For Sunday December 17, 2023

This Sunday – The great PINK PARTY
Advent III – Gaudete/Rose/”Pink” Sunday, December 17

Join us as we celebrate our in-gathering of pledges and thank God for all we offer. (Make sure you’ve turned in your pledge card.) We have a special pink themed coffee-hour after the 8AM service. The big party starts immediately following the 10:30 AM service. You won’t want to miss this once-a-year jubilee! Come dressed in your finest, most outrageous PINK ATTIRE!

Advent Bereavement Group

If you are in a place of loss/grief, you are invited to join others in this four-week series, and travel together in hope to our “Blue Christmas: Longest Night Service.” Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 PM, in the library, beginning November 30. Sign-up roster is in the Narthex.

St. Paul in the Desert will host Blue Christmas: an interfaith prayer liturgy on Thursday, December 21, 2023, at 6:00 PM. The date is the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. It’s a time when some people, amid all the Christmas festivities, find themselves unable to shake feelings of grief, loss, or loneliness. The Blue Christmas service is a way to honor those feelings, even when the season suggests otherwise. It is a gentle, contemplative service of light and hope, to be a comfort in this season of waiting for the Light in the darkness. All are welcome.

St. Paul’s Receives New Icon and New Holy Water Fonts

This past weekend, we blessed two new liturgical objects that draw us deeper into worship. We now have holy water fonts (also known as stoups) and a new icon of St. John the Baptist. To read more about why we have added these to our life together, please click here. We give thanks for the abundant generosity of the anonymous donors who have added these treasures to our journey as a community.

Gas Leak

On Sunday, our Assistant Sexton Cecelia smelled a strange smell. It turned out to be a gas leak at the meter next to the Parish Hall. Thankfully, the Campus Care Committee responded in rapid time and was able to address the situation. The fire trucks came rolling in and the leak was addressed. When you see a Campus Care Committee member, please thank them for the ways that they help keep our campus safe and operating!

St. Paul’s Latino Ministry

Advent Collection of Items for Refugee Family – The Latino Ministry is collecting household items for a refugee family this winter, sponsored by the Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Service (IRIS). A list of items is in the Narthex and in The Abundant Life. Can you help? Contact Bonnie Stroock for more information – 760.799.9336

Advent Poetry / Taming of the Shrew class

Winter Clothing Donations Needed

Cooler weather is just around the corner and the Social Justice Ministry is seeking donations of new or gently used winter clothing to distribute to our needy neighbors. As in prior years, we expect a high demand for winter coats, jackets, and heavy sweaters, but hats, scarves, gloves, and other seasonal items are also appreciated. Please place your donated items in the collection baskets located in the Narthex. Our volunteers distribute these items from display tables set up in the Columbarium colonnade the last Wednesday of each month.

Attention, Snowbirds!

You are invited to join a Circle Supper group this winter. Though this social ministry begins in the fall, several groups have openings and would welcome Snowbirds starting in January. These monthly gatherings are a terrific way to experience the St. Paul community in a more intimate social setting than after Sunday services.

If you have any questions or are interested in signing up, please contact Jan Wacker (a Snowbird from Washington state) at or 503-803-6863.

Deck The Halls!

Calling all Elves!  If you would like to join the Christmas Decoration team and assist with decorating the church interior, please attend a meeting that will happen following Sunday’s 10:30 AM service, in the Parish Hall. During the meeting, you will learn how we plan to transform the church interior for Christmas the afternoon of December 24 (Christmas Eve). We will begin our work immediately following the 10:30 Advent IV service and complete the project prior to the 6:00 PM Christmas Eve family service. If you are unable to attend today’s meeting but would still like to assist in any way, please contact event coordinator, Michael Painter, at 714.742.0488.

Christmas Flower Offerings

‘Tis the Season! If you would like to contribute toward the cost of poinsettias, please use the special offering envelopes found in the pew pockets. Deadline for inclusion in our published Christmas flower donor listing is Wednesday, December 20. Your donated flowers may be collected after Christmas to distribute to those who couldn’t attend services in person, or for your own enjoyment at home.

In case you missed it…Our Lady of Guadalupe Mariachi Mass

In case you missed it, click here to watch The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mariachi Mass Serivce.

Legacy Society

Who are you?

Bonnie & Fred Stroock

How long have you been at St. Paul’s and what brought you here?

We moved to the desert in 2001 and have been attending St. Paul’s ever since.

What keeps you here at St. Paul’s?

St.  Paul’s is my spiritual home. We have many friends here.

Why did you join the Legacy Society?

We joined the Legacy Society because St. Paul’s is in our will. We feel it is a responsibility to support the church.

What are your big dreams for St. Paul’s future as we continue through our annual stewardship season?

My dream for the church is to have more families join with children in Sunday School, maybe some Latino families.  I’d like  to rebuild the parish hall.

What is something interesting that St. Paul’s folks might not know about you?

We are big college football fans! Go Trojans!

Who are you?

Craig Alexander Ewing

How long have you been at St. Paul’s and what brought you here?

Eighteen years (since September 2005). I came here because it was my parish when I moved to Palm Springs.

What keeps you here at St. Paul’s?

Worshiping at St. Paul’s continues to be a vital part of my spiritual life.

Why did you join the Legacy Society?

I made a commitment years ago to include in my will the Episcopal parishes I have attended.

What are your big dreams for St. Paul’s future as we continue through our annual stewardship season?

My dream for the church is that we help explore the future of Christian theology in a local community.

What is something interesting that St. Paul’s folks might not know about you?

I spend six days a week at the gym.

St. Paul’s Book Club

The next Book Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 2, 2024, at 2 PM. For January, Book Club has selected Tom Lake by Ann Patchett. Tom Lake is a meditation on love and the lives parents have led before their children were born. It explores what it means to be happy even when the world is falling apart.

To celebrate Book Club’s Seventh Anniversary, the meeting will be in person at a member’s home. For more information, please contact Alan Zimmerman at

Sunday’s Altar Flowers

“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

Fresh flowers at the altar honor God and add to the beauty of our worship. If you would like to sponsor altar flowers for a future Sunday to commemorate 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 dates(s) A donation of $95 for each altar flower sponsorship is suggested.

Prayers of the Church

For the Anglican Communion, and for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby; for The Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea, The Right Reverend Nathan Ingen, Acting Archbishop and Primate.

For the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, The Right Reverend Jennifer Anne Reddall, Bishop.

For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Right Reverend Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of St. Barnabas, Borrego Springs; for those experiencing homelessness and those who journey at their side.

For those commended to our prayers: Dennis Telles, Scott Jones, Karla, Haz, Paula Davis, Nancy, Glad, Paris, David Valenzuela, The Most Reverend Michael Curry,  Teri Whitmer, Sheila & Martin Nickerson, Kylie Smith, Rosemary, Quinci Vicory, Wendy Vicory, Daniel & Cynthia, Hap Blaisdell, Bonnie Ong, Kelli, Alexander, Allison, Bill Davis, Monte Hammer, Kenn Catterlin, Bill Brewer, Ben Palmer, Terry Garrity, Rus Butler, Joe Christopher, Rob Porter, Amelia Grinstead, Chloe Grace Wilson Barton, Marilyn De Silva Currie, Donald Chase, Greg Gowdy, Tom Lutgen; pray for all those for whom no prayers have been said.

For those who have died: Fred Crawford, The Rev. Dr. Gay Byron, Flora Mae Johnson, Brenda Relorford, Louis Thibault, Mike Wills, Mari Covell, Charlene Cash, William Tribble.

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: December 17: Gregory Schroeder; December 19: Shaun Olson; December 20: John Essell; December 21: Don Norris; December 22: Greg Barton.

For those celebrating anniversaries: December 18: Steven Michael Chacon & Felipe Rodriguez; December 23: Rick Gooch & Gary Smith.

For those for whom flowers have been donated: Sunday’s Altar Flowers are sponsored by Gary Hiatt, in loving memory of Fred Ross, AND by Frank Stahl, in loving memory of A.J. Miller, on his birthday (December 19).

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 . The weekly print deadline is Wednesday noon.

For next Sunday’s Lectionary readings, go to www.lectionarypage.net and click on December 24, 2023, Advent IV.

Upcoming Meetings & Events at St Paul’s

  • Sunday, December 17 – Stewardship Pink Sunday – “Dream BIG”
  • Tuesday, December 19 – 5:00-7:00 PM – Advent Spirituality – The Taming of the Shrew
  • Wednesday, December 20 – 4:00 PM – Human Resources Committee meeting
  • Wednesday, December 20 – 6:30 – Advent Poetry class
  • Wednesday, December 20 – 6:30 PM – Vestry meeting
  • Thursday, December 21 – 3:30-5:00 PM – Advent Bereavement Group
  • Thursday, December 21 – 6:00 PM – Interfaith Blue Christmas/Longest Night service
  • Sunday, December 24 – 6:00 PM – Christmas Eve family service
  • Sunday, December 24 – 11:00 PM – Christmas Eve Midnight Mass (with incense)
  • Monday, December 25 – 10:30 AM – Christmas Day service
  • Saturday, December 30 – 6:30 PM – Movie Night! – White Christmas
  • Saturday, January 6 – 6:00 PM – The Epiphany of Our Lord – Holy Eucharist – 12th Night party afterward.
  • Sunday, January 28 – The Feast of St. Paul the Hermit (transferred)/Annual Meeting – ONE SERVICE AT 9:30 AM.

Parish Office Holiday Schedule

The Parish Office will be closed from Christmas Day through New Year’s Day, reopening with regular business hours, Tuesday, January 2.

St. Paul’s Hikers Club

Adventure and Fellowship!  The St. Paul’s Hiking Group will be exploring the desert oases and wetlands at the Dos Palmas Preserve, an important national ecological preserve at the North Shore of the Salton Sea, on Saturday, January 13, 2024.  The hike is easy/moderate; four miles with some easy grade. We will meet in the St. Paul’s parking lot at 8:00 AM and carpool/caravan to the trailhead. Please let us know if you would be willing to ferry/carpool some of your fellow hikers, especially if you have an SUV with decent clearance. Contact Nancy Antonius () or Chris Kelly () with questions and to sign up.

Read a message from Chris Kelly

A Message from Desert Baroque

Dear Friends of Desert Baroque,

The last two seasons of Desert Baroque concerts have been especially cherished by our musicians and audiences alike. On behalf of the players and myself as Director, I want to express our gratitude for your attendance and support of “Early Music” in the desert. The beautiful and acoustically alive venue, The Artists Center at the Galen, was the perfect home for our programs – especially in that the instruments we play require just such a room for their ultimate “bloom.” Being in a lively and changing visual environment topped off our experience.

It is my hope that we can return to a concert series again in upcoming seasons. We’re taking time-off now – it’s a sabbatical year for Desert Baroque! – to reassess our overall vision for the future. I invite you to engage in this conversation if you like, simply by phone, text or email. I would welcome your participation.

Thanks again to all who found pleasure and enjoyment in our concerts. We look forward to being together again.

With my personal wishes to you for a joyous holiday season and a happy new year,

Margaret (Meg) Irwin-Brandon
Founder/Director, Desert Baroque
www.desertbaroque.com
Director Emerita, Arcadia Players

413-285-6881

Movie Night!

Saturday, December 30 – 6:30 PM – The Parish Hall Theater

Have fun, meet friends, and share a movie and popcorn with your fellow parishioners.  If you like, you can bring a pizza, a bucket of chicken – or whatever seems to fit the occasion. Enjoy the Parish Hall big screen theater at St. Paul in the Desert. We will provide the drinks and popcorn; you create the fellowship. All are welcome, so invite your friends and neighbors.  See you there!

This month’s featured film is White Christmas. The 1954 musical film centers around two World War II veterans-turned-performers who team up with a sister act to help their former commanding officer save his failing Vermont inn. The film’s star-studded cast includes legendary actors Bing CrosbyDanny KayeRosemary ClooneyVera-Ellen, and Dean Jagger, and it features high-energy dance numbers choreographed by Bob Fosse plus a soundtrack full of holiday staples written by Irving Berlin.

Featuring the Irving Berlin tune “White Christmas” and other music from the Berlin catalogue, this 1954 holiday musical centers on Bob (Bing Crosby) and Phil (Danny Kaye), two song-and-dance men who meet while serving in the army in Europe and now produce and perform Broadway revues as Wallace & Davis. When the pair meet the Haynes sisters (Vera-Ellen and Rosemary Clooney), two blonde performers on the run from their landlord. Phil and Bob help the girls make a clean getaway, and then the ladies accompany the fellas to their next engagement, at an obscure and financially strapped Vermont guest lodge. By an amazing coincidence, the lodge is owned by the men’s old Army major-general, Waverly (Dean Jagger). Bob and Phil decide to help their former CO by mounting an entire Broadway-level show at the venue to attract customers and while they’re at it throw a surprise reunion for their whole combat division. Keeping this a secret from Waverly accidentally convinces one of the Haynes sisters that the good deed is just a heartless publicity stunt connived by Wallace & Davis, but the plot all ends happily, with a reprise of “White Christmas.”

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