Dates: September 12 & 19
Title: Seventh Avenue, A Glimpse at Its History
Description: Founded in 1903 as the first Protestant church in the Sunset, Seventh Avenue’s beginnings and history are fascinating to explore. Its start in the Haight, move to the Inner Sunset, its growth and struggles, its movement into the new millennium with a new vitality, and the development of a new Design for Ministry gave us a sense of what Church could be.
We can answer questions such as: What do the windows mean? Where are there traces of the first church building? Who were the founders mentioned on the marble plaque in the sanctuary? Where does the name for Cumberland Hall come from? Let’s explore the church building, early documents and photos. As we pull back the pages of our unique history, we will see how, as a congregation “we listen for God’s word for us today, model the radically inclusive welcome of God, tend the Holy in ourselves, one another and creation… always striving to be the Christ in the world.” Join in, it will be fun!
Facilitator: Gail De Bellis has been a member of Seventh Avenue since 1972. She has served on Session and Council many times, written numerous Mission Studies, taught and coordinated Church School and child care over countless years, and currently serves on the Building and Personnel Groups. With an abiding interest in Seventh Avenue history, she and Ruth McCreight presented an historical perspective for the 100th Anniversary. Gail looks forward to revealing Seventh Avenue’s fascinating history in our 118th year.
Dates: October 3, 10, & 17
Title: Facing Upheaval and Uncertainty: Biblical Stories + Our Stories
Description: Since March 2020 (and perhaps before), life has looked very different than anything we had known before. How have we reacted? What have we learned about ourselves, others, and the role of faith in our lives? How do biblical stories speak to and shed light on our stories from this time?
Sunday, 3 October: Murmuring and complaining – Wandering in exile with the Israelites
Sunday, 10 October: Faithful yet questioning – Facing great loss with Job
Sunday, 17 October: Seeing and making the most of the opportunity this time presents – Singing in prison with Paul
Facilitator: The Rev. Dr. Leslie Veen is the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs for Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, an ordained pastor in the PC(USA), and a Parish Associate here at Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church. Leslie has a deep desire to help people discern and follow God’s calling for their lives and to deepen their connection with the Divine as they do so. She has been a resident of San Francisco for over 25 years and loves finding new ways to appreciate the beauty and creativity of the area every day.
Dates: November 7, 14 & 21
Topic: Seeing Differently – the Good News of Creation
Description: During our three sessions I will draw from a recently published book: “Seeing Differently – Franciscans and Creation,” authored by three Anglican Franciscans. While drawing from the entire book, I will focus on Part Three: “Franciscans and Creation Today.” How can we keep drawing from the Gospel message to find Good News to sustain hope and motivate good actions in our present world situation?
The authors invite us to live four spiritual practices of seeing differently:
Attending helps us pay attention to when and where we are. “[Saint Francis’] delight in what he observed led him to see in the natural world around him, both animate and inanimate, the “footprint” of the Creator, the maker’s mark, a sign of God’s mercy, generosity, love and glory.”
Inhabiting “requires an emotional and moral commitment to the specific, immediate place where we live … Such indwelling can open to us the recognition that the place, wherever we are, is sacred.”
Valuing is “recognizing the inherent dignity and value of all God’s creation and not merely what we humans determine is useful to us.”
Gazing isds seeing differently as we go about the world. “What do we see differently now? What needs to change? What prophetic challenge is God calling us to proclaim?”
Facilitator: The Rev. Fr. Dale Trunk was a Capuchin Franciscan Friar for 25 years. After ordination, the Order sent him to Rome for graduate study in Franciscan Spirituality. Returning to California, he served as seminary director, hospital chaplain, and associate pastor. In 1998, after cycles of burn-out, he “retired” from the Order and the priesthood. Currently, Dale ministers as a Flight Attendant, spiritual director, and gardener.