The July-August ROTA has only one Chalice Bearer and one Counter. If the COVID19 safety protocols are lifted, I will revise the ROTA.Sharon Seidel
Fr. Tom's Talk ...
Packing and moving has reminded us of some important secrets Jesus taught us about living in God’s kingdom. First, my wife loves glassware and dishes. Even though we gave away many glasses and dishes we still had way too many boxes left over. Second, I must have given away a whole wardrobe of dress shirts, pants, tee-shirts (even a beloved Cubs tee-shirt!) and ties. Still I had an abundance of clothes to pack.
We kept thinking of what Jesus said about being clothed like the lilies of the field and not needing so much stuff. I have a hunch there will be more boxes and bags donated here in Olathe so that Jesus will stop haunting us about holding on to so much stuff and less to Him.
Thank you for your prayers and your kind offers to help as we have gone through this move. Hopefully we will get back to something closer to normal in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, we are very happy to be living here in Olathe. (Anyone need some empty boxes?)
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 me. My office hours are Monday - Thursday 10 am - 3 pm.
When Jesus went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick.Matthew 14:4
Compassion pops up repeatedly in stories about Jesus. It pops up repeatedly in stories about the early Christian community too, as it was admired even by its enemies for its care for the sick and poor. Can we do any less than offer compassion to all?
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 .
The Calendar at St. Aidan's
Sunday, Aug. 2 at 9 am: Adult Forum - In House, Sifers Hall
Sunday, Aug. 2 at 10 am: Worship at 10 am - In-House and Facebook Live
Tuesday, Aug. 4: Statewide Primary Elections - Sifers Hall
Wednesday, Aug. 12 at Noon: Prayer - Facebook Live only
Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 5:30 pm: Vestry Mtg
Sunday, Aug. 9 at 9 am: Adult Forum - In House, Sifers Hall
Sunday, Aug. 9 at 10 am: Worship at 10 am - In House and Facebook Live
Sunday, Aug. 9 at 11:15 am: Daughters of the King Mtg - in Library
Wednesday, Aug. 19 at Noon: Prayer - Facebook Live only
Thursday, Aug. 27: Johnson County Food Ministry at Center of Grace
Adult Forum August 2 at 9 am
Adult Forum will resume in Sifers Hall at St. Aidan's
St. Aidan's Noon Day Prayer starts Wednesday, August 5
Join us on Facebook Live!
St. Aidan's Care Team
St. Aidan's Pastoral Care Team - Circle of Caring, delivered a meal to Sherry and Shirley on Sunday, July 26. Sherry is home recovering from surgery. Thank you Kathy Mencer, Laura Burbach and Carolyn Sturgeon who are taking meals to Sherry this week.
The Care Team is any parishioner who would like to take meals to someone at Father Tom's request. If anyone is interested in being part of the team, please ask them to let Carolyn Sturgeon know. Text or call her at 913-499-9375.
BackSnack Thank-You Breakfast
The Olathe Public Schools hosted a drive-thru appreciation breakfast July 29 for Back Snack donors and drivers. It is always a pleasure for St. Aidan’s to work with the district’s Community Liaison Heather Schoonover. Here are some pictures of this morning’s breakfast.
Thank you to Don and Janet Seifert for leading this important Back Snack Ministry at St. Aidan’s. Thank you to all the volunteers who help make this ministry possible.
St. Aidan’s is honored to partner with the Olathe Public Schools through our Back Snack Ministry, and the annual Underwear Drive, as well as our partnership with Briarwood Elementary School led by Kathy Mencer.
Johnson County Food Ministry at Center of Grace
Barb Belt is out of town for July and August. Please call Paul Reed at 913-269-4564 with any questions during this time.
We are making 125 meals, boxing them and distributing them outside - the dining room is still closed.
Volunteers will be needed to shop, prepare food, box the meals, make individual baggies of cookies/brownies, and hand out the packages at 5:30 that evening.
St. Aidan's Information ...
Reminder, if you are unable to attend the in-house service at St. Aidan's, you can send your pledges and offerings to the office.
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.
We give thanks for the birthdays of Sherry Suddarth and Maggie Hutchinson. We give thanks for the anniversary of James and Carolyn Sturgeon. We give thanks for our rector, Rev. Tom Baker and his wife Cherie. 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 Province of South East Asia; in the World Council of Churches Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the people of the Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Dominion Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago; and in the Kansas Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for St. Aidan's, Olathe.
We pray for the members of the Vestry: Senior Warden Julie Wojtas, Junior Warden Don Hutchinson, Jane Bush, Mark Sappenfield, Sarah Smith and Kathy Mencer; for the Vestry Clerk, Carolyn Sturgeon; for our Treasurer, Tim Tatlock; and for our delegates, Don Hutchinson and Carolyn Sturgeon, and our Alternate, 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 abroad. 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.