Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church

Located in the Inner Sunset District of San Francisco, we welcome people of all ages and families of all configurations and we passionately live the truth that all people of God are welcome.

Seventh Avenue Church is comprised of people from around the world and across the country, as well as those from down the block and around the Bay. We are multicultural and multiethnic. Our fellowship represents the many faces of San Francisco. We are single and married, partnered and divorced. Kids are at home here as well as those who have lived decades. We welcome people of all ages, and famili

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We hope you can join us at 10 AM on Zoom for Baptism of the Lord Sunday. Together, we will renew and remember our Baptismal Promise.

We hope you can join us at 10 AM on Zoom for Baptism of the Lord Sunday. Together, we will renew and remember our Baptismal Promise.

11/01/2020

We gather this morning at 10am on Zoom to celebrate and remember the saints.

10/24/2020

We're very excited to announce that the long-planned restoration of our 1930 Estey pipe organ is finished! Work to re-leather the wind chests was recently completed at the Schoenstein & Co. factory and the pipes and wind chests have been reinstalled in the organ chamber. After a final voicing and tuning, the organ sounds glorious! We look forward to the day when we can all gather in person again to enjoy some beautiful music.

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SAPC Response to Racial Injustice - Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church

“Speak up, judge righteously, and defend the cause of the oppressed and needy” Proverbs 31:9

SAPC Response to Racial Injustice

seventhavenuechurch.org “Speak up, judge righteously, and defend the cause of the oppressed and needy” Proverbs 31:9 Our hearts are all aching from the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Amhaud Arbery that the nation has witnessed in the past few weeks. We acknowledge that these humans are just a few of thous...

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SAPC

Our lives are always in the hands of God's and worship takes place in many ways, at many times, in many locations ... so regardless if we are with others or alone, God is with us.

During these 'sheltering-in-place' days, we invite you to worship with us at whatever time works best for you.

Here is a link to our past and current services: https://soundcloud.com/sapcsf.

We suggest lighting a candle and singing the chants along with us.

May peace be your companion this day ....

soundcloud.com Whoever you are Whatever your past Wherever your faith journey has taken you There is a place for you here

[03/13/20]   Helpful reflection by Lynn Ungar
entitled: 'Pandemic'

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath— the most sacred of times.
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling. Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.
And when your body has become still, reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful. (You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
Promise this world your love--
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.

In these days of concern and fear may you find that place of Spirit deep within you .....

01/05/2020

SAPC BOOK GROUP is inviting the congregation to join them in reading White Fragility by Robin Di Angelo. It is subtitled, Why it is so hard for white people to talk about racism. Two Perspectives classes will be devoted to a discussion of this book in February. For more information contact Gail De Bellis.

12/30/2019

Welcome the New Year in good company @ SAPC! Tomorrow night, we'll be hosting a NYE Gala benefitting the final phase of our Organ Restoration. We'll have a fun-filled evening of musical entertainment, elegant and delicious food and wines, and a silent auction!

Featuring:
• Terrific Tom (a.k.a. Tom Stafford) With Family and Friends
• Festive hors d’oeuvres/wine reception
• Dessert and champagne at intermission
• Silent auction of tickets to classy events, fine wines, gourmet dinners, home concert by our musicians, garden tea party, and more

Childcare will be provided at no charge!

Make sure to grab your tickets here before it's too late! https://seventhavenuechurch.org/organ-restoration-campaign/new-years-eve/

12/21/2019

As we near the end of one year and the beginning of another we begin to reflect on our lives and what is important. Many people think about how they can impact future generations and live their lives according to the giving nature of their faith. We at SAPC are no different.

You may not be aware that SAPC has an endowment fund that was set up to provide for future ministries of our beloved community. This Fund is managed through the Foundation of the Presbyterian Church.

A charitable gift not only benefits the ministry of Seventh Avenue, but also provides you the joy and satisfaction of fulfilling your stewardship goals. Year-end giving has many advantages, including:

• A charitable tax-deductible contribution for all gifts received by 12/31/19.
• The avoidance of long-term capital gain taxes on outright gifts of appreciated
assets held more than a year.
• When a charitable gift annuity is acquired from the Foundation, donors
receive favorable-taxed income for life, plus a charitable contribution deduction.

To find out more about how you can strengthen your year-end giving and the ministry of Seventh Avenue, please talk with Michael Duarte or Pastor Gaines. You can also visit the Foundation's website: http://www.presbyterianfoundation.org/or call 888-233-0600.

12/19/2019

We hope you'll join us for our beautiful Christmas Eve service this year. Dessert reception to follow. Holiday Blessings to each and every one of our wonderful community members!

12/13/2019

You will soon be seeing more info about our annual Christmas Joy Offering. Your gifts to the Christmas Joy Offering (to be received the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 22, as well as December 29 and January 5) are a part of a cherished Presbyterian tradition. This special offering provides support for retired church workers who are in need, through grants and assistance. It also funds education for those students who attend one of the denomination's eight racial ethnic schools or colleges.
This offering continues to "lend a hand" to people at the time of their deepest need. Look for special Christmas Joy Offering Inserts in the Advent and Christmas Bulletins.

[12/02/19]   We're collecting donations for the SF Firefighters Toy Program! Bring in toys for the barrel at the back of the sanctuary!

[11/25/19]   Can you knit or crochet? If so, we need your help! We are once again making scarves as Christmas gifts for the women of SafeHouse. SafeHouse has two aspects: a residential center for formerly prostituted women with services to help them build new lives; and an outreach program to the many women that they don't have room to house.
Scarves can be any color or pattern; the guidelines are warm and washable. There are some free knitting needles and yarn available. If you have yarn left over from another project that you want to donate, we can put it to good use. Scarves will be dedicated during worship in early December. You can deliver them to the church as you finish them.
Contact Susan Baker-Lehne for more information, and to give or receive yarn and/or knitting supplies. E-mail
[email protected], or see her at worship.

[11/23/19]   Have you signed up yet for our Advent Retreat? It's Saturday Dec 7th from 9:15 am - 4 pm at the Mercy Center in Burlingame. Our 2019 theme is Opened by the Unexpected. Contact Pastors Gaines or Meyers to be added to the list, or add your name to the sign-up after worship on Sunday!

11/20/2019

This weekend, we invite you to enjoy the next concert in the Interfaith Refugee Welcome Concert Series. On Friday Nov 22nd at 7:30, Earplay will be presented at Zion Lutheran Church @ 495 9th Ave. More details of this refugee benefit are below!

[10/28/19]   Are you ready for An Evening at Hogwarts? Join us at the church this Sat at 6:30 pm for entertainment, food, and silent auction!

[10/21/19]   Calling All Knitters and Crocheters!

We are once again making scarves as Christmas gifts for the women of SafeHouse. SafeHouse has two aspects: a residential center for formerly prostituted women with services to help them build new lives; and an outreach program to the many women that they don't have room to house.

Scarves can be any color or pattern; the guidelines are warm and washable. There are some free knitting needles and yarn available. If you have yarn left over from another project that you want to donate, we can put it to good use. Scarves will be dedicated during worship in early December. You can deliver them to the church as you finish them.

Contact Susan Baker-Lehne for more information, and to give or receive yarn and/or knitting supplies. E-mail
[email protected], or see her at worship.

10/17/2019

It's that time of year again - our annual Home Coming celebration will be held on November 2nd! Our theme is "An Evening at Hogwarts!" Which 'house' are you in? What magical dish will you bring? Save the Date Now and prepare yourself for a delightful evening of fun, frolicking with lots laughter. We will again have our Silent Auction. Do you have items to donate? If so, speak to Selina Shek. This Annual Fund Raiser Pot-Luck is always a delight and a wonderful time in the life of our community. Festivities begin at 6:30 pm. Hope to see you there!!

[10/14/19]   Seeking mug donations and Inner Sunset Flea Market volunteers!

Seventh Avenue is hosting a booth for the upcoming Inner Sunset Flea Market on October 13th, but we need to get enough people to help so we can make it! The goal is to raise awareness about the SAPC community as a part of the Inner Sunset. We plan to put temporary tattoos on children, share marketing materials such as a church calendar, and simply talk to various people in our community. We will need at least 5 shifts: Set up: 8:30 - 9:30AM - Move booth supplies from SAPC to 10th and Irving; Church Shift: 10AM - 11:30AM; Post-Church Shift: 11:30AM - 1PM; Afternoon Shift: 1PM - 2:30PM; Clean Up: 2:30PM - 3PM; Clean up: 1PM - move supplies back to SAPC. Send us a message or look for the sign up in the social hall!

Also - Just a reminder that we are still accepting mugs to give away at the Flea Market. If you are planning on visiting the booth near 10th and Irving, you may drop the mug(s) off there with Michael or Heather. If you are not able to stop by, just leave them on the white cabinet where the chairs are kept and we will come get them.

THANK YOU!
SEE YOU AT THE MARKET!

[10/04/19]   This Sunday, we will be celebrating World Communion Sunday, where we remember all are welcome to share one bread and one cup at the Table all over the earth.

We will also be collecting for The Peace & Global Witness Offering. This offering supports a range of ministries devoted to peacemaking and reconciliation. This includes bearing witness in communities of conflict around the world, hosting education programs to raise awareness, driving local peacemaking efforts, offering catalyst support to our mission co-workers, and much more. Seventy-five percent of this offering is administered through the denomination to help in bringing peace to various parts of our country and world. Twenty-five percent of this offering is designed by SAPC and our Leadership Council has voted to send these funds to efforts in the Bay Area Border Relief helping immigrant children and families seeking asylum, and our goal is $1350. Will you help us reach it?

When we give to the Peace & Global Witness Offering our gift is the peace of Christ, for all of God’s children. With each gift, we can begin to create a world of peace—together.

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Patrick Galvin: Benefit Concert for Interfaith Refugee Welcome

The Interfaith Refugee Welcome Concert Series continues this Friday with award-winning violinist Patrick Galvin and Pianist Jungeun Kim in concert together. 100% of all donations will go directly to Dirty Girls of Lesvos, an on-the-ground NGO that has pioneered the cleaning and redistribution of used and discarded clothing, bedding, and other materials for humanitarian relief in the refugee camps of Lesvos and on mainland Greece.

Friday, September 27th, 7:30 p.m
At Zion Lutheran Church, 495 9th Ave., San Francisco
Buy tickets: https://bit.ly/2zaKw4e

eventbrite.com Galvin and pianist Jungeun Kim will give a benefit concert at Zion San Francisco with 100% of all donations going directly to Dirty Girls of Lesvos, an on-the-ground NGO that has pioneered the cleaning and redistribution of used and discarded clothing, bedding, and other materials for humanitarian r...

[09/20/19]   We are excited to continue our Perspectives Adult Education series this fall with A look at the History of Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, hosted by Gail DeBellis this Sunday following worship.

2019 marks the 116th anniversary of the founding of Seventh Avenue. Let's again explore the fascinating history of the church, from its beginnings in the Haight, its move to the Inner Sunset, its growth and struggles, its movement into the new millennium and a new vitality, the beginnings of a new sense of what Church can be. We can answer questions such as: Where do those stairs go? What do the windows mean? What is really under that false ceiling? Who were the founders that are named on the marble plaque in the front of the sanctuary? What did we do during the turbulent 60's? We will explore the church building, hear eyewitness accounts and peruse early documents. As we pull back the pages of our unique history and see how -as a congregation- we listen for God's word for us today, modeling the radically inclusive welcome of God, tending the Holy in ourselves, one another, and creation...always striving to be the Christ in the world. Join us...it will be fun!

Facilitator: Gail De Bellis has been a member of Seventh Avenue since 1972. She has served on Session and Council many times, written numerous Mission studies, taught and coordinated Church School over countless years and currently serves on the Building and Personnel committees. With an abiding interest in 7th Avenue history, she and Ruth McCreight Maier presented an historical perspective during the 100th Anniversary. Gail looks forward to revealing Seventh Avenue's fascinating history on its 116th Anniversary.

[09/18/19]   Bible Study and Women's Spirituality are back in full swing! Join us tomorrow (Thursday) at 7:30 pm for an exploration of the Psalms, and on Wednesday October 9th for the next discussion with fellow women of the church hosted by Pastor Meyers. Feel free to inbox us with any questions - hope to see you there!

07/18/2019

Scripture tells us over and over again to welcome the stranger and the foreigner in our midst. We are all aware of the crisis of immigration in our country and world and want to do something, but what?

Our friends at Old First Presbyterian Church (on Van Ness) are partnering with the International Rescue Committee in providing some tangible aid, and have invited us to help.

Asylum-seeking families must take long bus journeys from Arizona to destinations across the U.S., where they will join relatives or friends. As the situation stands now, people are left at churches, community centers, on the streets with literally nothing and have to find their way to their families. IRC's goal is to provide a travel bag to each person who arrives. These travel bags will include a specific list of items, such as travel blankets, inflatable pillows, wipes, coloring books, playing cards and small flashlights.

Join our Leadership Council in supporting this important effort.

Please write a check for $50 noting: ‘Gift Cards’ or you may purchase cards yourself and bring them to worship or donate by credit/debit card by speaking with one of the pastors.

[07/10/19]   If you've been missing the past few weeks of sermons, they're posted on SoundCloud now! Link in comments :)

07/04/2019

SF residents -- you may be interested in this workshop being offered by the City & County, especially if you are or work with someone who has a disability or is older.

At this two-hour workshop, you will:

--Learn about natural hazards (including earthquakes, flooding, and extreme heat events) and their impacts on the City & County of San Francisco, as well as existing and planned work to increase resilience in San Francisco.

--Share your experience with hazard events and how government agencies and community groups can improve responses to hazards.

--Provide feedback on draft Hazards and Climate Resilience Plan strategies and how they could be implemented in partnership with key stakeholders.

More info below!

[06/26/19]   Bible Study, Women's Spirituality, & Perspectives are all on hiatus, but we hope you'll join us for Taize and Book Club this July!

06/05/2019

Warmest congratulations to our treasurer Michael and his new wife Samantha!! 💞💐

Can’t get over this beautiful church and its second level that allowed me to snap some of these ceremony wide shots from above 😍 @ Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church

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Sacred Root: Shakuhachi Unleashed Volume III album release show! (Cornelius Boots)

THIS SATURDAY: Seventh Avenue Performances presents Sacred Root: Shakuhachi Unleashed Volume III album release show!

Featuring Cornelius Boots, solo shakuhachi & Taimu (bass shakuhachi) plus guests Kevin Chen and The Stikman

May 18, 2019 - 7:30 pm

A true East-West cross-pollination, Boots' composition and performance style for shakuhachi -- the rare & difficult root-end bamboo flute of Japanese Zen Buddhism -- is rooted in the deep past and leaning hard into the emerging future. Ranging from virtuosic and energetic to meditative and subtle, this 100% breath-powered album release concert will feature robust solo performances on a range of flute sizes. Drawing on diverse musical styles and sources, the program presents original compositions, ancient Zen honkyoku, and some rock, blues and kung fu theme cover song arrangements. A few guests will join for duo and trio formations in the second half of the concert.

To purchase tickets for this event, please visit https://sacredroot.brownpapertickets.com/

sacredroot.brownpapertickets.com Cornelius Boots - solo shakuhachi & Taimu (bass shakuhachi) plus guests Kevin Chen and The Stikman

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We are a Eucharistic Community (Communion every Sunday) who gathers each Sunday morning at 10:00 am to hear the Gospel message, be challenged by it and find ways to respond both as individuals and as a community.

Our service is traditional,yet always open to new ways of worshipping God.

Taizé Worship on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 7:30 pm

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