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Blog Archives: December 2013

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December
2013

The Desert of Advent & the Gardens to Come

Laura Turner
Depending on your upbringing and your capacity for celebration, your Christmas season may start anywhere from early October to mid-December. But once Thanksgiving rolls around, it's hard to avoid the carols, the trees, the lights, and the sense that you should be doing something with every free moment--shopping, wrapping gifts, preparing for holiday travel. And those are all really good things to be doing, but the four weeks of Advent are, in the church calendar, a time of waiting and longing. A time of being still, living in the desert of ...
19
December
2013

Coming in the New Year

It's hard to think about January with Christmas right around the corner. You don't have to, of course, but if you're the planning kind we wanted to let you know about some great events coming up next month. Epiphany Prayer Services Join us for a prayer service to mark the season of Epiphany. Come for the time of reflection and singing, stay for the post-service dessert! Sutter Street - Tuesday, January 7th | 7 - 8 PM; dessert from 8 - 8:30 PM 23rd Street - Wednesday, January 8th | 7 - 8 PM; dessert from 8 - 8:30 PM   Launch of ...
19
December
2013

Tenderloin Caroling

We're so thankful to everyone who made caroling in the Tenderloin on Sunday such a success. Rev. Paul Trudeau led a group of churches, musicians and our friends from the neighborhood on an annual caroling tradition that was started by Rev. Glenda Hope. What a joy to build community, love our neighbors and celebrate the birth of Christ in the city's most densely populated neighborhood. More about this event images by Mark Kuroda                                         ...
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December
2013

Tenderloin Caroling

Laura Turner
Photograph by Mark Kuroda The Tenderloin is a strange paradox--an impoverished neighborhood in one of the country's most expensive cities; a densely populated area full of people who often feel totally alone. It is a neighborhood that is easy to forget about or to drive through without ever stopping, without ever knowing anyone who lives there. But these 50 square blocks are also the place of some of the greatest work in our city. Rev. Glenda Hope of San Francisco Network Ministries started the annual tradition of caroling in the ...
05
December
2013

Funding Our Mission

There are a million stories to tell at City Church. Stories of God at work in history, stories from the Scriptures, stories of redemption and change around the world. But for a moment, we want to get specific and close to home. We want to tell the story of God at work in San Francisco--our story--over the past year. Join Us  this Sunday In 2013... We continued to support our local and international mission partners, including a growing church plant in Oakland. Our deacons provided spiritual, financial, and emotional care for 35 ...
05
December
2013

Serving Our Neighbors this Holiday Season

Photograph by Mark Kuroda City Church offers many opportunities for our church to serve the city of San Francisco during the holiday season. Some of what we do during this season is part of the ongoing work we do in the community and some of it is new, specific to the season. Because the holidays are a time set aside for being with family, it can be an especially isolating part of the year for those who don't have community nearby, or those without means to afford much in the way of gift-giving. Part of the way we care for those folks in ...
05
December
2013

Dr. Daniel Kirk Luncheon

On Sunday, December 8th, we will be closing our series on "Understanding the Grand Narrative" with a luncheon featuring Dr. Daniel Kirk. Dr. Kirk lives in San Francisco and is a New Testament professor at Fuller Seminary, a fan of narrative theology, and a great blogger. "Telling the story of the story-bound God" is the tagline for his website, and Kirk is a fantastic companion with whom to engage the story. And the story of the Bible is always pointing us toward the cross, the place where God in the flesh died to take on the sins of the ...