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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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Ask Andy Anglican

Frank Faithful asked, "Recently after receiving communion from the priest, I dropped the host on the floor. What was I ...
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Church Beyond St. Margaret’s Walls

Evangelism: Sharing the joy of our faith. Our Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, has invited all members of ...
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Join Us for Shrove Tuesday Fun!

No matter what you call it -- Carnaval, Mardi Gras or Shrove (Fat) Tuesday -- you know that it means ...
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Please Join a Vital Workshop for Future Planning

The evening of April 2nd and all day on April 3rd, a workshop will offer tools to shape St. Margaret’s future.  ...
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Women’s Retreat Set for Saturday, March 2

The Daughters of the King invite all women of the parish to join with women from St. John's and The ...
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Ash Wednesday

“Remember you are dust…

... and to dust you shall return." With those words on Ash Wednesday, ashes are imposed on us as we ...
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Vestry Meeting

Vestry Elects Officers for 2019

At its February meeting, held on Monday, February 11, the Vestry welcomed the Vestry Class of 2022 - Gary Gleeson, ...
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Living Without Fear Invites You to a Movie!

You are invited to a special film screening at St. Margaret’s with small group discussion and your favorite movie treats! ...
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Episcopal 101 Class Offered in February

Are you new to St. Margaret's?Are you new to the Episcopal Church?Have you been attending here and still wonder why ...
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Karns Kitchen Subcommittee Forming

Interested in working on the Karns Kitchen Reconstruction subcommittee? See the drawing and to do list below, and if you’re ...
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Labyrinth Walk – February 19

We all know that there is a beautiful Labyrinth outside Karns Hall. Maybe you've walked by it on your way ...
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Office Closed on February 18, 2019

The office will be closed on Monday, February 18, 2019, in observance of Presidents Day ...
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The Queen’s Six Coming to St. Margaret’s

The Desert Friends of Music will feature the Queen's Six in a concert entitled Royal Windsor: Then and Now on ...
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New Bishop Elected

Breaking News from Poway The Rev. Canon Susan Brown Snook was elected by the Bishop Nominating Convention in Poway today ...
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Nicholas Schmelter Concert at St. Margaret’s

The Desert Friends of Music will present an organ concert by Nicholas Schmelter on Sunday, February 17, at 4 p.m ...
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Jan Romerdahl Elected Senior Warden

At its November meeting, the Vestry voted to extend the term of office of Jan Romerdahl as a Vestry member ...
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The Facilities Committee Wants You!

The Facilities Committee needs a few additional volunteers with specific skills: RoofingElectric systemsHVAC systems, particularly TraneConcrete workBlacktop/slurry coatParking lot stripingMechanical ...
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Benjamin Straley Concert at St. Margaret’s

The Desert Friends of Music will present an organ concert by the Rev. Benjamin Straley on Tuesday, February 12, at ...
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St. Margaret’s to host Blood Drive on February 17

LifeStream will be at St. Margaret's on Sunday, February 17, 2019, as we host a blood drive in Karns Hall ...
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Meeting Minutes

Vestry Minutes for November 2018

ST. MARGARET’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH Minutes of Vestry Meeting November 19, 2018 A meeting of the Vestry of St. Margaret’s Episcopal ...
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Books Needed for Read with Me Ministry

Our Read with Me ministry is collecting books for distribution to approximately 600 students in Oasis in honor of Dr ...
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Get to Know our New Lead Pastor, Kathleen Kelly

With expertise in good process and conflict resolution, Kathleen Kelly serves as Lead Pastor while St. Margaret’s begins a time ...
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Our Delegates to Bishop Electing Convention

Thank you to everyone who attended the Bishop Candidates Walkabout at St. Margaret’s on January 14.  The Convention to elect ...
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