"Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy."
1 Samuel 3:8
After the news of the shooting in Santa Fe broke last week, I felt it again. Like this weight on my chest pulling me down. It is an altogether familiar feeling. There is something adjacent to comfort in the feeling of resignation. That is a feeling that I, and my guess is many of you, have become accustom to.
I don't pretend to have a plan to stop violence in our schools or in our churches or in our streets. I do know enough to know that we have no ideas that enough people can get behind to even try. Which is troubling. I remember as a child hearing about gridlock in Washington. Now, as a pastor, I see that ideological stuckness in our State, in our city and even in our pews. Fragments of Facebook snark dance around in my head like the children from Lord of the Flies and I wonder were the path forward is. It seems like we just need to become better people. Maybe then we could at least agree on something to try.
But how do we become better? How do we learn to listen? The Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry captivated the world this week when he preached at the royal wedding saying when love is the way we will see an end to bigotry, poverty and violence, and I believe him. But, love's ways seem allusive so how do we learn them?
Together. That's how. And... well, awkwardly. The oldest school of ethics, based on the works of Aristotle, makes as its foundation the idea that if you want to be a good person, go find a good person and spend time with them. I really believe that is true. One of the reasons why we named our youngest Samuel was because of the story in the Bible when Samuel hears God's voice but doesn't recognize it until and older man, Eli, can explain to him what he is hearing and what to do about it. God's voice leads us to righteousness and our community leads us to God's voice.
The way we learn love is together, but learning is awkward and often painful. If you seek to love better will you be hurt or betrayed, or offended? Yep, yep and yep. So it was for our Jesus and so it will be for us or at least that is what Christ says at least if we want to have an idea of what Bishop Curry was talking about.
The epidemic of violence in our nation is spreading like a cancer and I am tired of being more afraid of the treatment than I am the disease. So give me your darkness. Give me your anger. Tell me about your secret hatred let's just stop burying our pain like poison next to the apple tree. If you fear judgement then you need not fear me because I have none for you. I have no judgement because I have no answers. All I have is a desire to love better.
All Church Announcements
Formation Survey Meeting
June 3rd 11:30am
Join us on June 3 at 11:30 a.m. in the meeting room to hear about the results from our recent Formation Survey. We will be discussing the future of traditional Sunday school, reviewing Growing in Faith Together, and general formation ideas. Lunch will be provided. Please contact Taylor Durr with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BBB Returns -
Wednesday May 30, 6:30 -8:30 PM
Papa Charlie's Cypress Trail Hide Out
This summer we will have a serious of gatherings to eat dinner, enjoy each other's company, and have a casual chat about the bible and spirituality. Our first gathering will be at Papa Charlie's Cypress Trail Hide Out click here for website, so while this has been Burgers, Beer and Bible this time at least you can join us for Barbecue, Beer and Bible. We will start to gather at 6:30 conversation starts at 7. Please RSVP to Rev. Les so we know how many seats to have at the table!
St. Aidan's Seniors' (SAS) next adventure is a field trip on Saturday, June 16, 2018.
We will tour the Lone Star Flight Museum at Ellington Field and the Railean Distillery in San Leon. Lunch will be at the Top Water Grill, which is directly on the water and has a marvelous view. To sign up for this field trip, please contact Jean Dick at 281-309-6669 (cell), 281-304-1942 (home) or email email@example.com or sign the sign-up sheet in the church narthex on Sunday.
Adult Sunday School
Sundays 9:15-10:15, Church Kitchen
Will continue through the summer, but we will be meeting in the Kitchen. Join us for spiritual conversation between the services every week staring the May 20th.
Friday Bible Study
Fridays, 10-11:15 AM, Church Office
Join Rev. Les every Friday for a Bible study. It is helpful if you let him know you are coming. All are welcome.
CASA games night
June 16, 5:30-8:30.
Bring your bodies, some food to share, and a game or two to play. Enjoy fellowship and laughter while playing board games.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please click here to register
Look out for T-Shirt competition details in future announcements.
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!
Looking for summer camps? Camp Allen has both children and adult camps. Check out their website for full details. 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.
Pool party at the Thompson's, 2:00-4:30 p.m. Please email Taylor Durr at
for the address.
June 3: Bible Jeopardy, 12:00-1:30 p.m. in the youth room
June 9: Service project, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Location TBA
June 17: No youth group, Happy Father's Day!
Children and Youth Sunday School are on break for the summer and resume in the Fall.
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 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 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
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.
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