Trinity leadership is DELIGHTED to announce our planned return to in-person worship, just in time for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter! As more Yuma residents are receiving vaccines daily and numbers continue to stay low, we are cautiously preparing to resume worship in our sanctuary, with several safety precautions in place. How wonderful it will be to praise God together under the same roof after our year apart!
Here are some highlights of what precautions to expect:
– Everyone must enter through the sanctuary narthex doors only.
– Face coverings over the mouth and nose must be worn.
– No bulletins, attendance cards or other material will be distributed.
– Ushers will seat individuals/families to ensure that physical distancing is maintained.
– Individuals are encouraged to submit their prayers requestsby email prior to the service.
– Music will be instrumental or provided by a soloist – we will not yet be able to sing hymns together.
– Offering will be received in baskets placed at the rear of the sanctuary.
– The nursery will be open.
– No food or beverages to be served (with the exception of prepackaged communion).
– Fellowship hour will continue to meet online; not yet in person.
– All vulnerable individuals should continue to worship from home, and Trinity will make every effort to serve homebound individuals. Don’t worry – we will continue to offer all worship services online, as well as in person.
This may seem like a lot of things to keep in mind, but isn’t it worth it to enjoy one another’s company in person once again? If you have any questions at all, please call or email the church office.
The schedule for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter are below. We can’t wait to see another again, whether it be continued online or in person in the sanctuary!
In-person in the Sanctuary!!
PALM SUNDAY – Sunday, March 28
MAUNDY THURSDAY – Thursday, April 1
GOOD FRIDAY – Friday, April 2
EASTER SUNDAY – Sunday, April 4
The above services will also be available online!!
(New Church Start)
EASTER SUNDAY – Sunday, April 4
11:00 AM in the chapel
Worship Ride Sharing
It has been noted that we have an increasing number of persons who are not comfortable driving at night; furthermore, some persons who would like to come to Trinity are not able to drive at all. As we look to resuming Holy Week worship services, we would like to reach out to anybody who might be in need of transportation. Please call or email the office if you would like for us to arrange a ride to one or more of our upcoming in-person services.
On the flip side, we also need to hear from drivers who would be willing to carpool to help everyone make it to worship! If you have spare seats in your vehicle and would would be willing to drive someone else to Trinity, please contact the office and let us know. We are hoping to find both drivers for in-town and from the foothills. We hope to hear from you!
Urgent Help Needed
As you may have heard through various media outlets, large numbers of asylum-seekers coming to the United States are being dropped off in the Yuma area daily without any shelter or resources. (These are all individuals who have been vetted by the U.S. government and have permission to travel within the United States for the time being.) Asylum-seekers are ultimately bussed to a nearby refugee center in places like Tucson, Phoenix, Indio, or San Diego.
In the interim, local agencies are overwhelmed trying to help the urgent needs of those traveling though. Basic supplies and funds for transportation to refugee centers are very much needed.
Trinity and several other local churches are partnering with Campesinos Sin Fronteras to address this concern. What is needed to transition asylum-seekers while they are in our community awaiting transportation to shelters?
– Primarily money!! For example, the cost to rent a bus to take a group to Tucson is $1500.
– Secondarily, supplies are needed for CSF workers to add to the bags they are receiving at the Regional Center for Border Health:
Cases of water
Cases of bagged snacks
Baby blankets / small blankets
Coloring books, crayons; small toys; small stuffed animals
Hygiene supplies (hotel-sized shampoo and conditioner bottles, small soap, etc.)
Feminine hygiene supplies
If you are able to make a monetary donation to assist with transportation, checks can be mailed directly to:
Campesinos Sin Fronteras
P.O. Box 423
Somerton, AZ 85350
Nancy Blitz has volunteered to take donations of physical supplies from Trinity to Campesinos. If you would like to donate any of the items listed above, please contact the church office for a time to drop them off. Thank you so much for your help!!
TEXAS WINTER STORM UPDATE
As the needs in Texas continue, so does support from UMCOR (The United Methodist Committee on Relief).
Emergency funding is supporting relief efforts in The Texas, Central Texas, and North Texas annual conferences. Flood assessments are ongoing and cleaning kits are making their way to communities where burst pipes have caused damage to homes, buildings, and churches. UMCOR-trained local Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) are gearing up and will begin responding later in the week.
We remain in prayer with those who weathered and are still weathering, the aftermath of this severe winter storm.
We hope you are reading your weekly individual reflection pages and daily readings in The Sanctuary for Lent. The weekly readings are very helpful for focusing our thoughts and intentions in concert with our Holy Vessels Lent series. The daily readings are progressing through various themes throughout Lent; this week, we are looking at “guidance.”
Please know that it is not too late to receive a Lent at Home kit if you still need one – please call the church office to make arrangements. We hope you will join us online Sundays and be blessed as we continue our Lenten journey.
Once you have your station set up, please feel free to send us a picture, so we can share your creation to inspire the congregation!
Crossroads Mission Drive-by / Drop-off
Trinity UMC Back Parking Lot
Friday, March 19, 2021
9:00 – 11:00 AM
Crossroads Mission is a Christian faith-based homeless shelter and addiction recovery facility that has been serving the Yuma Community since 1959. Crossroads has specifically asked for twin sheets, towels, and shampoo. Crossroads is always in need of donations with additional items listed below.
Women’s hygiene products
(Cleaning out your cupboards and pantries – lightly used sheets and towels are also welcomed)
Your donations can be dropped off at any times at the church between now and Friday 03/19/2021 (please call first to make sure there is someone there to receive your donations). Monetary donations can be mailed to the church and/or dropped off (please identify Crossroads on the memo line of any checks).
Please continue to hold Crossroads and all those who enter their doors in your thoughts and prayers!
On Saturday, March 20th, 2021, Gila Mountain United Methodist Church, 12716 N. Frontage Road, Yuma, AZ 85367, will host a paper shredding event from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. We are asking for a $10.00 donation per every 30 gallon bag of paper. Come drop off your paper, give a gift, and drive off. If you would like more information about this event, please contact the Gila Mountain church office Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at (928) 342-0345.
Lay Servant Ministries
This Advanced ZOOM class is taught by Pastor Deborah Schauer, from Spirit of Hope UMC in Peoria. Two ZOOM Classes will be offered at the end of March, one during the day and one evening/Saturday morning class. We are trying to reach more people offering both day and evening classes.
With COVID-19 only becoming worse, 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.
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 “Shaping the Prayers of the People: The Art of Intercession”. It is available at Cokesbury.com and the Internet.
The Daytime Session is:
Wednesday to Friday, March 24, 25, and 26, 8:30 a.m. to Noon.
The Evening / Saturday Session is: Evening 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Thursday, Friday March 25, 26, Saturday March 27, 8:30 a.m. – Noon
Betty Stewart, West District
Lay Servant Ministries Director email@example.com way of communication
Cell # 480-658-7713
Pastor’s Continuing Education
As a licensed Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church, Pastor Bob is required to attend continuing education classes on a regular basis. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic these classes were held on site at the Claremont School of Theology for three weeks each summer. With the current travel restrictions, the classes have transitioned to an on-line format.
Pastor Bob completed a course in Leadership Development over the summer. In the month of March he will be taking a class on Congregational Care and in May a class on United Methodist Polity and Administration. These classes are very intense, and require tremendous reading, writing numerous papers and class participation and leadership.
We would ask that you keep Pastor Bob in prayer during this time and also be understanding if he is not immediately available should a need arise.
Marilyn Young, Chairperson
Staff-Parish Relations Team
Thanks on behalf of Heifer International!
Through the banks we collected last month for Heifer International, Trinity raised $1,088.72. Thank you for your efforts to help end hunger and poverty in a sustainable way!
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!
NEW TO USING ZOOM? Please contact the church office for pointers.
The Church Office is open by appointment only. Please call 928-344-3013 to set-up an appointment. We are answering phone messages and responding to e-mails as we work remotely.
Thursday, March 11 – The Disenfranchised Friday, March 12 – Refugees Saturday, March 13 – Victims of Natural Disasters Sunday, March 14 – Those hurting financially Monday, March 15 – Those in physical pain
Tuesday, March 16 – Those in emotional pain Wednesday, March 17 – Those in spiritual pain
Please submit your
Prayer Requests to office@TrinityYuma.org
or call 928.344.3013 x303
and leave a message.