For Sunday, January 2, 2022

Come to the Epiphany Service and receive your Blessed Chalk for your House Blessing.

Celebrated on the Feast of the Epiphany, there is a time-honored tradition of using chalk to write above the home’s entrance, asking for God’s blessing on the dwelling and those who live in it, and even those who visit.  It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our lives and our home.

Think Pink Recap – Thank You!

Sunday School is taking a “Winter Break”

Sunday School classes for preschool through fifth grade, which normally meet every Sunday during the 10:30 AM service, will be taking a “Winter Break.”  There will be no Sunday School class January 2.  Classes will resume Sunday, January 9.

No Abundant Life Newsletter next week 

The staff of The Abundant Life will be taking some scheduled time off next week so the newsletter will not publish its weekly issue on Friday, January 7, 2022. The next The Abundant Life will be published Friday, January 14. We wish you all a happy and healthy new year!

With Gratitude to Our Christmas Flower Sponsors   

Roger Allen, Greg and Dee Dee Barton, Dirk Beach-Barrow, Shelia Brubaker, Glen Calvin, Clinton Carbon and Carl Bellamy, John and Lena Granet, Yvonne Gray

The Rev. Victoria Hatch, George Holliday and Rick Tinsley, Donald B. Johnson

Patty and Richard Kiker, Ron and Joanne Lampela, Stephen Lind

Vern Marken and Luis Valdez, Andrea Randall, John Raposa and Jon Coates, Aaron Riviers, Gloria Swanson Stansbury, Roberto Thais and Skip Swanlund, Ed Walsh and Wayne Soucy, Richard Wells and John Page

Prayers of the Church

For the Anglican Communion, and for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby; for Province de L’Eglise Anglicane Du Congo, The Most Rev. Masimango Katanda, Archbishop and Primate.

For the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada, The Rev. Elizabeth Bonforte Gardner, Bishop.

For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop.  On this first Sunday of the year, intercessions will be offered for the congregation, for the clergy and wardens and for all others in leadership positions with particular petitions for wisdom and guidance in the year to come; for the members of the Executive Council as they gather for the annual retreat this weekend.

For those commended to our prayers:  Alan Bates, Teri Whitmer, Bruce Beach, Chris Hilton, Nick D’Amico, Andy Buchanan, Roy Cody, Curtis Ringness, Jr., AJ Miller, David Smitherman, Audrey Spencer, Frank Dunn, Dean Bruns, Brian Nealy; pray for all those affected by COVID-19: heal those who are suffering, comfort those who grieve, and strengthen those who are caring for others; pray for all those for whom no prayers have been said.

A Special Prayer for Those Affected by Natural Disasters, Gun Violence, and Other Unforeseen Circumstances

Compassionate God,

Draw near to us in this time of sorrow and anguish, comfort those who mourn, strengthen those who are weary, encourage those in despair, and lead us all to fullness of life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen

From Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (Church Publishing: New York), page 733

For those who have died: The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu, Bishop of Johannesburg and Archbishop of Cape Town, T. Stephen Nichols, Fred Ross, Robert Cumming, John Barber, Allen McAfee, David Collins, Charles Anderson, Cleophus Greer, George Badajos, Richard Cadarette.

For those with birthdays: January 2:  Barbara Halcom; January 3: George Barros; January 6: Steve Holm, Isabel Reineke; January 7: Gary Gillespie, Gary Scott; January 8: George Holliday, Michael Spillane.

For those celebrating their anniversary: January 7: Lena & John Granet.

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 announcements@stpaulsps.org

For this Sunday’s Lectionary readings Click Here. From the calendar, select January 2nd.

Music of the Season

We give thanks for the glorious special music that has enriched our worship during this wondrous Christmas Season.  To help sustain unique and exceptional musical offerings for future worship, donations toward the Music Fund will be taken from the loose plate offerings at the following services:

Lessons & Carols, December 26, 10:30 AM

Epiphany Eve, January 5, 6:00 PM.

January Book Club

The next Book Club meeting – our fifth anniversary meeting – will be Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at 1:00 PM via Zoom. Meeting access information will follow later. For January Book Club, we will finish The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles.  Emmett Watson is released from a juvenile work farm and discovers that two friends have secretly escaped with him and they make a plan for Emmett’s future. Spanning just ten days in 1954 and told from multiple points of view, this novel has a unique literary style and has an array of richly imagined settings, characters, and themes.

New members are always welcome at Book Club. For more information contact Alan Zimmerman at alanzimmerman@icloud.com.

Social Justice Ministry

Jesus said, “Whatever you do to the least of these, you do to me.”   St. Paul in the Desert Social Justice Ministry encourages you to live out the Gospel by making a financial donation to help our marginalized neighbors, OR, by donating gently used clothing.

Your check should be made payable to St. Paul in the Desert, with “Homeless” clearly marked on the memo line. If you have clothing to donate, please contact Giving Coordinator Lena Granet at 760-322-2179, or by email at  lgranet@protonmail.com. She will schedule a time for you to leave your donated items at her home collection facility. If you would like to volunteer your time, tell Lena you want to join the groups who pack and distribute donated items.

coffee hourCoffee/Social Hour Hospitality

For those wishing to sponsor refreshments for a specific Sunday Coffee Hour, please call or stop by the Parish Office to sign up. (You can also find the hospitality sign-up book in the Narthex and in the Parish Hall on Sunday mornings.) All our hospitality procedures and protocols are subject to any CDC guidelines and mandates that Bishop Susan may put into place, depending on prevailing COVID conditions.

You’re invited to join Sacred Circle

St. Paul’s Sacred Circle is a band of women who wish to deepen their spirituality and build community. We would be pleased to have you join us. Our Circle is open to all women in our Community. For information, please call Kaye Ball at 303.517.5321 or Summer Schoch at 619.804.2592

Help Wanted – The Usher Ministry Needs YOU!

We have several positions open for ushers. No experience necessary (we will train). All are welcome to apply – men, women, young and mature. We only require that you are friendly, able to stand and walk for short periods, and attend worship services regularly.

Contact Kathy Kilmer, kmkcc@aol.com if you are interested.

Sunday Service Livestreaming

We will be livestreaming our 10:30 AM Sunday Eucharist every week, going forward. The livestream project has been a one-year journey coming to St. Paul’s and 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 by subscribing to our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/StPaulintheDesert

Daughters of the King Prayer List Requests

St. Paul’s Order of the Daughters of the King chapter maintains a confidential prayer list, praying daily for our families, friends, congregation, and the world. If you would like to ask the Daughters to pray for you or someone else, email your requests to dokstpaulsps@gmail.com.  Confidentiality of this list means that names on our list are not shared beyond our chapter members and Chaplain.

Members of The Order of the Daughters of the King® are women who desire a closer walk with the Lord. We are Christian women, both lay and ordained, who are strengthened through the discipline of a Rule of Life, and supported through the companionship of our sisters. All women of St. Paul’s who seek deeper spiritual life and inspiration in prayer and Christian fellowship are invited to learn more about becoming a member. Our chapter meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Requests for additions to the confidential prayer list may be emailed to dokstpaulsps@gmail.com.

Contact: Patty Kiker
patty.kiker@gmail.com

Revised COVID Protocol for Indoor Worship

Due to the recent spike in COVID cases in our area, Bishop Susan has issued this appeal to all clergy in our diocese.

Dear Clergy,

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop
The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego

Jesus commands us to love our neighbors, which includes doing what we can to keep them and ourselves safe in a public health crisis. With regret, due to the spike in Covid cases in our area, I am asking you to reinstate mask-wearing for all (except while reading or preaching) for indoor worship in our diocese.

I have so enjoyed our brief respite from most restrictions in worship. Like all of you, I hoped and prayed that the drop in Covid cases we saw earlier in the summer would prove to be the end of the pandemic. Sadly, the choice of many people in our area to remain unvaccinated is allowing the pandemic to continue. Given the fact that children and some people with health conditions cannot yet be vaccinated, and that even vaccinated adults can catch breakthrough cases (albeit with far better outcomes than unvaccinated people), it seems that the responsible thing to do is keep ourselves safe with masking during indoor worship. I am saddened by the need to tighten restrictions once more, but this message comes after review of the concerning news of a Covid spike, and after discussion with members of our Public Health Task Force.

I ask you to join me in prayer that the current growth in cases is short-lived, and I ask you to urge your members to be vaccinated, for the sake of public health in our community. I hope we can remove the masking requirement soon. But for now, I believe that Jesus’ command to love our neighbor compels us to do what we can to protect our neighbors and our community from this disease. I am grateful to all of you for your leadership in this trying time.

In Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop
The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego

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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.

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.

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.

Fraud Email Alert

A recurring threat to churches is email-based impersonation scams targeting key personnel. The scheme involves cybercriminals mimicking clergy or other staff through the use of phishing emails. Criminals typically pose as personnel in positions of authority and ask victims to perform money transfers, pay invoices, or to send the attacker sensitive data. Scammers will often manipulate the “from” email address and name so that it appears to be coming from someone you know.

Churches and dioceses across The Episcopal Church and across other denominations have been a target of these email impersonation attacks. Scammers use a free email account (such as Gmail) and register it with an impersonated name. They then send an email to an unsuspecting recipient asking for immediate help in order to get a task done (such as purchasing a gift card or wiring money). Attention to detail can be a lot of help in combating cases of impersonation. Users should check sender details carefully. Any suspicious email message should be investigated before replying. Also, proper attention should be given to the message content, including attachments and URLs.

While there is no way to stop these scams, you can minimize risk by taking these steps:

  • Check the return email address. If the address doesn’t match the name of the sender, be wary.
  • Never open attachments from unknown sources.
  • Be wary of generically addressed emails like “Dear Friend” or Dear Customer.”
  • If there are links in the email, hover over them without clicking on them. This will show where the link will actually take you.
  • Be wary of email with grammatical or spelling errors in the text.
  • Check the address at the bottom of the email. If it says ”Pastor Jim” and Jim never goes by “Pastor,” it’s fake.

Finally, if after all these steps it looks safe and the sender is asking for money or access to secure data, call the person directly to get verification.

Your best defense for this is to simply delete the email; do not click on any links or reply to the sender.

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