For Sunday, October 25th

Stewardship Ministry

We are excited to announce the formation of our 2020/2021 Stewardship Ministry known as Grateful Giving.  The Co-Chairs for this Ministry, Kathy Kilmer and Alex Christensen, along with members Ken and Deana Huff, Larry Wilson, Ray Tackett and Raffaele Alberto, are looking at Stewardship for 2020/2021 in a new and exciting way.

Our approach to this Ministry is to work on a year-round basis to promote Grateful Giving, not only of your financial gifts but also of your time and talents.  We are planning some exciting things for the new year, especially when we can return to our beloved Sanctuary for worship and enjoy our beautiful campus together. Watch for updates on our website, newsletter, and Facebook page, as we move forward.  The Ministry wishes you well, and may God’s blessings always be with you.


Prayer for an Election

Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States in the election of the President, the Vice-President, and other officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. – Book of Common Prayer, page 822.


Fall Back – Sunday Nov. 1

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 1 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 of your smoke and CO2 detectors the same weekend.


Latino Ministry Memorial Altar

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, racial injustice, and other causes.

Please come by the church between October 27 and November 14, to pray for these friends who have left us.  Write their name on a provided ribbon 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 12 at noon.  Social distancing will be observed, and masks required.   

The Latino Ministry Committee.


Book Club is Zooming!

The next Book Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at 1:00 PM via Zoom.  Meeting information will follow later. For November, Book Club has selected The Book of Longings: A Novel by Sue Monk Kidd.

This is a story set in first-century Galilee, of one woman’s bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place, and culture devised to silence her. This novel is grounded in meticulous historical research and written with a reverential approach to Jesus’ life that focuses on his humanity.

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

Would you like to take a walk?

The Hiking Club will host A Walking Tour of Downtown Redlands, Saturday, November 7th.  We will meet in St. Paul’s parking lot at 8:00 AM and carpool to Redlands, where we will meet our Tour Guide, Chris Kelly.

The tour will cover about three miles.  Please wear comfy walking shoes and bring water and a mask.  If you would like to join us, please contact Nancy Antonius at 516.353.2566


Weekly Bible Sharing

With the Rev. Canon Eric H. F. Law

Thursday, October 29th
12:00 p.m.

Join via Zoom: Click here to join meeting.

Or, join by phone: (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 841 2829 0982

Forward Day by Day

Our shipment of Forward Day by Day daily devotional booklets for November 2020/December 2020/January 2021 has arrived.  Although St. Paul’s campus is not open for business due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may pick up your copy of Day by Day at the Parish Office by appointment only between 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM, weekdays.  Please call the church (760.320.7488) to schedule a pick-up time/date that works for you and the church office staff.

Prayers of the Church

For the Anglican Communion, and for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby; pray for the Church in Wales, The Most Rev. John Davies, Archbishop of Wales and Bishop of Swansea and Brecon. 

For the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, The Rt. Rev. Robert Christopher Wright, Bishop.

For the Diocese of San Diego, The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; pray for the clergy and people of St. Thomas of Canterbury, Temecula; for the children and teachers of St. Thomas Preschool; for Clergy and Delegates to the 47th Annual Diocesan Convention.

For our Parish in Transition: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (BCP p. 818)

For those commended to our prayers:  Ronnie Gwin, Debbie Biddick, Steve Platter, Robert Beach-Barrow, Debbie Beach, Rebecca Beach,  Tracey Neldare, Carl Boutte, the family of Mollie Gray, Brian Nealy; for the victims of the Western wildfires and the responders who continue to battle the conflagration, and for all those for whom no prayers have been said.

For those who have died: Audrey Moran, Jonathan Reynosa Darling, Carol Lawrence, Norma Westaway, Bertie Faye, Gwin Prayer, Antoinette Crawford, Keeshon Manning, Mollie Gray.

For those with birthdays:  October 25: Jessica Holland; October 27: Suzanne Trackman; October 29: David Piluso; October 30: Gordon Zentner, Kaye Ball.

For those celebrating anniversaries: October 26: Mike Carson & Ron Steigerwalt; October 27: Gary Price & Andrew Petras.

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

For this Sunday’s Lectionary readings Click Here. From the calendar, select October 25th.

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.

Questions? Contact Patty Kiker, 214.497.3034

Weekend Worship Services

Our weekend worship service broadcasts have been expanded and are now available for viewing any time after 4:00 PM Saturday. Please tune in at a time that works best for you.

Join us on our Home Page , YouTube Channel or Facebook Page

October 9, 2020

The drafts of the OTM (Office of Transition Ministry) form and The Church of St. Paul in the Desert Parish Profile have been submitted to our diocesan liaison for comment and edits.  Once the drafts receive final approval, we will move to the posting stage on the OTM website and our parish website.

Clinton L. Carbon

Convener, Transition Committee


Pray for our Parish in Transition: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (BCP p. 818)

View the Transition Updates Archive

Looking for a home?

St Paul in the Desert has been endowed with a gift of residential real estate located in Sun City, Palm Desert.

One of our longtime parishioners has bequeathed a beautiful home to the church.  The proceeds from the sale of the property are to be shared by St. Paul and two other parishes that were dear to the heart of the donor.  The residence is currently on the market and is move-in ready.  If you know of someone who is looking for a home in a quiet community, we ask you to share this information.

View more about this home


Be informed – know your risk during COVID-19

We borrowed this risk chart from the Texas Medical Association.  It is intended as a guide, prepared by physician experts, to help people make smart and educated choices of activities to pursue amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  The chart was prepared by the TMA COVID-19 Task Force and the TMA Committee on Infectious Diseases.  Please assume that participants in these activities are following currently recommended safety protocols when possible.

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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.

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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

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the Parish Office is closed to the public until further notice.

Office phone: 760.320.7488

If you call, please leave a message.  In case of emergencies, a priest will return your call.

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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