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We update this page at the start of each month with articles and updates.

Pastor Tom's Missive

Dear Members & Friends,


The transition from October to November is marked by All Saints and All Souls Day, two related celebrations marking the great cloud of witnesses made up of those who have gone on before us. This year we rang the bell for three members: Don Beaver, Barbara Nearing and Carol Lee Smith.  We had celebrated Don’s life with a beautiful service (his twin brother, Ron, gave the main eulogy and Matthew Heath sang “How Great Though Art”) that is viewable online via our new You Tube channel. Barbara Nearing’s service is scheduled for Saturday, November 20th at 10am, fittingly the same day as our family reunion (later in the day at 2PM). 


On the COVID front, the SW Conference has encouraged us to stop speaking of a post-COVID time coming sometime in the future. Instead we are planning on maintaining safe practices, while striving for as much in-person activity as is deemed reasonable safe. As you know whether you’ve been watching from home or coming in person, we have opened our doors to in-person worship again and that seems to be working just fine. It’s also seems that children will be eligible for the vaccine very soon now! Watch for updates via the weekly update as to the resumption of more in-person activities for children and youth.


In other church news, our Moderator, Mark Williams, has been working with our finance team on our stewardship campaign, while at the same time forming a new Visioning Committee to help us focus again on the ongoing work of the church. Another committee has been working with Marc Gaston to explore a possible commissioning, which would be an affirmation of his gifts for worship and the arts. And our Member in Discernment, Andrew Ponder Williams, continues to make progress toward his goal of ordination. Lastly, it’s looking like my dissertation about storytelling during a pandemic is getting the necessary approvals. If all goes as planned I’ll get to graduate around the same time as Catalina, who has been working on a masters in Child and Family Development at ASU.


With Advent being just around the corner (it begins on Sunday, November 28th), I’ll go ahead and mention our theme this year is the light that has come into the world. These past two years have been spiritually cloudy (to say the least). But the sun is always blazing, and eventually the Earth turns, the sun rises, clouds part, and a new day dawns.   


Grace & Peace,


Gifts for foster children

Desert Palm will be partnering again this year with Southwest Human Development to provide gifts for children in foster care programs.  Tags with a child’s name, age, and requested items will be available at the Desert Palm family reunion on Saturday, November 20, and before and after worship on November 21 and 28.  Gifts should be returned to Desert Palm by Sunday December 8. 

Southwest Human Development has requested an increase in their guidelines, suggesting gifts in the range of $40 to $50.  If that is beyond your budget, or if you would rather not be out shopping in person, you may donate any amount to the project.  You may give cash or write a check to Desert Palm with “foster kids” on the memo line.


If you have any questions or would like more information, please call Rebecca Bond at 480-897-7620 or email at

Special Message From The Beaver Family

My family and I want to thank everyone for their unwavering support for us during Donald’s extended illness and passing. The love that surrounded us for the last four years, and the many hands that helped in planning and executing his celebration of life service has been an incredible source of strength and comfort to us (and Donald, too).
   What a gift and a blessing our Desert Palm family has been to us.  We are eternally grateful.

With love,
Leslie, Jessica and Jordan Beaver
Sent from my iPad

andrew's ponderings


We are continuing online at this time, but very much looking forward to welcoming all our families with kids of all ages back hopefully later this year after the vaccine becomes available for kids 5-11. Until then Sunday school is on Zoom every Sunday at 8:00am. As always a special thanks to our amazing team of teachers for their faithful ministry and witness.  

andrew's ponderings

youth update

Youth Outdoor Adventure Club 

Look below for info. We will be gathering outdoors throughout these upcoming cooler seasons so that we can enjoy God's creation and be mindful of virus concerns.  Masks required.


All families with youth who are in the age range for confirmation have been invited to an upcoming info session about Confirmation, which will begin in January. We are again partnering with some of our sibling UCC congregations.  

andrew's ponderings

asu update

Check out our new promo video below to learn about our new online ministry in partnership with other ministers around the country.

the circuit campus ministry

Learn more about our new online ministry!


ucc & doc

global ministries



Women's bible study

Thursday Group

Thursday Morning Women's Bible/Book Study. ALL ARE WELCOME!

We will be reading  “Denial is my Spiritual Practice (and other failures of faith)” by Rachel G. Hackenberg and Martha Spong. Available at Changing Hands, Amazon, and other booksellers.

The zoom link is the same for all the meetings and is:

Meeting ID: 823 6656 2235     

A zoom link will be sent out the Tuesday prior to the Thursday meeting. If you need a copy of the book provided to you or have any questions, please contact Sue Henderson at

Sunday Group

Please contact Pat Speer at for more information.