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In-Person for SunDay Worship

You can watch our hybrid worship service live on our webpage at At Desert Palm, we aim to provide an extravagant welcome to all by ensuring that our worship service and campus are accessible. We offer Large print bulletins, Assistive hearing devices, an ADA-compliant restroom, and Accessible parking spaces.

Bill Stewart Memorial Service

Saturday, June 15th, 10:30 am
The memorial service for Sharon Heath's brother, Bill Stewart, is this Saturday, at 10:30AM (in the sanctuary). A light reception will follow over in Mission Hall.

Water Donations Needed

Water donations are being collected for local cooling centers. Just drop off bottles here at DPUCC and we'll get them to the right place.

Movie for this sunday

This Sunday's movie will be On Golden Pond.

Lunch + Learn: Process Theology

Tuesdays from June 18 - July 9, 12:00 - 1:00 pm via Zoom
Rev. Al Gephart, in collaboration with the Arizona Faith Network, invites you to a series of enriching Lunch and Learn sessions that promise to ignite your spirit and challenge your perspectives.

“Process theology is a worldview lens through which those of many faith traditions perceive the realities of the world. The world is inter-connected and continuously becoming through its interactions with others and God. We are response-able and responsible beings in the midst of this process."


Lunch at Panera

June 21, at 11:30 am
Calling all people in their 90s or 90th year (89) to join the monthly 90’s lunch group. We meet Fridays at Panera on McClintock in Tempe. The next one is June 21st at 11:30. If you have any questions, call Don or Jim.

World Refugee Day

Saturday, JUNE 22, at 10 am - 1 pm
Central Phoenix located at 1245 E. Buckeye Road

Saturday, June 22nd is World Refugee Day.  And there is a celebration and a connection with refugees at Gateway Community College, the one in Central Phoenix located at 1245 E. Buckeye Road.  Entertainment, booths, and activities are happening between 10am and 1pm.  All are welcome.  Free. There are over 110 million people displaced around the world–a number that has doubled in just the past ten years. That’s 110 million birthdays and 110 million life stories.

In 2024, policies around refugees, migrants and asylum seekers are being debated all over the world.  It is certainly a very hot issue in the United States as well.  As we think about policies, statistics, impacts, and effects of various immigration systems, it’s easy to forget these are real people. 

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UCC Western Youth Regional Event updates

Join Sonja as she leads a Q&A session about the upcoming regional gathering in California (June 23-27).  Link is provided below, any questions, please contact Marybeth at

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Meeting ID: 283 469 015 872
Passcode: qvj6CW


Programing for LGBTQ+ Youth and Allies

Monday, June 24th – Music’s Impact on Society, 5:00pm one n 10 Downtown Youth Center Facilitated by - Antonio Lozano

Antonio Lozano is the Artistic Director of the Phoenix Gay Men’s Chorus & Director of Music at Tempe High School. Marc Gaston – Artistic Director Phoenix Gay Men’s Chorus & Minister of Music & The Arts (Desert Palm UCC, Tempe) Experience music’s impact on society. Thursday, July 18th – Trans Voices (Identity based voice lesson), 5:00pm Downtown 1n10 Youth Center (Trans & Nonbinary Identity Night) 5:00pm Facilitated by – Ari Kravitz - FNP-C, AAHIVS, Family Nurse Practitioner Ari is a compassionate Family Nurse Practitioner who earned his Master of Science in Nursing from The Ohio State University. He was inspired to pursue a nursing career after his own gender transition journey and completing his Bachelor of Science in Public Health. Before completing his NP, he worked as an RN in a Surgical/Trauma Progressive Care Unit in Columbus, Ohio. He is proud to hold an AAHIVM Specialist certification, specializing in gender-affirming care, PrEP, PEP, and general medicine. Marc Gaston – Artistic Director Phoenix Gay Men’s Chorus & Minister of Music & The Arts (Desert Palm UCC, Tempe) Experience workshop on vocal challenges and Trans Voices for social justice to include vocal exercises for singing and speaking. 

Monday, September 23rd – Queer Anthems & How to write your own lyrics and music or painting with water colors for self expression. 5:00pm 1n10 Downtown Youth Center Facilitated by - Rev. Dr. Barb Doer-Peacock – Retired Marc Gaston – Minister of Music & The Arts (Desert Palm UCC, Tempe) Experience lyric writing through poetry and setting to music or Self expression through painting with water colors. 

Thursday, October 17th – Music & Activism, 5:00pm 1n10 Downtown Youth Center (The Zone HIV/AIDS Education & Prevention) Facilitated by - Antonio Lozano – Artistic Director of the Phoenix Gay Men’s Chorus & Director of Music at Tempe High School. Marc Gaston – Minister of Music & The Arts (Desert Palm UCC, Tempe) Experience how music can me used to educate, unite and inspire to create social change. Emphasis will be on HIV/AIDS Education & Prevention) 

Monday, November 18th – Music & Mental Health, 5:00pm 1n10 Downtown Youth Center Facilitated by - Garry Pregler – Grand Canyon Performing Arts – Board Member director of Mental Health Awareness. TBD – Mental Health professional. Marc Gaston – Minister of Music & The Arts (Desert Palm UCC, Tempe) Experience will be the impact music has on Mental Health. To include music meditation techniques. 

Welcome Center, East Valley Network, and Gathering Humanity

Thank you, everyone, for your continued support of the East Valley Network and the Welcome Center. This month we could use donations of full-size bottles of shampoo. Clothing donations are always welcome. You can place these in the box outside the church. We are also beginning to collect items for Gathering Humanity. Now would be a good time to clean out your kitchen cabinets. Collect plates, cups, etc, and bring those to the box outside the church. These things will be donated to Gathering Humanity.

True colors

Attention all coloring book enthusiasts! Whether you're a child, teenager, adult, or adult at heart, we need your help. Our home-bound members are running low on colored pages, and we would be grateful for any contributions. If you would like to donate supplies or drop off pages, please contact Pat Quinnett at (480)818-2203. The recipients have expressed immense joy upon receiving our little works of art and have even requested that the creators sign their name on the back with "Colored by (your name)." Please take the time to share and spread the love of coloring!

Thursday Women’s Book Group

                                                        1st & 3rd Thursday of every month, at 9:30AM

Looking for a way to engage in thought-provoking discussions with fellow women? Then join us on the first and third Thursdays of every month from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. via the link provided. Our current book of choice is by Marcus Borg, "The First Christmas." If you have any inquiries, please contact Ellen Colangelo at 619-807-5431.

Join Repeating Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 713 830 0112
Passcode: DPUCC

15 years of

making a difference

This I-HELP program is celebrating 15 years of providing comprehensive emergency shelter in partnership with an array of faith organizations that provide nighttime facility access.

The I-HELP model serves as a cost-effective and scalable solution for ending homelessness. As the homeless population continues to rise, in turn, the volume of affected people unable to access services is also rising. 

The I-HELP shelter program provides a safe place to sleep and a spectrum of services to prepare men and women for employment, financial stability, and permanent housing. 

Today, you can sponsor one night of shelter and additional services for a man or woman in need for $35 and help us celebrate 15 years of making a difference. 

Click on the link provided to learn more

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At DPUCC, hospitality is a vital aspect of our ministry. We believe that coming together for COFFEE HOUR and engaging in conversations after Sunday worship is an excellent way to strengthen our church relationships.


Desert Palm Caregivers offer assistance to members of the Church, their immediate families, and those who actively participate in the Desert Palm UCC community. There are no financial requirements to receive these services, and they are provided free of charge. However, donations to Desert Palm UCC are appreciated. Please note that these services are dependent on the availability of volunteers.
TRANSPORTATION:  take someone to and from medical and/or social service appointments within 15 miles of the person’s residence. No transportation for work, social activities, or shopping.
TEMPORARY EMERGENCY MEALS:  provide dinners for up to 3 days in case of an emergency.
RESOURCES:  information regarding additional services available in the community if our volunteers cannot provide assistance.
If you can provide occasional transportation and/or Meals, please contact one of the coordinators:
Marion Durham (                     
John Linda (
Jim Ewing (    
Leslie Schefski (
Barbara Hofflander (
Ethel Utter (


Do you provide care for a loved one, whether it be a spouse, parent, child, friend, or patient? It can be easy to overlook the toll it takes on us physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. I would like to extend an invitation to those in the caregiver role to join our DPUCC support group, which I will be leading. Our meetings will take place on the fourth Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. via Zoom (link provided below). If you would like to learn more or are interested in joining, please feel free to call or text 619-807-5431.

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Tempe Resilience Hub Network

Resilience hubs is a community that has been designed to assist residents in their daily lives.  They have community centers, places of worship, or educational institutions, these hubs empower communities to achieve a wide range of physical and social objectives. To learn more click on this link

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Welcome Center and East Valley Network

Thank you everyone for your donations. This month we are collecting sunscreen, chapstick, and tote bags. You may place these in the box outside the church by the gate and we will ensure they are delivered.


Did you know that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration manages approximately 200 call centers across the country? These centers are designed to provide support for those experiencing mental health crises or struggling with thoughts of suicide. It's great news that there's now a new phone number to access mental health emergency services - simply dial 988.