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

Meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8 am and 9:15 am in the Fellowship Hall.

A fun exercise class that includes stretching, cardiovascular, strength training and balance.  Instructor is Coleen Burke, certified exercise instructor.

Donations accepted.

Education Forums/Classes

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

Upcoming Classes via Zoom


Tuesday July 14
10 am – 11 am
RSVP to Mary at


Meeting ID: 946 1509 5434 Passcode: 939464

To dial in, please dial: 1-346-248-7799

Suicide rates of older adults are higher than any other age group in Maricopa County. A Matter of Life was created to educate and help people recognize the signs and symptoms of suicide, depression, anxiety and substance abuse. It encourages helpseeking behaviors by connecting people with resources and tools to access help

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.

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

Sleep and Stay Well

One of the best ways to stay healthy and keep your immune system running at its best is for adults to get 7 – 8 hours of quality sleep each night.

Are you practicing good sleep habits to support healthy sleep and a strong immune system?

I have listed some ideas below. If you are experiencing sleep challenges, The Sleep Association, ( has many resources on their website that may be helpful.

¨ Maintain a consistent sleep and wake schedule.

¨ Take a warm bath or shower before bed

¨ Keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature … cooler is better.

¨ Avoid alcohol in the last hour before bed.

¨ Avoid caffeine up to 8 hours before bed.

¨ Don’t watch TV, use your computer or IPhone for an hour before bedtime. Enjoy “unwinding” activities such as reading a book, listening to music, deep breathing exercises, meditation, praying, etc. If you have many worries on your mind, write them down in a journal so they are not running around in your mind.

¨ Include exercise in your day. Preferably before 2 pm.

¨ If you choose to nap, limit yourself to one 30-minute nap a day.

¨ Enjoy natural sunlight every day. Be outdoors in the cooler time of the mornings.

¨ Ask your medical provider if using an over the counter sleep aid like melatonin would be helpful.

Consider using one of these sleep related scripture verses that assure us that God loves us and blesses us with restful sleep:

“And when they sleep, they will wake up refreshed”  Jeremiah 31:26

“I sleep and wake up refreshed because you Lord, protect me” Psalm 3:5

“When you lie down, you will not be afraid. When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet”  Proverbs 3:24

“…The Lord gives sleep to those he loves” Psalms 127:2

“The Lord’s loved ones will lie down in safety, because He protects them all day long. The ones He loves rest with him” Deuteronomy 33:12

May you be blessed with restful sleep,

Meditation Mondays


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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