January 4 Greetings
Dear Ones,

It’s Monday, the first full week of the year 2021, as we continue to “Be Church Together” even as the church building is closed for gatherings. We are back in the office this week, gearing up for our annual congregational meeting. We intend to mail the annual report on January 14, so we have just 10 days to receive all the reports, print and collate. The nominating committee will be working hard to put together a slate of officers, council members and committee members that are elected at the annual meeting, so don’t be surprised if you get a call about filling an opening. Please prayerfully consider how you might be able to serve our congregation in these important positions. The pandemic creates unique challenges to our ministries at Emmanuel, but remember: until we can meet safely, our council meetings are via Zoom, in the comfort of your home!
On Epiphany Day (January 6) many Christians in Europe chalk their doors with the letters and numbers “20 C M B 21”. The practice is less common in the United States. The numbers refer to the calendar year (20 and 21, for this year); the crosses stand for Christ; and the letters have a two-fold significance: C, M and B are the initials for the traditional names of the Magi (Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar), as well as an abbreviation of the Latin blessing Christus mansionem benedicat, which means, “May Christ bless this house.” This inscription is performed as a request for Christ to bless our homes and stay with those who dwell in them throughout the entire year. It is a great way to begin the New Year. Here are three possible prayers to accompany the chalking.
May all who come to our home this year rejoice to find Christ living among us; and may we seek and serve, in everyone we meet, that same Jesus who is your incarnate Word, now and forever. Amen.

God of heaven and earth, you revealed your only-begotten One to every nation by the guidance of a star. Bless this house and all who inhabit it. Fill us with the light of Christ, that our concern for others may reflect your love. We ask this through Christ our Savior. Amen.

Loving God, bless this household. May we be blessed with health, goodness of heart, gentleness, and abiding in your will. We ask this through Christ our Savior. Amen.
Vitalant blood drives scheduled for our area:

  • Thursday, January 7, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p,m.: Chino Valley Walgreens
  • Friday, January 8, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: TitleMax (1205 Gail Gardner)
  • Tuesday, January 12, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Northern AZ VA (500 Hwy89 North)
  • Friday, January 22, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: AZ Dept of Economic Security (3262 Bob Dr.)

Blood supplies continue to be at all-time lows; please considering donating now if possible.

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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More Christmas songs
(today is the tenth day of Christmas)
It used to be that everybody put out a Christmas album; here is Chicago with “All is Right”.
Here is “Masters in This Hall” with Brian Seemann playing ALL the handbell parts; it took eight hours to record and two days to edit!
And just for fun, here is Rossini’s William Tell Overture played by the San Francisco Symphony (and their pets)!
Are you a Thrivent member who hasn’t used your Action Cards yet? The quilters are hoping someone would be willing to help them out with a card to purchase batting and other materials for their projects. Let the office know if you might be able to request a card.
Please continue to make good choices regarding your safety and others': the COVID-19 cases in our community continue to spike. 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!
Remember to check in with each other, and don’t hesitate to call me (310-890-9785) or the church office (928-772-4135) if you need something, or email emmanuelelca@gmail.com if you have something to share.
Here’s another amazing sunrise off my back deck!
A Bible verse for today: 

Happy are the people to whom such blessings fall; happy are the people whose God is the Lord.
Psalm 144:15
Yours in Christ,
Pr Tricia
Emmanuel Lutheran Church; Prescott Valley, AZ
Celebrating this Week
Wayne Theobald, January 6
Leland Warne, January 6
Dana Diller, January 7
Charlotte Martin, January 7
Parker Northrup, January 8
Emmanuel Lutheran Church

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