If you are unable to serve on your scheduled Sunday, please find your replacement..Sharon Seidel
Fr. Tom's Talk ...
Here we are at the end of November and while most of us are thinking about pumpkin pie, football, stuffing, and turkey the church is putting on party hats, throwing confetti, and singing old Auld lang Syne. Happy New Year everyone!
Advent is the beginning of the church’s liturgical year. The first Sunday of Advent is News Year day for the church. The church calendar is slightly different from the secular calendar the world follows. And that was an intentional choice made by those who put together our Liturgical calendar. It was done to remind us we are a part of something different from the rest of the world. That the reign of God is unique. That’s not saying we’re better but that we are called to have a different vision from the world. The world says, love power; God says love your neighbor. The world says; lookout for number one; God says your neighbor is number one. The world says, be prepared for the worst; God says, look ahead to the best.
The interesting thing is our calendar sits in the midst of the world’s timeline just as we you and I are placed in the midst of the world’s need. What are you planning to do this Advent (Nov 29-Dec 20) to get ready for the coming of God? We live in the already but not yet; God’s reign is here and coming. Confused? Need a drink of champagne? Good, we’ll talk more next week. Happy New Year!
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
"Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand." Isaiah 64:8
Advent is a great time to place ourselves in God's hand, that like a potter, God may form us as God wishes.
For those who want to celebrate Advent Lighting in their own home, tune in toFacebook LIVE,and Fr. Tom will be doing a prayer at6 pmeach of the following dates to celebrate the lighting of the candles.November 30; December 7, 14, 21.
"Cup of Cocoa" with Fr. Tom - ZOOM
Join Fr. Tom for a "Cup of Cocoa" viaZOOMon these dates in December to catch up and chat about anything you would like!December 3, 10, 17 at 6 pm.
Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
Please join us for Noon Day Prayer on Wednesdays. It is on Facebook only.
Looking Ahead: Christmas Schedule
On Facebook LIVE,Possibly In-House
- Stay tuned for Updates
December 21 at 6 pm: Blue Christmas Service
December 24 at 5:30 pm: Christmas Eve Service
... Caroling out in front of Church after the service! If we are doing an online service only, still join us at 7:30 for caroling!
December 25 at 10 am: Christmas Day Service
Pledges and Offerings:Until St. Aidan's reopens, you can send your pledges and offerings to the church office. 14301 S. Black Bob Road, Olathe, KS 66062
Johnson County Christmas Bureau
Johnson County Christmas Bureau is collecting boxes of food for those in need. The boxes are in the Narthex. Attached to each is a list of items to fill the box. Once filled, sign the sheet and re-attach to the box.
Please leave in the library to be picked up by November 30th.
The attached brochure is for those Johnson Country Residents who need additional help for meals.
St. Aidan's is joining with the Angel Tree Ministry to provide gifts for children of parents in prison.Check Unison for updated information!
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
We give thanks for the birthdays of Barbara Chlumsky, Janet Seifert and Lisa Henderson. 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 our Full Communion Partner, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. In the World Council of Churches Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the people of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger. In the Kansas Cycle of Prayer, we pray for St. James'. Wichita.
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.