For Sunday January 7, 2024

Epiphany Spiritual Formation Opportunities

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.

St. Paul’s Latino Ministry

Advent Collection of Items for Refugee Family – The Latino Ministry is collecting household items for a refugee family this winter, sponsored by the Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Service (IRIS).

The festive service for the Virgin de Guadalupe, Dec. 13th, at 6 PM, was our beginning date, but we’ll collect things until Jan. 6th, the Feast of the Epiphany (Tres Los Reyes). Contact Bonnie Stroock for more information – 760-799-9336

Kitchen items – coffee mugs, cooking utensils, potholders, kitchen towels, can/bottle opener, silverware and holder (for 8), cutting board, colander, large garbage bags, dishwasher soap, scouring pads and sponges.

Bedroom – blankets, hangers, sheet sets and pillowcases (queen, double size), laundry soap, electric clock, pillows.

Bathroom – Toothbrushes, paste, and floss, first aid kit and thermometer, towel set, soap, waste basket, shower curtain and hooks, shampoo and conditioner, lotion, toilet brush, toilet cleaner.

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.

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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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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.

Rector’s Discretionary Fund

The first Sunday of the month loose-plate offerings (i.e., general giving, not pledged giving) will be designated for the Rectors’ Discretionary Fund (sometimes referred to as “Benevolence.”) This fund is to be disbursed at the rectors’ discretion to help those in immediate need, and payments usually go directly toward the most crucial bills (rent, food, medical costs, et cetera)..

Prayers of the Church

For the Anglican Communion, and for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby; for The Scottish Episcopal Church, The Most Reverend Mark Strange, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church.

For the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real, The Right Reverend Lucinda Ashby, Bishop.

For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Right Reverend Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop. On this first Sunday of the year, pray for the congregation, for the clergy and wardens, and for all others in leadership positions – as this is the first Sunday in The Year of Leadership – with particular petitions for wisdom and guidance in the year to come. For all those being baptized and those renewing their baptismal covenant in our diocese.

For those commended to our prayers: Bonnie Stroock, Kelly Barnard, Joanne Davis, Craig Ewing, Bret Caton, Tim Johnson, Dennis Telles, Scott Jones, Karla, Haz, Paula Davis, Nancy, Glad, Paris, David Valenzuela, The Most Reverend Michael Curry,  Teri Whitmer, Sheila & Martin Nickerson, Kylie Smith, Rosemary, Quinci Vicory, Wendy Vicory, Daniel & Cynthia, 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: 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 7: Gary Gillespie, Gary Scott; January 8: George Holliday, Michael Spillane; January 9: Ed Walsh, Nathan DePetris; January 10: Stephen Holloway, Pat Ellerd, Gail Heitman; January 11: Wyatt Palmer; January 13: Suzi Osuna.

For those celebrating anniversaries: January 7: Lena & John Granet; January 9: Michel Harbin & Warren MacPherson; January 10: Barry Hagenbuch & Robert Woods.

For those for whom flowers have been donated: Today’s Altar Flowers are sponsored by Lena & John Granet, in thanksgiving for their anniversary (January 7), AND BY Warren MacPherson & Michael Harbin, in thanksgiving for their anniversary (January 9).

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 14, 2024, the Second Sunday after the Epiphany.

Upcoming Meetings & Events at St Paul’s

  • Wednesday, January 10 – 6:30-8:00 PM – Poetry for Epiphany – Choir Loft
  • Saturday, January 13 – 8:00 AM – St. Paul’s Hiking Group – Salton Sea Hike – Meet at the Church
  • Monday, January 15 – 11:00AM – Martin Luther King Jr. March & Interfaith Service – Meet at Frances Stevens Park
  • Saturday, January 20 – 6:00 PM – Premier of The Philadelphia Eleven Film – Main Church Nave
  • Sunday, January 21 – Third Sunday of Epiphany – Florence Li Tim Oi
  • 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 – Feast of St. Paul the Hermit (transferred) – Annual Meeting
    NOTE: ONE SUNDAY SERVICE AT 9:30 AM
  • Wednesday, January 31 – 6:00 PM – Candlemas (transferred)

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