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2021 Annual Report Table of Contents 2021 REPORTS 1.

Letter from Session ....................................................................................................... 4

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Business of the Congregation – Kathleen Harris, Clerk of Session a. Membership Report ................................................................................................. 6 b. Approval of Congregational Meeting Minutes starting on page 38

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Ministry Reports a. Session Committee Reports i. Adult Discipleship – Bill Billard ................................................................ 7 ii. Buildings & Grounds – Joe Gilleland ......................................................... 8 iii. Children’s Ministry – Susan Constance .................................................... 10 iv. Family & Student Ministries– Vicky Parker ............................................ 11 v. Fellowship – Pat Christopherson .............................................................. 12 vi. Leadership Development & Nominating – Dave Hulbert ........................ 13 vii. Music & Arts – Darla Gilchrist ................................................................. 13 viii.Outreach – Tonya Jones ........................................................................... 15 ix. Personnel – John Thurston ........................................................................ 16 x. Worship – Ed Nichols ............................................................................... 17 b. Deacons Report – Barbara Conti .......................................................................... 18 c. Missions Committee Report – Heather Everett .................................................... 22 i. Mission Expenditures................................................................................ 27 d. Scholarship Report – Laurann Cook ..................................................................... 28

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Year End Financial Reports/2021 Operating Budget – Allan Watson ....................... 29 a. Combined Balance Sheet - Modified Cash Basis ................................................. 32 b. Summary of Dedicated Accounts ......................................................................... 33 c. Analysis of Receipts, Expenses & Budgets .......................................................... 34 d. Pastors’ Terms of Call .......................................................................................... 35

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DHPC Foundation – Eddie Smith ............................................................................... 36

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Charles B. Jennings Memorial Garden – Steve Woods .............................................. 37

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Congregational Meeting Minutes a. Congregational Meeting - January 31, 2021 .......................................................... 38 b. Annual Congregational Meeting - February 28, 2021 ........................................... 40 c. Congregational Meeting - April 18, 2021 .............................................................. 43

Disclaimer: All enclosed reports are current as of printing date, February 10, 2022.

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Letter from Session Dear Brothers and Sisters, As we close the 2021 year, we do so with joy and gratitude in our hearts! We are blessed to be a part of what God is doing at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, a congregation with a heart for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and a heart for our community. “Dare to be New” was the motto for 2021, a definite challenge during a pandemic! However, as you will discover in the pages of the annual report that follows, a quick look back on DHPC’s ministry happenings in 2021 reveals the incredible faithfulness of our God who led us, equipped us, and empowered us, not to mention gave us much to CELEBRATE! Here are a few ways we are celebrating God’s faithfulness: Family and student ministries are making a joyful noise: Our Children’s Ministry kicked off a new curriculum, “Orange,” in February complete with two beautiful and inviting gathering spaces - The Clubhouse and Studio 15 for ages birth through age 3 and age 4 through sixth grade, respectively. An online companion curriculum piece was also implemented for students to enjoy at home with their parents. Children’s Ministry also initiated Parents’ Night Out, hosted a Fall Faith Festival “bouncy house” and Crafts, and presented the First Annual Jingle Jam, complete with singing, games, drama, and the first ever recorded “snowfall” on our new stage! Our Youth Ministry (The Hangout) experienced similar excitement in 2021 with new and inviting gathering spaces leading to a growing youth group and more activity at the church and in the community! Through the generosity of the church, students participated in the first summer camp experience in quite some time at Forest Home (CA) and fundraised for winter camp in January 2022. Family and Student ministries hired collegeage interns to serve in the children and youth ministries. The boulders are alive with the sound of music: To the delight of our congregation and local community, our Music and Arts committee was able to reinstate the concert series which has seen not only larger crowds as the year progressed, but also a tremendous upswing in financial support from our congregation and community alike! DHPC is now home to The Fountain Hills Saxophone Quartet (featuring DHPC Music Director Jeffrey Anthony) who serve as our “artists in residence” and provided a tremendous church “community outreach” effort by performing 64 concerts in 2021!

The donuts are “tipping the scales” for great fellowship: Our Fellowship Ministry provided a diverse offering of social opportunities for our congregation’s enjoyment in 2021 – ranging from a boat cruise on the Desert Bell (Saguaro Lake) and lunch at the Lake’s Ship Rock Café to an ice cream social for the 4th of July patriotic sing-along to serving a festive feast to 170 guests at the Renaissance Yuletide Feaste. After a long pandemic hiatus, the reintroduction of our beloved coffee and donuts made the patio a favorite hangout place between worship services once again.

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Letter from Session Adult discipleship opportunities are on the rise: The Adult Discipleship Committee took great strides to develop new and exciting opportunities for discipleship and Christian education in 2021 including our second “Discipleship Rocks” conference with Ron Bennett, a significant increase in class and Bible study offerings, and our exciting new micro discipleship groups. 2021 also saw the kickoff of offerings relating to “Christ and/in Culture” including viewing/discussion groups for “The Chosen” and a partnership with Arizona Christian University for our new “Faith and Film” seasonal series. Care for Seniors activities are “blasting off:” Our care ministries team has launched “Phase 1” of a bold vision and ongoing commitment to better meet the needs of the aging in our congregation and community. DHPC partnered with BrainSavers™ (brainsavers.com) to create exciting weekly classes to encourage cognitive health, nutrition, physical fitness, socialization, stress reduction, and sleep. This is a great start to even more activities being planned for 2022. Our campus and ministry spaces are undergoing a “facelift:” We must not forget to celebrate those who made many of the aforementioned events and activities possible – our Building and Grounds committee and our faithful volunteers who are committed to making our campus BEAUTIFUL and INVITING! Our B&G team was hard at work this year on projects “big and small.” The new Family and Student Ministry and Adult Ministry spaces, a sturdy and more functional Fellowship Center stage and video projection, replaced vinyl shades, and an improved landscaped exterior are some of the more obvious improvements. The team also prepared for exciting things to come in 2022, including a completed elevator rebuild in the office building, solar-shaded parking, and a fresh coat of paint on all the building exteriors. Indeed, we have much to celebrate by way of God’s faithfulness to us in 2021. As we “Dared to be New,” God’s hand of blessing was upon us as a congregation, and He has greatly used us to touch the hearts of His children as we seek to glorify Him in all things and to faithfully proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ and to carry out the work of advancing His Kingdom! His plans are amazing and SURELY GOD IS IN THIS PLACE! Consequently, you may discover that we are convinced that God is just getting started and has a great vision for DHPC. As we look forward to 2022, our church leadership eagerly anticipates new programs and enhancing existing programs! During the annual meeting, we will share with you some incredibly exciting developments as we work our mission to see “More People More Like Christ!” You don’t want to miss this! Celebrating our loving and gracious God and forever grateful for His goodness to us, The Session of Desert Hills Presbyterian Church

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Membership Report DESERT HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH MEMBERSHIP REPORT December 31, 2021 NOTE: Due to COVID, normal membership procedures were not possible. As of December 31, 2020, DHPC’s membership was 460 and 17 Affiliate Members. Membership activity during 2021:

Members on the rolls at January 1, 2021 Additions:

Transfers Reaffirmations/Professions Restored

460 11 16 0

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27 487

Losses:

Transfers Deaths Inactive (Non-resident roll/moved) Inactive (Non-participation) Removals (requested or joined another church) Total Losses

Total Active Membership as of December 31, 2021 Affiliate Members Total Active and Affiliate Members as of December 31, 2021

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0 16 7 1 1 (25) 462 15 477


Adult Discipleship Elder: Bill Billard Staff Liaison: Pastor Brett Everett Members: Shelly Core, Lew Dymond, Cathy Hoxie, Dave Hulbert, Carolyn Lankford, Amy Woods MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Adult Discipleship Committee is to help adults of all ages to better understand the word of God, follow Christ’s teachings and serve as effective witnesses for Christ in thought, word and deed. Through programs and activities, we hope to build up disciples of Jesus Christ who are able to share the good news of the Gospel with a hurting world. 2021 GOALS Identify and approve specific curricula and develop criteria to evaluate further curricula for use with Discipleship MicroGroups by June 1, 2021. Grow the number of those having completed or currently completing a discipleship course to 25, by the end of 2021. The committee also approved a stretch goal of 50 new persons in discipleship training. This will require motivating several Elders or other current disciples to recruit and develop their own MicroGroups by the end of this year. Plan and identify a speaker for Discipleship Rocks in 2022. Continue to improve Zoom Room strategies, so that hybrid classes and meetings will be equal in effectiveness to live classes and meetings by year-end. Provide Sunday, midweek, or seasonal adult discipleship classes reflecting a 25% growth over 2020. Meet with current and potential Home Group Leaders, and encourage and equip them to resume meeting, either through Zoom, hybrid, or in-person at appropriate times, based on each group’s needs. 2021 ACCOMPLISHMENTS Held our second Discipleship Rocks presentation in March, featuring Ron

Bennett of The Navigators as speaker. At the request of the Strategic Marketing Committee, delayed the 2022 Discipleship Rocks program until Fall 2022. Currently, Greg Ogden’s Discipleship Essentials, The Navigators’ HighQuest, and Small Circle are approved curricula for Discipleship Micro-Groups. More work is needed in this area. Five Discipleship Micro-Groups and 12 individuals have now completed a discipleship program. Five more groups and 11 additional individuals are currently involved in a study. Two more groups, including four new students, have been delayed by illness, injury or surgery. When they begin, we will have 27 members who have completed or are working on completing a course in building disciples. Our Zoom Rooms are working very well and are meeting our current needs, meeting our 2021 Goal. Provided 17 Adult Discipleship class opportunities in 2021, a 31% increase over 2020, meeting our Goal. A meeting with Home Group Leaders is being planned for early 2022. The Women’s Ministry held a retreat in May and their Women’s Tea in December. The Tea participants donated over $1500 in gift cards to Christian Family Care. Purchased and delivered Devotionals to the congregation for both Lent and Advent. Devotionals were also provided to Chaplaincy for the Homeless and the Walking Beside and Troop Care Ministries. Other accomplishments in 2021: Developed bookmarks encouraging a Daily Appointment With God (DAWG) and referencing appropriate discipleship verses; added some 20 discipleship books to the church library; participated in the Fall Faith Festival; sponsored two Faith in Film nights with discussion led by Adam Sonstroem, Professor at Arizona Christian University, and Pastor Brett.

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Adult Discipleship 2022 GOALS Take a leadership role in developing steps in a church-wide discipleship strategy, leading believers from basic foundational classes through Discipleship and Leadership Training. This must be consistent with the Goals of the Strategic Marketing Plan adopted by Session. Increase the number of people who have completed or are completing Discipleship Micro-Group training to 45 by the end of 2022. Develop, or assist in developing, at least three Porches/Gospel Bridges that will bring outside people to our campus. Examples include Divorce Care

(including for kids), Financial Peace University, and Discipleship Rocks. Provide leadership training and resources for Home Group Leaders and potential leaders, consistent with the Strategic Marketing Plan (TBD). Assist in developing new leaders and resources that lead toward the development of additional Home Groups. Prepare classes and equip teachers to support the goals established in the Strategic Marketing Plan. Respectfully submitted, Bill Billard Adult Discipleship Elder

Buildings & Grounds Elder: Joe Gilleland been requested or identified. Our membership Staff Liaison: Richard Cook, Director is open to all that want to serve our God and Committee Members: Ron Carson, Craig our church and wish to share their skills. DeMarcus, John Glenn, Kurt Koch, Chuck Starnes, Bob Torcolini, Dave Zoetewey, Rich2021 GOALS ard Hollinger, Tom Masles, Jim Strohan, Allan Upgrade remaining fluorescent lighting for Watson our admin and sanctuary rooms to LED Advisory Members: John Denaro, Hans Thiele, lighting. John Williams, Mark George, Bill Schulze Scan or photograph B&G paperwork and documents such as paper blueprints so All Members and advisory members have been that we will have electronic documents a very big help with written comments or rather than paper for easy access, sharphone calls to the director during the year even ing, and reviews. after the start of COVID restrictions. Obtain quotes for painting of sanctuary/ administration building exterior. MISSION STATEMENT Review of Tom Darlington marquee lightThrough familiarity with DHPC buildings, faing for possible upgrading to LED. cilities and grounds, and the use and needs of Review of driveway marquee lighting for the Administration and Congregation, the possible upgrading to LED. Building and Grounds Committee shall aid and Upgrade outside access to sanctuary/ assist the Director of Building and Grounds administration roofs. with all related B&G issues through recomReplace very old vinyl sunshades in varimendations, reviews, approvals, and the reous areas. quests for approval of issues requiring the reReview the possible expansion of the narview and/or approval of the Church Session. thex storage area. Where possible, practical, and safe, the committee members, may from time to time, assist in the actual maintenance tasks which have

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Buildings & Grounds Plan to recoat Fellowship Center (FC) roofs which are seeing bubbles in current roofing. Review the possibility of recoating the remaining administration/sanctuary roof areas not already done. 2021 ACCOMPLISHMENTS Started Scanning or photographing B&G paperwork and documents such as paper blueprints so that we will have electronic documents rather than paper for easy access, sharing, and reviews. City of Scottsdale approved the painting of sanctuary/administration building exterior which was last done in 2001. Driveway marquee lighting was upgraded. Replaced most of the very old vinyl sunshades in all administration rooms and children classroom areas. The FC roofs were recoated due to noticeable bubbles in the current roofing material. Committee approved adding solar to campus by offices and FC. Completed rebuild of FC216 stage area. All trees were trimmed, and landscape overgrowth cleaned out. Added on/off Wi-Fi controls to areas where lights were being left on. Added Eufy cameras (movable and battery powered) to supplement and possibly replace our current broken camera security monitoring system. Started modernization of the failed administration elevator system. Began preliminary work to address the need to protect the Fellowship Center elevator from the outdoor elements of heat and dust which will cause equipment failure and premature replacement, and if not addressed, will result in costly consequences of money and down time.

2022 GOALS Continue to replace the remaining fluorescent lighting for our administration and sanctuary rooms to more efficient LED lighting. Continue to update the short-term and longterm replacement schedule for major capital equipment items. Continue scanning or photographing of B&G paperwork & documents such as paper blueprints, so that we will have electronic documents rather than paper, for easy access, sharing, and reviews. Oversee actual painting of sanctuary/ administration building exterior. Review possible expansion of narthex 3 storage area. Obtain cost estimates to recoat remaining Admin/Sanctuary roofs not already done. Review Narthex, N1, N2, N3 ceiling and possible conversion to a drop-ceiling. Obtain bids to crack-seal of all parking problem areas. Accept the best one to complete job. Obtain bids to restripe parking lots. Accept the best one to complete the job. Obtain cost estimates to upgrade rear exterior access to sanctuary/administration roofs. Review Tom Darlington marquee lighting for possible upgrading. Gather options to improve patio stair downlighting. Meet with AT&T personnel to review options to finish bell tower changes. Have Desert iNet and Verizon paint and label their equipment on our sanctuary roof. Remove all Cricket wiring and cable trays from sanctuary outside walls and roof areas in preparation for exterior painting. Complete upgrades to Administration and Fellowship Center burglar systems. Respectfully submitted, Joe Gilleland, Buildings & Grounds Elder Richard Cook, Buildings & Grounds Director

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Children’s Ministry Elder: Susan Constance Staff Liaison: Chris Haidet Committee Members: Bonnie Culler, Leslie Fajardo, Cyndi Moulton, Jim Shields, Carol Wood, Sharon Zinser, Dave Zoetewey

“Build up Event” – lessons on guitar, drums and keyboard. Launched Parents’ Night Out. Fall Faith Festival – offered bouncy house, crafts and videos. Jingle Jam light show and reception.

MISSION STATEMENT To help each child discover their God-given 2022 GOALS potential through Christ-like attitudes, servant- Hire new Children’s Director. hood and discipling. Develop Children’s Website. Vacation Bible School in July. 2021 GOALS Adapt Children’s program to go with a new Implement program and curriculum for Orange service. Program. Potentially launch a Mothers Of Preschoolers VBS and two family nights in Spring and Fall. (MOPS) program. Launch phase one in February. Continue to engage with Home Schoolers and Launch phase two in August. Scout programs. 2021 ACCOMPLISHMENTS Clubhouse and Studio 15 ready for students. Orange Program implemented.

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Respectfully submitted, Susan Constance Children’s Ministry Elder

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Family & Student Ministries We had an incredible year in our Student Ministries department, a year full of a myriad of firsts, many highs, and a few lows. We have seen remarkable accomplishments through God in 2021 and we are so excited about what God has planned in 2022!

military med kit assemblies, community libraries, and more. We helped with church functions as students helped with younger children, production, shoebox packing, Fall Faith Festival, and other areas. It has been a priority to reach out to the groups that use our facilities. We have initiated a presence at Friday AA meetings (where much of our middle school growth has come via their parents), Tuesday Boy Scouts (we were blessed with a new sports court from an Eagle Scout), and our two homeschool groups where we teach drama and production weekly. Ten people went to Summer Camp at Forest Home in CA and we doubled that for Winter Camp. Along with the Fall Faith Festival, these camps have helped connect our two groups from DHPC and Leupp in incredible ways. Students are looking forward to future trips. Small group high school discipleship weekly meetings have begun, and the students have had a blast growing deeper in God’s Word. These groups have also done various gettogethers like carving pumpkins and learning to cook with Deb McDermott. They were also a huge help serving at our Children’s Jingle Jam and Parents’ nights. We began our Wednesday night youth program which has seen growth and moved our Sunday program to evenings. Our Middle School has grown from 1 occasional attendee to 5 average attendees each week, mostly from our involvement with AA and Scouts. Finally, we hosted our first big event with the Disciple National Tour coming in concert. For one night the Fellowship Center was transformed into a state-of-the-art concert venue, and we enjoyed watching as the community came out. Disciple is returning in April 2022.

2021 ACCOMPLISHMENTS We began the year in a mad dash to finish all the “Dare to Be New” environments in the Student and Children’s Ministries which included TVs, new hallways, 80’s Café, Game Room, stages, and studios. So many people gave their time, talents, and treasure to make this happen and the result was truly amazing. Not only did we modernize our physical environments, but we created and updated our virtual environments as well, from social media and websites to easily controlled banners for our TVs that can be changed with a push of the button, to search engines and filters to help the community find us. Our check-in system got a facelift with printers, scanners, and key fobs. We also updated DHPC’s Child Protection and staff manuals. We continued to market our youth group, The Hangout, to the community with T-Shirts, cards, stickers, and campaigns, all with the purpose of reaching out to unchurched students. We finished our canopy booth which serves as a welcome/registration booth during programs, and we also will be working with the schools to allow us to set up at football games and assemblies. We worked with Cactus Shadows for the games and have also begun talks on future endeavors like assemblies, music training, and parent seminars. We partnered with North Valley Christian Academy to provide music and drama training, an assembly where we provided a speaker to speak on positive choices, and we have been given free access to set up our booth. We were also able to work with other parachurch 2022 GOALS and community groups this year. We held We will continue to actively reach out to the commusic/drama training for a foster care group, munity to grow our youth and family prohad a few college students serve at fun runs, grams and believe that once we launch the

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Family & Student Ministries contemporary worship service it will encourage young families to join us and actively participate in our church family because of the excellent programs we have to offer. Thank you so much to the parents, volunteers, and members of DHPC for all your support and prayers this year.

Chris Haidet has done a remarkable job with fulfilling and exceeding our expectations in 2021 and has put us on track for a fabulous 2022. He truly is a blessing to us all! Respectfully submitted, Vicky Parker Family & Student Ministries Elder

Fellowship Elder: Pat Christopherson Staff Liaison: Kathleen Harris Members: Joanie Applegate, Jackie Brown, Alexis Popovich Sterling MISSION STATEMENT To provide social opportunities and activities which encourage people to develop friendships, striving to build relationships across generational lines. 2021 GOALS Provide events and activities encouraging social interaction and sharing Christian fellowship. Provide outings to bring people together of differing generations around a given interest. Explore new and innovative ways of building relationships among the generations. Coordinate the work of the Fellowship Committee with other Session committees. Evaluate at the end of the year and maintain clear records of cyclical events for future use. 2021 ACCOMPLISHMENTS As COVID was still a factor in fellowship events, we continued for look to additional activities that would interest and engage the congregation. Calling on the strength of the congregation, we continued with a variety of Zoom sessions including more Plant-Based demonstrations and favorite recipes.

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As the Church opened, the following events occurred: Saguaro Lake Desert Belle boat cruise and lunch at the Lake’s Ship Rock Cafe. Reopened the coffee fellowship on the patio. In conjunction with the music department, hosted an ice cream social and sing-along on July 4. Fun Fall tailgating suggestions and menu demonstration on Zoom. Provided support for the Fall Faith Festival at Cave Creek Regional Park. Worked with the Music and Arts Committee to provide help for the Renaissance Yuletide Feaste of 170 guests. 2022 GOALS Continue support for Brain Savers including physical fitness and good nutrition. With the hope of managing COVID, we look forward to a multitude of opportunities to gather and bring our congregation together in a variety of events: day trips, luncheons, games, hiking, working closely with fellow committees, as needed. Respectfully submitted, Pat Christopherson Fellowship Ministry Elder


Leadership Development & Nominating Elder: Dave Hulbert Staff Liaisons: Pastor Jim Noble and Pastor Brett Everett Nominating Committee Members: Ron Carson, Sandi Carson, Carolyn Oates, Curry Taylor and Barb Zinser

Participate regularly with the Adult Discipleship committee. Participate in the ongoing growth of Discipleship Micro Groups. Regularly attend and participate in the Nominating Committees searches. Teach Adult Sunday School in the areas of MISSION STATEMENT Doctrine and Church history. To encourage and discover the spiritual gifts of Identify, Encourage and Promote additional the leadership and membership in the context Lay Leaders to teach at DHPC. of God's call on their lives. (Ephesians 4:12) Respectfully submitted, 2022 GOALS Dave Hulbert Identify Lay Leaders in the Church and recog- Leadership Development & Nominating Elder nize their accomplishments. Promote the continued growth of the Church Home Groups. Participate actively as a Home Group leader/ teacher.

Music & Arts Elder: Darla Gilchrist Staff Liaison: Jeffrey Anthony Members: Susan Constance, Melissa Masles, Tom Masles, Karen Paisley MISSION STATEMENT Provide opportunities for people to express their faith and love of Christ through music and all the arts. Encourage the development of people’s gifts in their chosen area and thereby enrich the life of the congregation.

2021 GOALS Raise funds for Arts at the Rocks events and diversify the events. Continue our relationship with Pinnacle High School Key Club. Continue to encourage members to offer workshops. Encourage youth to get involved in our activities. Continue our advertising and publicity efforts to maximize attendance.

Continue to gather data on attendees, especially first time visitors. Advertise our scholarship for youth pursuing music, art and drama workshops in the Phoenix and surrounding areas. 2021 ACCOMPLISHMENTS Arts at the Rocks 2021-2022 season included eleven events: Classical Pianist Vitaly Serebriakov, The Michael Kocour Jazz Trio, Community “Crash” Concert in Carefree, Organist Maestro Hector Olivera, Renaissance Yuletide Feaste, Valley Chamber Chorale, Desert Cactus Kickers, Wyatt Earp one man play, Broadway Love by Fountain Hills Saxophone Quartet in Carefree and finally the Telegraph Quartet from San Francisco. The organ concert was paid for by the Organ Committee and managed by M&A. This is/was a tremendous amount of activity, but is well supported by the congregation and community and we are grateful.

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Music & Arts We produced another aesthetically beautiful season brochure thanks to the help and attention to detail from Melissa and Tom Masles. The artwork of local artist and congregation member, Virginia Brooks, was used on the front and back of the season brochure. To reach others in the community, we added two events that were performed at the pavilion in Carefree. This exposes us to local attendees that might not step into our church. We decided to continue our Artists-inResidence relationship with Fountain Hills Saxophone Quartet for another year in 2022. A new relationship was formed with the Cactus Shadows High School Key Club and they have volunteered for a number of Arts at the Rocks events. Our CCLI stream license was expanded to include all church activities. The Worship Committee shared in the cost. We voted to support Chris Haidet’s First Annual Drum Off and budgeted dollars for this youth activity. It was later postponed and budgeted dollars reallocated. Jeffrey Anthony’s musical wish list was approved as it becomes a possibility in the future. This permits us to give a list to potential sponsors when they desire to help out the efforts for new musical instruments. As the FC stage neared completion, we toured and discussed how to “dedicate” it upon completion. It was decided to add a fun dance event, i.e. Desert Cactus Kickers tap dance group. We are truly blessed to have had a congregation member donate for the completion of the stage. This was critical as the price of wood, etc. had risen significantly. We are thankful to Richard Cook, Dave Zoeteway and Ron Carson for their tireless efforts in the construction. We also added two new projectors so that we can have video on the side walls as well as the front and back.

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Additional work is needed to clean up years of wiring that may no longer be utilized. As funds become available, this will proceed. Melissa and Tom Masles became Committee members in February 2021 and Karen Paisley joined us in September. We still need additional members on our committee and are continually asking for volunteers to consider serving. We submitted to Session for approval of an expenditure for choir microphones in the Sanctuary to be requested from the Foundation grant funds. 2022 GOALS Diversify Arts at the Rocks events and raise funds needed to operate. Continue our relationships with Pinnacle High School and Cactus Shadows High School Key Clubs. Encourage our youth to get involved in our activities. Engage congregational members to share and teach their talents in order to enrich our church family through workshops and other music fellowship activities. Support the new DHPC Music School however we can. Continue to gather data on attendees, especially first time visitors, with the goal of community involvement and the ultimate increase of church membership. Continue our advertising and publicity efforts to maximize attendance. Advertise our scholarship for youth pursuing music, art and drama workshops in the Phoenix and surrounding areas. Support the development of skills in all the arts. Advance our Artists-in-Residence relationship with the Fountain Hills Saxophone Quartet which maximizes our community visibility and attracts local involvement. Respectfully submitted, Darla Gilchrist Music & Arts Elder


Outreach Elder: Tonya Jones Staff Liaison: Pastor Brett Everett Members: Shelly Core, Cindy Leek, Bobbie Morgan and Linda Stringer

Coordinate with Director of Family and Student Ministries regarding updating the signage on our campus. Evaluate creating new name badges – perhaps including the state the member came MISSION STATEMENT from. The mission of the DHPC Outreach Commit- Recruit more members to our committee through advertising through all the church tee is to build a positive reputation of DHPC resources. in our community by encouraging and equipBecome a Hospitable Church. ping the Church family to be ambassadors of DHPC, cultivating Christ-like hospitality, 2021 ACCOMPLISHMENTS shepherding guests through to membership, Continued finding warm, welcoming church inviting them to commit to DHPC by using members to act as Greeters. Engaged 29 their unique gifts in service to the Lord and to active Greeters. Designed and implementcontinue to grow in faith through worship, ed blue lanyards to identify Greeters. Prodiscipleship, fellowship, and service minisvided gift bags for our church guests. tries of the Church. Due to COVID restrictions, committee will be implementing Roamers in 2022. 2021 GOALS Created guest welcoming area to greet and Continue finding warm, welcoming church talk with guests. Special informational members to act as Greeters. guest table will be implemented during Begin recruiting Gatherers from the congre2022. gation. Create a special Guest table on the patio with Encouraged congregation to build relationGreeters available to talk with guests at ships with guests through class offerings, the table. Make every effort to involve Echoes, and email blasts. guests in the life of the church. Recruit Supported pastors during the New Member Roamers for the coffee time on the patio classes held in January and October and who would make sure all the guests are provided snacks for our new members. connected with church members. Created and implemented a Time and Talents Encourage the congregation to build relationSurvey for new members to complete afships with guests. Communicate imter the new member class to connect them portance through Minute for Mission, with serving our church in their areas of Echoes, Constant Contact, etc. interest. Assisted new members in becomAssist with the New Member classes. Create system to continue to contact new ing an active part of our church and made members and help them feel welcome. them feel welcome. Welcomed new feAssist new members in becoming an acmale members by hosting them at our antive part of our congregation. nual Women’s Tea. Reach out to greater community through new Reached out to our community through our programs or classes. Coordinate these ef“Adopt A First Responder” program. Proforts with other committees in the church. vided prayer cards, Christmas thank you Create videos explaining the church to potencards, gift cards and regular visits to three tial visitors. Examples might be one about of our community fire stations. Assisted the choir, practice, and performance, or the Mission Committee with providing about the handbell group, practice and performance or introduction to the pastors Christmas box items for the Food Bank through a casual chat, etc. “Adopt A Family” program. Distributed

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Outreach the Christmas boxes at the 19th Annual Adopt A Family Program and helped to brighten 450 of the Foothills Food Bank clients and their families totaling 1,185 individuals. Due to the pending completion of the Marketing & Strategy Committee report, the goal to create videos explaining the church to potential visitors was postponed. Due to the pending completion of the Marketing & Strategy Committee report, the goal to coordinate with the Director of Family and Student Ministries regarding updating the signage was postponed. Created new name badges for all new members and new name badges for members and regular attendees as requested. Contacted several church members with hopes of recruiting more members for the committee. Utilized the Time and

Talents survey to recruit new members. Greeted and reached out to our guests attending church, encouraged activity on the patio, and provided guest bags. 2022 GOALS Recruit two to three additional members to our committee to expand our committee’s goals and projects for the church and community. Expand our First Responder and “Adopt A Family” Evangelism Outreach Programs. Review the Marketing and Strategy report and develop an action plan for implementation for expanding Outreach Evangelism efforts in our church and community. Respectfully submitted, Tonya S. Jones Outreach Elder

Personnel Elder: John Thurston Staff Liaison: Pastor Jim Noble Members: Sue Beastal, Vicky Parker, Mike Popovich MISSION STATEMENT To represent the Church Staff and the needs of the Church in all personnel related matters ensuring that we adhere to current industry regulations, governmental regulations, and EPC procedures. To do this we will examine files and systems for necessary improvement and look at Personnel Record keeping. 2021 GOALS To vigorously examine key Church personnel related documents and bring them up to date with current needs and requirements. To successfully complete an effective staff annual evaluation program, and to prepare a comprehensive Child Safety Program document.

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2021 ACCOMPLISHMENTS In Spring we published a complete rewrite of the Employee Handbook (24 pages). In Summer we completed the Church’s first complete Child Protection Manual (22 pages). In November we initiated the Staff Evaluation Process which was completed by December 31. 2022 GOALS Comprehensive review of the Staff Evaluation Process and of the Personnel Files system including the Church’s electronic personnel records. Orchestrate necessary advertising and employment processes for additions to the Church Staff and update the Church’s organization chart. Respectfully submitted, John Thurston Personnel Elder


Worship Elder: Ed Nichols Staff Liaison: Pastor Jim Noble Members: Jeffrey Anthony, Ron Carson, Kathy Mulder, Susan Smith, Carol Young MISSION STATEMENT To provide opportunities for expressing love for Christ through music and worship, and encouraging the development and utilization of gifts which enrich the life of the congregation. 2021 GOALS Continue to refine and grow our Traditional Worship Service. Determine how to grow the Contemporary Worship Service. Develop a viable team of Ushers. Provide safe services, both on Sundays and special services throughout the year, in person if possible, and via live streaming. 2021 ACCOMPLISHMENTS In-person traditional services were conducted all year. Live streaming services and meetings would not have been possible without the dedicated work of Music & Arts Elder Darla Gilchrist and the Technology Team she assembled. Live Stream services have become a critical component of the worship experience at DHPC. We believe this Worship option will continue to be an integral part of our congregational worship. The Gathering service was suspended in February 2021. The Gathering has not worked due to COVID and other factors resulting in a continued decline in attendance. Resources were limited and had to be used wisely and productively for the furtherance of the Gospel.

The session remains committed to a variety of styles of worship and music, including contemporary, and desires to move in another direction with contemporary worship. Special Services Lenten Services Ash Wednesday Maundy Thursday – Was a very meaningful service planned for the patio but moved into the Fellowship Hall due to high wind concerns. Carol Young’s creative talent was key to the success of this service. Good Friday – Apr 2 – The Cantata with orchestra – The first of two cantatas presented by the Chancel Choir in 2021. Easter –four services – 6:30am, 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am – the Sonoran Brass played for the three services in the sanctuary. Sunrise service was conducted on the patio. The Reformation Sunday Cantata proved to be one of the more meaningful services of the year. Christmas Eve Services - three services were offered with the Sonoran Brass. To help grow and refine our Traditional Service a team was created to ensure these goals were met. Ron Carson led a team that developed new banners for display during Lent.

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Worship Special thanks to all of the volunteers who Natalie Mealey - Organist made opening our church possible durJeffrey Anthony– Chancel Choir ing the past year: Chancel Choir Ron Carson – Special Decorations Kathy and Ross Mulder - Commun2022 GOALS ion Continue to refine and grow our TraditionSusan Smith – Flowers al Worship Service. Carol Young – Creative insight for Work with Chris Haidet on the developSpecial Services ment of a Contemporary Service. Volunteers – Ushers Develop a viable team of Ushers. Mary Kay Thurston - CongregaProvide safe services, both on Sundays and tional Nurse special services throughout the year, in Cindi Moulton - Congregational person, and via live streaming. Nurse Everyone who ushered Respectfully submitted, Richard Cook – Buildings and Ed Nichols Grounds Worship Elder

Deacons BOARD OF DEACONS Elder: Barbara Conti

2021 ACCOMPLISHMENTS Held regularly scheduled Deacon Meetings meeting every other month. Submitted minutes and communications to monthly Session meetings. Elected Jim Shields, Treasurer of the Board of Deacons. Worked with Pastor Brett Everett to help organize monthly home bound communion. 306 people were served homebound communion by the Pastors, Deacons or Elders.

MISSION STATEMENT Deacons are called to provide an intentional, coordinated, and proactive ministry of care and compassion to our church family and friends. Our ministry, through example and witness, is intended to inspire and encourage members to demonstrate the care of Christ in their families, in their neighborhood, and our congregation. The Deacons of the Board serve on Ministry Teams in one of four ministry areas. ADMINISTRATION MINISTRY Deacons: Laurann Cook (Moderator and Secretary) and Jim Shields (Treasurer) Purpose: To be responsible for managing organizational functions including, but not limited to, managing finances, providing meeting minutes, communications to Session, member retention, and the assimilation of new members into the life of the church.

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Deacons Purpose: To provide ministry organization and oversight to specialized care ministries for individuals and groups within our congregation and surrounding community. These include but are not limited to: Walking Beside Ministries, Parish Shepherds, FaithBased Grief Support Group, and visitations by pastors, congregational nurses, and deacons.

Re-established the Sunday Prayer Team with 16 volunteers for after-service prayer. Established procedures for the Monday Prayer Team to better keep track of updates for those on the prayer list. Assisted Adult Discipleship by developing a chart to keep track of those involved in a Micro-Group. Also sent a celebratory card and bookmark to the twelve who have completed a Micro2021 ACCOMPLISHMENTS Group. Began mid-year with the initial objective be- Held an in-person Women’s Retreat at the ing to visit with each ministry under Care church on May 22 to encourage God’s Ministry to gain a deeper understanding of workmanship in their lives; 23 attendeach. ed. Met with Pat Nichols on the Grief Support Ministry initiatives and with Pastor Brett 2022 GOALS about potential Divorce Care programs. Oversee the Sunday and Monday Prayer Teams. 2022 GOAL Keep track of those involved in a Discipleship To continue to gain a deeper understanding Micro-Group and send a celebratory of the other Care Ministries. card and bookmark to those who have completed a Micro-Group. EQUIPPING MINISTRY Plan the Women’s Retreat scheduled for Deacons: Rolene Dinsdale, Su Fong, Amy March 12 at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Woods Center. Monday Prayer Team: Rolene Dinsdale, Work alongside Session committees that Cathy Hoxie, Nan McCallum, Pat would like additional support in Nichols, Carolyn Oates, and Amy providing education, training, and acWoods tivities that will help members become Purpose: To work along side associated Sesmore like Christ (2 Corinthians 3:17sion committees to define and devel18). op education, training and activities that will help members become more SERVICE MINISTRY conformed to the image of Jesus Deacons: Min Damm, Pat Nichols, Dave ZoChrist for the glory of God and for the etewey Purpose: Deacons are responsible for addresssake of others. These activities include but are not limited to the devel- ing physical care needs that may include providing meals, transportation, household reopment of healthy spiritual discipairs or other needs as they are identified. plines, prayer practices, and the identification of spiritual gifts. 2021 ACCOMPLISHMENTS Helped congregational members with vari2021 ACCOMPLISHMENTS ous home jobs which they could not do Added two deacons. on their own. Redesigned the Prayer Card to implement Established a list of seven individuals from privacy guidelines and follow-up prothe congregation (qualified in different cedures. Desert Hills Presbyterian Church • 2021 ANNUAL REPORT

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Deacons areas of service) who might respond to different individual service needs in the congregation. Called on a congregational member in rehab facility to see if there were any service needs. Helped with funeral and memorial service receptions, Women’s Tea, and fellowship between services.

Designed, developed, and produced a Prayer Book. Participated in Fall Faith Festival. Presented two “Surviving the Holidays” seminars for the church and community. Presented The Longest Night Service and a light supper for the church and community.

2022 GOALS Make the congregation more aware of the Deacon service ministry. Establish and maintain a transportation service ministry.

2022 GOALS Increase visitation to shut-ins and those living alone in partnership with Parish Shepherds, Deacons, and Parish Nurses. Develop and deliver skills training to team members. Design and institute a Caregiving Review Process. Document Walking Beside Ministry policies and procedures.

WALKING BESIDE MINISTRY Team Leader: Barbara Conti Purpose: To minister to people with life issues, challenges, and transitions by walking alongside them during tough times. Members: Laurann Cook, Joe Gilleland, Steve Haver, Moon Kahn, Beverley Keele, Shirley Klein, Marsha Lindquist, Frank McDaniels, Chris McQueen, Thea Miller, Kathy Rogers, Sara Sebransky, Nancy Taylor 2021 ACCOMPLISHMENTS Gained three new members: total 13 team members. Delivered 60 Easter and 60 Christmas gift bags to shut-ins, surviving spouses, and the sick. Sent 933 get well, sympathy, birthday, Valentine, and Thanksgiving cards. Designed, developed, and delivered 24 Spirit Bags to those hospitalized. Mailed 71 grief books to those who lost loved ones. Made 331 visits. Sent 547 letters, emails, texts. Made 892 calls. Designed and developed a new logo, banner, and marketing collateral. Designed and conducted a new training program for team members.

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FAITH-BASED GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP Facilitator: Pat Nichols Purpose: To provide opportunities for attendees to share their loss and grief with others who have experienced similar feelings. To offer ways of increasing socialization to improve self-esteem and overcome loneliness. 2021 ACCOMPLISHMENTS Completed our fifth year of meeting regularly either in the church lounge or at members’ homes. Added several members from the congregation and community.

2022 GOALS Continue to meet weekly to share and support each other in a safe environment. Offer limited social activities according to COVID guidelines.


Deacons CONGREGATIONAL NURSES Nurses: Mary Kay Thurston, RN, and Cyndi Moulton, RN BSN Purpose: To reach out with loving, compassionate hearts to give others our “presence” and remind them of God’s and Jesus’ presence while helping with the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the Desert Hills Presbyterian Church community. 2021 ACCOMPLISHMENTS Blood pressure clinics were held in May, June, August, September, October, November, and December. Cyndi and Mary Kay worked 968.83 hours, drove 4,647 miles, and made 3,630 contacts through home visits, phone calls, text messages, and emails. Nursing home and hospital visits were not allowed the first four months of the year due to COVID-19 but were resumed when facilities allowed. Attended monthly Faith Community Nurse Networking Educational meetings by Zoom and DHPC Deacon meetings in person or by Zoom. Screened all attending Sunday Morning Worship services by doing temperature checks as congregants arrived and made sure all wore masks or shields over their mouths and noses until April. Coordinated Flu and Pneumonia Clinic in the fall. Continued seeking ways to help with the holistic, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the church community. 2022 GOALS Coordinate with Walgreens a flu, pneumonia vaccine clinic in the Fall. Hold monthly blood pressure screening clinics between Sunday services. Hold a CPR/AED Training Session for those wanting to be trained or recertified.

Attend Deacon meetings as ex-officio members and Faith Community Nurse Networking monthly meetings. Continue seeking ways to help with the holistic, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the DHPC Community. Encourage other DHPC RNs to take the Faith Community Training. Continue making visitations to members and attendees who are in the hospital, nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, or in their homes as the need arises to answer questions, help educate regarding their health condition, or find needed community resources, and give spiritual encouragement through prayer. PARISH SHEPHERDS Lead Parish Shepherd: Beverly Shannon Purpose: To offer an intentional, coordinated, and proactive ministry of care to members and regular attendees of Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, to support the care ministries, and to alert the pastoral staff and care council of situations where more intentional and intensive pastoring may be required. 2021 ACCOMPLISHMENTS 17 Shepherds have been recruited for DHPC. Shepherds have made 6,734 contacts to Congregational members. All parishes except one have a Shepherd assigned.

2022 GOALS Continue to look for a Shepherd for Parish 11. Respectfully submitted, Barbara Conti, Elder for Care Ministries Laurann Cook, Moderator, Board of Deacons

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Missions Elder: Heather Everett Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Staff Liaison: Pastor Jim Noble Todd Haidet is serving with YWAM in LauMembers: Tom Bowie, Mark George, Rev. Ed sanne Switzerland and is enrolled in Minisand Nan McCallum, Rhonda Noble, Chuck try and Leadership Development courses. Starnes, and John Thurston During Todd’s time with YWAM, he has had the opportunity to serve as a staff MISSION STATEMENT member for the English Learning for MisOur purpose is to facilitate the participation of sions where he was able to spend three Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in God’s months helping students from across the mission of gathering, nurturing, equipping and world learn English. He struggled with sending people into all the world through acts COVID during Christmas break but ended of compassion and words of faith and salvation up welcoming the time for rest and recovthat will build up and expand the body of ery and found that his time in quarantine Christ locally, regionally, and globally. As allowed him to gain mental rest and spend Missionaries we seek to follow Jesus’ Great extra time with God. For regular updates, Commission, “Therefore go and make disciplease follow Todd on his monthly blog at ples of all nations, baptizing them in the name www.hangoutnation.com/blog.

of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

EPC World Outreach (WO) Workers The EPC General Assembly and the EPC Pres2021 GOALS bytery of the West provide the framework for To focus on regular communication with the the guidance of both global and local mission congregation regarding the ministries and activities. Both are supported by DHPC and missions DHPC supports and how best to have produced tremendous results. The Genpray for each group’s specific needs. eral Assembly Office produces weekly podTo continue to pursue the fulfilling of the casts hosted by Stated Clerk Dean Weaver that Great Commission. discuss a variety of topics related to the EPC To seek others who can actively engage in ex- and the greater Church. Episodes are available panding DHPC’s mission work locally as on a variety of podcast platforms, including well as abroad. Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Spotify, and many more. 2021 ACCOMPLISHMENTS Search “In All Things” on any of these serProvided additional financial support to several vices or go to https://epc.org/news/inallthings/ missionaries who were negatively affected All send their deep appreciation to DHPC. To by COVID. receive occasional newsletters from WO go to Prayerfully and financially commissioned https://www.epcwo.org/reach/. (June 2021) and supported Todd Haidet in Brian & Keri lead the member care team of full time mission work with Youth with a Pinnacle Teaching Solutions that supports Mission (YWAM ) in Lausanne, Switzerand cares for 300 staff in East Asia and land. teaches English at a university in that arReconvened (cancelled in 2020 due to COVID ea. At over 30 universities, thousands of restrictions) our Fall Faith Festival joining students have been called out of darkness with our Leupp family with much joy and to be light in a context of persecution. the rekindling of relationships between the Thankfully, B & K have been able to work churches and their members. virtually. 2021 allowed them to continue

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Missions successful return of staff and for the perse- Sean & Angie continue to lead the Presbytery verance of believers, especially those who of the West’s global church planting procovertly serve the great commission globject utilizing a business platform enabling ally. They visited DHPC September 5 after expatriates and national church planters to the 2nd service helping us see into their work in remote unengaged Muslim comlives and work. munities in a developing SE Asian country through a sea cucumber farming business. Dave & Mindy Fenska serve as Global MisTheir presence continues impacting the sion Mobilizers for the three western Presvillages with the gospel and jobs. Based in byteries and continue to mentor those sensChattanooga, Sean and Angie are helping ing a calling to serve as global workers. their children move into adulthood, and They increasingly are serving a local refuSean mentors and resources the church gee community in San Diego. They have planters via calls and Zoom. He travels to run online workshops entitled, the site as often a COVID allows and talks "Connecting with Your Muslim Neighwith investors to help the project grow in bors." Nine people from DHPC plus two sustainability with impacts reaching befrom another church participated in the yond financial returns to social/ Sept/Oct workshop. Another workshop environmental/spiritual outcomes. will begin the first Tuesday of March 2022. For more information contact John & Carleen team with Sean & Angie in dave.f@epcwo.org SE Asia. John has been the visionary and science officer of the maritime project Ed & Nan McCallum serve in the International since 2013. He grew up as an expatriate in Theological Education Network (ITEN) in south Asia and later served in the Middle two southeast Asian sites. Invited in, they East. The sea cucumber project is the only "train trainers" to teach and send their own farm of its kind in the country despite it to proximate unreached peoples. At Site 1 being a superb site for this type of farming. Zoom classes continued in 2021 for biThey are not aware of any other successful vocational pastors/farmers who taught seafood farming in the Indian Ocean. As 500+ others. Ed wrote an Old Testament pioneering workers in a remote location, study guide now translated into two lanthere are no other churches with goals for guages as a primary resource. Next to both social and spiritual impacts with the come is an in-depth Genesis guide. DHPC potential for growth. He has guided this funds the salary of an invaluable inproject from conception to profitable opercountry administrator of this program. ation and is now trying to establish a secMany thanks! Bi-monthly Zoom classes ond location. There are no other pioneercontinue at Site 2 to improve leadership’s ing gospel workers who have come alonggrasp of theological terms/concepts and lift side unreached communities for long peritheir eyes off daily challenges living under ods of time as they have. For more infora harsh government. They, in turn, have mation contact mccurryje@gmail.com. been a blessing through their example of faith and perseverance in difficult times. Rupesh & Susanna serve in South Asia as ITEN was able to send $3,000 in COVID church planters and trainers. They are searelief to Site 2. Additionally, Nan is the soned trainers with skills and passion to Senior Child Safety Officer for WO workpass on what they have experienced as folers. Contact them at Ed.m@epcwo.org lowers of Jesus. After receiving training nan.m@epcwo.org and itenglobal.org with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) and taking on leadership roles at a U.S. center, they returned to Rupesh’s home country to

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Missions begin a new work. This year’s COVID surges have made face to face meetings challenging but they learned creative new ways to connect with people. Rupesh successfully battled a gripping case of COVID.

Day, Fourth of July and Thanksgiving as well as the Christmas Service. At each, after the Chapel Service was over, they issued clothing, hygiene kits, presents and spiritual guidance to large groups of homeless.

Local Yet Global Impact 78 Worship (Chapel) services attended Operation Christmas Child International Misby 3,425 worshipers. sion Support: In 2021, DHPC filled 291 boxes for children in third world countries. 676 Bible Studies attended by 6,902 Along with an explanation of the gospel, homeless students. 100 “Shoes that Grow” were sent which 36,222 homeless served through street help kids walk to school and protect feet contacts in and around 17 different from injury. 50 soccer balls and pumps county locations. were also included in the boxes from DHPC. Many gave money in lieu of shop1,200 Bibles distributed. ping because of COVID and that money was used to purchase additional boxes 3,500 hygiene kits distributed (1,800 online to be sent to the most difficult areas coming directly from Desert Hills) of the world to reach. In the past six years over 2,100 children were introduced to Je- Their moto: 1 Corinthians 15:58 “Be ye steadsus and given Bibles in their own language fast, unmovable, always abounding in the work because of DHPC’s commitment to OCC. of the Lord.” For more information, please visit Local Partnership Reaching Midtown Phoenix www.azchaplaincyforthehomeless.org or reThe Spring Midtown, Phoenix, is a church quest a quarterly report from John Thurston, plant supported by DHPC and other local 480-220-6685. churches for the past few years. In 2021The Spring Midtown saw several changes as its founding pastor, Luke ParFoothills Foodbank: For the last nine years one ker, took another call, and the church deof our Covenant Groups has focused on the cided to be absorbed by a large PresbyteriFixin’ Bag Campaign to support the Footan church in the Presbyterian ECO denomihills Foodbank. The group is comprised of nation. As a result, DHPC’s support of this around eight members, but God has blessed church plant project ended. us and the congregation in efforts to help feed the hungry of our community. For the Local Ministries first five years we passed out large grocery Chaplaincy for the Homeless: Despite COVID, bags for people to fill with select items of The Chaplaincy for the Homeless continfood for the Foodbank to give out at ued to expand its ministry during 2021. Thanksgiving to complete a Thanksgiving Their Chaplains were closed out of several dinner. Also, money was donated for the institutions where they ministered, but they group to buy and fill more bags. We have took the ministry to the streets all over given over 500 bags of food for several Maricopa County. Here are some of their years. Four years ago our group decided to accomplishments: give out small bags and collect money to give to the Food bank allowing them to Four First Time Special Celebration purchase the food directly. The first two Services on the Human Services years, between $5,000 and $7,000 per year Campus: Mother’s Day, Father’s was donated. With COVID this year, we

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Missions asked the congregation to send financial https://neighborsinneedaz.org or help concontributions to DHPC. The foodbank gave nect a person in need with their Communiout gift cards along with the turkeys to help ty Navigator, Gina, at 480-745-2229. cover the cost of the remainder of the meals. DHPC was also able to give over Troop Care Ministry: The mission of the Troop 600 Holiday Food Boxes valued at over Care Ministry is “to provide troop care $4,700. The Foodbank distributed over one support, from a faith-based perspective to and a half million pounds of food in 2021. the local community, Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, and Leupp Presbyterian Foothills Caring Corps (FCC): Their mission is Church.” This mission is carried out by the to “help older adults and individuals with TCM Team with the help of many DHPC disabling conditions who reside in the volunteers. Four times a year in 2021, they Northeast Valley – Foothills Community to sent care packages to active-duty personremain living independently in their own nel, totaling 115 boxes. In February, TCM homes for as long as possible. They do this collected from the congregation and purthrough a force of volunteers and staff who chased grocery gift cards totaling $1,420 provide in-home services, transportation for the Air Force Aid Society for emergenservices, community services and support. cy assistance at Luke Air Force Base. These services provide access to activities Throughout the year, on patriotic holidays, that promote physical, mental and emotionthey line the church driveway with flags. al health.” 93 people from DHPC either With the help of many volunteers, TCM volunteer for FCC or are served by FCC. hosted a Veterans Day Celebration last NoTheir services consist of friendly visits and vember. 2,164 signed Christmas cards with phone calling, pet visits, medical transporhandwritten messages that were sent to tation, group van trips, mobile meals, shopUnited Soldiers and Sailors of America for ping assistance, caregiver relief, minor them to distribute the cards to military bahome repair, business correspondence and ses and hospitals around the world. computer help, health advocacy and mobility equipment loans. Because of COVID, Sister Church Relationships FCC has temporarily suspended some of Mandeville Jamaica, Ebenezer United Church, the services. Mobile meals, friendly phone Pastor Khereen calls, medical loan closet, and select medi- While the global pandemic kept us apart this cal transportation services remain in place. year, it couldn’t dampen the bond we have If you would like to volunteer for or reshared since 2007 when Pastor Jim Noble, ceive services from FCC, please visit the John Thurston, Richard Dietrich and forwebsite at www.foothillscaringcorp.com. mer member, Kay Robinson went looking Also, Steve Woods would be happy to anfor a “Church of Peace” with which to swer any questions. build a relationship. Being unable again this year to take a visiting team to Jamaica Neighbors in Need: A collaboration of area in 2021, we chose to support Ebenezer churches and agencies working together to through a monetary gift of $8,000. facilitate connections between our neighEbenezer and the island of Jamaica continbors in need and the agencies that provide ue to struggle with many of the same chalservices. 2021 saw the hiring of a new lenges as we do: temperature checks, social Community Navigator, Gina Durbin, and distancing, mask wearing and rising case the offering of several trainings for area numbers which is compounded with a lack agencies on issues of boundaries, deof vaccinations available to those in the escalation, and mental health. NIN also non-tourist areas of the island. Ebenezer partnered with DHPC to help launch the continues to minister to their community BrainSavers program. For more inforduring these uncertain times and apprecimation on NIN visit their website: ates the relationship our churches share.

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Missions Leupp, Arizona, Leupp Presbyterian Church, Pastor Calvin and Native American Ministry 2021 is a story of seeking a new normal with the challenges imposed by the continuing pandemic. We have been the Clan of Christ with Leupp for 39 years and continue to keep our relationship strong in faith and friendship. Pastor Calvin’s live stream services are reaching the unchurched in several states in addition to his local congregation. The Leupp Church has also served as a community food distribution center for those in need. Progress on building the youth and fellowship center has continued during the pandemic. This building was used to live stream services when churches on the reservation were not allowed to open. About 65 visitors from Leupp participated in our Fall Faith Festival ministries. Many of the elderlies stayed home as a precaution with the continuing spread of COVID. DHPC was given a Navajo Nation Flag to fly over the Fall Faith Festival much to the joy of those in attendance and a special treat was the Navajo Fry Bread freshly made to serve for lunch. DHPC, in partnership with Leupp, continues to support children and youth with donations for Naomi House for abused and orphaned children, scholarships for college and support for youth summer camp attendance. These are investments in the future of young people that will have lifelong benefits. Our sister church in Leupp has far-

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reaching impact on the Navajo Nation through their live stream services. The Hope Resurrected music ministries and testimonials continue to be in high demand. The year 2022 is the 40-year anniversary of our Clan of Christ sister church relationship. We look forward to celebrating this milestone together with love and unity in Christ. 2022 GOALS To continue to focus on the Great Commission locally as well as globally and specifically the role that DHPC will play in supporting missionaries. To continue to faithfully communicate with the congregation about the activities and needs relating to the ministries and missionaries DHPC supports. To encourage the DHPC family to become more involved in missions to spread the love of Jesus to our community and beyond through prayer, education, participation in local opportunities, and a greater level of communication with supported missionaries. To continue to evaluate potential missionary candidates and organizations for DHPC sponsorship. Respectfully submitted, Heather Everett Missions Elder

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Scholarship Desert Hills Presbyterian Church Ace and Margaret Fogdall Scholarship Fund Chairperson: Laurann Cook Members: Marcia Fishman Sandra Carson

semester, students provide their transcripts and must maintain a 3.0 (B) cumulative grade point average (GPA) for Level 1 funding, 2.75 cumulative grade point average for Level 2 or a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average for Level 3 fundMISSION STATEMENT ing. To encourage and promote education through a Scholarship funds are generated from rental of scholarship fund designed to provide a semithe bell tower for cellphone equipment. annual stipend to dedicated and worthy stuThe bell tower was constructed with mondents who by their contribution to church, ies donated by Ace and Margaret Fogdall, school and community have demonstrated and the Fogdalls stipulated that all rental good Christian character. The scholarship is fees be applied to fund scholarships for given to supplement expenses required to fund DHPC and Leupp Presbyterian Church stua 4-year Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Scidents. ence degree, or a 2-year community college Active students receiving scholarships during Associate of Arts degree with the intent to 2021 are: Hannah Kress, Bessie Benham, transfer to a 4-year accredited program for a Nathaniel Everett, Zach Hoffman, Makyla Bachelor's degree. Allison and Joseph Pitts. 2021 GOALS 2022 GOALS To provide scholarships to high school gradu- To continue to provide scholarships to deservates who are members or affiliates of Deing high school graduates who are memsert Hills Presbyterian Church or members bers of Desert Hills Presbyterian Church or of Leupp Presbyterian Church. Leupp Presbyterian Church.

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Finance Elder: Allan Watson Staff Liaison: Pastor Jim Noble Members: Oran Brown, Scott Core, Lisa Loran, Kristen Micurescu

Stewardship Campaign: The 2022 stewardship campaign targeted a realistic goal of $880,000 in pledges from member’s and friends who were asked to prayerfully increase their pledges. When The Finance Committee is responsible for both the drive came to a close we received stewardship (encouraging members and $875,228 in pledges. friends to make financial contributions to our Church) and for making the initial deci- The 2022 requesting budget totaled approxisions on how contributions will be spent mately $1,180,000 for the campaign. At (subject to Session review and approval). the January Session meeting the 2022 budget was approved as amended with proIndependent Review Committee: jected receipts and expenses from various At the direction of the Session an Independent sources totaling $1,188,183 with $5,205 Financial Review Committee was appointhaving been appropriated from the Excess ed to provide a review of the Church’s fiFunds Reserve. nances and accounting practices independent of the Session and Finance Committee. Positioning: The review is conducted pursuant to the We ended 2021 with a surplus of $154,778 Church’s Independent Financial Review ($112,000 was PPP Loan Forgiveness). Guidelines and Procedures, updated DeTotal receipts were $49,648 less than budgcember 7, 2018. Each year the IFR Cometed and expenses were $204,426 less than mittee focuses on the practices in the prebudgeted. Pledge income surpassed initial ceding year, so that the 2021 IFR Commitnumbers submitted at the end of 2020 by tee reviewed 2020 financial practices. $7,892. Non pledge offering was $928 less than budgeted. The church continues imThe 2019 IFR Committee recommended “the proving programs and initiating or finishing Session consider having an accounting firm projects that position us for the future. We review the adequacy of the internal controls have updated our facilities to accommodate themselves at regular intervals.” They also more children and youth and we have a suggested a further review of these controls very inviting atmosphere for everyone. every five years. The Session agreed and a Uncertainty remains as COVID continues Financial Policies Review was conducted to be a presence in our lives but God confor a $4,000 fee by the same accounting tinues to bless our Church’s finances even firm that has prepared the audit for the with additional costs. 2021 was a year of Church Foundation. The report has been significant change for DHPC but positionsubmitted to the finance committee and reing continues to bring us opportunity for ceived by the Session. the long term. With the addition of online streaming we continue to market our Those serving on the 2021 IFR Committee Church for potential growth and outreach in were Jenifer Zylwitis, Melissa Masles and several ways and be MORE PEOPLE, Gordon Gaddy. The Session and the FiMORE LIKE CHRIST! nance Committee welcome this independent study and intend to study and respond Other Notable Event: to the suggestions made in the Report. On May 1, 2020 the church received a Thanks to the members of the IFR Commit$112,000 loan from the Small Business Adtee for their valuable oversight service to ministration as part of the Paycheck Protecour Church. tion Program in the first CARES Act. On March 5, 2021 DHPC registered for PPP

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Finance Loan Forgiveness and on April 8, 2021 the Introduction to the Included Financial Statechurch received notification that our loan ments: had been fully forgiven. Then we removed It should be noted that all numbers for 2021 in the $112,000 liability on our balance sheet this report are draft numbers. Final numand claimed it as income. bers will be submitted for approval at the February Session meeting. The first key to Finance Committee: understanding the financial statements that As Financial Elder, I have the privilege of follow is to understand the Church’s cash chairing the Finance Committee which proon hand as shown below: vides both the Church and myself with the benefit of the collective experience, practi- Restricted Cash: The Church Session has escal wisdom and ability of the Committee’s tablished a number of notional accounts members. I am very pleased that the wis(the “dedicated accounts”) each devoted to dom and decisions of the Finance Commita major need or area of ministry. Contributee always exceed what any one of us tions by members directed to one of these would have been capable of achieving on dedicated accounts can be spent only for our own. the purpose for which the account was esAmong other things, the Finance Committee tablished. Member contributions to these reviews financial statements for each accounts is classified as restricted cash. The month promptly after they are prepared; 2021 ending balance in these accounts was assembles a suggested budget for each year $651,096. This number has increased sigbased on requests by the Elders and Church nificantly this past year because of two mastaff covering their area of ministry and jor gifts – one being $100,000 for outreach also based on an estimate of the resources to families and students and another a stock likely to be available to satisfy budget exgift totaling $343,122 for establishing the penses; selects the individuals responsible DHPC Music School. for each year’s stewardship campaign; and provides advice as requested or appropriate Reserved Cash: The Session from time to for many ministry areas of the Church. time elects to allocate other cash held by the Church to dedicated accounts. For exBobi Tomlon: ample, the Session has established a Capital Bobi is the Church’s Controller. She recReplacement Fund dedicated account. The ords member contributions in the Church’s intention is that the money allocated to the tracking software; keeps track of Church capital replacement fund can be used to expenditures; prepares financial statements fund the maintenance/repair/replacement for the Church (including the statements prioritized schedule developed and mainwhich follow this report); assembles pledgtained by the Buildings and Grounds Comes and staff and Session expenditure remittee. The 2021 year-end balance in the quests into a coherent budget; organizes capital replacement fund was $144,461. and maintains backup documents; and proSince this fund was somewhat reduced by vides other information to the pastors, Sesthe repairs to the administrative building sion and Finance Committee as needed. elevator and has other needs in the future Bobi does all this with a very pleasant perthis balance reflects an addition of sonality and is always eager to respond to $113,763 from PPP Loan Forgiveness and the many requests for information she reother income. The New Initiatives Fund is ceives. She continues to be a key particialso a reserve account and its ending balpant in the Church’s financial administraance was $133,721. An additional reserve tion and the Finance Committee expresses account (Excess Receipts Reserve) had an its gratitude for the valuable resource Bobi ending balance of $105,039. Some of these is for our Committee, the Session and the Excess Receipts Reserve monies were to be Church overall. consumed in 2021 but since there were

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Finance some spending cuts it was never needed. The Session reserves the right at any time to reallocate reserved cash among the dedicated accounts or to remove reserved cash from a dedicated account and return it to the status of unrestricted cash. The 2021 ending balance in these three accounts was $383,221.

are not in the main established as separate bank accounts or accounts on the Church’s balance sheet or operating income statement. Rather most significant bank and investment accounts maintained by the Church contain restricted, reserved and unrestricted cash. The second key to understanding the Church’s financial statements is that in almost all Unrestricted Cash: In simplest terms unrecases, neither the operating budget nor the stricted cash is all cash held by the Church operating statement includes receipt of rethat is not restricted cash or reserved cash. stricted cash, the allocation of reserved cash For example, money deposited in the colto a dedicated account, or the expenditure lection plate on Sunday adds to unrestricted of restricted or reserved cash. Those recash unless the contributor specifically receipts, allocations, and expenditures are quests that it be credited to a dedicated acinstead reflected in the separate Dedicated count. The 2021 ending balance in these Accounts Statement. accounts was $303,536. There is an unIf anyone in the congregation would like more written policy that the Church wants to detailed accounting information, a special maintain a three months’ supply of unremeeting can be scheduled involving Bobi stricted cash to meet future budget needs. Tomlon, the Church’s Controller, Allan With our ending balance we are in compliWatson and other Finance Committee ance. members or other representatives who may want to attend. Dedicated accounts are “notional” in the sense that they are created in the Church’s acRespectfully submitted, counting software to keep track of the allo- Allan L. Watson cations of restricted and reserved cash but Finance Elder and Treasurer

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DHPC Foundation The Year of our Lord 2021 was exciting and rewarding for the DHPC Foundation. After more than six years of existence, the value of the endowment passed the $200,000 threshold which allowed the Board to declare a financial support grant to the Church of $7,596. This amount was determined by taking 5% of the average market value for the last 12 quarters ending in March 2021. Now that the $200,000 threshold has been reached, the Foundation will be able to make similar grants each year and increase them for most future years. The presentation of this “first-time” grant was celebrated on November 21 during the two traditional services with Eddie Smith, Foundation President, presenting the grant to Darla Gilchrist, Session President. In addition, a separate celebration was held in the Fellowship Hall with historic displays, special refreshments, and a video about the Foundation created by Phil Giriodi. In addition, during the year, the Foundation was able to provide non-endowment funds from Special Purpose accounts: $6,595 for the Reformation cantata service and Christmas Eve as well as $3,634 to purchase drop-down microphones for the choir loft to enhance the Church’s streaming capability for those worshiping remotely. So, in total, during 2021, the Foundation was able to provide $17,825 in available financial support to DHPC.

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In addition to the cash contributions to the endowment, members of the DHPC congregation have added provisions to their wills and related trusts to provide approximately $1.5 million to the Foundation endowment in the future. Earnings on this money will be used to support DHPC as it continues to serve members, friends, and the community with new and beneficial projects and programs. During the year, the Foundation received cash donations of $43,801 of which $19,000 went to special projects and $24,801 went to the endowment. Three new members were added to the Foundation Board (Woody Chamberlain, Marsha Lindquist, and Lynn Oates) to replace those members who left the Board (Ron Larson, Gary Gerlach, and John Stevens). These new members are eligible to continue serving so there will be no change to the Board members for 2022. The Arizona Community Foundation continues to provide investment services to the Foundation and will be retained for 2022. Under their management, our endowment grew approximately 13% during the first 11 months of 2021. Because of multiple new members both on Session and the Foundation Board, special Foundation orientation classes were presented to those groups to better equip them to work together and to be able to answer questions from the congregation about the Foundation.

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DHPC Foundation Due to COVID, educational and promotional activity regarding the Foundation has significantly declined over the last two or so years. As a result, we find that a significant number of our congregation are not very well acquainted with the Foundation and its promise of future support for DHPC. So one of our primary objectives for 2022 will be to share information and mission plans with our members, friends, and community to encourage a return of support for the Foundation back to pre-COVID levels.

Plant a tree for your greatgrandchildren to climb. Please remember the DHPC Foundation in your estate plans.

2021 financial statements are pending review. Respectfully submitted, Eddie C. Smith DHPC Foundation President

Charles B. Jennings Memorial Garden Leader: Steve Woods

2022 GOALS Establish a new leader for the Memorial MISSION STATEMENT Garden. Steve Woods must resign as leadTo serve the physical needs of our congregaer the second quarter of 2022. tion when they meet Jesus face to face. Expand the garden to include a new Columbarium to meet our congregational needs. 2021 GOALS Currently 95% of our niches are sold out. Expand the Memorial Garden to include a Expansion will require forming a team to new columbarium. evaluate, plan and present to session / conCoordinate and deliver the final resting place gregation for approval and funding. of members ashes. Coordinate and deliver the final resting place Maintain the garden and honor our veterans at of members ashes. every opportunity. Maintain the garden and honor our veterans at every opportunity. 2021 ACCOMPLISHMENTS Expansion plans were not able to begin in 2021 financial statements are pending com2021. Activity continued creating a more pletion. urgent need for expansion. Respectfully submitted, Steve Woods

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Congregational Meeting - January 31, 2021, 1 of 2 MINUTES CONGREGATIONAL MEETING DESERT HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 34605 N. Tom Darlington Drive Scottsdale, AZ 85262 January 31, 2021 QUORUM PRESENT AND OPENED WITH PRAYER

The moderator, Rev. Jim Noble, having declared a quorum of the church present called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m. The Congregation Meeting, held in the Sanctuary and was opened with prayer by Rev. Jim Noble.

PURPOSE

The purpose of this meeting was for the election of church officers and a clarifica tion of the DHPC Foundation By Laws. Rolene Dinsdale, Chair of the Nominating Committee, presented the following in nomination for elder: Susan Constance Ed Nichols Allan Watson

Elder for Children’s Ministry Elder for Worship Elder for Finance

Class of 2022 Class of 2024 Class of 2022

Nominations were called for from the floor. Hearing none, the following motion was made: It was moved, seconded, and carried to elect Susan Constance, Ed Nichols and Allan Watson as elder. Rolene Dinsdale, Chair of the Nominating Committee, presented the following in nomination for deacon: Nancy Clarke Kurt Koch Deb McDermott Dave Zoetewey

Care Ministry Deacon Care Ministry Deacon Care Ministry Deacon Deacon Service Ministry

Class of 2022 Class of 2024 Class of 2022 Class of 2024

Nominations were called for from the floor. Hearing none, the following motion was made: It was moved, seconded, and carried to elect Nancy Clarke, Kurt Koch, Deb McDermott and Dave Zoetewey as deacon. Rolene Dinsdale, Chair of the Nominating Committee, presented the following in nomination for the DHPC Foundation: Lynn Oates Marsha Lindquist Woody Chamberlain

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Class of 2022 Class of 2023 Class of 2024


Congregational Meeting - January 31, 2021, 2 of 2 Bob Kinderman Larry Hillwig

Class of 2024 Class of 2024

It was moved, seconded, and carried to elect Lynn Oates, Marsha Lindquist, Woody Chamberlain, Bob Kinderman and Larry Hillwig to the DHPC Foundation. Rolene Dinsdale, Chair of the Nominating Committee, presented the following in nomination for the Nominating Committee: Sandy Carson Ron Carson Eddie Smith Curry Taylor Carolyn Oates Barbara Zinser

Class of 2022 Class of 2022 Class of 2022 Class of 2022 Class of 2022 Class of 2022

Nominations were called from the floor. Hearing none, the following motion was made: It was moved, seconded, and motion carried to elect Sandi Carson, Ron Carson, Eddie Smith, Curry Taylor, Carolyn Oates and Barbara Zinser to the Nominating Committee.

Pastor Jim Noble introduced Ron Larson, President of the DHPC Foundation who moved the following amendment to the DHPC Foundation By Laws:

Be it resolved that a new subsection 4 is hereby added to Article III of the Bylaws of the Desert Hills Presbyterian Church Foundation (the “Bylaws”) reading as fol lows: 4. Whenever these Bylaws require approval of the Member, then so long as the Desert Hills Presbyterian Church is the Member, the approval of the Church’s Session shall constitute approval by the Member except that the election of directors pursuant to Subsection 2. a. of Article IV of these Bylaws shall be by the members of the Church. The motion to accept the amendment to the DHPC Foundation By Laws was seconded and passed.

ADJOURNED

It was moved, seconded and carried that the meeting be adjourned. The meeting was adjourned with prayer by Rev. Jim Noble at 9:35 a.m.

__________________________ Rev. James K Noble, III, Moderator

______________________________ Kathleen Harris, Clerk

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Congregational Meeting - April 18, 2021 MINUTES CONGREGATIONAL MEETING DESERT HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 34605 N. Tom Darlington Road Scottsdale, AZ 85266 April 18, 2021 QUORUM PRESENT AND OPENED WITH PRAYER

The moderator, Rev. James K. Noble, III, having declared a quorum of the church present called the meeting to order at 10:30 AM. The Congregational Meeting, held in the Sanctuary and was opened with prayer by Rev. James K. Noble, III.

PURPOSE

The purpose of this meeting was for the election of church officers. Rolene Dinsdale, Chair of the Nominating Committee, presented the following in nomination for elder: Tonya Jones Heather Everett

Elder for Outreach Elder for Mission

Class of 2024 Class of 2022

Nominations were called for from the floor. Hearing none, the following motion was made: It was moved, seconded, and carried to elect Tonya Jones and Heather Everett as elder. Rolene Dinsdale, Chair of the Nominating Committee, presented the following in nomination for deacon: Su Fong Min Damm Jim Shields

Equipping Deacon Service Deacon Administrative Deacon

Class of 2024 Class of 2024 Class of 2024

Nominations were called for from the floor. Hearing none, the following motion was made: It was moved, seconded, and carried to elect Su Fong, Min Damm and Jim Shields as deacon.

ADJOURNED

It was moved, seconded and carried that the meeting be adjourned. The meeting was adjourned with prayer by Rev. James K. Noble, III at 10:40 AM.

__________________________ Rev. James K Noble, III, Moderator

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