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Strong Light:
The Flame for Friday, October 7, 2022

God constantly introduces a strong light into the soul… In this birth God pours [Godself] into the soul with light so much that it spills over into the faculties and the outer self.”


—from an Advent sermon of Meister Eckhart, 14th Century


In another year where there has been so much gloom in our country and in the world, the ministry of St. Aidan’s reminds me that the light of Christ is shining, and the gloom is not winning (John 1:5). Many of you have experienced the outpouring of God’s “strong light” through this ministry. In my short time here I’ve come to know a community of people who are deeply rooted in faith, centered in prayer, and acting as instruments of God’s peace and justice. “Strong light” is “spilling over”!


This month we will be focusing on stewardship, our commitment to keep the light—and the lights!—shining. Each week in our worship services we’ll hear from someone talking about their experience of the light and why they choose to invest in the ministries of St. Aidan’s. Each week we’ll share a reflection from The Episcopal Network for Stewardship which I hope you’ll find helpful (see below).   


I hope you find this season encouraging, and that it deepens your gratitude for what God has done in your life through St. Aidan’s. I hope you experience spiritual refreshing as we discern—personally and collectively— ways that our time, talent and treasure can be more creatively and generously offered to God.



Photo by Cary McCullough


MORE THAN ENOUGH - Stewardship Reflection for October 9, 2022
  A Testimony of Stewardship
Questions for reflection:

  • What does it look like for our gifts to be used for the healing of the world?
  • What if stewardship included time, talent, treasure, and testimony?
  • How can this testimony be used for healing and repair?
Habitat for Humanity Amber Drive Work Day (36 Amber Drive)
Please contact Deacon Margaret ( or 650-619-0781) if you would like to sign up for this…..she will inform you about the Habitat on-line sign up process.
  • Tomorrow, Saturday October 8, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, at the 36 Amber Drive building site, ages 16 and up. This will be St. Aidans’ 4th volunteer opportunity at the building site in our neighborhood!  We’ve had a blast each time we’ve volunteered, and the progress at the site is inspiring and impressive.  Please join us!
Men's Group
Tomorrow, Saturday, October 8, 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 October 6, contact Dave Frangquist (  Please note that the Men’s Group has switched to the second Saturday of the month this year.

Christine Ingersoll Ortiz - Memorial Service - October 9, 2022 after the 10:00 AM Eucharist - Chris and her husband Oscar were core members of St. Aidan's many years ago. Oscar died in 2013.  Chris's obituary can be found here: Christine Ingersoll Ortiz Obituary

Vital + Thriving Listening Campaign Launches
Our next activity in the Vital + Thriving process is a listening campaign. Our Listening Team (Betty Carmack, Will Crockett, Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain, Mileva Lewis, Kathy O’Loughlin, George Slaiman) will be conducting 25 interviews with members and friends of the congregation as well as community members engaged in ministry with us. If one of them contacts you for an interview, please say yes! 

Creation Season at St. Aidan’s
We are planning a number of offerings for Creation Season at St. Aidan’s to celebrate and live into this season of our church year.  The season will begin the Sunday after the Feast of St. Aidan and will include:
  • On Saturday October 15th, the St. Aidan’s community is again invited to join the Diamond Heights Median work day, which works to create sustainable and beautiful medians in our neighborhood.
Photo from last week's Blessing of the Animals

Cameron is on Sabbatical
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 Guidelines

Our St. Aidan's Women's Spirituality Group will meet via zoom Saturday, October 15th, at 10:30. The Women's Spirituality Meeting will be held on the 3rd Saturday of October in order not to conflict with Habitat for Humanity which is on the 2nd Saturday in October. We will meet at our regular 10:30 a.m. time.  October's topic, suggested by Kathy O'Loughlin, is "On the Shortness of Life." 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.

Music on the Hill - Sunday, October 16 at 7:30 pm - Sierra String Quartet
Samuel Weiser & Elbert Tsai, violins; Alexandra Simpson, viola; James Jaffe, cello. Please join us for a pre-concert gathering from 7:00-7:30. Free wine and beverage.

Performing a program featuring Quartet No. 22 K.589 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lady Isabelle Was that Kind of Woman by U.S. composer Alexandra T. Bryant, and String Quartet by Antonín Dvořák.

Tickets will be sold online for $20 each and we have season tickets available at $70 for the 4 concerts of this upcoming season. See our website for more information about the 4 concerts in this 2022-2023 Season:

To purchase Season Tickets:

To purchase tickets for this Sierra String Quartet concert click here:
Individual tickets and season tickets can also be purchased at the door.

Good News Gardens – next date: November 5 at 12:30 pm
Sending thanks to Betty, Ron, Gilbert and Nicole for a wonderful gardening day (October 1).  And thanks to Joellen, who grew beautiful rainbow chard seedlings that we planted at the Little Red Hen garden. 

The upcoming dates until the end of 2022 are:  November 5 and December 3. Please join us! Question?  Contact Deacon Margaret (
St. Aidan’s Gourmet Book Group - Next Date:  Monday, October 24, 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 If you would like to join the Book Group, please contact
  • Monday, October 24, 2022 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    • Disorientation by Elaine Hsieh Chou  (416 pages) A quirky satire with laser-sharp observations about cultural identity and the ugly truth of tokenism and racism in the world of academia.
  • 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.
Eleanor Elliott's Memorial Service - October 16
Eleanor Elliott's celebration of life service will take place on October 16.  More details will be coming soon.

Natalie Lloyd
A memorial/celebration of life service will take place on December 4 at 2:30 pm at St. Aidan's.
Cards for Barbara Purcell
With the support of her children, our beloved long-time St. Aidanite Barbara Purcell has recently moved to the Sacramento area. Let’s send our love to her and her family in the form of cards. They can be addressed to her
            c/o Bill Purcell
        4341 Galewood Way
        Carmichael, CA 95608
Thank you in advance for your support!

Financial Summary: For the period January thru August 2022, total operating income was $187,709 and total expenses were $191,188, for a budget deficit of $3,479.  Pledge payments totaled $127,257 compared to a budget of $134,689, for a shortfall of $7,432.  There was a net operating loss for the period of $89,986 after including year-to-date declines in market value of investments.  The endowment fund had lost $48,300 in value for the year.  Dave Frangquist

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 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:

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:

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:

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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          
The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
October 9, 2022

8 AM Communion (Hybrid)
The Rev. Scot Sherman, Presider & Preacher
The Rev. Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain, Deacon
Kit Cameron, Altar Guild

10 AM Communion (Hybrid)
The Rev. Scot Sherman, Presider & Preacher
The Rev. Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain, Deacon
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
Janet Lohr, Shelley Johnson, Lectors
JoEllen Brothers, Intercessor
Dave Frangquist, In-Person Greeter
Peter Fairfield, Zoom Greeter
Paul Nocero, Sound/Liturgical DJ
CoCo Lin, Child Care
Patricia Busk, Altar Guild
JoEllen Brothers, Bread Baker
Calendar for the week starting Friday, October 7, 2022
October 7
October 8
October 9
October 10
October 11
October 12
October 13
Morning Prayer (via Zoom), 7:30 AM
Food Pantry (at church), 1-2 PM
Habitat for Humanity - Amber Dr 8:30 AM
Contemplative Prayer (via Zoom), 9 AM
Men's Group (via Zoom), 9 AM
Holy Eucharist (Hybrid), 8  & 10 AM
Memorial Service for Chris Ortiz 11:30 AM
Morning Prayer (via Zoom), 7:30 AM
Contemplative Prayer (via Zoom), 9 AM
Morning Prayer (via Zoom), 7:30 AM
Evening Prayer (via Zoom), 6:30 PM
Contemplative Prayer (via Zoom), 9 AM
Kaffeeklatsch (via Zoom), 3 PM
Our Prayers 
In Your Prayers, Please Remember:

In deep acknowledgment that St. Aidan’s is located within the unceded, ancestral land of the Yelamu tribe of the Ramaytush Ohlone people who have lived in vital relationship with this holy place for thousands of years.
In the Episcopal Church: Pray for Michael our Presiding Bishop; Marc our Bishop; the clergy of the Diocese; our Rector Cameron; our sabbatical priest, Scot Sherman, our assisting priests Don and Gary; our Deacons Margaret, and Mark; our Music Minister Barry; our Guest Music Minister David; our seminarian Weston; our postulant Lisa; our Childcare Provider CoCo.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Pray for The Church of the Province of Central Africa.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Pray for The Community of St. Francis, San Francisco; The Society of St. Francis, San Francisco.

In our Parish Cycle of Prayer: Pray for the Friday Food Pantry.
For those with birthdays this week:  Harlean, Sebastian, Megan, Gavin.

For all striving for mental and emotional balance and wholeness, and for their families and friends.
For those who have asked for our prayers: Barry, Dawn, Earl P., Janice L., Jeffrey E., John E., Kathy R., Margaret T., Mary P., Nancy P., Pam F., Sam C.
For the ongoing work against intersecting forms of oppression, particularly racism; and in affirmation of human dignity;

For our work in the world: Habitat for Humanity on Amber Drive, the Friday Food Pantry, Diamond Diners.
For Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Elijah McClain, Walter Wallace, Adam Toledo, Daunte Wright, and all whose lives have borne deep witness that Black Lives Matter, and that systemic racism, white supremacy, and police brutality must be eradicated.
For our congregation as we embrace our call to be a sanctuary people, may we commit ourselves to prayer, education, and practices of sanctuary to support immigrants to this country and all people who are estranged, excluded, or threatened in 21st century America.
For all who are struggling in this time of pandemic, vulnerability, intensified injustice and division; for strength, support, and community across physical distances and for deepened engagement and commitment to our common life;

 For those who have recently died: John, Natalie Lloyd, Sabra Sones, Eleanor Elliott, Joseph Potenti, Ellie McCarthy, Christine Ortiz.

Names of the living are printed by first name only unless otherwise requested. 
Living prayer request names will be kept on the prayer list for four weeks;
to keep someone on the list for longer, please notify the office.
To place a name on our prayer list, please contact the church office
 415-285-9540, ext. 3 or 

The 18th Sunday after Pentecost
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
Psalm 66:1-11
2 Timothy 2:8-15
Luke 17:11-19

Website and Staff Email Addresses
Our website address is
The email address to reach Cameron, the Rector, is
The email to reach Cary, the Parish Administrator, is
The  email to reach Barry, the Music Minister, is
The email to reach Dave, the Treasurer, is
Our mailing address is:
101 Gold Mine Drive 
San Francisco, CA 94131

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