For Sunday November 26, 2023

Thanksgiving & Advent Services

Newcomers’ Orientation

Sunday, November 26 – 9:00 AM – Church Library

If you’ve never attended one of these sessions, come to learn more about joining St. Paul in the Desert. Coffee & donuts provided.

Parish Choir News

We will have another choir opportunity for anyone interested: we will practice after the 10:30 postlude on November 12, November 19, and November 26 in order to sing at Lessons and Carols (3 PM, Dec. 3) and for Pink Sunday (10:30 worship) on December 17. It is not required that you sing both times, but it will be the same anthem and we will determine who is available for the two events. We will also talk about the feasibility of a Christmas Eve choir, though we will not be rehearsing for that yet. Everyone is invited to come and sing with us!

Advent Bereavement Group

If you are in a place of loss/grief, you are invited to join others in this four-week series, and travel together in hope to our “Blue Christmas: Longest Night Service.” Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 PM, in the library, beginning November 30. Sign-up roster is in the Narthex.

Advent Poetry / Taming of the Shrew class

Advent Retreat – Baking for Community

Saturday, December 2nd – 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Event CANCELLED due to unforeseen conflict.

Advent Retreat: Prepare to Paint

Saturday, December 9th, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

St. Paul’s Parish Hall

Prepare the way of the Lord in the desert by learning to paint a desert landscape! By the end of the class, you will have a 9” X 12” oil painting to take home as a Christmas gift. Cost: $20/person (for supplies). Bring a bag lunch. Sign up at the Welcome Table. Space is limited to 6 people.

Join St. Paul’s in Preparing for 2024, by turning in your DREAM BIG Pledge Card!


St. Paul’s Latino Ministry

St. Paul’s Latino Ministry invites you to visit the famous Cheech Museum of Chicano art on December 10th. We will drive into Riverside following the noon Coffee Hour, leaving from the church. The cost is $17 per person, $12 for seniors. The beautiful Mission Inn Christmas decorations will be a bonus on this field trip. RSVP to Bonnie Stroock at

Winter Clothing Donations Needed

Cooler weather is just around the corner and the Social Justice Ministry is seeking donations of new or gently used winter clothing to distribute to our needy neighbors. As in prior years, we expect a high demand for winter coats, jackets, and heavy sweaters, but hats, scarves, gloves, and other seasonal items are also appreciated. Please place your donated items in the collection baskets located in the Narthex. Our volunteers distribute these items from display tables set up in the Columbarium colonnade the last Wednesday of each month.

St. Paul’s Book Club

The next Book Club meeting will be held Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at 2:00 PM via Zoom. Meeting information will follow later. For December, Book Club has selected The Gospel According to James Baldwin by Greg Garrett. Baldwin’s writing critiques religion, culture, and discrimination, and in the witness of his life he holds up hope and the primacy of love despite all the difficulties of the present moment. Following in Baldwin’s footsteps, Garrett reflects on themes of equity, justice, and reconciliation.

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

Sunday’s Altar Flowers

“The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom . . .” Isaiah 35:1-2

Fresh flowers at the altar honor God and add to the beauty of our worship. If you would like to sponsor altar flowers for a future Sunday to commemorate a special person or event, you’ll find the sign-up book in the Narthex, or you can call the Parish Office at 760.320.7488 to reserve your sponsorship dates(s) A donation of $95 for each altar flower sponsorship is suggested.

Mid-week Services

You are invited to the church on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 PM each week for contemplative Eucharist/Evening Prayer.  The church will be open the hour prior (5:00-6:00 PM) for silent, personal prayer. Come and rest.

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 Nigeria, The Most Reverend Dr. Henry Chukwudum Ndukuba, Primate.

For the Episcopal Diocese of Western Kansas, The Right Reverend Mark Cowell, 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 blessings we have received; for the fifth bishop of San Diego, the Standing Committee and the Diocesan Staff, the Episcopal Church Center in Ocean Beach, its various ministries and the people it serves.

For those commended to our prayers: Bill Davis, Monte Hammer, Kenn Catterlin, Bill Brewer, Ben Palmer, Terry Garrity, Rus Butler, Joe Christopher, Rob Porter, Barry MacDonald, Steven Michael Chacon, Robert Menifee, Connie & Spencer, Dominic, Kurt Davis, Rosa Ealy-Zingg, Bonnie Stroock, Meg Irwin-Brandon, Sharon Pick, Alfred Boutté, Donald Hamilton, Quinci Vicory, Nico Cataneso, Jason Melfa, Thomas Root, Jodene Catterlin, Amelia Grinstead, Chloe Grace Wilson Barton, Marilyn De Silva Currie, Donald Chase, Greg Gowdy, Tom Lutgen; pray for all those for whom no prayers have been said.

For those who have died: Louis Thibault, Mike Wills, Mari Covell, Charlene Cash, William Tribble, Maudry Davis.

In MemoriamA funeral for Louis Thibault is scheduled for Saturday, December 2, 3:00 PM, at St. Paul in the Desert. Lou passed away November 10, 2023.

Rest eternal grant to these, your servants, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them. 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 27: Luis Valdez, David Hayden, Alan Glass; November 28: Allan Offermann; November 30: Rosalie Markley, Zachary Scott; December 2: Gary Price.

For those celebrating anniversaries: November 26: George Holliday & Rick Tinsley; November 28: Peter Smurthwaite & Patrick Von Bargen.

For those for whom flowers have been donated: Sunday’s Altar Flowers are sponsored by George Holliday & Rick Tinsley, in thanksgiving for their 29th anniversary, AND by Patrick Von Bargen & Peter Smurthwaite, in thanksgiving for their 9th anniversary.

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 . The weekly print deadline is Wednesday noon.

For next Sunday’s Lectionary readings, go to and click on December 3, 2023, Advent I.

Upcoming Meetings & Events at St Paul’s

  • Thursday, November 23 – 10:30 AM – Thanksgiving Day Eucharist
  • Sunday, November 26 – 9:00-10:00 AM – Christ the King Sunday – Newcomer Class – Library
  • Sunday, November 26 – 1:00 PM – Vestry Meeting – Library
  • Tuesday, November 28 – Daughters of the King – 1:30 PM, first half-hour, members only (closed session); 2:00 PM, open to visitors – Parish Hall Conference Room
  • Tuesday, November 28 – 5:00-7:00 PM – The Taming of the Shrew – Library
  • Wednesday, November 29 – 6:30 PM Advent Poetry Class – in choir loft after Eucharist
  • Thursday, November 30 – 3:30-5:00 PM – Advent Bereavement Group – Library
  • Tuesday, December 5 – 5:00-7:00 PM – The Taming of the Shrew – Library

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