That’s right, this Sunday, June 20, we will be welcoming several new members to Trinity and even celebrating a couple of baptisms. This is a glorious day in the life of the church! Please join us in-person or online to help welcome the newest members of the Trinity family.
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.
Reminder: Regarding New CDC Guidance
Trinity’s Leadership Council has approved a recommendation to more to Phase 2A of our COVID-19 Response Plan. In light of the decrease in the number of reported cases and the increase in the number of persons who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, we are relaxing some of our safety protocols that have been in place.
First, let me say thank you for your patience during the time we were not be to gather for in-person worship and for your willingness to follow the protocols that have been in places since we returned to in-person worship. It was a challenging period of time, and while the masks have been a nuisance and the physical distancing annoying, your compliance enabled us to safely return to in-person worship.
Second, for those who have been fully vaccinated (and at least two weeks have passed since your final shot), you will no longer be required to wear mask and we will not require that you sit physically distanced while in worship or meetings. Please realize that there will be some individuals who choose, or who must, continue to wear masks and/or be physically distanced. Please respect the decisions that these individuals make and show the love of God as you greet and worship with them.
Third, we are not the Vaccination Police. You will not be required to show proof of vaccination in order to not wear a mask. We are operating under the honor system.
We will continue to provide the live-stream and recorded worship services so that if you are not able to be physically present in church, you can still participate in worship.
Beginning June 1st, the Church Office will resume regular office hours. We will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 AM to 12 Noon. We would suggest that you call ahead to make sure that no unforeseen circumstance has caused the office to be closed.
If you would like to read the other details of our Phase 2A response, you can click
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.
By Rev. Nancy Cushman
West District Superintendent
Colossians 3:15 calls us to be a thankful people. As I leave this season of ministry as your district superintendent, I have so many reasons to be thankful. I thank you, the people of the west district, for your love and support throughout this season. I am thankful for the opportunities to come to know so many of you well as we seek to serve Christ and his church together. I am so grateful for Carla Whitmire who has been such a wonderful administrative assistant and partner in ministry. I thank God for Jeannie Ward, our district lay leader and our associate district lay leaders, Joyce Trevolt, John Huie, and Sandy Kerr. They have been such a blessing to me and will continue to lead you and assist with the transition to Rev. Javier Olivares. I thank God for all the clergy leaders and leaders from the laity who have served and are serving on our district boards and committees and for Betty Stewart who leads our Lay Servant Ministry. I am grateful for the clergy in our district and the ways we have supported and cared for each other especially through the pandemic. It has been such an honor to be part of the calls to ministry of so many pastors. I leave with cherished memories that I will treasure and with peace. Javier brings his own special gifts and graces to the district that will be a blessing in this next season of ministry.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you.
Weekly Devotion 2: By Rev. Javier Olivares
Scripture Reading: Acts 2: 5-17
What is Your Native Language?
5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
17 ‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams. Acts 2:5-17
What is your native language? In what language did you hear your first lullaby? Or said for the first time “I love you”? what is the language you speak to your children or talk to your pets? In what language do you pray?
There’s something special and mystical about our native language. We find in it comfort and joy; we feel at peace and safe; we can relax and be less stressed since perhaps we don’t have to translate in our heads what we’re going to say.
Perhaps this is how all these people were feeling hearing their native language, but there were two reactions of this crowd:
One group reacted with wonder and the other one with mockery. One responded “what does this mean?” on other words, what is God teaching me through this? How do I take this opportunity to grow?
And the other group said “they’re drunk” or in other words “I can’t accept this”, “I’m not open to this newness”. Both groups encountered diversity and reacted differently.
I feel that this reaction could be the same in our congregations when diversity is encountered. As we grow more towards a diverse church, we will be able to worship with people of other native languages different from us. And we will be able to have the opportunity to ask “what does this mean?” What is God teaching me?” instead of “I can’t accept this”.
May we embrace and learn from those who are culturally different from us, may we be open to diversity in all its forms. When that happens, the Spirit of God will be poured upon each of us.
Let us pray:
God of many nations, we come to you asking for your forgiveness for the moments when we have reacted refusing your invitation to diversity. We are here asking that you may fill us with your Spirit so we can be whole again and can react with awe and wonder and ask what are you teaching us? How can I embrace diversity? Teach us your ways Oh Lord and be with us so we can be the church you want us to be. A diverse church, filled with your Spirit, a church where the young people have a prophetic voice and see visions, a church where the adults dream dreams.