St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of December 9 , 2018
Christmas 2018 at St Luke's
December 21, 5:30 pm:  Blue Christmas Service, Chapel
December 24, 4:30 PM: Family Christmas Service, Sanctuary
December 24, 9:00 PM: Traditional Christmas Service with Choir 
(Caroling begins at 8:45 PM), Sanctuary
December 25, 10:00 AM: Simple Christmas Service, Chapel

Advent Morning Prayer in the Chapel
Throughout the season of Advent we will be gathering in the Chapel for Rite II Morning Prayer, Monday through Friday, December 10-21, at 9:00 am. A daily practice of prayer while gathered with others can be a helpful way to stay grounded in the presence of God during the holiday season. We hope you can join us for this time of prayer as we prepare our hearts and minds for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ.   
Christmas Movie Fun!
Sunday, December 16, 12:30 pm
All are welcome.  Please stay after the coffee hour and enjoy some quality time with our younger folks.
Many have asked what is going on with the Bradshaw Mountain High School  homeless and unaccompanied minors.   The Outreach Commission, with the generous donations of parishioners, has  provided them all with well stocked heavy duty backpacks of school supplies, including a  scientific calculator at total cost of $100 per student. This has helped them have a positive school experience without  worrying about supplies. 
Members of the  Outreach Commission have been Christmas shopping for the 15 homeless/unaccompanied minors at BMHS. The nurse  has provided a list of items they have requested. Their requests were for basic needs, with several students requesting only one item.  When contacted the response was that   they had warm clothing and that  they only needed shoes. They are very humble and grateful for what they receive.

Please remember to keep these children and their safety in your prayers.  You may wish to adapt this prayer from the BCP for your use:  

Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you  all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us  to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick,
and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those  who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow  into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for
our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Way of Love is a journey that begins by saying "yes" to God's call to birth new life into the world. During Advent we slow down to get ready to welcome Jesus, so it is a good time to start a journey on the Way of Love,  following seven spiritual practices that can change our relationship with God, ourselves, and others. Join us from 9:30 to 10:30 am on Monday, December 10 in the library for a small group discussion about the Way of Love.  For more information contact  maryjqueen@icloud.com

SEE GIFTS FOR LIFE IN ACTION!
Ever wonder just how powerful a simple gift can be?  When you send Gifts for Life, you are empowering people worldwide to transform their lives in lasting ways.  See for yourself! To follow the journey of a goat, care for moms and newborns, or a disaster relief kit .click here
Gifts for Life items can be purchased online at  episcopalrelief.org/gifts, and donors can choose to send a customizable e-card or a printed card to tell the recipient about the life-changing gift made in their honor.  Gifts for Life catalogs will be available at the December 1 Advent Conspiracy workshop and in the Gathering Hall during Advent.
Blood Drive on Thursday!

St. Luke's Episcopal Church's next blood drive is coming up on Thursday, December 13from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall. To schedule a donation, call Darrell Anderson at 928-710-8932 or visit  vitalant.org .

Streets of New York would like to thank you for giving blood with a voucher for a free 10" cheese pizza.
Cookbooks now available!

Remember to stop by the Funeral Reception Committee's table in the gathering hall, this weekend and next, to purchase our cookbooks and raffle tickets.
Cookbooks are priced at $5.00 each (At this low price, buy plenty!)   Raffle tickets are 2/$1.00

In addition to our raffle basket full of kitchen items, we have additional prizes generously donated by local restaurants:
2 certificates for one whole pie each donated by Berry's Pie Pantry in Prescott
3  $10 gift cards donated by The Red Lobster Restaurant in Prescott
The drawing for the raffle will be Sunday, Dec 16, after the 10:00 am service
Proceeds will go to the Funeral Reception Committee. Thank you for your support!
Update on 2019 Stewardship Campaign
As of December 6, 2018, 186 pledges have been received for a total of  $492,468. Thank you for your generosity!

If you have not yet submitted your pledge for 2019, you may do so by picking up a pledge card in the Gathering Hall this weekend and return to office during the week, submit it via email using this confidential email address: pledge@slecp.org, or by using the form '2019 Pledge Card' on the front page of our website
The Wishing Tree
Prescott Valley Library is having a Christmas Tree contest and St Luke's Youth Group is participating!
Our tree is designed to receive people's wishes.
Please stop by the library and vote for #28 and make a wish!
 ... I was in prison and you visited me.  Matthew 25:36
As part of our outreach to prison inmates we have addressed about 200 Christmas cards to women inmates at Perryville. We are halfway to our goal of 400. I have bags of 24 or 36 prestamped envelopes with cards that you can sign at home and mail, if you would like to be a part of this ministry.  Contact Mary Queen at  maryjqueen@icloud.com  for arrangements to get a bag of cards, stamped envelopes, and a list of names.  
Saint Luke's Weekend Food Pantry is happy to announce that as of the end of November, we have served 520 Individuals. You may make food donations in the Parish Hall in the tote marked Food Pantry, make a gift to the Pantry by writing Food Pantry in the memo line, or by donating plastic or paper bags. Thanks to everyone for helping make this happen. It has been a very rewarding experience for all involved.  Patti Bain

We had an incredible response to this year's Angel Tree program. Now it's time to wrap!  There will a gift-wrapping party December 15 th  at 10am in the conference room. Everyone is welcome to attend, whether you sponsored a child or not. Please bring your own scissors and any wrapping supplies that you are able to donate. Music, snacks, and lots of Christmas cheer will be provided!
We are also accepting donations of wrapping paper, tape, and tags. Items can be brought to the Angel Tree.
Questions? Call Lauren (734) 771-2397 or  LaurenMcrawford@gmail.com
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Garmisch Nut Stollen  and  Deacon's Mustard  for  the  holidays
 
You may pick up your orders on December 15 and 16!! 

For questions, please contact Deacon Kimball at 778-7031.
Annual Christmas Bake Sale
Saturday December 15, & 
Sunday, December 16, after services
our wonderful bakers will strike again:
Pies, cookies, breads, chocolates,
you name it!
All proceeds will benefit our Youth Mission Trip
to San Diego, CA, in June 2019.

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Christmas Flowers
Remember loved ones, memorials and thanksgivings at this most festive time of the year through the gift of flowers. Click
here for Christmas Flowers form to print and complete
. Forms, on green paper, are also available in the Gathering Hall. Please return your completed slip to the office no later than Monday, December 17. You may also put it in the offering plate. You may also email the parish office at info@slecp.org with the following info: your name, thanksgiving/memorial, and/or other information to be included.

Be sure to mark your check or donation with "Christmas flowers".
U.S. VETS Christmas Bags
St. Luke's out did themselves!!! Thank you for your over whelming generosity!
We provided 30 Christmas bags for veterans in our community. There are presently around 90 vets who would love to be engaged with volunteers to talk and socialize. As a loving community, perhaps St. Luke's could provide a social gathering for them once or twice a month such as a bingo night, ice cream social, game night or whatever you might dream up.
Please share your thoughts on this ministry.  
Contact Mary Hallford at mwhallford99@hotmail.com.
The Outreach Commission needs YOU
and your thoughts on how we can reach out and help our neighbors in need. Please join us Monday, December 10th at 4:00 pm in the Conference Room.
A grief support group will be starting at St. Luke's on Thursday, December 13, at 1:30 p.m. in the Conference Room. All are welcome! This group will be facilitated by  Carolyn Jones.
For questions, you may contact Carolyn at  cjones4662@gmail.com
Glad Tidings We Bring
Two fantastic concerts at St. Luke's 
  December 15, 2:30 pm & 7:30 p
Tickets available  online  
or at the door!
Are You Called to be a Stephen Minister?
Stephen Ministers are well-trained and supervised lay caregivers who provide one-to-one care to individuals.  They are NOT counselors or therapists. Their role is that of  a companion on a difficult journey.   Each Stephen Minister typically has one care receiver and meets with that person on a regular basis (usually weekly) to listen, care, empathize, pray and provide emotional and spiritual support. This caring relationship is completely confidential, and lasts for as long as the need persists.  Training requires a commitment of 50 hours, once a week for 2 and a half hours with required reading before each class. Classes begin mid-January and finish in early June.   Currently St. Luke's has seven Stephen Ministers.  One of our current care receivers has said:   "I can't tell you how grateful I am for my Stephen Minister. My only regret is that I didn't agree to it when it was first introduced to me.  I have been able to talk freely without fear of judgment. I look forward to spending time with my Stephen Minister every week."
If you have questions or wish to apply, contact Deacon Chris Christy, 928 533-5012 cchristy1231@gmail.com or Lucy Kemper, 928 642-8831 lucykemper48@gmail.com. If you have been trained and have been inactive, there is a re-training program.
Office closures or delays in opening due to winter weather!
We wanted to let you know that, in the case of inclement winter weather, the office closes when the Prescott Unified schools close. We also work on a delay according to Prescott Unified School District (for their info on closures/delays, click here:  http://www.prescottschools.com/weather-school-closure/). 

On the weekends our aim is NOT to cancel worship services. However, we ask that you use your best judgment as to whether or not it is safe to venture to St. Luke's. PLEASE, exercise caution and keep your safety and well-being as your main priority.
Don't Spend Christmas Alone dinner updates

For those who have items in the refrigerators in the Parish Hall kitchen, please clear your items by December 17 for the full use of the refrigerator by the DSCA committee!

Volunteer sign-up sheets are in the Gathering Hall.  Sign up early to get your preference.

"Christmas Quilt Raffle"  tickets available in the Gathering Hall.  Tickets are 6 for $5.00 or $1.00 each.  Drawing will be held on December 16th.

The Don't Spend Christmas Alone (DSCA) dinner will be held on December 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Click here  for more info!

Let's make sure everyone is able to enjoy fellowship this Christmas. You can help us spread the news about DSCA by sharing the Facebook postings about this event to your personal timelines. Here is the link to our St. Luke's Facebook page.


Flash Mob Christmas Caroling!!

Give your SONG and Heart to a few of our Homeless Veterans who could use your JOY!
December 9 @ 1:00 pm

Parking at U.S. VETS ADMIN & at Compass Bank,  917 E. Gurley in Prescott. We will walk up the street together.  Look for Di'Anna she will have a Sign.

Wear a Christmas sweater or Santa hat. Bring a red nose & a dollar to share (there will a donation bucket).  Sheet Music will be available with Di'Anna. Click here for more info!  You might be wondering, "How will this work???" Click the red link for logistics!
Adult Formation Opportunities

Book of Job Bible Study 
Wednesdays, 5 p.m. in the Library. 
Visit our website!
Be sure to visit our website, stlukesprescott.church, 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  stlukesprescott.church 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 December 2:   73 food items were collected
    150 food items were donated by the Hiking Club

This week's shopping list: 
Canned soup, hot cereal, rice, dried beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
12/1-12/2 -  Attendance - 271
Pledge - $12,360   Plate - $1,306  
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays
December 9: Christi Armer
December 12: Deborah Pendleton-Maurice, Sofia Marmon, Kimberley Neel, Cheryl Taylor
December 13: Etta Parson
December 14: Linda King

Anniversaries
December 15: Harry & Marian Webster
Our Prayer lists
For those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Andrea, Angela, Angeles, Ashley, Baby Nolan, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Betsy, Bill, Bob, Brandon, Brian, Brittany, Bruce, Carolyn, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Christopher, Chuck, Claire, Connor, Courtney, Daniel, Dave, David, Dawn Ellen, Ellie, Debbie, Derrick, Dianne, Don, Donald, Donna, Dorothy, Dott, Dyla, Ed, Em & Kate, 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., Jade, Jean, Jeanne, Jeri, Jerry, Jim, Joe, Joel, John, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karin, Kathleen & Philip, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken, Kimball, Kira, Kyle, Kristi, Larry, Lea, Les G., Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Mary, Matt, Max, Maxine, Megan, Melissa, Micaela, Michael, Michaela, Mike, Miriam, Nancy, Nolan (baby), Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Peter, Reed, Renita, Ricardo, Rich, Richard, Rick, Rob, Ron, Rosey, Ruth, Sabrina, Salem, Sally, 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, Wayne, William, Zachary, Zelma

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

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:  diocese of the Falkland Islands
In Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  Episcopal Campus Ministries at ASU
In the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: United Blood services, Blood Drive, Angel Tree

For the Yavapai-Apache Nation
For Bishop Zak and Amagoro Junior Academy
For our companion Diocese in Navajoland
Scripture Readings
Second Sunday of Advent
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Psalm 103:1-10
Isaiah 40:25-31
Matthew 11:28-30
Worship Ministers for December 8 & 9, 2018

5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Art Villemure
Greeters: Susan Lohn & Betty Phillips
Welcome Table: Doug & Pat Ogburn
 
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:   The Rev. Denise Muller
Preacher:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Lucy Kemper
Ushers: Sally Phelps and Carol Sweeden
Welcome Table: Bill Bisig

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:   The Rev. Denise Muller
Preacher:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Sub-Deacon:  Ed Hume
Chalice Minister: Youth
Chalice Minister: Youth
Altar Minister: Sharon Tootle
Reader 1: Youth
Reader 2: Youth
Prayers: Youth
Verger:  Barbara Sayle
Greeters: Joan Lane & Barbara Leonard
Welcome Table: Barbara Lake & Sandy McBride
Ushers: Vera Mulnix & Beth Shaw
Asst. Ushers: Geoffrey & Brenda Holden
Oblationers: Lynne Wells & Lauree Birchmeier

Altar Guild Team: Elsie Tyree, Pat Eaton, Syliva McIntosh, Pat Ogburn,  Jane Peacock, 
Betsy Denison

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. 

December 9: 
Becky Hansen & Mary Berkheiser. 




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.
  
No flowers during Advent

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 prescottdbe.org for more info or contact Diane Reddy.

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  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.
Visit prescottchorale.org 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  www.prescotthabitat.org 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:  epistle@slecp.org .

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