September 1 Greetings
Dear Ones,

It’s Tuesday, the first day of September, as we continue to “Be Church Together” even as we are apart. It’s hard to believe that we have been working so hard to combat this pandemic for almost six months now. Somehow it seems to me that there is a light at the end of this tunnel. I am feeling a little more optimistic these days about gaining a little more sense of normalcy, even if it is a new normal. Hope you are too! Thank you to everyone who is doing their part by wearing masks, practicing social distancing and washing their hands: our state and local numbers are finally headed in the right direction!
Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Prescott Valley, AZ

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Wow, it’s encouraging to know that people actually read this missive…we are up four more subscriptions on our YouTube channel, thank you! Only 35 more to get to 100, have you taken the plunge yet? I am so thankful to the crew that makes our recorded worship happen! We are very blessed to have the gifts and talents of the following people that bring this high-quality experience to you. Many of my fellow pastors find themselves recording worship with just a cell phone in their front rooms. A big shout out to Mike Beno, Kimberly Goats, Paul Berry, Gene Fougner, Cathy Namock, Jonathan Hust, Bee Sena, and all the liturgists and musicians as well.
The Music and Worship Ministry Team is busy planning our first Worship in the Park experience at Mountain Valley Park on Loos Drive at 10am on September 20! You are encouraged to bring your masks and lawn chairs and practice good social distancing. We hope to continue meeting in the park weekly for as long as the weather holds up.

The blended service will be about 45 minutes long and will include communion! Emmanuel has had lots of experience being “church on the go”, setting up and taking down everything each week. We know that it takes many hands to make this work. We will continue to record weekly worship and post it on YouTube for those church members who are at high risk or may be traveling. Don’t be surprised if your phone rings, we will be looking for volunteers for lots of tasks. We’ve been teasing about a “noodle patrol,” folks measuring with pool noodles to make sure everyone is six feet apart! Click on the map for directions from our church building!
God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday is coming up on September 13 and the Outreach Ministry Team is meeting Friday morning on Zoom  to firm up plans about what we can do in our neighborhood to show God’s love. We are still looking for a few more Thrivent Action Card so we can purchase supplies for the projects. (I’ve already heard from a couple of people, anyone else out there?)

We hope to put baskets together with thank you notes for police, fire, hospital personnel and teachers in our area. We will need people to write the notes, too. We are also talking about a group of folks to do reasonable yard work for our shut-ins or seniors. If you would like to volunteer to do yard work, give the church office a call!

We already have a project with the Navajo Mission wish list below (items are due at the church by Wednesday, September 9). The collection in the Narthex is growing, thank you to those who have already dropped off a donation. We will be taking this up to the mission the week of September 14.
  • construction paper
  • glue sticks
  • early reading books for K-2nd grade
  • area rugs
  • pillows for children's reading area
Speaking of helping our neighbors…
We are still looking for a used washing machine for a Meals on Wheels client. She needs help with installation and removal of the old washer. (Remember the second floor issue.) If you can help or have other ideas on how to do so, please call the church office.
Vitalant blood drives scheduled for our area:

  • Little Dealer Little Prices (2757 N. Truwood Dr.): Thursday, September 10, 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Walmart PV Bloodmobile: Sunday, September 20, 8:00am – 6:00pm
  • Northern AZ VA Health Systems: Tuesday, September 22, 9:00am – 2:00pm
  • (YRMC West sponsored), Washington School gymnasium: Thursday, September 24, 8:00am – 5:00pm

There continues to be a need for blood donations. Make an appointment at vitalant.org, or call 1-877-258-4825. Vitalant is also now including COVID-19 antibody testing for all blood donations, so there is an extra benefit to you when you give!
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The church office is staffed from 9:00am to 1:00pm 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 other people; let’s stay safe out there, people!
Job Opening on Church Staff
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Audio-Visual Technician

As Emmanuel looks to begin livestreaming our worship services, we have a need for someone to run the audio, video and lighting during each worship service. If you know of someone who has these skills and might be interested, direct them to the church website for the job description. Applications are available in the church office.
“The Sound of Silence” on Harp by Naomi SV!
Rondo alla Mambo Flashmob (which combines the music of W.A.Mozart and Cuban Mambo) on the streets of Havana, Cuba, was the grand finale of the Mozart y Mambo project. Inspired by W.A.Mozart and written by Joshua Davis and Yuniet Lombida Prieto, it is performed by Sarah Willis and the Havana Lyceum Orchestra.
This will definitely have you dancing!
Keep safe and cool, 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. Keep sending those pictures; we love seeing what everyone is up to.
Kathy Austin took this amazing picture of the moon on Friday night while walking Pico.
From Tracy Hewelt on Friday: A beautiful rainbow today as I was riding my bike on the Peavine trail. Most definitely worth the stop!
A Bible verse for today!
I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
Genesis 9:13
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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