Weekly Update

Weekly Update for May 5, 2021









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May 5, 2021

THIS WEEK’S HEADLINES

Become Part of Our Church Family

Nursery Re-Opening

SAMM Relocation

District Superintendent’s Retirement Events

Annual Conference 2021

Thank You From Reconciling Ministries Network

Study and Fellowship Opportunities

Where Love Lives: We Are the United Methodist Church

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.

 
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.  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
office@TrinityYuma.org
or call 928.344.3013 x303
and leave a message.

Where Love Lives: We are The United Methodist Church

By Rev. Matt Ashley, District Superintendent of the South District

We are the United Methodist Church, and we are what our name says.

We are United. Formed in 1968 by the union of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Methodist Church, we are an expression of the will to come together in spite of differences to worship God and to share the love of Jesus Christ with the world. We continue that legacy today by seeking to be a place for all of God’s people, a Church that Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, races, and sexual orientations. We are United.

We are Methodist. John Wesley and some of his friends at Oxford University were students who had a distinctive method, a pattern, a process for orienting their lives towards Jesus Christ and serving in God’s Church. Some of their less-pious classmates noticed these earnest Christians getting up early and following a strict schedule of spiritual and service-oriented activities and started mocking them as ‘Methodists’ and from there the name just stuck. Today we continue to have a distinctive method, a pattern, a practice of being the Church together. We are Methodist.

We are the Church. Jesus began forming us when he called some fishermen to be his disciples, and the circle kept expanding to include people of all ages, nations, races, and sexual orientations. We are the ekklesia, the gathering of people who want to know Christ and make Christ known. We are people who’ve joined together on The Way to salvation. We are the house of God made of living stones. We are people committed to resisting evil, injustice, and oppression together. We are the Church.

A name is important. A name is a sign and a symbol, a record of a family legacy, an expression of the tradition that formed us. A name reminds us of who we are at those crucial moments when we are in danger of forgetting our identity.

We are United. We are Methodist. We are the Church.

Do you remember the story when the disciple Simon receives a precious gift from Jesus? Simon has just boldly proclaimed that Jesus is the Messiah, and Jesus speaks words to him that he will never forget. “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church.”  (Matthew 16:15, NRSV)  Jesus gives him the gift of a name – a sign, a symbol, a legacy of who he is and who he will become.

Imagine being called a rock by the One you know as Lord. Imagine the strength that the moment of receiving a new name, a new identity from Jesus would give you for the rest of your life. Imagine weeping bitterly early in the morning because in your weakness you have denied Jesus three times before the cock crows (Matthew 26:75, NRSV) – and then you remember his words. “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church.” And you know at that moment that you will not give up, that he believes you can be a rock and that’s exactly what you are going to do. You will carry on and you will carry Christ’s name to the whole world.

There is power in a name. There is strength. It is a sign. It is a symbol. It is a legacy.

We are the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church, where love lives, and we are who our name says we are. We don’t want to become someone or something else.

We are United. We are Methodist. We are the Church.

We are where love lives. Amen.

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