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The Abundant Lite

July 24, 2014                                                                           For Sunday July 24, 2014


Reflections:  From Jerry Di Noto




Have any interesting family stories?



Our reading about the trickster Jacob being out-tricked with the marital bed swapping of Laban’s daughters Leah and Rachael would make for an interesting reality show. The short version:  Jacob has to work for future father-in-law Laban for seven years before being allowed to marry Rachael. On the wedding night Laban swaps first-born daughter, Leah. Jacob arises the next morning to find the wrong woman and complains. Finally he strikes another deal with Laban for the original intended Rachel. In the end Jacob goes off with two wives! 


On the surface this account can be perceived as being wrought with lies, deception, dysfunction and questionable behavior- basically topics we read about every day. We each have accounts of family secrets, dysfunction, sorrow, loss, despair, and brokenness. We don’t expect to see God’s presence in these situations. All, however, may not be what it appears.


As people of faith, we believe our prayers involve God in our stories of brokenness, dysfunction, sorrow, and despair like yeast blended in with flour. You can’t see it or separate it, but it is there, working, leavening, and transforming the flour into something new and alive.


The leavening power of God within us can do more than we can ask or imagine. What we see is not all we get. In this seemingly incredible dysfunctional blend of characters, Rachel and Leah became the matriarchs of our faith tradition.


Right does not comes from wrong, rather wrong can be transformed by God’s presence and love.


I believe that’s what salvation is all about!




Jerry DiNoto


Featured Scripture

     Genesis 29:15-28


Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?” Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah’s eyes were lovely, and Rachel was graceful and beautiful. Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me.” So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.


Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.” So Laban gathered together all the people of the place, and made a feast. But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob; and he went in to her. (Laban gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her maid.) When morning came, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?” Laban said, “This is not done in our country– giving the younger before the firstborn. Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years.” Jacob did so, and completed her week; then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel as a wife.



Piano Fund Update


With the piano in Pasadena beginning to get its much needed make-over and the choir on vacation, the choir room seems somewhat empty.


To date, the Church has received 52 donations totaling $6,295. Donations are still needed and remember that no gift is too large or too small!


Fr. Andrew’s Sabbatical


As you know, Fr. Andrew has left on a well-earned annual vacation and three month sabbatical. It is a part of Episcopal tradition to give the members and friends of the parish an opportunity to contribute to a Sabbatical Fund to assist in an extended and meaningful time away. It’s still not too late to be a part of this effort and we invite you to write a tax-deductible check payable to “St. Paul in the Desert” noted for the Sabbatical Fund and either place it in the offering plate or send it to the Parish Office.



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:

July 27     What Needs to Die in the Church. 

Facilitator: Victoria Hatch

Click to read

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August 3     “Is Christian Unity Anything More Than a Pious Aspiration?”
Click to read
August 10     “Spreading the word – A Liberal Response”

Click to read
August 17     “So Am I A Christian or Not?”
Click to read
August 24     “There’s No Such Thing As An Atheist Baby”

Click to read
August 31      NO SESSION Labor Day Weekend Holiday



“Tuesdays at 7″

In The Library




July is movie month on Tuesdays at 7 PM in the Library!

The theme for the month of July is “Care/Caregiving”. 

7/29      Movie:  Secret Life of Bees        Facillitator: Audry Spencer
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8/5        Movie:   Tuesday with Morrie     Facillitator: Jerry DiNoto

8/12      Movie:   Driving Miss Daisy         Facillitator: Audry Spencer

8/19      Movie:   Rain Man                      Facillitator: Craig Ewing

8/26      Movie:   Nebraska                     Facillitator: Jerry DiNoto



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.





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!



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.




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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. 



Bishop Mathes has posted an editorial in the San Diego Union-Tribune regarding the border protests.  You can read it here.




Taizé Services

will be on

vacation until


October 2, 2014


See You Then!




St. Paul’s Campers are going up to Idyllwild County Campground on August 15 through the 17th! Come and enjoy the cool mountain air and tall pine trees.  Sign up in the Godly Play Room or call Bonnie Stroock at 760-324-7949.









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 August 13, at 10:15am. The Presiding Priest always welcomes assistance from parishioners.





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!


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.



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.



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.



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