St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of May 7 , 2017
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Registration Now Open for 
Vacation Bible School, June 5-9
Join u s this summer for VBS at St. Luke's!! Step back in time with the Apostle Paul and experience what life was like in first-century Rome!

VBS will take place Monday, June 5 - Friday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to noon. It is FREE and open to children entering kindergarten and higher! Share the link below with friends and neighbors.

Don't delay!! Register online: https://vbspro.events/p/events/slecp
Special visit, from Emmaus Church Plant, this weekend!
Come & see this weekend as we welcome guest preacher, the Rev. Emilie Finn! Then, join us for coffee hour, after the 10 a.m. service, and learn what it is to be missionaries to a modern-day community, as Rev. Emilie & Deb Tickell of Emmaus Church Plant in Surprise share an interactive look at the evolving Emmaus community. Experience a unique, new expression of church still deeply rooted in the age-old Episcopal tradition. Bring your thoughts and questions as we discuss the shape of ministry in this growing community, and how Emmaus members are working to reach often overlooked demographics and preserve church traditions for generations to come. A second collection will be taken at all services in support of the ministry of Emmaus and its outreach initiatives.
St. Luke's College Scholarship recipients to be announced this Sunday, May 7
The recipients of the St. Luke's College Scholarship recipients will be announced during the 10 a.m. service this Sunday, May 7. They will also be present during a special coffee hour reception following the service. 
Outreach Commission Meeting on May 8
The next meeting of the Outreach Commission will take place on Monday, May 8, at 4 p.m. in the Conference Room. You are warmly invited to attend!

The meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month at 4 p.m. in the Conference Room, next to the Parish Office. If that isn't a good time for you, your help is still needed. Please contact Mary Hallford at 928-759-0227 or Liz Kennedy at 928-350-8633 for more information.
Centering Prayer Group meets next on May 12 at 9 a.m.
Contemplative prayer, the "umbrella" under which Centering Prayer exists, is the opening of our whole being to God, the Ultimate Mystery. Its purpose is personal transformation: to move us toward a life that is ever more closely united to, and reflective of, God. 
 
Centering Prayer is a method of contemplative prayer that carries us beyond words, thoughts, feelings, and internal discourse to an encounter with the Divine Presence within us. The method itself is easy to learn. There are four basic guidelines* that serve as a springboard to move us beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Christ. Centering Prayer is practiced twice a day for a minimum of 20 minutes during each prayer period. Its wordless nature helps us to understand that, as St. John of the Cross wrote in the 16th century, "silence is God's first language," and that, in silence, God speaks. Centering Prayer helps us to listen.
 
St. Luke's Centering Prayer group meets on the second and fourth Fridays of each month, from 9:00-10:15 AM, in the Meditation Room, which is located next to the library in the Parish Hall.

Prayer in the Spirit of TaizĂ© - May 12 at 6 p.m.
Want to experience a quiet and meditative form of prayer? Join us for our monthly TaizĂ© service on Friday, May 12, at 6 p.m. in the Chapel. It takes place the 2nd Friday of each month. All are welcome!
Diocesan Confirmation Service - May 13 at 10 a.m.
In addition to the youth, St. Luke's has a handful of people being confirmed, received, and reaffirmed on Saturday, May 13, at Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix. Call the office if you would lke more information. Please keep them all in your prayers! 
Save the Date: Sunday May 21st for...

Chefs get free entry to the event! 
Great prizes, too!  Gold Ladle, for best all-around, and
Silver Ladle, for most original.

Please call Sophie, 703-980-5314.
Graduates!
We would 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.
Lost Eyeglasses
We have about a dozen pairs of eyeglasses that have accumulated in the lost and found. We will have a small white box on a table in the Gathering Hall this weekend with all of the glasses. Be sure to check the box this weekend if you are missing some glasses!
Spring Kitchen Clean-up Day on May 25
You are warmly invited to join us 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 if you are interested in helping out by email at  franklinforestlodge@gmail.com.  
Special Thanks
A special note below from Bill Christy:

I would like to thank everyone who so generously participated in making prison cookies for this Kairos prison weekend. I was required to bring 75 dozen cookies. However, the good Lord blessed me with 76 dozen cookies through the effort and support of the St. Luke parishioners. The Bible tells us that no matter what part one plays in producing and harvesting the crops, everyone involved is accredited for the work. I hope to report back to the church the results of the weekend so everyone can share in knowing the blessed works in which they have been an important part! Thank you again and God Bless!
Pastoral Care: call for volunteers
Your Pastoral Care Team is currently ministering to more than 30 members of our congregation who are in need of St. Luke's ongoing support and pastoral care. Members of the Pastoral Care Team are Lucy Kemper (Chair), Chris Christy (Clergy Liaison for Pastoral Care), Keehna Sture (Parish Nurse), Jeanne Miller (TeleCare Ministry Chair), Sharon Neece, and Angeles Zarate (Vestry Liaison). 

Telecare Ministry
Telecare is a ministry of love! Telecare is a lay-led pastoral ministry, begun in 2016, that expresses St. Luke's care and concern to EVERY member of our church family. For our Spring calling campaign, we are looking for people who are willing to make phone calls to simply "check in" with members of our congregation and to ask if they have any prayer concerns. Calls can be made from the comfort of your own home! During our Fall calling campaign, we heard responses like, "I've been a member of this church for 20 years, and this is the first time anyone from the church has called me. Thank you so much." "Really, you're not calling to ask for money? Wow, we need to do more of this." There will be a brief training session for our volunteers. If you would like to help us please contact Jeanne Miller busijeanne@yahoo.com or any member of the Pastoral Care Team.

Lay Eucharistic Visitors
Our team is in need of several more Lay Eucharistic Visitors who will take communion to those members of our church family who are homebound. What an amazing experience to share the news of the community, prayers and communion with people who may be feeling alone and lonely. Please contact Deacon Chris Christy cchristy1231@gmail.com or any member of the Pastoral Care Team if you feel called to this ministry.
Check out all our recent activity on Facebook!
Go to the St. Luke's Episcopal, Prescott, AZ, page,  https://www.facebook.com/stlukesaz/ , and Like and Share posts that you feel comfortable supporting. By clicking on the link above or "Like us on Facebook" button below, you'll be taken directly to the St. Luke's Facebook page.
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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 April 29-30, 2017, was 143. Thank you!
 
This week's shopping list: canned chicken, cold cereals, pasta, powdered milk
Weekly Attendance & Giving
April 29-30, 2017
Attendance: 221

For pledge and plate, we are sharing totals for the month of April below. The columns and amounts given were mistakenly reversed the last few weeks.

Pledge - $42,687.00; Plate - $7,343.00
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays  
May 7: Mike McInnes
May 8: Clark Weaver
May 9: Ted Sayle, Angel Vandegrift
May 10: Tony DeBono, Carol Hardesty
May 11:  Nancy Anderson, Trace Thein
May 12:  Patricia Anderson, Sue Robertson
May 13: Scott Knox, Beth Parknowitz
 
Anniversaries
May 9: Rocky and Jennifer Pescarino
May 11:  Jim and Jan Casacchia
May 13: Murry and Pam Williams
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: Afshin, A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Angela, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Bill, Brien, Brittany, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl, Chris, Christopher, Connor, Daniel, Denise, Dick, Donald, Dott, Ed, Elijah, Fred, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, Greg, Gus,Hank, Harris, Helen, Jack, Jack H., Jean, Jeanne, Josh, Judy, Julie Ann, June, Karen, Kathleen, Kathy, Kay, Keena, Keith, Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea-Lea, Lisa, Madelon, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Marty, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Michael, Michele, Mike, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Percy, Peter, Philip, Preston, Ray, Renita, Rich & Brenda, Rosemarie & friends, Rosey, Ruth, Sandy, Scott, Shea, Sheri, Sherry, 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: Church of Ndokwa in Bendel, Nigeria
 
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Mary's in Phoenix
 
...for our companion Diocese: Navajoland
 
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Operation Fair Start and Angel Tree, Paper Collection/Recycling Program, Highway Cleanup Volunteers, Prescott Valley Little League
Scripture Readings for May 6-7
Fourth Sunday of Easter 
Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 23
1 Peter 2:19-25
John 10:1-10
Weekly Worship Assistants, Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers  

May 6-7, 2017
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson, Rev. Emilie Finn Preaching
Chalice Minister: Larry Neece
Greeters:  Tom & Susan Snodgrass

8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson, Rev. Emilie Finn Preaching
Chalice Minister:  Devena Reed
Greeters:  Roger & Cynthia Crull

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson, Rev. Emilie Finn Preaching
Assisting Priest:  Rev. Emilie Finn
Sub-deacon:  Larry Neece
Chalice Minister:  Cathie Carter
Chalice Minister:  Angel Vandegrift
Altar Minister:  Nancy Reynolds
Reader 1:  Michael Bradburn-Ruster
Reader 2:  Penny Davis
Prayers:  Barbara Lake
Verger:  Mike Franklin
Greeters:  Ted & Genell Lee
Welcome Table:  Brenda Schwartz
Ushers:  Bruce & Geni LeQuesne
Asst. Ushers:  Barbara Baker-Rosenberg & Trampus Tribbey
Oblationers:  Pam & Murry Williams
 
 
Altar 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 May 7:
Outreach Commission
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 7:  Angel Vandegrift and Angeles R. Zarate
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 prescottdbe.org 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 prescottstrings.com 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 concert of the 2016-17 season is May 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. and May 6, 2017, at 3 p.m. Visit prescottchorale.org 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, 69hokie@gmail.com for more information.
"Golf Fore Homes" - Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity 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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