Lights. Camera. Action! The 93rd Academy Awards, known, of course, as the Oscars, will be aired this Sunday, April 25. This years nominees reflect our cultures struggles with, illness, loneliness, grief, homelessness, fight for justice, and our need for hope. I’ve been a movie fan my whole life and had dreams of becoming the next Orson Wells or Stephen Spielberg.
The Oscars are the most famous and prestigious awards in the entertainment industry. Given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the awards are an international recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements. Actors hope that one day they’ll be awarded the "Academy Award of Merit", more commonly referred to by its nickname, the "Oscar.” The statuette depicts a knight rendered in the Art Deco style and was originally sculpted by George Stanley from a design sketch by Cedric Gibbons. Oscar was first presented in 1929 at a private dinner hosted by Douglas Fairbanks in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in what would become known as the 1st Academy Awards.
The Academy Awards was first broadcast by radio in 1930 and televised for the first time in 1953. It is the oldest worldwide entertainment awards ceremony and is now televised live worldwide.
Here are some of my predictions for the 2021 winners.
Actor in a leading role: Anthony Hopkins, The Father
Actor in a supporting role: Leslie Odom Jr., “One Night in Miami”
Actress in a leading role: Francis McDormand, “Nomadland”
Actress in a supporting role: Maria Bakalova, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm...”
Cinematography: Dariusz Wolski, “News of the World.”
Directing: Tom Baker, “St. Aidans Feast Day, the movie.” :)
Best picture: Judas and the Black Messiah.
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 meat 785-670-0158, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.My office hours are Monday - Thursday 10 am - 3 pm. … Fr. Tom
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep."
A good steward is a good shepherd. A good steward sees and responds to those in need, whether near or far. A good shepherd cares, supports, encourages.
Bishop Cathleen Bascom will lead worship at St. Aidan's on Sunday, May 16 and a reception will follow. If you would like to Renew your Faith or be Confirmed, please let Fr. Tom know as soon as possible.
On Monday, May 17, at 6 pm, Bishop Bascom will return to celebrate the installation of Fr. Tom as our Rector, which was delayed due to Covid restrictions. The Rev. Tory Lightcap, Dean of Grace Cathedral, will preach and a reception will follow.
Marcia Streepy Retrospective Art Show May 1 - June 5, 2021
Marcia Streepy Invites you to come and celebrate her lifetime of work! (Masks are required.)
A portion of the proceeds will support the ALS Association and InterUrban Art House. She received a diagnosis of ALS in 2020.
8001 Newton St., Overland Park, KS
To meet the artist and see the works in small groups...
* We will gather at a safe distance on SATURDAY, the 8th, with a Zoom Ultreya at 10:00am.
* We will share an important presentation and discussion, “Justice Matters,” by Stephen Mann. He is a member of St. Luke’s Shawnee and a member of the Kansas Episcopal Diocese Council of Trustees. He has been active is the Diocesan Justice and Racial Reconciliation Task Force. This is an important topic.
* The music lyrics and sign-in link (or phone number) will be sent a few days before our gathering. Simply click on the link on the announcement poster or copy and paste it onto your browser.
And, check out the attached COMMUNITY PROJECT for May. We look forward to how you will share your prayers.
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The Heartland Cursillo Community
Pledges and Offerings
Please send your pledges and offerings to the church office.
You may also donate online.
MAKE SURE YOU DESIGNATE ST. AIDAN'S IN THE DROP DOWN BOX.
Links for the ZOOM events are available on the website, under EVENTS.
JCFM - Center of Grace
St. Aidan's helps prepare and hand out meals at Center of Grace in Olathe, on the fourth Thursday of the month. May 27 is our next day to serve. You're also welcome to drop off individually wrapped deserts to the church by 2 pm on May 27th.
St. Aidan’s is in our second decade of working with five Olathe Elementary Schools in this important ministry.
...See St. Aidan's Facebook and Web page for more information about BackSnacks.
In case of pastoral emergencies, please contact Fr. Tom Baker at
785-670-0158 (call or text)oremail him at email@example.com.
Please email any prayer requests to Karon Wintrode, and she will post them on Unison. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Thanksgivings and Prayers
We give thanks for the birthdays of Joseph Bush and Carrie Wilson. We give thanks for the anniversary of Rev. Robert and Marcia Streepy. 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 Anglican Church of Kenya.
In the World Council of Churches Cycle of Prayer we pray for the people of Djibouti and Somalia.
In the Kansas Cycle of Prayer,we pray for St. Timothy's, Iola.
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 Jane Bush, Mark Sappenfield, Sarah Smith, Kathy Mencer, Bonnie Eckel, Clarice Ewing and Paul Reed for the Vestry Clerk, Janet Siefert; for our Treasurer, Tim Tatlock; and for our delegates, Carolyn Sturgeon, and 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.