Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Ministry Spotlight: Altar Guild
The members of St. Mary’s Altar Guild work behind the scenes to prepare the church for services.  In addition to laying out the vessels and linens for the Eucharist, the altar guild helps care for candles, vestments and other objects which support our liturgies. The practices are a blend of the practical and theological and, and while every parish and every priest have different ways of doing things, the basics are the same in every Episcopal church.

The members find a quiet satisfaction in insuring that the table is set for the heavenly banquet and that the beautiful things that the church holds in stewardship can be shared by anyone who walks through the doors. It is also a way of gaining understanding and appreciating more fully the beautiful Anglican liturgy.

Current members of St. Mary’s Altar Guild are Mary Beveridge, Lynda Hurt, George Vinnie, Nancy Wagner, and David Wilcox, with Carlos Castro caring for candles and Paula Carnegie helping out as needed. Two or three more members would permit the formation of a complete team of two people for every Sunday of the month.  Please consider joining this meaningful spiritual ministry. No experience is necessary; training is provided. If you can’t join, consider a gift towards purchasing new altar linens. The linens are literally that and, as 100% natural fabrics which are laundered weekly they wear out. We are using many linens which have holes and tears and should be retired.

Please email Mary Beveridge if you have questions or would like to get involved! She can be reached at maeybelle53@gmail.com.
Br. James Dowd
Monk-In-Residence
Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska
Brother James Dowd will be preaching at both services this Sunday, and will lead an Adult Forum after the 10:00 Mass.

Brother James is a Benedictine monk in the Episcopal Church and currently serves in the Diocese of Nebraska, having previously served in upstate New York and in South Africa. As a monk, Br. James ministers as a spiritual director, retreat leader, teacher, and chaplain to the hungry and homeless. He has just been named as Prior of Incarnation Monastery in Omaha and the Benedictine Service Corps, an intentional community for young adults.
 
The Adult Forum will focus on Benedictine spirituality, it’s connection to Anglican theology and spirituality, and its uses for Christians who are not monks or nuns.
Spirituality unTapped. Monday, March 18, 7pm, International Tap House, 18th and Oak. Visit this page for more details. This month, we will have a guest facilitator! Brother James Dowd, a Benedictine monk from Nebraska, will be leading a group discussion on Benedictine spirituality.

Spirituality unTapped is a monthly event where young adults from all walks of life get together for good disc ussion over drinks or coffee. It is jointly hosted by St. Andrews Episcopal Church and St. Mary's Episcopal Church.
St. Mary's Belles. All the ladies of St. Mary's are invited to Betty Iorg's home on March 16th at 1pm for fun, fellowship, and a good discussion. The book "Why We Should All be Feminists" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the book being studied and discussed.

If you'd like to attend, please email Betty and she will respond with her address. Her email address is biorg90@gmail.com.
New England Conservatory Chamber Singers
Erica Washburn, conductor, 7:30pm, Saturday, March 17, 2018 , St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Free Admission. A freewill donation will be taken to benefit music ministry at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.  The  NEC Chamber Singers  is an auditioned ensemble, open to all majors at NEC, of 24 musicians that perform challenging works from all style periods, with a particular emphasis on early music and 19th–21st century a cappella works. Primarily drawn from the members of the NEC Concert Choir, they rehearse twice a week and experience choral music-making in an intimate ensemble setting. The Chamber Singers are making their first Midwestern tour! Don’t miss an opportunity to hear beautiful music from one of our nation’s oldest and most prestigious conservatories.
Wednesdays at St. Mary's during Lent
Stations of the Cross, 6pm
Bible Study and Light Soup Dinner at 6:30pm

The Bible Study is on the readings from the The Good Book Club. Daily readings can be found here .
Private Confession
A priest will be available to offer spiritual guidance and sacramental confession each Saturday during Lent from 10:00am-10:45am in St. George's Chapel (Saturday, February 17, through Saturday, March 31st, inclusive). Because Downtown Outreach will be using the parish hall at that time, please enter the church through the street entrance on the northwest side of the building. You may also schedule time with Fr. Charles by emailing him at charleseverson@gmail.com.
Morning Prayer
All are invited to pray Morning Prayer live on Facebook each morning during Lent at 6:30am, or at any point in the day by viewing the recording. Click here for more information.
As we have the past two years, we will be joining our sister parish, St. Augustine's, for Maundy Thursday, and they will be joining us for the Easter Vigil. All of the services mentioned below are at St. Mary's with the exception of Maundy Thursday. 

  • Palm Sunday. March 25. Normal service times. Low Mass at 8:00am, and Solemn High Mass at 10:00am.
  • Maundy Thursday at St. Augustine's. March 29 at 6:00pm. Our choir will sing a beautiful setting of the Ubi Caritas, and St. Augustine's musicians will provide the rest of the music. St. Augustine's is located at 2732 Benson, Kansas City.
  • Good Friday. March 30 at 6:00pm. The choir is singing a lovely setting of the Passion, and there will be communion from the reserve sacrament.
  • Holy Saturday. March 31st at 11:05am. This is a very brief, spoken service that includes a reading of the ancient homily "The Lord's Descent into Hell."
  • The Great Vigil of Easter. March 31st at 8:00pm. Bishop Marty Field will be the celebrant and preacher. Members of St. Augustine's are invited to join us at St. Mary's for this service.
  • Easter Sunday. April 1. Normal service times. Low Mass at 8:00am, and Solemn High Mass at 10:00am.
Solemn Choral Evensong - KC Vitas
Sunday, April 8th, 7:00pm, at St. Mary's. KC VITAs, Kansas City's premier new-music choir, is presenting the world-premiere of a new choral evensong by composer L.V. Wood. This unique service was composed with the architectural features of St. Mary's in mind and features a number of singers from St. Mary's own choir. Mark your calendars now to attend this beautiful collaboration between KC VITAs Chamber Choir and St. Mary's. Fr. Charles Everson will be the officiant.
Weekly Service Schedule

Sunday
Low Mass: 8 a.m.   
Solemn High Mass: 10 a.m.

Tuesday
Low Mass: 12:05 p.m.

Wednesday 
Low Mass: 12:05 p.m.
Stations of the Cross: 6:00 p.m.

Thursday
Low Mass: 12:05 p.m.

Saturday 
Low Mass: 11:05 a.m.
Clergy and Staff

Assistant to the Rector
 
Rector Emeritus
The Reverend Robert M. Hutcherson
  
Deacon Administrator

Deacon Missioner
The Reverend Kevin G. White
 
Artist-in-Residence/Choirmaster
 
Organist
 
Sexton
Ms. Rosalyn Powell
Vestry

Mr. Todd Chenault-Wiseley, Senior Warden
Dr. Michael D. Frost, Junior Warden
Mr. Donald E. Clark
Mr. Richard S. Herndon
Mrs. Faye A. Hopkins
Mrs. Sharon Hunter-Putsch
Mr. Dennis L. Robinson
Canon John L. Schaefer
Mr. David S. Wilcox, II
                                                  
Ms. Mary Beveridge, Parish Clerk
Ms. Judith B. Brougham, Parish Treasurer 
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