For Sunday, May 19th

The Week’s Message

To the Parishioners of St. Paul’s,

It is with great pleasure and thankfulness to God that the Vestry announces the calling of The Rev. Canon David Caffrey as the Interim Rector of the Church of St. Paul in the Desert!

Fr. David will be with us on a part-time basis because of his commitment to his retreat program in the high desert. However, he will be supported by our assisting priests, the Vestry, and parish administrative staff. An official start date will be determined through a Letter of Agreement that is in process and subject to approval by the Vestry and Diocese.

Fr. David is pleased and honored to be chosen as our interim leader, because he has long considered St. Paul’s his spiritual home, both as a priest and as a member of the congregation when not serving at the altar and feels well connected to the congregation.

As previously stated in messages regarding transition, Fr. David will focus primarily on the pastoral, liturgical, and educational needs of the parish. However, he will collaborate with the Vestry and administrative staff as needed, offering us the benefit of his many years of experience as a Rector and in ministry development at other parishes.

Fr. David presently is out of town and will return later this month. We look forward to having him with us again soon and leading us forward as a “welcoming, empowering and supportive community.”

With praise and thanksgiving to our Blessed Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – I am faithfully yours,

Peter Di Carlo
Senior Warden

Adult Literacy Program

The Adult Literacy Program is looking for new tutors for English speaking adults who want to improve their skills in reading, writing and comprehension. We have learners waiting for a tutor. If you would like to volunteer for this program, please call Gary Scott at 760-218-3180

“Big River” – This Sunday!

Don’t miss The Musical “Big River”

The Parish Life Committee invites you to join us this Sunday, May 19th, at 2:00 PM for a performance of Big River, a musical based on Mark Twain’s timeless classic set on the Mississippi as Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River.

Tickets at the Palm Canyon Theatre are only $35. Call the theatre at 760-323-5123 ASAP for tickets. Eat lunch at Jake’s first, or meet at the Theatre, 538 N. Palm Canyon. For more information contact Fred Ross, 760.325.1542

Newcomers Welcoming Session

Sunday, May 26. 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.

Join us at 9:15 AM in the Conference Room.

Parish Life Book Club

Parish Life Book Club meets on the first Tuesday each month at 1:00 PM in the Library and new members are always welcome.

For June 4, 2019, Book Club has selected There There by Tommy Orange. This acclaimed debut novel is the story of Urban Indians living in Oakland, CA, who converge and collide one fateful day.

Book Club is a group of people who enjoy reading and talking about the books they read. For more information please contact Alan Zimmerman at

The Rev. Canon Susan Brown Snook, Bishop-Elect

The Rev. Canon Susan Brown Snook, Bishop-Elect

Consecration and Ordination

The Diocese of San Diego will welcome our Fifth Bishop on Saturday, June 15 at 11:00 AM at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 2728 Sixth Avenue, San Diego. The Diocese is providing free bus transportation to the Cathedral.

If you would like to reserve a space on the bus traveling to the service, please do so online at You are strongly encouraged to take the bus or carpool because parking at St. Paul’s Cathedral is limited. The maximum capacity on the bus is 55 people, so please RSVP today:

Adult Faith Formation

Sundays at 9:15 AM in the Library: The Episcopal Café
These sessions are designed to facilitate discussion of Sunday scripture readings.

5/19: The Sea was No More: Reflection on Revelation 21:1-6
Led by Rev. Cannon Victoria Hatch

5/26: Not Afraid Anymore: Reflection on Revelation 21:10, 21:22 -22:5
Led by Alan Zimmerman

Tuesdays at 6:00 – 7:30 PM, in the Library

5/21: Book of Revelation: “Sources that inspired the author”
Led by Gary Scott

5/28: Book of Revelation: “What does this book say”
Led by Alan Zimmerman

Coffee Hour after Services

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

The Coffee Hour sponsor for this week’s 8am service is Mary Holmes.

John & Lucinda Hampson are sponsors for the Coffee Hour after our 10:30 service.

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.

Letter for Andrew Green’s Retirement

Dear Friends at St. Paul’s,

I write to offer my thanks for the long and fruitful ministry of Father Andrew Green and Deacon Susan Green at St. Paul’s. I know this is a day of thanksgiving for you all, as you look back on a transformative 30-year ministry among you. Of course it is also a bittersweet day, as you say goodbye to a faithful pastor and a dedicated deacon who have labored so lovingly at St. Paul’s.

The many community recognitions that have been offered on this occasion are a beautiful testimony to Father Andrew’s dedicated ministry, not only in your church, but also in your wider community. His advocacy for LGBT people, his work among those who are HIV­ positive and those who are ill, his concern for those who are suffering in Palm Springs and beyond, are evidenced by his wide involvement in community organizations. His care for all of God’s people is demonstrated in his consistent assurance that God loves us all. Deacon Susan has been a partner in ministry with Andrew for many years. In recent years, her calling to service has been recognized in her ordination as a deacon, and she has served several churches in the Coachella Valley, including St. Paul’s. In this diaconal role, she exercises a prophetic voice and a special care for those on the margins in our world.

Most of all, these faithful servants have cared for the people of St. Paul’s. I know that as they finish their ministry among you, all of you are enriched by knowing them. Their years of  leadership, service, sermons, baptisms, weddings, funerals, hospital visits, conversations, and companionship in life’s journey with you will reflect the love of Jesus Christ long after they have moved on to God’s next call to them. Their legacy of loving care will leave a firm foundation for a fruitful and joyous future at St. Paul’s.

With prayers for Father Andrew’s and Deacon Susan’s health, fulfillment, joy, and continued service to Christ, and with great hope for the next chapter of St. Paul’s life together, I offer my blessings on this momentous day.

In Christ,

The Rev. Canon Susan Brown Snook
Bishop-Elect, Diocese of San Diego

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 Thursday and 9 am – 11:30 am Friday. The office is closed on Mondays.

Should you call on Monday or Friday afternoon 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 for both the 8:00 a.m. and the 10:30 a.m. services.

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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