If you are unable to serve on your scheduled Sunday, please find your replacement..Sharon Seidel
Remembering Loved Ones on All Saints Day!
All-Saints Day is this Sunday, Nov 1.Special envelopes are in the bulletins for your memorial donations.
Fr. Tom's Talk ...
Last week we talked about being in our Stewardship season and prayerfully considering how are we are using all our gifts for the glory of God. A crucial piece of Stewardship is witness. Sadly it has been said that Episcopalians can be the ‘frozen chosen.’ We do a great job of welcoming people to our churches but aren’t so great at speaking, of saying something, about what our faith means to us. We envision witnessing as going door to door and asking people, “Do you accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior?” We don’t want to impose or make people (and ourselves) feel uncomfortable.
Witnessing is much simpler than that. When we do a kind act and someone says, “Thank you,” it’s an opportunity to say something like, “You’re welcome. I do this because God has been so good to me.” Or if someone asks how you cope with a difficult situation you can say, “Prayer helps a lot and so does being a part of my church.”
Now you may be thinking that doesn’t sound very Episcopalian. And it’s not supposed to. It’s what we do, as stewards, as followers of Christ.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.My office hours are Monday - Thursday 10 am - 3 pm. … Fr. Tom
“Blessed are the ...”
The Beatitudes are a message of hope to us in difficult times. They are all about the blessings God has for us.
It is his nature to bless and to give. He gave his Son, Jesus, and through him we have received love, forgiveness, salvation … and so much more!
As we remember how much he loves us and has given us, let us share his love and bless others as he has blessed us!
National Elections Voting Day - November 3
November 3 is voting day for the presidential election and other public offices. Please remember to vote!
10:00 am: Worship Service, In-House and Facebook Live
... First Sunday: All cash offerings go to the Discretionary Fund
Tuesday, Nov. 3
Election Day - St. Aidan's is a Voting Place
St. Aidan's Office is Closed on Tuesday, Nov. 1
8:00 pm: Al Anon
12:00 pm: Noon Day Prayer - Facebook Live only
2:00 pm: Pick-up BackSnacks for Thursday Delivery
Thursday, Nov. 5
8:00 pm: Al Anon
Sunday, Nov. 8
9:00 am: Adult Forum, In-House and Facebook Live
10:00 am: Worship Service, In-House and Facebook Live
Please consider serving on the St. Aidan's Vestry for 2021. We also need a Vestry Clerk.For more information see the weekly newsletter. If you are interested, please contact Julie Wojtas, 630-865-3931. Both of these positions require a once-a-month meeting.
Olathe Schools Request
The Olathe School Foundation has requested 50 or more 6 to 8 gigs of memory flash drives for children doing virtual learning.
Checks with “flash drive fund” in the memo can be made to St. Aidan’s or you can purchase drives and give them to Kathy Mencer.
Deadline for donations is Nov 8!
BackSnack Pick-up and Delivery
St. Aidan’s is in our second decade of working with five Olathe Elementary Schools in this important ministry.
Drivers should plan to be at the church about 2:00 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 28, and we will load the correct number of boxes in your vehicle for delivery on Friday. If for some reason you can’t make it on Wednesday afternoon, let me know, and we will leave your boxes in the narthex. Please remember to wear PPE (masks and gloves) when you deliver to your respective schools on Thursday.
Attached is the Back Snack Pack and Delivery Schedule for the 2020-2021 school year.
St. Bridget's Chapter of the Daughters of the King -Food Ministry!
St. Bridget's Order of the Daughters of the King has started an all-parish food ministry. 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
St. Aidan's is joining with the Angel Tree Ministry to provide gifts for children of parents in prison. Watch for more information in November!
Johnson County Food Ministry at Center of Grace
Center of Grace is closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas. No ministry Outreach for St. Aidan's at The Center of Grace in November or December.
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.
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 .
Adult Forum is on Sunday at 9 am. It is both in-house and on Facebook.
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.
St. Aidan's Information ...
Reminder, if you are unable to attend the in-house service at St. Aidan's, you can send your pledges and offerings to the office.
In case of pastoral emergencies, please contact Fr. Tom Baker at
785-670-0158 (call or text)oremail him at email@example.com.
Please email any prayer requests to Karon Wintrode, and she will post them on Unison. firstname.lastname@example.org.
We give thanks for the birthdays of Jan Jordan, Tiffany Mays and Mark Pretzel. 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 Bermuda. In the World Council of Churches Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the people of the Indian Ocean islands: Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Maldives. In the Kansas Cycle of Prayer, we pray for St. Jude’s, Wellington.
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.