For Sunday, August 25th

Parish Life Book Club

Parish Life Book Club is in recess during August. The Club’s next meeting is Tuesday September 3, 2019, at 1:00 PM in the Library. For September, Book Club has selected House on Fire by Bonnie Kistler. This debut novel about a blended family in crisis after a drunk driving accident explores truth, lies and loyalty. Book Club is a group of people who enjoy reading and talking about the books they read. New members are always welcome.

For more information please contact Alan Zimmerman at

2019/2020 Parish Potluck Kickoff

September 14 at 5:00 PM in the Parish Hall.

Join us for a “meet & greet” gathering to launch the new season of Circle Supper small group potlucks. This is when we’ll set the October potluck dates for each of the five groups. If you have not yet joined a group, sign up forms will be in the Parish Hall and in the Church foyer. (If you are already in a Circle Supper group you do not need to sign up again.)

The Circle Supper program is now in its fourth year and is a great way to meet new people and enrich existing friendships. For more information contact Fred Ross at

Choir Start-Up Retreat

The Adult Choir will reconvene for the fall season beginning with an all morning retreat at 8:30 on Saturday, September 14 in the Parish Hall.  New members are always welcome. All singers interested in joining the choir should contact Nathan Ensign, Director of Music, at 760.320.7488 ext. 225 for more details and a reservation for lunch. Regular Wednesday evening rehearsals will begin on September 18 at 7:00 PM.

Salt and Light Listening Sessions

 Bishop Susan Brown Snook will hold a series of Salt and Light listening sessions during the week of September 23-30. The goal of the listening sessions is to gather input for the next strategic plan for the Diocese of San Diego. In preparation, Bp. Susan is inviting us into a 9-day season of prayer. She will be holding one of the listening sessions at St. Paul in the Desert on Friday, September 27 from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Parish Hall. We will be joined by others from our sister churches in the area. We encourage St. Paul members to attend. For more information on the listening sessions or the Season of Prayer please visit

Altar Retreat

Save the Date – All members of the Altar Guild, Altar Ministry and Ushers are cordially invited to a retreat on Saturday, September 7, at 8:30 AM. We will gather in the church for fellowship, learning, sharing and some fun. Lunch will be served and we will adjourn by 12:30.

Please RSVP to Kathy Kilmer ( or Br. John ( If you are interested in participating in any of these ministries, please feel free to attend.

Sunday School Season Kickoff

St. Paul’s Sunday School will begin its new season on September 15, 2019. Classes will meet the third Sunday of each month from 10:30 – 11:30 AM in the Parish Hall.

Alzheimer’s Coachella Valley (ACV)

The Dementia Caregiver Support Group at St Paul’s meets every Tuesday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM in an air-conditioned room in the Parish Hall. For more information, please see the program flyer or call Chuck Olsen, ACV Support Group Facilitator, at 760.667.3100.

As a reminder, the weekly meetings are intended for care givers only.

In Memoriam

James Kyle

Long time and devoted parishioner and former Vestry member.

Celebration of Life is planned at St. Paul’s Saturday, Sept. 7 at 1:00 pm.  Reception to follow the Parish Hall at 2:00 pm.

Barbara Marx

Toni Morrison

Daisy Williams

Anthony Kendrick

Bennie Marzett

Vilma Rey

Slyde Hude

Jeff Adair

Adult Faith Formation

Sundays at 9:15 AM in the Library: The Episcopal Café
The Adult Faith Building Program offers courses, workshops, lectures and discussion groups on varied theological, biblical and spirituality topics.

Sundays in August

8/25: Transition and Growth: by The Rev. Laura Sheridan-Campbell, director of formation and transition.

Sundays in September

9/1: Practical Advice. Reflection on Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16)
Led by Alan Zimmerman

9/8: Choose Life! Reflection on Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Led by Gary Scott

9/15: Lifting-up our Hearts: Communion and Springsteen at Ground Zero. Communion in Hell: a remembrance of 9/11.
Led by Jerry Di Noto

9/22: Praying for Others? Reflection on 1 Timothy 2:1-7
Led by Audrey Spencer

9/29: What Kind of Bed Do You Sleep On? Reflection on Amos 6:1a, 4-7
Led by Karen Nelson

Tuesdays at 6:00 – 7:30 PM, in the Library

Violence & Religion: A video and discussion series which explores factors that contribute to violence in the name of religion.

9/3: Religion & Violence: A complicated connection.
Led by Gary Scott and Team

9/10: How Do We Define Religious Violence.
Led by Alan Zimmerman and Team

9/17: Violence in Scripture.
Led by Jerry Di Noto and Team

9/24: Why People Commit Self-Harm for Religious Purposes.
Led by Audrey Spencer and Team

Coffee Hour after Services

We hope you will join us for coffee and conversation in the Parish Hall following our Sunday morning services.

Please consider volunteering to be a Coffee Hour Host sometime. It can be a great way to honor and celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion. There are still many Sundays available. The Sunday Hospitality Sign-Up Book is on the table at the Parish Hall entrance.

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 Thursday and 9 am – 11:30 am Friday. The office is closed on Mondays.

Should you call on Monday or Friday afternoon 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.

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