Programs at St. Francis

Senior Center -- Held weekly at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. See the schedule here.

For over twenty years, the St. Francis Senior Center has carried out one of the central goals of the ministry of St. Francis Lutheran Church: "To serve in response to God's love to meet human needs, caring for the sick and the aged and advocating dignity and justice for all people." To that end, the Senior Center provides once-a-week program of discussion, lively entertainment, a healthful meal, and peer support for between 40 and 60 persons over the age of 60. We are family to those who have no family, building community among a very diverse group of individuals that attend the center each week. Among the many regular activities of the Senior Center are speakers on issues of health and other senior-specific concerns, as well as entertainment such as guest musicians, singers and dance groups Through informative health education, lively entertainment, engaging discussion, and regular socialization, the St. Francis Senior Center aims to promote the well-being and vitality of elders and help prevent illness, injury, isolation, and exploitation. The Senior Center is staffed by the Senior Center Program Director Beverly Hines and two cooks that alternate in preparing the meals. There is a Senior Committee, part of St. Francis Church that helps to direct the activities of the Senior Center.

St. Francis-St. Vincent dePaul Society

The St. Vincent dePaul Society began offering coffee and donuts to whoever stopped by at 9:30, with the intention of meeting our neighbors, including those who live on the street. The program was expanded to give away sandwiches and fried chicken. Every Sunday morning members and friends of St. Francis prepare a bag lunch, and sometimes soup or other food for those in need. The hospitality starts at 8:45 AM.

St. Francis buys food from the San Franciso Food Bank and receives donations of food from members and others for use at the hospitality meals. Persons interested in donating food may bring by contributions on Sunday mornings, or during the week between 8:30 AM and 5 PM. Please call the office (621-2635) to insure that someone will be there to receive the donation. Food that is accepted is canned vegetables, canned fruit, tuna, canned meats, canned soups, stews, chili, peanut butter and cereal. We cannot accept glass containers or perishable food. Food that cannot be used at St. Francis for the Hospitalitymeals is donated to the San Francisco Food Bank.

The Hospitality Hour is made possible by the dedicated work of members and friends each Sunday morning, under the oversight of Carl Tebell who obtains the food and supplies, and plans the meals.

More information is here.

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Just as we were noticing that the San Francisco Food Bank was swamped with demands for food, we became a client of Food Runners. On Saturdays we receive bags and bags of food and flowers from a recently-opened Trader Joes to our church, thanks to a non-profit group Food Runners. The food is unloaded on the sidewalk and SVDP volunteers transport it into our Parish Hall where they sort and unpack the delivery. This food has been a major asset our Sunday morning Hospitality Hour.

Below is the schedule of those who have signed up to help unload and sort the food. Questions should be directed to Pastor Dawn.

SVDP Saturday Schedule (Updated 1/23/09)
12:00 A.M.—1:00 P.M.

1st Saturday of each month
1. Carl Tebell
2. Grant Burger
3. Max Kirkeberg
4. Gabriel Proo

2nd Saturday of each month
1. Carl Tebell
2. Chuck Hancock
3. Dave Walda
4. Paul Johnson
5. Anthony Manson

3rd Saturday of each month
1. Carl Tebell
2. Gene Clark
3. Jim Barron
4. Paul Brenner
5. Tom Metz

4th Saturday of each month
1. Carl Tebell
2. Charles Schuler
3. Michael Deschenes
4. Dave Somers

5th Saturday of each month
1. Carl Tebell
2. Robert Goldstein
3. Brad Hubert
4. Martin Thompson

St. Francis is grateful to Food Runners, a local 20 year nonprofit that picks up perishable food from restaurants, stores, bakeries and other businesses that deal in food, and delivers it to shelters and programs that feed the hungry. This program delivers on average 10 tons of food a week.

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Last updated 3/19/10 by DW