Weekly Update

Weekly Update for February 21, 2021

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February 24, 2021


Lent at Home

Cookies for Fire Stations

P.E.O. Quilt Raffle

Lay Servant Ministry Courses

Crossroads Mission – Coming Soon

Pastor’s Continuing Education

Fan Mail

Study and Fellowship Opportunities

Where Do Pets Come From?

Daily Prayers for Lent

March Birthdays

Black History Month

Where Love Lives

A sample home devotion station – Katie F.

Lent at Home Continues!

We hope you are reading your weekly individual reflection pages and daily readings in The Sanctuary for Lent.  The weekly readings are very helpful for focusing our thoughts and intentions in concert with our Holy Vessels Lent series.  The daily readings are progressing through various themes throughout Lent; thus far we have explored “mercy” and “covenant.”

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 Sundays and be blessed as we continue 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!

Cookies for Fire Stations
Oh, Trinity, you’ve done it again.  With just two more days for deliveries, we will have delivered cookies twenty-one times to six fire stations and Fire Administration at City Hall.  From what I can tell, it was as good a time being the deliverer as it was to be the deliverees.  Our first responders know we care for them, and we know they are appreciative of our efforts.

So, thank you, thank you to: Sandy, Frances, Patty and Clint, AnnaMarie, Marion, Karen, Johnna, Kathy, Mary and Ken, and Marilyn for helping Trinity reach out to other community members.  We were inspired to do this by Helen Schilling who is the “watchful eye” at one of the stations.  She keeps us apprised of what’s going on.

Thanks also to Fire Chief Steve Irr for letting us do this.  If there is some other way we can be helpful to any of you please let us know.

Again, blessings on all – Marilyn Young

 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.


“Public Prayer”

This Advanced ZOOM class is taught by Pastor Deborah Schauer, from Spirit of Hope UMC in Peoria.  Two ZOOM Classes will be offered at the end of March, 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.

To register for the classes go to:

The class is $15.  If you have to cancel or postpone you will get a credit for a future class.  There will only be twelve (12) students per ZOOM class so please register as soon as possible.  The book you need to purchase and read completely before class begins is “Shaping the Prayers of the People: The Art of Intercession”.  It is available at Cokesbury.com and the Internet.

The Daytime Session is:
Wednesday to Friday, March 24, 25, and 26, 8:30 a.m. to Noon.

The Evening / Saturday Session is: Evening 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Thursday, Friday March 25, 26, Saturday March 27, 8:30 a.m. – Noon 

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!

Pastor’s Continuing Education
As a licensed Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church, Pastor Bob is required to attend continuing education classes on a regular basis.  Prior to the coronavirus pandemic these classes were held on site at the Claremont School of Theology for three weeks each summer.  With the current travel restrictions, the classes have transitioned to an on-line format.

Pastor Bob completed a course in Leadership Development over the summer.  In the month of March he will be taking a class on Congregational Care and in May a class on United Methodist Polity and Administration.  These classes are very intense, and require tremendous reading, writing numerous papers and class participation and leadership.

We would ask that you keep Pastor Bob in prayer during this time and also be understanding if he is not immediately available should a need arise. 

Marilyn Young, Chairperson
Staff-Parish Relations Team

Fan Mail for the Bell Choir!



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.


Where do pets come from???

Given our recent Sunday morning fellowship discussion about pets, this article that appeared in the Gila Mountain UMC newsletter would seem timely: 

Shortly after leaving Eden, Adam and Eve said, “Lord, when we were in the garden, you walked with us every day. Now we do not see you anymore. We are lonesome here, and it is difficult for us to remember how much you love us.”

And God said, “No problem! I will create a companion for you that will be with you forever and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish or childish or unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourselves.”

And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam and Eve. And it was a good animal. And God was pleased.

And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam and Eve and he wagged his tail.

And Adam said, “Lord, I have already named all the animals in the world, and I cannot think of a name for this new animal.”

And God said, “No problem. Because I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you will call him DOG.”

And Dog lived with Adam and Eve and was a companion to them and loved them. And they were comforted.

And God was pleased. And Dog was content and wagged his tail.

After a while, it came to pass that an angel came to the Lord and said, “Lord, Adam and Eve have become filled with pride. They strut and preen like peacocks and they believe they are worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught them that they are loved, but perhaps too well.”

And God said, “No problem! I will create for them a companion who will be with them forever and who will see them as they are. The companion will remind them of their limitations, so they will know that they are not always worthy of adoration.”

And God created CAT to be a companion to Adam and Eve.

And Cat would not obey them. And when Adam and Eve gazed into Cat’s eyes, they were reminded that they were not the supreme beings. And Adam and Eve learned humility.

And they were greatly improved.

And God was pleased. And Dog was happy.

And Cat did NOT care one way or the other.


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.

Thursday, Feb 25 –  Veterans
Friday, Feb 26 – Pastor Bob & Reverend Katie
Saturday, Feb  27 – Trinity Worship Team
Sunday, Feb 28 – World leaders
Monday, Mar 01 – Trinity Leadership Teams
Tuesday, Mar 02 – First Responders
Wednesday, Mar 03 – Neighbors

    3    Shari Suttle    
    9    Shirley Teeters    
    9    Ed Wagter    
    11    John Fuchs    
    12    Sharon McKinley    
    13    Cynthia Ross    
    15    Jim Donahue
    17    Jackie Spear
    18    Tim Younker
    22    Emilia Monroy
    23    Tyler Hurt
    24    Bob VonDell
    30    Leonard Fuchs

    Happy birthday to all!

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

Black History Month

Ida B. Wells-Barnett

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!

Journalist and anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi six months before President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. She was raised in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and her father was on the Board of Directors of local MEC-affiliated Shaw College (now Rust College) which Ms. Wells attended until the death of her parents during the yellow fever epidemic forced her to work as a teacher to support her brothers and sisters. Teaching in a segregated school system, she earned $30 a month while white teachers were paid $80.

She and two younger siblings moved to Memphis in 1883, where she joined the AME church and often taught children’s Sunday school. She began to write for African American newspapers, becoming a co-owner and editor of an anti-segregation newspaper, the Free Speech and Headlight. She spoke out against the lynching of three friends and urged black Memphis residents of leave town, saying, “There is, therefore, only one thing left to do; save our money and leave a town which will neither protect our lives and property, nor give us a fair trial in the courts, but takes us out and murder us in cold blood when accused by white persons.”

The newspaper offices were destroyed by a white mob in 1892, and she relocated to Chicago where she published a pamphlet entitled “Southern Horrows: Lynch Law in All Its Phases” that was widely circulated at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. She spoke regularly in Europe against lynching and found that audiences there were more easily convinced of the reality of the situation than those in the United States. Another booklet on lynching, “Red Record”, was published in 1895 which included vivid descriptions of two lynchings and perhaps the first compilation of lynching statistics.

A free download of “Red Record” is available at Project Gutenberg:

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 21st
God of justice and mercy, you say that whatever we do “to the least”, we do to you. Why would you set up such a relationship? Why would you put your trust in us? Please help us remember this truth always. Please remind us that we are to watch over one another in love, and to help each other grow into the people we know we are when we are at our best.




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