For Sunday, November 10th

Veterans’ Day Parade

Monday, November 11th

The Parades/Special Events Team has organized our contingent in the Palm Springs Veterans’ Day Parade, Monday, November 11. Walkers, riders and drivers are encouraged to participate – it’s not too late to sign-up. Rosters are in the Narthex, Parish Hall and Office. There will be a limited number of seats available in cars.


Grateful Heart: 2020 Pledge

A hearty “thank you” to all who have submitted their 2020 pledge cards. We hope to be in receipt of all 2020 pledges by next Sunday, November 17. Pledge cards can be found in the pew pockets and in the Narthex.

You can submit your pledge card by placing it in a weekend offering plate or by mailing it to the Parish Office.

Potluck Supper!

The Fall Parish Potluck Supper is quickly approaching! It’s scheduled for Thursday, November 14, in the Parish Hall, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.

Sign-up sheets are in the Narthex and in the Parish Hall. Please add your name and specify what you want to bring to share (main dish, veggies, salad, dessert, beverage – whatever you think others will enjoy). It will be a great opportunity to be with friends, old and new, during our time of transition. Your assistance with cleaning up after the potluck is always appreciated. See you there!

The Latino Ministry Memorial Altar

Has a family member passed away recently, or has a special pet died? Show your love for them by bringing their photo or a small favorite belonging to put on a Memorial Altar. On November 10 and 17, on the East Wall table in the Parish Hall, we will reverence a collection of memory items. Please label items with your name and a phone number so they can be returned to you.

The Latino Ministry – Bonnie Stroock 760.324.7949.

Thanksgiving Worship

Plan to worship with us Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28. Holy Eucharist at 10:30 AM with Fr. David.

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

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.

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.

Children’s Ministry

First Sunday Suppers

The Children’s Ministry launched the First Sunday Suppers program October 6. These gatherings take place on the first Sunday of every month, with different activities and food planned for each. They’re intergenerational by design and are intended to help introduce new families and children of all ages to St. Paul’s Children’s Ministry programs. The monthly events are free to all, so please invite your family and friends. All are welcome.

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

November – December 2019

November 17, 10:30 AM — Monthly Sunday School Class
November 24, 10:30 AM – Children’s Sunday Worship Service

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

Prayers of the Church

Today, in Prayers of the Church, we are asked to pray for the Lusitanian Catholic Apostolic Evangelical Church.

The Lusitanian Catholic Apostolic Evangelical Church in Portugal is a member church of the Anglican Communion. Like all Anglican Communion churches, it recognizes the spiritual leadership of the Archbishop of Canterbury. In addition, the church is an extra-provincial diocese under the metropolitical authority of the archbishop. The current bishop is Jorge Pina Cabral.


The establishment of a constitutional monarchy in Portugal in 1834 granted limited religious toleration to non-Roman Catholics, and consequently led to the opening of an Anglican chapel in Lisbon. A second chapel was opened in 1868. The Anglican mission coincided with the growing influence of the Old Catholic movement in Portugal. Congregations were created from Catholic priests and laypeople who refused to accept the dogmas of the infallibility and universal ordinary jurisdiction of the Pope, as defined by the First Vatican Council in 1870.

The Lusitanian Church was formed in 1880 as representatives of these congregations met at a synod presided over by H.C. Riley, bishop of the newly formed mission in Mexico. The synod resulted in a constitution and a decision to abide by the doctrinal and liturgical standards of the Anglican Communion. In 1884, a Portuguese Book of Common Prayer was created, incorporating elements of Anglican, Roman, and Mozarabic liturgies. From the beginning the church was assisted by a Council of Bishops presided over by Lord Plunket, at that time Church of Ireland Bishop of Meath, and years afterwards there were some American Episcopal Bishops who provided Episcopal ministrations and pastoral care, particularly Bishops in Charge of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, until the consecration of the first Lusitanian Bishop in 1958.

Under the terms of the Bonn Agreement, the Lusitanian Church established full communion with various branches of the Anglican and Old Catholic Communions. Full integration into the Anglican Communion occurred in 1980 when the Church became an extra-provincial diocese under the metropolitical authority of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Worship and Liturgy

The Lusitanian Church embraces three orders of ministry: deacon, priest, and bishop. Increasingly, an emphasis is being placed on these orders working collaboratively within the wider ministry of the whole people of God. A Portuguese language Prayer Book is the basis of the Church’s liturgy.
In the early days of the church, a translation into Portuguese from 1849 of the 1662 edition of the Book of Common Prayer was used. In 1884 the church published its own prayer book based on the Anglican, Roman and Mozarabic liturgies. The intent was to emulate the customs of the primitive apostolic church.

The church has around 5,000 members.

Deck the Halls!

This year’s “Call for Elves” will be here before you know it! A professional firm will handle the outside decorating on Tuesday, December 3, just in time for the annual Festival of Lights Parade. We will call on our Elves to help decorate the interior of the church and the Parish Hall later in December. Watch this space for further details.

In Memoriam

Earl Smith

Ira Andersen

Archie Caddell

Mary Lou Feenstra

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.

11/10: An Attitude of Gratitude: Little things can make a big difference
Led by Alan Zimmerman

11/17: Developing a Discipline of Gratitude
Led by Karen Nelson

11/24: I’m Grateful for Being Better Than You!
Led by Br. John Charles

Tuesdays at 6:00 – 7:30 PM, in the Library

Lives of Great Christians:  “If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of God is resting on you.” (1 Peter 4:14)

11/12: Dietrich Bonhoeffer & Maximillian Koebe
Led by Br. John Charles

11/19: From Slavery to Martin Luther King, Jr.
Led by Alan Zimmerman

11/26: Gustavo Gutierrez and Liberation Theology
Led by Gary Scott

Coffee Hour after Services

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

This week: both the 8am and 10:30 am service Coffee Hours are being hosted the Social Justice Ministry.

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.

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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