July 28 Greetings
Dear Ones,

It’s Tuesday of another week as we continue to “Be Church Together” even as we are apart. The Tuesday morning women’s Bible study is wrapping up the reading of the book, Holy Envy ; there is just one more chapter to cover. The book follows a semester of Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor’s Religion 101 class as they explore other faiths and learn more about their own. It was particularly interesting to learn how her student navigated the class and found that engaging the faith of others is the best way to grow your own. We have one more session and then will take the rest of the month of August off before getting back together again in September. We are making efforts to get the Wednesday morning lectionary text Bible Study up and meeting on Zoom—look for more about this in the next week!
The Dear Church Book Study continues on Wednesdays at noon. Twenty-two folks are reading the book, and we have had up to nineteen folks in the Zoom meeting at one time. We will be sharing what we have learned in the coming weeks.
Speaking of Zoom Bible and Book studies, Gail Kenny had prepared an informative study about how we at Emmanuel can be more welcoming to differently abled people as part of her DIAKONIA certification, read her description below, and is willing to offer it on Zoom!
How does Emmanuel respond to those with disabilities? We assist those with many needs in our community, but what about members or guests who are blind or visually impaired, deaf or hard-of-hearing? How does our worship (online or in-person) serve or restrict them? How can Emmanuel respond going forward to those with mobility, sensory, intellectual, or other disabilities? Anyone interested in a timely study, please email Gail Kenny at  centralazdweller@gmail.com  or call her at 928-533-2503.

And Happy 30 th Anniversary, Americans with Disabilities Act!
Here's a note from Jean Kiser:
Recently, I received the summer edition of the newsletter from George Leger, the founder and director of Only A Child in Guatemala City.  Only A Child has been a monthly outreach of Emmanuel for the past 7 or 8 years. I have included a pdf version of the newsletter (click on their logo to access it).

From the newsletter, you will find that the virus has been very aggressive in Guatemala, but the government has been very active in trying to control it. As of July 26, Guatemala had 44,492 cases and 1,669 deaths with both cases and deaths rising.

George has quarantined all the boys at the mission and made sure that all the boys continue their education via online services, maintain a positive attitude, and continue their prayers and study of the Bible.
This is the last week for the
Emmanuel is collecting backpacks and school supplies for the Family Resource Center with Humboldt Unified School District. The distribution will happen on August 8, so we have until Friday before the supplies need to be dropped off. School will likely look different for most kids this fall, but backpacks and supplies will still be needed. Last year we gave over 100 backpacks; so far we have received about 20. Please bring any items to the church by Friday, July 31 .

If you aren’t getting out much, consider making a donation to help purchase supplies. A pack and supplies is about $41 for a high/middle school student and $38 for an elementary student.
Vitalant blood drives scheduled for our area:
  • PV Walmart Parking Lot: Wednesday, July 29, 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • PV KIA Showroom: Thursday, August 9, 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • PV Pronghorn Ranch Clubhouse: Tuesday, August 11, 8:30am – 6pm
  • Humboldt Bible Church: Tuesday, August 11, 1:30 – 6:00pm

It’s best to make an appointment; go to vitalant.org or call 1-877-258-4825 to do so. Vitalant is also now doing COVID-19 antibody testing on all blood donations, so there is an extra benefit to you when you give!
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The church office is staffed from 9:00am to 1:00pm most weekdays. Please call ahead or knock loudly to let us know you are coming or are here! Mary continues to take Mondays off; we are so grateful to the volunteers who are covering for her.
Remember that we are asking everyone to wear masks when they are in the building with other people; let’s stay safe out there, people!
A big shout out to the folks that helped with the Interfaith Meal on Friday—120 meals were distributed, and the workers ended up not getting lunch! It seems the word is getting out! We will be increasing the amount we make to try to accommodate the need.
Keep safe, 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; keep sending those pictures!

Jennie and Bear took this picture as they traveled through Wyoming!
A musical offering for today
A new release from the One Voice Children’s Choir: “Brave”!
A fun video!
And one more fun video: The Muppets and James Corden sing “A Little Help from My Friends”.
A Bible verse for today:

One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.
Psalm 27:4
Emmanuel Lutheran Church

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Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
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