Weekly Update

Weekly Update for May 12, 2021


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May 12, 2021


Wear Red or Orange on Pentecost

Become Part of Our Church Family

Nursery Re-Opening

SAMM Relocation

District Superintendent’s Retirement Events

Annual Conference 2021

Justice For Our Neighbors

Mission U

Study and Fellowship Opportunities

Bishop Bob’s Retirement

We Invite You to Our Baptism and Membership Class


After a year of the church being closed, and not being able to gather together in-person, we want to provide an opportunity to those who might be considering baptism and/or membership in the church to attend an informal gathering on Sunday, June 6th following worship in Morris Hall.


We will meet briefly to answer any questions you might have regarding the Sacrament of Holy Baptism and Church Membership.


There will be no high-pressure sales pitch.  This is merely a time to answer any questions, and to tell you a little more about the church.


There will be no final exam or test to take to see if you qualify for membership.  We simply want to hear a bit about you and your faith journey.


If you are interested and this date does not work for you, we will be happy to work with you to determine an alternate time.


Please contact Pastor Bob if you have any questions.  You may reach him via email (bob@TrinityYuma.org) or phone 928-344-3013 ext. 302.

The nursery is ready to host our youngest family members!!
We are delighted to share the Trinity nursery is now open during worship services on Sunday mornings!  The nursery accepts children from newborn to age five; other children may come in on a case-by-case basis.  Parents, please rest assured you can focus your spirits while you worship knowing your children are receiving quality nurturing and enjoying age-based activities in a safe, clean environment.  Please contact the church office if you have any questions.

The SAMM is moving!
That’s right, in the very near future, we will be changing the location of our Sanctuary Audio Multi Media desk, fondly known as the SAMM.  The station itself needs to expand to include all of the equipment needed to live-stream our services on Sunday morning, so at a recent Trustee meeting, it was decided that the SAMM desk will be relocated from within the Sanctuary pews to the area just in front of the Narthex (entryway) windows inside the Sanctuary and that it will be on an eight-inch raised platform.

We are pleased that moving the SAMM will also allow us to open up walker- and wheelchair-accessible seating in new places throughout the Sanctuary.  In more good news, Trinity has ALREADY received a grant from the Annual Conference to make changes to our audio and video equipment, so we have the funds in hand to relocate the desk.

Look for these exciting changes to the Sanctuary in the coming weeks!

(To access any of the links in the above image, please click HERE)

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.

Campaign Kickoff, Tuesday May, 11th 5:00 (PST)
Join US! Arizona JFON is proud join our JFON Network in advocating for the Citizenship Act. Our network is committed to promoting policies that restore human dignity, center community well-being, and prioritize equity and harm reduction in the U.S. immigration system. Our advocacy efforts will center the voices and imaginations of immigrants to determine a future in which everyone can thrive. In 2021, we are energized and ready to fight for a breakthrough that legalizes millions. We cannot let what happened in the past happen again. It is time to repair our broken and outdated immigration system.

With undocumented communities at the center of this network-wide advocacy initiative, we plan on mobilizing our communities to lobby legislators in as many states as we can for a week of action. We also aim to have op-eds written by site leadership, clients and faith leaders and build the capacity of our supporters to host virtual prayer vigils and engage in social media. We will partner with the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) to execute this initiative and engage in our advocacy alongside members of United Methodist Rapid Response Teams.

This coordinated advocacy effort aims to create permanent pathways to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants settled here. We must have a system that recognizes all of us. Our dignity. Our contributions. Our voices. Our future. All of us. It is time.

Please Join us for the Campaign Kick-Off:
Tuesday, May 11th, 5:00 pm (Pacific Standard Time)

This will be a time of celebration and a time to learn more about the Citizenship Act of 2021. We will have music, lift immigrant stories, and share the key points of our legalization efforts on zoom. Participants will have a chance to sign up with how they would like to get involved at the culmination of the event, which includes: participating in a zoom visit with legislative offices, hosting a prayer vigil or learning more on how to write an op-ed. Register for our kick-off here.

Hope to see you there!

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


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
480 980-1329

ALL are welcome! Invite your family & friends!!!!



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 now OPEN TO THE PUBLIC on a limited basis.  We are still answering phones and emails remotely Monday and Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. to noon.  On Wednesdays and Thursdays, the office is 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.

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

A Letter From Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata

May 11, 2021

Dear Members and Friends of the Desert Southwest Conference,

Grace and peace to you in the name and spirit of Jesus Christ, who calls us to ministry!

I am writing to share with you a decision I have made regarding my retirement from active ministry as your bishop. As many of you know, I was scheduled to retire last year. The COVID-19 pandemic caused a postponement of the 2020 General Conference and retirements were also postponed because of that. Since that time, the Council of Bishops has worked to determine how bishops who have reached the mandatory retirement age can be retired since provisions in the Book of Discipline do not allow for retirements in a time of disruption of the usual sequence of conferences. It has been a long process, but finally, there is clarity about how retirements can happen.

The Council of Bishops has laid out two viable options for my retirement. The first is Voluntary Retirement, which allows a Bishop to retire in much the same way retirements take place for our clergy. This option is outlined in ¶ 408.2a of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Voluntary Retirement allows a retiree to move from active to retired status without any expectations of any ministry during retirement.

The second option is Vocational Retirement, which is appropriate when an active Bishop desires to move into a different kind of ministry in retirement. The provisions for Vocational Retirement are in ¶ 408.2b. In this case, a Bishop moves from active residential episcopacy to a new form of vocation. Typical examples of this are a Bishop-in-Residence at a seminary. In this option, a Bishop would have some obligations on her or his time, energy, and attention.

As I considered these two options, after prayerful discernment and consultation, I have decided to request Voluntary Retirement. This requires the approval of the Western Jurisdiction Conference. A special session of this conference will be taking place soon, at which time there will be a motion to permit me to retire. Although the date for the conference has not been announced, I have requested retirement as of October 1, 2021.

When I began my assignment to the DSC, I shared with you my hope that we would engage in the holy work of imagination to lead us in the days ahead. In my episcopal address last year, I reminded us that God is present with us in this liminal space, between what we have been and what God is calling us to become. While we have certainly had to use our imaginations, especially in the past year, we know that God is faithful, present with us, holding us tight and walking with us in these times.

During my time with you, I have been blessed with the great privilege and responsibility of guiding the clergy and laity of the Desert Southwest Conference. I have been blessed with the privilege of ordaining deacons and elders and appointing those who serve among you. It has been an honor to offer my spiritual leadership and vision; of presiding during annual conference sessions; and of working with the Appointive and Extended Cabinets, with our faithful staff and with outstanding lay and clergy.

My decision places the Desert Southwest Conference in an uncertain position in terms of episcopal leadership. While the Council of Bishops has determined that retirements of bishops can take place, the Council has also determined that elections of new bishops cannot occur until the Western Jurisdiction Conference that takes place after the next in-person General Conference. The next in-person General Conference is presently scheduled for August 29 to September 6, 2022. The subsequent Western Jurisdiction Conference is scheduled after that, in the fall of 2022. That means that the Desert Southwest Conference will not welcome your next resident bishop until the election of new bishops takes place in the fall of 2022.

In the interim, a vacancy in the office of the bishop in an annual conference is filled by the Council of Bishops, in accordance with ¶ 407. A number of groups are to be consulted. Among them are the Desert Southwest Conference Committee on Episcopacy and our cabinet. With their input, a team of persons from the Western Jurisdiction will be working on a recommendation to the Council. I will be keeping you abreast of the progress of that process as I am able.

In the meantime, between now and October 1, there is much that you and I are called to do.  We are focusing on our upcoming Annual Conference session, as well as many programs and ministries that speak of our commitment to spiritual growth, social justice, eliminating racism, proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ to our neighborhoods and communities and supporting one another as we emerge anew from the difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Let us turn our energy and our faith to engage lovingly in the work that is yet ahead of us. As we do so, I ask that we keep each other in prayer and that we “fix our eyes on Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2 NIV).

Bishop Bob




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