For Sunday, October 24, 2021
Fall Family Festival
St. Paul’s Children’s Ministry presents the second annual community Family Fall Festival, Saturday October 23, from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, on the church campus at 125 W Alameda in Palm Springs.
Come join us and bring your family and friends for a fun-filled afternoon with festive booths, food, bike raffle and much more! Our special guests include representatives of the Palm Springs Police Department and Palm Springs Fire Department.
The event is totally FREE! Hope to see you there!
All Saints’ Day observance – Sunday, October 31, 2021
All Saints’ Day commemorates all saints, known and unknown, on November 1. It is one of seven principal feasts of the church year. The day has ancient beginnings. Christians in the Middle Ages wanted to set aside a day to acknowledge those who have gone before us, to root us into our spiritual family.
Our observance of this day at St. Paul’s will take place at the 10:30 service October 31. It will include the use of incense (hypoallergenic) as a sign of the prayers of all the saints, both in heaven and on earth. (Revelation 5:8).
Everyone is invited to bring a copy of a picture of saints in their lives and carry them as we process to the memorial garden where the Latino Ministry has set up an altar for Dia de Los Muertos.
Sunday Service Livestreaming
We will be livestreaming our 10:30 Sunday Eucharist every week, going forward. The live stream project has been a one-year journey coming to St. Paul’s and was made possible through a generous gift from a “snowbird” member from Philadelphia by the name of Mildred.
Mildred wintered in Palm Springs for many years and worshiped at St. Paul’s every Sunday. When she died two years ago, she left a sum of money in her last will and testament to our church – to thank us for being so friendly and welcoming. She wanted to remember the gift of love that she experienced every winter at St. Paul’s. We celebrate her life by bringing our service to everyone near and far, and to all who cannot be with us in person. You will always be able to attend weekly now, thanks to the ultimate gift of Stewardship, a gift from our friend, Mildred.
Desert AIDS Walk, October 30, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Ruth Hardy Park
Saint Paul has supported the Desert AIDS Project for over 30 years providing donors, board members, and by participating in events. Please join us as part of the Community and register with our team. Take Action and walk on Saturday, October 30, 2021. Make an Impact by donating or collecting donations for Desert AIDS Project. Register at desertaidsproject.org or contact George at . Donations can be made at the information table set up outside the church before and after services. Alternatively, you can give online or in the offering plate.
We are also organizing our contingent in the PS Pride Parade, Sunday Nov. 7th and in the Veterans’ Day Parade, Sunday Nov. 11th. Your support and participation in demonstrating who we are as a faith community by our involvement in these public events is greatly appreciated. Walkers, riders and drivers are needed. Sign-up at the information table outside the church before or after services or contact George at . There will be some seats available in cars for individuals who need to ride. Oh, don’t forget to wear your Parish T-shirt! (We have a limited supply of Parish T–shirts available for purchase. The cost is $10, and the shirts can be purchased at the parish office during regular business hours.)
The PARADES / SPECIAL EVENTS TEAM is recruiting additional volunteers. Consider joining this fun-loving group and help plan and organize St. Paul’s involvement in parades and other community events. We’re hoping to expand the scope of this ministry in the coming months and will welcome creative and energetic additions to our team. If you’re interested, please contact George at
Pride weekend (November 6-7) worship service schedule changes
Mark your calendars!
As has been our practice in recent years, we will adjust our normal weekend service schedule so our worshipers can avoid the traffic and congestion created by the Palm Springs Pride Parade here in our neighborhood. Our single weekend worship service (with music) will be 4:00 PM Saturday, November 6. There will be no service on Sunday, November 7.
November Book Club
The next Book Club meeting will be held Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at 1:00 PM, via Zoom. Meeting information will follow later. For November, Book Club has selected The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick. This charming novel follows a lovable widower and his life-changing adventure of love and self-discovery. Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters with big hearts and irresistible flaws, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is a joyous reminder of life’s infinite possibilities.
Attention singers! Fall is upon us, and we are now regathered in worship on Sunday mornings at 10:30. The Parish Quartet singers have been faithful musicians throughout this past year, during the pandemic of 2020-2021. In the month of August, they each had a Sunday to sing for you and lead us in praise and prayer. The four members of the quartet are: Denise Rooney, soprano, Diane Burt, alto, Doug Graham, tenor and David Bruns, baritone.
We are now forming a new Mixed Ensemble that will be responsible for singing the principal services of the church. I envision this to be an ensemble of 8-12 singers – a balanced group that will have a regular rehearsal schedule and a Sunday morning commitment. Rehearsals will begin in November.
Also, a Men’s Ensemble will be formed this fall. This group will sing every 6 to 8 weeks at a Sunday morning service. We will schedule two rehearsals to prepare for each Sunday service performance. This schedule will give singers the opportunity to have a few weeks off, and then a few weeks on. Rehearsals will begin in November.
If you are interested in joining either of these ensembles, contact Phil Smith at the church office, or via email
Interim Director of Music and Organist
Church (760) 320-7488, ext. 225
Mobile (213) 631-6027
Daylight Saving Time Ends
Fall Back – Sunday, November 7, 2020
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 7 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.
Join Us For Sunday School Every Week
Sunday School classes for preschool through fifth grade have resumed and will meet every Sunday during the 10:30 AM service. We start in the church and are invited up front for a special children’s moment with our priests. Then we head outside to our Sunday School “classroom” on the library porch. We will be meeting outside to be as protective as possible for everyone’s safety during this pandemic. All children over the age of 2 will be required to wear a mask if they are inside the church or parish hall. Masks are optional when in the outside setting.
Please invite your friends to come and join us, as well. Children do not need to be baptized or members of the parish to take part in Sunday School and other Children’s Ministry activities. Please note: Since we currently do not have children of nursery age (0 to 3 years) attending, there will be no nursery assistant available at this time. Hopefully, this will change in the future; the nursery will be reopened as the need arises.
Sunday School is back in full swing. Here we have a sample of classroom art created to illustrate last week’s Holy Gospel reading.
A message to all young people from our Children’s Ministry Leaders
We are Miss Dee and Mr. Ken. We are excited to lead the children’s ministry at The Church of St. Paul in the Desert and we want to invite you to join us! We have the great privilege of helping teach the foundation of God’s love with lessons, music, and art in a fun and caring environment each week in Sunday School. Our hope is that YOU will grow in knowing the love of God through Jesus for you and for the whole world. We are a welcoming, empowering, supportive community.
Tell your parents, grandparents, and guardians that St. Paul’s Sunday School meets every Sunday during the 10:30am service. We start in the church with the grown-ups, are invited up for a small children’s moment with our priests, and then we head outside to have Sunday School on the porch.
Miss Deana and Mr. Ken Huff
The Latino Ministry will be creating a Memorial Altar outside the church in the west side memorial garden. It will honor people who have recently died from COVID, and other causes. Please come by the church between October 27 and November 18, to pray for these friends who have left us. Write their name on a provided card and attach it to the altar. Or bring a copy of their picture for display. A short Service of Thanksgiving will recognize their names on November 18 at noon and also at 5:00 PM. Social distancing will be observed, and masks required.
The Latino Ministry Committee
Coffee/Social Hour Hospitality is Back
Regular Coffee Hour hospitality has been reinstated in the Parish Hall following our weekly 10:30 AM Sunday Services.
For those wishing to sponsor refreshments for a specific Sunday, please call or stop by the Parish Office to sign up (760.320.7488). You can also find the hospitality sign-up book in the Narthex on Sunday mornings.
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.
Help Wanted – The Usher Ministry Needs YOU!
We have several positions open for ushers. No experience necessary (we will train). All are welcome to apply – men, women, young and mature. We only require that you are friendly, able to stand and walk for short periods, and attend worship services regularly.
Altar flower sponsorships
Fresh flowers at the altar honor God and add to the beauty of our worship. We invite you to consider sponsoring altar flowers to recognize or honor special people and events.
You can reserve your sponsorship Sunday(s) by calling the Parish Office (760.320.7488). Or you can stop by the office and browse through the Flower Sponsor Register to see which weeks are available. (The Register is also accessible in the Narthex on Sunday mornings.) A donation of $85 for each sponsorship is suggested.
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You can make a onetime donation to the fund of your choice. You can also set up a recurring pledge payment here.
Prayers of the Church
For the Anglican Communion, and for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby; for the extra-Provincial Anglican Churches (a group of small, semi-independent church entities within the Anglican Communion).
For the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana, The Rt. Rev. Jacob Wayne Owensby, Bishop.
For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of St. Thomas of Canterbury, Temecula; for the teachers and children of St. Thomas Preschool; for the Clergy and Delegates to the 48th Annual Diocesan Convention.
For those commended to our prayers: Dean Bruns, Dan Van Wie, Audrey Spencer, Brian Nealy; pray for all those affected by COVID-19: heal those who are suffering, comfort those who grieve, and strengthen those who are caring for others; pray for all those for whom no prayers have been said.
For those who have died: Katy Burton, Jim Rothenberger, Lonzie Williams, Joyce Farrah, Charcy Phillips, Loraine Hewitt, The Rt. Rev. John Shelby Spong.
For those with birthdays: October 24: Harvey Trackman; October 25: Jessica Holland; October 27: Suzanne Trackman; October 29: David Piluso; October 30: Kaye Ball.
For those celebrating their anniversary: October 26: Mike Carson & Ron Steigerwalt; October 27: Gary Price & Andrew Petras.
Today’s Altar flowers are given to the Glory of God.
For this Sunday’s Lectionary readings Click Here. From the calendar, select October 24th.
Daughters of the King Prayer List Requests
St. Paul’s Order of the Daughters of the King chapter maintains a confidential prayer list, praying daily for our families, friends, congregation, and the world. If you would like to ask the Daughters to pray for you or someone else, email your requests to . Confidentiality of this list means that names on our list are not shared beyond our chapter members and Chaplain.
Members of The Order of the Daughters of the King® are women who desire a closer walk with the Lord. We are Christian women, both lay and ordained, who are strengthened through the discipline of a Rule of Life, and supported through the companionship of our sisters. All women of St. Paul’s who seek deeper spiritual life and inspiration in prayer and Christian fellowship are invited to learn more about becoming a member. Our chapter meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Requests for additions to the confidential prayer list may be emailed to .
Revised COVID Protocol for Indoor Worship
Due to the recent spike in COVID cases in our area, Bishop Susan has issued this appeal to all clergy in our diocese.
Jesus commands us to love our neighbors, which includes doing what we can to keep them and ourselves safe in a public health crisis. With regret, due to the spike in Covid cases in our area, I am asking you to reinstate mask-wearing for all (except while reading or preaching) for indoor worship in our diocese.
I have so enjoyed our brief respite from most restrictions in worship. Like all of you, I hoped and prayed that the drop in Covid cases we saw earlier in the summer would prove to be the end of the pandemic. Sadly, the choice of many people in our area to remain unvaccinated is allowing the pandemic to continue. Given the fact that children and some people with health conditions cannot yet be vaccinated, and that even vaccinated adults can catch breakthrough cases (albeit with far better outcomes than unvaccinated people), it seems that the responsible thing to do is keep ourselves safe with masking during indoor worship. I am saddened by the need to tighten restrictions once more, but this message comes after review of the concerning news of a Covid spike, and after discussion with members of our Public Health Task Force.
I ask you to join me in prayer that the current growth in cases is short-lived, and I ask you to urge your members to be vaccinated, for the sake of public health in our community. I hope we can remove the masking requirement soon. But for now, I believe that Jesus’ command to love our neighbor compels us to do what we can to protect our neighbors and our community from this disease. I am grateful to all of you for your leadership in this trying time.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop
The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego
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.
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.
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.
Fraud Email Alert
A recurring threat to churches is email-based impersonation scams targeting key personnel. The scheme involves cybercriminals mimicking clergy or other staff through the use of phishing emails. Criminals typically pose as personnel in positions of authority and ask victims to perform money transfers, pay invoices, or to send the attacker sensitive data. Scammers will often manipulate the “from” email address and name so that it appears to be coming from someone you know.
Churches and dioceses across The Episcopal Church and across other denominations have been a target of these email impersonation attacks. Scammers use a free email account (such as Gmail) and register it with an impersonated name. They then send an email to an unsuspecting recipient asking for immediate help in order to get a task done (such as purchasing a gift card or wiring money). Attention to detail can be a lot of help in combating cases of impersonation. Users should check sender details carefully. Any suspicious email message should be investigated before replying. Also, proper attention should be given to the message content, including attachments and URLs.
While there is no way to stop these scams, you can minimize risk by taking these steps:
- Check the return email address. If the address doesn’t match the name of the sender, be wary.
- Never open attachments from unknown sources.
- Be wary of generically addressed emails like “Dear Friend” or Dear Customer.”
- If there are links in the email, hover over them without clicking on them. This will show where the link will actually take you.
- Be wary of email with grammatical or spelling errors in the text.
- Check the address at the bottom of the email. If it says ”Pastor Jim” and Jim never goes by “Pastor,” it’s fake.
Finally, if after all these steps it looks safe and the sender is asking for money or access to secure data, call the person directly to get verification.
Your best defense for this is to simply delete the email; do not click on any links or reply to the sender.