For Sunday, September 27th
A Message from our Clergy
Dear friends in Christ,
I, with many others, was devastated last Friday evening with the untimely death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. What follows are the words of our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry.
Presiding Bishop’s Statement on the death of Justice Ginsburg
September 19, 2020
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has issued the following statement:
The late John Fitzgerald Kennedy once said, “while on earth God’s work must truly be our own.”
The sacred cause of liberty and justice, dignity and equality decreed by God and meant for all has been advanced because while on earth Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made God’s work her own. Because of her the ancient words of the prophet Micah to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God have found fulfillment. May we follow in her footprints. May she rest in the arms of the God who is love and the author of true justice.
Rest in Peace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Shalom.
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church
I believe that his words are worth repeating.
Wear your mask, wash your hands, remember holy distancing.
Blessings and love,
(The Rev’d Canon) Victoria T. Hatch
Weekly Bible Sharing
With the Rev. Canon Eric H. F. Law
Thursday, October 1st
Join via Zoom: Click here to join meeting.
Or, join by phone: (408) 638-0968
Meeting ID: 101-690-960#
Book Club is Zooming!
The next Book Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, at 1:00 PM via Zoom. Meeting information will follow later. For October, 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’s life that focuses on his humanity.
New members are always welcome at Book Club meetings. For more information contact Alan Zimmerman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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
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 Province of the Episcopal Church of Sudan, The Most Rev. Ezekiel Kumir Kondo, Archbishop of the Province of Sudan and Bishop of Khartoum.
For the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, The Rt. Rev. Susan Ellyn Goff, Bishop Suffragan and Ecclesiastical Authority; The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson, Assistant Bishop; The Rt. Rev. Porter Taylor, Assisting Bishop.
For the Diocese of San Diego, The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; pray 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 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: Larry Burrell, Mollie Gray, Harvey & Suzanne Trackman, Brian Nealy, Norma Westaway, and for all those for whom no prayers have been said.
For those who have died: Susie Walker Cook, Barbara Nussbaum, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Michael Dorsey, Mildred Scott, Dorothy Mayfield Tucker, Betty Muhleck, Rabbi Joseph Hurwitz, Rose Kasee, Vera Ruggiero, Sr. Mary Seraph (aka Ann Jones), Jill Borak, Willie Durias, Lacy Archie.
For those with Birthdays: September 27: Leith Chandrasena; September 28: Robert Moon, Matthew Hampson; September 29: Ron Shepherd, Jacqueline Gerard, Mick Dawson; September 30: Dean Weller, Michael Davidson; October 1: Peter Di Carlo, Janice Wacker; October 2: Susan Green, John Russell; October 3: Mike Carson, Diane McClocklin.
For those celebrating anniversaries:September 27: Chris Patterson & Laurent Dellac, Joan & Mick Dawson; September 28: Donald Owen & Jeffrey Tucker; September 29: Diana & Ken Huff; September 30: Larry Stralow & Wayne Watson.
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 email@example.com
For this Sunday’s Lectionary readings Click Here. From the calendar, select September 27th.
Parishioner Barbara Nussbaum died Saturday, September 19, at California Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Palm Springs, after a long illness. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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
August 12, 2020
The Transition Teams have been busy creating final drafts of both the Parish Profile and the Office of Transition Management Form. These documents will be critical as we move forward through the Rector search/selection process. Both contain considerable, in-depth information that will help introduce our parish to future Rector candidates. After the draft documents are finalized by the Transition Teams, they will be reviewed by Vestry leadership and Parish Administration, and then passed along to the Diocese for approvals. It is a lengthy and deliberative process. We ask for your continued prayers.
The Parish Profile and Search Process Teams
A Gift of Prayer for Transition from the Daughters of the King: Almighty and ever living God, hear our prayers for this parish family. You renewed us during Advent to receive Christ’s presence and You are preparing our parish for a renewed mission and vision. We thank you for the leadership of our interim rector, our Vestry and the members of our Transition Committee. We invite you, Holy Spirit, to guide and empower us and our Transition Committee as we begin the tasks of choosing a new rector for this parish. Grant that these servants become faithful companions to each other, to the vestry and to this Parish. We pray that you grant all of us the wisdom and discernment to choose a faithful pastor, who will help us continue to share the abundant life of Jesus Christ. This we pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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.
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.