St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of December 8
Advent Intentions by St. Luke's Youth
Advent II -FAITH
It may be hard
When in the dark
To find your way to Christ.
But if you look...
                         And look with hope...
                        You're sure to find his light.
                                                                 By Clement B. & Joshua M.
Advent II: Scrambling FAITHFULLY...to get ready 
(An Advent reflection by DDee Reed)
One theme in the Biblical scripture and gospel set for all year cycles in the BCP {Book of Common Prayer) is watchfulness.  Getting ready to receive a God's wisdom and presence, not just "trying" but really doing it. Preparing the circle of candles to light, setting aside the daily moments for simple prayer; then striking many matches through December as each candle repeats the inspiring story! Many acts of both kindness and challenge encouraged the scrambly writing adventure. It was a daring way, I now realize, to "out" the lifelong poet and writer. That would be me. Relying on the way of prayer in Advent fits a need to start anew and to stay with the simple and humble...long awaited, humble and coming through much darkness and doubt.  Isaiah 9:2, 3a: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; on those who lived in a land as dark as death a light has dawned. You have increased their joy and given them great gladness. Read complete reflection here
Contemplative Advent Eucharist Service
Sundays: December 8 and 15 at 5:30 pm
This is a new, contemplative  service with the chanting of hymns designed for the season of Advent. The service will take place in the meditation room. The room will be censed with incense before the service.
ALL ARE WELCOME!
Morning Prayer, Monday -  Friday, 9:00 am

Dwell intentionally with God each day.

Jesus teaches us to come before God with humble hearts, boldly offering our thanksgivings and concerns to God or simply listening for God's voice in our lives and in the world. Whether in thought, word or deed, when we pray we invite and dwell in God's loving presence.  Join us for corporate Morning Prayer weekdays in the Chapel during Advent.

Christmas cards for prisoners
Our Christmas card list Perryville includes 400 women who are often forgotten by their families.  By addressing cards we can "visit" them in prison and brighten their day at this time of year.  Join us December 14 at 10:30 am in the Conference Room to address cards.  Sign up clipboard is in the Gathering Hall.  More information contact maryjqueen@icloud.com.
The eight Episcopal bishops who attended the Second Annual Border Ministries Summit . . . acknowledge that North and Central America have a long history which we share... We are in this situation together and we have been for centuries.  To the migrants we want to say we gathered here with you in our hearts. We see you, we hear you, and we wish to stand with you in our common search for security, dignity, justice, and community. . .  We call upon our respective governments to work together across the Americas to address the causes of forced migration such as crime, political instability, climate change, and economic disparities.   We believe in Christ Jesus and we continue to meet Christ in the immigrants we are blessed to know.   We believe migrants are children of God and we must respect the dignity of each one. We also know them personally to be courageous, faithful, resourceful, capable people. They, like all of us, have the right to seek better lives for themselves and their families...  We believe in the power of the Church to speak the truth, to work for justice, and to work to serve our neighbor in the name of Christ Jesus. Cllick here for entire statement
Thank you for all of your generosity to this year's  
Angel Tree  program. Now it's time to wrap!  Are you interested in helping wrap all of the goodies?   There will a gift-wrapping party December 14th at 10 am in the gathering hall. Anyone is welcome to attend, whether you sponsored a child or not. Please bring your own scissors and any wrapping supplies you are able to donate. Music, snacks, and lots of Christmas cheer will be provided.  Can't make it? 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
Attachments area
Time and Talent
  A big thank you for all of the people that have returned their Time and Talent.   St Luke's has always been proud of the many generous people who give their Time and Talent. The work within the church and the outreach programs would not be possible without the many people who joyfully give so much. It is what makes St. Luke's a special place." Let us not love with word OR with tongue, but in deed and truth". John 3:18, If you haven't turned your yellow Time and Talent survey it is never too late.  For questions contact Lauree Birchmeier 778-4499, x 303 or Jean Ehlers 420 4518
This weekend is the JustCoffee Sale.  Great News!  We will able to accept credit card payments from now on.
K-cup users:  We heard you and are now offering reusable k-cups.  The first one is free with the purchase of your favorite blend.   Double your gifting enjoyment by purchasing  JustCoffee as Christmas gifts  (already wrapped in gold foil) while supporting the coffee growers in Chiapas.   Thank you !  The food pantry gave away the coffee donated at the November sale through a lottery.  The lucky winner was drawn and notified.  She was so excited that she drove back to pick up her Thanksgiving coffee.  Join us for coffee hour after the 10:00 am Eucharist this Sunday--we, the JustCoffee volunteers, are your hosts.
Christmas Craft Party 
 For the whole family!  
Saturday December 14th at 2:00 pm   
Join us for an afternoon of fun creating ornaments! 
We will then decorate the Tree 
and  listen to the Christmas story. 
Santa will share hot cocoa and goodies with us

St. Andrew's Advent Quiet Day, Saturday, December 14, 9am-noon in Sedona. We will be celebrating Guadalupe through Story and Art. Two of our parishioners will reflect on Guadalupe, one from the her indigenous-Mexican heritage and one from her experiences painting Our Lady while living in Mexico for 30 years.  click here for flyer
Don't Spend Christmas Alone Updates
For those who have items in the refrigerators in the Parish Hall kitchen , please clear them out before December 18 for the full use of the refrigerator by the DSCA committee!  
This is the last weekend for volunteer sign-up sheets in the Gathering Hall. 
The "Quilt Raffle"  is this Sunday. .  The winner will be announced during the 10am service. You can still buy tickets until 9:45am this Sunday in the Gathering
Hall.  Tickets are 6 for $5.00 or $1.00 each.
Annual Christmas Bake Sale
December 14, &  December 15, after services  
our wonderful bakers will strike again:
Pies, cookies, breads, chocolates, you name it!
All proceeds will benefit our Youth Mission Trip
to Las Vegas, NV in June 2020.
Advent Intentions by St. Luke's Youth
Advent I - HOPE
HOLY is the Advent season for
OVERCOMING fear and
PRAYING with passion knowing
ETERNAL love from our Lord.
By: Kaci
AdventWord 
#AdventWord offers meditations and images to inspire and connect individuals in a worldwide community of believers. 24 writers shared their thoughts on a chosen word, and the meditations will be available daily in 8 different languages and an ASL video as well.   Bishop Curry wrote the Christmas meditation for this year's AdventWord - we hope you will join us on this journey as we prepare for the birth of Christ. Sign-up using the link below to receive daily emails from AdventWord, and make sure to participate as well! 
Turkeys and Hams
The Food Pantry was a busy place the Friday before Thanksgiving.  20 large boxes were filled with a turkey or a ham and all the fixins for a Thanksgiving dinner, including a roasting pan.  By noon 30 boxes had been distributed--St. Luke's version of Loaves and Fishes.  Now the pantry is literally bare.  Some items to replenish:  Costco-Kraft mac n cheese bundles, canned chicken bundles, tuna packed in water; apple juice, oatmeal, low sugar breakfast cereals, bagged onions, peanut butter, dried beans.  All donations are most welcome.  Special needs:  jam, jelly, syrup, tuna
Christian Formation
Sunday -   11:30 am (after service): TAEHS 
Wednesday - 9am: JustFaith, Conference Room
                      4 pm: Days of Awe and Wonder, Conference Room
 5 pm: Bible Study, Revelations, Classroom 
Thursday - 1 pm: Ten Commandments, Library
     5:30 pm: EfM, Conference Room
Friday - 9 am:  Centering Prayer, Meditation Room (second & fourth Fridays)
Did you know we offer online giving?
St. Luke's offers secure online giving through Vanco. 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/support/  and click on the blue 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 Programs
Thank you for your continued support of our food donation programs which benefit  three area food banks and our own Food Pantry .  Food count for 11/24 was 84,
                        food count for 12/1 was 41

This week's shopping list: 
canned soup, hot cereal, rice, dried beans

November Totals for The Food Pantry at St. Luke's 
286 Individuals were served
Weekly Attendance & Giving
November 23/24          Attendance: 251     Pledge: $7,750         Plate:  $479
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays:
December 5:   Gloria Martin
December 6:   Joyce Taylor, Evelyn Pronko, Lynne Wells, Michele Claflin, 
Jeanne Miller
December 7:   Joni Cash
December 8:   Marilyn Henry, Myron Brower
December 9:   Christi Armer
December 11:  Barbara Walter
December 12:  Diane Olsen, Cheryl Taylor, Kimberley Neel,  Deborah Maurice,                                    Darleen Parker
December 13:  Etta Parson
December 14:  Linda King

Our Prayer Lists
For those in need:  A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Alina & Audrina, Alison, Andrea, Angela, April & Raffy, Ashley, Baby Nolan, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Beth, Betsy, Bill, Bob, Brandon, Brenda, Brian, Brittany, Bruce, Calvin, Carol, Carolyn, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cherie, Cheryl, Christine, Christopher, Cindy & family, Claire, Clare, Clay & Muriel, Colleen, Connor, Courtney, Daniel, Dave, Dawn Elaine, Ellen, Ellie, Elizabeth & Don, Debbie, Derrick, Dianne, Don, Donald, Donna, Dorothy, Dott, Doug and Pat, Dyla, Ed, Enrique, Ernie, Eve, Evelyn, Farrell families, Fran and Mike, Francis, Gary, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, George, Gerry, Gil & Joanie, Gina, Gisela, Glory, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank,. Hal & Karen, Harris, Harry, Heidi, Herb & Louise,Ian, Ileen, Jack, Jack H., Jack K., Jade, Jason, Jeanne, Jeff, Jennifer, Jeri, Jerry, Joan, Joe, Joel, John, Josh, Joy, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karen & baby, Karin, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken, Kimball, Kira, Kristi, Lane, Larry & Mary,  Lea, Lee, Leigh, Les G., Lynn, Madelon, Margo, Maria & family, Marian, Mark, Martha, Mary, Marty,  Matt, Max, Maxine, Megan, Melania, Melissa, Micaela, Michael, Michaela, Mike,  Miriam, Nancy, Nolan (baby), Oce & Lorna, Olivia,  Pam, Patricia, Patty, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Pete, Peter, Quentin, Reed, Renita, Ricardo, Rich, Richard, Rick, Rosey,, Ruth, Sabrina, Salem, Sean, Sally, Shannon, Shea, Sheri, Shirley, Skip, Steven, Sue, Sue & Wally, Susan, Susan S., Susan R., Suzette, Susie, Sylvia, Tammy, Ted, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, T.J. & Lane, Toby, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Tom & Moni, Trey, Tricia, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Will, William, Zachary, Zelma
For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian, Dante, Florian, Lopez

Anglican Cycle of Prayer:  The Mothers' Union around the world
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:   All Saints (Safford)
St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer:   Vitalant Blood Drive, Meals on Wheels,
          The Abundant Life Crusades Ministry
For the Yavapa i-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
Isaiah 40:25-31
Psalm 103:1-10
Matthew 11:28-30

  
Worship Ministers for December 7 - 8 

 5:30 p.m. Service 
Celebrant:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher: The Rev. Kimball Arnold
Chalice Minister: Art Villemure
Greeters:  William & Rita Kraus
 
 8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher:  The Rev. Kimball Arnold
Chalice Minister:  Jim Damm
Ushers: Kathryn Barber & Cynthia Moreno

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher: The Rev. Kimball Arnold
Assisting Priest: The Rev. Richard Lassiter
Sub-Deacon: Liz Kennedy
Chalice Minister:  Jennifer Benson
Chalice Minister:  Nancy Reynolds
Altar Minister:  Monte Anderson
Reader 1: Youth 1
  Reader 2: Youth 2
Prayers: Youth 3
Verger:  Larry Griffin
Welcome Table: Cathie Carter & Paul Gregory
Greeters: Darrell Anderson & Susan Bray-Anderson
Ushers: Eileen Griffin & Lynne Wells
Asst. Ushers: Mary Ann Petrocik & JoAnn Salem
 
Altar Guild Team: Robin Borok, Mary Hallford, Joy Ramsey Smith, Katie Staudt, 
Kathy MacCauley, Phyllis Maruna 


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.

December 8 Host:  Cafe Justo Team




Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2019 flower chart is 
posted 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.
 
Flowers: No flowers during Advent
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.
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.



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.
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 9:00 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 

Email: info@slecp.org


Please contact the church office
by email or phone.

Phone: (928) 778-4499