Old First Presbyterian Church

Old First Presbyterian Church

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The old first Presbyterian Church choir can be hard to see evening December 23, between 8 PM and 830 San Francisco time on the classical station WCPE. This streams worldwide. Go to the classical station.org and listen in
Good morning, this is Jerry Pierson, and I am hoping that somebody will see this and get the word out ASAP. I have been doing some announcing for a classical station here in North Carolina it is called WCPA the classical station and this evening I am going to be playing a cut from the old First Presbyterian Church adult choir CD that we made in 2012. To hear this all you have to do is go to the website this evening December 23 at 7 PM San Francisco time and start listening to the program called music in the night. The website is the classical station.org, again that is three words in total and you have to remember to use the word though. The cut from the CD it will be played somewhere between eight and 830 San Francisco time this evening December 23. You do not have to sign in or give your email just go to, the classical station.org and press on the button that says listen now. I sent an email to Brad and Maggie, please alert the folks from the congregation and also to Larry Marietta I do not have his email. All my best to all of you , If you have any questions you may text me at 919-866-8029. By the way this classical station streams worldwide so if there is anyone in any part of the world that you want to alert so they can hear the old first Presbyterian Church choir just send them a note and tell them to go to the website.
Type the Zoom registration URL into your browser to register for the SF Interfaith Virtual Gathering OR open the link in the previous post to click on the live link. -Brad
Pastor Maggi hopes you can tune in to this SF Interfaith Council event: May our Thanksgiving be happy, may it be healing.
God bless you all
Blessings to you all in the name of the Lord
So troubledby these times - personally and as a member of my community. I need a connection to my soul. Is it through my hands?

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" Grandma how do you deal with pain?"

" With your hands, dear. When you do it with your mind, the pain hardens even more."

“With your hands, grandma?"

" Yes, yes. Our hands are the antennas of our soul. When you move them by sewing, cooking, painting, touching the earth or sinking it into the earth, they send signals of caring to the deepest part of you and your soul calms down.
This way she doesn't have to send pain anymore to show it.

" Are hands really that important?"

" Yes my girl. Thinking of babies: they get to know the world thanks to their touches. When you look at the hands of older people, they tell more about their lives than any other part of the body. Everything that is made by hand, so is said, is made with the heart because it really is like this: hands and heart are connected. Masseuses know this: When they touch another person's body with their hands, they create a deep connection. Thinking of lovers: When their hands touch, they love each other in the most sublime way."

" My hands grandma... how long haven't I used them like that!"

" Move them my girl, start creating with them and everything in you will move. The pain will not pass away. But it will be the best masterpiece. And it won't hurt anymore. Because you managed to embroider your essence."

~ Elena Barnabé
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I struggle.
Old First loves Pentecost.
I was thinking about my cousin today and I always think of him when I sing this song, so I thought I'd record it and share it with you. I hope it brings you comfort during this scary, isolated time. I hope to see you all soon.
❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤
Thank you Maggi for the virtual service today. Most calming and helpful. Peace be with you! Peace be with all of you🙏
WinterFaith Shelter Walk to benefit the Interfaith Winter Shelter this Sunday April 7th at 1:30 pm at Lake Merced! Please register and/or donate today! Thank you for your support! https://winterfaithshelterwalk.dojiggy.com/
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An inclusive community of faith worshiping God and serving the City since 1849. We warmly welcome all who accept and respond to God's saving grace in Jesus Christ and who desire to participate in the life and ministry of this church.

Our congregation of all ages, many ethnic backgrounds, and various family types comes together to worship and goes forth to serve. Our 11:00 Sunday worship features thoughtful, relevant sermons, excellent choral music, a traditional liturgy enlivened by art, and strong lay leadership. We look forward to the day we can resume public worship at our historic church. Until then, join us on Facebook and YouTube.

Operating as usual

03/17/2021

Saturday, March 20, is Mr. Rogers Day in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Join us in celebrating the life and ministry of the Reverend Fred Rogers and how his wisdom and compassion can still speak to the child of God in all of us. So put on your cardigan and comfy shoes and then join us remembering Fred Rogers on Sunday March 21!

03/17/2021

🌴Paper Palm coloring deadline had extended to Wednesday 3.17.21! 🌴

Palm Sunday is March 28 and many of you have shared how you miss waving palms to remember Jesus' ride into Jerusalem. The worship committee has found a way to do that in 2021. Download the picture here for a pattern of a palm frond to be colored (on paper or digitally ) then send in the photo before tomorrow. Let your creative side go wild.

See the church email from 3.14.21 for how to send in your art.

03/14/2021

The church neighborhood on Saturday

03/13/2021

Online Worship at Old First - March 14th, 2021

Join us for online worship at Old First! This week's service will premiere live at 11:00am on March 14th, 2021, at the following URL:
https://youtu.be/bgKFCGFAb1U
The service will also be available afterwards.

Welcome to online worship at Old First!Your generosity supports us during this uncertain time. Give online at http://donations.oldfirst.orgVisit our website ...

03/11/2021

From the Worship Committee: Paper Palm Project
Palm Sunday is March 28 and many of you have shared how you miss waving palms to remember Jesus' ride into Jerusalem. The worship committee has found a way to do that in 2021. Draw a palm frond to be printed, then painted, colored or somehow “greened,” and finally cut out like the one pictured. Let your creative side go wild.
Next make a video of you waving the green palm frond, or take a photo of you waving the frond or of just the palm. Why not ask your friends, grandkids, neighbors to make a palm and send you their video or picture?
Then send the palm pics to Austin Coffee. E-mail the photo or video to him at [email protected] - but please get your artwork to him no later than Monday, March 15 - earlier would be even better. Austin will then miraculously incorporate them into the Palm Sunday service.
Thanks in advance for your contribution to our celebration of Jesus' ride into Jerusalem!

03/11/2021

I received my first vaccination shot yesterday, because of work with our weekly food food pantry. So impressed by the workers and the general kindness of all there.

03/10/2021
03/07/2021

Online Worship at Old First - March 7th, 2021

Join us for online worship at Old First! This week's service will premiere live at 11:00am on March 7th, 2021, at the following URL:
https://youtu.be/mrvJj1-78WY
The service will also be available afterwards.

Welcome to online worship at Old First!Your generosity supports us during this uncertain time. Give online at http://donations.oldfirst.orgVisit our website ...

eventbrite.com 03/03/2021

Queerness & Christianity Panel

This looks interesting. Hope some of you can join. Pastor Maggi

Responding to a Need:
LGBTQ Seniors & Isolation



Q***R SPIRITUALITY & CHRISTIANITY
Panel & Conversation
MARCH 7th

Last fall & early this year the SF Night Ministry conducted a number of one-on-one interviews with community stakeholders regarding our outreach to & programs that benefit LGBTQ+ communities. One outgrowth of those conversations was identification of the need of LGBTQ+ seniors have to connect socially to address their isolation, especially during COVID.

As an initial offering to address this identified need, please consider joining us for an online event on March 7th, 2-4pm. Perhaps you know an LGBTQ+ senior or another person who might benefit? Do share this invitation. _____

On March 7th, attendees first will view an online panel through Stanford from 2-3:30pm. Then we will collect as a smaller group over Zoom, 3:30-4pm, to discuss our impressions of the panel and how it may or may not have resonated with our own spiritual journeys, regardless of our faith backgrounds.

Free registration is required to listen to the Stanford panel, 2-3:30pm, and the link to register is provided here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/queerness-christianity-panel-tickets-133006226203?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Afterward, at 3:30pm, please connect to SF Night Ministry's post-panel conversation over Zoom.
Zoom Meeting ID: 625 859 7013 | Passcode: 059805

Contact John Brett, LGBTQ+ Outreach Coordinator, with event questions

Contact John

eventbrite.com This Queerness & Christianity Panel features The Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey, The Rev. Dr. Jay Williams, and The Rev. Dr. Patrick Cheng.

03/03/2021

Responding to a Need:
LGBTQ Seniors & Isolation



Q***R SPIRITUALITY & CHRISTIANITY
Panel & Conversation
MARCH 7th

Last fall & early this year the SF Night Ministry conducted a number of one-on-one interviews with community stakeholders regarding our outreach to & programs that benefit LGBTQ+ communities. One outgrowth of those conversations was identification of the need of LGBTQ+ seniors have to connect socially to address their isolation, especially during COVID.

As an initial offering to address this identified need, please consider joining us for an online event on March 7th, 2-4pm. Perhaps you know an LGBTQ+ senior or another person who might benefit? Do share this invitation. _____

On March 7th, attendees first will view an online panel through Stanford from 2-3:30pm. Then we will collect as a smaller group over Zoom, 3:30-4pm, to discuss our impressions of the panel and how it may or may not have resonated with our own spiritual journeys, regardless of our faith backgrounds.

Free registration is required to listen to the Stanford panel, 2-3:30pm, and the link to register is provided here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/queerness-christianity-panel-tickets-133006226203?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Afterward, at 3:30pm, please connect to SF Night Ministry's post-panel conversation over Zoom.
Zoom Meeting ID: 625 859 7013 | Passcode: 059805

Contact John Brett, LGBTQ+ Outreach Coordinator, with event questions

Contact John

03/03/2021
02/28/2021

Online Worship at Old First - February 28th, 2021

Join us for online worship at Old First! This week's service will premiere live at 11:00am on February 28th, 2021, at the following URL:

https://youtu.be/EuB64DSINho

The service will also be available afterwards.

Welcome to online worship at Old First!Your generosity supports us during this uncertain time. Give online at http://donations.oldfirst.orgVisit our website ...

02/25/2021
stopaapihate.org 02/24/2021

STOP AAPI HATE

Dear Beloved in Christ,

Attacks against Asians are on the rise in the United States. Just this year in the Bay Area:
• a 64-year-old woman was assaulted and robbed after she went to the ATM to get money to celebrate Lunar New Year
• A 91-year-old man was shoved and hospitalized in Oakland’s Chinatown
• a 52-year-old woman was shot in the head with a flare gun in Chinatown
• in San Francisco, an 84-year-old man was smashed to the ground by a young man and died two days later in the hospital.

Stop Hate AAPI center and website (https://stopaapihate.org/) which was created by three agencies, one of which is the Asian American Studies Department of the San Francisco State University, states on their website that the center tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in California and where possible throughout the United States. From March to December 2020, there were over 2800 self-reported incidents. Almost half were from California and of those, over 700 were from the Bay Area.

Here are some of their stories:
I was waiting to enter a pharmacy to get my prescription when a group of construction workers (not social distancing) made fun of me by mocking me, fake coughing, spitting at me and making slant eyes gestures until I asked them to stop. No one else called these people out. (Oakland, CA)
I was standing in an aisle at a hardware store when suddenly I was struck from behind. Video surveillance verified the incident in which a white male used his bent elbow to strike my upper back. Subsequent verbal attacks occurred with "Shut up, you Monkey!, "Screw you Chinaman," "Go back to China" and "Stop bringing that Chinese virus over here.” (San Francisco, CA)
On my daily walk in my hometown Sausalito, I was wearing a face mask when a white woman yelled at me, "I hate Chinese people! Why do they come to this country?!" when she passed me. I was stunned by her words which caused me to fear and be more alert of my surroundings.

We were outraged when Hispanic children were separated from their families at the border. We were horrified by the events that lead to the Black Lives Matter movement. And now we are terrified and angry of all the attacks against the Asian community.

We continue to fall short of God intentions for all of us. Our hearts our broken and we feel much grief at what our local communities and this country has become. We stand with all our Asian brothers and sisters during this tumultuous time.

May God continue to hold us in God’s care and guide us as individual, as the church and as the presbytery to be agents of peace and justice in our communities.

With Love and Care,

~Your Presbytery Leadership Team:
Rev. InHo Kim, Partner for Congregational Vitality and Clergy Support
Jennifer Sacramento-Streett, Partner for Operations and Communications
Rochelle R. Shaw, Stated Clerk
Rev. Leonard Nielson, Partner for Finance and Property Assets

stopaapihate.org Our communities stand united against racism. Hate against Asian American Pacific Islander communities has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we can stop it.

youtube.com 02/20/2021

Online Worship at Old First - February 21st, 2021

Join us for online worship at Old First! This week's service will premiere live at 11:00am on February 21st, 2021, at the following URL:

https://youtu.be/bYBPsoUlBlQ

The service will also be available afterwards with or without the Live Chat.

youtube.com Welcome to online worship at Old First!Your generosity supports us during this uncertain time. Give online at http://donations.oldfirst.orgVisit our website ...

02/18/2021

WINTER STORMS

— National Guard

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is in communication with Presbyterian leadership on the ground in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. We have offered assistance and assessments will be more accessible as power is restored and things begin to thaw. PDA stands ready to assist. Please join us in praying for safety and warmth.
To give by phone, call 800-872-3283. To send a check, please designate where you want your gift to go on the memo line and mail to:

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
P.O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700

To support this response, designate gifts for DR000015

Our Story

Our congregation of all ages, many ethnic backgrounds, and various family types comes together to worship and goes forth to serve. Our 11:00 am Sunday worship features thoughtful, relevant sermons, excellent choral music, a traditional liturgy enlivened by art, and strong lay leadership. We joyfully welcome visitors from around the city and across the world. Until we return to our building, join us on Facebook Live at 11:00 am this Sunday!

Videos (show all)

Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord!
Rose Mary Springer's Prayer
Epiphany Sunday - Online Worship at Old First - January 3, 2021
Merry Christmas, from Old First!
Lighting the Candle of Love - Online Worship at Old First - December 20, 2020
Lighting the Candle of Peace - Online Worship at Old First - December 6, 2020
Online Worship at Old First - November 21, 2020
Online Worship at Old First - November 15th, 2020
Online Worship at Old First - November 8th, 2020
Online Worship at Old First - November 1, All Saints' Day
Online Worship at Old First - October 11, 2020

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1751 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA
94109-3618

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Sunday worship at 11:00 am via Facebook Live or at any time on our YouTube channel. We joyfully welcome visitors from across the Bay Area and around the world.
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