"Yes, Lord, yet [...]"
"Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change."
Yesterday I ran into a priest friend of mine. We have a running bit. We don't see each other that often but when we do he often calls out, "It's all a Gift!" He does that because he knows it is my philosophy. It's kind of a joke between us but thinking about it makes me blush because I am honored that is what someone associates with me.
Its jokey because it comes from a party that we both go to every year. It is catered and I make this game for myself that whenever a wait staff offers an appetizer or something I take it, and I say to my friends "It's all a gift!" It started when I was just following a pattern to see what happened, but next thing I knew the whole party changed. Even the staffers seemed to be having fun because they actually found someone who was enthusiastic and grateful for their tomato soup cups. Other members of the party started testing my fullness by sending waiters over to me.
But the truth is that there is something profoundly spiritual about this "it's all a gift" philosophy. It is true that all good things are from God and that life itself is a gift. Don't get me wrong. There is real sadness, and heartbreak. There are tragedies, grief, depression and death, and all of those speak to the underlining truth that life is a gift. Life is a gift you didn't ask for so it doesn't fit our expectations and it is rarely what we would have bought for ourselves, and it is a gift that we never would have if it weren't for God.
Remembering that makes all the difference. It is what makes the party fun. It gives us gratitude which gives us strength.
1. Which gifts in your life do you forget to treat as a gift?
2. What do you think about the statement "Life is a gift you didn't ask for?"
3. Are there some things that you shouldn't see as a gift? If so how do you make sense of them in a way that brings spiritual strength and resilience?
All Church Announcements
Goodbye Hailey Reception
Sunday January 28th
As you may have heard our Director of Contemporary Music is moving on from her ministry here to focus on the expansion of her Chiropractic Clinic. We will miss her and we wish her the best. Please join us for a reception following the 10:30 service on her last, Sunday
January 28th. In the meantime make sure to thank her for her service and wish her well on her new adventure.
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!
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 Jan 14th- Feb 4th.
Mark is the oldest, leanest and most raw Gospel the bible has to offer. This year our Sunday readings revolve deeply around this profound piece of the New Testament. Come join us as we give context and understanding to this revolutionary piece of scripture.
For Your Information
If you notice some new signs on our property... In an effort to make sure our debt load remains low on the other side of our construction project, your vestry has decided to list a small corner of our property for possible sale. This parcel of land is not needed to reach the goals articulated by the church through our cottage meetings and its sale would not significantly impact our master plan. Any sale of land would be mainly situated in the area which the High Speed Rail is interested in taking anyway. If you have any questions or thoughts about this please feel free to discuss it with Rev. Les or any member of your vestry.
In case you missed last Sundays meeting here is the link to the Annual Report - click here
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.
Jan 28: Indoor and Outdoor games, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
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.
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