St. Luke's Weekly Epistle

Week of January 21 , 2018

Bishop Search: Let Your Voice Be Heard!
As the search and work continues for the sixth Bishop of Arizona, the search committee wants to ensure that every member of the diocese has a chance to present their opinions to the committee. Please assist the committee by taking this electronic survey:
Join us for the Annual Parish Meeting: January 21, 2018, at 11:30 a.m., following the 10 a.m. service, in the Parish Hall.
First Performance of St. Luke's Concert Series on Sunday, January 21, at 3 p.m.
This concert will feature the  world-renowned pianist, Vitaly Serebriakov. Mr. Serebriakov is the winner of many international piano competitions both here in the United States and abroad. For Mr. Serebriakov's resume, please click here.
Bible Study Cancelled next week
Bible Study on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, has been cancelled. It will resume January 31!
Prescott Chamber Orchestra Performance on Jan. 27
The next performance of the Prescott Chamber Orchestra, "Love That Classical!" will take place on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Luke's.  The PCO brings you music from both the Romantic and Contemporary eras of classical music, all under the direction of Associate Conductor, Peter Mueller. The talented Curtis Peacock will be featured for a couple of tuba solos. For information on the program and tickets, please go to the PCO website here!
Christian Formation Opportunities through Yavapai College
Yavapai College's Community Education program has a couple of classes that might be of interest to you. They are "Introduction to Jewish Studies" and "Getting to Know Muslim Neighbors." For course descriptions, visit:
Monthly Potlucks
The yearly sign-up sheet is available in the Gathering Hall for the host/hostess' for St. Luke's Monthly Potlucks.

We will start in April and the potlucks will go through November. In December, there is a great Christmas party for the hosts/hostesses at the Welkers.

These are very casual. We only bring an appetizer and our favorite beverage. The host/hostess only has to open their front door for the fun to begin! For more information, please call Sharon Welker at 928-925-6201.
Spirituality for the Second Half of Life Ministry
You are invited to join us for an event scheduled for Saturday, February 10, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. to introduce this new ministry in the Diocese.
We all optimistically embark on a new phase of our lives in our 50s as we begin to contemplate retirement and a whole new way of living. But this exploration of new ways continues into our 90s and beyond - seemingly ever changing. We want to spend some fellowship time with you considering what we want this second half of our lives to look like - and how God desires to enter into both the adventure and the challenges - and how we, as a community of faith, can share the journey together - perhaps deciding together on a variety of stage- and age-related activities and gatherings. We hope that you will join us to explore ideas for the St. Luke's "family of sages". We will spend two hours thinking and planning together followed by lunch together at 11:30 a.m. We hope to see you then.
The Reverend Ann Johnson        Linda M. Williams, PhD, CSD

Please indicate your plan to attend on the sign-up sheet in the Gathering Hall
or call the Parish Office at 928-778-4499.

Lenten Soup Suppers
Each Wednesday in Lent (not Ash Wednesday) a group provides soups for the parish to share. It is fun and delicious! Please check with your group to see if they are willing to offer this evening of food and fellowship. The dates available are 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, and 3/28. Call Pam Williams if you need more information. 928-277-8226. Sign-up sheets are out now!
Help Wanted: St. Luke's Ushers
We are in need of someone who would be willing to oversee and coordinate the usher ministry, which would include recruitment of more ushers. Might this be you? Please contact the Parish Office at                                
Operation Deep Freeze
Operation Deep Freeze is held at the local Salvation Army. When the temperature goes below 28 degrees, an emergency winter shelter is provided with a hot meal, shower, and overnight stay for people who are homeless in the Prescott and Quad City area. Volunteers sign up to take a one week assignment, which runs from Monday through Sunday. St Luke's week is February 26 - March 4. If called upon the food for the evening meal must be prepared at the Salvation Army's kitchen. The Salvation Army will contact our lead person Liz Kennedy when the temperature is expected to go below 28 degrees, in turn she will contact whoever has signed up. The sign-up sheet is located in the Gathering Hall.

Kitchen Clean-up
The next  kitchen clean-up  day will be on  Thursday, January 25 starting at 8:30 a.m. Meet in the Parish Hall.  Please bring cleaning supplies and gloves! Questions? Contact Sue Boyce at
Becoming Beloved Community
Why Beloved Community?

Jesus laid out the fundamentals for any who would follow him when he said, "The first [commandment] of all is, 'Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' The second is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself'" (Mark 12:29-31). The Beloved Community is the body within which we promote the fruits of the spirit and grow to recognize our kinship as people who love God and love the image of God that we find in our neighbors, in ourselves, and in creation. It provides a positive, theologically and biblically based ideal toward which we can grow in love, rather than framing our justice and reconciliation efforts as fundamentally "against" (as in antiracism, anti-oppression, etc.).
Prescott Area Shelter Services (PASS) - Collection Continues
The wish list for Prescott Area Shelter Services includes things such as: laundry and dish soap, coffee, toilet paper, office supplies and more. Click  here to see complete list. Items can be brought to the Gathering Hall. Thank you for your help!
Photographers Wanted!

Have you taken any photos at a recent church event? The Communication Commission would love to share them on our media outlets! The photos can be of meetings, special events, and anything in between! Cell phone pictures are welcomed. Please email the largest size available photos to or text them to 734-771-2397. Thank you!

Visit our website!
Be sure to visit our website,, every so often! There is a great section at the bottom of the Home page entitled "News & Updates" that contains information on recent events at St. Luke's along with some wonderful photos. 
Did you know we offer online giving?
St. Luke's offers secure online giving through Faithstreet. 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 and click on the green 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 role they play in the life of this region.
Check out all our recent activity on Facebook!
Go to the St. Luke's Episcopal, Prescott, AZ, page, , 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 banksThe counting of the food takes place each Monday and then is divided up for the three food banks.

For the week of Jan. 13-14,  81 food items were collected!!
                          Jan. 8, 76 food items from Thumb Butte Quilters

This week's shopping list: 
Canned soup, hot cereal, rice, dried beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
1/13-14:  Attendance - 261
                   Pledge - $11,340
                   Plate -$1,268
Honoring Special Dates
January 21: Karen Kensing, Renee Lequesne, Wyly Parsons
January 22: Pete Keiger
January 23: Olaf Larson
January 24: Diane Kessler
January 25: Bob Nichol
January 26: Rachel Crawford, Olivia Sweeney
January 22:  A lan & Diane Kessler

Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Angela, April + baby & family, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Beth L., Betty, Brandon, Brien, Brittany, Bruce, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl, Chris,  Christopher, Chuck, Connor, Daniel,  David, Denise, Diana, Dianne, Don, Donald, Dott, Dylan, Ed, Enrique, Evelyn,  Fred, Gavin, Gaye, Gene, Geoff, Gerry, Grace, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank, Harris, Ileen, Jack H., Jean, Jeanne, Jerry, Joe, Joel, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Juliann, Julia & Blake, June, Karin, Kay, Kay & Dennis, Keena, Keith, Ken,  Kimball,  Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea, Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha,  Mary, Marty, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Michael, Michaela, Michele, Miriam, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Peter,  Preston, Reed, Renita, Rich, Rick, Ron, Rosey, Ruth, Sandy, Shea, Sheri,Shirley, Skip, Steve, Steven, Susan,Susan S.,  Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Tracie, Trey, Tricia, Sue, Sue & Wally, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, Zelma
...for those in our Armed Forces (Please send us the names of loved ones actively serving.):
Echo, Brian
...for the Yavapai Nation
...for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:Church of Bangladesh
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  St. Thomas (Clarkdale)
...for our companion Diocese:  Diocese of Navajoland
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Don't Spend Christmas Alone, Prescott Area Shelter Services, Amagoro Junior Academy
Scripture Readings
The Third Sunday after Epiphany
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
2 Samuel 7:4-17
Psalm 89:1-4
Mark 4:1-20
Weekly Worship Assistants for January 20-21, 2018
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Sharon Neece
Greeters: Doug & Pat Ogburn
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Devena Reed
Greeters:  Jim & Pam Damm
Ushers: Duncan & Julia Weir
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Richard Lassiter
Sub-deacon:  Ernie Howell
Chalice Minister:  Monte Anderson
Chalice Minister:  Lucy Kemper
Altar Minister: Bill Christy
Reader 1: Lynne Wells
Reader 2:  Rich Schwartz
Prayers:  Andy Wallace
Verger:  Barbara Sayle
Greeters:  Gil & Joan Hedger
Welcome Table:  Beth Shaw & Dave Brubaker
Ushers: Bob & Laura Norman
Asst. Ushers:  Larry Allen & Joann Salem
Oblationers: Leanne Bryan & Barbara Harber
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 January 21: Becky Hansen & Mary Beerkheiser

Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2018 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.
Altar Flowers on January 21:
   Larry Neece
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 with the exception of the summer months.

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 Feb. 15. For more info, call AZ Children's Association at 928-443-1991.

Girl Scouts Troop 79

Troop 79, which will begin meeting again after the summer months, 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 season is January 27 at 2:30 p.m. 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.
The next performance will take place on Saturday April 21 at 3 p.m.
Visit for tickets and more information.
In the Community
Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity Informational Meetings will be held on Jan. 27, 9 - 11 a.m., at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in PV; on Feb. 1, 6-8 p.m. at St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in Chino Valley; Feb. 3, 9-11 a.m., at Prescott Christian Church in Prescott. Learn how you can become a homeowner! Click here for flyer on info meetings. For Family Selection Criteria brochure, click here.

For general information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity and for information for this event, visit

Prescott Noon Lions Club
Want to give back and help the less fortunate in our community?
Join the Prescott  Noon Lions Club, the most active Lions Club in 7 Western states. Contact Mike Franklin at  703-887-4837 or for more information on the club and how to come to a meeting as a guest to check us out.
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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 & 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.

Church Website
The Sunday bulletin is available at the Worship bulletins section .
Our calendar is available at the Calendar section.

St Luke's Episcopal Church 

Please contact the church office
by email or phone.

Phone: (928) 778-4499