Ministry Minute

Empty Chairs


I have a simple thought for you today.


Empty Chairs


"Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."
-Matthew 9:35-38

This past Sunday on our first Sunday of the New Season was the first time that every chair in the church was taken out of storage. There was not one chair stacked in the whole church. I think this is the only time that has ever happened.

It is funny. Lots of people made jokes on Sunday about how much larger the room looked. Some said they even needed to operate glasses to watch communion. I think a big part of that is the chairs. So many more empty chairs. The transition time has brought with it two unique blessings. It has allowed us to see a completely different way of worshiping. It's drawn us close around the altar. It's drawn us close to one another. And now a new season begins.

It is easy to feel alone in a  sea of empty chairs, but don't.  Because while we may be a little bit more spread out every chair represents an opportunity. Every chair represents a lonely and hungry soul longing for God. Every chair represents a friend you haven't met yet. Every chair represents your family in Christ that has yet to arrive at the feast. So go out! Let the world know of what we have. By that I don't mean a building I mean Jesus Christ himself. I mean a community founded on the love of God his mercy and his inspiration. Invite all to come. Because there's empty chairs to fill and God's new day to meet with Joy.

In peace
+Les
All Church Announcements

Mission Trip Sunday June 23rd
Our middle and high school youth will be returning from their mission trip on June 21. Join us on June 23 at the 10:30 service to hear some of our youth talk about their experiences from mission trip. It is always impactful hearing our youth talk about their faith, what their faith looks like in action, and how they see the world with their faith.  You don't want to miss this!  

Stuff the Bus
Sponsor a backpack for $20 or a pair of shoes for $10. Help an at risk child get a good start on a great year of learning.
Packing party will be August 3rd in the NEW PARISH HALL! Time to be set.
Set up will be at  BCUMC on Monday August 5th in the Family Life Center and Distribution is Tuesday August 6th.  Tuesday volunteers are needed for both the early shift starting at 4 PM and late shift starting at 6 pm.
Each donation for will give one child the tools for school.  
Contact Jeff Klorer for more information at klorerj@yahoo.com

Gift of Life
July 28, 9 AM-1PM 
St. Aidan's will be hosting a mobile blood donation in our parking lot that Sunday. If you can donate please plan to. Come to church and save some lives. What a day!

Consecration of the New Space
Saturday August 24th at 5:30 pm
Join us and Bishop Jeff Fisher as we celebrate our new worship space. It is a powerful and rare opportunity to pray, celebrate and share good food with the amazing people of St Aidan's and the Cypress Community.
This is taking place of our normal St. Aidan's day celebration this year to be sure to join us.

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
 
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.

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

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.
 
Off the Collar
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.

Ladies Bible Study.
Join us for a ladies only Bible Study every other Thursday at Patti Foucha's house from 7:00-8:30pm. 
Upcoming Dates:  June 27, July 11 and July 25.  On July 25 our very own Rev. Les Carpenter will join us to answer questions and to help us better understand the lessons we have completed. If you cannot make one of the lessons, it's OK - just come whenever you can! We send out a reminder email a few days before each gathering with the verses we will be reading and discussing...so you can always read it yourself, if you can't make it.
Our studies and discussions are open to all ladies, not just members of Saint Aidans! So feel free to bring a friend or two!  
Call Patti at 281-844-3383 or Dorothy Keays at 240-304-2209 for the address, get on our email list or any questions you may have.
 
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
 
June 23: No youth group 
 
June 30: Stump the Priest, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
 
July 7: Decorate for VBS, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (lunch included)
 
July 14: Clean up VBS, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m..
 
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?
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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