Starting September 1, we began conducting weekly Sunday worship services for the residents.

Cinco Estrellas (5 Star) Award of Excellence

High Desert received this mission award at the New Mexico Annual Conference on June 14, 2019.

Community of Hope

Every three months members of the congregation prepare and serve meals for the homeless at First United Methodist Church in downtown Albuquerque. 

Work Teams

Volunteers have assisted University Heights United Methodist Church with the following maintenance items: painting exterior doors, restriping the church parking lot, and polished pews in sanctuary.

St. Croix

St. Croix was ravaged by back-to-back Category 5 Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017, and Hurricane Maria two weeks later. Hurricane Maria is considered the worst storm to hit St. Croix since Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and the deadliest Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Jeanne in 2004. Over the last two years, missionaries from High Desert have helped repair roofs and rebuild homes for the residents of the island. Funds have also been provided to purchase needed construction materials and tools.

Interfaith Bible Center

Periodically, throughout the year, High Desert provides sack lunches for the Center to distribute to the homeless in the International Zone of Albuquerque.

Kairos Prison Ministry

HDUMC is active in Kairos, an international, ecumenical prison ministry.  The purpose of Kairos is to establish strong Christian Communities among the populations of correctional institutions.  

The Mission is to bring Christ's love and forgiveness to all incarcerated individuals, their families and those who work with them and to assist the incarcerated in the transition to becoming a productive citizen.

High Desert UMC actively supports this organization financially, spiritually, baking Agape cookies and ministry participation.

For more information on this organization, please contact Linnette Carlson (a member of HDUMC) at (505) 450-4162 or click on the following link:

Walk to Emmaus

'Walk to Emmaus' is based on the scripture Luke 24:13-35, which tells of the men's journey on the road to Emmaus and sharing their hearts deepest concerns about the death of Jesus.  They encounter Christ, share a meal and recognize our risen Lord; rushing back to Jerusalem to share great news.

The 'Walk to Emmaus' is an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ in a new way as he is revealed to you through other believers.  It is a 72 hour experience of Christian spiritual renewal and formation.

High Desert UMC has participants that take this journey each year.

For more information on this walk, please contact Linnette Carlson (a member of HDUMC) at (505) 450-4162 or click on the following link:

Ministry continued


Feed New Mexico Kids

High Desert UMC, through Women with Purpose, is supporting Feed New Mexico Kids, a local nonprofit organization, in providing weekend food packages to children in our community. Over 245 children in Rio Rancho are homeless and even more go hungry, especially on the weekend.

Heifer International

The mission of Heifer International is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the earth. Their philosophy is to “teach a man to fish” by providing animals to families instead of handouts. The animals provide both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey which can be traded or sold at the market. This year High Desert purchased two cows under this program.

Operation Christmas Child

Each fall we participate in this project of Samaritan’s Purse which delivers gift filled shoe boxes to boys and girls all over the world. 

University Heights UMC Outreach

On Saturday, September 28th members of High Desert UMC held a cookout and mini-Vacation Bible School at University Heights UMC with approximately 65 people attending..