May 2019 Edition
Pastor’s Ponderings
Most days when I drive to church, part of the way I take surface streets that are lined with trees. Lately, the trees that have been bare for the past few months have become alive with new leaves and bright blooms. One tree in particular has caught my attention. Most of the tree has black, barren branches. But one branch is covered with the most spectacular white flowers. This is Easter to me, the presence of life and joy amid the brokenness and death of the world. We are Easter people, and even when we are in our darkest moments, the promise of new life brings us hope and comfort. The forgiveness that is offered to us through Jesus Christ washes us clean of all our sins. That is what resurrection is all about: 2 nd and 3 rd and 4 th chances, because by ourselves we can never get it right. This is the good news of Easter: that we can start anew each day, confident in God’s love for us. Shouldn’t we be telling others about this good news? Invite a friend or a neighbor to church with you soon, because this good news is meant to be shared with the whole world! He is risen, He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

In His grip,
Pr Tricia
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13
Just a note: I am excited about attending the Festival of Homiletics in Minneapolis, MN the week of May 12-17! This is a preaching conference, and I will have the opportunity to listen to some of the best preachers in the United States. I have attended this conference once before, and the experience was both exhilarating and pretty humbling! I am so grateful to have this opportunity for continuing education to hone my preaching skills.
Save the Date: Upcoming Events at Emmanuel
  • Saturday, May 4: Spring Fling, 1:004:00pm
  • Sunday, May 5: Confirmation Sunday
  • Sunday, May 12: Mother's Day, Blanket Sunday
  • Wednesday, May 15: Young @ Heart, 11:30am
  • Saturday, May 18: Spring Craft Show, 9:00am3:00pm
  • Sunday, June 2: Graduation Sunday
  • Sunday, June 23Friday, June 28: Youth Mission Trip
  • Monday, July 8Friday, July 12: Vacation Bible School, 5:008:00pm
  • Saturday, July 13: VBS Pool Party
  • Sunday, July 14: VBS Sunday

Keep an eye out for news about a Bake Sale to help our kids attend the San Diego Mission Trip!
May Outreach: Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is an international, non-profit, ecumenical organization dedicated to building affordable housing in partnership with people in need. Habitat affiliates throughout the world build or renovate houses with low-income families and then sell the houses to these families at no profit and no interest.

During May, you can make a contribution to Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity through the monthly outreach, sign up to volunteer, and click here to see more information!
Join us at Spring Fling on Saturday, May 4
Click below to see a bigger poster!
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Procession of the Palms
A church service beginning outside ?
You bet!
The bells rang as the congregants returned to their seats!
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Interfaith Meal
Join us for spaghetti and garlic bread with a green salad and wonderful fellowship on Friday, May 10 at 11:30am.
Sharing the Journey of Emotional Wellness
is an Opportunity
  • to build resistance to negative life effects
  • to strengthen inner talents for service
  • to support each other’s life journey goals
  • to encourage Christian mindfulness in anxious times
  • to build coping strategies for times of emotional frustration
Reverend Adam Bissell will be facilitating this opportunity on the 4 th Thursday of each month at 11:30am in the Fellowship Hall starting June 27.
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!
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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Undie Sunday was a huge success! Thank you so much for your generosity; the bags headed down with Pr. Tricia to Faith Lutheran Church in Phoenix for the Guatemalan refugees.
Join Diakonia at May's Young at Heart
Wednesday, May 15, at 11:30am

Come and find out just what the small Saturday morning group has been doing!

The two-year program includes studies on the following:

  • New Testament
  • Church History: The First 400 Years
  • Daily Life of a Christian
  • Lutheran Creeds and Confessions
  • Practical Ministry
  • Old Testament

Sign up today to attend!
What
Luncheon and
entertainment

When
Wednesday, May 15
at 11:30am

Where
Emmanuel Lutheran
Church, Fellowship Hall

Who
All our Young at Hearts!

Why
For terrific times,
cool conversation,
and fantastic food!

Another wonderful dessert, like this pie, awaits!
We hope to see you at our last Y@H of the season our next luncheon will be in September!
May
Food Bank
The Food Bank is requesting the following items:

  • Canned meat
  • Canned soup
  • Cereal
  • Chili
  • Crackers
  • Peanut butter
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Reaching Out
Sound System Replacement Update
Emmanuel’s church council approved the purchase of a new Sound System at the April 9 council meeting. The church has contracted with Audio Visual Specialists located in the Verde Valley. (A point of interest: AVS designed and installed the original sound system when Emmanuel was built.) The custom equipment has been ordered is currently being fabricated.

The church council wishes to thank Paul Berry for all the volunteer hours that were put in to assure that Emmanuel has the best possible system at the best price!
Furnace Update
The new custom sanctuary furnace has been ordered and Keith Namock of our Building & Property Ministry has informed us that installation of the furnace is underway and we're already feeling cool air.

The church council wishes to thank Keith Namock for all the volunteer hours that were put in to assure that Emmanuel has the best possible furnace at the best price!
From the ELCA
Vision for Mission transition
The name of the ELCA Vision for Mission program is changing. As we near the end of Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA, we have an opportunity to invite even more ELCA members to support ministries of the church through undesignated giving opportunities.

Going forward, you can support the church in the same way you did through the ELCA Vision for Mission program by giving to the ELCA “where needed most” at elca.org/give , or by making checks payable to “ELCA” and including “where needed most” on the memo line.

Read more from the ELCA here .
From the Synod
The Grand Canyon Synod has a new look! Have you visited the website recently?

Check the website for weekly communication and updates about how we are church together and better together for the sake of God’s world. 
The link is:  http://www.gcsynod.org/
VBS: July 8-12
Mark your calendars!
In the Mood for Golf?
Click below to find out more information
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May Birthdays
May 3: Tom Williams
May 4: Lori Frey
May 6: Gail Jedlund
May 7: Sally Becker
May 7: Margaret Damschroder-Meyers
May 7: Judy Irwin
May 7: Shirley Schoberg-Hebda
May 8: Ed Santiago
May 9: Betty Cholewinski
May 13: Beth Parknowitz
May 14: Rebecca McIntyre
May 14: Jacquelin Stehle
May 15: Elaine Fahlman
May 17: Mary Watts
May 18: Sharon Warne
May 18: Tricia Lowe
May 21: Sheila Smilgis
May 22: Cathy Namock
May 22: Naomi Schifferli
May 23: Ellie Laumark
May 23: Helen Morton
May 23: Polly Orbin
May 23: Sue Rose Sena
May 24: Leo Murphy
May 24: Carson Sena
May 25: Fred Czarnowski
May 25: Jerry McIntyre
May 26: Don Dimmel
May 26: Shirley Spinti
May 27: Janet Santiago
May 31: Malachi Tunstall
May Anniversaries
May 5: Rickey & Mindi Tunstall, 12 years
May 14: Peggy & Ron Church, 14 years
May 15: Leo & Marilyn Murphy, 53 years
May 24: Mary & John Smith, 51 years
May 28: Karen & Shannon Westbrook, 14 years
See anything that needs to be updated? Click here to let the office staff know!
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What's Happening at the Church?
Did you know that we have an online calendar?

Click on the calendar to see it!
Thank you for all you do!
Click on the contact list to get a better view!
See anything that needs to be updated? Click here to let the office staff know!
Emmanuel Lutheran Church

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