For Sunday March 31, 2024


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. Most importantly, we will after two baptisms – the first baptisms at St. Paul’s since May 2022. Please come to show support for those who will be baptized!

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

Parish Office Closed

The Parish Office will be closed Monday, April 1 through Friday, April 5 for a staff / clergy rest after Holy Week. We will reopen with regular business hours Monday, April 8.

Latino Ministry Art Afternoon

Spend an afternoon in two captivating Riverside Art Museums, Sunday, April 7.  The Latino Ministry invites you to visit the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Arts and Culture, and the widely acclaimed Riverside Art Museum. Plus, we will allow time to explore and enjoy the beautiful Mission Inn.  Ridesharing will be available following St. Paul’s 10:30 AM church service, departing at approximately 12:15 PM.  Cost of museum admission is $15.95 per person ($10.95 for seniors).  Reserve a 2:00 PM timeslot with Call Bonnie Stroock for more information, 760.799.9336.

St. Paul’s Book Club – Date Change…

The Book Club will meet next on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at 2:00 PM. 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 in the Province of the West Indies, The Most Reverend Howard Kingsley Ainsworth Gregory, Archbishop and Primate.

For the Episcopal Diocese of Taiwan, The Right Reverend Lennon Yuan-Rung Chang, Bishop.

For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Right Reverend Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop.

For those commended to our prayers: Robert Timberlake, Rosa Zingg, Lydia, Oliver, George Barros, Michael Chacon, Teri Whitmer, Marsha Myers, Scott Jones, Bobbby Brock, Stacy Solomon, Ken Spaetti, Kylie Smith, Suzi Osuna, Lucinda Hampson, David Crandall, Dana Gunning, Andy Johnson, Robby Robinson, Mark Austin, Jim Crumby, 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, Terry Garrity, Rus Butler, Joe Christopher, Hap Blaisdell, David Valenzuela, Amelia Grinstead, Chloe Grace Wilson Barton, Marilyn De Silva Currie, Greg Gowdy, Daniel Garcia, Mary Hildebrandt, Tom Lutgen; pray for all those for whom no prayers have been said.

For those who have died: Judy Hampton, Jeanne Holland, Gary Dahl, Marvin Williams, Frances Williams, The Reverend Tom Kennedy, Dr. William C. Swanson, Tracy Conair, Steve Lind, Kenn Catterlin, Andrew Hollinger. 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 31: Bill Finlay, Susan Moseley; April 1: Sandra Scardino, Frank Eggers; April 3: William Eir, Tempe Essell, McLeaman Legg; April 4: Steve Klinkerman; April 5: Moxie Wuesthoff, Carl Bellamy; April 6: Jacqueline Chandrasena, James Bisconti, Stefan Hill.

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

For next Sunday’s Lectionary readings, go to and click on April 7, the Second Sunday of Easter.

Upcoming Meetings & Events at St Paul’s

  • 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”
  • Sunday, April 7 – Easter I – The Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija – Celebrant & Preacher
  • Sunday, April 7 – Noon – Latino Ministries – Art Afternoon Field Trip – Riverside
  • Wednesday, April 10 – 6 PM – The Feast of the Annunication (transferred)
  • Saturday, April 13 – 8:30 AM – St. Paul’s Hiking Club Spring Hike – Big Morango Canyon Preserve
  • Wednesday & Thursday, April 17-18 – St. Paul’s Campers – Spring Outing in Indian Cove
  • Wednesday, April 24 – 10 AM- 1 PM – Mercy Ministry Clothing & Sundries Distribution
  • Wednesday, May 8 – 6 PM – Ascension Day

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