To know Christ and to make Christ known.
In order to fulfill our mission, it takes a lot of energy and a lot of volunteers. We are blessed as a congregation, blessed by the many talents we have received, blessed by the families and individuals who make up our St Luke’s family. Nothing could happen without the dedication of time and talents of so many of the wonderful people of St Luke’s.
St Paul used several times the image of the body to describe the Christian community, stressing that in a body all members are necessary, all members are important, all members share the same dignity no matter what part they are in the body. I think this image describes very well who we are and what we do. Saint Luke’s body is made of 10 commissions, divided in 81 groups or committees!
In the information below, you will find a great snapshot of what is done, what are the opportunities to serve, and who you should contact if you are looking for more information.
God bless you and yours!
Your brother in Christ,
The sons of Hassenaah built the Fish Gate: they laid its beams and set up its doors, its bolts, and its bars. Next to them Meremoth son of Uriah son Hakkoz make repairs. Next to them Meshullan son of Berechiah son of Meshezabel made repairs. Next to the Zadok son of Baana made repairs. Nehemiah 3: 3-4
This commission maintains a long-term plan to provide for and fund major maintenance for all Parish-owned property. This includes monitoring property and making recommendations to the Vestry for any necessary action to be taken. In ensures the proper operation of all safety and alarm systems, that all required safety protection procedures are being followed, and that up-to-date property inventory records are being maintained.
How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire! James 3:5-6
The Christian Formation Commission works on offering opportunities for spiritual growth through education and fellowship. There are many on-going options that allow for participation.
But just as it is written, things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love him. Corinthians 2:9
This commission is active both in both external and internal communications. The commission works to bring information to the community of St. Luke’s and the communities of Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Paulden, and Dewey. Advertising electronic media and signage are all used to inform the area people of what is available at St. Luke’s.
How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along! Psalm 133:1 from The Message
Since the time of Moses, people from all walks of life have come together in secular and religious settings to meet, greet and eat with one another. St. Luke’s invites you as a member of the church body to join in and continue this tradition of celebration and fellowship.
Coffee hour: Following the 10:00 AM service, parishioner volunteers provide coffee and snacks. A sign-up sheet is always available in the Gathering Hall.
Golfing: Spend an afternoon with your fellow parishioners enjoying a round of golf. Play is from April to September. Sign-up sheets are available in the Gathering Hall.
Men of St. Luke’s
Monthly potlucks: A social gathering in the home of one of our parishioners. Open to all parishioners.
Special events: Volunteers help plan and set up events throughout the year. i.e., Easter Breakfast, St. Luke’s Day and July 4th picnic.
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers for some have entertained angels unaware. Hebrews 13:2
The purpose of this commission is to welcome guests and parishioners into the community of St. Luke’s. It is the hope that everyone will be able to find a place to practice the love and fellowship of Jesus as we learn to live through his teachings.
Elder Appreciation Sunday: This event is held to acknowledge those parishioners over the age of 80 who wish to share their rich experiences. A booklet of these experiences is created and shared with the parish.
Greeter/Welcome: These volunteers welcome guests and help them know more about St. Luke’s Parish.
Meet & greet newcomers: Luncheons are held for all new guests so they may become acquainted with the staff and members of the parish.
Time & Talent Survey: A means for all parishioners to indicate the areas within the parish in which they would like to participate or learn more about.
Welcome Bread: Volunteers bake bread that is given to all first time guests.
Volunteer coordination: Volunteers assist in helping parishioners find ways to participate in the activities of the parish by contacting the vestry person or the chairperson of the committee that would provide that ministry.
Then the king will say to those on his right, come, you who are blessed of my father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the word. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in. And the king will answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of the least of these brothers of mine, event he least of them, you did it unto me. Matthew 25:34-35,40
The Outreach Commission is a group of hard-working, committed parishioners who take their duties very seriously and realize that they are entrusted with the responsibility of using Outreach funds wisely. The commission annually commits grants to various agencies and programs. It also grants agencies, programs or individuals on an emergency basis as needed.
Many members of St. Luke’s are active in giving time and talent to community programs. Parishioners are encouraged to get involved in the community.
Assist with support activities for our partners in the Diocese of Navajoland and provide prayer and financial support to our partners in the Diocese of Katakwa, Kenya, and other International mission outreach organizations.
So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him crying, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel. John 12: 13-14
Pastoral Care is the backbone of a flourishing healthy parish providing care to our members and bringing Christ’s love and compassion into times of great happiness and great sorrow.
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7
Stewardship is the management of our gifts of time, talent and treasure which God has blessed us. Stewardship at St. Luke’s involves every ministry in everything we do in honor of our creator.
Annual Pledge Campaign: This team of parishioners leads the way in organizing parishioners in returning a portion of God’s blessing to help the pledge drive fund the next year’s budget.
Planned Giving: Do you have a will? We honor parishioners’ past and present wishes to remember St. Luke’s in their wills or trust in opening their hearts and treasure to God’s bountiful blessing and continue his work in the church.
O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For he is our God: and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Psalm 95:6-7
St. Luke’s Worship Commission’s purpose is to conscientiously plan for the upcoming worship services that are joyful and fulfilling. Some of the plans that are considered for specific upcoming services are: what type of music, if any, is needed; service times; whether ushers and/or vergers are needed; and so on. Additionally, past services are discussed with an eye to improving the worship experience at St. Luke’s.
Acolytes: are usually composed of confirmed youth who wish to enhance their service to God by assisting in the service. The number and training of the acolytes determines what they do during the service.
Altar Guild: The members are trained to be responsible for preparing and maintaining the Lord’s Table and surrounding area. They prayerfully ensure everything is in place for each service and that the altar is properly cleaned after each service.
Eucharistic Ministers: they are trained to assist the clergy with the Eucharist. They serve the wine during communion. If there are not enough acolytes present, they also serve as acolytes.
Lectors: read the Lord’s word and lead the Prayers of the People.
Music Program: St. Luke’s music program consists of a choir, organ and piano. On selected occasions, other instruments are used. Their purpose is to enhance the worship experience with music.
Sound System: Operation of the sound system is managed to meet the needs of each service.
Oblationers: they review upcoming wedding anniversaries and birthdays and ask persons if they would be interested to take the oblations (bread and wine) forward at the beginning of the Offertory.
Vergers: they coordinate and insure all participants are there for the major services. They are also trained to find someone trained in CPR at each service.
Ushers: help to welcome everyone to the service. They distribute the service bulletins, seat people, take the offering and direct people to the altar for communion.