For Sunday, October 28th
From the Rector
Do We Want To See?
The story of Bartimaeus is one of the most interesting in Mark’s Gospel. In this brief encounter, there is drama, a personal invitation, and a healing.
The story is simple and direct, and is intended as a lesson to the disciples. In the Gospel reading last week, two of the disciples wanted power and status – showing that they were blind to Jesus’ mission. The disciples have been with Jesus for some time, but they continue to misunderstand. I wonder if they really wanted to see, or were they convinced that Jesus needed them to guide him.
Before the disciples can desire clearer sight, they need to be convinced that they have a problem. Jesus meets many people who are examples of faith and who seem to understand the radical welcome of his feeding, healing, and deliverance, and some follow him. But none of the 12 disciples understand. This makes their transformation after Jesus rises from the dead even more remarkable. The experience of the empty tomb and sightings of the risen Jesus provide a new context in which they grasp the healing of Bartimaeus and others.
Jesus asks what WE want.
Are we like Bartimaeus, knowing our particular limitations and where our needs are greatest, or are we like the disciples who are unaware of their own limitations and needs? No matter what, we are beloved – but if we begin to see our “blindness,” we begin to be partners with Jesus in his mission to transform the world. Jesus takes us as we are and asks us what we want. His response to our need leads us further on the path of growing faith.
I know that I am a mixture of the disciples and Bartimaeus, knowing some of my limitations and in full denial of others. May my request to Jesus each week be, “Let me see enough to follow you this week -and prepare me for what is next.”
Mark 10:46-52 Common English Bible (CEB)
Jesus and his disciples went to Jericho. And as they were leaving, they were followed by a large crowd. A blind beggar by the name of Bartimaeus son of Timaeus was sitting beside the road. When he heard that it was Jesus from Nazareth, he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!” Many people told the man to stop, but he shouted even louder, “Son of David, have pity on me!”
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him over!”
They called out to the blind man and said, “Don’t be afraid! Come on! He is calling for you.” The man threw off his coat as he jumped up and ran to Jesus.
Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The blind man answered, “Master, I want to see!”
Jesus told him, “You may go. Your eyes are healed because of your faith.”
Right away the man could see, and he went down the road with Jesus.
John G. Kady
December 14, 1940 – September 30, 2018
Funeral Service and Celebration of Life
Saturday, October 27, at 11:00 AM
The Church of St. Paul in the Desert
125 West El Alameda, Palm Springs
There will be a reception following at John and Alec’s home.
Directions and gate codes will be available at the service.
“St. Paul’s 101” – Welcome!
If you want to join St. Paul’s or learn more about the parish, come to “St. Pauls 101.” This is a single session class with Fr. Andrew instructing. In this informal setting, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about St. Paul’s and learn how to become a member. The next session will be Sunday, October 28th at 9:15 AM, in the Parish Office Conference Room.
We are well on our way to prayerfully selecting our fifth diocesan bishop. The Bishop Nominating Committee and the Standing Committee have announced one candidate for election, The Rev. Canon Susan Brown Snook. The Rev. Canon Snook is currently the Canon for Church Growth and Development for the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma. We appreciate your prayers as we walk this path, continually listening for God’s voice in this process.
Daylight Savings Time Ends Nov. 4th
Don’t forget to “fall back.” Daylight Saving Time ends next Sunday, November 4, so be sure to turn your clocks back one hour sometime on Saturday, November 3. (Otherwise, we’ll miss you Sunday morning!)
Daughters of the King
Save the Date – You are invited to the DOK (Daughters of the King) fall workshop, “Spirituality in the Second Half of Life,” with the Rev. Canon David Caffrey, in the Parish Hall from 9:00 AM to noon, Saturday, November 17. Fr. David says, “The second half of life is a time when we become more contemplative and begin to see the mystery, the wonder, and yes, even the joy of life.” It takes discernment, though, to navigate the natural fears, losses, changes and challenges, and troubled times. Join us on this journey with a master guide!
All Saints Day
In our annual observance of All Saints’ Day, Thursday Nov. 1st, 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 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 read during All Saints’ Day services the weekend of November 3rd. You can submit names by adding them to registers located in the Parish Hall and the Narthex, or by calling the Parish Office.
All Saints Day Retreat
All Saints Day Retreat on Thursday November 1st at at Desert Journeys Retreat Center in Joshua Tree. Beginning at 10:00 AM, it will be a day of celebrating the Eucharist, reflecting on our Saints and sharing a potluck barbecue. The Rev. Canon David Caffrey is the host. For more information, you may contact Fr. David at email@example.com
Monthly Taizé Service
Our next monthly Taizé service is Thursday, November 1st at 7:00 PM in the church. This service, a mixture of song, meditation and Scripture, gives one an opportunity to experience God in a quiet, contemplative setting. Contact Nathan Ensign for more details. A good singing voice is NOT required.
Temple Isaiah is hosting an Interfaith Pride Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday, November 2nd at 6:30 PM. People of all faith communities and beliefs are invited to join the 2018 Pride Welcoming of the Sabbath Service. This pluralistic prayer service with a core of Jewish liturgy will include song, ancient poetry, contemporary readings and meditation. For more information contact Temple Isaiah at 332 West Alejo Rd. Palm Springs or phone 760.325.2281
Adult Literacy Ministry
The Adult Literacy Ministry is seeking tutors to help English speaking adults improve their skills in reading, writing and comprehension. No prior experience is necessary. Volunteers are asked to commit to six months for this program. If interested, please join us at our introduction and training session on Saturday, November 10th, at 10:00 AM, in St. Paul’s Library. You can register to become a tutor at that meeting. We look forward to seeing you there.
Parades / Special Events Team
The Parades / Special Events Team is organizing our contingent in the PS Pride Parade, Sunday Nov. 4th 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 sheets for these parades 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 Tee-Shirts are available. The cost is $10.
Tee-shirts can be purchased from the ushers before or after services or at the parish office during regular business hours. Our Tee-Shirts are perfect attire for local parades such as the upcoming Palm Springs Pride and Veterans’ Day Parades.
St. Anthony of the Desert
St. Anthony of the Desert Episcopal Church will officially close on October 31, 2018. A final Service will be held on Sunday, October 28 at 4:00 PM. All are welcome to join and support the St. Anthony’s community as they bid farewell to their beloved church home.
Adult Faith Formation
Sundays at 9:15 AM in the Library
The Episcopal Café
10/28 – He is More than Able Reflection on Hebrews 7:23-28. Led by Gary Scott Read about it
11/4 – PRIDE Weekend: No Session
Tuesdays at 5:00 PM in the Library
Biblical Wisdom Literature – The Wisdom of Solomon. This five-week series is a video presentation and discussion of the Book of Wisdom and the Solomon’s reflections.
10/30 – Overview of Biblical Wisdom. Led by Br. John Charles
The 2nd Half of Life: “Life begins at—?”
This series is designed to look at reality, concerns and spirituality for older people.
11/6: What is the 2nd Half of Life? Led by Audrey Spencer
Parish Life Book Club
Parish Life Book Club will meet on the second Tuesday of November this month only at 1 PM in the Library and new members are always welcome. On November 13, 2018, Book Club has selected Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Manhattan Beach is a story about a woman mesmerized by the sea and her struggle to understand the disappearance of her father during World War II and the complexity of his life. Book Club is a group of people who enjoy reading and talking about the books they read. For more information please contact Alan Zimmerman at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Palm Springs Library has eight copies in the book club section
and an audiobook to loan.
Seeking Coffee Hour Hosts
With the arrival of fall, we joyfully welcome our part time parishioners returning to the desert. It’s a time for festive hospitality at our Coffee Hours following Sunday services. Currently, there are several dates available, between now and year-end, to host a coffee hour. It’s easy! All you do is provide offerings of fruit, pastries, cookies – anything, really, that you think others would enjoy. The church provides coffee, tea, lemonade, and all service items. If you would like to sponsor a future coffee hour, please sign-up today. You’ll find the sign-up book on the table just inside the Parish Hall entrance.
Questions? Please contact Kathy Kilmer, 760.774.8233
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 Thursday and 9 am – 11:30 am Friday. The office is closed on Mondays.
Should you call on Monday or Friday afternoon 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 for both the 8:00 a.m. and the 10:30 a.m. services.
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.