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Another Mass Shooting

February 18, 2018 Pr. Bea Chun In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, […]


The Story of My Faith

January 14, 2018 Pr. Bea Chun Mark 1:4-11 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. […]


Is the Church Still Needed?

December 31, 2017 Pastor Bea Chun Luke 2:22-40 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’), and […]


Epiphany: Three Surprises and Three Gifts

Sunday January 7, 2018 Epiphany Sunday Pr. Bea Chun Matthew 2:1-12 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and […]


Who Are Your Role Models? Part 2

This is the second installment of a multi-part blog which I am writing in answer to the question: “Who are your role models?” As it turns out, my role models fall into two groups: The first group consists of people who have inspired me most of my life. Whenever I turn to their writings, whenever […]


Who Are Your Role Models? Part 1

Who are your role models? – Someone asked me this question the other day and I have been thinking about this for a few days. I have quite a number of role models and they fall into two groups. The first group consists of life-long companions: those are people that have been my role models […]


Opening the Bible

  “Opening the Bible” – Level 2 Offered jointly by Pastor Bea Chun and Lucy the Rainbow Zebra   Opening the Bible – Who is this for? Who is this for? This is for anyone: faithful or skeptic, new-comers or longtime Lutherans, atheists, agnostics. It is especially for people who seek a meaningful exploration of […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]