ATTENTION: If you are unable to serve on your scheduled Sunday, please find your replacement..Sharon Seidel
Fr. Tom's Talk ...
With apologies to those who attended church last Sunday, I wanted to share with you some thoughts from my sermon that parishioners found helpful.
In 1971 Judy, the daughter of my Aunt Irene married Marvin. He was a handsome man getting ready to receive his Ph.D in history and he was black. I found out about Marvin’s race in the back seat of our car on the way to their wedding. I was asked not to be shocked. Not to stare. Even though interracial marriages were becoming a bit more visible in the 70’s my parents told me that Marvin and Judy were taking a very dangerous step.
In our Gathering of Clergy we talked about how the Episcopal Church has contributed to the legacy of racism and white supremacy. For many the first reaction will be - “Oh no, I can’t possibly be racist!” Yet, Church records in Virginia reveal notation after notation of black persons being sold for the benefit of the parish.
Our own St Aidans is located on Black Bob Road, named for the last Shawnee Chief to resist leaving what was known as Indian Territory. We can still say to ourselves that we had no part in any of that. Still, less than a hundred years ago the Olathe news wrote “The Black Bob group did not divide the land into individual tracts, as was the American's custom; his band, being of limited intelligence.”
During the Clergy Gathering we prayed laments for our churches’ role in profiting from the selling and trading black persons. On Saturday we spent the day examining, even though we proclaim to not be racist, how we all take part in institutional and structural racism. We ended with a service of repentance.
To be honest, it was a difficult and exhausting three days. It’s never easy looking into the mirror and seeing racism. We left with a charge from our Bishop to see where and how in our own communities racism continues and more importantly ask ourselves how we will respond and repair the ugliness of racism.
Please reflect and pray how we can use art and how we want to actively respond to our Bishops call. My next Tom’s Talk will share more information.
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
“Rejoice in the Lord always. And again I say rejoice!"” Philippians 4:4
This well known verse goes on to say, let your gentleness be known, be anxious for nothing, but in everything pray with thanksgiving. In these challenging times, doing this will bring us the peace that guards our hearts and minds. It will also be an encouragement to others to seek the Lord.
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: Worship Service, In-House and Facebook Live
11:15 am: St. Bridget's Chapter of the Daughters of the King Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 13
8:00 pm: Al Anon
Wednesday, Oct. 14
12:00 pm: Noon Day Prayer - Facebook Live only
5:30 pm: Vestry Meeting
Thursday, Oct. 15
8:00 pm: Al Anon
Thursday, Oct. 17
11 am: Roger Ewing's Celebration of Life Service
Sunday, Oct. 18
9:00 am: Adult Forum, In-House and Facebook Live
10:00 am: Worship Service, In-House and Facebook Live
St. Bridget's Chapter of the Daughters of the King -New Food Ministry!
This Week, starting October 13th, St. Bridget's Order of the Daughters of the King is beginning a new 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. 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.
"St. Patrick's Day Dinner" Rescheduled - October 24 at 6 pm
Saturday, October 24 at 6 pm will be our "St. Patrick's Day Dinner" rescheduled We will have tables available to dine in that are socially distanced, and meals to go. If you bought a ticket in March, you are good to go! If you did not, tickets will be available for purchase. We will have corned beef, potatoes, cabbage, carrots and brad. Please respond with how you will participate and how many.
Drive-thru Communion - October 25 - from 11:15-11:45 am
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 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.
George Dunmore (1931-2020)
George Dunmore , 89, died peacefully on September 21, 2020 at Ascension St. Vincent's Southside Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. He was a longtime member of St. Aidan's, a Tuskegee Airman, and was well respected in our community.
There will be no services due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society in his name.
We give thanks for the birthday of Tajuania Walters. 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 Church in the Province of the West Indies. In the World Council of Churches Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the people of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. In the Kansas Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the youth ministries of the diocese.
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.