For Sunday, July 17, 2022

Escape the Summer Heat with a Hike and Picnic! 

NOTE! Sunday, July 17 is the deadline for registering.
The sign-up sheet is in the Narthex.

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.)

Questions? Contact Nancy Antonius at for more details.

Calling All Current Circle Supper Members! 

This is to remind all Circle Supper members our “Big Dinner” at Billy Reed’s will be held Tuesday, August 9, starting at 5:30 PM, and we would like to know if you will attend.  Please RSVP to Nancy Antonius at no later than Sunday, July 31. (The restaurant will want a confirmed headcount.) Also, Current Members, please let Nancy know if you do not plan to participate in the Circle Supper Ministry in 2022-23.

Calling All New or Prospective Circle Supper Members!  If you’re interested in checking out this fun ministry for the upcoming Season, here’s a bit of information that you may want to consider:

“Circle Suppers” are gatherings of small groups of parishioners (10-12) who meet monthly to socialize – usually while sharing a meal – to get to know each other better.  These “Suppers” are typically held in members’ homes or local restaurants – but can happen anywhere that’s comfortable and conducive to relaxed conversation.  Circle Supper gatherings have no assigned reading and no prescribed (or proscribed) topics of conversation.  They are purely and simply about building friendships across a large parish where many people, new and old, see their fellow parishioners rarely, or not at all. The goal is to nurture friendships and have fun.   It’s that simple.

To sign up as a member of Circle Suppers for 2022-23, please contact Nancy by August 14.  There is also a sign-up sheet in the Narthex.

Greater Palm Springs Realtors Food Drive


Co-rectors’ Summer Vacation

Rev. Jessie and Rev. Dan will be taking some time off later this month to enjoy a bit of vacation R & R.  Beginning Sunday, July 17th, they will be “on holiday” for the next couple of weeks, or so. Please keep them in your prayers as they travel, rest and refresh.

While they’re away, there will always be a Priest on Call to assist with any emergency situations.  We are blessed to have the Reverends Frank Dunn, Steve Huber and Louise Macatee available to cover pastoral duties, when needed, during this time.

Prayers of the Church

For the Anglican Communion, and for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby; for The Episcopal Church, The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate.

For the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, The Rt. Rev. William H. Stokes, Bishop.

For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of St. Bartholomew’s, Poway; for the children and teachers of St. Bartholomew’s Preschool; for all bishops attending the Lambeth Conference.

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 Victims of Gun Violence

God of peace, we remember all those who have died in incidents of mass gun violence in this nation’s public and private spaces.  May the souls of all innocent victims, through Your mercy, find eternal safety and rest. We pray for all who are hospitalized, and we lift all families who are facing ordeal and turmoil, placing them in your loving arms. And we give thanks for all first responders and medical specialists who intervene to save so many lives. We implore your divine help, O God, for our nation at this time. Amen

For those commended to our prayers: Marie Ratnam, Joe Christopher, 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., 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: Mary Kipe, Joe Migocki, Robert Botley, Sr., 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 17: Wayne Berkner; July 18: Tom Lutgen; July 19: Barry Hagenbuch.

For those celebrating anniversaries: July 17: Raymond Gregory & Eric Ornelas, Bill LaMarche & David Valenzuela; July 21: Janice & Griff Linsenmayer; July 23: Linda & Werner Futterer.

For those for whom flowers have been donated: Today’s Altar Flowers are sponsored by Bonnie & Fred Stroock, in thanksgiving for their 50th Anniversary (July 8).

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 17, The Sixth 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

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

Book Club

The Book Club will not meet in August.

The next Book Club meeting will be held Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at 1:00 PM, via Zoom.  Meeting information will follow later. For September, Book Club has selected Middlemarch by George Eliot.  George Eliot’s timeless masterpiece, considered to be the greatest novel in the English language, examines provincial life in Victorian England.

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.

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

If you are not a current subscriber to our weekly electronic newsletter, it’s easy to sign up.  Just go to www.stpaulsps.org, scroll down to find “Join Our E-Mail List,” enter your email address – and you’re all set.  You will receive the newsletter each week, usually on Fridays.

If the newsletter ends up in your spam/junk folder, simply add to your email address book.

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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