Food Pantry Re-Opens!

We have incredibly GOOD NEWS to share with you! The Excelsior Community Food Pantry will reopen 2 weeks from today on Saturday, September 13th!!  We are partnering with the Jewish Home of San Francisco to serve the hunger needs in our community. The pantry will reopen at their location on Mission St. and Silver (302 Silver Ave. SF 94112), just a few blocks from us. 

We are overjoyed to announce this next chapter in the life of our pantry. Members of our community have been working tirelessly to find the pantry a new home. Hayley Lam and Amelia Zimmerman especially have put hours of their time and energy into this process. Please send them a word of thanks!  Also, special thanks to Tom Pack and Jennifer Stringfellow for their legal guidance and to Michael Beadle for helping us with public relations. 

As we move forward, here are a few ways for you to be involved:

(1) Pray for the pantry. 
We give thanks to God for this new partnership with the Jewish Home and we ask that God continue to strengthen our relationship with them. We pray for our clients who have gone without food the two months between pantry closure and reopen. We pray for our volunteers (old and new) as we come together and serve our community.

(2) Come serve!
All volunteers are invited next Saturday, September 6th from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM to help us move to our new location and do a mock pantry set up. We’ll meet at our church and then move to JHSF. Also, on Saturday, September 13th (our opening day!) we’ll need extra volunteers to help provide a smooth transition. It’s simple to volunteer! Any Saturday, just show up at JHSF at 10 AM and ask how you can help!

(3) Behind the scenes.
If you have some time during the week and want to help with behind the scenes logistics of reopening the pantry, please contact Hayley Lam (hayleylam@gmail.com)

Welcome New Members

Today during worship, we welcomed 7 new members: Thomya Goode, Chris Kardish, Ellen Burroughs, Esther Lee, Brian King, Leigh Carter and Newton Lih. We celebrated this step in their faith journey by laying hands on them and praying for them. 

Membership is an opportunity for anyone who feels called to publicly commit to following Jesus and to being a part of our community as we seek to follow Jesus. During the worship service, our community commits to these individuals as well. We commit to grieve with them as they grieve and to rejoice with them as they rejoice. 

Our community of faith is a gift from God and we give thanks to get to walk this life of discipleship together! 

Spend or Invest?

The Reverend Doctor Ken McFayden led a seminar on Investing in the Kingdom of God. He challenged us not to spend any more money! Not on our ministries or worship or on our staff. Instead, he called us to invest. He encourages us to view each penny we give or spend as a church in the investment of God’s kingdom. We invest in our staff so that they can invest in the gifts of this community and in the world. We invest in our  worship and ministries so that we can grow as disciples. We invest in mission so that we can be a part of how God is building the kingdom of love in this world. Ken also encouraged us to reflect and clarify why we exist. Why do we, Mission Bay Community Church, exist? Our leadership team has articulated that we exist to facilitate connection to God through worship, community, and service. We have articulated that we receive Christ’s radical hospitality and then we share that hospitality with the world. 

Thank you Dawn!

Having been attending Mission Bay Community Church for less than a year, I can not imagine it without Pastor Dawn Hyde at the helm. She is a part of everything MBCC, participating in congregation led activities, being active in online discussions, and even cooking us dinner at her home every couple of weeks. She is someone I can talk to about my beliefs, qualms, triumphs, disappointments, and even my hilarious misadventures riding the 14 Muni bus.

When her two year anniversary with Mission Bay was approaching, several regular attendees drew up the great idea to show Dawn our appreciation for her service. An array of possibilities burst about the group as to how we could thank her, and just like the varied group that we are, we were not satisfied with just one idea. For the purpose of this post I will focus on one project, a video, that we put together for Dawn.

The vision was simple, the execution even more so. A short and somewhat silly video that allowed folks to voice their thanks in a manner that was comfortable, direct, and from the heart. It came together with little effort and even allowed me, its editor, to create something that, although not polished, is authentic to the spirit of MBCC.

Suffering from chronic camera shyness, I did not participate in the verbal and visual exclamation of gratitude, but I hope that it is evident within every frame just how grateful I truly am to my Pastor, and my Friend, Dawn Hyde.

Thank You Dawn.

~ Christopher Abreu Rosario

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