MORE THAN ENOUGH - Stewardship Reflection for October 30, 2022
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!
Link: Giving and Receiving
Questions for reflection:
Vital + Thriving Listening Campaign Launches
- Can you think of a time someone was very generous with you but would not permit you to reciprocate in any way? How did you feel?
- How was it different in another case where you were allowed to reciprocate?
And a reminder: if you haven't already completed the Household Survey, we'd love to have your input. Here's the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SXK9Z7Q
Diocesan Convention: Saturday, October 29. All online, anyone can watch the livestream. It starts with Morning Prayer at 9:00 am. The featured preacher is the Rev. Dr. Ambrose Carroll, leader of Green the Church, which works in the intersection of the Black faith community and environmental justice. Go to www.diocalconvention.org and look for the livestream button.
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:
A memorial/celebration of life service will take place on December 4 at 2:30 pm at St. Aidan's.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/996366325. We will be looking at John: 11:45-54. See you there.
Good News Gardens – next date: November 5 at 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (note earlier time, just for Nov 5)
The upcoming dates until the end of 2022 are: November 5 and December 3. Please join us! Question? Contact Deacon Margaret (Mdyerc@stanford.edu)
Festive Welcome Café for All Saints' Day / Advent 1, November 6
St. Aidan's will have a festive Welcome Café (aka Coffee Hour) following the 10:00 AM service on November 6 when we will be celebrating All Saints' Day / Advent 1. If you are able to attend in person, please plan to stay and join with other St. Aidanites as we celebrate together. This special event will be held outdoors (weather permitting) to ensure adequate air circulation and reasonable social distancing as we doff our masks to enjoy the coffee and food.
Men's Group - Saturday, November 12, 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 November 10, contact Dave Frangquist (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please note that the Men’s Group has switched to the second Saturday of the month this year.
St. Aidan’s Gourmet Book Group - Next Date: Monday, November 28, 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 email@example.com. If you would like to join the Book Group, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marjorie Wilkins Jones passed away on Monday, October 24, 2022. More details will be coming as soon as possible.
- 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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com
To add an announcement to the weekly bulletin of the Flame, please send your edited text no later than 11:00 am Wednesday to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
October 30, 2022
8AM Communion (Hybrid)
The Rev. Scot Sherman, Presider & Preacher
Jackie Buckley, Altar Guild
10 AM Communion (Hybrid)
The Rev. Scot Sherman, Presider & 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
Michael Jennings, Robert Geesey, Lectors
Elaina LeGault, Intercessor
Patrick Hall, In-Person Greeter
Peter Fairfield, Zoom Greeter
Nicole Miller, Sound/Liturgical DJ
CoCo Lin, Child Care
Barbara Stevensonl, Altar Guild
JoEllen Brothers, Bread Baker