For Sunday February 18, 2024

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.

February is Black History Month

The month of February 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 18 – The Rev. Alexander Crummell

The Rev. Alexander Crummell (b. 1819-d.1898) was an African American priest, missionary, and educator. He was born in New York City. Crummell completed a course of study at the Oneida Institute, Whitesboro, New York, in 1839. However, he was denied entrance to the General Theological Seminary because of his color. He then studied for the ordained ministry on his own and was ordained deacon on Mar. 30, 1842. He worked first among African Americans in Providence, Rhode Island. He then moved to Philadelphia, where he was ordained priest in Nov. 1844. From 1848 until 1853, Crummell lived in England. In 1853 he received his B.A. from Queen’s College, Cambridge University. From 1853 until 1873, he was a missionary for the Episcopal Church in Liberia. He was professor of intellectual and moral science in the College of Liberia, 1853-1866. In 1873 Crummell settled in Washington, D.C. He later founded St. Luke’s Church, Washington, D.C., and served as rector of St. Luke’s until 1894. In 1883 he organized the Conference of Church Workers Among Colored People, an Episcopal organization. In 1897 he founded the American Negro Academy, a group limited to forty members which encouraged intellectual excellence among African Americans. Crummell worked for the education of African Americans and supported their full participation in the cultural life of the United States. He died in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. Crummell is commemorated in the Episcopal calendar of the church year on Sept. 10. See Conference of Church Workers Among Colored People (CCWACP).

February 25 – Harriet Tubman

Rainbow 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.

In honor of Black History Month, a coalition of community organizations, local and regional clergy, and the Palm Springs Section 14 Survivors and Descendants request that you join us in a citywide day of prayer on Sunday, February 18, 2024 at 3:00 pm.

We call on people of all faiths across Palm Springs and beyond to pray for healing for the city, its leaders, and the survivors and descendants of Section 14, who continue their march for restorative justice for the razing of their homes and neighborhood by the City of Palm Springs in the 1960s.

A diverse group of clergy will join Reverend Dan Kline and Reverend Jessie Thompson at The Church of St. Paul in the Desert in Palm Springs where they will continue to lift up prayers for healing and justice. Our celebration will be blessed with the music of a Palm Springs-based community choir.

Joining us as our honored guest will be renowned civil rights leader, prophetic pastor, eloquent orator and advocate for racial justice, the Rev. Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes III of Friendship-West Baptist Church. Dr. Haynes was recently appointed by Rev. Jesse Jackson to succeed him as the President of the international human and civil rights organization, Rainbow Push.

Whether you join us in person at The Church of St. Paul in the Desert or in spirit, we encourage you to host your own moment of prayer on Sunday, February 18. We know that collective prayer has the power to heal hearts and shape the future.

Commissioning of the New Vestry

This past Sunday we commissioned our 2024-2025 Vestry at both the 8AM & 10:30AM services. After a weekend long retreat at St. Margaret’s, we came back recharged to begin the spiritual work of governing the parish for the upcoming year. Please pray for your Vestry as we continue implementing the Parish Strategic Plan.

Movie Night

Saturday, February 17, 2024 – 6:30 PM – The Parish Hall Theater

This month’s featured film is Just Mercy. It is a film centered around themes of empathy, equity, hope, and resilience. Just Mercy is a story that uplifts marginalized voices who are typically unheard, unacknowledged, or deemed undeserving of mercy in the criminal justice system. The true story follows Harvard Law School graduate Bryan Stevenson’s move to Alabama where he recognizes an urgent need to provide free legal assistance to minorities who have been unfairly sentenced.

Mardi Gras/Shrove Tuesday!

Many thanks to Jim DeMersman, Richard Patenaude, Edd Nazelrod-Woodward, Rick Nauman, Pete Smith, and John Raposa for creating a magnificent feast for Mardi Gras/Shrove Tuesday. Special thanks to Kathy Kilmer, Steve Moore, Br. John Westaway, Jon Coates, George Tamer, and Douglas Burton for creating beautiful liturgical space for the Burning of the Palms and Burying of the Alleluias. Special thanks, too, to Nancy Antonius and Neal Nussbaum for carrying the Alleluia Banner to its resting place under the Altar.

Click a photo to see the full-size gallery.

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.

Congratulations to St. Paul’s Dee Dee Wilson Barton!

The Palm Springs Human Rights Commission honored seven individuals and two organizations for their contributions to human rights and social progress Monday evening at City Hall. Dee Dee Wilson Barton, an 8Amer at St. Paul’s, was recognized for her accounting firm’s emphasis on inclusivity and her philanthropic work in the LGBTQ+ community, women, children, and education. Say congratulations to Dee Dee the next time you see her – which might be when she is taking a photo during a St. Paul’s event for our social media pages!

The Latino Ministry Committee

You are invited to join our next meeting, February 21, at 4:30 PM, in the Parish Hall conference room.  We want to thank all the generous church members who gave items to the refugee family IRIS Project. Come and learn about upcoming events on our calendar: our visit to the Cheech Museum in Riverside on April 7th and our trip to Mexicali shelters on April 27th. Vayan con dios!  Bonnie Stroock

Preparing for the End of Life Retreat

Coffee and donuts served 8:30 – 9:00 AM, retreat goes until noon. Thoughtfully led by our Co-Rectors and retired clergy, explore planning your funeral, final things, legacy, and more. Come and bring your questions and learn how to prepare in ways that honor our living legacies, give our framework for funerals in the Episcopal tradition, and provide comfort to our loved ones that they will best know how to honor our wishes. Believe it or not, it will be a fun and interesting morning and we hope you will join us! For questions, please reach out to . Sponsored by the Church of St. Paul in the Desert Legacy Society.

Legacy Sunday

As we start our Lenten journey and are reminded of our mortality, we are invited to think about how we will leave a spiritual legacy to the next generation. Legacies are what we are remembered and honored for. Each of us will have a legacy. How we are remembered is up to us. The Legacy Society today asks you to consider how you might use a planned, legacy gift to express your deeply held beliefs and values in a way that facilitates the mission and ministry of the Church of St. Paul in the Desert for generations to come. Stop by the Legacy Society table at the Lenten Fair today to find out more.

Legacy Society Our Story

Who are you?

John and Ann Grainger

How long have you been at St. Paul’s and what brought you here?

We have been attending St Paul’s for 2 years, we were searching for a Church that is Christ-based and follows His teaching as God commanded us.

What keeps you here?

We love our church because of its heart for All people. John and I feel Gods presence in all the Church’s outreach and in the warmth and grace of our fellow congregation members. The leadership and love of our Reverends, it a reminder of God’s everlasting grace and desire that we get to know Him better.

Why did you join the Legacy Society?

We joined the Legacy Society so the great works our Church are doing can be carried on long after we are gone.

What are your big dreams for St. Paul’s future as we embark on our annual stewardship campaign this year?

Our dream is to see the continued success of Christ’s ministry through St Paul thrive.

What is something interesting that St. Paul’s folks might not know about you?

John and I have 2 grown sons, the oldest is an Inspector for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and our youngest is a Red Seal Journeyman Welder. Both boys have given us 4 grandchildren each, whom we adore. We also have 3 Basset Hounds named for Classic Rock songs and singers: Layla (Eric Clapton), Levon (Elton John) and Seger (Bob Seger). We support the Calgary Basset Rescue Society as well 💙

If you would like to find out more information about planned-giving, end of life care, or joining the St. Paul in the Desert Legacy Society please email

Sunday 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 Province of the Episcopal Church of Sudan, The Most Reverend Ezekiel Kumir Kondo, Archbishop and Primate.

For the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, The Right Reverend Megan M. Traquair, Bishop.

For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Right Reverend Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of St. Peter’s, Del Mar; for our President, for the leaders of the nations, and for all in authority.

For those commended to our prayers: Carol H., Ben Palmer, Wayne Berkner, Marie Ratnam, Hope Yarborough, 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, Wendy Vicory, Darcy Anna Kelley, Marna & Rick Hill, Paula Davis, 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, The Rev. Anne Thatcher, Kylie Smith, Jodene Catterlin, Kenneth Catterlin, Raymond Stimson, Mark Malone, Robert Blackman, 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: Kent Noyes, Dr. Andre La Garde, Donald Allen, Clementine Love, Robert Sykes, Efrem Burton, Randy Smith, Bob Yeargan, Glad, 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 18: Jeff Peck, Annabella Hampson; February 19: Timothy Sharbaugh, John Page, Kenneth Catterlin; February 20: Benjamin Lander; February 21: Ramon Gueits, Donald Smith; February 23: Terry Moran.

For those celebrating their anniversary: February 22: Mark McMillan & Bruce McLean.

No Altar Flowers during Lent? Lent is a solemn season of preparation for the Easter Triduum. During this season, any decoration of the Church is supposed to be more subdued than normal, with a few exceptions, like Laetare Sunday. At St. Paul’s, we continue our tradition of not using flowers as decorations around the altar for nearly all of Lent. Anything on display should be there only to enhance the liturgical focus.

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 25, the Second Sunday in Lent.

Upcoming Meetings & Events at St Paul’s

  • Saturday, February 17 – Movie Night! – Parish Hall Theater – “Just Mercy
  • Sunday, February 18 – Lent I – Great Litany & Procession – Honoring the Rev. Alexander Crummell – Legacy Society Sunday
  • Sunday, February 18 – 3:00PM – Section 14 Survivors Interfaith Prayer Vigil & Gospel Service
  • Saturday, February 24 – 11:00 AM – Black History Month Parade & Town Fair – Palm Springs
  • Sunday, February 25 – Honoring Harriet Tubman – Blessing of the Blessing Bags
  • Saturday, March 2 – 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon – Preparing for the End of Life RetreatIn the Main Church
  • Saturday, March 9 – 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon – Spiritually Supporting Individuals with Dementia and Their Caregivers Workshop – Church Library

St. Paul’s Parish Life Book Club

The Tuesday, March 12, 2024 Book Club meeting has been canceled. We’ll schedule the next meeting in April, date and time TBA.

New members are always welcome. For more information, please contact Alan Zimmerman at

Master Composters’ Class

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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The Rev. Dr. Carter Heyward Visit

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.

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