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Pastor Bea, what Bible Translations do you recommend?

Pastor Bea, what Bible Translations do you recommend? People frequently ask me this question, so I want to give you a brief overview of some Bible translations and how you might use them. First of all, it depends where and how the Bible is read and for what purpose. There is public reading of the […]


Wednesdays in Lent

Every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Lutheran Church   March 22, 2017 James Carroll’s “Constantine’s Sword” – Part 1 In this historical documentary James Carroll explores the history of Western Christianity and its roots in the Roman Empire. March 29, 2017 James Carroll’s “Constantine’s Sword” – Part 2 We continue exploring the relationship […]


The Worship Project

Take the Worship Project on the Road Earlier this Fall, the Worship Committee of St. Francis launched the “Worship Project”. The idea is to visit a variety of churches or houses of worship and observe what draws you in and what feels like a barrier.  The committee also provided a little booklet with questions for […]


Silent Night, Holy Night

One of the many reasons why I love the Christmas Eve service is that it takes place at night. There is something special about celebrating worship after sunset, when the gift of darkness gives our prayers a new dimension. And while darkness is often perceived in negative ways, it can actually be our friend: In […]


Reading Luther – 3 Ways

One year from now, on October 31, 2017 many churches will observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. For the whole year leading up to this event, there will be a number of commemorations and activities. One of them will be an opportunity to read Martin Luther’s writing. There are 3 ways you can participate […]


Living With A Grateful Heart

          This is the time of the year when we invite members and friends to review and plan their financial support of the mission and ministry of the congregation. The theme for this year’s stewardship emphasis is “Living with a Grateful Heart”.             “What are you grateful for?” The Stewardship Team has put this […]


Meet the New Assistant Cook

With the help of a grant from the ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grant Program, St. Francis now has an assistant cook to help with the Senior Program meals. Fortunately, it was not difficult to find a person willing to take this position. Stephen Camarota, Food Programs Administrator, and the St. Vincent dePaul Committee only […]


Helping Flood and Fire Victims

Gulf Flooding Historic floodwaters have required tens of thousands of people to be rescued and even more have been evacuated as rain sweeps across southern Louisiana. Floodwaters have affected communication, overwhelmed streets and highways, and damaged or destroyed more than 40,000 homes. This flood comes on the heels of several other floods that have hit […]


Remembering Hildegard of Bingen

I first encountered her through her music at a concert in Houston, Texas many years ago, but I still remember the event to this day. The space was nearly dark as a group of singers entered with brightly lit candles. They began to sing songs unlike anything I had heard before: monophonic melodies which just […]


ELCA members gather in New Orleans for 2016 Churchwide Assembly

Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA have gathered in assembly at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The assembly goes through August 13. Meeting under the theme “Freed and Renewed in Christ: 500 Years of God’s Grace in Action,” the assembly’s business will include preparations for observing the 500th […]


Welcome Jonathan K

On Sunday, July 31, 2016, Jonathan K. received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism and became a member of St. Francis Lutheran Church. In preparation for his baptism, Jonathan devoted himself to careful study of Christianity and the Lutheran faith. Throughout his preparation I have been impressed by the depths of his questions and the quality […]


2016 AIDS Walk Results

Once again, under the inspiring leadership of star-walker Max Kirkeberg, a combined team of Lutherans and Geographers (plus one Lugrapher) participated in the San Francisco AIDS walk. During the walk they carried placards with the faces of some of those from St. Francis and the Geography Department at SFSU who have died of AIDS. The […]


Elaine Whitney – candidate for Vice President of the ELCA

The Churchwide Assembly, the primary decision-making body of the church, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) will meet in New Orleans, Louisiana, from August 8-13, 2016. Among their many agenda and business items will also be an election for vice president. Several people have made themselves available to stand for election, including Elaine […]


Clare of Assisi – A woman for our times

       The church remembers St. Clare of Assisi each year on August 11th, on the day of her death. At St. Francis Lutheran Church, we will remember her in worship on Sunday, August 7th, the Sunday before her feast day.             Why should we remember St. Clare of Assisi (Santa Clara) and what can […]


Black Lives Matter

An Invitation for conversation by Pastor Bea Chun My dear Sisters and Brothers, I am beginning to think of the Summer of 2016 as the “Summer of Heartbreak.” Hardly a week goes by when we do not wake up to devastating news. As I am writing this I have barely taken in the recent terror […]


Blessing of AIDS Walk Participants

To be given on Sunday, July 10 during the service: Blessing of those participating in the AIDS Walk by Pastor Bea   May each step connect you with the earth from which you came and to which you will return. May each step connect you with those who have walked before you: those you have […]


Recognition of Ministries: The Property Committee

Every month we recognize a ministry of the congregation. This month: the Property Committee. St. Francis is blessed with gifted and visionary leaders who give generously of their time and talents as they carry out various ministries in our congregation. Each month we recognize one of these ministries. In July we are lifting up the […]


Report from the Synod Assembly, July 2016

The Reno Synod Assembly A report by Pastor Bea Chun Each year, congregations like St. Francis, who are part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), send representatives for an annual “synod assembly”. Our synod covers the areas of Northern California and parts of Nevada, and is called the “Sierra Pacific Synod.” This year’s […]


First thing in the morning

Pastor Bea Chun The alarm rings; time to get up. Then what? There are many ways we can start the day. Go for a run, turn on the news, check e-mail, make breakfast, let the cat out. Lately, thanks to the writings of Kent Nerburn, I have adopted a new way to begin my day. […]