St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of April 16 , 2017
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Poem: On a Heavenly Spring Morning

In the quiet of the morning, I heard the church bells ring,
And in the air and on the ground, God's every living thing:

I heard so high up in a tree, a flicker's beckoning cry,
Some lizards scurrying in the brush, an eagle's wing on high.

I heard a rabbit hide away, a little wren a peep,
A coyot's final good night sign, that some of 'us' will sleep.

And then I heard a robin's song, now not so far away,
And all of this a splendid sign, this be a heavn'ly day.

Then sparrow small and mighty now, is bursting into song,
Thus heralding the coming of, the days so sweet and long.

And then I felt so bless'ed that, my heart can hear and see,
The glory of Creation is, forever ours to be.

I pray all hearts be open to, the glor'ious gifts He lay,
Out to us all. In quiet call, thus morning is MY way.

Jeanne Miller

Holy Week & Easter Service Schedule
Good Friday
April 14 -  7:00 pm,  Good Friday Liturgy
Holy Saturday
April 15 -  Time of rest and silence - no service.

Saturday April 15 -   7:00 pm  
The greatest celebration of the year!
Bring your bell to ring with the Easter Alleluias.
Sunday April 16 -  8:00 am & 10:00 am
Bring your bell to ring with the Easter Alleluias.
Good Friday Offering
As in years past, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites all Episcopalians to join in supporting our brothers and sisters throughout the Providence of Jerusalem and the Middle East through the Good Friday Offering. "The Good Friday Offering is our opportunity to add some of the substance of our lives to the substance of our prayers," Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry wrote to the clergy of the Episcopal Church. "The Jesus Movement is about the journey we share with a world desperate to see examples of the love of God lived out in each one of us to empower compassion and mercy for all people in all places."

To read Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's full letter, click  here.
Easter Celebrations
We will be celebrating Easter with light refreshments following the 8 a.m. service and a brunch after the 10 a.m. service on Easter Sunday, April 16. All are welcome!
Sunday School News
There will be no Sunday School on Sunday, April 16, however, c hild care will be provided during the 10:00 a.m.  service on Easter Sunday!

Easter Flowers
For all who donated towards Easter flowers this year, thank you!! In next week's Epistle, you will find an updated list of all Easter flower givers. 
Time off for Rector next week
Fr. Pierre-Henry will be out of town for the whole of next week. He will return to the office on Tuesday, April 25. In his absence, our Senior Warden, Dwight Willman, is to be contacted if something is needed. He can be reached via email at or by phone at 914-489-5278.
Next Singles Dinner Night Out on April 21
The next Singles Dinner Night Out will take place on Friday, April 21, at 5:30 p.m. at Bonn Fire Restaurant in Chino Valley. Guest are always welcome!

Sign-up in the Gathering Hall by April 16.
Taizé on April 21 at 6 p.m.
Please note that Prayer in the Spirit of Taizé will be held on Friday, April 21, at 6 p.m. in the Chapel.

In May, Prayer in the Spirit of Taizé will go back to its regular schedule of the 2nd Friday of the month, which will be Friday, May 12, at 6 p.m.
Showtime Community (Youth) Theatre Performances at St. Luke's
April 21 - 7 p.m. & April 22 - 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. 
What happens when you put rivals in a room together? Have you wondered how Peter and the Wolf, Toto and the Wicked Witch, or a cat and mouse would cope when put in the same room, rekindling old grudges and witnessing two murders by an anonymous killer? Tensions run high as the mystery is unveiled in Showtime Community Theatre's presentation of "Storybook Reunion Murders." This fantastical and family-friendly farce is bursting with fun and hilarious puns that everyone from all generations will appreciate. Join the Aesop Academy and the alumni of Grimm High, two rivaling schools, as they must put aside differences and team up to solve the murder mystery. Find out who is the culprit on  Friday, April 21, at  7:00 pm and on  Saturday, April 22, at  3:00 pm & 7:00 pm at St. Luke's in the Parish Hall. Only $10 at the door; 18 and under are only $5. 

Showtime Community Theatre is a non-profit youth theatre that has served the quad cities for nearly 7 years. Their mission statement: to provide a theatre experience for youth that not only educates but entertains and enriches the community. Learn more about Showtime Community Theatre by visiting their website: or finding them on Facebook.
Centering Prayer will take place on Friday, April 28 at 9 a.m.
The next gathering for Centering Prayer will be on Friday, April 28, at 9 a.m. in the Meditation Room, which is off of the Parish Hall, next to the library. Centering Prayer is held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month at 9 a.m. All are welcome!

Save the Date: April 29 at 9 a.m. for Spiritual Gifts Workshop
Save the date for the Spiritual Gifts Workshop, which is to be facilitated by Cathy Black, Canon for Administration & Assistant to Bishop Smith. This worthwhile three-hour workshop will be held in the Parish Hall. More detailed information to follow!! Save the date!
Bible Study to resume Wednesday, May 3, at 5 p.m.
The weekly bible study, facilitated by our Rector, Fr. Pierre-Henry, will resume on Wednesday, May 3, at 5 p.m. in the Office.
Notes from the Nurse
This month, instead of choosing a health-related topic and presenting a paragraph or two about it, I decided to write a "themeless" column that will touch on a couple of issues brought up to me by parishioners in the past few weeks.
First of all, if you have medical equipment that you no longer need, and would like to donate-OR if you are in need of a piece of medical equipment-Catholic Charities Community Services, located at 121 N. Summit Street, has a "Medical Loan Closet" on the north side of their parking lot.  They gratefully accept donations of equipment, and they also make "loans" of equipment, with no timeline for return, for a monetary donation of your choosing.  The phone number of Catholic Charities Community Services is 928-778-2531, and the Medical Loan Closet extension number is 54048.
Secondly, for all those who so generously bring donations of non-perishable food for the community food banks each Sunday, THANK YOU!   I recently read an interesting article about food donations, whose author-a Christian writer-underscored the moral value of choosing healthy food items to donate, since community food bank recipients are precisely those in our community who can least afford to buy healthy, unprocessed food for themselves.  It seems that the healthier a food is, the more it costs!  So, when we are buying a food item to donate, the author challenges us to ask ourselves:  Is this something I would eat?  Do I really want to give something "to the least of my brothers and sisters" that is loaded with chemicals, artificial colors, a day's worth of salt in one serving, or with no nutritive value?  Good questions...good food for thought!
And, lastly, a couple of announcements:
     --Blood pressure checks will NOT be offered this weekend due to the special schedule of Easter liturgies and post-service gatherings.  They will resume next month, on the third weekend (May 20-21).
     --Over 125 people picked up a "File of Life" after last month's column.  Wonderful!  It truly may save your life!  If you didn't get one, contact me, or drop by the Information Desk at YRMC, where they are always available.
Pastoral Care: call for volunteers
Your Pastoral Care Team is currently ministering to more than 30 members of our congregation who are in need of St. Luke's ongoing support and pastoral care. Members of the Pastoral Care Team are Lucy Kemper (Chair), Chris Christy (Clergy Liaison for Pastoral Care), Keehna Sture (Parish Nurse), Jeanne Miller (TeleCare Ministry Chair), Sharon Neece, and Angeles Zarate (Vestry Liaison). 

Telecare Ministry
Telecare is a ministry of love! Telecare is a lay-led pastoral ministry, begun in 2016, that expresses St. Luke's care and concern to EVERY member of our church family. For our Spring calling campaign, we are looking for people who are willing to make phone calls to simply "check in" with members of our congregation and to ask if they have any prayer concerns. Calls can be made from the comfort of our own home! During our Fall calling campaign, we heard responses like, "I've been a member of this church for 20 years, and this is the first time anyone from the church has called me. Thank you so much." "Really, you're not calling to ask for money? Wow, we need to do more of this." There will be a brief training session for our volunteers. If you would like to help us please contact Jeanne Miller or any member of the Pastoral Care Team.

Love Notes
Another ministry of love! Cards are sent to parishioners who are ill, recovering from surgery, or experiencing loss to let them know that their St. Luke's family is supporting them and praying for them. Pastoral Care will provide the cards and postage. Will you provide the time? This can be done from the comfort of your own home! If this is a ministry you are willing to help with, please contact Jeanne Miller or any member of the Pastoral Care Team.

Lay Eucharistic Visitors
Our team is in need of several more Lay Eucharistic Visitors who will take communion to those members of our church family who are homebound. What an amazing experience to share the news of the community, prayers and communion with people who may be feeling alone and lonely. Please contact Deacon Chris Christy or any member of the Pastoral Care Team if you feel called to this ministry.
Report on 30-hour Famine
Last weekend, April 8-9, the Youth group gathered at the church for a 30-hour famine challenge.  The idea was that we would not eat anything for 30 hours straight, to be in communion and to support our brothers and sisters who are not as privileged as we are.

I was impressed by the will our youth showed during this event; they did not complain even once and participated in all the activities with grace and smiles on their faces.

With her permission, I wanted to share with you what Sabrina Harris wrote on her Facebook page after the weekend:

"Yesterday at my church we did a 30 hour famine to help us associate better with people who have less than us, and also it's Lent season! I had a blast with my Youth Group! While we were fasting we helped replant and fix the garden, baked cookies for prisoners (the smell was absolutely TEMPTING!) and we made soap together! After eating this morning and breaking the fast, it really help me learn a little and appreciate my food. I have been so self-conscious about potentially wasting food all day!
Thank you Sophie Buisson for running the whole thing, and thank you Father Pierre-Henry for letting us sleep at the church!!
If you didn't know too, our church has an amazing Easter Sunday service!
Come check St. Luke's out! They have been my family since day one, and I know they would LOVE to have you!"

Thank you, Sabrina, for your nice words, and your enthusiasm!  Many thanks also to all of "my" youth for this wonderful weekend spent with them.

Sophie Buisson 
St. Luke's youth group
Thanks from Chapel Rock....

Opportunities to Help!
Church Offering Counters
We need several counters who would be willing to volunteer one Monday a month (sometimes, two times) and spend about 2 hours that morning,  9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  counting our offerings from the previous weekend's services. If you can reconcile your checkbook, you can do this job. Thank you for your consideration. Contact Helen Henderson, bookkeeper, if interested, at

Outreach Committee
The Outreach Commission is looking for some new members! The meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month at 4 p.m. in the Conference Room, next to the Parish Office. If that isn't a good time for you, your help is still needed. Please contact Mary Hallford at 928-759-0227 or Liz Kennedy at 928-350-8633 for more information or come to the next meeting and meet all the dedicated volunteers.
Fellowship Committee
The Fellowship Committee is looking for a few more people to help with planning and implementing our various fun events. Please call Pam Williams at 928-277-8226 or email
Attention Bakers!
We have two Cookie Funeral Reception teams who need your talents!  As a little twist on Hallmark-- "We care enough to serve the very best!"

Our two teams alternate serving at funeral receptions in our Parish Hall so you would not be asked to provide cookies for every funeral.  Please consider helping as we need: 1) people to bake just one batch of cookies for the reception 2) people to work at the reception, plating the cookies, etc. and, 3) people who would be able to help with both baking cookies and working.
This is a wonderful ministry. Please consider your time and talent, and contact Sally Phelps or Pat Eaton.  Thank you so much!
Volunteer Receptionists
The office is looking to build up the substitute desk volunteer list. So, if you are not looking for a regular weekly or bi-monthly position, but would like to help from time to time, this would be perfect!! Duties include greeting visitors, answering the phone, taking messages, and other tasks as may be needed. If you are interested, please call Ellie Lassiter at 928-778-9148 or leave a message for her at the office: 928-778-4499.
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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. Number of food items collected on April 8-9, 2017, was 106. Thank you!
This week's shopping list: canned soup, hot cereal, rice, dried beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
April 8-9, 2017
Attendance: 284
Giving: Plate - $1,324.00; Pledge - $7,592.00
Honoring Special Dates
April 23:  Jacquelyn Tippett, Karen Cone
April 24:  Catherine Schnitzius
April 26:  Sherri Frances
April 27:  Pauline Buisson, Dayton Soza, Justin Soza
April 29:  Emma Ferraro

April 23: Bob & Robin Borok
April 24: Tom & Sylvia Fuentes
April 27: Mike and Lucy Kemper, David Lessard & Nancy Anderson, Fr. Jack & Zibbie Wolter
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bee, Bill, Brien, Brittany, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl, Chris, Christopher, Connor, Daniel, Denise, Dick, Donald, Doris, Dott, Ed, Elijah, Fred, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, Greg, Gus,Hank, Harris, Jack, Jean, Jeanne, Jerry, Josh, Judy, Julie Ann, June, Karen, Kathleen, Kay, Keena, Keith, Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea-Lea, Lisa, Madelon, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Marty, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Michele, Mike, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Percy, Pete, Peter, Philip, Preston, Ray, Renita, Rosemarie & friends, Rosey, Ruth, Sandy, Scott, Shea, Sheri, Skip, Stephen, Susan, Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Tina, Trey, Tricia, Vanessa, 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 Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Santa Maria Episcopal Church in Phoenix

...for our companion Diocese: Navajoland
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Arizona Sewing Works, Prescott Valley Food Bank, Operation Deep Freeze, Chino Valley Food Bank, Warm for Winter
Scripture Readings for April 15-16
Easter Day

Various readings, depending upon whether for Easter Vigil or Easter Day.

Visit St. Luke's website for readings:

Weekly Worship Assistants, Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers  

April 15-16, 2017
7:00 p.m. Easter Vigil Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  All, as available
Ushers:  Tom & Susan Snodgrass
Assistant Ushers: 
Verger:  Lynne Wells
Sub-deacon:  Trampus Tribbey
Chalice Ministers:  David & Ruthie Rothgery
Altar Minister:  Bill Christy
Intercessor:  Doris Schoeben
Lector 1:  Art Villemure
Lector 2:  Sharon Neece
Lesson 3: Dave or Ruth Rothgery
Oblationers:  Wayne & Mary Hallford
8:00 a.m. Easter Day Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Richard Lassiter
Greeters:  Carol Sweeden & Lucy Kemper
Ushers:  Ed & Hedy Sullivan
Assistant Ushers:  Duncan & Julia Weir
Verger:  Dwight Willman
Sub-Deacon:  Rich Staudt
Chalice Minister:  Gib McIntosh
Chalice Minister:  Tom Ghan
Alter Minister:  Katie Staudt
Acolyte:  Michael Staudt
Intercessor:  Patricia Anderson
Lector 1:  Gib McIntosh
Lector 2:  Tom Ghan
10:00 a.m. Easter Day Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Jack Wolter
Greeters Dave & Barb Brubaker
Ushers:  Jim & Jan Casacchia
Assistant Ushers:  Lynne Wells, Larry Whearley, Trampus Tribbey
Verger:  Sharon Welker
Sub-Deacon:  Monte Anderson
Chalice Minister:  Charles Covert
Chalice Minister:  Keehna Sture
Altar Minister:  Lucy Kemper
Intercessor:  Rich Schwartz
Reader 1:  Zibbie Wolter
Reader 2:  Brenda Schwartz
Oblationers:  Paul & Sandy Nelson
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 April 16:
Easter Brunch

Sign up for 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.

Updated Easter flowers list to be published in April 23 Weekly Epistle!! Thank you for donating!
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. Visit for more info or contact Diane Reddy. Their 7th Annual British Pub Night is Thursday, April 20, at 6 p.m. at Prescott Elks in Prescott Valley. Click here for flyer!
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 April 20. 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. The next concert of the 2016-17 season is April 29, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. 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. The next concert of the 2016-17 season is May 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. and May 6, 2017, at 3 p.m. 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, for more information.
"Golf Fore Homes" - Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity Annual Golf Tournament

The Annual Golf Tournament for Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity will take place on Friday, June 9, 2017, at Prescott Golf and Country Club, with check-in beginning at 7 a.m. For event flyer and registration, please click here.
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