February 16 Greetings
Dear Ones,
 
It’s Tuesday of the third week of February as we continue to “Be Church Together” even as the church building is closed for gatherings. Today is “Fat Tuesday” the day we clear all the fat out of the house by eating pancakes! Tim is pretty excited; he ordered a new waffle iron and it arrived late yesterday afternoon and guess what is for dinner at my house! We may even splurge and make it chicken and waffles!
The Tuesday 10am Women’s Bible Study started up again today. We will be reading  Marjorie Thompson's Forgiveness: A Lenten Study. We just covered the introduction today, so there is still time to join! Call Pr. Tricia if you would like to be added to the Zoom invite email.
I continue to ruminate about how these past eleven months have felt like we never passed out of Lent last year. Ash Wednesday in 2020 was on February 26, so we were in Lent when the pandemic hit with the shut down on March 15, and were not able to have an in-person Easter celebration. Although we had ten weeks of parking lot worship in the fall, we still were apart for Advent and Christmas. Our Ash Wednesday texts talk about the correct way to fast, but there is no clear direction about what is the correct way to fast from in-person worship anywhere in the Bible.
 
We have given up so much this past year, this might just be the Lent to consider adding something to our Lenten discipline. Instead of giving up chocolate or alcohol how about adding reading your daily devotional or making a phone call to someone you haven’t talked to in a while? Another thought might be to send a note or an email to someone. How about reading a chapter of the Bible each day, or reading 3 to 4 Psalms each day to finish all 150 by the end of Lent? Or maybe you want to add ten minutes of prayer, to pray through the church prayer list each day or to add praying to your daily walk. The most important thing is to be intentional, but don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day. Just start right back up, after all Ash Wednesday reminds us that our God is most certainly merciful!
Lent
The church has purchased Lenten Devotional booklets for each family. I think it will be great to know that we are all reading the devotions at the same time as we travel this Lenten Journey together. Please stop by the church to pick one up if you can—it will save us the postage! (Also a new photo phone directory is in the works; we hope to have it available by the end of the month.) The second plastic bin we put out was also stolen, so now look for a smaller plastic box by the north kitchen door, sitting on the HVAC unit. You can get there by the dumpster, just take a left onto the walkway.
For Ash Wednesday, we will offer both a recorded service on YouTube and a Zoom worship with communion at 7:00pm. An email with the YouTube information for the recorded Ash Wednesday service will appear in your email mailbox tomorrow afternoon. If you are joining the Zoom service, please have bread or a cracker and wine or grape juice available to share communion and a candle that is burning, ground cinnamon or cloves, or dirt from a house plant to use for marking the sign of the cross as ashes on hand. I practiced with a candle today; it works pretty well!

Pr. Patricia Lowe is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
 
Ash Wednesday Zoom Worship
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 7:00 PM Arizona
 
 
Meeting ID: 845 6481 0377
Passcode: 623495
 
Following our Lenten tradition, beginning Wednesday, February 24, I hope you will join me on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. to share Holden Evening Prayer on Zoom, including communion.
Looking for a little more guidance for your Lenten journey? Click on the image to see 40 Tiny Things For Lent, a daily calendar with small tasks to make your Lenten experience more intentional. Use this calendar to slow down, deepen your roots, live from a sense of enough and be open to finding God in the ordinary.
I am praying and planning for our first outdoor worship to happen the last Sunday in March for Palm Sunday! We anticipate meeting at 1:00 p.m. again in the parking lot since it will be warmer in the afternoon. I am keeping my eye on the weather; it would be wonderful to be physically together in some fashion for Easter. Part of the planning is to make sure that we have folks willing to help with setup and take-down. I hope to have two teams that can rotate weeks so that no one group is overburdened. If you would be willing to come 30 minutes before service or stay 30 minutes after, please call or email the office to let us know!
We continue to pray for guidance regarding a Treasurer. If you know of someone (even yourself) who might be qualified, please contact Pr. Tricia or Council President Julie Pavri. We must fill this position. If you have been a manager in a company or agency and can balance your checkbook, you have the skills for this job! Gary Coe has streamlined all the reports and we are doing well financially, so there has never been a better time to take on this job. Gary is willing to show you the ropes. We may need to think outside the box on this, how about two folks taking on the task?
Vitalant blood drives scheduled for our area:

  • Thursday, February 25, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Prescott YRMC Gym (300 E. Gurley St.)
  • Monday, March 1, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Yavapai College Bldg. #19, (1100 E Sheldon, Prescott)
  • Tuesday, March 9, 1:30 – 6:00 p.m.: Dewey-Humboldt Bible Church (2500 Old Black Canyon Hwy)
  • Wednesday, March 10, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Prescott AZ DOT (1109 E Commerce Dr.)

Please donate if you can.

Make an appointment at vitalant.org or call 1-877-258-4825. Vitalant is including COVID-19 antibody testing on all blood donations.
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While there is no inherent risk of getting coronavirus when you donate blood, donors and staff are required to wear masks or reasonable cloth-based face coverings. Read our COVID-19 FAQs.

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Remember that website traffic can be quite heavy during the day, so making an appointment in the evening seems be easier. Call the church office is you need assistance signing up!
Child Haven is a program within Arizona’s Children Association and is our Mission Outreach Partner for February. They are asking for new pajamas. We have started a collection in the Emmanuel narthex to drop off to the main office in Prescott on Ruth Street.
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We are Arizona's best resource for helping children and families. Our programs target the type of future we all want to see: a future where every child has a safe and loving home and families are supported through difficult and trying circumstances.

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We have avoided the bitter cold that the dropping of the Jetstream has brought to many parts of the US. Here is a song celebrating it! “Minnesota Doxology”…
Since I am on a roll with a cappella groups, here is Chris Rupp with the Ball Brothers, singing “Blessed Assurance”.
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. Precious ones; choose love, to care for your neighbor and yourself by staying safe!
The church office is staffed Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; don’t hesitate to call Pastor Tricia (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. Mary is taking this week off, so please note the staffing hours.
It’s been a while since anyone has sent me pictures to share, have you been up to something fun? Send pictures!

Here are those lenticular clouds over Granite Mountain again yesterday morning.

A Bible verse for today: 
By your strength you established the mountains; you are girded with might.
Psalm 65:6
Yours in Christ,
Pr Tricia
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Prescott Valley, AZ
Emmanuel Lutheran Church

7763 E.Long Look
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
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