For Sunday September 3, 2023
Celebration of the Ministry of Canon Philip Smith
Please join us at the 10:30AM service to say goodbye to our Interim Organist & Choirmaster, Canon Philip A. Smith. We are grateful for Phil’s extended interim period over the last 3 ½ years. You are cordially invited after the service to a champagne/Martinelli’s toast and celebration in the Parish Hall after the conclusion of the service.
About the Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Louise Macatee was the former Director of Counseling at Campbell Hall, an Episcopal school in the Diocese of Los Angeles, where she served students and faculty for 28 years. She holds an M.Div. and D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary, as well as an MA in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Counseling from Pepperdine University. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an ordained Episcopal priest.
Description of the Class: The structure of the course reflects three main components that map out a path of healing for seekers after wholeness. The components have yielded data that reflect on experiences that have worked to help those who have suffered wounds of all kinds, and they serve to help facilitate the healing that only Christ can bring. These components or dimensions each offer solace and strength as Jesus’ promise of liberation is more clearly and fully realized in a person’s life. These components reflect the quest for wholeness of Holocaust survivors, persons suffering traumatic loss of a loved one, and those who grew up in a home defined by parental addiction/alcoholism, mental illness, or abuse, to name only a few of the wounds that bind and diminish us. The three areas of work that have held growth for those and any who have suffered damage and carry wounds are Mourning, Meaning, and Hope. It is through the road of each of these that we hope to grow more in personal self-reflection and spiritual awareness, while enlarging our understanding of others and their needs and pain. From Jesus to Gloria Steinem, come learn about how Christ calls all of us to deeper healing.
An Update From the Campus Care Committee
On Thursday, August 24th at approximately 9:00PM, vandals attached their vehicle to our water main on Prescott/Belardo at the far end of the main parking lot. They pulled out our entire system and stole a valve. According to Desert Water Agency, there have been several incidents of this nature recently as the thieves consider the valves valuable. DWA was able to repair the damage the next day. A police report has been filed and an insurance claim has been submitted to cover the cost of the repair. We are working on installing a protective cage over the water main so that this type of incident does not happen again. Thank you once again to our Campus Care Committee for handling this emergency repair so rapidly. Let’s hope there’s not another emergency to respond to this next weekend!
An Update On Our Budget & Staffing
As we prepare for the return to our busy Fall schedule, we have been hard at work in planning for the next calendar year of the church. One part of that preparation has been assessing the personnel budget. The average non-profit spends 60-80% of its operating expenses on staffing. We noticed that if we keep our staffing model as it is (including our new parish administrator), our personnel budget would be 73% of the operating budget. Unfortunately, due to inflation and a much-needed increase to our facilities portion of the budget, we cannot handle an additional 8% in the personnel category. As we look at our budget projections for 2024, we noticed that in order to meet a balanced budget, our personnel expenses need to be 65% of the budget. With no full-time staff currently, this means we must face some difficult realities as a parish.
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Last Call! Hiking Club News
The Parish Life Hiking Club has planned an off-season summer hike for September 16, in the Oak Glen Preserve, only about 40 miles west of Palm Springs in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains. (Hikers, meet at Oak Glen at 9:00 AM.)The Oak Glen Preserve sits in a tranquil canyon filled with apple orchards, shady green forests, babbling brooks and steep mountain slopes. It’s a great nearby getaway from the hot desert summer. We will be hiking the scenic Preserve Loop through the Preserve’s many diverse ecosystems. The trail meanders through curated gardens, beneath towering conifers, past a pretty little lake and then in and out of a shady oak forest as it descends through the chaparral to a pleasant hollow, before climbing again to a beautiful shady meadow. Deer and other wildlife can sometimes be spotted along the trail.
The trail is about 2.5 miles long in total and links several smaller trails within the Oak Glen Preserve. It is officially ranked as “Easy,” and should be safely within the skill set of our group. The trail is well-marked and in good condition, with an easy grade most of the way. There are one or two segments with sharper descents and climbs, including one or two portions with stairs. The total elevation change across the entire trail is about 500 feet. There are two areas of sharper descent or ascent, but they should be doable by any who’ve hiked with us previously. This is a dog-friendly trail. Dogs on-leash are welcome. Please review the trail description and make sure it is right for your furry friend (it may be an ambitious trek for smaller dogs). You’ll want to carry a dish of some sort so your dog can pause to drink.
What to Bring – Proper footgear is important. You should wear solid, comfortable walking shoes with a grippy rubber sole that has tread and good traction. Also don’t forget the usual hiking standards: ample water, sunscreen, and a hat – bug spray is also a good idea. While this area will feel like paradise compared to August heat in Palm Springs, it will still be objectivelywarm, so dress lightly and prepare for occasional areas of full sun. Anyone needing additional balance or stability should consider bringing a walking stick or trekking pole.
There should be ample time after the hike to share a quick repast, linger among wildflowers, and visit the nearby apple stand for some tasty fresh cider. We would like to host a late-morning picnic for this hike similar to what we did in Idyllwild last summer. We welcome volunteers willing to help organize this aspect of the trip and/or bring some sort of potluck item. For more information or to sign up for the hike, please contact Nancy Antonius
Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the summer hike date.
St Paul’s Book Club
The next Book Club meeting will be held Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at 2:00 PM, via Zoom. (NOTE TIME CHANGE!) Our September Book Club selection is Hello Beautiful by Ann Napatilano.
William Waters grew up in a house silenced by tragedy, where his parents could hardly bear to look at him. So, when he meets the spirited Julia in his college, it’s as if the world has lit up around him. A profoundly moving portrait of what is possible when we choose to love someone not despite who they are, but because of it.
Sunday’s Altar Flowers are given to the Glory of God.
“The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom . . .” Isaiah 35:1-2
If you would like to sponsor altar flowers for a future Sunday honoring a special person or event, you’ll find the sign-up book in the Narthex, or you can call the Parish Office at 760.320.7488 to reserve your sponsorship date(s).
Rectors’ Discretionary Fund
The first Sunday of the month loose-plate offerings (i.e., general giving, not pledged giving) will be designated for the Rectors’ Discretionary Fund (sometimes referred to as “Benevolence.”) This fund is to be disbursed at the rectors’ discretion to help those in immediate need, and payments usually go directly toward the most crucial bills (rent, food, medical costs, et cetera).
You are invited to the church on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 PM each week for contemplative Eucharist/Evening Prayer. The church will be open the hour prior (5:00-6:00 PM) for silent, personal prayer. Come and rest.
Prayers of the Church
For the Anglican Communion, and for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby; for the Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean, the Most Reverend James Richard Wong Yin Song, Archbishop and Primate.
For the Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota, The Right Reverend Dr. Jonathan H. Folts, Bishop.
For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Right Reverend Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of St. Luke’s, San Diego; for Diocesan Institutions & Organizations – The Bishop’s School, Episcopal Community Services, Jubilee Centers.
For those commended to our prayers: Glen Noteboom, José, Margherita & Judith Roa, Jake Williams, Sandy & Joe Williams, Wendy Vicory, Bonnie, Ken Van Horn, Christian Waltaian, Adele Kelley, Sebastian Hall, The Rev. Dr. Sonia Waters, John Hines, Diane & Chuck Hines, Ken Van Horn, Dan Drinan, Ted Guice, Jerry Di Noto, Solveig Peck, Robert Patnode, Don Orsbern, Tish & Eliott Kahn, Terry Garrity, Rus Butler, Joe Christopher, Sylvia Toney, Moses Moffitt, Jimmie Faye Johnson, Lennie Ruth Miller, Hope Yarborough, Crystal, Jodene Catterlin, Kenneth Catterlin, Nancy Catterlin Hales, Raymond Stimson, Mark Malone, Robert Blackman, Amelia Grinstead, Chloe Grace Wilson Barton, Marilyn De Silva Currie, Donald Chase, Greg Gowdy, A.J. Miller, Tom Lutgen; pray for all those for whom no prayers have been said.
For those who have died: Clay Hall, Brian Nealy, Gary Nutt, Antonietta Colucii, Anna Q., Joshua Jones, Stanley Rule, Shawna Roberts, John Budovec, Jack Pellum, Grady Harrison, Duane “Dirk” Beach-Barrow, Dennis Fred McBride, Evelyn Bennett.
Rest eternal grant to these, your servants, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
For those with birthdays: September 3: Br. John Westaway, Steven Holston, Leilah Mendivil; September 4: Patricia Lutgen; September 5: The Rev. Canon Andrew Green; September 6: David Olsen; September 8: Glen Noteboom; September 9: Bonnie Stroock.
For those celebrating their anniversary: September 7: Janet & Gilbert Mendoza.
For those for whom flowers have been donated: Today’s Altar Flowers are sponsored by Rodney Dickson, in thanksgiving for the birthday of Jeffry Georgianni, AND BY Cheryl & Ray Kelley in memory of our moms, Anna Kelley and Shirley Balin, and in thanksgiving for their birthdays.
For next Sunday’s Lectionary readings, go to www.lectionarypage.net and click on September 10, 2023, The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Upcoming Meetings & Events at St Paul’s
- Tuesday, September 5 – 1:00 PM – Stewardship Committee Meeting.
- Tuesday, September 5 – 2:00 PM – Book Club via Zoom.
- Thursday, September 7 – 1:00 PM – Campus Care Committee Meeting – Library.
- Saturday, September 16 – 9:00 AM – Parish Life Hiking Club – Oak Glen Preserve.
- Sunday, September 24 – 9:00 AM – Newcomers’ Class – Library.
- Sunday, October 8 – St. Francis of Assisi (transferred) – 8:00 AM – Dog Mass, outside – 10:30 AM – Regular Mass – Pet Blessing 4:00 – 5:00 PM – Memorial Garden.
- Sunday, October 15 – 10:30 AM – ONE SERVICE – Welcome Back Sunday – SAVE THE TIME & DATE!
- Wednesday, October 18 – 6:00 PM – St. Luke the Evangelist- Celtic Eucharist.
- Sunday, October 29 – All Saints’ (transferred).
- Wednesday, November 1 – 12:00 PM – Dia De Los Muertos (outside); 6:00 PM – All Souls’ Requiem.
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