June 25 Greetings
Dear Ones,

It’s Thursday, as we continue to “Be Church Together” even as we are apart. We recorded worship for Sunday yesterday, a day earlier to accommodate the special music: a hand bell trio! You won’t want to miss this: make sure to look for the email on Saturday afternoon with the link to the YouTube video, the download of the order of worship and the Zoom invite for the Fellowship Time on Sunday morning at 10:00am.
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The text this week is about welcoming and it has made me think about what kinds of ways we can be welcoming when we aren’t gathering in the church building. We have a sign inviting folks to watch our services online, but maybe we should be forwarding that information on to our friends and families as well. I think that hearing the gospel and singing along with the hymns and praise songs can be comforting to those who may be sheltering at home alone. Share the good news any way you can!
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Another way to share the love of Jesus? Tomorrow is our fourth-Friday-of-the-month Interfaith Meal . Barbeque chicken and pasta salad are on the menu! The meal is done on a take-out basis with curbside pick-up. We can always use help to serve the meals, come at 10:30am for the 11:00am-12:30pm meal. Bring your mask (we have extras if you need one) and the church will supply the gloves. Call the office and leave a message if you can help.
Sparklight Cable has been here all week working on the installation of new lines to upgrade our internet capabilities at the church. They haven’t started digging up the driveway yet; if they can find the existing line, they won’t have to. But if the need arises, be on the lookout if you’re coming to the church, you may find the west-side driveway blocked off and you will need to enter into the parking lot through the east side (next to the LDS church).
Our second session of the Dear Church Zoom Book Study was yesterday; there were 19 folks in the gathering. We had a lively discussion about that it means to have an open table at communion and to be welcoming as a church. We talked about what is means to say, “Black Lives Matter” and how our call to love one another fits with that understanding.
If you are interested in exploring more about these issues, here is a link to “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man” with Emmanuel Acho.
The Dear Church Book Study meets Wednesdays at noon on Zoom. Here is the invitation.
Yesterday, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton posted the following video on Facebook in celebration of Pride Month (click to view): “The Gift of our LGBTQIA+ Siblings” .
Look for our new reredos (fancy name for the wall hanging behind the altar) with bright rainbow colors as part of our celebration. We will be celebrating our Reconciling in Christ commitment during worship in the coming weeks.
I have to admit that my taste in music is kind of eclectic! Here is a piece called “Northern Lights” sung by a women’s acapella group, Sjaella, from Leipzig, Germany.
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Mary, our church office manager, will be on vacation for the next few Mondays and next week, June 29 through July 6. The church office will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day.
I have taken down the hearts in my front windows: they were beginning to be very faded and tattered. But this heart showed up in the sky to remind me that hearts are everywhere, we just have to look for them! Are you out and about doing something fun? Don’t forget to take pictures and sent them in to share!

Be safe loved ones, 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.
A Bible verse for today:
Do not let your  hearts  be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.

John 14:1
Emmanuel Lutheran Church

7763 E.Long Look
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
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