Santa Cruz Valley United Methodist Church establishing a Covid-19 Memorial

News Release
For Immediate Release
January 13, 2021

Santa Cruz Valley United Methodist Church is establishing a Covid-19 Memorial for those who have lost loved ones and friends to the disease. Sunday, January 24 at 1 p.m. the church will host a drive-in consecration ceremony and short service to honor all who have lost their lives.
They will plant a small white flag in the ground on their property along LaVillita at Sahuarita Road, representing all who have died in Pima County.

The community is invited to participate in the memorial by attending the service or visiting the memorial from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. The memorial is accessed off LaVillita in the southeast corner of the church parking lot in Sahuarita. Pastor Sandy shared that “so many people are grieving the loss of “normal” life as well our loved ones lost to the virus. It’s important to set aside time and space to grieve, and honor those who died.” She related that it is her hope that this will help bring healing to our community.

The memorial will continue in the coming months and each Saturday you are invited to come to the site at 9 a.m. as they add to the memorial, one white flag for the new victims of the pandemic. Visitors are invited to write the name of their loved one on a flag and plant them in their memory. Donations to the memorial can be made on the church website at All contributions are tax-deductible.

For more information contact: Rev. Sandy Johnson at 702-461-2590 or email at