Come home to Calvary
It is only through giving that we can receive, said St. Francis of Assisi, and so it has been for Calvary
Presbyterian Church with Erica Land.
Land, the pastry chef at Waterbar along the Embarcadero, recently appeared on “Beat Bobby Flay,” but long before her cooking showdown with the celebrity chef, she was baking for the congregation at Calvary. The church helped her in a time of need.
Growing up at Calvary, Stephanie Gee remembers singing in the choir, Christmas pageants and mission trips to Arizona, Belize and Jamaica. Kimberly Pate, her friend, remembers Sunday school lessons, her confirmation, and singing hymns as Dorothy Pett and Dick Clark played piano and led the youth in music.
Kristen Marsh kept returning to the prayer. In her moments of deepest concern about Andy – her husband who was fighting for his life in the hospital – she pulled out the words Rev. Joann H. Lee had written and read them in silence. “O God Our Great Physician … “
When I was about 12, my mother and father separated. Money was tight. She worked three jobs. Every Sunday she took us to Calvary Baptist Church in New Orleans. When the offering plate came around, she dug into her wallet. Then, she passed the plate to my sister and me.