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

A fabulous exercise class that includes stretching, cardiovascular, strength training and balance.
Meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:30am or 8:45am in the Fellowship Hall with limited class sizes.

Fitness Fun Online Classes are available to view. Scroll to the bottom of this page and click the video you would like to watch.

Bring a large beach type towel to cover chair - Bring your own weights, resistance band, small ball and water.
(Balls and resistance bands available for purchase at the church office or before class)

Sign Up

Sign ups will no longer be online.  Sign up at the door.

Please click the link below to complete the annual Fitness Fun 2022 Disclaimer Form. Email the completed forms to
Fitness Fun 2022 Disclaimer Form

Donations, either online or at the door are necessary to sustain the offering of the classes. Thank you for your generous donations

  • Online donations accepted and encouraged, click this link to donate
      Click on the "Other" fund and write Exercise Donations in the Memo Line.   
  • Check or cash donations accepted at the class.


Health and Wellness Classes

Health and Wellness relates to a person's physical, emotional, and spiritual state.

Improving your health and wellness promotes good health and reduces the risk of disease with a wholistic approach. A variety of health-related classes are offered throughout the year.

Upcoming Classes

Please check back here again, as classes are posted often.


Blood Drive - Mary - IMG_7798Vitalant Blood Drive

In partnership with Vitalant, DPPC hosts two blood drives a year: Spring and Fall, and this summer!
There is a critical need for blood at this time. Consider giving the gift of life, give blood.


Give Blood  The  Fall Vitalant Blood Drive at DPPC is next!

   DPPC Vitalant Blood Drive
   When: November 1, 2022
   Time: 7:30 am – 11:45 am
   Where: Fellowship Hall

Make an appointment by calling the church office at 623-584-4602.
Questions, contact the church office or visit and use the Blood Drive Code: DesertPalmsPC

Meals of Joy

See our Missions page for more information.

Heart - CPR  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.

Responding to an Emergency and Hands Only CPR  
(Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)
   Educational Class
American Heart Association Friends

The last class was held: Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Check back in the spring of 2023 for the next class.

Presenters: Beth Hamstra, Retired Advance Practice Nurse, and Dr. Gerald Hamstra

Knowing how to respond to an emergency at DPPC, at home, or in the community is important for everyone to learn. This class will empower you to care for your friends and family in an emergency. This is a great opportunity to educate yourself and practice these skills in a fun, safe and interactive class. Even if you are unable to administer CPR, there are many other things that you can do to be helpful in an emergency.

Questions and to Sign-up:
Call Mary, Faith Community Nurse at (623) 584-4602 ext. 209.


FluShotClinicInfluenza Shot Clinic

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


The clinic for 2022 will be held on October 13th between 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. In the Conference Room

Make sure to bring your insurance card or voucher to the clinic. Appointments are required.

Click Here to sign up online.


Palms Newsletter Article

Every October we celebrate National Physical Therapy Month to raise awareness for consumers about the many benefits of physical therapy. It's also a great opportunity to appreciate what PTs, PTAs, and students do to transform lives.

Hip Fractures Likely to Double by 2050 as Population Ages (

The annual incidence of hip fractures declined in most countries from 2005 to 2018, but this rate is projected to roughly double by 2050, according to a new study of 19 countries/regions. The takeaways from the study are that "a greater effort on fracture prevention should be made to avoid the continuous increase in the number of hip fractures".

National Mental Illness Awareness Week Oct 2-8, 2022

Because millions of people in the U.S. live with a mental health condition, you likely encounter people with a mental illness in your family or in your daily life. However, if you are unsure of how best to approach someone who may be struggling, these tips may help.

Suggestions on how you may approach someone living with a mental health condition:

  •  Talk to them in a space that is comfortable, where you won’t likely be interrupted and where there are likely minimal distractions.
  •  Ease into the conversation, gradually. It may be that the person is not in a place to talk, and that is OK. Greeting them and extending a gentle kindness can go a long way. Sometimes less is more.
  •  Be sure to speak in a relaxed and calm manner.
  •  Communicate in a straightforward manner and stick to one topic at a time.
  •  Be respectful, compassionate, and empathetic to their feelings by engaging in reflective listening, such as “I hear that you are having a bad day today. Yes, some days are certainly more challenging than others.”
  •  Instead of directing the conversation at them with ‘you’ statements, use ‘I’ statements.
  •  Be a good listener, be responsive, and make eye contact with a caring approach.
  •  Ask them appropriate questions and avoid prying.
  •  Give them the opportunity to talk and open up but don’t press.
  •  Reduce any defensiveness by sharing your feelings and looking for common ground.
  •  Speak at a level appropriate to their age and development level. Keep in mind that mental illness has nothing to do with a person’s intelligence.
  •  Be aware of a person becoming upset or confused by your conversation with them.
  •  Show respect and understanding for how they describe and interpret their symptoms.
  •  Genuinely express your concern.
  •  Offer your support and connect them to help if you feel that they need it. Ask, “How can I help?” if appropriate, or even, “Can I pray with you now?” if appropriate.
  •  Give the person hope for recovery, offer encouragement and prayers.

Things to Avoid Saying:

  •  “Just pray about it.”
  •  “You just need to change your attitude.”
  •  “Stop harping on the negative, you should just start living.”
  •  “Everyone feels that way sometimes.”
  •  “You have the same illness as my (whoever).”
  •  “Yes, we all feel a little crazy now and then.”

Things to Avoid Doing:

  •  Criticizing blaming or raising your voice at them.
  •  Talking too much, too rapidly, too loudly. Silence and pauses are ok.
  •  Showing any form of hostility towards them.
  •  Assuming things about them or their situation.
  •  Being sarcastic or making jokes about their condition.
  •  Patronizing them or saying anything condescending. 



Meditation Monday from Nurse Leoma

Inspirational Church Quotes:
Use things, not people!

Little faith, little growth; great faith, great growth!
Your head cannot hear until your heart has listened.
The two most important days of your life: the day you were born and the day you were born again.
God is greater than any problem you have.
The only way to Heaven is through your heart.
Come as you are, you can change on the inside.



Health Related Resources

Community Action Programs; For Rental or Mortgage Payment Assistance

Maricopa County households seeking assistance with their rental deposit or their monthly rental or mortgage payment may qualify for assistance from the Human Services Department’s Community Services Division (CSD). CSD coordinates the delivery of rental and mortgage assistance to Maricopa County residents living outside the cities of Glendale, Mesa, and Phoenix.

Maricopa County residents seeking assistance with current utility deposits or payments may qualify for assistance from the Human Services Department’s Community Services Division (CSD). CSD coordinates the delivery of utility assistance to Maricopa County residents living outside the cities of Glendale, Mesa, and Phoenix.

Community Action Programs for rental and utility assistance contact Info:


FSL - Peoria


Sun City

Sun City West




8335 W. Jefferson St.

Peoria, AZ 85345





City of Surprise

El Mirage



12425 W. Bell Rd.

Surprise, AZ 85378

COVID-19 Community Care Resources
COVID-19 Community Care Resources - This is an overwhelming time for communities around the world as we face the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re like many others looking for essential resources, support, tips to de-stress and ways to help, you’ve come to the right place! This Community Care Resources page will be updated as more resources for Surprise residents become available. Symptoms & Testing

The Surprise Resource Center is a one-stop-shop for social services. Through strategic partnerships with community-based organizations and government agencies, the center offers Surprise residents connections to services that include everything from rent and utility assistance, employment support, food and nutrition resources, and more.

Covid Resources
Resources collected by Mary, Faith Community Nurse
The 2-1-1 Arizona Information and Referral Services program was founded in 1964 as Community Information and Referral Services and incorporated as a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in 1979. Solari acquired the program in 2017.

2-1-1 Arizona Information and Referral Service operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week and every day of the year. Live-operator service is available at all times in English and Spanish and assistance is available in other languages via real-time interpreter services.

2-1-1 Arizona operators will help individuals and families find resources that are available to them locally, throughout the state, and provide connections to critical services that can improve – and save – lives
Arizona is here for you.
As we work to get through COVID-19 and support public health in Arizona, we are committed to making sure Arizonans have access to the resources they need to stay healthy and be part of our state's recovery. We’re in this together and we will return stronger.

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

Support Groups

Caregiver Support Group

CaregiverSupportGroupCaregiving is a blessing and a burden. If you are caring for others in your home, at a facility, a neighbor or a loved one that lives far away, please join our Caregiver Support Group.

This group is a warm and caring time where you can share your story, find new ideas and resources and be cared for.

We meet every month:

In-person Caregiver Support Group
When: every first Monday of the month
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Where: Conference Room

ZOOM Caregiver Support Group
When: every third Monday of the month
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 489 192 2044

It is time to share stories, be listened to, supported and cared for while learning of resources.

If you have any questions, please call Mary, Faith Community Nurse at 623-584-4602 ext. 209.

Low Vision Resource Gathering

LowVisionResourceGroupDo you or a loved one live with a vision challenge? Please join the Low Vision Resource Group.
We meet on the third Wednesday of the month in the Fellowship Hall.

It is a time to share your story, challenges and resources. Educational programs offered at some meetings.  Questions, call Mary,  Faith Community Nurse at 623-584-4602 ext. 209.

When: Every third Wednesday of the month (not meeting in December)
Where: Fellowship Hall
Time:   10:30 a.m.


Grief Support Group

GriefandLoss SupportGriefShare is for people grieving the death of a family member or friend. 

There are grief share programs offered in Sun City West. For more information, go to:

Leoma Lightner, RN
Faith Community Nurse

Find out more about Leoma.

First, I am happy to be your new Faith Community Nurse. I do want to thank Mary for all her work and dedication. It is my belief that life is short and we must give and care for each other when we can.

Galatians 6:2  “Help each other with your troubles. When you do this, you are obeying the law of Christ.”

I am married to a great person and have two wonderful children: a son who lives in Phoenix with his beautiful wife and two grandchildren and a daughter who lives in California.

For 31 years, I’ve been in the medical field.

I achieved my Bachelor’s degree from GCU and my Associate Degree from Maricopa College.

I recently retired from Banner Del Webb last August. After retiring, I did find I was missing a big connection with helping people. I have an enthusiastic gift of caring for the mind, body, and spirit.

I look forward to meeting every one of you.

I am totally impressed with the friendships and caring members of the church. I am grateful to have such a great caring staff.

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