The Episcopal Church of Saint John the Evangelist

Welcome to the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist. Located around the corner from the busy Mission-16th Street-Valencia corridors in San Francisco’s north Mission District.

Sunday services are at 10:15 a.m. Parish Office Hours
Tuesday-Thursday 1-4 pm
(415) 861-1436

1661 Fifteenth Street at Julian Avenue
(main entrance on Julian)
San Francisco, CA 94103

Operating as usual

06/04/2021

A Letter from our New Vicar

Dear St. John’s Community,

I am filled with joy, hope, and gratitude to be called as your next Vicar. I will be joining you firstly as a transitional deacon, beginning officially August 18th, and in January will be ordained as priest amongst you all – which is sure to be a big and celebratory occasion!

I am coming to you from the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, where I have completed my Masters of Divinity from Boston University and have worked for the past four years with the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston, both as pastor to the homeless community and the mixed housed/housing unstable Sunday morning congregation. My work there has taught me about the depth of God’s abiding love in each of our lives, and the ways in which we can witness and tangibly experience God through commitment to one another in community. In learning more about St. John’s, I have gained a sense that following Jesus’ call to love one another as Christ first loved us informs all that you do, and the fruits of it are clear in the life of the congregation. It will be an honor to come alongside the work of community –the fun, silly, worshipful parts and the heart-rending, frustrating, challenging parts together.

I ask your prayers of support and thanksgiving as I prepare my move to Berkeley. I will be living with my fiancée Annalise, who is also in the process to be an Episcopal priest and a seminarian at CDSP, as well as our new dog, our cat Maggie, and our little bunny Denzel. It is sure to be a full and happy home. Aside from being Episcopalian, Annalise and I love to get out and hike, go skiing, and biking. I have been described as “fanatical” about my various hobbies, so look forward to sharing some of those with you all. I am also a huge fan of live music (anything from heavy punk to symphonic), so hope to get involved in those scenes in San Francisco and Berkeley.

Please, in the coming months, if you’d like to contact me and introduce yourselves, or hear more about me, I would love to hear from you! I can be reached at [email protected].

In faith,

Kevin Neil

A Letter from our New Vicar

Dear St. John’s Community,

I am filled with joy, hope, and gratitude to be called as your next Vicar. I will be joining you firstly as a transitional deacon, beginning officially August 18th, and in January will be ordained as priest amongst you all – which is sure to be a big and celebratory occasion!

I am coming to you from the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, where I have completed my Masters of Divinity from Boston University and have worked for the past four years with the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston, both as pastor to the homeless community and the mixed housed/housing unstable Sunday morning congregation. My work there has taught me about the depth of God’s abiding love in each of our lives, and the ways in which we can witness and tangibly experience God through commitment to one another in community. In learning more about St. John’s, I have gained a sense that following Jesus’ call to love one another as Christ first loved us informs all that you do, and the fruits of it are clear in the life of the congregation. It will be an honor to come alongside the work of community –the fun, silly, worshipful parts and the heart-rending, frustrating, challenging parts together.

I ask your prayers of support and thanksgiving as I prepare my move to Berkeley. I will be living with my fiancée Annalise, who is also in the process to be an Episcopal priest and a seminarian at CDSP, as well as our new dog, our cat Maggie, and our little bunny Denzel. It is sure to be a full and happy home. Aside from being Episcopalian, Annalise and I love to get out and hike, go skiing, and biking. I have been described as “fanatical” about my various hobbies, so look forward to sharing some of those with you all. I am also a huge fan of live music (anything from heavy punk to symphonic), so hope to get involved in those scenes in San Francisco and Berkeley.

Please, in the coming months, if you’d like to contact me and introduce yourselves, or hear more about me, I would love to hear from you! I can be reached at [email protected].

In faith,

Kevin Neil

06/04/2021

Join us this Sunday in the Garden!

Our worship moves to hybrid this Sunday, gathered in person in the Saint John's garden or on Zoom. Please register here: https://saintjohnsf.org/garden-eucharist-reservations/ to let us know if you are coming. Please plan to arrive after 10AM. Here's the Regathering Notice: https://saintjohnsf.org/covid19-information/ with the information you need for Sunday. If you are unable to come, we hope to see you on Zoom.

I look forward to meeting many of you face to face for the first time!

Scot+

Rev'd Scot Sherman, Supply Priest

Join us this Sunday in the Garden!

Our worship moves to hybrid this Sunday, gathered in person in the Saint John's garden or on Zoom. Please register here: https://saintjohnsf.org/garden-eucharist-reservations/ to let us know if you are coming. Please plan to arrive after 10AM. Here's the Regathering Notice: https://saintjohnsf.org/covid19-information/ with the information you need for Sunday. If you are unable to come, we hope to see you on Zoom.

I look forward to meeting many of you face to face for the first time!

Scot+

Rev'd Scot Sherman, Supply Priest

05/28/2021

“’Can I come?’ The answer, as it always is, was yes.”

--Quoted from article in San Francisco Chronicle.

In one short exchange in the Saint John’s Garden, Heather Knight, in her piece about the Gubbio Project, captured what is at the heart of Saint John's -- being welcoming.

And it is true, all are welcome! On June 6, onsite and in person worship will be offered. If you are planning on joining us in person, please let us know via this survey. Our regathering welcome notice will be provided next week via this newsletter and on our website.

Juana Gruber, an unhoused San Francisco resident, asked the question above “Can I come?” one day when she saw people sitting in the courtyard. She said of the church and courtyard, “It’s precious. For me, it’s paradise.” Juana captures my sentiments exactly.

Since moving to the Mission, I’ve been fortunate to hear about and witness how much our garden means to us and the neighborhood:

-- In the 1980s and 1990s, we opened our hearts and provided sanctuary to men dying of AIDS and many of their ashes are scattered around the garden.

-- Recently, my next-door neighbor, Pablo, started joining us in the garden to enjoy the sunshine and calm. Recently, he mentioned that several times he rented the garden for parties for his children and it holds special memories for his family.

-- During the pandemic, we’ve been able to continue some of ministries to the garden as well: Julian pantry, urban mystics, homeless kit fellowship, etc.

-- In August, the garden provided the perfect safe space to allow the Swenson-Mayer family and us to grieve and celebrate Julie Mayer’s life and our loss.

-- In June, we watched two beautiful yellow butterflies dance between Jeremy and us at our wedding. This moment is etched in families’ hearts and memories. Jeremy had just said a prayer of thanksgiving for all those who stepped up when I was orphaned and on cue these beautiful butterflies joined us. Many who watched believe it was a symbol of my parents unwavering love, even in their absence.

I’m sure you have beautiful memories of your own too. In June, we hope to see you in person or on Zoom. Thank you to the Taskforce team who’s work these last two weeks has been amazing. Thank you Heather Knight for your beautiful piece on Gubbio and Saint John’s.

“What people see in a garden is a reflection of what is in their heart.” – Shoukei Matsumoto

~Elizabeth Orbison

“’Can I come?’ The answer, as it always is, was yes.”

--Quoted from article in San Francisco Chronicle.

In one short exchange in the Saint John’s Garden, Heather Knight, in her piece about the Gubbio Project, captured what is at the heart of Saint John's -- being welcoming.

And it is true, all are welcome! On June 6, onsite and in person worship will be offered. If you are planning on joining us in person, please let us know via this survey. Our regathering welcome notice will be provided next week via this newsletter and on our website.

Juana Gruber, an unhoused San Francisco resident, asked the question above “Can I come?” one day when she saw people sitting in the courtyard. She said of the church and courtyard, “It’s precious. For me, it’s paradise.” Juana captures my sentiments exactly.

Since moving to the Mission, I’ve been fortunate to hear about and witness how much our garden means to us and the neighborhood:

-- In the 1980s and 1990s, we opened our hearts and provided sanctuary to men dying of AIDS and many of their ashes are scattered around the garden.

-- Recently, my next-door neighbor, Pablo, started joining us in the garden to enjoy the sunshine and calm. Recently, he mentioned that several times he rented the garden for parties for his children and it holds special memories for his family.

-- During the pandemic, we’ve been able to continue some of ministries to the garden as well: Julian pantry, urban mystics, homeless kit fellowship, etc.

-- In August, the garden provided the perfect safe space to allow the Swenson-Mayer family and us to grieve and celebrate Julie Mayer’s life and our loss.

-- In June, we watched two beautiful yellow butterflies dance between Jeremy and us at our wedding. This moment is etched in families’ hearts and memories. Jeremy had just said a prayer of thanksgiving for all those who stepped up when I was orphaned and on cue these beautiful butterflies joined us. Many who watched believe it was a symbol of my parents unwavering love, even in their absence.

I’m sure you have beautiful memories of your own too. In June, we hope to see you in person or on Zoom. Thank you to the Taskforce team who’s work these last two weeks has been amazing. Thank you Heather Knight for your beautiful piece on Gubbio and Saint John’s.

“What people see in a garden is a reflection of what is in their heart.” – Shoukei Matsumoto

~Elizabeth Orbison

DA closes Amilcar Lopez case, but the community trauma still remains | 48 hills 05/28/2021

DA closes Amilcar Lopez case, but the community trauma still remains | 48 hills

Our priest associate, the Rev. Dr. Richard Smith, has some words on the outcome of the case in which Amilcar Pérez López was shot and killed by police right here in the Mission District in 2015.

St. John’s hosted Amilcar’s San Francisco funeral service (his family held a funeral and buried him in Guatemala); we vigiled outside the police station every week for a year; we marched; we wrote letters; we testified at city hearings; we raised funds for Amilcar’s family and for the mural dedicated to his memory on 24th St. This summary from Fr. Richard is an important reflection on where we are now.

Amilcar, Presente! May your memory be a blessing and an inspiration in our work for justice.

DA closes Amilcar Lopez case, but the community trauma still remains | 48 hills San Francisco needs to make big changes in policing so this young immigrant didn't die in vain.

05/26/2021

Getting ready for Gubbio’s #SacredSleep to reopen at #StJohnsintheMission on June 1st!

More information on the changes here—St. John’s is now the host site and main office for Gubbio:

https://www.sfchronicle.com/local/heatherknight/article/Beloved-S-F-homeless-nonprofit-was-booted-from-16203214.php

Photo credit: Lydia Bransten

Getting ready for Gubbio’s #SacredSleep to reopen at #StJohnsintheMission on June 1st!

More information on the changes here—St. John’s is now the host site and main office for Gubbio:

https://www.sfchronicle.com/local/heatherknight/article/Beloved-S-F-homeless-nonprofit-was-booted-from-16203214.php

Photo credit: Lydia Bransten

Beloved S.F. homeless nonprofit was booted from its Tenderloin space. Will S.F. residents step up to save it? 05/26/2021

Beloved S.F. homeless nonprofit was booted from its Tenderloin space. Will S.F. residents step up to save it?

As the Bay Area is re-opening, St. John's is glad to be deepening our relationship with our ministry partner, The Gubbio Project as they move their operations over to our church building entirely. Today, SF Chronicle report Heather Knight has a profile article about Gubbio's accomplishments and needs in this transitional time. Please consider donating to this wonderful project, and perhaps volunteering also!

#StJohnsintheMission #MoreLove #MasAmor

https://www.sfchronicle.com/local/heatherknight/article/Beloved-S-F-homeless-nonprofit-was-booted-from-16203214.php

Beloved S.F. homeless nonprofit was booted from its Tenderloin space. Will S.F. residents step up to save it? The Gubbio Project has provided “sacred sleep” to homeless people at St. Boniface...

Photos from The Episcopal Church of Saint John the Evangelist's post 05/26/2021

New additions to the garden. From the garden of Carl Folk, donated by Michael Mallory in his memory.

Help the Gubbio Project provide new beds for our Sacred Sleep program! 05/23/2021

Help the Gubbio Project provide new beds for our Sacred Sleep program!

We are so very glad to announce that our ministry partner, The Gubbio Project (https://www.thegubbioproject.org/), will be opening the doors of the church to offer their Sacred Sleep program again, starting on the morning of June 1. Here is a chance to support this wonderful re-opening by helping Gubbio to purchase new beds for the program. Please make a donation! Lots of info about the reopening in the link as well. Welcome home, friends.
#StJohnsintheMission #SacredSleep #MoreLove #MasAmor

Help the Gubbio Project provide new beds for our Sacred Sleep program! The Gubbio Project is excited to safely reopen our Sacred Sleep program at St. John's in the Mission. We need new beds for our guests, giving them a more comfortable, dignified, and safe sleeping experience. We are asking for your help!

05/21/2021

Pentecost and New Beginnings

The feast of Pentecost has special meaning for me. It was on this day, 30 years ago, Pentecost Sunday, 1991, that I was ordained to pastoral ministry. I vividly remember that day in a Presbyterian church in New York City. I had hope, I had hair, and I was deeply in love with the woman who would become my wife just 4 months later.

Of course, as far as the Episcopal church is concerned, I was ordained a priest just this past December. I’ve been retrofitted! Things have changed a lot over 30 years: the hair is gone; but the hope and the love, they have the added strength of being tested by time. I could never have guessed the ministry context I find myself in today at Saint John’s as we emerge from a pandemic. An old joke comes to mind: if you want to make God laugh, tell her your plans.

I’ve been mulling over one of the optional scripture readings for this Sunday. It’s not one we’re using, but I think it’s worth mentioning: Ezekiel 37:1-14. The prophet is a given a vision of a valley filled with dry human bones. (What a creepy place for a spiritual encounter)! God asks the simple question: “can these bones live?” Ezekiel takes one look at the battlefield that has become a mass grave and decides the answer is above his pay grade: “O Lord God, only you know.”

When instructed to prophesy to the boneyard, he does so: “I will cause breath to enter you and you shall live” and the bones reassemble themselves into whole bodies— flesh, blood and skin. But they still aren’t alive because they’re not breathing. In a moment of Lord of the Rings-level spectacle, the prophet gives another summons: “come from the four winds, O breath!” The breath comes and the dead are brought to life.

Of course, this is a vision. The big reveal is that this is a promise, made super vivid, that the exiles in Babylon are going to return to their homeland. Not just a meandering relocation—their faith and worship, their life with God will be restored. The prophet’s name points to what his decades of ministry will be about: Ezekiel means, “God strengthens.”

We’ve been in a kind of exile for the past year and a half. We’re processing the first taste of what it means to begin to take steps back home. Pentecost reminds us that we are not lifeless or helpless. We may not have the words or the wisdom yet, but we have the Spirit, all of us—not just the prophets and priests—we have God’s promised strength to discern, re-enter, re-gather and re-engage.

More love,

Scot+
Supply Priest

REMINDER: The re-opening task force will be giving an update and hosting a discussion this coming Sunday, May 23rd, 11:45AM (regular Sunday Morning Worship link). All are welcome!

Pentecost and New Beginnings

The feast of Pentecost has special meaning for me. It was on this day, 30 years ago, Pentecost Sunday, 1991, that I was ordained to pastoral ministry. I vividly remember that day in a Presbyterian church in New York City. I had hope, I had hair, and I was deeply in love with the woman who would become my wife just 4 months later.

Of course, as far as the Episcopal church is concerned, I was ordained a priest just this past December. I’ve been retrofitted! Things have changed a lot over 30 years: the hair is gone; but the hope and the love, they have the added strength of being tested by time. I could never have guessed the ministry context I find myself in today at Saint John’s as we emerge from a pandemic. An old joke comes to mind: if you want to make God laugh, tell her your plans.

I’ve been mulling over one of the optional scripture readings for this Sunday. It’s not one we’re using, but I think it’s worth mentioning: Ezekiel 37:1-14. The prophet is a given a vision of a valley filled with dry human bones. (What a creepy place for a spiritual encounter)! God asks the simple question: “can these bones live?” Ezekiel takes one look at the battlefield that has become a mass grave and decides the answer is above his pay grade: “O Lord God, only you know.”

When instructed to prophesy to the boneyard, he does so: “I will cause breath to enter you and you shall live” and the bones reassemble themselves into whole bodies— flesh, blood and skin. But they still aren’t alive because they’re not breathing. In a moment of Lord of the Rings-level spectacle, the prophet gives another summons: “come from the four winds, O breath!” The breath comes and the dead are brought to life.

Of course, this is a vision. The big reveal is that this is a promise, made super vivid, that the exiles in Babylon are going to return to their homeland. Not just a meandering relocation—their faith and worship, their life with God will be restored. The prophet’s name points to what his decades of ministry will be about: Ezekiel means, “God strengthens.”

We’ve been in a kind of exile for the past year and a half. We’re processing the first taste of what it means to begin to take steps back home. Pentecost reminds us that we are not lifeless or helpless. We may not have the words or the wisdom yet, but we have the Spirit, all of us—not just the prophets and priests—we have God’s promised strength to discern, re-enter, re-gather and re-engage.

More love,

Scot+
Supply Priest

REMINDER: The re-opening task force will be giving an update and hosting a discussion this coming Sunday, May 23rd, 11:45AM (regular Sunday Morning Worship link). All are welcome!

Our Story

Located around the corner from the busy Mission-16th Street-Valencia corridors in San Francisco’s north Mission District, St. John’s has been described by many as an oasis not only for the tranquility of our garden amidst the surrounding bustling streets, or the warm golden light that fills our soaring nave on a sunny day, but because so many have found St. John’s to be a place of loving peace, healing, and renewal in an often all-too-broken world.

On weekdays from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Tuesdays until noon), our church space is used by our co-ministry partner, The Gubbio Project (https://www.facebook.com/thegubbioproject/) to provide a safe shelter for “sacred sleep” for about 100 guests. In addition to being a place to rest and restore, Gubbio offers toiletries, a listening ear, referral for services and clothes, clean and safe bathrooms, and blankets, hats, gloves, and socks when available, plus interfaith chaplaincy services, foot care from a registered nurse, and more on different of the week. Gubbio also provides breakfast to over 80 guests every Friday.

Our mission is to live, love, and serve in the hope and joy of the risen Christ.

The Episcopal Church of Saint John the Evangelist is a community of faith, welcoming people of all colors, sexual orientation, and gender identities. Our mission is to live, love, and serve in the hope and joy of the Resurrection, to be in a positive, life-affirming, growing spiritual community, to minister to the neighborhood and greater city in their needs and concerns, and to empower our members with a sense of their Christian stewardship through liturgy, prayer, education and celebration.

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To visit us: St. John’s is located at the corner of 15th Street and Julian Avenue in San Francisco’s north Mission District. Our main entrance is on Julian. Wheelchair access is available on Julian Avenue. While that gate is open for Sunday services, please call the parish ahead of time if you need wheelchair access for other events so that we can ensure that the pedestrian gate is open when you arrive.

The church is located one short block west and one block north of the 16th Street/Mission BART station. Several Muni bus lines pass nearby: 14-Mission, 22-Fillmore, 26-Valencia, 33-Stanyan, and 49-Van Ness/Mission.

Parking may be found for free on Julian, there is metered parking on other surrounding streets, and public garage on Hoff Street, one block south (parallel and between Valencia and Mission, and 16th and 17th). In addition, there is evening and weekend paid parking in the lots of the bank on the corner of Julian and 16th and on 14th Street between Valencia and Mission. The white zone on 15th Street may be used for brief periods for passenger unloading.

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1661 15th Street And Julian St
San Francisco, CA
94103
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