Fifth Sunday of Lent

John 12:1-8
Friday, April 5, 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 
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This Weekend at St. Paul's
Sunday at the 10:30 service  the choir will be joined by the Cheney Kansas High School Choir to sing "Hide not thou thy Face" by Farrant. Come support this effort of choral collaboration.  Also - it's Birthday Sunday which means extra treats at Coffee Hour following the service. F ind your place in the Baptism Class at 9:30, and join us as we gather for service, learning & worship in beauty and holiness.
Rector's Notes: 
Lent continues our journey toward Good Friday.  Remember, in an important way, Good Friday is the destination of Lent.  Easter morning is the beginning of a new season, a new time, a new beginning.    Edna Hong--a Minnesota native, graduate of St. Olaf College, and leading US interpreter of Soren Kierkegaard--offers a powerful interpretation of this long and arduous journey of Lent as we arrive at the cross of the Christ.  She suggests we are aided along this thorny path by the "Spirit of Holiness" that is also a "Spirit of Helpfulness."  This Spirit helps maneuver us to " stand alone before the broken body crowned with thorns upon the cross."  This is the necessary destination of the thorny journey of Lent.  As Hong suggests, it is a necessary thing for for people of faith to slog "down that dark, steep path to this crucial spot" standing before Christ on the Cross.  There is no illusion or deception to distract us, our eyes open, our hearts pound, and our faith is liberated from a its tiny anthropocentric hubris, as we become giant stones that shout out the grace, mercy, justice, and love of God!  

    Jalapenos update--we received over $1700 from the Jalapeno's fund-raiser for Holy Cross School, Ravine a l'Anse, Haiti.  This suggests about 150-170 people participated in this supporting this unusual effort.  Thanks to all of you.

Confirmation and baptism.  In our tradition, baptism is the sacrament of becoming a part of the Body of Christ, the church.  Understanding baptism is, then, an essential aspect of living your faith.  The Rector encourages all persons (adolescent to 100+) to join us on Sunday mornings as we consider what our baptism means and how we are called to live lives formed by our baptismal vows.  Sunday, 9:30 a.m. in the Garden Room.

Parish Calendar 

Sundays through Apr 14: 9:30am
Confirming Our Baptismal Vows

The rector especially invites adolescents to join us for this continuing exploration of living our faith.

April 7: Birthday Sunday

April 8:  Ruel Joyce Recital Series with Kurt Knecht 

April 11: ECW April Meeting

April 14:  Noon ~ Youngish Adults Brunch

  May 11: Antrim ~ Roath Wedding
See below for more information

Sunday School
"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. 

St. Paul's Lenten Sunday 
orning Series
Confirmi ng our Baptismal Fa ith
Continuing thru April 14     9:30-10:15 a.m. in the Garden Room. 
All are welcome to attend as you are able.

A primer on Christian life and faith in the Anglican/Episcopal  Tradition.
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). 

Sunday's lesson will be the second question of the baptismal covenant and the Church of England and the Reformation 

Free Materials Here
You are Invited to Prayer and Reflection  
The 2019 Lenten email series from Episcopal Relief & Development is now online.  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.

Lenten Wednesday Reflections
During Lent Father Jonathan is leading a series of devotional conversations following the Wednesday 6 p.m. service. Upcoming themes are:
Prayer, Public and Private "For I received fr om the Lord what I also passed on to you..." I Corinthians  11: 23-26
Ethics of Jesus
"And he took a little child..." Mark 9:36-37
Last Things
"Our friend, Lazarus, has fallen asleep..." John 11: 11-14

Upcoming Events ~ More Information

Celebrating April Birthdays Today
Abigail Baltzell, Jacob Burch, Michael Doubleday, Erik Elving, Ann Hovey, Ella Howard, Susan Hutchison, Reece Jones, Wade Kerrigan, Celia Martin, Kent McCall, Robert Moriarty, Mark O'Connell, Alex Powell, Anna Rudy, George Saleh, Zach Schneider, Scott Seitter, and Lucy Sorrell.
What is Birthday Sunday?  
On the first Sunday of every month St. Paul's celebrates birthdays and anniversaries for the month ahead. During the 10:30 service, persons who wish to (not required) come forward for a brief word of thanks, and the naming of God's continued blessings in their lives. Following the service we enjoy special celebration treats, and each other's company, during Fellowship in the hall under the church. Join us.
If you don't see your name but have an April birthday, or if you have a birthday coming up during the next twelve months and aren't sure we have the correct info, please let us know.  You may email or call the Church Office at 816-931-2850.

Monday, April 8th at 12:00 pm, please join our own Kurt Knecht as he plays piano with cellist Ho Anthony Ahn for the Ruel Joyce Recital Series!  
The concert is at the Johnson County Community College in the Carlsen Center Recital Hall.  
Admission to the concert is free.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church Women
ECW April Meeting
Thursday, April 11, 2019 
Beth Herbers's Home
831 Westover Road


We will be 


for Palm Sunday

Upcoming ECW meetings: 
April 11 - Palm Cross Construction
May 9 - Karen Seitter: Noonday Shopping for Haiti


Young(ish) Adults Brunch 
Please join other y oung(ish) adults at St. Paul's for brunch and fellowship on Sunday, April 14  after the 10:30 a.m. service.  Childcare provided. Details can be found at  here .
Please contact Whitney Hosty with any questions or if you would like to help to organize future events.

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Join us for the

Maundy Thursday Dinner
April 18th at 5:30 pm
in the Parish Hall. 
Nursery Childcare will be provided.
The cost this year will be $10/person and $7 for children 5 and older. For children under 5, we ask that you make a donation in the amount you feel appropriate. 
After dinner, we invite you to attend the

Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00 p.m.  

Please RSVP before Friday, April 12th, so we have a count for food.  
RSVP to the church office at 816-931-2850 or to 
Rebecca Collier , Parish Life Coordinator.  

Payment will be accepted at the door.  
***If there are any junior high or high school kids in need of service hours who would like to help clear plates and fill water glasses, please contact Rebecca .
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Help Wanted - Are you Feeling Called?

We need more caring hands on-deck in the
St. Paul's Parish Nursery.
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 Caite 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 Hosts

April 7 - Birthday Sunday
April 14 - ?you?
April 21 - ?you?
April 28 - EfM

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!!
Thank you Ann Readey and Betsy Parker for stepping-up to help! Watch the ePistle and announcement sheet for progress on the Nametag project, and make plans to wear yours every week. Hooray!  

Parish Directory Ministry - Yes!
Thank you Alison Barnes Martin,  Nancy Day, Nicole Blanc and Nancy Franklin for agreeing to help us work together to get a new updated parish directory - with pictures!! This will be fantastic. Please watch communications for ways you can cooperate with them, and help make this dream a reality. Hooray! Hooray!


St. Paul's Tech Squad forming:
  Two have come forward - will you be next? Join Cory and Richard to learn the ropes of St. Paul's audio & livestream technology. 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.

Cool News from the Pantry
* Around November, we were able to negotiate an arrangement which allows our pantry to receive TEFAP milk allocations; as a result, we are currently receiving and distributing about 190 half gallons jugs of milk a week. This is about 735 additional pounds to be loaded and unloaded each week, but the results are very much appreciated by the pantry clients.

* Courtesy of KCPL, we are distributing packages of 4 LED light bulbs each to pantry clients. We will receive and hopefully by the end of April distribute about 1000 light bulbs to pantry clients ... (84 boxes x 12 pkgs x 4 per pkg) Again, these are being well received and appreciated by the pantry clients.

Make plans now to volunteer for the next TFAP distribution on Saturday morning, April 20, from about 9:00 to about 12:15. Contact Melissa Hill for details. 

 2019 Stewardship

     Every year, in response to the many and great gifts God freely bestows upon us, we are all invited to make a pledgeto 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.  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
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him (Jesus), "Teacher, order your disciples to stop." He answered, "I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out."

- Luke 19:39-40
voice of the week
We must measure the sociological performance of our theological convictions.

- Christena Cleveland
prayer of the week
Oh God, today we give you our discontent, we give you our restlessness, and we give you our despair. Help us to be renewed in your abounding love, to cling to your wisdom, and to do the work that needs to be done. Amen. 
thought for the week
Edna Hong
The reason Lent is so long is that this path to the truth of oneself is long and snagged with thorns, and at the very end one stands alone before the broken body crowned with thorns upon the cross. All alone - with not one illusion or self-delusion to prop one up. Yet not alone, for the Spirit of Holiness, who is also the Spirit of Helpfulness, is beside you and me. Indeed, this Spirit has helped to maneuver you and me down that dark, steep path to this crucial spot.
B eyond the Walls of St. Paul's
Opportunities to Stay Connected and Involved

Please Visit Our Website at for information about The Diocese of West Missouri's  Youth Ministries , The Episcopal Church, Outreach opportunities and Advocacy and Community Engagement. Scroll down the welcoming page to find a series of interesting links and information. Thank You.

WEMO Youth upcoming events
April 18:  Regional Maundy Thursday Events
June 2-7:  Camp WEMO
July 8-16:   Pilgrimage 2019 
(Register by  April 30 )
Check out St. Paul's website above to see more WEMO Youth events or to register!
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11 E 40th St.

Kansas City, Mo.   64111

(816) 931-2850