For Sunday, March 29th

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 and selecting the United Thank Offering in the “Fund” field.

March 29, 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 link will continue to work through this coming Saturday, March 28.  If you completed a paper survey, that survey should be returned postmarked no later than Saturday, March 28.

Questions? Contact Gary Scott (; 760.218.3180) or Clinton Carbon (

Many thanks,
The Transition Committee

View the Transition Updates Archive

Weekly Bible Sharing

With the Rev. Canon Eric H. F. Law
We’re taking our Bible sharing sessions online. Join Us!

Thursday, April 2nd
12:00 p.m.

Join via Zoom:

Or, join by phone: (408) 638-0968
Meeting ID: 101-690-960#

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 in Mbamili (Nigeria), The Rt. Rev. Henry Okeke, Bishop, in Wau (South Sudan), The Most Rev. Moses Deng Bol, Bishop, and in Ibba (South Sudan), The Rt. Rev. Wilson Elias Kamani, Bishop.

For the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, Bishop.

For the Diocese of San Diego, The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; pray for the Clergy and people of St. John’s, Fallbrook, and 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:  Pedro Jose Rivera, Betty Muhleck, Luis, Joanne, Melissa Franklin, Courtney Pavelak, Rob Adams, Brian Nealy, Barbara Nussbaum, Norma Westaway, Bob Richter, George & Sandy Piccardi, Dale Noble, Eugene, Margie O’Brien, Joanna Hinks, Friederike Jost, Shirley Gilchrist, Bonnie Robinson, Gail Walker, The Rev. Canon Eric Law, Robert Beach-Barrow, Ray Tackett, Jim Panos, Eddie DeSylvia, and for all those for whom no prayers have been said.

For those who have died: Ruth Lofthus, Joe Grant, Bill Feingold, Joy Roddman, The Rt. Rev. Barbara C. Harris.

For those with Birthdays: March 29: Kimberly Yang, Chris Rigos; March 30: Carl Wolter; March 31: Bill Finlay, Alex Escudero, Susan Moseley; April 3: William Eir, Tempe Essell, McLeaman Legg.

For those celebrating anniversaries:  March 31: Kathy Moore & Rick Bowers; April 1: Moxie Wuesthoff & John Murren.

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

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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

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.

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