St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of March 19 , 2017
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Youth Retreat 2017
Last week-end, 13 youth and 5 adults gathered at Chapel Rock for a youth retreat. It was such a great opportunity for the kids to connect with one another, to share and deepen their faith.

We started Friday night with a workshop on "how to make prayer bracelets and pray with them." The youth were very engaged in the activity and each them made a bracelet for a fellow friend.

Saturday started with Morning Prayer and songs, then an interactive lesson about the sacraments. Then we all went downtown to feed the poor at the Granite Park Soup Kitchen.  After lunch, we played a game to learn about the Gifts of the Spirit, it was fun and the weather was so warm that we enjoyed being outside.  Then, the youth worked on a collage. They were asked to make a poster about who they are, who is Christ for them and where they stand in their faith journey. You will see the result of this activity very soon at church.

After the break, our guest Keehna Sture taught us about the meaning of prayers and the different ways of practicing prayers. She shared her own experience with the kids by engaging them with games and a discussion.

After dinner, Father Pierre explained the Sacrament of Reconciliation and lead a penitential service, at the end we all nailed our sins on the cross with reverence. It was very emotional moment  for all of us.  Art Villemure then joined us, and made a presentation about the Stations of the Cross. It was a time of meditation that folded perfectly with our reflection on reconciliation.  Then we took our cross full of sins and went to the fire pit. Father Pierre then burned all our sins one by one and said a prayer of absolution.  It was time to rejoice! And so we did by making s'mores!

The next day, we wrapped everything up, talked about what we had learned, what the confirmation is all about and sent the youth to write a letter to the bishop. Some wrote about getting confirmed this May, some wrote about their uncertainties and doubts and those whom have been already confirmed wrote about their faith journey.

We closed the retreat with the Eucharist under a beautiful blue sky and a lot of sneezing due to allergies!

This retreat was very intense and meaningful. It was good to see the youth enjoying their time together but also taking everything in.

I am very grateful for my team of helpers: Father Pierre, Sharon Neece, Amber Harris, Tom Ghan and Trampus Tribbey. I could not have done it without them, their input and participation was very important for the success of this retreat.

Sophie Buisson
(Just below are a few more images from our weekend together!)
Game Night on March 18 at 6:30 p.m.
The folks from the Saturday evening service wanted to share with you that they will be gathering in the Parish Hall on Saturday, March 18, AFTER the 5:30 p.m. service to play cards. All are welcome to join in the fun!
Forum on the Apparent Project on March 19
The APPARENT PROJECT was started in 2009 to help prevent child relinquishment in Haitian Families.
After starting with 4 mothers, the APPARENT PROJECT now employs almost 300 Haitians who are learning a trade, a life-long skill. They are learning to make jewelry out of cereal boxes, broken glass, clay from the mountains, and even used oil drums. They are learning to sew, use computers, and better their language skills.  A daycare and preschool are there and plans are in the works for a kindergarten! 
Please come and hear more about the APPARENT PROJECT this Sunday, March 19, during coffee hour after the 10 a.m. service in the Parish Hall. There will be a short presentation about the APPARENT PROJECT, given by Stacy Milhoan, followed by an opportunity to view and/or purchase some of the jewelry made from cereal boxes and clay. Metal work made from discarded oil drums.
Lent 2017
Our Lenten program, featuring  Wednesdays Together, with Soup Suppers at 5 p.m. and Study at 6 p.m., continue this Wednesday, March 22. Please sign up each week for the Soup Supper so a count can be provided to the group coordinating that week's meal.

During Lent, weekly services include:
  • Wednesdays: Healing & Eucharist Service at 10 a.m.
  • Thursdays: Morning Prayer at 9 a.m.
  • Fridays: Stations of the Cross at 12 p.m.
See the Lent 2017 flyer for more program information! They are also available in the Gathering Hall.
Notes from the Nurse
A good way to promote your own health is by making sure that, when a medical emergency happens, first responders have access to information about you that could mean the difference between life and death, especially if you're unconscious, unable to speak (due to a stroke, for example), confused, or badly injured.  In order to begin appropriate treatment, emergency medical personnel need to immediately know:  do you have any ongoing medical conditions?  Are you allergic to anything?  What medications do you take?  What is your emergency contact's name and phone number?  If you have a FILE OF LIFE, the answers to all those questions are instantaneously available to the paramedics arriving on the scene, regardless of the severity of your condition or your state of consciousness.
The FILE OF LIFE program was established in 1995 by a non-profit organization called the File of Life Foundation, Inc., but  it's not a "program" in the stereotypical sense of the word.  You don't join it; you don't pay dues; you don't have meetings. Its sole purpose is to enhance emergency preparedness, save lives, and provide peace of mind to every household and community across the nation. Since its inception, the FILE OF LIFE program has been implemented in over 5000 communities in the U.S., including Prescott. It has saved thousands of lives over the years, and it just might save yours!
To participate in the program, all you need to do is pick up a FILE OF LIFE pouch on the red-skirted table in the Gathering Hall, follow the instructions for completing the two forms it contains, and-voila!-you're done! One form goes in your wallet or purse, the second goes on your refrigerator door, and a red sticker gets placed on your front door or window, to alert emergency medical personnel that you are a FILE OF LIFE participant. We currently have 50 pouches available, generously donated by Yavapai Regional Medical Center, but if more are needed, more will be supplied, as the program actually enhances the quality of YRMC's medical services when a patient arrives at the hospital with a FILE OF LIFE.
If you have questions about the FILE OF LIFE, or if you need help in completing the forms, please don't hesitate to contact me: 941-539-1257 or

Keehna Sture, R.N., Parish Nurse
Inquirers' Class continues on March 19
Do you want to become a member of the Episcopal Church?

An eight-week series of Inquirers' Classes, to be led by The Rev'd Jack M. Wolter, continues on March 19, at 11:30 a.m. in the parish Conference Room 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!  "It is expected..."
Special Adult Forum on March 26: Love in Action/Malawi
Phenious Chuma will be speaking after the 10 AM service, during coffee hour, on Sunday, March 26, in the Parish Hall. Pheni is the Executive Director of Love In Action/Malawi, and is getting a Master's Degree in Sustainability at Northern Arizona University. He will be joined by his wife, Annie, and their 3 year old, Ethan. ( Pheni's birthday and Ethan's birthday are on March 17th and 18th, so we will be celebrating his birthday with a surprise cake for both of them!)

Pheni's orphanage in Salima, Malawi, was started by Pheni to help the children of Salima.  Love in Action provides a breakfast, and a school from 9-12, then a lunch for over 200 children each day.  The children are taken care of by the community in many cases where there is no home for them.  Pheni says that their community is very important to them, and they are one family in Salima.

Phenious Chuma is very interested in Sustainability for his country, and he feels that there are many areas in the Mission Field that need to be studied and changed.

Phenious will be speaking to us about some of his far-reaching ideas that are refreshing and new, and he is a wonderful speaker for the cause that he feels so passionately about helping.
Christian Formation Opportunity: Best Skills Best Churches
The Diocese is organizing a training for lay leaders called " Best   Skills   Best   Churches: Training for the Original Nonprofit." That's a terrific and original program designed by the diocese in partnership with ASU Lodestar Center of Phoenix. The program consists of 6 Saturday sessions (10/28, 12/9, 1/13, 2/3, 3/10, 4/14). Session titles are: volunteers in ministry, legal aspects of governance, human relations, marketing and community presence, financial management for effective service, and fundraising aspects of stewardship. Register for 6 courses at once for $450 (or choose $100 down payment, plus 5 monthly payments of $70). Visit Diocesan website for more info by visiting or call 602-254-0976.
Highway Clean-up on April 1
Did you know St. Luke's has a stretch of Highway 89, between mile posts 307 and 309, south of Prescott that is kept clear of litter by a small group of our parishioners? St. Luke's is part of the Adopt-a-Highway program. The spring clean-up of our stretch of Hwy 89 will take place on Saturday, April 1, at 8 a.m. We have permission to park in the Prescott Pines Mobile Home Resort at 1520 White Spar Rd. Please contact  Eddie & Tigger Gillam  for more information, 602-510-2621, or If this is for you, your help would be much appreciated!
Pastoral Care Needs Your Help --  Help us help those in need!
Your Pastoral Care Team, Lucy Kemper, Parish Nurse Keehna Sture, and Clergy Liaison Deacon Chris Christy are in need of people to support our expanded Pastoral Care efforts.  We need people who can prepare meals for those recovering from illness and/or surgery, and people who would provide rides for some of our homebound to get to church. We are also in need of additional Lay Eucharistic Visitors who can bring both communion and the blessings of our community to those who are unable to attend church.  Whenever we renew our baptismal covenant, we say that we "will seek and serve Christ in all persons"....what better way to live our baptismal promises than to be of service to those who are in need?  If you are interested in fulfilling any of these needs, please contact Lucy Kemper at or 928 642-8831, or Deacon Chris Christy at
Desk Volunteers Needed
The St. Luke's office staff is looking for reception desk volunteers for Thursday mornings (9:00 am to Noon), twice a month.  We are also looking to build up the substitute desk volunteer list, if not looking for a regular position, but would like to help from time to time. 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.
Parish Pilgrimage on April 1 - be sure to sign-up this weekend!
Open to all! Men...women...youth!

Save the date of Saturday, April 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, in Scottsdale. Join us for a time of spiritual refreshment, where we will take the time to breathe, pray, enjoy the silence, and explore spiritual practices like the Labyrinth and the Stations of the Cross. We will celebrate Eucharist in the Franciscan Chapel. Lunch is included. Cost for the day is $15. Childcare is available. Your last chance to sign up and pay is THIS weekend! 

Third annual Lenten offering by The Daughters of the King.
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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 March 11-12, 2017, was 108. Thank you!
This week's shopping list: canned beef, canned vegetables, tomato sauce, canned beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
March 11-12,2017
Attendance: 265
Weekly Giving: Plate - $1,119; Pledge - $8,419
Honoring Special Dates
March 19: Jim Hardesty, Julie Jones;  March 20: Chris Christy, Vera Mulnix;  March 21: Bert Gilbert;  March 22: Ame Eresman;  March 23: Sherry Hibbard, Brenda Jones, Wini Larson,;  March 24: Amber Dievendorff;  March 25: Wilma Hammond, Thomas Mann

March 19: Don & Mary McKellar; March 22: Scot & Paula Tomitz; March 24: John & Leslie Sanderson
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bee, Brien, Brittany, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Christopher, Connor, Dan, Daniel, Denise, Dick, Donald, Dott, Dottie, Ed, Fred, Gary, Gaye, Geoff, Greg, Hank, Harris, Jack, Jean, Jeanne, Josh, Judy, Julie Ann, June, Karen, Kay, Keena, Keith, Kristi, Kynleigh, Laura, Laurel, Larry, Lea-Lea, Lisa, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marie, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Marty, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Michele, Mike, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Percy, Pete, Peter, 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 Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church of Mbale in Uganda

...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Church of the Resurrection in Parker

...for our companion Diocese: Navajoland
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: U.S. Vets / Troop Support, United Thank Offering, United Blood Services Blood Drive, and Boy Scout Troop #10
Scripture Readings for March 11-12
Third Sunday in Lent
Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 95
Romans 5:1-11
John 4:5-42
Weekly Worship Assistants, Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers  

5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Rev. Emilie Finn
Chalice Minister:  Art Villemure
Greeters:  Doug & Pat Ogburn
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Rev. Emilie Finn
Chalice Minister:  Rich & Katie Staudt
Greeters:  Roger & Cynthia Crull
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Rev. Emilie Finn
Assisting Priest:  Fr. Bob Wills
Sub-deacon:  Trampus Tribbey
Chalice Minister:  Angeles Zarate
Chalice Minister:  Liz Kennedy
Altar Minister:  Keehna Sture
Reader 1:  Youth
Reader 2:  Youth
Prayers:  Youth
Verger:  Mike Franklin
Greeters :  Ted & Genell Lee
Welcome Table:  Beth Shaw
Ushers:  Bob & Laura Norman
Asst. Ushers:  Ron & Penny Davis
Oblationers:  Vera Mulnix & Wini Larson
Altar Guild Team:  Robin Borok, Mary Hallford, Joy Ramsey Smith,  Katie Staudt,
Kathy MacCauley, Phyllis Maruna
Coffee Hour Host
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 March 19:
Becky Hansen and Mary Berkheiser

Altar Flowers
The 2017 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.

No flowers during Lent.
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 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 7, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. Visit for more information.
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 7, 2017, at 3 p.m. Visit for more information. 
The Camerata Singers present "Music for the Soul" on March 19 at St. Luke's

The Camerata Singers' next concert will be Sunday, March 19, at 3 p.m. (audience preview at 2:30 p.m.) at St. Luke's. Tickets available at Adults: $20; Students 18 and under: $15.
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. Upcoming volunteer info session on March 15, at 1:30 P.M. at Prescott United Methodist Church in Prescott. 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.
Mountain of Food

This is the time of year when the CCJ (Coalition for Compassion & Justice) pantry runs low of vital food items. Please help us fill the pantry so hungry families are fed. Mountain of Food will be held April 22 from 9 am to 4 pm at Prescott United Methodist Church Courtyard, 505 W. Gurley Street in Prescott. Click here for event flyer.
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