For Saturday, November 5, 2022

Pride weekend (November 5-6) worship service schedule changes

This weekend we have a single service on Saturday evening at 5pm so that our parish can march in the Palm Springs Pride Parade here in our neighborhood on Sunday. Our Pride Mass will include the Episcopal clergy and laity from our sister parishes in the Coachella Valley: St. John’s, Indio and St. Margaret’s, Palm Desert. We will also be celebrating the marriage of Adam Swinney and Wesley Henry, parishioners of St. Paul’s. Please come out and join this beautiful expression of Episcopal unity and inclusive love! There will be no services on Sunday, November 6th.

Adam Swinney and Wesley Henry

Palm Springs Pride Parade, Sunday November 6

Join the three Coachella Valley Episcopal Churches in a unified march in this year’s Pride Parade.  Your support and participation in demonstrating who we are as a faith community by our involvement in this public event is greatly appreciated. Walkers, riders, and drivers are needed and here is the link to sign up:  https://forms.gle/9MfGncngM51NJ2YCA

We are entry number 35. The vehicles must be in place and staged by 9:00 AM. The Parade kicks off at 10:00 AM and marchers should be in place at number 35 by then.  There will be some seats available in cars for individuals who want to ride. The Lutheran Church is offering a “Street Eucharist” at 9:30 AM. Parishioners should meet in St. Paul’s parking lot at 9:00 AM if they want to walk to join the Eucharist.

March with St Pauls at Pride 2022

Fall Back – Sunday, November 6, 2022
Daylight Saving Time Ends

If you are still irked about losing that hour of sleep last March when most of the country went on Daylight Saving Time, here’s some good news – you get it back on Sunday, November 6 when DST ends at 2:00 AM.  You’ll need to set your clocks back (“fall back”) one hour before going to bed on Saturday.  It’s a good idea to REPLACE the batteries in all your smoke and CO2 detectors the same weekend.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the following events!

  • Wednesday – November 9 – 6:30 PM – Stewardship Committee meeting (library)
  • Thursday, November 10 – 1:00 PM – Campus Care/Property Committee meeting (library)
  • Friday, November 11 – 3:30 PM – Palm Springs Veterans Day Parade – Palm Canyon Drive
  • Saturday, November 19 – 6:00 PM – Movie Night on the Lawn – “The Hundred Foot Journey”
  • Wednesday, November 30 – 10:00 AM – Social Justice Ministry – Sundries and Clothing Distribution

Download our Fall 2022 Church calendar! (PDF)

Emergency Preparedness Sunday – November 13th

After the 8:00AM and the 10:30AM service, the Emergency Preparedness Team will present and share how St. Paul’s can be prepared for natural disasters (e.g., earthquakes, floods, etc.), active shooters, medical events, fire, and other unforeseen emergencies.

Access to an online tool specifically created for St. Paul’s will be introduced. This tool is useful for outside the church as well and can be shared with family and friends. So, plan to be a church this Sunday and discover how St. Paul’s and YOU can be the best prepared for any emergency.

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

Fall Patio Parties

Our Strategic Planning Process is off and running and YOU are invited to share your thoughts and meet new parishioners.

Sign up for one of our Patio Parties!

Tues. Nov. 8th (4-6PM) (Palm Springs)

Special Snowbirds Patio Party on Tues. Nov. 15th (6-8PM) (Palm Springs)

Located at different parishioners’ homes, each Patio Party will be limited to 15 people.

Led by members of the Strategic Planning Team and joined by our co-rectors, come and be part of dynamic conversations about the future of St. Paul’s!

Host homes will provide drinks. Feel free to bring an appetizer or desert to share.

Sign up at the church or online at: https://tinyurl.com/Patio-Parties

Book Club

The next Book Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at 1:00 PM via Zoom. For November, Book Club has selected Never by Ken Follett. Never is an action-packed, globe-spanning novel set in the present day, full of heroines and villains, false prophets, elite warriors, jaded politicians, and opportunistic revolutionaries. It brims with cautionary wisdom for our times, and delivers a visceral, heart-pounding read to the brink of the unimaginable.Meeting information will follow later.

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

Saturday, November 26, 6:00 PM

Don’t know what to do to celebrate the start of the liturgical year???  MOGO Silent Disco Tour is here to help!  Turn up the volume on your headset and take an exhilarating strance (that’s “stroll” and “dance”) through town, boogeying down every block on our own private parade. Put on your wildest New Year’s Eve outfit (kaftans, cowboy hats, boas and sequins are encouraged!) and bust a move in front of some of Palm Springs’ most Instagram-worthy spots; have a random dance with that cute stranger walking by; dust off that slick routine you created in your basement and show it off in front of the beautiful San Jacinto mountains. Join us for a mobile disco you’ll never forget! MOGO Silent Disco covers about 1.25 miles and lasts approximately 60 minutes. All ages are welcome. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. $20 per person at time of signup.

Join Parish Life and your co-rectors as St. Paul’s boogies down the street! Disco ball drops at the end of the night.

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

Parish Directory Project

Our new Parish Directory will include member photographs. If you missed the photo shoot on Sunday, October 9, please contact the Parish Office at 760.320.7488 to make alternative arrangements to get your picture in the directory.

Prayers of the Church

For the Anglican Communion, and for the Church of England, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York.

For the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, The Reverend Canon E. Mark Stevenson, Diocesan Bishop-Elect, The Right Reverend, Susan Ellyn Goff, Bishop Suffragan.

For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Right Reverend Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the Chaplains of the Armed Forces; for members of Religious Orders, especially the Society of St. Paul; for St. Paul’s delegates and co-rectors as they represent our parish at the Diocesan Convention, November 11-12.

For those commended to our prayers: Gary Koch, Terri & Judi Miller-Steele, Joe Christopher, Angela Fairbanks, Jody Collins, Bonnie Ong, Jeff Bonnell, John Ketcham, Betty Spencer, Chloe Grace Wilson Barton, Rob Porter, Ralph Humphrey, Paula Davis, Didier, Emma Brown, Dirk Beach-Barrow, Ruth Wylie, Carolyn & Zachary Scott, Tom Lutgen, Brian Nealy; pray for all those for whom no prayers have been said.

For those who have died: Laurine Di Rocco, Richard Johnson, William Allen, Gwendolyn Franklin, Fred Seldin, Octavious Russell. 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 7: Mark Berry; November 8: Christopher Nance; November 9: Patrick Jarvis, Mick Welch; November 10: Terrie Donohue; November 12: Pete Conley, Norma Graves.

For those for whom flowers have been donated: Today’s Altar Flowers are sponsored by Michelle Hathaway in thanksgiving for her husband’s birthday and for the anniversary of her daughter and son-in-law. Altar Flowers are also sponsored by Adam Swinney & Wesley Henry in celebration of their marriage.

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 www.stpaulsps.org, and click on “This Week’s Scriptures” in the Worship Services box. From the calendar, select November 13, the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost.

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.

LiveStream Assistant Trainees Needed

We were unable to livestream the August 28th 10:30 service, as is our usual practice, due to technical limitations.  The problems we encountered underscore our need for more volunteers to get involved in the production of our weekly broadcasts.  We currently have no depth in the ranks of trained technicians to operate our audiovisual equipment.  If you think you might be interested in being trained in this technology, we’d like to talk to you.  The work is fun, it’s not difficult, and there is no prior experience required.  We have technical experts 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 .

Palm Springs Police Officers Association Memorial Ride

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

If you are not a current subscriber to our weekly electronic newsletter, it’s easy to sign up.  Just go to www.stpaulsps.org, scroll down to find “Join Our E-Mail List,” enter your email address – and you’re all set.  You will receive the newsletter each week, usually on Fridays.

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: https://www.youtube.com/user/StPaulintheDesert or on our Facebook timeline: https://www.facebook.com/stpaulinthedesert

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  (https://support.episcopalrelief.org/).  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.

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