24th Sunday after Pentecost

Mark 12:28-34
Friday, November 2, 2018
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October 30, 2018
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"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.






The Episcopal Cafe


Rector's Notes:

Because of the absence of available clergy on
Saturday, November 3,
we will NOT have the 5 p.m. Holy Eucharist.
We apologize for this rare moment when we must cancel a service.

"A struggling reflection in challenging times"

     It continues to be difficult to comprehend the dimensions of violence and division crippling our American community.  Our nation has always had robust differences of opinions.  The energetic and enthusiastic debates and confrontations exhibited by members of different political parties over the centuries of our history are worth our study, attention, and fascination.  Still, as a younger and now aging adult, I thought those examples of rip-roaring rhetoric and even aggressive pugilism were long past us in the ongoing evolution of the American political theater.  Apparently not so, it seems we are stooping to new lows in the actions we will take to express our political differences.  In the last two weeks there have been attempted bombings of political personalities, the execution-style killing of two African-Americans in a grocery store in Kentucky simply because they were black, and last Friday in Pittsburgh, PA the terror-style killing of eleven Jewish persons because they were Jews.  While these are clearly the most egregious acts, how many lesser acts of hate, prejudice, and racism are injuring people every day in our country?  How much must the marginalized and vulnerable endure before we say, "Enough!"    
     As a person of faith, I am puzzled by much of this.  Knowing God allows us freewill and is, as I understand God, a non-interventionist God, how am I to act?  What am I to do?  Many would argue the church should stay away from all matters of such political or public consequences.  Indeed, this argument is frequently the position of not only the faithful but also denominational judicatories.  Years ago a theologian I respect noted in situations just such as this, "Show me an aspect of Creation of which God is not a part and I will support the proposition that the Church should also not be a part."  I have not yet found that part of Creation where God isn't; consequently, I believe the Church must, comfortably or uncomfortably, engage the challenges of culture, society, governance, etc.  To be sure, in our constitutional separation of church and state system, I should not suggest my brand of religion be instituted as THE only acceptable manifestation of religion in the Republic.  Yet, I should allow the moral, theological, and ethical teachings of this tradition of ours influence my positions, attitudes, and actions in the public square.  Moreover, in an Incarnational tradition such as ours, the Body of Christ, the people of the Church, must be outwardly and visibly a sign in the world of the love and justice of God.  It is not enough to offer "thoughts and prayers."  We must be the Christ on the pitch of life.  

When O Lord, did you see us doing justice or loving mercy, or walking humbly with your creation? 

When I saw you serving the world in my name, feeding the hungry, bringing health to the sick, seeking justice for those in prison, clothing the naked, offering water to the thirsty, shelter to the homeless, comfort to the orphaned, safety to the refugee . . . when I saw you serving others, you served me.  

Dietrich Bonhoeffer once observed that when a social system is so broken and prone to violence against the weak or marginalized, sometime the only thing left for the faithful to do is throw a stick into t he spokes of the wheel of society in order to stop it  (more literally: " The church has an unconditional obligation to the victims ... not just to bandage the victims under the wheel, (but) the church has to throw itself between the spokes of the wheel in order to stop it !").  I believe deeply God is calling the faithful to not only call for the end of violence and harm as political expression, too often in the name of God, in our society, but also, to insist the political structures of our country repent and return to more civil paths in the future. If that requires jamming the spokes in order to be heard, we should prayerful ask for courage and opportunity to be such jammers.    

Deus nos vocat ad esse fidelium

There are two opportunities to
ask questions and get more information
about the
Anglican Heritage Tour
May 30-June 8, 2019

The first is scheduled for Adult Forum time
on Sunday November 11 at 9:30 in the Garden Room.
The second opportunity is Sunday, November 18 following Coffee Hour in the Garden Room.
If you are interested but those times don't work, 
contact Fr. Stan and arrangements will be made to meet.

The deadline is rapidly approaching so if you are interested, now is the time to get questions answered.
November 11 at 9:30, Garden Room
November 18 following Coffee Hour, Garden Room

Church Women United 
World Community Day Celebration

Central Methodist Church
5144 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO  64112
Monday, November 5th, 10:00 am

The speaker will be The Rev'd Dr. Paul Rock 
senior Pastor of 2nd Presbyterian Church
"Reaching for Wholeness and Harmony with God's People"

Our motto at Church Women United is the guiding principle "agreed to differ, resolved to love, united to serve."

All people are encouraged to search for ways to bring wholeness to our families, our churches, and our communities. We agreed that we are all "searching for wholeness."
"The body is a whole unit made up of many parts." 
I Corinthians 12:12
At CWU we need to strive for this kind of wholeness in all that we do. 

Georgette Page is a longtime St. Paul's member and active in Church Women United  website. She has been chairing the local CWU group for many years, and she would like to step down from this role and turn the reins over to someone else.  If you are interested, please contact Georgette at 816-444-8565.

Election Night Prayers
November 6, 5:30 p.m.
All are welcome to attend an evening of prayer and reflection as we await the results of election day 2018 on Tuesday, November 6th. We will begin at 5:30pm in the Nave with Evening Prayer and will remain as all are inclined and close with Compline. Feel free to bring a treat and beverage to share. Those who wish to check elections results or visit about returns may do so in the Library. We know this can be an anxious time for many and may be a very long day for those trying to vote. Let us join each other in prayer and hope no matter our affiliations or desired outcomes!


The Grooming Project.
Helps to promote self reliance. Job training for jobs that helps parents raise their children out of poverty.

Thursday Nov. 8th 
Bev Elving
811 W 58th St
Kansas City, MO  64113

Speaker is Natascha Kirsch
Refreshments are provided!
Please RSVP Bev at 816-444-1984
or email  Carole Thorn.


Get your tartan ready to be blessed!
Sunday, November 11th will be our
Margaret, Queen of Scotland
You can help at our St. Margaret's Coffee Hour by bringing shortbread or any other delicious Scottish treats (up to but not including haggis, please) to contribute to the glorious Highland feast.  Please let us know what you plan to bring by emailing her lady in waiting, Mary Hodge
Many, many thanks for your offerings.
Pipes and Drums will be present!

We will also 
be celebrating the 
100th Anniversary
of Armistice Day
November 11, 1918.
St. Paul's will join several churches
in the KCMetro
as we ring our 
bells at the 
11th hour of the 11th day of the 11 month
when the Armistice was signed 
at  Compi├Ęgne


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


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 Adventto use with this project

Christian Formation
3 year old thru 4 grade  3rd Floor, 10:20 starting every Sunday.

Adult Forum in the Garden Room at 9:30  Continuing the study of the Presiding Bishop's Rule of Love.   Adult Forum will take a pause next Sunday, November 11,  as we will have a special presentation on our Anglican Heritage Tour.

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.
St Paul's Episcopal Day School
Open House Dates

Early Childhood Open Houses (Age 2 - 4   Toddler - 
  • Wednesday, November 14, 8:30 - 10:00 am
    • 8:30-9:00 Optional chapel observation
    • 9:00 - 9:10 Welcome and overview
    • 9:10-9:45 Tour classrooms
    • 9:45-10:00 Q & A 
Please call to RSVP (816) 268-6542 or email Admissions@speds.org
Kindergarten Open Houses
  • Tuesday, November 27, 8:30 - 10:00 am
    • 8:30 - 8:45 Optional chapel observatrion
    • 8:45 - 8:55 Welcome and Overview
    • 8:55 - 9:45 Kindergarten Readiness and Tours
    • 9:45 - 10:00 Q & A
Please call to RSVP (816) 268-6542 or email Admissions@speds.org
Request from The Pantry

Thanksgiving & Christmas 
Pantry "Holiday Bird"  Project
Every year the Pantry gives away as many turkeys and whole chickens as we can during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season.  This year, we will receive 376 turkeys
for this project.  We will pay about $2 per bird
(yes you read that right $2 per bird) .



Make a $2 special donation
to the church  marked 
"Holiday Bird" 
we will use that money to pay
for the birds we get this year. 
Adopt one or adopt a dozen! 
If you want, name your bird(s)
Let us know and we will take a picture
of your bird(s) for the family Christmas picture
You cannot, however, take your bird home for a visit

Join the fun and adopt a Holiday Bird!
email "Holiday Bird" and let us know how many you want to adopt.


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

Nov 6th:
Prayer and Reflection on Election Day, 5:30 p.m.

  Nov 11th: Feast of St. Margaret Queen of Scotland
bagpipes, drums, and Scottish delights 2 Coffee Hour

Nov 18th: Birthday Sunday
hosted by Theresa Larson
cookies and cider in the Undercroft
(changed date due to All Saints Day on first Sunday)

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
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

November 4 - Bridget Wagstaff
November 11 - Feast of St. Margaret, Scottish reception
November 18 - Birthday Sunday hosted by Theresa Larson (date changed due to All Saints Day)
November 25 - ????
December 2 - Birthday Sunday in the Undercroft
December 9 - Nancy Day
December 23 - ????
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

League of Women Voters
November 6
The upcoming Nov. 6th Election has a long list of items to vote on and it will take time to prepare for. The League of Women Voters (LWV) has a study guide available and an online site. The site is really helpful.
If you go online you will only get
the questions for this district. You can select every race and get the summary. The LWV is non-partisan so the issues and races are informative and in the case of amendments descriptive of the intent of the proposed change.

November 11

On November 11, 2018, one hundred years since the Armistice that ended fighting on the Western Front during World War I, bells across the United States and around the world will toll in remembrance of those who served and sacrificed.
On this day, St. Pauls will pause in the Eucharistand remember this moment in history when we thought we were concluding "the war to end all wars." We will all share this ceremony marking the moment when people across the world expressed their joy and relief that four years of war had finally come to an end.
The National World War I Museum and Memorial's "Bells of Peace" program is part of the World War One Centennial Commission's "Bells of Peace: A World War I Remembrance."
Please visit "The World War" website to learn more about  the  Armistice centennial programming.
Interested in a
national immigration
volunteer oportunity?
Sisters of Loretto have an urgent  need now for volunteers in El Paso. There are now more than 1,400 refugees being held in deplorable conditions at ICE. There is a need for volunteers for new hospitality centers.  For more information, contact St. Paul's parishioner, Alice Kitchen or email Help Annunciation House.    

The Society of Songs: Pairings

Friday, November 16, 2018

from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM 
St Paul's Episcopal Church Parish Hall
11 East 40th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111

The Society of Song is an underground music series, held in historic locations all over Kansas City, and beyond.  You are cordially invited to attend this special installment called PAIRINGS. You will be listening to beautiful music from beautiful regions of the world, that also happen to make beautiful wine.  Tasting these wines while hearing music from that same region ~ now that's a pairing I can get behind!   

Our wine provider and sommelier, needs to have an exact count, so you must RSVP by November 6 for this one.  Thank you and see you there!

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Day School

11 E 40th St.

Kansas City, Mo.   64111

(816) 931-2850