Weekly Word | August 5, 2022 | Issue 52

Food Drive Sunday

Remember this Sunday is our Sunday Food Drive for the Prescott Valley Food Bank!

Bring your groceries to church and they will be delivered to the food bank after the beginning of second service.


Upcoming Events

Dinner for 8 potluck: Saturday, August 6, 5:00pm


Food Drive Sunday: August 7

Outreach/Anniversary planning meeting: Monday, August 8, 9am

Our next Inc. Meeting: Monday, August 8, 11:00am (Zoom)

Our next Interfaith Meal: Friday, August 12, 11:00am - 12:30pm

Our next Grief Group: Friday, August 12, 1:00pm

The Dinner for 8 group has invited the whole congregation to a potluck dinner this Saturday (tomorrow) at 5pm in the Fellowship Hall.

If you haven’t had a chance to sign up yet and still want to attend, give Carole Rebholz a call (928-227-3923) to see if there is room for a few more! Everyone is invited to come and bring a main dish, salad, side or dessert to share!

If you haven’t driven by the church in the past two weeks, you have missed all the excitement! The painters are done!

The lovely new grey colors with teal accents are quite elegant!

August Outreach: Navajo Mission School

The Navajo Lutheran Mission School is a small not-for-profit school with a rich 50-year history of providing quality education to the Rock Point community on the Navajo Nation. Many of the children enrolled in the school have parents who attended the Mission when they were young and want the same education for their own children. Navajo children in the Rock point community have the choice of a faith-based education which puts focus on the Navajo language and culture. The Navajo School provides a Christian school to nurture the Christian lifestyle among the young people of the community. Click on the logo to visit their website!

We know that many of you are looking forward to travelling during the summer. Don’t forget to drop off or mail in your offering or pledge before you go! Summer is often a time of decreased giving but we still need to keep the lights and the AC on!

The six-month giving statements are out, check your church mailbox!

The Outreach Ministry Team and the special event team of Nancy Smith and Lora Lee Nye are meeting during the Outreach team regular meeting time next Monday, August 8, at 9am. Last month they started planning the 30th Anniversary celebration of the chartering of Emmanuel Lutheran as a congregation of the ELCA (September 23, 2022). See Nancy Smith if you have ideas!

Some things in the works include:

  • Celebration Sunday, September 18: There will be a 10am worship service followed by a catered luncheon. The service and lunch will be in the sanctuary with rented round tables and tablecloths. Bring your favorite dessert for a dessert potluck!
  • God’s Work. Our Hands.: Celebrated for a month from Sunday, September 11, through October 9, with many activities suggested. Here are just a few:
  • singing at nursing homes
  • giving goodie baskets to nurse’s stations in hospitals
  • cleaning our Adopted Road, Civic Drive
  • sprucing up the church including washing the windows
  • providing lunches for Habitat for Humanity builds
  • working on a project at our adopted school, Liberty Traditional

More details will be shared as they become available.

We are collecting a list of all the ways that Emmanuelites serve our neighbors. Do you volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, the Prescott Valley Food Bank, People Who Care, Meals on Wheels, at one of our hospitals or at our local library or some other volunteer opportunity? Send an email to the church office or let Pr. Tricia know as you are leaving worship, so we can create a list of some of the ways that the members of Emmanuel are showing love for our neighbors in our community!

Bible Study and Groups Summer Schedules

  • The Caregiver Support Group is on hiatus. They will gather again in September.
  • The Grief Group meets on the second and fourth Friday of the month in the nursery at 1:00pm. Chaplains from Good Samaritan Hospice are facilitating.
  • The Tuesday Morning 10am Women’s Bible Study is on hiatus until mid-August. The group will start again on August 16, reading Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey.

  • The last Tuesday of the month Bible study at the Prescott home of Karen and Bruce Lamb is on hiatus and will start up again at 9:30am on September 27th.
  • The Wednesday 10am Lectionary Study group led by Hal Vogelaar and Larry Gordon meets in the Fellowship Hall and is on hiatus until September 7.
  • The Thursday evening Bible Study meets at the Rebholz’ home. Gathering at 6:30pm for dessert (always amazing by Carole), the study starts at 7:00pm. This group will meet through Thursday, August 11, and then take the rest of August off, beginning again September 7.

One more call for newbies to join the Inclusivity Team! We have a fun job thinking up and executing deeds of welcome from writing and artwork to activities: from researching to implementation of Lutheran practices we never knew existed.

We try to be positive and optimistic in everything we do because we carry “good news”. Pastor Tricia will help guide the projects we take on. Don’t worry if you have a vacation now and then, we keep on with those present. The group meets on the second and fourth Mondays at 11 am, currently via ZOOM. Call Gene at 928-713-0591.

COVID Updates

We are recommending the current CDC guidelines that suggests everyone now wear masks inside during the summer spike of Covid-19. Our mask wearing criteria has been a positivity rate above 5%, and this past week the rate has gone down to 21.7%. (still in the high risk range).

Please continue to wear a mask if you are at high risk or are protecting a loved one who is and stay home if you are feeling unwell.

We will continue with our other pandemic protocols, like checking in at the welcome table before worship.

Nametags, please!

Please remember to wear your nametag in worship for a while, and keep an eye out for our new members: Deborah Delmastro, Connie Gromada, Michael and Cheryl Leigh, Doris and Roger MacGregor, and Lorna Paulus. Take a moment and introduce yourself!

If you have lost your name tag and need a new one, let Mary in the church office know and she will make you another. And you can always grab a paper nametag at the check-in desk if you left yours at home.

So… You’ve seen the bell choir ringing and drumming at the services and you’re wondering, “When can I learn?”

The dates to come play with bells and drums are August 15 and 22 at 4:30 PM. No experience is perfect. Reserve at 928-713-0591.

The next Interfaith meal is Friday, August 12 with a sit-down meal in the Fellowship Hall as well as curbside pick-up. Extra help is needed to make this possible. Set up, serving, bussing and washing dishes, and clean up help is needed on Friday morning and meal prep on Thursday. Please let Mary know if you can be available to assist.

Are you a Thrivent member? If so, please consider using your Community Action Cards to help with the cost of these meals. Click on the picture to visit the Thrivent website!

We are sorry to share the sad news of the passing of Sylvia Leaf last Friday, July 29.

We will have a Memorial Moment for Sylvia during Sunday worship on August 15.

Len Meyers, husband of charter member Margaret Damschroder-Meyers, died early Wednesday morning, August 3.

Len's memorial service:

Saturday, August 13, at 1:00pm

Sunrise Funeral Home

8167 State Route 69

Please keep their friends and families in your prayers.

This past week while my Goddaughter Aria was visiting, we did her first communion preparation. This song made me cry!

Here's "Bigger Table" by Matt Maher.

Monsoon sunsets continue to astound!

Here is a picture from my front porch on Monday evening!

If you are traveling this week, be safe and send us pictures!

In case you missed it

Here is the new worship livestream link after our false start on Sunday!

Celebrating this Week

Happy Birthday!

Doris Edelman, August 8

Heidi Espinoza, August 10

Sylvia Leaf (rest in peace), August 12

Kyle Smith, August 12

Happy Anniversary!

August 7: Bert & Kathy Austin, 40 years

August 10: Mike & Gail Kenny, 37 years


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

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

7763 E. Long Look Dr.

Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

PH (928) 772-4135

FX (928) 759-3541

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Monday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.