First Sunday of Lent

Luke 4:1-13
Friday, March 8, 2019
In This Issue
Weekly Services

Sunday - 4 Services

8:00 & 10:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist

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

5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist
Spanish Language


12:05 p.m. Holy Eucharist


6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist

5:00 p.m.  Holy Eucharist 
Organ Practice
with Kurt
November 14, 2018
Sunday Lectionary
Haiti Report

Haitian Proverbs

"Di m' ki sa ou renmen, m'a di ou ki moun ou ye."
"Tell me what you love, and I'll tell you who you are"
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This Weekend at St. Paul's
You are invited to join us for worship in this solemn season, and enjoy the music and fellowship that is the St. Paul's family. Service times to the left, and information about upcoming events below. 
Rector's Notes:
Lenten Challenge from national religious leadership: 
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Lenten Greetings ~ Please see the information below about upcoming baptismal / confirmation classes @ StP.

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We invite you to share in the 2019 Lenten email series from Episcopal Relief & Development.  Each day during Lent you will receive a daily reflection, co-authored by a group of faith leaders from across the church. During this season of reflection on our Christian faith, their writings will enhance your spiritual journey as they both inspire and challenge you. Each daily meditation is presented in both English and Spanish.

Parish Calendar 

March 10 - Apr 14: 9:30 on Sundays Special Formation Sessions: Confirming Our Baptismal Vows

March 14: ECW March Meeting at Beth Herbers 

March 16:
 St. Paul's Talent Show and Pot Luck

April 7: Birthday Sunday

April 21: Easter Day and Holy Baptism
See below for more information

We're so excited about the new flag welcoming neighbors to the 5:30 Sundays Spanish Language Service. The music is great, the community fun, and everyone is welcome. Check out their Facebook Page La Iglesia Episcopal San Pablo Kansas City, MO. Please invite your friends. All are welcome. 

Upcoming Events ~ More Information

ECW March Meeting
Thursday, March 14
6:30-8:30 pm
Home of Beth Herbers

Lenten Prayer and Practice : Jessica Kerrigan
Talent Show centerpiece construction (and practice for our "GoGoGirls")

St. Paul's Irish Pot Luck Dinner and Talent Show!
Great Entertainment! Great Fun! Surprises Galore!
Adults only - Saturday March 16th
6:00 - 6:30 Gathering
6:30 - 7:30 Supper served
7:30 - 9:00 ShowTime!
9:00 pm Clean Up
No Admission Charge - In the Parish Hall
Adult Beverages Provided
contact Herr Direktor (Paul Herbers,  816.520.3558) if you want to register an act

POTLUCK- The Talent Show this year coincides with Patrick's Day, so let's go Irish for our potluck! We will provide potatoes for a potato bar replete with toppings. We welcome any and all contributions to supplement the potatoes- Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage, Reubens, your unique specialty - and of course, desserts - you bring it, it will be eaten!!

Help Wanted - Are you Feeling Called?

Wednesday Evening Pantry Volunteers

You need a Lenten discipline, and we need two people. Please. One to check pantry clients in, and one to help load their items in their cars. This is a very important opportunity to help us help people who work during the day, and need food for their families. Please agree to speak to Karen Seitter, or contact her at, about which Wednesdays over the next 8 weeks, you are able to help from 5:15-7:30. Thank You. 

Coffee Hour Hosts

March 10 - ????
March 17 - Saint Patrick's Day
March 24 - ????
March 31 - ????

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.

Name Tag Ministry - Yes!!
We are waiting for three people to call the office and let them know they are willing to A.) secure a machine and supplies 2.) generate the nametags and iii.) help us have a great time as a parish family, getting to know each other better, and being more welcoming to our weekly (yes - we have them every week) visitors and guests. Many many people have asked for the return of the nametags. Won't you please be awesome, and step up? Age 10 and over, please. Thank you!!

St. Paul's Tech Squad forming: 
Are you a wiz with audio or livestream technology, or interested in becoming one? We have a simple systems in the church which need a few sets of trained eyes and ears to help us manage & trouble-shoot now and then. Teens, young adults, seniors - all techies are welcome to join the Tech Squad. School service hours and/or additional jewels in your crown in heaven are available. We need you. Please contact  Techie  if you are interested or willing to learn our AV systems. Thanks so much!


Makers Wanted:
Makers of all kinds (knitters, crocheters, quilters, fabric crafters) to make baby hats, booties, scarves, hats, lap quilts, prayer shawls, etc. on your own time frame to bless members of our parish and day school during times of joy and times of stress.  Contact  Jessica Kerrigan (knitters/crocheters/weavers) or  Pat Rudy (quilters, other fabric crafters) if you are interested.



This Sunday
"Godly Play" 

10:20 am on the third floor, for ages 4-11. Children join the worship service in time for communion. Nursery care provided for younger children on the 2nd floor. 

Lenten Sunday
orning Series
Confirmi ng our Baptismal Vows
March 10 thru April 14     9:30-10:15 a.m. in the Garden Room. 
A primer  on Christian life and faith in the Anglican/Episcopal Traditio n.   This is for all ages--for those new to the Episcopal Church, those desiring to be confirmed in the Episcopal Church, and those who just want to refresh their faith.  This series also serves as preparation for renewal of baptismal vows and/or confirmation (June 1 @ St. Mary's KCMO). All are welcome.

 2019 Stewardship

Information about your 2019 
Mission and Ministry Pledge:
     Every year, in response to the many and great gifts God freely bestows upon us, we are all invited to make a pledge to the financial support of St. Paul's Parish.
     Our gifts become a witness in the world of this parish's response to God's call to us to be a faithful community serving all God's creation.   
     The ministries of St. Paul's depend upon the financial support of its members and other interested persons.  In order for the Vestry to make good decisions on how to manage our resources, we invite you to make a financial commitment to our parish for 2019.  You can use the link below to make your pledge or contact the  Church Office for a paper pledge form.
     Thank you for your support financially, for your participation, and by remembering our efforts in your prayers.

verse of the week

You clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews.

- Job 10:11
voice of the week

A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.

- Maya Angelou 
prayer of the week

Oh God, may we be attentive to your spirit around us. In moments of confusion and despair, may we turn to your creation and be reminded of your great love for us.

thought for the week
Joseph K├╝hnel
Jesus welcomes the cross. His love can do no other than drive him to choose the hardest sacrifice. Jesus loves the cross because he sees the many for whom it will become the tree of life - the many who will find strength and salvation at its foot.


Lent Madness Showdown
Every year 32 of saints are put head to head in a March Madness style bracket. In the spirit of fun and learning, I would like to challenge you to a Lent Madness Showdown! You can learn more about Lent Madness .
To enter our friendly contest download a bracket, fill it out (don't forget you name on it somewhere) and email a scanned copy or send me a picture of it by March 6th. I will score each round, for the first round you will get one point for each right selection, during the second round two points and so on. The person who scores the most points at the end of the tournament will receive a prize pack!
Junior High Retreat
The Junior High Retreat is a weekend for 5th-8th graders to be held at St. Andrew's in Kansas City. For some, it's an introduction to diocesan events so they feel more comfortable at future events like Camp WEMO. For everyone, The Junior High Retreat is an opportunity to get closer to God. During the weekend we will spend time getting to know each other, in small group discussions, listening to the team give talks on our theme, having fun at a carnival and worship together. 
The Junior High Retreat 2019 will focus on the baptismal covenant. 
Since we all continually grow and change there is no limit to the number of weekends a 5th-8th grader can attend the Junior High Retreat! We'll talk about the important issues in our lives, asking questions and finding our own all helps us lead a more a more genuine life. Short talks given on various topics makes for great weekend discussion!
Pilgrimage 2019
Pilgrimages have been happening since before the time of Jesus. Religious people of every tradition would make it a practice to travel to a holy site, at least once in their lifetimes--to take time out of their normal routine in order to experience something holy. Jewish people would travel to the temple at Jerusalem, Christians would travel to Canterbury or Rome, Muslims would go to Mecca, Hindus would go to the Ganges River, etc. Holy places have a long history. On each pilgrimage we travel beyond West Missouri, visiting the places that have been formational in the history of the Episcopal Church and of this country. We learn about brave and smart men and women who risked a lot to follow where they felt God was leading them--or who just fell backwards into doing the right thing - people just like us who are leaving their mark on history now, in some small way. A pilgrimage is not just about what happened in the past; it is also about how God is calling you into the future. How are you called to be at work in the world? What are you called to do with your life? 
This summer we will be traveling to Glacier National Park. We will be leaving from KC early in the morning on July 8 and return July 16. During our trip we will be staying 5 nights at a campground just outside Glacier National Park in tents. During the day we will be taking hikes that can range from 2-16 miles. We are planning to visit the Crazy Horse and Mt. Rushmore monuments on the way home.
The Pilgrimage is open to youth currently in grades 8-12, young adults, and adults that wish to be a chaperone. The cost for the Pilgrimage 2019 is $600, this will cover all travel, hotel on the way to and back, food and any activities we participate in as a group.
Camp WEMO 2019 is scheduled for June 2 - 7 at the Y's Camp Wakonda near Springfield. We understand that the Kansas City Area Schools have missed several days of school due to weather and may still be in school during the days we are scheduled to be at camp. Once we have a better idea of when the last day will be, we will communicate about camp plans. We hope to be able to release this information in our newsletter for March.
Youth Ministry Commission
The Youth Ministry Commission is currently seeking applications from youth and adults who feel called to serve on the leadership team for the WEMO Youth Community. Members of YMC come together three times a year for event planning, leadership training and formation opportunities. If elected to the commission, youth members serve a two year term or until graduation(whichever comes first) and adults serve for two years. Applications are being accepted until March 31st. If you have questions about the duties of the commission, please contact Josh Trader.

Upcoming Regional Events
North - March 10 2019 - Main Event!
J oin us at the Main Event on Barry Road 1-4pm for fellowship fun! There will be Bowling, Billiards, Laser tag, and much more for $7 all you can play each activity! 
Contact  Laura Williams  to RSVP
This event is sponsored by: The Good Redeemers
*Please eat lunch before the event.
This is in place of the Snow Creek Lock in
North - March 17 - Acolyte Field Day
All youth are invited (whether
a current acolyte or not!) to learn about the elements of an Episcopal service and compete in the fabled Acolyte Games!
During this fun afternoon,
we will learn things like who is the boat bearer and what is their job, what is a thurible, and who gets to wear the fancy robe ropes. Following the exciting Acolyte Processional Obstacle Course one team will take home the roving trophy! Will it be your team?

Get Involved!
St. Paulites,
Are you looking for communities where you can expand your knowledge on issues of interest with other passionate people? Grow your capacity to create change by building skills, knowledge, and relationships with in-person engagement. We want to invite you to participate in some exciting advocacy and educational opportunities coming up soon!
  • Churches for Middle East Peace 1835 Advocacy Summit: Reclaiming Our Voices-Mar. 9-11, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.       CMEP1835 is an extension of Churches for Middle East Peace. It seeks to engage young people, ages 18-35, in education and advocacy around Israel/Palestine, as well as the broader Middle East. This year's theme is "Reframing the Narrative for Shared Justice in Israel and Palestine." Participants will learn to effectively frame their personal story and recognize the power of their voice in advocacy work related to the Middle East.
  • Lansing Lee Conference: Communities Seeking Justice-Mar. 22-24, Kanuga, Hendersonville, NC
    This year's Lansing Lee Conference will focus on how communities of faith can find their roots in God's hope and work of justice for the world. By participating in the radical love of God and following the teachings of Jesus Christ, we can join in the work of restoring and championing the dignity and fulfillment of marginalized people. In a time where political groups are competing to see how they can separate our society into obedient supporters, we hope to explore a new way where our identity transcends division and we know ourselves as interconnected Children of God who strive towards seeking and serving Christ in all people.
  • Ecumenical Advocacy Days / EPPN Pre-Event-Apr. 5-8, Crystal City, Washington D.C.
    The 2019 Ecumenical Advocacy Days Conference will draw on #GoodTrouble pioneers from the Civil Rights era as well as inspiration from young leaders to learn from the past, share best practices, and encourage one another for the work ahead. Through worship, educational and training workshops, and advocacy, we will beckon the Spirit to "Trouble the Waters" as depicted in John 5:1-9, calling on God to bring healing to our nation and world. Join us as we envision and train for new ways to stir up #GoodTrouble for the healing of all God's children.

    Join the Episcopal Public Policy Network for a special pre-event 12-3 p.m. Apr. 5. RSVP
Jun. 27-29, Washington D.C. SAVE THE DATE: Love God, Love Neighbor: Advocacy in Action is a two-day interactive training that will offer messaging practice, direct Congressional advocacy, and networking. Open to clergy and laity, this training is designed for those interested in gaining advocacy tools and having an opportunity to directly advocate to members of Congress and their staff about protections for refugees. Stay tuned for more details, as registration will open in March!

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