Weekly Update

Weekly Update for February 3, 2021


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February 3, 2021


Cookies for Fire Stations

Yuma Area Prayer Breakfast

Lent at Home

Lay Servant Ministry Courses

Study and Fellowship Opportunities

Black History Month

Where Love Lives

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.  We have next week filled, but you can double up if you want to.  Or you can take a day (Monday Thru Friday) of the week of February 15th.  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

Yuma Area Prayer Breakfast
Friday, February 5, 7:00 AM
Live on Facebook

Like many other community, annual events, the “Yuma Area Prayer Breakfast” will be held virtually this year.  The ‘breakfast’ will be held on Facebook at 7:00 a.m. on February 5th, 2021.
Please join us in our effort to keep community projects happening.  

Here is the Facebook page for information:

Larry Autrey, committee member, via Marilyn Young


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.

 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

Physicist William McAfee

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!

Physicist William McAfee (September 2, 1914 – February 18, 1990) was born in Ore City, Texas, where his father, Luther, was a mechanic, carpenter, and CME pastor.

Dr. McAfee was a mathematician and researcher at the United States Army Signal Corps Engineering Laboratories at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey for 42 years, first working on Project Diana which studied the Earth’s relationship to the moon via radar signal echoing. He earned a BS in Mathematics from Wiley College, an MS from Ohio State University, and a PhD in physics from Cornell University researching on nuclear collisions with his advisor, Nobel laureate Hans Bethe. He also did post-doctoral work at Harvard on high-altitude nuclear explosions.


Where Love Lives video for the week above!
In January, Sundays call us to consider all the ways we are part of something greater than ourselves. The messages seem to stand in stark contrast to months of social distancing, worshipping in front of our computers, and the strangeness of seeing people with face coverings and having no idea who they are. This January, Sundays will challenge us to see ourselves no longer in isolation but in community, connected to those who may not look like us or believe like us. For this reason, it is good to begin a new year remembering: “I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt…”
This month the Western Jurisdiction’s #WhereLoveLivesUMC campaign brings us right in the middle of what has separated so many people from one another, the subject of marriage equality. Find the non-anxious presence of God deep in your soul as we journey together through these next few weeks.

May we discover together that as part of something greater than ourselves, our church community is #WHERELOVELIVESUMC.

Prayer Focus – Week of January 31st
Healing God, in this day and in this time so many people have been told they are unacceptable for a variety of reasons. May we be a people who resist harm, and value all people as people of worth. May our witness be authentic and Christ-like.




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