And the disciples called to Bartimaeus, the blind man, saying, "Take heart; get up, Jesus is calling you." Mark 10:49
When Bartimaeus approached him, Jesus asked, "What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asks us the same question. Let's take heart and respond honestly, telling the Lord what it is that we want him to do for 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.
PLEDGE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2018
Pledge Sunday and the end of our annual Stewardship Season, is on Sunday, October 28. We ask you to consider prayerfully your support of the parish.
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.
Trunk or Treat at St. Aidan's,Sunday, October 28, 4-7pm.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!
The Bible Challenge: Leviticus and Mark - Prayer 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!
All Saints Day, November 4
We will observe All-Saints Day on Sunday, Nov. 4; there is a special insert in St. Aidan's Sunday bulletin for remembering the saints in your life.
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.
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!
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 28:Hinduism. Sunday, October 28: More Hinduism. 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!
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.
BackSnack Packing - BackSnack Packing October 31!
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
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.
St. Aidan's November 2018 Calendar Will be available November 1
Ministry at St. Aidan's ...
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.