This Sunday during both services the regathering committee will report on our recent congregational survey and bring an update on St. Aidan's COVID19 guideline for church activities.
Locking Up Reminder
Please check that both front doors are locked when leaving the church. The red door and the outside black door closest to the Wajnert Room use the same key now and both are being used. It's important to always make sure that both are locked when leaving.
Martin de Porres 2022
This year Martin de Porres House of Hospitality is requesting socks and blankets as an alternative to turkeys St Aidan’s donated in years past.
JoEllen Brothers will collect monetary and in kind donations (new, unused socks and twin size blankets) through November 20th.
MORE THAN ENOUGH - Stewardship Reflection for November 13, 2022
Cameron is on Sabbatical
Link: On the Promise of Abundance
• When was a time when you were expecting the worst but were surprised by a pleasant outcome instead?
• How might the words of Jesus in the Gospel reading give reassurance to us today when we face grim circumstances?
Cameron is on a long-planned sabbatical (August 1st – November 27th). While he is away, the Reverend Scot Sherman is serving in his stead, on a half-time basis.
This is a time of growth and opportunity for all of us-- for Cameron in this time of sabbatical, for St. Aidan’s as we make our way into to Vital + Thriving program, and for Scot as he walks more closely with St. Aidan’s on this journey.
Hybrid In-Person/Zoom Worship Continues This Week
This week our worship will continue to be hybrid, with both in person and Zoom platforms available. We encourage you to connect to with worship in whatever way is comfortable and feels safest for you.
As mask mandates increasingly lift in the Bay Area, and as COVID-19 moves in an endemic direction, we look forward to making masks optional for gatherings here at St. Aidan’s. While we are not yet ready to take this step for everyone, we are moving in that direction by inviting worship leaders who are fully vaccinated and boosted, and who feel comfortable doing so, to remove their masks when exercising that leadership in order to be more clearly heard. One exception to this shift is that worship leaders will remain masked while consecrating the elements at the altar. This modest step beyond our practice of the last several months is in accordance with diocesan guidance, the latest version of which can be found at: COVID-19 Health Guideline
Rejoicing in God's Saints: A Daily Prayer Calendar for November
All Saints' Day falls on November 1 of each year. On that date or on the first Sunday in November, many churches memorialize members and loved ones who have died the year prior. In keeping with the spirit of All Saints' Day and of Thanksgiving, below you will find daily prompts to express gratitude to God for a now-departed saint who has influenced your life.
A memorial/celebration of life service will take place on December 4 at 2:30 pm at St. Aidan's.
Diocesan Convention: The convention was held via Zoom webinar on October 28 & 29. Your delegates Peter Fairfield & Dave Frangquist were in attendance, as were our clergy: Cameron, Scot, Don & Margaret. New members of Standing Committee and Executive Council were elected, along with deputies for the next General Convention in 2024, including Cameron, who was elected as first alternate deputy. A budget of nearly $4.5 million was adopted for 2023, along with pay increases of 6.8% for clergy and lay employees. Resolutions were adopted to (1) require disability sensitivity training for all clergy and hiring managers throughout the diocese; (2) create an advisory group to plan and coordinate with other dioceses in celebrating the 80th anniversary of the ordination of Florence Li Tim-Oi, the first woman ordained a priest in the Anglican Communion; (3) create a task force on Truth Telling, Reckoning and Healing as part of the diocese’s work on racial reconciliation; (4) create a task force on Young Adult Ministries; (5) call on congregations to study the work of the 2022 Lambeth Conference under the direction of the Bishop; and (6) direct the Executive Council of the diocese to establish as an urgent priority addressing the lack of housing for clergy in this diocese, especially as it relates to hiring new rectors, vicars and associates. Information about the convention can be found on the convention web site: diocalconvention.org.
Men's Group - Saturday, November 12, 9-10:30 am, via Zoom. We will connect for prayer, study and fellowship. All men are cordially invited. If you haven’t received connection information by November 10, contact Dave Frangquist (email@example.com). Please note that the Men’s Group has switched to the second Saturday of the month this year.
St. Aidan's Women's Spirituality Group will meet via zoom Saturday, November 12th, at 10:30. As before, we will have time for both checking in and personal sharing as well as time for spiritual growth. We are certainly open to formats and approaches such as reflections on a poem, scripture, narrative passage or another focus for our growth. We want our group to meet the needs and desires of those who participate. If you want to join us, and we hope you will, please contact Elaine Mannon at elaine@mannon. com to get the information for signing into our meeting.
Queer Chorus of San Francisco
A Night in Hollywood, Saturday, November 12 at 8 PM, 44 Page Street, SF
Our first full live-and-in-person concert since before the pandemic features choral arrangements of hit tunes and rare gems from the silver screen from the 1930s to the 2010s.
Soloists and chorus of QCSF are joined by Barry Lloyd (piano), Daniel Fabricant (bass), Jason Slota (drums) with artistic director Sven Edward Olbash. Tickets $25/$30.
Bishop Search Listening Sessions: The Search and Transition Committee invites all members of the Diocese of California to share in a conversation about our hopes for the next bishop. We want to hear what you believe the skills, qualities, and gifts our next bishop will have that will lead us forward in the next ten to fifteen years. All the data will be compiled and compared to discern more clearly where the Holy Spirit is leading us in this critical work. You can participate by attending the San Francisco Listening Session scheduled for St. Gregory of Nyssa Church, 550 De Haro Street, on Wednesday, November 16, 6:00 – 8:00 (In Person and Zoom). Can’t make it then? You can attend any of the other Listening Sessions scheduled around the diocese. For more information, go to Diocesan Listening Sessions Announced | The Episcopal Diocese of California Bishop Search (diocalbishopsearch.org).
A Peacemaker Roundtable on Dual Belonging – With The Rev. Amy Newell-Large – Thursday, November 17, 2022 10:30 AM PST
From Amy: I wanted to be sure to pass along the link for the panel I'm speaking with next Thursday on Episcopal/Zen belonging: https://hive.zenpeacemakers.org/networks/events/96824
in case you or anyone else at St. Aidan's might be interested! I have been so grateful for the ways I can bring my Zen practice into Episcopal spaces. St. Aidan's was an incredible place of support and commitment to curiosity in faith, I continue to admire that.
Altar Guild - Spit & Shine for Advent (w/ Lunch): Saturday, November 19, 11 AM
St. Aidan’s Gourmet Book Group - Next Date: Monday, November 28, 7pm
We will continue to meet via zoom with LeeAnn DeSalles serving as our zoom master. She has set up a zoom link that will serve for all our meetings. If you would like help with zoom, please contact LeeAnn at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to join the Book Group, please contact email@example.com.
Marjorie Wilkins Jones passed away on Monday, October 24, 2022. Her memorial service will be on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 11 am.
- Monday, November 28, 2022 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
- Fierce Attachments – Vivian Gormick (181 pages) An unsparing, deeply courageous memoir about the author’s lifelong battle with her widowed mother for independence.
Good News Gardens – next date: December 3 at 12:30 PM
Please join us! Question? Contact Deacon Margaret (Mdyerc@stanford.edu)
Music on the Hill: Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 7:30 PM: Town Quartet with guest composer/ violinist Alisa Rose
Details to follow.
Financial Summary: For the period January thru September 2022, total operating income was $199,667 and total expenses were $213,994, for a budget deficit of $14,327. Pledge payments totaled $133,272 compared to a budget of $142,139, for a shortfall of $8,867. There was a net operating loss for the period of $135,484 after including year-to-date declines in market value of investments. The endowment fund had lost $68,715 in value for the year. Although investment losses are significant, they are mainly paper losses so far, and do not become real until we need to sell investments. Keeping pledge payments up to date helps us avoid selling investments at a loss. Dave Frangquist firstname.lastname@example.org
Next New Jim Crow Anti-Racist book group meeting - January 8, 4 pm
We’re reading Her Honor by LaDoris Cordell. All are welcome – please contact Deacon Margaret for the Zoom link. (email@example.com)
Resources for Engaging in Anti-Racism, from Elena Wong
Thank you to Elena Wong for sharing this list of resources that were in turn shared with her through her membership in the Western Association for College Counseling:
Please send in your recipes for the COVID Connect Cookbook!
As shared in previous weeks, Peter Fairfield and Linnea Sweet are putting together the COVID Connect Cookbook. He's received several recipes thus far but would very much like more. He writes:
We are living through a time that will change our world in ways that we cannot yet begin to understand. We can hope that our shared vulnerability to this virus worldwide will help us see that all humanity is connected and that we must all work together. As we shelter in place, many of us are concerned with food. If we are not working, how will we afford it? If we cannot go out, how will we get it?
In our community of Saint Aidan’s, many are able to feed themselves and to help others get fed. More than that, we appreciate the food that we get and are finding new ways of making the sharing of food as enjoyable as possible.
The soup recipes that Cameron has been sharing have made our diet much more enjoyable and have given Linnea and I the inspiration to collect recipes from all the congregation and share them. We ask that everyone with a favorite recipe email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will collect and edit them into a cookbook which will be a lasting reminder of this strange and special time in all our lives.
We hope to be able to publish this cookbook in printed form and sell it to raise funds in support of Saint Aidan’s food ministries. We know you have been sharing food. Now please share your recipes!
Contemplative Prayer continues: Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday from 9-10 AM via Zoom
Contemplative prayer continues during this time of sheltering in place, via Zoom. Contemplative Prayer is silent with the beginning and ending marked by a bell. You can practice meditation, silent prayer, journal, or otherwise enjoy the collective quiet. Thank you to Susan Spencer for offering to anchor this practice once again, especially the Saturday, during this time. Please feel free to reach out to the office for the Zoom access information: email@example.com.
Morning Prayer continues: Mon, Wed, Fri at 7:30 AM via Zoom
We also continue to have Morning Prayer to help sustain and ground us, online/over the phone! Please feel free to reach out to the office for the Zoom access information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evening Prayer resumes: Wednesdays at 6:30 PM via Zoom
Our in-coming CDSP Seminarian Weston Morris has resumed the service. Evening Prayer usually lasts a half hour. Readings for the day often feature commemorations from the Episcopal Church’s calendar of saints, and the service includes a brief reflection time on the readings. Please feel free to reach out to the office for the Zoom access information: email@example.com
To add an announcement to the weekly bulletin of the Flame, please send your edited text no later than 11:00 am Wednesday to firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Aidan's Vestry
Elena Wong, Senior Warden
Nicole Miller, Junior Warden
Dave Frangquist, Clerk & Treasurer
Christine Powell, Anne Edwards,
Michael Jennings, Jim Oerther
Anne Benninger, Kate Fritz, Elaina LeGault
November 13, 2022
8AM Communion (Hybrid)
The Rev. Scot Sherman, Presider
The Rev. Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain, Deacon
Weston Morris, Preacher
Doris Weyl Feyling, Altar Guild
10 AM Communion (Hybrid)
The Rev. Scot Sherman, Presider
The Rev. Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain, Deacon
Weston Morris, Preacher
David Austin, Guest Music Minister
Anne Benninger, Lee Hammack, Michael Jennings, Jackie Lewey, Janet Lohr, Jim Oerther, Kateri Paul, George Slaiman, Barbara Stevenson, Jill Tollefson, & Rolf Tollefson, and perhaps you!, Choir
Patricia Busk, In-Person Greeter
Peter Fairfield, Zoom Greeter
Elaine Mannon / Lee Hammack, Lectors
Dave Frangquist, Intercessor
Patricia Busk, Altar Guild
Robert Geesey, Sound/Liturgical DJ
Barbara Stevenson, Bread Baker
CoCo Lin, Child Care