Weekly Update

Weekly Update for March 3, 2021


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March 3, 2021


Where Love Lives: A Word from Bishop Bob

URGENT Help for Asylum-Seekers

Texas Storm Update

Lent at Home

Crossroads Mission Drop Off

Cookies for Fire Stations

Shredding Opportunity

Lay Servant Ministry Courses

Pastor’s Continuing Education

Study and Fellowship Opportunities

Daily Prayers for Lent

In this month’s Desert Southwest Conference resources for the Western Jurisdiction’s Where Love Lives media campaign, Bishop Bob starts us off with a video message and pastoral prayer about the desire and actions from the Conferences in the Western Jurisdiction towards fair and equal ordination for all. Click on the video above to watch the message. 

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

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 “presence.”

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!

Friday, March 19th 
9:00 – 11:00 AM


Crossroads Mission 
Drive-by / Drop-off

Trinity UMC back parking lot!

They are in need of twin sheets, towels, & shampoo!

Cookies for Fire Stations
Thanks again for your support of our local first responders.  Here’s one last delivery picture!!

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 12 p.m. at (928) 342-0345. 

Lay Servant Ministries

“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.

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:

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

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 4 – Those in assistive living &/or long-term care
Friday, March 5 – Those in hospitals &/or rehabilitation
Saturday, March 6 – Those struggling with addiction and those in recovery
Sunday, March 7 – Caregivers
Monday, March 8 – Spanish Language New Start – Yuma
Tuesday, March 9 – Those serving in the armed forces
Wednesday, March 10 – Missionaries

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




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