For Sunday February 11, 2024

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 11The Rt. Rev. Barbara Clementine Harris (June 12, 1930 – March 13, 2020) was an American bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States. She was the first woman consecrated a bishop in the Anglican Communion. She was elected suffragan bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts on September 24, 1988, and was consecrated on February 11, 1989. Eight thousand people attended the service at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She served in the role of suffragan bishop for 13 years, retiring in 2003.

February 18 – The Rev. Alexander Crummell
February 25 – Harriet Tubman

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.

Epiphany Spiritual Formation Opportunities

Silent Disco Recap!

Many thanks to Nancy Antonius, Seaplane, and MOGO for creating a night to remember last week with the Silent Disco.

Click the images below to view full-size.

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.

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.

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 South Sudan, The Most Reverend Justin Badi Arama, Archbishop and Primate. 

For the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada, The Right Reverend Elizabeth Bonforte Gardner, Bishop.

For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Right Reverend Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for all who are discerning a call to holy orders; for youth and leaders at the Epiphany Retreat at Camp Stevens.

For those commended to our prayers: 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, 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: Dr. Andre La Garde, Donald Allen, Clementine Love, 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 12: Michael Kingsbury, John Stephens; February 14: Tom Kieley, Michael Nazelrod-Woodward; February 15: Autumn Shih; February 16: Michael Sonner; February 17: John Houlton, Carole Rutkovsky, David Hale.

For those celebrating anniversaries: February 14: Carolyn & Zachary Scott, Linda Richard & John Sanders; February 22: Mark McMillan & Bruce McLean.

For those for whom flowers have been donated: Sunday’s Altar Flowers are sponsored by Lucinda Hampson, in celebration of the birthday of Annabella Hampson (February 18), AND BY Cheryl Kelley, in thanksgiving for Ray Kelley’s 86th birthday (February 26), and to celebrate his 36 Years of sobriety and 29 years as cancer-free.

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 February 18, the First Sunday in Lent.

Upcoming Meetings & Events at St Paul’s

  • Sunday, February 11 – The Consecration of Barbara Harris, the first woman 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 – Lent I – Great Litany & Procession – Honoring  the Rev. Alexander Crummell
  • Sunday, February 18 – 3pm PUSH Rally – Survivors of Section 14 Interfaith Prayer Service
  • Saturday, February 24 – 11:00 AM – Black History Month Parade & Town Fair – Palm Springs

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

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.

Survey of LGBTQ+ Older Adults in California

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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