For Sunday, August 16th

August 12, 2020

The Transition Teams have been busy creating final drafts of both the Parish Profile and the Office of Transition Management Form. These documents will be critical as we move forward through the Rector search/selection process.  Both contain considerable, in-depth information that will help introduce our parish to future Rector candidates. After the draft documents are finalized by the Transition Teams, they will be reviewed by Vestry leadership and Parish Administration, and then passed along to the Diocese for approvals.  It is a lengthy and deliberative process. We ask for your continued prayers.

The Parish Profile and Search Process Teams


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.

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Weekly Bible Sharing

With the Rev. Canon Eric H. F. Law

Thursday, August 20th
12:00 p.m.

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Book Club is Zooming!

The next Book Club meeting will be held Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at 1:00 PM, via Zoom; meeting logistics to follow.

For September, Book Club has selected Shiner: A Novel by Amy Jo Burns. In West Virginia coal country, two women vow to protect each other at all costs and one young girl must defy her father to survive.

New members are always welcome at Book Club meetings. For more information contact Alan Zimmerman at alanzimmerman@icloud.com.

Forward Day by Day

Daily devotional booklets for August/September/October are available for pick up at the Parish Office.  Although St. Paul’s campus is not open for regular business due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may pick up your copy of Day by Day at the Parish Office by appointment only between 9:00 AM and 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.

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 Scottish Episcopal Church, The Most Rev. Mark Strange, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church and Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness.

For the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, The Rt. Rev. Eugene Sutton, Bishop and The Rt. Rev. Robert W. Ihloff, Assisting Bishop.

For the Diocese of San Diego, The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; pray for the clergy and people of Good Samaritan, San Diego; for the faculty and students of the EDSD School for Ministry as they prepare for the fall semester.

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:  Lori Burns, Craig Goodrich, Virginia  & Lauren Mason, Rosalie Markley, Keith Rasmussen, Maricela Hines, Natalie Lewis, Ivory Murrell, Irene Savannah, Evelyn Simpson, Jo Birdia Dauphine, Terri Miller-Steele, the family of Zachary & Carolyn Scott, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Betty Muhleck, Brian Nealy, Barbara Nussbaum, Norma Westaway; pray for our local front line essential workers in high contact/high risk jobs, for all families in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, for everyone affected by the Apple Fire and all the firefighter responders, and for all those for whom no prayers have been said.

For those who have died: Dan Barber, William Mason, Donald Wells, Bobby Parker, Fines McDaniel, Hill Prayer.

For those with Birthdays:  August 16: Christopher Butler; August 18: Forest Irons; August 20: Larry Stralow, Sandra Shaw; August 21: Doug Thompson; August 22: Ron Childers.

For those celebrating their anniversaries:August 17: Marie & Wayne Berkner; August 20: Lou Armentrout & Mick Welch, Joe Lopez & Jeff Johnson.

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 announcements@stpaulsps.org

For this Sunday’s Lectionary readings Click Here. From the calendar, select August 16th.

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 dokstpaulsps@gmail.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

Be informed – know your risk during COVID-19

We borrowed this risk chart from the Texas Medical Association.  It is intended as a guide, prepared by physician experts, to help people make smart and educated choices of activities to pursue amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  The chart was prepared by the TMA COVID-19 Task Force and the TMA Committee on Infectious Diseases.  Please assume that participants in these activities are following currently recommended safety protocols when possible.

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covid-risk-chart

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.

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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

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.

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