In the Gospel reading for Sunday, March 18, Jesus speaks of glory, death, loving life, losing life, service, and honor. Is there a common theme to Jesus’ seemingly rambling remarks? In the sermon, we try to address this question as we conclude our sermon series “What Gets God’s Goat?”
Lay Ministers Serving March 18
Chalice Bearers: Jane Bush, Carolyn Sturgeon
Acolytes: Samantha Z., Ben B., Mercedes J.
Lectionary 1: Mark Sappenfield
Lectionary 2: Barb Belt
Intercessor: No Intercessor - Rite One
Ushers: Paul and Jill Reed
Counters: Mike Belt, Jim Bush
Altar Guild: Carrie Wilson
Children’s Chapel: Amber Baker
Church Basement ‘Ladies’: Darlene Kincaid
“Although Christ was a Son, he learned
Obedience through what he suffered.”
Although suffering is part of life, Christians have always sought to alleviate suffering wherever possible. A steward seeks out ways to soften the difficulties of life for family and friends, for neighbors and those far away.
Don't Forget: St. Patrick's Day Dinner March 17
The Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner is Saturday, March 17: Social hour starts at 6:30 pm and dinner at 7:00 pm. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.
BackSnack Packing Resumes Wednesday, March 21
You are cordially invited to help pack weekend healthy food packages for five area elementary schools on Wednesday afternoons at 5 pm in Sifers Hall; we also go to pick up the boxes earlier that day at 1:30 pm. Come for a great ministry and a great time!!
Food Pantry at St. Paul's in Kansas City, KS
St. Aidan’s has a visible and influential presence at the Food Pantry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Kansas. Several parishioners faithfully serve each Wednesday by transporting bulk food substances to the pantry and assisting the clients of the pantry. Please see Gloria Kelley (913 201-5820) or Kathie Kleeman (913 620-4832) for more information about the Food Pantry.
Donations for St. Paul’s Food Pantry
Effective on March 31, NourishKC will partner in operating the Pantry; federal guidelines prohibit the Pantry from dividing bulk food individual portions, so please contribute sizes which do not need to be reduced; as always, you can contribute by writing a check to NourishKC and note “St Paul’s Food Pantry” on the memo line.
March 22: Johnson Country Food Ministry at the Center of Grace
Love God and your neighbor by preparing and serving the community meal at the Center of Grace, 520 S. Harrison, Olathe, this Thursday, March 22. Cooks should arrive at 2 pm; servers at 5 pm; and clean-up crew at 6 pm.
Episcopal House of Bishops Meeting March 7
The House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church met in retreat at Camp Allen in Navasota, TX. During the March 7 session, the bishops unanimously accepted the following statement on sexual harassment, gender-based violence, and gender bias and inequity.To read statement, click here.
House of Bishops on Gun Violence
At The House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church on March 7, the House of Bishops unanimously accepted the following statement on gun violence.
“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has launched the 2018 Annual Appeal calling on all Episcopalians to support the mission and ministry of the Church. There will be an insert in the bulletin on Sunday, March 18 explaining this.Click here to read the appeal.
For more information, contact Tara Elgin Holley, Episcopal Church director of Development, email@example.com
Gun Violence:During the Season of Lent we as a parish are mourning the death of all victims of gun violence. We are not alone in our concerns and our prayers. There is a March for Our Lives on March 24; please gather at the JC Nichols Memorial Fountain in Kansas City, Missouri, between noon and 1 pm.
Easter Day and Easter Season Flowers
There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the narthex for Altar Flowers on the Sundays during the Easter Season, and you will find coin envelopes in the bulletins for memorial donations for Easter Sunday lilies.
Small Room Off the Narthex
St. Aidan's Family,
In preparation for the all parish clean up day, March 24th, I would like you to consider allowing me to organize and clean the small room off the narthex and convert it to a library/meeting room. I would move the white cabinet into the parish hall under the television so that the Daughters of the King materials, visitors bags, and BackSnack pack supplies are still close at hand.
Fr. Shawn had the original idea and has agreed to let me move the bookcases at the back of the church into this room and to add a few chairs from the sanctuary. I think it would make it a more attractive place as we come into the church and a comfortable place for small groups to gather.
Of course, I need your feedback and approval. If there is serious disagreement, I'll forget this project. No harm, no foul.
Also, I had thought that offering to put fresh flowers on the altar as a celebration or memorial to family and friends might be a good idea, But I'm not sure if or how to make this happen. Since I'm flying blind on this, I would like to hear anybody's opinion. I have checked with florists in the area, and Price Chopper will deliver 2 bouquets every week using our vases for $32-$35/week.
Thanks for your consideration.
All-Parish Spruce-Up Day, Saturday, March 24
Please plan to help sprucing up the church building for Holy Week on Saturday morning, March 24, starting at 9 am; a list of Holy Improvements is on the bulletin board.
March 25:Palm Sunday Worship at 10 am
March 28:Seder Supper at 6 pm
March 29:Maundy Thursday Worship at 7 pm
March 30:Good Friday Worship at Noon and 7 pm
Stations of the Cross at 6 pm
March 31:Holy Saturday - No Holy Eucharist
April 1:Easter Sunday Worship at 10 am; Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday April 1
Traditionally we have had an Easter Egg hunt for the children in our parish and family friends after the Easter sunday service We decided to keep this tradition, instead of hosting a community Easter Egg hunt the week before.
We do request donations of candy and plastic eggs to fill for our children. Please bring any donations to church the next few weeks before Easter Sunday. We'll be filling those eggs the Saturday before Easter.
Thanks so much!
Daughters of the King
Upcoming Events ...
An Invitation to the Ladies of St. Aidan's to Join Daughters of the King - Preparation: April - July
St. Bridget's Chapter of the Order of the Daughters of the King invites any woman at St. Aidan's who would like to become a Daughter to please contact Carolyn Sturgeon. There is a three-month preparation period required for membership which includes using a National Study Guide designed to help women prayerfully discern a call to become a member. We anticipate beginning the study in April and concluding with a Service of Admission in late June or early July. The study will be planned with the prospective members' schedules in mind. Please contact Carolyn Sturgeon for details, or come to St. Bridget's Chapter meeting after worship at 11:15 am on the Second Sunday of each month.
Ultreya! April 13
If you are interested in attending, please contact Carolyn Sturgeon at 913-499-9375 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Save the Date: Daughters of the King Spring Assembly - April 21
The annual Daughters of the King Spring Assembly is scheduled for Saturday April 21, from 9 am to 4 pm. It is being held at Grace Episcopal Church, 715 Millington St., Winfield, KS.
Save the Date: Radio Gals - June 16-17
Due to their season ticket holders, many matinees are sold out. At present, there are seats still available for a group on Saturday, June 16 at 2 pm or 7:30 pm, and Sunday, June 16 at 2 pm or 7:30 pm. Are you interested in attendingRadio Gals? If so, please contact Carolyn Sturgeon with your preference for date and time by leaving a message at (913) 782-7468 or by email email@example.com.
"God is not unjust, and He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them."Hebrews 6:10
We have many areas for ministry both at St. Aidan's and through St. Aidan's. Check out the Community Outreach opportunities below.
There are many committees at St. Aidan's that you might be interested in and like to join. We have compiled a list of these for you to pray about. You can make a difference, get involved and join a committee.
St. Aidan's is sending 5 members to Mega Camp June 3-9 at Camp Wood YMCA
The camp theme this year is Beyond Belief which will help campers ponder the BIG questions about God. What if God is bigger than you ever imagined? What if hope was real? What if you could change the world? Campers will explore how God can be seen in the vastness of creation, the power of community, and even in their own hearts. They’ll also discover how God’s endless love launches amazing adventures and that God always has new mysteries to explore.