Dove of the Desert United Methodist Church
Tuesday, July 07, 2020



Each year at Christmas Dove “adopts” several families in the community to ensure that they and particularly the children have a Christmas to appreciate. Support includes dinners, presents for all and gift cards for later use.

Habitat for Humanity

Dove of the Desert in conjunction with the Mighty United Methodist Coalition (a coalition of valley Methodist churches) are working with Habitat for Humanity on a new home build this spring.

International Mission Trip to Nicaragua

We have regular mission opportunities to Nicaragua.. The mission will serve the Twelve Churches ministry. This will be in partnership with Killearn UMC in Tallahassee Florida.  Click HERE for more information

Justa Center

The Justa Center is a day shelter that targets the needs of the elderly. We support this by donating items monthly that are requested by the shelter. The Justa Center helps an average of 8 - 10 people each month get out of homelessness and return to some sort of normalcy in their lives.Learn more at 

One Great Hour of Sharing

Dove of the Desert participates in “One Great Hour of Sharing,” an annual observance planned by representatives of various denominations and related to Church World Service and Witness, the relief agency of the National Council of Churches. The funding from One Great Hour of Sharing helps the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to support a variety of relief ministries worldwide.

St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance 

Dove collects food the first Sunday of every month for redistribution through the St. Mary's/Westside Food Bank, which serves needy families throughout Arizona. The alliance handles approximately 60 million pounds of food a year, the equivalent of 200,000 meals per day for the working poor. For more information, visit


When you purchase SCRIP, you’re purchasing negotiable gift certificates and prepaid cards that are used just like cash. You can use SCRIP to purchase everyday expenses like food, clothing, entertainment, and other essentials, and with every purchase, you earn revenue for our church's general fund. More

Sidewalk Sunday School

The Sidewalk Sunday School ministry focuses on teaching urban children and their families the basic fundamentals of Christianity: teaching empowerment through Christ to turn away from the negative community cycles that face them, and to turn their hearts, minds and actions toward a lifestyle that contains promise and hope for the future. Volunteers travel to the same site each week, spreading the Good News of the Risen Lord. The mission is to help unchurched children, youth, gang members, homeless people, family members and anyone else, hear that there is someone who loves them, who wants and desires a personal relationship with them, who considers them God's most precious child.

Souper Bowl of Caring

Souper Bowl Sunday is an annual national community outreach program with funds directed to a local project. The program began in 1990 with a simple prayer from an associate youth pastor: "Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat." That prayer gave birth to an inspiring a youth-led movement to help hungry and hurting people around the world. Parishioners are asked to leave $1.00 each for the needy as they leave church on Super Bowl Sunday. Learn more at

Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development

The mission of the Tumbleweed Center is to serve abused, abandoned, neglected and troubled youth. Dove supports this program by collecting bottled water for homeless youth. Learn more at

UMOM New Day Center

The mission of UMOM is to provide homeless and low-income families with food, shelter and tools to build a bridge to self-sufficiency. Dove supports the efforts of UMOM in many ways, including the items listed below. For more information on UMOM visit

  • Back to School Outfits – In late summer Dove provides each of the school age children at UMOM with one complete new outfit to start school off right.
  • Kitchen Shower - In early spring, Dove members donate new and gently used kitchen items to replenish kitchenettes in the temporary apartments as families are able to move into permanent housing and take the previously donated kitchen items with them.