For Sunday February 25, 2024

THIS Saturday, February 24
March with St. Paul in the Palm Springs Black History Parade!

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, meet near the intersection of Palm Canyon and Baristo (near BevMo) to gather for prayer before the march. There will be vehicles for folks to ride in. WEAR YOUR BLUE ST. PAUL’S SHIRTS and join us to welcome ALL to St. Paul’s. This is a short parade, but a powerful one for us to be at to proclaim our baptismal belief in the dignity of every person.

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 25 – Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was an escaped enslaved woman who became a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad, leading enslaved people to freedom before the Civil War, all while carrying a bounty on her head. She was also a nurse, a Union spy and a women’s suffrage supporter. Harriet Tubman is one of the most recognized icons in American history, and her legacy and faith continues to inspire.

Preparing for the End of Life Retreat

MARCH 2 from 9AM -12PM Coffee and donuts served 8:30 – 9:00 AM

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.

Spiritually Supporting Individuals with Dementia and Their Caregivers Workshop

March 9 in the Library—check in at 8:30AM—please RSVP in advance.

Are you a caregiver, family member, friend, visitor of someone with dementia? Are you concerned about being supported in your own potential journey through dementia? Are you a caregiver looking for support and resources? Come and spend a morning learning about Dementia and exploring with others: practices, activities, and resources for helping to engage spiritually with those at various stages of the Dementia journey.

The Rev. Dale Carr

Dale+ is an Episcopal Priest and Board-Certified Chaplain. He has been involved in the support of five family members who progressed through stages of Dementia. He spent 18 years as Chaplain and Spiritual Care Supervisor with a PACE organization (Program for All-inclusive Care of the Elderly) in Portland Oregon, where most patients had some form of Dementia. He retired and with his husband Ken Ballard, moved to Palm Springs and St Paul’s in 2022.

Morning Prayer with the Co-Rectors

8am Monday – Thursday on Facebook 

Join us every weekday morning (except Fridays) to pray Morning Prayer from the Daily Office. What is the Daily Office? Use of daily prayers to mark the times of the day and to express the traditions of the praying community is traditional in Judaism and in Christianity. The congregational or cathedral form of office developed in Christianity under the Emperor Constantine (274 or 288-337) with the principal morning and evening services of lauds and vespers. Additional times of prayer were added over the centuries. By the late Middle Ages, the Daily Office was seen as the responsibility of the monks and clergy rather than an occasion for participation by all in the prayers of the community throughout the day. After the Anglican Reformation, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556) reduced the eight monastic offices to the two services of Morning and Evening Prayer. These services were printed in vernacular English, not just Latin, and intended for use by all members of the church. Participation in the Daily Office is at the heart of Anglican spirituality. It is the proper form of daily public worship in the church. The Book of Common Prayer provides a Daily Office Lectionary that identifies readings and psalm choices for Morning and Evening Prayer (pp. 936-1001), and a Table of Canticles with suggested canticles for use at Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer (pp. 144-145). The officiant in the Daily Office may be a member of the clergy or a lay person.

If you’ve ever wanted to deepen your prayer life or learn how to use the Book of Common Prayer for yourself, please join us on the church’s Facebook page as we commit ourselves to this ancient prayer practice!

Sunday Mornings in Lent

9-10:15AM – 2/25, 3/10, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24

INTRODUCTION TO THE ENNEAGRAM: A PERSONALITY MAP TO SPIRITUAL GROWTH CLASS (library)

The class explains the nine personality types identified by the Enneagram, a dynamic tool for self-understanding and spiritual growth with roots in the contemplative Christian tradition. The class explores the gifts and challenges of each personality type in its own particular spiritual journey to the fullness of life that Jesus models and invites us to share. The class begins with a diagnostic to help participants identify their types. Throughout the course, one-on-one sessions for type exploration will be available.

The Rev. Dr. Michael Schiefelbein

In 2013, I was certified as a teacher by the Enneagram Institute (founded by Don Riso/Russ Hudson) after completing its intensive training program. As a pastor at College Avenue United Church of Christ in Modesto, CA, I taught the Enneagram as part of the parish’s spiritual formation program. I also used it in pastoral counseling for couples and individuals, as well as with couples preparing for marriage. I have also taught courses on the Enneagram for team building in nonprofit organizations and to individuals and groups, both in-person and online. I received my BA and MA in philosophy from Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. I received my MA and PhD in English from the University of Maryland, College Park. In my preparation for ordination in the United Church of Christ, I received my MDiv from Memphis Theological Seminary. I have also completed Enneagram training courses with the Enneagram Prison Project (EPP), an organization that has brought the Enneagram to incarcerated people in several US states, including CA, as well as to prisons in Europe, Africa, and Australia.

THE ART OF FORGIVENESS CLASS (Parish Hall Parlor)

What does it mean to forgive? How does one forgive? The Art of Forgiveness class provides an opportunity to examine the concept and process of forgiveness from a theological, philosophical, and psychological perspective. The focus will be on the power of forgiveness in terms of the inter/intrapersonal, and societal context.

Dr. Joy Zavarich

Dr. Joy Zavarich has over 49 years of teaching and ministry experience. As adjunct faculty and Associate Director of the Center for Peace and Justice Studies at Villanova University, Dr. Zavarich taught numerous courses including Introduction to Peace and Justice, Violence and Justice in the World, Oppression and Liberation, Restorative Justice, and the Art of Forgiveness courses. In addition, she worked on advocacy, Fair Trade, Homelessness, racial justice, and anti-war issues. Dr. Zavarich has a B.A. in Religious Studies, an MA in Theology, an MS in Pastoral Counseling, and a Doctor of Ministry from Episcopal Divinity School with a concentration in Restorative Justice.

Baptism Class

Interested in becoming a catechumen (a person discerning baptism)? It’s not to late to join! The co-rectors will be leading this course, with a few set times to meet (the next class will meet on March 10). Discussion will be based on the book, Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer by the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rown Williams. RSVP required ( OR ).

EDSD Sacred Ground Circle March 7, 2024

Sacred Ground is the Episcopal Church’s film & reading based dialogue series on race, racism & faith.  A circle (i.e., discussion group) provides the opportunity for difficult but respectful and transformative dialogue.

EDSD Racial Justice and Reconciliation Task Force (RJRTF) will offer a new Sacred Ground circle (via Zoom), starting Thursday, March 7, 6:30-8:30 pm. The circle will meet every two weeks—same day & same time—for 12 sessions.

The program assumes prior reading/viewing before each session. Selected materials are highly informative, stimulating, and transformative. Most study materials are available online. NOTE: Information session attendance is highly recommended (see info below).

Circles are open to EVERYONE in the diocese and beyond. If your parish has not yet organized a circle, or if you weren’t able to participate before, this is your chance! If you know of someone in the community-at-large who is interested, please share this info.

Registration Required. Click below to register for the Sacred Ground circle starting on March 7.

For questions, please contact Jill Henderson: 

Click here to Register

Weekday Lenten Classes

MONDAYS 3:30-5PM – 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18

AWARE, NOT HOPELESS: A CHRISTIAN ETHIC OF HOPE: DEVELOPING PERSONAL PRACTICES TO COMBAT THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS OF WHITE NATIONALISM  (library)

Jesus and the great prophets repeatedly tell us to “Repent and sin no more” but how do we move beyond our individual sin to address societal sins? What can one person, one congregation, one community do? Through an exploration of Carter Heyward’s Seven Deadly Sins of White Nationalism and the practical suggestions found in various sources (particularly Shane Claiborne’s Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals”) we will discover ways to put the gospel into action. There are concrete, practicable actions any individual can take to combat the seven deadly sins of the lust for omnipotence; entitlement; white supremacy; misogyny; capitalist spirituality; domination of the earth and its creatures; and violence. Participants will choose which of the actions they will pursue. This will be an interactive class.

The Rev. Deb Seles

The Rev. Deb Seles hails from Chicago and always wanted to be a priest but, having grown up Roman Catholic, likes to joke, “Not only was the idea on the backburner, the stove was in someone else’s house!” A social worker before she became a priest, she worked with people with disabilities. She was introduced to the Episcopal Church by her late husband. Ordained in 2002, she was Executive Director of the Chicago L’Arche Community (a faith-based group home for people with and without disabilities). Trained as an interim rector, she served several churches in the Chicago area and also managed a spiritual direction practice. Working as a chaplain at Stroger Hospital broadened her experience. In 2010, she moved West and accepted the call to become Rector of Ascension Church in Twin Falls Idaho. She moved to the Coachella Valley in 2016, where she served as Associate Priest at St. Margaret’s before retiring in June 2022.

TUESDAYS 3:30-5PM—2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19

LOVE IS THE WAY! CLASS (library)

Plan to join us for a Lenten exploration of what unselfish love looks like in today’s world, at a time when division, estrangement, and hatred seem to be as strong as ever. Our exploration and conversations will center on the teaching of the Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop Michael Curry as reflected in the documentary, A Case for Love, and his recent book, Love is the Way. If you were unable to attend the recent showing of the documentary or are not familiar with Bishop Curry’s book don’t let either keep you away. Neither are prerequisites for the class. Rather come and participate in exploring practical ways of practicing unself love that Bishop Curry says is at the very heart of Christian living.

The Rev.  Stephen Huber & The Rev. Marian Stinson

Rev. Steve has been a member of the parish for the last two years. Prior to retiring to Palm Springs, he served as Rector of All Saint’s Parish in Beverly Hills, CA. Grace-Based Films that produced A Case for Love got its start at All Saints’ during his time as rector. Prior to All Saints’ he was Vicar of Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Before being ordained an Episcopal priest he was involved for many years nationally in fundraising and advocacy work on behalf the LGBT and AIDS communities.

Rev’d Marian has been a member of St. Paul’s for two years and is currently serving on the vestry. Prior to moving to Indio, she lived in Lacey, Washington, serving as priest-in-charge of St. Mary’s Church in Lakewood. Before retirement, she served as Rector of St. Luke’s Church in South Glastonbury, Connecticut. In her pre-ordained life, she worked as a Clinical Social Worker in a variety of settings. She is married to Rev’d Dr. Bill Hardwick, also a member of St. Paul’s.

WEDNESDAYS 4:30-5:50PM—2/21, 2/28, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20

BLESSED HARRIET TUBMAN PLAY (library)

“We became those people,” said Teri Whitmer after reading Welch’s last play. Now we’re giving you another chance to BECOME a real saint: Saint Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad hero, who is commemorated on the Episcopal Calendar on July 20th. In this read aloud play, you will sometimes read her part, saying her words. It’s a humbling experience. It’s an opportunity to EXPERIENCE true HOLINESS! (You can miss a class and it still will make sense when you return.) Come when you can!

Mick Welch

I’ve been a part of the one holy, catholic church and a teacher all my life.  I’ve discovered that both kids and adults learn best with DRAMA because it gets us to really experience other people’s lives. I’ve written about twenty read-aloud plays. Saint Harriet is my best!

THURSDAYS 3:30-5PM—2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21

READING THE SAME STORIES DIFFERENTLY PART II CLASS (library)

Back by popular demand! Part 2 explores where the last class left off, but feel free to dive in with us if you missed part 1. Based on the book, The Bible With and Without Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler  the class explores how and why Jews and Christians read many of the same Biblical texts – including passages from the Pentateuch, the Prophets, and the Psalms – differently. Discovering and explaining these diverse perspectives, they reveal more clearly Scripture’s beauty and power. Join us!

Rabbi David Lazar & The Rev. Dan Kline

Born in Los Angeles in 1957, Rabbi Lazar has lived and practiced across the spectrum of Jewish observance, from his liberal Conservative familial roots to Orthodoxy in his teens, followed by his move to Israel, where he began his rabbinical studies while serving in the IDF Armor Corps. In 1981, while  farming in the Gaza Strip, he met and married Sascha Meijers; they are the parents of five grown daughters and proud grandparents of three. Since his ordination by the Schechter Institute in 1993, Rabbi Lazar has led congregations in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Stockholm, and Palm Springs. As a Jewish educator in a variety of frameworks, he continues to promote inclusive Jewish practice and interfaith dialogue. Rabbi Lazar was among the earliest international LGBTQ advocates, performing the first gay wedding in Israel in 2001, years before same-sex marriage was legal there. His non-profit service includes the Israel AIDS Task Force, the Jerusalem Open House, and the Rabbinical Assembly. Today he serves as the Rabbi of Or Hamidbar, a progressive Jewish synagogue in Palm Springs.

A Peek Behind the Curtain: Altar Guild Workshops

FEBRUARY 25 from 12:30—1:30PM (Sunday) OR

MARCH 6th from 6:30PM-7:30PM (Wednesday)

Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes to get ready for the Eucharist on a Sunday morning? Who fills up the oil for all the candles? Who gets the communion elements ready? Where do linens get stored? What happens before and after a service?

The Altar Guild is offering TWO workshops (both the same, offered at different times) to give you a sneak peek behind the curtain and see how all the setup happens. Please come with questions!

Wednesday Simple Eucharists at 6PM

During Lent will be Rite 1

1PS Event March 23rd

Come in your St. Paul’s T-shirt and be a parish ambassador at the 15th annual 1PS neighborhood event at Ruth Hardy Park. Over 1100 residents and dozens of community organizations, businesses, and agencies share about the good work they do in the community. Help us to get the word out about Easter services and have a good time doing it. To participate, sign up at the Welcome Table or call the Parish Office at 760.320.7488.

Give Up Your Stuff for Lent

Searching for a Lenten Practice that will have you looking at what you have, getting rid of what you don’t need, and creating literal space for God’s Spirit to flow and your home to be a place of resurrection?

Join us this Lent with the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge.

You determine the size of the bags, and going through each room, drawer, closet, and cupboard, each day collect the items you don’t need, don’t use, or have too much of and discard, recycle or find a new home for those items. Ask yourself, can I donate my unused clothing to those in need? Do I let food go to waste? Am I spending my money on new possessions when I am not using the ones I have or when I could be helping those in need?

While this might seem a different Lenten practice, Lent is a time of prayer, sacrifice, and self-denial. Getting a little uncomfortable is what Lent does, allowing us a time of confession, reconciliation, and new habits as we deepen our spiritual lives. Clearing out our space isn’t just the new ‘minimalist’ fad. We are called to be good stewards of our things and the more things we have, the more energy we take in keeping them up, and the less time we have to spend with those we love and with those we are called to serve. By using/having less and by being less wasteful, we can make more room for prayer and to hear God’s Voice.

Join us. #40bagsin40dayslentchallenge

The Reconciliation of a Penitent: Remember Confession in Lent

The Book of Common Prayer contains two orders of service for private confession, known officially as the Reconciliation of a Penitent. Making a private confession is a traditional and powerful spiritual practice, and the choice to confess or not confess to a priest is governed by the old adage: All may, some should, none must. This Lent, Rev. Jessie and Rev. Dan will be reserving Sunday afternoons for hearing confessions and will also be available by appointment. If you would like resources or help preparing for confession, or if you would like to set up a time for this sacrament, please email or .

Reconciliation of a Penitent: What Is It and What Can I Expect if I Try It?

Here is an excerpt from the Rev. Hillary Raining’s book, Joy in Confession: Reclaiming Sacramental Reconciliation:

Reconciliation of a Penitent Explained

The theological explanation of reconciliation is both complicated and simple. At its heart, reconciliation is the very cornerstone of our faith—the love of God proclaimed in the forgiveness and healing offered to us by Jesus. We often hear the phrases “Jesus died for our sins” or “Jesus died to save you.” Yet, understanding how that forgiveness works in our day-to-day life can be difficult. The Rite of Reconciliation exists so that we can live into the forgiving action of Jesus as found in his Body, the community of the Church, and as people of God.

In the Episcopal tradition, Reconciliation of a Penitent (as defined in the Book of Common Prayer) it “is the rite in which those who repent of their sins may confess them to God in the presence of a priest, and receive the assurance of pardon and the grace of absolution.” It is often referred to as “private confession.”

Reconciliation invites us to leave our tombs (our sins and failings) and live the life God calls us to. Reconciliation means we become one again with our Lord and Savior—that we experience the Easter promise of new life. When people truly embrace and practice Reconciliation of a Penitent, they will be transformed—as will the world around them.

What to Expect When Making Confession

Although each location will be different according to your church’s traditions and the style of your confessor, here are some things that you can expect when you make a confession.

Begin your journey to reconciliation with prayer and self-examination. Knowing that this opportunity is a call to grace and not a call to feel shame, ask God for clarity in those parts of your life that may need healing and change.

When you feel the desire to seek reconciliation, call your church to make an appointment with your priest or make note of any previously scheduled times of confession that are posted in your church.

The place where you make your confession will be confidential and sacred. Very few Episcopal churches have confessional booths; however, if yours does, simply enter and either sit or kneel as the priest takes her or his place on the other side of the screen. If your church does not have a booth, you will most likely be invited to kneel at the altar rail or meet with the priest in his or her office. The confessor may sit facing you or in such a way as to not make direct eye contact with you; this may make the moment more comfortable for you and is a sign that your confessor is listening deeply on behalf of God.

Using one of the reconciliation rites from The Book of Common Prayer, you will confess your sins and ask God for forgiveness. Don’t worry if you can’t remember everything! God knows what is on your heart.

The priest may offer pastoral conversation and some spiritual practices (such as a psalm, prayer, or hymn to be said or something to do) to offer as a sign of penitence and an act of thanksgiving.

The priest will then absolve you from your sins and remind you of the wonders of God’s grace and forgiveness that you have received.

Spend some time in prayer afterward to revel in the freedom and joy that God offers you in this pastoral gift of reconciliation.

The Parish Legacy Society

Below is the Legacy Society Sunday Speech George Holliday, the Parish Treasurer, gave last Sunday.

As most of you know Lent is the 40 days in the church year we model Jesus’s days in the wilderness when he fasted, prayed and prepared for his ministry. Most of the time we focus on the first item by giving up something for Lent. The Most Rev. Michael Curry stated in a recent article that as a child he gave up Bazooka bubble gum for Lent. You know the one. The rock hard gum with the Bazooka Joe cartoon wrapped around it. He also said that as an adult he realized that it Lent is much more than a Hershey bar. And it’s true

In trying to decide what to give up for Lent, we often forget to prepare. That is what I am here to discuss with you today. I want to talk to you about preparing by joining the Legacy Society of Saint Paul in the Desert How many of you here are currently members? Raise your hand and look around you.  All of these people have already planned. Last year with the our initial induction we saw over 70 individuals make a commitment to the continuing ministry of Saint Paul’s. Some of you may be asking yourselves what is the legacy society? What do I have to do? How do I become a part of it?

What is the Legacy Society?

The Legacy Society is a group of parishioners that have taken the extraordinary step of planning for what happens after they no longer have need of their worldly possessions. They have done end of life planning and in doing so, made arrangements to leave a gift to the church. Some of you may say, “I have already done this.” Guess what, You have the hard part completed. You can skip this next part or listen so you will know what to tell someone new when they ask you about the Legacy Society.

What do I have to do?

Make plans to give a gift to the Church of Saint Paul in the Desert. This year we established an endowment committee, and we are encouraging parishioners to designate their gift to the endowment. This allows your gift to live on as it will help support the parish into the future. You can do this by establishing your will and trust and remember state specifically that the funds are to be designated to the endowment fund. Most importantly let the parish know you have remembered it as part of your estate. You don’t have to provide the details of how much just let us know. The brings us to the final part of the process.

How do I become a part of the Legacy Society?

This is the easiest part. Just pick up one of the Legacy Society pamphlets. You can find them all over campus. In the office, at the welcome table, in the pews and in the Narthex. Fill it out and turn it in to the office or drop it into the offering plate. Someone from the office will contact you and confirm details.

Oh, I almost forgot. You may be wondering, what do I get out of all of this. First you get this nifty little pin right here that identifies you as part of the Legacy Society. It shows you believe in what this church does to follow Jesus in his life of courageous love for the world. Second you along with the current members will be attending an annual induction event on March ________ to celebrate all the gifts that we have to offer. Finally, you will have the peace of mind knowing that Saint Paul will continue for another 85 years and more.

During this Lenten season, remember, when you are giving up gum, candy, or soda, also pray and plan. Pray for grace, prepare for the future, and consider becoming a member of the Legacy Society.

Special Thanks to Our Baking in Community Retreat Participants

A Powerful Interfaith Prayer Vigil was held at St. Paul last Sunday

Watch the KESQ News Channel 3 coverage of the event.

Lost Something? Want to find it?

Lent is a time for letting go and finding what was lost. Mother Mary invites you to look in the Lost and Found box in the narthex of the church this Sunday and claim your items. Coffee mugs, hats, lots of glasses, a journal, jewelry, and other such things have been left behind at St. Paul. Dig through and find your things before we find a new home for all of them at the end of Lent.

Winter Clothing Donations Needed

The nights are still cold in the desert 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.

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 Anglican Church of Tanzania, The Most Reverend Maimbo Mndolwa, Archbishop and Primate.

For the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, The Most Reverend Melissa M. Skelton, Bishop (provisional).

For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Right Reverend Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of St. Alban’s, El Cajon; for youth beginning their confirmation journey.

For those commended to our prayers: James Rougely, Cedric Rougely, John Hollis, Brooke Wolford, Howard Cecil, Michael Neill, Vern Marken, Henry Clock, Randy Hoepfner, Justin & Ashlee Thiessen, Spencer & Connie Thiessen, Garrison Turgoose, Sheila Heath, Carol H., Ben Palmer, Wayne Berkner, Marie Ratnam, Hope Yarborough, 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, Terry Garrity, Rob Porter, Rus Butler, Joe Christopher, Hap Blaisdell, David Valenzuela, Amelia Grinstead, Chloe Grace Wilson Barton, Marilyn De Silva Currie, Greg Gowdy, Tom Lutgen; pray for all those for whom no prayers have been said.

For those who have died: Leona Hille Erickson, Janice Brackens, Kent Noyes, Dr. Andre La Garde, Donald Allen, Clementine Love, Robert Sykes, Efrem Burton, Randy Smith. 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 25: Dee Dee Barton, Mark Pease, Cecilia Mendivil; February 26: Ray Kelley, Jay Wilson; February 27: Donald Willard; February 28: Stephen Geist, Roberto Thais; March 3: James Nindel, Ralph Ortiz.

For those celebrating their anniversary: March 2: Stan Deller & David Weir.

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 www.lectionarypage.net and click on March 3, the Third Sunday in Lent.

Upcoming Meetings & Events at St Paul’s

  • Sunday, February 25 – Honoring Harriet Tubman
  • Sunday, February 25 – 1:00 PM – Vestry
  • Tuesday, February 27 – Daughters of the King – 1:30 PM, Closed Meeting for members; 2:00 PM, Open Meeting; Noonday prayer and discussion of Lenten study to all interested women – Parish Hall Conference Room
  • Wednesday, February 28 – 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Social Justice clothing / toiletries distribution – Columbarium Colonnade – Volunteers needed; please call Terrence at 760.409.0177
  • Wednesday, February 28 – 6:00 PM – Simple Eucharist – Rite I
  • Saturday, March 2 – 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon – Preparing for the End of Life RetreatIn the Church
  • Wednesday, March 6 – 4:30 PM – Social Justice – Parish Hall Conferencer Room
  • Saturday, March 9 – 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon – Spiritually Supporting Individuals with Dementia and Their Caregivers Workshop – Church Library
  • Sunday , March 10 – Laetare Sunday (Pink Sunday), Refreshment Sunday
  • Saturday, March 16 – 11:00 AM – Fred Crawford funeral

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: https://www.innercirclearts.com.

For tickets: https.//www.eventbrite.com/cc/inner-circle-theatre-company-2685459

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