February 18 Greetings
Dear Ones,
 
It’s Thursday of the third week of February as we continue to “Be Church Together” even as the church building is closed for gatherings. We had a wonderful gathering of 32 folks last night on Zoom for our Ash Wednesday service with communion. Gail Kenny took a screen shot from her laptop to share. It was wonderful to see so many people, and Kimberly (my assistant) and I both got a little teary-eyed when everyone was giving each other ashes on their foreheads.
It was such a blessing to gather even if it was virtual. I definitely felt the Holy Spirit moving. In my sermon I called the ashes on our foreheads the double cross, since we have both the ashes and the indelible cross made with oil on our foreheads during our baptism. Today’s A Story to Tell devotional reading talks about the baptismal seal and our being marked with the cross of Christ forever! I like the idea of us bearing the image of God in everything from our bones to our breath. I see Christ in each one of you.
Next week we will begin our Wednesday evening Lenten services on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. featuring Holden Evening Prayer with communion. We had a few folks stay online to visit on the Zoom meeting last night, and we will offer the same for the coming Wednesday evenings. If we end up with enough people, we will use the Zoom breakout rooms to make conversations easier. Let’s share this time together and then have some soup!
Having mixed feelings about Lent? This pondering was posted by Pr. Leslie Welton O'Callaghan yesterday (she is the assistant to the Bishop for Faith Formation in the Rocky Mountain Synod):
If you missed going to church today,
If the cross on your head was of your own making,
If you watched all the online services and still felt empty,
If the words of the prophets hit your heart like a dagger,
If you feel the losses of this year like a thousand ashen crosses,
If dust makes you weary and long for just one real embrace...
Lent just might make some sense this year,
And death never has the last word.
There is still time to pick up your Lenten Devotional booklets. I get a warm feeling knowing that we are all reading the devotions together as we travel this Lenten Journey together. The second plastic bin we put out in the front of the church was stolen too, 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. The current Christ in Our Home devotionals are also there.
Looking for some direction on 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.
We continue to pray for guidance regarding a Treasurer. If you know of someone (even yourself) who might be qualified, please contact me 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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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 (assisting children in foster care) is a program within Arizona’s Children Association and is our Mission Outreach Partner for February. We have started a pajama drive for children of all ages, bring your contribution to the church narthex. We will drop them off to the main office in Prescott on Ruth Street during the first week of March.
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Written by three guys named Matt, here is a new praise song: “Lovingkindness”. Beautiful exterior photos that will fill your heart! I think we should learn this one.
And for some classic gospel music, here is Lauren Hill and Tanya Blount singing “His Eye is On the Sparrow”. I get goosebumps listening…recorded over 13 years ago, there have been over 45 million views on YouTube of this video.
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.If you need help getting an appointment for your vaccination, please call the church office, there are people who have volunteered to help! 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. Thank you to Tracy Hewelt and Cheryl Miller for covering for Mary while she is gone!
Have you been up to something fun? Send pictures! Here is one taken by Briana Nicole of the Valentine’s Day sunset. Tomorrow we will see some from Carol and Parker Northrup’s latest hike.

A Bible verse for today: 
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight.
Luke 12:6
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
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