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"Ways to Wake Up" - Lenten Procession
St. Aidan's Flame for Friday, March 3, 2023
“The cosmic event of the salvation of the world by God in Christ Jesus is a truth always present and it is for all – but we do not always live in the present. We have to find ways to wake up, to realize that ultimate truth is simple and for us. It is we who are complex and estranged, not God.” – Sister Benedicta Ward, In the Company of Christ, viii
In her little book In the Company of Christ, Sister Benedicta Ward’s writes that it is not God but we who are complex and estranged, we who need to “find ways to wake up.” The season of Lent, followed by Easter and Pentecost, are pilgrimages or processions designed to do just that, in a spirit of delight, as I wrote about last week.
At St. Aidan’s we are now well embarked upon such a pilgrimage.
Nearly two weeks ago we pivoted toward Lent on Transfiguration Sunday in a service jointly sponsored and led by St. Cyprian’s and St. Aidan’s. Hannah Cornthwaite and I had fun presiding and leading together, and a video of our sermon is now on our website. A few days later we processed to Ash Wednesday, followed by the first Sunday of Lent, punctuated by Lisa da Silva’s sermon on the call to beauty (also on our website in audio form). 
This week the procession has continued with Diamond Diners on Wednesday (featuring lentil soup, a hearty salad, a roll, and a cookie, with thanks to all who made it happen). Once again we enjoyed this food both indoors and in take-out form. Wednesday evening our five-week formation series Wisdom of the Desert began, featuring a rich conversation (via Zoom) led by Barbara Stevenson on what we mean by “desert”—not only its physical qualities but its character as a spiritual and emotional landscape. The conversation will continue next Wednesday evening, led by Elaina LeGault.
Sunday morning our pilgrimage will bring us into worship that includes a unique invitation to affirm the name identity/ies of our seminarian Weston Morris. Weston has prepared this portion of the service and will also be preaching. We will have the communal privilege of standing with him and his family as he claims God’s pronouncement of blessing and steps fully into the next chapter of his life. 
After worship Sunday, the procession will continue with the beginning of “Corporate Spiritual Discernment Cottage Meetings,” the next step in our journey through the Vital + Thriving program. The first of these meetings will be led by Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain on Sunday afternoon. As we’ve been sharing for the last several weeks, these meetings will include food, a report summarizing the data and insights gathered from the activities we have completed so far, and a time of reflection as a group discerning the future God imagines for us. If you haven’t signed up for a meeting yet, please do. A list of them is included in the announcements below.
Much is afoot in our communal life right now. Yet even if it is a busy time, it is far from a time of mere busyness. This is a holy season and we are in the midst of procession. Through all of these activities – worship and reflection, nourishment and conversation, accompaniment and blessing, we are living in the present. We are, as Sister Benedicta Ward put it, “find[ing] ways to wake up.”


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.
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 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
Wisdom of the Desert: A Formation Series for Lent
Join us starting a week from today for five Wednesday evenings in Lent for "Wisdom of the Desert” which will feature a progression of “desert experience” stories and spiritual practices to journey together through this sacred season. We'll gather via Zoom after Evening Prayer from 7-8:15 PM on March 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, using the Wednesday Evening Prayer link. Please reach out to for it, and we look forward to seeing you!

Music on the Hill presents Gaude Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 7:30pm
"Renaissance: A Tapestry of Psalms." Featuring Britten's "Hymn to St. Cecilia," and much more fabulous a cappella music by Josquin, Brahms, Panufnik, Victoria, Muhly, and more!

Tickets will be sold online for $20 each. To reserve tickets, go to and click on the ticket link. Leave a message at 415-820-1429 or email us at You can also purchase tickets by sending a check to Music on the Hill, 201 Bennington St, San Francisco CA 94110.

To purchase tickets for this Gaude concert click here: are 12 free comps for church members available. Please send emails to to request free comps. I will put this on our list at the front desk the day of the concert. 
St. Aidan’s Gourmet Book Group - Next Date:  Monday, March 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 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, 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
  • Monday, April 24, 2023 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    • The Daughters of Yalta by Catherine Grace Katz  (416 pages)   The untold story of three intelligent and glamorous young women who accompanied their fathers, Churchill, Roosevelt, and Harriman, to the Yalta Conference in February 1945 and the conference’s fateful reverberations in the waning days of World War II.
  • Monday, May 22, 2023 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    • The Wisdom of the Olive Tree by Corey Stewart  (296 pages)  A story of learning to live with grief, injustice, and the chaos that touches all of our lives.    (NOTE:  The author will  join our meeting via zoom)
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,

Our St. Aidan's Women's Spirituality Group will meet via zoom Saturday, March 11th, 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.

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,

Altar Guild Shine Day - SATURDAY, MARCH 25 from 11 to one.
We will shine everything in sight from 11 to 12 and then have some lunch together.  Bring a sandwich.  There will be sweet treats, hot tea and fruit to share. See you then, with joy and delight!

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.
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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.

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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     
2nd Sunday in Lent

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

10 AM Communion (Hybrid)
The Rev. Cameron Partridge, Presider
The Rev. Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain, Deacon
Weston Morris, Seminarian & Preacher
David Austin, Guest Music Minister
Anne Benninger, Lee Hammack, Michael Jennings, Jackie Lewey, Janet Lohr, Jim Oerther, Kateri Paul, Barbara Stevenson,
Riven Stevenson, Jill Tollefson, & Rolf Tollefson, and perhaps you!, Choir
Betty Carmack, In-Person Greeter
Elena Wong, Zoom Greeter
JoElllen Brothers & Dave Frangquist, Lectors
Margaret Tait, Intercessor
Janice Tickner-Leonard, Altar Guild
Dave Frangquist, Sound/Liturgical DJ
Kate Fritz, Bread Baker
CoCo Lin, Child Care
Calendar for the week starting Friday, March 3, 2023
March 3
March 4
March 5
March 6
March 7
March 8

March 9
Morning Prayer (via Zoom), 7:30 AM
Food Pantry, 1 PM
Contemplative Prayer (via Zoom), 9 AM
Men's Group (via Zoom) 9 AM
Holy Eucharist (Hybrid), 8 & 10 AM
Morning Prayer (Hybrid), 7:30 AM
Contemplative Prayer (via Zoom), 9 AM
Wrestling with the Scriptures Group (via Zoom) 10:30 AM
Morning Prayer (Hybrid), 7:30 AM
Evening Prayer (via Zoom), 6:30 PM

"Wisdom of the Desert" Lent Formation Series (via Zoom after Evening Prayer), 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 Church of the Province of South East Asia.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Pray for our diocese as we prepare to elect a new bishop in December and for Church Divinity School of the Pacific.

In our Parish Cycle of Prayer: Pray for the Faith in Action Ministry.
For those with birthdays this coming week:  Isabel, Julian, Simon, James.

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., Mileva L., 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, Tyre Nichols, 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: The Rev. Dr. Norman Somes, 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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