the weekly update

Current News and Events at Desert Palm

call to Annual meeting

A Congregational Meeting has been called for this Sunday, June 13th, 2021 at 11:00 AM to accept the annual reports of the officers and committees, review the final year-end 2020 treasures report, review the 2021 year to date treasures report, revisit the 2021 budget proposed at the Budget meeting on Jan 31st, to act on any membership changes, to review the FCC Funds spending update, and to conduct any other business to come before the meeting. Zoom link is provided below. 

Topic: DPUCC Annual Meeting

Time: Jun 13, 2021 11:00 AM Arizona


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In-Person Worship

face mask must be worn for in-person worship

Desert Palm Council has voted to allow in-person worship to resume as of Sunday (May 23rd) at 9 amOur hope is to have around fifty people in-person this Sunday, children are also welcome.  (Any children will remain in church for the entire service as Sunday School will only be available online for now.)  If by some miracle we end up with an overflow crowd we’ll put folks in Mission Hall.

Of course as is always the case, folks should stay home if you’re having COVID-like symptoms.  And those of you dealing with serious pre-existing conditions will no doubt want to exercise caution. I know you all have different comfort levels regarding public spaces right now and that’s fine.

For those of you who have been vaccinated and are now venturing out into the world with greater confidence, please do feel free to come worship in person.  Hopefully you all will self-select so that we’ll have a decent-sized group! If you do come, please be prepared for things to feel a little different. We still can’t sing and the chairs have been rearranged to provide some spacing, and mask are still required to be worn. But it still feels like home!

For those who opt to continue watching from your actual home, you can still take part in the celebration as we’ll be livestreaming the service onto the website.  Our hope is to continue to develop our technological infrastructure to improve a hybrid (live and virtual) worship experience. 

    True Colors is back!

Please mark your calendar for the second Thursday of every month at 10am at Pat Quinnett’s house. TRUE COLORS IS BACK "IN PERSON"  YAAAAY!!

This is just a heads up that we are back on track and having our coloring group meet in person the second Thursday of every month starting July 8th at 10am at my house. The main item to bring is you and your chatter. Feel free to bring a friend.

This project has two objectives: first is to provide an opportunity to be social and catch up with each other and second is to create messages for housebound folks with that personal touch.

Personally I like working with all the different colors.

Thanks to recent contributions we have plenty of coloring supplies. Please bring any pictures that you might have colored during the last few months.

If you want to bring a snack to share that is good too. I will have a fresh pot of coffee and ice water.

As always RSVP is appreciated but not required. 

See you soon!

Pat Q – (480)818-2203

P.S. The pictures we color are mailed to folks stuck at home or in the hospital or you can work on projects for your friends and family. If you have any spare stamps or long envelopes, it is always a big help with the mailings.

Are you eligible for covid-19 VACCINE?

As of Wednesday, March 24, at 8 a.m., all Arizonans 16 years or older can register for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through any state-run site in Maricopa, Pima or Yuma County.

Consider making an account on the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) Vaccine Portal now if you plan to register, it can help the process go smoothly when appointments open.

Click here to register!

Those without computer access or who need additional assistance can call the Arizona COVID-19 Hotline at 1-844-542-8201.

For technical support with ADHS’ Vaccine Portal, call (602) 542-1000 or consult the user guide or video guide (en Español). 

Remember, every Arizonan, regardless of insurance or citizenship status, will be able to get the vaccine at no cost. If you need any additional help, please continue to  reach out to my office online, call us at (602) 956-2463 or consult my office's COVID-19 vaccine guide.

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: Coffee Hour 2021


Time: June 20, 2021 11:00 AM Arizona


        Every week on Sun, until Dec 12, 2021




         June 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

Thursday WBS will be taking a break for the summer and will be back in the fall!

Contact Sue Henderson at  more information.

  Sunday Group


The Desert Palm Sunday Women’s Bible Study Group will meet in the Church Library on Sunday, June 27, 2021 immediately after service.  We are reading from the book “Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter,” by Lindsay Hardin Freeman, specifically, p.405—409, “Martha of Bethany.” In this book, Freeman identifies every woman who speaks in the Bible, providing their words, context, and historical background.  

Our focus as a group is to digest important passages from the Bible that include women, their voices and their role within those times, and discuss how they relate to our lives and the world we live in now.   You do not need to have read the book in order to participate; all are welcome!


andrew's ponderings

asu update

Every Thursday evening at 6:30pm in the month of June we are offering our new Zoom group for all young adults.  We have young adults from across California, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Texas signed up.  We specifically are creating a space to support people just out of college who are looking for meaningful community and spiritual engagement. Contact Andrew for more (

For ASU specific ministry we have a full plan prepared for on-campus/in-person ministry this Fall.  We can't wait!!  


Monthly Children's Chapel

Based on the feedback of our families we are now offering a single Sunday School class at 8:00am on Sunday mornings.  We also will continue to offer the Children's Chapel on the second Sunday of each month at 8:00am.

Please connect with Andrew if you want to be added to our emails with the link. 



We are now transitioning to in-person gatherings on some Sunday afternoons this Summer.  Please stay tuned for information about our upcoming happenings!  We will begin at the end of June as we want to give our youth time to get vaccinated if they are 12 and older and for it to take effect. 

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


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

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    Interfaith Book Study Series on Redlining in Arizona

    A book study series led by Dr. Lois Brown, Director of Arizona State University's Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, on racial justice and redlining. Together we will read the book Minorities in Phoenix by Bradford Luckingham and discuss the historical and currents trend of racism and racial justice throughout Arizona.


    Tue June 15th 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    For more information, click on this link

  • Anti-Hunger Call (Partner Event)

    Fri. Jun 18th, 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:

Justice & WITNESS

Our former Interim pastor, Rev. Elice Higginbotham, is helping to educate the larger/national UCC on issues pertaining to the Middle East, specifically the plight of Palestinian people under Isaraeli occupation.  To learn more about the proposed resolution that will be coming before the General Synod in July (a virtual gathering all are invited to), click on this link.

If the Council were to decide to support this resolution Desert Palm's name could be added to the list of congregations supporting it.  



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

Global Ministries is a joint witness in mission between the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. To learn more click on this link  

Secondary Title

Asylum Seeker Needs List

We are collecting to support asylum seekers at the 2 refugee shelters in Sonoyta and at the Welcome Center.  Please feel free to circulate to all your friends, clubs, etc.   If you have questions, please call Holly Herman at 480-570-0450, 1701 W. Lindner, Mesa ,AZ 85202

University Presbyterian Church

139 E. Alameda

Tempe, AZ 85282



New Items (from Target, Walmart, Costco, etc)

Men’s Undershirts (S, M, L) 

Men’s boxer briefs (S, M, L)

Men’s socks

Children’s underwear, boys/girls, Sizes Toddler thru Children’s large

Children’s socks, boys/girls, Sizes Toddler thru Children’s large

Diapers, sizes NB thru 5; especially 2, 4, & 5

Women’s socks

Women’s underwear, smaller sizes

Used items (from your donations or thrift shops)

Men’s Tshirts (long or short sleeved), polo shirts, Sizes S, M

  (Men wear the long-sleeved tshirts to cover their arms working in the sun)

Men’s undershirts, Sizes S, M, L

Men’s jeans, Waist sizes 26-34, shorter lengths

Men’s tennis shoes, sizes 8-10.5

Men’s hats (day laborers use to keep sun off head/neck)

Women’s tennis shoes, Sizes 5-7.5

Sports bras, Sizes S, M, L

Leggings (tight all the way down), crop or shorts length, Sizes S, M, L

Women’s “skinny jeans”; Sizes S, M

Sundresses, Sizes S, M

Women’s tops, Sizes S, M

Maternity clothes, sizes S, M

Children’s tshirts, shorts, jeans, lightweight pants, Sizes 2T-14/16, girls/boys

Children’s tennis shoes, boys/girls, Toddler thru Size 5

(Most of our kids are toddlers - early elementary ages)


Twin sized blankets

Toys-  balls, dolls, cars, trucks, books in Spanish, cards, frisbees, etc.  Not too many pieces- the shelter location is not conducive to multi-piece puzzles, 

games with lots of pieces, or games with instructions only in English. 

Nothing with batteries.

Most of the kids are toddlers to early elementary ages.

Hygiene products for shelters

Toilet paper

Bar soap


Shampoo/Conditioner, standard size

Deodorant, standard size

Combs (sturdy), hairbrushes

Sanitary supplies (tampons/pads)

Diapers, Sizes NB - Size 5

Hygiene products for Welcome Center (sample size)

Toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, washcloth, 

razor, chap stick, gallon baggies

Food Pack items for Welcome Center

Granola bars, squeeze applesauce, Vienna sausages, trail mix, 

crackers with cheese or peanut butter, raisins, nuts, etc.

Small/medium sized stuffed animals (Welcome Center)

Bread Project

Several members of University Presbyterian, in its committed ministry to the homeless, are testing the feasibility of providing homemade bread to a variety of outlets serving this population. The project models itself after a bread project in Washington now serving hundreds of loaves to scores of nonprofits.  We’re starting small- with weekly deliveries to the TCAA Oasis Center and IHELP.

This email is a request for potential bakers.  Each baker would bake 3 loaves of bread and could sign up to do this once a week, every two weeks, once a month- or whatever meets their individual schedules. The only requirements are that each baker have a food scale (the recipe is by weight to maintain consistency) and a food thermometer.  The recipe, an instruction video, bread bags/ties, and some ingredients would be provided.  Reimbursement for other expenses is available.  

If you would like more information, or want to volunteer, the coordinator, Andrea White, can be reached at 480-580-3021.  We are hoping to have at least 8 bakers to test the process over the next two weeks.