Parish Life

St. Luke's lives into 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.  

Scroll down this page to learn about: 

The Inter-faith Food Pantry

Christian Formation

International Missionary Work

Ending Gun Violence

and other ministries


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 Inter-faith

Food Pantry Event is

Saturday, April 14, at
7:30 a.m. at
Old First Presbyterian Church

Old First is located at the corner of Van Ness @ 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:  

Longer term, here are the Food Pantry dates currently scheduled for the remainder of 2018: April 14, June 30, August 4, September 8, October 20 and December 1.

There are 4 "All Faith Days", where participating churches rotate responsibility for leading the Food Pantry that day. All Faith Days currently scheduled for 2018 are: March 17, June 16, September 15 and December 15. 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!

Christian Formation

Outings & Programs

Movie Theology and Theater Theology are examples of interesting outings the church takes together and then discusses over coffee on Sunday mornings. In the past, we saw the play The Christians at the San Francisco Playhouse Theater, as well as a number of movies. 

In addition, 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).

Let’s Talk Current Events

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.  




 Mission Trip to Guatemala, July 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. 

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

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 other ministries:

  • Sponsoring the Our Lady of Guadalupe Spanish-speaking congregation
  • Mother’s Day Baby Shower
  • Thanksgiving Cornucopia and special projects in support of Bayview Mission
  • Angel Tree Christmas gifts for the Bishop Swing Community House
  • Julian’s Guild healing ministry
  • Support of the Temenos Catholic Worker, the Rev. River Simms
  • Two 12-Step Alcoholic Anonymous Groups
  • Halloween Trick-or-Treat Party for Kai Ming Preschool
  • Live music events, from Open Mic Night to organ recitals and concerts


  • 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
  • Reunion Picnic at Lafayette Park each September with outdoor Eucharist and full 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