It was disheartening to hear on the news that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is once again suggesting that masks should be work at indoor events. This includes those who us who have been fully vaccinated.
While these are merely “guidelines” issued by the CDC, we would be foolish not to follow their recommendations. Yuma County remains in the “moderate” category for risk of transmission, but if you have followed the numbers, you will have noticed that they seem to be increasing.
This is the recommendation that has been issued by the CDC:
– If you are fully vaccinated, you can participate in many of the activities that you did before the pandemic.
– To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
– Wearing a mask is most important if you have a weakened immune system or if, because of your age or an underlying medical condition, you are at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated. If this applies to you or your household, you might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission in your area.
– You should continue to wear a mask where required by laws, rules, regulations, or local guidance.
As I said, Yuma County appears to be at a moderate level of community transmission, but other areas in Arizona and nearby California are at a substantial or severe level.
The Trinity Leadership Council has not taken any action in modifying our mitigation measures. As your pastor, I would recommend that we return to wearing masks when we are gathered as a group for worship and other activities. We have been doing a great job of maintaining some physical distance in worship and I would hope we would continue to do this. While we are not currently requiring that masks be worn, I would encourage you to protect yourself, and others, by wearing a mask at least when you are entering or exiting the Sanctuary.
As we continue to practice responsible mitigation measures and with God’s help, we can continue to come out of the COVD-19 pandemic.
Palmcroft – Beginning of School Supplies
It is that time of the year when we can help Palmcroft with some supplies. Listed below are some items that they need. You can bring them by the Church and we will get them to the school before it starts.
*Children’s underwear – sizes 5-10
*Spiral Notebooks, one subject
*Sheet protectors, heavy duty
*Ziploc baggies, all sizes
In addition to Palmcroft, we have several teachers in our congregation that might need some supplies. You might want to ask them what they need. If I have missed anyone, I apologize; just let me know.
Thank you for helping out!
Any questions, see Karen Conde or contact the church office.
Cindy Klein Memorial Handbell Choir
WE NEED YOU!
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!
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.
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
West District Director Lay Servant Ministries firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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.
Joann F August 1
Ana F August 5
Caitlin G August 9
Sandi S August 12
Jim B August 14
David A August 18
Robert P August 25
Ken E August 27
Michael F August 28
Marlene E August 30
Happy Birthday to All!
Please submit your
Prayer Requests to office@TrinityYuma.org
or call 928.344.3013 x303
and leave a message.
A Great Summer at Mingus Mountain & Potosi Pines Camps!
By Dina Reid, Camp & Retreat Ministries
After the Covid pause of last summer, it has been so great to fill our camps with the laughter of children and smiley, happy faces! We have had an action-packed, fun-filled summer at Potosi Pines and Mingus Mountain Camps! Campers have played, worshipped, shot archery, hiked, made crafts, enjoyed these beautiful outdoor spaces, and best of all, been able to spend time with each other and our camp staff, face to face.
The camp theme this summer is, “This is our Prayer”. At Potosi Pines, campers are learning to pray through music, art, journals, prayer beads, the prayer labyrinth, and prayer partners. Each summer the campers work on service projects throughout the camp. This year, Senior High campers built a gazebo at the prayer labyrinth. Junior High campers added new solar light poles on the path to the labyrinth, and Elementary campers painted the pavers under the new gazebo. Jr and Sr High Adventure campers hiked and camped in the mountains surrounding Potosi, learned to fish in a nearby pond, and had a fish fry for dinner. Other summer highlights have included a view of the night skies led by local astronomers, tie-dying, hiking Twin Peaks, skits, crafts, and games.
At Mingus Mountain, UMC clergy have served as the camp’s Spiritual Directors, leading worship, campfires, and small group Bible studies. As service projects, Senior High campers rebuilt the Nurse’s Cabin wheelchair ramp, Junior High campers rebuilt the outdoor chapel’s cross and altar, and Elementary campers tied blankets for the animal shelter. Senior High Adventure campers went tubing, kayaking, tent camping, and enjoyed the natural beauty of the areas surrounding the camp. Senior High Adventures in Mission campers served at Prescott Valley UMC and the Good Samaritan Society, went kayaking, and spent a day at Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course. Campers also took part in camp-wide Olympic games, an all-camp birthday celebration, climbed the rock wall, practiced their skills on the challenge course and ziplines, and relaxed in the new hammock village.
Read the full article on the conference website HERE.
Note – Trinity did send one camper to Mingus in 2021. We hope to continue sending interested children and youth on an annual basis!