For Sunday, February 23rd

Welcome Phil Smith, Organist & Choir Director

Father David and the Wardens are pleased to announce Phil Smith is St. Paul’s new Organist and Choir Director. Phil retired in 2019 from The Church of Our Savior Episcopal Church in San Gabriel, California after 12 years heading that parish music program.

Among his many and varied career highlights, Phil was Organ Conservator at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles from 2004 – 2019. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Organ and Church Music and has broad experience as a soloist, accompanist and choral director. Phil resides in Palm Springs.

Saturday 4pm Service

February 23rd

The Rev. Dr. Clark W. Trafton is Presider/Preacher at the 4:00 PM service this Saturday. Fr. Clark has been a priest of the Episcopal Church for 59 years. For 27 of those years he was also a monk in the Order of Holy Cross where he served for 9 years as Superior of the Order. He has conducted mission work in the United States and Canada, throughout the Caribbean and in West Africa.

His academic training was at Iowa State, where he earned both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics, and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, which granted him both M.Div. and D.D. degrees. He later studied at the Westchester Institute and worked as a psychoanalyst for more than 25 years. Going forward, Fr. Clark will be presiding and/or preaching at St. Paul’s periodically. He and his husband, Lewis Kerman, have lived in Palm Springs for the past 15 years since they moved from New York City.

Newcomers Welcoming Session

February 23rd

If you want to join St. Paul’s or learn more about the parish, come to this single session class led by Jerry Di Noto. In this informal setting, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about St. Paul’s and learn how to become a member. The next session is Sunday, February 23, in the Parish Hall Conference Room, at 9:15 AM.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

February 25th

Bring your appetite and join us from 5:30-6:30 PM in the Parish Hall for another delicious feast prepared by St. Paul Chef Rick Tinsley. He will be ably assisted by his kitchen crew preparing pancakes, crepes, fresh fruit, sausage and all the fixings.

A $5 donation at the door is suggested. Sign-up sheets will be in the narthex (church foyer) and in the parish hall. Please let us know if you plan to join this evening of feasting and celebration.

Ash Wednesday

February 26th

The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 12:00 Noon and 6:00 PM, with imposition of Ashes at both services.

Book Signing

Sunday, March 1, following both services – in the Parish Hall

Ordained by Angels: A Memoir of an AIDS Chaplain, by Fr. Jerry Anderson. The memoir is a look back at the AIDS epidemic, the author’s struggle to be accepted as a gay priest, and how it shaped his personal and professional life. It examines how he fought to keep his faith in a loving God and maintain his sanity, surrounded by friends and loved ones dying, while dealing with the pushback by conservative elements of the Church. Fr. Anderson served as an Associate Priest at All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara.

Parish Life Book Club

The Parish Life Book Club is a group of people who enjoy reading and talking about the books they read. New members are always welcome.

Please note: The next Book Club meeting will be Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at 1:00 PM in the Library of St. Paul’s. For March, Book Club has selected Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup.

For more information please contact Alan Zimmerman at

Latino Ministry

Please join The Rev. Carlos Garcia, Hispanic/Latino Missioner for the Diocese of San Diego, at his presentation (in English) on the growth of the Latino Ministry in the Episcopal Church, Saturday, March 21, in the Parish Hall, from 9:00 AM until Noon. Refreshments and coffee will be served. All are welcome. RSVP to Bonnie Stroock 760-324-7949.

Daylight Savings Time

It’s almost Spring Forward Time!! That’s right – Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 AM Sunday, March 8. So, remember to set your clocks and watches forward before you retire Saturday night.

Home Eucharists are happening!

Home Eucharists are meaningful and memorable occasions for both a social and spiritual experience. Below are the dates and locations for our remaining planned gatherings. Please let the hosts know if you are coming, and plan to bring something by way of potluck to support the event.

March 12 Hosts:
Stan Deller and David Weir, 921 N Camino Condor, Palm Springs, 760.778.6713

May 14 Hosts:
Larry Wilson and Ray Tackett, 65060 N Cliff Circle, Desert Hot Springs, 760.671.6233

Accepting God’s Gift of Faith Program 2020

Tuesdays 6:00-7:30 pm – Library

A series of twelve weekly sessions, held on consecutive Tuesday evenings, February 4 – April 21.  Adults who wish to explore what it means to be a Christian in the Episcopal tradition or who are seeking structure for their Lenten Renewal are invited to participate in the entire series or any of its component sessions. The program culminates with Bishop Susan’s visit on Sunday, April 26, 2020, and the administration of Baptism, Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation for candidates completing all sessions.

Those interested in Baptism/Confirmation or wish to be formally received or reaffirmed in The Episcopal Church should contact Jerry Di Noto at 760.320.7488 ext. 224, or

Accepting God’s Gift of Faith – Weekly Discussion Agenda
2/25 – Anglo-Episcopal Tradition
3/3 – The Bible
3/10 – Our Creeds and Sacraments
3/17 – Seasons of the Church Year
3/24 – Book of Common Prayer
3/31 – The Christian Life: Prayer, Gifts, Community, Service
4/5-11 – Holy Week/Triduum – Experience the liturgies of the week
4/14 – Responding to the Call
4/21 – Instructional Eucharist

Adult Faith Building

The Adult Faith Building Program offers courses, workshops, lectures and discussion groups on varied theological, biblical and spirituality topics. Sessions are held on Sundays at 9:15-10:15 AM and Tuesdays 6:00-7:30 PM

All are welcome to attend these sessions!

Sundays at 9:15 AM in the Library: The Episcopal Café

2/23: The Elusive Presence of God: Reflection on Exodus 24:12-18
Led by Karen Nelson

3/1: The Hole of Insecurity: Reflection on Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7

3/8: The Lynchpin of the Bible: Reflection on Genesis 12:1-4a

3/15: Planning our Future Together – a discussion led by the Transition Team

3/22: The Lord Does Not See as We See: Reflection on 1 Samuel 16:1-13

3/29: Fresh Beginnings: Reflection on Ezekiel 37:1-14

In Memoriam

Jan Heller – Long time parishioner, former vestry member and former Sr. Warden, Jan Heller, died February 6. Her funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 11:00 AM.

Mildred Madsen – We have just learned, seasonal parishioner of many years, Mildred Madsen, died November 26, 2019, in Clarks Summit, PA.

Coffee Hour after Services

We hope you will join us for coffee and conversation in the Parish Hall following our Sunday morning services.

This week, Coffee Hour following Sunday’s 8:00 AM service is hosted by Michelle Hathaway.

Please consider volunteering to be a Coffee Hour Host sometime. It can be a great way to honor and celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion. There are still many Sundays available. The Sunday Hospitality Sign-Up Book is on the table at the Parish Hall entrance.

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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 Friday. The office is closed on Mondays.

Should you call on Monday 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 during the 10:30 a.m. service.

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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