For Sunday December 3, 2023

St. Paul’s Holiday Office Open House

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: 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.

The Latino Ministry is collecting household items for a refugee family this winter. Sponsored by the Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Service organization that Troy Elder helps run, (IRIS), a list of items is below and in the narthex. See the collection box, read the list, go shopping, and consider bringing something that they will need. The festive service for the Virgin de Guadalupe, Dec. 13th, at 6 PM, is our beginning date, but we’ll collect things until Jan. 6th, the Feast of the Epiphany (Tres Los Reyes). Contact Bonnie Stroock for more information – 760-799-9336

Kitchen items – coffee mugs, cooking utensils, potholders, kitchen towels, can/bottle opener, silverware and holder (for 8), cutting board, colander, large garbage bags, dishwasher soap, scouring pads and sponges.

Bedroom – blankets, hangers, sheet sets and pillowcases (queen, double size), laundry soap, electric clock, pillows.

Bathroom – Toothbrushes, paste, and floss, first aid kit and thermometer, towel set, soap, waste basket, shower curtain and hooks, shampoo and conditioner, lotion, toilet brush, toilet cleaner.

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

Rectors’ Discretionary Fund

The first Sunday of the month loose-plate offerings (i.e., general giving, not pledged giving) will be designated for the Rectors’ Discretionary Fund (sometimes referred to as “Benevolence.”) This fund is to be disbursed at the rectors’ discretion to help those in immediate need, and payments usually go directly toward the most crucial bills (rent, food, medical costs, et cetera).

Christmas Flower Offerings

‘Tis the Season! If you would like to contribute toward the cost of poinsettias, please use the special offering envelopes found in the pew pockets. Deadline for inclusion in our published Christmas flower donor listing is Wednesday, December 20. Your donated flowers may be collected after Christmas to distribute to those who couldn’t attend services in person, or for your own enjoyment at home.

Legacy Society

Who are you?

Jerome “Jerry” Di Noto

How long have you been at St. Paul’s and what brought you here?

I’ve been a parishioner at St. Paul’s since 2008 and received in 2012. I was the Liturgy director for the Dignity community before that and we held services at St. Paul’s. When the RC Diocese found out about my involvement, I lost my position as principal of one of their schools. This was after a 40 year career in Catholic school diocesan local administration in various dioceses. As such, I found myself ostracized and without a spiritual community and made the most brave and heart wrenching decision of my life to leave the RC Church. Fr. Green was made aware of my situation and extended an invitation to “come and see.” The rest is history as I found a welcoming community and a theology that ran parallel to my own theological training and beliefs.

What keeps you here?

St. Paul’s is my spiritual hub and community. I feel grounded here and have been, and am, grateful to have served in many ways over the years.

Why did you join the Legacy Society?

I joined the Legacy Society to state that I support and will remember St. Paul’s after I die.

What are your big dreams for St. Paul’s future as we continue through our annual stewardship season?

That we continue to grow and become a more demographically diverse community and continue to increase our service to our geographic community. Our mission statement states we are a welcoming, empowering and supportive community. I would rather say, we strive to be a welcoming, empowering, inclusive and supportive community. We’re not there yet, but with God’s help and our labors we will get there. I believe the Episcopal Church is larger than a white, Anglo-centered church.

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 www.lectionarypage.net and click on December 10, 2023, Advent II.

Upcoming Meetings & Events at St Paul’s

  • Sunday, December 3 – 3:00 PM – Advent Lessons & Carols
  • Tuesday, December 5 – 3:00-7:00 PM – Holiday Office Open House Party
  • Tuesday, December 5 – 5:00-7:00 PM – Advent Spirituality – The Taming of the Shrew
  • Wednesday, December 6 – 4:30 PM – Social Justice Committee meeting – Library
  • Wednesday, December 6 – 6:30 – Advent Poetry – In the Choir Loft
  • Thursday, December 7 – 1:00 – Campus Care Committee meeting – Library
  • Thursday, December 7 – 3:30-5:00 PM – Advent Bereavement Group – Library
  • Saturday, December 9 – 9:00 AM-3:00 PM – Advent Painting Retreat – Parish Hall
  • Tuesday, December 12 – 5:00-7:00 PM – Advent Spirituality – The Taming of the Shrew
  • Wednesday, December 13 – 6:00 PM – Mid-week Eucharist – The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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