Desert Heritage Church
UCC/Disciples of Christ

1020 N. Horne Road, Mesa AZ 85203 Office Phone: (480) 969-5631


No matter who you are, or where you are in life's journey, you're welcome here at Desert Heritage Church (DHC). At DHC, we celebrate the diversity of God's creation which reminds us that ALL are created in the image of God. We are a caring and welcoming community of faith that includes traditional, joyful worship, education that stimulates our hearts and minds to action, and mission opportunities that deepen our compassion.

DHC is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). We blend the great traditions of these two denominations into a fabric of love for the current world. If you are looking for a deeper faith, a lively experience of God's grace and goodness, and a powerful sense of communion and community for you and your loved ones, we hope you'll visit us soon and often. If you come, what will you find?

  • An atmosphere of hospitality and grace nurtured by men, women, and children who understand how painful it is to feel excluded by society.

  • An openness to children and a community dedicated to helping each child grow in love.

  • A community of believers able to respect different points of view while discussing complex and difficult questions of life and death.

  • Opportunities to share your life with people of integrity and purpose who have the courage to work for justice and peace locally and globally.

  • Experiences of joy and love, laughter and playfulness, service and thanksgiving among people who believe that God's love embraces everyone.

  • A weekly celebration at the communion table that is open to all that confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The table is set for sinners, dancers, and dreamers. The table is set for the dying, divorced, suffering and fearful. The table is set for the excluded, the joyful, and thankful. The table is set for you.

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We are an open and affirming church!

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Paz de Cristo
Donation item for April:
Helper (Hamburger, Tuna, Chicken, Asian, etc.)

One of our goals in bringing food to Paz is not just to bring whatever is leftover in our cupboards, but supply them with what they need.

Paz does food boxes on the first and second Tuesdays of the month plus the fourth Saturday. Just bring a piece of mail (current) showing you have a place to live and your personal ID. The hours are from 10am - 2pm.

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Annual Women's Retreat

Interested in attending the 2014 Women's Retreat in Payson? Register online today!

Report on DHC's Other Congregation: St. Max's Catholic Church

by Anita Joy

Services at St. Max, which are held every Sunday at DHC starting at 1 p.m., are conducted in Spanish. In the article below, some references are made to not understanding everything that was happening during the worship. Anita and Krystol speak English and understand some Spanish.

Sunday, May 26, Krystol Reese and I attended worship at St, Max. What a wonderful, joyful experience!

Coming from an Episcopal background, we were able to follow the mass pretty well. But even if you could not understand a word, you would be caught up in the singing, clapping, and smiling faces. Amazing what two guitars and a tambourine can do, along with two women and two young girls to set a mood of celebration. That is exactly what we did — we celebrated. How great, to be reverent and worship God together with exuberant expressions of joy. A little girl kept running around and ran up to Father Walter as he was doing his homily. When the child's father tried to stop her, Father Walter said: "Let her come to me", and he held her hand for several moments as he finished. That was a special moment.

Then Father Walter called a young man forward, and told us that the man was pledging to give up alcohol and tobacco. The congregation reached out their hands, and we prayed over him. He then repeated a pledge (I could understand this much) to his family, to God and to his church. What courage that took — the Holy Spirit was certainly present in that room.

We at DHC are invited to attend that service any Sunday, and I invite you to do so. I will warn you, it's long, from 1:00 to about 2:30 — but if you want to experience a joyous celebration then go. We will again.

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