Weekly Update

Weekly Update for April 21, 2021









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April 21, 2021

THIS WEEK’S HEADLINES

Relay for Life Pics

Nursery Re-Opening

SAMM Relocation

Virtual Border Tour

District Superintendent’s Retirement Events

Annual Conference 2021

Study and Fellowship Opportunities

Bishop Bob on the Floyd Murder Trial

Where Love Lives – Prayer for the Week

 
Team Trinity – Relay for Life Event for 2021
 
What a hard- working team we had Saturday! Thank you, everyone, for your support of Team Trinity!!
 


 
The nursery is preparing to host our youngest family members!!
 
We are delighted to share the Trinity nursery will be open during worship services on Sunday mornings beginning May 2nd at 9:30 a.m.!  The nursery accepts children from newborn to age five; other children may come in on a case-by-case basis.  Parents, please rest assured you can focus your spirits while you worship knowing your children are receiving quality nurturing and enjoying age-based activities in a safe, clean environment.  Please contact the church office if you have any questions.

The SAMM is moving!
 
That’s right, in the very new future, we will be changing the location of our Sanctuary Audio Multi Media desk, fondly known as the SAMM.  The station itself needs to expand to include all of the equipment needed to live-stream our services on Sunday morning, so at a recent Trustee meeting, it was decided that the SAMM desk will be relocated from within the Sanctuary pews to the area just in front of the Narthex (entryway) windows inside the Sanctuary and that it will be on an eight-inch raised platform.

We are pleased that moving the SAMM will also allow us to open up walker- and wheelchair-accessible seating in new places throughout the Sanctuary.  In more good news, Trinity has ALREADY received a grant from the Annual Conference to make changes to our audio and video equipment, so we have the funds in hand to relocate the desk.

Look for these exciting changes to the Sanctuary in the coming weeks!


Thank You For Your Support!

Keep up those great donations no matter their size.
We are an Arizona Qualifying Charitable Organization.
Arizona JFON offers two ways to make your donation. 

  • ONLINE:  Donations can be made here
  • MAIL:  Checks can be mailed to Arizona Justice For Our Neighbors, P.O Box 11181, Tucson AZ 85734-1181 
Donate

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This year, due to continued restrictions placed on in-person gatherings by the COVID-19 pandemic, our Desert Southwest Annual Conference session is scheduled to take place June 11-13, 2021. Rather than being held in person at the Mesa Convention Center, our Annual Conference will again turn to a virtual format. Even if you are not a voting member, you will be able to live-stream the conference to keep up on developments and participate in worship!  Learn more about this year’s conference and live-stream it in June right HERE.

As usual, there are conference-wide giving opportunities in connection with Annual Conference. This year, we are focusing on student hunger.  From Billie K. Fidlin, Director of Outreach & Justice, and Rev. Jamie Booth, ASU Valley Wesley:

“There are students on university campuses across the country who have difficulty securing regular meals during the best of times. In these times of COVID-19, this has become even more of a challenge for many. Students have lost jobs, lost scholarships, have had safe transportation issues. Times are difficult for many in our nation, and some students are facing equally difficult circumstances.

Pre-COVID, the ASU Foodbank was helping about 400 students a semester across seven sites. However, earlier this year, one week saw 200 students signed up for nutrition assistance on the Tempe campus alone. This illustrates the increase in students needing assistance during these most difficult times of pandemic.”

For more information on the conference mission project, including information on how you can contribute, please click HERE.

 
VIRTUAL STUDY AND FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT TRINITY!!
 

Serendipity Sunday School
Ongoing lessons/conversation via email
Contact the church office to be added to the group!

 
Virtual Sunday Morning Fellowship Time
**Sunday afternoons at 4:00 PM**
Please note NEW TIME

ZOOM LINK:
https://dscumc.zoom.us/j/91965342406?pwd=MnRPQlNpdDEvcHNKSVk4c1RQb04yQT09

OR CALL: 877 853 5257
MEETING ID: 919 6534 2406  passcode 3030

 
Wired Word Bible Study with Pastor Bob
Monday afternoons at 1:00 pm
 
ZOOM LINK:
https://dscumc.zoom.us/j/98645869894?pwd=Vjgvak9YdWlKUlJBQTAwQnFJSzZ1QT09

OR CALL: 877 853 5257
MEETING ID: 986 4586 9894  passcode 3030

 
Koffee With Karen Fellowship
Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am
 
ZOOM LINK:
https://dscumc.zoom.us/j/95302162442?pwd=NjdOc1RwTGI4aGRjdlVwR2pvMVNSUT09

OR CALL: 877 853 5257
MEETING ID: 953 0216 2442  passcode 3030

Thursday Women’s Bible Study

Thursday mornings at 9:30 am
 
ZOOM LINK:
https://dscumc.zoom.us/j/94337635832?pwd=czUvN3RjQVhUMytMMStLckpLWmhOdz09

OR CALL: 877 853 5257
MEETING ID: 943 3763 5832  passcode 3030

NEW TO USING ZOOM?  Please contact the church office for pointers.

 

The church office is now OPEN TO THE PUBLIC on a limited basis.  We are still answering phones and emails remotely Monday and Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. to noon.  On Wednesdays and Thursdays, the office is open to the public 9:00 a.m. to noon.  We are also happy to set an appointment if you would like to come in to the office at a different time; please call 928-344-3013 to set up an appointment.

Please submit your
Prayer Requests to
office@TrinityYuma.org
or call 928.344.3013 x303
and leave a message.

Bishop Bob’s Statement on the George Floyd Murder Trial
 
The time of anxious waiting has ended. The nation and the world have received the results of the jury verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd in 2020. Scripture reminds us that sometimes, when we cry for justice and deliverance from harm, we feel God is not listening. As described in Habakkuk’s message of lament, a feeling of being forsaken, ignored by God is distressing. Have you ever, in the face of violence in today’s world, cried out like the Biblical 7th century prophet?
 
“O Lord, how long shall I cry for help and you will not listen? Or cry to you ‘Violence!’ and you will not save? Why do you make me see wrongdoing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. So, the law becomes slack, and justice never prevails. The wicked surround the righteous- therefore judgement comes forth perverted.” (Habakkuk 1:2-4, NRSV)
 
Now that the verdict has been rendered, are we to celebrate and return to life as normal? In a time like this, prayer is an appropriate first response as we invite God into our thinking and feeling.
 
We pray in memory of George Floyd and for his family and loved ones. The horror of his death haunts us. As the video of his dying moments has been played and viewed over and over, each time I see it, I am horrified that such harm could be done by one human upon another human. Both humans were created by God, loved by God, and yet, we ask ourselves, “Where was God at that moment, as George Floyd was struggling for his life?” Habakkuk’s lament echoes: “How long shall I cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save?”
 
We pray for Derek Chauvin. Why? we may ask. Simply because he is a child of God beloved by God. What was in Mr. Chauvin’s heart during those infamous 9 minutes? Where was God in those moments that Derek Chauvin engaged in harm that ultimately took the life of George Floyd? Why didn’t God intervene when the bystanders were prevented from stopping the cruelty being inflicted? How many times must we cry out to God, “Violence!” and God will not intercede and stop the violence?
 
We pray for the community and the world. The verdict certainly offers a glimmer of hope. With this outcome, we give thanks that there is hope. And yet, since George Floyd’s murder, and even while the trial was in progress, violence continues against black women and men. How Long, O Lord, will this continue unabated?

My heart is heavy as I contemplate this moment. There is celebration of the justice that was rendered in the verdict. But the awful realization that this was only one occurrence of violence and brutality mired in racism and white privilege is sobering. When will it repeat itself? How long, O lord, until the world is rid of this harm inflicted on a human sister or brother? We still wait. Because Habakkuk tells us that God cannot achieve the peace we want and pray for without the human family participating fervently in the peacemaking.
 
The United Methodist Social Principles, demonstrate how inextricably intertwined the world and our faith are. They make clear that as faithful followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to work for a world where “in the love of Christ, who came to save those who are lost and vulnerable, we urge the creation of a genuinely new system for the care and restoration of victims, offenders, criminal justice officials, and the community as a whole.”  (2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline, ¶ 164H) 

This is the work we are all called to: to be agents of healing and hope in a world broken by violence, death, and hatred. On one hand, we should be supporting measures that seek to do away with the societal conditions that lead to crime. On the other hand, we must also continue to advocate for bettering the relationship between law enforcement and the community at large. 
 
There is still much work to do to bring forth accountability in harmful systems. We need to continue to push for transformation in our communities, churches, families, and in our individual lives; transformation that works to put an end to all killings of people of color so that justice is a reality for people who have never experienced it.
 
In this season of hope in our resurrected Christ, I call us to continue to enter those places of discomfort to speak the truth in love. To listen for learning and greater understanding. To create places of conversation and greater understanding of each other. To advocate for those who have no other voice, for those who cannot or do not stand up or speak for fear of their own safety. To push back and explain why certain behaviors can no longer be tolerated. And I call us to continue to work to eliminate all forms of institutional racism. In short, to be doing actively what our Christ calls us to do. 

As Christians and United Methodists, I again remind us of our baptismal covenant to “Resist evil and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves…”. I call us to affirm our belief that “through God’s transforming power, restorative justice seeks to repair the damage, right the wrong, and bring healing to all involved, including the victim, the offender, the families, and the community.” (2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline, ¶ 164H) 
 
As was said earlier, we must pray. But we have learned that prayer without one’s commitment is empty. A prayer in George Floyd’s memory must be accompanied by your willing pledge to do something so that another family will not have to endure this pain and suffering; so that another community will not have to assuage its fear in the repetition of the tears caused by a needless and violent death. And as difficult as it may be, a prayer for Mr. Chauvin must be accompanied by a prayer for his own accountability, and for forgiveness, and a hope for a repentant heart. And finally, a prayer for our community and world must be mired in the commitment of our own efforts to rid this world of violence, in order that the kin-dom of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace may come to pass on earth as it is in heaven.
 
Blessings,

Bishop Bob



The church is not a building

Prayer for this week:

Gracious God,

We humbly call on your Holy Spirit to be our guide and comfort as we attend to living out our faith. Just as your Spirit accompanied Jesus in the wilderness and throughout all of the days of his ministry, we call on your Spirit to be with and remain with us as we live into your call upon our lives. Help us, oh Lord to deepen our faith through the Means of Grace, and help us to be an example to others beyond the walls of the church. We give you thanks in all things, and for the gift of your precious Spirit, in the name of Jesus the Christ. Amen.

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