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Glide Memorial Church Announcements

National Poetry Month
April 2024

Our weekly Sunday Celebrations are 9:00 and 11:00 am.  You can join us online, through our livestream on Facebook and YouTube.   Dial in by Phone (855) 412-3177.  Or, you can join us in person at 330 Ellis Street, in San Francisco’s historic Tenderloin District

Writer’s Church: Every Sunday is also a celebration of art as a tool of resistance. We have Writer’s Church, and we have poetry that honors the art and practice of sacred storytelling. During our Sunday Celebration Writers Church you can start writing all the things you are grateful for with one of our free journals and pens that we pass out every Sunday.

The 1st Sunday of the Month is Communion Sunday. Those who are interested should stop by Freedom Hall (downstairs) after the 9 and 11 am Celebrations.  We provide a diversity of communion elements to meet the varying dietary needs of Glide Memorial Church.  Communion is available on the first Sunday of each month. 

Marcus Shelby

Sunday, April 21st at 9 and 11 am – Jazz and Justice Sunday with Marcus Shelby –Marcus Anthony Shelby is a composer, bassist, bandleader, and educator who currently lives in San Francisco, California. His work focuses on the history, present, and future of African American lives social movements and music education. 

Rabbi George Gittleman

Sunday, April 28th at 9 and 11 am – Rabbi George Gittleman will be our guest speaker.  Rabbi George joined Congregation Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa, California in 1996 and is also a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the prestigious Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and a graduate of the Rabbinic Leadership Program and the Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Certificate Program of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

Events congregation connects
ushers meeting at GMC

Sunday, April 14th from 1:00 – 2:30 pm, Ushers Meeting in the Maya Angelou Room. Anyone interested in becoming an usher can contact Freddy Martin at fmartin@glide.org or 415-674-6168 or speak to one of the ushers.

Sunday, April 14th – Hybrid Vision Board & Vision Candle making Experience in honor of Black Maternal Health Week after 11am service Light the Vision – During this Experience of Life Visioning, Vision Boarding, and Candle Making participants will craft a life visioning statement through a brief writing exercise that is intended to guide participants to the heart of what is for your highest good. RSVP here to receive information about how to participate in the online gathering.


Monday, April 15th from 6:30pm-8pm – The Fierce Forward Writer’s Retreat begins – Fierce Forward is a seven-day poetry and creative writers retreat with rolling admission focused on the poetry, achievements, fashion, and creative works of Janice Mirikitani. This retreat will be facilitated in a hybrid format in the Dr. Maya Angelou room and on Zoom. To receive access to the online meeting, please RSVP here or contact fmartin@glide.org.

Take Back the Night

Friday, April 26th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm in the sanctuary – GLIDE’s Take Back The Tenderloin Night – Take Back The Night is a community open mic night that invites the GLIDE congregation, Tenderloin Community, and the surrounding Bay Area community to participate in sharing in an open mic with the theme of Safety from sexual assault and domestic violence.  (Official TBTN Event)

theopoetic series

Sunday, April 28th after the 11 am Celebration – Theopoetic Series 1:30pm-2:30pm, every other 4th Sunday – This workshop will feature Janice Mirikitani Writing Prompts, Theologic Text, and Mona’s Affirmations. This experience will be hosted from the Dr. Maya Angelou room in a hybrid format.  To receive access to the online meeting, please RSVP here or contact fmartin@glide.org.

Pride Team meeting in room 206

Sunday, May 5th Pride Team Meeting, at 1 pm, in room 206. Come join the GLIDE Pride Team meeting .  We will serve a free lunch, share stories, plan events and be in community.  Everyone is welcome!

Saturday, May 11th the Glide Pride Team is hosting its Springlicious Drag Show from 3 – 6 pm at The Great Northern (119 Utah St, San Francisco).  Get tickets at: https://bit.ly/springlicious

ushers meeting at GMC

Sunday, May 12th from 1:00 – 2:30 pm, Ushers Meeting in the Maya Angelou Room. Anyone interested in becoming an usher can contact Freddy Martin at fmartin@glide.org or 415-674-6168 or speak to one of the ushers.

yummy words

Thursday, May 8th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm on Zoom – 2nd Wednesday – The Yummy Words Monthly Workshop  – is an opportunity to virtually create a collaborative cookbook with poetic accompaniment. Bring your best recipes for the “Glide TasteMakers” cookbook and share in a free writing workshop inspired by our favorite dishes.  To receive access to the online meeting, RSVP here or contact fmartin@glide.org.


Mark these June Pride Month events in your calendar.  You can learn more and get involved in the Glide Pride Team here.

  • Trans March – June 28th –  (Dolores Park)
  • Dyke March – June 29th – (Dolores Park)
  • San Francisco Pride Parade June 30th  (Downtown/Civic Center)
  • People’s MarchJune 30th – (Polk Street)

Sing with the Glide Ensemble!

The Glide Ensemble sing, play, clap and sway, spreading the spirit of empowerment in an infectious message of diversity, acceptance and love.  Choose a song that really speaks to you in a soulful way.  Make a 3-5 minute video of yourself singing the song from start to finish.  Send the video, via email, to the Glide Music Program.

Outreach Ministry

Stop by the Church’s Fellowship Table, every Tuesday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, located at GLIDE’S Tenderloin Community Resource Hub on Ellis Street. The Fellowship Table is part of the Church’s “Ministry of Presence” and community organizing, and is a public space for compassionate care, respite, prayer, and community connections.

Volunteers Needed

We need volunteers to help with a variety of tasks at the church.  Our greatest needs during Sunday Celebrations include, help with the Glide Store, ushering and AV help.  Volunteers are also needed to help with our congregational life groups and serving with the many programs caring for the homeless and hungry at the Glide Foundation.  If you are interested and able, please reach out to churchoffice@glide.org to learn more or let us know that you are interested.

We’re Hiring

Ready to bring your gifts and skills to a spirituality, mission, vision and values-driven organization? Join our Glide Memorial Church team and work towards bringing more love and hope and healing into the Tenderloin and into the world.

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