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Sunday School

It’s time … for Summer 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 on August 9th, or on a future Sunday this summer.

Hope you can join us!

You can watch a video of this week’s story at

Donations Needed

For the month of August, the food Item is fruit juices. 

Youth Ministries

All youth are invited to attend our youth gathering every Thursday via Zoom. There are many digital adventures planned!


Thursday, August 13th, at 3:30 pm.


Please contact Andrew for the link to the gatherings at 602-386-0669. 

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 and/or bible passage. New members are always welcome.  We will connect again by zoom on August 13 (which happens to be national left handers day) and August 27.  Contact Sue Henderson at to be added to the list or contact the church office.We are currently reading the Freedom Writers Diary by Grunwell and will discuss the Sophomore year chapters on August 13 and the Junior year chapters on August 27.

  Sunday Group

  The Sunday Women’s Bible study’s next meeting is August 30th  at 3:00pm. 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 discussing Chapter 23;  The Mother of Seven Sons. We will also decide which book we will discuss next.  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.

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

Please join us Monday, August 3rd, from 7 - 8 pm.Topic: Supportive Conversations

 Time: Aug 3, 2020 07:00 PM Arizona

    Every week on Mon, until Aug 17, 2020, 5 occurrence(s)
     Aug 3, 2020 07:00 PM
    Aug 10, 2020 07:00 PM
    Aug 17, 2020 07:00 PM
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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  



Our sister congregation, Iglesia Cristiana el Buen Pastor, continues to experience high levels of unemployment among its membership.  Every Saturday, there is a food distribution of groceries collected from POWWOW, Refugee Aid, and our East Valley Network worship communities.  Between 30 and 40 families are served every week.  This need is going to continue for a long time- and even those receiving unemployment benefits will be affected if the federal subsidy is not extended.


Please help by picking up a few extra items in your weekly shopping and dropping them off at Holly Herman's house.  Any item that your family commonly uses is appropriate, but especially peanut butter and jelly, laundry soap, rice, canned vegetables and meats, soup, cereal, TP, paper towels, black beans, pinto beans, pasta and sauce, tuna, vegetable oil, salt, garlic, pepper, tortillas, bread, and caldo de pollo (chicken bouillon).


It is usual for interest in a project to wane over time, but I hope you can re-energize for another several weeks. I'll pick up items if needed.  Or you can order groceries and have them delivered directly to us.


Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  For all you do and all you are.  We are truly blessed by this network of caring worship communities.


Call or text me with any questions.  


(480) 570-0450 

1701 W Lindner, Mesa 85202 (near Baseline and Dobson)

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

Building Nonviolent Cities   

Saturday, August 8 , 2020 at 1:45 Rev. John Dear will be speaking on Building Nonviolent Cities, and in conversation with Nonviolent Wilmington, Delaware's LaVaida Owens-White. John Dear is a priest, activist, and author of 35 books including The Nonviolent Life, The Beatitudes of Peace, They Will Inherit the Earth, and Radical Prayers. He is on the staff of Pace e Bene.