For Sunday January 14, 2024

11:00 AM Unity Rally; 11:30 AM Symbolic March; 12:30 PM Interfaith Service.

Francis Stevens Park, 555 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs.

Wear your St. Paul’s T-Shirt!

Chalking the Door

Follow Us on Facebook or Instagram to see photos of parishioners with blessed houses in 2024! You can pick up a pack of blessed chalk from the Feast of the Epiphany in the Narthex, complete with instructions.

Music at St. Paul’s

Like to sing? We would like to have a choir for our Annual Meeting Sunday, January 28 at our single 9:30AM service, and we’d like you to join!

The great news is that two rehearsal times will be offered per week in the hopes of attracting people at a time you find convenient. The first is in our usual fashion: after the 10:30AM postlude on Sundays BEGINNING JANUARY 7, lasting about a half hour.

The other rehearsal time for you to consider will be Thursdays 5:45-6:45PM, BEGINNING JANUARY 11, in the Sanctuary. You aren’t required to attend two rehearsals per week! You certainly may, but the idea is for you to choose one that fits your schedule. So, if you’d like to support the music program and join for this one-time invitation to sing an anthem at our single service for our Annual Meeting, consider this your invite!

Epiphany Spiritual Formation Opportunities

Over 70 people participated in spiritual formation classes this week!

Learn how sacred images from the Eastern Orthodox tradition can grow us ever deeper into union with God and one another. Based on Henri Nouwen’s book, Behold the Beauty of the Lord, our theme is to help others expand their way of “seeing” and gazing as a spiritual practice. There will be examples of icons to explore each week. We end on the last week inviting participants to share a vision for their own personal Icon – either a drawing or narrative description.  Come learn how a centuries old visual spiritual practice can enhance your spiritual journey.

The Rev. Canon Thomas G. Clarke

The Rev. Canon Thomas G. Clarke is retired from the Diocese of Los Angeles where he served for 32 years as the Headmaster of Campbell Hall an Episcopal K-12 school in Studio City.  After retiring from Campbell Hall, he worked as a consultant in the field for the National Association of Episcopal Schools, and later he established his own consulting firm to help schools with planning, governance and leadership transition.  A member of St. Paul’s since 2007, he currently serves as a teacher in the Spiritual Formation Program, member of the HR Committee, Strategic Plan Implementation Committee, representing Objective # 5 and the Kitchen Care Committee.  He also serves as a volunteer on the Board of Trustees of Virginia Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia and The General Seminary, New York City.

Bob Hettinger

Bob Hettinger is a CPA who works for bartonCPA in Palm Springs.   Bob moved to Palm Springs in 2012 after 30 years in Los Angeles.   He is originally from a farm in Colorado.   He has a BA in religion and classics from Colorado College and spent one year at Harvard Divinity School before getting his MBA from Northeastern University in Boston.   In his spare time, Bob is interested religious studies, quantum mechanics and the relationship between the two, and linguistics – especially the philosophical differences between Indo-European and Sino-Tibetan language traditions.

Listen and read poetry that focuses our hearts on the season of Epiphany, when we remember that Christ is the light of the world. If you are looking for an opportunity to process some of what is going on in your heart after the simple, contemplative Wednesday night Eucharist, this is a place to do so! New Location: Office Lobby

Ken Ballard and his husband, Dale Carr, moved to Palm Springs last October, with the hope of being permanent, year round residents. Over the last twenty plus years, Ken has enjoyed sharing poetry with a wide range of groups. First with the non-profit Write Around Portland, where he met with homeless teenagers, people with AIDS, elementary school kids, and those suffering from chronic mental illnesses. Then at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, also in Portland, he hosted at least one poetry series every year since 2010. And for the last three years, since the start of the pandemic, he’s facilitated a weekly Zoom Poetry for St. Stephen’s. But truth be told, he’s more obsessed with baseball and the start of spring training than Mary Oliver or Danez Smith.

St. Paul’s Latino Ministry

Advent Collection of Items for Refugee Family

The Latino & Social Justice Ministry held a joint meeting this month. Part of the meeting included a presentation by Ruben Tomasian, Outreach Manager for the Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Service (IRIS). IRIS will be taking the refugee family donations and make sure they get to a good home. Thank you for all of the items we collected. We filled half of the chancel with the items collected!

A Case For Love Film Premiere

Tuesday, January 23rd – 4PM & 7PM – Mary Pickford Theater

A different kind of film, a different kind of story. A journey of exploration in troubling times. This is the first in a series of projects aimed at changing the national narrative of division. “A Case for Love” is inspired by the teachings and writings of Bishop Michael Curry. In the documentary, the film team travels across the US, interviewing everyday people from various walks of life and ethnicities, striving to live their lives selflessly. These stories are interwoven with hundreds of person-on-the-street interviews while well-known figures including Pete Buttigieg, Al Roker, Sam Waterston, John Meacham, Jim Clyburn and others weigh in on the subject. Help foster conversation about love in a year where we will likely have much division in a hotly contested election. Come out for a night at the movies and wear your St. Paul’s T-shirts!

Sunday Course Highlight: Love in Action-Social Justice 

Dr. Joy Zavarich

The course Love in Action-Social Justice explores the various types of justice and unpacks the meaning of justice from a Biblical perspective.  Examples of Social Justice engagement will be presented. This course directly relates to Strategic Plan Objective #3: Empower Community Advocacy, by laying the foundational understanding of the meaning of social justice in light of the Gospel and Baptismal call to work for peace and justice. As we discern what social justice looks like at St. Paul’s after Arlene Rosenthal’s sudden passing and Lena Granet’s retirement, we need to pause and consider where God might be leading us into the future. If that conversation interests you, please join us. Led by Dr. Joy Zavarich and Rodney Dickson. Sundays January 7th, 14th, 21st; February 4th, 11th in the Parish Hall Parlor from 9AM-10:15AM.

Rodney Dickson

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.

Rodney Dickson has been a permanent member of St Paul since 2022, with prior “temporary resident” attendance over the last two decades.  He is involved at St Paul through being a lector and intercessor, a member of the Eucharistic Visitor Program, and Chair of Objective #3 as part of the Strategic Plan Implementation Team. Rodney currently leads Patient Advocacy in the rare disease community at an international biotechnology where he has worked for almost 30 years in a variety of global and US roles.  Rodney and his partner, Jeffry, are regular attendees at the 8AM service.

Weekday Course Highlight: Buddhist Spirit for our Challenging Times

Zen Abbess, Rev. Grace Jill Schireson

Come explore what the Christian faith shares in common with our Buddhist siblings and what that common wisdom can offer those of any faith in these troubling times. Led by Zen Abbess, Rev. Grace Jill Schireson. Tuesdays January 9th, 16th, and 23rd in the library from 6:30PM-8PM.

Grace Schireson is a Zen Abbess, president of Shogaku Zen Institute (a Zen teachers’ training seminary), and a Clinical Psychologist. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. She founded two practice centers and a retreat center under the Central Valley Zen Foundation.  She is the author of Naked in the Zendo: Stories of Uptight Zen, Wild-Ass Zen, and Enlightenment Wherever You Are (Shambala Publications, November 2019), Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens and Macho Masters (Wisdom, 2009), and edited Zen Bridge: The Zen Teachings of Keido Fukushima with Peter Schireson. She has published articles in Shambhala Sun, Buddhadharma and Tricycle magazines and has also been anthologized in many Zen books, including The Book of Mu, Receiving the Marrow, and The Hidden Lamp as well as in a book on spiritual training: The Arts of Contemplative Care.

Grace is a Dharma teacher in the Suzuki Roshi lineage empowered by Sojun Mel Weitsman, abbot of Berkeley Zen Center. She has also been empowered to teach koans by Keido Fukushima Roshi, chief abbot of Tofukuji Monastery in Kyoto Japan. She has been married for over 50 years, and lives with her husband, the poet Peter Schireson, in New York and California. She has two grown sons and four grandchildren.

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.

St. Paul’s Hikers Club

Adventure and Fellowship!  The St. Paul’s Hiking Group will be exploring the desert oases and wetlands at the Dos Palmas Preserve, an important national ecological preserve at the North Shore of the Salton Sea, on Saturday, January 13, 2024.  The hike is easy/moderate; four miles with some easy grade. We will meet in the St. Paul’s parking lot at 8:00 AM and carpool/caravan to the trailhead. Please let us know if you would be willing to ferry/carpool some of your fellow hikers, especially if you have an SUV with decent clearance. Contact Nancy Antonius () or Chris Kelly () with questions and to sign up.

Read a message from Chris Kelly

Sacred Circle

Throughout time women have gathered in circles to share stories, to pray, to grieve, to laugh, to study, and deepen their faith.  St. Paul’s has such a circle, and all women are welcome to join.  This community of hearts is not only a chance to bond with likeminded women, but to strengthen your daily walk in the Spirit.

We meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 1:00 in the library.  We are just starting to read Mary Magdalene Revealed  by Meggan Watterson. Whoever you are and wherever you are on your journey of faith you are welcome.

Dr. John Granet Recital

Sunday, Feb. 4th

4:00 – 5:00 pm in the Church with Reception to follow

Program: John will play classical piano works by Schubert, Mozart and Bach, and also music from several television and films that he’s worked on.

Thank You to Christmas Decoration Team

A big THANK YOU to all who volunteered to make this past Advent and Christmas season a meaningful – and memorable – time of celebration. Our thanks goes out to the many volunteers: faithful altar guild members who served each and every service, Latino Ministry team members involved in the Lady of Guadalupe Mas, St. Paul choir singers who led in hymns and carols (under the leadership of Chuck Perry, Music Coordinator), Christmas decorations volunteers who transformed our space into a place of wonderment and light (led by Michael Painter and Will Tacchi), and lighting designer Douglas Burton who installed new warmer overhead lighting around the altar area. Though space does not allow us to name each of you by name, please know that your creativity, joy, and service is indeed a gift we treasure and hold with great gratitude.

In Case You Missed It: Epiphany

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Updating Photo Directory

It’s time to update our member database.

We know, over time, many of us make life changes that require updating our personal contact information. If this applies to you, we want to make sure we have the most current information for you in our database. To assist in this effort, we have created a simple change form and placed copies in the Narthex. If your contact information isn’t in the Church Directory or has changed in the last year, please fill out the form and either put it in the offering plate or give it to an usher or priest after the service. Thanks for your help with this important data update project. 

Vestry Candidates

According to our Parish Bylaws, At each annual meeting of members, a number of Vestry members shall be elected equal to the number of Vestry members whose terms shall have expired at the time of such meeting. We have four Vestry members whose terms are expiring, with one seeking to be reelected for a second consecutive term (allowable under the Bylaws). The Vestry Nominating Committee (Alex Christensen, Sr. Warden; Alan Glass, Vestry; Clinton Carbon; Bonnie Stroock) presents the following four candidates for election at the annual meeting.

Nick Falconio

I was born and raised outside of Rochester, New York. After attending Saint John Fisher University’s school of journalism, I studied abroad for a year, transferring to Temple University’s London program. I graduated with my bachelors of science degree, in radio, television, and film with a political science minor at Temple’s main campus in Philadelphia. I worked in television news and entertainment for over 20 years working for Reuters International News Service, ABC after school specials, Nickelodeon and Fox. Over twenty years ago, I switched careers into the real estate business, managing real estate offices for various firms, as well as working in sales.

I moved to Palm Springs in the fall of 2019 and live in Deepwell Estates. At the same time, I started up my business and took care of my Mom in her last year. My personal family history includes a Roman Catholic Cardinal in the family! I have always had a desire to be with a strong, vibrant religious community and found my way to Saint Paul in the Desert. I am glad I did! I enjoy lecturing, ushering, and singing in our choir. While I was a member at All Souls Episcopal in Berkeley, California, I was certified as a Stevens Minister. It would be an honor for me to be chosen to serve on the vestry at Saint Paul’s, and I look forward to working with all of you to make a better, solid future for the church, and for all it serves.

John Raposa

I have been a member of the Church of St. Paul in the Desert since the beginning of 2021, after relocating to Palm Springs from Montclair, NJ with my husband Jon and our two Rhodesian Ridgebacks (Loki and Freyja) in mid-2020.  I previously lived in southern California nearly four decades ago when I began my legal career in Orange County and later practiced in San Diego, Los Angeles and Thousand Oaks. At St. Paul’s, I serve as co-chair of the Campus Care Committee and on the Strategic Plan Implementation Team leading the task force on Objective 6 (Campus Optimization). In prior parishes I have served as a Warden on the Vestry, Diocesan Delegate, Budget and Finance committees, and as treasurer of a successful capital campaign. Professionally I am a lawyer, licensed in California, Massachusetts, and Texas, and admitted before various federal courts including to the U.S. Supreme Court. I took early retirement from Verizon after 26 years with the company, where I was general counsel of the wireline business unit.

Brooke Wolford

I was born in Santa Monica, California a long time ago. I was baptized as an Episcopalian when I was a baby. I attended an Episcopal elementary school and went to church as a child and young adult. I graduated college and got a post graduate degree. I worked for 2 major banks in corporate real estate for +35 years.

My wife Gail Heitman and I moved to Palm Springs in 2017. We began attending services at St Paul’s in 2022. I never felt so welcomed in a church before. In gratitude, I served on the Campus Care Committee this year. During that experience I got a good look at how the church operates and its governance rules. I’d like to volunteer to serve on the vestry to help St Paul’s grow in the present and thrive in the future.

John Hampson

I am proud to have been a member of St. Paul’s since I was a child and have enjoyed serving as an acolyte beginning around 10 years old. My parents Jeffrey (deceased) and Lucinda Hampson, are long-time members of St. Paul’s, and my niece Anabella and nephew Matthew participate in the Sunday School program. Over the years, I have served as usher, welcomer, chalice bearer, worship coordinator, alter guild, thurifer, and on-line streaming team leader. I have also previously served on the vestry for a total of seven years (not back-to-back). In the community, I have served as referee for 30 years with AYSO, and 13 years coaching high school soccer and youth clubs throughout Desert Hot Springs and the Coachella Valley. I am a HACCP coordinator during the day with 20 years working at Crown Meat & Provisions. I am finishing a term on the Vestry this year, but looking to continue for another term.

We have one Vestry member who is officially stepping down a year before their term expires, due to personal matters, at the annual meeting. According to our bylaws, vacancies of the Vestry may be filled by a majority of remaining members of the Vestry. The Vestry Nominating Committee has recruited a candidate to complete the one-year term (see below).

Marian Stinson

I am a retired Episcopal Priest who has worked in a variety of settings for over 32 years, specializing in working with parishes in distress. Prior to ordination, I was a Clinical Social Worker, working primarily with people dealing with life threatening illnesses. Bill and I moved to the desert two years ago and found St. Paul’s almost immediately.  We enjoy worshipping here and have found opportunities for involvement in such activities as spiritual formation and community building.

One might ask why I would volunteer to be on the vestry.  The primary reasons are that I love God, I love St. Paul’s, and I recognize that this church is deeply committed to making a difference in people’s lives.  God knows that this world needs a strong, healthy church like St. Paul’s to be a spiritual oasis, not only in the desert, but in this fractured world.  We are on a roll, my friends, thanks to the deep faith and hard work of the rectors, previous vestries, and all of you. I would like to contribute my voice to the ongoing development of the ministry of St. Paul’s in the Desert.

Silent Disco – 2024

Back by Popular Demand, Silent Disco is returning to St Paul’s to celebrate Mardi Gras on Saturday, February 3rd. Come dance with us down Palm Canyon! $25 per person will register you and your family and friends for this fun and crazy event. This year’s starting and ending point, along with the sendoff party, will be at Seaplane, 515 N Palm Canyon, right next to Just Fabulous. To join in the festivities, put your check, made out to the church, in an envelope in the collection plate, but make sure it is marked SILENT DISCO, in the memo line. If it isn’t noted, no one will know that’s what it’s for and you won’t be registered. Along with your payment, please include the names, e-mail addresses and cell numbers for all who the payment covers. Those who don’t want to dance but would like to help send us off, there will once again be a pre-sendoff party, at 5:30, with munchies and champagne. Dress in your Mardi Gras finery and join in! Party at 5:30, dance at 6:30. For further information, contact Nancy Antonius

Attention, Snowbirds!

You are invited to join a Circle Supper group this winter. Though this social ministry begins in the fall, several groups have openings and would welcome Snowbirds starting in January. These monthly gatherings are a terrific way to experience the St. Paul community in a more intimate social setting than after Sunday services.

If you have any questions or are interested in signing up, please contact Jan Wacker (a Snowbird from Washington state) at or 503-803-6863.

St. Paul’s Book Club

The next Book Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at 2:00 PM in the Library at St. Paul’s. For February, Book Club has selected Our Town by Thorton Wilder. A drama of life in the mythical village of Grover’s Corners, NH—an allegorical representation of all life—is an American classic. It is the simple story of a love affair that asks timeless questions about the meaning of love, life, and death.

To celebrate Book Club’s Seventh Anniversary, the meeting will be in person at a member’s home. For more information, please contact Alan Zimmerman at

Legacy Society Stories

Who are you?

Frank C. Stahl

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

I believe we started to attend St. Paul in 2006. We had not gone to church since getting together in 1985. AJ was raised Episcopalian and decided that he would like to start going to church again and I asked if I could accompany him.

What keeps you here at St. Paul’s?

The fact that is such a welcoming community of all lifestyles. The energy of the co-Rectors has amplified that feeling.

Why did you join the Legacy Society?

AJ and I had decided when we created our Trust several years ago that St. Paul would be one of the organizations included as a beneficiary.

What are your dreams for the future of St. Paul’s as we dream big in 2024?

That the congregation grows in number and diversity.

Sunday’s 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 Church of the Province of South East Asia, The Most Reverend Melter Jiki Tais, Archbishop and Primate.

For the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii, The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick, Bishop.

For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Right Reverend Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of St. John’s, Chula Vista; for the children and leaders at Epiphany Camp at Camp Stevens; for the presenters and participants in Leadership academy.

For those commended to our prayers: Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Michael Curry, David Valenzuela, Leeandra Chacon-Flores, Bob Yeargan, Lucy Rose Eguez, Carolyn Scott, Marcus Scott, Robert Menifee, Bonnie Stroock, Lois, Terry Garrity, Rob Porter, Rus Butler, Joe Christopher, Kelly Barnard, Joanne Davis, Craig Ewing, Bret Caton, Tim Johnson, Dennis Telles, Scott Jones, Karla, Haz, Paula Davis, Nancy, Glad, Paris, 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: Mary Briscoe, Gail Ware, Gilbert Patrik Chacon, Kevin Williams, Suzanne Budovec, Evelyn Hurst, Dan Davis, Fred Crawford, The Rev. Dr. Gay Byron. 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: January 14: John Lasher, Richard Tracz, Dale McGhee Pollack, Joanne Lampela; January 15: Laurent Dellac, Stephen Lind; January 16: Stephen Lander, Tony Martinez, Mia Olson; January 17: John Raposa; January 18: David Bagg; January 19: Jerry Di Noto, David Bruns; January 20: Ivonne Anderson.

For those celebrating anniversaries: January 14: Kathy & Stephen Holloway; January 16: Linda Krengel & Tom Kieley.

For those for whom flowers have been donated: Today’s Altar Flowers are sponsored by The Rev. Canon Victoria Hatch & Shelia Brubaker, in thanksgiving for the 47th Anniversary of Rev. Victoria’s ordination to the priesthood (January 15).

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 January 21, the Third Sunday after the Epiphany.

Upcoming Meetings & Events at St Paul’s

  • Monday, January 15 – 11:00AM – Martin Luther King Jr. March & Interfaith Service – Meet at Frances Stevens Park – Wear your St. Paul’s T-Shirt! Those who do not wish to march can join our group at the Interfaith Service at the Palm Springs United Methodist Church at 12:30.
  • Monday, January 15 – MLK Day –The Parish Office will be closed.
  • Saturday, January 20 – 6:00 PM – Premier of The Philadelphia Eleven Film – Main Church Nave
  • Sunday, January 21The Feast of The Reverend Florence Li Tim Oi (Transferred)
  • Sunday, January 21 – 1:00 PM – Vestry meeting
  • Tuesday, January 23 – Daughters of the King – 1:30 PM, Closed Meeting for members; 2:00 PM, Open Meeting; Noonday prayer and distribution of Lenten study booklets to all interested women – Parish Hall Conference Room
  • Sunday, January 28 – The Feast of St. Paul the Hermit (transferred) – Annual Meeting – All-Parish Lunch to follow – NOTE: ONE SUNDAY SERVICE AT 9:30 AM
  • Wednesday, January 31 – 6:00 PM – Candlemas (transferred)

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Parish Office Closed for MLK Holiday Monday, January 15th

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