current news & Events

In-Person for SunDay Worship

Masks continue to be optional. We'll continue to live stream so that folks with special vulnerabilities or concerns can continue to tune in without coming in person. This Sunday our Member in Discernment, Sonja Haller, will be our guest preacher!

Pastor Tom Away Memorial Day Weekend: Dale Frank is Covering

Rev. Tom will be out of town as of today, Friday, May 27, through Monday May 30th. While he is away, Dale Frank will be providing emergency pastoral care. Dale can be reached at 480.892.3009.

        DPUCC Annual Reports Due June 3

DPUCC annual meeting will be on Sunday, June 26. Please email your reports to the church office at ( by June 3, with the subject line "annual report." 


Children's Ministry Memorial Day Weekend
Sunday, May 29, there will be NO Sunday School

On Sunday, May 29, we encourage all families to worship in person with us from wherever you are online.  We won't be offering Sunday School this day, so our teachers get a break and so we can all worship together.  Sunday School will resume Sunday, June 5.

Justice & Witness Committee

Thursday, June 2, 7 PM

Join the Justice & Witness Team for this first Thursday monthly meeting.

Sunday School Resumes June 5th
Sunday, June 5th

Children will start in worship and be sung out for in-person Sunday School.

Confirmation with Rev. Tom

Sunday, June 5, 1 PM (Zoom)

Pastor Tom will be meeting with our Confirmands after church Sunday, June 5 at 10am in one of the back classrooms in Mission Hall.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 859 8604 7457

 DPUCC Annual Meeting

Sunday June 26, post-church

The DPUCC Council has called for an annual meeting on June 26 after church at 10:30AM to accept the annual reports of the officers and committees, review financial reports, spending updates, etc., and to conduct any other business to come before the meeting. This will be in person with an online Zoom option for those who cannot attend in-person.        

Strengthen the Church Offering  2022
June 5th, 2022

The Strengthen the Church National Offering reflects the shared commitment of people across the United Church of Christ to cooperatively build up the UCC.   Conferences and the national setting equally share the gifts given by members and friends through their local congregations.   The funds raised support leadership development, new churches, youth ministry and innovation in existing congregations.

As God calls our congregations to be the church in new ways, your generosity will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches and develop the spiritual life in our youth and young adults.

The Strengthen the Church Offering will be received on Pentecost, Sunday, June 5, 2022. The offering can be made now through June 10, 2022.

You can make your donation in one of two ways:
1).  You can write a check payable to Desert Palm UCC.  Make a note on the memo line for Strengthen the Church and send to the office.
2).  You can use the ‘Give’ feature on the DPUCC website.   Go to the ‘Donation option’ and from the drop-down box you will be able to select Strengthen the Church to make your contribution.

To learn more about STRENGTHEN THE CHURCH OFFERING 2022 click on the links provided below. 

Thank you, Desert Palm, for your financial generosity to this important offering.

Yours, Marie Parsey
Mission coordinator for Community/ World Team

Youth Ministry Transition

We are happy to announce our Youth Director, the Rev. Andrew Ponder Williams, has accepted a call to serve as the pastor of United Community Church in Johnsbury, VT. As such we are currently in the process of hiring a new Youth Director to coordinate trips and regular youth group meetings. Watch for forthcoming announcements!

Summer Music And Arts At Desert Palm

The Chancel Choir will start up with rehearsals on Wednesday nights at 7PM beginning June 15, 2022.   Everyone is welcome.  Since this will be less formal, it will be a wonderful time for any new people wanting to join to give us a try.  Bells of Peace will officially start up in October 2022 to prepare for Advent and Christmas, however for anyone who is interested in trying something new at 6PM also starting on June 15th will be lessons and training on how to play the bells.   If you have any questions you may email at or call 602-228-5587.

Coffee hour

Coffee Hour is a time after the church service for people to get together and talk about whatever is on their mind. Get to know people you may not know very well. You can talk or just listen; it’s up to you. Whether you’re in the Phoenix area or across the country, join us and share some good conversation and fellowship time. 

Topic: DPUCC Coffee Hour
Every Sunday 11:00 AM

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 897 3401 4493

Women’s Bible Study

Thursday Group

Please contact Sue Henderson at 480-734-0921 or

Sunday Group

Please contact Pat Speer at for more information.                                                                                                                *

April 2022 FINANCIAL Secretary Report

As of May 3, 2022

Thanks again to all of you that have taken the time to send in your pledges. Pledging is very important for budgeting and program development. We are looking forward to hearing from the visioning committee on May 15th, 4pm about the survey results. They will use your feedback to suggest what we can do to grow our service to reach new members and get our current members more engaged.  You will then be invited to break out teams to fine tune the suggestions. Again, thanks for all you do. If you haven’t done it already mail/email/call the office to register your pledge You can also send in your pledge by filling out the form here

63 Pledgers

2022 Total Pledged:          $208,866

As of May 3rd, Total 2022 pledges Received: $74,741.69

33 1/3% of year has passed, 42% pledges received so far. 


Breakdown of %pledge completion:                 Breakdown of Received to Date Pledge Dollars

% range              #pledgers                       $ Range               #pledgers

0%                              11                               0-100                         14

1-25%                        5                                 101-500                     16

26%-50%                   37                               501-1000                  9

51%-75%                   2                                 1001-4000                17

76%-99%                   2                                  4001-8000                6

100%  +                     6                                  8000+                        1

Please No Glass containers

United Food Bank donation request by month

January: Soup   

February: Beans

March: Pasta & Sauce

April: Canned/Dry Milk

May: Canned Fruit

June: Canned Meat & Fish

July: Peanut Butter & Jelly

August: Fruit Juices

September: Rice

October: Whole Grain Cereal

November: Canned Chili
December: Canned Vegetables

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

Welcome Center REMINDER

Just a reminder of our focus for this week.  (Of course, clothes and other donations are needed, too.)

  • tote bags
  •  shopping bags from department stores
  • gift bags (Happy Birthday, whatever)
  • file folders (new or used). 

Also, monetary donations to purchase toothbrushes and toothpaste at a fantastic discount:
Write a check made out to Refugee Aid and note “oral hygiene” in the memo.  Send the check to
                Refugee Aid
                P.O. Box 18505
                Fountain Hills, AZ   85268
                These will be given to the Welcome Center.
Questions?  Suggestions?  Please contact me, Rich Doerrer-Peacock (, Becky Klein, or Pat and Don Riemer.