2000 Shepherds Lane
Prescott, AZ 86301
928 778-4499
info@slecp.org
www.stlukeprescott.church
Rector: Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assistant Rector: Denise Muller
Weekly Epistle
Week of March 8
A Letter from Pierre-Henry

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

We are hearing more and more about the COVID-19, and I know that many of you are concerned about it. First, it might be good to know more about this virus. My friend and colleague, Troy Mendez, Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix, invited his congregation to watch this video by Dr. Peter Lin, and published by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIL5m5XznNY

He then wrote: As Dr. Lin explains in the video, this virus doesn’t have feet and it doesn’t have wings. If we can learn the facts, we can all play a part to contain the spread of this virus. If we don’t help the virus spread, we have the power to stop it!  

Please take the time to read the Pastoral letter from Bishop Jennifer regarding COVID-19. 

In the light of the information we now have, common sense, and the Bishop’s directive, we need to pay attention to each other. If you feel sick, have a cough or are sneezing, stay home, and let us know how we can assist you.

At the exchange of peace, we request that we forego, for a while, our usual shaking of hands and hugs- and instead offer a sign of peace: a bow or a big smile and a peace sign.

Your clergy will be carefully washing their hands before preparing the Eucharist. And all altar ministers will continue to wash their hands before the communion. In terms of taking the cup, it may not be advisable to drink or intinct during this time - lips and hands are very good transmitters of the virus, but this is always an option. Please abstain from taking the cup if you are feeling sick. And be assured that taking the bread alone is completely acceptable and fully the Eucharist.

Let’s not fear! 

In Christ’s love,

Pierre-Henry


March 6, 2020 
 
 Dear People of God in the Diocese of Arizona,
 
Some of my episcopal colleagues have written letters to their dioceses suspending the reception of the cup from clergy and laity. They write in good faith, to those in their own dioceses, and I respect and honor them and their decisions.
 
My understanding of both the rubrics and doctrine of the Episcopal Church (specifically page 365 of the Book of Common Prayer and Article XXX of the Articles of Religion) prohibit me from taking such a step. The practice of withholding the cup from the laity was a crucial issue in the Reformation, and it is not exaggerating to say that many people died for us to have the privilege of sharing in both Christ's body and Christ's blood at the Eucharist.
 
However, that does not mean that every person MUST partake of Communion in both kinds, nor that every person SHOULD. When one receives Communion in one kind (either bread or wine) one is deemed to have fully participated in the sacrament. This is practiced all the time by many in recovery, and by many in the last days of their life when eating a wafer may be impossible but a single drop of wine can be reverently consumed.
 
In light of this, I wish to offer some guidance to clergy and congregations within the Diocese of Arizona about practices around Communion at this time-recognizing that as COVID-19 progresses in our nation and state, there may be additional steps necessary.
  • Clergy shall offer Communion in both kinds to the laity.
  • Those who wish to drink from our common cup at communion may do so.
  • I encourage all those who are concerned about infection, and do not wish to receive the wine, to first receive the bread, and then stand with arms crossed as the chalice comes by, at which point the Chalice-bearer shall hold the chalice in front of you and say "The blood of Christ, the cup of Salvation" before moving to the next person.
  • I strongly discourage the practice of intinction
  • I encourage all Eucharistic ministers to use hand sanitizer and/or wash their hands with soap after the Peace and before distributing communion.
  • At the Peace, I encourage congregants to greet one another with a bow, a wave, or some other alternative to shaking hands.
 
There are many precautions recommended by the  CDC Episcopal Relief & Development , and other trusted agencies to prevent the spread not just of COVID-19 but seasonal flu and many other illnesses. These practices, which I encourage everyone in our congregations to do, include:
  • Frequently washing your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds;
  • Staying home if you are ill;
  • Avoiding shaking hands and touching your face;
  • And particularly for those who are at risk due to age or frailty, avoiding close contact with other people.
Finally, I close with a message for our clergy: we love our congregations and we often sacrifice our own health in service to God and the church. This is not a time to do so. I cannot think of a worse situation in the present moment than having a clergy person come to church on Sunday when they are feeling ill, and having the clergy person be the vector through which disease spreads. If you feel ill on Sunday morning, stay home. If there are no other clergy in your congregation, contact your Wardens -- Morning Prayer is always an option. If you have some warning, contact the Diocesan Office, and we will do our best to find you a supply priest.
 
If you are a non-parochial priest who would be willing to be available for a congregation in need, please contact Dawn Jackson at our office at  dawn@azdiocese.org .
 
Faithfully,
+Jennifer
Bishop Jennifer A. Reddall
Thank you to all of the Groups providing soup for our Wednesday night soup suppers!!!
March 4 - Staff (Great job Staff!)
March 11 - Altar Guild
March 18 - Choir
March 25 - Saturday 5:30 Worshipers
April 1 - Daughters of the King

A big THANK YOU to Pat & Doug Ogburn for organizing the groups and picking up supplies!




Today is Chapel Rock Sunday throughout the Diocese. 
Bishop Reddall asks that, on this day, each church and
individual member support the Chapel Rock Campership Fund for the benefit of our children and youth. Last summer over $45,000.00 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 write Chapel Rock in the memo line on your check and drop that in the collection plate. You can also go to Chapel Rock’s website, Donate Here to contribute securely online. 
St. Luke’s Men’s Fellowship Group
will meet next Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 am in the Chapel for Eucharist, followed by breakfast and program in the conference room. For more information contact Don McKellar at
602 499-1471
JUST COFFEE
This weekend, March 7 & 8 will be our monthly
JustCoffee sale.  
We accept cash, check or credit card payments.  
Only $10 per full pound of organic coffee.  
Lent is the time of almsgiving, prayer and good works. Drinking coffee during Lent is a way of doing good work. Please don't give up your support during this time.
We are in need of a volunteer to sell coffee
after the 8 am Mass.  
Please RSVP to maryellen.rivero@gmail.com
Thank you for your loyal support.
MUSIC ON A “HIGHER PLAIN”
The Music Ministry of St. Luke’s and the Prescott Chorale are co-sponsoring a wonderful musical opportunity
on Friday, March 20 here at St. Luke’s at 7pm. The choir from Concordia University in WI , will present a concert
in our Sanctuary. It is a very special event as this choir has not performed on the West Coast for quite some time,
and for us it will be the first time in our church. The Choir from Concordia is a wonderful group of young people
presenting the Word of the Lord in music.
All of our church is invited to this very special event. No tickets are necessary. A free will offering will be taken.
The Prescott Chorale and St. Luke’s will need to house the young people for one night, Friday, March 20.
They will need to be met after the concert reception and taken to your home for the night.
They will need to be back at the church on Saturday morning after providing them a “Presckitt breakfast” in your home.
If you can host 1-4 of the singers, please send me an email and specify if you prefer male or female.
Please email me at: prescottchorale@reagan.com
I will keep you informed as we get closer to the date, so thank you for helping out with this wonderful choir.
We will need to house 42 of the youngsters.
Thank you for your help.
Dennis and Kay Houser, Music Department of St. Luke’s Episcopal
It's Time for a new St. Luke's Pictorial Directory
It's 2020, St Luke's has many new members and we need a new Directory with pictures and current addresses, etc.
We are not messing around, sign-up will begin next weekend, March 14 & 15 at each service.
There are NO session fees, and takes about an hour.
You will receive One FREE 8 x 10 standard print and a FREE printed church directory.
The way they make their money is if you decide to buy extra prints.
I am looking for volunteer assistance with contacting families, helping with photography session sign-ups, and greeting families at our photography event.
For more information call or email Lauree Birchmeier at 928 778-4499x303 or lauree@slecp.org
Easter Flowers
Please join with others to remember loved ones at this most festive time of the year through the gift of flowers. We all enjoy the beauty of Easter flowers. Your gift will ensure they are beautiful again this year and for months to come.

Please provide the church with the following information:   your name, if it is a memorial or thanksgiving, and any other information. Mark your donation with  Easter Flowers  (in memo line if paying by check).   

You may access the Easter Flowers By clicking by clicking here place it in the offering plate, email to  info@slecp.org , or call the church office (778-4499) with the information above no later than Monday, April 6. 
Angel Quilts Announcement
The regularly scheduled meetings of our Angel Quilts will resume on Thursday, May 21st at St Luke's.
BIG NEWS... an article featuring "Angel Quilts" submitted by Sharon Welker to the Arizona Episcopalian Magazine will be published in the Spring 2020 magazine. Watch for your copy in the mail around April 1st!
For more information please call Linda Leal, 928-717-1647
or Sharon Welker, 928-541-1074
Adult Formation Lenten Program
St. Luke's will be offering two adult formation classes on Wednesday nights during Lent. Each class is a five-week series beginning March 4 and concluding April 1. We will all gather at 5:00pm for a soup supper and then classes will take place from 6:00 to 7:00pm.
Signs of Life: Why Church Matters
Signs of Life takes up the major themes and symbols of Christian worship, exploring the deep levels of meaning they convey and revealing how God is prepared to meet us in and through these sacred signs. Each week in Lent we will explore a fresh theme - Light, Water, Food, Shelter, Community - drawing form Scripture, tradition, and worship. We invite participants to consider the deeper meaning of these themes and of the symbols that convey them, especially as it relates to their own lives. This curriculum was developed by the Society of St. John the Evangelist and includes gathering for prayer, viewing a short video, discussion and reflection, as well as practices to engage throughout the week. The class will be facilitated by a different clergyperson each week. If you have questions about this class, please email Mother Denise.
Boundless Compassion
This class is an "opportunity" to look at your life in a new and dynamic way. If you are not "happy, joyous and free...", why not? This five-week series is based on the book by Sr. Joyce Rupp entitled: "Boundless Compassion". In her 2020 Newsletter she writes:
 
"As a gate opens to the new year, three words beckon: Live Life Fully. My deeper self urges, "Don't waste a year on the foolish energy of needless worry or trying to control the uncontrollable. Be attentive to every fragment of joy, each revelation of nature's splendor-however small-and to the mentoring goodness residing in people who enter your life."
 
The book contains writings and prayers that touch our souls and create new ways of being, including being more compassionate to yourself. I cannot give what I don't have! It all starts there:
 
At the end of the road they will ask me 
Have you lived? Have you loved? 
And not saying a word I will open my heart 
full of names.
(Dom Pedro Casaldàliga)
 
You will need to purchase the book and a journal to bring to the class. And make a commitment to read the reading for each day of Lent. After prayerful thought you are encouraged to make a journal entry on what moved your soul.
 
Each week as we meet, we will look at a video, touch on the readings that called to your hearts during the week (in your journal) and share with each other. We will challenge ourselves with concepts that are on offer to change, or to do more of what has been working in your life. If this workshop is calling your name, sign up for a Lenten experience that will change your life! This course will be facilitated by Ruth Baker, an active member of St. Luke's who is a spiritual director and a retired psychotherapist. She is influenced by Franciscan theology and has offered this course at several parishes throughout Arizona. If you have questions about this class, please email Ruth via the link below.
ST. LUKE'S EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS
We're entering scholarship season, when we at St. Luke's get to award scholarships to two or three high school seniors in the Quad Cities Area. Students who will attend college or trade school are eligible. The applications for both types of schools are available on line at St. Luke's website and from each high school's academic advisers or guidance counselors. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at the Parish Office. Finalists will be interviewed in late April, and scholarship recipients will be announced at the 10:00 service on May 3, 2020.
 
           The process of determining who will receive a scholarship depends on St. Luke's volunteers who read and score the application materials and required essay. If you are reading this and think you would like to be a part of that process, we would welcome your involvement.  Just get in touch with Mary Berkheiser at 702-271-3986. Thank you for your interest.
JOIN THE FUN
Ladies week in New York City
with Kimball.

Loads of fun and adventures!
For the 11th year, Kimball is putting a group of women together to spend a fun filled and exciting week in New York City, October 3 - 10th. 
           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 Kimball 778-7031 for more information. deaconkimball@gmail.com
Order of St. Luke
After receiving Communion at the 10 am service or at the end of the service you are invited to receive individual prayers in the chapel. 

The Order of Saint Luke prayer team will be available for you
 
Contact Person for The Order of St. Luke will be Claire Clark, who is the Convener.
YARD SALE
It's happening: Saturday May 2nd 2020
Please consider getting rid of the "stuff" you don't need any more for it is our "treasure"!
We take everything BUT books and clothing.  
This fundraiser is to support all the ministries of our church.
 
We do not have spare space to store anything until the week prior to the sale but pickup trucks will be available to pick up your treasures.
Fr. Bob Wills
is available for counseling sessions on Mondays by appointment.

Please call Fr. Bob at 928 227-2496 to make an appointment.
This Week At St. Luke's
Christian Formation
  • Saturday, March 7 - TAEHS 4:15 pm
  • Sunday, March 8 - Sunday School 9:45 am
  • Sunday, March 8 - TAEHS 11:30 am
  • Sunday, March 8 - Inquiry 11:30 am Library
  • Sunday, March 8 - DOK 11:30 Conference Room
  • Wednesday, March 11- Just Faith 9 am
  • Wednesday, March 11 - Days of Awe & Wonder 4pm
  • Wednesday, March 11 - Soup Supper 5 pm
  • Wednesday, March 11 - Boundless Compassion 6 pm
  • Wednesday, March 11 - Signs of Life: Why Church Matters 6 pm
  • Thursday, March 12 - Woman's Cursillo Group 10 am
  • Thursday, March 12 - Men's Cursillo Group 10am
  • Thursday, March 12 - Nos Hablamos 12 n
  • Thursday, March 12 - EfM 5:30 pm
  • Friday, March 13 - St. Luke's Grief Support Group 10:30 am
  • Friday, March 13 - Stephens Ministry 1:30 pm
  • Saturday, March 14 - Men's Eucharist & Fellowship 7:30 am
Service Schedule
Weekend Services: March 7 & 8
Saturday 5:30 pm Spoken Eucharist
Sunday 8:00 am Eucharist with hymns
Sunday 10:00 am Youth in Service Eucharist with Choir 

Weekday Services: 
Monday thru Friday, Morning Prayer 9 am
Wednesday, Healing Service 10 am
Friday, Centering Prayer 9 am

Scripture Readings
Second Sunday of Lent
Click Here for readings!


Wednesday, March 11
Jeremiah 18:1-11, 18-20
Psalm 31:9-16
Matthew 20:17-28
Worship Ministers
March 7
5:30 p.m. Service 
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Denise Muller
Chalice Minister: Art Villemure
Greeters: William & Rita Kraus

March 8
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher: The Rev. Denise Muller
Chalice Minister: Jim Damm
Ushers: Kathryn Barber & Cynthia Moreno
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher: The Rev. Denise Muller
Assisting Priest: The Rev. Bob Wills
Sub-Deacon: Monte Anderson
Chalice Minister: Bill Christy
Chalice Minister: Liz Kennedy
Altar Minister: Larry Neece
Reader 1: Kayla Farrell
 Reader 2: Andrew Sweeney
Prayers: Marissa Signor
Verger: Vera Mulnix
Welcome Table: Subs requested
Greeters: Tani Hendrickson & Marilyn Henry
Head Ushers: Jean Ehlers & Lynne Wells
Assistant Ushers: Mary Ann Petrocik & Becky Hansen

Honoring Special Dates
Special Dates this Week

Birthdays
March 9: Erica Schuler, Mary Temme, Doris Smith,
Marion Dunmire, Ann Bracety
March 12: Susan Schubert, Dan McFarland, Genell Lee,
March 13: Frankie Thompson, Kimball Arnold
March 14: Sophie Buisson, Nornie Vergote,
Marissa Signor
Anniversaries
March 9:  Scott & Gwyneth Mies
March 10: Don & Mary McKellar
Weekly Data 2/29 & 3/1
Attendance 228 Pledge $16,038 Plate $907
Altar Guild Team #2
Robin Borok
Mary Hallford
Joy Ramsey Smith
Katie Staudt
Kathy MacCauley
Phyllis Maruna


Inquirer's Class begins this Sunday
Do you want to become a member of the Episcopal Church?

An eight-week series of Inquirers' Classes will begin on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. in the Library of St. Luke's Church to prepare those persons who have not yet been sacramentally confirmed (coming from a Protestant tradition) or received (coming from a Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox tradition) by a bishop in the Episcopal Church, or those who simply want to refresh their understanding of the practice of the Christian Faith in our tradition.

YOU are invited to join us for these presentations and discussions! We hope you will be a participant!                 
                                  The Rev'd Jack M. Wolter
Do you know we offer online giving?
St. Luke's offers secure online giving through Realm. You may use this for a one-time gift or a recurring gift. To make a gift click the following link.
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.
Our Prayer List Is Starting Over As Of March 1, 2020 And Will Include
Prayers for Healing, Blessings & Thanksgivings. Names will stay in the Weekly Epistle for the month they are posted, approximately 4 weeks. The Month is listed at the top of each page. You can sign up someone on multiple pages. 

For those in need of Prayers
March Healing Prayers
Dottie; Kathleen & Philip; Ivan & Marie; Ann; Charles; Lawton; Ben; Brandon; Tim; Apache Policeman David, wife Kamellia and sons Gabriel & David Jr.; Christina; Jerry & Rosaleen; Adrian

March Blessings & Thanksgivings
For the healing of Larry's burned foot

For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian, Lopez, Dante', Florian

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer :
  • Sunday, 8 March 2020 Pray for the Province de L'Eglise Anglicane Du Congo The Most Revd Zacharie Masimango Katanda - Archbishop of the Congo & Bishop of Kindu
  • Monday, 9 March 2020 Maridi (South Sudan) The Right Revd Moses Zungo Udi (Nigeria) The Right Revd Chjioke Augustine Aneke Highveld (Southern Africa) The Right Revd Charles Mthetheleli May
  • Tuesday 10 March 2020 Ughelli (Nigeria) The Right Revd Cyril Odutemu Ho (West Africa) The Right Revd Matthias Mededues-Badohu
  • Wednesday, 11 March 2020 Marsabit (Kenya) The Right Revd Daniel Qampicha Ukhahlamba (Southern Africa) The Right Revd Moses Madywabe
  • Thursday, 12 March 2020 Maryland (The Episcopal Church) The Right Revd Eugene Sutton Ukwa (Nigeria) The Right Revd Samuel Kelechi Eze Umuahia (Nigeria) The Most Revd Ikechi Nwachukwu Nwosu
  • Friday, 13 March 2020 Masasi (Tanzania) The Right Revd James Almasi Upper Shire (Central Africa) The Right Revd Brighton Vitta Malasa
  • Saturday, 14 March 2020 Maseno East (Kenya) The Right Revd Joshua Owiti Upper South Carolina (The Episcopal Church) The Right Revd Andrew Waldo Hokkaido (Japan) The Most Revd Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu (Primate)  

In Diocesan Cycle of Prayer : St. James the Apostle, Tempe

In the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: St. Luke's Prison Ministry, St. Luke's Educational Scholarship Applicants

For the Yavapai-Apache Nation
For Bishop Zak and Amagoro Junior Academy
For our companion Diocese in Navajoland

Host Coffee Hour!!
Special thanks to those who host coffee hour after the 10 a.m. service.

We do ask that you a 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.

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

Coffee Hosts on March 8 No one is signed up.
Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2020 flower chart is on the
Big Red Bulletin Board in 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. 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.
 
There are no Flowers in LENT! Thanks to all who sign-up for the rest of the year!
Community Groups
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.
Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity

For general information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, click  here . For 2019 home ownership informational meeting dates, click  here . For Family Selection Criteria brochure, click  here . (Meets off campus)
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.
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.
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 .
2000 Shepherds Lane
Prescott, AZ 86301
Phone: 928-778-4499
Fax: 928-778-4699