For Sunday, May 2, 2021
Reopening for In-Person Worship
Updated April 29, 2021
St. Paul’s Parish Reopening Plan has been approved by the Diocese of San Diego. Click here to view the full text of the Plan.
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 email@example.com. 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
April 30, 2021
The Search Process Team has interviewed six candidates for Rector via Zoom. The next discernment will take place on May 1, 2021, to select which candidates will visit Palm Springs. The Committee thanks you for your continued support and prayers as we move forward in this process.
Clinton L Carbon, Convener
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy Cinco de Mayo!
The Latino Ministry Committee invites you to get in the Cinco de Mayo spirit by eating out at a local Mexican Restaurant next Wednesday. Small businesses have struggled and can use your support by ordering take-out or dining in. May 5th recognizes a Mexican army victory in the battle of Puebla against the stronger French army in 1862. Contact Bonnie Stroock (760-324-7949) about our current project of helping students with basic school supplies as kids return to class.
Vive el espiritu de Cinco de Mayo!
The Rev. Canon Eric H. F. Law performs an original song from our last Sunday’s service for you. Click the image below to play the video.
Most of you have met and enjoyed the inspirational words of the Rev. Dr. Eric H. F. Law, one of our assisting priests who was with us on the Third Sunday of Easter. At the end of his sermon, he shared with us one of his original songs which was very timely and appropriate to his message. Attached you will find the sheet music and the video to enjoy it once again.
The Rev. Dr. Eric H. F. Law is the founder and executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, whose mission is to provide resources to help church leaders be able to create sustainable churches and communities. For more than 25 years, he has provided transformative and comprehensive training and resources for churches and ministries in all the major church denominations in the United States and Canada. He is the author of 9 books, a composer of church music, a photographer and a playwright – and we are happy to have him with us at the Church of St. Paul in the Desert.
Forward Day by Day
Our Forward Day by Day daily devotional booklets for May, June and July 2021 have arrived. Although St. Paul’s campus is not open for business due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may pick up your copy of Day by Day at the Parish Office between 9:00 – 11:30 AM and 1:00 – 4:30 PM, weekdays.
Please call the church (760.320.7488) to schedule a pick-up time/date that works for you and the church office staff. If you are homebound, let us know and we will mail your copy to you.
Forward Day by Day is a booklet of daily inspirational meditations reflecting on a specific Bible passage, chosen from the daily lectionary readings as listed in the Revised Common Lectionary or the Daily Office from the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer. The meditations are rich in substance and offer a wide range of witness and experiences. Each month’s meditation is written by a different author.
Inspiring readers since our first issue was published in 1935, Forward Day by Day remains a significant resource for daily prayer and Bible study to more than a half-million readers worldwide.
(From the Forward Movement website.)
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 email@example.com or 760.322.2179 to arrange for a drop-off.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and The Middle East, The Most Rev. Michael Lewis, President Bishop and Archbishop-Primate.
For the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Douglas E. Sparks, Bishop.
For the Diocese of San Diego, The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of St. Andrew’s, La Mesa; for the children and teachers of St. Andrew’s Parish Day School.
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: Marie and Wayne Berkner, Nicole Ellingson, 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: Helen Dignan, Katherine Bigler.
For those with birthdays: May 2: John Toogood, Chuck Peery; May 3: Alex Escudero, John Thatcher; May 5: Brian Brodowsky; May 6: Eric Stein-Steele, Rita Yribar.
For those celebrating their anniversary:May 7: Michelle and Tyrus Brown
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 this Sunday’s Lectionary readings Click Here. From the calendar, select May 2nd.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.