Ministry Minute

God's Plan

"and the Word became flesh."
-John 1:14

I always found it difficult the way that people talk about God's plan. As a pastor I have heard so many stories that go like this:
Person one is hurting and goes to talk to person two who she knows is a Christian. Person two wants to comfort person one.
Person two wants to say. "I know that you are scared and afraid and alone. I wish I could make it better, but I know I can't. I don't know if this helps, but I believe in you. I believe your journey is sacred, and that with God's grace you are stronger than this obstacle. I want you to know that even though you don't believe it will be ok. I do. So even if you can't find the strength to believe things will be ok, at least take solace in the knowledge that I believe it. I believe that God loves you and is guiding you and I respect you. I don't know how it will work-out but I believe in God. I also believe in you."
That is what person two wants to say, but what person two does say is: "God has a plan."
Which totally breaks person one's heart. Person two has no idea why Person one felt offended. She was there for person one in her vulnerable time.
But, while person two said, "God has a plan" what person one heard was, "You are suffering because that is what God wants. Suffering is what you deserve because you are so messed up. Suck it up. Move on. Stop bothering me with your petty problems. If you had more faith you wouldn't have to bother me."
Planning is a funny thing. I like to say that I love plans. That is why I have about 8 of them in any given moment. Planning is good because it is a time where we exercise creativity, but you don't want to limit your creativity to a few times a year and then just live on auto pilot. And maybe that is why I have never liked stressing God's plan so much. After all, what I want and what I need is God here. I don't just want to settle for the idea that God's plan is here.
Plans make us feel better, but keeping our mind in the future is not hard. Keeping our minds in the present is hard.
So this is what I recommend. Take a sacred breath. Feel God here. Put down the weight of trying to have things figured out for one second, and listen to God. Listen with your mind. Listen with your breath. Listen with your body. For a moment stop to consider the following statement. "When I really know that God is here, I lose concern for his plan."


In Peace
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All Church Announcements

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.

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.

Ladies Bible Study starting in January!
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 @ 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

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 10: Geocaching (meet in the kitchen), 12:00-2:45 p.m.
 
Feb 17: Game afternoon, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
 
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

Dr Seuss Theme Night!
February 16th  5-8 p.m.
Calling all 4 year olds-5th graders! On February 16 come ready for dinner, games, snacks, crafts, and activities with everything from sala-ma-goox to schlopp to wockets in our pockets! We will start with dinner at 5 p.m. in the kitchen and continue our fun until pick up at 8 p.m. If you have any questions, or would like to RSVP, please email Taylor at taylor@aidanschurch.org.
 
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

 

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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