The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


A fresh start

A Latino-focused congregation in San Francisco has a place to call its own

Its exterior stucco is painted a marigold shade of orange. The trim is bright turquoise. There are no windows in the church's front or sides, just a pair high above the altar. But skylights open to views of clouds skimming across the blue sky.

The festive outside of St. Mary and St. Martha Lutheran fits a church making a departure from its traditional roots.

The first new Lutheran church building in San Francisco in more than 30 years, St. Mary and St. Martha houses a congregation begun in 1992 when members of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church voted to make a new start. With 100 years of work in San Francisco's Mission District, which had become heavily Hispanic over the years, St. John voted to begin again.

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