Ministry Minute

Everywhere and Everywhen





'Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,"
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.'
-Psalm 139:7-12

God is big, y'all. Often times we try to express what we know about God because even the little we have is so awe inspiring and life changing. But the truth is that even the most holy of us can barely understand a fingernail's worth of God's surpassing greatness.

This is both beautiful and disturbing. It is beautiful because God is literally great. It is disturbing because if we fear the unknown then the most important relationship we have must be scary because God is by definition unknowable at least in his fullness.

I say this because sometimes I think people get lost in the ways we talk about God. Almost everything we say is a metaphor. When we talk about heaven as a place that is a metaphor. We don't go to heaven any more than we go to God. He is everywhere and everywhen. He is here: now. When we talk about God leaving us or us leaving God it is a metaphor for our soul's loneliness and lostness when we are not in touch with the reality of God all around. Even saying "God is big" is a metaphor because there is a place where he is not somewhere and I don't believe there is such a place.

These words from psalm 139 illustrate that for me. The psalmist is taking comfort in the reality that there is no escape from God. He is soothing himself so he will know that he is never without the creator. From the top of the mountain to the bottom of the grave God is there.

Spend a moment thinking about places in your life. Happy places, scary places, and take a moment to breath and consider that God is there. Does that change your relationship to these places?

In Peace
Les +
All Church Announcements

Shrove Tuesday-Pancake
Supper March 5th 6:00 -8:00 p.m.
Save the date! We will have our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on in the church building. available.  The suggested donation is $5.00 per person with a $15.00 maximum per family.  
See preregistration forms in the Church.

Ash Wednesday
March 6th 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 revles@aidanschurch.org.

Note: You can be a sponsor of "Lent in a Bag." Last year "Ashes to Go" and "Lent in a Bag" were both such a success that this year we are combining them! Rev. Les challenged the congregation to provide a "lent in a Bag" to every family going through "Ashes to Go." That is over 300 bags! The average cost per bag is $3 so please consider making a special donation. You could bless 20 families for just $60.

Caravan To Yoga Mass
March 9th
Rev. Les is gathering some people to go check out Yogamass.
Yoga mass is an Episcopal Eucharistic act of worship that incorporates Yoga. We will meet at St Aidans at 4pm to make sure we can be at Yogamass before 5.
Yogamass is held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 1819 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77009, Parking off of 19th St. Join us at 4 for the drive over or just meet us there! For more info on yogamass click here
 
PJs & Prayers-Wherever You Are
We will meet at Every Wednesday, 13 Mar - 10 Apr
Join us on our church FB page from the comfort of your home -- or wherever you are -- on Wednesday evenings during Lent for a special addition to your evening routine, PJ's and Prayers. This weekly time of reflection, song and prayer will help us stay focused and centered throughout Lent.

Ladies Bible Study.
Join us for a ladies only Bible study every other Thursday at Patti Foucha's house beginning Thursday, January 10 From 7:00 to 8:30 PM. 
Our studies will be broken into relevant life topics. Our first topic will be what the Bible says about PURPOSE. Please contact Patti at 281-844-3383 or Dorothy Keays at 240-304-2209 to let us know you will attend or if you have any questions. Light appetizers and drinks will be served! Bring a friend!

GIFT Event - March 3- Prodigal Son 
This Sunday School is set apart to combine children youth and adults into a cluster of formation experiences where people of all ages can come together. We all are students and we all are teachers in these unique formation experience. So come meet your faith anew as we are Growing in Faith Together!

 
" Under Construction"
We have begun our process of construction on our expansion. Please be patient with us over the next 6 months and pay attention to the rerouting of foot traffic. For example if you are going to the portable buildings we recommend you take the temporary path around the other side of the playground. Thank you for joining us for this exciting time of growth for our church.

Uncurriculum 
Sundays, 9:15 AM, Classroom 1
We have created our own unique approach to Sunday School. Approximately once a month we have a large gathering for all ages where we teach a Bible story. The weeks leading up to that Sunday School consists of people coming together to help discover, create and implement the upcoming GIFT Sundays. There is a fresh leadership team for every month, but all are welcome every Sunday whether you will make it to the GIFT or not. The best way to know the Creator is to create. Join us for the learning and fun!
 
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.

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 Joni Buck @ 832-746-5406!

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

Confirmation Classes
Will begin on March 17th. The class will be immediately following the 10:30 service, starting with lunch in the kitchen, ending at 12:30 in Children's Chapel. These classes will go through April 7th The topic for this round of classes is Eucharist.
After class, we encourage the Confirmation class to go to the youth room so they can further bond and spend time with youth not in Confirmation class. Pick up time is 1:30 p.m.
If you are a youth who would like to be Confirmed, please email Taylor Durr at taylor@aidanschurch.org. If you would like to be Confirmed as an adult, please email Les Carpenter revles@aidanschurch.org for more information.
 
Feb 24: Bible study, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
 
Mar 3: Service project, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
 
March 10: No youth group, Happy Spring Break!


If you have any questions, please contact Taylor Durr at taylor@aidanschurch.org
Children's Ministry

Sunday School
For Prek-3rd grade (on non-GIFT Sundays) we will be using a special curriculum that uses Legos to teach the Bible. As Rev. Les put it, "This method is simple, and beautiful and powerful and it is the first accessible Sunday School curriculum I have ever seen that truly empowers the soul of a child."
 
For 4th grade-Adult we have created our own unique approach to Sunday School. Approximately once a month we have a large gathering for all ages where we teach a Bible story. The weeks leading up to that Sunday School consists of people coming together to help discover, create and implement the upcoming GIFT Sundays. There is a fresh leadership team for every month, but all are welcome every Sunday whether you will make it to the GIFT or not. The best way to know the Creator is to create. Join us for the learning and the fun.

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.
 
Youth Group
We have a great group of youth. Warm inviting and impressive. They generally meet Sunday afternoon from 12-1:30 pm, but check the schedule for more information.
 

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. 

Questions about the new church set up? Check out our Temporary Customary here.
 
 
Saint Aidan's Episcopal Church
13131 Fry Road
Cypress, TX 77433
281.373.3203