For Sunday, February 12th, 2021
Ash Wednesday Service (streaming)
Following our Bishop’s lead, the imposition of ashes will be relinquished this year to forestall repeated violation of public safety guidelines in maintaining adequate social distancing and the avoidance of physical touch. It is worth noting, while devoutly cherished, the imposition of ashes is an optional portion of the Ash Wednesday liturgy, which includes in its richness the exposition of the Gospel, the powerful Lenten exhortation, and the penitential outpouring of Psalm 51 and the Litany.
A Message from the Stewardship Ministry
We hope you like our new “thermometer” graph. We will update it weekly so you will know – with just a quick glance – where we are in our Pledge Campaign. Once again, the Stewardship Committee and the Vestry wish to thank all those who have submitted their pledge for 2021. Your financial support is greatly needed and appreciated. As we have said before, the church may be closed for in person worship, but the work of the church has continued and will even increase as we move through this year.
Our vacant rector position has been posted and is now open for applicants. There will be new expenses associated with this alone, as well as some other new endeavors we hope to get underway soon. It is indeed a New Dawn and a New Day here at St. Paul’s, as we embark on our journey through 2021. If you have not yet submitted a pledge, it is not too late. You can do so by returning the pledge card previously mailed to you, submitting your pledge online, or calling the office at 760.320.7488 ext. 222.
As of this week, we have received 147 pledges totaling $322,155. That’s approximately 75% of our goal. Let’s see if we can make it to 100%!
The Stewardship Committee
March Book Club
The next Book Club meeting will be held Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at 1:00 PM via Zoom. Meeting access information will follow later. For March, Book Club has selected Anxious People by Fredrik Backman. A failed bank robber holds a group of strangers hostage at an apartment open house.
Anxious People is an ingeniously constructed story about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope, even in the most anxious times.
New members are always welcome at Book Club meetings. For more information contact Alan Zimmerman at email@example.com.
A Walking Tour of Downtown Redlands
Saturday, February 20th, hosted by St. Paul’s Hiking Club. The group will leave the church parking lot at 8:00 AM sharp and return at approximately 12:00 noon. Chris Kelly will take us roughly 3 miles around the area, so wear comfortable shoes and bring water and your mask. In conjunction with the walk, the group is collecting items for the Anthony Flores Memorial Clothing Drive. Toiletries and all sizes of clothing are needed, but small sizes are particularly in demand.
If you cannot join the walk but would still like to donate to the Clothing Drive, please contact Lena Granet at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 760.322.2179 to schedule an appointment to make your donation after February 20. For further information or to sign up for the walk, please call or text Nancy Antonius at 516.353.2566 or e-mail her at email@example.com. As always, family and friends are welcome!
Help Wanted: Live Stream Production/Technical Director
We are seeking a part-time Live Stream Production Director to work approximately 3½ hours on Sundays broadcasting our worship services. Qualified candidates must be tech savvy, proficient in OBS Studio, and able to handle a simple three camera set-up (two stationary and one on remote control).
Candidates are NOT required to be Episcopalian – or even religious – but be willing to learn the format of our services. Compensation is commensurate with experience. Additional opportunities exist in live streaming weddings, funerals and other events.
If you know of anyone who might be qualified and interested, please ask them to contact Steve Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org
Forward Day by Day
Our shipment of Forward Day by Day daily devotional booklets for February/March/April 2021 has arrived. Although St. Paul’s campus is not open for business due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may pick up your copy of Day by Day at the Parish Office between 9:00 – 11:30 AM and 1:00 – 4:30 PM, weekdays.
Please call the church (760.320.7488) to schedule a pick-up time/date that works for you and the church office staff. If you are homebound, let us know and we will mail your copy to you.
February 5, 2020
I hope you have taken the opportunity to read our Parish Profile. We are now receiving applications from female and male priests from across the country. As you may have read or heard, the Parish Profile and the Office of Transition Ministry Form went live online January 15, 2021 giving us local and national exposure. In addition, our job posting was listed on the Episcopal News Service which has over 10,000 subscribers nationwide. We also posted the job search on our Facebook page. Our church website has a section called Rector Search which contains our Parish Profile, a section for Frequently Asked Questions, and the Archive for the Transition Updates. Complete application instructions are available on the landing page and in the Parish Profile. If you would like to refer a candidate, please be sure to have that person’s permission before forwarding the name to me at email@example.com. Or you can refer your nominee to the Rector Search section for complete details. The deadline for applications is February 26, 2021.
The Transition Committee asks for your continued prayers and support as we move through this and future steps in the transition process.
With dedication to service,
Clinton L Carbon, Convener
Pray for our Parish in Transition: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (BCP p. 818)
Prayers of the Church
For the Anglican Communion, and for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby; pray for The Anglican Church of Canada, The Most Rev. Linda Nicholls, Archbishop and Primate.
For the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina, The Rt. Rev. W. Andrew Waldo, Bishop.
For the Diocese of San Diego, The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of St. Peter’s, Del Mar.
For our Parish in Transition: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (BCP p. 818)
For those commended to our prayers: David & Josie Zavala, Alberto Canas, Ed Vittoria, 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, and pray for all those for whom no prayers have been said.
For those who have died: L. David Zimmerman, Debbie Biddick, Antoinette Crawford, Darrell Crawford, Rosemarie Tribble.
For those with birthdays: February 14: Tom Kieley; February 15: Autumn Shih; February 16: Michael Sonner; February 17: John Alex Houlton; February 18: Jeff Peck, Anabella Hampson; February 19: John Page; February 20: Benjamin Lander.
For those celebrating their anniversary: February 14: Linda Richard & John Sanders.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For this Sunday’s Lectionary readings Click Here. From the calendar, select February 14th.
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 email@example.com. Confidentiality of this list means that names on our list are not shared beyond our chapter members and Chaplain.
Questions? Contact Patty Kiker, 214.497.3034
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.
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
Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the Parish Office is closed to the public until further notice.
Office phone: 760.320.7488
If you call, please leave a message. In case of emergencies, a priest will return your call.
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.