First Sunday of Advent

Luke 21:25-36
Friday, November 30, 2018
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Organ Practice
with Kurt
November 14, 2018
Sunday Lectionary
Haiti Report

Haitian Proverbs

"Di m' ki sa ou renmen, m'a di ou ki moun ou ye."
"Tell me what you love, and I'll tell you who you are"
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Weekly Worship


Saturday 5 p.m.

Holy Eucharist    



8 a.m.

Holy Eucharist



Sunday 10:30 a.m. 

Holy Eucharist



Sudanese Service

1 p.m.



Tuesday 12:05 p.m. Holy Eucharist


Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist 


Starting on 1 Advent,

December 2,

 we will offer a

Spanish Language liturgy every Sunday at 5:30 p.m.






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Rector's Notes:

From our new Lay Associate Heidi Carter: 
Greetings! I thank you for the blizzard-of-welcome extended as my son and I made our way across the state to become a part of the St. Paul's faith family.  My work with you as the Lay Minister Associate to the Rector officially starts this weekend. We begin together as the church year begins ~ in the darkness of Advent.  Remembering that life stirs beneath the soil in winter, with faith that all things will be made new, I am excited about what lies ahead. I look forward to meeting you Sunday, and in the weeks and months ahead. Blessings & Peace ~ Heidi J. A. Carter


Christmas Shopping Day for our Pantry kids
Pantry clients will be shopping on Monday, December 17th from 10:00 a.m. until noon.  Please think about picking up a gift for our Pantry kids as you begin your Christmas shopping.  The giving trees with tags are in the Undercroft.  Please place you new gifts in the barrel (p.s. please leave them unwrapped and attach the tag to the gift).  If you would like our elves to do the shopping - cash donations are also very welcome - just note "Christmas Shopping Pantry" in the memo line.  Gifts can be dropped off till December 16th, but please drop off your gifts as soon as possible so that our shoppers will know what gifts need to be purchased with cash.

Thanks for making Christmas brighter for our Pantry clients and their kids!! 

Spanish Language Holy Eucharists
Sunday Evenings at 5:30 p.m.
beginning December 2, Advent 1.
Open to all.


Please contact  Nicole  or the 
Church Office at 816-931-2850
to contribute to the Christmas Altar
in memory of loved ones or in thanksgiving.
Any contribution appreciated!
You may mail in the contribution or 
put in the alms basin on Sunday
(make sure it is marked for the Christmas Altar).


Join us for our Annual Advent Progressive Dinner
 Sunday, December 2nd
First stop: home of Scott and Karen Seitter
Light and Heavy Appetizers
6:00 p.m.
(Click on address for map)
Second stop: Dessert and Caroling at Church
7:30 p.m. 
RSVP to Rebecca Collier or (816) 529-4163
Please click here to sign up for what you would like to bring.


Advent Luncheon and Bazaar
Friday, December 7th, 12:15 PM. SPEDS second graders will sing for us and a group of sixth graders will serve. There will be a raffle to benefit the Pantry's Holiday Bird Project. To RSVP, please send a check for $10 per person to the Church office, noting Advent Luncheon.  Shop the Bazaar for antiques and collectibles starting at 10:30 AM; proceeds will benefit Holy Cross School in Haiti Questions? Contact Rebecca Collier or 816-529-4163.


Looking for a different kind of
Advent Season of preparation? 
Consider starting this "Reverse Advent Calendar" for the Food Pantry.  Start on December 1--we will provide a list of needed items next week.  You or your family can bring it to the Altar during the offertory during the December 23rd services! 
Register here to get a set of daily prayers for Advent to use with this project

Advent Resources

As we approach Advent, I recommend the link "in the candles" as a complete resource for your Advent consideration.  The Jesuits at Creighton University in Omaha have created an incredible collection of Advent essays, activities, daily devotions, etc.  Click on the photo and check out all that is offered and plan for a growth-filled and meaningful Advent.

Anglican Heritage Tour
If you are interested in the
Anglican Heritage Tour in 2019
or the 
Oberammergau Passion Play in Germany in 2020,
you need to contact the Rector or Laura Long
by December 15
Anglican tour

verse of the week

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life."

- John 8:12
voice of the week

The morning glories and the sunflowers turn naturally toward the light, but we have to be taught, it seems.

- Fr. Richard Rohr
prayer of the week

God of light, let our souls rise up to meet you. May your grace and mercy shine through us and the promise of your great love refresh us. Amen.  
Though for the Week
Edith Stein
The Christian mysteries are an indivisible whole. If we become immersed in one, we are led to all the others. Thus the way from Bethlehem leads inevitably to Golgotha, from the crib to the cross. When the blessed virgin brought the child to the temple, Simeon prophesied that her soul would be pierced by a sword, that this child was set for the fall and the resurrection of many, for a sign that would be contradicted. His prophecy announced the passion, the fight between light and darkness that already showed itself before the crib.
Christian Formation
3 year old thru 4 grade  3rd Floor, 10:20 starting every Sunday.

Adult Forum this week--"The Way of Love & Worship, the Right Rev'd Michael Curry." Join us in the Garden Room for a continued consideration of the call of Presiding Bishop Curry to be the Beloved Community.  

Church-wide Bible Reading Initiative
Begins in Epiphany 2019

[November 1, 2018]  Forward Movement, along with partners from across the Episcopal Church, invites all Episcopalians to participate in the Good Book Club, a church-wide Bible reading initiative. The Good Book Club will focus on Paul's Letter to the Romans, with participants reading a section of scripture each day during the Epiphany season, starting on January 7, 2019.
 "When we commit ourselves to reading God's Word, we open ourselves to the opportunity for transformation," said Richelle Thompson, deputy director and managing editor of Forward Movement. "Although Paul wrote this letter to the Romans, the message of salvation and redemption through the risen Christ is one we all need to hear and embrace today."
The Good Book Club kicked off during Lent and Easter of 2018, with tens of thousands of Episcopalians reading the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts. Survey results from participants showed a hunger and desire to continue the initiative and provide more opportunities for people to read and discuss scripture together. Romans was the first choice of participants for the next Good Book Club.
Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry supports and encourages individuals and congregations to join the Good Book Club as a way to engage in "Learn," one of the seven Way of Love practices for a Jesus-centered life.  
Several organizations are partnering with Forward Movement in the Good Book Club, including the United Thank Offering, Forma, Episcopal Church Women, and The Living Church. Partner organizations are creating resources or encouraging their constituents to take part in the effort.
ChurchNext, a ministry of Forward Movement, will offer two six-week live Bible studies, one in English led by the Rev. Jay Sidebotham, author of Conversations with Scripture: Romans and director of RenewalWorks, and one in Spanish, led by the Rev. Glenda McQueen, the Episcopal Church's staff officer for Latin America & the Caribbean, and Hugo Olaiz, assistant editor for Latino/Hispanic ministries for Forward Movement.
Contact the Rector if you are interested in the project.
Request from The Pantry

Have you ever wondered about our Food Ministry* impact on Midtown?
1) In 2017 your food ministries distributed about 450,000 pounds of food from various food resources.

2) Using standard formulas used to calculate these things, we provided about 375,000 meals to our client community.

3) With a total food ministry budget of about $45,000 we leveraged almost $800,000 dollars worth of food to our Midtown client community. 

This is what you make possible when you
financially support St. Paul's Parish!
St. Paul's Parish Life Events

Parish Life Calendar of coming events:

Parish Life Calendar

  Dec 2nd: Birthday Sunday
cookies and cider in the Undercroft
Dec 2nd: Advent Progressive Dinner
First course at home of Scott and Karen Seitter
Desserts and Caroling at Church
Dec 7th: Advent Luncheon and Bazaar
Dec 16th: Train Day and set-up for Pantry Shopping Day
Dec 17th: Pantry Shopping Day

The North-Central-Metro Youth Network  is an organized group of churches who find additional opportunities for Christian fellowship fun!  These activities are found on the  youth ministry calendar  This event is for all the youth of the Metro, including our St. Paul's Youth.  Please register using the blue link below to join in the fun.

check WEMOYouth  for more details
As always, if you'd like to stay connected with what is happening with youth ministry in our network and diocese, please check out our Youth Network Facebook site.
Coffee Hour Hosts
Please Let Alison know

December 2 - Birthday Sunday in the Undercroft
December 9 - Nancy Day
December 16 - 
December 23 - Ellen Hayden & Rebecca Forsyth
December 30 - ????

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.

Things going on in KCMO
& the world

Join us at a book launch and discussion with Kansas City Workers' Rights Board Member Rev. Tex Sample on Friday, November 30th at 6:00 pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (11 E 40th St, Kansas City, MO 64111).
Rev. Sample is a popular lecturer and storyteller as well as a divinity professor. He says, "White working-class people are the canary in the mine. Poorly understood and perceived as a threat to the common good. . .they are not what they seem." So he's written a Field Guide to White Anger and Pain.
Come hear Tex talk about the book, get a copy and have a discussion with fellow activists for social justice. Book sales to benefit Missouri Jobs with Justice.

Kurt Knecht 
Kurt Knecht is giving an organ concert at Village Presbyterian on December 13th at 12:15 p.m.
The concert will be a concert of Christmas Carol improvisations and audience requests.
Join Kurt at VP and enjoy yourself!

Interested in ending hunger in KCMetro?

Click on the logo above to see  how!

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Day School

11 E 40th St.

Kansas City, Mo.   64111

(816) 931-2850