The Latest From Bethany UMC

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March 2023 events:

In collaboration with Folio Books, Bethany is the host site for Noe Valley Word Weekend, March 3-4-5.  This will be an incredible weekend with authors, poets and songwriters.  For more information go to:


Join us for a Lunch & Learn sharing on Sunday, March 5th at Noon.  Members of Bethany will be sharing their experience and visits with Indigenous Filipino youth through songs, videos, and stories.  Filipino lunch will be served.


Everyone is welcome to join our Monday night book study launching February 27th at 7pm, on the book Queer Virtue by The Reverend Elizabeth M. Edman. The study will be co-facilitated by Lyra and Gloria. Study starts on Monday, February 27th and continues for 4 subsequent Mondays. For more information contact Gloria at

Join us in assembling bagged lunches for the homeless in San Francisco,  Sunday, March 12th at 12 pm, at Bethany.  We will also be assembling lunches on May 14, July 9, September 10, and November 12.


Best selling author, Judd Winick, will be at Bethany on March 18th at 4pm.

Advance registration is required (at this link).

In collaboration with Folio Books at Bethany, Noe Valley resident Judd Winick will be sharing from the latest addition to the Hilo series, Gina and the Last City on Earth! Judd lives in San Francisco with his wife, Pam Ling; their two kids; and their cats, Chaka and Sleestak. When Judd isn’t collecting far more action figures and vinyl toys than a normal adult, he is a screenwriter and an award-winning cartoonist. Judd has scripted issues of bestselling comic series, including Batman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Justice League, and Star Wars, and has also been head writer on the Hulu network’s animated series, The Awesomes.  Visit Judd and Hilo online at or find him on Twitter at @JuddWinick.



February 2023 events:

Join us for our Second Cafe Bethany worship experience on Sunday February 19, 2023. This time Cafe Bethany does Mardi Gras!

What is Cafe Bethany?
Cafe Bethany is an alternative worship experience that is centered on a brunch experience. During our Cafe Bethany worship services you can expect to sit at small tables in the round, a brunch menu is set and served, and the worship service involves conversation around the table based on the week’s theme.
Why Mardi Gras? 
Mardi Gras, like many of our Christian traditions, is a pagan in origin and dates back thousands of years. When Christianity arrived in Rome the Pagan tradition was incorporated into the Christian tradition. In current times it is generally celebrated on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, and in some places is a week long festival. Mardi gras is experienced as a final celebration of excess before the Lenten season which is 40 days Leading to Lent.
What to Expect?
Cafe Bethany won’t feel like our typical worship experiences and that’s the idea. Community and connection are core values of our church, we hope that worshipping around a table, a place Jesus did so much of his ministry, will invite you into a deeper connection with one another. We’ll still sing, pray, hear scripture and enjoy a pastoral reflection, but the atmosphere will feel different. The sounds will be different and we hope that you will come with an open heart, open spirit and a hungry stomach and join us in our second Cafe Bethany experience on February 19th, at 10:45am.

Join us on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at 7pm in the Bethany Sanctuary as we start our Lenten* journey together with an Ash Wednesday service. We’ll sing, reflect, and receive the imposition of ashes.  This service will also be live streamed on the Bethany Facebook page.   * Lent is the 40 day liturgical season in the church that precedes Easter. Link to Workship Bulletin.

Everyone is welcome to join our Monday night book study launching February 27th at 7pm, on the book Queer Virtue by The Reverend Elizabeth M. Edman. The study will be co-facilitated by Lyra and Gloria. Study starts on Monday, February 27th and continues for 4 subsequent Mondays. For more information contact Gloria at

January 2023 events:

Join us in assembling bagged lunches for the homeless in San Francisco, this coming Sunday, January 8th at 12 pm, at Bethany.  We will also be assembling lunches on March12, May 14, July 9, September 10, and November 12.


December 2022 events: 

Bell Appeal Christmas Concert: Dec 18th, 12:15pm

Following worship, join Bell Appeal, our hand bell ensemble for a Christmas concert with refreshments.

Christmas Eve Services: 4pm & 7pm

We will have two Christmas eve services: family service at 4pm, followed by lessons and carols at 7pm. All are welcome.

Christmas Service: online only  

Bethany will gather online only on Sunday, Dec 25th. You can find the worship service on our Facebook page. The worship link will be emailed in advance for our 10:45am worship.

Interfaith Shelter Meals: Dec 26 & 27

We will cook and serve 80 meals for the Interfaith Shelter. If you’d like to volunteer, please let Shannon or Cathy know. We need folks to cook in the Bethany kitchen from 3-5:30pm, transport to St. Mary’s and help serve from 6:30-8pm.

November 2022 events: 

This year we saw the overturn of Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court, leaving in question access to abortion for folks across the country. At the center of that debate, is always religion. Join Pastor Sadie for this important study using Rev. Katey Zeh’s book, A Complicated Choice. Rev. Zeh is a Baptist minister and CEO of the Religious Coalition of Reproductive Choice. Together we’ll look at our faith, abortion, and how to be advocates for reproductive justice, and wrestle with the hard questions that might come up for each of us. We’ll meet on Wednesday evenings via zoom at 7pm, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, and 11/16. Please let Pastor Sadie know if you’d like to join the study and if you need help obtaining a copy of the book.

Last one of the year! Bethany will be providing bagged lunches to support the night ministry on November 13th at 12pm after service. Help by donating food and assembling the lunches with other Bethany members.

In anticipation of Advent, Bethany will be hosting a potluck and movie screening on November 13th at 12pm, after service. Bring something to share, and we’ll eat and watch the story of Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer. 

September & October 2022 events: 

Join Bethany, Friends of Slow Sanchez, and Noe Café at the 2nd Annual Sanchez Street Block Party on Sunday, October 16th. There will be live music, face painting, art making, a succulent planting bar, food vendors, a bounce house, and so much more! It will be an afternoon of family fun from noon to 3pm on Sanchez Street between Clipper and 26th. Check out our Facebook event.

Bring your beloved pet to our 10:45am worship on October 2nd for a special service and blessing where we celebrate our furry (or scaled or feathered) family members. Check out our Facebook event. 

The Justice 4 Brandon Lee campaign would like to show appreciation for all the support Bethany has given over the past few years and invite our faith community to continue standing with the oppressed people of the Philippines. Stay after service on Sunday, Sept 25th for some delicious Filipino food and a prayer circle lifting up the concerns of the indigenous people and human rights workers of the Philippines. Check out our Facebook Event page.

JUNE 2022 – Pride Month events: 

Please join us for our Pride discussion group, centering on the book “Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians” by Austen Hartke. It will be an exciting discussion about what the Bible has to say about gender identity. If you are pressed for time and want to understand the main ideas of the book quickly, there is a 40 minute long youtube video in which Austen presents a condensed version of his book. The title of the video is “Austen Hartke: The Bible and Transgender Christians” and you can find it here:
We will meet on zoom at 7pm on June 7th, June 14th, and June 21st. Come to just one session or all of them as you like. The sessions on the 7th and 14th will be focused on the book, while the session on the 21st will be focused on the youtube video. 

Join Queer and Trans activists from the Philippines along with SFCHRP on Wednesday, June 8th at 7pm, as we discuss the boiling hot political situation in the Philippines, how queer/trans activists are at the forefront of a movement fighting for national liberation in the midst of dictatorship, and the complexities of being queer and trans organizing for, not only their lives, but for everyone in their homeland. Learn how we, as concerned people in the US can contribute towards their struggle for a just and lasting peace. 

Register here:

Slow Sanchez and Bethany UMC are beyond excited to host this year’s Pride Stroll. It’ll be a day of family-friendly pride-filled fun! We’ll be gathering at Day and Sanchez at 11 and then continuing the festivities at Bethany following our stroll.

RSVP to the Facebook event!

Pride month is kind of a big deal for us at Bethany. And we’ll be closing out the month with a pride celebration party on June 26th with a hybrid worship service followed by a BBQ! All are welcome! 

RSVP on Facebook

4th Annual Bethany Drag Show
Bethany UMC – 1270 Sanchez St, San Francisco
Thursday, June 30th – Starts at 7pm
Join us for a Fabulous Drag Show at Bethany to end Pride month! We have many talented, Bay Area Drag Artists lined up to help us share some joy and raise money for SEEDS: a local non-profit that provides resources for unhoused queer youth in the Bay Area. Bring friends, family, and plenty of tips for the performers!

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Queering Church:  June Sermon Series

Queering Church: June Sermon Series

Our June PRIDE sermon series draws from the book Queer Virtue: What LGBT People Know About Life and Love and How it Can Revitalize Christianity by The Rev. Elizabeth M. Edman. Rev. Edman’s thesis is that there are virtues and attributes unique to the queer community that Christian Churches can learn from.

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