For Sunday, March 21, 2021

Adult Faith Building

Celtic Christian Spirituality has ancient roots and yet it is still incredibly relevant. For some, it is shrouded in legend and perhaps even a bit of romance, but the lands of the Celts have produced a surprising number of spiritual guides and saints (ancient and contemporary).

This 5-week ZOOM class on Tuesday nights (APR 6, 13, 27, MAY 4, 11) is a pilgrimage into one of the best examples of everyday spirituality. Celtic wisdom and poetry ​encourage us to recognize the holy all around us.

If you are looking to deepen your own spirituality, this is an opportunity to drink from the holy wells of ancient myths and folklore and discover how the blessings of this wisdom tradition can bring us meaning, purpose, and guidance. Only 10 spots available. Register by calling the church office 760.320.7488 ext. 222.



The Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija

Social Justice Ministry welcomes your clothing donations!

Lena Granet is still collecting clothing and sneakers for the Anthony Flores Memorial Clothing Drive.  Smaller sizes and sneakers are especially needed but clothing and shoe donations of all sizes are gladly accepted and appreciated.  You can contact Lena at or 760.322.2179 to arrange for a drop-off.

April Book Club

The next Book Club meeting will be held Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at 1:00 PM via Zoom.  Meeting access information will follow later.

For April, Book Club has selected The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. The Four Winds is a sweeping novel that brings to life the Great Depression as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation. It is a testament to hope, resilience, and the strength of the human spirit to survive adversity and an indelible portrait of the American dream.

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

St Paul’s Hiking Club

Save the Date!  St Paul’s Hiking Club will be hosting a walking tour of Riverside, Saturday, April 10th, led by Chris Kelly.  Specific details to follow.

Those who joined us in Redlands recently know what an interesting and informative tour Chris gave us there.  Riverside will be no different. If you would like to join us, contact Nancy Antonius at As always, family and friends are welcome.

March 12, 2021

Dear Parishioners,

This update contains our working list of major milepost dates remaining in our search for the Ninth Rector of The Church of St. Paul in the Desert. The timeline represents our best planning for the work we have left to do.  As with all timelines, these dates can change.  Factors such as COVID-19 protocols (local, state, and national), candidate availability, travel restrictions and arrangements, diocesan approvals as well as fluctuation in time to process and discern additional information, as it becomes available, could affect our ability to maintain this schedule.  Please continue to check the Transition Updates section of the Abundant Life Newsletter or the Rector Search area of our website for up-to-date information.

Phases I, II and part of Phase III have been completed.  This update begins with dates for 2021.

Thank you for your continued support. Please remember the team and the Parish in your prayers.

The Transition Committee


Phase III – Search Process

January 15, 2021: Parish Profile/OTM postings and Episcopal News Service ad placed

February 26, 2021: Applications period closed

February 27-March 26, 2021: Reading of applications and support documentation

March 27, 2021: Discernment for video interviews

March 28-April 5, 2021: Arrange video interviews

April 6-23, 2021: Zoom video interviews

May 1, 2021: Discernment of Zoom interviews

May 10-June 11, 2021: In-person candidate visits to Palm Springs

June 17, 2021: List of finalists to Vestry

On or before July 1, 2021: Senior warden issues a Call

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

To be decided: Final details to follow immediately after the Call is made.

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)

View the Transition Updates Archive

Weekly Bible Sharing

With the Rev. Canon Eric H. F. Law

Thursday, March 25th
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; pray for The Church of England.

 For the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan, The Rt. Rev. Whayne M. Hougland, Jr., Bishop.

For the Diocese of San Diego, The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of Trinity, Escondido; for all who are discerning a call to holy orders.

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:  Marie Berkner, John Roy, Dana Pollard, Ruth Mathes, 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: Michael Knudsen, Barbara Beach, Rosie Anderson, Clifford Anderson, Gloria Smith, Noel Smith, MD, Tenet Ferguson, Bishop Charlie Simmons, Maurice Wright, LaGretta Harris.

In Memoriam . . .We are saddened to learn of the death of Michael (Mike) Knudsen, husband of the Rt. Rev. Chilton Knudsen, Assisting Bishop in the Diocese of Washington, DC.  Mike died March 9 in Catonsville, Maryland.  Bishop Chilton served as Visiting Clergy at St. Paul’s for six weeks in 2011.

For those with birthdays:  March 21: Kristy Nugent; March 22: Robert Woods; March 23: Mary Wyton; March 24: Lee Chandrasena, Louis Thibault, Al Sophianopoulos, Patty Kiker; March 25: Paul Martinkovic, Gary Johnson, Viola Whiting, Stan Deller, David Livingston; March 26: The Rev. Canon Victoria Hatch, Anthony Garcia, Neal Nussbaum; March 27: Glen Calvin, Dolores Dougherty.

For those celebrating anniversaries: March 22: Dee Dee & Greg Barton; March 26: Sarah & Shaun Olson.

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 March 21st.

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

In Memoriam

Michael (Mike) Knudsen
We are saddened to learn of the death of Michael (Mike) Knudsen, husband of the Rt. Rev. Chilton Knudsen, Assisting Bishop in the Diocese of Washington, DC.  Mike died March 9 in Catonsville, Maryland.  May his soul rest in Peace and rise in Glory.  Amen

(Many will remember Bishop Chilton served as Visiting Clergy at St. Paul’s for six weeks in 2011.)

Help Wanted: Live Stream Production/Technical Director

We are seeking a part-time Live Stream Production Director to work approximately 3½ hours on Sundays broadcasting our worship services.  Qualified candidates must be tech savvy, proficient in OBS Studio, and able to handle a simple three camera set-up (two stationary and one on remote control).

Candidates are NOT required to be Episcopalian – or even religious – but be willing to learn the format of our services.  Compensation is commensurate with experience.  Additional opportunities exist in live streaming weddings, funerals and other events.

If you know of anyone who might be qualified and interested, please ask them to contact Steve Moore at

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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