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Weekly Update for February 17, 2021

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February 17, 2021


Ash Wednesday: Lent at Home

Lent at Home Drive-By Pics

Cookies for Fire Stations

Lay Servant Ministry Course

Crossroads Mission – Coming Soon

Study and Fellowship Opportunities

Daily Prayers for Lent

Black History Month

Where Love Lives

A sample home devotion station – AnnaMarie S.

Lent at Home Begins Today!

Today is Ash Wednesday, and our Ash Wednesday worship service will be available online all day.  You can click on it below as well!  Remember to have your Lent at Home kit handy.

Please know that it is not too late to receive a Lent at Home kit if you still need one – please call the church office to make arrangements.  We hope you will join us online today and be blessed as we begin our Lenten journey.

Once you have your station set up, please feel free to send us a picture, so we can share your creation to inspire the congregation!

Lent at Home Kit

First car through was Ruthie (unfortunately the photographer didn’t have her phone ready) who got a bag for her and her folks.  She had told her folks she was picking up their worship kit so they did not need to come into town. 

Before she had even cleared the parking lot, Ray drove up! (Oh, I wish we had pictures!)

When Daniel drove up it was the consensus of the team – no Charlotte – no bag!! He would have to go get her – but there she was – smiling face and all in the backseat!!  Daniel was eventually allowed to leave after numerous ooos and awwws!! 

More than one drive-by picked up bags for their home but also for friends and neighbors!! 

A good time was had by all!!  

Cookies for Fire Stations
The Brigade has been marching around Yuma like a fife and drum outfit.  This week has been filled and so has next week.  But if you wish to deliver some cookies to one of the Fire Stations please do it!  Just let me know which one you have chosen.  The firefighters are so pleased to be remembered.  And it is such a small thing on our part to make them feel thought of.  Bless all of you for doing what Trinity does best!   . . . Marilyn (mayormarilyn@roadrunner.com
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

  Watch upcoming Weekly Updates for details
On Trinity’s Serving Ministries
March Drive-By – Drop-off
For Crossroads Mission
Trinity UMC back parking lot!


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.

Wednesday, Feb 17 – Ash Wednesday – Personal needs
Thursday, Feb 18 – Family
Friday, Feb 19 – The Homeless
Saturday, Feb  20 – Church Family
Sunday, Feb 21 – Those impacted by COVID-19
Monday, Feb 22 – United States Leaders
Tuesday, Feb 23 – Friends
Wednesday, Feb 24 – The Hungry

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

Black History Month

Susan McKinney Steward

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!

Susan McKinney Steward (March 18, 1847 – March 17, 1918) was the third African American woman licensed to practice medicine and the first in New York State. Her parents, Sylvanus and Anne Springstead Smith, were prosperous farmers in Brooklyn and she taught school for several years before enrolling in the New York Medical College for Women where she graduated as valedictorian in 1870. She operated a clinic in her Brooklyn home from 1870 to 1895, specializing in treatment of childhood diseases, and also had a lucrative practice in Manhattan. She was a founder of the Alumni Association of her alma mater and taught there as well as being active in many other professional and charitable organizations including the Women’s Equal Suffrage League.

She studied music as a child and from her teenage years she was organist and choir director at Siloam Presbyterian Church and Bridge Street AME Church in Brooklyn. She was also active in mission work at Bridge Street and president of the local chapter of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. Her first husband was Rev. William G. McKinney, an Episcopalian priest. After he died, in 1896 she married AME pastor Rev. T. G. Steward who was chaplain of the 25th Infantry Buffalo Soldiers. The couple lived in Montana, Nebraska, and Texas before settling in Ohio where both taught at Wilberforce University.

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 14th
Grace is such a wonderful gift, O God, when it comes my way. But I confess that I struggle with grace for all. It doesn’t seem fair. . . Oh, it’s not about fairness? It’s not about who has earned it? It’s about how you want it? It’s an example of what it means to live in community and follow your example? Then help me remember that life is not about fairness but about holiness. Help me see the holiness even in my enemy. Help me be grateful for your grace . . . for all.




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