The Epistle
August 10, 2022
Another Shrine Mont Retreat in the books!
This past weekend Rev. Laura, her family and a wonderful group of parishioners went on our annual Parish Retreat to
Shrine Mont in Orkney Springs, Va.
We enjoyed great company, good food and fellowship at every turn.
We had fun sharing stories, playing games, fishing in the pond,
playing in the rain, swimming in the pool, creating art for our service as well as jointly picking hymns to sing and prayers to say together.
If you couldn’t join us this year, consider coming next year.
The weekend is a great chance to relax, have fun, and get to know
your parish family a little better.
Rev. Laura and Charlie were spotted at Funland in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware enjoying their first few days of vacation.
Looks like the traffic was bumper to bumper!
Looking ahead this week
Wednesday, August 10
   • Morning Prayer (online via Zoom) at 9:00 a.m.
   • Compline (online via Zoom) at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, August 12
  • Compline (online via Zoom) at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 14
  • Worship at 9:30 a.m. (in-person and live streamed via Zoom)
 • Celtic Worship at 5:30 p.m. (in-person and live streamed via Zoom)

Monday, August 15
   • Compline (online via Zoom) at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 16
   • Woman’s Reading Circle at 9:30 am 

Wednesday, August 17
   • Final Morning Prayer with Jon Scarffe (online via Zoom) at 9:00 a.m.
   • Popsicles on the Playground at 11 a.m.
   • Compline (online via Zoom) at 7:00 p.m.
Oktoberfest - Saturday, Oct 1, 2022
Our Annual fundraiser feels far away but is quickly approaching and believe it or not we actually start preparing this early! It takes many hands to help this wonderful event run smoothly and efficiently. If you would like to help with the Silent Auction preparation (for example: helping with contacting local businesses for donations, picking up donations, organizing incoming donations from parishioners and Day School parents, cataloging items, etc.) please reach out to Rev. Laura or Eileen Myers (Parish Administrator) to find out more. We will have a more detailed job list and Sign Up Genius in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

Silent Auction Donations
Please keep St Aidan's in mind if you tackle some Spring cleaning
and come across any fun finds that you think might be
perfect for our Silent Auction. Items such as: hardly used kitchen gadgets (ex. Waffle maker, Bread machine, etc), Puzzles, Artwork, Jewelry, Collectables, Kids toys or games, Garden tools, etc.
Click here for our Donation form
(we will have blank forms in Church starting this Sunday)
Click here for a "Wish List" of additional ideas
Morning Prayer with Coffee
Wednesday, July 13th - Aug 17th, 9:00 am

Join our Seminarian Jon on Wednesdays in July & August for a short service of Summer Morning Prayer. This short informal service will take place via Zoom starting at 9:00 am followed by some chat & coffee social time. Get ready to have your coffee or beverage of preference at hand. 
Adventures of Flat St. Aidan
The Bauer boys went to the Zoo last week and took Flat St Aidan along to see the elephants.
Where will you take St. Aidan next??
Here we see Flat St Aidan with the Dilley kids in Ohio visiting family. Flat St. Aidan enjoyed fishing, feeding fish, seeing deer and playing with family. He really enjoyed the homemade ice cream too!
Job Opening for Part-Time Bookkeeper
Our wonderful part-time bookkeeper Cathy Leary is retiring at year’s end. We are looking to hire a replacement by this fall in order to ensure a smooth transition. A job description is provided below. If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact our treasurer Tom Madison ( 

Required Experience
 5 years basic bookkeeping experience in small or medium size business or church/non-profit accounting.
 5 years experience with Quick books
 Must be experienced in doing payroll. Knowledge of handling pensions and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) a plus.
 Ability to work with little to no supervision
 Ability to pass background check.

 Desired Experience
 Good interpersonal skills
 Associate’s degree in Accounting
 Experience with Servant Keeper Accounting Software

Job Requirements
Maintain books for St. Aidan’s using QuickBooks accounting software. Post expenses and income weekly. Produce monthly financial reports for the church Vestry and yearly closing statements. Balance bank statements on a monthly basis. Annual budget is approximately $350,000. Interface with Rector and Treasurer on a weekly basis. One
day a week (up to 4 hours) required onsite at church in Alexandria, VA.; remaining time can be worked remotely. Total hours estimated to be 5 - 8 hours per week. 

Hourly pay commensurate with experience.
Confirmation: Coming this Fall
If you are interested in being confirmed or received (have previously been confirmed in another church) or having your child confirmed, please fill out this form. Further details and scheduling will be announced later in the summer.
Christian Formation
Popsicles on the Playground
11am on the 1st, 3rd, 5th Wednesdays June-August
(next up: Wednesday, August 17)

  • Church and Day School families (and friends!) are invited for these informal meet-ups on the St. Aidan's playground over the summer. Popsicles provided!

Flat St. Aidan
We want to see your summer! Grab a "Flat St. Aidan" postcard at church (or print this image) and then mail it or send pictures of your summer with him to Rebecca or Eileen. We will compile and display during the summer!

Silent Prayer & Meditation
In the Sanctuary at 8:00 on Tuesday mornings
via Zoom at 8:00 on Friday mornings

Those who seek to include meditation in their weekly practice often find it easier to do so in the company of others. We light a candle and spend 20 minutes in silence. If you are interested in this shared prayer practice, email Lisa Richard at to receive the link for Zoom or to let us know to expect you on a Tuesday, in person. Come regularly, or come from time to time. All are welcome!

Summer Budget
Save St. Aidans from the summer budget slump! 
If you haven't yet enrolled in electronic giving, please do so here. Electronic giving guarantees regular income for the church even when parishioners are away. Please contact the church office if you need help setting up online payments. Thank you.

Prayer List & More
Birthday and Anniversary Prayers
We list the Birthday and Anniversary Prayers on the first of the month in our bulletins. Our next time to note names and dates will be Sunday, September 4, 2022. Please send in your September birthdays and anniversaries and we will add them to our list to be printed in our bulletin. Thank You!

Prayer List
If you would like to add someone to our Sunday worship bulletin prayer list, please send an email to the office or call us at 703-360-4220. Prayers will be listed for 30 days unless requested to be continued beyond that length of time. 

Lemonade on the Lawn & Flowers
Perhaps you would like to host one of our Lemonades on the Lawn after morning service this Spring/Summer? It's a fun & simple way to get to know your fellow parishioners. You could even host with a friend to share the duties.
Here is the link to sign up.
If you would like to sign up to donate our weekly Altar flower bouquet please use the link below and be sure to note your dedication as well as if you will bring your own bouquet or if you'd like our flower guild to take care of it for you.
Outreach is also supporting two other important organizations
that serve the Route One Community:

Rising Hope
A special thank you to all who have continued to add food items to the Food Bin located in the Breezeway and the Food Basket in the Narthex. Rising Hope depends on our contributions and is very grateful for the generosity of our parishioners.
Requested items include: 
  • canned meat
  • canned vegetables
  • canned fruit
  • cereal and diapers in all sizes
  • deodorant
  • toothbrushes
  • toothpaste
  • sanitary napkins

Eleanor Kennedy Shelter:
We are currently seeking volunteers for 5 remaining slots to purchase and deliver requested food items to the Eleanor Kennedy Shelter on Route One (9155 Richmond Highway). Those shop and food delivery slots are: August 1, September 12, October 24, December 5, 2022, and January 17, 2023.
If you are able to help, please let our parishioner liaison, Barbara Cotter, know which date works for you. Barbara’s contact info is: or home phone number is 703-780-6166.
Click here for more specific details.

From the Treasurer
Update from our Treasurer:

June Income: $19,838
June Budgeted Income: $25,041
Jan to July YTD Income: $168,576
Jan to July YTD Budgeted Income: $175,291

Thank You for your support of this amazing community!

Thanks to all who support St. Aidan's in so many ways! Here is our Pledge Link if you would still like to donate.

Your support makes so many good things happen at St. Aidan's and beyond.

You may easily make a contribution to St. Aidan's
using this button on the St. Aidan's website: 
It is located on the Giving page above the 2022 Pledge Form button.
It is not too late to pledge for 2022! Your financial gift of any size
supports the mission and ministries of St. Aidan's.
Thank you.
Service Times
Sunday, 9:30 am (virtual & in person)
Sunday, 5:30 pm Celtic (virtual & in person)
Compline, 7:00 pm Mon., Weds., Fri. (virtual only)

You are always welcome at St. Aidan's,
wherever you may be on your faith journey.

Service Links
If you are not receiving our separate mailing each week with links for worship gatherings and would like to be added to that list, simply reach out to the office and let us know. Those links are sent out on Saturday.
St. Aidan's
St. Aidan's has been serving the Stratford Landing area & beyond since 1963.
We worship in person on Sundays at 9:30 am and 5:30 pm (Celtic) during the Summer months. We also offer evening prayer every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:00 pm (virtual only). You are always welcome at St. Aidan's, wherever you may be on your faith journey.
Some Helpful Links:
The Center for Spiritual Deepening at St. Aidan's supports the soul and heart work of those seeking a deeper sense of God's presence in their lives. Check out the Center and its offerings Here.