St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of March 26 , 2017
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Special Adult Forum on March 26: Love in Action/Malawi
Phenious Chuma will be speaking after the 10 AM service, during coffee hour, on Sunday, March 26, in the Parish Hall. Pheni is the Executive Director of Love In Action/Malawi, and is getting a Master's Degree in Sustainability at Northern Arizona University. He will be joined by his wife, Annie, and their 3 year old, Ethan.

Pheni's orphanage in Salima, Malawi, was started by Pheni to help the children of Salima.  Love in Action provides a breakfast, and a school from 9-12, then a lunch for over 200 children each day.  The children are taken care of by the community in many cases where there is no home for them.  Pheni says that their community is very important to them, and they are one family in Salima.

Phenious Chuma is very interested in Sustainability for his country, and he feels that there are many areas in the Mission Field that need to be studied and changed.  Phenious will be speaking to us about some of his far-reaching ideas that are refreshing and new, and he is a wonderful speaker for the cause that he feels so passionately about helping.
Lent 2017
Our Lenten program, featuring  Wednesdays Together, with Soup Suppers at 5 p.m. and Study at 6 p.m., continue this Wednesday, March 29. Please sign up each week for the Soup Supper so a count can be provided to the group coordinating that week's meal.

During Lent, weekly services include:
  • Wednesdays: Healing & Eucharist Service at 10 a.m.
  • Thursdays: Morning Prayer at 9 a.m.
  • Fridays: Stations of the Cross at 12 p.m.
See the Lent 2017 flyer for more program information! They are also available in the Gathering Hall.
Holy Week & Easter Service Schedule
Palm Sunday
April 8 5:30 pm
April 9 8:00 & 10:00 am
 
Wednesday in Holy Week
April 12 -  Holy Eucharist & Healing - 10:00 am
 
Maundy Thursday
April 13 -  9:00 am Morning Prayer
April 13 - 7:00 pm Holy Eucharist
 
Good Friday
April 14 -  12 pm & 7:00 pm,  Good Friday Liturgy
 
Holy Saturday
April 15 -  Time of rest and silence - no service.
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GREAT VIGIL OF EASTER
Saturday April 15 -   7:00 pm  
The greatest celebration of the year!
Bring your bell to ring with the Easter Alleluias.
 
EASTER DAY
Sunday April 16 -  8:00 am & 10:00 am
Bring your bell to ring with the Easter Alleluias.
Support St. Luke's Youth Group
We would like the youth group at St. Luke's to take over the responsibility for planting blooming flowers/bulbs - and then the ongoing maintenance -  of the raised flower beds along the walkway between the parking lot and the church. This is important to our appearance as it is the first thing you see as you enter our facility! We plan for them to plant the new plants on  Saturday, April 8. Please support them by bringing blooming plants, such as creeping/cascading dwarf roses, bulbs, pansies, or other perennials, or monetary donations designated to buy the same, to the church on  April 5-7.
 
Also, donations for Easter flowers this year will be used to buy live potted plants and these will also be planted by the youth group in the beds around the church following the Easter services!
Update on Ernie Howell
Ernie Howell will become a Novice in the order of Community of St. Mary of the Annunciation at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, at St Augustine's in Tempe. All who wish to attend are invited to do so!
Highway Clean-up on April 1
Did you know St. Luke's has a stretch of Highway 89, between mile posts 307 and 309, south of Prescott that is kept clear of litter by a small group of our parishioners? St. Luke's is part of the Adopt-a-Highway program. The spring clean-up of our stretch of Hwy 89 will take place on Saturday, April 1, at 8 a.m. We have permission to park in the Prescott Pines Mobile Home Resort at 1520 White Spar Rd. Please contact  Eddie & Tigger Gillam  for more information, 602-510-2621, or eavery1975@gmail.com. If this is for you, your help would be much appreciated!
Gary Arbuthnot: Stage & Screen
The Prescott Chorale is performing with Gary Arbuthnot and his Orchestra, on  Sunday, April 2 , at  3 p.m.  at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. A lively selection of orchestral music, featuring Gary Arbuthnot, a renowed Irish Flautist, and choral works and show tunes where Gary will be joined by singers form the Prescott Chorale and the Yavapai College Master Chorale. Tickets are available at the YCPAC website,  ycpac.com .
Help Wanted!
Greeters
Help! Two people are needed to help out at the 8 a.m. Easter Day service (Sunday, April 16) as greeters. Because April has five Sundays and we have several extra services during Holy Week, we are stretched to the limit! Easter Day will bring many visitors and we want to be sure they are welcomed and greeted properly. If you can help with this, please contact Linda Taylor at lindactaylor10@yahoo.com or at 928-379-5936.
Volunteer Receptionists
The St. Luke's office staff is looking for reception desk volunteers for Thursday mornings (9:00 am to Noon), twice a month.  We are also looking to build up the substitute desk volunteer list, if not looking for a regular position, but would like to help from time to time. Duties include greeting visitors, answering the phone, taking messages, and other tasks as may be needed. If you are interested, please call Ellie Lassiter at 928-778-9148 or leave a message for her at the office: 928-778-4499.
Registration closing soon!
Family Camp-July 7-10, 2017
 - Unplug and Reconnect
Family Camp is an opportunity to use your family vacation time 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, to really listen so that unexpected conversations about God have space to happen. Chapel Rock is a place where screens are put away and there is space and time to listen to God and to each other. We will experience prayer, music, free time exploring the beauty of Prescott, and old-fashioned camp fun, like arts and crafts, a campfire, the ropes course, and games. Invest in your family, and come join us!
For more information or to register, visit Chapel Rock's website: chapelrock.net  or contact Jana Sundin, Canon for Children's Ministries, at 602-254-0976 or  jana@azdiocese.org
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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 March 18-19, 2017, was 175. Thank you!
 
This week's shopping list: canned chicken, cold cereals, pasta, powdered milk
Weekly Attendance & Giving
March 18-19,2017
Attendance: 260
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays: 
March 26: Madelon Cianfrani, Ann Hoaglund, Grace McFarland;  March 27: Eddie Gillam, Percy Wright;  March 28: Martha Bernatz, Kelsey Bourgois, Kristine Donovan;  March 29: Steve Bracety, Marcia Reinhart; March 31: Nancy Simpkins;  April 1: Nancy Del Mar, 

Anniversaries:  
March 26: Robert McCaullay & Pat McKee;  March 27: Scott & Carol Hein;  March 28: Ed & Hedy Sullivan;  April 1; David & Barbara Brubaker
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bee, Brien, Brittany, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Christopher, Connor, Dan, Daniel, Denise, Dick, Donald, Dott, Dottie, Ed, Enrique, Fred, Gaye, Geoff, Greg, Gus,Hank, Harris, Jack, Jean, Jeanne, Josh, Judy, Julie Ann, June, Karen, Kay, Keena, Keith, Kristi, Kynleigh, Laurel, Larry, Lea-Lea, Lisa, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marie, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Marty, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Michele, Mike, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Percy, Pete, Peter, Preston, Ray, Renita, Rosemarie & friends, Rosey, Ruth, Sandy, Scott, Shea, Sheri, Skip, Stephen, Susan, 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: The Church of Mexico

...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Paul's in Payson

...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, and Prescott Valley Little League
The Diocesan staff included all of us at St. Luke's in their prayers this month.
Scripture Readings for March 18-19
Fourth Sunday in Lent
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 23
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41
Weekly Worship Assistants, Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers  

March 25-26, 2017
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Dave & Ruthie Rothgery
Greeters:  Tom & Susan Snodgrass
 
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Tom Ghan
Greeters:  Duncan & Julia Weir
 
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Jack Wolter
Sub-deacon:  Charles Covert
Chalice Minister:  Monte Anderson
Chalice Minister:  Beth Shaw
Altar Minister:  Bill Christy
Reader 1:  Barbara Sayle
Reader 2:  Doris Schoeben
Prayers:  Brenda Schwartz
Verger:  Dwight Willman
Greeters :  Rich Schwartz & Mark Paola
Welcome Table:  Rosaleen Runnalls
Ushers:  Geoff & Brenda Holden
Asst. Ushers:  Lynne Wells & Larry Whearley
Oblationers:  Wayne & Mary Hallford
 
Altar Guild Team:  Elsie Tyree, Sylvia McIntosh, Pat Eaton,  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 March 26:
Jean and Roger Messick & 
Sharon and Ned Welker

Sign up for 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.

No flowers during Lent.
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 April 20. 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 2016-17 season is April 7, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. Visit prescottstrings.com for more information.
 
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 7, 2017, at 3 p.m. Visit prescottchorale.org for more information. 
The Prescott Chamber Orchestra presents "Exotic Spring" on April 7 at St. Luke's

The Prescott Chamber Orchestra's next concert will be Friday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at St. Luke's. Tickets available at  www.prescottchamberorchestra.com. Adults: $20; Children (12-18): $5; under 12 years old: free. Reduced prices for online bookings!
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. Upcoming volunteer info session on March 15, at 1:30 P.M. at Prescott United Methodist Church in Prescott. 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.
Mountain of Food

This is the time of year when the CCJ (Coalition for Compassion & Justice) pantry runs low of vital food items. Please help us fill the pantry so hungry families are fed. Mountain of Food will be held April 22 from 9 am to 4 pm at Prescott United Methodist Church Courtyard, 505 W. Gurley Street in Prescott. Click here for event flyer.
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