Fourth Sunday of Lent

Luke 15:1-3,11b-32
Friday, March 29, 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 invite us to listen and "pray" in the gorgeous Henry Purcell anthem "Hear My Prayer, O Lord." Pick up a flier for the Haiti Holy Cross Fundraiser, find 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.  We must pass through the journey to the Cross to discover the glory of God in the resurrection (See Flannery O'Conner below in "Thought for the Week").  Let the journey continue.

Parish Calendar 

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

April 1: Join former St.P choir member, Dr. Jacob Funk, and his choir from Clark College, Vancouver, Washington, for an impromptu concert

April 4: Haiti Fundraiser at Jalapenos  

April 7: Birthday Sunday

April 8:  Ruel Joyce Recital Series with Kurt Knecht 

April 14: Noon ~ Youngish Adults Brunch

April 21: Easter Day and Holy Baptism

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

Please join us April 1st at 7:30 pm  
in the Nave when former choir member turned college professor Dr. Jacob Funk brings his Clark College Concert Choir for an impromptu concert on the first night of their Kansas City tour.  The Clark College Concert Choir is one of three choirs at Clark College in Vancouver, WA. The choir consists of students from all majors across campus, and is traditionally around 36 members. The Concert Choir has toured across the United States and abroad. They are excited to be singing at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on April 1st, Visitation Catholic Church on April 2nd, and St. Mary's Episcopal Church on April 3rd-- all at 7:30pm. Dr. Funk is a proud alum of the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri Kansas City.
We are excited to welcome him back and for him to show off his choir with us!  
Admission is free  for all three performances.

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.


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, or email her at 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

March 31 - ?you?
April 7 - Birthday Sunday
April 14 - ?you?
April 21 - ?you?
April 28 - ?you?

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!  

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.


Emergency Food Distribution at
the St. Paul's Pantry

Hats off to Melissa Hill, Jacob Burch, and an outstanding group of volunteers for another highly successful TEFAP distribution Saturday morning, March 16. Even though some regular volunteers were missing because of spring break plans, the group nevertheless served over 100 households, representing over almost 300 people! A tremendous success !

Make plans now to volunteer for the next 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
Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.

- Hosea 10:12
voice of the week
You cannot reap what you have not sown. How are we going to reap love in our community if we only sow hate?

- Saint Óscar Romero
prayer of the week
Oh God, lead us from death to life, from lies to truth. Lead us from despair to hope, from fear to trust. Lead us from hatred to love, from war to peace. Let peace grow and fill our hearts, our world, our universe with peace. Amen. 
thought for the week
Flannery O'Connor
I think there is no suffering greater than what is caused by the doubts of those who want to believe. I know what torment this is, but I can only see it, in myself anyway, as the process by which faith is deepened. A faith that just accepts is a child's faith and all right for children, but eventually you have to grow religiously as every other way, though some never do. What people don't realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course it is the cross. It is much harder to believe than not to believe. If you feel you can't believe, you must at least do this: keep an open mind. Keep it open toward faith, keep wanting it, keep asking for it, and leave the rest to God.  
B eyond the Walls of St. Paul's
Opportunities to Stay Connected and Involved

March 30, 9:30-3:30
(brown bag seminar)
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

STOP Human Trafficking & Abuse


March 30
Sorry to Bother You 
film screening
at the Gem Theater
1615 E. 18th St
KCMO 64108

6 pm doors open
7 pm film starts
sponsored by StandUpKC
Talk with the writer & director of this film
Boots Riley

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