For Sunday, September 26, 2021

Meet and Greet Reception for our Co-Rectors

Please join us immediately following the 10:30 AM service on Sunday, October 3 to meet our new Co-Rectors, The Rev. Jessie Thompson and The Rev. Dan Kline.

The outdoor festivities will take place on our campus grounds and will include a fun barbeque with hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and ice cream floats.

This is an exciting new chapter in the life of our parish, so plan to be on hand to welcome Rev. Jessie and Rev. Dan.  It will be the ideal opportunity for all to meet the Co-Rectors, and we suggest you hold your time to chat with them until the reception, rather than on your way out of the service.

We should also be mindful that everyone will want to meet them, so we should keep our personal time with them brief.  Please feel free to invite your friends to join us, as well.  The reception promises to be a festive celebration we’ll all remember for years to come.

Sunday School Reopens

Sunday School classes for preschool through fifth grade will resume Sunday, October 3, at 10:30 AM.  We will be meeting outside on the office porch 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.

Children and adults are invited to bring their school backpacks, iPads, laptops, etc. for a special blessing at the altar during the service by our new Co-Rectors, Rev. Jessie and Rev. Dan.  (And don’t forget the fun reception that will follow our service that day!) 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.

Blessing of the Animals, honoring Saint Francis of Assisi

Please bring your furry and feathered friends and gather with the clergy of St. Paul in the Desert Episcopal Church on Sunday, October 3, 2021, at 4:00 PM for the annual Blessing of the Animals.

The ceremony will take place in the Memorial Garden adjacent to the church. Pets will receive commemorative St. Francis collar medals and animal treats will be served.

For their happiness and safety, please keep your pets leashed or otherwise in your loving care.  (And tell the kids their favorite “stuffed pets” are welcome at the blessing, as well!)

October Book Club

The next Book Club meeting will be held Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 1:00 PM, via Zoom.  Meeting access information will follow later. For October, Book Club has selected The Night Watchman by Louise Edrich.

The book is based on the life of the author’s grandfather, who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession. This powerful novel explores themes of love and death, with lightness and gravity, and unfolds with elegant prose, sly humor and deep feeling.

New members are always welcome at Book Club. For more information contact Alan Zimmerman at alanzimmerman@icloud.com.

Coffee/Social Hour Hospitality is Back

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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.

Fall Family Festival

Preparations are well underway for St. Paul’s Fall Family Festival to be held on our church campus, Saturday, October 23, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Now it’s time to invite you to be a part of this groundwork.  We need your help to put together a successful, first-class family event. If you take part in any of the active ministries at St. Paul’s, you already know we have asked ministry members to host tables featuring games or fun competition of some sort – and most ministries have been eager to participate.  But there is much more to do. This request for volunteer assistance is now directed to you, our faithful parishioners.  The Festival is our opportunity to let the community at large meet us and see what we have to offer at St. Paul’s, so it’s really important for us to look our best.

Our Fall Festival was conceived and launched in 2019, to rave reviews, and was intended to be a recurring annual event.  But, due to COVID restrictions, we were unable to offer it in 2020.  We want to bring it back in grand form.  It is a fall-themed event that is totally free – including games, food and prizes.  Our Fire and Police Department representatives will be on hand again (they were a big hit in 2019), along with other community-based participants. We have volunteer assignments big and small for all who want to help us. (We predict you’ll have a lot of fun and make new friends along the way.)

Deana and Ken Huff, our Children’s Ministry Leaders and Stewardship Committee members, are in charge of this event.  Ray Tackett is the Stewardship Committee volunteer coordinator.  Please contact Ray about what volunteer assistance is needed, get your questions answered and sign up to be a part of the production ertack6560@gmail.com or 503.689.7361

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.

Contact Kathy Kilmer, kmkcc@aol.com if you are interested.

Events at St. Margaret’s Church

The Pastoral Care Ministry of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Palm Desert has extended an open invitation to all St. Paul’s parishioners to participate in two upcoming community outreach events.

Grief Gathering Group – A grief support group, meeting six consecutive Tuesdays, October 5 through November 9, from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM, in St. Margaret’s church library.  Dr. Harold Ivan Smith will be leading the sessions.  Participation is limited to 15 people. (Confidentiality will be honored.)

Health and Wellness Resources Fair – Thursday, October 14, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, in St. Margaret’s Kearns Hall.  Anyone concerned about diseases associated with aging, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease – or just plain aging – should attend this information-packed event with five expert speakers who will share valuable knowledge and answer your questions.

Both events are FREE, but registration is required.  For more information and to register, call 760.346.2697 ext. 147 (The Rev. Patricia Horkey).

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.

Weekly Bible Sharing

With the Rev. Canon Eric H. F. Law

Thursday, September 30th
12:00 p.m.

Join via Zoom: Click here to join meeting.

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

Prayers of the Church

For the Anglican Communion, and for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby; for The Episcopal Church, The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate.

For the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop.

For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego; for our diocesan clergy as they gather for Clergy Conference this week.

For those commended to our prayers:  Audrey Spencer, Will Tacchi, LaBrea Lee, Antoinette Roberts, Dean Bruns, Carolyn & Zachary Scott, Andrea and Trini, Desusha, Desline Duvall, Kiaomi, 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: Joyce Farrah, Charcy Phillips, Loraine Hewitt, The Rt. Rev. John Shelby Spong, Thomas J. Lenihan, John Reese, David Larus, Robert Ross, The Rev. Vern Suter, Dominic Winzer, Marie Berkner.

For those with birthdays: September 27: Leith Chandrasena; September 28: Robert Moon, Matthew Hampson; September 29: Ronald Shepherd, Jacqueline Gerard, Mick Dawson; September 30: Dean Weller, Michael Davidson; October 1: Peter Di Carlo, Jan Wacker; October 2: Susan Green.

For those celebrating their anniversary: September 27: Christine Patterson & Laurent Dellac, Joan & Mick Dawson; September 28: Donald Owen & Jeffrey Tucker; September 29: Deana & Ken Huff; September 30: Larry Stralow & Wayne Watson.

For those for whom flowers have been given: Today’s Altar Flowers are given by Robby Robinson and Andy Johnson in thanksgiving for their 28th anniversary (September 24).

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 announcements@stpaulsps.org

For this Sunday’s Lectionary readings Click Here. From the calendar, select September 26th.

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 dokstpaulsps@gmail.com.  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

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.

Dear Clergy,

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop
The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego

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.

In Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop
The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego

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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.

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