Our Wired Word study yesterday afternoon was inspired by the story of the Olympic Hurdlers who set world records in their races. What a tremendous feat they accomplished. Early this morning, I received an email from Diana Butler Bass, who writes in The Cottage about Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands, who fell in the qualifying heat of her 1,500-meter race. Diana writes, “She pulled herself up – and ran. As reported by NPR, ‘She was undeterred; she got back up and, now suddenly in last place, went on to pass 11 runners to finish first.’
“A reporter asked her what her strategy was for the races following the fall, Hassan replied, ‘After what happened this morning, all the drama, I don’t care,’ she said. ‘Step by step, I’ll do my best.’ She fell. She got up. She won three medals.”
Diana continues talking about with all that is going on in our world – the surge of the Delta variant of COVID-19, parents concerned with their children returning to school, the United Nations report saying that our planet is “Code Red” for humanity, the tragedies occurring in Afghanistan – and a host of other international, national, state, and local issues – we need to be resilient in the face of all that is happening.
Ms. Bass says, “Resilience doesn’t just happen. Resilience is something that you build over time.”
The American Psychological Association defines resilience as adapting well in the face of adversity:
“Life may not come with a map, but everyone will experience twists and turns, from everyday challenges to traumatic events with more lasting impact, like the death of a loved one, a life-altering accident, or a serious illness. Each change affects people differently, bringing a unique flood of thoughts, strong emotions, and uncertainty. Yet people generally adapt well over time to life-changing situations and stressful situations – in part thanks to resilience.
“Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress – such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. As much as resilience involves ‘bouncing back’ from these difficult experiences, it can also involve profound personal growth.
“While these adverse events, much like rough river waters, are certainly painful and difficult, they don’t have to determine the outcome of your life. There are many aspects of your life you can control, modify, and grow with. That’s the role of resilience.”
You are I are responsible for being resilient in our own personal lives, but what about in the life of community? Our individual lives can be filled with compassion, mindfulness, and determination, but how do we build those same qualities in our life as a community? I can get up and go on after I’ve fallen, but will that do much good if there aren’t several you who get up with me?
That’s a big question, and one I certainly don’t have an easy answer for. But I think we need to begin talking about it. We need to start the conversations about communal resilience.
I close with this quote from Diana Butler Bass’ article:
“Resilience is not just about winning our own race. It is also about the team. We’re going to have to build resilient communities. At this moment of history, we need to get up and go on for the human race – not alone, but together.
“Step by step, we have to do our best. Let’s all be Sifan Hassan.”
Let’s us pray that we will have what it takes to engage in hard conversations.
Crucial to finding the way is this: there is no beginning or end. You must make your own map. — Joy Harjo
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If you or a family member are in the hospital (or rehabilitation, etc.), please remember to give the church office a call. That way, we can pray for you and Pastor Bob can come visit you. Thank you!
Regarding New CDC Guidance
It is recommend that we return to wearing masks when we are gathered as a group for worship and other activities. We have been doing a great job of maintaining some physical distance in worship. While we are not currently requiring that masks be worn, we encourage you to protect yourself, and others, by wearing a mask at least when you are entering or exiting the Sanctuary.
WHEEZY’S GRILL TAKE-OVER
THURSDAY, AUGUST 12th, 2021 FUNDRAISER TAKE-OVER 11732 S. Fortuna Road, Yuma, AZ 85367 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Cindy Klein Memorial Handbell Choir
WE NEED YOU!
The choir is in need of a couple (4) players. If you have any interest, please see Karen. Reading music does help, but if you are willing to start now to learn, we want you! We start practice in August, so let me know ASAP!
Christmas is coming, yeah, it’s 120 out, but the Christmas Concert has already been planned. We need you!
Lay Servant Ministries – Link for NEW classes below!
We hope you will consider joining the growing number of our Trinity family who are benefiting from these enriching courses on ways you can actively serve Jesus in our community and congregation! Trinity can even help with registration and book costs.
If you haven’t taken a Lay Servant course before, we recommend:
Basic Course: Introduction to Lay Ministry
This Basic ZOOM class is taught by Jeannie Ward, the West District Lay Leader from Prescott Valley UMC. Two ZOOM Classes will be offered in late August, one during the day and one evening class.
The class is $15. The book you need to purchase and read completely before class begins is Lay Servant Ministries (the Participant Book). It is available at Cokesbury.com or Amazon (also in e-book formats).
The Daytime Session is:
Wednesday to Friday – August 25, 26, and 27, 8:30 a.m. to Noon
The Evening / Saturday Session is:
Thursday and Friday – August 26 & 27, 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Saturday Morning Class August 28, 8:30 a.m. to Noon
If you have already taken the basic course, there are MORE classes coming this fall! Please click HERE to learn more.
West District Director Lay Servant Ministries email@example.com Cell # 480-658-7713
Annual Church Conference
10:00 AM October 23, 2021
More details to come!
STUDY AND FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT TRINITY!!
Sunday Morning Fellowship LITE Sunday mornings following worship – approximately 10:45 a.m. in Morris Hall Join us after worship for casual conversation and catching up!
Serendipity Sunday School Ongoing lessons/conversation via email Contact the church office to be added to the group!
Wired Word Bible Study with Pastor Bob Monday afternoons at 1:00 pm
NEW TO USING ZOOM? Please contact the church office for pointers.
The church office is now OPEN TO THE PUBLIC on a limited basis. Mondays through Thursdays, the church office will now be 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.
Creating New Ways
by Rev. Javier Olivares, West District Superintendent
As I have visited with pastors and their churches in the West District in the last month, I’ve been amazed of the numerous ministries and people who’ve been impacted by these congregations throughout the years. Many churches had to change their ways worship of services and ministries through the pandemic. Innovation, change, resilience were words I was hearing as pastors and laity shared their stories. There were also challenges, discouragement, fear, anxiety, and uncertainty about the future among those stories. However, I had a strong sense that people had not lost their faith and hope; resources may have diminished but not their passion or energy. I witnessed that their love for God and for people has not waned.
Pastors, office staff, musicians, worship leaders, custodians, covenant councils or leadership teams, and so many people are part of that engine working in innovative ways to reach out to their urban, suburban and rural communities. I’m deeply thankful for being part of this engine at this time of our lives. Yes, there may be uncertainty about the future, yet in this liminal space we are invited to trust in God who holds us and embraces us. We are invited to continue to create new ways of ministry as we encounter “the Gardener” on our way to “Emmaus.”
The following prayer by Henri Nouwen, a Dutch-born catholic priest, author and theologian is my prayer and I hope it is yours too.
Peace be with you
As you draw me ever deeper into your heart
I discover that my companions on
the journey are people [sic]
loved by you as fully and as intimately as I am
In your compassionate heart,
There is a place for all of them.
No one is excluded.
Give me a share in your compassion, dear God,
So that your unlimited love may become visible
In the way I love my brothers and sisters.