November 13 Greetings
Dear Ones,

It’s Friday, the end of another week, as we continue to “Be Church Together” even as the church building is closed for gatherings. I hope to see many of you at our 1:00 p.m. Outdoor Worship in the Park(ing lot) service this Sunday. Please note the time change. Mary and I were outside yesterday afternoon around 2 o’clock, and it was simply divine. We aren’t using canopies so bring your chair, a jacket, and an umbrella if you need extra shade. You might want to bring a throw for your lap, but it was pretty nice out yesterday, and we are expecting temperatures in the mid-60s. Please RSVP, but come anyway if you forget! Also, if you lent the church a canopy, please arrange to come by and pick it up. They are currently being stored in the back of the sanctuary.
We are getting requests from our mission partners for help during the holiday season. So many charities are really suffering during the pandemic, as they are not able to do their usual fundraising activities. One I want to highlight today is Habitat for Humanity. Usually the weekend would be their annual Tuxedos and Toolbelt Gala; but this is not a usual year. Here is the information we have been sent:
T & T Virtual Event 11/14 CANCELLED
To our Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity friends and family:
   As we enter into the Thanksgiving holiday, we want to let you know how grateful we are for you, our loyal and dedicated supporters.
   This has been a year of firsts, tough for many but especially our low-income families. We have and will continue to support them in any way we can.
   PAHH also suffered the loss of monies that we would have ordinarily received through our fundraisers...which amounts to almost two houses. The ReStore, which pays almost all of our administrative costs, was closed for weeks also resulting in a tremendous loss of revenue.
   NOW, on to our "No Show Gala" and just a little bit of levity:
   Since you didn't have to -
     Buy a ticket
     Buy a table
     Buy a new dress
     Rent a tuxedo
     Hire a babysitter
     Buy raffle tickets
     Suffer through a rubber chicken dinner (we don't really do
         chicken, just threw that in)
     Dredge in heels through a possible snowstorm OR
     Leave your cozy home
 - a tax-deductible donation would be appreciated and a receipt awaits you for any or all of the great reasons above. Any amount would be appreciated and will really help us to continue serving our families. Your generosity has always been remarkable. More importantly, remember what you have done, YOU HAVE CHANGED THE LIVES OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN IN SO MANY WAYS!
Look for details of a new and exciting event that we are researching. We hope it comes together and that we can look forward to seeing you in person. Until then, many blessings and THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
Please address any questions to Alyce Ayers at
Updating the photo directory: We Need Your Pictures!

I have a list of the pictures we are missing: I will be calling you to see if you need assistance taking your picture. Using a solid background, take a selfie with your phone or have someone else take it for you. Please include your smiling face and upper torso. You can email the picture to the church office at, or text it to me on my cell phone at 310-890-9785 (make sure you include your name) as soon as possible! Thank you to those who have already submitted yours.
Please join the Lutherans Exploring Racial Justice group as it continues its work in understanding racism by inviting everyone to watch the documentary, “13th, and then join them on Tuesday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom for a time of discussion.
The documentary is available on many formats including YouTube (click above) and Netflix. Director Ava DuVernay examines the U.S. prison system in light of the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery and involuntary servitude except as punishment for a crime. If you want to learn more, watch this interview of Ava by Oprah.
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Jean Kiser has been in touch with Mountain View Elementary School and has families for whom we can help make Christmas special! An Angel Tree will be set up in the narthex and you can stop by to pick up a gift request and then bring the wrapped and tagged gift back to the church. You can call the church and Mary will help you make a selection if you aren’t able to get out during office hours. More information will be available shortly before Thanksgiving.
Live Streaming
Exciting news! We are planning to start live streaming our worship services on Sunday, November 29. We will be doing media team training next week on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, November 16, 17 and 19 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.; and a practice run on Saturday, November 21 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. This is a great opportunity to join the Multimedia Team; and if you're a tech-savvy doodler, this could be a fantastic fit!

Gary Kiser has been working hard, as part of the Church in a Changing World taskforce, to prepare the sound booth for our new adventure, and will be leading the training sessions. We now have four areas of media technology: presentation (what you see on the screens), audio, live streaming and camera. We definitely need more people to be part of the process. Even if you have never done anything like this, if one of these areas or all of them interest you, contact Gary at 925-777-8961 or
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Vitalant blood drives scheduled for our area:

  • Thursday, November 19, 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.: YMRC at Washington School Gym, Prescott.
  • Saturday, November 21, 8:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m.: Knights of Columbus, St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church, Chino Valley.
  • Tuesday November 24, 1:30 – 6:30 p.m.: Humboldt Bible Church, 2500 Old Black Canyon Hwy.
  • Thursday December 3, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Prescott.

Make an appointment at, or call 1-877-258-4825. Vitalant is including COVID-19 antibody testing for all blood donations.
I haven’t visited Australia, but here is an animal I have never heard of…the quokka! A marsupial native to Western Australia—they look like real live Disney animals. Enjoy!
James Blackwood has a strange but wonderful relationship with his local racoons. (They all seem to have names…) Here is a video from 1 o’clock this morning, "bed-lunch" time apparently!
The church office is staffed from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. most weekdays. Please call ahead to let us know that you are coming or knock loudly when you have arrived!

Remember that we are asking everyone to wear masks when you are in the building with others, especially for those working the Interfaith Meal. If you need a mask, we have extras in the church office.

Third Quarter giving statements were sent out on Friday. Jim White’s email was incorrect; if you have any questions for him, please contact him at
Dear ones, be safe, get a flu shot, 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 if you have something to share.
Last night’s sunset was amazing!
A Bible verse for today: 

God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:25
Yours in Christ,
Pr Tricia
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Prescott Valley, AZ
Emmanuel Lutheran Church

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