For Sunday, November 20, 2022

Saturday, November 26, 6:00 PM

Celebrate the start of the Liturgical New Year at the MOGO Silent Disco Tour. Join us for a mobile disco you’ll never forget Saturday, November 26, 6:00 PM. All ages are welcome; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Anyone who would like to see us off is welcome to join us for a New Year’s toast! $20 per person due at sign-up to hold your reservation. As of today, there are only three openings remaining!

For more information, or to sign up, contact Nancy Antonius

Movie night on the church lawn!

Saturday November 19, 2022
6:00 PM

The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey is about how the hundred-foot distance between a new Indian kitchen and a traditional French one can represent the gulf between different cultures and desires.  A testament to the inevitability of destiny, this is a fable for the ages – charming, endearing, and compulsively entertaining.

You’re invited to bring a bucket of chicken, pizza, sandwiches, or a hamburger and join friends on the lawn at St. Paul to watch the movie on our large, inflatable movie screen. Bring a camp chair, a blanket to sit on, a blow-up mattress, or your favorite velvet chaise lounge chair to comfortably join in the fun of a movie under the stars. Drinks and popcorn provided! The movie is free, but donations are always welcome to offset the cost of viewing rights.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the following events!

  • Thursday, November 24 – 10:30 AM – Thanksgiving Eucharist – church
  • Saturday, November 26 – 6:00 PM – MOGO Silent Disco Tour
  • Sunday, November 27 (Advent I) – Immediately following the 10:30 service – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the reopening of our kitchen
  • Wednesday, November 30 – 10:00 AM – Social Justice Ministry – Sundries and Clothing Distribution
  • Sunday, December 3 – 3:00 PM – Advent Lessons & Carols – Join us for the sounds of the season at St. Paul’s!
  • Tuesday, December 6 – 3:00 – 7:00 PM – Parish Office Holiday Open House

Don’t forget to wear polka dots the next three weeks!

Download our Fall 2022 Church calendar! (PDF)

Best of the Desert

On Sunday, December 11th, the Desert Sun will be publishing The Best of the Desert Special Section recognizing the top three in each category, with special recognition for the first-place winner. The winner will be announced on December 6th. Thank you all for voting and helping St. Paul’s to be recognized as one of the top three best places to worship in the Coachella Valley!

Ribbon Cutting – Sunday, November 27

Join the Kitchen Care Team following the 10:30 Service as we kick off the liturgical New Year and celebrate the reopening of our remodeled kitchen with a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony. More details forthcoming.

Advent Lessons & Carols

Sunday, December 3 – 3:00 PM

Join us for the sounds of the season at St. Paul’s! More details to follow.

Parish Office Holiday Open House

Tuesday, December 6 – 3:00–7:00 PM

Come visit the offices and celebrate the holidays with the staff of St. Paul’s! Check out the recently remodeled Music Cottage, enjoy holiday music, and chat with one another about all things Holidays.  Drop in when you can, whether for a moment or the entire afternoon!

Winter Coat Donations Needed

Now that cooler weather has arrived in the desert, the Social Justice Ministry is seeking donations of new or gently used winter coats and jackets to distribute to our needy neighbors. Winter hats, scarves and gloves are also appreciated. Remember, donated used clothing should first be dry cleaned. Please place your donated items in the collection “barrels” located in the narthex.

Latino & Social Justice Ministries

The Latino Ministry and Social Justice Ministry have scheduled a joint off-site meeting for Wednesday, December 7, 5:30 PM, at the home of Lena and John Granet.  The evening will begin with a light dinner followed by a simple spoken Eucharist and a planning session. Please RSVP to Lena at or call 760.969.8431.

The Desert Baroque 2022-2023 Concert Season

Opens December 2 with “The Expansion of Time” as we explore two centuries of the beloved tune, “Folies d’Espagna” as heard in Spain, France, and Germany.  Alice Robbins, Viola da gamba and our own Margaret Irwin-Brandon, harpsichord are featured.  The 2023 Concerts are scheduled for “First Fridays” at 7:00 PM (January 6, February 3, March 3) with an additional concert scheduled for March 31, all presented at The Artists Center at the Galen, 72567 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA.  Tickets on sale now at

Mid-week Services

Come worship with us at Evening Prayer or, for select weeks, a simple spoken Mass (Contemplative Eucharist), one or the other, offered Wednesdays at 6:00 PM. The church will be open the hour prior (5:00-6:00 PM) for silent, socially distanced personal prayer. Come and rest.

NOTE:  There will not be a Wednesday evening service November 23. We will worship on Thursday, November 24, Thanksgiving Day at 10:30 AM.

Book Club

The next Book Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at 1:00 PM, via Zoom. Meeting information will follow later. For December, Book Club has selected Less by Andrew Sean Greer. A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of lyricism and beauty.

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

St. Paul’s Ridesharing

Several St. Paul’s parishioners need an occasional ride to church. If you would like to be part of a team of rotation rideshare drivers, please email

A burial Mass

Is planned for Covert E. “Pete” Parnell, III, at 11:00 AM, November 19, 2022. Committal in St. Paul’s Columbarium will follow. Pete died October 30, 2022. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.


Prayers of the Church

For the Anglican Communion, and for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby; for the Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean, The Most Reverend James Richard Wong, Archbishop and Primate.

For the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia, The Right Reverend Matthew Davis Cowden, Bishop.

For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Right Reverend Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of St. Paul’s, Yuma; for the Dioceses of Province VIII: Oregon, San Diego, San Joaquin, Spokane, Taiwan, and Utah; let us give thanks this week for all the blessings we have received.

For those commended to our prayers: AJ Miller, Tom Ranier, Nuan Pan & Burt, Adair, Genie Bell, Maria, Cat Conner, Frank Riviers, Gary Koch, Terri & Judi Miller-Steele, Joe Christopher, Angela Fairbanks, Jody Collins, Bonnie Ong, Jeff Bonnell, John Ketcham, Betty Spencer, Tom Lutgen, Brian Nealy; pray for all those for whom no prayers have been said.

For those who have died: Joe Callanan, David De St. Cyr, Covert E. “Pete” Parnell, III, Gene Cipriano, Emanuel Manning, Christopher Manning, Laurine Di Rocco, Richard Johnson, William Allen, Gwendolyn Franklin. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

For those with birthdays: November 21: Virginia Brown, Mario Bustios; November 22: The Rev. Canon Anthony Jewiss, Carmen Vasquez; November 23: Howard Cecil; November 24: Katie Martin; November 25: Patrick Von Bargen.

For those celebrating their anniversaries: November 22: Sandra Shaw & Bruce Blauvelt; November 23: Warren Safley & Jim Crumby; November 24: Raffaele Alberto & Don Chase; November 25: Gary Scott & David Hayden; November 26: George Holliday & Rick Tinsley.

For those for whom flowers have been donated: Today’s Altar Flowers are sponsored by George Holliday and Rick Tinsley in thanksgiving for their anniversary, and by Chuck Coursey in loving memory of Tom Baxley.

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 Weekly print deadline is Wednesday noon.

For next Sunday’s Lectionary readings, go to, and click on “This Week’s Scriptures” in the Worship Services box. From the calendar, select November 27, the First Sunday of Advent.

LiveStreaming Technical Operators Needed

We currently depend upon a small pool of technicians to operate our audiovisual equipment and we’d like to have more volunteers involved in the production of our weekly broadcasts. If you think you might be interested in being trained in this technology, we’d like to talk to you. The work is challenging and there is no prior experience required, but a background in radio, TV, or production will be helpful. (Even if you were an A/V nerd in high school!) We have operators who are available to do the training. Our hope is to get enough trained production assistants so the time commitment for any given individual would be lessened.

Think you might be interested?  Contact Rev. Dan at 760.320.7488 ext. 223 or .

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.

The Abundant Life E-List

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If the newsletter ends up in your spam/junk folder, simply add to your email address book.

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:

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.

Sunday 8:00 AM Service Vaccination/Masking Update

St. Paul’s Vestry recently revised the vaccination/masking requirements for Sunday 8:00 AM Worship and dispensed with the pre-service check-in requirement.  Masks and Vaccines are strongly recommended, but no longer required. Altar ministers, clergy and ushers will continue masking.

Episcopal News Services

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