Estrella Mountain Church
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
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!
- April 21st - Prayer Gathering 6:30 AM
- April 22nd - Blood Drive 10:00 - 3:00 PM
- May 8th - No Youth Group
- May 30th - Office Closed | Memorial Day
- June 13th - 16th - VBS, more information coming soon
- June 27th - Last day to register for Ignite Summer Camp
- 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 $ 154,880
YTD Actual Giving $ 181,119 116%
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!
BBQ Mission Water Bottle Collection
Help BBQ Mission Bring Water to the Homeless!
In addition to feeding the homeless weekly and pouring the love of Christ out to the needy they serve, Kate and Jeff Simpson would like to bring a key survival tool - insulated water bottles - to the hundreds of people they reach each month with their ministry, BBQ Mission.
At EMC we faithfully collect cases of water for You Matter Ministries, which are especially needed during the scorching summer months. As we continue to meet that need, we would like to turn your attention to a specific campaign by BBQ Mission for metal insulated water bottles that can be refilled.
BBQ Mission sees members of the homeless population on an ongoing basis. Along with the meals they consistently serve, BBQ Mission has a goal of supplying the homeless they serve with a refillable metal water bottle and providing a cold water fill station during their Monday BBQ Mission events.
The link below is a water bottle on Amazon which you could have sent directly to BBQ Mission at the address below or drop them off here at church. The goal is to collect 200 or more 40 oz. insulated water bottles by May 1st. Would you help BBQ Mission meet this goal?
Purchase 40oz water bottles here: https://amzn.to/3NYf4v9
Learn More about BBQ Mission Here: https://youtu.be/axhp4PS5RrY
c/o Jeff Simpson
11565 N. 189th Dr
Surprise, AZ 85388
Contact Jeff and Kate Simpson with any questions firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (email@example.com) or Jenna Schutten (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
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
2022 VBS at EMC
Save the Date! June 13th - 16th
More information coming soon.
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 email@example.com
APRIL MEMORY VERSE
In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:33b
2022 Blood Drives
Next Blood Drive: Friday, April 22nd 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.
- April 22nd - All slots are full!
- June 24th
- July 29th
- September 2nd
- November 4th
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 in May. They are going to do Daniel by Beth Moore. Contact Sabrina Cohen with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Friday morning Al Thomason Men's Bible Study is now meeting at EMC in the youth room at 8:30 AM.
Meeting the first Monday @ 6:30 PM and the third Thursday @ 6:30 AM, office conference room.
April Prayer Gatherings
- Monday, April 4th at 6:30 PM
- Thursday, April 21st at 6:30 AM
May Prayer Gatherings
- Monday, May 2nd at 6:30 PM
- Thursday, May 19th 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, email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!