For Sunday, April 18, 2021

Reopening for In-Person Worship

Updated April 21, 2021

Thanks be to God!  The day is almost here when we can return to in-person worship – inside our beloved Sanctuary!  Our target Opening Day is May 23, The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday. (This date is still subject to change if circumstances beyond our control should create a delay.)  NOTE:  Our initial launch of in-person worship will include only one service each weekend – Sundays at 10:30 AM.  We hope to include additional services soon.

Between now and May 23, we will continue our current practice of recording our worship services on Thursday mornings for broadcast on the weekends.  Beginning Thursday, April 29 (and repeating on Thursday, May 6 and Thursday, May 13), we will be able to accommodate a limited number of worshipers in attendance at these weekly (Thursday) taping sessions.  We consider these three Thursday recording sessions as “dress rehearsals” for our Opening Day, May 23.  If you wish to attend any of these sessions, reserve your space by contacting our Parish Administrator, Kathy Guidry, at 760.320.7488 ext. 234 or  Reservations are required and must be requested by the Tuesday prior to the Thursday taping.  The worship services will begin at 10:30 AM, but we ask those attending to arrive no later than 9:30 AM.

This has been a long time coming, and we rejoice that it can finally happen.  However, we must caution you before you get too excited.  The worship service you will return to will not look like the worship service you last attended.  There are still restrictions placed on us by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our own Diocesan Bishop Susan Brown-Snook.  Below, we have set forth guidelines/restrictions that must be followed for all services (including the three Thursday “dress rehearsal” recording sessions and the Sunday livestreaming sessions that will launch on May 23).

  • Seating will be limited, and prior reservations will be required. Because of limited seating you will not be able to attend every week, so online services will still be available.
  • People from the same household may sit together in one pew. Otherwise, social distancing will be required. Once you are seated you may not get up and move around the Sanctuary.
  • Ushers will seat you, so please do not assume that you will be able to sit in your favorite, customary seat.
  • Except for members of the same household, social distancing will be required at all times when on the church campus.
  • Double masking and hand sanitization will be required to enter the Sanctuary.
  • No congregational singing will be permitted. Our regular choir quartet will sing our beloved hymns.
  • Communion will be presented as Host only. No intinction option or shared Chalice will be offered.

Because of the above requirements and the logistics involved, you will need to arrive at least an hour earlier than the appointed service time

Once again, we thank you all for your patience as we put all of this into motion.  Our utmost priority is the safety and well-being of our parishioners and visitors, so please be assured, these guidelines and restrictions are in place only for your health and safety.  We are excited and look forward to seeing you soon.

Your Reopening Committee

St Paul’s Hiking Club News

This past Saturday, 14 members of St. Paul’s Hiking Club went for a fun but informative walk of Historic Riverside, led by the group’s leader, Chris Kelly.  For many, the highlight of the walk was viewing parts of the interior and exterior of the Mission Inn and learning about its rich history, which includes hosting former Presidents and Hollywood icons.

Chris is already working on the group’s next adventure to Corn Springs, near Desert Center, this fall.  The trip will include a hike and picnic.  Anyone wishing to be included in the Hiking Club’s mailing list, should contact Nancy Antonius at

Social Justice Ministry welcomes your clothing donations!

Lena Granet is still collecting clothing and sneakers for the Anthony Flores Memorial Clothing Drive.  Smaller sizes and sneakers are especially needed but clothing and shoe donations of all sizes are gladly accepted and appreciated.  You can contact Lena at or 760.322.2179 to arrange for a drop-off.

May Book Club

The next Book Club meeting will be held Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at 1:00 PM via Zoom.  Meeting access information will follow later. For May, Book Club has selected Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, And a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land. In Maid, Stephanie Land tells her story as a single mother, scraping by as a housekeeper to make ends meet. It is an emotionally raw account of her years spent in service to upper middle-class America as a “nameless ghost” who quietly shared in her clients’ triumphs, tragedies, and deepest secrets. It is an inspiring testament to the courage, determination, and ultimate strength of the human spirit.

New members are always welcome at Book Club meetings. For more information contact Alan Zimmerman at

Help Wanted: Live Stream Production/Technical Director

We are seeking a part-time Live Stream Production Director to work approximately 3½ hours on Sundays broadcasting our worship services.  Qualified candidates must be tech savvy, proficient in OBS Studio, and able to handle a simple three camera set-up (two stationary and one on remote control).

Candidates are NOT required to be Episcopalian – or even religious – but be willing to learn the format of our services.  Compensation is commensurate with experience.  Additional opportunities exist in live streaming weddings, funerals and other events.

If you know of anyone who might be qualified and interested, please ask them to contact Steve Moore at

Weekly Bible Sharing

With the Rev. Canon Eric H. F. Law

Thursday, April 22nd
12:00 p.m.

Join via Zoom: Click here to join meeting.

Or, join by phone: (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 841 2829 0982

April 9, 2021

The Search Process Team has read the application documents supplied by all candidates for the position of Rector of Church of St. Paul in the Desert. On March 26, 2021, the team met and discerned which of those candidates will be interviewed via Zoom over the next three weeks.  Candidates have been contacted and Zoom appointments have been set.  The next discernment will take place on or around May 1, 2021 to decide which candidates will visit Palm Springs.  The Committee thanks you for your continued support and prayers as we move forward in this process.

Easter Blessings,

Clinton L Carbon, Convener

March 12, 2021

Dear Parishioners,

This update contains our working list of major milepost dates remaining in our search for the Ninth Rector of The Church of St. Paul in the Desert. The timeline represents our best planning for the work we have left to do.  As with all timelines, these dates can change.  Factors such as COVID-19 protocols (local, state, and national), candidate availability, travel restrictions and arrangements, diocesan approvals as well as fluctuation in time to process and discern additional information, as it becomes available, could affect our ability to maintain this schedule.  Please continue to check the Transition Updates section of the Abundant Life Newsletter or the Rector Search area of our website for up-to-date information.

Phases I, II and part of Phase III have been completed.  This update begins with dates for 2021.

Thank you for your continued support. Please remember the team and the Parish in your prayers.

The Transition Committee


Phase III – Search Process

January 15, 2021: Parish Profile/OTM postings and Episcopal News Service ad placed

February 26, 2021: Applications period closed

February 27-March 26, 2021: Reading of applications and support documentation

March 27, 2021: Discernment for video interviews

March 28-April 5, 2021: Arrange video interviews

April 6-23, 2021: Zoom video interviews

May 1, 2021: Discernment of Zoom interviews

May 10-June 11, 2021: In-person candidate visits to Palm Springs

June 17, 2021: List of finalists to Vestry

On or before July 1, 2021: Senior warden issues a Call

Phase IV – Thank Interim Rector, welcome new Rector and begin new chapter

To be decided: Final details to follow immediately after the Call is made.

Pray for our Parish in Transition: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (BCP p. 818)

View the Transition Updates Archive

In Memoriam

Longtime parishioner Katherine Bigler died Wednesday, April 7.  A private committal service is planned for Saturday, April 17 at St. Paul’s Columbarium.  Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her.  Amen

Prayers of the Church

For the Anglican Communion, and for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon Justin Welby; pray for The Church of Ireland, Primates: John McDowell, Archbishop of Armagh and Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin.

For the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee, The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, Provisional Bishop Designee.

For the Diocese of San Diego, The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of St. John’s, Indio.

For our Parish in Transition: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (BCP p. 818)

For those commended to our prayers:  Brian Nealy; pray for all those affected by COVID-19: heal those who are suffering, comfort those who grieve, and strengthen those who are caring for others; pray for all those for whom no prayers have been said.

For those who have died: Katherine Bigler, Eileen Upton, Rick Mauery, Michael Knudsen, Barbara Beach.

In Memoriam . . . Longtime parishioner Katherine Bigler died Wednesday, April 7.  A private committal service is planned for Saturday, April 17 at St. Paul’s Columbarium.  Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her.  Amen

For those with birthdays:  April 18: Natasha Hemrajani; April 19: Elaine Martinkovic; April 21: Penelope Lamont; April 22: Nick Bonnell, Michael Patino; April 23: Sophie Olson, Amy Hardwick, Navin Hemrajani.

For those celebrating their anniversary:  April 21: Helen & Tom Amestoy.

Send us your Prayer Requests via email — You may request prayers, “For those commended to our prayers” or “For those who have died,” by sending requests to

For this Sunday’s Lectionary readings Click Here. From the calendar, select April 18th.

Daughters of the King Prayer List Requests

St. Paul’s Order of the Daughters of the King chapter maintains a confidential prayer list, praying daily for our families, friends, congregation, and the world. If you would like to ask the Daughters to pray for you or someone else, email your requests to  Confidentiality of this list means that names on our list are not shared beyond our chapter members and Chaplain.

Questions? Contact Patty Kiker, 214.497.3034

Fraud Email Alert

A recurring threat to churches is email-based impersonation scams targeting key personnel. The scheme involves cybercriminals mimicking clergy or other staff through the use of phishing emails. Criminals typically pose as personnel in positions of authority and ask victims to perform money transfers, pay invoices, or to send the attacker sensitive data. Scammers will often manipulate the “from” email address and name so that it appears to be coming from someone you know.

Churches and dioceses across The Episcopal Church and across other denominations have been a target of these email impersonation attacks. Scammers use a free email account (such as Gmail) and register it with an impersonated name. They then send an email to an unsuspecting recipient asking for immediate help in order to get a task done (such as purchasing a gift card or wiring money). Attention to detail can be a lot of help in combating cases of impersonation. Users should check sender details carefully. Any suspicious email message should be investigated before replying. Also, proper attention should be given to the message content, including attachments and URLs.

While there is no way to stop these scams, you can minimize risk by taking these steps:

  • Check the return email address. If the address doesn’t match the name of the sender, be wary.
  • Never open attachments from unknown sources.
  • Be wary of generically addressed emails like “Dear Friend” or Dear Customer.”
  • If there are links in the email, hover over them without clicking on them. This will show where the link will actually take you.
  • Be wary of email with grammatical or spelling errors in the text.
  • Check the address at the bottom of the email. If it says ”Pastor Jim” and Jim never goes by “Pastor,” it’s fake.

Finally, if after all these steps it looks safe and the sender is asking for money or access to secure data, call the person directly to get verification.

Your best defense for this is to simply delete the email; do not click on any links or reply to the sender.

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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

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the Parish Office is closed to the public until further notice.

Office phone: 760.320.7488

If you call, please leave a message.  In case of emergencies, a priest will return your call.

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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