For Sunday January 21, 2024

This Saturday & Sunday

Martin Luther King Day Rally & March

Over 75 people from St. Paul in the Desert participated in the MLK Day Rally, March, and Interfaith Service (and we were only one group of the entire coalition!). Because we “showed up”, we made the Methodist Church standing room only, including the narthex. A special thank you to all who stood in solidarity with the oppressed and those who could not make it, but prayed for those who could. This was a major step forward in empowering our church to engage in community advocacy, which is Objective #3 of our Strategic Plan. The Survivors of Section 14 have asked St. Paul’s to host a prayer vigil during Black History Month on Sunday February 25th at 3PM.

Stories from the March:

  • “I felt like I was experiencing an old Civil Rights meeting, like I’ve read about so often…now at last I was in one, and I just LOVED it.”
  • “My heart is still full from the March and the Service. I wished we could worship like that everyday! – I know that God was pleased and is saying, ‘Yes!’”
  • “What a wonderful, moving, and insightful time I had at the Martin Luther King march and ecumenical service this afternoon! You guys knocked it out of the ballpark, making all of us at St. Paul’s super proud.
  • “It was really amazing. Rev. Dan & Rev. Jessie were absolutely brilliant during the interfaith service — I will remember the economical service for a very long time. I sat next to two parishioners; the woman who sat next to me has known Bishop Craig Worsham since he was a child — he is the same age as her oldest son. In addition, her father was a Baptist preacher in LA and she said that her father actually preached in 1956 with Martin Luther King at her father’s church in Los Angeles. Pretty amazing! I am so glad that St. Paul’s was so well represented at both the march and the service. What a spectacular day!
  • “I don’t always feel this, but I was proud to be an Episcopalian that day.”
  • “I was headed to the Film Festival, but your sermon convinced me that this was more important. I’m glad we chose the MLK Day march instead.”
  • “I had to move several interviews I had in the morning (which is why I marched and didn’t stay for the service), but your sermon was so moving, I just had to come. I’m so glad I did.”
  • “There was a standing ovation after Rev. Dan’s sermon on Monday! We need to make sure we share the news of today with the Diocese.”
  • “We had our tee-time all set up at the golf course, but this was more important. We had to be there.”

Our next step: We need 25 or more people to show up to City Hall on Thursday January 25th at 5:30PM for the next City Council Meeting. If you have a St. Paul’s T-shirt, please wear it. We will meet in the church parking lot at 5:00PM to say some prayers before we head over. If you are able to show up next Thursday for the meeting, please email Rev. Dan: or just show up!

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!

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!

Candlemas Service

6PM Wednesday, January 31st (Transferred)

The Presentation of our Lord in the Temple. It commemorates the presentation of Jesus and the purification of Mary in the Jerusalem Temple forty days after Jesus’ birth, in accordance with the requirements of Jewish Law (Lv 12:2-8).

Come have your candles be blessed for the year.

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

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Dr. John Granet Recital

Sunday, Feb. 4th

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

Dr. John N. Granet, holds a Doctorate of Music in Piano and Composition from USC – Graduated in 1973 and is one of the first blind graduate with this degree.

Born blind, but has composed music that has been performed in a number of Universities in So. California along with performances sponsored by National Association of Composers, USA .  He has had success with commercial music including music used in Europe.

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

Epiphany Spiritual Formation Opportunities

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.

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

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.

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.

Updating Photo Directory

It’s time to update our member directory.

If your photo is not in our Church Directory, or if your personal contact information in the Directory has changed, we want to update it. To assist in this effort, we have engaged a photographer who will be at the church on Sunday, January 28 (the day of our Annual Meeting) from 7:30 – 9:30 AM to take your photo – no appointment necessary. We’ve also 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 directory refresh.

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.

Legacy Society Stories

Who are you?

Nat Wilburn

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

I have been at St. Paul’s for just over two years.  When I walked in the door, I experienced warmth, acceptance, and Christian hospitality.  Very soon after that, my experience became one of feeling a sense of belonging to this community. 

What keeps you here at St. Paul’s?

That spirit of acceptance and of honoring an individual’s journey is, for me, an experience of encountering the mission of Christ.

Why did you join the Legacy Society?

I pledged to the Legacy Society because I know we live in a world where people hunger for the opportunity to be accepted and belong.  I believe there is no better experience of the work of Christ, especially in Palm Springs, that a Church community can offer.

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

I want to do my part in sustaining that for other folks like me who walk through St. Paul’s door in the future.

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

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 South India (United), The Right Reverend Dr. K. Reuben Mark, Leader/Deputy Moderator.

For the Episcopal Diocese of Idaho, The Right Reverend Jos Tharakan, Bishop.

For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Right Reverend Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for our Ecumenical partnerships during the Week of Christian Unity.

For those commended to our prayers: Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Michael Curry, Michelle Hathaway, The Rev. Anne Thatcher, Kylie Smith, Jodene Catterlin, Kenneth Catterlin, Raymond Stimson, Mark Malone, Robert Blackman,  Randy Smith, David Valenzuela, Leeandra Chacon-Flores, 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, 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: Bob Yeargan, Mary Briscoe, Gail Ware, Gilbert Patrik Chacon, Kevin Williams, Suzanne Budovec, Evelyn Hurst, Dan Davis, 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: January 22: Clinton Carbon; January 23: Andy Johnson; January 24: Ken Hendrickson, Peter Smurthwaite; January 26: Sandra Piccardi; January 27: Irene Gillespie, Michael Painter, Gary Smith.

For those for whom flowers have been donated: Sunday’s Altar Flowers are sponsored by The Rev. Canon Victoria Hatch, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the ordination of her sister, The Rev. Dr. Nancy Hatch Wittig, AND BY Josh Brown, in memory of Frank J. Pfizenmayer.

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 January 28, the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany.

Upcoming Meetings & Events at St Paul’s

  • 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
  • Tuesday, January 23 – “A Case for Love” film premier 4 PM & 7 PM – Mary Pickford Theater
  • 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)
  • Saturday, February 3 – 5:30 PM – Silent Disco 2024 – 515 North Palm Canyon, Palm Springs

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