Ministry Minute

Chewing Time
"A week later..."
-John 20:26
 


 
As most of you know I have this annoying habit. When we are past the day but still in the season I still say "Happy Easter!" Most of the congregation seems to have accepted it or at least they realize I have a microphone and they don't. Of course I still get quizzical looks from people who don't know the full on church side of me yet.

I love it because some of my favorite stories happen after Easter Sunday and before Pentecost. Jesus and Thomas which we read about last week. Jesus appearing on the road to Emmaus. Jesus eating a picnic on the beach with his Disciples there are so many sweet and wonderful stories in this season. And no wonder, Jesus was on the earth 40 days after his resurrection before he ascended to the right hand of the father. Then there was 10 days after that ascension until Pentecost for a total of 50.

This is such a rich time of discovery. One by one the disciples find bewilderment, loss, confusion, realization and ultimately purpose in Christ's resurrection. I use to wonder why Jesus didn't just stop by a quick en route to heaven, until I fed my son solid food for the first time. It is interesting, entertaining and bizarre to watch someone learn to chew. They do not like it at first, and that first face is priceless. It is funny not just because it is something that is simple to us, but also because you can tell that it is an instinct that they are discovering.

This is the resurrection. It takes time to embrace it, but it is an instinct, and Jesus is gracious enough to spend a season with us as we work it out.

Discussion Questions
  1. What spiritually have you come to believe only after time?
  2. What are you still chewing on?
  3. What are you still doing to celebrate Easter?
All Church Announcements

Disney Theme Night
Calling all 4 year olds-5th graders! Join us on May 19 from 5-8 p.m. in the church building for a Disney theme night! Dress up as your favorite character and be prepared for Disney themed meal and snacks, games, crafts, and more! Please email Taylor Durr for more information or to RSVP to  taylor@aidanschurch.org
 
MESA OUTREACH -  Annual Soup Drive
It's time for our Annual Soup Drive to benefit those in need within our community. 
For the past several years, we have been working with MESA Outreach, formerly Houston Northwest Community Center (HNwCC), to help provide support to families in need within the Bear Creek area.  On the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, the MESA Outreach food pantry distributes food to over 280 families. Through your generous support, last year we were able to help make that possible with the donation of over 1,000 of hearty soup!   Please help us continue this valuable assistance.  The collection drive will begin Sunday, April 8 and continue through May.   There are collection bags in the Narthex and donations can be placed in the Soup Can.

St. Aidan's Daughters of the King Spring Soup Supper
April 22nd, 2018 St. Aidan's Church 5:00 PM
Come learn about what it means to be a Daughter of the King at St. Aidan's! We will enjoy fellowship, listen as fellow members share their journey with us, and sample an amazing array of homemade soups and sweet treats!
Please RSVP to: Bethany Thompson

St. Aidan's Seniors (SAS) is sponsoring  a field trip on Saturday, April 21, 2018, to tour the Port of Houston, San Jacinto Monument, and the Battleship Texas.  Lunch will be at the Monument Inn.
Hurry to reserve your spot by contacting Jean Dick at 281-309-6669 (cell), 281-304-1942 (home) or email jeand1020@comcast.net or sign the sign-up sheet in the church narthex on Sunday.

St. Aidan's Seniors (SAS) is having a spring picnic on April 29, 2018, at Mark & Ellen Jones' home, following the 10:30 a.m. service.  The event is co-hosted with Bonnie Buhl.
To sign up, please contact Ellen Jones at ellenjanejones@hotmail.com  or Phone 504-343-2294 or sign up in the church Narthex on Sunday.

Growing In Faith Together!
April 22nd 9:15-10:15
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 Ascension.  We will be flying kites as we learn.  Please contact Taylor Durr with any questions at taylor@aidanschurch.org

VBS Registration is Open
Take an adventure with us for an exciting and adventurous week, July 9-13 at VBS! Early registration is March 1-April 22, costing $20.00. Regular registration is April 23-June 16, costing $30.00. Registration can be found at aidanschurch.org! Our theme this year is Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus. Kids will learn what it means that Jesus carries us and with us through life's storms. For more information, contact Taylor Durr at taylor@aidanschurch.org. Please click here to register
Look out for T-Shirt competition details in future announcements.

Rhythms of Worship
Adult and High School Sunday School
9:15-10:15, Youth Room
Sundays, April 8-29
Ever wonder how to know what colors go on which Sunday? Or why sometimes there is a random big candle? Why are certain readings picked for certain Sundays of the year? Then this class is for you. Come and explore the rhythms of the church year and what it means to be part of a "liturgical church." Unlock the logic behind our calendar which has us step into the stories of the bible each and every year.

Confirmation Classes! April 8th -29th, 11:30 am
These classes are designed for 6th-8th grade students, and take place over 3 years, 2 months each year (one in the Fall semester, and one in the Spring). The classes will begin in the kitchen with lunch at 11:30 a.m., and end in the sanctuary at 12:45 p.m. We will be discussing Liturgy, Worship, and the Seasons of the Church. Over the course of the month we will delve into the meaning of the word "liturgy", the difference between sign and symbol, a tour through the sacristy and symbols of worship, and more. If you have any questions, please contact Taylor Durr at taylor@aidanschurch.org

MESA Outreach needs volunteers!
In addition to the Food Pantry, MESA Outreach provides a wide array of services including educational programs.  ESL classes are expected to continue to increase in size again for the fall semester which would require an additional classes to be started.  We will need ESL teachers and assistants for both day and evening classes!   The classes are full English immersion so English is the only language requirement for teaching.  If you have an interest and would like more information please email info@mesa-outreach.org  or call Jeff at 337 522-1852
 
SALSA
Do you have about 2 hours a month to help keep your church grounds looking beautiful? If so, SALSA (Saint Aidan's Lawn Service Associates) needs you! If you are interested and able to serve your church in this fun ministry, we are looking for teens and adults to join the effort. Please call or text Dave Lancaster @ 252-626-7326!

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.  (Saint Aidans Episcopal Church Cypress Texas, 13131 Fry Road, Cypress. TX 77433-3339)
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 15: Escape Now, leave the church at 12 p.m., return around 3 p.m.

April 21: Main Event with San Jacinto Convocation, leave Saint Aidan's at 8 a.m., return around 2 p.m.

April 29: Scavenger Hunt, 12:00-1:30 p.m. in the youth room

May 6: Bible Study, 12:00-1:30 p.m. in the youth room

May 13: Museum of Natural Science, leave the church at 12 p.m., return around 3:30 p.m. Total cost is $25 p/p with partial scholarships available.

May 19: Help with Disney Theme Night in the church building, 4:30-8:30 p.m.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Taylor Durr at taylor@aidanschurch.org
Children's Ministry

Sunday School this weekend for pre k-8th grade
 
VBS REGISTRATION IS OPEN!!!!
Take an adventure with us for an exciting and adventurous week, July 9-13 at VBS! Early registration is March 1-April 22, costing $20.00. Regular registration is April 23-June 16, costing $30.00.
Registration can be found at aidanschurch.org.
Our theme this year is Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus. Kids will learn what it means that Jesus carries us and is with us through life's storms. Click Here to Register

Children's Chapel
Children's Chapel is available at our 10:30 service. It is a place for children to worship in the traditions of our faith but in a way that's geared towards Pre K - 3rd grade. A procession will guide the children to the chapel in the beginning of the service and the kids rejoin their families for Communion.
 
Sunday School
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 is digging deeper into the Bible with a curriculum called Dig In! They are learning and understanding the stories and concepts in the Bible through interactive lessons. 7th-8th grade are using re:form which fosters 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, yellow door on the left
2nd-3rd grade= classroom 3, 1st orange door
4th-6th grade= classroom 4, 2nd orange door
7th-8th grade= office, 2nd blue door
 
Youth Group
We have a great group of youth. Warm inviting and impressive. They generally meet Sunday nights from 12-1-30 pm, but check the schedule to the left.
 

Worship

Sundays
 
Traditional Worship 8:00 am

Traditional Worship with Contemporary Music 10:30 am

 

Are you serving Sunday?
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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