current news & Events

In-Person for SunDay Worship

For now, masks are still being encouraged while indoors. We have resumed our outdoor coffee hour following the service (in the atrium). We will continue to live stream so folks with special vulnerabilities or concerns on our webpage at

Prayer Request


If you or someone you know have a need for prayer, please join us on Zoom any Wednesday between 3:00 and 4:00 and share the request.  No need to be present for the whole hour - drop in as you can.

If the time isn’t convenient, you can also 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.

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New DPUCC Members

We welcomed the following new members
on Sunday, September 4, 2022

Heather Caples
(and Lily Caples)

Marybeth Riley-Gilbert & Ross Gilbert

(and Ross & Marybeth's kids, Jack, and Luke Gilbert)

Jack McGovern
(Jack is the teenage son of Pastor Tom's friend, Sarah McGovern)

Mark & Kathy

(Mark & Kathy, who recently celebrated their 15th anniversary, come to us through the First Congregational Church of Tempe or FCC)


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Tomorrow Saturday, SEPTEMBER 17th

10:30-11:30 AM!    

Join the Arizona Poor People's Campaign for a membership meeting at 10:30 a.m. Arizona time! We will discuss the upcoming November elections. Betsy Boggia of the League of Women Voters-Tucson, and Arizonans for Fair Elections, will speak about voter registration, voting rights and the Arizona statewide ballot initiatives.

Join via Zoom: Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 856 7570 4537

Find your local number:

Questions? contact us at:

Confirmation Sunday

This Sunday, Sept. 18th, During Worship

Confirmation will take place during our regular 9 am worship service on this Sunday, September 18th!! 

Kids, Youth and the Arts
This Sunday: Sept. 18th, 10:30 AM

(briefly after church with Marc Gaston in the Sanctuary)   

Options To Consider:Children's Choir
Youth Choir
Youth Bell Choir
Fall Christmas Pageant (Elementary Youth)
Spring Musical (Jr & High School Youth)
Youth Lead ServicesDramatic Reading
Special Music Opportunities

Video Documentary Production
Open to ideas as you assesses and share your children's talents  

For those parents that can not attend in person due to scheduling or for social distancing you are welcome to join us via Zoom.  Following is a Zoom invitation.  This will allow all parents/grandparents/guardians to participate in the planning of your programing for the precious assets of our Youth!

Looking forward to sharing with you all and developing the future of our music and arts programing for our youth at DPUCC.

Marc Gaston is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Parents Meeting For Youth Music & Arts Programing At DPUCC
Time: Sep 18, 2022 10:30 AM Arizona

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 505 198 8904
Passcode: SING

Special WISE Event This Sunday!

following Sunday Service in the back classroom by mission hall

          Jill Bormann, Ph. D., RN
Are you looking for new realizations in your spiritual life?

Would you like to try a different method of contemplation?

Come and hear Elen Colangelo's good friend, Jill Bormann, Ph.D., RN, who also happens to be a nurse, and a research scientist, as she presents on September 18th following church on Sunday service.  Her topic is: "A Mind-Body-Spiritual Stress Buster: Practical Applications or Daily Living."                                *

Energy Justice for All
Tuesday September 20, 2022, 5:30 PM
Zoom meeting, register here

Join AZIPL and guests on Tuesday evening for a discussion of Energy Justice for All. 

As prices go up across the board, many families and individuals struggle to cover high utility bills, especially in the summer.  We'll learn what the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) offers to households and engage in a conversation about how congregations can ensure those measures reach medium- and low-income households.

Educational  Session

Sunday, Sept 25 at 4:00 PM

 "Why pronouns are important."

The session will be planned for one hour in the library, and there will be a Q&A at the end so that it can run a bit longer. Topics will include learning more about the LGBTQ+ spectrum and terminology as we live our mission to be an Open and Affirming church. Speakers will include Corey Meier, Ellen Colangelo, and Gary Gephart. 

Educational Night re Prop 308

Friday, September 30, 2022, at 6:30 PM (in the sanctuary)

Join us for a few short video clips and some Q & A about prop 308, the pending legislation that will ensure Dreamers and other graduates from AZ high schools will qualify for in-state tuition.

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Bells of Peace

Will officially start in October 2022. If you have any questions, email Marc Gaston at or call 602-228-5587.

Save the dates

Fall Adult Ed Offerings

October 2, 16, 23, 30 (skipping October 9th)

Anti-Racism Storytelling Group: Hybrid (in-person and via zoom) post-church 10:30-11:30 AM

Join Pastor Tom starting Sunday, October 2nd (through October 30th) as he leads a storytelling group on anti-racism, and discuss any stories that come to mind when you think about race and your personal experiences. Zoom Link below. 

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 842 6211 5295
Passcode: DPUCC

Neighbors in Need Special Offering

Sunday, October 2nd, 2022

Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM).

Two-thirds of this offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support various justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants. Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to UCC churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice.

This year, a special focus is on economic justice. With inflation impacting all of our households, it is important to support those struggling with income inequities and food scarcity.  

Neighbors in Need helps make a ‘Just World for All’ possible. For this to occur, we need your support.

You can contribute in two ways:

  1. You can write a check payable to Desert Palm UCC and make a note on the memo line for NIN.
  2. Or you can use the ‘Give’ feature on our DPCC website. There will be a ‘Donation’ option and a drop-down box where you can select NIN.

Next Justice & Witness Committee Meeting
Wednesday, October 6, at 7 PM
Next week on Wednesday, September 14, join the DPUCC Justice & Witness committee as they discuss the press conference at the First Church of Phoenix. And for updates on upcoming events. (see below).
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 837 9227 8353
Passcode: DPUCC

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Sunday, October 9th at 3PM at Rincon Congregational UCC in Tucson or via zoom.

Kelly Kahlstrom has accepted a position as a Hospice Chaplain at the Tucson Medical Center. Her ordination is scheduled for Sunday, October 9, 2022, at  3 p.m. at Rincon Congregational United Church of Christ, 122 N. Craycroft Rd. Tucson.

Notes and cards with congratulations can be sent to Kelly Kihlstrom, 11466 Granite Gulch Way, Tucson, AZ 85747

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          2022 Phoenix

           Pride Parade

Sunday, October 16, 2022. 

Everyone's invited to join us this year as we resume this time-honored tradition. Step-off is said to be at 10:00 AM, but in past years folks have been able to attend church and still make it before the often much-delayed step-off! Youth will need to be there earlier to decorate the float. Please feel free to contact Gary Gephart if you'd like to sign up to participate and for more information.


2nd Annual Fall Gathering

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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

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