Church News: Week of Sept. 9, 2017

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Volunteers from Emmanuel Lutheran Church participate in a group project. (Courtesy)

‘God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday’ at PV’s Emmanuel Lutheran Church Sept. 10

This Sunday, for the third year, Emmanuel Lutheran is participating in “God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday,” the national day of service for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Church members will follow their worship with service work on 15 projects throughout the Quad City area.

Sunday, instead of the usual two services, Emmanuel Lutheran will have one combined worship service at 9:30 a.m. Then, the congregation will be blessed and sent to serve at project sites for several hours. Each project has 1-2 team captains and four or more project participants.

Church members, from toddlers to seniors, will participate in 10 projects in the community, and five activities at the church. In the community, members will be painting at the Prescott Area Women’s Shelter and at Chino Valley’s Horses with Heart. They will be landscaping at Humboldt Elementary and Yavapai Family Advocacy Center. They will take care of several agencies’ client homes that need a helping hand. They will have a variety of projects at the Northern Arizona VA, Child Haven, New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center and the church’s adopted school, Liberty Traditional School.

On and around the church campus at 7763 E. Long Look Drive, members will be writing to shut ins and VA patients, and creating care packages for college students, service members and teachers. They will clean the church’s Adopt a Street, and give the church a good fall cleaning.

Emmanuel Lutheran’s service work goes well beyond this day. Anderson said service is in the church’s DNA. Each month, the church teams up with a different nonprofit organization monthly for education and services. Emmanuel hosts interfaith meals, food drives, backpack and school supply drives, blood drives and more. Members adopt families for Christmas and make quilts and knitted items. Members are encouraged to volunteer with a community organization that resonates with them.

For an idea of what this event looks like, check out a video of the church’s first God’s Work, Our Hands Day at www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-EU0IAFFds.

For more information about Emmanuel Lutheran’s ministries, go to www.EmmanuelLutheranPV.org, or call 928-772-4135.

Refiners Fire Country Church would like to invite everyone to their new church location at 105 W. Carleton St., Prescott, for Sunday 10 a.m. services — a non-denominational, non-traditional, come-as-you-are church. Our music is a combination of old gospel hymns and country Christian. We are an International Cowboy Church Network affiliate and a 501(c)3 tax exempt church under the Association of Evangelical Gospel Assemblies, Iberia, Louisiana.

Please join Discovery Church Prescott for “God will bring you through!” “There arose against us...Euroclydon.” Acts 27:14 Euroclydon - It’s the only storm named in Scripture. It means “typhoon” or “hurricane,” and Paul had to sail through it to reach his destiny.

We are meeting at the Sam Hill Warehouse, 232 N. Granite St. www.discoveryprescott.com

Topic for the 11:00 a.m. program at Prescott Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 945 Rancho Vista Road, Prescott, on Sept. 10 will be “The Great Eclipse Expedition” - Join Al Schober, member and amateur astronomer, as he and friends traveled to Wyoming to observe the eclipse on August 21. Weather was perfect and they took some great photos and video of their adventure. Accompanying music will be by harpist, Adrienne Bridgewater.

The Chino Valley United Methodist Church, 735 E Road One South, Chino Valley, will return to their regular service schedule of 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10. Adult Sunday school will be held from 10 a.m. until 10:50 a.m. and Sunday school for children and youth will be held during the 9 a.m. service. In addition, a nursery is provided for children 5 and under at the 9 a.m. service.

All are welcome to join in our weekly joyful celebrations of God’s presence and love.

Prescott Community Church will hold a Cry Out America prayer gathering on Monday, Sept. 11, at 12:15 to 1 p.m. in the sanctuary at the church, 3151 Willow Creek Road. All are invited to join in Cry Out America, a national prayer initiative to see 9/11 become a day where millions of Americans join for a few minutes in various locations to cry out to God in prayer for our nation. Nationally, the day will include a rally in Chicago’s Daley Plaza. Information about how to view that rally, as well as information on how to be a part of the local gathering at Prescott Community Church, can be found at pccaz.org.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is offering Stephen Ministry training starting on Sept. 12. This amazing opportunity is open to anyone interested in becoming a Stephen Minister. Stephen Ministry is an ecumenical program of Christian caring for people going through difficult times. Stephen Ministers must complete 50 hours of training (26 weeks for 2 hours) and then meet twice monthly for peer evaluation and continuing education. For more information or to receive an application, contact Chris Christy cchristy1231@gmail.com or Lucy Kemper lucykemper48@gmail.com, St Luke’s Stephen Leaders. St. Luke’s is located at 2000 Shepherds Lane, Prescott (near the airport, at 89 and Ruger Road).

Women of Wisdom, an interdenominational Christian fellowship of Bible teaching and Bible studies for women of all ages and backgrounds, is now taking registrations for the Fall 2017 session. The new session begins on Wednesday, Sept. 13, and meets for eight weeks, until Nov. 1, 2017. WOW meets on Wednesday mornings from 8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at American Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Drive, Prescott. Full and partial scholarships for class materials are available, and free childcare is always provided.

The program for WOW each Wednesday morning includes coffee time, praise & worship music, prayer, a first-hour Bible teaching and your choice of a second-hour Bible study or a “Fun, Faith & Fellowship” class.

Detailed brochures with registration forms may be obtained from the American Lutheran Church office, 1085 Scott Drive, or call 928-445-4348, and a brochure will be mailed to you.

Love and Unity March, Sept. 16, 9 a.m., Prescott College

First Congregational Church is helping sponsor a Love and Unity March. The Love and Unity March is being organized with the mission to celebrate and promote diversity and inclusiveness in a growing climate of division. We believe that Prescott has a strong sense of community that is welcoming to all and supports equality. We ask this community to show that heart by gathering at the Prescott College Crossroads Center at 9 a.m. Sept. 16. We will enjoy hearing from a few inspiring, local speakers and be led in song by local musicians. The march will then proceed from Prescott College to the Prescott Courthouse plaza. This will be a peaceful, sidewalk march and we encourage posters that are appropriate even to our young participants. There will be an 11 a.m. wrap-up meeting in order to organize further efforts to support equality in the Prescott area.

The Chino Valley United Methodist Church will hold its Tenth Annual Classic Car Show and Barbecue on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 3 to 6 p.m. The church is located at 735 East Road One South, Chino Valley. Admission to the car show is free. Donations will be accepted for the dinner.

This year, the proceeds from the car show will be given to the church’s Adopt-A-Family for Christmas and to the Chino Valley Food Bank.

A barbecue dinner will be served from 4 to 5:30 p.m., featuring hamburgers, and brats, along with coleslaw, beans, and an ice cream social for dessert.

Additional information is available by calling the church office, 928-636-2969.

Praise in The Park, Saturday, Sept. 16, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Memory Park in Chino Valley. Cost: FREE! You’re invited to the second annual Praise in The Park. Worship led by multiple church teams and messages from local pastors. Bring Your Own Lawn Chair and a few canned goods for the Chino Valley Food Bank. Food available for purchase at the concession stand. For more information go to www.cvgrace.com/praiseinthepark

St. Germaine Festival, Sunday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 7997 E. Dana Dr., Prescott Valley. Food, activities, bingo and lotteria, bounce house, games, music and more. Proceeds benefit the building fund.

Jews in quad city area coming together for high holy days observances.

The High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur will bring Jews in the Quad City together in a community of prayer starting at sundown on the evening of Sept. 20 and ending ten days later.

The High Holy Days mark the beginning of the Jewish New Year, explained Rabbi Jessica Rosenthal, spiritual leader of Prescott’s Temple B’rith Shalom. “Unlike the secular New Year, our High Holy Days are a time of reflection on our deeds over the past year, and an opportunity for us to practice charity, repentance and prayer,” Rabbi Rosenthal said. “It’s a time when we seek forgiveness from one another, and from the Divine, and we consider how we might lead a more ethical life in the coming year.”

Temple B’rith Shalom will also conduct a Selichot service, in which participants will watch a movie, have a brief discussion and engage in prayers, on Saturday evening, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.

The Temple invites all Jews, and their partners and families in the area, to join us for services during the High Holy Day Season. All are welcome. The Temple does not require tickets to attend. For further information call the Temple office at (928) 708-0018.

Please RSVP promptly to Beit Torah Jewish Congregation (www.onetorah.org) if you want to join in High Holy Day Activities: Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m. Selichot Forgiveness; Sept. 20 eve-Sept. 22 Rosh HaShanah; Sept. 29 eve Kol Nidre; Sept. 30 Yom Kippur. Please call for location, directions and details: 928-237-0390, 227-0582 or email ansheitorah@cableone.net

High Holy Days Comfort that We All can be Forgiven

In a couple weeks, the Jewish High Holy Days will be upon us. The seven weeks leading up to Rosh HaShanah are called the weeks of comfort. During these weeks people are supposed to reflect upon their failings of the past year. The comfort comes from being reassured that one can atone for these failings and be forgiven. If the failings are in relationships with others, then the others need to do the forgiving. If the failings are in not observing our brit, covenant contract with HaShem (the Holy One), then forgiveness needs to come from HaShem at the end of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

We are told in Torah [the five Books of Moses] that all people, regardless of background, should join together in atonement on Yom Kippur. We all have our failings, our human imperfections.

This year, Beit Torah Jewish Congregation welcome all to observe the High Holy Days: Selichot 9/16, 6:30 pm; Rosh HaShanah from Wed. eve 9/20 through Fri. 9/22; Yom Kippur Fri. eve 9/29 through Sat. 9/30. [Sukkah building will start Sun., Oct. 1 and continue until afternoon Wed. Oct. 4.]

First day Rosh HaShanah (Thurs. 9/21 at 10 a.m.) and Yom Kippur (Shabbat, 9/30 at 10 a.m.) will be in Chino Valley at the meeting hall between the food bank and the church, 735 E. Road 1 S.. For second day Rosh HaShanah, Tuesday 9/22 at 10 a.m., a brunch shofar service will be combined with our annual Taschlich service at Fain Park in Prescott Valley, 2200 N 5th St.

All are welcome to join in. Please call to RSVP or for details at 928-237-0390 or email ansheitorah@cableone.net.

Christians 55 or Better: “The Best is Yet to Come!” is a movement of those in the second half of life throughout the quad-cities who are passionate about fulfilling their God-size dreams and destiny. If you’re 55 or better, we invite you to join us for a special kickoff gathering Tuesday, October 3rd, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., at the Adult Center of Prescott. We’ll be encouraging, praying, envisioning, and honoring you and your latter years. For more information email us at TheBestisYettoComeArizona@gmail.com or call 928-848-7710.