If you are unable to serve on your scheduled Sunday, please find your replacement.. Sharon Seidel
Fr. Tom's Talk ...
Historian Phyllis Tickle wrote that every 500 years, the Christian Church has gone through an era of major change, as if conducting a giant rummage sale letting go of what is no longer useful or relevant. Tickle believed the Church is in the midst of one of those epoch rummage sales right now. It doesn’t mean that Christianity is dying, but that the forms and structures of the church as we have known them are no longer holding. We are in a Liminal Season.
During liminal seasons, we are on both sides of a threshold, as in a doorway. We have one foot rooted in something that is not yet over, while the other foot is planted in a thing not yet defined, nor ready to begin. When we can’t see where we’re going or know with certainty what to do, we can feel anxious, discouraged, insecure. This is especially challenging for those who like to do things decently and in order. We forget that chaos is the pre-condition for creativity. We may try to power through as if nothing has changed. We may
strive even harder to reach some idealized future. We may try to control and regulate things. We may withdraw and give up.
When we think about the future of our church, our souls may be troubled. Understandably. We treasure who we are and what we have been. We are afraid of losing that. As a church we are called to enter the unknown as one community, pray together, draw on our collective wisdom, embrace the essence of who God calls us to be, and listen together to discern where the Holy Spirit is leading us.
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
"God's kingdom is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs." Mark4:31-32
The power of stewardship can be hard to measure. Our efforts may appear small, a drop in the bucket, but can have enormous consequences.
Sunday, June 13 - Third Sunday of Pentecost
9:00 am:Adult Forum
10:00 am: Sunday Worship Service
In Person worship and on Facebook Live
11:15 am: St. Bridget's Chapter of the Daughters of the King
11:15 Coffee and refreshments -Carolyn Sturgeon, hostess
Wednesday, June 16
12:00 pm: Noon Day Prayer - on Facebook LIVE
Saturday, June 12
9:00 am: NE Convocation - St. Michaels and All Angels
Sunday, June 13 - Fourth Sunday of Pentecost
9:00 am: Adult Forum
10:00 am: Sunday Worship Service
In Person worship and on Facebook Live
11:15 Coffee and refreshments - Barb Belt, hostess
Saturday, June 26
11 am: Helen Garlach Memorial Service at St. Aidan's
Be Our Guest is up and running again after the COVID 19 hiatus. If you are interested in providing treats for our Sunday social hour, please contact Janet Seifert at 913-782-5461 or 913-449-8960.
Ultreya Cursillo Zoom Meeting June 11
In the month of June…
* We will gather at a safe distance on FRIDAY, the 11th, with a Zoom Ultreyal at 7:00pm.
* Like the cicadas, we have emerged from a time of isolation. The Reverend Galen Snodgrass of the Church of the Good Shepherd will give a presentation on “After the Shutdown… What Has Our Community Learned and How Have We Changed.”
* The scriptural reference will be Colossians, Chapter 3, verses 12-17. You could read this ahead of time to prepare.
* Music lyrics and the sign-in link (or phone number) will be sent a few days before our gathering. Simply click on the link on the announcement poster or copy and paste it onto your browser.
PLEASE SHARE this with your friends. And, invite those who might come to future Weekends.
AND, Have you started to “follow” the Heartland Episcopal Cursillo on FaceBook yet? It’s an excellent way to get news and to spread the word about the Cursillo Community to others.
The Heartland Cursillo Community
NE Convocation, Saturday, June 12
The NE Convocation, In-Person meeting. 9 am Coffee Social. Meeting starts at 9:30 at St. Michael's and All Angels, Mission, KS.
Adult Forum Sunday at 9 am
We are studying the Book of Acts in Adult Forum.
N.T. Wright’s study guide available in paperback ($9.99) or Kindle ($8.49). Members may buy their own copies or contact the church for a copy.
Links for the ZOOM events are available on the website, under EVENTS.
JCFM - Center of Grace
St. Aidan's helps prepare and hand out meals at Center of Grace in Olathe, on the fourth Thursday of the month. May 27 is our next day to serve. You're also welcome to drop off individually wrapped deserts to the church by 2 pm on May 27th.
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.
Pastoral Concerns and Prayer Requests
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.
Thanksgivings and Prayers
Thanksgivings – Birthdays & Anniversaries
We give thanks for the birthday of Marsha Streepy. We give thanks for the anniversaries of Paul and Jill Reed and Mark 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 Nigeria.
In the World Council of Churches Cycle of Prayer we pray for the people of Angola and Mozambique.
In the Kansas Cycle of Prayer,we pray for St. Paul's, Manhattan.
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.