For Sunday February 4, 2024

St. Paul the Hermit Receives Bread from Raven
Kathy Kilmer Receives St. Paul the Hermit Servant Award
Eduardo Stanfill Receives Bishop's Servant Award
Chuck Peery is announced as the new Director of Music

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Welcome and Pray for your 2024 Vestry!

We have four new Vestry members and one returning Vestry member eligible for a second-year term.

Brooke Wolford
John Raposa
Nick Falconio
Marian Stinson
John Hampson

We have several new and returning Vestry officers.

Sr. Warden – Alex Christensen – appointed by the Co-Rectors
Jr. Warden – John Raposa – voted to position by the Vestry
Treasurer – George Holliday – voted to position by the Vestry
Clerk – Jan Wacker – voted to position by the Vestry
Assistant Clerk – John Hampson – voted to position by the Vestry
Assistant Treasurer (Stewardship) – Still in Discernment

February is Black History Month

It is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. In observance of Black History Month, the Palm Springs Black History Committee will host the 37th annual City of Palm Springs Black History Month Parade and Town Fair, Saturday, February 24, 2024. The Parade starts at 11:00 AM on Palm Canyon Drive in Downtown Palm Springs. Immediately following the Parade, the Town Fair is held at the Downtown Park, across the street from the Palm Springs Art Museum. As in years past, St. Paul’s will have a parade contingent. To participate, sign up in the Narthex or call the Parish Office at 760.320.7488.

St. Paul’s will be honoring Black Saints all month:

February 4 – Blessed Absalom Jones
February 11 – The Rt. Rev. Barbara Clementine Harris
February 18 – The Rev. Alexander Crummell
February 25 – Anna Julia Haywood Cooper

Episcopal HBCU Fund

We will celebrate the feast of Blessed Absalom Jones, the first African American to be ordained in The Episcopal Church, Sunday, February 4 (transferred). The feast is an opportunity to support our two Episcopal historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) in his honor – Saint Augustine University in Raleigh, NC, and Voorhees University in Denmark, SC.

All loose plate offerings donated Sunday February 4 will go toward this important cause.

Click here to Read More About Absalom Jones

Join us as we prepare for Holy Lent

Join us for a Lenten Spiritual Formation Opportunities Fair

On Sunday, Feb. 18 (Lent I), we will have a Lenten Spiritual Formation Opportunities Fair between services and after the 10:30AM service. Come see all of the classes, workshops, retreats, and other spiritual formation opportunities. Talk with teachers, sign up for classes, and get excited to spend this season going deeper.

Photo Directory Update

It’s time to refresh our member photo directory!

If you’re new to the church or just wanting to refresh your directory photo, a second Directory Update photo session is planned for next Sunday, February 11 from 9:00-10:00 AM, in front of the Parish Hall.

Alternatively, you can send a pic of yourself to the church (headshot in an outdoor setting) by/before February 15. If you want to update your contact information, please fill out a change form and leave it at the photo session, put it in the offering plate, or give it to an usher after the service. Forms available in the Narthex.

Dr. John Granet Piano Recital

Sunday, Feb. 4th

4:00 – 5:00 pm in the Church with Reception to follow.

Dr. John N. Granet, holds a Doctorate of Music in Piano and Composition from USC – Graduated in 1973 and is one of the first blind graduate with this degree.

Born blind, but has composed music that has been performed in a number of Universities in So. California along with performances sponsored by National Association of Composers, USA .  He has had success with commercial music including music used in Europe.

John will play classical piano works by Schubert, Mozart and Bach, and also music from several television and films that he’s worked on.

Epiphany Spiritual Formation Opportunities

No Classes This Week Due To Annual Meeting – Classes Resume Next Week

Silent Disco – 2024

LAST CALL! Silent Disco and Send-Off Party 2024
Back by Popular Demand, Silent Disco is returning to St Paul’s to celebrate Mardi Gras on Saturday, February 3rd.

Come dance with us down Palm Canyon! $25 per person will register you and your family and friends for this fun and crazy event. This year’s starting and ending point, as well as the send-off party, will be at Seaplane, 515 N Palm Canyon, right next to Just Fabulous. To join in the festivities, put your check, made out to the church, in an envelope in the collection plate, but make sure it is marked SILENT DISCO, in the memo line.  Along with your payment, please include the names, e-mail addresses and cell numbers for everyone covered by the payment. For those who don’t want to dance but would like to help send us off, there will once again be a send-off party, at 5:30 PM (everyone is invited and it’s FREE). For further information, contact Nancy Antonius

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.

St. Paul’s Book Club

The next Book Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at 2:00 PM in the Library at St. Paul’s. For February, Book Club has selected Our Town by Thorton Wilder. A drama of life in the mythical village of Grover’s Corners, NH—an allegorical representation of all life—is an American classic. It is the simple story of a love affair that asks timeless questions about the meaning of love, life, and death.

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 South America, The Most Reverend Nicholas Drayson, Primate.

For the Episcopal Diocese of Navajoland, The Right Reverend David E. Bailey, Bishop.

For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Right Reverend Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of Christ Church, Coronado; for the students and teachers of Christ Church Day School.

For St. Paul’s Vestry, as they attend the annual Vestry Retreat, February 9-10.

For those commended to our prayers: The Most Reverend Michael Curry, The Reverend Canon David Caffrey, the Bob Westaway family, Sharon Strong, Becky & Roddy Delson, Alondra, Ventura Fuentes, Ken van Horn, Bill Davis,  Karen Nelson, Damon Nelson, husband Jim and family of Glad, David Duke, Tish Kahn, Daniel & Cynthia Kelley, Jenny Kim, Eliott Kahn, Adair Kelley, Michael Watkins, George Dodge, Ken Smithler, Michelle Hathaway, The Rev. Anne Thatcher, Kylie Smith, Jodene Catterlin, Kenneth Catterlin, Raymond Stimson, Mark Malone, Robert Blackman, David Valenzuela, Leeandra Chacon-Flores, Lucy Rose Eguez, Carolyn Scott, Marcus Scott, Robert Menifee, Lois, Terry Garrity, Rob Porter, Rus Butler, Joe Christopher, Hap Blaisdell, 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: Robert Sykes, Efrem Burton, Randy Smith, Bob Yeargan, Glad, Mary Briscoe, Gail Ware, Gilbert Patrik Chacon, Fred Crawford. 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: February 4: Richard Osuna; February 7: The Rev. Jessie Thompson; February 8: Marc Kassoof; February 9: The Rev. Mark Spaulding.

For those celebrating anniversaries: February 7: Larry Wilson & Ray Tackett; February 9: John Houlton & Michael Patino.

Sunday’s Altar Flowers are given to the Glory of God.

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 and click on February 11, the Last Sunday after the Epiphany.

Upcoming Meetings & Events at St Paul’s

  • Sunday, February 4 – 4:00 PM – Piano Concert featuring Dr. John Granet – Recepton to follow
  • Sunday, February 11 – The Feast of The Right Reverend Barbara Harris, the first woman to be ordained a bishop in the worldwide Anglican Communion
  • Tuesday, February 13 – Shrove Tuesday – 5:00 PM – Pancake Supper, Burning of the Palms, burying of the “Alleluia” liturgy, and reveal of the new purple linens
  • Wednesday, February 14 – Ash Wednesday – Imposition of Ashes at 12:00 Noon & 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, February 17 – Movie Night! – Parish Hall Theater – “Just Mercy”
  • Sunday, February 18 – 3:00 PM – Lent I – Lenten Spiritual Formation preview – Section 14 Survivors – Gospel Event
  • Saturday, February 24 – 11:00 AM – Black History Month Parade & Town Fair – Palm Springs

Upcoming Plays from the Inner Circle Theatre

The Inner Circle Arts Society will premier an original play titled “A Sacred Obligation” on Wednesday, February 21st, with additional performances on the 22nd, 28th, and 29th at the Palm Springs Cultural Center.  This play uses a dynamic new theatrical style of DocuTheater to bring history to life and share the life and story of John Brown. The Society will also repeat their successful one-man play “Medgar X’n James,” a work that explores the lives of three important men in American history: Medgar Evans, Malcom X, and James Baldwin (February 23rd-25th and March 1st-2nd).

About Us (From their website) – “The Inner Circle Arts Society is a Black owned non-profit arts group that originated in Pasadena in 2014 and moved to Palm Springs in 2020. We house independent film, theater, photo, visual, and verbal art. We parallel our art with social causes. All our art – whether theatrical, film, or visual – speaks for and promotes something that we should be aware of as a people. This is how we learn.”  They make their artistic home at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. For more information, check their website:

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Carter Heyward Newsletter Announcement

Living Courageously as Beloved Community
A Guest Presentation at St. Margaret’s

The Rev. Dr. Carter Heyward, American feminist theologian, author and one of the Philadelphia Eleven, the first women ordained as Episcopal priests, will be featured at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 47535 Hwy 74, Palm Desert, CA, the weekend of February 17-18.

Saturday, February 17, 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Presentation of her recent book, The Seven Deadly Sins of White Christian Nationalism, in the church Sanctuary. The presentation and Q&A session will be followed by a reception.

Sunday, February 18, 10:00 AM – The Rev. Dr. Heyward will preach at the 10:00 AM worship service in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of women’s ordination in the Episcopal Church.

Survey of LGBTQ+ Older Adults in California

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PUSH Rally

St. Paul in the Desert will host the 2024 Section 14 Black History Month Celebration and Prayer Vigil.  The goal is to call for a city-wide day of prayer on February 18 that will culminate in a prayer vigil at St. Paul’s starting at 3:00 pm. Local interfaith clergy will lead the vigil, followed by a guest speaker: Pastor Freddy Haynes from Rainbow PUSH, the successor to Rev. Jesse Jackson. The service will conclude around 5:30PM. More information to come!

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