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April 5 Greetings

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Dear Ones,


It’s Monday, the first day after Easter, as we continue to “Be Church Together” even as the church building is closed for gatherings. I am sitting on the deck off of my kitchen as I write this; it is truly divine! How blessed am I to have a study day at home where I can enjoy the morning sunshine!

We have a plan to continue worshiping outdoors until we are able to have indoor worship, now that the weather has begun to warm up. Although this Sunday is supposed to reach almost 80 degrees, this is very unusual, so we will continue to meet at 1:00 p.m. until the warm weather stabilizes.

What a glorious Holy Week we had! We made it through our Maundy Thursday Zoom worship and, although sparsely attended, the Good Friday meditation time in the sanctuary from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. was very meaningful to me. Over 90 people were at our outdoor Easter Worship in the Park(-ing Lot) and we praised God with hand bells and trumpet and joyous singing! The Easter egg hunt was a hit: we even had some neighbors from the apartments next door. Thank you to Jean Kiser and Kay Klock for making the children and youth feel so welcome. Following worship, the Care and Nurture Ministry team took the flowering plants that decorated our outdoor altar to our shut-ins along with Easter cards. It was pretty toasty—just over 80 degrees at worship time—but with golf umbrellas and a little breeze, we made it through. Next week it should be cooler: the weather app on my phone predicts 73 degrees for Sunday.

We have a plan to continue worshiping outdoors until we are able to have indoor worship, now that the weather has begun to warm up. We will continue to meet at 1:00 p.m. until the warm weather stabilizes. Bring your own chairs and join us! Next Sunday’s recorded worship will be provided by the synod; Emmanuel members provided a recording of the Gospel Acclamation, look for us before the reading of the gospel!

I have really been enjoying the drumming during the opening of our recorded worship services. If you would like to be a drummer, please let our music director, Gene Fougner, know! It’s really fun, doesn’t take a lot of time and is a wonderful additional to our worship experience.

Vitalant blood drives scheduled for our area:

  • Friday, April 9, 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Prescott High School (1050 N. Ruth St.)
  • Saturday, April 10, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Prescott Nazarene Church (2110 Willow Creek Rd.)
  • Thursday, April 15, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Prescott College Crossroads Community Room (220 Grove Ave.)
  • Tuesday, April 27, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Yavapai College Community Room, Bldg 19, (1100 E Sheldon, Prescott)

You can donate blood every six weeks.

Make an appointment at vitalant.org or call 1-877-258-4825. Vitalant includes COVID-19 antibody testing on all blood donations.

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The Emmanuel Lutheran Endowment Committee is excited to have $2656 available to distribute in grants from the 2020 income. There have been several updates from the committee, here is another from Gail Jedlund. Remember, you can make a request either on your own behalf or for others.

As we are all becoming more aware, Emmanuel now has an active Endowment Committee. As such we would like to remind everyone that it is time to get our requests in for grants. That deadline is May 1 for this year’s distributions.


I want to talk about our participation in ELCA missions, nationally and worldwide. In these trying times, help is needed even more than usual, and we can do that. This is outreach beyond our local borders. I went on the ELCA website and found, Oh so many areas of need, where one can choose whatever is in your heart, and can request a grant to pass on.


To submit a grant, go to our website under Hot Topics. Remember, requests must be submitted by May 1.

If you have questions, contact a committee member: Kathy Austin, Joel Smith, Mike Beno, Gail Jedlund or Vince Landau. Phone numbers are in the church directory.

Here is Cassandra Star and her sister, Callahan, singing “Easter Hallelujah”.

What if instead of more violence

We let our weapons fall silent?

No more revenge or retribution

No more war or persecution.

It could be beautiful.

What if instead of our judgment

We soften our hearts that have hardened?

Instead of certainty and pride

We love and sacrifice.

It could be beautiful.

Here is the Wake County Choral Ensemble – Virtual Choir singing “Can We Sing the Darkness to Light”, by Kyle Pederson. The words are so perfect for this time and place.

Can we see the other as our brother?

Can we sing the darkness to light?

Sounding chords of compassion and grace

Set the swords of judgement aside

Let mercy's eyes

See the other human face.

The church office is staffed Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; don’t hesitate to call me (310-890-9785) or the church office (928-772-4135) if you need something, and email emmanuelelca@gmail.com if you have something to share.

Please make good choices regarding your safety and others’. Wear your mask, keep your distance, stay at home if you are at risk or not feeling well, wash your hands, and sign up to get vaccinated as soon as you can. Call the church office if you need help arranging a vaccination appointment. Precious ones; choose love, to care for your neighbor and yourself by staying safe.

Here is an incredible Easter sunrise photo taken by Laurie Plourde Sturdy.

A Bible verse for today:

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

Isaiah 52:7

Yours in Christ,

Pr Tricia

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Prescott Valley, AZ

Celebrating this Week

Cheryl Miller, April 7

Tracy Hewelt, April 10

Leigh Quinn, April 10

Jodi Rooney, April 11

Julie Schifferli, April 11

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Emmanuel Lutheran Church

7763 E. Long Look Dr.

Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

PH (928) 772-4135

FX (928) 759-3541

website: emmanuellutheranpv.org

email: emmanuelelca@gmail.com

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