For Saturday, November 3rd

From the Rector

Unrecognized Saints

The reading from 1st John celebrates God’s children who are unrecognized by the world, in the same way that Jesus was unrecognized. As we keep the Feast of All Saints, we celebrate that all those who live by the new commandment of love that Jesus preached and embodied are honored for their divine inheritance. They are included among the Holy Ones of God – the saints.

Saints live out the abundant love of God made known by Jesus. Though many have their goodness and love to others celebrated with a separate feast day, the Feast of All Saints is for the many who are unheralded, yet have also shared the love of God in the world, guiding others in their countries, their communities, their churches, their homes, and here among us right now.

Although the idea of being God’s children might give us a sense of privilege, comparing it to the example of Jesus precludes that. In fact, the idea of our heritage being bound to the vulnerability of children and the servanthood of Jesus encourages us to expand our image of inclusion. There is room for many more of God’s children when the example is the service of others rather than the promotion of self.

The saints of God are not those who look to stand alone and elbow closer to Jesus, but they are those who, like Jesus, imagine ways to enfold more and more of those from the edges into the central embrace of God. These saints of God know they are loved and that they should love. They are comfortable with a future, built on that love of Jesus, which will one day be revealed.

As some of the saints who are “unrecognized” by the world, we gather week by week to imagine that future of God’s love. And while we give thanks that we are God’s children, we are always expectant and vigilant to welcome other children of God – our siblings and saints. Join us.

Fr. Andrew

Today (Nov. 1st) is the Feast of All Saints and we will be celebrating with Bp. Katharine Jefferts Schori on Saturday November 3rd, at 4:00 pm. This takes the place of our Sunday 10:30 service due to road closures on Sunday morning. The 8:00 am service will be offered without music.

Featured Scripture

1 John 3:1-3 Common English Bible (CEB)

See what kind of love the Father has given to us in that we should be called God’s children, and that is what we are! Because the world didn’t recognize him, it doesn’t recognize us.

Dear friends, now we are God’s children, and it hasn’t yet appeared what we will be. We know that when he appears we will be like him because we’ll see him as he is. And everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself even as he is pure.

Celebration Weekend, November 17th-18th

Transforming Generosity is our theme for the coming year. How would “generosity” be transformed if we remembered what Jesus is always calling us to do? We are indeed called to establish new priorities for ourselves and our communities of faith. That transformation will call us to look for generosity in every aspect of our work, in every aspect of our lives. We will celebrate this theme and receive Pledge Cards at all services.

Interfaith Pride Kabbalat Shabbat

Temple Isaiah is hosting an Interfaith Pride Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday, November 2nd at 6:30 PM. People of all faith communities and beliefs are invited to join the 2018 Pride Welcoming of the Sabbath Service. This pluralistic prayer service with a core of Jewish liturgy will include song, ancient poetry, contemporary readings and meditation. For more information contact Temple Isaiah at 332 West Alejo Rd. Palm Springs or phone 760.325.2281

Sunday, November 4th

Participants: We will gather in the Church parking lot no later than 9:30 AM and will walk as a group to our position. We are Contingent #132. You may also find your own way to the position, if you prefer, or if you are running late. All must be at the line-up position by 9:45 AM. The parade route begins at Tachevah and travels south along Palm Canyon Drive, ending at Museum Way.

Sunday, November 11th

Participants: Gather downtown by 2:45 PM at the staging area at E. Palm Canyon Drive and E. Camino Parocela (by the Bank of America). The Parade route begins at W. Ramon and travels north through downtown Palm Springs, ending at Alejo Road.

Adult Literacy Ministry

The Adult Literacy Ministry is seeking tutors to help English speaking adults improve their skills in reading, writing and comprehension. No prior experience is necessary. Volunteers are asked to commit to six months for this program. If interested, please join us at our introduction and training session on Saturday, November 10th, at 10:00 AM, in St. Paul’s Library.  You can register to become a tutor at that meeting. We look forward to seeing you there.

Daughters of the King

Save the Date – You are invited to the DOK (Daughters of the King) fall workshop, “Spirituality in the Second Half of Life,” with the Rev. Canon David Caffrey, in the Parish Hall from 9:00 AM to noon, Saturday, November 17. Fr. David says, “The second half of life is a time when we become more contemplative and begin to see the mystery, the wonder, and yes, even the joy of life.” It takes discernment, though, to navigate the natural fears, losses, changes and challenges, and troubled times. Join us on this journey with a master guide!

Embracing Diversity in our Lives

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, December 1st – Laura Trejo, a nationally known speaker, will lead a vestry-sponsored workshop for St. Paul’s and the community, in the Parish Hall, from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Her topic is “Embracing Diversity in our Lives.” Watch this space for more details!


The Tree of Life Synagogue shooting was an act of domestic terrorism. This hate crime was the second mass shooting incident in a domestic house of worship in recent times, and the 295th mass shooting incident in America since January 1, 2018.

Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, over 600,000 Americans have been killed or injured by guns, and mass shooting incidents have escalated. Americans are 25 times more likely to be killed by guns than people from other industrialized nations. We know that our elected leaders can do more to end gun violence in America. Join and support the gun violence prevention organizations that are working to end this senseless epidemic of gun deaths.

Episcopate Transition

We are well on our way to prayerfully selecting our fifth diocesan bishop. The Bishop Nominating Committee and the Standing Committee have announced one candidate for election, The Rev. Canon Susan Brown Snook. The Rev. Canon Snook is currently the Canon for Church Growth and Development for the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma. We appreciate your prayers as we walk this path, continually listening for God’s voice in this process.

Parish T-Shirts

Parish Tee-Shirts are available. The cost is $10.

Tee-shirts can be purchased from the ushers before or after services or at the parish office during regular business hours. Our Tee-Shirts are perfect attire for local parades such as the upcoming Palm Springs Pride and Veterans’ Day Parades.

Adult Faith Formation

Sundays at 9:15 AM in the Library
The Episcopal Café


11/4 – PRIDE Weekend: No Session

11/11: Giving Our Best: The Least We Can Do: Reflection on 1 Kings 17
Led by Alan Zimmerman

11/18: Hope beyond Disaster: Commentary on Daniel 12:1
Led by Jerry Di Noto

Tuesdays at 5:00 PM in the Library


The 2nd Half of Life: “Life begins at—?”
This series is designed to look at reality, concerns and spirituality for older people.

11/6:   What is the 2nd Half of Life? Led by Audrey Spencer

11/13:  Spirituality of the 2nd Half of Life Led by Rev. Canon David Caffrey

Monthly Taizé Service

Our next monthly Taizé service is  Thursday, December 6th at 7:00 PM in the church. This service, a mixture of song, meditation and Scripture, gives one an opportunity to experience God in a quiet, contemplative setting. Contact Nathan Ensign for more details. A good singing voice is NOT required.

Parish Life Book Club

Parish Life Book Club will meet on the second Tuesday of November this month only at 1 PM in the Library and new members are always welcome. On November 13, 2018, Book Club has selected Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Manhattan Beach is a story about a woman mesmerized by the sea and her struggle to understand the disappearance of her father during World War II and the complexity of his life. 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

The Palm Springs Library has eight copies in the book club section
and an audiobook to loan.

Hospitality Ministry

Seeking Coffee Hour Hosts
With the arrival of fall, we joyfully welcome our part time parishioners returning to the desert.  It’s a time for festive hospitality at our Coffee Hours following Sunday services.  Currently, there are several dates available, between now and year-end, to host a coffee hour. It’s easy!  All you do is provide offerings of fruit, pastries, cookies – anything, really, that you think others would enjoy.  The church provides coffee, tea, lemonade, and all service items.  If you would like to sponsor a future coffee hour, please sign-up today. You’ll find the sign-up book on the table just inside the Parish Hall entrance.

Questions?  Please contact Kathy Kilmer, 760.774.8233

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 for both the 8:00 a.m. and the 10:30 a.m. services.

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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