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Weekly Update for February 10, 2021

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February 10, 2021


Lent at Home

Ash Wednesday with Trinity

More Ash Wednesday Ideas

Cookies for Fire Stations

Lay Servant Ministry Courses

Study and Fellowship Opportunities

Black History Month

Where Love Lives

A sample home devotion station. Bible, box, and cloth not included.

Lent at Home Worship Kits

Friday, February 12th, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m
Sunday, February 14th, 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

We want to make sure that even though we are worshiping apart right now, we have a connection with one another in our worship experiences!  Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February the 17th, and we will have a special service posted online for you to join.  In order to fully participate in our Lenten worship experiences, it will be important for you to have a Lent at Home worship kit.  These kits will include many print and hands-on resources for use on Ash Wednesday and throughout Lent. We will be distributing these in the back parking lot of the church on Friday, February the 12th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and on Sunday, February 14th from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.  If you are not able to drive by the church to pick up your own kit, please notify the church office, and we will make sure that you get one.

Ash Wednesday
Online Worship

Wednesday, February 17th
Available all day at


Please join us online on February 17th as we start off our “Holy Vessels” Lenten worship journey with a meaningful time of preparation and reflection.  You will want to have your Lent at Home kits handy, or even your devotion station set up, as well as a small container of water.

If you are worshiping from really afar or for whatever reason do not have a kit handy, you can still participate!  Simply have a candle and a small amount of sand or dirt on hand, along with your water.  And again, if you need any assistance obtaining a Lent at Home pack, please contact the church office.

More Ash Wednesday


Did you know, the online Ash Wednesday service does not have to be your -only- way to observe the beginning of Lent… it could just be the beginning!  Here are some additional ways to prayerfully begin your path through the 40 days of Lent.

* Give
We encourage you to give to your congregation, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, or a service project advance.

Alternately, leave your server an above-and-beyond tip. Put money in the donation box at the cash register of your local store. Find ways to bless others with that which God entrusts you. 

* Abstain/fast
Giving something up for Lent” is a common practice for many Christians. Often, we give up a favorite food or try to kick a bad habit during Lent. Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, is when this begins, but don’t confine yourself to food or habits.  What about defensive attitudes, fear, or anxiety?

* Pray your day
Pray for the drivers of the vehicles and fellow mass transit passengers with whom you share your commute. Pray as you pass the hospital, police station, and government offices. Lift up the trash collector and mail carrier. Offer sentence prayers throughout the day thanking God for your coworkers.

Make something
Some of us reflect and pray best when our hands are busy. Get back in the workshop and spend time cutting, sanding, and gluing. Sit at a piano and let the music flow. Take out the paints, glue, clay, and other supplies to create a work of art. As you create, give thanks to our Creator who longs to be in relationship with you.

* Be still
Others find meaning in stillness. Light a candle and pause before the presence of God. Take a holy yoga class. Enjoy a cup of coffee on your deck. Listen for the voice of God.

Clean something
Ash Wednesday is a good day to get a jump on your spring cleaning. Spend an hour with the junk drawer, that cabinet at work, or organizing the files on your computer.  As you remove things you no longer need and reorder those you do, be mindful of the ways God “cleans” us. 

* Burn something
When you finish cleaning, take some of the papers you no longer need to the fireplace. Light them and watch as they turn to ashes. As the smoke rises up the chimney, know your prayers are rising to God as well.

Forgive and seek forgiveness
As we pray for God’s grace, we should also
seek forgiveness from those we have wronged. Ash Wednesday is a great time to go to those you have hurt.

For more details and ideas, see the original article at UMC.org.

Cookies for Fire Stations
The other day I was working to get my desk in order.  After that was partially accomplished, I thought “I want to do something fun”.  So I delivered cookies to the Fire Department Administration at City Hall.  What a joy that was.  Ruth, the lady collecting the cookies from me was a fun to visit with.  She said our cookies are such a delight and so much appreciated by all and how nice it was that they are remembered and thought of.  
So, if you want to have a similar happy experience you might want to consider delivering cookies to one of the Fire Stations listed.  Home made, store bought, Girl Scout – any kind are acceptable.  Just let me know which station and day you have selected. (
mayormarilyn@roadrunner.com)  Blessings on ya!  
. . . Marilyn
Fire Station addresses:
Fire Administration
One City Plaza (City Hall)
Yuma, AZ 85364

Fire Station One
353 S 3rd Av
Yuma 85364

Fire Station Two
3284 S Avenue A
Yuma 85365

Fire Station Three
508 E 25th St
Yuma 85365

Fire Station Four
2850 W 16th St
Yuma 85364

Fire Station Five
6490 E 26th St
Yuma 85365

Fire Station Six
3151 Pinto Way
Yuma 85364

 Lay Servant Ministries
“Basic Course”

Facilitator: Marilyn Hohnstein, Certified Lay Minister
Gila Mountain UMC, Yuma

A Basic Class offered in the ZOOM format will be taught February 26 & 27.

Friday, February 26 the class will be from 5 to 8 p.m. with check-in starting at 4:45 p.m.
Saturday, February 27 the class will begin at 8:30 a.m. till 11:30 a.m. break for ½ hour for lunch and resume from Noon to 4 p.m. We will finish with Holy Communion conducted by Pastor David J. Harriss, the Senior Pastor at Gila Mountain UMC.

Check-in for the class on Saturday will begin at 8:15 a.m.

To register for the classes:  go to 

The class is $15 and is limited to the first 12 people that register.

You will need to order the book “Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course Participant’s Book” (ISBN 978-0-88177-626-3)  It is $8.49 on sale at Cokesbury.  Please read the entire book BEFORE class begins.  Be sure to have a Bible with you during class time and as you read your Basic Course Book. 

If you have any questions about this class please do not hesitate to contact me.  This class is required to advance in the Lay Servant Ministry Program.  It is the building block upon the Advanced Courses offered in the program.

“Discover Your Spiritual Gifts”
Advanced Course via Zoom

Taught by Pastor John Fairchild from Lakeview UMC in Sun City
Two ZOOM Classes will be offered in mid-February, one during the day and one evening/Saturday morning class.  We are trying to reach more people offering both day and evening classes.
With COVID-19 only becoming worse, we believe that the future of in-person classes will not be possible for quite some time.  We want all of you to be safe and will endeavor, through ZOOM Classes, to provide the same high quality Lay Servant Ministry Classes we have always provided in the West District. 
We want to hear from you, on your needs for future classes, so please contact me with any questions. 

To register for the classes:  go to

The class is $15 and includes “Your Spiritual Gifts Inventory” mailed to your home with your registration. Please register as soon as possible.

Thank you and I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.
The Daytime Session is:
February 17, 18 and 19, Wednesday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to Noon
The Evening – Saturday Session is:
February 18, 19, and 20   
Thursday and Friday 5:30 to 9 p.m. 
Saturday 8:30 a.m. to Noon
The last half hour of both classes of the last session will be Holy Communion and graduation.
Betty Stewart
Betty Stewart, West District
Lay Servant Ministries Director
bettyboop491@cox.net  preferred way of communication
Cell # 480-658-7713


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

Virtual Sunday Morning Fellowship Time
Sunday mornings at 11:00 am


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

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

Koffee With Karen Fellowship
Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am

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

Thursday Women’s Bible Study

Thursday mornings at 9:30 am

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 open by appointment only.  Please call 928-344-3013 to set-up an appointment.  We are answering phone messages and responding to e-mails as we work remotely.

Please submit your
Prayer Requests to
or call 928.344.3013 x303
and leave a message.

Black History Month

Rev. Dovey Johnson Roundtree, Esq.

During February, Black History Month, we will be running short biographies of notable black Methodists throughout history.  These come from methodistbh.blogspot.com. There are many more stories than we can run here – go to the website to check them all out!

Dovey Johnson Roundtree (born April 17, 1914) was a noted civil rights attorney and WAAC Captain as well as being one of the first women ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (1961). After the death of her father in the 1919 flu epidemic, her family lived with her maternal grandparents, Rev. Clyde and Rachel Graham in Charlotte, NC. Through her grandmother’s involvement with women’s clubs she met Mary McLeod Bethune when she was in seventh grade, and Bethune continued to be an inspiration to her throughout her life.

She was one of five women in her 1950 graduating class at Howard Law School; during her time she worked with Thurgood Marshall and other faculty members researching and preparing school desegregation cases which ultimately led to the 1954 Brown decision. In addition to civil rights and criminal law, Roundtree also practiced family and ecumenical law as part of her ministerial duties at Allen Chapel AME.

Where Love Lives video for the week above!
Faith leaders from across California-Nevada have come together to create compelling videos and webinars that will launch in February for the Western Jurisdictional campaign Where Love Lives. February’s theme is Committed to our Wesleyan roots: The inseparability of Personal Piety and Social Holiness. Three new weekly video series and the ongoing weekly Wednesday webinars will explore theological concepts with a current-day lens, examine district initiatives rooted in our Wesleyan heritage, and engage children across the jurisdiction around timeless Wesleyan values.  For all resources, visit WesternJurisdictionUMC.org.

Prayer Focus – Week of February 7th
Revealing God, how can some of my Christian siblings believe what they believe?! Help me . . .Help me wonder . . . Help me wonder more than judge. . . Help me listen more than debate. Forgive me if/when I think less of a person because their beliefs differ from my own. Remind me that people’s experiences are different from mind. Help me be as patient with others as you are with me.




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