Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 18:1-8
Friday, October 18, 2019
This Sunday:
Come join us for our 10:00 a.m. worship, then stay for pie during coffee hour in the garden room!  Please remember to bring your best recipes for savory, sweet, cheesecake and fruit pies for the contest.  Thank you in advance for grabbing your name-tag on Sundays so we can get to know each other better.  
Father McKee's Note: 

In the Episcopal Church, All Saints Day commemorates all saints, known and unknown, and is one of the seven principal feasts of the church year. It is significant because it provides room on the calendar, and in our words and actions, to honor the connections between the living and the dead. Our great hymn reminds us that saints are just normal folks, like us, and all sorts and conditions of people who've gone before have made a lasting impact on our lives. "You can meet them in school, or in lanes or at sea, in church, or in trains, or in shops, or at tea, for the saints of God are just folk like me, and I mean to be one too." (Hymnal 293)
 
Starting on October 20th we will honor them by creating an Altar of Remembrance. Similar, but not the same as, the ofrenda of the Mexican Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), every member of the parish is invited to bring a photograph or token of remembrance to put in the chapel. There will be candles, and small pieces of paper to write names on of those you wish to remember. Our hope is that it will create a powerful symbolic reminder of  those we have loved and lost. We will bless this altar on All Saint's Day Sunday, November 3rd.

        
Stephen McKee+
         Priest In Charge  

In This Issue
Service Times

Sunday - 3 Services
10:00 a.m.
H oly Eucharist

1:00 p.m.
South Sudanese Service
      Dinka Language

5:30 p.m. 
Holy Eucharist
Spanish Language

Wednesday
  6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Parish Calendar 
Information about these events can be found in the "Other News & Opportunities" section below.

Oct 20: Pie Sunday

Oct 23: Vestry Meeting

Oct 26: Trivia Night at St. Paul's Day School

Oct 27: Hayride at the Rudy's

Nov 3: All Saint's Day & Baptism Sunday

Nov 4: Ministries Meeting

Nov 14: ECW Meeting
  

We are very happy to report that the 2020 pledge packets have been sent to every household. If you have not received yours, please contact the church office (link below).  
             
Approximately 40 parishioners have turned-in their pledges in advance of the pledge in-gathering Sunday Nov 10th . This includes 8 increased pledges and 5 new ones. We will list their names in next week's bulletin as a way of saying thank you. If you'd like to be included on the list, please return your pledge form by Thursday the 24th . Pledges of prayers not only count, but are essential, so fill out those forms and get them in. Thank you so much. Let us, or a member of the staff, know if you have any questions. 

Faithfully, Paul Herbers  & Richard Martin, St. Paul's Stewardship Chairs. 

You can use the link below to make your 2020 pledge,  or contact the  Church Office  for a paper pledge form.  Thank you for your support financially, for your participation, and by remembering the worship, outreach, and people of St. Paul's in your prayers.


                       "Godly Play" 
News

Our classrooms are bustling with energy and faith formation.  Here is an example of some of the Holy Choices recently identified by our kiddos. 

Please know that all of your Children bring us joy every week and warm our hearts with their views of your world!  We cannot wait to see them each Sunday!   Fondly ~   Guytie, Ann, and Pat

Other News & Opportunities
   
Te Deum Kansas City concerts this weekend
Te Deum Kansas City will present a concert this weekend entitled "Be a Blessing." The concert will include Kurt Knecht's piece "O Radiant Love" which uses texts written by high school students about their personal struggles combined with a text from St. Augustine's Confessions. The performances will be at 7pm on Grace and Holy on Saturday 10/19 and at 3pm at Village Presbyterian Church on Sunday 10/20.

. ..has a surplus of water bottle donations, and asks that you temporarily stop bringing them in. We still need bags and egg cartons. Thank you.

Wednesday Evening Holy Eucharist at St. Paul's
All are welcome to attend our weekday Holy Eucharist at 6pm on Wednesdays. It is a small contemplative service, with no music. Whether you are looking for a midweek break in our busy lives to 'reset' your sense of discipleship or a way to deepen your spiritual life, come join other fellow travelers to reflect on scripture, give thanks and be fed from the Holy Table. If you are able, stay for another thirty minutes and enjoy fellowship with us.

An Update about our Parish Transition:
Meet the  St. Paul's Profile Committee
 
The next step in calling a new rector is creating a parish profile.  This document captures who the St. Paul's community is, where we're going, and what we seek in our next rector.  The profile is then made available in the appropriate places to attract candidates for the Search Committee, which will be named in the future.  In order to gather the needed information the Profile Committee will be inviting you to participate in a survey.  More details will be coming soon on when and how you can share your thoughts.  
 
Nancy Franklin is chairing the Profile Committee which includes Liz Barnes, Mary Hodge, Jessica Hopkins, Whitney Hosty, Jessica Kerrigan, John Larson, Ann Readey, Donna Roath and Melissa Skeens.  Please contact them with any questions you might have. 

A Prayer for St. Paul's in-transition:  
  Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Next date for Baptism is All Saints Day
If you are interested in the sacrament of Baptism on November 3rd, please contact the Church office or (816) 931-2850, no later than October 25th.


Children across Kansas City, from kindergarten and up, (non Episcopalian too!) are invited to participate.  More information on our website here . 

During rehearsal there will be fellowship for the parents in the room next to the rehearsal space, on the 3rd  floor. 

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The discussion on gun violence with Father McKee will resume Sunday, November 10th at 9:00 a.m. in the Garden Room. Last week people left with homework assignments. Is the NRA funding improvements in back ground check policies? Please come and hear what they discovered, and bring your insights, wisdom, and experience exploring what our faithful response to gun violence should be.   

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It's  PIE CLASSIC Sunday  
coming Sunday,  October 20th to coffee hour!!  Get out your best recipes for savory, sweet, cheesecake and fruit pies for this popular, friendly competition!! Everybody wins as we eat the competitors pies at coffee hour.  Drop off your pies in the kitchen before church and the judging will be done by announcements.  Be sure to mark your pie with your name and a brief description. Prizes awarded for "Best Savory", "Best Sweet" , "Best in Show" and "Best Store Bought".

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Trivia Night at the Day School!
October 26th
Join the St. Paul's Church and School community for some friendly competition, and put your useless trivia knowledge to work! Gather friends to form a team of eight, or let us put a team together for you. Church members, school parents, alumni families and friends are welcome, but space is limited! Event admission will support the church and school's aid to our sister school, Holy Cross, in Ravine a l'Anse, Haiti. Refreshments and Organizing Teams starts at 6:00 pm, and the Trivia Begins at 7:00 pm!   Purchase Tickets Here!

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St. Paul's Annual  Hayride
at the Rudy Farm!
Sunday, October 27th

3:00-4:00  Gathering, munching, kids painting pumpkins, candy hunt in the hay stack
4:00-5:00  Pony rides, petting zoo
5:00-5:45  Hay ride
5:45-7:00  Dinner (nice buffet plus grill your own hot dog and s'mores)

Mark your calendar for one of St. Paul's most fun events! The Hayride and Bonfire is scheduled for October 27th from 3:00-7:00 PM. This Parish Life event is hosted by Bill and Pat Rudy and will be held at their farm. Fun will include a hayride, cookout, s'mores, entertainment and craft for the kids!  Hot dogs, s'mores makings, brisket, pulled pork, baked beans, and drinks provided. Please bring a side dish, munchies, or dessert to share. 
RSVP to  Pat Rudy .

The Rudy's address is 19645 273 Highway, Platte City, MO 64079. It's about 10 minutes north of the Kansas City Airport, so start out as you would to the airport. Continue on I-29 N to exit #20. After exiting, turn left at the stop sign. The highway will curve around to the left and you will come to a stop light. Take a right at the light. Go to the second house on the left. It's easy to pass up, so keep watch as you're going through the "s" curve. We'll have a sign hanging on the mailbox. Both Mapquest and Google maps can find it. Pat's cell phone is 816-674-7429 if you have any trouble.

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 Prayer Request Forms are for requesting prayers for yourself, and for others. They 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. They are also on our website. If you are interested in becoming a part of the Pastoral Care Ministry Team, please contact Heidi Carter, Associate for Ministry.

 

    
 Worship Leaders Needed
If you are interested in learning how to serve at communion, or become a reader during church, please contact Father McKee. We provide training, and are open to persons aged 10-100. 
Thank you! 

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TEFAP & Backstage Hands Needed 
at Pantry


TEFAP: The Emergency Food Assistance Program has experienced a large increase in quality and quantity of food coming into our pantry. As a result, more clients are coming, bringing friends, and we are able to help them all. We served over 120 households last month (last year we averaged 80 per month). While we are happy to be able to help more, we really need more able bodied folks to help with moving, setting up, and distributing all of this heavy food. If you are able to help, it's only once a month, on the 3rd Saturday of the month, from 8am - noon. If you work with a youth group, scouting group, or know of youth or young adults needing service hours, we would welcome the connection. Please contact Melissa Hill via St. Paul's at stpauls@stpaulskcmo.org. Thank you!

Backstage: 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
       

Oct 20 - Pie Sunday
Oct 27 - Ellen Haden & Janet Jones
Nov 3 - Birthday Sunday
Nov 10 - ?you?
Nov 17 - ?you?
Nov 24 - Ellen Haden

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.

verse for the week

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.
Proverbs 14:34  (NIV) 

voice for the week

An America that asks what it owes its most vulnerable citizens is improved and humane. An America that looks away is ignoring not just the sins of the past but the sins of the present and the certain sins of the future.
Ta-Nehisi Coates 

prayer for the week

God, let us bravely ask the questions that may lead us to uncomfortable answers. May we be challenged by what we don't know.  Amen .


thought for the week

The amount of work performed must be increased as much as possible. By that I do not mean that we should strain more or that we need to improve organization. If we remove the obstacles and frictions which arise from ourselves, more simply will be done. If we have to struggle with selfish motives, however, the strain of our work will increase. Fruitful work can follow only where peace, joy, patience, kindness, and humility have gone before. We will be most productive in work if we are mentally and spiritually active; searching and struggling for clarity in all questions, and always seeking a deeper understanding of what it means to follow Jesus.
Philip Britts
B eyond the Walls of St. Paul's

Opportunities to Stay Connected and Involved

Please Visit Our Website at www.stpaulskcmo.org 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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St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Day School

11 E 40th St.

Kansas City, Mo.   64111

(816) 931-2850