Weekly Update

Weekly Update for July 21, 2021


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July 21, 2021


Mission Opportunity in Holtville

The Bell Choir Needs YOU!

Room Wanted

Clergy meeting with the District Superintendent

Sunday Mornings: Fellowship LITE

Lay Servant Classes

Membership to Discipleship Book Discussion

Mission U

Study and Fellowship Opportunities

Psalm of Hope

Holtville Mission Opportunity 
If you have a day or a few to work on a valuable mission project this week, here is an opportunity!  Organizer Mike Eyer has indicated if desired, people from Yuma could commute on days they are available rather than staying on-site.
The Cal-Pac United Methodist Conference has a short-term mission opportunity which might be of interest to individuals and congregations in the Desert Southwest Conference because of its proximity and brevity.  The Cal-Pac Conference has received a FEMA grant to help re-hab the former Holtville UMC for use as an Immigration Welcome Center.  Holtville, California, is located 10 miles east of El Centro, California, and 50 miles west of Yuma, Arizona. 

The timeline for this work opportunity is very short. Work will begin on Wednesday, July 21st, and should be complete by Saturday, July 24th.  

While the long term goal is to add showers and laundry facilities for the Immigration Welcome Center, workers during this immediate period will clean a building which has been closed for a while but is in generally good condition in preparation for arrival of beds (16 twin bunks!) and chairs. Work will include general cleaning of kitchen, office, and other spaces, sorting, and disposing of unusable items. If the beds arrive during the work time, they will be assembled.

Workers will need to bring air mattresses and bedding.  Meals will be at local businesses.  There is a refrigerator available.  

The work will be coordinated by Doug and Judy Lewis, Disaster Coordinators for Cal-Pac and by local coordinators. Contact Mike and Lorraine Eyer, UMVIM Coordinators for Desert Southwest Conference, at (623) 810-5600 or clnmwe@gmail.com for more information or to be connected to Doug and Judy. 


Cindy Klein Memorial Handbell Choir
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!

You can watch us on our YouTube Channel!



Do you have a room or living space for rent, or know someone who does?
Trinity’s organist, Brenda, is looking for an affordable place to relocate within the Yuma area.  If you are looking to fill a space or know of a good lead, please contact the Trinity office and we will put you in touch with Brenda.  Thank you!

Clergy meeting with the District Superintendent

The actively appointed United Methodist clergy in Yuma were blessed to meet with our new District Superintendent this afternoon!  L-R: David Harriss (Gila Mountain), Mike Wilkerson (Yuma First), Katie Fuchs (Trinity), Bob Klein (Trinity), Javier Olivares (West District Superintendent), Jaime Vasquez (New Church Start).  

Sunday Mornings at Trinity – Fellowship LITE!

In Morris Hall following worship

Things are beginning to feel more and more “normal” at Trinity on Sunday mornings, and now we get to take the next step forward!  Please join us following worship (approximately 11 AM) in Morris Hall for a time of greeting one another, chatting, sharing stories, and just catching up.  It will be such a joy to resume this meaningful weekly time of in-person fellowship!

If you’re wondering why we’re calling it “LITE”, it is because we aren’t yet to a point where we can safely serve refreshments such as coffee and cookies, so please be aware there will be no food or drink provided just yet.  We look forward to the day when that too can resume – but yes, in the meantime, it really CAN be a United Methodist fellowship time even without coffee!  We look forward to seeing you there. 


Lay Servant Ministries

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.

With COVID-19 here, 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:

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. We are trying to reach more people offering both day and evening classes.

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 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

Betty Stewart
West District Director Lay Servant Ministries

bettyboop491@cox.net Cell # 480-658-7713 


Book Discussion Presented by the Conference
Clergy & Lay Leadership Development Team

Membership to Discipleship
August 9, 2021, at 7:00 PM

Do you enjoy having opportunities to grow as a leader and to learn from other leaders? Do you find it enriching to share leadership ideas, concepts, and inspiration with others?

Opportunities are available to anyone in the Desert Southwest Conference interested in learning through a focused discussion of mixed media leadership resources, such as books, videos, podcasts, webinars, etc. Leadership is explored from various perspectives, including resources that look at leadership from more than one cultural lens.

A number of one-hour, virtual evening conversations are offered this year. The first one is on the book “Membership to Discipleship,” by Phil Maynard. This online discussion will be facilitated by Rev. Galene Boyett on August 9, 2021, at 7:00 PM. Click below to register.

You are always invited to access the book, video, webinar, podcast, that interests you, prior to the date when its presentation is scheduled. You will still find benefit by joining the discussion if you are unable to review the media ahead of the presentation. Click on the links below to purchase “From Membership to Discipleship” through Cokesbury or Amazon.

Membership to Discipleship – Cokesbury (Paperback)
Membership to Discipleship – Amazon (Kindle Edition)
Future presentation schedule – Save the date! August 9, September 13, October 11, and November 8.

The presenters and facilitators of these discussions may include recognized Desert Southwest Conference leaders, authors, and creators of the media being discussed and, as well as members of the CLLD Team. We hope you decide to try out any of the resources we have prepared for you, and join others interested in the same conversations!

Questions about this series may go to Judy Martin at stilljudymartin@gmail.com or Rev. Javier Olivares at  jolivares@dscumc.org.

All are welcome to these virtual Mission u Events!

You can register for all three virtual mission u studies at once for only $50.00

Best deal ever!

If you want to attend only one or two of the studies, each event is $20.

We will also be collecting an offering for missions when you register.

– July 23-24, 2021 – Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, Study Leader – Billie Fidlin with Khalil Rushdan, AZ ACLU

– August 13-14, 2021 – Bearing Witness in the Kin-dom: Living Into the Church’s Moral Witness through Radical Discipleship, Study Leader – Dior DeSormeau

All the studies will begin on a Friday night for a couple of hours of worship and study introduction on zoom. This will be followed by about three hours of study on zoom Saturday morning.

See the links to purchase the study books in the registration link below & see descriptions of each study plus bios of our fabulous study leaders!

Please contact Janette Gann, Dean, for more information
480 980-1329

ALL are welcome! Invite your family & friends!!!!



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

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 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
or call 928.344.3013 x303
and leave a message.




Psalm of Hope

by Sandy Kerr, West District Associate Lay Leader

Psalm 130
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
I was for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem. It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.

This Psalm is one of hope. It starts out as a cry for help in the depths of despair asking God to hear supplications, only to end on a note of hope while waiting for the Lord. How many of us have been in that deep dark place? We cry out for help, for an ear to hear our pleas for mercy. God is waiting to hear from us, he is waiting to grant grace and mercy. As we watch for the morning, we have hope. The hope of the steadfast love of God and his power to redeem us from our depths of darkness. The psalmist waits in hope inviting all who cry out from the depths to wait for the morning.

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