April 2020 View

    04.03.20 | by Pastor Gary

    Wishing you a Blessed Easter

     My brothers and sisters in Christ,

     Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

     Recently our country has begun to experience the effects of the pandemic that has already ravaged the rest of the world. The Coronavirus is far worse in other parts of the world than it is here in the USA. Coronavirus, however, has the potential to become very serious here too if proper procedures are not observed.  In an effort to flatten the curve of the contagion, the recommendation from our government (HHS, CDC, the White House, and Governor Ducey) regarding the Coronavirus is to limit our exposure to others for a short amount of time.  It is recommended that none of us gather in crowds of 10 or more. At particular risk are the elderly (70+), this puts 75% of the Immanuel family in danger.  Also, at risk are those who are compromised in their health, especially those with breathing issues like asthma or COPD, or heart issues, or any auto-immune disease which impacts another 20%, including me. 

     Therefore, working with the elders and parish council executive members, we have decided to suspend gathering for worship or any other activity (such as Wednesday night Soup Supper and service, Bible Studies, Confirmation etc.) through at least April 30. We will be attempting to live stream a worship service on Sunday at our regular worship time in order to facilitate our ability to meet together around the Word of God. You may access the live stream at 9:15 AM each Sunday. We have ordered Take home communion cups with the bread to be used in your homes during our live-streamed worship service. You may come to the office to get these.

     Finally, I want to say that this is not a time for fear but a time for FAITH and for each of us to self-sacrifice for the good of others (as Christ bids us do).  God has kept us safe in His hands and He will always continue to do so. With a profound feeling of love for you all, I pledge to continue to preach God’s Word and administer the Sacraments, even if it must be remotely for a short time.

     In the awesome love of Jesus,

    Pastor Gary

    The Board of Education meetings are postponed until the pandemic restrictions are lifted. They will be meeting by phone or text at this time

     Sunday School teachers - We are looking for volunteers to be Sunday School teachers and substitute teachers.  Please speak with Yulonda Boutte if you are interested.

    Hospitality committee is looking for more members. The Hospitality committee set-ups for coffee after the service and also for Memorial services and other regularly scheduled congregational meals

    Home Bible Study at Ron Witt’s house canceled until further notice.

    Women’s Bible Study – Thursdays at 10:00AM in the conference room.

     Woman’s Retreat 2020 – The Women’s Retreat has been rescheduled for November 10-12. If you have already registered and want a refund, please see the Church Secretary. If you want to leave your registration and payment in place, you need not do anything at this time.

     

    LifeLight Bible Study is not meeting at this time. Classes will start again after the recommendation to not be in groups of more than 10 is lifted. 

     Please contact the office for Prayer Requests at , the http://grace2u.org/resources/prayer/ web page or 458-3883  Please keep in prayer those members of the congregation who are ill, shut-in, undergoing continuing medical treatment, and recovering from surgeries.

    OPEN SANCTUARY is currently on hold until it is safe to gather.

     The Birthday Club will be on a break until the restrictions on gatherings are lifted. If you need info contact Marge Phillips, 378-0639.

     The Choir is not practicing at this time. All members, and all potential members, will be notified when rehearsals start again.   Any questions please contact Kathy Dinkel, Director at 520-508-8163.

     Crafty Ladies group will meet again when restrictions are lifted to continue working on items for the Veterans’ Hospital this year. In the meantime, please continue to work on your projects at home.

    Widow and Widowers Luncheon is on hiatus until the Coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

    Elder's Corner

    April is here.

    So, hope and prayer will get us through to the end of this “pandemic” and we can return to normal services, I believe that we will still do a live stream internet presence after all is a new normal. Our April elders meeting will be left to online e/mails and telephone to keep us distant and safe. If you have a request, emergency, elder function that needs attention please call or e-mail. If the number you call doesn’t answer or respond as you need, call another elder. Some of us work, our phone batteries go flat, or we just are in a poor or dead service area. We really do want to hear from you and meet your needs.

    Elders

    Eldering groups – As a board, the Elders have discussed how to best divide the Elders among the congregation. We have tried it with alphabetical groups for the last several years. This year we decided to try regional groups. The bulletins have shown the various regions and which Elder is assigned to that region. If you are interested in hosting one or more “Get to Know Your Elder” sessions, please contact the Elder for your region to make the arrangements. If you have questions, comments and/or concerns about this division, please contact your regional Elder or one of the “At-Large” Elders.

    Charles Fuller         

                 Retired – “At Large”

    Taggart Fuller         

                 Whetstone to upper Sierra  Vista

    Greg Kamradt        

                 Whetstone to Tombstone

    Buck Starnes              

                 Hereford area

    Aaron Urquhart 

                 Ft. Huachuca & Buffalo   Soldier area

    Matt Wilson                

                 Camino Principal area

    Bill Ritner     

                 Retired – “At Large”

    Rick Rambo 

                 Retired – “At Large”

    John Conroy

                 Sierra Vista

    Peace be with you.

     The Elders

     

    COMMUNION NOTE:  We have communion sets available during this time of being homebound. Please come to the church office to get sets for your household for 2 weeks at a time, or call an Elder for delivery. They are consecrated during the livestream service.

     Lay Readers Needed - If you would like to read the scriptures during service please sign up on the Bulletin Board.

    04/05    Board of Elders, 2PM

    04/14    Board of Trustees, 6 PM

    04/14    Council, 7 PM

     The Evangelism Committee - The next Evangelism Committee meeting will be scheduled at a later date.

     Evangelism Sponsors A “CD Ministry” …that is, they record each Sunday’s worship service.  Traveling? Sick? Working on Sundays?  If you missed a Worship Service, you may pick up a recording and listen to it at your leisure. The CD Box is in the hallway credenza.  Help yourself.

     A WORD FROM PASTOR ARLO

     

      We often hear people say that they are giving up something for Lent. Others joke about it, saying things like," I'm giving up dieting for Lent.

     Lent is certainly nothing to joke about. It is the time to reflect on what our Lord has done for us.

     We just recently celebrated the wonderful Christmas season, during which we sang, "Joy to the world, the Lord has come."

    If the Lord has indeed come, there is reason to rejoice all the time.  However, in the Lenten Season, we have reason to bow our heads, for we realize that our Lord has laid down His life for all of us, so that we have the assurance that we will one day be with Him in Eternity.

    The seasons of the Church Year point us in a different direction.  It points to being penitent of our sins and making confession.  The joy comes from our being forgiven by our Lord.

     He loves us and gives His life that we might have the assurance that we will one day be with Him in eternity.

    Love in Christ,

    Pastor Emeritus, Arlo Janssen

    LWML The next meeting will be rescheduled after the Coronavirus has left the area.

     We are still collecting non-perishable household items for the Good Neighbor Alliance.  The items are taken to the organization on the last Sunday of each month.  There is a list of needed items on the bulletin board.

    SHARE, PRAY & PRAISE will not be meeting until such time as the ban on gathering in groups has been lifted.

    JOYFUL DRIVERS’ MINISTRY:  For all (men and women) If you need a ride to:

    Bible Studies

    Church Functions

    Medical appointments (Local and Tucson)

    Airport

    Call the church secretary at (520) 458-3883 for a driver at least 1 to 2 days in advance.

     The willing drivers are: 

    Char Behnke

    Marilyn Bredeson

    Anita Brt

    Stephanie Fuller

    Bob Gilbert

    Margaret Kuhn

    Valerie Nottingham

    Pat Weller 

    “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.  So then, while we have opportunity let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.” 

    Galatians 6:9-10

     

     

     

    Altar Guild servers in April


    Apr 12             Anita Brt

    Apr 19             Victoria Yarbrough

    Apr 26             Victoria Yarbrough

    Members: Janice Benavides, Anita Brt, Emily Fairbank- Chairperson, Cathy Gilbert, Aggie Kamradt, Valerie Nottingham, Maureen Potucek, Karen Rambo, Janice Salazar, Victoria Yarbrough–Vice-Chairman.