For Sunday, May 16, 2021

Charitable Gifting Event

The Charitable Gifting Event scheduled for Tuesday, May 25 at Eight4Nine Restaurant has been cancelled.

Calling All Singers!  Parish Choir Planning Session – Sunday, May 23

Greetings friends! It’s been a while since we’ve seen or heard an active Parish Choir at St. Paul’s. Fortunately, we’ve been able to enjoy – and are extremely grateful for – the ongoing ministry of the Parish Quartet over the past several months. I am pleased to inform you they will continue to be with us.  But now it’s time to consider the future of the full choir.  I am inviting all interested singers to join me Sunday, May 23 (Pentecost), in the Parish Hall after the morning service, at approximately 11:15 AM.  Even if you have a reservation to attend the 10:30 service, you will need a separate reservation for this choir planning meeting.  Please get back to me by phone or email to reserve your spot in the Parish Hall.  I’m looking forward to a lively discussion of what the future holds for our choir.

With anticipation,

Phil Smith
Interim Director of Music and Organist
760.320.7488 ext. 225

In-Person Worship Services

Updated May 6, 2021

We are so excited that we can get back to in-person worship services.  Our Sunday Services begin on Pentecost Sunday, May 23, at 10:30 AM.  Prior reservations will be required, as we are still limited to the number we can accommodate in the Sanctuary and maintain the required social distancing.  You may not be able to attend every week – we want to be sure everyone who wants to attend gets a turn.  We have one more worship service recording session scheduled for Thursday, May 13, at 10:30 AM, and you can also reserve space to attend that session.

Here is how you make a reservation:

  • Email our Parish Administrator at
  • Call the church office at 760.320.7488, extension 234. You can enter this extension as soon as the recording begins.  You do not need to listen to the full recording.

We are still figuring out how this process will work best, so we ask that you please be patient. We request that you arrive by 9:45 AM so that we can get everyone seated and ready to begin the service at 10:30 AM.  If we find it does not take this long to prepare for the service, we will move the arrival time to a slightly later time.  The following restrictions are still in place, and we ask that you adhere to them:

  • Masks are required for anyone 4 years of age or older (double masking is NOT required).
  • Social distancing of 6 feet must be maintained.
  • Assigned seating will be in place. We will try to accommodate your preference as best we can.
  • Hand Sanitization is required prior to entering the Sanctuary.
  • No congregational singing is allowed, however soft humming is permitted.
  • Verbal responses by the congregation during the service are allowed.

The recorded worship service will still be available online through our website and Facebook Page.  Until our Live Stream equipment is fully functional, these services may not be accessible until later Sunday or, possibly, Monday.

May 7, 2021

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I am pleased to inform you the Search Process Team has selected a range of candidates to visit our campus during May and June.  While we cannot reveal details of who those candidates are, we can tell you they come from a range of experiences, talents, and come from the East Coast to Southern California. Most importantly, they have each expressed a deep interest in and connection to our parish.  Vestry and Committee members will have an opportunity to meet and visit with each candidate in small and large groupings.  We will introduce our beautiful campus and facilities as well as the City of Palm Springs to each guest as we continue to mutually discern if this is the partnership God has in store for us.

We ask that you remain prayerful for and with us all as we enter this phase leading up to the selection of the Ninth Rector of The Church of St. Paul in the Desert, Palm Springs.


Clinton L. Carbon, Convener

Transition Committee

View the Transition Updates Archive

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)

June Book Club

The next Book Club meeting will be Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at 1:00 PM, via Zoom.  Meeting access information will follow later. For June, Book Club has selected The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. The Nest is a warm, funny and acutely perceptive novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance, the nest, that has shaped their choices and their lives. This is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down.

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

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.

Forward Day by Day

Our Forward Day by Day daily devotional booklets for May, June and July 2021 have arrived. Although St. Paul’s campus is not open for business due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may pick up your copy of Day by Day at the Parish Office between 9:00 – 11:30 AM and 1:00 – 4:30 PM, weekdays. Please call the church (760.320.7488) to schedule a pick-up time/date that works for you and the church office staff. If you are homebound, let us know and we will mail your copy to you.

Weekly Bible Sharing

With the Rev. Canon Eric H. F. Law

Thursday, May 20th
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 Anglican Church of Korea, The Most Rev. Onesimus Park, Bishop of Busan, Presiding Bishop of Korea.

For the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, The Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Jr., Bishop.

For the Diocese of San Diego, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of St. Philip the Apostle, Lemon Grove; for all our retired clergy and their spouses; for all clergy widows and widowers.

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:  Juanita Felix, Marie and Wayne Berkner, 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: Travis Smith, Alta Davis, Helen Dignan, Katherine Bigler.

For those with birthdays:  May 17: Joan Dawson; May 18: Ben Palmer; May 19: Steve Moore; May 20: Robert Hettinger; May 21: Julee Collins; May 22: Jo Anne Adair.

For those celebrating their anniversary:  May 22: Rose Coslett & Allan Coe.

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 May 16th.

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

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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