January 12 Greetings
Dear Ones,

It’s Tuesday, the second week of January, as we continue to “Be Church Together” even as the church building is closed for gatherings. I don’t think that any of us thought ten months ago, when we closed the church for the pandemic, that we would still be hunkered down, trying to stay safe from a virus that has taken the lives of 374,000 Americans as of yesterday morning. It is difficult to fathom the loss, so many grieving families, so many people struggling to get by. How do we handle this much loss?
We do it together. We are present for each other, holding everyone and everything in prayer. We know that God is with us, that we are not alone, even though we feel alone. We stand on our baptismal promises that as a child of God, although there will be suffering, we never experience it alone. Isaiah 43:2 says:
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
    and the flame shall not consume you.
Be gentle with yourself and when you can, reach out to someone that you have been thinking about, but just haven’t gotten around to picking up the phone. Write a note or an email to someone, let them know how you are doing and that you are thinking about them. Check on your neighbors to see that they are okay. Even if you are staying home, staying safe, you can still shine the light of Christ on someone who needs it. Thank you all for your continued prayers for our church staff and your generous, faithful giving.
Look for your copy of the 2020 annual report coming in the mail to church members after Saturday in preparation for our Annual Congregational Meeting on January 30 at 2:30pm on Zoom.
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A request from Emmanuel’s kitchen: Please collect empty plastic containers with lids (like from sour cream or sandwich meats) and drop them off in the church. The containers allow us to store leftovers and serving-sized portions for those helping cook as well as the clients we serve.
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Emmanuel Lutheran has been invited to be a beta-test site for a study guide for the ELCA social statement Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Call to Action, adopted at the Churchwide Assembly in August 2019. There are five sessions, beginning on Wednesday, January 20 at 2:00 p.m. Please let me know if you are interested; there are handouts for each session, and I want to get them out to everyone beforehand. I look forward to hearing from you!
Vitalant blood drives scheduled for our area:

  • Friday, January 22, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: AZ Dept of Economic Security (3262 Bob Dr.)
  • Saturday, January 23, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Prescott YMCA (750 Whipple St.)
  • Thursday, January 28, 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.: St. Germaine Catholic Church (7997 E Dana Dr. Prescott Valley)
  • Wednesday, February 3, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Prescott Valley Library

The need is great; donate if you can.

Make an appointment at vitalant.org, or call 1-877-258-4825. Vitalant is including COVID-19 antibody testing for all blood donations.
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The Johnson family found a hidden gem in Prescott this past weekend. The “Hide-Away Arcade” is located behind Cupper’s Coffee Shop on Montezuma! There are old-school games like Pac-Man and pinball. Mom had some lavender tea while Bear and the kids played.
Here is a Live Bird Feeder Cam from some guy’s backyard in Ohio. It’s been on since October 22. I saw a striking cardinal when I checked in!
Tuba Skinny plays “Jubilee Stomp” on Royal Street in New Orleans!
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, and wash your hands. 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 me (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.
A Bible verse for today: 

Do not, O Lord, withhold your mercy from me; let your steadfast love and your faithfulness keep me safe forever.
Psalm 40:11
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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