St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of October 21 , 2018
From the Rector
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

You should have, or are about to, receive my letter about Stewardship with a pledge card. I hope you will take the time to read it and pray about what you will give to St Luke's as a thanksgiving for the many ways God has blessed you.

I would like to share the following meditation about Stewardship:

There is something I learned early on in the stewardship training I had. It was the idea of "firstness." Yes, "firstness." I'm not sure that is really a word, but it works. The idea of "firstness" is making your gift to the church first. If you write checks monthly for your bills, make the one to the church the first one you write; when you budget, make your gift the first thing you set aside. So often our gifts to God and the church are an afterthought, given only if something is left over. The practice of "firstness" guards against this. It reminds us that this is how God gives to us, first, out of abundance, fully. If we truly believe that everything we have God gave to us, then the 10 percent we give back-first- is our practice of acknowledging that reality. That gift back is the first thing, not the last thing, not the "if I have something left." No matter how much you give, maybe even more important than the amount, is when you give it, and the priority in which you give. Start with this practice: whatever you can give, give it first.
(from The Rt. Rev. Gregory H. Rickel Bishop, Diocese of Olympia)

Your brother in Christ,
Pierre-Henry +
An Awestruck Act of Thanksgiving
What motivates generosity? Many things - commitment to a cause, support of a treasured community, gratitude. What about awe?
Webster's dictionary defines awe as "great fear," "terror," "the power to inspire dread." "Awe" is not a word or experience we hear or talk about much these days. There is an unspoken notion that all mysteries are ultimately knowable. And, indeed, science and technology have given us a remarkable ability to control many of the conditions of our lives, at least in the western part of the world. Perhaps, for us, what inspires dread or terror is a natural phenomenon - a wildfire, a volcanic eruption, a major hurricane. The power of these phenomena overcome our self-confidence.
Click here to read more or pick up hard copy of reflection (on yellow paper) in the Narthex after services!
Chili Cook-off

Don't miss the chili cook-off on Sunday, October 28, at 11:30 a.m. (after the 10 a.m. service).

Our best chefs are competing and our youth dare you to come taste the most tempting recipes! Enjoy the crafts and pumpkin carving, too!

Cost is $10 per person (free for kids)! All proceeds will benefit the 2019 mission trip in San Diego, CA.

Note from Paul Nelson regarding his Witness Talk on Saturday evening and Sunday morning:

The downside of speaking extemporaneously without notes is that when you do it three times, you sometimes forget to include some details in subsequent presentations. Some of you were a bit confused about the wife situation. I want to make it very clear that the marriage I was referring to in Eugene led to divorce soon thereafter the event I was talking about. In 1988, I met my current wife, Sandy, and we were married in 1989. She is one of God's greatest blessings to me. Sorry for any confusion that I may have left in your minds.
Warm for Winter Collection
This Sunday is the last time to gather new and/or gently used winter clothing for the Coalition for Compassion & Justice handout to low-income families.  Review your closets and dresser drawers for items (maybe those that don't fit anymore?) to donate.  CCJ will serve about 600 clients this year, so know that every cl othing contribution helps to meet the need.
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Volunteers Needed
Sign-up in the Gathering Hall to sort clothing and setup at Prescott United Methodist Church on October 25 or 26.  Help is also needed on October 27 for the distribution of clothing. You can contact Carol Covert with questions or to signup at
Annual Celebration of Thanks to be held at St. Luke's
Save the date of Thursday, November 15, at 6 p.m. for the Fifth Annual Celebration of Thanks , which brings together all faiths in our community for a night of song and shared reflection. Everyone is invited to attend!

Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to St. Luke's Food Pantry. Monetary donations will benefit Yavapai County Suicide Prevention.

Sponsored by Quad-City Interfaith Council.
Adult Formation Opportunities
I nquirers' Class 
Sunday, at 11:30 a.m. in the Conference Room (last class November 4)
Benedictine Spirituality: Creating a Rule of Life
  Oct. 24 at  5:00 p.m. in the Conference Room (this is the last class of this series)

Book of Job Bible Study 
Wednesdays, 5 p.m. in the Library. 
Visit our website!
Be sure to visit our website,, every so often! There is a great section at the bottom of the Home page entitled "News & Updates" that contains information on recent events at St. Luke's along with some wonderful photos. 
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 the role they play in the life of this region.
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 October 14:  61 food items were collected

This week's shopping list: 
Canned beef, canned vegetables, tomato sauce, canned beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
10/13-10/14 -  Attendance - 246
Pledge - $6,702  &  Plate - $932   
Honoring Special Dates
October 21: Lauren Harris, Dwight Willman
October 22: Peter Eresman, Gayle Gregory
October 23: Bill Tompkins
October 24: Jim Casacchia, Chris Howell
October 27: Sandy Caton, Bruce Lequesne

October 22: Bill & Joan Preston
October 24: John & Debbie Opitz
October 25: Jack & Reeni Knudson
October 27: Steve & Gayle Jarpe
Our Prayer lists
For those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Andrea, Angela, Ashley, Baby Nolan, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Betsy, Beth, Bill, Bob, Brandon, Brian, Brittany, Bruce, Carol, Carolyn, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Chris, Christopher, Chuck, Claire, Connor, Courtney, Daniel, Dave, David, Dawn Ellen, Debbie, Derrick, Dianne, Donald, Donna, Dorothy, Dott, Doug, Dyla, Ed, Enrique, Ernie, Evelyn, Francis, Fred, Gary, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, George, Gerry, Gina, Gislela, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank,. Hal & Karen, Harris, Harry, Heidi, Ian, Ileen, Jack H. Jack K., Jean, Jeanne, Jeri, Jerry, Jim, Joe, Joel, John, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karen, Karin, Kathleen & Philip, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken, Kimball, Kira, Kyle, Kristi, Larry, Lea, Les G., Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Matt, Mavereck, Maxine, Megan, Melissa, Micaela, Michael, Michaela, Michele, Miriam, Nancy, Nolan (baby), Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Peter, Reed, Renita, Rich Richard, Rick, Rob, Ron, Rosey, Ruth, Sabrina, Salem, Sally, Sandy, Shea, Sheri, Shirley, Skip, Steven, Sue, Sue & Wally, Susan, Susan S., Susan R., Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Tom & Moni, Trey, Tricia, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, William, Zachary, Zelma

For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian, Kyle.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:  Church of the Province of West Africa
In Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  St Andrew's (Sedona)
In the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Warm for Winter, Highway Clean-up

For the Yavapai-Apache Nation
For Bishop Zak and Amagoro Junior Academy
For our companion Diocese in Navajoland
Scripture Readings
Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Psalm 124
Romans 6:12-18
Luke 12:39-48
Weekly Worship Assistants for October 20-21, 2018
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Richard Lassiter
Chalice Minister: Trampus Tribbey
Greeters: Doug & Pat Ogburn
Welcome Table: Doug & Pat Ogburn
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher: The Rev. Denise Muller
Chalice Minister: Tom Ghan
Ushers:  Jim & Pam Damm
Welcome Table: 

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher: The Rev. Denise Muller
Sub-Deacon:  Liz Kennedy
Chalice Minister: Monte Anderson
Chalice Minister: Charles Covert
Altar Minister: Bill Christy
Reader 1: Zibbie Wolter
Reader 2: Pat Anderson
Prayers: Wini Larson
Verger: Larry Neece
Greeters: Ted and Genell Lee
Welcome Table: David Brubaker, Carol Hardesty, Linda Schwab
Ushers: Bob and Laura Norman
Asst. Ushers: Larry Allen and JoAnn Salem
Oblationers: Joan and Bill Preston

Altar Guild Team: Barbara Kriger, Sally Phelps, Cynthia Moreno, Becky Hansen,
Jennifer Benson, Betty & Dan Phillips

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. 

October 21: 
Daughters of the King

Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2018 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 $55.00. This is a change due to increased cost. (however, any donation is accepted). If you would like to have a person or event named here, please notify the office.
Flowers given by:
Duncan & Julia Weir in memory of Loretta and Leonard Davis, late parents of Julia
Bill Bisig
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.

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. For more info, call AZ Children's Association at 928-443-1991.

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. 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 tickets and more information.
In the Community
Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity

For general information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity and for information for this event, visit For Family Selection Criteria brochure, click  here .

Service Schedule
Sunday Services:  
Saturday 5:30 pm Spoken Eucharist
 Sunday 8:00 am  Eucharist with hymns
Sunday 10:00 am Eucharist with Choir

First Sunday of the month 9:15 am Family Eucharist

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.
Email Address for Epistle Submissions

Submissions for the weekly Epistle should be sent to: .

The  deadline f or submissions to the Weekly Epistle is the end of the day Tuesday for the week you would like it to appear.  The preferred method of submission is by email. Thanks for your cooperation!

St Luke's Episcopal Church 

Please contact the church office
by email or phone.

Phone: (928) 778-4499