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Stewardship Celebration this Sunday!

The 2020 Stewardship Team, co-chaired by Jim Watterson and Chris Davidson, will sponsor a special coffee hour on Sunday to ...
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Three from St. Margaret’s Honored at Diocesan Convention

It's basically an unwritten rule of journalism that a journalist should report the news and not be the news. It ...
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St. Margaret’s Day is this Sunday!

Do you enjoy bagpipes? Do you like kilts? If the answer to either of those questions is yes, you won’t ...
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Office Closed for Veterans Day

The church office will be closed on Monday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day. St. Margaret’s joins a grateful ...
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Diocesan Convention Comes to St. Margaret’s

This weekend, we will welcome delegates and guests from around the Diocese of San Diego as St. Margaret's hosts this ...
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Choral Evensong for All Saints’ Day

The St. Margaret's Chamber Singers and St. Margaret's Schola Cantorum are joining voices for Choral Evensong for All Saints' Day, ...
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Fall Back

It’s Time for a Time Change

Don’t forget to move your clocks back this Saturday night. Get an extra hour of sleep before church! ...
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Supper Clubs are Back!

Signups for the Supper Club have begun. The Supper Club is a great way to meet fellow parishioners that you ...
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St. Margaret’s Members Honored

Two members of St. Margaret's were recently recognized for their contributions to the desert community. Melissa Platt was recognized for ...
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Do You Know the History of St. Margaret’s?

Do you want to know more? St. Margaret's will hold a special gathering on Saturday, October 19, from 9 a.m ...
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Make Your Picado – Sunday, October 13

You've seen the picados hanging in the church for All-Saints Day, and you've seen a recent news article about making ...
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Welcome Brunch – October 20

Are you new to St. Margaret’s?Or perhaps reconnecting? Please plan on joining us for St. Margaret’s next WELCOME BRUNCH on ...
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CAT Survey Results Released

There were 208 people who took the Church Assessment Tool (CAT) Survey. The results are in and are highly helpful ...
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Stewardship 2020

St. Margaret's will kick off its Stewardship 2020 campaign on Sunday, October 13. This year's theme is "Our New Day ...
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Remember the Dead with Picados

On All Saints' Sunday, we'll hoist picados into the rafters to remember the saints in our own lives who cheer ...
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Compline Returns for its Second Season

Beginning this Sunday, October 6, St. Margaret’s Schola Cantorum, under the direction of Mark Austin, will begin its second season ...
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Listening Devices Available

The Sanctuary at St. Margaret’s is an amazing place for worship, with acoustics that amplify the beautiful music of our ...
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The Blessing of the Animals – Sunday, October 6

St. Margaret’s is pleased to announce that this year’s Blessing of the Animals will be part of the 10 a.m ...
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Help Fill the Garden Boxes

Rudyard Kipling once wrote, "Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful,' and sitting in the shade." The garden ...
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Mortgage Burning and Ribbon Cutting to be held on September 29

St. Margaret’s is officially debt free!!  We have paid off our mortgage, which had a principal balance of about $290,000.  ...
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Volunteers Needed for Diocesan Convention

St. Margaret's will host this year's Diocesan Convention on November 8 and 9.  Volunteers will be needed for various positions ...
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Navigating Health and End-of-Life Care Documents: Which Ones Do You Really Need?

No one ever plans to be sick or disabled. Yet, it's this kind of planning that can make all the ...
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Care Pathways Program Offers Support for Families Caring For Older Adults

Beginning next week, The Riverside County Office on Aging's "Care Pathways" program will offer a series of 12 weeks of ...
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Faith of our Founders – Lucy Karns

When Lee and Lucy Karns retired and moved from Newport Beach to their home in Palm Desert, they initially attended ...
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Nine Days of Prayer Begin on Sunday

Our new Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook, has invited us to participate in nine days of prayer beginning ...
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Choir Returns – September 15

The St. Margaret's Choir will return to the 10:00 service on Sunday, September 15, following their summer hiatus. It will ...
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Sun in the Aisle

Sun to dazzle at St. Margaret’s

The twice-a-year sun transit event at St. Margaret's, when the sun comes at the precise angle to cause an image ...
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Evening Prayer – September 12

St. Margaret's will offer a service of Evening Prayer on Thursday, September 12, at 6 p.m. in the Chapel. All ...
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St. Margaret’s To Ring Bell on Sunday at Noon

The Most Rev. Michael Curry, our Presiding Bishop, has invited Episcopal Churches to take part in a national action to ...
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Office Closed for Labor Day

The office will be closed on Monday, September 2, in observance of Labor Day. A Prayer for Labor DayAlmighty God, ...
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Eucharistic Visitor and Pastoral Visitor Training Coming to St. Margaret’s in September

Eucharistic Visitors carry the sacraments to those who are ill and homebound as invited by the clergy and according to ...
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We’re Collecting Backpacks!

We are currently collecting brand new backpacks for the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission to distribute to students in need. Your ...
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Karns Hall Kitchen Inaugurated on Sunday

The new (nearly completed) Karns Hall Kitchen was inaugurated on Sunday, July 28, after both services. The festivities included freshly-baked ...
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Summer Office Hours

Many staff members and office volunteers take their vacations in July and August. As a result, staff availability is affected ...
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Desert Friends of Music Announces 2019-202 Season

The Desert Friends of Music has announced its program for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. Sunday, November 3, 2019Evensong for All ...
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Treasurer’s Mid-Year Report

As of June 30, St. Margaret's has a net surplus of approximately $58K; however, this is under budget by $26K ...
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Faith of our Founders – Caroline Berkey

Years before St. Margaret’s existed, George and Caroline Berkey moved their young family from Beverly Hills to Palm Desert to ...
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Clothing Donations Needed

If you haven't done your spring cleaning yet, this is a good time to look in your closets for gently ...
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Office Closed on July 4

The office will be closed on Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. A Prayer for Independence DayLord God ...
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CAT Survey Now Open

We have finalized an on-line survey that will be of immense help to the transition process. It will give input for our ...
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In case you missed it…

The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego now has a new Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook. A significant contingent ...
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Jane Hodnik

Know Your Vestry – Jane Hodnik

Jane Hodnik was elected to the Vestry at the annual meeting in 2017 and is a member of the Vestry ...
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Vestry Meeting

Profile and Call Committees Appointed

At its meeting on June 17, the Vestry appointed members to serve on both the Profile Committee and the Call ...
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Episcopal 101 Class

St. Margaret's will offer an Episcopal 101 class on Saturday, June 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Meyers ...
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New Karns Kitchen to Debut on July 28

For nearly a year, St. Margaret’s has missed the convenience of a full kitchen to serve our own church family ...
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Welcome Tricia!

The Rev. Patricia Horkey joined the staff of St. Margaret's a few months ago as our Pastoral Associate by special ...
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Graduates Honored on Sunday

On Sunday, St. Margaret's honored our Class of 2019 students who have graduated recently or will graduate in the coming ...
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Ministry Fair – Pentecost Sunday

Please join us on Pentecost Sunday, June 9, for a ministry fair! Representatives from each of St. Margaret's ministries will ...
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Ask Andy Anglican

Nick Newcomer asked, "I hear everyone talking about wearing red on Pentecost Sunday. What is the reason for that?" Andy's ...
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Polyglots Needed for Pentecost Sunday

Parlez-vous une autre langue? Вы говорите на другом языке? ¿Hablas otro idioma? Você fala outra língua? Do you speak another ...
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Conflict and Reconciliation Workshop Coming in June

Over 50 parishioners attended our workshops on April 2 and 3 about practices and behaviors of healthy congregations. The second ...
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Profile and Call Committee Applications Sought

The Vestry is ready to receive applications for service on our parish Profile and Call Committees. The application deadline is ...
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Know Your Vestry – Kate Pierattoni

Kathleen "Kate" Pierattoni was appointed to the Vestry in April 2019 to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of ...
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Office Closed on May 27, 2019

The Office will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019, in observance of Memorial Day. A Prayer for Memorial Day ...
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An Invitation to Listen to Each Other: First Critical Transition Step

This is a wonderful time to be a part of St. Margaret’s as we continue to find joy in our ...
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EfM Graduation is this Sunday!

On Sunday, May 19, we will recognize this year's graduate of our Education for Ministry (EfM) program during the 10 ...
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Living Without Fear

Living Without Fear’s April Symposium

Former FBI Director James Comey appeared on a CNN Town Hall recently and was asked by a member of the ...
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Praying “The In-Between Times”

When was the last time you were invited to join a worldwide movement? What is something that involves seasonal and ...
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Pancake Breakfast – This Sunday!

Please join the diocesan youth delegates this Sunday as they host a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon. This ...
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Labyrinth Walk – May 4

World Labyrinth Day is Saturday, May 4, 2019. More than 5,000 people worldwide, in as many as 35 countries, will ...
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We Have an Interim Rector

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Kathleen Kelly will be serving as our Interim Rector with the full ...
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Our Ukulele Ohana

In the Hawaiian language, ohana means family. In the Hawaiian culture, ohana comes first. Three members of our own St ...
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Neighbors4Neighbors Appeal

Thanks to a generous pledge to match dollar for dollar contributions (up to $10,000) to support the work of our ...
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Solar Project – Phase 2

The St. Margaret's Solar Project has entered Phase 2, and solar panels will be installed on the church office building, ...
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Parking Lot Repaving Project

The parking lot at St. Margaret's will be repaved during the week beginning April 22. On Monday, April 22, the ...
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Office Closed on April 22, 2019

The church office will be closed on Monday, April 22, in observance of Easter Monday ...
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Maundy Thursday

You are invited to attend the Maundy Thursday service on Thursday, April 18, at 6 p.m. in Karns Hall. The ...
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Pew Cleaning Thursdays

As we approach the Glory of Easter, we've noticed that it's also time to do a little spring cleaning of ...
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Ash Wednesday

Ashes on El Paseo and the High Seas

On Ash Wednesday, a team from St. Margaret's, Jane Hodnik, Floss Teiger, Betty Baxter, Bill LaVoie, Thom Allen and Jan ...
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A Message from our Bishop-elect

I am joyful and grateful for the call to join you in the Jesus Movement in San Diego! So many ...
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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Since 1983, April has been designated for a special national focus on child abuse. It is a time where we ...
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Palm Cross

Palm Cross Making – April 7

Have you ever wondered how St. Margaret's gets all those little palm crosses that we are given on Palm Sunday? ...
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An Invitation from Har-El

Members of St. Margaret's are invited to attend the annual Interfaith Passover Seder conducted by Rabbi Richard Zionts, Congregation Har-El, ...
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Welcome Brunch – March 31

Are you new to St. Margaret's? Or perhaps reconnecting? Please plan on joining us for St. Margaret's next WELCOME BRUNCH ...
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Important Transition News: Vestry and Clergy Developments

Last Saturday, the Vestry and Staff met with the Rev. Laura Sheridan-Campbell, Director of Formation and Transition at the Diocese ...
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They Give Us The Weekly Bread

In 2018, our Neighbors 4 Neighbors ministry distributed 500,000 pounds of food. That's 250 TONS of food! As one might ...
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Sun in the Aisle

Here comes the sun

The twice-a-year sun transit event at St. Margaret's, when the sun comes at the precise angle to cause an image ...
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The Clare College Choir Concert at St. Margaret’s

The Desert Friends of Music will present The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, UK, Graham Ross, Conductor, in concert on ...
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