For Sunday, December 16th

From the Rector

Consider an End of the Year Gift

Each week during the year I or my wonderful substitutes, the Rev. Canon Victoria Hatch and Jerry Dinoto, offer a brief reflection on one of our weekly Bible Readings. This week I am asking for your help as we end the year at St. Paul’s. When you hear similar appeals from your favorite non-profit or Public Radio Station, you are aware that they make their appeal to thousands of supporters. St. Paul’s has been associated with some of these and encourages giving to them.

You may not know that St. Paul’s reported 482 members in 2017 with about 150 others who are associated with us in some way. That is our total base of support. And that is why I am asking for your help in two ways.

First, please consider making a generous gift for Christmas or to help St. Paul’s end the year positively. Your gift will help assure that the work we do at St. Paul’s will continue uninterrupted. We believe the work we do is in response to God’s call to St. Paul’s. We consider God’s call to be concerned with Jesus’ mission, and may miss the fact that to honor that, the kitchen must be in working order, the floors clean, the heat, air-conditioning and plumbing working for worship and meetings – that such work is integral to accomplishing our mission. Every gift helps make sure that ALL the work gets done.

Second, please consider making a gift to St. Paul’s in your trust or will. These gifts that cost nothing today, will bless God’s work at St. Paul’s for generations yet to come.

This weekend as we worship, we will ponder Advent as we prepare for Christmas. We will be thinking of ending this year well. Join us.

Fr. Andrew


Featured Scripture

Philippians 4:4-7 Common English Bible (CEB)

Be glad in the Lord always! Again I say, be glad! Let your gentleness show in your treatment of all people. The Lord is near. Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.

Interfaith Dialogue Event

God as Light in Judaism and Christianity

6pm – Thursday, December 13, 2018
Palm Springs Art Museum
Free Admission

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Donate Your Travel Stash to Those in Need!

Do you have travel-size soap, shampoo, toothpaste, or other useful necessities you’re ready to get rid of? STOP! The St. Paul’s Emporium, which provides socks, underwear and toiletries to our homeless brothers and sisters in the Palm Springs area can use and distribute these items.

Simply bring your items to the next church service and leave them in the parked basket in the Narthex. Ask an usher if you are unsure where to place your donations or contact Lena Granet at [email protected]. Your generosity will help many!

Christmas Flower Offering

If you would like to contribute toward the cost of Christmas flowers, please use the special offering envelopes found in the pew pockets.

Calling all Elves!

Volunteers are needed to decorate the interior of the Church, next Sunday afternoon, December 23. This annual event always turns out to be a lot of fun. If you can help, please join your fellow elves in the Church Lobby at 12:30 PM. A light lunch will be provided.

Social Justice

Sunday, December 16, during the 9:15 AM Episcopal Café hour, the Social Justice Committee will show the film, Crowd in the Crosshairs, a short documentary directed by Grey Ingrassia with the support of many, including All Saints, Pasadena, where the premiere screening took place. Ingrassia was inspired by his participation in the March 2018 March for Our Lives. The film is also available on YouTube.

Mural Project

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St. Paul’s, in cooperation with the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission, has commissioned a mural for the South-East side of the church facing the Little Flower Shop.

Bernard Hoyes is the artist and his mural is called “Cast Your Bread Upon the Waters.” He plans to begin the preparation and painting on December 17th. The mural celebrates iconic images of St. Paul the Hermit, Water, Agriculture, Hollywood-Palm Springs connections and the images of three local clergy who worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and on Civil Rights in Palm Springs. There will be an image from the Agua Caliente tribe, and affirmation of several of the cultures that are an important part of our community.

Tuesdays During Advent

St. Paul’s Advent Tuesday services provide a quiet and thoughtful pause from what can be a hectic season, and a chance to focus on the blessings of Christmas and the joy of our savior’s birth.

Tuesdays @ 5:00 PM – December 11 and 18, in the Church.

Stations of the Nativity

This prayerful Advent meditation, done in the style of the Stations of the Cross, is based on fourteen events surrounding the Nativity of Jesus.

Following Stations of the Nativity, we invite you to join our meditative Taizé service.

Tuesdays @ 7:00 PM — December 11, and 18, in the Church.


This service, a mixture of song, meditation and Scripture, gives one an opportunity to experience God in a quiet, contemplative setting. Contact Nathan Ensign for more details.

Bishop Transition

We are well on our way to prayerfully selecting our fifth diocesan bishop. Final candidates for the fifth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego will be presented to the diocese in walkabout events held across the diocese from January 13-18, 2019. A feature of these events will be listening to the candidates respond to specific questions.

The transition committee asks for your help in drafting suggested questions about the candidates’ visions for our diocese. Please submit your suggested questions (with your name, church name and whether you are clergy or a lay person) by e-mail to: [email protected] by December 19, 2018. Thank you for your help as we travel this journey of change together.

Adult Faith Formation

Sundays at 9:15 AM in the Library
The Episcopal Café


12/16: Crowd in the Crosshairs. A presentation and discussion on gun violence & prevention. See Social Justice announcement above…

12/23: The Saving Power of Christmas? Reflection on Hebrews 10
Led by Alan Zimmerman

Tuesdays at 5:00 PM in the Library

These sessions will resume January 2019

Parish Life Book Club

Parish Life Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of January at 1:00 PM in the Library. New members are always welcome.

For January 8, 2019, Book Club has selected Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. The book is an ode to the natural world, a coming-of-age story, and a mystery. For more information contact Alan Zimmerman at [email protected].

Adult Literacy Program

St. Paul’s Adult Literacy Program is accepting applications for English speaking adults who need help in learning to read or who want to improve their skills in reading, writing and comprehension. If you know of anyone who would benefit from participating in this program, please have them call Gary Scott @ 760.218.3180 or Sharon Strong @ 760.285.8910 to register for the program. Those registered will  be placed with a tutor as soon as possible.

Bethlehem Handicrafts

Due to travel logistics, Bethlehem Handicrafts is unable to visit St. Paul’s this month as previously announced.

Hospitality Ministry

Seeking Coffee Hour Hosts
With the arrival of fall, we joyfully welcome our part time parishioners returning to the desert.  It’s a time for festive hospitality at our Coffee Hours following Sunday services.  Currently, there are several dates available, between now and year-end, to host a coffee hour. It’s easy!  All you do is provide offerings of fruit, pastries, cookies – anything, really, that you think others would enjoy.  The church provides coffee, tea, lemonade, and all service items.  If you would like to sponsor a future coffee hour, please sign-up today. You’ll find the sign-up book on the table just inside the Parish Hall entrance.

Questions?  Please contact Kathy Kilmer, 760.774.8233

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 for both the 8:00 a.m. and the 10:30 a.m. services.

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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