For Sunday January 28, 2024

Photo Directory Update

It’s time to refresh our member photo directory.

If your photo is not included in the current 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 to take individual photos Sunday, January 28, from 7:30 – 9:15 AM – no appointment necessary. If you would like a new photo added and can’t be at the photo shoot Sunday, please send a pic to the church (headshot in an outdoor setting) by/before February 15. We’ve also created a simple change form and placed copies in the service bulletins and in the Narthex. If you want to update your contact information, please fill out the form and either put it in the offering plate or give it to an usher after the service. Thank you for your help.

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.

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.

Recap of the Philadelphia Eleven

This past Sunday, we hosted a very special guest to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Philadelphia Eleven: the Rev. Dr. Nancy Hatch Wittig, one of the first eleven women ordained to the priesthood in The Episcopal Church. After the premiere of the Philadelphia Eleven documentary Saturday night, Rev. Wittig celebrated at the Eucharist at both services.

To commemorate this milestone event in the life of St. Paul’s, all female clergy at our church were invited to celebrate with Rev. Wittig at the altar. Additionally, only women served as altar ministers, ushers, welcome team members, lectors, and Vestry greeters that day. A commemorative memorial with more information about the history has been set up in the narthex and will be on display for the near future each Sunday. We give thanks for the ministry of the Philadelphia Eleven and all female clergy! See social media for more photos from the day!

Epiphany Spiritual Formation Opportunities

No Classes This Week Due To Annual Meeting – Classes Resume Next Week

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.

Silent Disco – 2024

LAST CALL! Silent Disco and Send-Off Party 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, as well as the send-off 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.  Along with your payment, please include the names, e-mail addresses and cell numbers for everyone covered by the payment. For those who don’t want to dance but would like to help send us off, there will once again be a send-off party, at 5:30 PM (everyone is invited and it’s FREE). For further information, contact Nancy Antonius

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.

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

A Case For Love Recap

Thank you to all who joined us at the movies this week and committed to make a case for love in 2024!

CBS News Commemorates Bishop Gene Robinson’s Consecration, the First Openly Gay Bishop & Former Bishop-in-Residence at the Church of St. Paul in the Desert

Click Here to Watch the CBS Sunday Morning Story From Last Week

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 the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, The Most Reverend Dr. Thabo Cecil Makgoba, Archbishop of Cape Town and Primate.

For the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, The Right Reverend John H. Taylor, Bishop.

For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Right Reverend Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of Trinity, Escondido.

For those commended to our prayers: Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Michael Curry, The Reverend Canon David Caffrey, Bill & Raylene Davis,  Karen Nelson, 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,  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, 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: Robert Sykes, Efrem Burton,  Bob Yeargan, Glad, Mary Briscoe, Gail Ware, Gilbert Patrik Chacon, Kevin Williams, Suzanne Budovec, Evelyn Hurst, 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 28: Lou Armentrout, Ken Ballard, Rick Gooch; January 30: Stephen Lisante, Mauricio Correa; January 31: Nate Reineke, Stephen Dixon; February 1: Lanny Tucker, Bill Murphy; February 2: David Price, Pete Smith.

For those celebrating anniversaries: January 29: Patty & Richard Kiker; January 30: David Norgard & Joseph Oppold.

For those for whom flowers have been donated: Sunday’s Altar Flowers are sponsored by Jim Bozora, in memory of Lance “Grover” Palazzo.

If you would like to sponsor altar flowers for a future Sunday honoring 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 date(s).

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 February 4, the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.

Upcoming Meetings & Events at St Paul’s

  • Sunday, January 28 – The Feast of St. Paul the Hermit (transferred) – NOTE: ONE SUNDAY SERVICE AT 9:30 AM – Parish Annual Meeting following the service – All-Parish Lunch
  • Wednesday, January 31 – 6:00 PM – Candlemas (transferred)
  • Saturday, February 3 – 5:30 PM – Silent Disco 2024 – 515 North Palm Canyon, Palm Springs
  • Sunday, February 4 – The Feast of Absalom Jones (transferred)
  • Sunday, February 11 – Celebrating The Right Reverend Barbara Harris – Jazz Mass
  • Wednesday, February 14 – Ash Wednesday – Imposition of Ashes at 12:00 Noon & 6:00 PM

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