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An Occasional Publication 2016 Volume 19 Issue 1
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 email@example.com 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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7th Annual Cabaret
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
Dinner and Program 7:00 pm St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell, 94109
St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 101 Gold Mine Dr. 94131
Saturday, October 8, 2016 Doors Open 5:30 pm
2015 26,379 Total
Top Topics 18%
Relationship/Family Food Request