Ministry Minute

After Easter

"Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ's body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith."

-           Book of Common Prayer, Collect for the 2nd Sunday of Easter


Once when I was in college I was in this bible study. I don't remember what book or what passage we were reading. Honestly I don't remember much about it except one phrase. We were talking about Christian witness, what it is like to walk the walk not just talk the talk and one of the other members of the study said, "I am humbled to think that for many of the people I know, my life will be the only Bible they ever read."

That thought stopped me. It is true that most of what people know of Christianity or even Jesus is the people they know who are Christian. That thought is both terrifying and inspirational to me. It is also timely for this week.
We spent all of lent naming our sins and turning toward God. Then came Easter Sunday that tidal wave of truth, hope and joy. We saw the empty tomb and what it means. We saw death and sin and fear destroyed. Now what?

That is actually a tough questions for the disciples. They weren't sure. They had to hide and rediscover Christ's presence within them before they went out to stake their lives based on the resurrection. The prayer above is said every year on this upcoming Sunday. It is a prayer that what we believe might infect every corner of our lives and our imagination. It is a prayer that Christ's story become our story. It is a prayer that our presence might become scripture to those who know us.

In peace,
Les+


Discussion Questions

1.        How does Easter effect your life?
2.        Who had an impact on your faith?
3.        Have you ever had someone tell you that you had an impact on their faith?

All Church Announcements

Miracles in Motion Campaign
April 23-May 21st
On April 23rd our Miracles in Motion Campaign begins. Every Sunday is a must-see event for members of our church from then until our Commitment Sunday and Celebration event on May 21st. Plan to join us for all of the campaign especially the kick-off
and closing celebration.

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.

Rector's Children and Youth Meeting
May 7th, Noon, Meeting Room
As we come to the end of the school year, it is a great time to evaluate our children and youth programs. What went well? What could go better? Rev. Les and Taylor are inviting all parents, volunteers and interested parties to join us for a meeting to check in and evaluate as we make plans for next fall. This is a supplement to the survey we recently sent out. If you want to be a part of improving these ministries please join us!

ADVANCE COMMITMENTS GATHERINGS
As you are aware, we are in the process of preparation for our capital campaign.  As part of this process, there are going to be two Advance Commitments gatherings.  The purpose of the gatherings is to help build faith and excitement in the church to provide the campaign with a running start.
One of the gatherings will be hosted by Joey and Michele Gabriel at 7:00 pm on Friday, April 28th.  The second gathering will be hosted by Paddy and Debbie Langford at 5:00 pm on Saturday, April 29th. 
If you feel led to make a commitment to the campaign a little ahead of the rest of the congregation for the purpose of raising belief and excitement, please either let one of the hosts or the church office know within the next couple of days.  We will make sure that you receive an invitation.  Thanks!
St. Aidan's Seniors (SAS) 
We will take a field trip to Washington on the Brazos State Park on Saturday, April 29.  Further information and sign up sheet is in the church narthex.

DOK annual Open House and Supper
4/23/17 5pm in the Narthex
All women of St. Aidan's are welcome.

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. 

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 21-22: Overnight at the zoo

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

May 7: Youth led Bible Study, 12:00-1:30

May 14: No youth group, Happy Mother's Day!

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

VBS -Registration Open
Get in gear with us for an inventive and exciting adventure July 17-21 at VBS! Our theme this year is Maker Fun Factory; kids will learn what it means that God so lovingly created us and will always be for us.  Click Here

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