Fourth Sunday of Easter

John 10:22-30
Friday, May 10, 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
Come join us this Sunday as the choir will sing Set Me as a Seal by Rene Clausen.  We want to wish all mothers a Happy Mother's Day!  Come celebrate after the 10:30 am service during coffee hour.  
Rector's Notes: 
Alleluia! Christ is risen! 

The weeks of Easter continue to pass, each providing more opportunity and more reason to celebrate the amazing story of God's revelation in Jesus the Christ.  Telling the story is a central component of our faith, "Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?" (Baptismal Covenant, Book of Common Prayer, p 305).  While seemingly a simple task, telling our faith stories can some times seem a daunting challenge.  Heidi Carter, our Lay Associate to the Rector, is offering a class on this very topic this Sunday  at 9:30 in the 2nd conference room (by the nursery).  She is a gifted and entertaining teacher.  Consider coming this Sunday and learning more about telling your faith story.

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 history and look back to the African roots of many mainstays of southern food.  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!

Finally, 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
Parish Calendar 

May 10:  All Parish Fellowship Event 
(aka TGIFF )

May 11:  Antrim ~ Roath Wedding
You are Invited!

May 12: Baptismal faith & confirmation classes
9:30am in the Garden Room

May 12: Knowing and Sharing our Faith Stories
9:30am in the Conference Room  

May 15: House of Abraham - Work begins

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

June 2: " Seersucker" Sunday*
(see note in Rector's Notes)

June 9: Pentecost Parish Picnic
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 provid ed for younger children on the 2nd floor.

Youth Confirmation and Adult Formation at 9:30, Sunday, May 12:   We will have two  courses running for two weeks starting May the 5th Father Stan wil l do a "last call" for membership and confirmation formation (click here for more information) and Heidi Carter will lead a conversation on "Knowing and Telling our Faith Stories."  All are welcome. The nursery will be open.   

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Upcoming Events ~ More Information



Help Wanted - Are you Feeling Called?

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!

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.

Coffee Hour Hosts

May 12 - Becky Forsyth & Ellen Haden
May 19 - ?you?
May 26 - ?you?
June 2 - Birthday Sunday

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  of the week
Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near . Hebrews 10:24-25
voice  of the week
It's a frightful thing - thinking you have to get God right in order to get God to love you, thinking you're always one error away from damnation. It's a kind of legalism, really... How ironic. The very condition of humanity is to be wrong about God. The moment we figure God out, God ceases to be God. Maybe it's time to embrace the mystery and let ourselves off the hook.   Rachel Held Evans (who died last week after a brief illness)
prayer  of the week
God of healing and wisdom, in our anger at the violence of this world, help to ground our actions in your peace and radical love. May our responses to violence stem from you, and not from the violence we seek to dispel. Amen. 
thought  for the week
J. Heinrich Arnold
Jesus came to prepare us for the kingdom of God, which has not yet come, as we know only too well. He told us that the kingdom will be among us when we love God with our whole heart and soul, and when we love our neighbor as ourselves. If only we would do this, not just in words but in deed!

Other News & Thanksgivings

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