9 am: Christian Education; 10 am:Children's Chapel and Nursery
10 am: Worship …Saturday: 5 pm Worship
Collect for the Third Sunday of Advent
Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
Our Lessons and Carols Readings for the Third Sunday of Advent, are: #1. Isaiah 9:2, 67; #2. Isaiah 11:1-4, 6-9;
#3.Micah 5:2-5a; #4. Luke 1:26-35, 38; #5. Luke 2:1-7; #6. John 1:1-14
We hope to green the church for the Christmas season at 9 ambeforeWorship on Sunday, December 16.As we have all been told, many hands make light work!!!
For sure we will gather in the nave (decorated or not) at 10 am for the annual celebration of Lessons and Carols.
The Third Sunday of Advent - Lessons and Carols Sunday, December 16
On the Third Sunday of Advent, December 16, we will mark the occasion of our watching for the Christ child with the annual celebration of Lessons and Carols. St. Aidan’s Choir will also be singing at the Offertory.
Angel Tree Christmas Outreach - Bring Gifts Sunday, December 16
Reminder!All gifts for the Angel Tree ministry need to be brought to the church on Sunday, December 16!This allows enough time to deliver the presents to the children of the incarcerated parent on whose behalf the Christmas present is given.
To learn more please see Marcia Streepy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 913 660-5646.
The Snoopies Are Back!
Each Advent we look to the future and give the gift of Summer Episcopal MegaCamp to our campers by raising the money to cover all of their costs – please give generously to our young people!
Choir Practice on Wednesday, December 19
There is choir practice at 5:30 on Wednesday, December 19.
Johnson County Food Ministry - Center of Grace
-Next Meal December 27-
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).
Adult Forum-Advent Hiatus - Resumes January 6
During the Seasons of Advent and Christmas we are taking a break from our Adult Forum Series looking at the Major Religions of the World; we will resume on January 6, 2019.
Sunday at St. Aidan's December 9: Cora Binek Baptism
Thank you to all who have returned your pleadge cards! If for any reason you have forgotten to pledge for 2019, there are pledge cards available in the entryway!! Bless you.
As the calendar year ends and we look to closing the year on a firm financial basis, please consider gifts to St. Aidan’s before the end of the month. This is an opportunity to take advantage of tax deductions before the new law becomes effective in 2019.
The Bible Challenge: Old Deuteronomy, the Psalms, and Luke
The Parish has heard and risen to the challenge to read the Bible in one year – see Fr. Shawn about receiving the daily emails.
Check out the new improved parish email system accessible through our website – www.staidansolathe.org! See Julie Wojtas (630 865-3931) for information about accessing this friendly parish email group.
BackSnack Packing - Resumes on January 9!
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!
Reminder:We still need two drivers.
CROSS-LINES COMMUNITY OUTREACH IN KANSAS CITY, KANSAS
We are now collecting toiletry items in the entryway for Cross-Lines in Kansas City, Kansas, a community outreach organization which provides laundry service and shower facilities among its services.
Cross-Lines Mission: Provide people in the Kansas City area affected by poverty with services and opportunities that encourage self-confidence, meet the needs of today, and provide the tools for future self-sufficiency.
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!
Ladies' Book Club - December 16!
The next Ladies' Book Club is Sunday, December 16, at 5 pm. We are discussingBarking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship by Fr. Gregory Boyle.
The book club is for 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 email@example.com
Looking Ahead ... 2019 Reading Schedule
January 20 @ 5 pm
by Anne Lamott
February 17 @ 5 pm
7An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess
by Jen Hatmaker
Be Our Guest Ministry
The Church Basement Ladies' ministry has had a name change! They are now the Be Our Guest Ministry.
The BOG ministers provide treats for our fellowship time after the Sunday morning service.
Janet Seifert is the new coordinator. If you are interested in being part of the BOG team, please let Janet know.
The Calendar at St. Aidan's
Saturday, December 15:
5 pm - Saturday Worship
Sunday, December 16:
9 am - Greening of the Church
10 am - Worship - Lessons and Carols with St. Aidan's Choir
Monday, December 17:
7 pm - Men's 12-Step Program
Tuesday, December 18:
8 pm - Al Anon
Wednesday, December 19:
5 pm - NO BackSnack Packing until January 9
5:30 pm - Choir Practice
Thursday, December 20:
8 pm - Al Anon.
Friday, December 21:
Office is Closed
3:45 pm - Cleaners are at St. Aidan's
Saturday, December 22:
Looking Ahead …
Sunday, December 23: Last Sunday of Advent
Monday, December 24: Christmas Eve Worship 4:30 and 10 pm
Tuesday, December 25: No Christmas Day Worship - Office is Closed
Thursday, December 27: Center of Grace Community Meal
Cooks should arrive at 2 pm; servers at 5 pm; clean-up at 6 pm.
Sunday, January 27, 2019: Annual Meeting with the Winds of Harmony
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.
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 Cross-Lines:We are now collecting toiletry items in the entryway for Cross-Lines in Kansas City, Kansas, a community outreach organization which provides laundry service and shower facilities among its services.
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.