For Sunday, April 5th Palm Sunday

Weekly Bible Sharing

With the Rev. Canon Eric H. F. Law
We’re taking our Bible sharing sessions online. Join Us!

Thursday, April 2nd
12:00 p.m.

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April 1, 2020

The Transition Committee would like to thank those parish members who participated in the Church Assessment Tool (CAT) survey and our Listening Session, both completed in March.  We appreciate your willingness to contribute and your openness to the process during this unprecedented time in our lives.  The exact numbers of participants are not available as of this writing, but we will share them when we have them.  We were pleased by the strong surge in participation as we approached our March 28 deadline.  We thank the Vestry members, the church office staff, and you, the parishioners, who helped spread the word about our Transition activities.  Soon, we plan to release a report of the first Listening Session and share how those parishioners who were present contributed their thoughts and aspirations for our church and community.  For those of you who were unable to participate in the March 7 Listening Session, we hope to have at least one more session, in some format, sometime soon.  It is important for us to have as many member voices as possible represented in our analysis.

The disruption of the process by the coronavirus outbreak has made it hard for the two teams to maintain their traction.  By using technology, we have refocused ourselves and have begun to meet regularly via Zoom video and audio conferencing.  Our immediate tasks will be to process the CAT report, continue to gather demographic, historic and organizational information on our parish and surrounding community, begin writing our Parish Profile, complete materials for the posting of the position on the Diocesan website, and prepare for the interviews to call our next Rector.  While there is still much to do, we have a path – and the resolute support of this parish and the diocese. The work of the Transition continues.

If you have questions about the Transition, please direct them to our email address:  We will continue to share information here on the church website and by using other means of communication.  Please check back often for updates.  Previous posts may be seen by clicking the link below.

Wishing you all good health, safety and the Peace of the Lord during this Lenten Season!

The Transition Committee

Clinton L. Carbon, Convener

View the Transition Updates Archive

Prayers of the Church

For the Anglican Communion, and for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby; for the Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean, The Most Rev. James Richard Wong Yin Song, Archbishop, Province of Indian Ocean and Bishop of the Seychelles.

For the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, The Rt. Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld, Bishop.

For the Diocese of San Diego, The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; pray for the Clergy and people of Church of the Good Shepherd, Hemet.

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:  Tony Ellerd, Pedro Jose Rivera, Betty Muhleck, Melissa Franklin, Courtney Pavelak, Rob Adams, Brian Nealy, Barbara Nussbaum, Norma Westaway, Bob Richter, George & Sandy Piccardi, Dale Noble, Eugene, Margie O’Brien, Joanna Hinks, Friederike Jost, Shirley Gilchrist, Bonnie Robinson, Gail Walker, The Rev. Canon Eric Law, and for all those for whom no prayers have been said.

For those who have died: Ruth Lofthus, Joe Grant, Bill Feingold, Joy Roddman, The Rt. Rev. Barbara C. Harris.

For those with Birthdays: March 29: Kimberly Yang, Chris Rigos; March 30: Carl Wolter; March 31: Bill Finlay, Alex Escudero, Susan Moseley; April 3: William Eir, Tempe Essell, McLeaman Legg.

For those celebrating anniversaries:  March 31: Kathy Moore & Rick Bowers; April 1: Moxie Wuesthoff & John Murren.

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 next Sunday’s Lectionary readings go to, and click on “This Week’s Scriptures” in the Worship Services box.  From the calendar, select April 12, The Sunday of the Resurrection:  Easter Sunday.

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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

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

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.

Sunday Worship Childcare

Childcare is available during the 10:30 a.m. service.

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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