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Helping Refugees - an overview of what we do.

What You Can Do to Help Refugees - a comprehensive collection of suggested actions and resources.

San Francisco Homeless Resources:
Daytime Resting Places

Homeless folks and neighbors seeking safety and rest during the day can sleep on the pews in the sanctuary of St. Boniface and St. John the Evangelist churches in San Francisco. No questions are asked when our guests walk into the churches; in an effort to remove all barriers to entry, there are no sign-in sheets or intake forms. No one is ever turned away; all are welcomed, respected and treated with dignity. The spaces are all ADA accessible.

Please see this month's Shared Life for the hours and locations of the churches.

All Church Retreat
October 20-22, 2017

The annual all-church retreat will be held at Mount Hermon, October 20–22, 2017. See the September issue of Shared Life for more information.

Volunteers Needed
Interfaith Food Pantry
& Community Dinner,
Saturday - October 28

Please see this month's Shared Life for details on volunteering.

Old First Presbyterian Church is an inclusive community of faith united by trust in God and faith in Jesus Christ. 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.

Established in 1849, we are the oldest active Protestant congregation in California. We are constantly renewed through a wide spectrum of activities, and of course, through new members and visitors.

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Maggi's Musings - October 2017

When I introduce myself at meetings, it is always quite a mouthful in to say “I am the Pastor at Old First Presbyterian Church.” I often ponder that “old” and “first” might not be words held in as high a regard as they once were, and that folks may not even know what “Presbyterian” is.

You may have heard folks occasionally playing with our name by adding a “b” and making us “B’OLD First.” I like that because it reminds me we have often been bold in our care and compassion for the community: helping start Edgewood Center for Children and Families for children over one hundred years ago (http://www.edgewood.org/), launching Larkin Street Youth Services (http://larkinstreetyouth.org/), hosting one of the largest – and first interfaith – food pantries in the city. I like “B’OLD” because, though change is often difficult, we step forward in faith and take on new ventures when we hear God’s call.

This fall two things highlight this for me: First, we listened and heard God’s call to hire Seminary Intern Liz Zupp when it wasn’t planned or budgeted. We decided God would help find the way to do this and the church will step up in there giving to make this happen. Liz will bring to us her vision, insights, and her life-long Presbyterian background. We will help shape her, teach her, offer her experience as she seeks to minister in the 21st Century.

Second, we are B’OLD in hearing a challenge to support the Pam Byers memorial LGBTQ archive at the Presbyterian Historical Society (http://www.history.pcusa.org/). It honors our beloved Pam’s work with Covenant Network (http://http://covnetpres.org/)but also says we can learn from the struggles and work of the past as we move into the future. The session heard the request and said yes, for we had to be a part of this venture. I invite you to read further about both of these steps forward in the text inside this issue of Shared Life.

Pray that God will help us be B’OLD to follow in the ways of Jesus and confess that love, compassion, risk, and justice are indeed ancient and primary life-giving attributes – old, first attributes that we need to step forward into God’s vision, God’s future.

Peace, Pastor Maggi


We at Old First Presbyterian Church believe
that all are made in the image of God.

We seek to follow the ways of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

So we pray for peace and work for justice.

May our words and our actions follow the model of St. Francis who said,
“Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary use words.”
Or in other words, be peace, be love, be justice, be hope.