For Sunday, October 2, 2022

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 2, 2022, at 4:00 PM for the annual Blessing of the Animals. The ceremony will take place in the Memorial Garden adjacent to the church. For their happiness and safety, please keep your pets leashed or otherwise in your loving care.

Best of The Desert 2022!

These awards celebrate and recognize the best our community has to offer.  The nominations are in, and the response was overwhelming! Only the top contenders in each category made it to the final voting stage.  It’s now time to cast your votes to determine who the winners will be.

The Church of St. Paul in the Desert is a finalist in the “People and Places” category. See “Place to Worship.”  Campaign rules allow each of us one vote per day, so we encourage you to cast your votes for St. Paul’s as often as you can. Voting must be completed by September 30th.

St. Margaret’s Labyrinth Walk for Peace

Friday, September 30,  5:30 PM

The Living Without Fear and Daughters of the King Ministries at St. Margaret’s invite you to a Labyrinth Walk for Peace on Friday, September 30, at 5:30 pm.  The walk will last around one hour.  Guidance will be available for newcomers to walking the Labyrinth.

The walk is open to all as we join with Pace e Bene (Peace and All Good) Campaign Nonviolence Action Days.  This year, from September 21 through October 2, thousands of people across the country and around the world will be participating in local events that promote Nonviolence and Social Justice.  September 30, the day of our walk, is specially focused on gun violence.  We welcome you to experience this walk and special program in St. Margaret’s labyrinth on the south patio.

For over a thousand years, Christian Pilgrims have walked the labyrinth to go deeply into their personal searches for understanding.  We are so fortunate to be able to participate in this timeless ritual right here at St. Margaret’s.

Come to honor and remember the victims of gun violence.

Come to reflect and to find God’s peace as the sun sets over the mountains.

The Labyrinth is located just south of the main church sanctuary at:

St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church
47535 Palms to Pines Highway
Palm Desert CA 92260

Parish Directory Project

Please return before Oct. 9th

We are gearing up for our new church directory and making a final call to get your information in it! If we have not received your updated information (even if it has not recently changed), we will miss out on having you in the directory.

SO, please print and fill out the “Updating our Directory” form via this link and either email it directly to  OR drop it by the church before October 9th.

If you will not be around on October 9th but would like your photo in the directory, please email a headshot photo taken outside to  (you will receive an email confirmation once received).

If you are not around on October 9th and do not have an outdoor headshot photo of yourself, please call the church to schedule a time to get your picture taken at the church (760.320.7488). This must be done prior to October 9th to get in the directory.

Fall Patio Parties

Our Strategic Planning Process is off and running and YOU are invited to share your thoughts and meet new parishioners.

Sign up for one of our Patio Parties!

Tues. Oct. 11th (6-8PM) (Palm Springs South)

Tues. Oct. 18th (2-4PM) (Desert Hot Springs)

Sun. Oct. 23rd (2-4PM) (Palm Springs North)

Tues. Oct. 25th (4-6PM) (Palm Springs Central)

Tues. Nov. 1st (6-8PM) (Rancho Mirage)

Tues. Nov. 8th (4-6PM) (Palm Springs)

Special Snowbirds Patio Party on Tues. Nov. 15th (6-8PM) (Palm Springs)

Located at different parishioners’ homes, each Patio Party will be limited to 15 people.

Led by members of the Strategic Planning Team and joined by our co-rectors, come and be part of dynamic conversations about the future of St. Paul’s!

Host homes will provide drinks. Feel free to bring an appetizer or desert to share.

Sign up at the church or online at:

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the following events at St. Paul’s

  • Sunday, October 9 – We’re calling it “Welcome Back Sunday,” and we consider it the unofficial launch of our new church Season.  By then, our hot weather will have subsided somewhat, and we’ll begin to see the return of our “snowbird” and seasonal worshipers.  It promises to be a festive day at St. Paul’s. We will be worshiping together in one fantastic service at 10:30 AM, followed by potluck fellowship, a ministry fair, and the directory photo shoot.  You won’t want to miss this Sunday! Our Strategic Planning Consultant, along with the Co-rectors, will be sharing some exciting news about St. Paul’s and our future! We hope you can be a part of it.

  • Sunday, Oct. 2 – The Feast of St. Francis (transferred) – 4:00 pet blessing in the Memorial Garden.
  • Wednesday, October 5 – 6:30 PM – Social Justice meeting (Library); Latino Ministry meeting (Conference Room).
  • Sunday, October 16 3:00 PM – dedication and blessing of The Linda Curea Memorial Rodgers Organ.
  • Sunday, October 30 – All Saints’ (transferred) – bring photocopies of pictures of your loved ones to be placed on the outdoor altar.

Interested in Confirmation/Reception? – Register now for our preparatory classes at .  The sessions will be taught by a variety of clergy from St. Paul’s and the curriculum promises an interesting learning experience.

St. Paul’s Ridesharing – Several St. Paul’s parishioners need an occasional ride to church. If you would like to be part of a team of rotation rideshare drivers, please email .

St. Paul’s Ukrainian Refugee Care Exploration

GOOD NEWS: Our Ukrainian Refugee Care Program is now off and running! After many conversations to gage whether there was enough interest in the parish to consider this ministry, the Social Justice Ministry appointed a Ukrainian Care Team (UCT) this past spring. The UCT’s first step was to assess the resources available to us (e.g. diocesan, other non-profits, and civic) and then to ascertain some possible options for providing Ukrainian refugee care. After careful research, the team made a proposal to the Social Justice Ministry at its monthly meeting on September 7, and that proposal was unanimously adopted.

WHERE TO START: There are currently at least two Ukrainian refugee families in the west valley sponsored by individuals (not currently connected with St. Paul’s). The refugees and sponsors exhibited a tremendous amount of determination as they sought to work through significant red tape. Our research indicated that one of those families (the Darahans), and their sponsor (Brittany) were off to a good start and would appreciate our proposed support. The Darahan family is temporarily living in Brittany’s home in Cathedral City. It consists of Serge (father), Kate (wife) and Diane (12-year-old daughter). Serge is an IT specialist in website design and is still working remotely part time for his old employer in Ukraine. Kate is an accountant. Diane is enrolled in middle school. One might consider them an upper-class professional family. They are nominally proficient in English and are working to expand those capabilities. They funded their own way to the U.S. Should we connect with Brittany and the Darahans, St. Paul’s would have no on-going financial commitment. We could learn a lot about what it takes to sponsor a Ukrainian refugee family by helping them get established here in our community in a tertiary supportive role. In other words, this seems like a good place to start our Ukrainian Care Program.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?:  Serge and Kate are in the  process of getting green cards, and they have good temporary living quarters. Although St. Paul’s has made no financial commitment, we as individuals can help them with related immediate needs, including helping them find jobs in their career fields and affordable permanent housing. Even easier, we can made donations to a GoFundMe account ( that has been established for their benefit to purchase a car, etc. Other needs are likely to arise, but these are their needs NOW.


  • Please check out the website for a broad coverage of in-point information. There are hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian families and individuals hoping to find refuge in the U.S. WELCOME.US has an on-going registry of Ukrainians anxious to enter the U.S. This includes people of a wide range of backgrounds and persuasions, including LGBTQ+. You’re invited to check out the website and see if something resonates with you.
  • Please reach out to the UTC co-chairs, John Sanders () and Hap Blaisdell (), should you have any further questions.

Book Club

The next Book Club meeting will be held Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at 1:00 PM via Zoom.  Meeting information will follow later. For October, Book Club has selected Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor. Mrs. Palfrey, an elegant, genteel widow came from Scotland to London to take up residence at the Claremont hotel. Though she has high hopes for the cosmopolitan pleasures of living in a big city, she soon is filled with a sense of uneasiness and gloom.

New members are always welcome at Book Club. For more information, please contact Alan Zimmerman at

Sunday School Craft Supplies Needed

Do you have any craft supplies you’re not using that you’d like to donate to the children’s ministry? Fabric scraps, wooden blocks, pipe cleaners, felt, glue, or anything else that’s in good condition? Please bring what you have to the church on Sunday (or call the church for a drop-off this week). Sunday School teachers will be planning the new year next week and would love to get creative with teaching projects.

Mid-week Services

Come worship with us at Evening Prayer or, for select weeks, a simple spoken Mass (Contemplative Eucharist), one or the other, offered Wednesdays at 6:00 PM.

LiveStream Assistant Trainees Needed

We were unable to livestream the August 28th 10:30 service, as is our usual practice, due to technical limitations.  The problems we encountered underscore our need for more volunteers to get involved in the production of our weekly broadcasts.  We currently have no depth in the ranks of trained technicians to operate our audiovisual equipment.  If you think you might be interested in being trained in this technology, we’d like to talk to you.  The work is fun, it’s not difficult, and there is no prior experience required.  We have technical experts who are available to do the training.  Our hope is to get enough trained production assistants so the time commitment for any given individual would be lessened.

Think you might be interested?  Contact Rev. Dan at 760.320.7488 ext. 223 or .

Prayer Vigil at the Salton Sea October 10th

Desert AIDS Walk, October 29, 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Ruth Hardy Park

Registration starts at 7:30; the Walk will leave the park at 9:00 AMSaint Paul’s has supported the Desert AIDS Project for over 30 years, providing donors and board members, and by participating in events. Please join us as part of the Community and register with our team. This year we will also be joined by contingents from St. Margaret’s and St. John’s.  Take Action and walk on Saturday, October 29, 2022. Make an Impact by donating or collecting donations for Desert AIDS Project.  You can also register at or contact George at .  Donations can be made at the information table set up in the Columbarium colonnade outside the church before and after services. Alternatively, you can give online or in the offering plate.  AIDS Walk tee shirts are available for purchase from the Desert AIDS Project for $25.

Prayers of the Church

For the Anglican Communion, and for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby; for The Anglican Church of Canada, The Most Reverend Linda Nicholls, Archbishop and Primate of Canada.

For the Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania, The Right Reverend Sean W. Rowe, Bishop.

For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Right Reverend Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of St. Timothy’s, San Diego; for Diocesan Institutions & Organizations – Camp Stevens, RefugeeNet, the Mission to Seafarers, Vida Joven.

For those commended to our prayers: Roy Cody, Myriam, Liliana, Nuan Pan, Lisa Furlong, Jessie Rodriguez, Joel Watson, Lyn Morgan, Paul &  Elaine Martinkovic, Marge Horstman, Teresa Ball, Pastor Donaldson & family, Mr. & Mrs. Geeson, Richard Jones, Charles Koser, William Kennedy, Terry Moran, The Rev. Dale Carr & Ken Ballard, Jane Huerter, Josh Brown,  ATom O’Mara, Karl, Megan, Gordon Berry, Sr., Betty Dasteel, The Rev. Canon Victoria Hatch, Greg Gowdy, Robin Griffen-McLaughlin, The Rev. Deborah Seles, in thanksgiving for recent travels, Terry Moran, Uta Born, Nicole Phillips, Noble Pereira, Frank Riviers, Geraldine Rosato, Tom Lutgen, Brian Nealy; pray for Kentucky residents coping with property damage in the aftermath of recent destructive storms; pray for all those for whom no prayers have been said.

For those who have died: Alice Sleight, Debbie Morgan Alam, Eric Edgington, Harold Benjamin, James Booty, Stella Patti Grossman, Jim McCrae, Werner Futterer, Mike Baltazar, Helen & Charles Falconio. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

For those with birthdays: October 3: Diane McClocklin; October 4: Stephen Pickard, Michael Patton, Steve Horstman; October 5: Roy Cody, Isaiah Scott, Rick Bowers, Terry Houghtaling; October 6: Janae Chandrasena, Dennis DeLay; October 8: Jackie Freeburn.

For those for whom flowers have been donated: Today’s Altar Flowers are sponsored by Peter Di Carlo, in honor of his mother’s 95th birthday and in celebration of his own birthday, October 1.

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 Weekly print deadline is Wednesday noon.

For next Sunday’s Lectionary readings, go to, and click on “This Week’s Scriptures” in the Worship Services box. From the calendar, select October 9, The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Restoring Justice with Love Workshop

Our own parishioner and Migration Missioner of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, Troy Elder, will be facilitating a panel at the weekend event.

Church flower sponsorships

Fresh flowers on display in the church honor God and add to the beauty of our worship.  We invite you to consider sponsoring flowers to recognize or honor special people and events. We currently have several open Sundays for sponsoring Narthex Flowers.  These floral arrangements are smaller than altar arrangements; they are often created with beautiful, unique blooms not always found in the larger displays.

You can reserve your sponsorship Sunday(s) by calling the Parish Office (760.320.7488).  Or you can sign up using the Flower Sponsor Register found in the Narthex on Sunday mornings.

coffee hourCoffee/Social Hour Hospitality

For those wishing to sponsor refreshments for a specific Sunday Coffee Hour, please call or stop by the Parish Office to sign up. 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.

The Abundant Life E-List

If you are not a current subscriber to our weekly electronic newsletter, it’s easy to sign up.  Just go to, scroll down to find “Join Our E-Mail List,” enter your email address – and you’re all set.  You will receive the newsletter each week, usually on Fridays.

If the newsletter ends up in your spam/junk folder, simply add to your email address book.

Sunday Service Livestreaming

St Paul Streaming Worship Services

We are livestreaming our 10:30 AM Sunday Eucharist every week. The livestream project was made possible through a generous gift from a “snowbird” member from Philadelphia who wintered in Palm Springs for many years and worshiped at St. Paul’s every Sunday. You can view the livestream on our Home Page, YouTube Channel, and Facebook Page.

Missed a service?  Or want to rewatch a liturgy? All our past services are available to watch either on our YouTube Channel: or on our Facebook timeline:

Episcopal Relief & Development

Episcopal Relief & Development is mobilizing with Anglican agencies and other partners to provide humanitarian assistance to people fleeing the violence in Ukraine. Working through the Action by Churches Together Alliance (ACT Alliance), Episcopal Relief & Development will provide cash, blankets, hygiene supplies and other needed assistance. Please pray for all those affected. To donate directly to Episcopal Relief & Development’s Ukraine Crisis Response Fund, visit  (  If you prefer, you can donate through St. Paul’s Parish.  Be sure to designate “ERD Ukraine” on your check or cash envelope.  To date, donations processed through our church have totaled $1,918.

COVID-19 and Masking at St. Paul’s Update

Please click here to read the latest update regarding masking at St. Paul’s.

The following changes will take effect in our public worship on Sunday May 1, 2022:

+ 8:00AM – vaccine and mask required

+ 10:30AM (& Wednesday nights) – vaccine and mask strongly recommended

In addition to the changes mentioned above, the following will continue:

+ Funerals, which often have many guests from out of state, will be mask required services (we will not check for vaccinations)

+ Ushers, altar ministers, lectors, and clergy will continue to remain masked unless reading, preaching, or celebrating the Eucharist. Staff singers/choir/ensembles will continue to remain masked during the services

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