January 2020 Edition
Pastor's Ponderings...
Last Sunday in worship, I shared briefly about the “word for the year” handed out on gold stars on the first Sunday of 2019. I drew the word BOLD out of the basket and through the past year I ruminated on what that meant for me as pastor at Emmanuel and as a new resident in Prescott Valley. Being bold isn’t my natural default, I am a fairly cautious person, so I knew that I would have to step outside my comfort zone. Martin Luther wrote the following advice, “Sin boldly. But believe even more boldly in Christ, and rejoice.” I believe that we are called to love boldly as well and I think we have done a pretty good job of loving our neighbors this past year. As we move into 2020, I think the following quote by Neil Gaiman is a great New Year’s Wish for all of us…

I hope that in this year to come you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly you’re doing SOMETHING .

At our annual congregational meeting on January 26 th you will hear about our upcoming cottage meetings planned for February and March. At these meetings you will have an opportunity to share your hopes and dreams for Emmanuel. Our stewardship drive is January 5 th thru 19 th and we ask that you prayerfully consider how you can use your time, talents and resources to help make the ministry of Emmanuel Lutheran possible. I know that as we navigate this coming year, we are bound to make some mistakes, and in fact I hope that we do! Failure isn’t bad, it just means that we found out what doesn’t work and we have learned something new! We know that God is with us, for us and loves us unconditionally, and that is the best news ever!
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Tricia
But Jesus looked at them and said,
“For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”
Matthew 19:26
Save the Date: Upcoming Events at Emmanuel
  • Saturday, January 4: Saturday Evening Worship, 5:00pm
  • Friday, January 10: Last day to submit annual reports
  • Interfaith Meal, Emmanuel, 11:00am
  • Saturday, January 11: Financial Peace University begins
  • Wednesday, January 15: Young at Heart Luncheon, 11:30am
  • Saturday, January 18: Saturday Evening Worship, 5:00pm
  • Monday, January 20: Church Office closed to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Tuesday, January 21: Newsletter deadline
  • Friday, January 24: Lifeline Screening
  • Sunday, January 26: A combined 9:30am service, New Member Sunday
  • followed by our Annual Meeting
  • followed by brunch!
  • Friday, March 6: Blood Drive, 1:00-5:00pm
January Outreach: People Who Care
Its volunteers provide non-medical assistance to adults who are no longer able to drive due to age-related and physical limitations, in order for them to continue living in their own communities and in their own homes or independent-living apartments.

Find out more about People Who Care by clicking HERE . During January, you can make a contribution to People Who Care through the monthly outreach, and if the project is close to your heart, you may learn more and volunteer.
Stewardship Corner
Offering envelopes for 2020 are available on table in the narthex. Remember, even if you give electronically, you still have assigned envelopes in order to have an envelope number.

Our Stewardship Campaign kicks off this week! A letter and covenant/commitment cards have been mailed; please prayerfully consider your response, complete and return the church portion on or before Sunday, January 19th.

On January 5 and 12, Bob Saul will be taking photos in the nursery to update our pictorial directory.

November 24 new members: please make sure to stop by the nursery and get your photo taken—we don’t want a blank spot for you in the directory!
It’s Annual Meeting time!

Be here Sunday, January 26 for a 9:30 a.m. combined service followed by our Annual Meeting, then a breakfast casserole potluck! Presenters, please submit any visuals to Kimberly at ELCPVmedia@gmail.com by January 19 .

Ministries, Committees, Council, Treasurer, Task Force and Ad Hoc Groups, please have your annual report to the church office by January 10 . Email electronic copy to the church office in 12-point Times New Roman.
God's Work Our Hands December 29
Many thanks to all the hands that cleaned tables, pew chairs, kitchen cabinets, refrigerators, ovens, and music files, all finished by 11:30 when everyone enjoyed a delicious potluck lunch.

Bless our angels!
Interfaith Meal

Join us for a delicious meal featuring ham and bean soup, bread, and bread pudding with wonderful fellowship on Friday, January 10 at 11:30am.
Thursday Groups

Thursday mornings on the second and fourth week of each month two valuable groups meet: Grief Group at 10:00am and Emotional Wellness at 11:30am.
A Note from the Nominating Committee
We believe that the Spirit works through our members to raise up new leaders. We have positions on the executive committee, church council, Synod Assembly delegates, and several other standing committees to fill.  One position we are seeking is Treasurer, and we are looking for someone who is comfortable dealing with facts and figures.  Nomination forms are on the table in the narthex —nominate yourself or another; their permission is not required—we’ll vote at our Annual Meeting!
Join Dr. Dan Streeter January 15!
Our guest speaker will be Dan Streeter, Superintendent of Humboldt Unified School District. Carole Rebholz will be cooking and you know this will be a wonderful meal for $5.00—sign up in the narthex today!
Luncheon and entertainment

Wednesday, January 15
at 11:30am

Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall

All our  Young at Hearts!

Terrific times,
cool conversation,
and fantastic food!
Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Friday, January 24.

Ultrasound screenings to identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include the following:
  • Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke)
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body)
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs)
  • Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat)
  • Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women.
Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early.

Register online TODAY at  www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle   and receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!
Financial Peace University
Never worry about money again with  Financial Peace University  (FPU), the nine-lesson course that gives you the proven plan to master budgeting, pay off debt, build wealth, and give generously. The course centers around lessons taught by Dave Ramsey, Chris Hogan and Rachel Cruze, followed by small group discussions. FPU includes your member workbook as well as one year of free access to Financial Peace Membership, where you’ll find tons of online resources to help you start winning with money. Contact Jenni Johnson for more information.   

The class will meet Saturdays starting January 11, 2020 and childcare will be provided. Cost is $100 per couple/family.
Outreach Opportunities
Food Bank
Please donate nonparishable food items for our January Food Bank day.
Reaching Out

  • Box Tops for Education (box in Narthex)
  • "Thrive"
  • People Who Care

For more information see the church office or the Sunday Service Bulletin.
January Birthdays
January 1: Brayden Hale
January 2: A. E. Morgan
January 2: Zona Huss
January 6: Leland Warne
January 6: Wayne Theobald
January 7: Charlotte Martin
January 7: Dana Diller
January 8: Parker Northrup
January 9: Lilyan Bissell
January 11: Charlotte Matzke
January 11: Clarissa Reynolds
January 12: Bob Frey
January 15: Tom Pendergast
January 17: Arlene Meder
January 20: Syrenity Tunstall
January 20: Tom Huss
January 21: Carl Spinti
January 22: Rosemary Hellene
January 25: Hans Taska
January 27: Gene Fougner
January 28: Kat Harley Mays
January 29: Rick Bothell
January 31: Christine Bothell
January Anniversaries
January 16: Ricardo & Heidi Espinoza, 13 years
January 17: Frank & Diane Glodek, 44 years
January 21: Fred & DeeDee Czarnowski, 39 years
January 22: Dan & Carol Cwach, 15 years
January 22: Jason & Christine Knox, 27 years
January 27: Frank & Sandie Allen, 53 years
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Emmanuel Lutheran Church

7763 E.Long Look
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
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