Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 10:25-37
Friday, July 12, 2019
In This Issue
Weekly Services

Sunday - 3 Services

10:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist

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

5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist
Spanish Language

Tuesday

12:05 p.m. Holy Eucharist
For the Summer Schedule please contact the church office. 

Wednesday

6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist
 
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This Sunday: 10:00 am Service & Patio Fun
Join us for Worship at 10:00 am with more beautiful music and prayers, followed by a quick cuppa in the Garden Room and games on the patio (or parish hall pending heat). 
Please note: The elevator is currently out-of-order. Please leave spots in the north lot open for visitors and those who need the accessible entrances (Tower Room door or 2-steps at the front door). Please see other important information about this weekend below, and thank you in advance for grabbing your name-tag at the south entrance so we can get to know each other better.  
 
Rector's Notes: One day this week, as I was walking, I noticed an eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly perilously close to the sidewalk and street.  It fluttered its wings a few times but did not seem too interested in moving.  My first thought was that a car hit  the butterfly and it landed by the sidewalk to die.  But then I realized there appeared to be no injury, the wings and swallowtails were in pristine condition (no wear and tear), and the colors were brilliant.  I realized this was not an old or injured butterfly, this was a newly emerged butterfly, pausing to let its wings and swallowtails fully extend and harden.  I am confident the butterfly had no idea how vulnerable it was right there by the sidewalk and street.  I am certain it did not choose for its caterpillar phase to build its chrysalis in such a vulnerable location resulting in an immediate threat to its well-being as this newly emerged, young and beautiful tiger swallowtail waited to to launch itself into life.  I watched for a few moments and then walked away.  Perhaps I should have tried to do something to save this young swallowtail from the hazards it faced.  Perhaps I should have removed it to a safer location.  I did nothing.  I just walked away.

There are thousands of young children on our southern border who are at great risk, perilously close to harm and injury.  They did not choose to be there.  What should I do?  What would Jesus have me do?   As a person faithfully following the incarnational revelation of God in the person of Jesus and the mystery of the resurrected Christ,  doing nothing and walking away is not an option.  What will I do?
Parish Calendar 
Information about these events can be found in the "more information" section below.

July 22-28:   MissionPalooza !

August 4: Celebration of Thanksgiving & Brunch 
for Father Stan

August 4: Birthday Sunday
 
  

We are thrilled to report that as of July the total pledges to
St. Paul's for 2019 exceeded those of 2018, 28 households increased their pledges, and 13 households made new pledges.

This is great news! 

2020 promises many transitions for us as a faith family, requiring our full attention and care. We thank you in advance for your continued stewardship of this remarkable place. We are reminded daily, and proclaim weekly, that all we have comes by God's grace. We are called to return but a portion of that to serving God's life.

             Summer Blessings ~ Your Stewardship Ministry Team

You can still use the link below to make a 2019 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" 

This summer the children of the parish are focusing on serving others. They have planned special projects using their great gifts to meet a world's deep need. Please join us at 10:00 am on the third floor.  Everyone aged 4-11 is welcome to come and bring a friend. Children join the worship service in time for communion. Nursery care provid ed for younger children on the 2nd floor.

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Education for Ministry Registration Ends July 2019
If you'd like to know more about this four-year Episcopal program, please contact EfM Mentors Marie Thompson or Linda Voigts.

Other News & Opportunities

Exciting News!
St. Paul's will be partnering with Lifetouch for parish family pictures and publishing a new parish directory. It couldn't be easier! Please find the link  here  for easy appointment-making! We are so excited to partner with Lifetouch because it will make it easier to communicate with each other. 
There will be continuing information at church and in the Epistle.
Portrait Dates:
August 26th-29th (Monday-Thursday) for 2:00-8:40pm
If you have any questions, please feel free to call Alison      816-686-3223 or email her.



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From the Music Director:
The Missouri Choral Artists is a new professional choir with singers based around the state of Missouri.  I conducted this group last summer, and it was one of the best choral groups I've heard in this part of the country. They are making their KC debut on Sunday, July 21 a Visitation Parish just south of the plaza at 2pm.  I and several other St. Paul's Choir members will be singing in this year's cast of singers.  With our parish choir out for the summer this would be a great way to get your fill of amazing choral music just down the street after a Sunday lunch on the plaza! I hope to see you there to hear this new and exciting young ensemble. 
Sam

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Transition Update: A note from Your Vestry
The Transitions Officer from the Offices of the Bishop met with the Vestry and Staff last week to give us an overview of the process moving forward, now that Father Stan has announced his retirement. It is fairly simple:
1 - Celebrate Stan and Say Farewell with Love and Thanks (see celebration luncheon info in the ePistle)
2 - Establish clergy coverage for upcoming liturgies until we call an Interim Priest
3 - Welcome the ministry and services of an Interim Priest, who will work with the staff to provide full time attention to the St. Paul's parish until a new Rector is called. 
4 - Discern and empower a Search Committee to work with the Offices of the Bishop to call a new Rector, once the parish has done her work establishing a profile and setting goals.
If you have any questions or concerns about this interim time for the life of the parish, please feel free to speak with any member of the Vestry. Your prayers are appreciated.

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.

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Local Episcopal Opportunities
for
Summer Fun & Wellness
The St. Paul's family is invited to participate in two different Episcopal Vacation Bible Schools and a community-wide Yoga Event at our Cathedral.    Read on for more information:

Vacation Bible Schools:

The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer:  
Athens - Paul's Dangerous Journey. For 3-12 Year olds (nursery available for younger siblings) Monday-Thursday, July 22nd-25th.  5:30 - 7:45 p.m. with a light supper, Bible stories, games, music, and Greek marketplace activities. No fee. Pre-Registration required. www.redeemerkc.org More info from VBS directors Alli Irvin (816-709-8687) or Suzanne Puntney ( freestate5@gmail.com ).

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church:
ROAR! - Life is Wild, God is Good. For 4yrs old - 5th grade. M-F July 15-19. 9a-12p. $25 per child includes shirt, music, snacks and more! Registration: www.standrewkc.org click on events then VBS.  More information from Jean Long, Minister for Children and Families, jean@standrewkc.org or 816-520-3064.

Yoga on Your Cathedral Lawn:

We are invited to join other Episcopalians and community folk for three different 90 minute Yoga events! They will be All-Levels classes, held on the Cathedral lawn beginning at 1pm. July 20th, August 10th, and September 21 st . There is no charge. Bring your yoga mat or towel, a water bottle and enjoy the great outdoors!

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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. If you are interested in becoming a part of the Pastoral Care Ministry Team, please contact Heidi Carter, Associate for Ministry.
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Bring your friends. Worship God. Spread the Gospel. 

A Prayer For the Good Use of Leisure
O God, in the course of this busy life, give us times of
refreshment and peace; and grant that we may so use our
leisure to rebuild our bodies and renew our minds, that our
spirits may be opened to the goodness of your creation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen. BCP 825

Help Wanted 

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
       

July 14 - Rebecca Forsyth & Ellen Haden
July 21 - ?you?
July 28 - Jessica Kerrigan

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.

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verse for the week

Someone might claim, 'You have faith and I have action.' But how can I see your faith apart from your actions? Instead, I'll show you my faith by putting it into practice in faithful action.
- James 2:18 
 
voice for the week

Activism is part of discipleship, but the difference is that our goal can never be the annihilation of other people. As followers of The Way, our goal is the redemption of all people ... even those who stand against us. - Traci Blackmon

prayer for the week

Mold us into practitioners of that which we preach, and translators of ideals into action, oh God of Creation.
Amen

thought for the week

We live in a time when the good faith of peoples is doubted more than ever before. Expressions throwing doubt on the trustworthiness of each other are bandied back and forth.... We cannot continue in this paralyzing mistrust. If we want to work our way out of the desperate situation in which we find ourselves, another spirit must enter into the people.... We must approach them in the spirit that we are human beings, all of us, and that we feel ourselves fitted to feel with each other; to think and will together in the same way.  -- Albert Schweitzer
episcopal shield Episcopal Church response to the crisis on our border
 
 
J uly 2, 2019] Over the past several weeks, The Episcopal Church has responded to the reports of inhumane conditions for children and other asylum seekers in government custody in a number of ways. This response includes calls for donations and goods from Episcopal dioceses on the border, prayers for those seeking safety, efforts to engage in advocacy, and pastoral messages from bishops around the Church.

 
"We are children of the one God who is the Creator of us all," said Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. "It is our sisters, our brothers, our siblings who are seeking protection and asylum, fleeing violence and danger to children, searching for a better life for themselves and their children. The crisis at the border is not simply a challenge of partisan politics but a test of our personal and public morality and human decency."

 
The Episcopal Church, through the Office of Government Relations (OGR) and Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), has compiled a list of resources, bishop statements, and information in response to the ongoing humanitarian situation at the southern border.

 
"Reports of poor care for children in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody and continued policies to limit access to asylum are extremely concerning to people of faith. We must remember these children are here because they cannot find safety anywhere else," stated Rebecca Linder Blachly, Director of The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations. "The U.S. has an established system to process asylum seekers, who are coming to the U.S. legally. The response to asylum seekers who are desperate and afraid should not be deterrence or detention. We have the capability to respond in a humane and compassionate manner, and I am grateful for everyone in The Episcopal Church who is responding to this crisis."

 
The list of resources for education and support is available on the EMM website at https://episcopalmigrationministries.org/response-to-the-border-education-and-advocacy/  and will continue to be updated with ways to learn more and take action. The OGR and EMM webinar with Bishop Michael Hunn of the Diocese of Rio Grande will be made available on-demand through this website as well.

 
"The enormity of the challenge is daunting. It is easy to feel helpless to make a difference. While we cannot do everything, we can do something," said Curry.  "The links to resources of bishops and dioceses on the border, the Office of Government Relations and Episcopal Migration Ministries offer practical suggestions for how we can each and together do something."

 
The Office of Government Relations represents the policy priorities of The Episcopal Church to the U.S. government in Washington, D.C. This office aims to shape and influence policy and legislation on critical issues, highlighting the voices and experiences of Episcopalians and Anglicans globally. All of its work is grounded in the resolutions of General Convention and Executive Council, the legislative and governing bodies of the church. Connecting Episcopalians to their faith by educating, equipping and engaging them to do the work of advocacy through the Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN) is a key aspect of this work.

 
Episcopal Migration Ministries is a ministry of The Episcopal Church and is one of nine national agencies responsible for resettling refugees in the United States in partnership with the government. Episcopal Migration Ministries currently has 13 affiliate offices in 12 states. To directly support EMM and its life-changing work, visit www.episcopalmigrationministries.org/give or text 'EMM' to 41444 (standard messaging and data may rates apply).

Missionpalooza is a less than a month away!!! 
 Register today!! 
Come and be the difference in our world!!
We will be going to different worksites where we will be feeding the hungry at St. Paul's KCMO food pantry.  Another group will be helping move, clean, and organize supplies at Habitat Restores. Your group may be helping to clean and organize items for homeless or at risk youth with Synergy or cleaning kennels and helping pets with Unleashed Pet Rescue and Midwest Animal ResQ.

We are in need of work site adults during the day. If you are available for even one afternoon please let us know we would love to have you!

This event is for grades 9-12. July 22-28.
Please follow the link to register as a youth or adult volunteer! 
Thank you!! 

"Will you seek to serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?"

~Meredith Seaton


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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11 E 40th St.

Kansas City, Mo.   64111

(816) 931-2850