ATTENTION: If you are unable to serve on your scheduled Sunday, please find your replacement..Sharon Seidel
Fr. Tom's Talk ...
Happy New Year! Yes, really. Don’t worry, I’m not loosing my mind. Last Friday, September 18 our Jewish friends celebrated Rosh Hashanah. This Sunday and Monday, September 27 and 28 will be the feast of Yom Kippur. The celebration of Rosh Hashanah means "head of the year" in Hebrew. It is a time for reflection and repentance. Yom Kippur is referred to as the "day of judgment" or "day of repentance."
The highlight of Rosh Hashanah is blowing the shofar, a ram’s horn. The shofar is blown in a series of three types of blasts: tekiah, a long sob-like blast; shevarim, a series of three short wails; and teruah, at least nine piercing staccato bursts. The blowing of the shofar serves as a call to repentance. The shofar itself recalls the Binding of Isaac in which a ram took Isaac’s place as an offering to God (Genesis 22:1-18).
The day before Yom Kippur the most observant Jews go house to house visiting friends and relatives making amends for any possible wrongs they may have done. The reason for this is because if you have not made things right with your brothers and sisters you can’t make things right with God. We should remember our roots as Christians are in practices like these. Jesus tells us to love God and our neighbors, and in our love we live in God’s community.
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 me. My office hours are Monday - Thursday 10 am - 3 pm. … Fr. Tom
Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes ae going into the kingdom of God ahead of you.” Matthew 21:31
Jesus’ message was often one of challenge and rebuke. We can imagine that most hearers of this comment were probably angry, but perhaps a few pondered his words and experienced a change of heart. A change of heart is sometimes a necessary part of the life of a Christian.
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 .
10:00 am:Morning Prayer, In-House and Facebook Live
Tuesday, Sept. 29
8:00 pm: Al Anon
12:00 pm: Noon Day Prayer - Facebook Live only
Thursday, Oct. 1
8:00 pm: Al Anon
Sunday, Oct. 4
9:00 am: Adult Forum, In-House and Facebook Live
... Mark's Gospel, Chapters 14-16
10:00 am: Worship Service, In-House and Facebook Live
... Discretionary Fund Sunday
1:30 pm: Blessing of the Animals
Blessing of the Animals - Sunday, October 4, at 1:30 pm
In celebration of the feast of St. Francis, please join us next Sunday, October 4, at 1:30 pm for the Blessing of the Animals. Bring your pets to the church to be blessed. Drive up or gather under the portico.
St. Bridget's Chapter of the Daughters of the King -New Food Ministry!
St. Bridget's Order of the Daughters of the King is planning to begin a new all-parish food ministry onOctober 13, 2020. We will strive to keep on hand at the church seven grocery paper bags of food (with a long shelf-life) to be available for Father Tom to give as needed.
We will use theHarvesters' Most Wanted Food Listto guide us in filling our grocery bags. We invite any parishioner who would like to help with this ministry to contact any Daughter on Sunday after church or text/call Carolyn Sturgeon at (913) 499-9375. Please stay tuned for future announcements about this timely and much needed ministry.
Johnson County Food Ministry at Center of Grace - October 22
St. Aidan's provides the Fourth Thursday of the month drive-thru meal through Johnson County Food Ministry at Center of Grace. Contact for the JCFM Fourth Thursday meal at Center of Grace is Barb Belt 913-515-9001 or Carolyn Sturgeon. 913-499-9375.
We are making150 meals, boxing them and distributing them outside - the dining room is still closed.
Volunteers will be needed to shop, prepare food, box the meals, make individual baggies of cookies/brownies, and hand out the packages at 5:30 that evening.
Drive-thru Communion - October 25
St. Aidan's now has a once-a-month, drive-thru communion. It is usually on the fourth Sunday of the month from 11:15 am - 11:30 am.
Please consider serving on the Vestry for 2021. If you want to talk to someone about what is involved, please contact Sr. Warden Julie Wojtas or any vestry member.
We are also looking for a Vestry Clerk. This position in not a member of the vestry, you are just required to take notes and distribute after the meeting. If you are interested, please contact Julie Wojtas, 630-865-3931.
Both of these positions require a once a month meeting.
Adult Forum - No Adult Forum 9-27-20
Adult Forum is on Sunday at 9 am. It is both in-house and on Facebook. We studying the Gospel according to Mark.Oct. 4: Mark Chapters 14-16
Noon Day Prayer with Fr. Tom and the Prayer Book
Please join us for Noon Day Prayer on Wednesday. It is on Facebook only.
St. Aidan's Weekly Newsletter
The Weekly Newsletter is sent out on Fridays at Noon.
We give thanks for the birthday of Jessica Alexander.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 Anglican Church in Wales. In the World Council of Churches Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the people of Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. In the Kansas Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the St. Luke’s Shawnee.
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 Julie Wojtas, Jane Bush, Mark Sappenfield, Sarah Smith and Kathy Mencer; for the Vestry Clerk, Carolyn Sturgeon; 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.