Weekly Word | September 24, 2021 | Issue 8

Upcoming Events

Prayer Walk (see below): Saturday, September 25

Grief Group: Friday, October 1

Homecoming Sunday: October 3

Our next Interfaith Meal: Friday, October 8

God's Work. Our Hands., Soup and Socks Saturday: November 6

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Dear Ones,

MISSION OUTREACH for September is the HUSD Hungry Kids Program. We are coming to the end of our donation period for this outreach. This program is for all children in our school district. Bags filled with food are distributed each Friday during the school year to the children who qualify for subsidized meals. The program anticipates giving out over 120 bags each week. Food items in each backpack can include some of the following (no breakable glass packaging please):

  • a loaf of bread
  • small jars of peanut butter and jelly
  • fruit snack cups
  • ramen noodles
  • individual cereal packs
  • tuna
  • ravioli
  • spaghetti O’s
  • an apple
  • orange
  • raisins

The food is packed on Friday mornings.

Molly Duren is the new program coordinator for the , and she is looking for volunteers to stuff bags on Fridays. There are two locations: Humboldt Elementary, and the old district building across from Little Dealer-Little Prices on N. Truwood Drive. See Pr. Tricia about connecting with Molly! We are collecting food items as well as monetary donations for the program so they can purchase items as needed.

The ARK is full!

The new stuffed animals are being delivered to the Yavapai Family Advocacy Center today. The animals are given to children whose families are in crisis. YFAC has a wonderful closet stocked with stuffed animals for children to choose one for their very own. Thank you everyone for your generosity; we know that they will be well loved and are much needed.

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Thank you to everyone who helped us meet the New Commercial Refrigerator Challenge!

The fridge has arrived, and we are waiting for the professional movers to get it into its final location in the kitchen by September 29. The total cost of the new unit is about $4200. The Fellowship Ministry will take $2100 out of their budget, and we have raised the remaining $2100! Thank you for supporting the Interfaith Meal ministry and our own Fellowship Ministry by donating to this challenge.

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Here are some upcoming dates and locations for blood donations. There is an urgent need at this time, judging by the number of cell phone calls I have been getting from Vitalant. If you are able, please donate.

Tomorrow, September 26, 10:00am – 2:00pm: Walmart parking lot – Bloodmobile 3450 Glassford Hill Rd., Prescott Valley

Saturday, October 2, 9:00am – 1:00pm: Sacred Heart Church – lower level, 150 Fleury Avenue, Prescott

Thursday, October 7, 8:00am – 1:30pm: Prescott High School Small Gym 1050 N Ruth St., Prescott

Vitalant - Donate Blood, Plasma or Platelets | Schedule Appointment with Vitalant

In keeping with updated CDC guidance, masks will be required for all donors, staff and guests, at all Vitalant blood drives and facilities regardless of vaccination status. Thank you for your understanding, and let's continue to save lives together! All donors, regardless of vaccination status, are needed for blood, platelet and plasma donations.

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Updates on the Tuesday 10am Women’s Bible Study and the Wednesday 10am Lectionary Bible Study

The Tuesday 10am Women’s Bible Study meets both in person in the Fellowship Hall and on Zoom. If you aren’t on Pr. Tricia’s email list for Zoom and would like to attend the group that way, please send her an email at pastortrlowe@gmail.com.

The Wednesday Lectionary Study group, led by Hal Vogelaar and Larry Gordon, is meeting at 10am on Wednesdays. Masks are required except when you are eating or drinking.

Hal and Mai Vogelaar are teaching a class at Yavapai College through the Prescott Community Education program! It will be the four Thursdays in October.

Getting to Know Muslim Neighbors    

Learn more about the beliefs and practice of Islam through readings, lectures, discussions and videos. In conjunction with the course, an optional trip to a local mosque will be offered. This opportunity to broaden perspectives on faith and feelings of Muslims is guided by two scholars, one Christian and one Muslim. Become familiar with the culture and beliefs, exploring beyond headlines, to engage the “heart-lines” of Muslim people.

Getting to Know Muslim Neighbors

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Mai & Harold Vogelaar

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Bldg: Building 31

Sessions: 4 Th       

Room: 101

10/7/2021 - 10/28/2021

Fee: $70.00

The link is below:

Yavapai College

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Our potential New Members are invited to a Meet and Greet tomorrow, Saturday, September 25 at 5:00 p.m. in the courtyard. The church council and Ministry Team Coordinators will be there, and we are excited to receive new members on Sunday, October 3 during worship. We are calling that Sunday Homecoming! If you are considering becoming a member at Emmanuel or just want to learn more about Emmanuel and what it means to be a Lutheran Christian in the world today, please let Pr. Tricia or Mary (in the office) know.

For Homecoming Sunday, we also you call to a friend or fellow pewmate who you haven’t seen in worship for a while to come to service that Sunday—it will be a Homecoming Celebration! See the postcard in Sunday’s worship folder for prompts on what to say when you call! The Care and Nurture Ministry Team will be dropping off pumpkin cupcakes to our shut-ins so that they can be part of our celebration as well.

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The Outreach Ministry Team has planned our God’s Work. Our Hands. activity this year for Saturday, November 6. The event is called Soup and Socks Saturday. We are inviting different groups within the church to provide the makings for a hot soup (two gallons) that we will cook in our kitchen and then will be giving it away for free to the community that Saturday! You will be encouraged to donate new socks that will be given to the Humboldt Unified School District Resource Center. We hope to procure two Thrivent Action Cards to help defray the cost of the take-out containers and some of the soup fixings! Thrivent members: and haven’t used your Action Cards this year, please see Mary in the church office!

There is a Prayer Walk For All Faiths scheduled for this Sunday. Everyone meets at the gazebo in the Prescott town square at 4:00 p.m. Lucas Cilano will be leading the prayer. An invitation was sent out to all faith establishments. The plan is to continue the Walks for the last Sunday of every month, until the end of the year. We are stronger when we all pray together!

It's time for this week's Ministry Team feature!


The Building and Property Ministry Team is overseen by Coordinator Keith Namock. The ministry team is tasked with the care and maintenance of our physical plant and surrounding property. People with skills in the building trades (electrical, plumbing, carpentry, HVAC, concrete, etc.), electronics, office equipment and landscaping are encouraged to become part of this ministry.

John Baggenstos manages the exterior maintenance and works with teams of volunteers weekly to clear weeds and keep the exterior groomed.

The kitchen is managed by Kyle Smith and Mike Kenny, who have both obtained the Food Manager Certification through the County Health Department.

Kimberly Robinson Goats oversees the sound booth and media equipment, and Mary Jensen monitors the office equipment.

ELC provides Faith Chests to newly baptized members of Emmanuel. Anyone with finishing carpentry skills is encouraged to take part in this meaningful ministry in coordination with the Faith Formation Ministry Team. See Jim Rebholz for details.

Adopt a Street:  Emmanuel is contracted with the Town of Prescott Valley to clean up the roadside along Loos Street from Long Look Drive to Civic Drive and the full length of Civic Drive to Civic Circle. These clean ups usually occur in May, September, and one other time during the year. Volunteers must be registered with the town as a volunteer. Reflective vests and collection bags are issued by the town to the team leader upon submission of a participant list. See Mary Jensen in the church office if you would like to help.

The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation ministry at Sacred Heart Catholic Church is sponsoring an eight-week Zoom course on racial justice for the Native Americans. The course will begin next Thursday, September 30 and end on November 18, each Thursday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Gary and Jean Kiser have been attending courses on racial justice, climate change, poverty and other social justice issues offered by Sacred Heart and have learned so much.

The course will use the book entitled Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians but Were Afraid to Ask by Anton Treuer. The reading of this book will be supplemented by videos, other articles and guest speakers.

Click on the flyer below to view the details, and contact Gary or Jean Kiser at 928-777-8961 if you would like more information.

Interfaith Climate Action Team

Just before the pandemic started last year, we (Gary and Jean Kiser) became involved in a class on climate change. The class was informative, timely and made us aware how quickly climate change is affecting the earth. It eventually led us to becoming members of and representing Emmanuel on the Interfaith Climate Action Team (ICAT).

Click here to learn more!


Northern AZ Climate Change Alliance NAZCCA

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Here's the link to Sunday's scheduled livestream. You will receive the Worship email tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. (so that it'll be higher up in your Inbox around 9:00 a.m.). If you're subscribed to our channel you can set a reminder!

Remember that it takes a few hours for YouTube to process our livestream video after we finish filming. Click "Read More" to find your options viewing options!

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Celebrating this Week


LoraLee Nye, September 26

Sammie Berry, September 27

Wendy Espinoza, September 27

Julie Hope, September 28


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Emmanuel Lutheran Church

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Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

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