For Sunday, March 22nd
March 22, 2020
Planning Our Future Together
You should have already received an email giving you the link to the CAT (Church Assessment Tool). Please set aside a 30-minute time period so that you can complete the CAT in one sitting. We need to hear from you. Your input is critical as we move forward through the process of selecting our new rector and planning our future.
Here is the link:
Paper copies are available for those of you who do not have a computer or are uncomfortable with the online process.
We want to stress again that we need your input. And remember – your answers are anonymous. There is no way to match any assessment to an individual respondent.
The Transition Committee
The United Thank Offering
The Lord is forgiving instead of judging and generous when there is no obvious cause to be so. May we do the same. Please mail your donation or make an online contribution as a blessing to someone.
Since 1871, The Episcopal Church has gathered funds for the United Thank Offering as an expression of thanks for personal blessings. Donations underwrite grants in support of ministries in communities at home and around the world where there are no other sources of aid available. St. Paul’s ingathering for the UTO was scheduled for the services of March 21 and 22.
With the suspension of in-person worship gatherings, offerings can be mailed to the church office (designate UTO on your check or cash envelope), or donated online by going to https://stpaulsps.org/donations/ and selecting the United Thank Offering in the “Fund” field.
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 Friday. The office is closed on Mondays.
Should you call on Monday 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.