St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of April 22 , 2018
Origami Doves. . .

Join us for fellowship and fun on Saturday, April 28 in the conference room at 11:00. All ages are welcome.   Learn how to make a simple  origami dove. We plan to make 500 doves to be distributed on Pentecost, so the more the merrier    A light lunch will be served.

Please sign-up in the Gathering Hall this weekend, so we know how many to expect.

Questions:  Contact Mary Queen at .
In-Gathering is May 13!
UTO encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing using an UTO Blue Box (available in the Gathering Hall).  100% of what is collected is distributed to support mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion.

The Don't Spend Christmas Alone event is looking for volunteers to be Co-Chairs for the 2018 DSCA event.  By having Co-Chairs the committee found it was a more enjoyable task. Some of the 2017  Co-Chairs will be working with new volunteers to help with any issues. Please contact Father Pierre-Henry to volunteer.

When I was Senior Warden 2015 and 2016 I found that the greatest need of our congregation was for Pastoral Care.  We seemed to always have people in our congregation who were facing a health crisis, or loss of a spouse, or just declining health as a result of aging. I left my position as Senior Warden to address this need and became the Chair of the Commission for Pastoral Care.  Deacon Chris Christy is our clergy liaison for Pastoral Care and Parish Nurse Keehna Sture is part of our team.  Sharon Tootle is our Vestry Liaison.  Jeanne Miller is responsible for Telecare ministry and our "Love Notes" ministry.
In 2016 we enrolled St. Luke's as a Stephen Ministry parish and in 2017 Deacon Chris and I enrolled in Stephen Leader training which we completed in January 2017.  In September of 2017 we began training our first class of Stephen Ministers and graduated 8 new Stephen Ministers in February of this year following 50 hours of training.  As of this writing we have 7 Stephen Ministers paired with care receivers. We plan to begin our next class in September of this year, so if you are interested please contact Deacon Chris or Lucy Kemper for more information.  If you have been a Stephen Minister in another parish and would like to renew your training, there is an abbreviated refresher course.
Stephen Ministry seem like too much for you?  There are so many other ways to be involved in Pastoral Care.  We plan to have another training for Telecare ministry this year and hope to enroll more people in this extremely valuable work keeping our community connected.  All you need is a telephone and a listening heart.   If talking is not your cup of tea, how about writing "love notes" to members of our congregation who are in need of support from their St. Luke's family?
Like to cook?  When people come home from a hospitalization or are recovering from an accident or  illness, we offer to provide meals for a week or two to help them concentrate on healing.  We also provide meals for bereaved families as they cope with their loss and an influx of family.
Do you drive?  We have members of our congregation who can no longer drive but really want to attend church on Sundays and other parish activities.  Please let us know if you could drive one of your church family to attend worship.
LEM's (Lay Eucharistic Ministers) take "church" to those who are unable to attend worship.  LEM's are trained to take communion and the care of St. Luke's community to those who are homebound.
Come and join our team to care for members of our community in need.  Help us be the hands of Christ to members of the St. Luke's family.
Lucy Kemper                                      
928 642-8831
Deacon Chris Christy
928 533-5012

From the Stewardship Commission:

Thank you for remembering St. Luke's...
St. Luke's recognizes and honors the following 19 persons or families that have included St. Luke's as a beneficiary in their will, trust, or an insurance policy: Arnold, Kimball; Blake, Kevin and Tina; Burwell, Bruce; Davis, Ron and Penny; Garripee, Les and Rosey; Harber, Barbara; Hepner, Bob; Kemper, Mike and Lucy; McIntosh, Gib and Sylvia; Meyer, Bob and Sarah; Norman, Bob and Laura; Preston, Bill and Joan; Sture, Keehna; Sullivan, Ed and Hedwig; Weeks, Dick and Barbara; Anonymous; Anonymous; Anonymous; Anonymous.

Rules for Cool Episcopalians
Learn about the Eucharist--it really is the presence of Jesus Christ.
Somewhere there is an Anglican theologian who agrees with you--so relax.
Recognize that we must do everything we can for the poor and marginalized.
Learn to laugh at yourself--Episcopalians are good at that.
Q.Why do Episcopalians always sit in the back row at church?
A. Because there are no seats in the parking lot. 

Source: Faith Rules by Ian Markham
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. . Simply Enchanting on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 2:30 p.p. at St . Luke's.  The Program includes:  Serenade for Strings by Lars-Erik Larsson , Simple Symphony by Benjamin Britten, Holberg Suite by by Edvard Grieg, Brandenburg Concerto  #4 by Johann Sebastian Bach (featuring Bill Cummings, LeAnne Lawhead and Beverly Chestery), and Piano Concerto in Fminor by Johann Sebasian Bach (featuring Christopher Eis, Piano Soloist).  

Purchase tickets at

Practicing Mindfulness Senior Group
A group for seniors who would like to connect with other seniors and learn what mindfulness is, how it can enrich your life, and practice it together in a relaxed and supportive environment.
Tuesdays: 10:00 am-11:30 am (Starting April 24, 2018)
Location:  St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Prescott
To Register:  Please call 9280445-5211, ext 2672  
Brought to you by the Senior Peer Program of West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, focused on the health and wellness of persons over the age of 60.
For flyer, click  here !!
Save the Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
"The Beautiful New You" ladies fashion show and luncheon at St. Luke's Parish Hall. Tickets are $25.00 and will be available starting  April 14th , and continue at each service until  April 29th . Only 112 tickets will be sold, so make plans to attend this fun fashion show/luncheon. Fashions furnished by Smart Girls of Prescott Valley. Tickets will be sold for several beautifully themed raffle baskets and a very special pop-up shop with fashions and accessories from Smart Girls for purchasing. Please contact a committee member for any question: Carol Sweeden Jean Ehlers, Beth Shaw, Jan Leonard, Eileen Griffin, Barbara Brubaker, Carmen Welter.

Check out the display of books, THE EPISCOPAL WAY, in the Parish Hall by the door to the Parish Library.  Whether you are new to the Episcopal Church or a life-long member you may find something of interest.  If the Spirit moves you venture into the library to see some of our many new additions. Our check out procedure is on the honor system.  Take home whatever you wish and when you are finished, simply return what you borrowed to the basket by the library door.  
Notes from the Nurse

With warm weather right around the corner (it's already been 100 degrees in Phoenix this month!), and with a couple of our parishioners having experienced the effects of dehydration during church services in the past several weeks, I decided to provide some basic information about hydration and dehydration, and why it's important to drink enough water, whether we're 8, or 18, or 80!
On a daily basis, it is recommended that we drink half our body weight in ounces of water to stay properly hydrated; this enables every system of the body to function at its very best.  For example, if a person weighs 150 pounds, then he/she-optimally-should drink 75 ounces of water each day (8 ounces=1 cup).  Two important notes here:  (1) this amount needs to increase as your activity level increases, and (2) for you drinkers of coffee, tea, juices and carbonated fluids, all of these can "count" toward your total daily amount (which is a reversal of what I was taught in nursing school!).
Dehydration-the state in which the body does not have enough water to function properly-can develop quickly, especially in climates with high heat and low humidity, like Arizona.  Symptoms of mild dehydration include thirst; dry or sticky mouth; dark yellow urine; headache; and muscle cramps.  Many physicians will tell you,  "if you're thirsty, you're probably already dehydrated."  Severe dehydration includes the following symptoms:  dizziness; rapid heartbeat; rapid breathing; weakness; confusion; and fainting.
For people who exercise, be aware that sweating is a "two edged sword."  It eliminates chemical waste products like ammonia and urea (a good thing!), but it also eliminates water and important chemicals called electrolytes (e.g., sodium, chloride, potassium, and calcium), without which the body cannot function.  If you exercise vigorously, and sweat profusely, you will need to replace not only the water you've lost, but also the electrolytes, which are NOT a component of tap, filtered, or bottled drinking water.  Get some Gatorade, or electrolyte-enhanced water, or a sports drink, or coconut water (which contains 15 times more potassium than any sports drink) to replace fluids when you've been sweating profusely. And keep them with you while you exercise.
Unfortunately, as we age, we are less likely to feel thirsty, which means that we are more prone to drinking less fluid.  One strategy for maintaining adequate hydration during our "senior years" is to place a pitcher or large bottle of water in a spot where it is easily noticed-and aim to drink all of it by a certain time.  Then do it again before the day ends!
May we all stay healthy and well-hydrated this summer!
Note:  A bottle of Gatorade is kept in the refrigerator in the kitchen next to the Gathering Hall, and in the refrigerator in the kitchen next to the Conference Room in the church office, for medical emergencies involving dehydration.  Also, in both refrigerators are small bottles of concentrated glucose for diabetics experiencing a hypoglycemic episode.  And, for general medical emergencies, two electronic blood pressure machines, and a first aid kit, are in the nurse's cupboard (marked with red crosses) in the Gathering Hall, on the right, just after entering the wooden doors from outside.
Lastly, on a personal note, because of my acceptance into the Deacon Formation Program, I have had to take a few things "off my plate" in order to accommodate the new, time-intensive realities of preparing to be a deacon.  One of those things is blood pressure readings, which have been offered on the third weekend of every month, after each service, since September of 2016.  They will now be offered on an individual, "as needed," basis, so please contact me by phone (through the church office:  928-778-4499), or by email (, if you need help in managing this aspect of your overall health.
Thank you for your prayerful support throughout my discernment process.  Now the real work begins, but I'm still counting on your prayers!       
                                                                 -Keehna Sture, R.N., Parish Nurse

Family Camp!
Save the Date: 
July 5-8, Chapel Rock
Family Camp for Families with Children and Youth of All Ages

Family Camp is an opportunity to unplug from the busyness of daily life and reconnect with your children and with the God who made you a family.
It is challenging in this over-programmed, screen-filled culture to take the time out to be present to the people in our families. Chapel Rock is a place where screens are put away and there is space and time to listen to God and to each other.
Look for more information about registration at

Click here for Family Camp Flyer!
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 April 15:  88 food items were collected!!
This week's shopping list: 
Peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, canned tuna, canned fruit
Weekly Attendance & Giving
4/14-4/15/18:  Attendance - 229
                     Pledge - $ 9,220
      Plate - $ 574    
Honoring Special Dates
April 22: Colin Longsdon, Scot Tomitz
April 23: Karen Cone, Gislela Slonneger, Jacquelyn Tippen 
April 25: Catherine Schnitzius
April 26: Sherri Frances
April 27: Pauline Buisson, Dayton Soza, Justin Soza

April 23: Bob & Robin Borok
April 24: Tom & Sylvia Fuentes
April 27: Mike & Lucy Kemper, David Lessard & Nancy Anderson, Jack & Zibbie Wolter
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J.,  Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Angela, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Bettina, Brandon, Brien, Brittany, Bruce, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl, Chris,  Christopher, Chuck, Claire, Connor, Daniel,  David, Denise, Dianne, Donald, Dott, Dylan, Ed, Enrique, Evelyn, Francis, Fred, Gavin, Gary, Gaye, Geoff, Gerry, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank, Harold & Wilma. Harris, Harry, Heidi, Ian, Ileen, Jack, Jack H., Jean, Jeanne, Jerry, Jim, Joe, Joel, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karin, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken,  Kimball, Kira,  Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea, Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Micaela, Michael, Michaela, Michele, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Peter,  Preston, Reed, Renita, Rich, Rick, Ron, Rosey, Ruth, Salem, Sandy, Shea, Sheri,Shirley, Skip, Steve, Steven, Susan, Susan S.,  Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Trey, Tricia, Sue, Sue & Wally, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, Zelma

...for those in our Armed Forces:
Echo, Brian
...for the Yavapai-Apache Nation
...for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Dioceses of Canterbury-Dover, Canetrbury-Ebbsfleet, Canterbury-Maidstone, & Canterbury-Richborough (England)
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  Church of Our Saviour Episcopal-Lutheran Congregation (Lakeside)
...for our companion Diocese:  Diocese of Navajoland
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank, Prescott Valley Food Bank, Chino Valley Food Bank
Scripture Readings
Fourth Sunday of Easter 
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Psalm 67
Acts 12:24-13:5a
John 12:44-50
Weekly Worship Assistants for April 21-22, 2018
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant: Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Sharon Tootle
Greeters: Doug & Pat Ogburn
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Tom Ghan
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Richard Lassiter
Sub-Deacon:  Ernie Howell
Chalice Minister:  Lucy Kemper
Chalice Minister:  Nancy Reynolds
Altar Minister: Beth Shaw
Reader 1 Vera Mulnix
Reader 2:  Doris Schoeben
Prayers: Wini Larson
Verger:  Dwight Willman
Greeters:  David & Barbara Brubaker
Welcome Table:  Diane Mazmanian & Genell Lee
Ushers: Bob & Laura Norman
Asst. Ushers:  Lawrence Allen & JoAnn Salem
Oblationers:   Mike & Lucy Kemper

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

No Host.  Please feel free to bring something to share.

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 $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: Cynthia Moreno
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 April 19. 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 season is April 28 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

You are invited to a social event on May 5 to Explore Habitat!! Click here to learn more!!

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

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