St. Paul's Epistle Pentecost 20
Friday, October 25, 2019
Luke 18:9-14
This Sunday at St. Paul's
Come join us for our 10:00 a.m. worship, the choir will be singing "We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace" by William Appling. Then join us after service for fellowship and treats during coffee hour in the garden room!  Thank you in advance for grabbing your name-tag on Sundays so we can get to know each other better.     
A Note from Father McKee
In the Episcopal Church, All Saints Day commemorates all saints, known and unknown, and is one of the seven principal feasts of the church year. It is significant because it provides room on the calendar, and in our words and actions, to honor the connections between the living and the dead. Our great hymn reminds us that saints are just normal folks, like us, and all sorts and conditions of people who’ve gone before have made a lasting impact on our lives. “You can meet them in school, or in lanes or at sea, in church, or in trains, Or in shops, or at tea, for the saints of God are just folk like me, and I mean to be one too.” (Hymnal 293) Starting on October 20th we will honor them by creating an Altar of Remembrance. Similar, but not the same as, the ofrenda of the Mexican Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), every member of the parish is invited to bring a photograph or token of remembrance to put in the chapel. There will be candles, and small crosses to write names on of those you wish to remember.  Our hope is that it will create a powerful symbolic reminder of the those we have loved and lost. We will bless this altar on All Saint’s Sunday, November 3rd.

Stephen McKee+
     Priest In Charge  
Fr. Steve McKee
To Worship
Service Times
All are welcome at every service
Sunday - 3 Services
10:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist

1:00 p.m.
South Sudanese Service
Dinka Language

5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Spanish Language
6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist

Thanksgiving Day
10:00 a.m.
An Invitation to Faithful Stewardship of God's Gifts to Us
"All things come of you, O Lord, and of your own have we given you."-- Book of Common Prayer

Pledge packets were mailed to all households on file (please let us know if you did not receive one). These packets are also available on the Usher’s desk in the Narthex, and online using the button below. Approximately 40 parishioners have turned-in their pledges in advance of the pledge in-gathering Sunday, Nov 10th. This includes 9 increased pledges and 6 new ones. We will list their names in next week’s bulletin as a way of saying thank you. If you’d like to be included on the list, please return your pledge form by Thursday the 31st. Pledges of prayers not only count, but are essential, so fill out those forms and get them in. Thank you so much. Let us, or a member of the staff, know if you have any questions. 

Faithfully, Paul Herbers & Richard Martin, St. Paul’s Stewardship Chairs. 

You may use the link below to make your 2020 pledge, or contact the  Church Office  for a paper pledge form. Thank you for your support financially, for your participation, and by remembering the worship, outreach, and people of St. Paul's in your prayers.
Wednesday Evening Holy Eucharist at St. Paul's
All are welcome to attend our weekday Holy Eucharist at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. It is a small contemplative service, with no music. Whether you are looking for a midweek break in our busy lives to 'reset' your sense of discipleship or a way to deepen your spiritual life, come join other fellow travelers to reflect on scripture, give thanks and be fed from the Holy Table. If you are able, stay for another thirty minutes and enjoy fellowship with us.
An Update about our Parish Transition:
Meet the St. Paul’s Profile Committee
The next step in calling a new rector is creating a parish profile. This document captures who the St. Paul’s community is, where we’re going, and what we seek in our next rector. The profile is then made available in the appropriate places to attract candidates for the Search Committee, which will be named in the future. In order to gather the needed information the Profile Committee will be inviting you to participate in a survey. More details will be coming soon on when and how you can share your thoughts. 

Nancy Franklin is chairing the Profile Committee which includes Liz Barnes, Mary Hodge, Jessica Hopkins, Whitney Hosty, Jessica Kerrigan, John Larson, Ann Readey, Donna Roath and Melissa Skeens. Please contact them with any questions you might have.
A Prayer for St. Paul's 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 .
Friday, October 25, Deadline to contact the Church office if interested in Baptism If you are interested in the sacrament of Baptism on November 3rd, please contact the  Church office or (816) 931-2850, no later than October 25th.
Prayer Request Forms are for requesting prayers for yourself, and for others. They are available from the box on the wall in the tower room near the pulpit, on the Usher's Desk at the 40th street door, and the Receptionist Desk at the South/School side door. They are also on our  website . If you are interested in becoming a part of the Pastoral Care Ministry Team, please contact Heidi Carter,  Associate for Ministry.
This Week at St. Paul's
Sunday, October 27, Hayride at the Rudy's
see below for more information
To Learn

The discussion on gun violence with Father McKee will resume Sunday, November 10th at 9:00 a.m. in the Garden Room. Last session people left with homework assignments. Is the NRA funding improvements in back ground check policies? Please come and hear what they discovered, and bring your insights, wisdom, and experience exploring what our faithful response to gun violence should be.

Sunday School
We welcome children from Kindergarten to 3rd grade to join us on the 3rd floor for Sunday School using the Godly Play curriculum.

"Godly Play"  News

Our classrooms are bustling with energy and faith formation. Here is an example of some of the Holy Choices recently identified by our kiddos. 

Please know that all of your Children bring us joy every week and warm our hearts with their views of your world! We cannot wait to see them each Sunday!  Fondly ~  Guytie, Ann, and Pat

Children's Choir, 9:40 Sunday morning, 3rd floor
Children across Kansas City, from kindergarten and up, (non Episcopalian too!) are invited to participate. More information on our website  here .  

During rehearsal there will be fellowship for the parents in the room next to the rehearsal space, on the 3rd floor. 
To Serve
A jalapenos Thank You
On October 9th you came out in numbers to Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant for our fund raiser for Holy Cross School in Haiti.   Over $130 was raised and the whole evening was joyful.   Thank you all for the support.

Haiti Outreach Committee

More information about our Haiti School can be found at the bottom of this
Worship Leaders Needed
If you are interested in learning how to serve at communion, or become a reader during church, please contact  Father McKee . We provide training, and are open to persons aged 10-100. 
Thank you!
Volunteers are needed to help with The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) once a month on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

The Food Pantry
Thank you ECW for spending the evening re-packaging laundry and dish soap for our Pantry clients!!

These are the bottles we LOVE to get when we ask for your empty plastic bottles. To make our limited resources of laundry and dish detergent serve as many clients as possible, we try to give each client about 8 ounces of detergent per visit. These bottles (between 8 and 24 oz.) are easy for our clients to carry and don’t look so sparse with only eight oz. of detergent in them. Therefore, while we love your enthusiasm, we don’t have a use for 2 liter bottles, empty salad dressing bottles or other assorted plastic containers. Because we try to be environmentally friendly, these extra bottles require that someone (Donna to Sterling’s consternation) takes them home to recycle. We especially love water bottles as they do not have to rinsed because who wants laundry detergent mixed with a little Coke or juice?? Thanks for your understanding - the pantry is now welcoming bottles we can really use again!!
St. Paul's Nursery Helpers
Each Sunday we have two paid staff persons caring for our youngest (and cutest!) members. All are required to take the "Safeguarding God's Children" training, pass a background check, and love our kids and their families. We also occasionally need nursery caregivers during the week for special meetings, worship services, or events. Please speak with  Catie Brouse  if you are ready to join the team. Service hours for high school students are available, but the training requirements remain. Thank you!
Coffee Hour Host
Oct 27 - Ellen Haden & Janet Jones
Nov 3 - Birthday Sunday
Nov 10 - ?you?
Nov 17 - St. Margaret's Day Celebration
Nov 24 - Ellen Haden & Beth Herbers

Hosting Coffee Hour is a fun and easy way to get to know other St. Paul's members! The host brings the food and the church provides the drinks. An example of what a host might bring would be: two large pans of brownies (cut very small), maybe a bowl of fruit (oftentimes grapes cut into small clusters), and a bowl or two of pretzels or popcorn. If you have questions or wish to co-host with another member, please contact  Alison . Dates are available.
To Play
Saturday, February 29, Trivia Night at St. Paul's Episcopal Day School (Date Change)

Join the St. Paul's Church and School community for some friendly competition, and put your useless trivia knowledge to work! Gather friends to form a team of eight, or let us put a team together for you. Church members, school parents, alumni families and friends are welcome, but space is limited! Event admission will support the church and school's aid to our sister school, Holy Cross, in Ravine a l'Anse, Haiti.

Refreshments and Organizing Teams starts at  6:00 pm, and the Trivia Begins at  7:00 pm!

Sunday, October 27, Fall Hayride at the Rudy Farm
Mark your calendar for one of St. Paul's most fun events! The Hayride and Bonfire is scheduled for October 27th from 3:00-7:00 PM. This Parish Life event is hosted by Bill and Pat Rudy and will be held at their farm. Fun will include a hayride, cookout, s'mores, entertainment and craft for the kids! Hot dogs, s'mores makings, brisket, pulled pork, baked beans, and drinks provided. Please bring a side dish, munchies, or dessert to share. 
RSVP to  Pat Rudy.

The Rudys' address is 19645 273 Highway, Platte City, MO 64079. It's about 10 minutes north of the Kansas City Airport, so start out as you would to the airport. Continue on I-29 N to exit #20. After exiting, turn left at the stop sign. The highway will curve around to the left and you will come to a stop light. Take a right at the light. Go to the second house on the left. It's easy to pass up, so keep watch as you're going through the "s" curve. We'll have a sign hanging on the mailbox. Pat's cell phone is 816-674-7429 if you have any trouble.
Get your tartan ready to be blessed!
Sunday, November 17th will be our
Margaret, Queen of Scotland celebration.
You can help at our St. Margaret's Coffee Hour by bringing shortbread or any other delicious Scottish treats (up to but not including haggis, please) to contribute to the glorious Highland feast. 

Please let us know what you plan to bring by emailing  Mary Hodge

Many, many thanks for your offerings.
Our wonderful, resident Pipe Band, Kansas City Celtic Pipes & Drums will be participating in the service and performing at the coffee hour!
St. Margaret
Upcoming & Recurring Events Calendar
See above for more information
November 3, All Saint's Day & Baptism Sunday

November 4, Ministries council

November 14, Episcopal Church Women

November 17, St. Margaret's Day

November 22, The Society of Song concert
Going Deeper
Verse for the week
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
1 Peter 3:18 (NIV)  
Voice for the week
Justice is any act of reconciliation that restores any part of God's creation back to its original intent, purpose or image. When I think about justice that way, it doesn't surprise me at all that God loves it. It includes both the acts of social justice and the restorative justice found on the cross.

John M. Perkins  
Prayer for the week
Lord, let your sacrifice be our holy compass toward the restoration and healing that is desperately needed in this world.  Amen .
Thought for the week
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. Nothing is small for our good God, for he is great and we are small. That is why he lowers himself and cares to do small things, in order to offer us an opportunity to show him our love. Since he does them, they are great things, they are infinite. Nothing he does can be small. Again: practice fidelity even in the least things, not for their own sake, but for the sake of what is great - that is, the will of God.
Mother Teresa, A Life for God
For More Information
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