For Sunday, May 23, 2021
A message from our Sr. Warden
May 21, 2021
Fellow Parishioners of St Paul in the Desert,
First, I would like to thank each of you for your faithfulness and devotion to St. Paul. We have all endured a most incredibly trying time in our lives over the last 14 months, and your support and dedication are most appreciated
We are now entering a time of Renewal. While the pandemic has created many issues for us and is still a formidable foe, it has also allowed many of us the time to slow down and reflect on our lives. While we have not been able to gather in person, we have learned how to worship in new ways that have enabled us to continue being with one another. Our goal in bringing our services to you online, is that you can enjoy our Eucharist even though you are not present in the sanctuary. I hope you have enjoyed watching them.
We are extremely grateful for the abundance of people who have continued to contribute to the parish in many ways. God is watching over us and has given us the time to renew our spirit and faith. The journey through COVID-19 has afforded many of you time to reflect on your stewardship to St. Paul and the Coachella Valley, as well as the state, national and worldwide communities. Your gifts have made it possible for the church to continue sharing our love with the world and we are truly blessed.
Renewal is continuing as we are allowed to enjoy fewer restrictions in our lives. This Sunday of Pentecost will bring many of you back into the sanctuary and you will no doubt feel the spirit that is ever present at St. Paul in the Desert. I am anxious to see each of you and welcome you back to the campus. Please review the guidance that Bishop Snook has given us to follow, which is on our website and in the newsletter. Remember, you will need to make a reservation to attend. Your health and safety have been the determining factors in reopening the campus for worship and other select activities. And I want you to know that we have never stopped in our mission of caring for those in need through the Well in the Desert. If you are comfortable coming back to the sanctuary to worship in person, please attend. I know you will feel a sense of renewal.
With the guidance of the Transition Teams, the search for our next Rector will be coming to a close very soon. The Vestry will be reviewing the final candidates over the next six weeks and careful discernment will lead us to the announcement of our new Rector once the Bishop gives her approval. She is very excited for this renewal in the life of St. Paul and has given me her Blessings to pass on to each of you. I ask you to pray for us during this process as we determine the one God has sent to lead us into a new life at the Church of St. Paul in the Desert.
Sincerely in Christ,
Why We Feel Called To Serve
When we found out there was an opportunity to become leaders of the Children’s Ministry, we were both delighted. There were many reasons why we wanted to be involved. First and foremost, we believe that it is very important to serve the church and be a servant of God. It was also important that we involve our own two kids and show them leadership and stewardship. Ken and I were married at St. Paul’s, so we had a deep personal and spiritual connection with this church. We chose an area that was important to us and that was to see the Children’s Ministry expand and grow and to reach out to many children and families who may not have a church affiliation. Our hope is that through our efforts and leadership, we can let people know we are here and put activities and events in place that will invite them in and let them experience the welcome and love of the parishioners that we have felt.
This last fall, we were also invited to be part of the Stewardship Committee. This is a new and different endeavor for us, but again, we felt it was important to get involved and help our parishioners understand how critical it is to support St. Paul’s, not only financially, but also with our time and talents.
We can honestly say, don’t be afraid to get involved – even if it is something you have never done before. There are patient leaders here who can help make your participation easy, fun and rewarding.
Deana and Ken Huff
In-Person Worship Services
Updated May 20, 2021
We are so excited that we can get back to in-person worship services. 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. Click on the box above: “Make your Reservation!”
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.
Worship Service Reservations
Sunday, May 30, 2021
10:30 am – 11:30 am
We are happy to welcome you back to Holy Communion at the Church of St. Paul in the Desert. Our service begins at 10:30 a.m. Please arrive by 9:45 a.m.to allow time for our ushers to seat you according to social distance guidelines.
Please wear a mask.Make Your Reservation!
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.
Interim Director of Music and Organist
760.320.7488 ext. 225
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Paul’s Camping Ministry
Some of our church members plan to camp at Barton Flats on June 21 – 23. Come and explore Jenks Lake and spend the night in cool mountain air. We still have room for more campers. Or just join us for a picnic. Reserve your space by calling Bonnie Stroock – 760.324.7949.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 Melanesia, The Most Rev. Leonard Dawea, Archbishop.
For the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio, The Rt. Rev. Kenneth L. Price, Bishop.
For the Diocese of San Diego, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of St. Stephen’s, Menifee; for the children and teachers of St. Stephen’s Preschool.
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: Mary Kipe, Jeanette Hale, George, 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: Gary Rodney, Ruth Mathes, Travis Smith, Alta Davis, Helen Dignan, Katherine Bigler.
In Memoriam . . . Parishioner Gary Rodney died Monday, May 17, at home in Rancho Mirage. May he rest in peace.
For those with birthdays: May 24: Woody Wood, Vern Marken; May 25: Maya Scott, Sarah Olson; May 27: Noel Arvisu; May 28: Mason Shefa; May 29: Fred Ross, Richard Wells, Sharon Enger, Rick Nauman, Nicole Benvenutti.
For those celebrating anniversaries:May 24: Fr. Gaylord Hitchcock & John Whitlock; May 27: Jessica & Marcus Scott, George Smith & John Chisholm.
For those for whom flowers are given: Today’s Altar flowers are given by Vern Marken and Luis Valdez in celebration of Pentecost and St. Paul’s reopening, and in thanksgiving for Vern’s birthday.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For this Sunday’s Lectionary readings Click Here. From the calendar, select May 23rd.
Parishioner Gary Rodney died Monday, May 17, at home in Rancho Mirage. May he rest in peace.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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.