For Sunday, August 21, 2022
Parish Kitchen Reopens
After a month of renovations, our kitchen has reopened after being shut down by the Health Department. The Well in the Desert resumed cooking this past Tuesday. Monday through Friday meals are cooked at St. Paul’s and then transported to delivery sites throughout the city for disbursement. On Wednesdays, meals are also served in our Parish Hall. Hundreds of our houseless neighbors are fed through this vital ministry every week.
Keeping a kitchen clean is a constant battle. Enforcement of standard cleaning protocols proved a difficult task for both organizations over the past decade. With an old kitchen, high-turnover kitchen staff, minimal staff support from St. Paul’s, and a dwindling active volunteer base to fill in the gap, the changing standards of state compliance were not always easy to decipher, let alone put into practice, especially with tight budgets. Nevertheless, the kitchen somehow managed to stay afloat.
In the middle of the haze of the pandemic, standards of cleanliness slipped even further as the volume of guests increased and St. Paul’s staff largely worked remotely/offsite. This led to a pest infestation taking root. By the time our new Co-Rectors arrived, the situation had reached a crisis point.
Over the next few months, the staff worked with the Well and our extermination vendor to increase their pest control methods. In early June, the Well and St. Paul’s agreed to our first ever kitchen annual maintenance closure. Nevertheless, all these efforts ended up being only stop-gap measures.
At the end of June, the Health Department shut down our kitchen. Graciously, they gave a temporary license so that we could continue to prep sandwiches in the Parish Hall and cook hotdogs outside on our grill so that people did not go hungry in the sweltering heat. Our friends at the United Methodist Church on Sunrise and Alejo opened their kitchen to the Well – a monumental undertaking as they were already hosting the City of Palm Spring’s Summer Cooling Center.
The Well adapted to life on the road, prepared by the early June closure, and worked with St. Paul’s in determining what changes we all could make to move forward. Arlene Rosenthal, Director of the Well in the Desert, and Jerry Brownlee, Food Distribution Manager, coordinated with St. Paul’s to begin working on a tentative timeline for reopening.
Meanwhile, we formed a Kitchen Care Taskforce to respond to this emergency. Roberto Carrillo (Sexton), Steve Moore (Sr. Warden), Rick Tinsley (Director of Food and Nutrition at Eisenhower Hospital), Rick Nauman (Finance Committee/Music Liaison to the Vestry), Br. John Westaway (Campus Care Liaison to the Vestry), and Kaye Ball (Daughters of the King) met to discuss 1) what steps we would need to take in order to reopen and 2) how we would better empower the Well to take care of the kitchen so that we are never in this situation again.
After a month and a half of renovations, the Health Department returned and gave the Well an “A”. You can see the difference in the before and after photos. A new triple sink, new stainless-steel worktables, and many other items were installed through the generosity of some anonymous angel donors. There are a few more items, including an additional worktable, that we will need to purchase to finish this phase of the renovation. If you would like to donate towards this effort, please put Summer 2022 Kitchen Project in the memo line of your donation to help us cross the finish line.
Long-term, we will need to think about an even more ambitious kitchen plan. The work done in July is probably the biggest facelift to our food facility in some time, but there is much more to do if we want to continue to a fully operational commercial kitchen. For now, we are in a place where we should be able to sustain current operational capacity until we can plan for the future.
At the same time, a new kitchen does not mean much if we are not able to keep it clean. We have revised our cleaning checklists and are instituting daily checks from the Well staff, weekly checks from St. Paul’s staff and a team of volunteers, and monthly check-ins which will provide an open forum for communication about how to continue improving cleaning standards. As we say in our mission statement every week, we are a “welcoming, empowering, supportive community.”
To feed the hungry, we need folks who will empower by being a second set of eyes. While we can always use volunteers to help serve food or clean up afterwards, what we really need are loving, detail-oriented people who will go over our checklists and make sure that our friends at the Well are completing them. We’re looking to train a team of 10 people who would rotate doing a compliance check on a five-week schedule. If you would like to find out more about how to help keep our kitchen clean in this way, please reach out to Rev. Dan Kline via .
Thank you, St. Paul’s, for rising to the occasion during this critical moment. If it were not for your generosity of expertise, time, and financial gifts, our kitchen would not have reopened to continue its mission of feeding the hungry. Special thanks also to the Well in the Desert, for their adaptiveness, patience, and creativity as we charted a path forward. Our plan is to have an official ribbon-cutting ceremony when the final few touches are finished and the weather cools down a bit. Stay tuned for another celebration!
Rev. Dan Kline & Rev. Jessie Thompson
We have scheduled our next Newcomers’ Class, for anyone interested in exploring membership here at St. Paul’s. Join the co-rectors Sunday, September 25 at 9:15 AM (between the two services). We’ll meet in the Parish Office Library. Bring your questions and curiosity! All are welcome.
Remember last year’s patio parties?
They proved to be an effective communication option for sharing ideas that could have parish-wide implications. With a focus on developing our Strategic Plan, we plan to reintroduce patio parties to connect and collect your thoughts and recommendations. If you are interested in hosting a patio party at your home, please contact Alan Glass by texting 314.276.1587 or by email at , at your earliest convenience.
Parish Life Ministry – Meeting Notice!
We have scheduled a meeting of the Parish Life Ministry for Sunday, August 28 at 9:15 AM (between services), in the Library. The agenda will include a discussion of planned, forthcoming events as well as consideration of possible future happenings. Anyone who is interested in the activities of this Ministry is welcome to join the meeting. Grab a cup of coffee and head into the library to learn more about getting involved.
Save the date – Sunday, October 9, 2022
We’re calling it “Welcome Back Sunday,” and we consider it the unofficial launch of our new church Season. By then, our hot weather will have subsided somewhat, and we’ll begin to see the return of our “snowbird” and seasonal worshipers. It promises to be a festive day at St. Paul’s, and
Forward Movement’s Day by Day devotional booklets
Forward Movement’s Day by Day devotional booklets for August-September-October 2022 are available for pick-up. You’ll find them in the Parish Hall, the Narthex and the Parish Office.
Church flower sponsorships
Fresh flowers on display in the church honor God and add to the beauty of our worship. We invite you to consider sponsoring flowers to recognize or honor special people and events. We currently have several open Sundays for sponsoring Narthex Flowers. These floral arrangements are smaller than altar arrangements; they are often created with beautiful, unique blooms not always found in the larger displays.
You can reserve your sponsorship Sunday(s) by calling the Parish Office (760.320.7488). Or you can sign up using the Flower Sponsor Register found in the Narthex on Sunday mornings.
The next Book Club meeting will be held Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at 1:00 PM, via Zoom. Meeting information will follow later. For September, Book Club has selected Middlemarch by George Eliot. George Eliot’s timeless masterpiece, considered to be the greatest novel in the English language, examines provincial life in Victorian England.
Sunday School Craft Supplies Needed
Do you have any craft supplies you’re not using that you’d like to donate to the children’s ministry? Fabric scraps, wooden blocks, pipe cleaners, felt, glue, or anything else that’s in good condition? Please bring what you have to the church on Sunday (or call the church for a drop-off this week). Sunday School teachers will be planning the new year next week and would love to get creative with teaching projects.
Social Justice Ministry Summer Clothing Drive
The Social Justice Ministry has reached out with a renewed appeal for donated clothing for the homeless. They’re particularly in need of summer apparel items, shoes, and hats. The preferred drop-off location for your donations is the home of John and Lena Granet in Palm Springs. Please call Lena at 760.322.2179 to arrange for delivery.
Summer Mid-week Services
Throughout the summer, come worship with us at Evening Prayer or, for select weeks, a simple spoken mass (Contemplative Eucharist), one or the other, offered Wednesdays at 6:00 PM. The church will open at 5:00 PM for silent, socially distanced personal prayer.
Parish Directory Project
Work continues on the update of our member database for a new Parish Directory we plan to publish later this year. Volunteers are calling parishioners to confirm the contact information we have on file for each household. You can also update your information by completing the form you’ll find inserted in today’s bulletins. Please place your completed form in the basket in the Narthex as you leave today.
The Directory will also include member photographs. We have arranged for a photo shoot on site, after services on Sunday, October 9, to capture informal, outdoor photos of each parishioner. If you won’t be available that day, please contact the Parish Office at 760.320.7488 to learn of alternative options.
Prayers of the Church
For the Anglican Communion, and for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby; for the Extra-Provincial Anglican Churches, a group of small, semi-independent church entities within the Anglican Communion. Extra-provincial churches are not part of an ecclesiastical province and are subject to the metropolitical oversight of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The five extra-provincial churches are: The Anglican Church of Bermuda, The Church of Ceylon, Sri Lanka, The Parish of the Falkland Islands, The Lusitanian Catholic Apostolic Evangelical Church in Portugal, and the Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church in Spain.
For the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York, The Rt. Rev. Sean W. Rowe, Bishop.
For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea, San Diego; for the children and teachers of St. Andrew’s Preschool.
A prayer for Ukraine – God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today. We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons. We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them. We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom, discernment, and compassion to guide their decisions. Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them. We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen.
The Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
The Most Revd Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York
For those commended to our prayers: Ryker Alexander, Dick Hoffman, Ron McDaniel, Bonnie Ong, Rosalie Markley, AJ Miller, Annie Shepherd, Eva Wilson, Eric Lance, Tom Lutgen, 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: Marolyn Harvey, Mark Moran, Arthur McGhee Pollack, Michael D. Robinson, Jeff Adair, Sandra Mobley, Tony Fulco, Randall Gene, Bonnie Robinson, Mary Frances Simmons, George Valeur, Marlene Haro, Linda Hodgkin. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
For those with birthdays: August 21: Doug Thompson; August 22: Ron Childers, Leonard Lane; August 23: Kathy Holloway, Hap Blaisdell, Lyn Pease; August 24: David Smith; August 25: Kathy Kilmer, Brian Bishop; August 26: Amber Mendivil, Andrea Randall.
For those celebrating their anniversary: August 24: Ramon Gueits & McLeaman Legg.
For those for whom flowers have been donated: Today’s Altar Flowers are sponsored by John Raposa and Jon Coates in loving memory of Charles and Joan Raposa.
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 August 28, The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.
For our summer Sundays, June 19 through September 25, I invite volunteer singers to join me in the choir “loft” to encourage and support congregational singing during the 10:30 AM liturgy. We will rehearse together Sunday mornings at 9:45, by reviewing the day’s music and singing through the full service. No vestments are required; just dress appropriately for the morning service. Come often or a few times; I would love to have you sing with me! See you at 9:45 in the “loft”!
Canon Phil, Interim Director of Music & Organist
Sunday Service Livestreaming
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
Coffee/Social Hour Hospitality
For those wishing to sponsor refreshments for a specific Sunday Coffee Hour, please call or stop by the Parish Office to sign up. All our hospitality procedures and protocols are subject to any CDC guidelines and mandates that Bishop Susan may put into place, depending on prevailing COVID conditions.
The Abundant Life E-List
If you are not a current subscriber to our weekly electronic newsletter, it’s easy to sign up. Just go to www.stpaulsps.org, scroll down to find “Join Our E-Mail List,” enter your email address – and you’re all set. You will receive the newsletter each week, usually on Fridays.
If the newsletter ends up in your spam/junk folder, simply add to your email address book.
Episcopal Relief & Development
Episcopal Relief & Development is mobilizing with Anglican agencies and other partners to provide humanitarian assistance to people fleeing the violence in Ukraine. Working through the Action by Churches Together Alliance (ACT Alliance), Episcopal Relief & Development will provide cash, blankets, hygiene supplies and other needed assistance. Please pray for all those affected. To donate directly to Episcopal Relief & Development’s Ukraine Crisis Response Fund, visit (https://support.episcopalrelief.org/). If you prefer, you can donate through St. Paul’s Parish. Be sure to designate “ERD Ukraine” on your check or cash envelope. To date, donations processed through our church have totaled $1,918.
COVID-19 and Masking at St. Paul’s Update
The following changes will take effect in our public worship on Sunday May 1, 2022:
+ 8:00AM – vaccine and mask required
+ 10:30AM (& Wednesday nights) – vaccine and mask strongly recommended
In addition to the changes mentioned above, the following will continue:
+ Funerals, which often have many guests from out of state, will be mask required services (we will not check for vaccinations)
+ Ushers, altar ministers, lectors, and clergy will continue to remain masked unless reading, preaching, or celebrating the Eucharist. Staff singers/choir/ensembles will continue to remain masked during the services