If you are unable to serve on your scheduled Sunday, please find your replacement..Sharon Seidel
Fr. Tom's Talk ...
I’m writing this the day before the election. By the time you read this we will either know or be close (hopefully) to knowing the result of the election. As I write this however we don’t know and many (including me) are nervous and anxious about our election on one level or another. What does Jesus teach us about living in this kind of anxiety or living with results we don’t agree with.
First and foremost, Jesus teaches us to pray. In times of anxiety, uncertainty, and fear, prayer can be an amazing gift. But prayer is not a simple, “Please God, do what I want,” or “Please God, change what has happened.” While we might start our prayer in that way Jesus teaches us to find our way to being able to sit with God and grow to trust God more and more regardless of the situation.
I am reminded of Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. Matthew writes that Jesus began to be sorrowful, troubled, fell on his face, and prayed, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” In prayer, Jesus was authentic, real, with God. All his feelings of worry, anxiety, and fear were mixed in with his feelings of trust, calm, and hope in God’s love no matter what the situation. During this anxious time may we too place all our worries and trust in God’s hands. God will never let us go.
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
“Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour."Matthew25:13
We often misinterpret this advice to mean to be on the lookout for ‘the end’ or something similar. But read the parable closely… it means we should be on the lookout to be of service. Rather than look for doom, let’s look for an opportunity to express our compassion and care.
10:00 am: Worship Service, In-House and Facebook Live
Tuesday, Nov. 10
8:00 pm: Al Anon
Wednesday, Nov. 11
12:00 pm: Noon Day Prayer - Facebook Live only
2:00 pm: Pick-up BackSnacks for Thursday Delivery
5:30 pm: Vestry Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 12
8:00 pm: Al Anon
Sunday, Nov. 15
9:00 am: Adult Forum, In-House and Facebook Live
10:00 am: Worship Service, In-House and Facebook Live
Vestry News - Vestry Meeting, Wed, November 11 at 5:30 pm
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!
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.
Angel Tree Is Coming!
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!
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please email any prayer requests to Karon Wintrode, and she will post them on Unison. email@example.com.
We give thanks for the birthdays of Don Seifert, Samantha Zamarripa and Tim Tatlock. We give thanks for the anniversary of Robert and Kathleen McGowan. 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 Lusitanian Church. In the World Council of Churches Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the people of Burundi, Democaratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. In the Kansas Cycle of Prayer, we pray for Good Shepherd, 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.