As you may be aware, this Friday is August, Friday the thirteenth. Many on this day can suffer from “Triskaidekaphobia,” the fear or avoidance of the number13. Triskaidekaphobia comes from the Ancient Greek treiskaídeka 'thirteen' and phóbos 'fear.'
According to folklore historian Donald Dossey, the unlucky nature of the number "13" originated with aNorse mythabout 12 gods having a dinner party inValhalla. The trickster godLoki, who was not invited, arrived as the 13th guest, and arranged forHöðrto shootBalderwith a mistletoe-tipped arrow. According to the legend, Balder died, and the whole Earth got dark. It was a bad, unlucky day. This major event in Norse mythology caused the number 13 to be considered unlucky.
In scripture the number 13 is symbolic ofrebellion and lawlessness. Nimrod, the mighty hunter who was 'before the Lord' (meaning he tried to take the place of God - Genesis 10:9), was the 13th in Ham's line (Ham was one ofNoah's three sonswho survived the flood).
The phrase 'valley of Hinnom' occurs in 13 places in Scripture. The valley was the scene of the evil-inspired fire rites that sacrificed adults and children to the pagan god Moloch. The practices related to thisfalse deityreceived some credibility when they were knowingly allowed by King Solomon (1Kings 11:7) in order to please his non-Israelite wives.
The valley's tie to fire is the backdrop for the punishment of unrepentant and rebellious sinners who are cast intothe lake of fire(Revelation 19:20, 20:9 - 10, 14 - 15). Don’t let all this ruin your Friday. Just be sure to avoid Loki and the valley of Hinnom.
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
"This is the bread that came down from heaven."
Jesus asks his listeners to see beyond the obvious, to see not just earthly bread but heavenly as well. So rather than see the stranger, we can see our brother and sister.. Rather than see the needy, we can see those with less opportunity than us. Or rather than not see at all, we can open our eyes and ears to those whom we can assist.
Sunday, August 15 - Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
Vestry Meeting on Tuesday, August 17 at 5:30 pm in Sifers Hall
The Olathe School Event was a Success!
BackSnack Program - 2021/2022 School Year!
I’ve received an initial e-mail from Harvesters about the beginning of the Backsnack program for this school year. Their first delivery of food is scheduled for the week of September 20, and they advised us to plan for first delivery to schools around October 1.
I just wanted to check in with everyone to see if you are on board for the new year. I’ve heard from David Kahn (who is currently on vacation) that he is good to go. I’m working on updating our calendar for this year, and confirming that we will still pick up our boxes from College Church. I don’t anticipate any significant changes from last year’s process for serving our 5 schools.
Please let me know if you are still OK with this year, and we’ll work together to make this another successful year for serving Olathe kids.
St. Aidan’s is in our second decade of working with five Olathe Elementary Schools in this important ministry.
...See St. Aidan's Facebook and Web page for more information about BackSnacks.
Pledges and Offerings
Please send your pledges and offerings to the church office.
You may also donate online.
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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.
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.
Links for the ZOOM events are available on the website, under EVENTS.
Thanksgivings and Prayers
Thanksgivings – Birthdays & Anniversaries
We give thanks for the birthdays of Olivia Hutchinson and Norma Sappenfield.
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 of Southern Africa.
In the World Council of Churches Cycle of Prayer we pray for the people of Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia.
In the Kansas Cycle of Prayer,we pray for the students and faculty of Bishop Seabury Academy,
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 Jane Bush, Mark Sappenfield, Sarah Smith, Kathy Mencer, Bonnie Eckel, Clarice Ewing and Paul Reed; for the Vestry Clerk, Janet Seifert; 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.