The Abundant Lite – April 19, 2012

The Abundant Lite

April 19, 2012                                                  For Sunday, April 22nd

From The Rector


What Does It Take To Believe?


After Easter our readings are mostly from the Gospel of John, but this week we hear from the Gospel of Luke. It sounds a bit like last week’s reading with “doubting” Thomas, and “Peace be with you.”


Jesus appears in the midst of the disciples and greets them, “Peace.”. They are startled, frightened, terrified, and doubting. Jesus offers his body to be touched and eats in their presence. They still wonder and disbelieve.


What does it take to believe?


Jesus begins to teach them and “opened their minds to understand the scriptures.” Finally, he tells them that they are his witnesses.


For all of the folks who are looking for “proof,” this passage indicates that belief does not come from that. For the person who is not ready to believe, proof won’t make the difference. At least it won’t make a difference in getting to the place of belief.


The disciples did come to believe. Jesus sent them out in his name and they told the story and they lived the life and they made a difference. I think they were more like us than we realize.


It was not just the teaching of Jesus that changed them. It was not just his work of healing that changed them. It was not just his death and resurrection that changed them. I believe that it was God’s spirit that took all they had seen and heard, opened their minds to the connections with their tradition, and guided their life as a community of disciples that changed them from doubters to believers and from fearful followers to fearless leaders.


I believe that same Spirit works with us in the same way today. We listen, learn, act and become followers like the disciples. We are sent out together in witness to God’s abundant love, and in the process we are changed and make a difference. Belief can be realized.


Join us in worship this weekend as we work at becoming believers..


Fr. Andrew


Featured Scripture

     Luke 24:36b-48


While the disciples were telling how they had seen Jesus risen from the dead, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.


Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you– that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.”

Episcopal Community Services


Episcopal Community Services will celebrate its 85th Birthday on Friday, June 1st at Good Samaritan Episcopal Church.  A superstar committee chaired by Terri Mathes is busily planning what will surely be a fun and unique event.  We are requesting donations of prizes for our opportunity drawing:  handcrafts, theatre tickets, museum passes, vacation getaways, restaurant certificates, sporting event tickets and much, much more.


Donate individually, or brainstorm with fellow parishoners to create a gift basket on behalf of your parish.l  The sky’s the limit.  For more information, please call ECS’ Office of Development at (619) 228-2800 or email:  Click here to visit the ECS website.


Thank you.  And, please stay tuned . . .  details about Holy Smoke! are coming soon.  We hope to see you on June 1st at Good Sam!



ECW Monthly Meeting


Celebrate May with ECW Thursday, May 3rd | 11am | Parish Hall.

May is a month that holds promise, what with Mother’s Day and the bloom of spring flowers, and that theme will be featured when the Episcopal Church Women gather for their monthly meeting. Come and share memories about your Mother, bring a favorite flower and celebrate May.


A business meeting begins the gathering and is followed by the noon luncheon and program. This meeting is open to all, and newcomers are especially welcome. 


Please bring a salad to serve 4-6, rolls, or a dessert; beverages are provided. Hostesses for the event are Beverly Zwack, Barbara Villani, and Anna Secrist. For additional information, contact Kathy Briski at 760.864.7145.

Annual Waddy Scholarship Auditions


The Annual Waddy Scholarship Auditions for young talent in music and speaking is scheduled at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 5th and Nutmeg Streets, in San Diego on Saturday, May 19th. Students from 8-12 are invited to participate. A brochure with an application form is available in the church office. Scholarships in past years have ranged from $50 to $350. Deadline for the application is Thursday, May 10th.


Pledge Update for 2012


So far 166 members or families have committed $332,391.00 for the support of God’s Mission at St. Paul’s. In addition to 23 new pledges there are about 25 pledges still outstanding from people who pledged last year and are still part of St. Paul’s.


Our pledge target for 2012 is $416,000.00, so we are considerably short of that goal. We anticipate missing our target by as much as $40,000-50,000.


The support of every member is needed to support our mission and ministries. If you have not made a pledge, please do so if you are able.


The Rector and Vestry will be considering a variety of options to respond to this situation and will keep the parish informed.

Faith Building

“Sundays at 9:15”

In The Library





April 22, & 29

04/22    The Apocalypse: Daniel, led by David Abernethy-Deppe
04/29    The Apocalypse: Revelation, led by David Abernethy-Deppe


May 6, 13, & 20  No Class May 27


5/06  The Synoptic Gospels: St. Mark, led by Jerry Lynch

5/13  St. Matthew, led by Victoria Hatch

5/20  St. Luke, led by Jerry DiNoto

5/27  No class

“Thursdays At 7”





April 19, & 26

04/19    The Protestant Reformation: Calvin, led by Jerry DiNoto
04/26    The Protestant Reformation: The Anabaptists, led by David Abernethy-Deppe


May 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31


5/03  Buddhism: A World Religion 

5/10  The Life of the Buddha

5/17  All Is Suffering

5/24  The Path to Nirvana led by the Faith Formation Team

5/31  The Buddhist Community, with the Dharmachakra Buddhist Center



Anglican Chorale Concert


Bless the Lord, Oh My Soul

Sunday, April 29th | 4pm | St. Paul in the Desert |

$12 general, $10 Student/Senior

is a concert by the Anglican Chorale of Southern California, James A. Person, Founder/Director, and Brent Reynolds, Accompanist. Information at 760.992.7947,,




Mosaic for Home and Garden – Seminar

Rebuild Our Church in Haiti


The Episcopal Diocese of Haiti—the largest Diocese in the Episcopal Church is in ruins. While the people of Haiti struggle to rebuild their nation, Episcopalians are uniting to rebuild our Church in Haiti.


Click the image above to learn more.


Roy’s Desert Resource Center & Desert SOS

Volunteers from St. Paul’s continue to serve dessert to between 70 and 100 homeless men, women and children at Roy’s every Monday evening. The desserts consist of baked goods and other goodies (store-bought or homemade) from our parishioners. As well, we deliver each month sox and undies purchased from our SOS Fund or placed in the SOS basket on Sunday. which is funded by special donations from parishioners. All of these efforts are deeply appreciated by these people who are earnestly striving to get back into the main stream.


If you would like to participate in this program, you can:

  • Sign up to Volunteer
  • Write a check St. Pauls (marked for SOS Fund)
  • Bring new white sock and/or large underwear for the Basket
  • Place baked goods in the center section of the Fridge (again, marked For SOS)

Please call Hap Blaisdell at 760-323-5726 for additional information and ideas.


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Cold Toes at Desert SOS – Roy’s Resource Center has made a plea for covered shoes, boots and tennis shoes for their clients. Many clients have no shoes. If you have unworn or nearly new shoes that could be donated bring them to the church office or place them next to the Desert SOS basket in the narthex.


If you would prefer to make a financial donation for shoes, make your check payable to: St. Paul’s, and in the memo area, write: SOS SHOE Fund.  Contact Hap for more information at 760.323.5726.






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Easter Flowers

A list of Easter Flower Donations is available for you to view by clicking here.


Parish Photographer Needed


St. Paul’s needs a photographer to capture pictures of our people in action.  We want pictures of our people in worship, in ministry and in fellowship.


Although most cell phones take decent pictures, the parish photographer would need a good digital camera and be willing to learn how to take pictures without distracting from the activities being photographed. The photo-grapher would also need to be able to upload the pictures quickly so that they might be used for parish purposes.


This is an important volunteer position and has the potential to assist the parish in attracting and welcoming new people.


Please contact Jonathan Abernethy-Deppe at or call him at 760-320-7488 ext. 224.



Prayer Shawl Ministry

. . . meets every Wednesday from 10 am – 1 pm in the Parish Hall. This peace-filled stitching circle gives members fulfillment and spiritual sustenance in creating prayer shawls to comfort those in need of prayer. For more details contact Valerie Ferguson at 760.799.5927, Barbara Hawkins Villani at 760.322.3987, or Audrey Spencermorris at 760.835.5506.


Well in the Desert


. . .is looking for a couple of additional servers for the hot lunch they serve on Wednesdays at our church. They serve from 11 am – 1 pm. If you are interested please contact Jonathan Abernethy-Deppe at 760.320.7488 ext 224 or


Coffee Hour

Hosts for 10:30 are the members of the Choir.


To sign up to host a Coffee Hour, please use the binder on the entrance table in the Parish Hall. If you have questions, please contact Ray or Cheryl Kelley at 760.778.1725.



Do-It-Yourself Mosaic for Home & Garden


On May 19, June 2 from 10am-2pm. Cost is $25. Location is Camp Stevens. The art of assembling pieces of glass or stone into images, mosaics are a beautiful addition to a home or garden–and it’s simpler to do than you may think! In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the steps to creating your own mosaic, including supplies and design considerations, and practice on an installation at Camp Stevens.


For more information and to register, go to



Sign Up for Flowers,

Coffee Hour and

Desert SOS


To make is easier for parishioners to sign-up for Flowers, Coffee Hours, and the Desert SOS Dessert Ministry, the sign-up sheets are in binders that are on the entrance table in the Parish Hall. The 2012 binders are filling fast, so if you have a special date that you want to commemorate, be sure to sign up early.



Report Sexual Misconduct

As part of our ongoing commitment to creating a safe haven for everyone, please be reminded that our diocese values the tenet of our baptismal covenant to “respect the dignity of every human being.” Part of the way we live into that is to train people in the prevention of sexual misconduct. Another part that goes hand-in-hand with training is reporting incidences of sexual misconduct. Our bishop, the Rt. Rev. James R. Mathes, takes reports seriously and investigates them thoroughly and confidentially. If you believe you have experienced sexual misconduct of any kind, please contact Bishop Mathes immediately:, 619-481-5450.



Bullies Not Welcome Here


At St. Paul in the Desert we want to 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.



The Bishop’s Appeal


The Bishop’s Appeal supports the mission of the diocese through gifts that are used for support of our ongoing programs and ministries: congregational support and development, leadership development, pastoral care, ministry development, and Christian formation. 100% of your gift goes to supporting our ministries. To make a gift, to the secure website at or mail to: Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, 2728 Sixth Ave., San Diego, CA 92103.




The St. Paul Columbarium Niches are over 60% sold out. If you are interested in a specific niche, please do not wait to purchase it or reserve it. Deposits are required for all niche reservations. Please contact Jonathan Abernethy-Deppe, at 760.320.7488, ext. 224 for further information.


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