May 2018 Edition
Call Committee in face-to-face interviews stage
The Call Committee (the group Emmanuel named at our January Congregational Meeting to research, interview candidates, and recommend our future pastor) is continuing to move forward. According to Chair Julie Pavri, the committee has again narrowed the candidate pool and will be scheduling and preparing for face-to-face meetings during May. Please continue to keep all those involved in the call process in your prayers!

If you see members of the Call Committee, please thank them for their many hours of work on behalf of our congregation: Members are Chair Julie Pavri, Secretary Bruce Newcomb, Betty Ellingham, Chuck Guenther, Bear Johnson, Jean Kiser, Jim Rebholz, Ted Becker and Maddie Berry.
Emmanuel Save the Date List
  • Adopt a Street, with PV Team Up to Clean Up, Saturday, May 5
  • High Country Conference at Emmanuel, Saturday, May 5
  • Food Bank Sunday, Sunday, May 6
  • Confirmation, Sunday, May 13
  • Vigil of Pentecost Evening Worship, Saturday, May 19, 5 p.m.
  • Pentecost (wear RED) & Graduate Recognition, Sunday, May 20
  • Memorial Day observed, Church office closed, Monday, May 28
  • Spring Fling, Saturday, June 2, 1-4 p.m.
  • Vacation Bible School, Monday through Friday, June 18-22
  • Congregation Picnic, Sunday, July 29, Mountain Valley Park
S P R I N G F L I N G ! All hands on deck for community festival
Emmanuel's Spring Fling will be Saturday, June 2 from 1-4 p.m.

This is the new version of Fall Fun Fest. For those who recently joined the Emmanuel family, this is a project of the Outreach Ministry to provide an afternoon of FREE fun to the families in our surrounding neighborhood.

We already have some great things lined up – Heritage Park Zoo with critters, Cool Water Band, a jumping castle and the popular Cakewalk to name a few, but we need more, much more. That’s where you come in because it takes many hands to make it happen.
The Outreach Ministry had an initial planning session, but needs more creative planners, hospitable helpers and day-of-the-event smiling faces for this outreach to our surrounding community. Questions about this event? See Nancy Smith, or call her at 928-775-9742.
Reflections from Pastor Sarah
Prayer is connecting with God and all believers
Each time Jesus starts to pray He seems to be in all sorts of places and for different purposes.

We hear the Son of God praying to "Our Father"; this is the Holy Conversation that Jesus teaches us. We can pray this daily or even more often. We pray this prayer knowing that others are praying with us. We are connected through this prayer to the world-wide community of believers and God. 

Jesus traveled to mountain places and garden areas away from others to pray. Later he prays for us as recorded in John's Gospel. He prays for protection for those who come to believe in Him through the "Disciples" (John 17:20-26). Wow, that is US! We are in Jesus's thoughtful prayer for billions of believers.

Praying this prayer in Jesus' name connects us to the saints: past, present and future; most wonderfully it connects us to God's Son, our Savior, and Creator God through the Holy Spirit.

When we say "Amen," we say " I agree." Amen.

One more note: On May 19 at 5 p.m., we are having a special Saturday evening worship service, the  Vigil of Pentecost, and we will be honoring our first responders. All are welcome and encouraged to join us.
Confirmation students and mentors go deeper
into faith on weekend at Emmanuel Pines Camp
Our seven Confirmation students: Tawnya Worthington, Ruth Sena, Annie Martin, Caleb Johnson, Anikka Shifferli, Malea Green and Arizona Swinney gathered at Emmanuel Pines Camp for some adventure and spiritual direction the weekend of April 21-22!

The students focused on discovering their spiritual gifts, and presented a worship service based on that theme for their families on Sunday morning at camp. They spent some fun and athletic time on the campground low-ropes course and hiking down to the creek as well. Finally, the students worked on their Faith Statements, which they will share at the final Confirmation Class potluck May 9.

Our Confirmation mentors: Larry Gordon, Clarissa Reynolds, Sandie Allen, Rene Llewelyn, Marlene Schlottman, Mary Watts and Betty Ellingham came to camp as well, to spend some quality time with their students and work on their faith statements.

Confirmation Sunday, May 13, Annie Martin and Arizona Swinney will share their faith statements with the church at both worship services . Come out and celebrate their faith journey!

Adam Bissell
What's your number?
Jaye Andres led 24 Emmanuel members in an Enneagram Workshop on April 28. The Enneagram (Any-a-gram) is a Greek word meaning nine-pointed diagram. The Enneagram describes 9 basic personality types from the standpoint of why we do what we do – the motivation behind our behaviors.
Emmanuel VBS 2018
will be June 18-22
Yes, it's that time again! Vacation Bible School at Emmanuel is just around the corner!
Rolling River Rampage is the title of this year's program, encouraging young people to "experience the ride of a lifetime with God." Along the river, children will discover that life with God is an adventure full of wonder and surprise, and that they can trust God to be with them through anything.

Emmanuel's Vacation Bible School is a bit different than VBS programs of years ago. Knowing that many parents work and could not bring their children to a day program, Emmanuel's VBS is in the evening. And it's intergenerational! Many years, we have nearly as many teen, adult and senior volunteers as kids!

VBS begins at 5:30 p.m. each evening with a kid-friendly meal for participants and volunteers. VBS activities, like games, crafts, drama, storytelling, songs and snacks will happen from 6-8 p.m. nightly.

Volunteers are needed before the event to donate supplies, help with registration, publicity, prayer, and set-up and take-down. VBS takes over the whole building for the week of the event!

Then during the week, volunteers are needed lead groups, crafts, recreation, help in the kitchen, be actors or puppeteers, work in the multimedia booth, greet and register participants and more.

The registration link will be on Emmanuel's website and Facebook page soon. Meanwhile, fill out your purple volunteer interest page, or take an extra on the wooden kiosk in the church entry area. Return them to Adam Bissell, Beth Parknowitz or Bee Sena (or their mailboxes), and join us for a wild ride!

For more information, contact Adam Bissell (, Beth Parknowitz ( or Bee Sena (text to 602-363-2261).

Food Bank Sunday
is this Sunday, May 6

Load up those bags and bring them with you to church Sunday. It's the first Sunday, and that means Food Bank Sunday.

Items in high demand at the Prescott Valley Food Bank are cereals, canned soups, canned fruits, tuna, canned meats, pasta, pasta sauce, refried beans, pinto beans. Other nonperishable foods are welcome, too. Just don't contribute open packages or food that is out of date.
HUSD community invited to Summit on Monday
I would like to take this moment to personally request your attendance at our 2018 Board-District-Community Summit on Monday, May 7, 2018.
We have a tradition of seeking community input as we review and establish our annual Board goals. This year is no different from that perspective.

What is different, and is the reason for my personal request to you, is that we are at the end of the first year of our collaboratively developed VISION 2020 Strategic Plan. This Summit will provide an update to our stakeholders as well as allow for community input into our next steps.

The Humboldt Unified School District (HUSD) has embarked on a transformational journey to completely and systemically reinvent itself. Not simply because we want to, but because we have to.

A new crop of kindergartners entered our schools in the fall of 2017; this is the class of 2030. This prompts the question, “What will our students need to know in 2030?” I believe that any district that is serious about preparing its students to be college, career and citizenship ready for the 21st century should be asking this question. 

We have spent the past year focused on developing and implementing a system-wide vision of 21st century education, our VISION 2020 . Our students have an expectation of what their educational experience should look like. They have an expectation that they will graduate with opportunities and skills needed for success in the 21st century.

Our completed VISION 2020 outlines the action steps in place to ensure that our students graduate from the Humboldt Unified School District with opportunities and skills needed for the 21st century. This is our opportunity to review our progress and solicit your feedback for future steps.
Thank you,
Daniel Streeter
2018 Board/District/Community Summit, Monday, May 7, 9 a.m. – noon at the HUSD Transportation Training Facility, 6411 N. Robert Road, Building 500
(at the rear of the campus)
8 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Socialization
9 a.m.  Welcome, Purpose and Introductions
9:30 a.m. HUSD Information Session and Successes
10 a.m. VISION 2020 Update
11 a.m. Community Response to VISION 2020
12:30 p.m. Lunch Provided
While RSVP's were due by April 25, you can call or email Mary Diaz, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent and Governing Board at 928-759-5007 or to see if there's still room to attend this event.
Emmanuel's annual Graduate Recognition May 20
If someone in our church family is graduating from high school, college or a tech program (or has graduated since last May and we missed it), please send the details to the church office: or drop it off at the church office as soon as possible.
We would like to share this information with the congregation. Please include the students' names, from what school/program they graduated, the graduation date, what degree they earned, and any future plans. If you can include a graduation picture, that would be a plus! This isn't just for our youth -- adults, if you went back to school and earned a certificate or degree, we would like to celebrate you!
Emmanuel Land: The Holiest Place on Earth
Emmanuel’s Youth Has Heart Group taught Sunday School on April 8 with a tour of the Holy Land on our church property. The tour included a chariot race, a walk through the Mount of Olives, a view of three crosses on Calvary Hill, baptism in the Jordan, and bringing Lazarus back from the dead!

It's been a busy spring for Youth Has Heart. In March, the group performed its first impromptu drama about the crucifixion. "Were You There" took place in a courtroom setting. Many of our youth were cast in multiple parts.
At Lazarus' tomb as Jesus brings him back to life.
At the Jordan, above, and right, the Garden of Gethsemane
Prescott Habitat for Humanity is May Outreach
Our May Outreach Organization is Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity. A budgeted amount of money, plus designated contributions will go to PAHH.

Habitat for Humanity is an international, non-profit, ecumenical organization dedicated to building affordable housing in partnership with people in need. Habitat affiliate groups throughout the world build or renovate houses with low-income families and then sell the houses to these families at no profit and no interest.

A representative will be speaking during both worship services on Sunday, May 6 about the work of Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity. And our own Bob Frey serves on the local board of directors. In April, the Prescott affiliate dedicated a house in Chino Valley for its 87th family.

How can you help? Besides donating money or helping build houses, Habitat needs volunteers for other committees. And if you shop at the Habitat for Humanity Restore 1061 Commerce Drive, Prescott, you support the work of building affordable homes for people who need them,
Many places to serve within the Body of Christ
When you gather with family, it's a natural response to bring a dish for dinner, set the table, wash the dishes and participate in welcoming others. It's no different for the Emmanuel faith family. It takes many hands, hearts and gifts to prepare for and do worship, serve others, teach children, care for our property and nearby areas, and more.

Here are some of the places Emmanuel needs assistance now and in the near future, and the contact people. Either reach out to them, call them from the number in your church directory, drop a note from the friendship register into the offering plate, or call the church office to be connected to them:
  • First service altar (communion) prep: Kathy Austin.
  • Second service altar prep: Bonnie Cain.
  • Ushers and greeters: Jim Lundquist
  • Multimedia operators: Kimberly Robinson-Goats
  • Fellowship volunteers: Carole Rebholz
  • Stewardship volunteers: Brian Bucholtz
  • Welcoming Ministry: Bee Sena
  • Summer Sunday School teachers: Jean Kiser, or sign up on the table at church.
  • Emmanuel Interfaith Meal food prep and meal servers: Mary Jensen
  • Landscape crew: Dana Diller or sign up on the table at church.
  • Nursery volunteers: Stop into the nursery.
  • Adopt a Street crew: Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m.-noon. Call Nancy Smith 928-775-9742.
  • Vacation Bible School, June 18-22. See the article in this newsletter, fill out your purple form, or talk to Adam Bissell, Beth Parknowitz or Bee Sena.
Emmanuel May Celebrations
May 3 Tom Williams
May 4 Lori Frey
May 6 Gail Jedlund
May 7 Sally Becker
May 7 Margaret Damschroeder-Meyers
May 8 Ed Santiago
May 9 Betty Cholewinski
May 12 David Cain
May 13 Beth Parknowitz
May 14 Rebecca McIntyre
May 14 Jacquelin Stehle
May 15 Elaine Fahlman
May 17 Mary Watts
May 18 Ardeth Ohm-Moser
May 18 Sharon Warne
May 21 Sheila Smilgis
May 22 Cathy Namock
May 22 Naomi Schifferli
May 23 Ellie Laumark
May 23 Helen Morton
May 23 Polly Orbin
May 23 Susan Rose Sena
May 24 Leo Murphy
May 24 Carson Sena
May 25 Fred Czarnowski
May 25 Gerald McIntyre
May 26 Donald Dimmel
May 26 Shirley Spinti
May 27 Janet Santiago
May 31 Katie Powell
May 14, Peggy and Ron Church, 13 years
May 15, Leo and Marilyn Murphy, 52 years
May 24, Gene Cook and Elaine Kuykendall, 5 years
May 24, Mary and John Smith, 50 years
May 28, Karen and Shannon Westbrook, 13 years
May 31, John and Nancy Meyer, 38 years

If we missed or made a mistake on anyone's birthday or anniversary, our apologies. Please contact the church office to make sure our list is correct.
How shall we pray?

Regularly, our newsletter will feature some topics for your prayers.

Take time to share your own concerns with God. Consider prayer as a two-way conversation and allow God to speak to your heart, as well.

Take time to pray for:
  • Our Call Committee and future pastor.
  • The future bishop of the Grand Canyon Synod who will be elected at the Synod Assembly June 14-16 in Tucson.
  • Our prayer list in Sunday's worship folder.
  • Our adopted school, Liberty Traditional School -- its teachers, staff and students.
  • Our monthly outreach, Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, its staff and volunteers, Habitat families, and all those in need of affordable, safe shelter.
  • The governor, legislators, school administrators, teachers, staff, parents and students, as they advocate and join together to provide adequate salaries for those who work with Arizona's children.
  • Singers, ringers, staff musicians, and others that provide beautiful music for Emmanuel services.
  • Sunday school teachers, confirmation leaders, Bible and book study leaders, who make the word of God come alive to youth and adults.
  • And those people who haven't found Emmanuel yet -- maybe your neighbor, your co-worker, your friend or family member. Invite them so they can hear the good news of Jesus Christ as we worship and join together to serve.
Volunteers taking supplies to Navajo Lutheran Mission
On May 11, volunteers will take the long drive to the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission at Rock Point, AZ.

About 3,000 people live in the Rock Point area in the far northeast corner of Arizona, with other shopping and medical services hours away..

The mission, which has provided education, Christian worship and assistance to the Rock Point area, is in its 65th year. It consists of a school (the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission School, a worship center (the House of Prayer), a clinic, a cafe to provide meals like our interfaith meal, and other services. Emmanuel, along with other churches, has been doing outreach to the mission for many years.

Items are being collected now to take to this outreach. Items that are needed are personal hygiene products (such as soap, shampoo and deodorant), copy paper, and first-aid items (such as children's cough syrup, children's Tylenol and Band-Aids).

This time, their special request is for books for their library -- new or gently used children's books.

The Navajo Mission collection box is in the church entry area. Please place your donations there before May 11. Many thanks for your help!

John and Nancy Clark

To learn more about the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission, and the NELM Christian school, click here, or watch an eight-minute video about the community and Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission by clicking here.
What's happening? Emmanuel's calendar is online
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