For Sunday, December 30th

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 Di Noto, 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. Please designate it as Year-End.

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 the Word becoming flesh and we will celebrate God’s love for the world in giving Jesus, the only begotten Son. We will end the year as we began – giving thanks. Join us.

Fr. Andrew


Featured Scripture

Galatians 3:23-25, 4:4-7 Common English Bible (CEB)

Before faith came, we were guarded under the Law, locked up until faith that was coming would be revealed, so that the Law became our custodian until Christ so that we might be made righteous by faith.
But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian.

But when the fulfillment of the time came, God sent his Son, born through a woman, and born under the Law. This was so he could redeem those under the Law so that we could be adopted. Because you are sons and daughters, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!” Therefore, you are no longer a slave but a son or daughter, and if you are his child, then you are also an heir through God.

Bishop Transition Walkabout Event Jan. 14, 7pm

Walkabout events are just around the corner. All members of the diocese are invited and encouraged to attend one of these important events where you can meet the candidates for the 5th bishop of San Diego.

The Desert Walkabout will be held at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church at 47535 Highway 74, Palm Desert on Monday, January 14 at 7:00 PM.

Please mark your calendar for this important opportunity to get to know our candidates and to hear them respond to questions submitted by members from throughout the diocese.

Accepting God’s Gift of Faith

Coming soon: “Accepting God’s Gift of Faith” is a spiritual renewal program for Episcopalians, as well as an instructional preparation program for persons seeking Baptism, Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation in The Episcopal Church.

The program consists of seven consecutive Tuesday evening sessions, January 29 through March 12. All sessions are scheduled for 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, in the Parish Hall. At the culmination of the program, our Assisting Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, will preside at Baptisms, Confirmations, Receptions, and Reaffirmations during her Bishop’s Visitation at St. Paul’s on Sunday, March 17.

Program registration information is available in the Narthex and Parish Hall. For additional information, contact Jerry Di Noto at 760.320.7488. If you are interested in serving as a sponsor to one of the program participants, contact Deacon Susan Green at 760.808.0714

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 Faith Formation

Sundays at 9:15 AM in the Library: The Episcopal Café
These sessions are designed to facilitate discussion of Sunday scripture readings.


12/30: History and Customs of the Twelve Days of Christmas
Led by Rev. Canon David Caffrey.


1/6: Epiphany: Reflection on Isaiah 60
Led by Rev. Deacon Susan Green

1/13: Do Not Fear; I have Redeemed You: Reflection on Isaiah 43
Led by Alan Zimmerman

Tuesdays at 5:00 PM in the Library
1/1: No Session: New Year’s Day

1/8: Manger and Incarnation — What WAS Christmas All About?
Led by Gary Scott

1/15: Three Kings Really???
Led by Rev. Canon David Caffrey

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!

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.

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 for painting in late December. 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.


Potluck Events

Save the Dates:
St. Paul’s Parish Life Committee announces the upcoming Potluck events…

Sunday January 13: Social Hour Brunch Pot Luck 11:45 AM to 1:30 PM

Tuesday March 5: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 5:30 to 7:30 PM

Thursday April 11: Spring Pot Luck: 5:30 PM-7:30PM

All of these festive events will take place in the Parish Hall

Thank you!

Thank you to all Christmas Elves who gave their time and talent to ensure St. Paul’s was decorated beautifully to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.

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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