Health Ministry

Health Ministry is a Blending of Spirituality and Nursing to Support Wholestic Health.

Desert Palms Presbyterian Church has a Health Ministry Team that supports and guides the Faith Community Nurse and the programs.

We support and care for the physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual needs of the faith community.

Fitness Fun

Fitness Fun Classes are starting again!!! Friday, October 30th with certified exercise instructor Coleen Burke

Meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:30am and 9:00am in the Fellowship Hall with limited class sizes.

A fun exercise class that includes stretching, cardiovascular, strength training and balance.  

Must wear a mask to class - Must bring a large beach type towel to cover chair - Bring your own weights, resistance band and water.

Sign up by clicking this link.

Please click on the required COVID-19 wiaver below, fill out, and email to

Online donations accepted and encouraged, click this link
  Click on the "Other" fund and write Fitness Fun in the Memo Line.   


Education Forums/Classes

A variety of health-related classes are offered throughout the year.

Upcoming Classes via Zoom

Check back for upcoming classes

Support Groups

  • Caregiver Support Group
  • Low Vision Resource Gathering
  • Grief Support Group


Vitalant Blood Drive

In partnership with Vitalant, DPPC hosts two blood drives a year: Spring and Fall.

The next Vitalant Blood Drive is November 19th, 7:30am to 12:00.

Click here to make an appointment

Meals of Joy

See our Care Ministries page for more information.

Responding to An Emergency Training in Spring

A class held in the Spring that prepares the participant to respond to an emergency at home, at church and in the community. Participants learn hands only cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This is not a certification class.

Influenza Shot Clinic

In partnership with a local pharmacy, an influenza shot clinic is held in October.

Palms Newsletter Article

October Health Newsletter

 The CDC recommends people get a flu vaccine no later than the end of October. It takes a few weeks for the vaccine to give you full protection. Make your plans now for when and where you will get your flu shot! The flu season typically is from November through March. The vaccine protection lasts about six months.

According to the CDC, hundreds of millions of Americans have safely received flu vaccine over the past 50 years. Common side effects for the vaccine include soreness at the injection spot, headache, fever, nausea and muscle aches. These symptoms are not the flu but your body responding to the vaccine and building your immunity.

Why is there a vaccine specifically for those 65 years old and older?

  •  People 65 years and older are at the highest risk for flu-related deaths and they have poorer immune responses to flu vaccines than younger people.
  • Older adults typically show lower protective immune responses after flu vaccination compared to healthy young people.
  • Lower immune responses may lead to lower vaccine effectiveness (i.e., a measure of how well the flu vaccine protects against flu illness).
  • Given the high risk of severe flu illness and low protective immune response after vaccination among older adults, substantial research and development have produced new flu vaccines intended to provide better immunity in this age group.
  • If you are 65 years old or older, ask for the flu vaccine that is for your age group.

For specific information on the 2020-21 flu vaccines, go to:

Take care of yourself!  Plan to get your Flu Shot Soon!  Kudos to the 55 people that received their flu shots at church on September 30!

May you feel the healing power of God in your life. Mary

Meditation Monday

Meditation Monday with Nurse Mary

Prayer ShawlThe pictured Prayer Shawl created by the DPPC Prayer Shawl Ministry was given to one of members this week. Her response was

"Thank you for this beautiful shawl.  I experienced a warm glow of comfort immediately.   Blessed twice and many times over from my DPPC family".   

Prayer shawls are a tangible presence of our church family's prayers. Women in this ministry work hours as they create these shawls while praying for the person that will receive it. Thank you!!

A special prayer of blessing is given with the shawl. It is a prayer that I have memorized as I have prayed with many people as they receive their prayer shawl.

We pray it as a continued blessing to all those facing challenges wrapped in these shawls created by the loving hands of our members.

MM 10-19


Health Related Resources

COVID-19 Community Care Resources

Organizations Providing Care In Your Home

  • About Seniors Placement Services: Contact Christina Cave at About Seniors, 602-772-6490.
  • ComforCare
  • Home Instead

Community Support Groups

  • Benevilla Phone Support Groups Phone: 623-584-4999
  • Banner Sun Health Phone Support Groups Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Phone Number: 623-832-6530 Arizona Caregiver Coalition Caregiver Resource Line: 1-888-737-7494
  • Alzheimer's Association Phone Support Groups Phone Number: 602-528-0545
  • 24 Hour Helpline: 1-800-272-3900
  • Area Agency On Aging Phone Number: 1-888-264-2258
  • 24 Hour Senior Helpline: 602-264-4357
Mary Nordtvedt, RN, BSN
RN Faith Community Nurse
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