If you are unable to serve on your scheduled Sunday, please find your replacement.
Fr. Tom's Talk
Butterflies may well be the best loved of all insects. For millennia, they have attracted the admiration of people around the world. Their metamorphosis from caterpillar to, winged adult has captured the imagination of many writers and artists, and has come to symbolize beauty, freedom, transformation, hope, new life and resurrection.
The life cycle of a butterfly is a miraculous phenomenon. Whereas the young of mammals and birds look like small versions of the adults, butterflies and moths go through a major transformation that restructures their entire bodies. To achieve this transformation, a butterfly or moth passes through four district stages: egg, caterpillar (or larva), chrysalis (or pupa), and adult. An entomologist, or insect scientist, would describe this as a complete metamorphosis because the form the butterfly takes is different at each stage.
What about our own spiritual lives in Christ? In a wonderful cartoon I saw recently, a caterpillar was sitting in a chair at a cafe's table talking with a butterfly sitting on a chair on the other side of the table. The caterpillar said to the butterfly, "You've changed." The butterfly said to the caterpillar, "We're supposed to change."
Over the summer months, it may be very interesting to reflect upon what spiritual metamorphosis has taken place in YOUR life. How have you changed? What stage of your personal spiritual metamorphosis has captured your imagination? How might your spiritual metamorphosis equip you for putting your faith into action? How might a total transformation help you to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? If God can change a caterpillar into a butterfly, just imagine what God can do with you!
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
Herodias' daughter went and said to her mother, "What should I ask for?" Mark 6:24
While hating the gruesome answer Herodias gave her daughter, we can acknowledge that the girl's question was a good one. What should we ask for? It's not too different from the question in the parable of the Good Samaritan: "So who is my neighbor?" Good stewards ask these questions a lot, as they strive to respond to Jesus all to love one another.
Sunday, July 11 -Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
10:00 am: Sunday Worship Service
... In Person worship and on Facebook Live
11:15 am: Coffee and refreshments
11:15 am: St. Bridget's Chapter of the Daughters of King Meeting
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.
Olathe Schools Annual Underwear Outreach - Due by 7/25
St. Aidan’s will again be participating in the annual outreach event for the Olathe School District. It is for boys and girls K-12th grade who are considered homeless. You may purchase underwear and place it in the trunk at church, or donate money. If you write a check, please earmark it for underwear and I will do the shopping. All underwear needs to be donated by July 25th. Thank you for your generosity.
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.
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. June 24 is our next day to serve. You're also welcome to drop off individually wrapped deserts to the church by 2 pm that Thursday.
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 birthdays of Russell Gill, Darlene Kincaid and Jan Frye-Gable.
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 Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda.
In the World Council of Churches Cycle of Prayer we pray for the people of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama.
In the Kansas Cycle of Prayer,we pray for St. Matthew's, Newton.
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.