For Sunday, May 22, 2022
COVID-19 and Masking at St. Paul’s Update
The following changes will take effect in our public worship on Sunday May 1, 2022:
+ 8:00AM – vaccine and mask required
+ 10:30AM (& Wednesday nights) – vaccine and mask strongly recommended
In addition to the changes mentioned above, the following will continue:
+ Funerals, which often have many guests from out of state, will be mask required services (we will not check for vaccinations)
+ Ushers, altar ministers, lectors, and clergy will continue to remain masked unless reading, preaching, or celebrating the Eucharist. Staff singers/choir/ensembles will continue to remain masked during the services
Social Justice Ministry
The Social Justice Ministry is discerning the prospect of a St. Paul’s-sponsored Ukrainian refugee family. If this should happen, it would be months away and would be realized through the Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Neighbor to Neighbor Program. We would be looking for several parishioners to step up and be a part of the process. To learn more, you’re invited to the next Social Justice Ministry meeting, June 1, 6:00 PM, in the church.
The Feast of the Ascension of Christ
The Feast of the Ascension of Christ will be celebrated with Choral Evensong on Wednesday, May 25, at 6:00 PM. Ascension Day is the occasion on which the risen Christ is taken into heaven after appearing to his followers for forty days (Acts 1:1-11, Mk 16:19). Our service will feature special music and the loose-plate offering will benefit the Music Fund.
Mid-Week Contemplative Eucharists – When we’re not observing a principal feast or holy day, worship with us at a simple spoken mass (Eucharist) offered Wednesdays at 6:00 PM. The church will be open the hour prior (5-6:00 PM) for silent, socially distanced personal prayer. Come and rest.
Church flower sponsorships
Fresh flowers at the altar honor God and add to the beauty of our worship. We invite you to consider sponsoring altar flowers (or Narthex flowers) to recognize or honor special people and events. You can reserve your sponsorship Sunday(s) by calling the Parish Office (760.320.7488). Or you can sign up using the Flower Sponsor Register found in the Narthex on Sunday mornings.
Pentecost is Sunday, June 5
In the Christian tradition, Pentecost is now the seventh Sunday after Easter. The term means “the fiftieth day.” It is used in the New Testament to refer to the coming of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1), shortly after Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension. Christians came to understand the meaning of Pentecost in terms of the gift of the Spirit. The Pentecost event was the fulfillment of a promise which Jesus gave concerning the return of the Holy Spirit.
The Day of Pentecost is one of the seven principal feast days of the church year in the Episcopal Church (BCP, p.15). The liturgical color for the feast is red and worshipers are encouraged to wear red to church on the Sunday of Pentecost. For our special Pentecost services this year, we need to identify all of you who speak (or can read) a language other than English. If this is you, PLEASE EMAIL and let her know which language(s) – other than English – you speak and/or read.
Sunday School will meet until June 5, The Day of Pentecost
Kids are invited to wear red and celebrate the birthday of the church that day! Sunday School will take a three-month break, but kids will continue to be involved in worship services throughout the summer.
Sunday Service Livestreaming
We are livestreaming our 10:30 AM Sunday Eucharist every week. The livestream project was made possible through a generous gift from a “snowbird” member from Philadelphia who wintered in Palm Springs for many years and worshiped at St. Paul’s every Sunday. You can view the livestream on our Home Page, YouTube Channel, and Facebook Page.
Missed a service? Or want to rewatch a liturgy? All our past services are available to watch either on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/StPaulintheDesert or on our Facebook timeline: https://www.facebook.com/stpaulinthedesert
June Book Club
The next Book Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 1 PM. To accommodate the CA Primary Election, Book Club is meeting a week later. Book Club is meeting via Zoom only and meeting information will follow. For June, Book Club has selected Always A Guest: Speaking Of Faith Far From Home by Barbara Brown Taylor. Taylor finds when you are the invited guest speaking of faith to people you don’t know, one must seek common ground: exploring the central human experience. She explores faith in all its beauty and complexity and the state of the world along with her gentle wit.
St Paul’s Parish Life Camping Ministry
Paul’s Parish Life Camping Ministry – has planned a trip to Idyllwild County Campground, Tuesday, July 12 to Thursday, July 14. The cost is $15 per person ($2.00 will be added for any four-legged friends who want to join the fun). A festive group dinner is planned for Tuesday evening. Come enjoy the cool shade, crackling campfires, exhilarating hikes through the pine forest, and stunning vistas at 5,000 feet. RSVP by June 30 to Bonnie Stroock at 760.799.9336.
Episcopal Relief & Development
Episcopal Relief & Development is mobilizing with Anglican agencies and other partners to provide humanitarian assistance to people fleeing the violence in Ukraine. Working through the Action by Churches Together Alliance (ACT Alliance), Episcopal Relief & Development will provide cash, blankets, hygiene supplies and other needed assistance. Please pray for all those affected. To donate directly to Episcopal Relief & Development’s Ukraine Crisis Response Fund, visit (https://support.episcopalrelief.org/). If you prefer, you can donate through St. Paul’s Parish. Be sure to designate “ERD Ukraine” on your check or cash envelope. To date, donations processed through our church have totaled $1,918.
Prayers of the Church
For the Anglican Communion, and for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby; the Church of the Province of South East Asia, The Most Reverend Melter Jiki Tais, Archbishop and Primate.
For the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, The Rt. Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely, Bishop.
For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the children and teachers of St. Stephen’s Preschool.
A prayer for Ukraine
God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today. We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons. We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them. We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom, discernment, and compassion to guide their decisions. Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them. We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen.
The Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
The Most Revd Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York
For those commended to our prayers: Christina Laredo, Ken Hughes, Virginia Mason, Lauren Mason, Will Dumain, Jeff Bonnell, Gerry Newcomb, The Rev. Elizabeth Hasen, Vince Thomas, Roy Cody, 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: Rick Noll, The Rev. Canon David Forbes, Catherine Strange, Latricia Scruggs, Michael Howell.
For those celebrating anniversaries: May 22: Rose Coslett & Allan Coe; May 24: Fr. Gaylord Hitchcock & John Whitlock; May 27: Jessica & Marcus Scott, George Smith & John Chisholm.
For those with birthdays: May 22: Jo Anne Adair; May 24: Woody Wood, Vern Marken; May 25: Maya Scott, Sarah Olson; May 27: Jim Crumby, Noel Arvizu; May 28: Mason Shefa.
For those for whom flowers have been given:Today’s Altar Flowers are sponsored by Jane Thomas in loving memory of Philip & Mary Martha Thomas.
For next Sunday’s Lectionary readings, go to www.stpaulsps.org, and click on “This Week’s Scriptures” in the Worship Services box. From the calendar, select May 29, The Seventh Sunday of Easter.
Coffee/Social Hour Hospitality
For those wishing to sponsor refreshments for a specific Sunday Coffee Hour, please call or stop by the Parish Office to sign up. All our hospitality procedures and protocols are subject to any CDC guidelines and mandates that Bishop Susan may put into place, depending on prevailing COVID conditions.
We have reinstated our 8:00 AM worship services and are pleased with the enthusiastic turnout of our “Eight O’clock Regulars” and many new worshipers. For now, we will offer these as spoken services with no music; vaccination proof and masks are required.
WE STILL NEED USHER VOLUNTEERS! We’re looking for four teams of two people to cover one Sunday a month at 8:00 AM. We also need more volunteer ushers for the 10:30 service. If you think you can help, please contact Kathy Kilmer, Junior Warden, at
The Abundant Life E-List
If you are not a current subscriber to our weekly electronic newsletter, it’s easy to sign up. Just go to www.stpaulsps.org, scroll down to find “Join Our E-Mail List,” enter your email address – and you’re all set. You will receive the newsletter each week, usually on Fridays.
If the newsletter ends up in your spam/junk folder, simply add to your email address book.
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.
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.
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.
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.