September 14 Greetings
It’s Monday, the beginning of a new week, as we continue to “Be Church Together” even as we are apart. The evenings are so glorious here. Last night Tim and I sat in our ramada and watched the sunset: no clouds, so there was just the lovely pink sky as it settled into purple, then the night sky with a million twinkling stars!
I’m pretty excited about this coming Sunday and our first outdoor worship. The Worship and Music Ministry Team and the Church in a Changing World Task Force have spent the last week trying to solve the first problem: location, location, location! We had reserved the pavilion at Mountain Valley Park, and on Sunday of the Labor Day weekend a team of five went to scope out the location at the appointed 10:00am worship time. What they found was pandemonium. There were hundreds of people at the park, soccer games being played twenty feet from the pavilion, folks tailgating in the parking lot and a level of noise they weren’t sure even our sound system could compete with. Our highest priority is the safety of our parishioners, and there is no way we could have control of all the elements we would need to feel comfortable in that environment.
So plan B is: Worship in the Park(ing Lot) at Emmanuel. You will need to RSVP! We are following the state guidelines of gatherings:
  • maximum of 50 people
  • practice social distancing at 6 feet
  • mask wearing
  • sanitizing of surfaces (including hands)
The service will be no longer than 45 minutes, and the church building will not be open except for emergencies. We will set up canopies for shade (let us know if you have a canopy we can borrow), and we ask everyone to bring your own lawn chairs and umbrellas if you have them. Communion will be offered: individual cups with wafers, in your seats. With the worship and setup teams, we already have 20 spaces committed, so it is important that you RSVP as soon as possible.

If we hit 50 reservations, those on the waiting list will be notified and can still come, but will asked to sit outside of the designated area and I will offer them communion after the service. If the numbers warrant it, we will increase the number of services offered each Sunday.
You will have the opportunity to RSVP through an email that you will receive this afternoon. Look for the subject line “RSVP for Sunday Morning Worship, September 20”.
God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday was yesterday, September 13. Donations are coming in; thank you! Help us fill these Thank You baskets for the Fire and Police stations, hospital nurses’ stations, library, Liberty School and school district offices. Forty-five thank you cards were written and newsletters to be sent to local nursing homes were folded. One hour and fifteen minutes later, everything was picked up and ready to go! A big thank you to everyone who donated items and for Thrivent Financial for the Action Cards to buy the baskets, the forty-five dozen cookies from Flour Stone Bakery and Café, and additional items.

We are also talking about a group of folks to do reasonable yard work for our shut-ins or seniors. Dana Diller will organize the effort. If you would like to volunteer to do yard work, give the church office a call!
This is the last week you can drop off donations for the Navajo Mission “wish list.” We will be making the 5½ hour drive up to the mission this Friday, September 18. Here is a recently released video from the ELCA about Rock Point!
Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer in our community? Here is an announcement from People Who Care and a training that is coming up on Wednesday!
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People Who Care will be hosting their next informational orientation Wednesday, September 16, 1:30 – 3:30pm at its headquarters: 147 Grove Avenue, Prescott. People Who Care volunteers provide caring non-medical assistance for adults unable to drive due to age related and/or physical limitations to continue living in their own homes and remain independent as long as safely possible. Opportunities for one to one assistance include transportation to healthcare appointments, grocery shopping, personal paperwork, friendly visits or phone calls, caregiver relief and more. For more information about People Who Care, call the Prescott office at 928-445-2480 or check out the website.
“To the world you may be only one person, but to one person, you may be the world” ~ Dr. Seuss
Vitalant blood drives scheduled for our area:

  • Walmart PV Bloodmobile: Sunday, September 20, 8:00am – 6:00pm
  • Northern AZ VA Health Systems: Tuesday, September 22, 9:00am – 2:00pm
  • Franklin Phonetic School lot: Wednesday, September 23, 7:30am – 12:30pm
  • (YRMC West sponsored), Washington School gymnasium: Thursday, September 24, 8:00am – 5:00pm

Make an appointment at, or call 1-877-258-4825. Vitalant includes COVID-19 antibody testing for all blood donations.
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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
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.
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 if you have something to share. Keep sending those pictures; we love seeing what everyone is up to.
Prickly pear fruit on the cactus off the PV Library parking lot!
A Bible verse for today!
Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.
John 12:26
Yours in Christ,
Pr Tricia
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Prescott Valley, AZ
Celebrating this Week
Ryan Intlekofer, September 18
Randy Virden, September 18
John Baggenstos, September 20
Izzy Martin, September 20
Helen Tappero, September 20
September 14: Roger & Nance Busboom
52 years

September 15: Ryan & Alicia Intlekofer
30 years
Emmanuel Lutheran Church

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