Third Sunday of Lent

Luke 13:1-9
Friday, March 22, 2019
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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
Sunday morning  Meals on Wheels will make their weekly delivery, and the choir will invite us to "attend and see" in the gorgeous Pablo Casals anthem "O Vos Omnes." Find your place in the Baptism Class at 9:30 Sunday. Join us as we gather for service, learning & worship in beauty and holiness.    
Rector's Notes:  We are half way through Lent.  A time for quiet . . .a time for reflection . . .  a time for discovery.  William Willimon, in the "Thought for the Week" below,  suggest that baptism brings together the fullness of our seeking in Christ and in life.  Knee deep in the Jordan, Jesus's baptism was the first day in his journey, his via crucis.  The whole way for Jesus is revealed in his moment of baptism.  Likewise, the way for us is revealed not only in the baptism of Jesus, but our own baptisms and every baptism of which we are a part.  While our destiny may not be alone on a cross on a barren hillside, we should yet expect our baptism to so transform us that we become the means by which God's grace, mercy, justice, and love is made incarnate in the world.  Lent is a time to embrace this calling of baptism and allow God's Holy Spirit to empower of witness to God's purpose in Creation.  May God continue to guide us along the way of Lent!  

Parish Calendar 

March 24: Communications Ministry Team
9:30 in the Library

Sundays through Apr 14:
Confirming Our Baptismal Vows

April 1: join former St.P choir member, Dr. Jacob Funk, and his choir from Clark College, Vancouver, Washington, for an impromptu concert

April 4: Haiti Fundraiser at Jalapenos  

April 7: Birthday Sunday

April 14: Noon ~ Youngish Adults Brunch

April 21: Easter Day and Holy Baptism

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). 

Sunday's lesson will be the second question of the baptismal covenant and the Church of England and the Reformation 

Free Materials Here
You are Invited to Prayer and Reflection  
The 2019 Lenten email series from Episcopal Relief & Development is now online.  Each day during Lent you will receive a daily reflection, co-authored by a group of  faith leaders from across the church. During this season of reflection  on our Christian faith, their writings will enhance your spiritual journey as they both inspire and challenge you. Each daily meditation is presented in both English and Spanish.

Lenten Wednesday Reflections
During Lent Father Jonathan is leading a series of devotional conversations following the Wednesday 6 p.m. service. Upcoming themes are:
Prayer, Public and Private "For I received fr om the Lord what I also passed on to you..." I Corinthians  11: 23-26
Ethics of Jesus
"And he took a little child..." Mark 9:36-37
Last Things
"Our friend, Lazarus, has fallen asleep..." John 11: 11-14

Upcoming Events ~ More Information

Communications Ministry Team
Will meet this Sunday, the 24th, at 9:30 in the Library. We will discuss the invitations to Holy Week & Easter, Signage, Social Media, the Website, and much much more. All are welcome.

Please join us April 1 st  at 7:30 pm 
in the Nave when former choir member turned 
college professor Dr. Jacob Funk brings his choir from Clark College in Vancouver, Washington for an impromptu concert on the first night of their Kansas City tour.  We are excited to welcome him back and for him to show off his choir to us!  
Admission is free.

Young(ish) Adults Brunch 
Please join other y oung(ish) adults at St. Paul's for brunch and fellowship on 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.

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Join us for the
Maundy Thursday Dinner
April 18th at 5:30 pm
in the Parish Hall. The cost this year will be $10/person and $7 for children 5 and older. For children under 5, we ask that you make a donation in the amount you feel appropriate. After dinner, we invite you to attend the Maundy Thursday Service that begins at 7:00 p.m.  Please RSVP before Friday, April 12th, so we have a count for food.  RSVP to the church office at 816-931-2850 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?

Wednesday Evening Pantry Volunteers

You need a Lenten discipline, and we need two people. Please. One to check pantry clients in, and one to help load their items in their cars. This is a very important opportunity to help us help people who work during the day, and need food for their families. Please speak to Karen Seitter about which Wednesdays over the next 8 weeks, you are able to help from 5:15-7:30. Thank You. 

Coffee Hour Hosts

March 24 - ?you?
March 31 - ?you?
April 7 - Birthday Sunday
April 14 - ?you?
April 21 - ?you?
April 28 - ?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.

Name Tag Ministry - Yes!!
We are waiting for three people to call the office and let them know they are willing to A.) secure a machine and supplies 2.) generate the name tags and iii.) help us have a great time as a parish family, getting to know each other better, and being more welcoming to our weekly (yes - we have them every week) visitors and guests. Many many people have asked for the return of the name tags. Won't you please be awesome, and step up? Age 10 and over, please. Thank you!!

St. Paul's Tech Squad forming: 
Are you a wiz with audio or livestream technology, or interested in becoming one? 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!


Makers Wanted:
Makers of all kinds (knitters, crocheters, quilters, fabric crafters) to make baby hats, booties, scarves, hats, lap quilts, prayer shawls, etc. on your own time frame to bless members of our parish and day school during times of joy and times of stress.  Contact  Jessica Kerrigan (knitters/crocheters/weavers) or  Pat Rudy (quilters, other fabric crafters) if you are interested.


Emergency Food Distribution at
the St. Paul's Pantry

Hats off to Melissa Hill, Jacob Burch, and an outstanding group of volunteers for another highly successful TEFAP distribution Saturday morning, March 16. Even though some regular volunteers were missing because of spring break plans, the group nevertheless served over 100 households, representing over almost 300 people! A tremendous success !

Make plans now to volunteer for the next 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
For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.

- Isaiah 65:17
voice of the week
Now, this country is going to be transformed. It will not be transformed by an act of God, but by all of us, by you and me. I don't believe any longer that we can afford to say that it is entirely out of our hands. We made the world we're living in and we have to make it over.

- James Baldwin
prayer of the week
Oh God, grant us the willingness, humility, and discipline to call out the evil we see in the world and in ourselves. Dwell in us so that we can effectively and powerfully witness to your love, justice, and Kingdom. Amen
thought for the week
William Willimon
To be baptized "into Christ" and "in the name of Christ" means to be incorporated into the way of life which characterized his life, the life of the empty one, the servant, the humble one, the obedient one, obedient even unto death (Phil. 2:6-11). That day at the Jordan, knee deep in cold water, with old John drenching him, the Anointed One began his journey down the via crucis. His baptism intimated where he would finally end. His whole life was caught up in this single sign. Our baptism does the same. 
B eyond the Walls of St. Paul's
Opportunities to Stay Connected and Involved

March 25
Heartland Alliance for Progress

Acting Locally:
Regional Initiatives to Address Global Warming

5:15-7:00 p.m.
4124 Pennsylvania
KCOM 64111


March 30, 9:30-3:30
(brown bag seminar)
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

STOP Human Trafficking & Abuse


March 30
Sorry to Bother You 
film screening
at the Gem Theater
1615 E. 18th St
KCMO 64108

6 pm doors open
7 pm film starts
sponsored by StandUpKC
Talk with the writer & director of this film
Boots Riley

Please Visit Our Website at for information about Lent Madness , 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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