For Sunday, May 5th

The Week’s Message

April 25, 2019

To the people of St. Paul in the Desert:

Now that the events of Holy Week are over, your Vestry is hard at work on the new Rector search process.

Our first priority is to work with the Diocese in the appointment of an Interim Rector, and we are well into this task. We are hopeful that a selection will be made soon. The Interim Rector will attend to the spiritual needs of the parish, supported by our excellent assisting clergy. The Vestry will continue in its oversight of the administrative affairs of the parish in collaboration with the Parish Administrator.

After the Interim Rector is in place, the next task will be conducting a survey to prepare a profile of the parish to determine the congregation’s hopes, desires and expectations in the calling of a permanent Rector. The Vestry will appoint a committee that will oversee this process. This committee might be the Rector Call (Search) Committee or a separate body that will conduct the profile. This determination will be made in consultation with the Diocese. The profile document will be a crucial part of discerning the appropriate Rector for our parish.

After the profile has been approved by the Vestry and Diocese, it will be used by the Diocese to evaluate Rector candidates. Background checks will be conducted on the most qualified candidates and the Bishop’s approval will be obtained.

The Call Committee will review the most qualified candidates and submit its recommendation(s) to the Vestry for its consideration and discernment of the next Rector.

Identifying our next Rector is a lengthy and rigorous process and the Vestry will keep you informed of progress. We ask for your prayers and God’s help as we move forward on this journey together.

Faithfully,

Peter Di Carlo, Sr. Warden

Br. John Charles, CG, Jr. Warden

Parish Life Book Club

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

On May 7, 2019, Book Club has selected The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King. A teenage girl teams up with Sherlock Holmes in Victorian England to solve a mysterious kidnapping case, involving brilliant deduction, disguises and danger.

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 [email protected]

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”

Don’t miss The Musical “Big River”

The Parish Life Committee invites you to join us on Friday, 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. Eat lunch at Jake’s first, or meet at the Theatre, 538 N. Palm Canyon. Turn in a check to Bonnie Stroock during the May 5th Coffee Hour. 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.

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.

5/5: The Power of the Lamb: Reflection on Revelation 5:11-14
Led by Jerry Di Noto

5/12: Roman or Catholic? A reflection on Acts 9:36-43
Led by Gary Scott

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

Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent (and beyond) 
This series is based on the work of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. It will feature soup and Lenten/Easter-themed Scripture study.

5/7: The Empty Tomb (Luke 24:1-12) Led by Gary Scott

5/14: Book of Revelation: Led by Team

5/21: Book of Revelation: Led by Team

5/28: Book of Revelation: Led by Team

Coffee Hour after Services

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

This week’s coffee hour is sponsored by the Latino Ministry.

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.

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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