Local Mission Activities

Click on the links below to learn more about where your

LOCAL MISSION DONATIONS are at work for us:

Habitat For Humanity

Meals of Joy

Agua Fria Food and Clothing Bank

Homeward Bound

Dysert Community Center

New Life Center

St. Mary's Kids Cafe

 Local Food Banks

Other Local & State Missions

  

Also be sure to check out the National & Global Missions page of this website.

 

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Stephen Ministry at Desert Palms A Ministry of Compassion and Caring

A Ministry of Compassion and Caring

Stephen Ministers don’t just provide care for people experiencing a major crisis, they also provide care and support for people weighed down by the challenges in life. If you are feeling down, lonely, stressed or discouraged, perhaps you could benefit from the support and encouragement of a Stephen Minister.

Stephen Ministers will tell you that through a caregiving relationship, God brings forth new life and renewed faith in both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister.

For more information about requesting a Stephen Minister or to learn about opportunities for Stephen Minister training, please contact Pastor Linda, or any of our Stephen Ministry Leaders: Suzanne Burke, Kathe Cochrane, Jan Ettele, Nora Timson, or Carole Jean Soine.

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Mission Committee supports our church partner, Gila Crossing Presbyterian Church

God Provides

As the pandemic spreads throughout our country, my thoughts turn to God in prayer for the membership of Gila Crossing Presbyterian Church, our church partner, in Laveen, Arizona. 

With business closure throughout the Indian community and “shelter in place” on the reservation, I wondered if the congregation had enough food.

As I read scripture and listened to God, I came across Matthew 6:26, “…I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, drink, wear …look at the birds of the air … your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not of more value then they”?

Through this word of God, the Mission Committee was led to provide the funds to purchase over one hundred canned items for the people of Gila Crossing. Nora and I drove the items to Gila Crossing where God provided food to a thankful congregation!

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Suzanne Burke and Nora Timson,
Mission Committee Elders

 

Hearts for Hope—Update from Pastor Jim

On the same day, Friday, April 17, just three hours apart, I was made aware of two pressing needs in the midst of COVID19. One need came from members of our church and Sun City West residents concerned about the lack of food available at local food banks … Agua Fria and Valley View. “We need to do something!” was the thought on everyone’s mind.

A second need came from our Executive Presbyter of the Grand Canyon Presbytery, Brad Munroe, who described in his weekly newsletter how the virus had impacted the Navajo Nation. Here is a sampling from that report …

“Our brothers and sisters on the Navajo Nation need help. The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the Nation particularly hard, according to the Rev. Norma McCabe, our Native American consultant among the Navajo churches. One of our church members lives in Dennehotso, AZ. She and her elderly mother have health problems. They came to Bashas and were told not to come in unless they wore a mask and gloves. Not possessing either, the woman asked a person who had gloves and a mask on to buy them their items. Bashas only had half of what they needed in stock. They eventually came over to the church and I gave them masks my daughter had made. Some of our congregants live away from town so they don’t have running water nor electricity and have to come to the church to cook and shower. Others have to drive up to 60 miles round trip to grocery shop. In addition to the supply shortages and long drives to get to a grocery store, the hospitals and clinics cannot handle Covid19 treatments and patients are being transported to Flagstaff or Albuquerque. There is a 5:00 curfew on the Nation because of the number of COVID19 cases.”

Knowing how desperately our brothers and sisters in Christ need food and supplies, the leaders of Grand Canyon Presbytery put out a request to all the churches in the presbytery.

Soon everyone’s imagination was in full gear and thus came into being the “Hearts for Hope” Fundraiser. Volunteers gathered on Thursday, April 23, to receive gifts of money and non-perishable goods. Checks began arriving at the church. By Thursday April 30, approximately 1 ½ tons of food and supplies had been received and $28,143!  In the coming days we will let you know how and where your dollars were put to use. Thank you for all who gave. You are truly a loving and generous congregation!

Members help others by volunteering for various service opportunities.
DPPC Scholarships
Patricia Arban received a scholarship from our church in 2018.
Habitat for Humanity projects
Helping low-income families move toward self-sufficiency
Prayer Shawl Ministry is a program by Presbyterian Women.
Member volunteers tutor students at Nadaburg School.
Desert Palms Mission Committee assists the Hispanic Betania Church in Phoenix
Desert Palms Presbyterian supports numerous state and local mission projects;
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