Fourth Sunday of Easter

John 13:31-35
Friday, May 17, 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 
More St. Paul's Here!
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This Weekend at St. Paul's
You are invited to come and bring a guest to an engaging presentation about Holy Cross School in Haiti; an important collaboration in which we invest time, talent, and treasure, and see how and why you might join us. 9:30 in the Garden Room. It's also a 3rd Sunday, so private healing prayers are available in the transept areas during communion at the 10:30 service.    
Rector's Notes: 
Alleluia! Christ is risen! 

On Sunday, May 26,  during the 10:30 liturgy, the Children of our Godly Play group will present   "You Can't Have Easter Without..." a play about Easter.  What a great continuation of the Easter season!

Haiti Sunday is this Sunday Join us at 9:30 in the Garden Room, during church, and at the 10:30 service to celebrate our tradition at Holy Cross School and to learn more about what we are doing there and how you can be a part.

Healing Prayers
On the 3rd Sunday of each month, during the 10:30 service, a team of parishioners offer private healing prayers for you, or with you on behalf of someone else. All are welcome to come to either the small chapel west of the larger worship space (the nave), or to the bell tower room on the east side, at any point during communion. You are also welcome to fill out a Prayer Request Form, available in both spaces and at the entrance (the narthex). 

St. Paul's Tech Squad Meeting!
Thanks to the brave souls who have stepped forward to learn the ropes of St. Paul's audio & livestream technology. We plan on meeting on Sunday, May 26 at 9:30 to walk through the systems in the church and the parish hall. If you are inclined to understand audio technology, or know someone who is (teens and college student highly desired as well) please join us.  School service hours and/or additional jewels in your crown in heaven are available.   Please contact Techie if you are interested or willing to learn our AV systems. Five have come forward - will you be next? Join Ed, Cory, Richard and Enos and we'll see you there.  Thanks so much!

On The Row: A Staged Reading of Stories From Arkansas' Death Row
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
11 E. 40th Street, Kansas City, MO
Thursday, June 13, 2019

" The state cannot execute the man who committed this crime. I executed him years ago. The only thing the State can do is take me out of this cage."
The Prison Story Project is a storytelling project that benefits the incarcerated. Inmates explore their truths through poetry, storytelling, and creative writing.
From May through October of 2016 The Prison Story Project was given unprecedented access to the men on Arkansas' Death Row at Varner Prison. There were 34 men on the row at the time and 11 of those men chose to participate in the project.
The inmates met with the volunteer team once a month in person on death row to explore writing and storytelling concepts, and followed up by US Mail in between visits.
A staged reading of their work - On The Row - was developed and performed for the men on death row on October 8, 2016 and has been touring the US since.
In February, 2017, the Governor of Arkansas announced that the state would execute eight men over ten days just after Easter. Four of the men that the Prison Story Project served were on that list. Two of the men were given last minutes stays and two were executed.
On The Row is touring to Kansas City thanks to a generous grant from Mid-America Arts Alliance, Whiting Foundation for the Humanities, and Episcopal Evangelism Society.
Parish Calendar 

May 18: The Counselors Band Dance Party
7:00-9:30pm Parish Hall

May 19: Haiti Sunday
9:30am in the Garden Room

May/June: The House that Abraham Builds
Work Continues (see below for more info)

June 2: " Seersucker" Sunday*
(see note in Upcoming Events below)

June 9: Pentecost Parish Picnic

June 14-On the Row, Stories from Death Row

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 provid ed for younger children on the 2nd floor.


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Please speak to Mentors Marie Thompson or Linda Voigts if you are interested in learning more about this weekly evening program of theology and discipleship for adults.

Upcoming Events ~ More Information

Seersucker Sunday (June 2) 
is coming up in a number of weeks.  Historically, this has been a celebration of the southern roots of many of our parishioners.   Coffee Hour on this Sunday is always a feast of unique southern delicacies.  It occurred to me that many of these "southern" dishes have a much deeper and often painful history.   Many look back to African roots for modern classics of southern cuisine.  With that in mind, I am suggesting we expand the fabric of our celebration to encourage all sorts of cloths.  Let us make "Seersucker Sunday" an occasion to celebrate the rich palette/palate of cultural traditions represented at St. Paul's.  By cloth and by food, bring symbols of what ever cultural/ethnic tradition you want to celebrate!

Let's all come to the Dance Party!

Come listen and dance to the Oldies with
The Counselors Band
Join our parish members John Readey and Paul Herbers, and their fellow band members The Counselors playing old favorites
from MoTown, Carole King, Chicago, Van Morrison, Ray Charles, the Eagles, Stevie Wonder and many more!
It's Free! 
We have Popcorn!  We have drinks!  
Bring your friends!
St. Paul's Parish Hall
Saturday, May 18, 2019
7:00 - 9:30 pm

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Mark your calendars
and plan on coming
to the 2019
St. Paul's Pentecost Parish Picnic!
Sunday, June 9th following the 10:30 service.
     Come for fellowship, fried chicken-n-biscuits and a glorious buffet of parishioner-provided side dishes and desserts.
     Stay to enjoy fellow parishioners and their guests at-play in our beautiful field across Walnut Street (just SE of the church) including a giant slide and games for kids,
     Bring your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and come have a glorious time helping us celebrate Pentecost, the Birthday of the Church, and the beginning of summer.
     The fine print:
Rain out will move us into the Parish Hall, where we will have just as much fun being together. If you would like to help with set up, serving, etc, please check out the signup sheet at this link
RSVP appreciated (but not required) to help planners get a general headcount. Please RSVP by Sunday June 2nd to Rebecca Collier . Thank you.

Help Wanted 

Backstage Hands Needed
at Pantry

Many of us have seen, and been a part of, the food distribution at our Pantry. It is humbling, hard and holy work.  But there is a very important part of our Pantry ministry that goes mostly unseen, and it's there that we can use your help.  To save money , where possible and practicable , o ur Pantry acquires bulk supplies of essential items for our pantry clients. It takes time and care to divide-up these supplies for distribution. It includes things like  rice, pasta, dry beans , laundry   and dish detergent, hair care supplies, frozen foods, etc. If you are able to come and help us sort these into shareable sizes, please let us know . Thanks so much. Richard Scarritt , Easom Bond and Sterling Roath .

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 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 Hosts

May 19 - Haiti Sunday
May 26 - ?you?
June 2 - Birthday Sunday
June 9 - Pentecost Parish Picnic 

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.

St. Paul's Tech Squad forming:
  Two have come forward - will you be next? Join Cory, Richard and Enos 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!

verse for  the week
For Christ is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. - Ephesians 2:14 
voice for  the week
If religious persons are committed profoundly to one simple reality all around the world, it must be peace ... And without justice, especially to the poor, the homeless and the hopeless, there will be no peace. - Ted Hesburgh
prayer for  the week
Christ who defeated death, give us courage, wisdom, and a new imagination in the face of war. Ground us in the truth that war is not of You, the God of Peace, and that we are on this Earth to break the bow. Amen. 
thought for  the week
Maya Angelou
Many believe that they need company at any cost, and certainly if a thing is desired at any cost, it will be obtained at all costs. We need to remember and to teach our children that solitude can be a much-to-be-desired condition. Not only is it acceptable to be alone, at times it is positively to be wished for. It is in the interludes between being in company that we talk to ourselves. In the silence we listen to ourselves. Then we ask questions of ourselves. We describe ourselves, and in the quietude we may even hear the voice of God.
Other News & Thanksgivings

The Name tag Ministry Team is Making Progress!
You MIGHT have a name-tag in the reception lobby at the South Entrance. Woo Hoo!  Also... you might not :-) but we're getting there! Please don't report a missing name tag for another week. We're still getting them together. Remember, wearing a name tag is something you do for everyone else... it's not about you. Thanks for playing-along. Also, there will be mistakes. Thanks in advance for being kind and supportive as we continue to make adjustments. Your Name Tag Ministry Team ~ Betsy Parker & Ann Ready 

Fellowship Friday Follow-Up 
& Invitation for Next
What a great time we had at the TGIFF (thank goodness it's fellowship Friday) last week! The party started early and lasted only when I started to take away the food and drink about 8:15, interrupting a lively conversation about current events. Thanks to all who brought excellent appetizers and fun things to drink. If you weren't able to attend, consider attending the next TGIFF - or consider hosting one! A great way to get interesting people together and relax at the end of the week. ~ Nancy Day, on behalf of the EfM hosts

ECW Fundraiser Follow-Up and Thanksgivings
Wow! What a great event!! We ended up raising $360 for the school in Haiti and having an excellent show in sales for our artisan partners!! Thank you both for your continued support. I just keep being reminded of the quote by Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."  ~ From Your St. Paul's Episcopal Church Women

Curious to know how you can save $350 on
St Paul's Reformation Tour
through Germany
in Sept 2020?
for information or a brochure and reserve your spot before June 1, 2019.


 Prayer Request Forms from the St. Paul's Pastoral Care Ministry Team 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. If you are interested in becoming a part of this ministry, please contact Heidi Carter, Associate for Ministry.

 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.

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.

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June 2-7:  Camp WEMO
July 8-16:   Pilgrimage 2019 
(Register by  April 30 )

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Day School

11 E 40th St.

Kansas City, Mo.   64111

(816) 931-2850