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Ministry Minute

Spark
Isaiah 50:7-9
 
The Lord God helps me;
therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
he who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.
Who are my adversaries?
Let them confront me.
It is the Lord God who helps me;
who will declare me guilty?
 

From the desert of lent these words of Isaiah emerge like an oasis spring. This reading is meant to accompany Palm Sunday, and how perfect they are. Walking with Jesus towards this holy week means encountering the worst of what the world can offer. Betrayal, fear, bigotry, violence, isolation and apathy all come together in Christ last week. These are the same sins and struggles we face all the time only amplified with higher stakes for those of us who know who Jesus really is.

I find these words to be so comforting because they speak of the resolve we find in knowing God is with us and working through us. I love the image of having face like flint. That are steadfastness will spark the flame of what is to come. I think this is important when we face any sin either outside us or inside us. I think it is important to remember that it is God fighting the battle. He will win it. He will be the salvation and knowing that we can stand firm.  

Discussion Questions

1.       What are the evils that Christ faces in holy week? How are they connected to what we face today?

 

2.       How does the passion of our Lord teach us to confront evil?

 

3.       What are you seeking courage to do in your life now? How can you invite God to help you?

All Church Announcements

Holy Week and Easter Sunday
Palm Sunday - April 9th , 8am and 10:30 service
Evensong - April 12th at 7pm
Maundy Thursday - April 13th at 7pm
Good Friday - April 14th
Stations of the Cross - 12 noon
Good Friday Service with Children's Chapel - 7pm
Bunny Brunch - April 15th, from 9:00-10:30 a.m.

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hildcare provided for 7 pm Maundy Thursday, Good Friday services and all Easter Services?
 
Easter Sunday - April 16th
Services at 8am, 9:30am and 11:15am
 
DOK annual Open House and Supper
4/23/17 5pm in the Narthex
All women of St. Aidan's are welcome.

St. Aidan's Seniors ( SAS) 
We will have a luncheon on Sunday, April 9, after the 10:30 service.  It will be at the Ryan's home.  More information is in the Narthex.

St Aidan's at the HNwCC for produce day.
The Outreach Committee would like to invite all who can join us on Saturday April 15 to come out and represent St Aidan's at the HNwCC for produce day. Arrival time is 8:00 am and food distribution is 9:00 - 11:30. This is a great way to come together in fellowship and serve a valuable need in our community.  If you have a St. Aidan's polo shirt please wear it. If not and you would like to order one please contact Tracy in the church office at tracy@aidanschurch.org.   Hope to see you there!  The location is Bear Creek United Methodist Church 16000 Rippling Water Drive 

Bunny Brunch April 15th, from 9:00-10:30 a.m.
There will be breakfast tacos for sale at $1.50 a taco, as well as Easter egg hunts for age groups under 2 through 5th grade, pictures with the Easter Bunny, a story, and a craft. We hope to see you there! We also need your help. Please take a bag of Easter eggs home to fill for us. You will find them in the Narthex.  Please make sure to only fill them with candy that has been sealed and packaged. We need all of the eggs back by April 9. Thank you!

Building Campaign Open Form
Sunday, April 23rd
9:15-10:15, Meeting Room
Come get all your questions answered about the upcoming building campaign. See the designs, imagine the new welcoming spaces, dream with us about all of the variety of things we can do with this new space. 

Boys and Girls Country Spring Festival
Saturday May 6 11AM-4PM and Christian Concert 4PM-8PM
Join us for a fun time enjoying Activities, Auctions, Games, Music, Raffle, and Rides along with Food Booths and Food Trucks.
We have been asked for our support in providing 6 parking assistant volunteers for each of two shifts: 10:30-12:00 and 2:30-5:00.  Two additional volunteers are also needed for the Penny Pitch Game for each of two shifts: 10:30-1:00 and 1:00-4:00. Look for additional information and a sign up sheet in the Narthex on April 23 and 30.

Confirmation, Reception , Reaffirmation
Are you and adult looking to solidify your relationship within the Episcopal Church, or renew your commitment to your faith? Contact Rev. Les at revles@aidanschurch.org
 
New Options for Online Giving!
Most Efficient
Set up a recurring online bill pay with your bank. All you need is the church's name and address and you can set up your pledge payments to go out with no fees at all.
Most Convenient
Download the Tithe.ly (that is not a typo it is how it is spelled) app from your android or apple appstore. You can set up an easy giving profile and you can give from a credit card, debit card, or directly from your bank account. There are some fees associated with this service, but you can select to pay for the fees yourself if you like. You can also set up and track recurring giving through the app.

SMILE/AMAZON
We have registered Saint Aidan's on Smile/Amazon. Please find link here
Once you have linked your Amazon account there will be a donation to support Saint Aidan's with every purchase you make at no extra cost to you.

Opportunities to Serve
We are looking to expand our ranks of volunteers around worship. There are training videos now available on our website under the action tab (Liturgical Training Videos) where you can scope out what is like to be an acolyte or chalicer. One of the things we could really use help with is our sound booth. Contact  tracy@aidanschurch.org if you are interested. 


Youth Ministry

April 9: Middle School Confirmation class (11:30-12:30), High school service project (12:30-1:30)

April 15: Volunteer with Bunny Brunch, 8:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

April 21-22: Zoo Overnight
Sign up deadline is Saturday April 1st cost $35 click here to register

April 30: Middle School Confirmation class (11:30-12:30), High school goes out to lunch (12:30-1:30)

Youth group meets from 12:00 - 1:30  p.m. every Sunday, unless otherwise noted.

If you have any questions, please contact Taylor Durr at taylor@aidanschurch.org
Children's Ministry


Children's Chapel
Children's Chapel is a place for children to go worship in the traditions of our faith but in a way that's geared towards kindergarten-3rd grade. It will be held at the 10:30 service and the children will return  during the Peace.  Volunteer adults and teens lead the worship and music, and children do the rest - from reading the Psalm and Prayers of the People, to lighting candles and collecting the offertory, to running the power points. Please remember to take your children to the restroom prior to the service. See you there and be ready to have fun in Children's Chapel! 

Sunday School  for Children 
Sunday School is available for all  ages  from 9:30 -10:10 in the modular buildings behind the church. Drop off prek-3rd grade in "the Gathering" between 9:15-9:30in Classroom 2 (yellow door) before they go to their classes. 4-8 are in the Church Office (blue door), and High School is in the Youth Room (last green door)

This year we are adding attendance rewards into our Sunday School program.  - Come and participate to find out more.
Worship

Sundays
 
Traditional Worship 8:00 am

Traditional Worship with Contemporary Music 10:30 am

 

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Sunday's readings can be found at  lectionarypage.net . We are following Track 1.  
 
Saint Aidan's Episcopal Church
13131 Fry Road
Cypress, TX 77433
281.373.3203