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.
Certified Instructor: Coleen Burke
Meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:30am or 8:45am in the Fellowship Hall with limited class sizes.

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)

Masks are optional for those that have been fully vaccinated with the COVID vaccine.
Masks are required for those that have not been fully vaccinated.

Sign Up

Create a SignUp Genius Account and sign up for days and times you wish to attend.
Click the link below to sign up. You will open a SignUp Genius window. Click either the Create a SignUp or Log In button.

January Sign Up - Click Here (

February Sign Up - Click Here

Please click the link below to complete the annual Fitness Fun 2021 Disclaimer Form. Email the completed forms to
Fitness Fun 2022 Disclaimer Form

If you are unable to sign up online, there are sign up packets available at the church office. You may call Nurse Mary at 623-584-4602 ext.209

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

Steady As You Go: Preventing Falls One Step at a Time

When: Monday  Feb. 7, 1:00 to 2:00pm
Where: Desert Palms Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall

One in 4 Americans age 65+ will fall each year, making falls the leading cause of injury and injury-related death among older adults in the U.S.
However, falling does not have be considered an inevitable part of aging.
Join Sun Health Wellness Intern Regan Benike, EP-C, to learn various facts, tools and fall prevention strategies to help keep you safe.

Must sign up at Sun Health or at the DPPC Church Office


Blood Drive - Mary - IMG_7798Vitalant Blood Drive

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

Click here to see the brochure!

The  Spring Vitalant Blood Drive at DPPC is coming!

DPPC Vitalant Blood Drive
When: Tuesday, March 22,  2022 from 7:30am - Noon
Time: 7:30 am – 12 pm
Where: Fellowship Hall

Make an appointment by calling the church office at 623-584-4602. Questions, contact Mary, Faith Community Nurse
or visit The Blood Drive Code: DesertPalmsPC


Meals of Joy

See our Missions 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.

Flu Shot Clinic

The clinic for 2021 was held on October 13th. Check back next fall in 2022 for the next one.


Palms Newsletter Article

Many of us have friends and family who live with memory loss and dementia. The term dementia is not a specific disease but an overall  term that describes a group of symptoms.

No matter what the cause is of the memory challenges, continuing to support and care      is the most important thing we can do. Below are great suggestions for communicating with those who live with dementia:

Never Argue Instead Agree

Never Reason Instead Divert

Never Lecture Instead Reassure

Never Say “Remember”  Instead Reminisce

Never say “I Told You”  Instead Repeat

Never say “You Can’t” Instead say what they Can Do

Never Demand Instead Ask

Never Condescend Instead Encourage

As a faith community, we have members in our midst who live with dementia. I invite all of us to create a dementia-friendly faith community by fostering spiritual connection and meaningful engagement for those living with dementia and support for families.

A suggestion from Dementia Friendly America is to accept and be sensitive to behaviors that people with dementia may display, such as talking, calling out, or walking about at inappropriate times; respond flexibly to encourage people to remain involved or help.

Learn additional ways to support and care for those who live with memory loss at the January 10, 2022, educational program, Memory Care Home Safety: How to Evaluate When Visiting an Elder presented by Sun Health Memory Care Navigator, Marty Finley.           

Marty is an amazing resource and advocate for those living with memory loss. She offers complimentary assessments for those with memory loss.

Blessings on your New Year,

(Educational program details can be found in the Health Ministry Update Newsletter Section)



Meditation Monday with Nurse Mary

May this verse fill you with hope. Even if yesterday was filled with challenges, today is a new day and our Lord’s care is new every morning. May your week be blessed. ~Mary
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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:

Mary Nordtvedt, RN, BSN
RN Faith Community Nurse
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