For Sunday, June 13, 2021

A Message from our Interim Rector

June 11, 2021

I am writing to you at St. Paul’s this one last time to announce my final day as Interim Rector will be June 30, a date I have already shared with the Vestry and Wardens of the Parish.  On that date, or thereabouts, we are hoping the Vestry will be issuing a call to the person who will become the new and full-time Rector of St. Paul’s.  This is the high moment of a long and arduous process in which your fellow parishioners, especially the Search Committee, have labored mightily on your behalf.  At this point it is now your Vestry that is putting in many extra hours to finalize a decision that will launch the next chapter in the history of this faith community we all care about.

To say it has been a privilege to serve you would be an understatement.  I am very grateful to have had (so unexpectedly!) one more opportunity to be a parish priest – and with a parish community I already loved and felt a part of.  Indeed, had I still been in the midst of my “career,” I would most definitely have wanted to put my hat in the ring!  Now, however, it is time for me to retire (again) and rejoice in the new thing God is doing.  Part of what went into that decision and timing is my belief that it’s very important to create some “space” between me and the next rector, to pave the way for welcoming a new pastor at St. Paul’s.

I know having been half-time has had its limitations and I do regret any omissions in ministry that may have resulted.  The pandemic seriously compromised much of what I or we might have been able to do, and yet I think, as a parish, we have done a fantastic job of staying together and keeping the important things in place.  I cannot say enough about the strong clergy team that has been a part of this picture and will continue to be with you during the summer interim period until the new rector arrives.  I will step back for now to make space and will gladly continue as a member of the parish in any way that is helpful to the rector when they are in place.

I will refrain from naming anyone for fear of inadvertently overlooking someone, but I do believe that one of the strengths of St. Paul’s is strong and firm lay leadership.  I have nothing but praise for all the wardens I have worked with these past two years – and the same goes for the parish staff.

As it says in the Scriptures, “Behold, I make all things new.”  And that is exactly what is happening now for us.  We are all part of a new beginning in the life of a unique and special parish community.  Together, let us follow the Risen Christ into a new day that is dawning in our midst.

With love and friendship,


The Rev. Canon David L. Caffrey

We Are Open for In-person Worship

For the foreseeable future, we will schedule one service on Sundays at 10:30 AM.  If you would like to attend, here is what you need to know:

  • Please make a reservation online via our OnRealm reservation portal, or by calling the church office at 320.7488, ext. 234. Provide your name, phone number and email address.  You will receive a confirmation email or phone call.  Those without a reservation will be accommodated if we are able, but we can offer no guarantees.
  • Please arrive by 10:00 AM.
  • Face masks and social distancing are required.
  • Once you arrive, you will be checked in at the entrance door (west side door closest to the street), asked to sanitize your hands and escorted to a seat by one of our service volunteers. Once seated, we ask that you remain in your seat unless you need to use the restroom.  Detailed instructions will be given at the beginning of the service; you will be asked to follow the directions of the service volunteers when it is time to receive Holy Communion.
  • You will be asked to remain seated through the postlude. Exit will be through the west side door closest to the parish hall and will be directed by the service volunteers.
  • A collection plate will be placed near the exit door where you may place an offering as you exit.

Our online services will continue for those who are unable to attend in person.

We are excited to welcome everyone back and hope to see you soon.

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.

July Book Club

The next Book Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at 1:00 PM via Zoom.  Meeting information will follow later. For July, Book Club has selected The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson. This novel follows Cussy Mary, a packhorse librarian and her quest to bring books to the Appalachian community she loves. It is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman’s belief that books can carry us anywhere — even back home.

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

St. Paul’s Camping Ministry

Cool off near Big Bear with the St. Paul’s Camping Ministry, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 21 to 23.  Up in the tall pine trees, at the shore of Jenks Lake, our campground is Barton Flats on Hwy 38, about 18 miles from Yucaipa.  Some spots are open to camp overnight (we still have room for more campers).  Day-trippers can bring a picnic and join us.  Just pay for parking ($8), Site #7.

Contact Bonnie Stroock at 760.324.7949.

June 4, 2021

Dear Parishioners,

The Search process for our new Rector is in high gear as candidates visit our church campus and Palm Springs. This photo shows Vestry and Transition Committee members enjoying a distanced dinner after an Evening Prayer service led by one of the candidates. Soon the Vestry will be in discernment to make the call. Your continued prayers for our Vestry, the transition process, the candidates and our parish are much appreciated and essential to a successful call.


Clinton L Carbon, Convener

Transition Committee

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)

Weekly Bible Sharing

With the Rev. Canon Eric H. F. Law

Thursday, June 17th
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 Church of the Province of Myanmar (Burma), The Most Rev. Stephen Than Myint Oo, Primate and Archbishop; for The Church of Nigeria, The Most Rev. Henry Chuckwudum Ndukuba, Primate and Archbishop.

For the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado, The Rt. Rev. Kimberly Lucas, Bishop.

For the Diocese of San Diego, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the congregation of The Church of St. Paul in the Desert, its clergy and lay leadership; for the city and civic leadership in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.

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:  Teri Whitmer, Laurine Di Rocco, Donna Piazza, Mary Kipe, Jeanette Hale, George, Juanita Felix, Marie and Wayne Berkner, 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: Patricia Clipper, Tanya Clipper, Pam Mihalich, Wanda Saulmon, Gary Rodney, Ruth Mathes, Travis Smith, Alta Davis, Helen Dignan.

For those with birthdays:  June 13: Terry Arnett, Will Tacchi; June 15: Chris Kelly; June 16: Jeanne Jennings; June 17: Jack Moore; June 18: Gary Koch.

For those celebrating anniversaries: June 16: Bonnie & Vern Suter; June 18: Susan & Andrew Green, Monicka Rueda & Aurora Sosa; June 19: A. J. Miller & Frank Stahl.

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 June 6th.

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

Church Office 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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