St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of March 3, 2019
ASH WEDNESDAY AND LENT
The early Christians understood the Great Vigil of Easter to be the pivot on which the church year turned: it was for them the primary time for the initiation of new members of the Body of Christ and for the public restoration of those who had fallen away. In order to prepare for this wonderful renewal and rebirth, they instituted a period of intense preparation. For forty days and forty nights all those who followed Christ - old members of the Body, penitents seeking reconciliation and those joining for the first time - prepared themselves for the Great Baptismal feast of the Resurrection of our Lord through fasting and self-denial, prayer and meditation on the scripture and thorough self-examination.

Counting back from the Sunday of the Resurrection and leaving aside the five Sundays (the Day of the Lord is always a feast day, even in Lent), the Forty Days of Lent begin on Ash Wednesday. On this day Christians gather to commit themselves to the Lenten Pilgrimage. The liturgy is solemn and earnest, inviting the Church to make a right beginning of repentance.

Inspired by the dramatic Jewish custom in which victims of disaster or disgrace donned sack cloth and ashes, from its earliest days the Church marked the beginning of Lent with the imposition of ashes and the reading of Psalm 51. The ashes are not the focal point of the day - they are rather a sign of this important day of penitence, confession and commitment, which begins our preparation for the worthy celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and Mardi Gras Fun

Tuesday, March 5, at 5:30 p.m.
Parish Hall at St. Luke's

Come hungry! Come in costume!  Lots of food and fun for all ages.  See you there!

Free Will Offering for Youth Mission Trip 2019 to San Diego.

Click here for flyer.
Ash Wednesday Services - March 6, 2019
Including Imposition of Ashes

The service schedule is as follows: 7:30 a.m. (Chapel), 10 a.m. (Chapel), and 5:00 p.m. (Chapel, en espanol),  7:00 p.m. (Sanctuary).
Deacon Kimball will be available in the Chapel
at YRMC West in Prescott, Ash Wednesday, March 6,
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Imposition of Ashes,
if you are unable to attend Church. She will also visit the patient floors and be available for patients, hospital staff and visitors. If you have any questions, please call Deacon Kimball  at 928-778-7031
Miercoles de Ceniza - 6 de Marzo - 5 p. m. en la Capilla
!Arreprntíos, y creed al Evangelio!
Weekday Morning Prayer during Lent
Morning Prayer will be offered each weekday morning in the chapel at 9:00 a.m. during Lent, starting on Thursday March 7. 
This is Our Story
 - A Gathering for Young Adults 
is an invitation to reflect on the story of your spiritual journey within a community of fellow travelers during the season of Lent. From March 10th through April 14th, we will gather as a group and ponder our spiritual journey through the lens of a particular theme. The first week we will consider spirituality. In succeeding weeks we will reflect on the Church, the Bible and other inspiring texts, image(s) of the Divine, and our experience of God. In our final gathering we will share our hopes for the next chapter in our spiritual journey. This is a gathering for young adults and will take place on Sunday evenings in the conference room from 6:00-8:00pm. We will gather for a meal and then have our time of discussion and close with Compline and clean-up. For questions, please contact Mother Denise Muller at   denise@slecp.org  or 928-778-4499. Please   register on Eventbrite  so we know how many people to expect. 
Sweet Bites with the Bishop ..

The Ordination and Consecration of Bishop-Elect Jennifer Reddall calls for a grand celebration with our Arizona family across the diocese! The Transition Committee is asking churches and attending representatives to show their love for our new Bishop...
and their love of desserts too!
Attending representatives are asked to bring 4 (or more) dozen small dessert bites, cookies, cupcakes or other "delectables" to share during the reception following  the service. Please give your treats to any volunteer in blue. Thank you for your generosity.  
We look forward to celebrating together soon!  

Please email St. Luke's office,  info@slecp.org , with your intent to provide sweet treats! We're being asked to let the Diocesan Office know the quantity we'll be bringing!

Sunday Sermons Available on St. Luke's Website
Isiaiah 55:10-11 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
 
Did you miss this last week's sermon due to weather conditions? Or did you hear it, and you want to listen to it again? Please know that all Sunday sermons are recorded and archived on St. Luke's website. They can be accessed here.
Daughters of the King
The Lord Calls Us to Serve in Many Ways and Places

The Phoebe chapter of DOK announces a new project reaching out to female inmates at Perryville Prison by sending  birthday cards monthly.  We welcome anyone who would like to participate with us in this outreach project.  For further information please contact  Barbara Leonard. barbaraeleonard@gmail.com.  

Check out our DOK window in the Gathering Hall and our spot on the Outreach table for further information
!Nos Hablamos!  Spanish Conversational Group continues on Thursdays

Basic-level conversational Spanish is being offered on Thursdays from noon to 1 pm in the Conference Room. Whether you have never spoken Spanish or you would like to brush up on your skills, this group is for you. We will talk, pray, and sing as well as strengthen friendships through this class led by Pat Anderson.
Chapel Rock Sunday - March 3

Sunday, March 3 is Chapel Rock Sunday throughout the Diocese. Bishop Smith asks that, on this day, each church and individual member support the  Bishop Kirk Smith Children & Youth Campership Fund . Last summer, over $43,000.00 was awarded to campers in need of financial aid. Please join with us in changing lives and help send children and youth to camp this summer! Please make your check payable to your congregation, write "Chapel Rock Sunday" in the memo line, and drop it in the collection plate. You can also contribution online at  http://bit.ly/BpSmithCamp  
( note the URL is case sensitive ).
Help needed!
If you are a handyman or y ou like crafty work:
You can help!
This year the décor for VBS will be a:  Mighty Fortress!
I would like to create an atmosphere of medieval time with a castle as a background.
I have some ideas and with your talent I am sure we can do something great for the kids.
If you are called to this mission please contact Sophie at: 703-980-5314   Thank you!
Journey Jottings: Notes from St. Luke's Deacon in Formation
February's Deacon Formation Academy classes were held on the 16 th at the Cathedral. Having completed-in January-the module called "Transforming One's Voice," which was capped off by each of us in the Class of 2020 giving a presentation on an envisioned ministry, we are now immersed in a two-month study of two important topics: The Book of Common Prayer, and the role of deacon in liturgy. The BCP class is being taught by Rev. Judy Turberg, a retired priest from Green Valley, whose knowledge and understanding of the BCP are truly remarkable. Rev. Canon Chuck Milhoan, who serves as Deacon at St. John the Baptist, in Glendale, is the teacher for the class on what deacons "do" in liturgy, although he is also giving us a vision of diaconal ministry beyond the four walls of a church, where deacons are most likely to be found during the week.
Ladies Week in New York City 
with Deacon Kimball
Loads of fun and adventures! For the 10th year, Deacon Kimball is putting a group of women together to spend a fun filled and exciting week in New York City, September 28 - October 5. We stay at The Manhattan Club, 200 W. 56th St. www.tmcny.com, 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 Deacon Kimball 778-7031 for more information.
Just Business Practices
JustCoffee (Café'Justo) is a farm-to-table program. Twenty-five Coffee growers of Chiapas formed a cooperative which owns a sorting plant in Salvador-Urbina and a roasting facility in Agua Prieta, Mexico. From there, coffee is direct-shipped to partner organizations in the United States and to online customers. The price of the coffee is set by the growers, not Commodity traders on Wall Street-and they have not increased the price since 2004! Bypassing the brokers means the beans are not mixed with others or held up in big lots.
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Inquirers' Class starting March 10
An eight-week series presented by the Rev Jack M. Wolter will begin on Sunday March 10 at 11:30 am in the Conference Room to prepare those persons who have not yet been sacramentally confirmed or received by a bishop in the Episcopal Church, or those who want to refresh their understanding of the practice of the Christian Faith in the Episcopal tradition.  YOU are invited to join us for these presentations and discussions.  We hope you will be a participant!
Learn about Camp Genesis at upcoming Outreach Commission Meeting
Monday, March 11, at 4 p.m. in the St. Luke's Conference Room
Deacon Kim Crecca will be our guest speaker at the Outreach Commission meeting to talk generally about prison ministry, but particularly about Camp Genesis (kids of incarcerated parents - one or both parents - from ages 8 to 13) and how we can help (through donations and supplies) make this week in June 2019 at Chapel Rock a meaningful lifetime experience that they will cherish forever. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this meeting!
Become a First Responder in a child's life.
For more information contact Human Resources Training at (928) 399-9043.
Adult Formation Opportunities

  Book Study - On the Brink of Everything 
Wednesdays, 11 a.m. in the Library

  Romans Bible Study 
Wednesdays, 5 p.m. in the Conference Room 
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 Program
Thank you for your continued support each week of the weekly food donation program which benefits  three area food banks The counting of the food takes place each Monday and then is divided up for the three food banks.

For the week of February 24 : 25  food items were collected
      
This week's shopping list: 
canned soup, hot cereal, rice, dried beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
Feb. 16-17  -   Attendance: .237     Pledge: $31,817     Plate:  $1086
February 23/24  -   Attendance: 262     Pledge $5,151     Plate:  $321
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays:
March 3  Vivian Spicer, Jane Peacock, Sandra Arquette
March 4  John Sanderson, Al Bjornstad
March 5  Jack Knudson
March 6  Donna Bledsoe
March 7  Gerry Jarvis, Marcie Harris, Claire Donovan, Devena Reed
March 9  Mary Temme, Doris Smith, Marion Dunmire, Ann Bracety
Anniversaries:
March 3  Jim & Terry Sceli
March 4  Neil & Jeanne Waterman
March 7  Ron & Penny Davis
March 8  Don & Etta Parson
Our Prayer lists
For those in need:  A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Andrea, Angela, Ashley, Baby Nolan, Barb,  Bea, Bee, Becky, Betsy, Brandon, Brian, Brittany, Bruce, Carmen, Carol, Carolyn, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Christopher, Chuck, Claire, Connor, Courtney, Daniel, Dave, David, Dawn Ellen, Ellie, Debbie, Derrick, Dianne, Don, Donald, Donna, Dorothy, Dott, Dyla, Ed, Enrique, Ernie, Evelyn, Francis, Fred, Gary, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, George, Gerry, Gil & Joanie, Gina, Gislela, Glory, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank,. Hal & Karen, Harris, Harry, Heidi, Ian, Ileen, Jack H., Jack K., Jade, Jason, Jean, Jeanne, Jeri, Jerry, Joan, Joe, Joel, John, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karin, Kathleen & Philip, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken, Kimball, Kira, Kristi, Lane, Lea, Les G., Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Mary, Matt, Max, Maxine, Megan, Melissa, Micaela, Michael, Michaela, Mike, Miriam, Nancy, Nolan (baby), Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Pete,  Peter, Reed, Renita, Ricardo, Rich, Richard, Rick, Rob, Rosey, Roxann and family, Ruth, Sabrina, Salem, Sandy, Sean, Sally, Shea, Sheri, Shirley, Skip, Steven, Sue, Sue & Wally, Susan, Susan S., Susan R., Susie & Jason, Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, T.J. & Lane, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Tom & Moni, Tony, Trey, Tricia, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, William, Zachary, Zelma

For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America In
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St Philip's In The Hills (Tucson)
St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer:
Bradshaw Mountain High School Students, Coalition for Compassion and Justice, Knowledge to College

For the Yavapai-Apache Nation
For Bishop Zak and Amagoro Junior Academy
For our companion Diocese in Navajoland
Scripture Readings
The Last Sunday after Epiphany
Click  here for readings!

Ash Wednesday
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Psalm 103:8-14
2Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Worship Ministers for March 2-3, 2019

5:30 p.m. Service
 Celebrant: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher: The Rev. Kimball Arnold
Chalice Minister: Art Villemure
Greeters: Susan Lohn and Tom Snodgrass
 
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher: The Rev. Kimball Arnold
Chalice Minister: Rich Staudt
Ushers: Marjorie Hultberg and Sally Phelps

9:15 a.m. Children's Service
Celebrant: The Rev. Denise Muller
Preacher: The Rev. Jim Schubert

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher: The Rev. Kimball Arnold
Sub-Deacon:  Bill Christy
Chalice Minister:Lucy Kemper
Chalice Minister: Larry Neece
Altar Minister: Nancy Reynolds
Reader 1: Doris Schoeben
Reader 2: Tani Hendrickson
Prayers: Vera Mulnix
Verger: Paul Nelson
Greeters:  Barrie & Claire Clark 
Welcome Table: Barrell Anderson, Susan Bray-Anderson
Ushers:Bruce & Geni Lequesnde
Asst. Ushers: Barbara Baker-Rosenberg & Rich Schwartz

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.
We are looking for coffee hour hosts for April and May!

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

Hosts for March 3:
Daughters of the King





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.
  
March 3: 
 flowers given by Dorcas Lawn
 also given by Bill Bisig
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 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.
Thumb Butte Quilters

Quilters meet the second Monday of the month in the Parish Hall at 9:00 am.  For more information email the current president by  clicking here .
Prescott Chamber Orchestra
The Prescott Chamber Orchestra holds its weekly rehearsals and concerts at St. Luke's. 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.
Visit prescottchorale.org for tickets and more information.
In the Community
Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity
For general information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity and for information for this event, visit  www.prescotthabitat.org For Family Selection Criteria brochure, click  here .



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