Desert Hope Ministries


We Bring an Abundance of Simple necessities Into our Community to Share His Love. We help provide these basic toiletries and paper goods to referred families in our community who need help. You may bring these supplies to church and place them in the BASICS bin. We get together to sort and pack supplies once a quarter.

Contact: Brenda McDowell

Back-to-School Supply Drive

This ministry of hope takes the worry from students whose families are struggling within our Gridley School community and allows them to concentrate on learning. We collect items late spring and summer and supply backpacks and necessary school supplies to prepare the students for the start of the school year.

Contact: Linda Fountain

Children’s Ministry

We provide care and attention to our youngest church members during worship time. There are always two (minimum) adult volunteers available each Sunday, which include a Nursery Leader, Lesson Leader and Volunteer. The Sunday Team provides childcare for babies and toddlers and a prearranged lesson plan for children 5 and up each Sunday Morning during the sermon. Ideally, each individual or team will volunteer one Sunday a month. If you feel called to volunteer in this ministry, we would love to have you!

Contact: Lisa Byl

Crafters’ Fellowship

Crafters’ Ministry is truly a ministry. These women (men are more than welcome) are busy ladies who keep their hands moving. We love to knit, crochet, paper craft/scrapbook, sew and do other crafts. If you want to learn a new craft, we probably have someone knowledgeable who would love to help you. Bring your item to work on and join the fellowship. We support each other with fun and prayer.

Contact: Judy Strong

Holiday Food Baskets

During the Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas seasons, our food basket ministry provides financially strapped families within our Gridley School community with a holiday meal and food supplies for a week. The month prior, we collect canned goods and boxed foods. We pack and deliver baskets with perishables to families the week prior to the holiday. Extra hands are always welcome.

Contact: Linda Fountain

Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch is a great way to meet people. This is a group of men and women, age 55+ who meet once a month for lunch, fellowship, and a short presentation. Some lunches are potluck and some are at restaurants. Members help plan and facilitate meetings. Our group participates in a service project also. Come join us for fun and food.  Please see the calendar for upcoming events and details.

Contact: This ministry is currently looking for new leadership.

Memorial Receptions

We help with the preparations for receptions following memorials and funerals. If you feel called to help serve in this very special way, please contact us.

Contact: Paula Erdos

Mission Center Hosts

A Mission Center host plays an important role in providing administrative support to welcome visitors, answer the phone, distribute mail, check/order supplies, etc. Our hosts volunteer once a week or on a substitute basis. Give us your availability and we’ll schedule you

Contact: Lori Fabbri

Prayer Team

We encourage everyone who is called to prayer and values prayer to join us. During this time, we pray for our nation, state and local concerns as well as for our Pastors, church leaders, and those we love and care about who have requested prayer. Additionally, you may be added to our list to join with others who pray at home for prayer requests received by e-mail as public prayers.

Contact: Judy Strong


Our ministry provides quilts for the residents of the homes built by the Agua Prieta Shelters program when they move into their new homes. We provide lap quilts to comfort our members, their families and friends of the congregation. Come join us. We welcome all quilters and those with sewing skills.

Contact: Kathy Lohmeier

Worship Assistance

These ministries are varied, but all very necessary for worship to result every Sunday with care and excellence. Please consider helping with one of the following ministries at either service. Contact the person leading the group for more information about the associated tasks.


Altar Setup Janet Bredehoft
Communion Assistants Barb Kuehn
Media Presenters Greg Silverman
Scripture Readers Joanna Jongsma
Sound Board Operations Pastor Jim Cords
Ushers Charley Hammond
Video Operations Robert Stein
Welcome Team Keith Kuehn

Contact: N/A

Youth Ministries

Middle school youth, grades 6-8, meet regularly for study, FUN, meals, retreats, camps and more. Our high school youth, grades 9-12, meet for fellowship, study, Bible, discussion, retreats and FUN. Students may join in these groups at any time! Contact Pastor Jim for information on how adults can help with these ministries.

Contact: Heather Stein