First Sunday After The Epiphany 
   Mark 1:4-11
Friday January 5, 2018

Note slight time change in event--Gathering 6:30, Dinner 7 p.m.

Third Annual Trivia Night
Saturday, January 20

Join the St. Paul's Church and School community for some friendly competition and put your useless trivia knowledge to work!  Gather friends to form a team of eight, or let us put a team together for you.  Church members, school parents, alumni families and friends are welcome, but space is limited!

Bring your favorite appetizer or dessert to share.  Wine and beer provided.

6:00 p.m. Gather Your Team
7:00 p.m. Trivia Begins!

$15/person or $120/table of eight.

Questions? Contact Katie at Gregg-Wiedwald or 816-268-6541 
Sunday Lectionary
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Funny Shirt

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Organ Practice with Kurt
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Food Pantry
Item of the Month 
The Food Pantry  Continues to be thankful for the generous donations from the St. Paul's Day School community that have provided an outpouring of food items for the month of December and continuing into the New Year. 

 The pantry can always use toiletries and other personal care items, travel size or otherwise, as well as your (separated and flattened) paper grocery sacks. 
Best Wishes to All from the Pantry Volunteers for a Happy New Year !
Haiti Report

Haitian Proverbs

Si travay te bon bagay, moun rich la pran-l lontan. 
"If work were a good thing, the rich would have grabbed it a long time ago."
House Abraham Builds
Our current HAB project with Habitat is taking place at 4313 Cypress Ave.  Volunteers are always needed.  Click HERE  to consider offering some volunteer time on this project during the Advent season.  It may be chilly to the body, but it will be warm to the heart!
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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


Thursday 12:05 p.m. Holy Eucharist 







Live On Demand Episcopal Worship








The Episcopal Cafe


Rector's notes:

     2018 . . . another gift of God to us. What will we do with this precious gift? How will we live the faith that is in us in such a way that we make God incarnate in our world? Indeed, how will we be the Body of Christ as the days of 2018 unfold for us? I look  forward to the pilgrimage of faith before us in this new year. It will begin liturgically this coming Sunday, January 7 with baptisms at the 10:30 service. I can think of no better way for our parish family to mark in worship the beginning of a new year. I look forward to seeing you at the Epiphany Stewardship celebration on Saturday, January 6 at 6:30 and at the liturgies of the parish on Sunday, January 7.
Happy New Year!

House of Abraham Volunteers :  
Looking for a "one and done" ministry opportunity.  Our Habitat House of Abraham are working over the holidays.  Here are some days they need volunteers:
Saturday - January 10th (10 people)
Wednesday - January 10th (5 people)
Thursday - January 11th (9 people)
Friday - January 12th (11 people)
Saturday - January 13th (10 people)

Our house at 4313 Cypress Ave is being built for Shilon Spencer and her daughter.

 to sign up or  Contact  Easom Bond  (email) or 816.769.3246 for more information.

St. Paul's Parish Life Events

January 6
Stewardship Dinner

January 20
Trivia night

(coming soon, dust your best recipes off!)
Chili Cook Off Sunday

February 10
Mardi Gras Talent Show

Christian Formation

Sunday: Christian Ed for all ages resumes on January 7.  Adult Ed begins a new short study focusing on the call to "Becoming the Beloved Community."  Regular Christian formation begins at 9:30.  For small children begins at 10:20.  All on the third floor.

Join us for the next installment of Acts and Action, as we move to reading Jeremiah at our new meeting date and time: Wednesdays at 7:30 pm on the third floor.   Acts and Action is a small group dedicated to  the spiritual discipline of being engaged citizens.   We meet weekly to read scripture, share our concerns and plan how we may live faithfully in the world as both engaged citizens and members of the body of Christ.   If you're interested please contact Mother Megan or Jacob Burch .   You can also reach us at  Acts & Action at our Facebook group   

EfM continues to meet on Tuesday nights.  This group is by registration on an annual basis.  If you are interested in learning more about EfM, click HERE.  Registration for the 2018-19 term will open in late spring. 

Anglican Heritage Tour

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Tour Information and Q&A
December 10,
following Coffee Hour in the  Undercroft

Including stops at sites significant to our Anglican heritage such as: Lambeth Palace, Hampton Court, St. Paul's (London), The Tower,  Winchester, Salisbury, Stonehenge, Glastonbury, Bath, Oxford, Eagle and Child Pub, Cotswolds, Cambridge/King's College Chapel, and more. For more information or to let us know of your interest, contact parishioner Laura Long (phone and email link below).  

Tentative Dates:  May 30 - June 9, 2018 ( 11 days)
Especially prepared for St. Paul's by
Journeys - Land & Sea Travel
4925 Holly Street
Kansas City, MO 64112
Phone: 816-674-9004
Food Pantry News
A Letter of Gratitude from one of our Pantry clients

Over 200 children served weekend food through
our Backsnack distribution

Over 200 individuals served monthly through the
Sr. Commodity Program!

Over 150 households served monthly
through the
Third Saturday
Food Distribution!
Volunteers are needed on Saturday October 17 9:30-noon.
Families are welcome to volunteer

You feed hungry people!

Volunteers For Pantry

!!Permanent Pantry Volunteers Needed!!: 
With hope and optimism, the St. Paul's food pantry is looking for two or more permanent and steady volunteers for the Friday and Wednesday sessions.  Friday volunteers can arrive between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. and Wednesday volunteers around 4:30 or 5:00 p.m., in order to assist in setting everything up, particularly the bread and produce tables, in time for the 10:00 a.m. to Noon session. No heavy lifting is required (but would be appreciated). The pay is low but the rewards are great!
Contact Easom Bond  (Friday) (816) 769-3246, or 
Richard Scarritt (816) 665-0047, or Sterling Roath (Wednesday).

!!!Brown paper bags with handles needed!!

Episcopal Church Young Adult Service Corps:
Applications accepted for 2018-2019 placements
     Young adults (21-30 years old) have an opportunity to transform their own lives while engaging mission and ministry in the Anglican Communion by joining the Young Adult Service Corps. Now, applications are available for 2018-2019 placements in the Young Adult Service Corps, commonly known as YASC.
Currently YASCers are serving throughout the Anglican Communion, working alongside partners in administration, agriculture, communication, development, and education. They are serving in Brazil, Costa Rica, England, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa and Tanzania.
     Among possible placements for 2018-2019 include (but not limited to) Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, England, Honduras, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Jerusalem, Mexico, Panama, the Philippines, South Africa, Taiwan, and Tanzania.
"The Young Adult Service Corps offers young adults the opportunity to live out their faith in new ways and different contexts," commented Elizabeth Boe, Episcopal Church Mission Personnel Officer. "They commit to spending a year learning from and working, living, and praying with other Episcopal and Anglican communities around the world."
     The application for a 2018-2019 placement with additional information and instructions is available here. The application deadline is Friday, January 12, 2018.
     The Rev. David Copley, Director of Global Partnerships and Mission Personnel, noted, "YASC builds on the foundation of faith, knowledge, education, and experience that young adults bring with them when they serve and offers opportunities to be challenged and transformed by being fully present in another part of God's world. Missionary service is first and foremost an act of faith and a way of being Church."

For more information contact Boe .
YASC blogs are here.
Additional information about YASC and videos available HERE 
St. Paul's
Sunday Mail Ministry
In these tumultuous times, more people than ever before are reaching out to their members of Congress and other elected officials.  Indeed, this is part of our calling as followers of Jesus in the world--to engage with the powers that be to make for a better world for all God's creation.  Each Sunday, the members of Acts and Action will have a table set aside during Coffee Hour where you can write a postcard to your selected elected official, and write whatever you wish to convey: I agree, I disagree, I'm praying for you, etc.  Acts and Action will then deliver them by hand to the local offices of KCMO reps on the final Friday of each month.  (If you are sending to someone on the KS side of the state line, talk to Mtr Megan and she will arrange for stamps!) 

High School Debate Opportunity at Sewanee
SUMMA Student Theological Debate Society is accepting applications for the 2018 session of SUMMA Debate Camp.
SUMMA Student Theological Debate Society is inviting high school students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2018 to apply for SUMMA Debate Camp, held 
July 17-25 at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. SUMMA Camp is a unique opportunity for students to explore their faith through intellectual channels, meet lifelong friends, and have a lot of fun on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country!
At SUMMA Camp, students of all faiths learn valuable skills for debate, public speaking, and theological reflection. No previous debate experience or formal theological study is necessary. Campers have a true collegiate experience, but camp is not all work! There is plenty of time left over to swim, play sports, watch movies, go bowling, and have lots of great, summer fun!
For more information, click here!

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 or contact Mother Megan and let her know you want to join in the fun.

For Other Upcoming Youth Activities :  

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.
!!!!!!!!!We are in need of Coffee Hour Hosts!!!!!!
Please Let Carrie or Allison know

We hope you will consider teaming up with another family or a friend to maintain our fellowship and gathering following the 10:30 a.m. service that has brought our parishioners together for years.

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   Carrie or  Alison.  Dates are available:

January 7:          Awaiting a Host
January 14:        Awaiting a Host
January 21:        Awaiting a Host
January 28:        Awaiting a Host
February 4:        Awaiting a Host
February 11:      Awaiting a Host
February 18:      Awaiting a Host
February 25:      Awaiting a Host
March 4:            Awaiting a Host

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Day School

11 E 40th St.

Kansas City, Mo.   64111

(816) 931-2850