So Jesus called the disciples and said to them... "Whoever wishes to become great among you must be a servant." Mark 10:42-43
The disciples obviously had a difficult time with Jesus' constant message that servanthood was the way they should live. We can understand their difficulty, since most of us struggle with that message too! but Jesus' message remains clear: to be a servant, to be a steward, is what he asks of each of us.
Prayer for Stewardship
O God, our loving Creator and Giver of all good gifts, bless our parish, strengthen our faith, and grant us the spirit of Christian stewardship so that we may give generously of our time, talent and treasure to build your kingdom here in our church and throughout the world. All this we ask in the name of Jesus our Savior. Amen.
STEWARDSHIP SEASON HAS BEGUN!
We are approaching Pledge Sunday and the end of our annual Stewardship Season, and we ask you to consider prayerfully your support of the parish.
Thanks to Julie Wojtas for her special Stewardship talk Sunday morning, October 21.
During the past year the Vestry and Treasurer have diligently watched expenses and sought additional revenue sources.
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.
The Bible Challenge: Exodus and Matthew
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.
Vestry Notes from October 2018 Meeting from Gloria Kelley
To keep the parish in the loop, I am providing a quick rundown of the October vestry meeting.
● Jane Bush has volunteered to serve on the vestry for the remainder of the year. Already a big help.
● The church is still looking for a nursery attendant. It is a paid position so ask your friends or neighbors that might be looking for a rewarding job just a couple hours a week.
● Darlene Kincaid has joined Altar Guild so they are up to four teams. One or two more would be very helpful.
● We have a roof leak and Tim is looking for the source so that we can get it repaired at minimal expense.
● The playground area is in serious need of rubber mulching. The cost of the mulch is around $800 and we are making plans to raise the funds. More info to come later.
● The plans for Care and Share evening and auction set for December 1st are well underway.
● The Be Our Guest group (formerly Church Basement Ladies) have added the parish hall cleanup to their list of duties after coffee hour. Perhaps BOG buddies will help out with this chore.
● Unison email system is up and running. If you have not yet responded to the email Julie sent, please do so. If you did not receive it, check with her to make sure she has your correct address. In the near future, Julie plans a short training session during coffee hour for those of us that are techno-phobes.
● Backsnack packing is ongoing on Wednesdays. If you have a little time, stop by and lend a hand. If you have an hour on Thursday mornings, offer to deliver the packs to schools. And don’t forget about Center of Grace dinners. Sometimes both of these groups have plenty of help and you can just visit, but sometimes they are working short handed and need you.
● Our community outreach special project for October is Trunk or Treat on October 28. We have done some community advertising and would like to make a good showing so join us if you can.
● The bishop for Kansas will be voted on October 19th. There will be an information forum during coffee hour on Sunday, October 14th.(Note:This forum was a great success last Sunday.)
Bishop Michael Curry will be attending the ordination and consecration of the new bishop on March 2nd in Topeka.
Adult Forum: Religions of the World
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, October 21:Hinduism. Sunday, October 28: Buddhism. Please join us - there will be coffee.
Wednesdays at Noon
Please join us at noon on Wednesdays for our mid-week refresher gathering and the story of Moses in "The Prince of Egypt." Bring a sack lunch!
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!
Election for the Tenth Bishop of Kansas is scheduled for Oct. 19!
The Rev. Martha N. Macgill
The Rev. Helen Svoboda-Barber
The Rev. Cathleen Chittenden Bascom
The election for the Tenth Bishop of Kansas is scheduled for Oct. 19 at Grace Cathedral in Topeka. The election will be televised atwww.episcopal-ks.org, the Diocesan website.
BackSnack Packing - Wednesday, October 24!
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! WE STILL NEED 2 DRIVERS.
For more information on all of our outreach programs, please see Ministry at St. Aidan's section below.
Johnson County Food Ministry - Center of Grace - October 25!
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).
Trunk or Treat at St. Aidan's, Sunday, October 28, 4-7 pm.
Little trick or Treaters are invited to Trick or Treat in a safe environment.
Parishioners are invited to provide a decorated trunk with treats in St. Aidan's parking lot. You may wear a costume, too! There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board at St. Aidan's.
One car trunk will have gluten-free items similar to those featured in the Teal Pumpkin Project. Another car trunk will have small non-edible gift items such as coloring books. Other car trunks will have assorted candy items. Come enjoy the fun! Happy Halloween!
EPISCOPAL YOUTH NEWS!
DIOCESAN CONVENTION- Grades 8-12
October 19-20, Topeka, KS:
We could use a few more hands at Diocesan Convention!
We need pages, acolytes, and Compline leaders.
Youth in grades 8-12 as well as college-age folks can join us. We will stay in Upton Hall and there is NO COST to attend. This is an incredible opportunity to help out and witness the Bishop election.Register online here.
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; Outreach; and Communications.
Our committee list is in the process of being updated. Look for it soon.