9 am: Christian Education; 10 am:Children's Chapel and Nursery
10 am: Worship …Saturday: 5 pm Worship
Let Us Be Glad and Rejoice in God's Salvation!
Our Lectionary Readings for November 4, All Saints Sunday, are Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 242; Revelation 21:1-6a; John 11:32-44
St. Aidan's Day Collect... Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son, Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; ;through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Jesus said, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40
Jesus' love and compassion for us never ceases! We are encouraged to continue in faith and to show that same love and compassion to others. Remember, God oftentimes uses us to be the answer to people's prayers.
Mother Teresa - In My Own Words
To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything he has given us – and he has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, but is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience And that is what makes all the difference.
November - Ingathering Time
Thanks to the Stewardship Committee and our Stewardship speakers for a faithful Stewardship Season in the month of October.
During the month of November we will be gathering pledge cards; they will be blessed on November 18, the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
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.
Center of Grace - October 24 - Thanks to all who served!
Trunk or Treat - October 28 - Was A HUUUUGE Success!
Thanks to all who made our first Trunk or Treat a rousing triumph!! Check out the photos below and on our Facebook page.
The Bible Challenge: Leviticus and Mark - Rules and and Action
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.
Daylight Savings Time ends next Sunday November 4, so remember to set those timepieces backwards and come early for Adult Forum and stay for worship featuring a musical offering from St. Aidan’s Choir!
Adult Forum: Religions of the World - November 4
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, November 4:Hinduism. Sunday, November 11: Buddhism. Please join us - there will be coffee.
All Saints Sunday, November 4
Remembering the Saints
Today we observe All Saints Day, a day to recall and honor the saints who have blessed our lives, and to recognize the saints in our midst.
Altar Flowers for All Saints Sunday - November 4
Thanks to Clarice Ewing for providing the altar flowers for All Saints Sunday!
Welcome To Unison: All Parish Forum, November 4
We are now using the application Unison to send e-mail messages to the parish. Come for a special all-parish forum after worship on Sunday, November 4, to learn more about how Unison works.
BackSnack Packing - November 7!
During the school year we pack healthy weekend “BackSnacks” for the students of five area elementary schools on Wednesday at 5 pm. Please be there for the funnest and fastest BackSnack packing ever!
Also, aBigTHANK YOUgoes to Don Seifert and Kurt Gordon for their Extra Work picking up and delivering BackSnacks!Reminder:We still need two drivers.
Daughters of the King - Fall Assembly, November 10 from 9 am- 4 pm
Calling all DOK members: SAVE THE DATE! GATHER & PRAY!
November 10, 2018 9 am – 4 pm
St Aidan’s Episcopal Church, Olathe, Kansas 66062
We are blessed that our Fall Assembly is being hosted by our Sisters in Christ at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Olathe, Kansas. The St. Bridget’s Chapter is hosting the “Gather & Pray” Assembly at the church located at 14301 S Black Bob Rd. Please plan to join the gathering and be a part of the DOK mission in Kansas.
Please note that your checks will need to be made out to Kansas DOK (not St. Aidan’s) and mailed to the St. Aidan’s address with “Attention: DOK” on the envelope.
Looking forward to another great gathering of Daughters!
Annual Thanksgiving Worship and Dinner at St. Mark's Lutheran November 18 @ 5 pm
You are invited to St. Mark's Lutheran for the annual St. Mark's/St. Aidan's Thanksgiving Worship and Dinner! This is a joint service hosted by St. Mark's. Look for more information soon.
Ladies' Book Club at St. Aidan's Sunday, November 18 @ 5 pm
The first meeting was a great start! 9 ladies attended and we a had good conversation about the book and the importance of inter-generational friendships.Join us on Sunday November 18, for our next book discussion: Jesus Feminist, by Sarah Bessey!
The book club isfor 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
Care and Share Fundraiser - December 1: Tickets Now On Sale!
Tickets for our “Care and Share” Silent Auction on Dec. 1 from 5 to 8 pm fundraiser are available in St. Aidan's entryway before and after worship. The cost is a low $10 per person; please take more tickets and encourage your friends and neighbors to join us for a fun evening!
Angel Tree Ministry Christmas Gifts for
Children of an Incarcerated Parent
This year we are fortunate to participate again with Prison Fellowship in the Angel Tree Program. This is a wonderful way to be loving servants of God by making it possible for an incarcerated parents to give a Christmas gift to their children. It is also a way for their children to know that their incarcerated Mom or Dad loves them very much. This year we have thirteen families and twenty children. Each child receives one or two gifts of about $15-$20; we purchase, wrap and deliver the gifts to the caretaker of the children. In the past I have called the caretaker before we purchase the gifts in order to find out what each child wants or needs. It is a joy to make contact with the families, purchase the gifts, and then to deliver them. So please contact me if you would like to “adopt a family” to make the initial contact. You don’t have to be the one who buys the gift, we can all do this. The Angel Tree tree will be up in the “garden” area of the narthex near the side altar starting Sunday, November 11. You can fill out the Angel Tree card and put it on the Tree so another parishioner can purchase gifts. I have found that it is best to contact the families as soon as possible, so please call me at 913-660-5646 to let me know if you would like to help. Thank you and God bless you. Marcia Streepy
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!
Presiding Bishop's Statement on the Tree of Life Tragedy
The Rev. Cathleen Chittenden Bascom was elected the Tenth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas.
The Rev. Cathleen Chittenden Bascom, D.Min., from the Diocese of Iowa, today was elected as the 10th bishop to lead the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. She was elected on the second ballot during an election that took place in the worship space of Grace Cathedral in Topeka, receiving 64 votes from lay delegates and 56 votes from clergy.
Bascom is the first woman to be elected bishop since the diocese was formed in 1859. This also marked the first time in the history of the Episcopal Church that a bishop heading a diocese was elected from a slate of candidates who all were women.
Others on the ballot were the Rev. Martha N. Macgill of the Diocese of Maryland, and the Rev. Helen-Svoboda-Barber, D.Min., from the Diocese of North Carolina.
The Very Rev. Foster Mays, president of the governing body that has overseen the diocese in the interim period between bishops, said, “It delights me that Cathleen Bascom will be our next bishop. While this election was historic, at its core lay delegates and clergy were selecting the person who will lead this diocese for the next decade or more. I believe Mother Bascom’s many gifts and years of experience will serve this diocese well.
“I know that clergy and lay leaders from all our congregations are looking forward to the opportunity to participate in ministry with her, to share together the good news of Jesus and to serve the world in the name of our Lord. I’m very excited for the future of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas under her leadership.”
Bascom has been serving since the fall of 2014 as Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Waldorf University in Forest City, Iowa. She previously had been dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Des Moines, Iowa, as well as rector of St. Stephen’s in Newton, Iowa.
She served for eight years in the Diocese of Kansas from 1993 to 2001, leading ministry efforts at Kansas State University in Manhattan.
She is the third priest to have served within the Diocese of Kansas to be elected bishop. The first was Frank Millspaugh, who was dean of Grace Cathedral, Topeka, when he was elected bishop in 1895. The second was Richard Grein, who was rector of St. Michael and all Angels in Mission when he was elected in 1981.
She also is the second priest to become Kansas’ bishop while serving in the Diocese of Iowa. The first was Thomas Vail, the diocese’s first bishop, who was rector of Trinity Church in Muscatine, Iowa, when he was elected bishop in 1864.
Bascom and her husband Tim have two sons – Conrad, age 25, and Luke, age 21.
The service of ordination and consecration by which Bascom becomes a bishop and assumes responsibility for the pastoral and administrative work of the diocese, will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Grace Cathedral, Topeka. The chief consecrator will be Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.
Johnson County Food Ministry - Center of Grace
- No Community Meal in November!
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).
EPISCOPAL YOUTH NEWS!
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: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!
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 Ministry; Outreach; and Communications.
Our committee list is in the process of being updated. Look for it soon.