July 29 Greetings
Dear Ones,

It’s Wednesday as we continue to “Be Church Together” even as we are apart.

Today Kimberly and I are sharing the writing, changing it up just a bit. Look for next week’s Wednesday email to have more church member interviews!
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I read a blog post this morning by Courtney Martin, where she shares her 4-year-old daughter’s recent birthday party. In her family, birthdays are usually an extravaganza of family and friends, but this year of course, it was different. There were fewer people, it was at home, just a family dinner with a few friends in their co-housing community. After the meal and a movie watched snuggled on the couch, Courtney put her daughter to bed, and the birthday girl, Stella, confessed, “I don’t actually want to grow up.” To which her practical older sister Maya replied, “You have to, Stella. You only have two choices: either you grow up, or you die.” Courtney realized that there was much truth in this simple statement. Accepting all the little losses of this time—not being able to worship in person, missing seeing our friends, hugging and touching each other—but also knowing just how good life really is anyway. This is what growing up means.
There will be things that we will never be able to get back: the precious milestone events like graduations, special number anniversaries, birthdays; some of these things are not “re-livable.” And this makes me sad, as I am sure it does you. We need to acknowledge these griefs, the big and the small. Granted, a 4-year-old’s diminished birthday party isn’t really a big thing. Courtney observed this:
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Thoughts from Kimberly
While we grieve the little things, we can turn to each other and our interests to find common ground and hope. I miss the casual conversations that can lead to friendship: finding the connections that have the potential to form lasting bonds, and it's even better when we have the opportunity to experience these things together. Take a look around and see what you have in common with some others!
Clara Farmer, Andrea Worthington, Shannon Bissell, Helen Tappero, and Stephanie Taska are some of us who care for the young ones in their families: staying at home with their children or helping to care for grandchildren. (Ethan misses his Grandma Jo!)
Raise your hand if you enjoy spending time outside, like the Espinoza family. Do you like to camp, like the Worthington family? Or hike, like the Tasks, Bissells, Wudels, and Susan Marker? Do you enjoy gardening, like Teri Reid, Helen Tappero, and Ron and Sally Eide? Or nurture houseplants like Marlene Krencius?
It’s been a few years since I’ve sewn anything, and I once made a patchwork quilt for my niece Aliyah. Maybe I’ll get in touch with Barbara Bruckert, Donna Morgan, Marlene Krencius, and Sally Eide.
Hugs to you all!
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I am thankful for all of you and all the wonderful things you do for each other. I miss each and every one of you and long to be together again. Sometimes, I just want to wallow in my grumpiness, and that is okay. But after a bit, it’s time for me to be a grownup: know that this too will pass and that we will get through this together.
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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!
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!
A Bible verse for today:

Blessed are those who  mourn , for they will be comforted.
Matthew 5:4
This is the last week for the
BACKPACKS AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE
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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.
Emmanuel Lutheran Church

7763 E.Long Look
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
PH (928) 772-4135 • FX (928) 759-3541
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