For Sunday, March 8th

March 8, 2020
Planning Our Future Together

Recently, we introduced the Church Assessment Tool (CAT), an online instrument that will help us gauge strength, vitality and trends in our Parish. In the next few days you will have a chance to share your personal St. Paul’s story when the CAT becomes available. We need to know how you think and feel about your experiences at St. Paul in the Desert and what your hopes for the future are. We are asking for about 30 minutes of your time to help shape the future of our church. Every person’s opinions are important, and we need to know yours. It’s critical that we hear from both year-round and seasonal worshipers. Be assured your responses are absolutely anonymous. There is no way to match any assessment to an individual respondent. (If you prefer a paper copy, we will provide one for you.) Questions? Contact Gary Scott (; 760.218.3180) or Clinton Carbon (

Congregation Listening Sessions Scheduled this Week

Selection of our next Rector begins with YOU! Listening Sessions provide an opportunity for all parishioners – both year-round and seasonal – to contribute their voice. We want to hear from YOU to gather information that describes the breath, depth, unity and diversity of the Church of St. Paul in the Desert. This is your chance!

We have scheduled two more Listening Session options. If you missed our first session, please plan to attend one of the following: Thursday, March 12, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM; or, Friday, March 13, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Both will take place in the Parish Hall. NOTE: You must be able to stay for the entire two-hour session. We request that you RSVP with your name(s) and day of attendance to:

After the Listening Sessions

Meet with the Transition Committee for an Update and Q&A.
Sunday, March 15, 9:15 AM
St. Paul’s Library

Many thanks,
The Transition Committee.

View the Transition Updates Archive

Daylight Savings Time

It’s almost Spring Forward Time!! That’s right – Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 AM Sunday, March 8. So, remember to set your clocks and watches forward before you retire Saturday night.

Camp Stevens Sunday

March 8, 2020, is Camp Stevens Sunday – Camp Stevens serves the episcopal Dioceses of San Diego and Los Angeles, providing sacred space for spiritual formation, civil discourse, healing, friendships and wonder. Founded in 1952 and grounded in Episcopal Church values and tradition, Camp Stevens is a welcoming home for retreats, education, and adventure in the town of Julian, in the mountains of San Diego County.

St. Paul’s parishioners have a history of financial support for Camp Stevens “camperships” – summer camp scholarships – that make camp participation possible for kids who couldn’t otherwise afford it. Over 30% of Camp Stevens summer campers are recipients of these scholarships. If you would like to donate to the Camp Stevens scholarship fund, please make your check payable to St. Paul’s and print “Camp Stevens” on the memo line or on your cash contribution envelope.

St Paul’s Latino Ministry

St. Paul’s Latino Ministry Committee invites you to a special presentation, “Latino Ministry and Evangelism in our Diocese,” Saturday, March 21, in the Parish Hall, from 9:00 AM until Noon.

Presenters will be two engaging speakers from the San Diego Diocese – Christian Gillette, Canon for Evangelism and Discipleship, and Fr. Carlos Garcia, Diocesan Hispanic/Latino Missioner. Refreshments and coffee will be served. All are welcome. RSVP to, or sign up in the Parish Hall.

The United Thank Offering

“Here I am Lord, send me.” Isaiah 6:8. Make an offering in thanks that God calls you for a special purpose and a special reason, as you are uniquely you.

The United Thank Offering — of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, will be collected at all services on March 21 and 22. Please use the blue giving envelopes in the pew pockets or the special UTO collection boxes for your donations. Collection boxes can be found in the Parish Hall and the Narthex (Church lobby). Since 1871, The Episcopal Church has gathered funds for this special offering as an expression of thanks for personal blessings. Donations fund grants in support of ministries in communities at home and around the world where there are no other sources of aid available. For more information please see the UTO information brochures in the pews. Take your copy with you today and read the interesting history of this missionary outreach ministry of the Episcopal Church.

Annual Picnic and Community Fair

The thirteenth annual ONE-PS Neighborhoods Fair is Saturday, March 21 in Ruth Hardy Park, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. St. Paul’s will, once again, participate in this Annual Picnic and Community Fair. As in years past, we will sponsor a booth where our ministries can showcase their activities before the greater community. There will be games and entertainment and a lot of fun for children of all ages.

We’re looking for volunteers to provide oversight for the day’s activities, including set-up and take down of St. Paul’s booth. If you or your ministry wish to participate, please call the office at 760.320.7488 and leave a message for Kathy Kilmer or George Holliday.

Newcomers Welcoming Session

March 29th

If you want to join St. Paul’s or learn more about the parish, come to this single session class led by Jerry Di Noto. In this informal setting, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about St. Paul’s and learn how to become a member. The next session is Sunday, March 29, in the Parish Hall Conference Room, at 9:15 AM.


Parish Potluck

Thursday, April 2nd

Save the date – Our springtime parish potluck is April 2. Please plan to join us in the Parish Hall from 5:30-7:00 PM for great food and fellowship. There are sign-up forms in the narthex and in the parish hall. Please let us know which food category you will be bringing. We hope to see you on April 2!

Annual Easter Floral Display

You can contribute to St. Paul’s celebration of Easter Sunday by sponsoring Easter flowers. It’s easy. Simply use the special envelopes you’ll find in the pews or by noting “Easter Flowers” on your check memo line. Donations must be received by Palm Sunday, April 5, to be acknowledged in the Easter Sunday Bulletin.

Parish Life Book Club

The Parish Life Book Club is a group of people who enjoy reading and talking about the books they read. New members are always welcome.

The next Book Club meeting will be held April 7, 2020, at 1:00 PM in St. Paul’s Library. For April, Book Club has selected The Nickel Boys: A Novel by Colson Whitehead. This novel brilliantly dramatizes the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

For more information please contact Alan Zimmerman at

Home Eucharists are happening!

Home Eucharists are meaningful and memorable occasions for both a social and spiritual experience. Below are the dates and locations for our remaining planned gatherings. Please let the hosts know if you are coming, and plan to bring something by way of potluck to support the event.

March 12 Hosts:
Stan Deller and David Weir, 921 N Camino Condor, Palm Springs, 760.778.6713 (NOTICE: This session is currently reserved at full capacity – unable to accommodate additional guests.)

May 14 Hosts:
Larry Wilson and Ray Tackett, 65060 N Cliff Circle, Desert Hot Springs, 760.671.6233

Accepting God’s Gift of Faith Program 2020

Tuesdays 6:00-7:30 pm – Library

A series of twelve weekly sessions, held on consecutive Tuesday evenings, February 4 – April 21.  Adults who wish to explore what it means to be a Christian in the Episcopal tradition or who are seeking structure for their Lenten Renewal are invited to participate in the entire series or any of its component sessions. The program culminates with Bishop Susan’s visit on Sunday, April 26, 2020, and the administration of Baptism, Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation for candidates completing all sessions.

Those interested in Baptism/Confirmation or wish to be formally received or reaffirmed in The Episcopal Church should contact Jerry Di Noto at 760.320.7488 ext. 224, or

Accepting God’s Gift of Faith – Weekly Discussion Agenda
3/10 – Our Creeds and Sacraments
3/17 – Seasons of the Church Year
3/24 – Book of Common Prayer
3/31 – The Christian Life: Prayer, Gifts, Community, Service
4/5-11 – Holy Week/Triduum – Experience the liturgies of the week
4/14 – Responding to the Call
4/21 – Instructional Eucharist

Adult Faith Building

The Adult Faith Building Program offers courses, workshops, lectures and discussion groups on varied theological, biblical and spirituality topics. These sessions are designed to facilitate discussion on Sunday scripture readings and contemporary issues.

All are welcome to attend these sessions!

Sundays at 9:15 AM in the Library: The Episcopal Café

3/8: The Lynchpin of the Bible: Reflection on Genesis 12:1-4a

3/15: After the Listening Sessions: What Comes Next?
Please join the Transition Committee Leadership for an update.

3/22: The Lord Does Not See as We See: Reflection on 1 Samuel 16:1-13

3/29: Fresh Beginnings: Reflection on Ezekiel 37:1-14

In Memoriam

Jan Heller – Long time parishioner, former vestry member and former Sr. Warden, Jan Heller, died February 6. Her funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 11:00 AM.


Long time parishioner, Joy Roddman, died March 1.  Funeral arrangements will be announced here, once finalized.

Coffee Hour after Services

We hope you will join us for coffee and conversation in the Parish Hall following our Sunday morning services.

Please consider volunteering to be a Coffee Hour Host sometime. It can be a great way to honor and celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion. There are still many Sundays available. The Sunday Hospitality Sign-Up Book is on the table at the Parish Hall entrance.

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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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