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Blessing of the Pets

All Creatures Bright and Beautiful

The Chapel garden was sunny and breezy once again as Rev. Kit Lonergan began her second summer ministry at St. Aidan’s parish.  An inclusive, high-spirited service ensued which included the annual “Blessing of the Pets,” a favorite of parishioners and animals alike.  Inviting the children present to help her administer the blessings to a bunch…

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Rev. Kit Lonergan

Three Quick Questions for Rev. Kit Lonergan

What do you find challenging in your work? Humans are challenging in general– all of us, parishioners, clergy, and our communities. The greatest challenges in ministry are when we forget that we are all fallible, imperfect works in progress, and expect perfection from every angle. It’s not who we were made by God to be.…

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Service 07-29-22

Baptisms and Sunday Joy

Three baptisms were held on Sunday, July 31 in front of a supportive group of parishioners, the largest gathering of the summer so far. Ninety-seven people assembled under the shade of the beech tree as Rev. Noah Van Niel led the worship service, his last of 2022.  The singing of hymns with flute interludes by…

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Rev. Noah

Three Quick Questions for Rev. Noah Van Niel

Throughout the summer, our visiting clergy are asked a series of questions about their work and what they like to read. Rev. Noah responded as follows: What do you find the most challenging in your work? The deep awareness of just how hurting and broken the world is and not being able to solve all…

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Rev. Noah

Holy Communion under the Beech Tree

The sustained heat wave and drought conditions did not deter Rev. Noah Van Niel and the congregation from gathering on July 24. The shade of the mature beech tree in the Chapel garden provided welcome protection from the sun as hymns were enhanced by flute accompaniment. Over 80 parishioners attended the service and welcomed Rev.…

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Rev. Mike

Three Quick Questions for Rev. Mike Dangelo

Throughout the summer, our visiting clergy will be asked a series of questions about their work and what they like to read.  First up, Vicar Mike: What do you find the most challenging in your work? I’m a parish minister at heart, and each parish has a set of gifts (charisms) and challenges (particularities) that…

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Rev. Mike

Rev. Mike Bids Adieu for the Season

On yet another beautiful Sunday morning, Rev. Mike Dangelo led a large group of parishioners in prayer and worship outside in the Chapel garden. The July 17th gathering was the last of his four services for 2022, in which he offered another engaging sermon that highlighted the continuity of the Gospel readings throughout his stay this summer.  Recommending…

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Rev. Mike

Sunny, Joyful July Worship

Perfect weather continued to bring smiles and large numbers of worshippers to St. Aidan’s this month. The hydrangeas that surround the chapel are at their colorful peak and committed volunteers added to the floral beauty with arrangements from their gardens, chair set-up and loving attention to the altar preparations. July 3 was marked by the…

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Chapel Sign

Summer of 2022 Begins!

Yesterday the sun shone brightly as the 105th season opened led by our vicar, Rev. Mike Dangelo. Spirits were high as parishioners were welcomed back to the Chapel. A communion service was held outdoors for the third summer in succession due to the ongoing concerns about the Covid virus. A devoted group of volunteers readied…

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Ushering

Volunteers needed for Ushering and Fellowship Support!

The vitality of the St. Aidan’s community is evident in the assistance of our corps of ushers. Tasked with helping to set up the service, lead the reading of the prayers and lessons during the liturgy, and most importantly, to welcome parishioners to the Chapel grounds before the service, this rotating band of volunteers is…

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Stephen Hatfield

Spring Letter to the St. Aidan’s Community from Steve Hatfield

Dear Friends of St. Aidan’s Chapel, I write as the pleasures of the summer to come are apparent everywhere. The hydrangeas that grace the Chapel grounds at St Aidan’s are showing strong signs of renewal as the buds get set to bloom in time for our 105th season. The rectory is being refreshed for its…

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Service Sept. 12th, 2021

Summer season comes to a joyful close!

Labor Day weekend marked the return of The Rev. Maribeth Conroy to serve St. Aidan’s through September 12, the final service of the summer. The happy reunion of our former vicar and the congregation was warm and high spirited as Rev. Maribeth preached here for the first time since 2019. Complications surrounding the Covid 19…

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