"When the man heard (what Jesus said), he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions." Mark 10:22
Jesus suggested that the man give away everything he had.. no wonder he was shocked, no wonder he went away, grieving. Jesus' suggestion to each of us, though it may be different from this man's, may be equally shocking. What is that suggestion, and how do we feel about it?
STEWARDSHIP SEASON HAS BEGUN!
We are in the midst of our annual Stewardship Season and asks you to consider prayerfully your support of the parish.
Thanks to Gordon McDaniel for his special Stewardship talk Sunday morning, October 14.
During the past year the Vestry and Treasurer have diligently watched expenses and sought additional revenue sources.
Our goal for 2019 is to meet our projected budget of $160,000 through pledges and remain a viable and faithful worshiping community which loves God and serves God’s people. Thank you for your continued support of St. Aidan’s.
Prayer for Stewardship
O God, our loving Creator and Giver of all good gifts, bless our parish, strengthen our faith, and grant us the spirit of Christian stewardship so that we may give generously of our time, talent and treasure to build your kingdom here in our church and throughout the world. All this we ask in the name of Jesus our Savior. Amen.
Stewardship: What You Do To The Least of My Brethren ...
We frequently hear news accounts of thousands fleeing from an oppressive regime, or from a hurricane, or of persons simply looking for a better life. Given such numbers, we may conclude there is little we can do.
However… we might remember the story of the boy throwing a few fish back into the ocean, on a sand spit covered with thousands of dying beached fish. An adult walking by mocked the boy, pointing out that his work was pointless given the number of fish. “Tell that to the ones I tossed back in,” responded the boy.
The Bible Challenge: Exodus and Matthew
The Parish has heard and risen to the challenge to read the Bible in one year – see Fr. Shawn about receiving the daily emails with readings, questions, and prayer. Week of October 14: Torah and Resurrection
The Adult Forum is looking at the other major religions of the world and comparing and contrasting them with Christianity. We meet in Sifers Hall at 9 am on Sunday. Sunday, October 7: Islam Part 2. Sunday, October 14: Hinduism. Please join us - there will be coffee.
Wednesdays at Noon
Please join us at noon on Wednesdays for our mid-week refresher gathering and the story of Moses in "The Prince of Egypt." Bring a sack lunch!
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS 10-7-18
WE ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW CHILD CARE DIRECTOR
Please see either Fr. Shawn or Parish Treasurer Tim Tatlock, or check out our notice on the “NextDoor” web site (https://nextdoor.com).
HELP US HELP OTHERS: VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT SAINT AIDAN’S
There are opportunities at St Aidan’s for Altar Guild and drivers for BackSnack deliveries on Thursday. See a friendly Vestry member!
Ladies' Book Club at St. Aidan's
Sunday, October 21 @ 5 pm
There is a new monthly book club on the 3rd Sunday of the month for ladies who enjoy laid back discussions about books. Everyone high school and up is welcome.
Even if you have not read or finished the book, you are welcome to come share a laugh, a story, and make new friends.
If you have finished the book, please bring your thoughts, quotations, and questions about the book.
Let’s invite our friends and neighbors and get excited about reading!
Questions? Please contact Kayte Salvagni 574.215.3720 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, October 14 - Forum About the Candidates for the Next Bishop
The Rev. Martha N. Macgill
The Rev. Helen Svoboda-Barber
The Rev. Cathleen Chittenden Bascom
The election for the Tenth Bishop of Kansas is scheduled for Oct. 19 at Grace Cathedral in Topeka. Videos of the three candidates and of the four “walkabouts” held for each Convocation of the Diocese are available onwww.episcopal-ks.org, the Diocesan website. Stay after worship on Sunday, October 14 to discuss the candidates!
BACKSNACK PACKING - CALLING PACKERS AND DRIVERS!!!
You might have noticed the notes and drawings on the western wall of Sifers Hall when you come for Adult Forum before worship or share some fellowship and snacks with others after worship. These are thank you notes from some of the elementary school children who benefit from the BackSnack Program through the school year; these are notes written specifically to the good people of Saint Aidan’s for their faithful support of the program.
The BackSnack Program provides healthy snacks for eligible school children through a program administered by the school system, Harvester’s, and organizations such as St. Aidan’s. On Wednesday we pick up the boxes containing the packaged snacks at the Olathe School Resource Center in the early afternoon, and then at 5 pm we meet in Sifers Hall to “pack” the backsnacks in plastic bags which are then placed back in the boxes for delivery to five area elementary schools the next morning. Volunteers from St. Aidan’s then deliver the boxes of snacks to the respective elementary schools the next morning (they load the boxes either Wednesday afternoons after packing or Thursday morning before delivery.
We have reached out to other churches in the area to assist with the packing on Wednesday afternoons and encourage more parishioners to give half an hour of their time on Wednesday afternoons to pitch in and help pack – we guarantee a good time doing a good thing for some good children!! We are also reaching out to the parish for additional drivers.We need two more drivers on Thursday mornings to deliver BackSnacks in order to continue this important and beneficial ministry to the children of the community. Please see either BackSnack Coordinator Don Seifert (913 208-7393) or Father Shawn (913 660-5647) for more information – thank you and God bless you!
For more information on all of our outreach programs, please see Ministry at St. Aidan's section below.
Johnson County Food Ministry - Center of Grace - October 25
We serve the community meal at the Center of Grace, 520 S. Harrison, on the fourth Thursday of the month. Cooks should arrive at 2:00 pm; servers at 5:00 pm; and clean-up crew at 6:00 pm. See Barb Belt (913 515-9001).
Trunk or Treat at St. Aidan's, Sunday, October 28, 4-7 pm.
Little trick or Treaters are invited to Trick or Treat in a safe environment.
Parishioners are invited to provide a decorated trunk with treats in St. Aidan's parking lot. You may wear a costume, too! There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board at St. Aidan's.
One car trunk will have gluten-free items similar to those featured in the Teal Pumpkin Project. Another car trunk will have small non-edible gift items such as coloring books. Other car trunks will have assorted candy items. Come enjoy the fun! Happy Halloween!
EPISCOPAL YOUTH NEWS!
DIOCESAN CONVENTION- Grades 8-12
October 19-20, Topeka, KS:
We could use a few more hands at Diocesan Convention!
We need pages, acolytes, and Compline leaders.
Youth in grades 8-12 as well as college-age folks can join us. We will stay in Upton Hall and there is NO COST to attend. This is an incredible opportunity to help out and witness the Bishop election.Register online here.
YOUTHTIDE! - Grades 6-12
November 30 - December 2, St. Andrews, Emporia, KS:
YouthTide! is where we learn more about the entire Episcopal Church Calendar.
Come ADVENTure with us through all the seasons of the Episcopal church year!
Some of you may know, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June. I've had surgery and I am now in radiation treatments, (30) total. Even with insurance I am in need of financial support from my church family. Any donation is appreciated, and as always prayers are much needed. My prognosis is excellent.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father,
is this: to visit the orphans and widows in their affliction,
and to keep oneself unstained by the world. James 1:27
Back-to-School Underwear Drive:Each summer, we donate more than 250 pair of underwear for school children of all ages as we assist the Olathe School District program through donations, purchases, and participation. please put them in the trunk in the garden in the nave. More info will be coming.
Johnson County Food Ministry at the Center of Grace:We love God and our neighbors by preparing and serving the community meal at the Center of Grace, 520 S. Harrison, Olathe, once a month; Next Center of Grace ministry is Thursday, September 27. Cooks should arrive at 2 pm; servers at 5 pm; clean-up crew at 6 pm. See Barb Belt (913 515-9001) for more information.
The New Hope Food Pantry:Located at 13310 S Black Bob Rd., the pantry opened in April of 2011. The Food Pantry is open to all Johnson County residents that need assistance for feeding a family and is staffed by volunteers.
BackSnack Packing for Elementary Schools:During the school year we pack healthy weekend “BackSnacks” for the students at five area elementary schools.
Toiletries for Bessie’s House:Bessie’s House is a response to the spiritual, economical, and social poverty in Kansas City, Missouri. We assist its ministry by collecting personal-size toiletry items (such as toothpaste and shampoo).
Angel Tree:A ministry of Prison Fellowship, Angel Tree provides Christmas presents for the children of an incarcerated parent on behalf of the parent. Last year over twenty parishioners participated in purchasing, wrapping, and delivering Christmas gifts to fifteen children in the program.
Rector’s Discretionary Fund: Through its generous gifts on the first Sunday of each month, the parish supports the Rector financially assisting distressed individuals and charitable organizations such as the Alleluia Fund.
“Serve the Lord with Gladness.” Psalm 100:2
Lay Ministers play an important role each Sunday.
These areas of service are:Chalice Bearers, Lectors, Intercessors, Eucharistic Visitors, and Ushers.
Make a difference - Join a Committee
There are many committees at St. Aidan's that you might be interested in joining. They include ministry to the community and to St. Aidan's. Some of these committees are:Altar Guild, Stewardship; Finance; Building and Grounds - including Green Team; Hospitality - Special Parish Events; Be Our Guest; Outreach; and Communications.
Our committee list is in the process of being updated. Look for it soon.