Ministry Minute


Sacred  Work


"Unless the Lord builds the house,
   the builders labor in vain."

Psalm 127

There is an old saying "love what you do and you will never work a day in your life." I appreciate that saying but I think it undervalues work itself.

There is a lot of writing and thinking about work in the Christian tradition. St. Benedict who created most of the foundational principles of monasticism talked about work as if it was a form of prayer. When you wash your dishes, he suggests, you should think of them like the dishes for Holy Communion. Work is a sacred and special thing in the monastic tradition because they knew how to keep it in balance.

There are really two things that I gain from these spiritual giants about work: sabbath and intention. In our world we often see work as a negative thing because we don't value rest. Sabbath is a key spiritual virtue and it is difficult to maintain in a world where people bill by the ΒΌ hour. Recently I saw a large beautiful hourglass in a store I was walking through and I wondered how differently I would feel about my work if I kept a rest timer on my desk to clear my mind with a 5-minute sabbatical every couple hours.

In seminary or in the monastic tradition they had a bell that would ring when it was time for prayer. Whenever Benedict's bell would ring you were supposed to stop whatever you were doing immediately and go to prayer. Rest in God was at least as important as any task.

The other spiritual work balance hack is intention. All work as they see it should and is dedicated to God. How differently would you feel about your work if every worry, every idea, every drop of sweat was dedicated to the God you love. This matters in a profound way. Start every day dedicating it to God's service and I truly believe that your relationship with work will change.

I am not saying that you should listen or even repeat the old saying I started with. I am just inspired by Benedict. Who seem to be saying that loving who you are truly working for changes your relationship with everything you do.


In peace
+Les

All Church Announcements

Attention all St. Aidaners. We have put together a 3-5 min  survey  about our Christian Education and  Formation  programs - specifically Uncurriculum/GIFT and Sunday School. This is for adults with kids and adults without kids. We want to know your thoughts! Please fill it out before May 26th. Please click here 
Please help us evaluate and improve our ministries!

Help Requested for Cleaning Chairs 
Thursday, May 30th, beginning at 9:00 am
The chairs and kneelers in our sanctuary will be moved to the new sanctuary approximately May 31-June 1.  We are going to clean the chair upholstery (as needed), vacuum the upholstery, and dust the wood prior to moving the chairs.  We are looking for help to clean and vacuum the chairs.  We also need 3-4 vacuums that have an upholstery attachment.
RSVP to Colleen Wells at 713-305-8899 or  colleen.wells@att.net if you are able to help and if you are able to bring a vacuum.


BBB - Burger Beer and Bible
Starts 4th June ends 18th August, 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month
Gather starting at 6:30 Conversation begins at 7.
BBB returns for the summer. This is an informal time to grab a bite to eat and share some conversation over dinner. For the first session we will be at Cypress Rosehill Beer Garden. There are a variety of Food Trucks which give excellent selection for food. This is a great way to enjoy the summer, meet some new folks and share some faith talk. All are invited. Please email  revles@aidanschurch.org if you know you are coming so that we can try to grab the right amount of tables.

Annual Soup Drive - Every Can Makes a Difference!
It's time for the annual summer soup drive to support MESA Outreach
The generous members of Saint Aidan's have been a consistent blessing to those in need through your support of MESA Outreach.  Once the school year is ended, there is an increased demand for easy to fix meals for the children during the summer.  Last year alone, MESA provided over 3,000 families with nonperishable food assistance twice each month The collection of hearty soup this summer is paramount to supporting these families.
This will be our fourth year to hold a summer soup drive and we are asking for your continued support. Our goal is to collect 4,000 cans of soup to be sure children do not go hungry.  The familiar soup collection can will be in the narthex along with collection bags and an updated status of where we stand in meeting our goal. Heartfelt thanks and Blessing to our St. Aidan's Family

Adult Sunday School-Coffee and Conversation
Sundays 9:15-10:15, Church Kitchen
Adult Sunday School 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.

It will feature casual conversations on real questions about faith. Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel so you can find the Videos, and share them! A new video will be coming out every week so help us extend the audience.  
Also if you have a question you would like to see Rev. Les talk about on a video you can email it to questions@aidanschurch.org.

VBS July 8th - 12th, 9am - Noon
Take an adventure with us for an exciting and adventurous week, July 9-13 at VBS! Early registration is March 3rd, costing $20.00. Late registration is June 16, costing $30.00. Registration can be found at aidanschurch.org! Our theme this year is  ROAR : Life is wild, God is good. For more information, contact Taylor Durr at taylor@aidanschurch.org.

Interested in Sponsoring VBS? Please click here.

Triumph Sports
This year we are adding something very special to our Vacation Bible School! From 12- 4 p.m. we will have Triumph Sports come in and run a Bible based sports camp. The participants will play fun games
like dodgeball, kickball, capture the flag, and games revolving around basketball, soccer, and more! The cost in addition to VBS is $105.00 if registered before June 1, and $115.00 if registered after June 1.
Early registration for Triumph Sports is also online NOW   Here
For more information,  Taylor Durr at taylor@aidanschurch.org

Ladies Bible Study.
Join us for a ladies only Bible study every other Thursday at Patti Foucha's house from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. 
Our studies will be broken into relevant life topics. 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!

 
" 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

May 26: Pool Party at the Thompson's, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Please contact Taylor for the address. 
 
June 2: Lunch and a movie, time TBA

June 9: Bible study, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
 
June 16-21: Mission Trip
 
June 23: No youth group 
 
If you have any questions, please contact Taylor Durr at taylor@aidanschurch.org
Children's Ministry

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?
Click below to check the 
May and June Services
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