For Sunday, April 14th

The Week’s Message

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In Transition

We, the people of St. Paul’s, are in between times. The greater part of Lent is behind us and Easter has not arrived. As we enter Holy Week, many may refer to it as a rollercoaster. This is where we find ourselves as the Body of Christ. St. Paul in the Desert as a community of faith is in transition, in between times. It is a place of many emotions: fear of the unknown, of sadness, of abandonment, and of excitement and adventure. Jesus enters Jerusalem, heralded as the messiah, and his disciples are excited and see fulfillment of scripture as the week unfolds. A new commandment is given by Jesus, “to love one another as I have loved you.” It’s followed by betrayal and crucifixion. We discover we are the crowd entering Jerusalem, proclaiming excitedly, “Hosanna!” and the same crowd sneering as we cry, “Crucify Him!”

We enter this Holy Week, a people in a transitional process. It will take time and may be exciting and scary. One of the gifts of Anglicanism is living comfortably with ambiguity, not having all the answers and sometimes not even knowing the questions. We are lucky that we know Easter follows Good Friday; however, it is still a process and we must go through Good Friday in order to fully celebrate Easter and the Resurrection. Palm Sunday is but a foretaste of what is to come.

We are an Easter people, and we know that Jesus who died for us is an assurance of God’s love for us all. As Presiding Bishop Michael Curry frequently says, “If it’s not about Love, it’s not about Jesus.” It is why we gather Sunday after Sunday; it is to remember – anamnesis (the Greek word). We remember God’s mighty acts, showing His love for us, God’s abiding faithfulness and presence during this transition. This process is remembering God’s constancy and faithfulness to us as the One who is ultimately in charge. I have said, in the words of the Beatles, it is like, “A Magical Mystery Tour.” We are embarking on a journey of faith, trusting in God’s abiding presence as we, a faith community, discern God’s direction for our future. It will take time, both chronos and kyros. Please keep St. Paul’s in your prayers.

The Rev. Canon Victoria Hatch

A Message of Appreciation and Farewell from Fr. Andrew

Abundant Thanks! Susan and I are so grateful for the wonderful celebration the congregation offered to mark our departure from St. Paul’s! So much of the graciousness and joy that describe the community of the parish were evident in abundance.

I want to thank Sr. Warden, Peter DiCarlo and Jr. Warden, Br. John Charles Westaway for guiding the planning and celebration. Thanks to the committee members who made everything happen, Clinton Carbon, Nancy Antonius, Kathy Kilmer, Dick Taylor, Marcus Fuller, and Steve Moore. Thank you to the generous donors who underwrote the celebration. And thank you to everyone who has contributed to the gift for Susan and me.

Thanks to Bp. Katharine, the Diocesan Staff, Assisting Clergy, Diocesan Clergy, and the Rev. Laura Sheridan-Campbell; the Altar Servers, Ushers, and children, for making this celebration incredible.

Thanks to St. Paul’s Vestry for supporting and enabling this transition and who will be leading the Parish into this new chapter of amazing mission and ministry. All of them know that God is leading the Parish in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Thanks to St. Paul’s amazing staff and volunteers. Kathy Guidry, the Parish Administrator has great ability to lead the work that supports St. Paul’s mission and ministry with skill and compassion. She will need everyone’s support and prayers.

Thanks to Nathan Ensign, our Music Director, for his leadership of the music and the Choir. The Communion Hymn the choir led last Sunday brought tears to my eyes. Nathan wrote a descant for the final verse to make it special. He often writes extra music to enhance the offering of the Choir.

Finally, thanks to all the people of St. Paul in the Desert. I have loved my time leading ministry with you. Susan and I have loved you and we have experienced your love and support.

Now, we will draw back and prepare for our next chapter, as you begin yours. I am no longer your pastor and you no longer are our Parish. This will be a new road for all of us. God has abundant life in store for all of us.

Susan and I will be well. You will be well. In God, “all manner of things will be well.”

Goodbye.
Fr. Andrew and Susan Green

Women’s Bible Study

All women of St. Paul’s are invited to attend our upcoming Thursday sessions. We will study “Bible Women — Their Words and Why They Matter.” Priest Lindsay Freeman gives life to these vital strong women as God “spoke, intervened, changed, illustrated and proclaimed the story of redemption through them.”

Join us at 2:00 PM Thursday, April 11, at the home of Lena Granet. Please let Lena know if you’re planning to attend by calling 760.322.2179

Spring Parish Potluck

April 11, 2019, from 5:30 – 7:30pm  in the Parish Hall.

Please join us for the last potluck of “The Season.” Sign up forms are in the narthex (foyer of the church) as well as in the Parish Hall. Dinner will begin at 6:00, following the blessing. It will be an excellent time to be together following Fr. Andrew’s last Sunday at St. Paul’s. Please come.

Palm Crosses for Palm Sunday

The Altar Guild invites all parishioners and friends to join us in the Parish Hall on Saturday, April 13, at 9:00 AM, to make palm crosses for distribution on Palm Sunday. They are simple to assemble, but if you are not into making the crosses, there are other ways you can assist us.

A light breakfast will be provided, so please come and join us for a morning of God’s work and fellowship. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Kilmer at 760.774.8233

Maundy Thursday, April 18

Sign-up sheets for our Maundy Thursday Soup Supper, and for Watch with Jesus, the all-night Vigil of prayer before the Altar of Repose, are available in the Parish Hall.

Soup Supper: 5:30pm

Holy Week Worship Schedule

April 13-21, 2019

The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
Saturday, April 13, 4:00 PM
Sunday, April 14, 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM
Blessing of palms and entry into Jerusalem.

Tuesday in Holy Week – April 16
The Service of Tenebrae at 7:00 PM
Candles are extinguished and the darkness grows.

Maundy Thursday – April 18
Supper at 5:45 PM (sign up)
Foot Washing
Holy Communion at 7:00 PM
Altar of Repose at 8:00 PM
Watch with Jesus through the night (sign up)

Good Friday – April 19
Good Friday Liturgy – St. John’s Passion at 12:00 PM
Stations of the Cross at 7:00 PM

Holy Saturday – April 20
The Great Vigil of Easter at 8:00 PM
The First Communion of Easter

Easter Vigil Reception – After the Easter Vigil service concludes, the congregation is invited to a special reception in the Parish Hall to celebrate the beginning of Easter. Champagne and nonalcoholic beverages will be provided along with light snacks. Fr. David Caffrey and Fr. Eric Law will be there to welcome you. Please join us!

Easter Day – April 21
Service and Music at 7:00 AM.
Family Service with Choir at 9:00 AM
Easter Egg Hunt at 10:15 AM
Festival Service with Choir at 11:00 AM
All services are Holy Communion
(Childcare provided at 9:00 and 11:00 AM)

Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 21st

On Easter morning, children of all ages are invited to find eggs hidden in the Memorial Garden.  Kids, bring your own small Easter basket and meet outside the Parish Hall entrance at 10:15 AM.  Please come and bring friends!

Daughters of the King

St. Paul’s chapter of Daughters of the King will hold their annual retreat on Saturday, April 27, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the Parish Hall. The Rev. Cannon David Caffrey will facilitate the topic, “Transition and Renewal.”

Women of the parish are cordially invited to join the DOK for this time of sharing how its vows of prayer and service work for our community.

Parish Life Book Club

The Parish Life Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 1:00 PM in the Library and new members are always welcome.

On May 7, 2019, Book Club has selected The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King. A teenage girl teams up with Sherlock Holmes in Victorian England to solve a mysterious kidnapping case, involving brilliant deduction, disguises and danger.

Book Club is a group of people who enjoy reading and talking about the books they read. For more information please contact Alan Zimmerman at [email protected]

Adult Faith Formation

Sundays at 9:15 AM in the Library: The Episcopal Café
These sessions are designed to facilitate discussion of Sunday scripture readings.

4/14: The Events and Liturgical practices of Holy Week and the Triduum.
Led by Jerry DiNoto

4/21: NO SESSION:  Easter Day

4/28: The Intended Audience of Revelation: Commentary on Rev. 1:4-8
Led by Alan Zimmerman


Tuesdays at 6:00 – 7:30 PM, in the Library

Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent.
This series is based on the work of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. It will feature soup suppers and Lenten themed Scripture study.

4/16: Tenebrae Service – 7:00 PM in the Church (note special time)

4/23: The Valley of Dry Bones (Ezekiel 37: 1-14)

4/30: The Gathering of God’s People (Zephaniah 3:12-20)

Coffee Hour after Services

We hope you will join us for coffee and conversation in the Parish Hall following our Sunday morning services.

And, please consider volunteering to be a Coffee Hour Host sometime during this new year. It can be a great way to honor and celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion. There are still many Sundays available. The Sunday Hospitality Sign-Up Book is on the table at the Parish Hall entrance.

Report clergy 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 incidences are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly and confidentially. If you believe you have experienced misconduct of any kind, please contact John Seitman, 858-793-4555 or Equilla Luke, 760-583-0485.

Compassionate Care Task Force

Our diocesan task force on compassionate care for victims of clergy sexual misconduct seeks to connect with those who have experienced misconduct. If you have reported clergy sexual misconduct and have information about the reporting or post-reporting experience that could be helpful to their work, please refer to the task force members, all of whom are listed on the diocesan website: Task-Force. Information on how to report misconduct is available here.

Church Office Hours

Office Hours are 9 am – 4:30 pm Tuesday through Thursday and 9 am – 11:30 am Friday. The office is closed on Mondays.

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

Sunday Worship Childcare

Childcare is available for both the 8:00 a.m. and the 10:30 a.m. services.

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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