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The Abundant Lite

September 18, 2014                                                        For Sunday September 21, 2014


Reflections:  From Jerry Di Noto





When is enough, enough?


As the Israelites wandered through the desert they were exhausted and hungry; they began to question whether they made the correct decision to leave Egypt. They complained to Moses saying they would gladly give up their freedom to satisfy their hunger. Moses reminded them that the only option to preserve their freedom was to trust that God would provide for their needs as they continued on their journey. In return for their trust and faith, God blessed them every morning with bread and at twilight quail covered the desert.   Each person had to gather his or her own for the day; it could not be stored. No one got full but everyone was satisfied and had enough for each day. Thus, the Hebrews continued to remain free!


As I reflected on this scripture, my thought focused on what is enough in our lives. Many of us satisfy our hunger by giving up our freedom too easily. We stay in a consuming job because we think our hunger is for success. We remain in a consuming relationship because we fear loneliness and hunger for stability. We acquire a mountain of debt because we think the next purchase will satisfy our hunger for material things. In desperation we turn to over-consuming, addictive behavior and keeping mindlessly busy. We never have enough! The more we consume, the more we become enslaved to that which whittles away our freedom.


I believe the lesson in this scripture is that if we depend on money, power or people to satisfy our hunger we may be disappointed – for they have no power to completely satisfy our hunger. Ultimately the hunger we experience can only be satisfied by God who provides us with a sufficient amount of grace every day. In our Prayers of the People we bring the hungers of our lives to the Lord. Our act of praying is our way of freely putting ourselves into the hands of God.

Our hunger comes in many forms, and we can be satisfied by the great love of God which fills our hearts and satisfies our needs. Once we really believe that we are the beloved of God, we then become free to use our lives in responding gratefully to God’s love and by loving others.


I believe that should be enough!




Jerry DiNoto



Featured Scripture

     Exodus 16:2-15


The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”


Then the LORD said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not. On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days.” So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you shall know that it was the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you shall see the glory of the LORD, because he has heard your complaining against the LORD. For what are we, that you complain against us?” And Moses said, “When the LORD gives you meat to eat in the evening and your fill of bread in the morning, because the LORD has heard the complaining that you utter against him– what are we? Your complaining is not against us but against the LORD.”


Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, `Draw near to the LORD, for he has heard your complaining.’” And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud. The LORD spoke to Moses and said, “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, `At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the LORD your God.’”


In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the LORD has given you to eat.”



St. Paul’s Foundation Fundraiser-Oct. 3rd: 6-8 pm

St. Paul’s Foundation is globally committed to working for Women’s Development and Employment, HIV-aids Prevention and Education and projects to Build Sustainable Communities. Adult Formation and Social Justice invite you to a fund raiser October 3rd from 6 to 8 PM at the home of Scott Griffith & Gregg Fletcher-  815 N. Prescott Drive, Palm Springs, CA  92262. Phone contact numbers:  760.325.7070 – residence, 330.329.7776 – mobile/Scott, 760.844.0110 – mobile/Greg.  Tickets may be purchased for $25 during coffee hour on Sept. 28th or purchased on line at stpaulsps.org.




The Social Justice Team and Music Department


The Social Justice Team and Music Department are excited to present Cornerstone Chorale and Brass, under the direction of Dr. Bruce Vantine, on Friday, October 17th at 7:30 p.m. This is their 26th year presenting concerts across the nation with a Christ-centered message of social justice and reconciliation, and one critic described it as “Lessons and Carols without the Christmas theme”.  Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door and a reception will follow to meet our artists. A part of our responsibility is to provide housing for the singers and brass players. We need a total of 28 beds (can be two beds in a room but no shared beds) and hosts will need to serve breakfast on Saturday morning before they leave early for Arizona.  If you can assist or for more information, please contact Nathan Ensign after services or at:  760-320-7488  Ext. 225.



Adult Choir

It’s not too late to join the Adult Choir as they will have their annual retreat this Saturday, September 20th starting at 8:30 in the Parish Hall. New singers are always welcome, so see Nathan Ensign after services for more details. Regular rehearsals begin Wednesday the 24th at 7:00 in the Choir Room.



“HERE I AM” – A Call


“Here I AM” – A Call to Service. for Chalice Bearers, Acolytes, Eucharistic Visitors, Ushers & Readers. St. Paul’s is in need of people who are willing to serve in worship on the Altar Guild, as Acolytes and Worship Coordinators, as Chalice Bearers, as Lay Eucharistic Visitors, as Ushers, as Readers, and Prayer Leaders. In the coming weeks we will be giving you more information regarding these opportunities and the schedule for training. Please listen to hear if God is calling you one of these ministries of worship. To express an interest please call the Parish Office 760.320.7488 and leave your name & contact information.



Faith Formation


“Sundays at 9:15″

In The Library





Welcome to The Episcopal Café’ Discussion Group! Sessions held in Parish Hall Chapel.

These discussion-sharing sessions are based on online topics from Episcopal websites.

Participants can pre-read discussion articles on the sites indicated. The Episcopal Café discussion group topics and websites are:




9/21     “Whatever Happened to Inclusive Language?”

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9/28     Global & Inclusive Healing.  A panel presentation headed by Rev. Albert Ogle.  Stay tuned for more details!




10/5  “What I Heard in Ferguson”  Facilitator- Audrey Spencer

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10/12 “ISIS and the Crisis of Meaning” Facilitator – Craig Ewing

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10/19 “The Sacred Can Be Found in the Sound of Silence”  Facilitator- Brother John Charles Westaway

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10/26 “The Rising Number of Homeless Gay Teens – Many from ‘Religious Families’”  Facilitator- Alan Zimmerman

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“Tuesdays at 7″ In The Library







In September:  Celebrating 40 Years of Woman’s Ordination


9/23 & 9/30    Book Discussion: Looking Forward, Looking Backward: Forty Years of Women’s Ordination by Fredrica Harris Thompsett (Editor)
This is a wide-ranging exploration of the past, present, and future effects of women’s ordination on the church.


Book available through Amazon.


10/7, 10/14, 10/21 & 10/28 The God Problem- Alternatives to Fundamentalism by Nigel Leaves. Almost everyone has their own view of what they mean by God.  Some claim that they are “atheists” primarily because they do not believe in what they think is popularly referred to as “God.”   Nigel Leaves’ book, The God Problem looks at the reasons behind the waning of the Christian faith because of its continuing insistence on a supernatural God. This book will be available for sale at each of the sessions for $18.  Put on your critical thinking hat and attend this four week discussion course led by Fr. Bob Semes.



Volunteers Needed – Roy’s Desert Resource Center!


St. Paul’s is expanding its outreach to the men, women and children of Roy’s Desert Resource Center, one of the Coachella Valley’s largest transitional living facilities for the homeless.  New volunteers are needed to assist in our continuing Monday night dessert service to Roy’s residents as are baked goods, used clothing and donations to our Roy’s “S.O.S” fund.  We are also looking for new volunteers willing to assist residents as they visit the on-site “God’s Closet” used clothing repository.  We encourage everyone with a little time to spare to join us in this opportunity for service and fellowship.  For more information, please contact Chris Kelly at 760.406.2978.  We would love to hear from you!


Report Misconduct


As part of our ongoing commitment to creating a safe haven for everyone, our diocese trains people in the prevention of misconduct and encourages all to report misconduct. All reported incidents are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly and confidentially. If you believe you have experienced misconduct of any kind, please contact the John Seitman, at jseitman@pacbell.net or 858-793-4426.





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Please observe that the office is not open for walk-ins on Mondays. If you call, please leave a message. In case of emergencies, a priest will return your call. 




The Order of the Daughters of the King will be having our first meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 23rd at 1:15 pm in the Church Condo.


We welcome and encourage all women attending St. Paul’s to join us and learn what DOK is about. We are a Prayer and Service Ministry. Any questions, please call Val Ferguson @ 760-671-5372.




Baptisms for children

are scheduled for

September 28th.


Preparation for Baptism will be held on Saturday, September 27th. 


If you are interested in having your child baptized, please call the parish office at 760.320.7488.  Ask to speak to Brother John Charles or the Parish Registrar, Orin Ellingson, who can provide the details and sign you up.




Taizé Services

will be on

vacation until


October 2, 2014


See You Then!




Piano Fund Update:


To date, the Church has received 64 donations totaling $14,765.








Holy Communion at Windsor Court, 201 South Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, is hosted by the Nursing Home Ministry on the second Wednesday of the month, next, on October 8th, at 10:15am. The Presiding Priest always welcomes assistance from parishioners.





Coffee Hour following the 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM services is hosted by the Vestry.


Please consider signing up to host a Coffee Hour in 2014. A binder at the entrance to the Parish Hall indicates available Sundays throughout the year. There are several Sundays available through the end of the year. If you have questions, call Ray or Cheryl Kelley at 760.778.1725.






The Prayer Shawl Ministry invites you to join our circle on Wednesday’s from 10am -1pm in Hogarth Hall. Whether  you wish to learn to knit or crochet or are an  expert needleworker, we welcome you. Needles, hooks and yarn are provided. Please drop in  to create and enjoy our prayerfully made creations.




Is on vacation for the Summer!  Check back with us in September!

Bullying Behavior Not Welcome Here


At St. Paul in the Desert we welcome all worshipers to a place that is free of violence and bullying.


Physical, verbal or emotional violence against others or against oneself is not acceptable.


“It Gets Better” is a series of video messages to encourage Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender youth and let them know that they are loved as they are.


“A Blessing for Those Who Are Bullied” was written by the Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston, a Bishop of the Episcopal Church.


It is not enough to say “NO” to bullies. It is important to stand up for people and to provide resources for those who have been the targets.



Episcopalians Against Gun Violence


. . . is an ad-hoc group of bishops, clergy and lay people disseminating information about Episcopalians who are working, collectively and individually, to curb gun violence. For further information, click here.



At the Church

of St. Paul

in the Desert

. . . we welcome all worshipers to a place free of violence, bullying, and abuse. Physical, verbal or emotional violence against others or against oneself is not acceptable because of our understanding of what it means to follow Jesus.  Please let Jesus’ command to love your neighbor as yourself be your guide.




Our Partnership


Katherine Finchy

Elementary School


. . . continues through  our donations of classroom supplies. Please take a blue classroom supply wish list, available from the ushers, (or view and print), to use when you go shopping.  Please place your  donations in the basket marked “Katherine Finchy Elementary” located in the Narthex.  You may also bring your purchased supplies to the Church Office during business hours. If you are unable to shop, but would like to help financially, please make your check out to “St. Paul in the Desert” and write “Katherine Finchy” on the memo line.





Our mission statement calls us to be “a welcoming, empowering and supportive community.” We are currently forming a new ministry at St Paul’s to support that mission.  Volunteers are needed from all three services to donate approximately 90 minutes of their time per month.  That time is split into 3-30 minute segments: 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after the service you attend, once per month, to support the Welcoming Table located in the Narthex and another 30 minutes a month assisting with name badge organization.  If you are able to lend a hand, please contact Mike Funke at 760.-409.0986 or mike.funke@yahoo.com!


Help us live our mission statement!



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Saturday, September 20th


Holy Communion

4:00 p.m. 

The Rev. Andrew Green



Sunday, September 21st


Holy Communion

8:00 a.m.

The Rev. Andrew Green


Holy Communion

10:30 a.m.

The Rev. Andrew Green



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