Community Connections

We have something for everyone at Desert Foothills Lutheran Church and we would love to get you plugged in.  Check out some of the connect opportunities and decide which is the best fit for you.

Community Outreach




Community Connections

Operation Christmas Child

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Deadline for Shoeboxes: November 15, 2020

CONTACT: Pastor Jeremy DaPena


We are thrilled to be able to join hands with Samaritans Purse Ministries all year long through this special hands on mission project.  Fill a shoebox with gifts for children that will be sent worldwide and spread the Love of Jesus Christ.  Every gift filled Shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship.  We are transforming the lives of children and their families around the world through the Good News of Jesus Christ! 


Interested in helping a child in need and sharing the good news and great joy of Jesus Christ?  Please help fill a shoebox! 

Shoeboxes will be located in the Church Lobby and Worship Center, every Sunday. Fill your shoebox with: Toiletries, School Supplies, Clothing, Craft, Toy, "WOW" item, and a Personal note, (no candy, toothpaste, gum).  You will give a wonderful gift this year and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. 

Goal is one shoebox for every member of a household. Deadline is Nov. 15. (Place your shoeboxes in the OCC bins or at the Church Office).

Rather shop ONLINE?  Check out this link DFLC's Virtual Build a Shoebox Link to fill your Virtual Shoebox. Forward this link to your friends! Our goal is 350 total shoeboxes.   


Foothills Food Bank

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The Foothills Food Bank provides food boxes and other grocery items to hungry people in our community. We collect food for the food bank all year. We ask that you watch the bulletin for the monthly Food Bank needs.  


Angel Tree Gift Card Christmas Program…  We participate with the Foothills Food Bank's annual gift card collection program which provides for their client's Christmas wishes.

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Foothills Caring Corps

Foothills Caring Corps is very active in the Carefree/Cave Creek community providing services for seniors. Transportation to medical appointments, medical equipment, social activities and meals are just a few of the services provided.

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BibleSticks™ Ministry

The Military BibleStick is designed specifically to bring God’s Word to the men and women deployed in the U.S. military. It represents hope for our heroes!

It’s a digital player pre-loaded with the Audio Drama New Testament plus Psalms specifically selected for our Troops. It’s small enough to take anywhere they go — bringing hope and comfort through God’s Word when they need it most.

Homeless Veterans

This new project started during the season of Lent.  We know that there are so many Veterans who proudly served our country that are now living on the streets in Phoenix.  We began a campaign to bring these men and women “hygiene bags”.  In a three week period, we collected enough to make 100 bags.  The bags were taken to MANA House in Phoenix and subsequently distributed to the Veteran’s Outreach Center also in Phoenix.

New City Phoenix/Barrio Nuevo

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We partner with Barrio Nuevo to serve in an under resourced neighborhood in South Phoenix. Our passion is to help this community go from being marginalized to becoming healthier part of Phoenix.  

OurCommunity involvement….

  • House painting - we paint houses of mostly seniors, who live in a truly special neighborhood. We join with over 20 different groups (schools, businesses, churches and individuals) who help out making a difference through painting the exterior of older homes that need a little love. Pastor Dave, who leads Barrio Nuevo, has created relationships with a few painting contractors who provide us with free paint and a local business helps with mixing and re-bucketing our donated paint.  It is exciting to see how lives have been impacted through a paint brush!  Watch for sign up dates.

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At DFLC, we’re committed to serving God where He has placed us.  Here are our current opportunities to serve in the church and in our mission fields:



Altar Flowers

DFLC members are invited to sign-up for flowers in honor or memory of a loved one, or for the glory of God. The sign-up is located in the Church Lobby.

At DFLC we are blessed with lay people who enjoy serving as lector.  Each reads the Scripture, aloud acting as a conduit for the Holy Spirit.  Their great joy, prayer and preparation enriches the worship experience for all.

The congregation and the Pastors feel blessed that our young members wish to be a very important part of our worship services by serving as acolytes. Training is always provided. Acolytes light the candles, receive the offering, and assist with the Sacrament of the Altar. On special Holy Days they will also carry the cross in the processionals and recessionals.


Our ushers warmly greet, provide information and assist those attending our worship services. They ensure the safety, welfare and comfort of all. They direct how we proceed to the altar to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion.  When we have the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, they assist Pastor and the family.

Offering Counting

Are you detailed oriented and enjoy balancing your check book?  We are always looking for people to help us count, audit and prepare the details for our bank deposit and the details needed to post the contribution details to our contributors.  This is a great way to work as part of a team to fill a very important need for our church and our contributors. Schedule:  Some teams count after the first service.  Other teams meet at the church on Monday during the day.

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild is a group of volunteers who are charged with the maintenance and preparation of the altar and its furnishings each week. The Altar Guild is an open group for all Desert Foothills members and participation is on a rotating schedule. For information about becoming a member of the Altar Guild, contact the church office.



Welcome Desk

Weekly, we reach out to all those who are visiting DFLC for the first time or as regular visitors. The friendly faces at the Welcome Desk provide answers to questions, directions, and event details.


Greeter teams at DFLC are responsible for setting the tone before and after each worship experience. Greeters answer questions, get to know the community better through individual interactions, and support families getting in and out of our facilities. Greeter teams are open to anyone and serve on a rotating schedule. 


This team takes care of A-Z when it comes to food, drinks, and decor on Sunday mornings and throughout the year. Do you have the gift of cooking, baking, organizing or decorating? Join this team.