For Sunday, July 25, 2021

Attention everyone!  We have exciting news!

On Sunday, August 8th, at the 10:30 AM service, the Wardens and Vestry of the Church of St. Paul in the Desert will announce the name of our next Rector.

It has been 32 years since we have welcomed a new rector, and it will be a momentous time in the life of our parish. There will be a special Coffee Hour following the Eucharist where together we can celebrate this joyous announcement and the work of the Transition Committee and Vestry that has led us to this moment.

We look forward to meeting and welcoming new friends and parishioners in the years to come under the guidance of our new leadership. Each of you had a part in this selection by your participation in the CAT survey that took place early in our transition process. We hope you will all embrace the excitement of the vestry as we make this announcement and move forward together in the next chapter of our journey.

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.

Calling Volunteers!

Volunteers are needed to restock pews with hymnals, Books of Common Prayer, bibles, and other worship materials, following this Sunday’s 10:30 service.  These printed materials were removed from the pews and placed in storage at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to forestall potential spread of the virus.

We are now cleared to return everything to the pew pockets and are asking those who can lend a hand to gather in the Parish Hall immediately following church, July 25.

Altar 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 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.  (The Register is also accessible in the Narthex on Sunday mornings.)  A donation of $85 for each sponsorship is suggested.

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 alanzimmerman@icloud.com.

Weekly Bible Sharing

With the Rev. Canon Eric H. F. Law

Thursday, July 29th
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 the Episcopal Church in Cuba, The Rt. Rev. Griselda Delgado Del Carpio, Bishop; for the Scottish Episcopal Church, The Most Rev. Mark Strange, Primus, and Diocesan Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness.

For the Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Jonathan H. Folts, Bishop.

For the Diocese of San Diego, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the Clergy and people of St. Mary’s in-the-Valley, Ramona; for the growth of multi-cultural ministries in our diocese.

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:  Ted, Suzanne Zada, Erich Rasimus, Eliott Kahn, Shirley Gilchrist, 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: Jeff Adair, Christopher Telles, Florence Whaley, John Grizzell, Jr., Raymond Tyson, Derez Johnson, Brian Johnson, Isaiah Benz, Ernest Payne, The Rev. Armand J. Kreft.

For those with birthdays:  July 25: Linda Futterer; July 26: Roy Seger, Ned Smith, Dale Winters, Jeffrey Coates, Charlene Langfur; July 27: Kristenza Hatch, Michael Snelling; July 28: Lena Granet; July 29: Furman Moseley, Tim Stein-Steele, Tony Ellerd; July 30: Anna Secrist, Barbara Hawkins Villani; July 31: Thomas Clarke, Marie Berkner.

For those celebrating anniversaries: July 26: Diane & Charles Hines, Tom Lutgen & Johnny Miller; July 27: James Nindel & Brian Brodowsky.

Today’s Altar flowers are given by Lucinda Hampson, in loving memory of Jeffrey John Hampson.

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 announcements@stpaulsps.org

For this Sunday’s Lectionary readings Click Here. From the calendar, select July 25th.

 

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 dokstpaulsps@gmail.com.  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

Friday
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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