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July 6 Greetings

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Dear Ones,

It’s Tuesday of the first week in July. With Pastor Tricia and Tim enjoying their vacation, it's fun to have this opportunity to guest author the newsletter.

Perhaps you remember those days when you had a summer vacation. Mine lasted from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend. In between, there were bike rides to friends' houses, afternoons at the swimming pool, cookouts with ripe sweet corn, vegetables to pluck from the garden, and ripe pears and mulberries to pick and eat straight from the tree. Looking back, I realize it was an idyllic childhood, growing up in the 1970s in a rural community in southeastern Wisconsin, even though at the time, I didn't appreciate my mother's admonishments to "go outside and find something to do."

Today, the holdover from that life is the garden in our backyard. For years I tried to get my clay and caliche to produce wonderful plants: hauling in top soil, amending the soil with steer manure, compost, and various supplements, and installing a drip irrigation system. What my garden grew best was weeds! We eventually gave in and put in a raised bed. The carefully controlled microsystem is far easier and more fun!

I hope you have noticed Prescott Valley is offering some wonderful free and paid opportunities for music this summer. Yavapai College Performing Arts Center is offering its Concerts on the Green monthly throughout October. And several organizations are partnering for free concerts in the Entertainment District in the Prescott Valley Concert Series 2021.

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Concerts on the Green

Our Outdoor Concert Series at Prescott Valley's Theater on the Green 7501 E Skoog Blvd, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314 General Admission Lawn Seating Bring your own lawn chair or blanket!

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Since we have moved into stage five of our reopening after the pandemic restrictions, no reservations or masks are required for those attending worship who have been vaccinated, but if you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, or if you or a loved one has health issues that necessitate it, feel free to wear one.

Please be careful about wearing strong scents to church. We have a few folks in the congregation who are very allergic, and coming in contact with strong scents can cause reactions like hives and wheezing.

You won’t want to miss worship on Sunday, July 11, when the Emmanuel Lutheran Endowment Committee will be awarding their 2020 grants! Four grants have been extended, and we are delighted to be able to support these worthy requests!

Diakonia of the Grand Canyon Synod is sponsoring a two-Saturday Zoom Retreat on July 10 and 17: an opportunity for people to learn about the early church. The two-day workshop will be led by Pastor Stewart McDonald via Zoom link 8:45 a.m. to noon.

I wholeheartedly recommend the Diakonia program. It was a fantastic adult faith formation experience. It is a two-year commitment to weekly classes and some outside reading. But what an experience: learning about the early church, sharing one's faith, the tenets of our Christian and Lutheran heritage and more. I would be more than happy to talk with anyone considering it--it's even better if Emmanuel can form a cohort of learners to start together and stay together through the program like Gary and Karen Coe, Keith Namock, Kat Harley-Mays and I did.

Click on the flyer to take a closer look!

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As things return to a new normal, we will be reducing the number of daily emails. There will be no email tomorrow. The Wednesday emails will only be sent out when we have new or current members to feature. If you haven’t been featured yet and are willing to share about yourself, contact Mary in the church office and she will send you the questionnaire. By the end of July, the daily emails will be reduced to one on Fridays that will be a weekly newsletter and a Tuesday email that will offer devotional material and faith stories to grow our faith.

Outreach News

  • Our July Mission Outreach partner is Stepping Stones Ministries. They have invited us to a Work Day at the store on Monday, July 12. Restocking and reorganizing are among their needs. Let Mary Jensen in the church office know you will be there!
  • This month we will be collecting backpacks and school supplies for the Humboldt Unified School District.
  • The Navajo Lutheran Mission is our August Mission Outreach partner and we will receive a wish list from Pastor Kate for the Mission.

Another indication that things are slowly getting back to normal…a Vitalant blood drive is now scheduled at Emmanuel:

  • Monday, July 19, 1:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Emmanuel Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 7763 E Long Look Dr. Prescott Valley!!!

We won’t be posting any other donation opportunities, because we hope that you will schedule to donate at our blood drive! Most people can donate blood, and we hope that you will roll up your sleeve and give a gift of life. As a former donor recruitment representative, I know donations plummet in the summer, when people go on vacations and there are no high school blood drives. No doubt you know someone who is alive because of a blood transfusion!

Make an appointment between services in the narthex through July 11. We will will need volunteers to help after worship on Sunday, July 18, to move all the tables and chairs out of the Fellowship Hall to prepare for the Blood Drive on Monday, July 19. Plan to be at the church at noon, and, of course, the more people who can help, the faster it will go!

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While there is no inherent risk of getting coronavirus when you donate blood, donors and staff are required to wear masks or reasonable cloth-based face coverings. Read our COVID-19 FAQs.

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Not sure if you have had the chance to view the animated film "Soul." Jon Batiste is a personal favorite, and this song is light-hearted and fun.

Jon Batiste & Celeste performing "It's All Right" from Soul

Fireworks are back at the Magic Kingdom!

Fireworks return to the Magic Kingdom

Here is a photo of one of our "surprise" peach trees that somehow planted themselves (no doubt with help from birds!). What a fabulous wonder that was!

A Bible verse for today:

The Lord will guide you always, he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

Isaiah 58:11

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Yours in Christ,

Gail Kenny

Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Prescott Valley, AZ

Celebrating this week


Kathy Wudel, July 9

Nancy Nimocks, July 11

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July 7:

Parker and Carol Northrup, 32 years

July 9:

Doris Edelman and Sheldon, 38 years

July 12:

Jim and Carole Rebholz, 57 years

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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

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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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