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Drawn into God's Life:
The Flame for Friday, October 21, 2022
This is a big weekend in our Diocese. All the congregational teams engaged in the Vital+Thriving will be gathering to share insights and to receive ongoing training. We’ll be gathering Friday evening on Zoom and in person on Saturday at St. Francis Episcopal Church in San Francisco. We’ll also be holding an orientation event for the congregations joining the new cohort to begin the work. 
Last Sunday I preached about prayer and as I’ve been processing my desires, hopes and dreams for these congregations, especially St. Aidan’s, I have found tremendous joy in prayer. Not just the prayer-list morning and evening kind of set prayer times, but the spare moment before sleep, or on a walk. I've had an experience of being drawn into God's life, into what God desires to do in our community.
I shared some reflections from C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) this past Sunday, and I thought I’d share a bit more from him today. His feast day in the Episcopal Church is on November 22nd. That’s the day he died in 1963, the exact same day as John F. Kennedy. Lewis was a brilliant scholar of literary history and criticism at Oxford University, an effective Christian apologist, and a popular author of fantasy fiction (I read The Chronicles of Narnia aloud with my sons when they were children all the way through 2 times)!
One of my favorites of his books is Mere Christianity (Geoffrey Bles,1952). It was based on radio talks he gave on the BBC during the 2nd World War. I read it in college, and it had a profound effect of giving me deeper confidence in my faith. Lewis helped bring my mind closer to my own heart. He follows the masculine language conventions of the time, but I want to share something he writes about prayer in the chapter entitled “The Three-Personed God”:
"You may ask, ‘if we cannot imagine a three-personal Being, what is the good of talking about Him?’ Well, there isn’t any good taking about Him. The thing that matters is being actually drawn into that three-personal life, and that may begin any time – tonight, if you like.
What I mean is this. An ordinary simple Christian kneels down to say his prayers. He is trying to get in touch with God. But if he is a Christian he knows that what is prompting him to pray is also God: God, so to speak, inside him. But he also knows that all his real knowledge of God comes through Christ, the Man who was God – that Christ is standing beside him, helping him to pray, praying for him. You see what is happening. God is the thing to which he is praying – the goal he is trying to reach. God is also the thing inside him which is pushing him on – the motive power. God is also the road or bridge along which he is being pushed to that goal. So that the whole threefold life of the three-personal Being is actually going on in that ordinary little bedroom where an ordinary man is saying his prayers."

I hope you find this imagery encouraging. In prayer we experience God as goal, motive power, and the road. In prayer God stands beside us, helps us to pray from within where God lives, and prays for us within the divine communion of persons. What a gift!

MORE THAN ENOUGH - Stewardship Reflection for October 23, 2022

Link:  About Humility
Questions for reflection:

  • Imagine looking in the mirror and seeing a reflection of your relationship with God. How would you describe it?
  • How might generosity be connected to one’s trusting relationship with God?
  • In serving others we often find humility. How has service to others helped deepen your relationship with God?
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! 

New Jim Crow Anti-Racist Book Group – Oct. 23, 4-5:30 pm
We are meeting on Oct. 23 – we’re reading Kindred by Octavia Butler.  All are welcome!  Please contact deacon Margaret ( if you need the link.

Diocesan Convention.  The annual convention of the Diocese will be held October 28 & 29.  Like last year, it will be all virtual, coming to you live from Grace Cathedral.  The convention will pass a budget for 2023 and will act on several resolutions:  Disability Sensitivity Training; Florence Li Tim-Oi Project; Task Force on Truth-Telling, Reckoning, and Healing; Task Force on Young Adult Ministries; Listening to Lambeth 2022; and Addressing the Need for Clergy Housing in the Diocese of California.  It will also elect deputies to The Episcopal Church General Convention to be held in 2024.  Cameron is running for General Convention Deputy again.  The 2024 General Convention will elect a new Presiding Bishop to replace the Most Rev. Michael Curry, whose term will end then.  Our delegates to Diocesan Convention are Peter Fairfield and Dave Frangquist.  You can find out more about Diocesan Convention at the convention web site:, including the full text of all resolutions, names & bios for nominees, and budget details.

Halloween Cookies  for the Food Pantry:  You are invited to make 3 dozen cookies for the Food Pantry.  We would like to have the cookies by Wednesday October 26. We will be bagging the cookies on the 27th and distributing them on the 28th.  You can start bringing the cookies on Sunday Oct 23. Thank you for helping the shoppers at the food pantry celebrate Halloween.

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.
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 Guideline

Wrestling with the scriptures: You are invited to join the wrestling with the scriptures group on Nov 1, 10:30–11:30 on zoom. The link is: We will be looking at John: 11:45-54.  See you there.

Good News Gardens – next date: November 5 at 12:30 pm
The upcoming dates until the end of 2022 are:  November 5 and December 3. Please join us! Question?  Contact Deacon Margaret (

Natalie Lloyd
A memorial/celebration of life service will take place on December 4 at 2:30 pm at St. Aidan's.

Music on the Hill: Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 7:30 PM: Town Quartet with guest composer/ violinist Alisa Rose
Details to follow.

 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 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

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 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
October 23, 2022

8AM Communion (Hybrid)
The Rev. Scot Sherman, Presider
Dr. Lisa da Silva, Preacher
Jackie Buckley, Altar Guild

10 AM Communion (Hybrid)
The Rev. Scot Sherman, Presider
Dr. Lisa da Silva, 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
Paul Nocero, David Mealy, Lectors
Lee Hammack, Intercessor
Betty Carmack, In-Person Greeter
Elena Wong, Zoom Greeter
David Mealy, Sound/Liturgical DJ
CoCo Lin, Child Care
Christine Powell, Altar Guild
JoEllen Brothers, Bread Baker
Calendar for the week starting Friday, October 21, 2022
October 21
October 22
October 23
October 24
October 25
October 26
October 27
Morning Prayer (via Zoom), 7:30 AM
Food Pantry (at church), 1-2 PM
Contemplative Prayer (via Zoom), 9 AM
Holy Eucharist (Hybrid), 8 & 10 AM
Morning Prayer (via Zoom), 7:30 AM
Gourmet Book Group (via Zoom) 7 PM
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, 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 Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Pray for St. Luke's, San Francisco.

In our Parish Cycle of Prayer: Pray for the Good News Gardens & The Little Red Hen Garden Cooperative.
For those with birthdays this week:  Martin, Judy, Katty.

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 Morrow, 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 20th Sunday after Pentecost
Joel 2:23-32
Psalm 65
2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18
Luke 18:9-14

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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