ATTENTION:I will be doing the November-December ROTA soon! If you know you will be out of town or unable to serve on the ROTA any Sunday in November or December, please let me know so I don't schedule you. Thank you!
If you are unable to serve on your scheduled Sunday, please find your replacement..Sharon Seidel
Fr. Tom's Talk ...
To continue from my last talk on race and our Bishop’s charge to address the issue: the“Covenant to Root out Racism” (created by Bishop Deon Johnson of Missouri and signed by our Bishop Bascom) pledged that over the next year every congregation will be asked to re-examine the history of their faith community and surrounding community on issues of race.
God may lead us into various questions; for example, what has been the impact of housing segregation and what legacies remain today? According to the US Census, Olathe is 85.3% white, 6.1% Black or African American, 11.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 4.0% Asian. It’s clear our community is almost exclusively white; why is that true? Is there a legacy? Does each child in Olathe have access to the same quality of education? If not, why not? In a recent email, our Bishop has asked “that we start learning about this important topic, so that the Love of Christ may be brought to it in transformative ways.”
Each parish has been asked to participate in a Minster Art Project. During Lent, we will make or find a piece of art that expresses the realities about race and injustice in our community. In Easter, each parish will offer their pieces of art (physically or digitally) to the All Saints Minister which will choose one piece to be shown at the 2021 Diocesan Convention and also displayed in an exhibit at Grace Cathedral.
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 Pharisees said), “Teacher, we know that you are sincere … and do not regard people with partiality.”
Not only did the Pharisees observe that Jesus was not partial … they frequently complained about it! They preferred people who treated others according to their station in life. Jesus, as noted, did not. His standards were different. “What you give to the least of my brothers and sisters, you give to me."
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 .
St. Aidan’s is in our second decade of working with five Olathe Elementary Schools in this important ministry.
Kurt and I will meet at the church at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 21, and pick up the correct number of boxes from the food production center.
Drivers should plan to be at the church about 2:00 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 21, and we will load the correct number of boxes in your vehicle. 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.
October BackSnack Packing/Delivery Schedule:
Pick-up: 10/21 at 2 pm. Deliver: 10/22
Pick-up: 10/28 at 2 pm. Deliver: 10/29
Please add these dates to your October Calendar.
Also Attached is the Back Snack Pack and Delivery Schedule for the 2020-2021 school year.
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.
St. Bridget's Chapter of the Daughters of the King -New 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. Please stay tuned for future announcements about this timely and much needed ministry.
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. Duties: 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 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 of Ceylon. In the World Council of Churches Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the people of Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. In the Kansas Cycle of Prayer, we pray for St. David’s, Topeka.
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.