Seventh Sunday of Easter

John 17:20-26
Friday, May 31, 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
Elevator Update:
You are invited to come and bring a friend to worship this weekend. Please leave spots in the North Lot for Visitors, and folks who need an accessible entrance, as the elevator at the South Entrance is still out of order. The tower room entrance through the Memorial Garden is wheelchair accessible, and the front (40th Street) entrance has two small steps.  We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you in advance for grabbing your name-tag at the south entrance so we can get to know each other better. We're also announcing our new summer schedule! See below for details. 
Rector's Notes: 
Alleluia! Christ is risen! 

The season of Easter keeps unfolding before us.  It is the mystery of God's agape (servant, sacrificial love) that keeps on challenging us to discover the fullness of God's intent our baptismal calling and in creation.  May we, each day, pray to discern God's call to us as we seek to be servants in God's world.

This past Sunday at the 10:30 liturgy our Godly Play community of young children and teachers provided us an amazing teaching on Easter.  Complete with Peeps, Easter Eggs, chocolate bunnies, etc we learned that Easter means so much more than the sweets of Easter.  Thanks to Pat Rudy for doing so much to make this happen.  She was ably assisted by Ann Readey and Guytie Runnels.  

One of our favorite culinary Sunday Coffee Hours is this weekend.  The annual Post-Easter, early summer "Seersucker Sunday."  This year we want to challenge everybody to expand the cultural and ethnic expanse of Seersucker Sunday.  Wear clothes of all sorts that celebrate summer and express aspects of your cultural/ethnic traditions.  Moreover, bring foods that celebrate the rich palate of food that makes our blended American taste experience so amazing.  This will be a grand celebration of the American cultural/ethnic palatte present at St. Paul's!  

Pentecost is coming!!
Parish Calendar 
More information about all of these events can be found in the "more information" section below.

May/June: The House that Abraham Builds
Work Continues  

June 1: Music Recital

June 2: " Seersucker" Sunday
(see article below)
June 8:  Garage Sale
(benefit our pantry and Holy Cross School)

June 9: Pentecost Parish Picnic

June 16: New Summer Worship Schedule Begins

June 13: On the Row, Stories from Death Row

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.

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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.

Upcoming Events ~ More Information

Seersucker Sunday
This week - June 2!
One of our favorite culinary Sunday Coffee Hours is this 
Sunday, June 2.  The annual Post-Easter, early summer "Seersu cker Sunday."   This year we want to challenge ev erybody to expand the
cultural and ethnic expanse of  Seersucker Sunday.  Wear clothes of all sorts that
celebrate summer and express  aspects of  your cultural/ethnic traditions.  Moreover, bring foods that celebrate the rich palate of food that makes our American blended culinary experience so amazing.  This will be a grand celebration of the American cultural/ethnic palatte present at St. Paul's!  

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Mark your calendars  and
plan on coming 
to the 2019 
St. Paul's Pentecost
Parish Picnic!
                Sunday, June 9 th  following the 10:30 service.
     Come for fellowship, fried chicken-n-biscuits and a glorious buffet of parishioner-provided side dishes and desserts.
     Stay to enjoy fellow parishioners and their guests at-play in our beautiful school-field across Walnut Street (just SE of the church) including a giant slide and games for kids.
     Bring your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and come have a glorious time helping us celebrate Pentecost, the Birthday of the Church, and the beginning of summer.
     The fine print:
Rain out will move us into the Parish Hall, where we will have just as much fun being together. If you would like to help with set up, serving, etc, please check out the signup sheet at this  link.    RSVP appreciated (but not required) to help planners get a general headcount. Please RSVP by Sunday June 2nd  
to  Rebecca Collier .    Thank you.

One of our choir members
 is having a recital!
Everyone's invited to a recital by St. Paul's choir member Cynthia Duty and friends on  Saturday, June 1 at 2 PM in the Nave. The program includes Samuel Barber's  Hermit Songs.  Fr. Stan's favorite is sure to be the one that imagines inviting all of heaven to a party with "a great lake of beer for the King of Kings!"  Please join us for a short program of music for voice, flute and piano, followed by a lovely reception. 

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  Garage Sale June 8th
Turn unwanted stuff into food for our pantry customers and money for Holy Cross School in Ravine a l'Anse, Haiti.  If you can help with set up on Friday June 7 th , or help sell for a couple of hours on Saturday, June 8 th , please call Catherine at 816-523-3380.

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 What is this New Summer Schedule? As one member of the Communications Ministry Team put it - "Can we paraphrase the Prophet Marley who said 'One love, one heart, ONE SERVICE-- let's get together and feel all right!' ?" 

Benefits of one service:
* get to see everyone.
* better table at brunch
* more uninterrupted time for the rest of the day
* earlier tee time? (this used to be a biggie for some parishioners)
* easier on clergy and Altar guild/acolytes/ushers
* it's only temporary, so if you don't like it, you only have to bear with it a few weeks.

Let's get together this summer and get to know each other. Shorter services, special music offerings, new voices and spaces - it's a great time to be a part of this family of faith. Bring your friends. Worship God. Spread the Gospel. 
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

On The Row: A Staged Reading of Stories From Arkansas' Death Row
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
11 E. 40th Street, Kansas City, MO
Thursday, June 13, 2019

" The state cannot execute the man who committed this crime. I executed him years ago. The only thing the State can do is take me out of this cage."
The Prison Story Project is a storytelling project that benefits the incarcerated. Inmates explore their truths through poetry, storytelling, and creative writing.
From May through October of 2016 The Prison Story Project was given unprecedented access to the men on Arkansas' Death Row at Varner Prison. There were 34 men on the row at the time and 11 of those men chose to participate in the project.
The inmates met with the volunteer team once a month in person on death row to explore writing and storytelling concepts, and followed up by US Mail in between visits.
A staged reading of their work - On The Row - was developed and performed for the men on death row on October 8, 2016 and has been touring the US since.
In February, 2017, the Governor of Arkansas announced that the state would execute eight men over ten days just after Easter. Four of the men that the Prison Story Project served were on that list. Two of the men were given last minutes stays and two were executed.
On The Row is touring to Kansas City thanks to a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Whiting Foundation for the Humanities, and Episcopal Evangelism Society.
Help Wanted 

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!

Coffee Hour Hosts

June 2 - Birthday Sunday
June 9 - Pentecost Parish Picnic 
June 16 - ?you?
June 23 - ?you?
June 30 - ?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.


verse for the week
Learn to do good. Seek justice: help the oppressed; defend the orphan; plead for the widow.  - Isaiah 1:17 

voice for the week
Christianity is being concerned about your fellow man, not building a million-dollar church while people are starving right around the corner. Christ was a revolutionary person, out there where it was happening.- Fannie Lou Hammer

prayer for the week
Christ of action and revolutionary love, help us to knock some bricks out of the towers that hold up the powerful. Grant us your peace and resolve. Amen. 

thought for the week
A preaching that awakens, a preaching that enlightens - as when a light turned on awakens and of course annoys a sleeper - that is the preaching of Christ, calling: Wake up! Be converted! That is the church's authentic preaching. Naturally, such preaching must meet conflict, must spoil what is miscalled prestige, must disturb, must be persecuted. It cannot get along with the powers of darkness and sin.-- +Oscar Romero

Other News & Thanksgivings

The Name Tags are Here! The Name Tags are Here!
Please pick up your name-tag from the display in the reception lobby at the South Entrance, and wear it.  If you don't see yours, leave us a note and we'll get one up there asap. Remember, wearing a name tag is something you do for everyone else... it's not about you.  
Thanks in advanc e for being kind and supportive as we continue to make adjustments.
We hope to get lanyards soon, for those Sundays when the clips don't work on your clothing.  It's fine if you take yours home or keep it in the glove compartment of your car. Just remember to wear it next time. Or you can replace it on the display neatly and somewhat in order. That helps others find theirs more easily. There will be baskets (soon) at the exits to remind you to leave it if that is your preference, and a volunteer will replace it on the display.  If you want to help with this ministry, let us know. Thanks again. 
Your Name Tag Ministry Team ~ Betsy Parker & Ann Ready 

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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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11 E 40th St.

Kansas City, Mo.   64111

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