the weekly update

Current News and Events at Desert Palm


Sunday, October 3rd, 2021

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 a variety of 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, special consideration will be given to projects focusing on serving our immigrant neighbors and communities

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.

Please send in your contributions by October 15th, so we can send our check to the conference in a timely fashion.   Thank you.

Neighbors in Need needs our support.  Please give generously.

20th Anniversary of 9/11

Pastor Tom would like to share this link to a NYC-based interfaith gathering marking the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Pastor Discretionary Donations Needed

Many of you know this is the fund for Tom to offer help to those who most need it. If you would like to donate to the replenishment of the fund please put “PDF” in the memo section of your check or alert Pat Quinnett if you prefer to give electronically.

Memorial service

A memorial service for Don Beaver will be held at Desert Palm on Saturday, Oct 23rd, at 10 a.m.



Top Line Items

  • Single-serving snacks and breakfast items needed for the Welcome Center.
  • An amazing donor brought 7 cases of toilet paper.   No more needed for a few months.  But we can use towels!
  • Please see “What can you or your worship community do to help?” below.   


Phoenix Welcome Center (WC)

Maricopa County has stopped the Welcome Center from preparing meals or snacks.  Two meals a day, from outside commercial kitchens (St Vincent de Paul and others) are served However, for breakfast and for new arrivals that come hungry, the Center can only offer commercially prepared prepackaged single-serve items. Over 100 people are being dropped off every day.  On three days last week, over 200 were dropped off.  So, a call has gone out to all worship communities and nonprofits for single-serving items, such as granola bars, squeeze applesauce, nuts, Vienna sausages, packaged tuna/chicken salad, single-serving cereal, crackers with cheese or peanut butter, etc.  Refrigeration is available, so yogurt, string cheese, single-serving milk/juice boxes, lunchables, commercially pre-made PBJs, or similar items are also possible.  If you want to bring your donations to me, I will transport to the Welcome Center. Or you can deliver directly -call Holly for the address.


Sonoyta Shelters/ New Resource Center (RC)

The Resource Center is up and running with some initial services and gearing up for more.  A small miracle happened- I heard that the UCC Conference office was moving into the Methodist Center so asked if they might have some extra furniture to donate.  They did!  A ton!  So last week, the Ajo Samaritans came up with two trailers, two pick-ups, and two SUVs and loaded up 25 tables; 100 chairs; several side tables; lamps; a futon; bookcases; office supplies; rugs; a BBQ; and a full kitchen of plates, glasses, mugs, pots and pans, pitchers, serving dishes, utensils, etc.  As the caravan of donations went to the border, the Mayor of Sonoyta came up to ease its passage into Mexico.  There was quite the celebration as it all was unloaded at the RC.  Funds designated for these items can now be used to set up the kitchen and outside patio cover.


If you want a visual, please go to  The video is a month old but helps you see the facility and catch the spirit of the place.  It was a run down 4-sided compound that has been (and is being) extensively repaired.  Soon, it will do the cooking of 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, clothing, showers, English classes, and other programs.  All this is offered to residents of both shelters as well as other refugees passing through the city.


What can you or your worship community do to help?

  • Immediately put out a plea for prepackaged single-serving food items for the WC. (List is above).  You can deliver directly to the Welcome Center or take to Holly for delivery. 
  • Both the Resource Center and the Welcome Center are always in need of  new/used men’s jeans (waist sizes 28-36, shorter lengths), t-shirts (S, M, L), or tennis shoes (sizes 8-11).   It is so easy to shop the thrift stores.  And you would be amazed at how much $100 will buy.  Sign up online at Goodwill and get a monthly 20% discount coupon. 
  • Volunteer at the Welcome Center- ask Holly for information.  All asylum seekers are Covid-tested at arrival.  You can also ask for jobs that do not require direct contact.
  • 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 Holly for information.
  • The Resource Center can always use towels and washcloths.  Ask your members to clean out their linen closets.  Soon we will be asking for lightweight jackets and twin blankets.



Checks to support the Sonoyta Resource Center can be mailed to University Presbyterian Church 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

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: Sep 12, 2021 11:00 AM Arizona

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         Sep 19, 2021 11:00 AM
        Sep 26, 2021 11:00 AM
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Supportive Conversations

Topic: Supportive Conversations
Time: Sep 20, 2021 07:00 PM Arizona
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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

September 22, 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.

Register here:

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. 7, 2021 09:30 AM Arizona

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        Oct 7, 2021 09:30 AM

        Oct 21, 2021 09:30 AM

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  Sunday Group

Sunday Women’s Bible Study group will meet via ZOOM until further notice.  Our next meeting is Sunday, September 19 at 11 am. We will be discussing  from the book “Bible Women—All their Words and Why They Matter,” page 410, “The Woman in the Crowd.” 


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Saturday, September 25th at 4 PM-5:30 PM
Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul: Reawakening to What Our Souls Know and Healing the World, by John Philip Newell

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This gorgeous book extends and deepens Newell’s celebration of Celtic Christianity, which affirms God’s presence in all things (nature, people, our bodies, matter, the Earth…) while avoiding the idolatrous worship of “power over” characteristic of imperial Christianity since Constantine. Eco-Activist and scholar Bill McKibben says, “as this book makes clear, the Celtic spiritual tradition is a clear-flowing stream that can help us in this hot and thirsty moment. There are deep lessons to be learned from these remarkable women and men.” Newell draws from the lives of St. Brigid of Kildare, John Muir, Teilhard de Chardin, and others. He also offers a nine-day cycle of short meditative prompts with a prayer.


Thursday, October 7th 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.”

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.  



These next few months as we all navigate so many factors with covid and school and life in general we will be a fully hybrid youth program.  Once a month we will have an in-person gathering and once a month we will have a Zoom gathering.

Our Zooms this Fall will be focused on our mental health and spiritual growth.  

Please see the details below for our next three online and in-person events: 

September Virtual Gathering

Sunday, September 19 at 4:00pm

September In-Person Gathering

Sunday, September 26 at Noon

Phoenix Art Museum

Please bring $10-assistance available, just ask me :)

Parents please join us as we will meet there and hope you can stay!

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. Sept. 24th, 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.