the weekly update

Current News and Events at Desert Palm

In-Person Worship has resumed

The DPUCC Council has voted by email to resume in-person worship. Sunday School will continue to be virtual.  We are also going to continue to ask that folks wear masks. As usual, if you haven't been feeling well (especially if you're having any COVID symptoms) or are at risk for any reason, please feel free to stay home and livestream from the church website.  You can also watch the service later, as recordings are now posting to both FB and our new Youtube channel.



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SATURDAY Outdoor Social Distanced DPUCC Family Reunion: we'll be taking advantage of the cooling temps and declining number of new COVID cases by gathering outdoors in-person to say hi to each other, have snack and sing some hymns!


October 7, 14,21,28 at 7 PM

November 4,11,18 at 7 PM

The Overstory, the (2019) Pulitzer-prize winning novel by Richard Powers.
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“The Overstory, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of—and paean to—the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, Richard Powers’ twelfth novel unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. There is a world alongside ours—vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.”

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: New Coffee Hour

Time: Oct. 17, 2021 11:00 AM Arizona

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        Oct 17, 2021 11:00 AM
        Oct 24, 2021 11:00 AM
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Join people of faith as we study Isabel Wilkerson' masterful portrait of an unseen racial justice phenomenon in America. "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents" is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of American life today.

She tells us stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system—a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.

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Supportive Conversations

Topic: Supportive Conversations
Time: Oct 18, 2021 07:00 PM Arizona
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    Oct 18, 2021 07:00 PM
    Oct 25, 2021 07:00 PM
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Midweek joys & Concerns

Tom Martinez is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Joys and Concerns Zoom
Time: Every week on Wed. at 11:00 AM Arizona, until Mar 30, 2022

October 20, 2021, 11:00 AM

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Women’s Bible Study

the women's bible group is a friendly, welcoming assortment of women who meet twice a month to support each other and have rich discussions about a selected book or bible passage. New members are always welcome.

Thursday Group

"Women's Book Group: Denial is My Spiritual Practice"

Note that the zoom link will be the same for each meeting AND I will send it every week on Tuesday prior to the Thursday meeting (assuming that Rene will remind me if I fail to do so? - Thanks in advance Rene!)

Please feel free to invite others to join us, this is a great introduction to our wonderful church community. 

Sue Henderson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Desert Palm Thursday Morning WBS

Time: Oct. 21, 2021 09:30 AM Arizona

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        Oct 21, 2021 09:30 AM

        Nov 4, 2021 09:30 AM

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        Dec 2, 2021 09:30 AM

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  Sunday Group

We are studying chapter beginning on p. 416, “The Samaritan Woman” from the book Bible Women, All Their Words and Why They Matter

Date: October 24

Time: 10:00 am

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andrew's ponderings

asu update

Stay tuned as we will soon be launching our new partnership called The Circuit Ministry, which will be a nationwide online community for college students.  This is a special opportunity for us to engage with students who do not live on a university campus.

For ASU specific ministry we are looking forward to offering on-campus/in-person ministry later this Fall based on the status of the pandemic.  


Monthly family worship

Monthly Family Worship

First Sunday of the Month at 9:00am

Online at or In-Person

We are now focusing on making our worship on the first Sunday of each month extra family friendly.  No online Sunday School on the first Sundays of the month because worship is our focus for our families this day.  

Online Sunday School

Online Sunday School continues to be offered all Sundays of the month at 8:00am except on the first Sunday of the month when we focus on the Family Worship.  We will continue with one class for all children through the 4th grade.  



Announcing the New Desert Palm's Youth Outdoor Adventure Club

Stay tuned for dates, times, and locations of our outdoor group adventures.  Each adventure will include a devotional time and then safe fun and fellowship together.  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.

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

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Anti-Hunger Call (Partner Event)

Fri. Oct. 22, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join the anti-hunger and food systems advocacy calls with the Arizona Food Bank Network and the Arizona Food System Network, held every other Friday. More information and recordings of past calls are available at:

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in the loop

Find out what's new in this week's "In the Loop." To find out more about SWC lick on more. 

Volunteer Opportunities
Are you interested in helping refugee children but aren't sure where to begin? 

The "Let's Read, Neighbor" program might be for you!  Volunteers meet and read with newly arrived refugee children at least once per week.  Meetings usually occur in the child's home. The goal is to improve the children's English skills while also exposing them to American culture. You don't need to know Arabic; all you need is a willingness to help. If you want more information, please contact Kathryn Andrews: at ...or you can apply to join the program by contacting the program's director, Melek Akgul-Lee, at

East Valley Network -Refugee Update 10/4/21

by holly herman

Top Line Items

  • Travel snack items needed for the Welcome Center.
  • The Sonoyta Resource Center is asking for pillows, twin/full blankets, and jackets/winter wear for all ages.  None need to be new, just clean.
  • Please see “What can you or your worship community do to help?” below.   

Thank yous!

  • Thank you to St Matthew Methodist for towels and snack items!  
  • Thank you to Chaneni House/First Baptist Church Scottsdale for stuffed animals for the Welcome Center!  
  • Thank you to the young man from Temple Emanuel for preparing 100 travel packs for the Welcome Center as his bar mitzvah project.  
  • Thank you to Women4Women for female sanitary supplies for the Resource Center.  
  • Thank you to Family Promise for sharing extra socks, toys, and jackets with us for the Resource Center.
  • Thank you to everyone from a variety of places for volunteering in our clothing room, at the Welcome Center, and in our monthly hygiene kit assembly line.
  • Thank you to those who pass the word around to friends and other networks that result in donations or volunteers
  • And thank you to University Presbyterian for the space, leadership, and support of this mission to Asylum Seekers and refugees.

Phoenix Welcome Center (WC)

The Welcome Center is receiving an average of 200 guests per day.  To handle that volume, 15-20 volunteers are needed daily to supplement the staff with help in food service, the clothing room, “traffic control,” childcare, sanitizing, and transportation. If interested, please contact me and I will direct you to the proper person for more information.  All volunteers must be fully vaccinated.

Current needs are for travel snack items (for folks traveling by bus to their sponsors), towels (new indoor showers now up and running,), and file folders (preferably with pockets) or large manilla envelopes to hold folks’ legal documentation.

Sonoyta Shelters/ New Refugee Resource Center (RC)

The Sonoyta Resource Center currently provides clothing, showers, hygiene products, food, and counseling to residents of the local men’s and family shelters and also to other Refugees in the area.  Soon, it will cook two meals a day for both the men’s shelter and the family shelter, and will provide medical attention, legal assistance, job referrals, temporary housing options, English classes, and other programs.  All this is offered to residents of both shelters as well as other refugees passing through the city.  

As the Center completes the repairs to the building, recently purchased by another nonprofit to develop the Resource Center, and builds up its network of sponsors and donors, it needs lots of “stuff.”  As fall and winter set in, the biggest need is for twin/full-sized blankets and pillows as well as heavier clothing and jackets for all ages.  And funds, of course.

An Open House is scheduled for next week.  One of our volunteers will be taking lots of pictures and writing up a more comprehensive description of the current services and what will be happening soon.  I’ll send that to you in a couple weeks-  a “Special Edition,” so to speak.

What can you or your worship community do to help?

  • Schedule a “Drive n Drop” for travel snack items for the Welcome Center.
  • Coordinate a special offering of pillows and/or blankets for the Sonoyta Resource Center
  • Both the RC and the WC are always in need of  new/used men’s jeans (waist sizes 28-36, shorter lengths), men’s new boxer briefs (S, M, L), and new/used tennis shoes (sizes 8-11).  Winter kids clothes in all sizes are also needed.  It is so easy to shop the thrift stores.  And you would be amazed at how much $50-$100 will buy.  Sign up online at Goodwill and get a monthly 20% discount coupon. 
  • Volunteer at the Welcome Center- ask me for information.
  • University Presbyterian is supplying 100 hygiene kits a month to the Welcome Center.  Each item in the kit has a sponsor that provides it.  Your worship community could do it, too.  Call me and I’ll tell you how.
  • Invite me to speak to a group at your worship community, or other club or group you belong to, to get them informed and potentially involved.

Checks to support the Sonoyta Resource Center can be mailed to UPC or dropped through the church office mail slot. Indicate "Refugee acct" on the memo line.  These cash donations allow volunteer shoppers to purchase clothing, underwear, shoes, and other items requested by the Resource Center and then relayed to the Ajo Samaritans for delivery.  Donations of "stuff" can be brought to my house, or call for a pick up. If you have questions about what we need, please call me.

Thank you all for your continued compassion, energy, and generosity. We appreciate all of you that help.

Holly Herman

(480) 570-0450

1701 W Lindner, Mesa, 85202

(near Baseline and Dobson)

University Presbyterian Church (UPC)

139 E. Alameda Dr.

Tempe, AZ 85282

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Arizona Faith Network's Annual Meeting is Fast Approaching!

AFN is one of our partner organizations that's doing great work around anti-racism, and eco-justice. There annual meetings are a great way to find out what they're up to and to get a sneak peek at their vision for the coming year!