Wednesday, October 24, 2018
The Ethics of Sex
What does The Episcopal Church have to say about Christian sexual ethics? How do biology, psychology, and theology influence our approach to sexual morality in 2018? Join Fr. Charles as we continue the discussion of The Ethics of Sex:

Part 2: THIS SUNDAY , October 28th after the 10 a.m. Mass.

The format of the class is discussion, and the discussion will begin by exploring the various discussion points from a podcast called The Liturgists. You are invited to listen to PART 2 of this series by clicking  here Before you click , beware that the title of the podcast is intentionally provocative, and the commentators occasionally use language that may offend some folks.

Any device connected to the internet will work; you don't have to be a techie to listen to a podcast! The idea is to listen prior to this Sunday. Please come to the class even if you don't have time to listen the podcast - and even if you were not able to join us for Part 1 - it will be a lively discussion!

Peace,
Fr. Charles
St. Mary's as I see it...
I am Fiona Schaefer (aka Leona), a life-long churchgoer and an Episcopalian for nearly 50 years. I have been a member of 3 other Episcopal churches - in Ohio, Massachusetts, and Missouri, and have experienced many others during summer travels. My husband and I have been at St. Mary's since January 2017.

The very first Sunday, when we entered St. Mary's, I saw many things that set it apart from other churches. People who didn't know us welcomed us and passed the peace in what felt like genuine caring. I believe that happens to everyone who enters this healthy, loving place. That DOES NOT happen everywhere!

After coffee hour was over, the doors were locked, and everything was cleaned up and put away, a hungry man knocked on the door and was welcomed and fed. That WOULD NOT happen everywhere!

We were also drawn by the exquisite music, liturgy, and preaching and the welcoming atmosphere before, during and after the service ... and throughout the week. Diversity is alive and well at St. Mary's. Everyone is welcome. All lives matter.

St. Mary's outreach and hospitality are well known throughout the city. I feel good in knowing that our financial support is helping to keep St. Mary's going and growing. It's very important to make a pledge, so the church can count on steady income in planning budgets and expenses.

God calls us to be good stewards. Please make a commitment to St. Mary's. Consider making a pledge to allow St. Mary's to continue doing God's work in our city.
2019 Stewardship Campaign
St. Mary's Family,

As of Tuesda y, October 23, we have received 28 pledges totaling $100,530! Thank you for giving back the first fruits of your labors to ad vance God's kingdom through the ministries of St. Mary's.
If you haven't yet submitted your pledge, please visit the Stewardship Campaign page on our website.


Please don't hesitate to contact either of us via email if you have questions, or talk to us at church on Sunday during Coffee Hour.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Co-chairs, 2019 Stewardship Campaign 
Review St. Mary's on Yelp
St. Mary's family,

Every time a new person walks in the doors at St. Mary's, I try to ask them how they heard about us. A good majority say that it's from an internet search, and ultimately, our website. That makes sense - people used to use the phone book to find a church, and now they use Google.

When you do an internet search for "church Kansas City," the image you see is the one featured above. The first link is to a Yelp page on "The Best Churches in Kansas City, MO." St. Mary's is currently featured as number 7.

Will you please spend five minutes to help us raise our profile by writing a review on Yelp ? Using your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, simply click here , and then click "Write a Review". You don't have to write a novel, but a review that consists of a paragraph or two is much better than a one-liner like "Great church!". Think about writing about what St. Mary's means to you, how and why you feel welcomed here, what keeps you coming back, etc. In addition to your written review, consider giving us a five-star rating!

Thanks in advance for helping advance the mission and ministry of St. Mary's in this small-but-important way!

Peace,
Fr. Charles
Hurricane Michael Relief
Thank you for giving to help with the relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Michael! St. Mary's sent a check in the amount of $381.00 to Episcopal Relief and Development!
Ordination Announcement
Regional Confirmation
Five St. Mary's parishioners were confirmed and received into the Episcopal Church on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Please join us as we welcome and congratulate Erika Darling, Michael Ritzel,
Chad Hunter, Juliann Hunter, and Frankie Franklin .  
William Baker Festival Singers: The Sacred Fire
Sunday, November 4 | 3:00pm | St. Mary's Episcopal Church

The William Baker Festival Singers , chorus-in-residence at St. Mary's, will open their 21st concert season in Kansas City with a program called "The Sacred Fire." The 50-voice semi-professional ensemble will sing repertoire spanning nearly 1000 years, from Hildebard von Bingen's O IGNIS SPIRITUS to a work by Composer in Residence, Kansas Citian Ed Frazier Davis. Included in the journey will be selections by Charles Wood, Javier Busto, and Eriks Esenvalds, along with the Americana hymns, spirituals and gospel songs for which the Festival Singers are known.

Click here to purchase tickets.
All Souls Requiem
We will celebrate All Souls Day with a Solemn Requiem Mass on Wednesday, November 7th at 6:00 p.m . As is our custom, we will pray for those who have died in the parish in the last year, as well as anyone you'd like to add.

To add a name to the list, please email it to the office at stmarykcmo@sbcglobal.net To read more about All Souls Day, as well as the wider Allhallowtide, click here .
Arts & Crafts / St. Mary's Belles
The St. Mary's Belles will gather November 8 for a trip to Parkville, Mo. Meet at the church to carpool at 9:30 a.m. Questions, contact Bonnie Haupt .
The Arts and Crafts group will meet November 28 from 10am -2pm in the church apartment. Bring a brown bag lunch. Questions, contact Bonnie Haupt .
Sponsoring the altar flowers is a beautiful way to honor loved ones. Flowers are often given to mark special life events such as birth and birthdays; anniversary of a wedding, baptism, confirmation; the memory of a loved one; or as a thanksgiving for life’s blessings. Flowers are not a budgeted item in our church operations. The only funds available for use by this ministry are the funds you donate. You are invited to take part in this ministry!

If you'd like to sponsor altar flowers, click here for more information.
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Weekly Service Schedule

Sunday
Low Mass: 8 a.m.   
Solemn High Mass: 10 a.m.
Sung Compline: 7 p.m. (2nd Sunday of the month)

Tuesday
Low Mass: 12:05 p.m.

Wednesday 
Low Mass: 12:05 p.m.
Evening Prayer and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: 6:00 p.m.

Thursday
Low Mass: 12:05 p.m.

Saturday 
Noonday Prayer: 11:05 a.m. (2nd and 4th Saturday of the month)
Clergy and Staff

Assistant to the Rector
 
Rector Emeritus
The Reverend Robert M. Hutcherson
  
Deacon Administrator

Deacon Missioner
The Reverend Kevin G. White
 
Artist-in-Residence/Choirmaster
 
Organist
 
Sexton
Ms. Rosalyn Powell
Vestry

Mr. Todd Chenault-Wiseley, Senior Warden
Dr. Michael D. Frost, Junior Warden
Mr. Donald E. Clark
Mr. Richard S. Herndon
Mrs. Faye A. Hopkins
Mrs. Sharon Hunter-Putsch
Mr. Dennis L. Robinson
Canon John L. Schaefer
Mr. David S. Wilcox, II
                                                  
Ms. Mary Beveridge, Parish Clerk
Ms. Judith B. Brougham, Parish Treasurer 
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