For Sunday, September 22nd

Children’s Ministry

Fall Festival Planning – The Children’s Ministry will meet this Sunday (September 22) after the 10:30 Service, in the Parlor of the Parish Hall, to plan our Community Fall Festival, scheduled for Sunday, October 20, 1:00 – 4:00 PM. We are looking for volunteers to assist with the production of this fun event so if you’re interested, please join us at this planning meeting.

If you are unable to attend but would still like to help please contact Children’s Ministry Leaders Deana and Ken Huff at 760.992.4138 or

Volunteers are needed for event set up / take down, game table supervision, face painting, food service, etc. 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. Event flyers will be available for distribution soon.

First Sunday Suppers – The Children’s Ministry will launch our First Sunday Suppers on Sunday, October 6, 4:00 – 6:00 PM in the Parish Hall. All parishioners and friends are welcome to attend. At this First Sunday Supper, we will begin with a craft exercise and end 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.

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

September – November 2019

September 22, 10:30 AM – Children’s Sunday Worship Service
September 22, 12:00 Noon – Planning Meeting for the Fall Festival – Parish Hall

October 6, 4:00 PM – First Sunday Supper – Parish Hall
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

Salt and Light Listening Sessions

Bishop Susan Brown Snook will hold a series of Salt and Light listening sessions during the week of September 23-30. The goal of the listening sessions is to gather input for the next strategic plan for the Diocese of San Diego. In preparation, Bp. Susan is inviting us into a 9-day season of prayer. She will be holding one of the listening sessions at St. Paul in the Desert on Friday, September 27 from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Parish Hall. We will be joined by others from our sister churches in the area.

We encourage St. Paul members to attend. The listening sessions are free, but please register at to assist us with planning.

Monthly Taizé Service

Our monthly Taizé service resumes for the Fall on Thursday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the church.

This service, a beautiful mix of prayer, song and Scripture, gives one an opportunity to experience God in a quiet, contemplative setting. All are invited to participate.

Blessing of the Animals

Saturday, October 5, at 10:00 AM, St. Paul’s will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi as we bless the animals as Francis taught us. The Blessing recognizes our mutual interdependence with all of God’s creatures.

Bring your pets to receive a special blessing. All properly leashed or contained pets are welcome.

Newcomers Welcoming Session

Sunday, September 29 – 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.

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 held on October 1, 2019, at 1 PM in the Library of St. Paul’s. For October Book Club has selected Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout. “Olive had a way about her that was absolutely without apology.” Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition in a coastal Maine community — its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.

For more information please contact Alan Zimmerman at

Daughters of the King

Daughters of the King will meet Tuesday, September 24, at 1:00 PM in the Parish Hall Conference room. We continue our commitment of prayer, service, and evangelism in planning for the year ahead. Women of St. Paul’s are invited to join us.

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

Dorothy Simmons

Ivy Pellum

Laura Russo

Marilyn Zullo

Deseree Lopez

Jack Bevis

Fannie Nuness

Derek Hill

Adele Jones

Miss Payton

Barbara Marx

Adult Faith Formation

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.

9/22: Praying for Others? Reflection on 1 Timothy 2:1-7
Led by Audrey Spencer

9/29: What Kind of Bed Do You Sleep On? Reflection on Amos 6:1a, 4-7
Led by Karen Nelson

10/6: How Long Oh Lord! A Reflection on Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
Led by Jerry Di Noto

10/13: Returning from the Land of Illness: A Reflection on 2 Kings 5:1-15
Led by Karen Nelson

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.

9/24: Why People Commit Self-Harm for Religious Purposes.
Led by Audrey Spencer and Team

10/1: Scapegoating & Demonizing
Led by Br. John Charles and Team

10/8: Religion & Violence Against Women
Led by Audrey Spencer, Karen Nelson and Team

10/15: Islam, Violence & Islamophobia
Led by Gary Scott and Team

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.

This week, Ron & Joanne Lampela are sponsoring the Coffee Hour after the 10:30am service.

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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