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.
Updated 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.
Tomorrow, Saturday, February 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 (email@example.com) or Peter Fairfield (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please notice that the Men’s Group has switched back to the first Saturday of the month in the new year.
Good News Gardens Dates for 2023 - Next Date: Tomorrow, Saturday, February 4, 2023, 12:30 pm.
We’ll continue our Good News Gardens dates on the first Saturday of each month (although we skipped January 7 due to rainy weather and a schedule conflict). Please mark your calendars for February onward – Feb. 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3. We’ll sort out plans for summer as we get closer. All are welcome – we garden from 12:30-2 pm at the church. Questions – contact Deacon Margaret, email@example.com.
News from Church Divinity School of the Pacific
Our local Episcopal seminary, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, where our seminarian Weston currently attends (and where Amy Newell-Large, Susan Stanton, and Mia Kano attended), made a major announcement this week that it is shifting to a fully hybrid educational program, beginning next academic year and will ultimately no longer have a residential model of seminary education. You can read about it in their announcement here
. Please pray for all in the CDSP community -- especially current residential students, faculty, and staff – as they enter this time of transition.
Our St. Aidan's Women's Spirituality Group will meet via zoom Saturday, February 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.
Roger Wolcott Service Scheduled for February 18, 2023 at 2:30 PM
On Tuesday morning, December 6th, Roger Wolcott was seriously injured in a bicycle accident, and early in the morning of Christmas Eve he died. We will celebrate Roger’s life in a service here at St. Aidan’s on Saturday, February 18th at 2:30 PM. For several brief posts about Roger’s journey and many messages of support, please see his Caring Bridge page. There is also a Go Fund Me site to help pay for medical bills related to Roger’s care.
Caring Bridge: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/rwolcott
Go Fund Me: https://www.gofundme.com/f/roger-wolcott
Thank you for your prayerful support for Roger and please continue to surround Margie with your love and care.
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, https://gofund.me/1a227c81
Voting for the Next Bishop: Every year at our January Annual Meeting, we elect two delegates to Diocesan Convention plus two alternates. In 2023, this election is a big deal, because our delegates will not only participate in the Annual Convention in October, they will also vote for the next Bishop of California at a special convention on December 2nd. We want to make sure we have a full slate of delegates and alternates to ensure that St. Aidan’s gets to participate in this important decision for the future of our diocese. If you want to learn more about what it means to be a delegate or alternate, you can talk to one of our current delegates, Peter Fairfield or Dave Frangquist. If you would like to be nominated for one of these positions, contact a member of the nominating committee, Elena Wong, Nicole Miller or Christine Powell.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Aidan’s Gourmet Book Group - Next Date: Monday, February 27, 2023, 7pm
Resources for Engaging in Anti-Racism, from Elena Wong
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 email@example.com
>. If you would like to join the Book Group, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
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 email@example.com. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
To add an announcement to the weekly bulletin of the Flame, please send your edited text no later than 11:00 am Wednesday to email@example.com
St. Aidan's Vestry
Kate Fritz, Senior Warden
TBD, Junior Warden
Dave Frangquist, Clerk & Treasurer
Anne Benniger, Anne Edwards,
Sarah Glover, Lee Hammack,
Michael Jennings, Elaina LeGault
Jim Oerther, Barbara Stevenson
5th Sunday After the Epiphany
8 AM Communion (Hybrid)
The Rev. Don Fox, Presider
The Rev. Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain, Deacon & Preacher
Jackie Buckley, Altar Guild
10 AM Communion (Hybrid)
The Rev. Don Fox, Presider
The Rev. Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain, Deacon & Preacher
Dr. Lisa da Silva, Postulant
Weston Morris, Seminarian
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
Sue McDonald, In-Person Greeter
JoEllen Brothers, Zoom Greeter
??? & Shelley Johnson, Lectors
Michael Jennings, Intercessor
Barbara Stevenson, Altar Guild
Paul Nocero, Sound/Liturgical DJ
Patricia Brown, Bread Baker
CoCo Lin, Child Care