Weekly Update

Weekly Update for March 31, 2021


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March 31, 2021


Holy Week Schedule

In-Person Worship Reminders

Lent at Home

Relay for Life

Remembering Sally Solper

Thank You From Wreaths Across America

Trinity in the News

Lay Servant Ministry Course

Virtual Border Tour

Study and Fellowship Opportunities

Daily Prayers for Lent

Where Love Lives – Another NEW Video

In-person in the Sanctuary!!

MAUNDY THURSDAY – Thursday, April 1 
5:00 PM

GOOD FRIDAY – Friday, April 2 
5:00 PM

EASTER SUNDAY – Sunday, April 4 
10:00 AM

Please note that the nursery is not ready to re-open; however, children are always welcome to join with their families in the sanctuary!

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 UPDATES
From Your Pastor . . . .

How great it was to have many of you join us for in-person worship on Palm Sunday.  It was so nice to see folk sitting in the pews once again.

Thank you for adhering to our mask requirement and in maintaining physical distancing.  I saw a couple of instances where physical distancing was not maintained (and I must confess that your Pastor was guilty on a couple of occasions) but overall, you all did a tremendous job or returning to in-person worship in a safe and responsible manner.  Unfortunately, this is going to be out new normal for some time.  I am afraid that like our prediction that our closure would only last a short amount of time, the same will be said for facial coverings and physical distancing.  I know that the governmental regulations have changed, and we are no longer required to adhere to these standards, but I believe these small concessions will help us to stay safe.

There will also be some further changes as we need to expand the area where our sound and video equipment is located.  We will be making adjustments in the next few weeks that will require the extension of the media control area so that those who are operating the equipment have room to work.  We will also be adding a camera in this area so that we can get a wider shot of the chancel area.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns about our worship experience.  Please know that I have intentionally shortened the service so that we are not gathered in a large group for an extended period.  If you are not attending worship in-person and are watching online, please let me know what you think.  It is only through receiving feedback from you that we can make needed changes.

I look forward to seeing you again on Maundy Thursday, April 1st at 5 PM for our service commemorating Jesus’ washing the disciple’s feet and sharing in the last supper.  If you are joining us from home, you might want to have a small container of oil as well as your bread and juice ready for the service.  On Good Friday, April 2nd our service will also begin at 5:00 PM as we recall Jesus’ trial, sentencing, crucifixion, death, burial, and the tomb being sealed.  Each of these services will end in silence as we walk with Jesus through holy week.

On Easter Sunday, April 4th at 10:00 AM, we will enter a dark sanctuary to recall the revelation of an empty tomb and celebration the resurrection. Come and dare to dance again in joy.

Pastor Bob

AND From Usher Dusty W . . . .

I want to thank the congregation for their amazing corporation with the ushers and the assigned seating last Sunday.  CDC and Bishop Bob both require individuals and groups to be seated six feet apart while wearing a mask.  Assigned seating will be present again on Easter Sunday.  Seating will be changed to improve the number of seats available.  I hope to see assigned seating disappear by the end of April, even if the six-foot distancing remains.

The pew numbers start in the back.  The pews on the sanctuary’s west/courtyard aisle are lettered A, the center aisle pews on the west side are B, and the pews on the east/street side are C for center aisle and D for street side.  To help you envision this, pew 17D provides an excellent view of Allen M, while pew 1A provides a quick exit to the courtyard.

Ushers will be available to help you find your assigned seats on Sunday.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone again.   Thank ya’ll for making my job easy — Dusty

Sea glass patterns: Heart, cross, and peace – Jean R

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 “ending.”

The Holy Vessels series culminates this week with our services for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.  We hope you will join us in-person or online for these meaningful occasions.  

Team Trinity – Relay for Life Event for 2021
This year’s event is going to be scaled back, as we still cannot have a full Relay at this time.  We will be doing the luminaries, and they will be set up at the AWC Schoening Center Parking Lot on April 17, time to be announced later. You will be able to do a drive-by.  The team is still going to be selling luminaries and decorating the bags to set them up out at AWC. The bags will still be $5 each and for cancer only. The bags you can buy are Survivor, Honor, Caregiver, Memory.  You can send your names to Marilyn and the money to the office or go on-line to pay.  We will keep you updated to all the Team Trinity Activities.  Thanks to everyone for your support.

Remembering Sally Solper
A note from her son


Today, March 30th, 2021 is also exactly one year since my mom, Sally Soper passed away.  

COVID was not part of her death, but it was certainly part of the reason for the unusual process.  

No real traditional church service, no traditional celebration of life and/or gathering, only immediate family were at her graveside.

Mom had three (3) sayings she kept around her home.

1. Bloom where you are planted

1. All things grow with love

1. Let go and let God…

She loved her kids, her grand-kids, reading, books, teaching, hummingbirds, all things plants and precious moments.  Most importantly was her Methodist Church.  She help paint and renovate her church and she loved going until the very end.

I hope this embodies her. We miss her very much. So since we did not have a full funeral I would like to share thoughts on Mom.

Sally Gay Soper, born 6-28-1949 in Omaha Nebraska to Lester (Bud) Soper and Aggie Soper was laid to rest today 4-8-2020.

She passed peacefully on 3-30-2020 at our home in Yuma, AZ.  Two random dates that forever changed the course of our family.  Those dates mark the beginning and the end of a life, but they certainly do not represent THE LIFE.  

This is eloquently stated by Linda Ellis the author of the “Dash Poem”.

The Dash Poem (By Linda Ellis)

I read of a man who stood to speak–At the funeral of a friend

He referred to the dates on the tombstone–From the beginning…to the end

He noted that first came the date of birth—And spoke the following date with tears,

But he said what mattered most of all—Was the dash between those years

For that dash represents all the time—That they spent alive on earth.

And now only those who loved them—Know what that little line is worth

For it matters not, how much we own,—The cars…the house…the cash.

What matters is how we live and love—And how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard.—Are there things you’d like to change?

For you never know how much time is left—That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough—To consider what’s true and real

And always try to understand—The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger—And show appreciation more

And love the people in our lives—Like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect—And more often wear a smile,

Remembering this special dash—Might only last a little while

So, when your eulogy is being read—With your life’s actions to rehash…

Would you be proud of the things they say—About how you spent YOUR dash?

The dash represents so much for me and I will never get all of the stories correct but I have a few random thoughts.  

1. She loved to act.  She was a very active member of Yuma Community Theater in it’s hay day.  She was in countess shows here Yuma but her acting days go all the way back to college and beyond.  I remember her telling  stories of her being in Guys and Dolls back in college.

2. She Loved to read.  She read a ton and got me into reading whether I liked it or not.  She bought every Hardy Boy book the year I turned 14 and probably near  bankrupt my mom and dad during the summer.  I read all 190 Hardy Boy books that she would buy at the south gate mall.  She then turned me onto “Tuesdays with Morrie” & “The Five People You Meet in Heaven.”

3. She loved to Travel.  Mom and Dad planned a trip one summer.  It was 2000 miles and 2 weeks in their 1979 Chevrolet Camaro.  We did Mt Rushmore, Yellowstone, Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, The Black Hills, some caverns I can’t remember the name of, a family member of ours owned a small motel in Colorado and we stayed at , we did the summer sleds in Colorado and a host of other things.  I still do not know how they were able to orchestrate that plan given there was no internet or cell phones, but we always had a place to sleep.

4. Mom hated guns.  She found a pearl handled derringer on top of a closet shelf at a house my parents bought in Scottsdale when I was 6.  She immediately called the police and had them come take it away.

5. Mom loved Gymnastics with Gretchen.  She would schlep me all over the state driving to Gretchen’s gymnastic tournaments.  Gretchen was great and mom was so proud.  She even had dad make a balance beam that Gretchen and Neely practiced on all the time.  All I remember is the smile of mom watching Gretchen and the SMELL of gymnasts feet!!!  Man did those girls feet smell!!!

6. She loved watching Ryan compete in BMX.  She always thought Ryan was destined for motocross superstardom.  She often wanted all of us to go watch and she was always the loud crazy one yelling.

7. She was a “Teacher of the Year” here in Yuma.  She was always so giving of her time and efforts with her kids and yes as many teachers do, she referred to them as HER KIDS.  She worked every night on things that would help her students.  For those that don’t know she was a speech pathologist often working with those children than needed and deserved the most help. In a fateful twist, mom lost her communication to the disease called Aphasia.

8. She was a strong woman……S T R O N G.  She had expectations and you better follow them.  As kids we knew if we were in trouble cause you would hear the utensil drawer open loudly and out she pulled the metal spatula.  She was FAST TOO.  She would chase us down the hall swinging that French toast spatula if you didn’t walk the line.  We learned to be FASTER!!!

She was a speech pathologist that lost her communication but not her drive.  Her favorite saying or process was GO GO GO.  And boy did she have to be on the GO GO GO.  She never sat down.  If she wasn’t putting something together, she was cleaning.  If she wasn’t cleaning the counters and dusting she was vacuuming, vacuuming lines into her carpet so it was neat and orderly.  She hated just sitting.

Her house was immaculate and she liked it that way. Including the yard and flowers.  She loved to plant and be in the garden.  I do believe that is where I get my yard skills from.

As she came to live with us the last almost 2 years.  She always wanted to help and most days early on was very helpful put things away.  She loved to empty the dishwasher and organize the shelves.  Later in life she decided to put dirty dishes away before washing them and tried to hand wash the paper plates.  Even in that, it was GO GO GO.   Every once in a while I’d still find dirty dishes in the cupboards.

She loved being out doors and whether planting and pruning or just sitting, she loved being outside.  She always said the clouds and the sky talked to her.  She would say on a beautiful sunset, “there’s grandpa saying hi.” 

She always had two sayings:  she said BLOOM where you are PLANTED and LET GO and LET GOD

Mom you bloomed where you were planted here in Yuma Arizona.  Your garden is complete, your seeds have been planted on earth as you saw fit.  You helped more than you know, you influenced your families lives, your co-workers lives and hundreds of children’s lives over your many years.  You may not recognize the garden you grew but it is as lovely and beautiful as you .  You did a great job.  You did more than enough.  

It’s your turn to walk with God for a while.  Say hi to your dad and mom for us please.  I do wish there were visiting hours in heaven as I miss talking to you and hearing your voice.  

We will never forget; we will never lose the love and memories.  But I must now say something you repeated 1000’s of times………..LET GO, and LET GOD.   I’m letting go, and letting God take you from here.


Trinity in the News!!

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:

“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

Thank You For Your Support!

Keep up those great donations no matter their size.
We are an Arizona Qualifying Charitable Organization.
Arizona JFON offers two ways to make your donation. 

  • ONLINE:  Donations can be made here
  • MAIL:  Checks can be mailed to Arizona Justice For Our Neighbors, P.O Box 11181, Tucson AZ 85734-1181 


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


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, April 1 – Maundy Thursday – Those imprisoned, behind bars or of their own making
Friday, April 2 – Good Friday – Those who are grieving
Saturday, April 3 – Anything that continues to lay heavy on your heart
Sunday, April 4 – Easter Sunday – New Christians 

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

Click above for a NEW video for the week of March 28!!
As the “Where Love Lives” campaign celebrates its sixth month, the Western Jurisdiction continues to call on everyone to recommit to the promise of Fair and Equal Ordination for All. This commitment liberates all our clergy – including our LGBTQ+ clergy – to love and serve God and the community in fully open and honest ways, without fear of discrimination, derision, or punishment. The Desert Southwest Conference and the Western Jurisdiction strive to be a home for all God’s people, where Fair and Equal Ordination for All is just one expression of being a place #wherelovelivesUMC .




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