For Sunday, December 1st

Deck the Halls!

Calling all Elves! We’re looking for volunteers to decorate the Parish Hall and Parish Office on Tuesday, December 10, starting at 10:00 AM.

We will decorate the interior of the church on Sunday, December 22, following the 10:30 Service.

We have engaged a  professional firm to take charge of the exterior church decorating on Tuesday, December 3, just in time for the annual Festival of Lights Parade.

Christmas Flower Offering

If you would like to contribute toward the cost of Christmas flowers, please use the special offering envelopes found in the pew pockets.

The Messiah Concert

The 25th Annual Community Presentation of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah is scheduled for Sunday, December 1 at 3:00 PM, at the Palm Springs Seventh-Day Adventist Church (620 South Sunrise Way). Many of the Coachella Valley’s top musical artists will perform.

You are welcome to sing along with the chorus during many parts of the concert, including the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Doors open at 2:30. Refreshments will be served following the concert. The concert is free. For more information contact the SDA Church office at 760.327.5112.

Advent Season and Christmas at St. Paul’s

Tuesdays, December 3, 10 and 17
Stations of the Nativity: 6:00 PM

Thursday, December 5
Advent Taize Service: 7:00 PM

Sunday, December 15
A service of Lessons & Carols for Advent 10:30 AM — Plan to join us at this annual service of word and song anticipating the coming of the King of kings. Readings and music give voice to the hopes and prayers of the Season.

Tuesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve
Carols — 5:45 PM
Family Service — 6:00 PM
(Childcare available)

Carols — 10:45 PM
Midnight Mass — 11:00 PM
(A light reception follows)

Wednesday December 25 — Christmas Day
Holy Communion and Carols — 10:30 AM

Taize Service

Begin your Advent Season by experiencing our next Taize service, offered on Thursday, December 5 at 7:00 PM, in the Church.

As one person said, “The simple refrains that capture the attention of the soul and break through the noise of our lives seize our spirits and give us courage.”

With Nathan’s retirement scheduled for February, this will be our last Taize service under his direction. Join us as we share scripture and silence. All are welcome.

Author Joan Chittister

St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Palm Desert, hosts world renowned author Joan Chittister who will share her passion for God, justice and life, Saturday, December 7 at 1:00 PM.  Reception and book signing follow at 3:00 PM.

Author and Benedictine Nun Sister Joan Chittister has been a passionate voice for social justice and women’s rights for over 50 years. Sister Joan’s message invites us to participate in a vision for a world greater than the one in which we find ourselves today.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at St. Margaret’s, 47535 Hwy 74, Palm Desert, CA or at Eventbrite Tickets.

Parish Life Book Club

The Parish Life Book Club is a group of people who enjoy reading and talking about the books they read. New members are always welcome.

The next Book Club meeting will be held on December 3, 2019, at 1:00 PM in the Library. For December, Book Club has selected The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor. This is a spellbinding historical novel about a woman who befriends Ethel and Julius Rosenberg and is drawn into their world of intrigue.

For more information please contact Alan Zimmerman at

Grateful Heart: 2020 Pledge

A hearty “thank you” to all who have submitted their 2020 pledge cards. As of Tuesday, we have received 122 pledges representing a total of $250,000. (Last year, our total amount pledged was $410,000.  Our goal this year is to equal or exceed that amount.)

We are still accepting pledge cards, which can be found in the pew pockets. You can submit your pledge card by placing it in an offering plate or by mailing it to the Parish Office. You may also call the office to report your 2020 Pledge.

Social Justice – Gun Violence

On Sunday, December 15, St. Paul’s will join other churches and organizations throughout the United States to participate in the 7th annual commemoration of the tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook elementary School.

Please show your support by wearing orange on the 15th and by donating to Sandy Hook Promise Foundation to help protect more children from gun violence and prevent another tragedy like Sandy Hook. Please make your check payable to St. Paul’s and write “Sandy Hook” on the memo line (or on your cash donation envelope).

Social Justice Outreach

The Social Justice Committee would like to extend sincere and heartfelt thanks to those who have so generously supported our outreach to those in need with donations of “gently used” clothing and openhanded financial gifts. Looking forward, the Committee has chosen three projects for our Christmas Outreach Program in our continuing ministry to the needy in our community:

Adopt a Family, Father’s Heart Ranch and the LGBTQ Sanctuary. Your donations will help make the Holidays brighter for the needy people served by these programs. Please make your check payable to St. Paul’s and note “Social Justice Christmas” on the memo line.

If you have any questions or want to know more about the three projects we have chosen to support, please contact Lena Granet at 760.322.2179.

Nathan’s Retirement

After over 19 years as our Director of Music, Nathan Ensign has announced his last Sunday with us will be February 16, 2020. Please save the date; more information to follow.

Home Eucharists are coming!

Home Eucharists are meaningful and memorable occasions for both a social and spiritual experience. Below are the dates and locations for each of our planned gatherings. Please let the hosts know if you are coming, and plan to bring something by way of potluck to support the event. Start time for each is 6:00 PM sharp (so we can all begin together). The evenings will be informal and relaxed. Guests will meet in a living room-type setting, reflecting on the readings as a group, and then gather around the dinner table for Eucharist. Food and fellowship will follow. The idea is to experience Eucharist in a more “early Church” manner and enjoy each other’s company. So, contact a host and join us for informal Eucharistic fellowship and great food.

December 12 Hosts:
John and Lena Granet, 1510 S Cerritos Dr, Palm Springs, 760.322.2179

January 23 Host:
Kathy Kilmer, 68865 Jarana Road, Cathedral City, 760.774.8233

February 13 Host:
Sharon Strong, 2147 Via Mazatlan, Palm Springs, 760.285.8910

March 12 Hosts:
Stan Deller and David Weir, 921 N Camino Condor, Palm Springs, 760.778.6713

May 14 Hosts:
Larry Wilson and Ray Tackett, 65060 N Cliff Circle, Desert Hot Springs, 760.671.6233

Children’s Ministry Calendar

December 2019

December 1, 4:00-6:00 PM First Sunday Supper — Parish Hall
December 15, 10:30 AM — Monthly Sunday School Class
December 22, 10:20 AM — Children’s Sunday Worship Servicer
December 24, 6:00 PM – Family Christmas Eve Service

For additional information, contact Children’s Ministry Leaders Deana and Ken Huff at 760.992.4138  or email

Adult Faith Building

Sundays at 9:15 AM in the Library: The Episcopal Café
The Adult Faith Building Program offers courses, workshops, lectures and discussion groups on varied theological, biblical and spirituality topics.

12/1: Customs and Traditions of Advent
Led by Jerry Di Noto

12/8: The Color Blue: A Reflection on Romans 15:4-13
Led by Rev. Canon Victoria Hatch

12/15: Are YOU the one who is to come?
Led by Alan Zimmerman

12/22: God IS with Us!
Led by Rev. Canon David Caffrey

12/29: NO SESSION – Christmas Recess

December Tuesdays at 6:00 PM in the Church

Dec 3, 10, and 17Stations of the Nativity
This Advent prayerful meditation (done in the style of the Stations of the Cross) is based on fourteen events surrounding the Nativity of Jesus.

Save the Dates

Accepting God’s Gift of Faith Program 2020

Twelve weekly sessions, consecutive Tuesday evenings, February 4 – April 21. This program is for adults who wish to explore what it means to be a Christian in the Episcopal tradition. The program culminates with Baptism, Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation, Bishop Susan presiding, Sunday, April 26, 2020, 10:30 AM. More information to follow.

In Memoriam

Gayland Devers

Lorraine Jenkins

Patron Wilson

Sheila D. Maynard

Ken Olson

Rob Fischer

Auggie Matt

Chiquita Jones

Ron Burke

Coffee Hour after Services

We hope you will join us for coffee and conversation in the Parish Hall following our Sunday morning services.

Coffee Hour after the 10:30 service is hosted by Roberto Thais and Skip Swanlund in memory of Lucy Telles and Betty Swanlund.

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.

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Alzheimer’s Coachella Valley (ACV)

The Dementia Caregiver Support Group at St Paul’s meets every Tuesday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM in an air-conditioned room in the Parish Hall. For more information, please see the program flyer or call Chuck Olsen, ACV Support Group Facilitator, at 760.667.3100.

As a reminder, the weekly meetings are intended for care givers only.

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 Friday. The office is closed on Mondays.

Should you call on Monday 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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