For Sunday, July 19th - Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

A Note from your Clergy

Dear Friends in Christ,

Gratitude! It is a word we haven’t heard much of recently; however, it is a word we need in our lives more than we might imagine, even in the midst of this pandemic. For what are you grateful?

I am so grateful for so much! I am grateful for my family and my friends, for my spouse – and for my dog, who keeps us both entertained. I am grateful for a roof over my head and food on my table, and a place to escape from the heat! I am grateful for my growing years when I was afforded, Naples, London, Japan, and a dairy farm in Virginia.  It was the best of all possible worlds. There are so many things that we take for granted; however, I believe, periodically, we need to take the time to remember what we have and to remember from whence it came. We need to remember that we did not receive it all on our own, but through God who has given us talents, skills, and abilities.

Most important is a general attitude of gratitude, always and in all places. Think about all that you have and be grateful!

I am grateful for all of you, and you remain in my prayers as we live through this difficult time together. Stay safe. Wear your mask.


The Rev. Canon Victoria T. Hatch

Be informed – know your risk during COVID-19

We borrowed this risk chart from the Texas Medical Association.  It is intended as a guide, prepared by physician experts, to help people make smart and educated choices of activities to pursue amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  The chart was prepared by the TMA COVID-19 Task Force and the TMA Committee on Infectious Diseases.  Please assume that participants in these activities are following currently recommended safety protocols when possible.

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Weekly Bible Sharing

With the Rev. Canon Eric H. F. Law

Thursday, July 16th
12:00 p.m.

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Book Club is Zooming!

The next Book Club meeting will be held Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at 1:00 PM, via Zoom; meeting logistics to follow.

For August, Book Club has selected Redhead by the Side of the Road: A Novel by Anne Tyler. This book is an intimate look into the heart and mind of a man who finds those around him just out of reach, a funny and compassionate story about seeing the world through new eyes.

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

Daughters of the King Prayer List

Members of the Order of the Daughters of the king make a pledge to a life-long program of Prayer, Service, and Evangelism, dedicated to the spread of Christ’s kingdom and the strengthening of the spiritual life of their parish.  St. Paul’s Order of the Daughters of the King chapter, like other chapters around the country and the world, maintains a confidential prayer list, praying daily for our family, friends, congregation, and the world.

If you would like to ask the Daughters to pray for you or someone else, email your requests to The names will remain on the list for a month and can be renewed each month with another request.  Confidentiality of this list means that names on our list are not shared beyond our chapter members and Chaplain.  Questions? Contact Patty Kiker, 214.497.3334

Prayers of the Church

For the Anglican Communion, and for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby, and for the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea, The Most Rev. Allan Migi, Archbishop of Papua New Guinea. 

For the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem, The Rt. Rev. Kevin D. Nichols, Bishop.

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

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:  Glen Noteboom, Marie & Wayne Berkner, Joseph Bielanski, Nancy Martinez, Donna Saunders, Mike & Julie, Amanda Richard, Betty Muhleck, Brian Nealy, Barbara Nussbaum, Norma Westaway, and for all those for whom no prayers have been said.

For those who have died: Joseph LaPaglia, Tom Schott, Theresa Sweeny.

For those with Birthdays:  July 19: Barry Hagenbuch, Leanne DiBella; July 20: Ramon Thomas Barajas; July 21: Janet Finnegan-Kelly; July 23: Raymond Russell; July 24: Amelia Grinstead; July 25: Linda Futterer.

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

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 19th.

In Memoriam

Joseph LaPaglia died July 1, 2020, in Hemet, CA.

July 13, 2020

This outline was used first in March, 2019 during a Vestry retreat, and was revised in January, 2020, following much good work by St. Paul’s, and during the diocesan staff transition from The Rev. Dr. Laura Sheridan-Campbell, Director of Formation and Transition to The Rev. Canon Gwynn Lynch, new Canon to the Ordinary.  Following the January 25 Transition Committee retreat, Canon Gwynn is guiding the leadership of St. Paul through the completion of their call of a new rector.  This revised outline reflects progress to date, as well as revisions of the process moving forward.  Dates are approximated and are subject to revision and adjustment as needed.

Phase I – Lay the Foundation

April 7, 2019: Departure of Andrew and Susan Green

May 2019: Interim Rector Called

November 2019: Search begins for Transition Committee

November 28, 2019: Committee Called

January 26, 2020: Committee Commissioned

December 2019: Budget for Call Process Established

Phase II – Embrace Transition

January 25, 2020: Transition Committee Retreat

February 2020: Communications Sub-Committee Established

March 2020: Selection of File-Sharing System

March 7, 2020: Listening Session #1

March 8, 2020: CAT Survey through March 28

May 1: Email Listening Session #2 through May 22

Phase III – Search Process

April 1 – June 30, 2020: Parish Profile and OTM Written

June 2020: Diocesan Business/HR Review

July 31, 2020: Parish Profile and OTM posting on Diocesan Website

August 1 – September 15, 2020: Applications Received

September 22-29, 2020: Discernment for Video Interviews

October 5-9, 2020: Video Interviews

October 12-16, 2020: Discernment for In-Person Interviews

October 21- November 11, 2020: Candidate Visits

November 12, 2020: List of Finalists presented to Vestry at Vestry Meeting

December 1, 2020: Senior Warden issues a Call

Phase IV– Thank Interim, Welcome Rector and begin new chapter

TBD: Final Details to begin Immediately after the Call is made

A Gift of Prayer for Transition from the Daughters of the King: Almighty and ever living God, hear our prayers for this parish family. You renewed us during Advent to receive Christ’s presence and You are preparing our parish for a renewed mission and vision. We thank you for the leadership of our interim rector, our Vestry and the members of our Transition Committee. We invite you, Holy Spirit, to guide and empower us and our Transition Committee as we begin the tasks of choosing a new rector for this parish. Grant that these servants become faithful companions to each other, to the vestry and to this Parish. We pray that you grant all of us the wisdom and discernment to choose a faithful pastor, who will help us continue to share the abundant life of Jesus Christ. This we pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

View the Transition Updates Archive

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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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.

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.

Church Office Hours

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the Parish Office is closed to the public until further notice.

Office phone: 760.320.7488

If you call, please leave a message.  In case of emergencies, a priest will return your call.

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.

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