For Sunday, January 5th

The Parish Annual Meeting

Sunday, January 26, 2020

The Vestry voted to schedule only one worship service that weekend – on Sunday at 9:00 AM. The annual meeting will begin shortly after the service. A light lunch will be served immediately following the meeting.

This is the only Sunday in the year when the entire congregation will be able to worship together as one.

Grateful Heart: 2020 Pledge

A hearty “thank you” to all who have submitted their 2020 pledge cards. As of Tuesday, we have received pledges totaling approximately $300,000. (Last year, our total amount pledged was $410,000. Our goal this year is to equal or exceed that amount.)

We are still accepting pledge cards, which can be found in the pew pockets. You can submit your pledge card by placing it in an offering plate or by mailing it to the Parish Office. You may also call the office to report your 2020 Pledge.

New Year’s Elves needed

We’ll be looking for volunteers to take down and put away the Christmas decorations, sometime after January 6 (The Epiphany). If you can help, please contact our Sexton, Terry Feckett at 760.320.7488 ext. 235 or

Parish Life Book Club

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

The next Book Club meeting will be held on January 7, 2020, at 1:00 PM in the Library. For January, Book Club has selected The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai. This is a riveting novel of friendship and redemption set in 1980s Chicago at the onset of the AIDS crisis.

For more information please contact Alan Zimmerman at

Martin Luther King, Jr Commemoration Celebration

Save the Date – St. Paul in the Desert will host the 35th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Celebration from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Sunday, January 19. The event will feature guest speakers, folkloric dancers and singing. A reception will follow.

Home Eucharists are happening!

Home Eucharists are meaningful and memorable occasions for both a social and spiritual experience. Below are the dates and locations for each of our planned gatherings. Please let the hosts know if you are coming, and plan to bring something by way of potluck to support the event. Start time for each is 6:00 PM sharp (so we can all begin together). The evenings will be informal and relaxed. Guests will meet in a living room-type setting, reflecting on the readings as a group, and then gather around the dinner table for Eucharist. Food and fellowship will follow. The idea is to experience Eucharist in a more “early Church” manner and enjoy each other’s company. So, contact a host and join us for informal Eucharistic fellowship and great food.

January 23 Host:
Kathy Kilmer, 68865 Jarana Road, Cathedral City, 760.774.8233

February 13 Host:
Sharon Strong, 2147 Via Mazatlan, Palm Springs, 760.285.8910

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

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

Adult Faith Building

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

All are welcome to attend these sessions!

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

1/5: Arise, shine! -A Reflection in Isaiah 60: Led by Audrey Spencer

1/12: Is Your God Small Minded? Reflection on Acts:34-43 Led by Alan Zimmerman

1/19: The Door to Happiness Opens Outward- Reflection on Isaiah 49:1-7. Led by Karen Nelson

1/26: NO SESSION: Annual Meeting

Tuesdays at 6:00 PM in the Church

The Gospel of Matthew. This series is designed to assist us to study and better understanding Matthew’s Gospel, which is the he prime focus of our current Liturgical Year A Cycle.

1/7: Exiled from The Synagogue Down the Street. Facilitated by Gary Scott

1/14: The Messiah of Israel- Where Did he Come From? Facilitated by Br. John Charles

1/21: Jesus and the Torah. Facilitated by Alan Zimmerman

1/28: Teacher and/or Lord. Facilitated by Jerry Di Noto

Save the Dates

Accepting God’s Gift of Faith Program 2020

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

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

Accepting God’s Gift of Faith – Weekly Discussion Agenda
2/4 – My Faith Journey
2/11 – Faith and Do
2/18 – Judeo-Christian Tradition
2/25 – Anglo-Episcopal Tradition
3/3 – The Bible
3/10 – Our Creeds and Sacraments
3/17 – Seasons of the Church Year
3/24 – Book of Common Prayer
3/31 – The Christian Life: Prayer, Gifts, Community, Service
4/5-11 – Holy Week/Triduum – Experience the liturgies of the week
4/14 – Responding to the Call
4/21 – Instructional Eucharist

Nathan’s Retirement

After over 19 years as our Director of Music, Nathan Ensign has announced his last Sunday with us will be February 16, 2020. Please save the date; more information to follow.

In Memoriam

We have learned that long time parishioner, Dr. Wayne McKinney, died on December 14 in Houston Texas; funeral arrangements are pending.

Coffee Hour after Services

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

This week: the Altar Guild is hosting the Coffee Hour after both services this Sunday.

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

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Report clergy misconduct

As part of our ongoing commitment to creating a safe haven for everyone, our diocese trains people in the prevention of misconduct and encourages all to report misconduct. All reported incidences are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly and confidentially. If you believe you have experienced misconduct of any kind, please contact John Seitman, 858-793-4555 or Equilla Luke, 760-583-0485.

Compassionate Care Task Force

Our diocesan task force on compassionate care for victims of clergy sexual misconduct seeks to connect with those who have experienced misconduct. If you have reported clergy sexual misconduct and have information about the reporting or post-reporting experience that could be helpful to their work, please refer to the task force members, all of whom are listed on the diocesan website: Task-Force. Information on how to report misconduct is available here.

Church Office Hours

Office Hours are 9 am – 4:30 pm Tuesday through Friday. The office is closed on Mondays.

Should you call on Monday when we are closed to the public, please leave a message. In case of an emergency, a priest will return your call.

Sunday Worship Childcare

Childcare is available during the 10:30 a.m. service.

Bullying Behavior Not Welcome Here

At St. Paul in the Desert we welcome all worshipers to a place that is free of violence and bullying.

Physical, verbal or emotional violence against others or against oneself is not acceptable because of our understanding of what it means to follow Jesus.  Please let Jesus’ command to love your neighbor as yourself be your guide.

“It Gets Better” is a series of video messages to encourage Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender youth and let them know that they are loved as they are.

“A Blessing for Those Who Are Bullied” was written by the Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston, a Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

It is not enough to say “NO” to bullies. It is important to stand up for people and to provide resources for those who have been the targets.

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