Letter from Bishop Bob regarding Episcopal Coverage
July 5, 2021
Dear Members and Friends of the Desert Southwest Conference,
Grace and peace to you in the name and spirit of Jesus Christ!
As a result of my decision to request retirement under ¶ 408.2a of the 2016 Book of Discipline, the office of resident bishop for the Desert Southwest Conference becomes open. As prescribed in the Book of Discipline, the Council of Bishops has the responsibility of determining, who will serve as the episcopal leader for the Desert Southwest Conference until a new bishop is elected at a regular Jurisdictional Conference.
On July 2, 2021, the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church announced that the Council has voted to approve the recommendations from the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops for the episcopal coverage for the Desert Southwest Conference, Phoenix Episcopal area.
Following proper procedure, the Council of Bishops announced that Bishop Grant J. Hagiya, resident bishop of the California-Pacific Conference, will serve as your bishop for this interim time. Please be assured that this is not in any way a step toward merger of the two conferences, but simply a plan for episcopal coverage for the Desert Southwest Conference. Details about any welcome events will be announced soon. In the meantime, a transition team has been constituted and plans for a smooth transition are being developed.
I know Bishop Hagiya as a cherished colleague and friend, so I ask you to please welcome him with open arms and warm hearts!
For those who are interested in more details about the role and election of bishops in The United Methodist Church, click here.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email my office.
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!
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
For those who have taken the basic course, a good next step is:
Leading Bible Study
This Advanced ZOOM class is taught by long time Bible Teacher Eli Reeves from Lakeview UMC in Sun City. Two ZOOM Classes will be offered in mid-July, 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 Biblical Interpretation: A Roadmap. It is available at Cokesbury.com or Amazon.
The Daytime Session is:
Wednesday to Friday – July 14, 15, and 16, 8:30 a.m. to Noon
The Evening Session is: Evenings 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Wednesday to Friday – July 14, 15, and 16, 5:30 to 9 p.m.
West District Director Lay Servant Ministries firstname.lastname@example.org Cell # 480-658-7713
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.
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.
– June 25-26, 2021 – Becoming Peacemakers in a Culture of Violence, Study Leader – Rachel Mosher.
– 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
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 office@TrinityYuma.org
or call 928.344.3013 x303
and leave a message.
God is with us wherever we go
by Rev. Javier Olivares, West District Superintendent
July 6, 2021
Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
This verse stuck with me as I was growing up in the church. Moving from a farm life to the city as a teenager was overwhelming and frightening for me. However, my grandmother would recite this verse in a form of a prayer. Somehow, she knew this verse would play a key role during my early years as a Methodist.
As I write these first lines as your new District Superintendent, I’m reminded of these words from Joshua not in the original context of patriarchy and conquest, but in the context of facing adversity, fear, and being overwhelmed by the unknown but understanding not to fear, to be strong, and have courage because…God is with us wherever we go. Sometimes courage is the only element we have to face a crisis with the few resources we have.
Courage has been one of the tenets of our vision as a conference: a courageous church, loving like Jesus….
I’m so thrilled and honored to be your West District Superintendent and there is an enormous joy invading every inch of my body. It is a joy because God has called each one of you to be part of the Body of Christ to extend God’s kin-dom. What does this kin-dom look like? One of reconciliation, equity, and justice. And so, it’s a joy to be in partnership with you, working together.
Whether you are a pastor or a lay person we all have been given the task to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and to know that…God is with us wherever we go.
Just so you know a little bit about my journey, I was born in Texas and moved to Mexico when I was ten years old. I have lived in both countries throughout my life. I went into seminary in Monterrey, Mexico where I met my spouse Alma. After ministering for a few years in Mexico with the Northwest Conference, we moved to Phoenix, Arizona and I was appointed to Epworth UMC as a missionary starting an Hispanic Ministry. Alma and I later went to Drew Theological School and obtained our M.Div. My last appointment was to Grace UMC in Mesa, Arizona.
Alma is an associate pastor at Shepherd of the Hills UMC in Sun City West. We have two children. Natalia is a music teacher at an elementary school and Esteban is studying Business Administration at ASU. My father is deceased and my mother lives in El Paso, Texas. I have one brother who resides (with his wife) also in El Paso.
I look forward to getting to know you and to be able to work with you as congregations and pastors. To grow in our faith, in our awareness, as disciples of Jesus and know that …God is with us wherever we go.
I would like to thank my predecessor Rev. Nancy Cushman for the mentorship these last months as we moved into transition. Her wisdom and experience were very helpful as I was learning.
I know the task is not easy, it is difficult, yet I cling to courage, that courage which God gives in time when needed. I know that the same God who was with that kid growing up in a farm is the same One here with me, with us because…God is with us wherever we go.