When I first came to Arizona in 1978, I came in the spring time after a very rainy couple of months. The desert was blooming with the mesquite trees in their bright yellow flowers, the ocotillos with their green leaves and red tassels, and well, everything was green and I thought I had come to paradise. The following year, when I had moved to Arizona permanently from New Mexico, I found out that from June til October, the desert was neither green nor much like paradise. It was hotter than you know what!

Pastor Vernon Meyer

Pastor Vernon Meyer

I have found that in the 36 years I have lived in Arizona that people either leave town for the mountains or they hunker down at home in the dark confines of their air conditioned homes. Summer in Arizona is not fun and yet we learn that life has to go on and we make the best of it. We try to find shaded parking or we use our sun screens if there is no shade. By August some try to fry eggs on the pavement or cook hotdogs on the dashboard of their cars. But life goes on, and so the challenge is to find ways to keep cool and stay engaged in the activities of the community.

Here at Sun Lakes United Church of Christ our fellowship committee has put together a regular special treat for us following our service. I try not to preach as long (although there are no promises for short sermons), and so those of us who stay around for the summer can still pray to together and worship together, and be community together.

To those who are away for the summer (especially if you are in cooler climes) remember us here in the desert and we will remember you in our prayers each Sunday.  You are still members of our community even if you are away for the summer, and so let us know how your summer is going. You will receive our e-newsletter and we would like to share stories of summer activities, so drop a note and we can include summer activities in our newsletter.

Many blessings for a good summer. Be of good health and good spirits!

P.S. Many thanks to Rev. Amanda Peterson for filling in for me while I was on vacation. Keep an eye out for a special activity that involves pizza in July!


Pastor Vernon

Moderator Pat Henson

Moderator Pat Henson

Moderator's Message

After moving many times over the past several years, my husband and I ended up in a lot of different churches. Some pretty nice and some leaving things to be desired as some churches go. A number of years ago we found our way to Sun Lakes UCC.

We found this church to be more than just warming, but such a wonderful place for worship. After visiting a few times, we decided to join. It was easy to become involved in the many activities and also taking part in the running of this church. We felt so welcome and soon realized this is where we belonged.
It is my pleasure to be Moderator for the years 2014 and 2015. There are many changes being made to adjust to more modern times. Of course like many other places of worship, we have challenges, but with the help of the Lord and these wonderful people, we always seem to handle them.

When you enter the doors of Sun Lakes United Church, you will feel the presence of God, and know that wherever you are on life’s journey you are most welcomed here. We are now very proud to be able to say we have just passed to become and Open and Affirming Church.

Pat Henson

11:15 AM


Coffee Time Fellowship

Fellowship is held each Sunday immediately following worship in the Navajo Room at the Sun Lakes Club House, across from the Chapel. This gives the congregation an opportunity to visit and socialize with other church family members.

Coffee, lemonade, water, and finger foods are available for enjoyment of those attending. Any birthdays, anniversaries, or special occasions are recognized during Fellowship time.

This is a function of the Social Committee. They also provide fellowship for memorial services and have church dinners twice a year and assist with other church functions.

Join your friends and make new ones.


Beautiful bouquets of flowers accentuate our church service each Sunday. Members of the congregation pick the date they would like to honor or commemorate someone. They purchase the bouquet and it is delivered to the church on Sunday morning.

If interested in ordering flowers, please contact Rosann Hiles at (480) 895-2116.

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Sun Lakes United Church of Christ is a Christ centered congregation, welcoming all, wherever you are on life’s journey; for the purpose of growing in faith through worship, music, study, service, and fellowship.


We declare that the Sun Lakes United Church of Christ is an Open and Affirming Congregation. 
We, the Members and Friends of SLUCC are committed to the struggle for justice, love and inclusiveness for
All People with the example of  the love of God & Jesus as our guide.  We are committed to extend an extravagant welcome to each and every person we meet or who comes to our Church regardless of national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental situation, economic or marital status.

We are inclusive in our invitation to participate in the ministry of the Sun Lakes United Church of Christ community of faith. 
We encourage all members to actively share their friendship, talents, gifts and energy in the liturgy, life, employment and leadership of Sun Lakes United Church of Christ.  All are invited to participate in the full life of the Church including the sacraments of baptism and communion and ceremonies of marriage or covenant.

Tell me your story, show me your wound,
And I’ll show you what Love sees when Love looks at you.
Hand me the pieces, broken and bruised,
And I’ll show you what Love sees when Love sees you.