March 25 Greetings
Dear Ones,
 
It’s Thursday of the fourth week of March, as we continue to “Be Church Together” even as the church building is closed for gatherings.
I was able to visit Marty Watkins today at the board and care where she is currently living. She has been under hospice care for the past few months, and we’ve been told that that these are her last days. She is comfortable and the best news is that she has been able to have her dog, Kona with her at the board and care. But when Marty is gone, Kona will need a new fur-ever home. Kona is a spayed female Border collie mix and weighs about 65 pounds. She celebrated her 10th birthday in October and has been Marty’s companion through significant losses in her life.
I was able to snap these pictures of Kona, and we are hoping that someone will come forward to adopt her. She is very friendly, and although she had the run of Marty’s ten acres; she is house trained and seems to get along with the other dogs at the board and care. If you or someone you know might be willing to take Kona in, please contact the church office. This needs to happen soon, so we are trying to get the word out! During the pandemic, many people have adopted pets; I think having another living being that is happy to be around you is very helpful in these stressful times. The way that our furry friends love us is just a glimpse of the unconditional love God has for us.
Save your change for the Humboldt Unified School District for the Hungry Kids Project! Our local schools are conducting a “Change Drive”, to be turned in by April 1, instead of the annual food drive. Our Lenten Special Offerings will go to it as well, so we should be able to help our adopted school, Liberty Traditional, with their part of the drive. Bring you change and cash (no checks, please) to the church Narthex and put it in the Hunger Jar. The Hungry Kids Project served 250 families this week. I’m so glad our donations go to a program that makes such a difference in our community.
Preparations are underway for our first outdoor worship this Sunday! I can’t wait to see your smiling faces. We have the individual communion cups and the palms have been ordered. We’ll meet at 1:00 p.m. in the parking lot; Plans are to do the same the next Sunday, Easter! Bring your own lawn chairs, and maybe a blanket! We’ll wear masks and practice our six feet of social distance.
Another fun part of our Palm Sunday weekend will be the sidewalk drawings by the families at the church. Pr. Adam has planned a sidewalk chalk drawing and kite flying day at 1:00 p.m. this Saturday, March 27.
Sunday School will be up and running during outside worship! So if you have kids 3 years of age through 5th grade, we will have activities for them during worship time beginning Palm Sunday, March 28 and an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday.
The Yavapai County Community Health Services has been doing some cleanup of their database, so it is difficult to know what the positivity rate is for Covid-19 cases right now, but we are getting closer to our 4% positivity rate that is our goal for returning to worship. Keep up the good work everyone, and continue to wear your masks in public.
Vitalant blood drives scheduled for our area:

  • Sunday, March 28, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: PV Bus in Kohl’s Parking Lot (3280 Glassford Hill Rd.)
  • Monday, March 29, 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.: PV Pronghorn Ranch Clubhouse (7051 N Antelope Meadows Dr.)
  • Wednesday, March 31, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Prescott Bloodmobile (1901 Prescott Lakes Rd.)
  • Friday, April 9, 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Prescott High School (1050 N. Ruth St.)

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I have some fond memories of my sons tasting things for the first time, but this baby trying chocolate pudding is hysterical!
A little long, but very entertaining—amazing what a group of percussionists can do with garbage cans and trash!
And finally, if you have been missing congregational singing, here is the St. Olaf Cantorei with organ and congregation singing “Abide with Me” from 2013.
The church office is staffed Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; don’t hesitate to call me (310-890-9785) or the church office (928-772-4135) if you need something, and email emmanuelelca@gmail.com if you have something to share.
Please make good choices regarding your safety and others’. Wear your mask, keep your distance, stay at home if you are at risk or not feeling well, wash your hands, and sign up to get vaccinated as soon as you can. Precious ones; choose love, to care for your neighbor and yourself by staying safe!
Although it snowed on Tuesday, the trees in the church parking lot know it’s spring!

A Bible verse for today: 
9 Thus says the Lord of hosts: Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another; 10 do not oppress the widow, the orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.
Zechariah 7:9-10
Yours in Christ,
Pr Tricia
Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Prescott Valley, AZ
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