September 2019 Edition
Pastor’s Ponderings
The new school year is underway and once again, I see kids walking to school or riding their bikes or catching the bus in the morning. Oh, to be a kid again! Remember when every day seemed like a new adventure? When you weren’t afraid to try new things because let’s face it, everything was new! I suspect that much of my reluctance to jump into new things with the abandon of a child is fear. I am afraid that I might fail, or that I might not be good enough, or that I am already so over extended in time and emotional commitment that I won’t follow through. But what do I miss if I don’t try? What about the opportunity for joy, for fellowship, for learning, for growth…aren’t these things worth the risk? Yes! So this Fall, try something new! Join the chancel choir or the hand bell choir, check out one of the seven Adult Bible studies, or drop in on the quilters on Thursday mornings! Volunteer for a ministry team like Outreach or Fellowship. Become a part of the Altar Service team on Sunday mornings, or volunteer to help with youth events. There is always something that needs to be done, and your special talents are needed!

Other new things on the horizon include the actions taken at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Milwaukee, August 5-10. Click on the links included in the report later in this newsletter to learn more about the social statement on Faith, Sexism and Justice as well as the commitment for the ELCA to be a Sanctuary Denomination. You can go to the ELCA.org website to see recordings of the live-streamed session as well.

If you have been in worship the past few weeks you have heard about the recommendation to the Church Council from the Worship and Music Ministry team to move our worship times from 8:15am and 10:15am on Sunday mornings to 8:30am and 10:30am. This recommendation arose from requests from congregants who really want to attend the traditional service, but find it very difficult to get out of the house that early as well as the first service music team who sometimes have to arrive as early as 6:45am on festival Sundays to get rehearsals and warm-ups in before worship. The council has taken this recommendation under advisement and will vote on it at their next meeting on September 10 th. Please share your comments or concerns with council members before the meeting.

Your Servant in Christ
Pr. Tricia

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Psalm 27:1
Save the Date: Upcoming Events at Emmanuel
  • Sunday, September 1: Food Bank Sunday
  • Monday, September 2: Church Office Closed to observe Labor Day
  • Friday, September 6: Clothing Exchange, 4:00 - 6:30pm
  • Friday, September 13: Interfaith Meal, 11:00am
  • Friday, September 20: October Newsletter deadline
  • Saturday, September 21: Saturday Evening Worship, 5:00pm
  • Sunday, September 29: God's Work - Our Hands, Worship 9:00am
September Outrea ch:
Humboldt Unified Feed The Hungry Kids Project
This program is for the elementary children in our school district. Backpacks filled with food items are distributed each Friday during the school year to the children who otherwise would not have anything to eat over the weekend. Currently the program hands out 120 plus backpack each week. Food items such as a loaf of bread, peanut butter, jelly, fruit snack cups, ramen noodles, individual cereal packs, a can of tuna, ravioli, or spaghetti O’s, along with an apple, orange or raisins are included in the backpack. Backpacks are filled on Friday morning and then taken to the schools.   
Volunteers Needed
Hungry Kids HUSD needs your help! We are currently in need of volunteers to help pack bags each week. We may also have other volunteer opportunities as well. Text Kathy at 602-326-5131 or email kjzorn@yahoo.com if you're interested.
Sunday School is
back in Session!
Sunday School resumed on August 18 — Rally Day! Children are welcome to join any time during the year.
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Interfaith Meal

Join us for soup , a sandwhich, and dessert.
With wonderful fellowship on Friday, September 13 at 11:30 am.
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Our Next Inquirer's Class is scheduled for Sunday, October 20 following the 10:15 am service. Gathering at about 11:30 am in the Fellowship Hall, this class is for anyone considering becoming a member of Emmanuel or interested in learning more about what it means to be part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Join Pr. Tricia and the Welcoming Ministry Team for this educational meeting. What inquiring minds want to know!
Birth Announcement
Ethan Alexander Goats

Born

August 1st

at 9:41 am

7 lbs 9 oz
Chancel Choir & Bell Choir

Bells - I f you are able to “carry a tune” simply show up, we have a folder ready and waiting for YOU! Bells meet each  Wednesday at 5:00 pm  in the church sanctuary. We enthusiastically encourage instrumental musicians to take part in various anthems we sing, too. Director: 713-0591.

Choir - Experienced music readers are urged to come join the fun, hard work, and inspiration as we fellowship around music for worship and community. Choir meets in the church sanctuary, each Wednesday at 6:30pm. Want to learn to read music? Please call Director at 713-0591 to arrange instructional appointments.



Introducing
Kevin Fisher

Kevin Fisher is Emmanuel's new custodian. Kevin is a student at Yavapai College where he is studying Graphic Design. Kevin is in his 2nd year. 



Emmanuel
Advocacy & Justice Team

In an attempt to further Emmanuel's outreach mission, The Advocacy and Justice Team has come into being. 

The ELCA calls us to work together as God’s people to serve others in many different capacities. Emmanuel has a long history of doing amazing work in direct service through programs/activities too numerous to mention here, in trying to meet the needs of many in our community and beyond. The ELCA also encourages us to engage in advocacy work to “impact systemic, long-standing change.” In its first social statement in 1991, the ELCA committed to “work with and on behalf of the poor, the powerless, and those who suffer using its power and influence with political and economic decision-making bodies to develop and advocate policies that seek to advance justice, peace, and the care of creation.”

Through The Advocacy and Justice Team, a number of us who have already been drawn to this work, and others who have yet to identify themselves, will work to make an impact on public policy based on our Christian faith. We will be guided by the principle of nonpartisanship and the beliefs set forth in ELCA Social Statements.

Anyone interested in learning more about this newly-formed team at Emmanuel can contact Linda Conover at 928-273-4603.
Pictured above: Linda Conver/Compton Reeves,Irene Clute, Debra Deutsch, Pastor Tricia Lowe, Kat Harley-Mays, Janet Santiago,Leigh Quinn, Linda & Randy Virden, Bobbe Serena-Wayman
Prescott Peacebuilders Vigil

Members of Emmanuel attended a Peace vigil in response to the shootings at El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH, on August 12, 2019.


Prayer Chain Request

My heart aches, as I know many others’ hearts do, for the immigrant children who have been separated from their families and also placed in detention centers. I needed to do something and, therefore, started a prayer chain on Facebook. No list is made of those who agree to pray. I am asking you, as members of Emmanuel, to open your hearts and pray for these children who are living in horrible conditions and experiencing many forms of trauma. God will listen.

Bobbe Serena-Wayman
Member of The Advocacy and Justice Team



PUSH

Praying Until Something Happens, a weekly gathering to pray for the world, our nation, our community, the sick and other needs meets on Wednesdays at 8:30-9:30 am in the nursery. Facilitated by Kat Harley-Mays, PUSH is for anyone interested in praying either aloud or silently for ourselves and others.


Outreach Opportunities
September Food Bank
The Food Bank is requesting the following items:

  • Pasta
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Canned meat (tuna/chicken)
  • Canned veggies (no green beans)
  • Cereal (much needed!)
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Reaching Out
  • Box Tops for Education (box in Narthex)
  • "Thrive"
  • Liberty Traditional Walkathon
  • Liberty Traditional Art Class

For more information see the church office or the Sunday Service Bulletin.
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From the ELCA
2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly Summary of Actions
More than 900 voting members met Aug. 5-10 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee for the ELCA 2019 Churchwide Assembly. This was the 15th gathering of the assembly, which is the primary decision-making body of the church.
Summary of Actions

In addition to participating in worship and Bible studies, voting members deliberated and took actions regarding the work of the church.  Read a summary  of the key decisions that were made to further the mission and ministry of the church.
Sanctuary Denomination Memorial

Voting members of the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly approved a memorial that declares the ELCA a  sanctuary denomination . The ELCA is the first North American denomination to declare itself a sanctuary church body. As a sanctuary church, the ELCA is committed to serving and supporting migrant children and families in communities across the country. The ways we practice sanctuary will look different for everyone, but welcoming people is not a political issue for us – it is a matter of faith. Talking points, videos, posters and educational resources are available at  ELCA.org/SanctuaryChurch .
Sanctuary: What Does It Mean?
What's Happening At Emmanuel
Sunday - September 29

9:00 am - Service
9:45 am - Sending
12:00 pm - Potluck

Together in Jesus Christ we are freed by grace to live faithfully,
witness boldly and serve joyfully!

Our congregation will soon engage in service work right here in our community. We are one of over 9,100 congregations participating in “God’s work. Our hands.” day of service. Across the country, thousands of members will engage in service work to make a positive change in our communities, build and deepen relationships and share God’s love. Join us as we do God’s work with our hands! 

Three opportunities to use your gifts are available:

Emmanuel Fellowship Hall

  • Big Brother's/Big Sister's of Yavapai County: Stuff Envelopes for Gala Fundraiser
  • Write letter's to local citizens in the U.S. Armed Forces

Liberty Traditional School

Landscaping

Join Pastor Tricia

Sing at three Prescott Valley Elder Rehabilitation Centers**

** If you would like to be part of the group that is singing for our community on GWOH Day, there will be two rehearsals to prepare.
Gathering on Saturday, September 21 st and 28 th at 10:00am in the sanctuary, we will practice for an hour and finalize the song list.
If you can make a “Joyful Noise”, you are welcome to come! Pr. Tricia and her husband, Tim will accompany on guitar and ukulele and if you play an instrument, bring it to the rehearsals. Any and all song suggestions are appreciated.
See the sign up sheet in the Narthex on Sunday, September 15th.




Sign Up Sheets
will be available
starting
Sunday, September 15th
in the Narthex
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September Birthdays
September 3: Ricardo Espinoza
September 3: Tom Hellene
September 4: Joe Berry
September 4: Bob Brown
September 4: Jason Knox
September 4: Nancy McIntyre
September 5: Linda Walkoff
September 7: Karen Lamb
September 7: Joel Smith
September 9: Abigail Berry
September 9: Nancy Clark
September 9: Bruce Newcomb
September 9: Carol Northrup
September 12: Lorrie Leighton-Boster
September 18: Randy Virden
September 19: Rickey Tunstall
September 20: John Baggenstos
September 20: Izzy Martin
September 20: Helen Tappero
September 22: Marty Matzke
September 25: Don Dansby
September 26: Lora Lee Nye
September 27: Sammie Berry
September 27: Wendy Espinoza
September 28: Julie Hope
September 28: Kevin Miller
September Anniversaries

September 9: Jane & John Corrado                            52 years
September 4: Sally & Bruce Newcomb                        59 years
September 14: Nance & Roger Busboom                   51 years
September 16: Marsha & Cal Davies                           42 years
September 29: Zona & Tom Huss                               35 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 Dr.
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
PH (928) 772-4135 • FX (928) 759-3541
office email:  emmanuelelca@gmail.com
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