Desert Cross is using the recommendations of the ELCA, our Bishop in the Grand Canyon Synod, the CDC, and the Arizona Department of Health Services when making decisions to gather. Because of the numbers in our area and the new guidelines from the CDC, we are now meeting in-person for worship, without limitations (masks are recommended). We will continue to live stream from our Tempe Sanctuary each week for those joining us at home and communion kits are available to pick up in the Tempe office during office hours. Office hours are back to pre-pandemic times: Monday through Thursday 9am-4:30pm and Friday 9am-12pm.

Our ChristCare groups and other small group ministries are continuing to connect in a variety of ways (visit the Connect - ChristCare page for group information). Starting in September, on Wednesdays, kids 0-5 and their caregivers are invited to meet in-person for Joyful Noises with Ms. Shannon and each week the Jr. High and High School groups meet for fellowship, study, and discussion. We are also sharing good news stories - modern day Gospel stories - twice a week on our Stories of Joy blog. We have several other groups meeting as well, so please check the Calendar & Events page or the monthly newsletter.

On the first of the month we post new Education Playlists on our Faith Formation website (this will resume in September). We have something for everyone with Children, Youth, and Adult Playlists. The theme is the same for each, but the material is different. Each month we also host an outreach collection with the goal of providing much needed resources for organizations within our community.

If you are looking for ways to get involved or help as we continue to navigate our current world, here are some ideas for you to consider:

  1. Pray: Pray for those working in our hospitals, grocery stores, first responders, our leaders, the community, our world. Pray for those who are sick, who are anxious, for teachers, for students, and for those facing financial hardships.
  2. Donate Blood: If you are healthy and low risk, please consider register online at www.bloodhero.com and schedule an appointment at a facility near you. There is a strong need for blood donors. Be sure to check our Event page! Desert Cross is now hosting blood drives four times a year.
  3. Support local businesses. Especially those that support the community, like Hidden Treasures Thrift Store. 
  4. Continue to support Desert Cross so that we can continue to support our mission and ministries. We are doing our best to maintain normal operations and evolving ministries. During the pandemic we started a new mission of collecting "thank you" cards and snacks and then delivering them to area hospitals. We are also collecting 3"x5" cards in support of "20 Words of Hope," which is one more way that Desert Cross is continuing to show our appreciation to those working in our hospitals. 

We are here for you during this time when life isn't quite back to normal, and we will continue to be here for you as a welcoming and supportive faith community in post-pandemic times.

Ways to Support Your Mental Health

Pastor Andrea and Denise Viker, our Parish Nurse, encourage you to take some time to care for your mental health. Our mental health is influenced by so many things. The links below provide some resources regardless of where you are today.

Short-term Crisis Counciling Services from the State of Arizona.

Move More resources from the American Heart Association.

Supportive Care Coalition has resources for both caregivers and others looking to recharge.

Mental Wellness Coloring Pages from Aurora Behavioral Health.