Weekly Update

Weekly Update for April 28, 2021









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April 28, 2021

THIS WEEK’S HEADLINES

Team Trinity in the News

Nursery Re-Opening

SAMM Relocation

Virtual Border Tour

District Superintendent’s Retirement Events

Annual Conference 2021

Study and Fellowship Opportunities

May Birthdays

Bishop Bob – “Many Gifts, One Spirit”

Team Trinity in the News

Support for Relay for Life

Yuma Sun – Sunday, April 25, 2021
 

From left to right, Melissa Norred and Dottie Priest, leaders of the Yuma County Relay for Life campaign, receive a check from Karen Conde, a member of Trinity United Methodist Church’s Relay for Life team, and Trinity United Pastor Bob Klein. The contribution brought to $8,000 the total raised by Team Trinity in 2021 toward the campaign that raises money for research into cancer cures and to help cancer patients and their families financially. Since 2013, Team Trinity has raised more than $90,000 through donations and fund-raising events for Relay for Life. In the back row from left are Team Trinity members Frances Evans, Peggy Eskew, Abigail Cheshire, Joy Bradshaw and Johnna Duppstadt.

 
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 this Sunday, 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 near 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. **You can now read Bishop Bob’s statement about this year’s theme, “Many Gifts, One Spirit,” at the bottom of this update.**

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.

 
    2    Deltrina G
    6    Neal H
    9    Gladys J
    11  Johnna D
    14  Ruth W
    17  Marion P   
    19  Kendra C  
    19  Bob K   
    21  Judy M    
    23  Paula S    
    24  Fred J
    25  Ede B
    27  David K
    29  Laura Page D

Happy birthday to all!!

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

Theme for Annual Conference 2021

“Many Gifts, One Spirit”
 

The 37th Annual Conference of the Desert Southwest Conference will soon be convened. This year, we will again be meeting virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. History will look back at the last two years and will have many things to say about this extraordinary time that few of us have ever known.  Among the comments I hope historians will note for future generations is that we were challenged, but because of the many gifts and the strong and resilient spirit of the faithful United Methodists of the Desert Southwest Conference, the ministry and mission continued courageously, undaunted by the pandemic.

With this hope in mind, the theme for our Annual Conference is “Many Gifts, One Spirit,” and the three scripture foundational passages selected for our gathering includes the passage from I Corinthians 12:4-7, where the apostle Paul encourages the church of Corinth to understand that within the body of Christ, the Spirit of God leads the faithful to use a diversity of spiritual gifts for the good of all. Paul says:

“ Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;  and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.  To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” (NRSV)

The past year has been a time of testing. We have had to endure many challenges. Some of those challenges are being mitigated by the advent of vaccines. But other challenges have been met head on because we have used our many and varied gifts for the church. One exciting example is that the proclamation of God’s word has taken on a new dimension through streaming and online worship. Although many of us had never led or participated in worship in these new ways, we stepped up to create exciting and inspirational worship. What a gift this has been for the church in the midst of a pandemic.

Along with the COVID-19 pandemic, our nation experienced an explosion of violence. Last year, the Desert Southwest Conference made a bold proclamation that we were a conference focused on working for the eliminating racism. That proclamation has led to an outpouring of support for the Desert Southwest Conference’s RACE Coalition which emerged from our commitment to combat racism in our nation and the world. The work of the Ethnic Local Church Committee and the Commission on Religion and Race together encouraged a rich variety of experiences to begin our journey. The RACE Coalition will lead us in pressing on in that journey by offering our Conference an extraordinary opportunity for all of us to grow in our commitment to address and destroy the evil of racism.

A second scripture passage from I Peter offers us words of admonishment and encouragement for this effort.

“Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing. For “Those who desire life and desire to see good days, let them keep their tongues from evil and their lips from speaking deceit;  let them turn away from evil and do good; let them seek peace and pursue it.” (I Peter 3:8-11)

As we look ahead to our future, it is clear that there are many gifted persons in our Conference.  Each one has been given gifts by God.  For example, when the pandemic began, many of us wondered how we would ever be able to develop stewardship and keep our churches financially stable. This has been a challenge we are still working on, but by the grace of God, many of our churches have been able to maintain our financial stability. That does not mean that churches are not struggling; but the fear that many had has been tempered by the generosity and the careful management of spending and especially because of the extraordinary generosity of the people of our congregations. We celebrate the showering of many gifts of our people for the sake of the church’s mission and ministry.

We give God thanks for the leadership of laity and clergy who have given not only of financial resources, but also the resources of time, talent, energy, and faith. These are among the spiritual gifts we have seen generously offered to the ministry of the church. These gifts are given because of our unity in the spirit of Jesus Christ, who calls us to love generously and graciously.

Last year, that gift of generosity was made known in the outpouring of support and compassion for the Navajo nation. Since the announcement of the 2020 Annual Conference Mission Project, over $121,160 has been given so that the Navajo nation might have clean water. This year, we are again counting on your gift of generous compassion. Our 2021 Annual Conference mission project aims to raise funds to assist the campus ministries of the Conference reach out with love and financial assistance for students who also face the daunting challenge of food insecurity, heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic. More information will be available with the annual conference materials.

These are just a few of the ways we have been gifted by our generous, loving God with an array of diverse talents we each have. Yes, God is good. But our gifts must be received and utilized with our hearts in a right relationship with God and with our sisters and brothers. A third scripture passage inspires us to do our ministries with the right spirit in our hearts. In Matthew’s gospel, that right spirit is described:

“So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister and then come and offer your gift.”
(Matthew 5:23-24)

We must have a heart at peace and be in right relationship with others in order to use our gifts for the ministry of Jesus Christ. As we celebrate together at our virtual Annual Conference next month, I am hopeful that we will feel and experience the Holy Spirit uniting us in love for God and for each other as we celebrate that we are blessed and called, that we are a conference of faithful followers of Jesus Christ, with many gifts, but one spirit.
 

In Christ,
Bishop Bob

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