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Current News and Events at Desert Palm

  • Southwest conference UCC

    2020 VIRTUAL Annual Meeting of the Southwest Conference United Church of Christ

    Special Edition

    Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4, 2020

Sunday School

Please join us for Sunday School via Zoom at the following times:


                              Kindergarten and younger:  10:45 a.m.

                              First through fourth grade: 10:00 a.m.

Our gatherings will last about 30 minutes. Please e-mail Audrey Penner at or Kathryn Andrews at if you would like to join us this Sunday, or on a future Sunday. 

Hope you can join us!

The time has come to talk of many things, including . . . registering your child for Sunday School!  Families with current students may fill out the form on line; just scroll to the bottom of the church web page at  Even if you do not have a current Sunday School student, please invite any friends or relatives with an interest in progressive Christianity to register a child and check out our classes.  Through the magic of Zoom, our offerings are now available to any child, anywhere.

Donations Needed

for september, the food item is rice.


Neighbors in Need Special Mission Offering

All Children Have the Right to Simply Be Children….

I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me – Matthew 25:40 (The Message)

Neighbors in Need Special Mission Offering

The Neighbors in Need offering, which we will receive on October 4th, 2020, supports the UCC’s ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries to fund a wide array of local and national justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects. Through, our national Justice and Witness Ministries office offers resources, news updates, and action alerts on a broad spectrum of justice issues. Working with members of the UCC Justice and Peace Action Network (a network of thousands of UCC justice and peace advocates), Justice and Witness continues its strong policy advocacy work on issues such as voting rights, immigration, health care, hate crimes, federal budget, civil liberties and environmental justice.

Neighbors in Need also supports our American Indian neighbors in the UCC, One-third of the offering supports the UCC’s Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM). Historically, forebears of the UCC established churches and worked with Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arickara and Hocak in North and South Dakota, Wisconsin and northern Nebraska. Today there are 20 UCC congregations on reservations and one urban, multi-tribal UCC congregation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. These churches and their pastors are supported by CAIM. CAIM is also an invaluable resource for more than 1,000 individuals from dozens of other tribes and nations who are members of other UCC congregations in the US.

Neighbors in Need helps make A Just World for All possible. For this to occur, it needs your support. You can contribute to the offering 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 new ‘Give’ feature on our DPCC website. There will be a Donation option and a drop-down box where you can select NIN.

Neighbors in Need needs our support. Please give generously.


  • Anti-Racism

    Eyes on the Prize: Interfaith Video and Discussion Series on Racial Justice

    Mon Sep 28th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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    Telling the Truth in Black And White: Religion and Racial Injustice in the United States

    Wed. Sept. 30th, at 3:00 PM ASU Center for Religion and Conflict event (must pre-register). The topic of the lecture is "Telling the Truth in Black and White: Religion and Racial Injustice in the United States." Robert P. Jones (author of The End of White Christian American) and Angela Sims will be featured. Join Pastor Tom for a follow-up discussion via Zoom at 7 PM (for DPUCC).

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    Anti-Hunger Call (Partner Event)

    Friday, October 2nd, 2020

  • Congregational Discussion of Sunday School Coordinator Position (Three Sundays beginning October 25th, then Nov. 1st, and 8th at 11 am): join your fellow DPUCC members and friends for a zoom discussion of the Council recommendation that we hire someone to coordinate our religions education, with an emphasis on Sunday School. Our regular 11 am coffee hour will be devoted to discussing the budgetary aspects, how this fits our church mission to serve our children, etc. But mainly, this series of town-hall-style meetings will be an opportunity to hear from you.

Women’s Bible Study

Thursday Group

The Thursday Morning 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. Please contact Sue Henderson at if you wish to join the group, or contact the church office at 

  Sunday Group

The Sunday Women’s Bible study’s next meeting is September 27th, at 3:00 pm. This group will be continuing on Zoom, meeting once or twice a month. We are reading Bible Women: All their words and why they matter by Lindsay Hardin Freeman. We will be starting the New Testament, “The Bleeding Women,” and “Herodias' Daughter (Salome). “ We discuss not only the book and the bible passages but how they relate to what is happening in our lives and the world we live in now.

The following meeting will be, October 25th, at 3:00 pm.                                    

You do not need to have come in the past to join us now. Please contact Pat Speer ( if you wish to be added to the email list to receive the Zoom link. 

Desert Palm Supportive Conversations

Topic: Supportive Conversations
Time: Sep 28, 2020 07:00 PM Arizona

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East Valley Network Ministry

Sonoyta Shelters

The person who liaisons between the Ajo Samaritans and the Sonoyta shelters has lately been able to take 3-4 shopping bags of items each week to the shelters without being stopped by the border agents. So, this week we received a list of clothing items that are needed at the shelters by adults. Dan Abbott and I will meet next week to pull items from the clothing room, and he will deliver to the Samaritans on Sept 19th. Meanwhile, a list of needed items for kids will be compiled and sent to us, and another shipment of those items sent on Dan's next trip down.


You might remember that the Ajo Samaritans are researching the possibility of creating a resource center in Sonoyta to assist migrants currently in shelters, seeking asylum, or after being deported. Mark Adams, from Douglas/Agua Prieta, spoke to them at their last meeting. Mark explained that the Presbyterian Church on both sides of the Border worked together to start support for migrants in Agua Prieta. Frontera de Cristo is located in both cities, with a board with an equal number of members from both countries. Mark is the coordinator of Frontera de Cristo on the US side. The "Sams" will continue to interview leaders of similar facilities in other border towns to help identify what the Sonoyta facility might look like.


Iglesia Cristiana el Buen Pastor

We are still taking about $300 in grocery gift cards as well as groceries every Friday to el Burn Pastor. This ministry will be continuing for many more weeks. We appreciate all the donations of food or money toward this effort.

A huge THANK YOU to Presbyterian Women for the gift of $350 in gift cards! They were taken to El Buen Pastor this past Friday, along with a trunk full of groceries. 


Pastors or Ministry Committees: please continue to promote our joint efforts. And call me if you want me to speak to a group, committee, or prepare a short video for you to use.


Desert Palm UCC asked me to prepare a video Moment for Mission for them, which will be shown this coming Sunday. Laurel G. is taking that script and adapting it for selected distribution to groups and individuals at Temple Emanuel. It takes a village to continue this ministry for such an extended period, so pass the word around to your friends and neighbors!



Cash, checks, or gift cards for Igl. Crist. El Buen Pastor can be mailed to UPC or dropped through the mail slot in the church office. Indicate "el Buen Pastor" on the envelope or memo line. Groceries, or cash for extra groceries, can be delivered to my house. Or call me for a pick-up.




(480) 570-0450 

1701 W Lindner, Mesa 85202

(near Baseline and Dobson)

University Presbyterian Church, 139 E Alameda, Tempe, AZ 85282



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. 

We meet on Zoom, to join us just click the link that says “ join zoom meeting “.  Even if you don’t have Zoom on your computer yet, just click the link and Zoom will download the required software. Just install it and you will be connected. It’s free.

If you have trouble loading the software, send an email to the church administrator and she will get you in touch with someone to help you.

Topic: Coffee Hour

Time: September 27, 2020 11:00 AM Arizona

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At this time all our gatherings are digital in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Please connect with Andrew ( to join us.

All ASU students (graduate and undergraduate) are welcome.

Weekly Small Group-Every Thursday at 6:30pm

Monthly Worship-This month on Friday, September 25 at 6:30pm

Open One-on-One Office Hours on Zoom with Andrew-Every Other Tuesday from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, this month on September 8 and 22.



All our groups and events are free of charge and open to everyone to join.

No membership or pre-invitation is required.  All are welcome.

  • Worship

    We meet monthly for Worship on Zoom on a Friday at 6:30pm. This Fall we are gathering on September 25, October 23, November 20, and December 18.

  • Dinner Group

    Currently our weekly Dinner Group is a zoom small group every Thursday at 6:30pm.



All students are invited to join us for our adventures and advocacy work.

  • adventures

    Together we enjoy Arizona adventures away from campus to take a break from the books. These trips are low costs and scholarships to cover the full cost are available.  

  • Advocacy

    Together we are advocates for those whose voices are so often ignored.  This work takes us to the Tempe City Hall, the Arizona State Capitol, and beyond.  We are passionate about fighting climate change, ensuring all people have housing, LGBTQ rights, and more.

Justice and peace action network

take action

Tell Senators: Covid Relief cannot wait

  • All summer we’ve waited for the Senate to take meaningful action on COVID legislation. In May the House passed the HEROES Act that provided for the robust support people across the country need to weather this pandemic and economic crisis. Currently the bill before the Senate is woefully inadequate and does not substantially meet the needs of families and communities.