current news & Events

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.

Empty Bowls

Saturday, February 24, 2024.
Location: Tempe Public Library ( Southern & Rural Rd)
For more information click on this link

Communications Task Force meeting

Sunday, February 25, post-church in the back classroom.

Desert Palm Merch

Look for the table of merchandise on Sunday, Feb. 25 and March 3
On order are more notebooks, sticky pads, and computer mouse pads. We still have pens, coffee cups and bumper stickers. Desert Palm youth is selling the merchandise at $5 to $15 price points to raise money for our upcoming trip to California. 

WISE Ministry Team Zoom Meeting

Sunday, Feb 25, at 4pm

Warren Littleford is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Warren Ray Littleford's WISE Zoom Meeting
Time: Feb 25, 2024 04:00 PM Arizona

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 835 4199 2279
Passcode: DPUCC

Should you have difficulty connecting via Zoom, please call or text Ray at 480-518-2935.

Youth Ministry Zoom Gathering (Regional Youth Events)

Feb. 26, 4 p.m.
National UCC is inviting interested youth and their parents to join with representatives from the four regions who are hosting Regional Youth Events this coming summer. This voluntary event will allow you to meet the teams, hear about the programming, costs and options available to your youth groups and congregations. Registration is required for this event in order to obtain the meeting link. If you have any problems or have questions, please reach out to Rev. Trayce Potter at Register here:

Informational Meeting re City of Tempe Resiliency Hub Program

Tuesday, Feb. 27th, 6:30 (sanctuary/hybrid)
We'll be holding an informational meeting at the church to explore the possibility of becoming a "Resiliency Hub" in the City's new program. There's lots of information online, which will be briefly summarized during the presentation. Then there will be time for Q&A.

Barbie Exhibit Rescheduled to march 2nd

Text, email or tell Sonja if you want to attend. 480-560-4305.
You are invited to Barbie®: A Cultural Icon, a special exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum. This intergenerational event “tracing the evolution of Barbie, from child’s toy to global icon” is open to all. We plan to get tickets for a 1p.m., Saturday, March 2 gathering. Let Sonja or MaryBeth Riley-Gilbert know you plan on attending so we can reserve the correct number of tickets.

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UCC Western Youth Regional Event updates

The projected cost is $675 per participant, and this includes a full day at Disneyland. (Please note that Desert Palm will find the funding for youth and guardian wanting to attend.) Three meals a day is included in this price.
The youth will start some fundraising in a couple weeks, so be on the lookout for must-have Desert Palm merch.
A registration website will be launching soon. 
I’ve also learned that we are anticipating a key talk from our new, United Church of Christ President Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson
     Other scheduled guests include:
        Rebekah Bruesehoff, a 17-year-old activist on a mission to spread a message of hope and improve support for transgender and LGBTQ youth.
Pickle, a drag performer who will lead story hour.
        An 8-person music team to lead worship.  
A Zoom check in with youth leaders in the southwest conference is being set up soon to discuss possible travel plans. Have questions about attending? Find me and let’s talk. 

Thanks, Sonja


Welcome Center & East Valley Network  updates

During the month of January, the donation request was for size 4 diapers. Diapers and

other items that are greatly needed were donated. The individuals who receive these

items greatly appreciate them. So many of the individuals who arrive at the Welcome

Center only have the clothes they are wearing. The donations are split between the

Welcome Center and the East Valley Network. Thank you Desert Palm for continuing to

support these organizations.

For February we are asking for donations of tote bags and baby wipes. The tote bags

can be gently used. You can bring these and place them in the boxes by the church.

These donations will be split between the Welcome Center and East Valley Network.

The East Valley Network prepares Hygiene kits to distribute to individuals at the

Welcome Center and Sonoyta Resource Center and Shelter. Some items that would be

appreciated for these hygiene kits are toothbrushes, toothpaste, and baby wipes. They

also accept donations of sheets, towels, blankets, and travel snacks. These can be

dropped in the boxes outside of church also.

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.

Join Zoom Meeting

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


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.

New Office Hours

Effective immediately
Sonja will be keeping office hours from 9 to 1 on Monday and Tuesday. Feel free to stop by and say hello. If you don’t find me in the church office, I’ll be across the way in the Desert Palm Youth office.