Weekly Update

Weekly Update for June 6, 2021









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June 2, 2021

THIS WEEK’S HEADLINES

Reminder on New CDC Guidelines

Mask Kindness Reminder

Celebrating Our Graduates

Become Part of Our Church Family

Staffing Updates

More Cookie Brigade Pics

Remembering Julie Brooks

Annual Conference 2021

Mission U

Study and Fellowship Opportunities

June Birthdays

Where Love Lives

Reminder: Regarding New CDC Guidance
 
Dear Friends,

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 here.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

Pastor Bob

The Trinity office is aware of a few 2021 graduates within our midst We are preparing to honor them in worship THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 6, and we want to make sure nobody is left out!

If you or a member of your family is graduating from middle school, high school, college, graduate studies, trade school, etc., PLEASE call or email the church office AS SOON AS POSSIBLE so we can make sure the graduate is added to our list!

Baptism and Membership Class
Sunday, June 6th following Worship

If you are interested in baptism or joining Trinity, Pastor Bob invites you to gather this Sunday, June 6th immediately following worship in Morris Hall for a brief overview on baptism and membership in the United Methodist Church.

 

Please call or email (bob@TrinityYuma.org) the church office to let us know you are interested so that we can plan accordingly.

Thank You and Welcome!!

Trinity has been very blessed through the talented musicians God has sent our way to guide our hearts and inspire our joyful songs during worship!

First, we are eternally grateful to Robyn Mitchell, who stepped in so gracefully and wonderfully as our temporary accompanist when the sudden need arose.  Robyn, you have been a Godsend – thank you so much for enriching our worship throughout the Easter season.

Second, this coming Sunday we are delighted to welcome our new accompanist, Brenda Ten Cate.  We are excited for all she will bring to our worship experiences.  Watch for a biography of Brenda in an upcoming weekly update.


More Cookie Brigade Grateful Recipients!
 

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Julie Linn Brooks
September 6, 1962 – March 13, 2020

 

Julie Linn Brooks, 57, passed away peacefully on March 13, 2020 in Gilbert, AZ. Julie was born and grew up in Kansas City, MO, and graduated from Park Hill High School in 1980. She was a natural athlete and participated in numerous sports, earning top honors in both basketball and track and field. Julie married her high school sweetheart, Ken, the same year. The couple moved to Yuma, AZ, courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps in 1983. Not long afterward, Julie and Ken were blessed with the arrival of their son, Justin.

Julie worked many years at the Yuma Fire Department, as well as the Yuma Police Department, before retiring in 2013.

She was the funniest, most vibrant, charismatic person. She lived an intentional life, leaving a positive impression on everyone she met. She was an eternal bright light and a beautiful soul. Julie made everyone’s lives so much better simply by being her goofy, fun-loving self! She would be the first to dance or crack a joke simply to lighten the mood. No gathering of people was ever the same after experiencing the positive energy emitted by Julie’s presence!

In the words of her son, If the measure of a person’s life is the number of smiles they produced, then she surely had as much impact on the world as anyone.

Julie was preceded in death by her father, John H. Kroenke II, and brother-in-law, Larry A. Brooks.

She is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Ken Brooks, of Queen Creek, AZ; her son and daughter-in-law, Justin and Nicole Brooks; and her grandson, Weston Brooks, all of Gilbert, AZ. She is also survived by her mother, Judie Kroenke; four siblings, John (Ginger) Kroenke; Jill (Don) Thessen; Janice Kroenke; and Jackie (Ben) Cooper, all of Kansas City, MO, and her parents-in-law, Bob and Golda Brooks, of Yuma, AZ; sister-in-law Deborah Barela of Plains, MT, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Julie will be profoundly missed.

A celebration of life service will be held at First United Methodist Church of Gilbert, 331 S. Cooper Road, Gilbert, Arizona on Saturday, June 5th, 2021 at 1:30 pm.

Please sign the guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/yumasun .

Published in Yuma Sun on May 30, 2021.

This year, due to continued restrictions placed on in-person gatherings by the COVID-19 pandemic, our Desert Southwest Annual Conference session is scheduled to take place June 11-13, 2021. Rather than being held in person at the Mesa Convention Center, our Annual Conference will again turn to a virtual format. Even if you are not a voting member, you will be able to live-stream the conference to keep up on developments and participate in worship!  Learn more about this year’s conference and live-stream it in June right HERE.

As usual, there are conference-wide giving opportunities in connection with Annual Conference. This year, we are focusing on student hunger.  From Billie K. Fidlin, Director of Outreach & Justice, and Rev. Jamie Booth, ASU Valley Wesley:

“There are students on university campuses across the country who have difficulty securing regular meals during the best of times. In these times of COVID-19, this has become even more of a challenge for many. Students have lost jobs, lost scholarships, have had safe transportation issues. Times are difficult for many in our nation, and some students are facing equally difficult circumstances.

Pre-COVID, the ASU Foodbank was helping about 400 students a semester across seven sites. However, earlier this year, one week saw 200 students signed up for nutrition assistance on the Tempe campus alone. This illustrates the increase in students needing assistance during these most difficult times of pandemic.”

For more information on the conference mission project, including information on how you can contribute, please click HERE.

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!

 
Virtual Sunday Morning Fellowship Time
**Sunday afternoons at 4:00 PM**
Please note NEW TIME

ZOOM LINK:
https://dscumc.zoom.us/j/91965342406?pwd=MnRPQlNpdDEvcHNKSVk4c1RQb04yQT09

OR CALL: 877 853 5257
MEETING ID: 919 6534 2406  passcode 3030

 
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.

Peggy Eskew  –  June 3
Harriet Griffing  –  June 5
Maureen Mazurek  –  June 9
Jenny Ehring  –  June 10
Donald Schoening  –  June 14
Alexander Mosqueda  – June 20
Laurie Lineberry  –  June 21
Sharon Felty  –  June 23
Donna Freridge  –  June 23

Happy Birthday to All!

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


Click above to view the new video for June!

Welcome to the June offering of Where Love Lives, with its theme: Committed to Diversity: Difference and diversity are not just words.

The Apostle Paul described the Holy as close by, not being far from any one of us. If we choose to distance ourselves from God, we become increasingly disconnected from all that lives and moves and has our being. In order for we as God’s children to become fully enriched in all that Creator has to offer us, relationship with the Holy and Creation is necessary. Relationship with God, and relationship with each other. Acts 17:28 states “for in Him we move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, We are his offspring.” Note that there is no reference to tribe or nation, color of skin, or language. Note that this passage clearly says “we” are the Holy’s offspring – God’s children. No division, no judgment – just “we”. All – of “we”. The acceptance of all God’s family. Should we choose to reject one or another, should we choose to defame one another, should we choose to hurt one another by judging ourselves and our differences as better than another, we are in process of damaging our relationship with God, and of course our relationship with one of God’s offspring – one of our faith family members. In other words – we are hurting a member of our family. 

Might we embrace a life-long philosophy and practice of celebrating what makes each of us unique and a commitment to inclusion in all that we are a part of? We should always be examining – who is missing from this conversation? Who is missing from the decision table? Who is missing, who is present – AND – why. If every person of every unique creation was at every table and this was the norm, it might be different. But that is not the case. And, if someone is missing at the table and for some reason can’t be present, let us take the initiative to invite, or to seek out that person’s opinion or views or input. Easy enough. There is no excuse for exclusion. There is always a way. Difference and diversity are indeed more than words, they are a call to action.

We are people of faith and with that comes the responsibility to embrace fully the teachings of the Word, and act with integrity and promise as we seek perfection. How we act, how we talk matters. How we accept, or how we reject, matters. Might we struggle at times? Might we say something without thought of how it will impact another? Yes. But as we become more and more aware, we can grow and do better. We can find the courage to right any wrong. We can be who we were created to be, children of God. God the Father, of all Creator’s children.

The thought around this theme of “Difference and diversity are not just words” is important for each of us to reflect on. What a wonderful opportunity we have to really think about this as we continue our journey of finding exactly where, Love lives, and how we will act upon that love. On your morning walk tomorrow, while gazing at the stars, or enjoying that cup of tea – think about these opportunities for you to join us, your fellow offspring.

Billie K. Fidlin, DSC Director of Outreach & Justice

(In the following weeks, we will offer weekly devotions from Rev. Javier Olivares, Pastor Sylvia Harris, Rev. Efrain Zavala, and Deb Williams.)

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