For Sunday, May 26th

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

Newcomers Welcoming Session

This 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 Parish Hall 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

St. Paul’s Gun Violence Ministry

June 7-9 is Gun Violence Awareness Weekend

This is a national movement supporting gun violence prevention and raising awareness of lives lost by gun violence. Orange bracelets will be available in the Narthex (church lobby) and Parish Hall. Orange is the color that Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore in her honor after she was shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15 – just one week after performing at President Obama’s second inaugural in 2013. The color has become a nation symbol to raise awareness about gun violence. Also available will be related information and a listing of organizations involved with this critical issue. Please take and review the information and support an organization of your choice.

Hospitality helpers needed!

The Funeral Reception Committee needs some extra help on Saturday, June 8. If you can assist Lena, Hap and the rest of the Committee in the Parish Hall between 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM, please contact Lena Granet at 760.322.2179 or

Thank you!

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:

Funeral Announcements

Long time parishioner, Betty Berryman, died Tuesday, May 28, at Hallmark Assisted Living, Palm Springs.  Funeral arrangements will be announced later.  May she rest in peace.

Thomas Dean Milne

There will be a Celebration of Life Service for Thomas Dean Milne on Saturday, June 8th at 11:00 AM

Anthony (Tony) Amato

There will be a Celebration of Life Service for Anthony (Tony) Amato on Saturday, June 15th at 11:00 AM

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.

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

6/2: God Works Through Us Despite our Failures: Acts 16:16-34
Led by Alan Zimmerman

6/9: Reflection for Pentecost: The Difference that the Spirit Makes
Led by Gary Scott

6/16: The Trinity: A Reflection
Led by Jerry Di Noto

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

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

6/4: Book of Revelation: Why does this book attract so much attention?
Leader TBA

6/11: Book of Revelation: What is the Rapture all about?
Leader TBA

6/18: Book of Revelation: Revelation’s value in our current society.
Led by Br. John Charles

6/25: NO TUESDAY NIGHT SESSION – Summer Recess begins

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 sponsors for this week’s 8am service are Jeffrey & Marie Ratnam and Marcus & Jessica Scott.

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 during the 10:30 a.m. service.

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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