St. Luke's Weekly Epistle

Week of December 24 , 2017

A Message from the Rector
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
In a couple of days we are going to celebrate Christmas 
together. Once again, we are about to listen to the traditional Christmas Gospel, and how Jesus was born in Bethlehem. We are going to sing Christmas carols, and to joyfully celebrate the Christ Mass. Sometimes I wonder if, because of all the traditions about Christmas, we really pay attention to the meaning of this celebration.
The baby Jesus in the manger is not just a cute story, this is the first step of Christ's mission. There is something so great, so unthinkable about Christmas, that the best way to describe it might be to use the word mystery. At Christmas we celebrate much more than the birth of a poor Jewish Baby: we celebrate the Incarnation of the Eternal Word of God! At Christmas, in the little town of Bethlehem, God took human flesh! God became one of us!  To quote our Presiding Bishop, "The divine became human. God entered history. Eternity became part of time." What a blessing! What a joy! What a mystery!
As we prepare ourselves for the celebrations of Christ's Incarnation, I have special prayers and thoughts for those of us who are homebound, sick, depressed, alone. I hope that you will experience God's love and grace during this season.
To all, I wish a blessed and merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
May the peace of Christ dwell in your heart.
May the Light of Christ shine upon you and guide you.
May the love of Christ be with you always.

Thanks for your generosity with the extension of the Angel Tree Project
For a beautiful Christmas message in the form of a couple of thank you letters from Bradshaw Mountain High School's nurse and math teacher, please click  here. You don't want to miss these moving messages of hope and love.

Your love from Jesus is over flowing and you all show it is better to give than to receive! -Linda Schaetzle RN, BMHS Nurse
This Weekend's Service Schedule
Please note that the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services are scheduled as normal on Sunday, December 24, as it is the Fourth Sunday of Advent.
For those reading or assisting at the various services through Christmas morning at 10 a.m., all of the service bulletins can be found on our website  here.
Don't Spend Christmas Alone Dinner Announcements
On behalf of the DSCA Co-Chair Team;  Carol Sweeden, Muriel DeGanahl, Cynthia Moreno and George Chesney, we  thank you for your contributions, your volunteering, support and prayers.  We look forward to sharing this blessed Christmas Day with you.

The winner of the DSCA quilt raffle is Rosemary Carr, president of the Thumb Butte Quilters, the quilting group that meets at St. Luke's.

The Christmas season is a time to express gratitude, be kind, forgive, to make another's life a little better, and change our hearts for the better.  

"Don't Spend Christmas Alone"

Parish Office and Church Closed between Christmas & New Year
The Parish Office and church will be closed from Monday, December 25, through Monday, January 1. It will re-open with normal office hours beginning on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
Pledge Update
As of December 21, 2017, we have received $470,398 from 193 individuals or families. Thank you!

It's not too late to send your pledge for 2018 either by mail or online!   The 2018 pledge card is available online by clicking here:  2018 Pledge Card  or on our website . Thank you!
Notes from the Nurse
With flu season in full swing, and with colds and upper respiratory infections afflicting many of our members, I decided to focus this month's wellness column on a topic that is not mean to raise eyebrows, but to protect the health of each one of us:  reasons to stay home from church when you're sick!
According to a survey by the public health organization NSF (you can Google it if you want more information about what they do), about one-quarter of Americans show up for work in spite of not feeling well, which means-if they're church-going people-you may be sitting next to one of them at any of the weekend liturgies, or at a meeting of the vestry or the pastoral care team, or at choir practice, etc.  In fact, that person may be YOU!
If you need to be convinced to stay home from church (or a church meeting) when you have a cold, or the flu, especially when the symptoms first appear, here are some reasons to do so:
1)       The flu virus runs rampant in places where people spend time together.  Virus-infected droplets from sneezing, coughing, and talking float through the air to lodge themselves in the lung of those next to you, or behind you, or in front of you.  The viruses can also be spread from hand-to-hand at the sharing of the peace.  And if you pull open a door, or steady yourself with your hands on the pew in front of you, you may be spreading the flu to your fellow parishioners.
2)      When you overexert yourself during a bout of the flu, or a cold, you are further weakening your body's immune system, which may lengthen your recovery time, and even make you more susceptible to contracting a long-term illness, like pneumonia, later on.
3)      You can be putting other people's health at risk.  The flu virus can be deadly for those with weakened immune systems, for example, the elderly, and young children.  And, like it or not, from a statistical perspective, the majority of St. Luke's members are over 65!  According to the CDC, more than 300,000 people were hospitalized for flu-related illnesses during the 2015-2016 flu season, with 56,000 of them dying.  This is one area of church life where your contribution is NOT welcome!
4)      Your body needs rest to recover from the flu or a cold.  A study from the University of Pennsylvania earlier this year showed that the fatigue that goes hand-in-hand with being ill is caused by your cells being stressed out.  Staying at home in bed, or in your recliner, could help your recovery just as much as, or even more than, the proverbial chicken soup!
So, when you're ill with a cold or the flu, please stay home from church!  We'll miss your presence, and we'll pray for a quick recovery for you, but please remember:  your absence is nothing less than an act of kindness bestowed by you on your fellow parishioners!
A blessed and happy Christmas to all!       -Keehna Sture, R.N., Parish Nurse
Vestry Candidates
For 2018 there will be three open positions on our Vestry due to retiring members.  We are currently looking for individuals willing to run in the election held during our annual meeting in January. To be eligible, the individual needs to be at least 18 years of age and a communicant member in good standing. According to St. Luke's by-laws this would be a communicant member who for the previous year has been faithful in corporate worship and who has been faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God. To view the complete job description and requirements please click here.

We are also looking for our new  Junior Warden, to be elected for a one-year term. One of the traditional responsibilities of the Junior Warden is to oversee the maintenance of the buidlings, and so to work in close relationship with the Chair person of Buidlings and Grounds Commission. To know more about this position you can contact our Curent Juinor Warden Ted Lee, our our former one, Earl Poole.

Please contact Dwight Willman if you have questions and you would be interested in serving.

Photographers Wanted!

Have you taken any photos at a recent church event? The Communication Commission would love to share them on our media outlets! The photos can be of meetings, special events, and anything in between! Cell phone pictures are welcomed. Please email the largest size available photos to or text them to 734-771-2397. Thank you!

Santa and Clement Buisson
courtesy of Lauren Crawford
Save the Date for the Annual Parish Meeting: January 21, 2018 Details to follow soon!
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!
Interested in Arizona Indian history, challenges, relationships?
In 2012 the General Convention of the U.S. Episcopal Diocese called for reaching out to Native American communities. Recently, Rev. Brad Hauff, who has a wealth of experience with Indian tribes, has been appointed to coordinate these efforts throughout the United States. Rev. Debbie Royals was appointed by the Diocese of Arizona to coordinate efforts in our state. She has organized the Council on Native American Ministries which meets quarterly. There is a long-standing Episcopal Diocese in Navajoland.

An informal group of interested individuals at St. Luke's has had several meetings to promote "Bridges of Understanding" between ourselves and the Native American community. This group organized a visit to St. Luke's by Apache Elder and Historian Vincent Randall. Member Sherri Frances has arranged for St. Luke's to be involved with Christmas gifts for reservation Children this year.

On November 28, 2017, the St. Luke's Vestry approved a designated Native American Committee. The goal of the group is to approach Native American communities as friends with a desire learn of their history and to do our best to assist with their needs, but only by working together upon their request. The committee will meet bi-monthly or as needed to organize quarterly informational programs to our congregation and to the general public as well. Some of us will travel to various reservations to establish relationships where they do not yet exist.

We will have a planning meeting in the near future. Please consider carefully. We need YOU!  If you are interested in this venture, please contact Monte Anderson at: .
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 role they play in the life of this region.
Check out all our recent activity on Facebook!
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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 Dec. 9-10,  86 food items were collected!!

This week's shopping list: 
Peanut butter,macaroni and cheese, canned tuna, canned fruit
Weekly Attendance & Giving
December 16-17, 2017
Attendance: 223

Pledge: $4,825.00
Plate: $1,059.00

Bake sale report: $780 was raised!! Proceeds benefit the youth mission trip in 2018. Sophie wishes to thank all the bakers and those who bought the goodies!!
Honoring Special Dates
December 27: Terry Lequesne
December 28:  Rich Staudt
December 29:  Michael Barber, Lori Brooks, Ross Tippett
December 30:  Ernie Howell, Bob Norman Jr.
December 31:  Diane Gager
December 24:  John & Arlene Debroske, Gary & Luann Herbert
December 26:  Jim & Susan Schubert
December 28:  Jeffrey & Marty Bernatz
December 31:  Bill & Chris Christy, Gib & Sylvia McIntosh
January 3:  Tom Snodgrass & Susan Lohn
January 4:  Mike & Georgia Franklin, Ken & Peggy Wagner
January 5:  Troy & Lauren Crawford
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Angela, April + baby & family, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Beth L., Betty, Brandon, Brien, Brittany, Bruce, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl, Christopher, Connor, Daniel,  David, Denise, Dianne, Don, Donald, Dott, Dylan, Ed, Evelyn,  Fred, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, Gerry, Ginny, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank, Harris, Jack H., Jamison,  Jean, Jeanne, Jerry, Joe, Joel, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Juliann, Julia & Blake, June, Karin, Kay ,Keena, Keith, Ken,  Kimball,  Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea, Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha,  Mary, Marty, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Michael, Michele, Miriam, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Peter,  Preston, Reed, Renita, Rich, Rick, Rosey, Ruth, Sandy, Shea, Sheri,Shirley, Skip, Steve, Steven, Susan,  Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, Tom, Tom P., Trey, Tricia, Sue, Sue & Wally, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, Zelma
...for those in our Armed Forces (Please send us the names of loved ones actively serving.):
Echo, Brian
...for the Yavapai Nation
...for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Diocese of Yola (Nigeria )
   Diocese of Zululand (South Aftrica) - December 31
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  St John's (Bisbee)
    St. Peter's (Casa Grande) - December 31
...for our companion Diocese:  Diocese of Navajoland
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: APeople Who Care, Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, Native American Mininstries, West Yavapai Guidance Foundation
Scripture Readings
* The Fourth Sunday of Advent
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017
1 Kings 19:8-13a
Psalm 65:9-14
Mark 1:35-39

Wednesday, January 3, 2017
Amos 5:21-24
Psalm 50:7-15
Luke 4:14-21
Weekly Worship Assistants for December 23-24, 2017
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Trampus Tribbey
Greeters: Dan & Betty Phillips
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Bill Christy
Greeters:  Cynthia & Roger Crull
Ushers: Marjorie Hultberg & Sally Phelps
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Richard Lassiter
Sub-deacon:  Charles Covert
Chalice Minister:  Liz Kennedy
Chalice Minister:  Keehna Sture
Altar Minister: Nancy Reynolds
Reader 1: Brenda Schwartz
Reader 2:  Penny Davis
Prayers:  Rich Schwartz
Verger:  Barbara Sayle
Greeters:  Tani Hendrickson & Linda Taylor
Welcome Table:  Rosaleen Runnalls & Ann Reynolds
Ushers: Lynne Wells & Jean Ehlers
Asst. Ushers:  Beth Shaw & Vera Mulnix
Oblationers: Jeffrey & Martha Bernatz
Altar Guild Team:  Robin Borok, Mary Hallford, Joy Ramsey Smith,
Katie Staudt, Kathy MacCauley, Phyllis Maruna

Weekly Worship Assistants for December 30-31, 2017

5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Bob Wills
Chalice Minister:  Art Villemure
Greeters:  Doug & Pat Ogburn

8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Bob Wills
Chalice Minister:  Staudt Family
Greeters:  Carol Sweeden & Marjorie Hultberg
Ushers:  Jim & Pam Damm

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Bob Wills
Assisting  Priest:  Fr Jack Wolter
Sub-Deacon:  Ernie Howell
Chalice Minister:  Sharon Neece
Chalice  Minister: Beth Shaw
Alter Minister:  Bill Christy
Reader 1:  Vera Mulnix
Reader 2:  Bonnie Rosa
Prayers:  Zibbie Wolter
Verger:  Larry Griffin
Greeters:  Jim & Kathy Pessin
Welcome Table:  Linda Taylor
Ushers:  Geoff & Brenda Holden
Asst. Ushers:  Larry Allen & Joann Salem
Oblationers:  Joy Ramsey Smith & Mary Hallford

Alter Guild Team:  Elsie Tyree, Pat Eaton, Sylvia McIntosh,  Pat Ogburn, Jane Peacock

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 December 24: No host, feel free to bring something

Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2018 flower chart is
now 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.
Altar Flowers on December 24:
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. Next one is Jan. 18. 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. The next concert of the season is January 27 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 performance will take place on Saturday April 21 at 3 p.m.
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

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 for more information on the club and how to come to a meeting as a guest to check us out.
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The preferred method of submission is by email. Thanks for your cooperation!
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
The Sunday bulletin is available at the Worship bulletins section .
Our calendar is available at the Calendar section.

St Luke's Episcopal Church 

Please contact the church office
by email or phone.

Phone: (928) 778-4499