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Get Involved


We are committed to providing activities for people of all ages. At High Desert we offer a wide range of activities for church members to get involved in. Below are some of our recent activities. Contact the church office to learn more about any of these activities.

Women With Purpose



The mission statement of Women With Purpose at High Desert Church is : "Love in Action."  We help women in need in our community with practical items, assemble hygiene kits for United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), support local projects for the homeless and abused, and send notes of encouragement to those who are struggling.  We also enjoy our time together as we have interactive devotional and time of fellowship.  Good things happen when women get together!  Call the church office for the next meeting time for the two groups.

Women With Purpose - Feed NM Kids

Thank you to the 61 volunteers who helped assemble 240 snack packages Sunday, November 17th for the  local school children to have over the weekend   Thanks to Chuck Schimke for providing the music and to Wanda Golsan and Women With Purpose for their leadership. 

Vacation Bible School



Vacation Bible School was held on Thursday-Saturday, July 11th - 13, 2019 from 6-8 pm. A total of eight children participated along with ten wonderful adult volunteers. We began each night with music in the atrium followed by a Bible story in the chapel, snacks in one of the Sunday School rooms, recreation on the south side of the building, crafts in the other Sunday School room, and closing with music back in the atrium. 

2019 Neighborhood Cook Out


Neighborhood Cookout

On Friday evening, May 31st, High Desert UMC sponsored a Neighborhood Cookout in the church parking lot to introduce the church to the surrounding neighborhood. Well over 100 people enjoyed free hotdogs, hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans, watermelon, and deserts in addition to a time of fellowship.

Upcoming Events


Church News

On December 31, 2019, Earl Hester our Trustees Chair, signed the lease for relocating the church to 1201 Golf Course Road in Rio Rancho.  We will move to the new location on February 1st with the first worship services on February 2nd.

Super Bowl Football Sunday

Join us on Sunday, February 2nd as we prepare for the Super Bowl by:

1. Wearing a jersey/sweatshirt of your favorite football team (college or pro) to church.

2. Joining us at 12:15 pm for a soup potluck; there is a sign-up sheet for bringing soup at the back table.

3. Bringing cans of soup for the Pantry.

Second Mile Giving

Our Second Mile Giving for January is the St. Croix Mission Team; a special offering will be taken Sunday, January 19th;  please mark “St. Croix Mission” on your check or you can place your contribution in the basket on the back table.  You can also contribute throughout the month of January.

Morningstar Worship

Each Sunday a member of High Desert UMC leads worship at MorningStar Senior Living located at 2301 Golf Course Road, SE in Rio Rancho at 10:30 am.

Feed Wesley the Pig

Funds donated to Wesley the Pig are used to provide pop-top food packages to homeless who walk into our office for help. You may put your contribution in the blue pig on the back table or write “Wesley the Pig” on the memo line of your check to the church. Thanks for your continued support!

Community of Hope

Our next opportunity to help feed the homeless at Community of Hope in downtown Albuquerque is scheduled for Sunday January 26th. If you would like to participate in this mission outreach, please sign-up at the back table. Volunteers are especially needed to cook the Sloppy Joe Recipe and donate hamburger buns, cans of baked beans and fruit.

Community of Hope - Meeting January 19th

If you have volunteered to help with the Community of Hope outreach on  Sunday, January 26th, please meet with Wanda Golsan in the Breakroom at 10:15 am on January 19th after the 9 am worship service.

Upcoming Events continued


Congregational Care Team

Will meet Sunday, January 12th at 10:15 am in the Breakroom.

Mark your Calendars

The next assembling of food packages for Feed New Mexico Kids will be on Sunday, March 22nd at 2 pm.

Final Preparations

While it is not something we like to think about, we all need to prepare for the end of life. To help in these preparations and the decisions that your family will have to make, the Congregational Care Team has revised a form that has been used in the past that you can submit to the pastor for your Celebration of Life.

The forms are on the back table; when completed, please give it to Reuben.

Hospitality Seminar

If you would like to attend a seminar on welcoming visitors scheduled for February, 1st from 10 am – 4 pm at Central UMC, please see Reuben.

Need A Ride?

With the church moving to 1201 Golf Course Road on February 1st, if you need a ride to church please call the church office at 505-891-4206.   To schedule a ride on the church bus, please call Jeff Pratt at 505-780-2611.