In following Jesus our first priority is Discipleship: practicing the Way of Jesus. Discipleship is the starting point for everything else we do together as a congregation. Being a disciple of Jesus is allowing Christ to shape us into his likeness, through the Holy Spirit given to us in baptism.
So, how do we abide in Christ? Discipleship is a way of life, not just our identity as a Christian. Being a disciple is abiding in Christ. The word abide, or meno, in Greek, means to remain, to stay with, to endure, and it is through the Holy Spirit Christians are said to be rooted as it were in Christ, knitted to him by the Holy Spirit we have received from him.
The first step is to consciously turn our attention to God each day in prayer and have an honest, simple conversation. There is no right or wrong way to pray. HELP! covers a lot. There is also Thanks, Sorry and Wow! These can be said anytime and anywhere. As we know, conversation involves both speaking and listening.
One of the ways we can listen to God is by reading and meditating on Scripture. I know this can seem intimidating. But I encourage you to start by reading one of the Gospels in the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke or John and simply read one chapter each day. Luke or Mark is a good place to start.
Each gospel, from a different perspective, tells the story of Jesus’ life, teaching, ministry, death and resurrection. If you don’t have a daily practice, I invite you to start by setting aside 5 or 10 minutes each day for prayer and reading a short passage of scripture. There are also daily online devotionals: “Forward Day by Day” or “Pray As You Go". They can be helpful tools to help you keep a daily practice (links below).
Please let me know if you’d like to sit down and talk or enjoy a coffee, at a social distance of course, or feel free to call meat 785-670-0158, or email me at email@example.com.My office hours are Monday - Thursday 10 am - 3 pm. … Fr. Tom
The apostles gathered around Jesus and told him al that they had done and taught. He said to them, "Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while." Mark 6:30-31
Being a steward doesn't mean knocking ourselves out all the time. It does mean taking care of our own need and the needs of our family too.
Sunday, July 18 -Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
10:00 am: Sunday Worship Service
... In Person worship and on Facebook Live
11:15 am: Coffee and refreshments
Wednesday, July 21
12:00 pm: Noon Day Prayer - on Facebook LIVE
Thursday, July 22
Center of Grace - Volunteers are needed to pass out food.
The ladies of St. Bridget’s Chapter of the Daughters of the King carry the banner at Helen Garlach's memorial service on June 26, 21.
Olathe Schools Annual Underwear Outreach - Due by 7/25
St. Aidan’s will again be participating in the annual outreach event for the Olathe School District. It is for boys and girls K-12th grade who are considered homeless. You may purchase underwear and place it in the trunk at church, or donate money. If you write a check, please earmark it for underwear and I will do the shopping. All underwear needs to be donated by July 25th. Thank you for your generosity.
"Be Our Guest" Ministry
Be Our Guest is up and running again after the COVID 19 hiatus. If you are interested in providing treats for our Sunday social hour, please contact Janet Seifert at 913-782-5461 or 913-449-8960.
Pledges and Offerings
Please send your pledges and offerings to the church office.
You may also donate online.
MAKE SURE YOU DESIGNATE ST. AIDAN'S IN THE DROP DOWN BOX.
Links for the ZOOM events are available on the website, under EVENTS.
JCFM - Center of Grace - July 22
Volunteers are need to help pass out food at Center of Grace on Thursday, July 22!
St. Aidan's helps prepare and hand out meals at Center of Grace in Olathe, on the fourth Thursday of the month. July 24 is our next day to serve. You're also welcome to drop off individually wrapped deserts to the church by 2 pm that Thursday.
St. Aidan’s is in our second decade of working with five Olathe Elementary Schools in this important ministry.
...See St. Aidan's Facebook and Web page for more information about BackSnacks.
Pastoral Concerns and Prayer Requests
In case of pastoral emergencies, please contact Fr. Tom Baker at
785-670-0158 (call or text)oremail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please email any prayer requests to Karon Wintrode, and she will post them on Unison. email@example.com.
The parish email system is accessible through our website – www.staidansolathe.org See Julie Wojtas (630 865-3931) for information or any questions.
Be sure to check Unison for all updated information regarding St. Aidan's.
Thanksgivings and Prayers
Thanksgivings – Birthdays & Anniversaries
We give thanks for the birthdays of Shawn McGowan and Veronica Wojtas.
We give thanks for the people of St. Aidan’s and the privilege of serving each other, our church and our community throughout the year. We give thanks for the faithfulness and resilience of St. Aidan's parish as we all work together during this difficult time, finding new ways to stay connected in spite of the challenges.
Cycle of Prayer –
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda.
In the World Council of Churches Cycle of Prayer we pray for the people of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama.
In the Kansas Cycle of Prayer,we pray for St. Matthew's, Newton.
For Our Parish Leadership –
We pray for our rector, Rev. Tom Baker and his wife, Cherie. We pray for the members of the Vestry: Senior Warden Jane Bush, Mark Sappenfield, Sarah Smith, Kathy Mencer, Bonnie Eckel, Clarice Ewing and Paul Reed; for the Vestry Clerk, Janet Seifert; for our Treasurer, Tim Tatlock; and for our delegates, Carolyn Sturgeon, and Sarah Smith.
For Our Troops, Veterans, and Law Enforcement –
Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women in the service and law enforcement at home and broad. Defend them with your grace; give them courage; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence; through Jesus Christ. Amen.
For the Departed–
Eternal Lord God, you hold all souls in life: Give to your whole Church in paradise and on earth your light and your peace; and grant that all your faithful people may at the last enter into your unending joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Guidance and Grace
Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve your sick servants, and give your power of healing to those who minister to their needs, that those for whom our prayers are offered may be strengthened in their weakness and have confidence in your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.