For Sunday April 23, 2023

Eastertide Formation Class

Starts Sunday, April 23, 9:00 AM, in the library

Please join the Rev. Dr. Bill Hardwick for The Way of the Mystic: the heart of Christian spirituality. At the core of the world’s major religions is a spiritual practice known as the Mystical tradition. Western religion has traditionally emphasized a belief structure based on doctrine and theological speculation; the Mystical tradition emphasizes a spiritual practice based on direct experience of the divine. Although it has never been the dominant influence in Christianity, the Mystical tradition passed down through the ages by the desert fathers and mothers, monastics, and theologians in every age has had a significant influence on both belief and practice in Christian spirituality. Many contemporary thinkers point to a revival of the Mystical tradition as the best way for the Christian church to respond to the challenges of the post-modern world. This class will examine the origins of the Mystical tradition and study how it played out in the life and writings of four of the great Christian mystics: Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and Dorothy Sölle.

The Rev. Dr. Bill Hardwick has been teaching Theology and Religious Studies for over 50 years. He has degrees in Theology and ministry from Iona University, the University of Notre Dame, the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. He has been studying mysticism since attending a seminar at the American Academy of Religion annual conference in the late 1960s.

Arbor Day Cleanup at Oswit Canyon Land Trust

Join us Friday April 28, from 8:00 AM-10:00 AM as we help clean up the natural desert setting! Sign-up sheet is available in the Narthex. We will plan on meeting at St. Paul’s at 7:30AM and carpool over.

Easter Safe Church Challenge

St. Paul’s Library “Last Call!”

The Library Ministry at St. Paul presents “Last Call!” next Sunday, April 30. The Library will be open from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, when visitors can stop by to browse and check out books. Questions? Please contact a Volunteer Librarian at ().

Author James Baldwin

St Paul’s Book Club

The next Book Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, at 1:00 PM via Zoom. Meeting information will follow later. For May, Book Club has selected two books by James Baldwin. Set in 1963 The Fire Next Time galvanized a nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. Giovanni’s Room is set in a contemporary Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, and a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. New members are always welcome.

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

St. Paul’s Parish Life Camping Ministry – Save the Dates!

We are planning two camping trips in the not-too-distant future – one in Joshua Tree, scheduled for May 18 – 20, the other, in Idyllwild, July 18 – 20. More information will be published here as details are finalized. Stay tuned!

UPDATE! Black Rock Campground in western Joshua Tree National Park is the location of our May 18 – 20 camping trip. If you want to come just for the day on Friday, a fun, shared dinner is scheduled for around 5:30 PM. Overnight space is limited, so call Bonnie Stroock to reserve and get more details – 760.799.9336 (cell).

St. Paul’s Social Justice Ministry Needs Warm Weather Clothing Donations

Now that spring has officially arrived, the Social Justice Ministry is seeking donations of new or gently used warm weather clothing to distribute to our needy neighbors. Hats, sun visors and other summer accessories are also appreciated. Please place your donated items in the collection “barrels” located in the narthex.

The Ministry thanks all who helped make this past winter’s coat drive such a major success. Your generosity surpassed all expectations.

Parish Finances & Human Resources

Volunteers needed – to serve as members of our Parish Finance and Human Resources Committees. Have a background in finance or HR? Want to serve your church in this unique but necessary way? We need you! Please contact ASAP to offer your expertise. You can help  support these vital functions!

St. Paul’s T-Shirts Now Available

St. Paul’s T-Shirts have arrived! This blue apparel comes in M, L, and XL. It features the Church’s new logo on the back and the phrase, “We respect the dignity of every human being” on the front (part of our baptismal covenant). If you would like to purchase one, a booth will be set up at coffee hour. You can also pick one up by stopping by the office. The cost is $25 per shirt (the cost of materials + shipping – St. Paul’s is not making any money off of these).

EXACT CHANGE ONLY (by check or cash).

Mid-week Services

You are invited to the church on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 PM each week for contemplative Eucharist/Evening Prayer.  The church will be open the hour prior (5:00-6:00 PM) for silent, personal prayer.

Come and rest.

Ascension Day – Wednesday, May 17 (transferred)

6:00 PM

The occasion on which the risen Christ is taken into heaven after appearing to his followers for forty days. The Ascension marks the conclusion of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances. It is the final elevation of his human nature to divine glory and the near presence of God.

The Ascension is affirmed by the Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds and is celebrated on Ascension Day, the fortieth day of the Easter season. It is a principal feast of the church year in the Episcopal Church and will be a Choral Evensong.

Prayers of the Church

For the Anglican Communion, and for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby; for the Church of The Province of Uganda, The Most Reverend Stephen Samuel Kaziiba Mugalu, Archbishop and Primate.

For the Episcopal Diocese of Eau Claire, The Right Reverend Matthew Alan Gunter, Bishop.

For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Right Reverend Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of St. Andrew’s, La Mesa; for the children and teachers at St. Andrew’s Parish Day School.

For those commended to our prayers: Carla Emerson, Teresa Ball, John Rhodes, Marilyn De Silva Currie, Jamie Currie, Richard Leas, Terry Garrity, Paula Sturgeon, Jim Crumby, Rus Butler, Laurie Molello, Spencer and Connie, Ken Burris, Kurt Davis, Ray Tackett, Susan Moseley, Don Chase, Ysna Satyan, Greg Gowdy, John Ketchum, AJ Miller, Tom Lutgen, Brian Nealy; pray for all those for whom no prayers have been said. 

For those who have died: Marcia Glover, Dennis DeLay, Bonnie Woods, Michael Peroni, Marge Horstman, Leslie Thomas, Thomas Roberts.

Rest eternal grant to these, your servants, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

 For those with birthdays: April 23: Sophie Olson, Amy Hardwick, Navin Hemrajani; April 25: Gary Hiatt, Jordan Arvizu-Fuller, Samuel Thayer, John Sanders, Terrence Marguet; April 26: Oliver Ealy-Zingg; April 27: Peter Florstedt; April 28: Tyson Brown, John Wacker, Laurie Valkis.

For those for whom flowers have been donated: This week’s Altar Flowers are sponsored by Shannon Ealy & Rosa Zingg, in celebration of the birthday of Oliver Ealy-Zingg (April 26).

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 Weekly print deadline is Wednesday noon.

For next Sunday’s Lectionary readings, go to www.lectionarypage.net and click on April 30, 2023, The Fourth Sunday of Easter.

Upcoming Meetings & Events at St Paul’s

  • Sundays, April 23 – May 21 – 9:00 AM – Eastertide Formation Cass – Library.
  • Wednesday, April 26 – 10:00 AM – Columbarium colonnade – Social Justice Ministry clothing distribution.
  • Wednesday, April 26 – 6:00 PM – Mid-week Eucharist.
  • Friday, April 28 – 7:30 AM – Abor Day Cleanup at Oswit Canyon Land Trust.
  • Sunday, April 30 – 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Library – “Last Call!”
  • Wednesday, May 17 – 6:00 PM – Ascension Day (transferred) – Choral Evensong.
  • Saturday, May 20 – 6:00 PM – Parish Hall – Movie Night – “Heaven is for Real.”
  • Sunday, May 28 – Pentecost / Whitsunday.
  • Sunday, June 4 – Trinity Sunday.

Sunday Service LiveStreaming

St Paul Streaming Worship Services

We are livestreaming our 10:30 AM Sunday Eucharist every week. The livestream project was made possible through a generous gift from a “snowbird” member from Philadelphia who wintered in Palm Springs for many years and worshiped at St. Paul’s every Sunday. You can view the livestream on our Home Page, YouTube Channel, and Facebook Page.

Missed a service?  Or want to rewatch a liturgy? All our past services are available to watch either on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/StPaulintheDesert or on our Facebook timeline: https://www.facebook.com/stpaulinthedesert

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