“Come celebrate St. Aidan’s Feast Day with us! 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 St. Aidan's. 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!!”
Join us for 'in-person' worship on The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Because of the upsurge in Covid19 cases and the Delta variant, masks are required during indoor worship forALLattenders. We will continue to hold coffee hour after service.
NOTE:St. Aidan's Sunday Services are also on Facebook Live.You can access the Live Facebook broadcast through our website.
Check UNISON, FACEBOOK, and our Website for Schedule Updates.
To help celebrate the feast of St. Aidan’s this Sunday, August 29, I thought I’d share with you a short history about our church with some information taken from the 2000 Parish Directory.
The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 made Kansas a territory whose people would decide whether it was admitted to the Union as a slave or free state. This set off a rivalry with proslavery supporters from bordering Missouri. The conflict escalated into the violence known as “Bleeding Kansas.” In the midst of these turbulent times the first Episcopal service held in Olathe on May 8, 1858 in a private home and led by the Rev. Mr. John Drummond, a missionary priest living near Spring Hill. In 1862 Rev. B.T. Bensted came from Canada as an instructor at the Kansas School for the Deaf. The church grew under his leadership and, with the energies of the St. Bridget’s Chapter of the Daughters of the King, they built Emmanuel Church that stood until the 1960’s. In the next twenty years the church moved three times and changed its name to St. Aidan’s. In 1985 we moved to our current location.
Our parish was named in honor of Aidan of Lindisfarne, an Irish monk and missionary credited with converting the Anglo-Saxons in Northumbria to Christianity. An inspired missionary, Aidan would walk from one village to another, politely conversing with the people he saw and slowly interesting them in Christianity: in this, he followed the early apostolic model of conversion, by offering "them first the milk of gentle doctrine, to bring them by degrees, while nourishing them with the Divine Word, to the true understanding and practice of the more advanced precepts." For 162 years St. Aidan’s has been worshiping, healing, and serving our community and the Diocese of Kansas. I give thanks and hold in prayer all the men, women, and Rectors who have lived and died and have shaped and strengthened us. Yes, we face challenging times but so did those who came before us. Like them we will carry the torch of our heritage to light the way into a bright future.
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
Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights. James 1:17
It is easy not to remember that when we are generous, we are actually sharing in God's generosity. Our giving is part of God's perfect gift to us.
Sunday, August 29 - Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
10:00 am: Sunday Worship Service - Hymn Sing!
... In Person worship and on Facebook Live
St. Aidan's Feast Day - Ice Cream and more! - outside
Wednesday, Sept 1
12:00 pm: Noon Day Prayer - on Facebook LIVE
Sunday, September 5 - Fifthteenth Sunday after Pentecost
“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 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 Karen Strain and Carolyn Sturgeon and for the anniversary of Thomas and Julie Wojtas.
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 Episcopal Church of Sudan and South Sudan.
In the World Council of Churches Cycle of Prayer we pray for the people Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
In the Kansas Cycle of Prayer,we pray for St. John's, Parsons.
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.