Here is a link to a YouTube video featuring Alain De Bottom who has written on love, travel, architecture and literature. His books have been bestsellers in 30 countries. I hope you find it interesting.
God didn't put us here to become extraordinary. We're extraordinary, in our ordinariness, just because we are created by the God of the universe.
For me, part of what this video talks about, is the sickness of needing to be extraordinary, a sickness originating in our world that has embraced the value of power and wealth. The great message of the Gospel is that God loves YOU uniquely, and God loves everyone the same.
As he says at the very end of the video, "joy isn't making 10 million dollars. It's going to be a drink with a friend, a meal that turns out okay, a day at the end of which no one has died, there's been no crisis. Love isn't going to be perfection, but a hand held by somebody who understands bits of you, never the whole of you, but has charity through your darkest moments." He's right, though God is the one who overcomes the limitation of not knowing all of you. That's the beauty of the transcendent God. God knows and loves all of you, because God created you.
I encourage you to reflect about and talk with family members and friends these questions.
• How do you think Jesus would respond to “meritocracy”? Jesus says, “The last shall be first and the first shall be last.” How can we be the followers of Jesus in a society that values material accomplishments?
• Is a successful church one with abundant members or one that serves others?
• The video talks about how our society demands we must be extraordinary, a winner, before you are accepted and loved. How much do you think our mental health and addition problems are rooted in this belief?
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
Simon Peter answered him, "Lord to whom can we go? You have the word of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of Israel."
"Where else can we go?" asked Peter. Many who heard Jesus speak and saw what he did came to the same conclusion. We are their spiritual descendants...and it is part of our task to pass on the faith to our descendants. This is a difficult task today. The example of how we live our lives may well be the most powerful way of influencing others to seek Jesus and follow after him.
Sunday, August 22 - Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
10:00 am: Sunday Worship Service
... In Person worship and on Facebook Live
11:15 am: Coffee and refreshments outside
Wednesday, August 25
12:00 pm: Noon Day Prayer - on Facebook LIVE
Thursday, August 26
JCFM at Center of Grace - Volunteers are need to pass out food.
Sunday, August 29 - Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
“Join us for our celebration of St. Aidan’s Feast Day on Sunday, August 29. During our service we will hold a hymn sing so come prepared to shout out your favorite hymns! After service, coffee hour will be held outside. You are invited to bring a lawn chair or just use one of our folding chairs. There will be ice cream, need I say more!!”
“At our last Vestry meeting it was decided that with Covid numbers increasing, our Bishops mandate to wear masks during services and to ensure the safety of all our members we will until further notice hold Coffee Hour outside after services. Coffee will be served in paper cups and individually wrapped goodies will be provided. We didn’t want to end coffee hour so grab a chair and join us!”
Relief Fund: 7.2 Earthquake in Haiti
On Saturday, August 14, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the southwest portion of Haiti. This devastating earthquake was followed by Tropical Storm Grace on Monday night and much of Tuesday. More than 1 million children have been impacted by the back-to-back disasters, and the death toll is close to 2000.
Episcopal Relief and Development and its partners are responding immediately with direct assistance to vulnerable households in the region, as partners plan long term recovery.
Your generous gift can provide assistance to help people in the wake of these disasters.
Center of Grace: Volunteers are need to help pass out food at Center of Grace on Thursday, July 22!
St. Aidan's helps prepare and hand out meals at Center of Grace in Olathe, on the fourth Thursday of the month. August 26 is our next day to serve. You're also welcome to drop off individually wrapped deserts to the church by 2 pm that Thursday.
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.
MAKE SURE YOU DESIGNATE ST. AIDAN'S IN THE DROP DOWN BOX.
In case of pastoral emergencies, please contact Fr. Tom Baker at
785-670-0158 (call or text)oremail him at email@example.com.
Please email any prayer requests to Karon Wintrode, and she will post them on Unison. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Shirley Sanders and Gordon McDaniel.
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 South America.
In the World Council of Churches Cycle of Prayer we pray for the people of the Pacific islands: Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Western Samoa and the French Overseas Territories of New Caledonia (Kanaky) and French Polynesia (Tahiti).
In the Kansas Cycle of Prayer,we pray for St. Thomas the Apostle, Overland Park.
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.