For Sunday, October 20th

Transition Update

Applications for membership on the Transition Committee were sent by email to parishioners who have email addresses on file and by regular mail for those without email. The applications are also available on the Diocesan website. Application deadline: Close of Business on November 8, 2019

All parishioners in good standing are invited to apply. The two major responsibilities of the Committee are to oversee the completion of the Parish Profile, which will be used by the Diocese to solicit qualified applicants for our Rector position, and to review and recommend Rector candidates to the Vestry.

Palm Springs Pride & Veterans’ Day Parades

The PARADES/SPECIAL EVENTS TEAM is organizing our contingents in the PS Pride Parade, Sunday November 4, and in the Veterans’ Day Parade, Monday November 11. Your participation in these public events demonstrates who we are as a faith community; walkers, riders and drivers are needed.

Sign-up sheets for the parades are in the Narthex, in the Parish Hall and in the Office. There will be some seats available in cars for individuals who need them. Whether you choose to walk, drive or ride, don’t forget to wear your Parish Tee Shirt. Please see an usher if you need to purchase one.

Women’s Sacred Circle

Wednesday, October 23, 1:30 PM

The Sacred Circle meets weekly to share and discuss biblical and current topics, as well as personal experiences which reflect the topics in real life. Contact Sharon Strong (760) 285-8910 or Audrey Spencer (760) 835-5506 for the location of this meeting and for dates/locations of future meetings.

Social Action/Outreach Committee

Social Action/Outreach Committee’s next meeting date is Thursday, October 24 in St. Paul’s Library at 7:00 PM. Please plan on attending.

Desert Blind & Handicapped Concert

Desert Blind and Handicapped is sponsoring a Benefit Concert next Saturday, October 26, at 6:30 PM at Temple Isaiah, 332 West Alejo Road, Palm Springs.

Tickets are $75 per person. Appetizers and drinks are included in the ticket price. Purchase tickets at

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.

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.

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!

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

Taize Service

“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 Ministry

Children’s Fall Festival

Our Children’s Ministry Community Fall Festival is scheduled for Sunday, October 20, 1:00 – 4:00 PM. Join us for games, face painting, food and fun. 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.

First Sunday Suppers – The Children’s Ministry launched our First Sunday Suppers program, October 6. We began the festive evening with a craft exercise and ended 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. All are welcome. For additional information, contact

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

October – December 2019

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

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.

In Memoriam

Jeannette DeBonne

Ginger Baker

Jessye Norman

Mary Lou Feenstra, a long time parishioner, passed away peacefully at her home at Hallmark Palm Springs on Monday evening, October 14.  Daughters Claudia Freeman and Julia Harding were at her side.  Among other things, Mary Lou was a gifted attorney, a faithful Vestry member and, for many years, a loyal supporter of St. Paul’s ministry at Roy’s Desert Resource Center.  May she rest in peace.  (Mary Lou’s cremains will be placed in the Columbarium, next to her husband, Ken.  Arrangements for a memorial service 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.

10/20: 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.

10/22: 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.

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