For Sunday, May 29, 2022

COVID-19 and Masking at St. Paul’s Update

Please click here to read the latest update regarding masking at St. Paul’s.

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

Flag of UkraineSocial 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.

A note from Mary Mann

Dear People of St. Paul in the Desert,

Thank you for your participation in the baptism of Amos Rhyolite Krahmer. It was a special day for our whole family. I was so happy and filled to the brim with the love shown us that day.  St. Paul is my spiritual home and you my spiritual family. The amount of support I feel from this community, made up of such special individuals, is tremendous. Thank you all.


Mary Mann

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.

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.

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

St Paul Streaming Worship Services

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: or on our Facebook timeline:

St Paul YouTube Channel

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.

New members are always welcome at Book Club. For more information, please contact Alan Zimmerman at

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.

Escape the Summer Heat with a Hike and Picnic! 

Come join St. Paul’s Hiking Group for a special summer hike and picnic on July 23, 2022, in beautiful Idyllwild, California, just a short hour’s drive from Palm Springs.  We will meet there at 9 am and enjoy a leisurely 3-mile walk among the pines at the Idyllwild County Park and Nature Reserve, followed by a bring-your-own picnic (beverages provided) and plenty of fun and fellowship.

This hike is suitable for all ages and skill-levels and is especially recommended for those who are new to the trail or new to the area and interested in exploring – all you need is a good pair of walking shoes.  Carpools can be arranged for those in need of a ride.  Your friends and family are invited to join us, and canine friends are welcome with a leash.  There is a $6 per person fee for the park.  Contact Nancy Antonius at for more details.

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  (  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 South India (United), The Right Reverend A. Dharmaraj Rasalam, Bishop and Moderator.

For the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Shannon MacVean-Brown, Bishop.

For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of St. Matthew’s, National City; for all military chaplains and all military ministries.

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: Zachary and Carolyn Scott and family, Edward and June, Angela Brinker, Terrence Marguet, Christina Laredo, Ken Hughes, Virginia Mason, Lauren Mason, Will Dumain, Jeff Bonnell, Gerry Newcomb, The Rev. Elizabeth Hasen, 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 victims of gun violence and their loved ones, the witnesses and the survivors, and for the first responders; 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.

For those with birthdays: May 29: Richard Wells, Sharon Enger, Rick Nauman, Nicole Benvenutti; May 30: Helen Amestoy, Frank Dunn; June 3: Cheryl Kelley, Wayne Soucy; June 4: Mary Seger, Stephen Robards.

For those for whom flowers have been given:  Today’s Altar Flowers are sponsored by Jessica and Marcus Scott in loving memory of their daughter, Kyara.

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

For next Sunday’s Lectionary readings, go to, and click on “This Week’s Scriptures” in the Worship Services box. From the calendar, select June 5, The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday.

coffee hourCoffee/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.

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