of God
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 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 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 prescottstrings.com 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 prescottchorale.org for more information. 
In the Community
Prescott Evening Lions Club: Pick YOUR Favorite Charity Golf Tournament - September 16, 2017

Greens fee of $125 per golfer include putting contest, range balls for warm-up, shared cart, sleeve of golf balls, team prizes, silent auction, plus awards luncheon. Most important: Greens fee includes a charitable contribution to YOUR favorite charity -- any 501(c)3 non-profit, school or church, or registered working poor charity. Teams will play "two-person best ball" on Antelope Hills South Course. ALL PROCEEDS from the Tournament remaining "Local" in the quad-cities area. For more info or to register for the Golf Tournament contact: Cynthia Moreno, 928-776-8167



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  69hokie@gmail.com 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
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Our calendar is available at the Events section.

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Phone: (928) 778-4499