For Sunday, April 26th - The Third Sunday of Easter
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.
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 in Jerusalem and The Middle East, The Most Rev. Michael Lewis, Archbishop, Jerusalem and the Middle East and Bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf.
For the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Douglas John Fisher, Bishop.
For the Diocese of San Diego, The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; pray for the Clergy and people of St. James by-the-Sea, La Jolla, and for those who are preparing for ordination.
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: Rose Hernandez, Edward Howard, Cedric Rougely, Tony Ellerd, Pedro Jose Rivera, Betty Muhleck, Melissa Franklin, Courtney Pavelak, Rob Adams, Brian Nealy, Barbara Nussbaum, Norma Westaway, and for all those for whom no prayers have been said.
For those who have died: Rosa Taylor, Fletcher Leary, Jr., Marissa Vaughans, Betty Lemons, Dora Harris, Judy Tackett, Emily Foster, Jimmy Hanchett, Jeanita Lewis, Ruth Lofthus, Joe Grant, Bill Feingold, The Rt. Rev. Barbara C. Harris.
For those with Birthdays: April 27: Deana Huff; April 28: Tyson Brown, Laurie Valkis; April 30: Gabby Brittain, Bob Warburton, Ron McDaniel; May 1: Bob Bernat, Jim Simms; May 2: John Toogood, Chuck Peery.
For those celebrating their anniversary:April 28: Shirley & Thomas Schott
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 email@example.com
For next Sunday’s Lectionary readings go to www.stpaulsps.org, and click on “This Week’s Scriptures” in the Worship Services box. From the calendar, select May 3, The Fourth Sunday of Easter.
Weekly Bible Sharing
With the Rev. Canon Eric H. F. Law
Thursday, April 30th
Join via Zoom: Click here to join meeting.
Or, join by phone: (408) 638-0968
Meeting ID: 101-690-960#
A Gift of Prayer for Transition from the Daughters of the King: Almighty and ever living God, hear our prayers for this parish family. You renewed us during Advent to receive Christ’s presence and You are preparing our parish for a renewed mission and vision. We thank you for the leadership of our interim rector, our Vestry and the members of our Transition Committee. We invite you, Holy Spirit, to guide and empower us and our Transition Committee as we begin the tasks of choosing a new rector for this parish. Grant that these servants become faithful companions to each other, to the vestry and to this Parish. We pray that you grant all of us the wisdom and discernment to choose a faithful pastor, who will help us continue to share the abundant life of Jesus Christ. This we pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A NEW LENTEN JOURNEY:
LIFE AT ST. PAUL IN THE DESERT
A message from the Rector
A whole new world has been thrust upon us in these several past fast-moving weeks such as we have not known before. I am sure most of you are as bewildered and surprised as I am to suddenly be unable to worship together or do most of the things with others in our lives that we have always taken for granted. In response to the health crisis in our world our lives have suddenly changed.Continue reading…
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.