Weekly Update

Weekly Update for May 26, 2021









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May 26, 2021

THIS WEEK’S HEADLINES

UPDATE on New CDC Guidelines

Mask Kindness Reminder

Celebrating Our Graduates

Become Part of Our Church Family

Cookie Brigade Pics

Lunch for Palmcroft Staff

Annual Conference 2021

Mission U

Study and Fellowship Opportunities

A Plea From the Bishop

Regarding New CDC Guidance
 
Dear Friends,

Trinity’s Leadership Council has approved a recommendation to more to Phase 2A of our COVID-19 Response Plan.  In light of the decrease in the number of reported cases and the increase in the number of persons who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, we are relaxing some of our safety protocols that have been in place. 

First, let me say thank you for your patience during the time we were not be to gather for in-person worship and for you willingness to follow the protocols that have been in places since we returned to in-person worship.  It was a challenging period of time and while the masks have been a nuisance and the physical distancing annoying your compliance enabled us to safely return to in-person worship.
 
Second, for those who have been fully vaccinated (and at least two weeks have passed since your final shot), you will no longer be required to wear mask and we will not require that you sit physically distanced while in worship or meetings.  Please realize that there will be some individuals who choose, or who must, continue to wear masks and/or be physically distanced.  Please respect the decisions that these individuals make and show the love of God as you greet and worship with them.

Third, we are not the Vaccination Police.  You will not be required to show proof of vaccination in order to not wear a mask.  We are operating under the honor system.

We will continue to provide the live-stream and recorded worship services so that if you are not able to be physically present in church you can still participate in worship.
 
Beginning June 1st the Church Office will resume regular office hours.  We will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 AM to 12 Noon.  We would suggest that you call ahead to make sure that no unforeseen circumstances has caused the office to be closed. 

If you would like to read the other details of our Phase 2A response you can click here.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

Pastor Bob

The Trinity office is aware of a few 2021 graduates within our midst We are preparing to honor them in worship on JUNE 6, and we want to make sure nobody is left out!

If you or a member of your family is graduating from middle school, high school, college, graduate studies, trade school, etc., PLEASE call or email the church office so we can make sure the graduate is added to our list!

Baptism and Membership Class
Sunday, June 6th following Worship

If you are interested in baptism or joining Trinity, Pastor Bob invites you to gather on Sunday, June 6th immediately following worship in Morris Hall for a brief overview on baptism and membership in the United Methodist Church.

 

Please call or email (bob@TrinityYuma.org) the church office to let us know you are interested so that we can plan accordingly.


More Cookie Brigade Drop-offs!
 

PrimeCare facilities on 16th Street and in San Luis

Palmcroft – Staff Appreciation – Thank You!

 

Thank you to the folks of Trinity for the donations to Palmcroft.  We were able to deliver: 16 dozen tacos, 60 bean and cheese burritos, 2 quarts of rice, 2 quarts of beans, 30 brownies, and a whole lot of salsa for their lunch on Monday.  As you can see by the picture, Chile Pepper lunch was appreciated! 
 
This is ALL that was left after lunch!!

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.

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
jgann1329@gmail.com
480 980-1329

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

https://dscumc.org/secure/2021-mission-u-registration/

 
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!

 
Virtual Sunday Morning Fellowship Time
**Sunday afternoons at 4:00 PM**
Please note NEW TIME

ZOOM LINK:
https://dscumc.zoom.us/j/91965342406?pwd=MnRPQlNpdDEvcHNKSVk4c1RQb04yQT09

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
 
ZOOM LINK:
https://dscumc.zoom.us/j/98645869894?pwd=Vjgvak9YdWlKUlJBQTAwQnFJSzZ1QT09

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

 
Koffee With Karen Fellowship
Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am
 
ZOOM LINK:
https://dscumc.zoom.us/j/95302162442?pwd=NjdOc1RwTGI4aGRjdlVwR2pvMVNSUT09

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

Thursday Women’s Bible Study

Thursday mornings at 9:30 am
 
ZOOM LINK:
https://dscumc.zoom.us/j/94337635832?pwd=czUvN3RjQVhUMytMMStLckpLWmhOdz09

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.  Mondays through Thursdays, the church office will now be 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
office@TrinityYuma.org
or call 928.344.3013 x303
and leave a message.

A Plea for Action and Prayer to End Gun Violence

The nation is afire! Not the flames of wildfires burning in many places across the US, but rather, the fire of violence and shootings and killings, sometimes of innocent persons, and sometimes intentionally targeted persons. Some of these are triggered (literally) because of family disputes, others are random. Some of the killed and maimed have been children, women and men who were innocently in the line of fire. Daily reports demonstrate that the frequency of these horrific acts is escalating.

 
Today, a shooting in San Jose, California captured the headline: Breaking news! But what is breaking is not “news.” The story is far too old and familiar. What is breaking is the heart and soul of many who live in fear and anxiety over the proliferation of the evil of hatred and random violence. The most current information source can be found 
here.
 
I call us to prayer as United Methodists. And I believe God listens and understands our prayers for consolation for those who have lost life or received injury. But I also believe our prayers are not enough. Prayer needs to be supported by action, and our actions have not been sufficient to extinguish the fires of violence, shooting, and killings that are proliferating day in and day out.
 
Remember your baptism, United Methodists! For you were baptized into a faith in Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. As faithful United Methodists, these are among our beliefs and practices:
 
The United Methodist Church
 calls congregations to address gun violence locally througprayer, conversation, support for those affected by gun violence, practicing and teaching gun safety and partnering with law enforcement to help prevent gun violence.
 
The church also urges congregations to 
advocate for laws that prevent or reduce gun violence, such as:

  • Universal background checks on all gun purchases
  • Ensuring all guns are sold through licensed gun retailers
  • Prohibiting gun purchases for those under restraining order due to threat of violence and those with serious mental illness who pose a danger to themselves and their communities
  • Ensuring greater access to services for those with mental illness
  • Establishing a minimum age of 21 years for a gun purchase or possession
  • Banning large capacity ammunition magazines and weapons
  • Promoting new technologies to aid law-enforcement agencies to trace crime guns and promote public safety

This is our faith. May God give us the courage to practice what we preach; and to live what we teach. May the Prince of Peace touch hearts of those who are mourning this day, for first responders who live out their civic commitment in the midst of risk, and for a softening of hearts of those who have the authority to enact changes so that peace and safety can prevail.

In Christ’s love,

Bishop Bob

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