For Sunday, April 11, 2021
St Paul’s Hiking Club – Last Call!
This weekend Chris Kelly will lead us on another attention-grabbing walking tour – this time in Riverside. We will walk roughly 2.5 miles through Riverside’s downtown historic area. The date is Saturday, April 10, and we will meet in Riverside at 9:00 AM.
For further information or to sign up, contact Nancy Antonius at 760.656.4920 (H), 516.353.2566 (C), or firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, family and friends are welcome.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
Clinton L Carbon, Convener
March 12, 2021
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)
Prayers of the Church
For the Anglican Communion, and for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby; pray for The Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean, Archbishop James Wong, Primate.
For the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, The Rt Revd Bonnie Perry, Bishop.
For the Diocese of San Diego, The Rt Revd Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of St. Hugh of Lincoln, Idyllwild.
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: Eileen Upton, Rick Mauery, Michael Knudsen, Barbara Beach.
For those with birthdays: April 12: Aaron Riviers, Chad Metcalf; April 13: Timothy Overdurf; April 14: Duncan McVeigh, Monicka Rueda; April 15: Raymond Gregory; April 16: Larry Wilson; April 17: Bradley White, David Weir, Luca Reineke.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For this Sunday’s Lectionary readings Click Here. From the calendar, select April 11th.
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 email@example.com. 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.