Weekly Update

Weekly Update for June 30, 2021









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June 30, 2021

THIS WEEK’S HEADLINES

Lay Servant Classes

Sunday Mornings: Fellowship LITE

Mission U

Study and Fellowship Opportunities

July Birthdays

Where Love Lives

 

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.

To register for the classes go to:
https://dscumc.org/lay-servant-ministries-training-sessions/

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.

Blessings,
Betty Stewart
West District Director Lay Servant Ministries

bettyboop491@cox.net 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
jgann1329@gmail.com
480 980-1329

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

https://dscumc.org/secure/2021-mission-u-registration/

 
VIRTUAL STUDY AND FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT TRINITY!!
 

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
 
ZOOM LINK:
https://dscumc.zoom.us/j/98645869894?pwd=Vjgvak9YdWlKUlJBQTAwQnFJSzZ1QT09

OR CALL: 877 853 5257
MEETING ID: 986 4586 9894  passcode 3030

 
Koffee With Karen Fellowship
Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am
 
ZOOM LINK:
https://dscumc.zoom.us/j/95302162442?pwd=NjdOc1RwTGI4aGRjdlVwR2pvMVNSUT09

OR CALL: 877 853 5257
MEETING ID: 953 0216 2442  passcode 3030

Thursday Women’s Bible Study

Thursday mornings at 9:30 am
 
ZOOM LINK:
https://dscumc.zoom.us/j/94337635832?pwd=czUvN3RjQVhUMytMMStLckpLWmhOdz09

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.


Anne Hurt    July 3
Alice Langbauer    July 3
Ruth Olin    July 6
Kathilynn Cheshire    July 8
James Teeters    July 8
Pamela Young-Walker    July 11
Bob Rammelt    July 13
Karen Jarvis    July 14
Virginia Burgess    July 15
Darlene Reddick    July 15
Jacque Frazier    July 18
Jon Klein    July 19
Abigail Akins    July 20
Verna Neitz    July 21
Sarah Akins    July 23
Ken Felty    July 25
Cheryl Smith    July 25
Mary Ellis    July 27
Marc Hernandez    July 28
Nancy Blitz    July 31
Stewart Bradshaw    July 31

Happy Birthday to All!

Please submit your
Prayer Requests to
office@TrinityYuma.org
or call 928.344.3013 x303
and leave a message.

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Weekly Devotion 4: By Rev. Efrain Zavala

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 10:12-22 

Loving the Stranger Growing up, I attended Methodist Churches in Mexico. I was always moved by the passion and the commitment that people demonstrated in worship and service. One of the most memorable things from my youth was participating in ministry to people who had been deported from the United States and found themselves homeless, with no money, and distanced from their families. As a response, my church formed teams and prepared meals for them on a weekly basis. Everybody participated in some way. At that time, I became aware of the pain and the struggle of migrants who had to leave their homes in search of a better life. Years later, I was serving on the advisory board of The Inn, a ministry that provides hospitality and care for refugees and asylum seekers in the United States. I still remembered the times we served the people at the border, people who are often marginalized, and even forgotten. The work of my youth has provided me with a sense of direction for ministry, challenging me to serve those who are minoritized and excluded.

With time, I have come to understand race and migration conversations to be of utmost importance for the church and our society. The scriptural witness constantly encourages us to love and welcome foreigners. The most repeated commandment in the Old Testament is “You shall love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” This is a wonderful call to empathy and love. The people of Israel were reminded (several times) of their own journey; they were reminded of the oppression they experienced in Egypt. They were told that they had more things in common with those they considered strangers than they thought! And they were challenged to break the cycle of oppression they themselves had experienced in the past. They had been hurt before, but now they were able to bless others.

It seems to me that we are all people on a journey. Certainly, not all journeys are the same, and some journeys can be quite difficult. Yet, there are ways in which we can all make a difference. I believe that we can learn from our past, break the cycle of oppression, and help create something new. We can work to create a new community where people’s lives are affirmed and valued for what they are. While some are pushing for uniformity, I believe we can strive for unity in diversity. There is much work that needs to be done in this area. Conversations about racial and ethnic diversity in our country have become contentious, and the church struggles to find common ground. Yet, as a committed member of the UMC, I want the church to look forward into the future and reformulate its mission in a way that involves people of color in a meaningful way. Indeed, this is not an easy task, but we are people of faith, after all. We have the assurance that God is with us every step of the way; and we have each other, fellow sojourners, extending helpful hands as we go.

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