Sixth Sunday of Easter

John 14:23-29
Friday, May 24, 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 
More St. Paul's Here!
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This Weekend at St. Paul's
You are invited to come, and bring a guest, to the 10:30 Sunday service to worship, and experience "You Can't Have Easter Without..." A presentation by the children of St. Paul's. We are in the sixth week of Easter, and the season keeps bringing us more reasons to celebrate.  On this Memorial Day weekend, we also invite you to spend time reading the names of those St. Paul's parishioners on the memorial plaques in the hall near the Undercroft - where there is Coffee Hour - following the service.

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

May 26th: Tech Squad Meeting 
9:30 am  

"You Can't Have Easter Without..."
Children's Presentation @ 10:30 Service 

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 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

St. Paul's Tech Squad Meeting Sunday
Thanks to the brave souls who have stepped forward to learn the ropes of St. Paul's audio & livestream technology. We plan on meeting on Sunday, May 26 at 9:30 to walk through the systems in the church and the parish hall. If you are inclined to understand audio technology, or know someone who is (teens and college student highly desired as well) please join us.  School service hours and/or additional jewels in your crown in heaven are available.   Please contact Techie if you are interested or willing to learn our AV systems. Five have come forward - will you be next? Join Ed, Cory, Richard and Enos and we'll see you there.  Thanks so much!

Music 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 wine and treats. And beer!

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 and often painful history.   Many look back to African roots for modern classics of southern cuisine.  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!

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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.

Mark your calendars
and plan on coming
to the 2019
St. Paul's Pentecost Parish Picnic!
Sunday, June 9th 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 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.

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 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

May 26 - Anne & Kerry Maas
June 2 - Birthday Sunday
June 9 - Pentecost Parish Picnic 
June 16 - ?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
Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. - Matthew 7:7 

voice for  the week
Perhaps the gospel to a world spinning on a wheel of greed and scarcity is to say we have a gospel of enough. It is a narrative that speaks to God's work in the world. - JoAnn Flett

prayer for  the week
Comfort, ground, and reinvigorate us this day, God of "I Am". You are present in our very searching of You. Remind us of Your presence, also, in our seeking of justice this day.

thought for  the week
Because we ignore the sacrifices that lead to peace, we know nothing of God's will to unite or of his well-considered thoughts of unity. Peace blooms on the soil of genuine truthfulness that is shown only in a life sacrificed to the utmost and spent in unarmed but all-out combat against any opposition to unity and constructive peace. The heart that makes the perfect sacrifice - the mightiest power of all worlds - is the only strength that can bring peace.-- Eberhard Arnold
Other News & Thanksgivings

The Name tag Ministry Team is Making Progress!
You MIGHT have a name-tag in the reception lobby at the South Entrance. Woo Hoo!  Also... you might not :-) but we're getting there! Please don't report a missing name tag for another week. We're still getting them together. Remember, wearing a name tag is something you do for everyone else... it's not about you. Thanks for playing-along. Also, there will be mistakes. Thanks in advance for being kind and supportive as we continue to make adjustments. Your Name Tag Ministry Team ~ Betsy Parker & Ann Ready 

Fellowship Friday Follow-Up 
& Invitation for Next
What a great time we had at the TGIFF (thank goodness it's fellowship Friday) last week! The party started early and lasted only when I started to take away the food and drink about 8:15, interrupting a lively conversation about current events. Thanks to all who brought excellent appetizers and fun things to drink. If you weren't able to attend, consider attending the next TGIFF - or consider hosting one! A great way to get interesting people together and relax at the end of the week. ~ Nancy Day, on behalf of the EfM hosts

ECW Fundraiser Follow-Up and Thanksgivings
Wow! What a great event!! We ended up raising $360 for the school in Haiti and having an excellent show in sales for our artisan partners!! Thank you both for your continued support. I just keep being reminded of the quote by Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."  ~ From Your St. Paul's Episcopal Church Women

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