Peacemaking, Climate Change and Faith in Central America

The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, Presbyterian Hunger Program, and World Mission are pleased to announce the 2017 Travel Study Seminar to Central America.

Guatemala and Costa Rica Travel Study
AUGUST 7-18, 2017


Update from Leslie Vogel, Missionary in Guatamala

 Read Leslie’s latest update on her work as a missionary in Guatemala.

A Heart-Changing Encounter


Wear Orange was inspired by friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old Chicago high school student killed by gunfire, who decided to honor her life by wearing orange – the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others. On June 2, 2015, what would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday, more than 200 organizations and influencers asked people nationwide to join them by wearing orange to honor her life, the lives of the more than 90 Americans killed by gun violence and the hundreds more who are injured every day.

This year congregations, gun violence prevention groups and survivors are hoisting events to honor those who have been killed or injured by gun violence. Family and friends are invited to bring small pictures of loved ones.

We are asking congregations to include the attached notice in your bulletins, ask members to wear orange on either May 28 or June 4 to raise awareness of the 321 Americans shot everyday, 90 who are killed and the 231 who injured by guns.

Please remember all those who have been impacted by gun violence in your services on during Gun Violence Awareness Sunday.

Below is a link to a sample notice for your bulletin and information about a Wear Orange event in your area.

Thank you,

Gerry Hills
Gun Violence Awareness Task Force
Desert Southwest Conference
United Methodist Church

Wear Orange 2017 Bulletin Announcement


First, Mesa Presents “Peter Pan”

The First Players Community Theater will present its 21st annual production, PETER PAN, on Fridays and Saturdays, March 24, 25, 31, and April 1 as dinner theaters beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The show will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Mesa under the leadership of Production Director Anita Ramsey and Music Director Mark Ramsey.  Broadway’s timeless classic musical whisks you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up!  The First Players production cast will feature Isobel Letizia as “Peter Pan”, Tanya Snitzer as “Wendy”, Brooks Newbry as “Captain Hook”, and John Couillard as “Smee”.  Dinner-Theater Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for ages 10 and under, with a maximum of $60 per household.  The dinner menu will include porcupine meatballs and rice, salad, green beans, strawberry shortcake (gluten-free: strawberries and ice cream), and beverages.  Tickets are available on the church website ( and in the Church Office during the week.  PETER PAN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International:  For more information, call the church office at (480) 964-8606, Ext. 103 or visit in person.  First Presbyterian Church is located at 161 N. Mesa Dr., at 2nd St., just south of the YMCA.

Upcoming Presbytery Meetings

Saturday, March 25- Grand Canyon- Southminster, Phoenix
Saturday, August 12- Combined Education event(Valley GC)
Saturday, November 4- Grand Canyon (TBA)

33rd Annual Senior Service Award Luncheon

Thursday, March 30
Valley Presbyterian
11:45 a.m.

The Presbytery of Grand Canyon’s Annual Award Luncheon makes it possible for our churches to honor one of their members (or a Mr. & Mrs.)(age 70+) for “outstanding voluntary and supportive service to church and community” in the words of the certificate of appreciation.

Your session is invited to select one individual (or one married couple)- for this honor. This year the cost of the luncheon is $10.00 for each attendee.  We encourage you to send a pastor and a maximum of 2 others close to the honoree(s) to the luncheon as well. Due to space limitations at this event, many churches hold their own event at their church where friends and relations can attend!
Click here for a nomination form

Seminar on Aging Well-

Seminar on Aging Well

An honest discussion about getting old and what it means for body, mind, and spirit.

Tuesday, March 14.  1:00-3:00 PM.Chandler Presbyterian Church.

1900 S. Arrowhead Dr.  Chandler, AZ.


Dr. Curt Krebsbach, PhD.:Presenter on Geriatrics with Valley Hope Association.

Tom Knoll, B.S.:  Long time Licensed Physical Therapist specializing in orthopedic rehabilitation.

Rev. Mike Japenga, M. Div.:  Ordained Minister for 20 years.  Licensed Addictions Counselor for 15 years.

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Interfaith Dialogue: Where is God?

The Arizona Faith Network is sponsoring an interfaith dialogue
Thursday, April 27th, 6;30PM to 8:30PM.
Islamic Community Center of Phoenix (2515 W Orangewood, near the I-17 and Northern)
Focus is a critical questions of our day:  Where Is God?
In my daily life
In the evolutionary development of the world and of my faith tradition
In the pain and suffering of the world
In the ecological and global challenges of our day
It is not a presentation event; no one is going to make a presentation.
Rather, the aim is for people of different faiths to dialogue together, sharing perspectives.
Register here:
$10 donation is appreciated
For questions or more information contact Al Gephart, 480-940-1881,

Pentecost Extravaganza

 Saturday, June 3, 2017 –  4-7 P.M
Orangewood Presbyterian Church
7321 N. 10th St.  Phoenix

 The Hispanic Ministry Network invites all to a celebration of cultural sharing among the Racial Ethnic Churches and Ministries of Grand Canyon Presbytery.  There will be food, music, dance, and more.

EVENT CANCELLED-Saving Lives at the Border