February 19 Greetings
Dear Ones,
 
It’s Friday, the end of the third week of February, as we continue to “Be Church Together” even as the church building is closed for gatherings. The Church in a Changing World Taskforce met this week and reviewed the plans for worship services in the future, looking to when we will be able to meet again in our sanctuary. One of the strongest indicators of how safe it is to gather inside is the virus testing positivity rate. This number compares the number of total testing in a given area against the number of positive cases. Months ago, the CDC recommended a positivity rate of 4% or less before meeting inside. This was based on the standard of seasonal influenza epidemic levels of 3 – 5% positivity. Just two months ago, the two-week positivity rate for Yavapai County was as high as 42%!
Fortunately this number has declined steadily after the holiday spike, and yesterday the two-week positivity rate was down to 14.6%. We know that as more people get vaccinated, the rate will continue to decline and the time when we can meet inside in person seems to be in sight. The Taskforce continues to monitor the information released by the Yavapai County Community Health Service, so that as soon as Yavapai County get close to this goal, we can implement our reopening plan.
We had 10 weeks of outdoor worship in the fall and 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. We’ll watch the weather; it would be wonderful to be together physically in some fashion for Easter. Part of the planning is to make sure that we have folks willing to help with set up 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 church office to let us know!
Even when we are able to worship outdoors and then finally indoors again, we will continue to offer livestreamed and recorded worship so that those who are still uncomfortable or not able to join us can participate with us virtually.
Next week we will begin our Wednesday evening Lenten services on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. featuring Holden Evening Prayer with communion. A few folks stayed online after worship to visit Wednesday night and we will offer the same opportunity 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!
There is still time to pick up your Lenten Devotional booklets. I love knowing that we are all reading the devotions daily as we travel this Lenten Journey together. The second plastic bin placed in the front of the church was 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. The current Christ in Our Home devotionals are there also.
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.
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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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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 (assisting children in foster care), is a program within Arizona’s Children Association and is our Mission Outreach Partner for February. There is a pajama drive for children of all ages this month, so bring your contribution to the box in the church narthex. We will drop them off to the ACA’s main office in Prescott the first week of March.
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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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Have a blessed weekend everyone! 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 will be back in the office on Monday, so please note the staffing hours. Thank you to Tracy Hewelt and Cheryl Miller for covering for Mary while she’s been gone!
Here are Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick singing “Quando, Quando, Quando”…(when, when, when) a coronavirus parody—very fun!
In honor of the successful landing of NASA’s Perseverance Rover on Mars, here is Mercury Rising by Nathan Daughtry, featuring the Luther College Symphony Orchestra percussion section!
Have you been up to something fun? Send pictures! Here are some wonderful pictures from Carol and Parker Northrup’s latest hike from the Gila River and north to Superior, over 35 miles.
A Bible verse for today: 
The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy.
Psalm 65:12
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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