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Currents of Mystery:
St. Aidan's Flame for Friday, February 17, 2023
Every year as this time in the calendar comes around, I feel a familiar pull. This Sunday will be Transfiguration Sunday, the last Sunday after the Epiphany. We’ll say and sing our last Alleluias before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. We’ll observe the wonderful bookend quality that connects this Sunday to the Baptism of Jesus which we heard the first Sunday after the Epiphany. And we’ll let the day begin to shift us toward the next chapter of the church year. I’ve called this Sunday a “hinge day” for years because of how it swings the church year door, not only from one season to another but from one cycle to another. Transfiguration Sunday moves us from the Incarnational cycle – the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, all centered on the Incarnation – toward the Paschal cycle – Lent and Easter with their journey into the desert, Jerusalem and the events surrounding Jesus’ death and resurrection. The day carries these multiple currents moving in different directions. I feel those currents not as an abstract intellectual exercise but as something bodily, like the ripple of a wave returning to the sea just as another crashes toward the shore. That holy crosscurrent catches us up into the deepest mysteries of our faith.
Those currents of mystery feel especially right to carry us into this particular weekend. 
Tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 PM we will gather at St. Aidan’s (also available via Zoom using the Sunday morning link) to celebrate the life of Roger Wolcott. Roger was a longtime member of St. Aidan’s who moved in retirement to Memphis, Tennessee with his wife Margie where they started the street ministry Constance Abbey. Returning several times a year, they continued to be active members of St. Aidan’s, organizing a retreat to San Juan Bautista every December to see the holiday plays put on by El Teatro Campesino. After Roger had a bicycle accident near here on December 6th, friends from far and wide gathered on Zoom to support Margie and one another. In the weeks since Roger died on December 24th, we have planned this service to celebrate his life and surround Margie and Roger’s family and friends with love and support. Truly, the currents flowing through the Transfiguration story will carry us tomorrow.
Sunday morning those currents will center us in collaboration and experimentation as we co-sponsor worship with our friends from St. Cyprian’s Church in San Francisco. Their vicar Hannah Cornthwaite and I will co-preach and preside, and worship will reflect customs from both communities. The St. Cyprian’s community has been on pilgrimage to various congregations these last few months, including previous worship with us. Sunday’s collaboration is a chance to walk together in shared celebration of our traditions and connection. I look forward to this time together.
I’m also mindful that this weekend our friends at St. John the Evangelist in the Mission will be officially celebrating their new ministry with their vicar Kevin Deal. At 11 AM Bishop Marc Andrus will lead a service celebrating that ministry as it continues to unfold. If you’re able to attend, wonderful! Congratulations to them on this momentous day.
This weekend, we – we in the most expansive sense – make our way into the currents of divine mystery. May we be upheld by that mystery with gratitude for the gift of journeying – with God, with one another.
Come to a cottage meeting!
The next step in the Vital + Thriving process Is “corporate spiritual discernment.” The V+T steering committee is preparing a report summarizing all the data and insights gathered from the activities we have completed so far: the Timeline Event in July, the household surveys, the interviews the Listening Team conducted, and our operations data report.
Throughout March, we will share the report and lead small-group conversations around targeted questions designed to help us discern the future God imagines for us. (See list below for times/dates and details. We will ask everyone to COVID-test before in-person meetings.)
Thank you for your faithful participation in this important work.
V+T Steering Team: Cameron Partridge, Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain, Nicole Miller, Barbara Stevenson, Jim Oerther.
Sunday March 511:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. Aidan’s. Facilitator/host: Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain. Simple light brunch
***This in-person session will be held outdoors, on the patio outside the church. In case of rain, we will go into the narthex (and keep the doors open).
Saturday March 11, 10 a.m. – 12 noon at Mealy/Stevenson residence in Glen Park.
Facilitator/hosts: Barbara Stevenson & David Mealy. Brunch.
Tuesday March 14, 6 – 8 p.m. at St. Aidan’s. Facilitator: Cameron. Soup supper.
Sunday March 19 – 5 to 7 p.m. at Oerther residence in the Bayview. Facilitator/host: Jim Oerther. Soup supper
Sunday March 26 – 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Zoom Session. Facilitator: David Mealy
For this session, an unlimited number of slots is available. The group as a whole will be together for the V+T steering team report and Q&A and then we will break down into small groups via breakout rooms for discussion.

Wednesday, March 29 – 7 to 9 p.m. at the Nocero residence in Daly City. Facilitator: TBD. Dessert.
HOW TO SIGN UP: Sign-up sheets will be available in the narthex after Sunday services. You can also sign up online here. If none of the dates/times listed is possible for you, please contact Barbara at
Roger Wolcott Service Is Tomorrow, February 18, 2023 at 2:30 PM
Please join us for a service celebrating the life of Roger Wolcott tomorrow, Saturday, February 18th, at 2:30 PM. Come together to support Margie and celebrate Roger, sharing stories of his life after the service. We look forward to seeing you soon.

St. Cyprian’s is coming to visit this Sunday, Feb 19 – let’s do Welcome Café!
This Sunday, February 19, Rev. Hannah and the members of St. Cyprian’s will join us for a joint service at 8 and 10 AM. We need volunteers for Welcome Café after the 10 AM. If you can help set up, clean up, or can contribute some light finger-food goodies, please let Barbara S ( or 415.902.4142). Thanks!

Ash Wednesday Services - Coming Up Wednesday, February 22nd at 7:30 AM and 7 PM 
Join us as we make our way into the season of Lent this Wednesday. Ash Wednesday services will take place at 7:30 AM, led by the Rev. Gary Ost, and at 7 PM, led by the Rev. Cameron Partridge. Both services will be hybrid, taking place at St. Aidan's and on Zoom. The Zoom links will be the Morning Prayer link for 7:30 AM and the Evening Prayer Link for 7 PM. Please reach out to if you need the links. We look forward to seeing you soon.   

Save the Date for our Spring fundraiser, back in person on Saturday evening, March 18th at 6 PM: Fiesta! 

•    Entertainment by the Pena-Govea Family!
•    Wonderful Mexican food!
•    Live Auction!
•    Silent online auction!
•    Smack the Pinata!
Come together in community to support St. Aidan’s ministries and have a great time!

Donations for Fiesta! our Spring Fundraiser
Please start donating your items today by going to Bidding starts on Monday, March 13th at 6pm and ends on Sunday, March 19th at 6pm. 
Help Habitat Greater San Francisco spread the news about a new program for our neighbors
Since we are loyal volunteers at the Amber Drive Site, our Habitat friends have asked for our help in spreading the word about a valuable service now available to low-income homeowners residing in the Visitacion Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. A recent grant allows residents with fixed incomes to receive help with low-cost critical repairs so they can keep their homes and age in place. The “ask” is for us to walk with Habitat staff while performing the important outreach task of hanging information on doors in the neighborhood.  We’ll have the chance to get to know our Habitat friends better and also to discover the vibrancy of this family-oriented, working class neighborhood. 
Volunteers need to be 14 years of age for this one.

Date and time:  Saturday, February 25, 2023, noon – 4 pm. 
There will be snacks!  And we can arrange carpooling also.
Please contact Deacon Margaret if you are interested in joining,

St. Aidan’s Gourmet Book Group - Next Date:  Monday, February 27, 2023, 7pm
We will continue to meet via zoom with LeeAnn DeSalles serving as our zoom master.  She has set up a zoom link, listed below,  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 February 27, 2023 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    • Languages of Truth by Salmon Rushdie  (368 pages) - Gathering pieces written between 2003 and 2020, Rushdie immerses the reader in a wide variety of subjects as he delves into the nature of storytelling and the nature of "truth."
  • Monday, March 27, 2023 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    • Still Alice by Lisa Genova   (292 pages) – A compelling novel about a 50-year-old woman’s sudden descent into early-onset Alzheimer’s disease
Men's Group Saturday, March 4, 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 February 2, contact Dave Frangquist ( Please notice that the Men’s Group has switched back to the first Saturday of the month this year.

New Jim Crow Anti-Racist Book Group – March 5, 4-5:30 pm via zoom
All are welcome to the book group – we are reading Frederick Douglas, Prophet of Freedom by David Blight, up to chapter 22 for this discussion.  Questions?  Contact Deacon Margaret,

Good News Gardens – Saturday March 11
Our next gardening day will be March 11 (instead of March 4.)  Please join us at the Church, 12:30-2 pm.  Questions?  Contact Deacon Margaret,

Support for Barry Koron
Barry Koron's family has set up a Go Fund Me (linked below) to help support the care he needs that is not covered by insurance. If you are able to lend your support to Barry and family in this way, they would very much appreciate it. Thank you.
Barry’s  GoFundMe,

Archbishop Naoum asks for support for those affected by the earthquake in northern Syria
Since Sunday night when the first news of the disastrous earthquake in Central Turkey and Northern Syria arrived, we have been watching with great sadness the destruction across the region and the rescue and relief efforts.

The effects of the earthquake were felt far from the epicenter. Archdeacon Imad Zoorob, head of St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Center in Beirut, sent video of light fixtures rattling in this family’s fifth floor apartment. Dua’a Bisharat, director of Saviour’s School in Jordan, said she thought she awoke with a dizzy spell before she realized it was an earthquake.
Read newsletter
Read Archbishop Naoum's Letter
Donate to AFEDJ (American Friends to the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem)

ERD's Turkey and Syria Earthquake Response
Partner with Episcopal Relief & Development to provide support to people affected by the deadly earthquake along the border between Turkey and Syria. Visit today to make a contribution to the Turkey-Syria Earthquake Response Fund

Financial Summary (last year):  As reported at the Annual Meeting, in 2022 total operating income was $269,941 and total expenses were $293,085, for a budget deficit of $23,144.  Sabbatical costs, which are not included in the budget totals, were $15,960.  Pledge payments totaled $180,040 compared to a budget of $178,000, for an overpayment of $2,040.  There was a net operating loss for the year of $120,956 after including declines in market value of investments (excluding endowment).  Operating reserves at the end of the year totaled $35,326.  The endowment lost $52,246 in value during the year.

Financial Summary (current):  For January 2023, total operating income was $24,362 and total expenses were $20,115, for a budget surplus of $4,247.  Pledge payments totaled $19,266 compared to a budget of $19,692, for a shortfall of $426.  There was a net operating surplus of $25,923 after including increases in market value of investments (excluding endowment).  The endowment gained $18,972 in value.

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: Wednesdays at 6:30 PM via Zoom
Our 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:

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.

Mask Policy:  After carefully considering survey input from parish members, as well as City and diocesan guidance and the current practices of other churches and public venues, the Regathering Committee has concluded that it is time to revise our mask policy.  Beginning Sunday, November 20, if you are fully vaccinated and are comfortable removing your mask, you may do so during church services.  We will respect the preference of anyone who feels safer by remaining masked.  In accordance with diocesan guidance, the celebrant will still be masked while consecrating and distributing the elements for the Eucharist.  We will also maintain a well-ventilated sanctuary by opening doors and windows, so remember to dress warmly as winter approaches.  We acknowledge that COVID is likely to be with us in some form for the foreseeable future, and we will be monitoring public health advisories.  Our mask policy be modified again as is appropriate.  Please pray for the health and safety of all our members and friends as we continue to navigate this challenging time.

To add an announcement to the weekly bulletin of the Flame, please send your edited text no later than 11:00 am Wednesday to
St. Aidan's Vestry
Kate Fritz, Senior Warden
Lee Hammack, Junior Warden
Dave Frangquist, Clerk & Treasurer 
Anne Benniger, Anne Edwards,
Sarah Glover, Michael Jennings, Elaina LeGault
Jim Oerther
, Barbara Stevenson     
6th Sunday After the Epiphany

8 AM Communion (Hybrid)
The Rev. Cameron Partridge, Presider
The Rev. Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain, Deacon
Weston Morris, Seminarian & Preacher
Doris Weyl Feyling,
Altar Guild

10 AM Communion (Hybrid)
The Rev. Cameron Partridge, Presider
The Rev. Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain, Deacon
Weston Morris, Seminarian & Preacher

Dr. Lisa da Silva, Postulant
David Austin, Guest Music Minister
Anne Benninger, Lee Hammack, Michael Jennings, Jackie Lewey, Janet Lohr, Jim Oerther, Kateri Paul, Barbara Stevenson, Jill Tollefson, & Rolf Tollefson, and perhaps you!, Choir
Patricia Busk, In-Person Greeter
Margaret Tait, Zoom Greeter
Patrick Hall & Elaine Mannon, Lectors
Margaret Tait, Intercessor
Janice Tickner-Leonard, Altar Guild
Dave Frangquist, Sound/Liturgical DJ
Patricia Brown, Bread Baker
CoCo Lin, Child Care
Calendar for the week starting Friday, February 17, 2023
February 17
February 18

February 19
February 20
February 21
February 22

February 23
Morning Prayer (via Zoom), 7:30 AM
Food Pantry, 1 PM
Contemplative Prayer (via Zoom), 9 AM

St.John the Evangelist Celebration of New Ministry (at St. John's, SF) 11 AM

Roger Wolcott Celebration of Life (Hybrid) 2:30 PM
Holy Eucharist co-sponsored by St. Cyprian's (Hybrid), 8 & 10 AM
Morning Prayer (via Zoom), 7:30 AM
Contemplative Prayer (via Zoom), 9 AM
Ash Wednesday Imposition of Ashes & Eucharist (Hybrid - Morning Prayer Link), 7:30 AM

Ash Wednesday Imposition of Ashes & Eucharist (Hybrid - Wed Evening Prayer Link), 7 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 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 Episcopal Church in the Philippines.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Pray for SEA Church, San Bruno and South San Francisco, and for Church Divinity School of the Pacific.

In our Parish Cycle of Prayer: Pray for the Community Ministries Board.
For those with birthdays this coming week:  Carolyn, Robert, Rebekah, Ella, Lin.

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 K., Dawn, Elaina L., George J., Jack P., Jim F., Kathy R., Margaret T., Margie W., Marilyn W., Michael & Elaine J., Nancy F., Nathan C., Patrick M., Reyna G., Tim F.
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 Anthony Fabatz, Roger Wolcott, Linda, Ann Schembari, Jean Amos, Marjorie Wilkins Jones, John Morrow, Natalie Lloyd, Sabra Sones, Eleanor Elliott, 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 

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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