Estrella Mountain Church
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Past newsletters can always be found on our website under Loving -> Newsletters.
If you aren't attending services, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any updates, prayers and praises. Thanks!
Call, email or use social media to stay in touch. Of all people, we will be known by our love for others. Hugs and prayers and blessings. We love you!
If you know of anyone who needs help, or need to contact the office, please call (623.386.0300) or email (email@example.com) and I'll respond as soon as possible.
Living every day in HOPE!
- May 8th - No Youth Group
- May 14th - Celebration of life for Marietta Anderson
- May 14th - Celebration of life for Dylan Buensuceso
- May 19th - Prayer Gathering 6:30 AM
- May 21st - Women's Ministry Hello Summer Brunch 9:00 AM
- May 28th - Ignite Summer Camp Fundraisers | Carwash & Goodwill Drive
- May 30th - Office Closed | Memorial Day
- June 13th - 16th - VBS, Register Here
- June 27th - Last day to register for Ignite Summer Camp
- June 30th - Last day to register for the Women's Ministry Christmas in July craft making event
- July 18th - 21st - Ignite Summer Camp, register here: https://bit.ly/3KIECe0. See below for more information.
- Sunday Evenings - Youth Group Jr. High at 4:30 PM and Sr. High at 6:00 PM.
- Wednesday Evenings - Youth Group volleyball and games 5:30 PM
For more specific event information & how to register for different events see below or contact Jenna in the office.
Livestream - EMC Sunday Services
We are streaming on Sunday, 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM.
Here's the link: https://faithlife.com/emcaz/livestream
YTD Budget Needs $ 174,340
YTD Actual Giving $ 205,181 117%
Thank you for your faithfulness and generosity! There are several ways you can give: we have a drop box by the office door, mail your check, use your bank's Bill Pay option and have them send your check, give as you exit the Sunday service, or give online here: https://emcaz.org/give. You can also Text to Give (T2G)! Enter our T2G number 928-589-1588, type the word Give and the amount you wish to give. For example, Give 100 to give $100. Another convenient way to give. Again, thank you!
Celebration of Life
We have the opportunity to celebrate the lives of two wonderful people on Saturday May 14th.
Marietta Anderson's (Kelly Anderson's mom) celebration will be held at the Comfort Suites Ballroom, 15575 W Roosevelt St, Goodyear. This “open-house style” event is from 10am to 2pm, with a brief service at noon. If you would like to bring something (side dish or dessert) to complement the sandwiches and beverages provided, please let Erika Sims know, when you RSVP.
Dylan Buensuceso's celebration will be held at Estrella Mountain Church. They'll have a visitation period 10:00 - 11:30 AM with the Celebration of Life starting at 11:45 AM.
Ignite Summer Camp Fundraisers
Saturday, May 28th the youth are doing a couple of fundraisers to help with the cost of summer camp.
Car Wash: 8:00 - 10:00 AM in the church parking lot.
Goodwill Donation Drive: Bring your Goodwill items to EMC on Saturday, May 28th and Goodwill will donate money back to us. Funds raised from this will go towards helping with the cost of summer camp.
- Drop off Items at EMC: 8:00 -10:00 AM you can drop off items to be donated at EMC and we will take them to Goodwill for you.
- Take your Items to Goodwill: 2:00 - 6:00 PM you can take your items to Goodwill Drive, let them know you are dropping off items for Estrella Mountain Church and they'll apply the donations to us. on Saturday, May 28th 2022, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm at the Goodwill retail store located at 150th Dr. and McDowell Rd. (15433 W. McDowell Rd. Goodyear, AZ 85395).
Items they will accept:
Small Appliances | Books | Clothing | Cooking Accessories | Electronics | Furniture (small) | Handbags | Housewares | Jewelry | Knick-Knacks | Linens | Musical Instruments | Pictures | Shoes | Sporting Goods | Tools | Toys
Items they will NOT accept:
Auto Parts/Tires | Baby Furniture | Building Materials/Cleaning Products | Flammable Products/Hazardous Materials | Larger items including appliances, exercise equipment, furniture, etc. | Lawn & Garden Products | Liquids/Hygiene Products | Mattresses/Box Springs | Paint | Pianos/Organs | Televisions (older than 5 years)
2022 VBS at EMC
June 13th -17th, 2022 | 9:00am - 11:30am
For those entering kindergarten - 5th for the 2022-23 school year
Registration is now open through May 30th: https://bit.ly/3EXkvqk
Kids Church is offered during the 9:00 AM Service
All our kids, from the toddlers up through 5th grade will meet in the courtyard for check-in and then head to their classrooms from there.
Toddlers and Preschool will meet in room 214 and Kindergarten through 5th grade will meet in the Student Center. Each group will have a blast as they dive into scripture, sing worship songs and hear Bible stories about Gideon, Samson and Elijah, just to name a few! Every month the kids church works on a memory verse with the kids.
Children are always welcome to join their parents in the worship service.
Have questions? Contact Jessica Sims at firstname.lastname@example.org
MAY MEMORY VERSE
"but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31
Ignite Student Ministries
The youth will not be meeting on
Sunday, May 8th.
Weekly Youth Events
- Youth Group: Sunday Nights 4:30 - 6:00 PM
- Volleyball & Games: Wednesdays 5:30 - 7:00 PM
- Youth Group: Sundays 6:00 - 7:30 PM
- Volleyball & Games: Wednesdays 5:30 - 7:00 PM
- Bible Study: Thursdays at 5:00 PM
Follow us on Instagram @emcstudents for what's happening this week. Questions? Contact David Sims at email@example.com or Cameron Isaacs at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Youth Summer Camp
Registration is now OPEN!
2022 Ignite summer camp dates are July 18th-21st. Camp is open to all students in grades 5th - 12th for the 2021-22 school year.
A $25 deposit is required at registration to lock in your price. Full payments are due by June 27th. Register and pay the deposit by the dates below to lock in your price.
- April 12th - 30th - $215
- May 1st - 31st - $230
- June 1st - 27th - $250
Register Here: https://bit.ly/3KIECe0
Women's Ministry @ EMC
Getting Healthy Group
Meeting the second and fourth Wednesday at 6:00 PM in the church office conference room.
A group of women meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month to discuss health and nutrition. Melissa DiLuzio is a certified holistic health coach and is teaching the group about nutrition! Prayer, encouragement, and accountability are also important parts of the group.
Join us Mondays at 6:30 PM or Fridays at 9:30 AM.
The Monday evening group meets at 6:30 PM in the youth room. Their next study will start on Monday, May 2nd. They are going to do Daniel by Beth Moore. Contact Sabrina Cohen with questions at email@example.com.
The Friday morning group meets in room 214 at 9:30 AM. They are currently on a break until fall, as they get closer to starting up again we will share information about the study they'll be doing. Contact Janet Erb with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hello Summer Brunch! Saturday, May 21st 9:00 - 10:30 AM in the EMC courtyard. Bring your favorite breakfast dish to share and enjoy time with other ladies from EMC. Coffee and tea will be provided by the Women's Ministry Team.
Christmas in July! Saturday, July 9th from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Join us and make some fun Christmas crafts, Christmas cards & tags, holiday jewelry, and a giftable art piece. Cost is $15 per person and includes all three crafts, registration will open soon.
Men's Bible Study
All men are invited to join us Wednesdays at 7:30 PM or Fridays at 8:30 AM.
The Wednesday evening group is studying Acts and meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:30 PM. Contact Pastor Denny for more information email@example.com.
The Friday morning Al Thomason Men's Bible Study is now meeting at EMC in the youth room at 8:30 AM.
MOPS is Coming to EMC
Fall of 2022 we will have MOPS meetings at EMC!
We are just starting to plan this group and need your input to help make this happen. Please take a moment to fill this form out and feel free to share it with your Mom friends who aren't members of the church. This group will be open to all moms in all walks of life, as long as they have a child or children in the age range of conception to the end of kindergarten. (The children will be participating in MOPPETS Kids Group during the meetings, so moms can have a bit of time to themselves.) All answers are confidential and your information will not be shared with anyone outside of the team assigned to MOPS. After we have an idea of who wants to join and how many would like to join, we will hold an informational meeting to answer questions and share information.
Please feel free to reach out to Ashley Yearous (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jenna Schutten (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
Meeting the first Monday @ 6:30 PM and the third Thursday @ 6:30 AM, office conference room.
May Prayer Gatherings
- Monday, May 2nd at 6:30 PM
- Thursday, May 19th at 6:30 AM
June Prayer Gatherings
- Monday, June 6th at 6:30 PM
- Thursday, June 16th at 6:30 AM
Looking For Ways to Volunteer?
EMC has a number of ways you can serve at EMC or with other ministries around Goodyear/Phoenix.
Serve at EMC
We are looking for volunteers to help with Kids Church, Ignite, Communion and more. If you are interested in serving at EMC please contact Jenna, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Ways to Serve
BBQ Mission: Is a Christian non-profit organization promising to deliver hand made food to underdeveloped and marginalized communities of Arizona, and the world. Join them the 1st Saturday of the month or on Mondays as they go out into the communities and serve.
Donations & Volunteering can be done through BBQMission.org
See what they are doing on their instagram page, @bbqmissionllc
Circle On provides blessing baskets to those in our community going through difficult times. They are looking for items to be donated for their blessing baskets. If you are interested in donating items please see the list below and drop them off in the basket in the back of the sanctuary.
Basket Items Needed:
- Small baskets, ribbon
- Pampering items like, fluffy socks , lotions/ bath salts, candles
- Inspirational Books / Devotionals / Journals
- Small blankets
- Chocolate/Candy, Tea/Coffee /Hot Chocolate
- Playing cards/Small games
- Gift Cards
For questions about Circle On please reach out to Kim Bergay email@example.com.
You Matter Ministries
You Matter Ministries purpose and mission is to minister to those who are homeless and hurting by preaching The Good News of Jesus Christ, offering prayer, providing meals, hygiene packs, and when possible, a clean change of clothing.
You Matter Ministries is looking for donations of peanut butter, jelly, and bottled water. Every week they come pick it up and distribute it in and around Phoenix. Please consider bringing some items to donate to them. Our donations cover what 16 churches gave in the past. With all the challenges of the past year, your generous heart shines through!
2022 Blood Drives
Next Blood Drive: Friday, June 24th 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
To schedule your appointment or for more information, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code: ESTRELLA
We have booked dates for blood drives at EMC for 2022. As we get closer to the individual drives information on registering will be shared. Below are the dates we've secured for 2022.
- June 24th
- July 29th
- September 2nd
- November 4th