For Sunday March 24, 2024

Palm Sunday Preparations

Join us this Saturday in the Parish Hall from 10AM-11AM to help strip the palm branches so that they are ready for distribution on Palm Sunday. Unlike many other places, we do not get our palm branches shipped in. We take palm branches from our property and clean them up so they are ready to be waved during the liturgy. If you can help us get ready, please stop on by!

1PS Event March 23rd

Come in your St. Paul’s T-shirt and be a parish ambassador at the 15th annual 1PS neighborhood event at Ruth Hardy Park. Over 1100 residents and dozens of community organizations, businesses, and agencies share about the good work they do in the community. Help us to get the word out about Easter services and have a good time doing it. To participate, sign up at the Welcome Table or call the Parish Office at 760.320.7488.


Don’t miss Easter Vigil! This is the central liturgy of the entire church year and tells the entire story of the Christian faith in one service. In addition to the Easter fire, processions by candlelight, incense, and moving readings, the service will also feature combined members of the St. Paul and St. Margaret choirs. The anthem will be John Rutter’s “Christ the Lord is Risen Again,” and St. Margaret’s choirmaster/organist, Douglas Leightenheimer, will play everyone’s favorite Easter postlude: the Widor Toccata from Symphony No. 5.

Bring your bells or keys or anything to make noise at the Great Alleluia!
Champagne toast and reception to follow in the Parish Hall.

The Church of St. Paul in the Desert Legacy Society
2nd Annual Induction Gala

On Pink Sunday evening, over 60 people attended the 2nd Annual Legacy Society Induction Event. 11 new members were inducted as we heard a powerful reminder of the purpose of the Legacy Society from our guest speaker, the Rev. Dr. David Norgard. We also spent time honoring the 5 charter members who passed away this past year: Duane “Dirk” Beach-Barrow, Roy Cody, Steve Lind, Antone “AJ” Miller, and Bob Yeargan.

We give thanks for the generosity of all who have made a provision in their wills to fund St. Paul’s future ministries in perpetuity. If you would like to attend next year’s event, please email and we will get you information on how to officially become a Legacy Society member.

Security Grant Update: Lighting Work Continues

March Vestry Meeting Update

+ The Vestry approved additional funding to be used to begin work on the next phase of the Security Grant project. This money will be reimbursed from the State of California once the process is completed.

+ The Vestry approved funding to hire a consultant to help us with stewardship development. As our parish grows in size, we need help in figuring out how to sustainably fund all the different ministries that will be a part of our parish’s future.

+ The Vestry approved a lease for a new printer. Our old printer is on its last leg (you may have noticed some red streaking on pages recently) and we needed to come up with a more permanent solution to print all the materials that help with liturgy, spiritual formation, mailings, and committee meetings. Various solutions were presented by our Parish Administrator and Office Volunteers to the appropriate Standing Committees: Campus Care Committee & Finance Committee. These committees then made a recommendation to the Vestry on a decision. Special thanks to all who worked diligently on ensuring a smooth process so that our printing needs will be met into the future.

Latino Ministry Art Afternoon

The Latino Ministry invites you to spend an art afternoon in Riverside, Sunday, April 7. We will carpool after St. Paul’s 10:30 worship service to visit the Cheech Museum and the Riverside Art Museum. Reservations are made through Request 2:00 PM admission. Cost: $15.95 per person, $10.95 seniors. For more information, call Bonnie Stroock: 760.799.9336.

St. Paul’s Book Club

The Book Club will meet next on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at 2:00 PM, in the Library at St. Paul’s. The selection for April is The World and All That It Holds by Aleksandar Hemon. This story showcases Aleksandar Hemon’s celebrated talent at its pinnacle. As the Archduke Franz Ferdinand arrives in Sarajevo on a sunny June day in 1914, Rafael Pinto is busy crushing herbs and grinding tablets behind the counter at the pharmacy he inherited from his estimable father. It’s not quite the life he had expected during his poetry-filled student days in sophisticated, libertine Vienna—but it’s nothing a dash of laudanum from the high shelf, a summer stroll, and idle fantasies about passersby can’t help. And then the world explodes. War devours all that they have known, and the only thing Pinto has to live for are the attentions and affection of Osman, a fellow soldier, a man of action to complement Pinto’s introspective, poetic soul; a dapper, charismatic storyteller; Pinto’s protector and his lover. Together, Pinto and Osman will escape the trenches, survive near-certain death and imprisonment, tangle with spies and Bolsheviks, over mountains and across deserts, from one world to another.

For more information contact Alan Zimmerman ().

St. Paul’s Hiking Club – Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

The Hiking Club will be going to a location everyone in the desert should visit at least once, if not many, many times: the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve in Morongo Valley, an easy half-hour drive from Palm Springs.  This surprising wetland in the Little San Bernardino Mountains is one of the ecological and scenic jewels on the Sand-to-Snow National Monument – a dense oasis of cottonwoods and desert willows filled with unique desert plants and wildlife.  Beloved by local birdwatchers, there is also a good chance of seeing mule deer, bighorn sheep, coyote and even the occasional black bear on these trails.

The Preserve also has some small trail closures due to the recent storms, but we will avoid them and piece together a very enjoyable route of around 2-2.5 miles.  The trail is easy and well-maintained overall, with a nice mixture of sun and shade and one or two moderate climbs with an elevation change of between 400-500 feet. As always, everyone should carry at least a liter of water and wear good walking shoes with hard rubber treads for traction. Trekking poles or walking sticks are not required but may be useful for any needing extra stability.

We will meet at the Preserve on April 13, 2024, at 8:30 a.m. sharp. – please be on time.  We will send out an email with any updates and (simple) driving instructions, to all who have signed up as the date approaches.  If you haven’t yet RSVP’d, please let Nancy () know you’re coming.  And don’t hesitate to let either of us know if there are any questions.

If you have been there before or if this will be your first time, we look forward to having you join us on this unique and scenic hike.  See you there!

Chris Kelly ()

Prayers of the Church

For the Anglican Communion, and for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby; for The Church of the Province of West Africa, The Most Reverend Cyril Kobina Ben-Smith, Archbishop and Primate.

For the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane, The Right Reverend Dr. Gretchen M. Rehberg, Bishop.

For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Right Reverend Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of Church of the Good Shepherd, Hemet.

For those commended to our prayers: Suzi Osuna, Lucinda Hampson, Suzi Osuna, David Crandall, Dana Gunning, Andy Johnson, Mark Austin, George Barros, Jim Crumby, David Smitherman, Layla Alexia, Richard, Patrick, Donald, Cindy Jiovani, Paul Mattaliano, Michael Marguet, Delores Swanson, JoEllen Doering, George Doering, Jeffrey Ratnam, Randy Hoepfner, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Chelse Manning, the family of Tracy Conair, Gary Grant, Charla, Nesbitt Hatch, Jerry Morrissey, Scott Jones, James Rougely, Cedric Rougely, John Hollis, Brooke Wolford, Howard Cecil, Michael Neill, Vern Marken, Henry Clock, Justin & Ashlee Thiessen, Spencer & Connie Thiessen, Garrison Turgoose, Sheila Heath, Terry Garrity, Rus Butler, Joe Christopher, Hap Blaisdell, David Valenzuela, Amelia Grinstead, Chloe Grace Wilson Barton, Marilyn De Silva Currie, Greg Gowdy, Tom Lutgen; pray for all those for whom no prayers have been said.

For those who have died: Gary Dahl, Marvin Williams, Frances Williams, The Reverend Tom Kennedy, Dr. William C. Swanson, Tracy Conair, Steve Lind, Kenn Catterlin, Andrew Hollinger, The Reverend Brian Bajari, Leona Hille Erickson, Janice Brackens. Rest eternal grant to these, your servants, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

For those with birthdays: March 24: Lee Chandrasena, Patty Kiker; March 25: Paul Martinkovic, Gary A. Johnson, Viola Whiting, Stanley Deller, David Livingston; March 26: The Reverend Canon Victoria T. Hatch, Neal Nussbaum; March 27: Glen Calvin, Dolores Dougherty; March 28: Andrew Trofka; March 29: Kimberly Yang, Chris Rigos; March 30: Carl Wolter.

For those celebrating their anniversary: 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 . The weekly print deadline is Wednesday noon.

For next Sunday’s Lectionary readings, go to and click on March 31, the Sunday of the Resurrection: EASTER SUNDAY.

Upcoming Meetings & Events at St Paul’s

  • Sunday, March 24 – Palm/Passion Sunday
  • Tuesday, March 26 – Daughters of the King – 1:30 PM, Closed Meeting for members; 2:00 PM, Open Meeting; Noonday prayer and discussion of Lenten study for all interested women – Parish Hall Conference Room
  • Wednesday March 27 – Monthly Sundries Distribution – First Shift 9:30AM-11:30AM; Second Shift 11:30AM-1PM
  • Wednesday, March 27 – 12:00 PM & 6:00 PM – Stations of the Cross
  • Thursday, March 28 – 6:00 PM – Maundy Thursday / Altar of Repose
  • Friday, March 29 – 12:00 PM (spoken) & 6:00 PM (sung) – Good Friday
  • Saturday, March 30 – 8:00 PM – Easter Vigil – St. Paul & St. Margaret Joint Choir
  • Sunday, March 31 – Easter Day – 7:30 AM (spoken), 9:00 AM (family), 11:00 AM (choir)
  • Tuesday, April 2 – 2:00 PM – Book Club – “The World and All That It Holds” – Library
  • Sunday, April 7 – Easter I – The Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija – Celebrant & Preacher

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