First Sunday after the Epiphany - The Baptism of Our Lord, January 7, 2018
The Baptism of Our Lord:
In our reading from the Gospel of Mark, John the Baptist appears in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism for the repentance for the forgiveness of sins. What does “repentance” mean? In this morning’s sermon “The Still Point of the Turning World,” Fr. Shawn looks at how we live as “repentanced” people.
Prayers and Anointing for Healing at Side Altar after Worship: Fr. Shawn will be at the side altar after worship this Sunday, January 7, offering prayers.
Ordinations Saturday, January 6
Deacon Bianca Elliott will be ordained a Priest in God’s One, Holy, and Catholic Church this Saturday, January 6 at 10:30 am at Grace Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Ave., Topeka. There will be a reception after the ordination at the Cathedral.
Also, we are celebrating this Sunday, January 7, with a reception after worship in Sifers Hall. Mother Bianca will be at Saint Aidan’s another six months to conclude her parish internship.
Simon Johnson, Organist: Performing January 7 in Topeka
Simon Johnson, organist at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, will perform at the next Great Spaces concert at Grace Cathedral, 701 SW 8th, Topeka.
The concert is set for Sunday, January 7 at 3 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children 12 and younger. tickets will be available at the door (cash or check) or can be ordered online athttp://greatspaces.org/
2018 Episcopal Kalendars Are Here!!!
The 2018 Episcopal Kalendars are on sale in the narthex (entryway) on the table under the AED for the low, low price of $5.00 apiece. Hurry, because they are disappearing fast!
John proclaimed, "The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me."
As we prepare to live out this new year, we want to acknowledge that we follow Jesus, the one who is more powerful and yet the one who came in humility and poverty. He is the one we proclaim as God’s son, yet he lived simply and died violently. We, his followers, have been baptized into his mission of justice and peace.
St. Aidan's Angel Tree Outreach is in "The Harvest"
St. Aidan's Angel Tree program was included in the Winter 2017 Harvest magazine, page 7. It is an encouragement for other church communities to remember the children of inmates at Christmas.
We have raised the funds to send one parishioner to Episcopal Mega-Camp next summer, so there are four Snoopies on the lectern For every $400 we raise, we will remove one Snoopy!! Give the gift of camp!
If writing a check please note Mega Camp on your checks. If giving cash, there are offering envelopes on the back of the pew, please write Mega Camp on the envelope.
Save the Date, January 28, 2018
The Annual Meeting for the parish will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2017, after worship. This will be followed by a pot-luck luncheon.
St. Aidan's Choir - Practice Wednesday at 5:30 pm
Come join the fun! Choir practice is Wednesday at 5:30 in the Nave. See our choir director, Claire Binek if you are interested.
BackSnack Packing Has Resumed - Wednesday at 5 pm.
We pack for five area elementary schools on Wednesday afternoon at 5 pm; we also go to pick up the boxes at 1:30 pm. See David Kahn (913 486-7488).
Food Pantry at St. Paul's in Kansas City, Kansas - Wednesday at 11 am.
St. Aidan’s has a visible and influential presence at the Food Pantry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Kansas. Several parishioners faithfully serve each Wednesday at 11 am, by transporting bulk food substances to the pantry and assisting the clients of the pantry. If one of your resolutions for 2018 is to be more involved in the community, the pantry is a great place to fulfill that resolution. Please see Paul Reed (913 269-4564) or Don Seifert (913 208-7393).
Johnson County Food Ministry at the Center of Grace January 25.
Love God and your neighbor by preparing and serving the community meal at the Center of Grace, 520 S. Harrison, Olathe, on the fourth Thursday of the month. NourishKC (formerly Episcopal Community Services) is now partnering with St. Aidan’s. Cooks should arrive at 1 pm, servers at 5 pm, and clean-up crew at 6:15 pm. See Barb Belt (913 515-9001) for more information.
February is Leave a Legacy Month
Have you thought about how you would like to be remembered? Will the world be a better place because you have trod the sod? Join us during the month of February as we boldly go where no man has gone before and consider the world which will come after us.
DOORWAYS OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
Adult Forum Will Resume this Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 9 am with the Gospel of Mark.
Amber Baker is the director of our Children's Church.Infants through grade 4 meet from 10-11 AM on Sunday. The children are enjoying our newly createdEpiscoPALS.
Photos by Nikki Crowell
and Carolyn Sturgeon
Don Hutchinson is the leader of our Youth Group:Grades 5-12 meet from 9:30 to 10 AM on Sunday. A safe environment is available for discussions and interactions with peers. We build self-esteem through teamwork and community service. Following their special time, the youth will join their families during the worship hour. Details of youth group activities and discussions may be viewed on our website atstaidansolathe.org
The Calendar at St. Aidan's
Tuesday, January 9:
8 pm - Al Anon.
Wednesday, January 10:
11 am - St. Paul’s Food Pantry, K.C., KS.
5 pm - BackSnack Packing - Sifers Hall
5:30 pm - Choir Practice - Nave
6 pm - Vestry Meeting -Sifers Hall
Thursday, January 11:
8 pm - Al Anon.
Saturday, January 13:
5 pm - Holy Eucharist
Thursday, January 25:
Johnson County Food Ministry/Center of Grace Community Meal