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The Abundant Life


June 23, 2016                                     For Sunday, June 26th


From the Rector


Set Your Face – To A Holy Place
As Jesus moves through the first half of the Gospel according to Luke, he has been teaching, preaching, healing and forgiving. He has been crossing borders, moving from his home region – where people assume he is “like” them and are disappointed – to places where he is the stranger. There he heals a man possessed – and is invited to leave by residents who don’t know what to make of him and are afraid. 
Jesus has been crossing other borders, too. He has been turning the accepted order upside down. He shared a meal with a religious leader, only to challenge his host’s sincerity and make himself an ally with “sinners.”
In this week’s reading Jesus reveals a plot development and points to the cost of his mission of liberation, healing, and inclusion – the good news of God’s reign. He sets his face towards Jerusalem, the Holy City.
Then, as today, Jerusalem was a Holy Place, for several reasons. Then, it was the site of the Temple, recently rebuilt by Herod. It contained the City of David. Spiritually, it was the center of the world. And for Jesus, it was the place where he would face his greatest confrontation, but the place he must go to engage his calling fully. He did not just stumble upon it, he made a crucial decision to go there.
Holy places are like that. Our common wisdom wants them to be places of great serenity and depth, free of the conflicts that often assault and stress us. However, holy places are not “safe” places. Annie Dillard writes about our domestication of holy places: “It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews.” (I think this is from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.)
Holy places bring comfort and challenge, they are places of peace and conflict, and they are not the places of our fantasy. They are places where we meet God in a substantial and often unexpected way. St. Paul’s is a place where people intend to go for a host of reasons. I often hear people say that it is a place of peace. We work to make it a place that is safe and welcoming, a table where we meet one another and Jesus.
Join us at the table, anticipating God’s healing love, and be ready to be surprised as Jesus disturbs our peace and sets our faces to what is holy in this world.
Fr. Andrew




Featured Scripture

     Luke 9:51-62
When the days drew near for Jesus to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. Then they went on to another village.
As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”




Help Answer Gun Violence
In the wake of the Orlando shootings, St. Paul’s Social Justice Committee is looking for some new faces to assist in its continuing program to combat the scourge of gun violence.  The Committee is currently planning educational programs on gun safety and violence prevention, as well as opportunities for advocacy and prophetic witness for a more peaceful society.  Contact Chris Kelly at cwklly615@gmail.com if you are interested in finding out what you can do to help. 

Welcome Seminarian

Patricia Horkey


St. Paul’s is honored to have Episcopal Church seminarian Patricia Horkey with us during the month of July. Patricia will assist at our services and may participate in other activities and programs. Patricia is a nominee for ordination at our sister parish in Idyllwild, St. Hugh of Lincoln Episcopal Church. Patricia is the leader of St. Hugh’s Precious Elder Ministry. Welcome Patricia!


Baked Goods and Fruit
for Roy’s
With the snowbirds flown, St. Paul’s Monday night outreach to the homeless men, women and children at Roy’s Desert Resource Center needs your support to help get through the summer doldrums.  Home-made or store bought baked desserts, cakes and cookies, as well as fresh fruit, are urgently needed.  Simply bring your donation to church on Saturday or Sunday and leave it with the ushers.  Contact Chris Kelly at (760) 406-2978 for further information.

Altar and Narthex (church lobby) Flower Sponsorships
Sponsoring flowers for the Altar or Narthex is a distinctive way to remember loved ones or commemorate special occasions, like birthdays and anniversaries.  RESERVE YOUR SPECIAL DATE NOW by completing the sponsor sign-up form in the Flower Sponsorship Binder.  You’ll find the binder on the table to your right as you enter the Parish Hall. 

Sunday Mornings at 9:15 AM

Episcopal Café in The Library

Check it out

6/26    The Three Kinds of Grief Nobody talks About
           Led by Craig Ewing.
           Read about it
 7/3     Yearning to Breathe Free  
           Led by Br. John Charles
           Read about it



Tuesday Evenings at 7:00 PM

Faith Building – In the Library

Please Note:  In the Gospel of Luke, Led by Br. John Charles, Br. John respectfully requests that you read the scripture in advance of each session.



6/28   Luke 24:13-35 – The Road to Emmaus.
          Led by Br. John Charles.
June 28th is the final session of the season. There will be no Tuesday sessions in July or August.



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 John Seitman, at jseitman@pacbell.net or 858-793-4426.





A Welcoming, Empowering, Supportive Community


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!








Effective May 31 through Sept 6, our summer office hours will be 9:00- 4:30 Tuesday through Thursday: and Friday 9:00 – noon.


Should you call on Monday when we are closed to the public, please leave a message.  In case of an emergency, a priest will return your call.




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If you’re interested in getting to know your fellow parishioners at a more social or personal level, the St. Paul Parish Life Committee may have something just for you!  This new endeavor is looking for ways for St. Paul’s members to socialize and have fun together, with programs starting gradually this summer and expanding in the fall.  If you have thoughts on how social and recreational activities could be developed and sustained, please contact Fred Ross and/or Gary Hiatt at 760-325-1542, or email Fred at fredeross@comcast.net or Gary at ghiatt@comcast.net. Gary and Fred look forward to hearing from you.



Sunday Childcare Change


Sunday worship childcare for 8:00 am services will be suspended for the summer, from July 3 through September 4, resuming on Sunday, September 11.  Childcare will be available for 10:30 Sunday services, beginning at 10:00 am, throughout the summer.



Closing the Gap 
We began the year anticipating a significant gap between our income and expenses. As of June 23rd we have closed the gap by $66,488.00 through reductions in expenses and by increased giving. We only need $19,048 in new 
“Gap” contributions to meet our goal. Join us. Every additional contribution will help. 
Giving Made Easier
St. Paul’s has a new system for online giving and we encourage you to use it (see the right hand column on this web page.)
If you have any questions, please contact the office. Our online system makes it easy to direct your donation to a specific fund.


Attention St. Paul Campers

There’ll be an organizational meeting this Sunday, June 26th, after the 10:30 service. We have two campsites reserved for July 15th – July 17th in Idyllwild at the Riverside County campground. We can take two more campers. If you are interested please call Bonnie Stroock 760.324.7949.



The next COMMUNION SERVICE at Windsor Court is scheduled for Wednesday, July 13th at 10:15 am. The priest and residents always welcome parishioners to join in the worship. 







Please join us in the Parish Hall after each Sunday service for coffee and refreshments. Coffee Hours are an important ministry of hospitality for both our members and guests.

Sunday’s Coffee Hour after the 8:00 service is sponsored by John Hampson. Hap Blaisdell is hosting the Coffee Hour after the 10:30 service.


Please consider hosting an upcoming Coffee Hour. We have no sponsors yet for the month of August! The sign-up book is on the table to your right as you enter the Parish Hall.




The Prayer Shawl Ministry invites you to join our circle on 
Wednesday’s from 10 am-1 pm 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.




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 because of our understanding of what it means to follow Jesus.  Please let Jesus’ command to love your neighbor as yourself be your guide.


“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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Saturday, June 25th

Holy Communion

4:00 p.m.

The Rev. Canon Victoria Hatch



Sunday, June 26th

Holy Communion

8:00 a.m.

The Rev. Canon Victoria Hatch


Holy Communion

10:30 a.m.

The Rev. Canon Victoria Hatch



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