For Sunday, June 2nd

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

Day of Pentecost / Whitsunday

Sunday June 9th the church celebrates the Day of Pentecost, 50 days after Easter Day. The word “Pentecost” comes from the Greek word Pentēkostē, which means “the 50th day.”

In the Old Testament, “Pentecost” refers to the Feast of Weeks, a seven-week agricultural event that focused on the harvesting of first crops. Josephus, a first-century Jewish historian, also used the word “Pentecost” to refer to the 50th day after the first day of Passover.

In the New Testament, “Pentecost” refers to the coming of the Spirit shortly after Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension: “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each” (Acts 2:1-6, NRSV).

Christians came to understand the meaning of Pentecost in terms of the gift of the Spirit, and the Pentecost event as the fulfillment of Jesus’ promise concerning the return of the Holy Spirit.

Speaking in tongues, a manifestation of receiving the Spirit, is interpreted by some to symbolize the church’s worldwide mission, and the Day of Pentecost is thought to be the origin of sending the church out into the world.

The Day of Pentecost is identified by the Book of Common Prayer as one of the feast days “especially appropriate” for baptism (Book of Common Prayer, p. 312). Because of this, Pentecost is also known as “Whitsun” or “Whitsunday” (“White Sunday”), a term used to describe the white baptismal garments worn by those who were baptized at the Vigil of Pentecost and then worn to church on the Day of Pentecost.

Interim Rector

On Sunday June 9th we will welcome The Rev. Canon David Caffrey as our Interim Rector. There will be a reception after all three services and everyone is invited. The 10:30 reception will also recognize and thank the Choir for another season of wonderful music. Come celebrate with us!

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

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

There are no hospitality sponsors for either coffee hour this weekend.

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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