For Sunday, July 18, 2021

COVID Update from the office of our Bishop

Bishop Susan has lifted many COVID restrictions pertaining to the way we can now worship together, following the advice of the Diocesan Public Health Task Force.  Reservations, occupancy limits and social distancing are no longer required.  We will continue to ask that you wear a mask while on the church campus if you have not been vaccinated (but we will not require verification).  For now, Communion will be administered with bread only.  Sharing a common chalice is still not permitted.  More information will be forthcoming as it is available.

Latino Ministries

St. Paul’s Latino Ministry Committee invites church members to join a meeting / dinner on Monday, July 19 at 6:00 PM, at the home of Bonnie Stroock, 254 Loch Lomond,  Rancho Mirage,  92270.  Come and discuss our fall program, eat enchiladas, and read a Spanish Compline service.

RSVP at 760.324.7949.

August Book Club

The next Book Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at 1:00 PM via Zoom.  Meeting access information will follow later. For August, Book Club has selected Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro. Klara, an Artificial Friend, a robot, with outstanding observational qualities, is the narrator of this novel set in the uncomfortably near future. Seeing the world from Klara’s point of view is to be reminded what it looks like when viewed through technology.

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

Altar flower sponsorships

Fresh flowers at the altar honor God and add to the beauty of our worship.  Now that we have resumed in-person services on Sundays, we invite you to consider sponsoring altar 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 stop by the office and browse through the Flower Sponsor Register to see which weeks are available.  A donation of $85 for each sponsorship is suggested.

Weekly Bible Sharing

With the Rev. Canon Eric H. F. Law

Thursday, July 22nd
12:00 p.m.

Join via Zoom: Click here to join meeting.

Or, join by phone: (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 841 2829 0982

Prayers of the Church

For the Anglican Communion, and for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon Justin Welby; for Eglise Anglicane du Rwanda, The Most Rev. Laurent Mbanda, Archbishop of L’Eglise Episcopal au Rwanda and Bishop of Shyira.

For the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota, The Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely, Bishop Provisional.

For the 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 our Parish in Transition: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (BCP p. 818)

For those commended to our prayers:  Pat Lutgen, The Rev. Vern Suter, Ralph Villani, Duane “Dirk” Beach-Barrow, Tony Picozzi, Chris Hilton, 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: John Grizzell, Jr., Raymond Tyson, Derez Johnson, Brian Johnson, Isaiah Benz, Ernest Payne, The Rev. Armand J. Kreft, Juanita Felix.

For those with birthdays:  July 18: Tom Lutgen; July 19: Barry Hagenbuch, Leanne DiBella; July 21: Janet Finnegan-Kelly; July 24: Amelia Grinstead.

For those celebrating anniversaries: July 23: Linda & Werner Futterer; July 24: Karen & Ron Shepherd.

Today’s Altar flowers are given to the Glory of God in thanksgiving for our devoted Assisting Clergy.

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 this Sunday’s Lectionary readings Click Here. From the calendar, select July 18th.


View the Transition Updates Archive

Pray for our Parish in Transition: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (BCP p. 818)

Daughters of the King Prayer List Requests

St. Paul’s Order of the Daughters of the King chapter maintains a confidential prayer list, praying daily for our families, friends, congregation, and the world. If you would like to ask the Daughters to pray for you or someone else, email your requests to  Confidentiality of this list means that names on our list are not shared beyond our chapter members and Chaplain.

Questions? Contact Patty Kiker, 214.497.3034

Parish Office Summer Hours

The Parish Office is now open for business as usual and observing regular summer office hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM; 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

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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.

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.

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.

Fraud Email Alert

A recurring threat to churches is email-based impersonation scams targeting key personnel. The scheme involves cybercriminals mimicking clergy or other staff through the use of phishing emails. Criminals typically pose as personnel in positions of authority and ask victims to perform money transfers, pay invoices, or to send the attacker sensitive data. Scammers will often manipulate the “from” email address and name so that it appears to be coming from someone you know.

Churches and dioceses across The Episcopal Church and across other denominations have been a target of these email impersonation attacks. Scammers use a free email account (such as Gmail) and register it with an impersonated name. They then send an email to an unsuspecting recipient asking for immediate help in order to get a task done (such as purchasing a gift card or wiring money). Attention to detail can be a lot of help in combating cases of impersonation. Users should check sender details carefully. Any suspicious email message should be investigated before replying. Also, proper attention should be given to the message content, including attachments and URLs.

While there is no way to stop these scams, you can minimize risk by taking these steps:

  • Check the return email address. If the address doesn’t match the name of the sender, be wary.
  • Never open attachments from unknown sources.
  • Be wary of generically addressed emails like “Dear Friend” or Dear Customer.”
  • If there are links in the email, hover over them without clicking on them. This will show where the link will actually take you.
  • Be wary of email with grammatical or spelling errors in the text.
  • Check the address at the bottom of the email. If it says ”Pastor Jim” and Jim never goes by “Pastor,” it’s fake.

Finally, if after all these steps it looks safe and the sender is asking for money or access to secure data, call the person directly to get verification.

Your best defense for this is to simply delete the email; do not click on any links or reply to the sender.

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