Parish Life

St. Luke's lives its Vision - offering glimpses of the sacred to those who have faith and to those who do not through inspiring ministry, learning, celebration and community service.  

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St. Luke's Day Proclamation

The Inter-faith Food Pantry

Helping Bayview Mission

Our E-Newsletter

Our Send a Card Initiative

Christian Formation

International Missionary Work

Ending Gun Violence

and other ministries

St. Luke’s Day Proclaimed

November 11

On November 11, 2018, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church was formally recognized via Proclamation by the City and County of San Francisco for its:

  • Significant Contributions to the Vitality of San Francisco
  • Alignment with San Francisco Values at Their Best
  • Status Among California Parishes
  • “Oasis Congregation” Designation
  • Overall Beauty & Grace
  • 150 Year Legacy of Service & Celebration

Please join us, along with San Francisco Mayor, London N. Breed, in proudly proclaiming and celebrating November 11 as St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Day in San Francisco!!


serving our neighborhood, 

city & beyond


The Inter-faith Food Pantry

@ Old First Church

Join fellow St. Luke's parishioners in a morning of serving the neighborhood by volunteering at our Inter-faith Food Pantry. Over 300 people are given as many groceries as they can carry in a in a cooperative effort between the San Francisco Food Bank and local churches. Old First Presbyterian and St. Luke’s banded together as good neighbors to start the food pantry in 2010. 

The Next Food Pantry Event is Saturday - June 20 - 7:30 a.m. at Old First Presbyterian Church

(Van Ness @ Sacramento

Please Note: the Food Pantry remains operational under coronavirus conditions. Volunteers are limited to those under 60 years old, who do not have any underlying medical conditions, symptoms, or a compromised immune system. If you or someone you live with is in the high risk group due to age or medical condition, we ask you please to stay at home. This may be difficult for those anxious to help out, but it's best for the entire community. Thanks.

Old First Church is located at the corner of Van Ness and Sacramento. If you can join the cheerful crew in the morning at 7:30, or if you want to know more, please contact Tom Hensley at: -or- Birgit Jacobsen at:

Inter-faith Food Pantry dates scheduled for the remainder of 2020 are as follows: July 11, August 15, September 19 and October 31.  

There are also 4 "All Faith Days" over the course of the year, where participating churches rotate responsibility for leading the Food Pantry that day. All Faith Days scheduled for 2020: March 21, June 20, September 26 and December 19. Participating churches are as follows: 

  • Calvary Presbyterian
  • First Unitarian Universalist
  • Old First Presbyterian
  • St. Luke's Episcopal
  • St. Mark's Lutheran

Join Us and Help

Support the Food Pantry!

Helping Families in Need

at Bayview Mission

St. Luke’s has a long history of supporting the Bayview Mission through our annual Mother’s Day Baby Shower and Brunch effort. Generous donations from St. Luke’s parishioners have made Mother's Day special for those in need.

Dedicated, volunteer parishioners, Ceseli Foster, Sue McKenzie and Sue Blomberg have championed St. Luke’s Bayview Mission initiative. St. Luke’s would now like to expand the relationship with Bayview Mission and make it ongoing. The plan is to focus on specific items needed, as suggested below.

Seasonal Requests:

  • Art Supplies
  • Snacks
  • Back Packs
  • School Supplies
  • Used Warm Clothing
  • Warm Coats (gently used; kids to adult)
  • Umbrellas

Ongoing Needs:

  • Children’s Books, Especially Board Books
  • Lego Toys
  • Diapers
  • Infant Formula
  • Baby Wipes
  • Bubbles
  • Bibs
  • Baby Blankets
  • Onesies
  • Infant / Toddler Socks
  • Zip-Lock Sandwich Bags
  • Cleaning Supplies: Sponges, Detergent, Dish Soap, Bleach
  • Gently Used Bath Towels
  • Gently Used Clothing
  • Socks Of All Sizes (black socks for diabetic seniors)
  • Dental Supplies: Toothpaste, Brushes, Floss
  • Bar Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Lotions
  • Disposable Razors
  • Sewing Supplies: thread, buttons, yarn, etc.


There is a collection bin in St. Luke’s sanctuary on Sundays, and in the parish office during the week. Questions? Please contact John Barkan:

The Rev. Nina Pickerrell, of the Diocese of California, is the founder and leader of the Bayview Mission. Learn more about this amazing ministry: can also donate directly to this cause using Amazon via the Bayview website.

Thanks to all who give so others may have a better quality of life.

Weekly ENews

St. Luke's releases a weekly electronic E-Newsletter to keep all parishioners current and abreast of upcoming events, and to also provide an overview of content for each Sunday's worship service.

To be added to our ENews, Email and postal circulation lists, please send an email to:, call 1-415-673-7327 or stop by the parish office.

Send a Card to a Parishioner

We have many parishioners who would appreciate a real “snail mail” card from their church family - sent and received the old fashioned, non-electronic, US Postal Service way.

It's easy to reach out to a fellow

parishioner with a card

or postcard to:

  • express good cheer or thanks
  • reconnect, recognize or appreciate
  • send love, congrats or good luck 
  • support someone on our prayer list
  • support someone in military service

Please let this program help you reach people who might appreciate and benefit from receiving a card in the mail.

We have the cards and we have the stamps! You can also use your own card(s)….but please: write a short note, address the envelope, leave it in the box on Birgit's office door and we will stamp and mail it promptly. Easy, thoughtful and a nice surprise for any recipient!

Christian Formation

Outings, Current Events

& Advocacy

"Movie Theology" and "Theater Theology" are examples of interesting outings the church takes together and then discusses over coffee on Sunday mornings. The play The Christians, was enjoyed as a group at the San Francisco Playhouse Theater.  We've also viewed and discussed a number of movies together. 

Additionally, St. Luke’s has hosted Christian speaker/author Brian McLaren and his “Spiritual Migration” book tour and signing, the Celtic theologian John Philip Newell, Sister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking) and Neurosurgeon Eben Alexander (Proof of Heaven).

Historically, each program year has offered a different series of subjects. Our last program focused on Race, Gender and Gun Violence. Billy Curtis, Executive Director of the Multicultural Sexuality and Gender Center at Cal-Berkeley led two forums on racism and gender identity. His talk was followed by the screening of Traces of the Trade, the story of the DeWolfe family in Rhode Island, a prominent family of businessmen, academic, and church leaders who were deeply involved in the slave trade.

In addition, the rector hosted a panel discussion and reception entitled, "The Moral Imperative to End Gun Violence” with city law enforcement, politicians and anti-gun violence advocates.  




St. Luke’s first international mission trip was to the Philippines in May of 2014 to aid typhoon victims in Tacloban and help impoverished children in Manila. 

In 2016, twelve members of St. Luke’s traveled to Guatemala on a 10 day mission trip which saw us traveling all over the country. Were we going to proselytize? Convert? No, we were there to offer our simple gifts in Jesus’s name. We did this through some hard labor, reading and playing with children, and sharing of our earthly treasure. We owe a debt to Lucrecia Sparks for not only showing us her beautiful native country, but also introducing us to wonderful people who make a difference in their impoverished communities.

We are still in touch with the friends we made and served while on these missions. Currently, no international mission trips are planned. Our mission to help those less fortunate than ourselves continues from and at home.

We share this mission initiative with The Project Pearls Organization and continue to support them. To learn about Project Pearls CLICK HERE.

Ending Gun Violence

Our Moral Imperative to

End Gun Violence  

St. Luke’s has been a beacon to those impacted by gun violence. The sanctuary was full when we hosted a candle-lit prayer service near the anniversary of the Sandy Hook killings with Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi as our guest speaker. We have also marched across the Golden Gate Bridge to protest with Moms Demand Action to End Gun Violence.  

A Sampling of Historical & Current Ministries:

  • Live Streaming Sunday Worship Service Weekly On-line to Help Keep our Community Connected while St. Luke's is Closed due to COVID-19
  • Sermons Made Available for Listening via Apple Podcast
  • Showing Concern for the Homeless
  • Sponsoring the Our Lady of Guadalupe Spanish-speaking Congregation
  • Live Music Events, from Open Mic Nights to Organ Recitals and Concerts featuring Guest Musicians & Choirs
  • Mother’s Day Baby Shower
  • the Annual Lenten Discussion Series
  • Preparatory, Confirmation Classes
  • the Blessing of Animals to Honor St. Francis and Our Beloved Pets
  • Thanksgiving Cornucopia and special projects in support of Bayview Mission
  • Angel Tree Christmas gifts for the Bishop Swing Community House and Alder Residents
  • Julian’s Guild Healing Ministry
  • Support of the Temenos Catholic Worker, the Rev. River Simms
  • Two 12-Step Alcoholic Anonymous Groups


  • Halloween Cole Hardware Pumpkin Patch
  • Weekend in Wine Country at the Bishop’s Ranch Parish Retreat
  • Mardi Gras-Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper with Zydeco Band and Dancing
  • Fall Parish Picnic at Lafayette Park with Outdoor Service, Eucharist and Choir
  • Gratitude Party each fall Celebrating our Parish Life Together
  • Evergreen Fair and Evergreen Parties and Dinners to Raise Money for Mission Trips and Rector’s Discretionary Fund
  • Halloween Trick-or-Treat Party for Kai Ming Preschool
  • Weekly, Organ & Choral Music for all Ages to Enjoy during Sunday Service and on other Special Occasions

Join Us! 

We Welcome You!