St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of May 21 , 2017
Seniors Sermons 
For some years now, it has been the tradition to give a $500 scholarship to St Luke's graduating Seniors. This year we are going to start a new tradition: Seniors Sermons! Next weekend, May 27 & 28, Hannah P. & Claire G. will receive their scholarship, and they have accepted to be our guest preachers! They will share with their St Luke's family part of their spiritual journeys, how they grow in their faith.  It's a joy and a blessing for us to have such great young adults in our midst. As they are about to leave us in order to pursue their studies, let us be ready to support them  and to let them know how important they are to us.
Don't miss our chili cook-off to benefit the youth mission trip!!
The fun will be this Sunday, May 21 after the 10 a.m. service!

Blood Pressure Checks this Weekend!
Keehna Sture, our Parish Nurse, will be available after all 3 services this weekend, May 20-21, in the Library, to perform blood pressure checks. Blood pressure checks are done the third weekend of each month.
United Thank Offering - Spring Ingathering this weekend!
The spring ingathering of our UTO will be this weekend at all three services.  During the offering time we will pass large boxes in which you may deposit your small, blue UTO boxes. Envelopes with cash, and checks maybe placed in the offering plates. (Please, write checks to St Luke's with UTO in memo line.)
The  United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. UTO is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the monies to support mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion. In 2016, UTO awarded 32 grants for a total of $1,161,314.62 for the mission and ministry of The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.
Below is an example of how our offerings are used:
The Homer Dale Farm at St. Christopher's Mission in Bluff, Utah, and the Community Farm at
Good Shepherd in Fort Defiance, AZ, are part of a grant received from the UTO. Production and packaging would take place at Good Shepherd Mission. St. Christopher is growing blue corn. The goal is to provide training in the other regions in honey production, growing blue corn, and making soap. The hope is this will give people training and new skills that they can use to support themselves and help support the church. 
"Navajoland Area Mission News"
Thank you for your Thank Offering!
Can you help at the Spring Kitchen Clean-up Day on Thursday, May 25 at 9 a.m.?
You are warmly invited to join the fun for a kitchen clean-up day at church on Thursday, May 25, starting at 9 a.m. Please bring cleaning supplies such as buckets, sponges, gloves, etc!  "Many hands make light work!" Contact Georgia Franklin by email at if you are interested in helping in the cleaning efforts this coming Thursday!
Plan to attend "Make a Joyful Noise" Concert on Saturday, June 3, at 3 p.m.
The Choir of St. Luke's, under the direction of Music Director Dennis Houser, will present "Make a Joyful Noise," featuring Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi along with selections of the choir's favorite anthems. There will be a free will offering to benefit the mission of St Luke's. All are welcome!
We w ould like to know who your graduates are! Please  email  or call the office, 778-4499, with the name of your graduate, your relationship to the graduate, degree or level of completion, and school from which he/she is graduating. Please get this information to the office NO LATER THAN Tuesday, May 23.
Calendar Requests Needed Now!!
Calling all commission, ministry, and group leaders!! Please submit your wishes/requests for your group's meetings (one-time or recurring) and special events for the 2017-2018 pastoral year from August 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018. Remember: these are wishes!! We need to take into account the liturgical calendar and other non-movable events.
Please email these to the parish office at as soon as possible!

Thank you for your help and cooperation!

Office Closed for Memorial Day
In observance of Memorial Day, the Parish Office will be closed on Monday, May 29. It will re-open with regular office hours on Tuesday, May 30, at 9 a.m.
Notes from the Nurse
Several of our parishioners have suffered with shingles in the past several months, and several more have approached me with questions such as, "What exactly is shingles?" "Is it contagious?" "Is it preventable?" Hopefully, this month's column will answer those questions, and a few others, and be a motivator for you to get the shingles vaccine if you haven't already received one!

Shingles is an infection that occurs when the chicken pox virus (Herpes Zoster), lying dormant, reactivates itself. You can only get shingles if you have had chicken pox in the past-which includes 99% of Americans age 40 and over!

Shingles' symptoms include pain and tingling in one specific area of the body, usually in a strip (called a dermatome), followed in 2-3 days by itchy, painful blisters on a red base that appear as a rash. The rash is always on only one side of the body. Usually, shingles can be diagnosed by a physician by just looking at it; no special tests are needed.

Usually, the elderly are its victims. Risk is increased if you are a cancer patient who is receiving chemotherapy, or a diabetic.

If the rash is diagnosed within three days, prescription anti-viral medicines (acyclovir, valacyclovir, or famciclovir) are helpful in decreasing the severity and length of the outbreak. Pain medicine is usually needed to manage the pain (ibuprofen, or something stronger), and, in some cases, oral steroids are used.

Not usually. For most people (about 80%), the virus and the rash clear themselves in a week or two, with no residual pain. However, recent research has shown that 20% of people over 70 years of age who develop shingles will also develop what is called "post-herpetic neuralgia"--intense and enduring nerve pain that continues even after the rash is gone.

The blisters in the rash contain the Herpes Zoster virus, and can spread chicken pox (through skin to skin contact) to those who have never had it. If you are an adult who had chicken pox as a child, then you are not at risk of contracting shingles from someone who has it. However, BABIES are at risk, so a person with active shingles in the blister stage should avoid skin contact with babies.

If you are over 60-even if you've had shingles before-there is a shingles vaccine (Zostavax) that reduces your chances of contracting the virus by 51%. The vaccine also reduces the incidence of post-herpetic neuralgia by 66%. The CDC recommends that everyone over age 60 receive the vaccine. Its cost is covered (with varying co-pays) by Medicare D and many private insurers. My advice is this: get the vaccine! If you are hesitant to do so, speak with someone who has had a full-blown case of shingles!

Medical researchers are currently working to develop a booster vaccine, as the efficacy of Zostavax has been shown to fade with time, but AS OF RIGHT NOW, no booster vaccine exists.

The overall incidence of shingles may be a fraction of its current rate within the next 30 years, as most children are receiving the chicken pox vaccine as part of their routine childhood immunizations. The vaccine prevents chicken pox, thereby removing the risk of developing shingles later in life, as a person can get shingles only if she/he has had chicken pox in the past.

I hope this information is helpful, and that anyone aged 60 or older who has not had the shingles vaccine will make an appointment with their health care provider to get one! A happy, healthy May to all! --Keehna Sture, R.N., Parish Nurse
Daughters of the King - Day of Discernment, June 3 at 9 a.m.
Sign-up sheets for the Daughters of the King Discernment and Training Day on  June 3rd  are on the table in the Gathering Hall. Participants are asked to bring a brown bag lunch and join in for a day of prayer and information. If you have questions, ask Rosaleen Runnalls, Barbara Lake or Leann Bryan.
Ushers Needed 
A few more ushers are needed to help serve at the weekly 10 a.m. Sunday service. It's a great way to meet people and make new friends! If you are interested, call Geoff or Brenda Holden at 771-9938.
Church Website
The Sunday bulletin is available at the Worship section.
Our calendar is available at the Events section.

A Note from former parishioner Wanda Lyman
Dear Friends at St. Luke's,
     I felt overwhelmed when I started to list by name the many people who have graced my life over the years in so many ways. Hopefully you know who you are. There will never be another St. Luke's in my life. Knowing Fr. Pierre near the end of my years at St. Luke's was one more blessing. God is Good!
     I'm enjoying so much being near my family in Wichita-from ages three months to 60 years. The Regent, my home here, is a great place to live. My apartment is filled with the things I have lived with and loved over the years, my second-floor patio faces east and a stream runs by, so I can watch feathered friends coming and going almost any time.
     The food is pretty good. I haven't eaten a meal in my apartment, as the food in the dining room is pretty good and there is no dishwashing!!
     Oh, here it is lunch time already. So I'll go to the dining room now and join friends for something tasty I'm sure. I would love for any of you to join me.
Blood Drive on June 22
The next blood drive at St. Luke's will take place on Thursday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Don't wait to make your life-saving appointment; schedule it now or call1-877-827-4376.
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 banks. Number of food items collected on May 13-14, 2017, was 209. Thank you!
This week's shopping list: peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, canned tuna, canned fruit 
Weekly Attendance & Giving
May 13-14, 2017
Attendance: 225

Pledge - $5,465.00; Plate - $1,063.00
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Angela, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Beth L., Brien, Brittany, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl,  Christopher, Connor, Daniel, Ken, Kimball, Denise, Donald, Dott, Ed, Fred, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, Greg, Gus,Hank, Harris, Helen, Jack, Jack H., Jean, Jeanne, Jennifer, Josh, Judy, Julie Ann, June, Karen, Kathy, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken, Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea, Lisa, Madelon, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Marty, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Megan, Melissa, Michael, Michele, Mike, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Percy, Peter, Preston, Ray, Renita, Rich, Rosemarie & friends, Rosey, Ruth, Sandy, Scott, Shea, Sheri, Skip, Stephen, Steven, Susan, Susan B., 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 Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Episcopal Church in Enugu, NIgeria
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Stephen's 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, and Warm for Winter
Scripture Readings for May 20-21 
Sixth Sunday of Easter 
Acts 17:22-31
Psalm 66:7-18
1 Peter 3:13-22
John 14:15-21
Weekly Worship Assistants, Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers  

May 20-21, 2017
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant: Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Acolytes: Angeles Zarate, Larry Neece
Greeters: Roger & Jane Peacock
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Acolytes: Rich, Katie, & Michael Staudt 
Greeters: Jim & Pam Damm
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest: Fr Jack Wolter
Acolytes: Trampus Tribbey , Tom Ghan, Beth Shaw,  Sharon Neece
Readers & Intercessor: Youth
Verger: Larry Griffin
Greeters : Dave & Barb Brubaker
Welcome Table: Beth Shaw
Ushers: Bob & Laura Norman
Asst. Ushers: Ron & Penny Davis
Oblationers: Tom Ghan & Bill Preston
Altar Guild Team: Nancy Reynolds, Barbara Baker-Rosenberg , Brenda Holden,
Evelyn David, Betty Gass, Doris Schoeben

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 May 21:
Chili Cook-Off 
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.
May 21:  Jan & Jim Casacchia, in honor of their 11th wedding anniversary 
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.
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 May 18. 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. Information on the 2017-18 season available this summer! 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 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.
A Note from Trampus Tribbey
Does God love lgbt+ people?  
For us the answer is a resounding yes.  Of course He loves them!
As Emily mentioned in her sermon, for too many churches the answer is no.  
Think about what that means.  Imagine yourself in the shoes of lgbt+ teen, having grown up in a loving church family being affirmed of God's love only to be told since you are gay, lesbian or bisexual God no longer loves you, and the church family who once surrounded you with love and encouragement no longer wants you.  
Some of us still struggle with the greater issues of lgbt+ in the church and in society but I hope we can all agree God loves is for everyone, and everyone needs God.  
Sunday, 28 May at noon there will be a family potluck picnic at Watson Lake hosted by the Yavapai LGBT+ Coalition for lgbt+ and their allies.  We have the opportunity to take part in this family friendly event, to demonstrate Christ's love to those rejected by His church.  
If you can attend, volunteer (clean up, set up, passing out water) or just have questions, please sign up on the sheet in the gathering hall or see/call/email Trampus Tribbey (928-533-4964, ttribbey@asu.ed).  Please wear your name tags or if you have shirts with St. Luke's logo, wear them!  
And please remember this event in your prayers!
Trampus Tribbey
Golf For Homes 
PAHH 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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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 Friday 6 pm              Prayer in the Spirit of TaizĂ©
  • 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.

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