For Sunday, July 3, 2022

Church Cleanup Day – A Call to Action

We have scheduled a St. Paul’s campus-wide cleanup day Saturday, July 2, and we could really use your help.  Our agenda is ambitious – we want to tackle projects that have been neglected for a long time. We are planning to clean out the Sunday School classrooms, church parlor/closets, Parish Hall pantry, the bridal room, the print shop and many other nooks and crannies on the campus. Here are the details:

  • We’ll meet in the church (in the pews) at 7:30 AM. Early = cooler!
  • If you can, bring cleaning supplies, boxes and/or garbage bags. We will need them!
  • If you like, bring coffee, water, donuts, or other snacks to share. Food = Love. ❤️
  • Your co-rectors will open with a prayer and some brief instructions, dividing us into teams.
  • Campus Care members or Vestry members will be designated as Team Leaders (to help keep us organized and on track, and to make sure we have the resources we need to do our work).
  • Whatever your physical capabilities, there will be plenty of tasks for all.
  • We will need vehicles/drivers to transport items for donation to thrift/resale stores.

We’re hoping for a large turnout on Saturday.  Please join us for what promises to be a fun time together, sprucing up our church campus to look cleaner, neater, and more attractive. Many hands make light work!

St Paul’s Parish Life Camping Ministry

The Parish Life Camping Ministry has planned a trip to Idyllwild County Campground, Tuesday, July 12 to Thursday, July 14. (NOTE – Prior communications incorrectly listed the dates of the camping trip as July 14 -16.) The cost is $15 per person ($2.00 will be added for any four-legged friends who want to join the fun).

A festive group dinner is planned for Tuesday evening. Join Rev. Dan, Rev. Jessie, and fellow campers, and enjoy the cool shade, exhilarating hikes through the pine forest, and stunning vistas at elevation 5,000 feet. If you have questions, or to RSVP, please contact Bonnie Stroock – 760.799.9336

Escape the Summer Heat with a Hike and Picnic! 

Come join St. Paul’s Hiking Group for a special summer trek and picnic on July 23, 2022, in beautiful Idyllwild Park, Idyllwild, California. We will meet at 9:00 AM in the Day Use Parking area just past the main park gate/entry kiosk. From there, we’ll embark on a leisurely three-mile walk along the Idyllwild Park Hillside Trail, from the County Regional Park Campground to the Nature Reserve. Our path will take us through forest meadow, and groves of creek-side oaks, sycamores, pines, and cedars, with beautiful vistas of the surrounding mountain ridges. After the hike, we’ll relax at a bring-your-own picnic (beverages provided).

This hike is rated “easy,” and is suitable for all ages and skill-levels – but you will need a good pair of hiking shoes or solid outdoor sport shoes with good traction. If you have trekking poles, we suggest you bring them with you.  It’s a genuine mountain trail with some sudden climbs, some rock steps, tree roots and other, typical mountain trail encounters. (It’s not a stroll along level city streets like some of our past events.) Carpools can be arranged for those in need of a ride to the park.  Your friends and family are invited to join us, and canine friends are welcome, with a leash.  There is a $6 per person fee for the park.  PLEASE BE ON TIME:  9:00 AM SHARP! (NOTE: The trip from Palm Springs to the park usually takes about 50 minutes to an hour.) Contact Nancy Antonius at for more details.

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 Tanzania, The Most Rt. Rev. Dr. Maimbo Mndolwa, Archbishop and Primate of Tanzania.

For the Episcopal Church in Haiti, The Rt. Rev. Jean Zache Duracin, Bishop.

For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of St. Paul in the Desert, Palm Springs; for all those attending the 80th General Convention in Baltimore Maryland.

A prayer for Ukraine

God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today. We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons. We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them. We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom, discernment, and compassion to guide their decisions. Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them. We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen.

The Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
The Most Revd Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York

For those commended to our prayers: Rosemary H. and family, Martin Page, James Hickman, Diana Espinoza and daughters, Josh, Nvanpan Akkaraporn-Wongnamsap, Bob, Marna & Rick Hill, Monique, Art Koski, Lisa C., Richard M., Mauricio Correa, Tom Lutgen, Brian Nealy; pray for all those affected by COVID-19: heal those who are suffering, comfort those who grieve, and strengthen those who are caring for others; pray for all those for whom no prayers have been said.

For those who have died: Shirley Macdowell, Michael Francis Lang – May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

For those with birthdays: July 3: Alex Finlay-Christensen, Shelia Brubaker, Richard Wordeman, M. Kirk Pickerel; July 4: Carolyn Etheridge, Joel Cutler; July5: Camillo Nava, Anne Pichette, Curtis Goehring; July 7: Alexis Clark, Jeffrey Ratnam, Ed Di Nicola; July 8: Arthur Rivera, Terry Garrity, Craig Coleman; July 9: Thomas McClocklin.

For those celebrating anniversaries: July 3: Mark Berry & Daniel Schmidt; July 5: Alexis & Ben Clark; July 7: Irene & Gary Gillespie; July 8: Bonnie & Fred Stroock; July 9: Jacqueline & Lee Chandrasena.

For those for whom flowers have been given:  Today’s Altar Flowers are sponsored by Jerry Di Noto, in loving memory of Ron Thomas; AND BY Tom O’Mara, in loving memory of Ronald Durkop.

For St. Paul’s Social Justice Ministry and Stewardship Ministry.

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

For next Sunday’s Lectionary readings, go to www.stpaulsps.org, and click on “This Week’s Scriptures” in the Worship Services box. From the calendar, select July 10, The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.

Mid-Week Contemplative Eucharists

Come worship with us at Evening Prayer (during the summer) or a simple spoken mass (Contemplative Eucharist) offered Wednesdays at 6:00 PM. The church will be open the hour prior (5:00-6:00 PM) for silent, socially distanced personal prayer. Come and rest.

Summer Singers

summer choir

For our summer Sundays, June 19 through September 25, I invite volunteer singers to join me in the choir “loft” to encourage and support congregational singing during the 10:30 AM liturgy. We will rehearse together Sunday mornings at 9:45, by reviewing the day’s music and singing through the full service. No vestments are required; just dress appropriately for the morning service. Come often or a few times; I would love to have you sing with me! See you at 9:45 in the “loft”!

Canon Phil, Interim Director of Music & Organist

July Book Club

The next Book Club meeting will be held Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at 1:00 PM via Zoom.  Meeting information will follow later. For July, Book Club has selected The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz. The Plot is a propulsive and suspenseful novel about a story too good not to steal, and the writer who steals it. What is the real story behind the plot, and who stole it from whom?

New members are always welcome at Book Club. For more information, please contact Alan Zimmerman at

Church flower sponsorships

Fresh flowers at the altar honor God and add to the beauty of our worship.  We invite you to consider sponsoring altar flowers (or Narthex flowers) to recognize or honor special people and events.  You can reserve your sponsorship Sunday(s) by calling the Parish Office (760.320.7488).  Or you can sign up using the Flower Sponsor Register found in the Narthex on Sunday mornings.

Sunday Service Livestreaming

St Paul Streaming Worship Services

We are livestreaming our 10:30 AM Sunday Eucharist every week. The livestream project was made possible through a generous gift from a “snowbird” member from Philadelphia who wintered in Palm Springs for many years and worshiped at St. Paul’s every Sunday. You can view the livestream on our Home Page, YouTube Channel, and Facebook Page.

Missed a service?  Or want to rewatch a liturgy? All our past services are available to watch either on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/StPaulintheDesert or on our Facebook timeline: https://www.facebook.com/stpaulinthedesert

coffee hourCoffee/Social Hour Hospitality

For those wishing to sponsor refreshments for a specific Sunday Coffee Hour, please call or stop by the Parish Office to sign up. All our hospitality procedures and protocols are subject to any CDC guidelines and mandates that Bishop Susan may put into place, depending on prevailing COVID conditions.

The Abundant Life E-List

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Episcopal Relief & Development

Episcopal Relief & Development is mobilizing with Anglican agencies and other partners to provide humanitarian assistance to people fleeing the violence in Ukraine. Working through the Action by Churches Together Alliance (ACT Alliance), Episcopal Relief & Development will provide cash, blankets, hygiene supplies and other needed assistance. Please pray for all those affected. To donate directly to Episcopal Relief & Development’s Ukraine Crisis Response Fund, visit  (https://support.episcopalrelief.org/).  If you prefer, you can donate through St. Paul’s Parish.  Be sure to designate “ERD Ukraine” on your check or cash envelope.  To date, donations processed through our church have totaled $1,918.

COVID-19 and Masking at St. Paul’s Update

Please click here to read the latest update regarding masking at St. Paul’s.

The following changes will take effect in our public worship on Sunday May 1, 2022:

+ 8:00AM – vaccine and mask required

+ 10:30AM (& Wednesday nights) – vaccine and mask strongly recommended

In addition to the changes mentioned above, the following will continue:

+ Funerals, which often have many guests from out of state, will be mask required services (we will not check for vaccinations)

+ Ushers, altar ministers, lectors, and clergy will continue to remain masked unless reading, preaching, or celebrating the Eucharist. Staff singers/choir/ensembles will continue to remain masked during the services

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