current news & Events

In-Person for SunDay Worship

We're encouraging masks while indoors. We will continue to live stream so folks with special vulnerabilities or concerns on our webpage at Since we are mostly back in person, we are discontinuing virtual coffee hour.  

Foster Kids Christmas Stocking Drive

For more than 15 years, Desert Palm has partnered with a social service organization to provide holiday gifts for children in foster care.  Southwest Human Development offers training, licensing, supervision, and support for hundreds of foster care families.  Again this year, we will receive gift tags from SHD with a child’s name, age, and requested gift items.  Desert Palm members pick up a tag, shop for gifts in the amount of $40 to $50, and return them in a gift bag to the church.  Southwest Human Development makes arrangements to pick up the gifts and distribute them to the children and families. 

Gifts should be turned in by Sunday, December 11th, for the tags picked up on Sunday, November 20.  If you are unable to shop in person, you may donate to the project, and we will have “super shoppers” to purchase the gifts.  You may give cash or checks to Desert Palm – be sure to make a notation for “foster kids.”

Our goal again is to provide gifts for 100 children!  Desert Palm has always generously stepped up to support this worthwhile project.  Thank you!  If you have any questions, feel free to see me at church or call me at 480-897-7620.

Thank you,
Rebecca Bond

Climate Hope Cards

The UCC is launching a national art contest for children and youth that will be part of a larger campaign that will generate hope in making a difference when confronting the climate crisis.

How to participate? Draw or paint about climate hope, environmental justice, or protecting the Earth. Sunday school class and youth group participation encouraged. Winners will be selected on November 29th!

To register, click on the link below:


                                                          Saturday, December 3rd, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Just pull into the parking lot, look for us, and we will take it from there.
Donations will go to the Welcome Center in Phoenix to help asylum seekers in the US. Many of them are flying in cold weather to be with their sponsors.

Wednesday Afternoon Prayer Group


...drop in for a few minutes or email your prayer request to Maria

Pastor Tom and a few of our members gather virtually every Wednesday at 3 pm via zoom to share joys and concerns, after which Tom or another leader will offer a prayer. You can drop in (the zoom link goes out to the entire congregation earlier on Wednesday) to share a joy or concern or send your request to with Joys & Concerns in the subject line. The need will be shared with those attending, added to the Prayer List, and shared with the Desert Palm Prayer Team.


Desert Palm Caregivers serve Church members, immediate families, and those who participate regularly in the life of Desert Palm UCC. There is no financial eligibility requirement. Services are provided free of charge. Donations to Desert Palm UCC are gratefully accepted. All services are contingent on volunteers being available.
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 (

Thursday Women’s Book Group

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

Want to do some inspiring reading and have great discussions with women? Join us on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 9:30 to 11:00am at the link below. The current book we’re reading is Living Grace by Mattie McMane. Amazon and have it. If you have any questions, call Ellen Colangelo at 619-807-5431.

Join Repeating Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 713 830 0112
Passcode: DPUCC

Financial Secretary Report


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has about 200 call centers nationwide to receive these calls for suicide prevention and mental health crises. We have been waiting two years for this, and it has finally happened. As of this Saturday, July 16, 988 will be the new phone number for mental health emergencies.

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/Canned Meat

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

Needs of Asylum Seekers and Migrants

Coats:  men, women, children
children's vitamins, Tylenol, Neosporin, Cortizone Cream,
diaper rash cream, cold medications, Pepto Bismol

Your participation in this ministry is greatly appreciated.