For Sunday, July 21st

A message from the Episcopal bishops in California

“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” – Matthew 18:5

Separation of Families: What You Can Do!

We, the bishops of the Episcopal Church in California, write to express our opposition to the inhumane conditions in which our government is holding migrant children. Our commitment to our Christian faith compels us to speak out for justice and care for the most vulnerable.

Please click this link to read the complete document with many ideas of how we can help the refugees at our borders:

In addition to the organizations named in the Bishops’ letter, you can also donate desperately needed clothing and some food items at the San Diego shelter for asylum seekers. Contact Good Samaritan Episcopal Church ( to donate money for clothing, phone cards, or travel funds for asylum seekers. Send your check to Good Samaritan with “refugee relief” indicated in the subject line.

Jerry Di Noto commissioned as Lay Pastor

Last week we recognized the ministry of Jerry Di Noto, who has been commissioned to a special task as Lay Pastor and Catechist in the service of Jesus Christ.

A Lay Pastor is a person authorized by the Bishop to exercise pastoral and/or administrative responsibility in a congregation under circumstances as defined by the Bishop. Duties include Pastoral Care and Outreach, Visitations, Anointing and Administration of Reserved Sacrament. Jerry is also authorized to serve as the Catechist, who prepares candidates for sacramental reception.

We pledge our prayers, encouragement and support to Jerry as he assumes these new responsibilities.

Women’s Sacred Circle

Women of St. Paul’s are welcome to join the Women’s Sacred Circle, which shares and studies women’s unique place in Christ’s Kingdom through scripture, prayer and contemporary and historical literature.

Meetings are scheduled for Thursdays at 2:00 PM. Meeting locations vary.

Please call Audrey Spencer (760.835.5506) or Sharon Strong (760.285.8910) for more information.

Alzheimer’s Coachella Valley (ACV)

The Dementia Caregiver Support Group at St Paul’s is off to a great start. This Support Group will meet every Tuesday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM in an air-conditioned room in the Parish Hall.

ACV is a nonprofit agency based in Palm Desert. Its goal is to provide support for patients, care partners and families as they navigate the myriad changes inherent in dementia-related conditions. For more information, please see the program flyer or call Chuck Olsen, ACV Support Group Facilitator, at 760.667.3100.

As a reminder, the weekly meetings are intended for care givers only.

Annual Camping Trip

The Annual St. Paul’s Camping Trip will be August 9 to 11 at Black Rock Campground in Joshua Tree National Park. It promises to be a fun weekend of campfires, short hikes and a great Saturday dinner. The stars will be shining bright and the temperatures will be cool and refreshing.

Contract Bonnie Stroock to RSVP at 760.324.7949

Social Justice – Gun Violence/Safety

We are half-way through 2019 and, according to Gun Violence Archive, there have been 218 mass shootings and 7,402 people have been killed through gun violence. That is 1.4 mass shootings and 46 people killed per day. This behavior continues to increase each year. Please contact our elected representatives and encourage them to continue their fight against gun violence.

Senator Diane Feinstein:
Senator Kamala Harris:
Representative Raul Ruiz:

Also, consider supporting one of the organizations listed below.

Brady Campaign:
Guns Down:
Moms Demand Action:
Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence: Faiths United Wiki

Parish Life Book Club

Our Parish Life Book Club is in summer recess and will not meet in August. Their next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, September 3rd.

For more information please contact Alan Zimmerman at

In Memoriam

Betty Berryman
Service: Saturday July 20th 11:00 at St. Paul’s

Gini Bottomley
Service: Tuesday July 30th 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s

Christine Castillon

Kathira Friend

Mary Harris

Robert Jackson

Jean Lacy

Erskine Wood

Adult Faith Formation

Sundays at 9:15 AM in the Library: The Episcopal Café
The Adult Faith Building Program offers courses, workshops, lectures and discussion groups on varied theological, biblical and spirituality topics.

Sundays in July

7/21: Hospitality: Reflection on Genesis 18:1-10a
Led by Jerry Di Noto

7/28: Ask and you will receive? Reflection on Genesis 18:20-32 & Luke 11:1-13
Led by Craig Ewing

Sundays in August

8/4: Your Hidden Life Now: Reflection on Colossians 3:1-11
Led by The Rev. Canon David Caffrey

8/11: Faith, Assurance & Conviction: Reflection on Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Led by Alan Zimmerman

8/18: Surrounded by Superheroes: Reflection on Hebrews 11:29-12:2
Led by Audrey Spencer

8/25: Take a Sabbath break: Reflection on Isaiah 58:9b-14
Led by Gary Scott

Tuesdays at 6:00 – 7:30 PM, in the Library

The Tuesday evening Faith Building sessions are in summer recess and will resume on Tuesday, September 3rd.

Coffee Hour after Services

We hope you will join us for coffee and conversation in the Parish Hall following our Sunday morning services.

Please consider volunteering to be a Coffee Hour Host sometime. It can be a great way to honor and celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion. There are still many Sundays available. The Sunday Hospitality Sign-Up Book is on the table at the Parish Hall entrance.

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

Office Hours are 9 am – 4:30 pm Tuesday through Thursday and 9 am – 11:30 am Friday. The office is closed on Mondays.

Should you call on Monday or Friday afternoon when we are closed to the public, please leave a message. In case of an emergency, a priest will return your call.

Sunday Worship Childcare

Childcare is available during the 10:30 a.m. service.

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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