Thursday, April 18, 2013

Mark Your Calendar!

Come join us on May 18th at 2:00p.m. for a return production of Voices, Voices of Economic Hardship from Generations Past and Present.  Lizann Basham at Front Porch Spirit wrote this amazing piece of reader’s theater in 2011 and it debuted that year.  Last year, she was gracious enough to allow Night Ministry to use the script for a fundraiser and supported the volunteers we had from our Open Cathedral congregation who performed it.  The show was well received and this year we’ll be performing it again as a thank you to the various congregations and organizations who so kindly provide the lunches we serve after Open Cathedral each week.  Once again, we’ll have parishioners from Open Cathedral as our performers.

In addition to the churches that support Open Cathedral, we’d like to invite you to join us.  Don’t miss your chance to hear  this amazing production.  We will take an offering at the end of the show, but there is no admission.    Come support our performers and allow yourself to be both moved and informed by this production.

St.Mark’s Lutheran has kindly donated the hall in their Urban Life Center at 1091 Franklin Street for the performance.   There is parking in the St. Mark’s parking lot at 1111 O’Farrell, with the entrance on Gough St.  A short reception will follow.  Please RSVP here so we know how many goodies to have.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Third Saturday Trainings on How To Do Urban Ministry Well

Do you wonder how military budget cuts and the high rate of homelessness and unemployment amongst veterans can affect your community?  Want to learn what resources you can refer veterans and homeless veterans to in San Francisco?  Or, perhaps you want to know how your congregation can support the work of the VA in supporting homeless veterans.

Come and learn about resources available to veterans in our community as well as have a chance to ask an expert any questions you may have on this topic.  Welcome Ministry continues its third Saturday series on doing urban ministry well on April 20th with a visit from Chris Windle, an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer with the San Francisco VA.

The Welcome Ministry invites ushers, deacons, social ministry volunteers and anyone who is interested, to join us for our monthly trainings and support gatherings every 3rd Saturday from 1-3pm at St. Francis Lutheran Church (152 Church St).  The first hour we will learn, the second hour we will support each other and learn what is working at other San Francisco congregations.

If you would like to learn more or ensure that you get future updates about these trainings, please contact The Rev. Valerie McEntee at

Please RSVP to Valerie if you plan to come so we can be sure to have enough materials.  Please note, you will need to push "Conference Room" on the gate near the Memorial Terrace to be buzzed in when you arrive.

We look forward to seeing you on April 20th.