Archive for November, 2014

Nov 17

Christmas Store 2014 – Buy Gifts, Build a Bridge, Be a Mentor!

Click here or the image to watch this year’s Christmas Store video:  Buy, Serve, Mentor



As in years past, we are seeking to help families who cannot afford gifts for their children while making sure we don’t rob dignity in the process.  There are few joys as great as being able to provide for your own family and to give your children gifts they enjoy.  We want to love parents as they love their children.  Yet we also want to help long term.  This year we are coupling the Christmas store more intentionally with Money and Me.  We need lots of gifts purchased, lots of volunteers to help at the store, and several folks to help as mentors through and after the Money and Me workshop.


The Money and Me workshop is a Biblically based approach to handling money with a sensitivity to how low income people view it.  When one has a cash only mentality, often living from one paycheck to the next, it is difficult to understand things like debt, interest, and how it is even possible to save.  Money and Me introduces these concepts in language that is not threatening and gives people tools that really work to pick themselves up out of the cycle that has kept them without hope.


This year we want to recruit, train, and deploy several mentors that can help the Money and Me participants implement the principles they have learned at the workshop.

For those who would like to be a mentor, the date for the training is January 10th, at Desert Springs from 9AM to 3PM.  This includes the full Money and Me workshop training.  It is really beneficial to see the whole program, as well as the portion specifically designed for mentors.

As for the actual Money and Me course, the orientation session will be Jan 29th from 6:30 to 8:30PM at Desert Springs and will introduce the participants to the materials and prepare them for the Saturday session.  It is not necessary for the mentors to attend this orientation session.  The actual workshop will be Saturday January 31st from 9AM to 1PM.  That is definitely required for the mentors to attend because they will be sitting with the students and get to know them through breakout sessions.  Also they can choose whom they want to mentor at that time or be assigned.


Nov 14

ISI Thanksgiving – November 23rd! Needs Your Help!

Adam and Charis have coordinated the ISI Dinner for several years in a row now and they need your help!

Charis writes:

Hi Everyone,

It’s time once again for DSC to host an International Student Thanksgiving Dinner.

We will be having the dinner on Sunday, November 23, from 6 – 8 PM.

Would you prayerfully consider helping us in one of the following ways this year?


We feed around 100 students at these dinners, so supplying food for the dinner is one of biggest areas in which you can serve. Some of these food items are hot dishes (turkey, mashed potatoes, etc.) and some are items that can be purchased (whipped cream, butter, etc.). For hot food, we will provide a simple recipe and a metal pan to bring the food to the church in.

There will be food signups in the DSC kitchen next Sunday (11/16), but we’d also love to get as many people as possible signed up for food items in advance of next week. The food items we need are listed below. To sign up, pick whatever items you’d like to help with and email me with what you’d like to bring. Then this Sunday you can swing by the DSC kitchen to pick up pans and recipes.

We will be in touch with more details closer to the dinner, but in general, hot food will need to be brought to the church by 5:30 PM on the 18th, and cold food can be left on Sunday morning, but no sooner than that due to fridge space.

Food List:

  • Turkey:  6 turkeys (deboned and brought in a pan)
  • Stuffing: 3 pansSweet Potatoes:7 pans
  • Mashed Potatoes:  2 pans
  • Gravy: 4 crock pots
  • Salad: 2 pans & a bottle of dressing (per pan)
  • Cranberry Sauce: 3 pans (either can be homemade in a pan, or just 3 cans of store bought cranberry sauce)
  • Pumpkin Pie: 8 large pies from Costco/Sam’s


Another way you can help is by volunteering to help out at the dinner. We have a number of volunteer teams, including:

  • Setup: Help with setting up for the dinner, including setting up tables, decorating, organizing food, etc. Setup begins at 4 PM. Need about 12 people.
  • Hospitality: Greet students as they arrive, hand out raffle tickets, socialize with students. During the dinner, this team will be in charge of making sure the buffet line is stocked, bringing pitchers of water around for refills, clearing plates and serving dessert. Need about 12 people.
  • Table Hosts: If you have an interest and passion to engage directly with the students, hosting a table is a great way to help out. For each table, there will be 2 hosts also seated with the students. Your job is to simply enjoy the dinner with the students at your table, make new friendships and be open to answering questions about why we celebrate Thanksgiving and the gospel if an opening arises. This is a great opportunity for spouses to serve together. 22-24 people needed as table hosts.
  • Cleanup: Tear down and clean up the church after the dinner ends around 8 PM. 10 people needed for cleanup.

If you are able to volunteer and help out with dinner and either setup or cleanup as well, that would be appreciated!

If you’d like to help out as a volunteer, just email me  to let me know how you’d like to help!

Thanks so much for your support and help with this dinner. It was a great success last year, and we look forward to ministering to International Students again this year!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or Adam.

Charis + Adam

Nov 10

Rez Wood Cutting Trip Report & Another One November 15th!

Marvin G., Deacon at DSC reports:

Fourteen men, mostly from DSC plus two young daughters and one son joined five native American brothers and sisters from Cedar Hill church and cut seven truckloads of wood for some of the elderly and shut-ins on the Navajo reservation. Cedar Hill church has been doing a woodcutting ministry for more than a decade and Desert Springs has now had the privilege to help for two years. Glory to God for safety, for ministry and for the opportunity to fellowship with chainsaws!

Efren Butler, daughter of Pastor Tully Butler at Cedar Hills Church near Counselor, NM writes:

You guys gave us the boost we need to get through a few more weeks, thank you!

You all pointed us back to our Savior and reminded us of the amazing love our father has for us which can be given through brothers and sisters in Christ. Your encouragement to us is beyond what words can express! Thank the Lord for pointing all of you in our direction.  I noticed the day after, my parents with tears in their eyes smiling at how awesome God is to bring great people to serve.

I think things went great!

I really can’t put into words what you have given us through your service, fellowship and love but thank you!

And our team leader, DSC CG leader Lee S. said the following:

This is a part of why we do what we do, AND why we all want to do it again!

We have confirmed that our next Wood Cutting Foray will be on Saturday, November 15th. This trip will be just like the last one, where we find, cut/split and deliver wood to people who desperately need it to heat their homes and cook their meals…it is an opportunity to show the love of Christ in a physical way to those who may not know Him. As God blesses, our goal is to draw people into the local church in order to receive quality Bible Teaching and experience God’s Love in a very real and personal way.

Want to go on the next wood cutting trip November 15th?  Email to get more info and to sign up.