Weekly Update

Weekly Update for March 17, 2021


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  March 17, 2021  


Holy Week Schedule

In-Person Worship Reminders

Worship Ride Sharing

Update on Help for Asylum-Seekers

Texas Storm Update

Lent at Home

Crossroads Mission Drop Off

Shredding Opportunity

(NEW!) Lay Servant Ministry Courses

Pastor’s Continuing Education

Study and Fellowship Opportunities

Daily Prayers for Lent

Bishop Bob’s Statement on Recent Violence

In-person in the Sanctuary!!

PALM SUNDAY – Sunday, March 28 
10:00 AM

MAUNDY THURSDAY – Thursday, April 1 
5:00 PM

GOOD FRIDAY – Friday, April 2 
5:00 PM

EASTER SUNDAY – Sunday, April 4 
10:00 AM

The above services will also be available online!!

(New Church Start)
EASTER SUNDAY – Sunday, April 4 
11:00 AM in the chapel

In-Person Worship Reminders
Here are some highlights of what precautions to expect when we return in person March 28: 

– 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 requests by 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 above.  We can’t wait to see another again, whether it be continued online or in person in the sanctuary!

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!

For an UPATE from Nancy Blitz on this project, please click HERE

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
  • Diapers
  • 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!!

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. 

SUPPORT U.S. DISASTER RESPONSE: https://umcmission.org/advance-project/901670

Sea glass patterns – AnnaMarie S. and Sue N.

Lent at Home Continues!

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 “grace.”

We have been working hands-on with the sea glass in the station during our on-line worship services.  In recent weeks, we have admired how they change color in water and have tried arranging them in different patterns.  Stay tuned this week for another meaningful project with some of the sea glass – you will find out what the copper wire is for.  🙂

Please feel free to send us pictures from your station, so we can share your creation to inspire the congregation!  Below, even Karen C’s cat Oscar enjoys contemplating the Lenten station.


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.  

Twin sheets Towels Shampoo
  Other items  
Soap Socks Underwear
Combs Beef Chicken
Vegetables Spices Eggs
Milk Canned goods Flour
Cooking oil Women’s hygiene products AND $$$

(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! 


Shredding Opportunity!
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 3 p.m. at (928) 342-0345. 

Lay Servant Ministries
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.

To register for the classes go to:

“Public Prayer”
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.

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 

“Opening Ourselves to Grace” 
This Advanced ZOOM class is taught by Certified Lay Speaker Curtis Gipson, from Dove of the Desert UMC in Glendale. Two ZOOM Classes will be offered at the beginning of April, one during the day and one evening/Saturday morning 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. You need to download/purchase and read completely the text before class begins, Opening Ourselves to Grace: The Means of Grace and Discipleship by Steven W. Manskar. 

Available for free download at: Opening_Ourselves_to_Grace.pdf (s3.us-east-1.amazonaws.com)

Purchase from Amazon for $7.50: https://www.amazon.com/OpeningOurselves-Grace-Discipleship-Wesleyan/dp/B084DGQ9K3

The Daytime Session is:
Wednesday to Friday – April 7, 8, and 9, 8:30 a.m. to Noon.

The Evening / Saturday Session is: Evenings 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Thursday & Friday April 8, 9, Saturday April 10, 8:30 a.m. – Noon

Betty Stewart

Betty Stewart, West District
Lay Servant Ministries Director

bettyboop491@cox.net  preferred 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


Serendipity Sunday School
Ongoing lessons/conversation via email
Contact the church office to be added to the group!

Virtual Sunday Morning Fellowship Time
Sunday mornings at 11:00 am


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

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

Koffee With Karen Fellowship
Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am

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

Thursday Women’s Bible Study

Thursday mornings at 9:30 am

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 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 18 – Medical personnel
Friday, March 19 – The disabled
Saturday, March 20 – Fire Fighters / EMT / Law Enforcement
Sunday, March 21 – Those who have been unkind to you
Monday, March 22 – Educational staff, students, and families
Tuesday, March 23 – Trinity Ministry Teams
Wednesday, March 24 – Local businesses and their employees

Please submit your
Prayer Requests to
or call 928.344.3013 x303
and leave a message.

Bishop Bob’s Statement on Violence toward the Asian Community

Dear Members and Friends of the Desert Southwest Conference,
Last night (March 16, 2021), eight people were killed, including six Asian-American women, outside Atlanta, GA. During this season of Lent, we weep and we cry out at the continued acts of hate toward Asians and Asian-Americans and of all people of color who have been victim to violence based in racism.
This violent act and others like it stand at the intersections of unnecessary violence against persons based on race, class, gender, misogyny, xenophobia, and fueled by the long legacy of white supremacy culture and imperialism both in the U.S. and beyond. Mainstream media is only scratching the surface on the harm that has been done and continues to be done. Unfortunately, the stories of many events go unreported because of the fear of retaliation and further harm; for not wanting to be seen as “causing a fuss”; or the lack of trust in those who are to protect and serve all people. This is harm upon harm and silences even further those who suffer.
We are reminded of our baptismal covenant to “Resist evil and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves…” Here is one tangible occurrence of evil that Christ calls us to resist.
We must speak out for our Asian siblings in Christ. We must take swift and direct action in calling out these acts of hate. We must confront the ways that harm presents itself: whether it be “innocent” re-telling of jokes, to perpetuating racist rhetoric related to COVID-19, or violent actions to innocent people, we must acknowledge that these are things that fuel bias and prejudice against those of Asian heritage. We must join others in putting a stop to the harm.
Our Lenten journey calls us to enter into a time of self-examination. A time to encounter the ways we have strayed from God, the distractions that keep us from that which is elemental and essential to our lives. In many ways, the COVID-19 pandemic has propelled us into a year-long examination. We grieve the loss of “normal”. We are angry at this unsettling of this struggle. It’s hard to feel God in this time. We are experiencing collective grief, collective sorrow. And yet. God is with us in this darkness.
As people of faith, we must be willing to enter into those places of discomfort in order to speak the truth in love. To listen for learning and greater understanding. To advocate for those who cannot or do not for fear of their own safety. To push back and explain why certain behaviors can no longer be tolerated.
It begins with me. It begins with each of us. Since last summer, the Appointive Cabinet has engaged in covenantal dialogue around issues of racism. We have explored texts that helps us to examine our own biases and areas of privilege. I have uncovered areas where I need to do more work. I invite you to commit to engaging in the challenging and on-going work of self-examination and reflection. As a Lenten practice, perhaps you find time each day or week to do this. Perhaps you invite a close friend or family member to join you.
In The United Methodist Church, the Asian American Language Ministry Plan released a 
joint statement condemning the rise of anti-Asian violence in the U.S. Rev. John Oda, who directs the Asian American Language Ministry Plan said:
“This ongoing, rising violence and hatred which sadly includes the recent murders in Atlanta of eight Asian American women – this violence is not just an Asian American concern.  This is not an African American concern, a Hispanic/Latino concern, a Native American concern or a Pacific Islander concern. This increase in violence, these shootings in Atlanta are a concern for ALL Christians; for anyone who is striving to live out the tenets of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They are a concern for all of us are seeking to fulfill His commandment to love one another. The United Methodist Church has a moral obligation to be vocally and visibly outraged at these recent murders in Atlanta and this precipitous rise in violence and hatred against the Asian American community.”
I have given my full support to this statement and have signed onto it with many of my colleagues in ministry. I ask you to read it and prayerfully share it.
The Desert Southwest Conference 
RACE Coalition has provided several opportunities for raising awareness and education about anti-racism. The 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge is an excellent place to start. In the month of May, the RACE Coalition will focus on Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage month. I, along with Asian clergy and lay people in our conference will share our experiences of how we’ve experienced racism in our communities and yes, in our churches. I encourage you to use and engage with all of the materials that will be offered soon on the RACE Coalition website.
I invite us to pray fervently for the communities of color, especially Asian communities, where violence has not ceased. Pray for those who perpetuate violence, that they may be transformed by God’s peace and seek reconciliation with those whom they have harmed. Pray for those who are apathetic to these events where their privilege and fear keeps them from engaging in the work of anti-racism, may their eyes and ears and hearts be opened and moved to action.
My commitment, our commitment to the work of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion must be stronger than ever before. In what ways will you join me?

Bishop Bob




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