We continue our look at spiritual feast days in September.
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, began last evening (Thursday, September 15) and will end this evening (Friday, September, 16th) is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jews traditionally observe this holy day with a day-long fast and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services. According to Jewish tradition, God inscribes each person's fate for the coming year into a book, the Book of Life, on Rosh Hashanah, and waits until Yom Kippur to "seal" the verdict. During the Days of Awe, a Jew tries to amend their behavior and seek forgiveness for wrongs done against God and against others.
Sukkot, September 20-27, commemorates the years that the Jews spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land, and celebrates the way in which God protected them under difficult desert conditions. Sukkot is also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, or the Feast of Booths. During the existence of the Jerusalem Temple, it was one of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals on which the Israelites were commanded to perform a pilgrimage to the Temple. A sukkah is the name of the temporary dwelling in which farmers would live during harvesting, a fact connecting to the agricultural significance of the holiday stressed by the Book of Exodus.
Ganesh Chaturthi—or Vinayaka Chaturthi— celebrated last September 10, is a ten day festival, held to honor the elephant-headed deity Hindu god of intelligence, Ganesha. At the start of the festival, idols of Ganesha are placed on raised platforms in homes or in elaborately decorated outdoor tents.
Mabon, September 21-29, is essentially a harvest festival. Celts and pagans used this day to give thanks to nature or Mother Earth for a good harvest and to pray to their gods and goddesses that the crop would last throughout the winter.
Next week we’ll talk about Meskel, the Ethiopian Eritrean Orthodox Christian feast; the feast of Michael and All Angels; and the Jains feast of Paryushana Parva.
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
Jesus asked his disciples, "What were you arguing about on the way?" But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. Mark:933-34
Even Jesus' closest friends had a hard time understanding the command that his followers be the last of all and servant of all. Good stewardship is a wonderful way to be the servant of others.
Reception for Deacon Helen Schlabach on Sunday 9-12
Sunday, Sept 19 - Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
10:00 am: Sunday Worship Service
... In Person worship and on Facebook Live
11:15 am: Coffee and refreshments outside
Wednesday, Sept 22
12:00 pm: Noon Day Prayer - on Facebook LIVE
Thursday, Sept 23
12:00 pm: Noon Day Prayer - on Facebook LIVE
JCFM: Center of Grace Food Ministry Outreach
Sunday, September 26 - Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
8:45 am: Adult Forum Resumes - "Way of Love" see below.
10:00 am: Sunday Worship Service - Deacon Karen Schlabach
Center of Grace: Volunteers are needed to help pass out food at Center of Grace on September 23.
St. Aidan's helps prepare and hand out meals at Center of Grace in Olathe, on the fourth Thursday of the month. September 23 is our next day to serve. You're also welcome to drop off individually wrapped desserts to the church by 2 pm that Thursday.
Adult Forum Resumes 9/26
Adult Forum begins Sunday, September 26 at 8:45 am in Sifers Hall. We'll be exploring the Way of Love.
The Way of Love is a way of life. More than a program or curriculum, it is a set of practices in our journey as disciples. Each Sunday we will look at a different practice: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest. All materials will be provided.
Kansas Interfaith Action: Mark Your Calendar
KIFA is a statewide, multifaith issue advocacy organization that "puts faith into action" on critical social, economic and climate justice issues.
This October, we invite you to join us for a series of conversations with advocates & activists on the most pressing social, economic, and climate justice issues facing Kansans. Further details will follow on our Faith & Public Policy Forum Series event page.
Let's put faith into action together!
Gearing Up for BackSnacks 2021-2022
BackSnackers: I’ve heard from everyone and the whole team is on board again for another school year. Thank you all! I also have confirmed with College Church that we will continue to pick up our Harvesters boxes from their location. So we’re set to go soon.
Based on the Olathe School District calendar, I’ve attached a schedule of our loading and delivery dates for the year. If Harvesters delivery is on schedule, we’ll begin by loading on Wednesday, September 29 and delivery on Thursday, September 30. By then, I’ll have confirmation of any changes to the number of boxes at each school.
Thanks again, and please let me know if you have any questions.
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.
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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 Julie Wojtas, James Sturgeon and Michael Belt.
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 church of the Episcopal Church.
In the World Council of Churches Cycle of Prayer we pray for the people of Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania.
In the Kansas Cycle of Prayer,we pray for the Church of the Epiphany, Sedan.
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.