Weekly Epistle
Week of March 1

Jake's Blessing
FYI-Jake is still alive!

Centering Prayer, this Friday, February 28 9 am
"Be still and know that I am God."   Psalms 46.10
  The St. Luke's Centering Prayer Group meets twice monthly, helping its members to establish and maintain a daily practice of the prayer of quiet, a deep resting in God also known as contemplative prayer. We begin with 20-minutes of communal silence, followed by reflection on materials that deepen our understanding of contemplative living. You are invited to join us at our next gathering on Friday, February 28, when we will begin the video series Following the Mystics Through the Narrow Gate with Fr. Richard Rohr and James Finley, PhD. We meet the second and fourth Fridays, from 9 to 10:30 AM, in the Meditation Room adjacent to the Fellowship Hall. Please join us! Facilitator Linda Guy ( 2linda.guy@gmail.com ) can be contacted for more information.
Would your Commission/Committee be able to provide soup for our Wednesday evening Lenten Soup Suppers?
Sign-up today by calling Pat Ogburn at 928 636-3729
March 4 - Staff
March 11 - Altar Guild
March 18 - 
March 25 - Saturday 5:30 Worshipers
April 1 - Choir
St. Luke's Outreach Commission volunteered for two weeks in February to cook a dinner meal for our Brothers and Sisters who sleep in the out of doors. The Salvation Army and Prescott Area Shelter open their doors to these people when the temperature reaches 32 or below. This year the total of people being served a meal ranged from 10-22 people per night during our two weeks.
Thank you to the following for being ready and prepared to cook if you were called for that night. Pat Benedict, Lee Schafer, Mary Lynn Dole, Julie Sims, Kathy and Jim Pessin, George Chesney, Carolyn Jones, Cathie Carter, Steve Slonneger, Devena Reed, Laurie Galpin Darcie, Carol Sweden, Cynthia Moreno, Becky McClulland, Denise and Carl DeKemper, Laurie Boaz and friends, Robin and Bob Borok, Jennifer Benson, Stacy Graustein, Beth Waktel, Jeanne and Neil Waterman, Fr. Jack and Zibbie Wolter, Doug Pack, Frankie Thompson, Gayle Gregory, John Thompson, Wayne and Mary Hallford. And THANK YOU Fr. Pierre-Henry for your thoughtful announcements.
You all are a BLESSING to our Brothers and Sisters in need. 
  T hank you for all your GENEROSITY, KINDNESS and LOVE.   
Thank you!
Last weekend a total of 49 parish members turned in "Fellowship Activities" forms in which each person pledged to give up to four (4) hours of his/her time this year towards this program. The total included 33 women and 16 men. The response was very gratifying, particularly those by men. For too long, fellowship activities have been viewed by some as "ladies" activities. Not so!
We are now looking at possible fellowship events and activities for the remainder of the year. Once these activities have been selected, the planning can begin. Over the next weeks and months we hope to contact each of you about assisting in specific activities and events.
Paul Nelson
Vestry Liaison to the Fellowship Commission
This week Pierre-Henry's email was duplicated and sent out to a few of you. 
This is known as phishing, and unfortunately, it has become prevalent.
Here is an article from the How to Geek website that will explain what to do if you receive this kind of e-mail:
Adult Formation Lenten Program
St. Luke's will be offering two adult formation classes on Wednesday nights during Lent. Each class is a five-week series beginning March 4 and concluding April 1. We will all gather at 5:00pm for a soup supper and then classes will take place from 6:00 to 7:00pm. Please review the descriptions of the two classes below and sign up for one of them in the gathering hall. Additionally,
Art Villemure will be leading a Stations of the Cross activity at 6:00pm on March 4.
Signs of Life: Why Church Matters
Signs of Life takes up the major themes and symbols of Christian worship, exploring the deep levels of meaning they convey and revealing how God is prepared to meet us in and through these sacred signs. Each week in Lent we will explore a fresh theme - Light, Water, Food, Shelter, Community - drawing form Scripture, tradition, and worship. We invite participants to consider the deeper meaning of these themes and of the symbols that convey them, especially as it relates to their own lives. This curriculum was developed by the Society of St. John the Evangelist and includes gathering for prayer, viewing a short video, discussion and reflection, as well as practices to engage throughout the week. The class will be facilitated by a different clergyperson each week. If you have questions about this class, please email Mother Denise at Mother Denise Email
Boundless Compassion
This class is an "opportunity" to look at your life in a new and dynamic way.  If you are not "happy, joyous and free...", why not? This five-week series is based on the book by Sr. Joyce Rupp entitled: "Boundless Compassion".  In her 2020 Newsletter she writes:
"As a gate opens to the new year, three words beckon: Live Life Fully. My deeper self urges, " Don 't waste a year on the foolish energy of needless worry or trying to control the uncontrollable. Be attentive to every fragment of joy, each revelation of nature' s splendor -however small-and to the mentoring goodness residing in people who enter your life."
The book contains writings and prayers that touch our souls and create new ways of being, including being more compassionate to yourself. I cannot give what I don't have! It all starts there:
At the end of the road they will ask me 
Have you lived? Have you loved? 
And not saying a word I will open my heart 
full of names.
(Dom  Pedro Casald àliga)
You will need to purchase the book and a journal to bring to the class.  And make a commitment to read the reading for each day of Lent.  After prayerful thought you are encouraged to make a journal entry on what moved your soul.
Each week as we meet, we will look at a video, touch on the readings that called to your hearts during the week (in your journal) and share with each other.  We will challenge ourselves with concepts that are on offer to change, or to do more of what has been working in your life. If this workshop is calling your name, sign up for a Lenten experience that will change your life! This course will be facilitated by Ruth Baker, an active member of St. Luke's who is a spiritual director and a retired psychotherapist. S he is influenced by Franciscan theology and has offered this course at several parishes throughout Arizona. If you have questions about this class, please email Ruth at
"Booster your chances" with "flu season" infections
By Julie Cargill, R.N., A.N.P., C. retired
     With the national and international concern about the recent coronavirus contagion, I thought it might be a good idea to look into this. After all, we are all individually responsible for maximizing our personal, family, and community health status.
     There are two main categories of communicable pathogens: bacteria, and viruses. As varied as they may be in type and structure, pathogens all have one thing in common: in order to cause disease, they generally invade a host. Pathogens are transmitted in various ways, including through the air, sex, blood, and other bodily fluids, or through the fecal-oral route. I am focusing just on viruses in this article, though I am including here a brief description of bacteria just to note the difference.          
      Bacteria:  These microscopic organisms usually appear in shape as rods, spirals, or spheres and larger than viruses. Many  bacteria  do not cause disease and therefore are not pathogens, but some are. Examples of bacterial infections include strep throat, urinary tract infections, and most pneumonias
      Viruses:  These microscopic infectious agents require a living host to replicate and thrive. Viral pathogens accomplish this by entering the body and invading a cell where viral replication occurs and then spreads to other cells. Examples of viruses range from mild illnesses like the common cold and stomach flu to serious illnesses such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV/AIDS)  and  hepatitis C . A coronavirus (supposedly so named because of the circular cell formation, like the sun's corona) is one of a number of viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, these and other viruses can cause respiratory infections, which are typically mild. Rarer forms such as SARS (CoV-2) MERS (MERS-CoV-12) and the currently newsworthy CoV-19 can be lethal. Symptoms vary in other species: e.g., in chickens, they cause an upper respiratory disease, while in cows and pigs coronaviruses cause diarrhea. There are no vaccines or antiviral drugs to prevent or treat human coronavirus infections. The recently identified (in2019) CoVid-19 can spread from person to person. This usually happens through respiratory droplets - when someone with the virus coughs or sneezes, and you breathe it in. Most often, you need to be close to the person (within 6 feet) for it to spread this way. It is not clear whether you can get it by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your own mouth, nose, or possibly your eyes. It can take up to 2 weeks for the infected person to develop symptoms. A recent report noted that worldwide the number of cases has passed 75,000, the majority of them in China, and the number of deaths is now over 2,000.
      Well, what can WE do about the possibility we might be exposed to this and other viruses, especially in the "flu season" of each year? Below are some recommendations I found online (modern day research!) and will pass them on to you:
      1. Get vaccinated. Just because vaccines may be slightly less effective as you age doesn't mean you shouldn't get them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following vaccines:
  • Annual flu shot. The CDC estimates that 60 percent of hospitalizations for flu-related illness each year are people older than 65. Getting an annual flu shot may reduce your risk for hospitalization.
  • Pneumonia. Once you reach 65, two pneumococcal vaccines are recommended: PCV13 (pneumococcal conjugate vaccine) and PPSV23 (pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine). It is recommended you get these shots a year apart to make sure you have the most protection for the rest of your life.
  • Zoster vaccine. Shingles vaccination is the only way to protect against shingles and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), the most common complication from shingles. The CDC recommends that healthy adults 50 years and older get two doses of the shingles vaccine called Shingrix (recombinant zoster vaccine), separated by 2 to 6 months, to prevent shingles and its complications. It is more than 90% effective. Your doctor or pharmacist can give you Shingrix as a shot in your upper arm. This replaces the previous vaccine, Zostavax.
  • Tdap. You need one booster in adulthood for tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap). After that, you should get a tetanus-diphtheria booster every 10 years, according to the CDC. Pertussis, more commonly called "whooping cough," in particular is a danger not only to you, but to any unvaccinated grand- or great-grandchildren you might be around.
      2. Exercise regularly.   Physical activity helps boost the production of immune system cells and lower inflammation in your body, according to a review of research on exercise and immunity published in the journal  Biogerontology . Researchers note that people who have been moderately active throughout their lives have the most immune system benefits. The CDC recommends getting at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week and two sessions a week of muscle-strengthening activities, such as lifting weights, yoga, or related activity.
      3. Get a good night's sleep. People who don't sleep well appear to have more inflammation, which suggests their immune system is working overtime. At the same time, people who are fighting infection and illness might not be sleeping well, according to an article published Neuropsychopharmacology . The time that you go to sleep and wake up can change as you age but you should try to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily - which is also a recommended by the National Sleep Foundation. If you're having trouble getting enough quality sleep, talk it over with a trusted health care consultant.
      4. Eat a healthy diet. Here is one recommendation: When you look at your dinner plate you should see a variety of colors! A "rainbow" of fruits and vegetables indicates a wide range of nutrients. For seniors, the  Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics specifically recommends a protein-rich diet that also focuses on vitamins A, B, C, and E, as well as zinc, folate, selenium, and prebiotics and probiotics to help protect your immune system. This could be another topic to bring up to your health care consultant.
      5. Lower stress. It's important to find fun, productive ways to manage stress. It's difficult to state what will cause your stress and what will relax you, since you are, by the way, the only "you" in the universe! But you and your close friends can probably identify what particularly causes stress and irritability in yourself, and what decreases those things. It is generally accepted that high levels of stress adversely affect your immune system. One of my favorite sayings is "If YOU don't figure out a way to slow yourself down, your body will do it for you!"
      6. Wash your hands. Most people do an inadequate job of this. Practicing good hand hygiene can go a long way toward keeping you from getting sick from other people's germs, or from passing on your own. The CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water
  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage:
     Be sure to wash for 20 seconds (hum happy birthday twice). You can turn the water off to conserve while you are scrubbing your hands with soap. Rinse with running water. Use a clean dry towel to dry, or air dry. Use alcohol-based sanitizer if you don't have soap and water handy, but soap and water is preferred.
     So, hopefully we can indeed minimize our chances of getting or passing along infections, and live in health fashion by using these suggestions.
            We're entering scholarship season, when we at St. Luke's get to award scholarships to two or three high school seniors in the Quad Cities Area. Students who will attend college or trade school are eligible.  The applications for both types of schools are available on line at St. Luke's website and from each high school's academic advisors or guidance counselors.  The deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at the Parish Office.  Finalists will be interviewed in late April, and scholarship recipients will be announced at the 10:00 service on May 3, 2020.
            The process of determining who will receive a scholarship depends on St. Luke's volunteers who read and score the application materials and required essay.  If you are reading this and think you would like to be a part of that process, we would welcome your involvement.   Just get in touch with Mary Berkheiser ar 702-271-3986 or Email Mary Berkheiser  
Thank you for your interest.
Chapel Rock Sunday (March 8)
Bishop Reddall has designated March 8th as Chapel Rock Sunday throughout the Diocese.  On that day, the Bishop is asking each church and congregation members to support the Chapel Rock Campership Fund for the benefit of our children and youth. The experiences that our campers have at Chapel Rock are life changing and extraordinary. Every year, when we read camper evaluations, camper after camper says, "That was the best week of my summer!" It is fun, Christ-centered, and provides the opportunity to grow closer to God through the beauty and power of our Episcopal Church traditions. Help send children and youth to camp this summer!  There will be a collection taken to support the campership fund Sunday, March 8th. You can also go to Chapel Rock's website, Donate Here to contribute securely online.
Inquirers' Class
Do you want to become a member of the Episcopal Church?

An eight-week series of Inquirers' Classes will begin on Sunday, March 8, 2020 
at 1 1:30 a.m. in the Library of St. Luke's Church to prepare those persons 
who have not yet been sacramentally confirmed (coming from a Protestant tradition) 
or received (coming from a Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox tradition)  by a bishop in the Episcopal Church, or those who simply want to refresh their understanding of the practice of the Christian Faith in our tradition.

YOU are invited to join us for these presentations and discussions!    We hope you will be a participant!                                 
                                                                   The Rev'd Jack M. Wolter
Ladies week in  New York City  with Kimball.
Loads of fun and adventures!
            For the 11th year, Kimball is putting a group of women together to spend a fun filled and exciting week in New York City,  October 3 - 10th.
We stay at The Manhattan Club, 200 W. 56th St. Click Here
located between Broadway and 7th Ave., a few short blocks south of Central Park. 
One may do whatever they want while in NYC. 
Invite a friend, sister, sister-in-law, cousin to join you.
            A $600.00 nonrefundable deposit is all you pay for a place to stay for the week. Each person arranges their airfare and covers their expenses.
            Interested in joining for a week of a lifetime?
Contact Kimball 778-7031 for more information.
Patches & Purlers
Patches and Purlers are looking for an individual who has a sewing
machine that is able to embroidery.  They would love to fancy up the  "Love and Comfort from St. Luke's Church" on their prayer quilts.  Patches and Purlers meet on the 2nd Thursday 9-11:30 am in the classroom wing of the Parish Hall.  Numbers of quilters have fallen off recently and they would love for more quilters to attend.  
Please contact Lynette Barnett  (928) 237-6123 for more information.
Order of St. Luke
After receiving Communion at the 10 am service or at the end of the service you are invited to receive individual prayers in the chapel. 
The Order of Saint Luke prayer team will be available for you
Contact Person for The Order of St. Luke will be Claire Clark, who is the Convener.
Fr. Bob Wills
is available for counseling sessions on Mondays by appointment.  
Please call Fr. Bob at 928 227-2496 to make an appointment.
It's happening: Saturday May 2nd 2020
Please consider getting rid of the "stuff" you don't need any more for it is our "treasure"!
We take everything BUT books and clothing.  
This fundraiser is to support all the ministries of our church.
We do not have spare space to store anything until the week prior to the sale but pickup trucks will be available to pick up your treasures.
****This Week at St. Luke's****
Christian Formation
Saturday, February 29 - TAEHS 4:15 pm
Sunday, March 1 - Sunday School 9:45 am
Sunday, March 1 - TAEHS 11:30 am
Wednesday, March 4 - Soup Supper 5 pm
Wednesday, March 4 - Boundless Compassion 6 pm
Wednesday, March 4 - Signs of Life: Why Church Matters 6 pm
Wednesday, March 4 - Stations of the Cross 6 pm
Thursday, March 5 - Woman's Cursillo Group 10 am
T hursday, March 5 - Nos Hablamos 12 n
Thursday, March 5  - EfM 5:30 pm
Friday, March 6 - St. Luke's Grief Support Group 10:30 am
Friday, March 6 - Stephens Ministry 1:30 pm
Saturday, March 7 - Order of St. Luke 9 am
Service Schedule
Weekend Services:  February 29 & March 1
Saturday 5:30 pm Spoken Eucharist
 Sunday 8:00 am Eucharist with hymns
Sunday, 9:15 am Kids Eucharist
Sunday 10:00 am Eucharist with Choir 

Weekday Services: 
Monday thru Friday, Morning Prayer 9 am
Wednesday, March 4 Healing Service 10 am
Scripture Readings
First Sunday in Lent
Worship Ministers  
February 29
5:30 p.m. Service 
Celebrant & Preacher:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Monte Anderson
Greeters: Lauree Birchmeier & ???
March 1
 8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant & Preacher:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Rich Staudt
Ushers: Marjorie Hultberg, Sally Phelps
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: The Rev. Denise Muller
Preacher: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest: The Rev. Richard Lassiter
Sub-Deacon: Liz Kennedy
Chalice Minister: Jennifer Benson
Chalice Minister: Brenda Schwartz
Altar Minister: Nancy Reynolds
Reader 1: George Chesney
  Reader 2:  Doris Schoeben
Prayers: Larry Neece
Verger: Barbara Sayle
Welcome Table: Darrell & Susan Bray-Anderson
Greeters: Jim & Kathy Pessin
Head Ushers:  Bruce & Geni Lequesne
Assistant Ushers:  Barbara Baker-Rosenberg & Paul Gregory
Altar Guild Team:  Nancy Reynolds, Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Brenda Holden, 
Doris Schoeben, Tigger Gilliam, Dorcas Lawn
Honoring Special Dates
March 1: Dennis Houser, Andrew Sweeney, Dave Rothgery, Elsie Tyree, Christy Hastings
March 2: Roger Messick, Roger Peacock, Charles Covert
March 3: Jane Peacock, Sandra Arquette
March 4: John Sanderson, Al Bjornstad, Ann Brechwald
March 5: Jack Knudson
March 6: Donna Bledsoe
March 7: Gerry Harvis, Marcie Harris, Claire Donovan, and Devena Reed
March 3: Jim and Terry Sceli
March 4: Neil and Jeanne Waterman
March 7: Ron and Penny Davis
Weekly Data
2/22 & 2/23            Attendance  209      Pledge  $6,316     Plate  $781
Do you know we offer online giving?
St. Luke's offers secure online giving through Realm. You may use this for a one-time gift or a recurring gift. To make a gift click the following link.  Online donation.
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.
Our Prayer List is starting over as of March 1, 2020 
and will include  Prayers for Healing &  Blessings and Thanksgivings.  
Names will stay in the Weekly Epistle for the month they are posted, approximately 4 weeks.  The Month is listed at the top of each page.  You can sign up someone on multiple pages.  

For those in need of Prayers
February Prayers
Baby Bryson, Bruce, Carrie, Cathie, Dottie, Julia, Kimberlee, Marion, Phyllis, Rita, Sandy, Steve

For those in our Armed Forces:  Echo, Brian, Lopez,  Dante', Florian

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: 
  • Sunday, 1 March 2020 Pray for the Iglesia Anglicana de Chile The Most Revd Héctor (Tito) Zavala Muñoz - Bishop of Santiago & Primate 
  • Monday, 2 March 2020 Mandalay (Myanmar) The Right Revd David Nyi Nyi Naing Toronto (Canada) The Most Revd Colin Robert Johnson 
  • Tuesday, 3 March 2020 Manicaland (Central Africa) The Right Revd Erick Ruwona Toungoo (Myanmar) The Right Revd Saw John Wilme Hawaii (The Episcopal Church) The Right Revd Robert Fitzpatrick 
  • Wednesday, 4 March 2020 Maper (South Sudan) The Right Revd William Madding Machar Trichy-Tanjore (South India) The Right Revd Gnanamuthu Paul Vasanthakumar 
  • Thursday, 5 March 2020 Mara (Tanzania) The Right Revd George Okoth Trinidad & Tobago (West Indies) The Right Revd Claude Berkley Truro (England) The Right Revd Philip Mounstephen 
  • Friday, 6 March 2020 Maralal (Kenya) The Right Revd Jacob Lesuuda Tuam, Killala & Achonry (Ireland) The Right Revd Patrick William Rooke 
  • Saturday, 7 March 2020 Marathwada (North India) The Right Revd Madhukar Kasab Twic East (South Sudan) The Right Revd Ezekiel Diing Ajang Malangdit Hereford (England) The Right Revd Richard Frith
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  St. Augustine's, Tempe
In the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: St. Luke's Prison Ministry, St. Luke's Educational Scholarship Applicants

For the Yavapai-Apache Nation
For Bishop Zak and Amagoro Junior Academy
For our companion Diocese in Navajoland

Host Coffee Hour!!
Special thanks to those who host coffee hour after the 10 a.m. service.
We do ask that you clean up at the conclusion of the coffee hour.

Sign-up sheet for coffee hour can be found on the red-skirted tables in the Gathering Hall.

This is an important part of the fellowship of St. Luke's Church.

Coffee Hosts on March 1  No one is signed up.

Thank you Tim Joseph & Gary & Marilyn Henry-De Lisle for providing goodies last Sunday!  

Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2020 flower chart is on the
Large Table in the Narthex

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 in the narthex.  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.
There are no Flowers in LENT!  

Thanks to all who sign-up for the rest of the year!
Community Groups 
Daughters of the
British Empire (DBE)
DBE meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 1:30 pm 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 pm in the Parish Hall. For more information on the troop, click here to email the troop leader, Donna Dotzler.

Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity
For general information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, click  hereFor 2019 home ownership informational meeting dates, click  here . For Family Selection Criteria brochure, click  here . (Meets off campus)

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.
Boy Scouts Troop 10

Troop 10 meets on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. For more information on the troop,  click here to email the troop leader.

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 
(Word, Google Docs, etc., no PDF's please)

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 (no PDF's please). 
Thanks for your cooperation!

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Phone: (928) 778-4499