For Sunday, October 11th

A Message from our Clergy

What is your St. Paul’s story?

If you’re like me, I would guess that you have several stories. Perhaps it’s the first time you came to the church. Or maybe it’s the first people you met – someone who made you feel at home. No matter what your story is, I’m sure you’ll agree that there’s just something special here.

For me, my favorite story is of the first time I came in and knelt and was in the presence of God here. My husband, cat, and dog had just driven across the country in preparation for my first priestly job after seminary. By many twists and turns, and God by our side, we had ended up heading to Los Angeles. And here in Palm Springs, on a last stop before a new life was to begin, we stopped for food, saw the church and stepped in to say “thank you” to God. Further twists and turns – and time – now finds us living here and St. Paul’s is our church home.

We will soon begin our shortened stewardship season here at the church. I encourage you to start thinking now about what St. Paul’s means to you. What’s your St. Paul’s story? Perhaps also consider how you want to continue similar stories for others who have not yet found this place.

I give money to the church because in doing so I find immense joy. But there are other reasons why we Christians give to our church. The six main reasons for giving are that giving is an act of worship, giving is an imitation of a generous gift-giving Creator, giving is an act of thanksgiving, giving creates the Kingdom of God, giving is the duty of Christians and, finally, giving is an act of joy.

Which one is it for you? I bet it’s related to your St. Paul’s story.


The Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija

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.

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Free COVID Testing in Palm Springs

The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce has announced free COVID testing will be available at the Palm Springs Convention Center October 12 – 14 through the Riverside University Health System.  Insurance questions are asked in the event insurance can be billed, but there is no co-pay.  For information about the test please call 800.945.6171 or visit  Testing is encouraged for those that do not have symptoms, not just those with symptoms.

Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 N. Avenida Caballeros.
Free parking – lot is located off N. Avenida Caballeros.

Dates & Times:

Monday, October 12, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Tuesday, October 13, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Wednesday, October 14, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

By appointment only:

Note: Disregard the location noted as “Indio Clinic” when you register.  That is an error on the form.

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

Hispanic Heritage Month

This annual celebration pays tribute to the many American Latinos who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. The observance begins September 15th and ends October 15th.

On the West Coast the observance has been celebrated as Mexican Independence Day (September 16th). However, other Spanish colonies in Central and South America, the Caribbean and elsewhere joined in winning their independence from Spain. We honor Latino contributions, diverse cultures, and the history of the Americas.   Viva La Independencia!  Roberto Thais – The Latino Ministry Committee

Weekly Bible Sharing

With the Rev. Canon Eric H. F. Law

Thursday, October 15th
12:00 p.m.

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Or, join by phone: (408) 638-0968
Meeting ID: 101-690-960#
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Camping Ministry

St. Paul’s Camping Ministry is leaving home!  Our September 18 camping trip was postponed until October 21-23. So, that’s when we’ll be heading to Black Rock Campground in Joshua Tree National Park.

If you can spend a night with us – or if you just want to come by for a shared meal, contact Bonnie Stroock, 760.324.7949

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

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


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 of the Province of Uganda, The Most Rev. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba, Archbishop of Uganda and Bishop of Kampala.

For the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia, The Rt. Rev. W. Michie Klusmeyer, Bishop.

For the Diocese of San Diego, The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; pray for the clergy and people of Grace, San Marcos; for Executive Council, Standing Committee, Commission on Ministry and Diocesan Committees and Ministries.

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:  Carl Boutte, Michael Howard, the family of Mollie Gray, Larry Burrell, Brian Nealy; for the victims of the Western wildfires and the responders who continue to battle the inferno, and for all those for whom no prayers have been said.

For those who have died: Norma Westaway, Bertie Faye, Gwin Prayer, Antoinette Crawford, Keeshon Manning, Mollie Gray, Susie Walker Cook, Barbara Nussbaum, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Michael Dorsey, Mildred Scott, Dorothy Mayfield Tucker,

For those with birthdays:  October 13: Rick Tinsley, Summer Schoch; October 15: Rex Comer; October 16: Robert Rieffel, Carlos Penafiel; October 17: Leon Walker, David Faull.

For those celebrating anniversaries: October 12: Jeffrey Coates & Steven Holm, Billy McJunkins & Dale Winters.

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 11th.

In Memoriam

Norma Westaway, mother of Junior Warden Br. John Charles Westaway, died Tuesday, October 6, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Norma was a frequent Palm Springs visitor and worshiped at St. Paul’s when in the desert.  Over the years, she participated in many parish activities and was well known to a number of St. Paul’s parishioners. Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon her.

St Paul on Facebook

St. Paul in the Desert has a new Facebook email address.Is there an event, or someone or a group you think deserves attention, recognition and/or promotion?  St. Paul’s now has a portal where you can present your suggestions:  This email address is set up to receive your newsworthy submissions.  Please include a brief narrative and, if possible and appropriate, enhance your text with a digital photo or some graphic art.  (Always be sure to have permission to use the artwork submitted.)  We look forward to hearing from you!

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

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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