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An Occasional Publication  2016  Volume 19  Issue 1

(415) 441-0123

Lighten the Darkness... Rekindle the Hope

Our Staff The Rev. Lyle J Beckman, Night Minister The Rev. Monique Ortiz, Associate Night Minister The Rev. Dr. Laura Rolen, Coordinator of Crisis Line Counselors The Rev. Rod W. Seeger, Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor The Rev. Silvia Tiznado, Assistant CPE Supervisor The Rev. Daniel Borysewicz, Minister of Sacred Space

Assistant Night Ministers The Rev. Daniel Borysewicz Chaplain Adam Briones The Rev. Donald Fox The Rev. Bernhard Fricke The Rev. Thom Longino The Rev. Valerie McEntee The Rev. Karen Perkins The Rev. Andreas Pielhoop The Rev. Megan Rohrer The Rev. David Stickley

Annual Report Available If you are interested in seeing a more detailed summary of 2015 including finances, donors and statistics, please visit our website at www.sfnightministry.org.

The Rev. Marcus Crim The Rev. Victoria Gray The Rev. Nancy Pennekamp

Brother Karekin Yarian BSG, Office Manager Bruce Pettit, Night Ministry Associate John Brett, Open Cathedral Assistant The Rev. Charles H. Lewis, Night Minister Emeritus

Open Cathedral, Civic Center: Monique Ortiz and Nancy Pennekamp

Governing Board Mary Von Zomeren, President Roberta Brouhard, Vice President Samantha Meritt, Treasurer Lorna Hill, Secretary Geraldine Bailey Jane Borg John Cumming Larry Dannenberg The Rev. Rebekah Davis Ron King Dr. Elizabeth Lewis The Rev. Eric Metoyer Rodney Suzuki

SAN FRANCISCO NIGHT MINISTRY

To be in a strange room at night when all the lights go out can be a frightening experience. Even in familiar surroundings it can be disorienting to suddenly find oneself in complete darkness. More than once I have tripped over a chair or knocked something off a table stumbling in the dark to find a flashlight or candle. Darkness has the power to confuse us, to knock us off balance, to cause panic, to make us reach out.

Conversely, it is always amazing to me how little light it really takes to illumine the darkness, especially after our eyes get adjusted. A simple campfire, a few shining stars or a full moon can brighten even the darkest sky. A single candle can give light to an entire church building, as during the Vigil of Easter or at candlelit Christmastide.

Deacons to Night Ministry Support Staff

Lyle J Beckman

SAN FRANCISCO NIGHT MINISTRY

1031 Franklin St. San Francisco CA 94109  office@sfnightministry.org  Office (415) 935-7862

The biblical references and images of darkness and light speak so beautifully. For me, “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it”, has become a powerfully eternal, yet simple statement of faith. I find great comfort in hearing of God’s light breaking into the darkness of our human life and illuminating it with hope, assurance and promise. The disorienting chaos of human suffering, brokenness and despair is challenged and changed by the presence of God with us. Early in Night Ministry’s history, the phrase, “Lighten the darkness….rekindle the hope” became a meaningful way to describe the ministry we offer to those who are anxious, afraid, lonely, depressed or in danger in the middle of the night. The phrase helps us to remember our primary goal—to share the good news of God’s love to all, and to witness the transforming power of God’s light into our everyday lives—power over all despair, doubt, fear, or sorrow. Thank you for your partnership with Night Ministry. Thank you for your prayers, your gifts, your volunteers and your financial support that has blessed and sustained us all these years. May God’s peace be with you. 

We Need Your Help

Like so many non-profit organizations, we charge nothing for our services, nor do we seek public money for any of our programs. For the past several years Night Ministry has seen an increase in the numbers of people served, both through our crisis line and on the streets—nearly 29,000 conversations last year. In addition, our feeding programs have grown in size, our collaborations are reaching more people and our educational programs are being sought more than ever. To continue to meet the needs of the people we serve, to be effective at what we do, and to grow into the future, we need your help. Please consider a financial donation at this time, or help us connect to new and innovative ways to raise the funds we need to support and sustain our work. 

Open Cathedral, Civic Center: Marcus Crim and choir (Tammy, Abraham and Willie)


Programs that Benefit Night Ministry Community Thrift

Night Ministry continues to partner with the Community Thrift Store, 623 Valencia Street, San Francisco, 94110. Founded in 1982 by the San Francisco Tavern Guild Foundation to help local charitable organizations, the Thrift Store has grown to include over 200 non-profit organizations. Supporters of these charities donate second hand items to Community Thrift, specifying which charity they would like the proceeds to benefit. Items can be dropped off 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Acceptable donations include: clothing, jewelry, books, CDs, Collectibles, house wares, furniture, and much more. When making a donation, please use our code #194 – San Francisco Night Ministry. For more information about Community Thrift or types of donations allowed please call (415) 861-4910 or visit their website www.communitythrift.org.

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35%

Upcoming Events

9,1214 Female

7th Annual Cabaret

61%

Friday, August 12, 2016 7:00 to 9:30 pm

Statistics for 2015

$35.00 at the door Snacks and Beverages provided!

Conversations by Category

Annual Gala

Dinner and Program 7:00 pm St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell, 94109

1,002 Transgender

16,163 Male

St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 101 Gold Mine Dr. 94131

Saturday, October 8, 2016 Doors Open 5:30 pm

4%

2015 26,379 Total

Category

Crisis Line

Open Cathedrals

Night Ministers

Total

Male

1,396

7,177

7,590

16,163

Female

2,990

3,556

2,668

9,214

53

296

553

1,002

4,539

11,029

10,811

26,379

Religious/Spiritual

933

10,476

7,792

19,401

Moral/Ethical

992

9,058

3,774

12,832

2,000

8,456

3,882

11,338

9

9,533

813

10,346

Financial

520

5,532

1,685

7,217

Health/Medical

694

5,221

1,903

7,124

Food Request

Job/Vocation

638

4,060

2,398

6,458

7%

2,751

2,830

2,443

5,271

Housing

392

3,718

1,535

5,253

Financial

Addictions

351

1,760

2,972

4,732

7%

General Information

160

1,422

2,501

3,923

1,122

1,606

1,561

3,165

Abuse/Violence

953

883

1,566

2,449

Anger

776

893

1,166

2,059

Sexuality/Gender

130

414

1,395

1,810

Psychiatric

680

527

977

1,504

Legal

204

574

921

1,495

Grief

507

315

854

1,169

Money Request

16

356

782

1,138

Suicidal

95

85

289

374

Top Topics 18%

Religious/Spiritual

12%

Moral/Ethical

10%

Relationship/Family

9%

Health/Medical

Transgender Total

Relationship/Family Food Request

Lonely/Depressed

Anxious/Afraid

San Francisco Night Ministry Newsletter  

July 2016

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