September 3 Greetings
Dear Ones,

It’s Thursday of the first week of September as we continue to “Be Church Together” even as we are apart. Our state and local COVID-19 numbers are finally headed in the right direction, I’m so glad that the number of new cases are down as well as hospitalizations, especially in our county. Be safe this weekend and keep up the good work!
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I spend several hours a day on Zoom these days, and one of the most unpleasant aspects of the experience is having to look at myself. It’s like gazing into a mirror for extended lengths of time. Something that bothers me is my ‘Quarantine Hair’. When they opened the salons again, I waited almost a month to go in for a cut, but that was three months ago, and the shaggy mess that is the current state of my hair is pretty distressing! I have resorted to trimming my bangs (the part that hangs down my forehead, for those not familiar with the word) but there is no shape to the rest of it and I can really see the grey. When did I get so old? My vanity will eventually overcome my fear and I will get in to see my stylist, but I am not there yet. We all are making sacrifices during this pandemic and bad hair is really just a minor inconvenience. I meet weekly with my Cursillo friends (on Zoom, of course…) and we have decided to “fast from complaining”—not something that is always easy to do! But it is a good discipline and one I want to take to heart. What are you finding hard to overcome during this uncertain time? Would it help to “fast” from complaining? This too will pass, but Lordy it can’t come soon enough! Okay, back to the fasting!
The Music and Worship Ministry Team is busy planning our first Worship in the Park experience at Mountain Valley Park on Loos Drive at 10:00am 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. I am certainly ready to see your smiling faces, even if they are behind masks!

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 tomorrow morning on Zoom to firm up plans about what we will do in our neighborhood to show God’s love.

We plan 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 the project with the Navajo Mission wish list below (items are due at the church by next 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 the Meals on Wheels client who also 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.
And you thought that opera was boring…check out the giant tap-dancing noses scene from Shostakovich's The Nose (The Royal Opera).
From the ridiculous to the sublime…
Here is Robert Frost reading his poem, “The Road Not Taken”.
RedFrost Motivations is a YouTube channel that offers readings of powerful life poetry and quotes, it is worth a look!
And finally, the 2019 Colorado All State Treble choir sing in the atrium of their hotel. “Down to the River to Pray”, recorded on a cellphone but still stunning!
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.
Here’s an amazing picture of Watson Lake on a mirror-calm day, photo by Lisa Millbourn.
A Bible verse for today!
He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”
Luke 19:40
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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