December 31 Greetings
Dear Ones,

It’s Thursday, the last day of the year 2020, as we continue to “Be Church Together” even as the church building is closed for gatherings. What a bittersweet day this is! I will be happy to see 2020 in the rearview window, but I know that this year has brought joy as well as sorrow. A new baby (niece Violet’s son, Phoenix) in the Lowe family in August has been so much fun, finishing the upstairs remodel and moving up from the unfinished basement, the winter women’s retreat on spiritual disciplines, our outdoor Church in the Park(ing Lot), just to name a few.
It is hard to believe that we are 9½ months into a global pandemic and even with the vaccines, it’s not over yet. We will persist, God is with us and we are all in this together. We are so blessed by our community at Emmanuel, you do such a good job of loving each other and your neighbors. Donna Morgan and I were talking about the past year yesterday and were missing Judy Nielsen. We surprised ourselves as we thought about all that the quilters accomplished in the past year, even when apart! We will have to work hard to honor Judy’s legacy and probably need to find three or four more quilters to continue the work she has always done.
Tonight as you watch the ball/boot drop, the empty Times Square television broadcast, or other fireworks on TV, grab a cup of something warm and be thankful. We count our blessings as we ring in the New Year 2021, thanking God for them all. We have learned new things about ourselves, stretched in directions we probably would not have chosen, but still find the good. I am a glass half full kind of person; I know that God provides enough so I can share that half a cup with you! Keep that list of things to be thankful for close by, I suspect we are going to need it before we are back together again, face to face!
Vitalant blood drives scheduled for our area:

  • Thursday, January 7, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p,m.: Chino Valley Walgreens
  • Friday, January 8, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: TitleMax (1205 Gail Gardner)
  • Tuesday, January 12, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Northern AZ VA (500 Hwy89 North)
  • Friday, January 22, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: AZ Dept of Economic Security (3262 Bob Dr.)

Blood supplies continue to be at all-time lows; please considering donating now if possible.

Make an appointment at, or call 1-877-258-4825. Vitalant is including COVID-19 antibody testing for all blood donations.
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More Christmas songs
(today is just the sixth day of Christmas)
Cast in Bronze with “Carol of the Bells”. This is one of only a few mobile carillons in the US.
Since a high school choir Christmas concert, Vivaldi’s Gloria, has always meant Christmas to me! Here are hundreds of voices singing in Madrid, Spain!
And just for fun, here is the “Sugar Plum Fairy Suite” from the Nutcracker, with a light show from the Washington County School District in Utah!
Ministry Team Coordinators and Committee Chairs, don’t forget that your annual report is due the first few days of January. We are hoping to get the reports mailed to everyone by January 14 so that there will be plenty of time for folks to read them to be ready for the annual congregational meeting on Saturday, January 30.
Speaking of quilters, are there any Thrivent members out there who haven’t used their Action Cards yet? In the past, the quilters have been able to raise funds to buy supplies like batting and fabrics with the sale of small quilt projects, but that hasn’t been possible this year. If anyone has a Thrivent card to share, the quilters would greatly appreciate it! Contact Donna Morgan or the church office.
Please continue to make good choices regarding your safety and others': the COVID-19 cases in our community continue to spike. Wear your mask, keep your distance, stay at home if you are at risk or not feeling well, and wash your hands. Precious ones, choose love to care for your neighbor and yourself by staying safe!
Remember to check in with each other, and don’t hesitate to call me (310-890-9785) or the church office (928-772-4135) if you need something, or email if you have something to share.

A snowy evening sunset in Diamond Valley on December 28.
A Bible verse for today: 

I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.
Psalm 89:2
Yours in Christ,
Pr Tricia
Emmanuel Lutheran Church; Prescott Valley, AZ
Emmanuel Lutheran Church

7763 E.Long Look
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
PH (928) 772-4135 • FX (928) 759-3541