Palm Sunday

Luke 22:14-23:56
Friday, April 12, 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
All services begin with the blessing of the Palms. For the 10:30 service we  meet in the Parish Hall at 10:25, and process from there. This is the final week for the Baptism class  at 9:30, and the Youngish Adults are brunching following the 10:30 service. Please join us as we gather for service, learning & worship in beauty and holiness. 
Rector's Notes: 
We are crossing from Lent into Holy Week this Sunday.  Many opportunities for focusing on your faith and relationship with God are offered at St.P during Holy Week.  The schedule is just below.  Holy Week should cause us pause once again as we consider the idea of God's Incarnation and Sacrifice.  We should prepare ourselves to kneel before the Cross on Good Friday and feel the pain and anguish of the Cross.  We should know the terror of the death of the Son of God.  Only there, at the foot of the Cross, in the midst of the bleakness, can we begin to experience the transformation of the mystery of the Resurrection and God's call to become a new creation in the mystery of God's regenerative authority over all creation, a call to become the Body of Christ, the Church, in our time.  I pray you engage Holy Week 2019 and find the journey to the Cross to be a journey of discovery and renewal.

Deacon Bryan England celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacons on April 10, 2019.  Please congratulate him when next you see him.     

If you are interested in baptism, confirmation, reception into the Episcopal Church, the transfer of your membership letter, or anything else about your parochial status (i.e. belonging to St. Paul's, Episcopal Church, and/or Christendom) contact the Rector.

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 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). 

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 this Sunday morning as we consider what our baptism means and how we are called to live lives formed by our baptismal vows.   

Upcoming Events ~ More Information

Young(ish*) Adults Brunch 
Please join us  at St. Paul's for
brunch and fellowship on
This Palm 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.
*If you're not sure you qualify - we won't be sure either - so come anyway! See how it fits for you. See you there.

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Maundy Thursday Dinner
April 18th at 5:30 pm
Nursery Childcare Provided

Jesus asked us to continue to gather together with friends around the table, 
to break bread and to remember his story. Our story.

You are invited to join us to do just that. We will gather in the Parish Hall, enjoy fellowship, a delicious Mediterranean dinner (kid friendly!) and tell our stories.

All are invited to attend the 7:00 p.m. 
Maundy Thursday liturgy in the nave following dinner. 

The cost this year is $10/person, $7 for children 5-12. For children under 5, please make a donation at your discretion. 

The team needs a head count to give the caterer asap.
Please RSVP before Friday the 12th to the church office at
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 14 - Ellen Haden & Rebecca Forsyth
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.

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!


                          Other News & Thanksgivings

Invite Your People to Church
It's that time of year. Folks look up and wonder - should I go to church this Easter, and if so, where? The easiest way to plant the seed "St. Paul's of course!" is to invite them through our Facebook Event for Holy Week. Go to the event here, click "share," and all of your Facebook Friends will appear. Click "invite" next to their names, and they will receive a short message that says " N has invited you to attend St. Paul's for Holy Week." Simple, nice, and relatively painless. Holy Week begins Sunday. We also have more postcards that you may have to mail to others, and you can always text, email or call people as well. L et's get clicking people, and proclaim the Good News across the land ~ or at least across KC :-)  


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.


Thank you!
Our fundraising event at Jalapeno's Restaurant
brought a lot of support for our partner school,
Holy Cross School
, Haiti
the total food bill must have been over $1700,
because the total donation was
This may not sound like a lot,
but let us put this in perspective.
If we think of an average cost per plate of $10,
170 People
came out to show their support.
This donation will pay the salaries of
2 Teachers for a month
which also means supporting 2 Haitian families for a month.
It also means that 2 teachers can continue to educate
80 students
for another month.
Your support goes a long way in Haiti.
Thank you!


 Last Sunday we distributed the new Prayer Request Forms from the St. Paul's Pastoral Care Ministry Team. Additional forms 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.

Thank You ~ Name Tag Ministry 
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!  

Thank You ~ Parish Directory Ministry 
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!

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
Keep loving each other like family. Don't neglect to open up your homes to guests, because by doing this some have been hosts to angels without knowing it.

- Hebrews 13:1-2 
voice of the week
The first service one owes to others in a community involves listening to them. Just as our love for God begins with listening to God's Word, the beginning of love for others is learning to listen to them. God's love for us is shown by the fact that God not only gives God's Word but also lends us God's ear. 

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
prayer of the week
Oh God, grant us the words to speak in the face of injustice, but even more so the ears to listen. Still our hearts so that we may be more quick to listen than to lash out. Help us to seek not the satisfaction of ourselves but the good of others, just as Christ did for us.  Amen.  
thought for the week
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
God's love tears down walls. No longer religion against religion, Christians against non-Christians, but justice against sin, life against death. Therefore, every person you encounter should be your concern. Do not settle for less.
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.

click for:
April 18:  Regional Maundy Thursday Events
May 3: Youth Dinner
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