For Sunday, October 13th
Newcomers Welcoming Session
Sunday, October 27
If you want to join St. Paul’s or learn more about the parish, come to this single session class led by Jerry Di Noto. In this informal setting, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about St. Paul’s and learn how to become a member.
Join us at 9:15 AM in the Parish Hall Conference Room.
Blessing of the Animals
Thanks to all who participated last Saturday, October 5th!
Palm Springs Pride
ST. PAUL’S PARADES/SPECIAL EVENTS TEAM is organizing our contingent in the Palm Springs Pride Parade, Sunday Nov. 3rd. Your support and participation demonstrate who we are as a faith community and is greatly appreciated. Walkers, riders and drivers are needed.
Sign-up sheets for the parade are in the Narthex (church lobby), in the Parish Hall and the Office. There will be some seats available in cars for individuals who need to ride.
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 Tuesday, November 5, at 1:00 PM in the Library. For the November meeting we will discuss Anne Lamott’s “Almost Everything: Notes on Hope.” This profound and funny book calls for each of us to rediscover the hope and wisdom that are buried with us and can make life sweeter than we ever imagined.
For more information please contact Alan Zimmerman at firstname.lastname@example.org
All Saints Day
In our annual observance of All Saints’ Day, we recognize and celebrate our relationship with all Saints who have gone before us. We invite you to offer the names of loved ones who have passed away in the last twelve months. If you have submitted names in the past, please do not resubmit them. They are a part of a permanent parish record and will be remembered along with those newly added.
The names of our Saints will be celebrated during All Saints’ Day services the weekend of November 2 & 3. You can submit names by adding them to registers located in the Parish Hall and the Narthex, or by calling the Parish Office. Please submit all names by Tuesday, October 29.
“With candlelit altar and icons, simple refrains capture the attention of the soul. They break through the noise of our lives to seize our spirits and give us courage.”
You are invited to be a part of our next monthly Taize service on Thursday, November 7 at 7:00 PM in the church.
Children’s Fall Festival
Our Children’s Ministry Community Fall Festival is scheduled for Sunday, October 20, 1:00 – 4:00 PM. We are looking for volunteers to assist with the production of this fun event so if you’re interested, please contact Children’s Ministry Leaders Deana and Ken Huff at 760.992.4138 or email@example.com.
Volunteers are needed for event set up / take down, game table supervision, face painting, food service, etc. Representatives from the Palm Springs Police and Fire Departments will be on hand for the Festival and two donated bicycles will be given away. This event is free to all children and families in our community so please spread the word to those you know. Event flyers will be available for distribution soon.
First Sunday Suppers – The Children’s Ministry will launch our First Sunday Suppers on Sunday, October 6, 4:00 – 6:00 PM in the Parish Hall. All parishioners and friends are welcome to attend. At this First Sunday Supper, we will begin with a craft exercise and end with a pizza party. The First Sunday Suppers will take place on the first Sunday of every month, with different activities and food planned for each. We intend this to be an intergenerational activity and one that will help introduce new families and children of all ages to our Children’s Ministry programs. The event is free to all, so please invite your family and friends.
For additional information, contact Children’s Ministry Leaders Deana and Ken Huff at 760.992.4138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY CALENDAR
October – December 2019
October 6, 4:00 PM – First Sunday Supper – Parish Hall
October 20, 10:30 AM – Monthly Sunday School Class
October 20, 1:00-4:00 PM – Fall Festival Community Event
October 27, 10:30 AM – Children’s Sunday Worship Service
November 3, 4:00-6:00 PM – First Sunday Supper – Parish Hall
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
Donate Used Prescription Glasses
The Greater Palm Springs Lions Club is now collecting used prescriptions glasses at St. Paul’s. If you have used glasses (even if broken), please consider dropping them in the box in the Narthex (lobby) of the Church. George Holliday will pick up the donated glasses and give them to the Greater Palm Springs Lions Club.
If you have questions, please contact Lena Granet at 760.322.2179
Social Justice: Gun Violence/Prevention
Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit corporation in Washington, DC, reported that as of September 30 (day 273 of the year), there have been 316 mass shootings in the U.S., an average of more than one mass shooting each day. There have been 42,169 incidents of gun violence and 11,194 deaths. Gun violence incidents have increased in 2019. Please help bring an end to this tragic problem by supporting organizations actively working to eliminate the growing epidemic of gun violence.
Contact the Brady Campaign, Gifford’s Courage, Guns Down, Moms Demand Action and Bishops Against Gun Violence.
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.
Long-time parishioner, Jeannette DeBonne died on Sept. 25th. Among other things, Jeannette was a harpist and a painter. She graced us with her harp playing over the years at many Sunday services, and she is the artist of the Church’s Holy Spirit logo, the painting of which is displayed above our baptismal font. May she rest in Peace. (Arrangements for Jeannette DeBonne’s funeral at St. Paul’s will be announced in a future bulletin.)
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.
10/13: Returning from the Land of Illness: A Reflection on 2 Kings 5:1-15
Led by Karen Nelson
10/20: Wrestling and Blessing: A Reflection on Genesis 32:22-31
Led by Gary Scott
10/27: Paul’s Final Thoughts: A Reflection on 2 Timothy
Led by Alan Zimmerman
Tuesdays at 6:00 – 7:30 PM, in the Library
Violence & Religion: A video and discussion series which explores factors that contribute to violence in the name of religion.
10/15: Islam, Violence & Islamophobia
Led by Gary Scott and Team
10/22: Religion & Justification of War
Led by Jerry Di Noto
10/29: Sexuality, Morality, Violence & Punishment
Led by Alan Zimmerman
Coffee Hour after Services
We hope you will join us for coffee and conversation in the Parish Hall following our Sunday morning services.
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.