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July 3 Greetings

“We’ve got your back.”

These are words we all would love to hear when we need them. After watching this brief motivational video, I’m thinking this would be a great theme for a church! In fact, we might want to think about using the phrase on our inspirational signs out front.

A couple of points that stand out to me from the video:

  1. Not everyone has to like each other on a team that is driven by a shared vision.
  2. The vision or sense of calling gives the team direction, strength and the shared desire to have each other’s backs.
  3. Although it may make us uncomfortable, it is healthy to allow team members to share their grief along the way.
  4. The strength of a good team is that they carry each other and pick up the load through the difficult moments.

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 2:1-5

According to WebMD research, there were 3.4 million internet searches for panic or anxiety attacks in the two months following the March 13, 2020 declaration of a U.S. national emergency due to COVID-19. According to recent international and national news sources, the Delta variant of the coronavirus is currently spreading. We are not out of the woods yet. Our world and our community need to know that “we have their back”. 

Now of course we must place healthy and realistic boundaries around what it means to really offer to have other’s backs. But it’s certainly worth praying about and letting our local area know some things we can offer. For an excellent example, our Interfaith Meal has been a standing testimony of having the community’s back over the last 18 months. But what else could we come up with? Many folks have been in dire need of child care due to school closings. Many have been isolated and may still be frozen in fear. Many have recently moved here for a variety of reasons. As we look to reimagine Emmanuel Lutheran Church and step into the gap on behalf of others….what dreams come to your hearts? When did it feel like the church had your back in the past?

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Our 2021 VBS theme is Discovery on Adventure Island: the Quest for God’s Great Light!! Our VBS team is joining forces with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s VBS team to host VBS July 30-31. This year we are trying something new: a one-weekend event, held Friday 5:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

We are looking for some brave volunteers to help us with games, crafts, science, music and snacks. We are streamlining things, so there will be less setup and tear-down, and simple meals, with no kitchen prep needed. If you are interested and available, we are beginning to divide up tasks, and will be posting ideas for folks to donate items as well! Please click on "Read More" to register your child or to register as a volunteer! Please contact me for more info! adamwbissell@yahoo.com, 928-710-5532.

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The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s had vision and gained momentum through great leaders. It is reviving today, as the work is not finished. Here is the classic inspirational song “We Shall Overcome”, featuring Joan Baez:

Enjoy this version of Kyrie from the ELCA song supplement, “All Creation Sings,” in both Spanish and English:

A Bible verse for today:

Without counsel plans fail,

but with many advisers they succeed.

Proverbs 15:22

Peace in Christ~


Emmanuel Lutheran Church,

Prescott Valley, AZ

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Emmanuel Lutheran Church

7763 E. Long Look Dr.

Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

PH (928) 772-4135

FX (928) 759-3541

website: emmanuellutheranpv.org

email: emmanuelelca@gmail.com

submissions: ELCPVnews@gmail.com

Office Hours

Monday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday: 9:00 a.m.  4:00 p.m.

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