For Sunday December 4, 2022
Advent Lessons & Carols
Sunday, December 18th – 4:00 PM
Our annual service of traditional Advent Lessons & Carols has been postponed to Sunday, December 18 at 4:00 PM. (The service was originally scheduled for December 4.) Join us for the sounds of the Season at St. Paul’s.
Church Kitchen Re-opening Ribbon Cutting
Sunday, November 27th
From The Palm Springs Post
St. Paul’s celebrates reopening of kitchen used to feed hundreds each day in Palm Springs and beyond.
The kitchen, used by cooks for Well in the Desert, was shuttered for weeks during the summer for a remodel and deep cleaning. Looking to address issues that brought about its closure, the kitchen was shuttered for weeks during the summer for a remodel and deep cleaning. Led by Rick Tinsley, the director of food and nutrition at Eisenhower Hospital and a member of the church’s Kitchen Taskforce, church leadership prioritized getting the kitchen back up and running to meet the requirements of the Riverside County Health Department.
It was also essential that the kitchen be up and running to meet the needs of those who use it most – the cooks at Well in the Desert, who prepare hundreds of hot meals each day in the space that are later offered to those suffering from food insecurity.
Once back open, Tinsley and the “Kitchen Care Team” met to do volunteer training focused on how to empower the Well in the Desert to keep the new equipment and space clean. The crew also came together to repair a water heater and the large commercial refrigerators in the kitchen. The team plans to continue weekly check-ins to ensure the kitchen is meeting the required standards.
St. Paul’s Ukrainian Care Team Update
The evolution of our Ukrainian Care Team (UCT) and its charge to us from the parish provided a meaningful opportunity to evaluate the extent of Christian zeal at St. Paul’s for helping refugees here in the Coachella Valley, and the practicality of doing so. We were in touch with several groups – Episcopal and others – who had worked with these types of programs, and we learned from their experience. With their guidance, we helped support a Ukrainian refugee family (the Darahans) who were being sponsored by a local family.
It was an illuminating and beneficial experience for us. We learned:
- The existence of a critical mass (a community of similarly situated people with like backgrounds and languages) would be a major help in creating a meaningful comfort level for these traumatized refugees.
- Early on, there should be an assessment of their comfort level with Christianity and our local ways of doing things. (Are we a good fit?)
- Alternative approaches to achieving our good intentions should be researched and evaluated.
As a result of prudent trial and error, we have concluded that Palm Springs may not be a practical place to host a Ukrainian refugee family at this time. We also concluded that the Episcopal Relief and Development refugee program (ERD), through its broad-based, on-site assistance to Ukrainian refugees, was somewhat better positioned to give substantially more help to more refugees and that it deserved our undivided support.
Accordingly, our team is concluding its local efforts at this time and strongly urges interested parishioners to support our Diocesan ERD refugee program.
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 used to address needs of congregation and community members (e.g., payments for food, rent, utilities, medical bills, et cetera).
Winter Coat Donations Needed
Now that cooler weather has arrived in the desert, the Social Justice Ministry is seeking donations of new or gently used winter coats and jackets to distribute to our needy neighbors. Winter hats, scarves and gloves are also appreciated. Remember, donated used clothing should first be dry cleaned. Please place your donated items in the collection “barrels” located in the narthex.
Latino & Social Justice Ministries
The Latino Ministry and Social Justice Ministry have scheduled a joint off-site meeting for Wednesday, December 7, 5:30 PM, at the home of Lena and John Granet. The evening will begin with a light dinner followed by a simple spoken Eucharist and a planning session. Please RSVP to Lena at or call 760.969.8431.
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 be open the hour prior (5:00-6:00 PM) for silent, socially distanced personal prayer. Come and rest.
The next Book Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at 1:00 PM, via Zoom. Meeting information will follow later. For December, Book Club has selected Less by Andrew Sean Greer. A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of lyricism and beauty.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the following events!
- Tuesday, December 6 – 3:00 – 7:00 PM – Parish Office Holiday Open House
- Friday & Saturday, December 9 & 10 – EDSD Good News Festival with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry – San Diego – More information at https://www.thegoodnewsfestival.com
- Sunday, December 11 – Pink Party – Stewardship In-Gathering
- Saturday, December 17 – 6:00 PM – Movie Night
- Sunday, December 18 – 4:00 PM – Advent Lessons & Carols
- Wednesday, December 21 – 6:00 PM – Interfaith Blue Christmas Service at St. Paul’s
- Sunday, January 8 – 8AM & 10:30AM – Bishop’s Annual Visit
- Sunday, January 29 – The Feast of St. Paul the Hermit (transferred)/Annual Meeting
Wear your BRIGHTEST PINK and LOUDEST POLKA DOTS to services on Dec. 4th and especially on PINK SUNDAY, Dec. 11th!
Beyond the Pink Party – Advent III – Gaudete/Rose/”Pink” Sunday, December 11 – Join us after the 10:30 AM service for a special party to celebrate the ingathering of our annual appeal. Come dressed in pink and polka dots. You won’t want to miss this once-a-year jubilee!
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Wednesday, December 14, 6:00 PM (transferred) – Experience the richness of Hispanic spirituality in a special Eucharist to commemorate the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary is the Patron Saint of Mexico and Patroness of the Americas.
Prayers of the Church
For the Anglican Communion, and for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby; for The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and The Middle East, The Most Reverend Michael Augustine Owen Lewis, President Bishop and Primate.
For the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, The Right Reverend Robert Christopher Wright, Bishop.
For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Right Reverend Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of Church of the Good Shepherd, Bonita.
For those commended to our prayers: Jim Panos, Terri & Judi Miller-Steele, Greg Gowdy, Barry Hagenbuch, Roy Cody, Howard Cecil, George Barros, Philip Smith, Dirk Beach-Barrow, John Lasher, Marie Ratnam, Robert Menifee, Maria Medina, AJ Miller, Tom Ranier, Nuan Pan & Burt, Adair, Genie Bell, Maria, Cat Conner, Frank Riviers, Gary Koch, Joe Christopher, Angela Fairbanks, Tom Lutgen, Brian Nealy; pray for all those for whom no prayers have been said.
For those who have died: De Andre Rouse, Gale Enger, Kenneth Roy, Ronald Roy, Abdulio Medina, Frederick Swann, Joe Callanan, David De St. Cyr, Covert E. “Pete” Parnell, III, Gene Cipriano, Emanuel Manning, Christopher Manning, Laurine Di Rocco, Richard Johnson. 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 5: Molly Mowat, Brooke Wolford; December 6: Janet Mendoza, Tray Tackett, Michael DiSchiavi; December 9: Kristoph Stein-Steele.
For those celebrating anniversaries: December 7: The Rev. Canon Victoria Hatch & Shelia Brubaker, Steve Horstman & Louis Sanchez; December 10: Alex Finlay-Christensen & Bill Finlay, Cheryl & Ray Kelley.
For those for whom flowers have been donated: Today’s Altar Flowers are sponsored by Duane Beach-Barrow, in memory of Robert Beach-Barrow AND by Jo Anne Adair, in memory of her son, Jeff Adair, on his birthday.
For our Confirmands as they prepare to take this important step in their spiritual journeys.
For next Sunday’s Lectionary readings, go to www.lectionarypage.net, and select December 11, the Third Sunday of Advent.
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
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.
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