"Rejoice in the Lord always."
It was nine year's ago yesterday, that they placed the bible in my hand. It is brown and leather bound and it is surprisingly heavy. It's not heavy, heavy, it just has the right heft to let you know that you are holding something sacred.
That's right I have been a priest nine years now, and holding my ordination bible now leafing through it, reading the inscriptions and reminiscing about this ministry is a powerful and humbling thing.
I remember planning my ordination and thinking about the fact that they give you a bible as part of the service. I painfully underestimated its meaning. I even remember joking to a classmate, "I would hope that you already have a bible by your ordination." Even though most of the bible study I do now is electronic I will say that I think it is important to hold the book in your hands from time to time. Its heft is a reminder that with your faith you carry something of significance.
The Bishop who ordained me began her inscription with the quote above, and to me it is central to our sustained ministry. It is important for us to cherish the relationship we have with God. To feel the weight of that Bible, knowing what it represents, and to read those words of joy is an invaluable reminder that our ministry is both hefty and light at the same time. It is sacred, and it is a joy. I don't say this because I think ordination is the center of ministry, I say this because I believe that we all need time and space to reflect on ministry, and not all of us are privileged to carry the physical reminders. But make no mistake we all share this scripture and our relationship and service is a sacred joy.
Do you have a special Bible or ministry keepsake?
What reminds you that your ministry has heft?
What reminds you that your ministry is a joy?
This Sunday we are having a special guest musician play with our band at the 10:30 service. Shellee Coley is an accomplished recording artist and song writer and we are honored to have her join us. Please welcome her warmly and let her know how grateful we are to worship with her. Find out more about Shellee at
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GIFT: Sunday Sundays
Feb 11th 9:15
Growing in Faith Together (GIFT) are Sunday School sessions set apart to where children, youth, and adults can come and learn about our faith together. We all are students and we all are teachers in these unique formation experiences. So come meet your faith anew as we are Growing in Faith Together!
This month our theme is the story of the Transfiguration. Come make a mountain of Ice Cream and eat it as we join Christ for this heavenly experience. We will begin in the Narthex at 9:15 a.m. After our storytelling and Ice Cream for breakfast make sure to get a Lent Bag full of devotionals for the coming season.
Catch the inaugural performance of "Overflow!"
February 11th 7pm - 8pm
Overflow is an improvisational house troupe born of the friendship between St. Aidan's Episcopal Church and Project Make-Believe
. Since September this intergenerational group of improvisers has been meeting and training and it is time to show off their talent and skill. Join us for the fun, and help us recognize some of the performers as they are officially inducted as members of the troupe.
Shrove Tuesday- Pancake Supper
February 13th 6:15 -8:00 p.m.
Save the date! We will have our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on in the church building. The cost will be $5.00 per person with a $15.00 maximum per family. See preregistration forms in the Church. See you there!
6 AM & 7 PM
Begin the Holy Season of Lent right with the Ash Wednesday service of reflection and repentance. If you are interested in volunteering to minister Ashes to go please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saint Aidan's Seniors (SAS) Trip
We have planned a bus trip to the beautiful Painted Churches, Schulenburg, Twenty
people need to get the bus that day. (You must be 50 + to ride the bus) Tour is $10 per person. Lunch will be at Oakridge Smokehouse Restaurant.
Please contact Jean Dick to sign up
Women's Night: Creating Second Line Umbrella for Shrove Tuesday
Friday, Feb 9th at 7pm.
Second line dancing is about joy. Dancers have decorated umbrellas or white handkerchiefs while celebrating. Join us to create your own umbrella, share in fun and dance with it Shrove Tuesday.
All you need is an umbrella, hot gun/glue and decorations. It can be any style. We are meeting at Lauren Bergeron's house Feb 9th at 7pm. Please RSVP at
9:15-10:15 Sundays February 18th -
Join us Adults and High School Aged Youth for this exploration in one of the most beautiful, powerful and often forgotten letters of the Bible. The letter of James.
New Options for Online Giving!
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. (Saint Aidans Episcopal Church Cypress Texas, 13131 Fry Road, Cypress. TX 77433-3339)
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.
We have registered Saint Aidan's on Smile/Amazon. Please find link
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
if you are interested.
Feb 4: Bible study, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Feb 11: Bowling at Copperfield Bowl, leave the church at 12:00 p.m., return around 3 p.m.
Feb 18: Kahoot!, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Feb 25: Convocation service project at Tamarac Pines Retirement Community, leave St. Aidan's at 2 p.m, return around 6 p.m.
Mar 4: Bible study, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Mar 11: No youth group, Happy Spring Break!
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 Pre K to 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 begins at 9:15 a.m. and class will end at 10:15 a.m. with each class beginning in the classrooms as marked below. Prek-6th grade will be digging deeper into the Bible with a curriculum called Dig In! They will learn and understand the stories and concepts in the Bible through interactive lessons. 7th-8th grade will be using re:form which will foster a greater understanding of the Bible, discipleship, our beliefs, and some tough questions through activities and conversation. Please contact Taylor Durr with any questions you may have
Prek-1st grade: Classroom 2
2nd-3rd grade: Classroom 3
4th-6th grade: Classroom 4
7th-8th: Middle school room in office behind bookcase
High School Sunday School
High Schoolers will have the option of attending Adult formation in the meeting room, or choosing a younger class to assist in. Please contact Taylor Durr if you are interested in helping with a younger class.
On the first Sunday of each month, the prek-8th classes will all gather in Classroom 2 at 10:00 to celebrate birthdays for that month and to add special prayers to our prayer jar so we can all pray together. At 10:15 the students will be picked up by their parents from Classroom 2.
Traditional Worship 8:00 am
Traditional Worship with Contemporary Music 10:30 am
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Saint Aidan's Episcopal Church
13131 Fry Road
Cypress, TX 77433