July 30 Greetings
Dear Ones,

It’s Thursday, as we continue to “Be Church Together” even as we are apart. Our gospel text for this coming Sunday is the story of Jesus feeding the 5000. Jesus was grieving the loss of his cousin, John the Baptist, but he still had compassion for the hungry crowd.
As I watched the funeral service for Rep. John Lewis today, I was reminded again that just as Jesus told his disciples to feed the crowds, “You give them something to eat,” that was a case of Jesus inviting the disciples to get into “good trouble”. If you do that kind of miracle, you can’t avoid coming to the attention of those in power. You are going to find the crowds following you, you are going to draw attention to yourself. In that one act, Jesus changed how people looked at him and his disciples.
What kinds of things are we doing—what “good trouble” are we getting into—at Emmanuel Lutheran Church? With the increase in the number of meals we are giving away at our Interfaith Meal, clearly the word is getting out about that! On the VBS Zoom call, there were two families that are not church members, but really enjoyed the VBS bag that was left on their doorstep and enjoyed learning more about seeing God in the world around them. The book study group reading Dear Church is learning to confront racism by being intentional about what we say and do as the church: where we may have unknowingly been insensitive in the past. Let’s continue to find ways to do the good work that happens when we love our neighbor as Jesus loved us.
New Zoom Group Study being offered! 

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!
Last call for
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 40. Please bring any items to the church by Friday, July 31, TOMORROW!

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 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
  • Prescott Church of the Nazarene: Saturday, August 15, 8:00am – 1:00pm

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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Well, Bear and Jenni picked up the kids from their grandparents, and the grand road trip continues. Here are pictures from Arches National Park!
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!
For some truly relaxing viewing, check out the Moon Jelly Cam, from the Monterey Bay Aquarium! Live daily from 7:00am to 7:00pm.
Mary Chapin Carpenter has been posting Songs From Home on her Facebook page. Click on her picture to see Episode 7 : Don’t Need Much to Be Happy , with Angus the dog, accompanying on squeak toy!
A Bible verse for today:

Do not let your hearts be trouble d. Believe in God, believe also in me.
John 14:1
Monsoon clouds at sunset from my front deck last week!
Emmanuel Lutheran Church

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