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 ...
What do you believe about Jesus? Each Sunday we proclaim the Nicene Creed as a statement of belief. Written in 325 by the First Council of Constantinople the creed was meant as a universal, doctrinal, statement of Christian faith. For many, who have said our creed every Sunday for years, it has become a habit. We forget the heated debates and controversy the creed caused.
What we believe and how we understand God is crucial. I encourage you to write down your own creed and look it over from time to time. A personal creed can be an excellent practice to a deeper relationship with God. Many years ago as a spiritual practice I wrote a personal creed. I share it with you below hoping it will help you get to know your new Rector; if you have questions, lets talk.
“I believe in God. The I am, who Created, Is Creating, Will Always Create. I believe in the Anointed One, Jesus the Christ, God’s Only Begotten Child. My brother and Lord, Jesus was conceived in the power of the Holy Spirit and born into the Hebrew family of Mary and Joseph.
He lived as I do in joy and suffering, and taught us that for every "Why" there is a Yes! He was crucified, died, and buried and placed into a tomb by friends. On the third day he rose again, appeared to many, and then to me. He returned into God’s heart, and is in intimate relationship with God. Jesus will return one day and be known by both the living and dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, Holy Wind that fills my life with Grace and opens my eyes to see. I believe in the community of all humanity, in all who gave and give birth to God’s presence. That my sins and failings have no power over me because of Jesus. That I too will live and experience face to face in the heart of God, Life Everlasting. Amen.”
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. 785-670-0158; firstname.lastname@example.org.
But when he noticed the strong wind, Peter became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!"Matthew 14:30
All of us living through these pandemic times will appreciate Peter’s fear… the winds blowing against us are strong indeed. And as with Peter, Jesus reaches out to us and invites us in faith to be stronger than the wind.
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. 9
9:00 am: Adult Forum, In-House and Facebook Live
10:00 am: Worship, In-House and Facebook Live
11:15 am: Daughters of the King Mtg - in Library
Wednesday, Aug. 12
12:00 pm: Noon Day Prayer - Facebook Live only
5:30 pm: Vestry Mtg
9:00 am: Adult Forum - In-House and Facebook Live
10:00 am: Worship - In-House and Facebook Live
Wednesday, Aug. 19
12:00 pm: Noon Day Prayer - Facebook Live only
Sunday, Aug. 23
11:15-11:30 am: Drive-by Communion
Thursday, Aug. 27
Johnson County Food Ministry at Center of Grace
Sunday, Aug. 30
St. Aidan's Feast Day
Ultreya! A Cursillo Online Gathering,Saturday, August 8 at 10 am.
Theme: Being a Christian in 2020 ~ Bringing Hope
This Ultreya meeting is hosted by St. Thomas The Apostle in Overland Park. It is on Zoom. Please see information on the attached links.
Fr. Tom is beginning a once-a-month, drive-by communion. It is on the fourth Sunday of the month from 11:15 am - 11:30 am. It starts August 23.
New: Worship Committee
Fr. Tom is looking for people to serve on a Worship Committee. Please see him if you are interested and for details. 785-670-0158 or email@example.com.
St. Aidan's Feast Day - August 30
We will be doing an abbreviated St. Aidan's Day Feast celebration after the service on August 30th. Details to come.
St. Bridget's Chapter of the Daughters of the King - Sunday August 9
The St. Bridget's Chapter of the Daughters of the King have resumed their monthly meeting. They meet every second Sunday at 11:15 am after the morning service in the Library.
St. Aidan's Vestry
St. Aidan's Vestry is meeting on Wednesday, August 12 at 5:30 pm.
Adult Forum is back - Sundays at 9 am. It is in-house and on Facebook.
Noon Day Prayer with Fr. Tom and the Prayer Book
Please join us for the Wednesday Noon Day Prayer service on Facebook.
St. Aidan's Weekly Newsletter
The Weekly Newsletter will now be sent out on Fridays at Noon.
Olathe Schools Outreach Program
St. Aidan’s participated in the Olathe Outreach Project again this year. Over 900 pair of underwear was donated. The delivery day looked very different from past years. Gift cards, toiletries, school supplies, and all other necessary donated articles were put in boxes with the family’s name. The family drove up to a designated place and their box along with a bag of groceries was placed in their car. The families were very appreciative. Kathy Mencer
Johnson County Food Ministry at Center of Grace - August 27
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 Greg Henderson, Joyce Henricksen, Jill Reed, Patrick Bennett and Olivia Hutchinson. We give thanks for the anniversaries of Chris and Denice Jayaram and Gordon and Kathy McDaniel.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 United Church of South India; in the World Council of Churches Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the people of Canada and the United States; and in the Kansas Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for Grace, Ottawa.
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 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 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.