For the next several Tom’s Talks we’ll be hearing about little known Holy Men and Women. Today we meet St. Mawes a Briton hermit and abbot who lived in Cornwall, near Falmouth, where he is revered to this day. He also spent time in France where he is known as St. Maudez. A monastic founder, he established monasteries and churches in Cornwall and in Brittany.
Saint Mawes lived in the 5th or 6th century and his feast day is celebrated on the 18th of November. It is believed he was born in Ireland and then moved to Cornwall to live as a hermit. In the days of King Childbert I (496-558), Saint Mawes visited Devon and Cornwall, and was known for preaching outdoors and founding a town on the River Fal named after him. He and his disciples also traveled throughout Amorica, a peninsula of France, to tell the people about Jesus, to encourage converts, and to build churches.
Saint Mawes eventually established a monastic community on Saint Maudez Island. One day the last fire on the island was accidentally extinguished. Mawes sent a serving boy at low tide to cross to the mainland and bring back a flame. As the boy set off back, the tide came in. The waves rose higher and higher, threatening to engulf the flame; but the boy stood on a rock, prayed to Saint Mawes, and discovered the rock rising miraculously so that it never sank beneath the sea. When the tide went out again, the flame was successfully brought back. Saint Mawes founded over 70 churches and is venerated in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox churches. Next week we’ll look at the life of Saint Darerca.
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
"I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit." John 15:5
We are the branches that bear much fruit, because we abide in Jesus. We listen to his words that we should love one another as he has loved us.
St. Aidan's provided cookies for the staff at Briarwood and Sunnyside Elementary Schools in Olathe. The card reads, "No Matter How The Cookies Crumble, You are the best staff around! Thank you for all you do!" St. Aidan's information is on the back side of the card.
Thank you to all who contributed to blessing these staff members.
Bishop Bascom will be at St. Aidan's on
Sunday, May 16 and Monday, May 17.
Bishop Cathleen Bascom will lead worship at St. Aidan's on Sunday, May 16 and a reception will follow. If you would like to Renew your Faith or be Confirmed, please let Fr. Tom know as soon as possible.
On Monday, May 17, at 6 pm, Bishop Bascom will return to celebrate the installation of Fr. Tom as our Rector, which was delayed due to Covid restrictions. The Rev. Tory Lightcap, Dean of Grace Cathedral, will preach and a reception will follow.
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.
* We will gather at a safe distance on SATURDAY, the 8th, with a Zoom Ultreya at 10:00am.
* We will share an important presentation and discussion, “Justice Matters,” by Stephen Mann. He is a member of St. Luke’s Shawnee and a member of the Kansas Episcopal Diocese Council of Trustees. He has been active is the Diocesan Justice and Racial Reconciliation Task Force. This is an important topic.
* The music lyrics and 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.
And, check out the attached COMMUNITY PROJECT for May. We look forward to how you will share your prayers.
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Pledges and Offerings
Please send your pledges and offerings to the church office.
You may also donate online.
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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.
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.
Thanksgivings and Prayers
Thanksgivings – Birthdays & Anniversaries
We give thanks for the birthdays of Carrie Wilson, Anne Brunner and Dominic Strain. 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 Korea.
In the World Council of Churches Cycle of Prayer we pray for the people of Eritrea and Ethiopia.
In the Kansas Cycle of Prayer,we pray for Church of the Covenant, Junction City.
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 Siefert; 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.