July 2019 Edition
Pastor’s Ponderings
The church year has a cycle of seasons, just like the calendar year. We are now in the long green season of the Sundays after Pentecost. This season lasts all the way until the first Sunday of December. The color of this season is green, a season for growth, for renewal, for exploring the stories of Jesus and his ministry. For us in Prescott Valley, summer has found us in school vacation for students, the excitement of the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo, the fun family gatherings of July 4 th and Labor Day, and maybe summer camp and family vacation time and of course, the monsoon season! Whatever is on the calendar for you and your family, make sure that you stay in touch with your church family as well! Our worship on Sundays in the summer is a little more casual: come dressed as you are, if you are heading out for a day of bike riding or a picnic in the park or some fun at the Heritage Zoo.

Several of the Bible Studies are on hiatus, but the work here at Emmanuel continues: our prayers on Sunday mornings are more powerful than you think. I like that saying ‘PUSH’… Pray Until Something Happens! And that is what we are doing! If you are traveling, don’t forget to drop your weekly or monthly offering in the mail, or go online to our website to make a payment. Your continued giving keeps Emmanuel doing ministry, even when you are on vacation. I have some vacation days planned myself this summer; I look forward to hearing about your summer fun, too!

Pr Tricia
For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven…
Ecclesiastes 3:1
Save the Date: Upcoming Events at Emmanuel
  • Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5: Office Closed for Independence Day
  • Sunday, July 7: Food Bank Sunday
  • Monday, July 8Friday, July 12: Vacation Bible School, 5:008:00pm
  • Friday, July 12: Interfaith Meal, 11:00am
  • Saturday, July 13: VBS Pool Party, 5:00–7:00pm
  • Sunday, July 14: VBS Sunday
  • Saturday, July 20: Saturday Evening Worship, 5:00pm
  • Monday, July 22: August Newsletter deadline
  • Thursday, July 25: Emotional Wellness group, 11:30am
  • Friday, July 26: Blood Drive
  • Saturday, July 27: Concert and potluck, 4:00pm
  • Sunday, July 28: Backpack Sunday
  • Sunday, August 18: Rally Day
  • Sunday, August 25: Church Picnic
July Outreach : Stepping Stones Shelter
Mission Statement
Stepping Stones Agencies is dedicated to ending intimate violence in all forms and promoting individual self-sufficiency, personal growth, self-worth and resiliency in the adults and children that we are committed to serve.

Stepping Stones believes that all individuals who seek help due to some form of victimization or abuse need a therapeutic response. We work very hard to help women in our programs to become aware of their personal responsibility to end abuse or homelessness in their lives and the lives of their children. Stepping Stones is dedicated to ending violence/abuse in the family and promoting individual self-sufficiency, personal growth, self-worth and resiliency in the women and children that we are committed to serve.

During July, you can make a contribution to Stepping Stones through the monthly outreach, sign up to volunteer, and click here to see more information!
School's Out!
Sunday School is taking a summer break between through August 11.

Sunday School will resume on August 18— Rally Day! In the meantime, there will be a children’s table in the sanctuary during church for quiet activities.
VBS is Monday, July 8–Friday, July 12, 5:00 8:00pm
This year at Vacation Bible School, we'll get to meet and learn about real animals that live around the continent of Africa. We’ll learn from our Bible Memory Buddies in particular, whose cartoon forms represent these real animals:
The rhinoceros – Mack – says, “When life is unfair…God is good!” Mack helps us remember this because life is unfair for his friends when poachers hunt them just for their horns.

Mack’s verse is Nahum 1:7: “ The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes.
The hoopoe bird -- Hooper says, “When life is scary…God is good!” Hooper reminds of this because sometimes our fears make our hairs stand on end, just like those beautiful feathers on the head of the Hoopoe bird.

Hooper’s verse is Psalm 23:4: “ Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.
The cape buffalo – Marge – says, “When life changes…God is good! ” Marge helps us remember this because for the Cape buffalo who’s always on the move, life changes constantly.

Marge’s verse is Psalm 106:1: “ Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.
The lion – Zion says, “ When life is sad…God is good!” Zion is a mighty powerful reminder that nothing is stronger than God (not even death on a cross).

Zion’s verse is Psalm 34:18: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.”
The giraffe – Savannah says “ When life is good…God is good!” When kids see the lovely Savannah, she’ll help them think about the good things in life – like yummy leaves on trees her long neck helps her to reach and of course, the lovely Savannah.

Savannah’s bible verse is Nehemiah 4:14: “Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious.”
Interfaith Meal
Join us for sloppy joe sandwiches, coleslaw, and wonderful fellowship on Friday, July 12 at 11:30am.
Join us for a Concert and Potluck!
Please join us for a concert by Natalia Lisanova on Saturday, July 27 at 4:00 pm , followed by a potluck. There will be a freewill offering. Bring a dish to share!

Natalia is a young pianist who is studying at the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia. She plays music by composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Bach, and Grieg.
Emmanuel's next blood drive will be July 26
The next blood drive at Emmanuel is Friday, July 26, 1-5pm . Judy Nielsen has coordinated the semiannual blood drives at the church for many years.
Over the summer, the increased travel can lead to increased accidents and increased need for blood supplies. If you are able, please reserve the date and plan to give, either a pint of whole blood or one of the double red cell units. Sign up with Judy Nielsen or online at Bloodhero.com (Sponsor Code: Emmanuel). Drop-ins will be welcome!
Summer office Schedule
As you ponder your summer schedule, if you're interested in helping out in the office around late July and August, let us know!
July Food Bank
The Food Bank is requesting the following items:

  • Canned chili
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned meat (chicken, tuna)
  • Canned soup
  • Cereal (much needed!)
Reaching Out
Backpack Sunday is Sunday, July 28! Not only will we be blessing our kids' backpacks as they prepare to return to school, but also to bless the backpacks and school supplies that you donate before they head to the Family Resource Center with Humboldt Unified School District. Thank you for your generosity!
2019 Synod Assembly recap
Under the theme “Sing a New Song,” 385 attendees from Arizona, Nevada, and Utah gathered at Love of Christ Lutheran Church in Mesa, Arizona, for the Grand Canyon Synod Assembly.

After a year’s work and discernment, the Synod council and Bishop Hutterer presented a new strategic plan which can be summarized as “Communicate Jesus, Connect People, and Create Possibilities.” This plan will guide and focus us in the coming years.
Other highlights included:
  • $4,636 collected in worship offerings, to be split equally between the ELCA Campaign and the Bishop’s Leadership Fund
  • Churches and individuals donated a truckload of in-kind donations for families seeking asylum
  • Elected new Synod Council members
  • Adopted the 2020/2021 Mission Spending Plan
  • Video reports from over a dozen mission and ministry partners
  • Wasabi-flavored communion wafers to bring the fiery spirit of Pentecost into our midst
  • Installation of the Synod staff and council
  • Celebration of pastoral milestones and retirements
  • Remembrance of pastors who passed away this year
  • Breakout and discussion sessions to discuss the new strategic plan and to hear from a variety of presenters
  • Diakonia Graduation & Dinner
  • Bishop Deborah’s report and sermon
Congratulations, Diakonia Graduates!
Gary, Karen, Gail and Kat after their diakonia graduation at the Synod Assembly.
The diakonia graduates and their cheering section with Bishop Hutterer at the Synod Assembly.
Around the Area
July Birthdays
July 1: Scott Harlib
July 1: Nancy Smith
July 2: Peggy Dansby
July 2: Robert Whitney
July 3: Barbara Carroll
July 3: Doug Meyer
July 4: Paul Hewelt
July 4: Carl Schulze
July 9: Julie Chisholm
July 9: Kathy Wudel
July 11: Tristan Everett
July 11: Nancy Nimocks
July 14: Annika Schifferli
July 15: Laur’al White
July 16: Kathy Guenther
July 17: Colleen Bradley
July 17: Raelyn Hale
July 18: Casey Rooney
July 19: Ellen Rosfeld
July 21: Bob Saul
July 22: Gwen Savage
July 23: James Roush
July 24: Claudia Brooks
July 25: Carol Cwach
July 26: Donna Walsh
July 29: Mary Smith
July 30: Sarah Martin
July 30: Annette Thomson
July Anniversaries
July 1: Julie & Roointon Pavri, 46 years
July 2: Truman & Mary Jensen, 59 years
July 4: Bobbe & Donald Serena-Wayman, 26 years
July 7: Parker & Carol Northrup, 30 years
July 9: Doris & Sheldon Edelman, 36 years
July 12: Jim & Carole Rebholz, 55 years
July 25: Gene & Stuart Mattson Fougner, 37 years
July 25: Terri & Terry Reid, 32 years
July 26: Gary & Jean Kiser, 50 years
July 29: Phyllis & Dale Pohlman, 41 years
July 29: Randy & Linda Virden, 30 years
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Emmanuel Lutheran Church

7763 E. Long Look Dr.
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
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