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Sunday, April 21, 2019

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

Easter Sunday~

Each time this year, I remember the words of the Rev Dr. James Noel who died a few years ago. While he was teaching at the seminary, he would say on more than one occasion; “Make sure you get him out of the tomb!” He was speaking to a room full of potential preachers. He was referencing our future Easter Sunday sermons. There are a million beautiful metaphors for the resurrection. Butterflies, eggs, springtime just to name a few. There are all the ways we experience our own kind of rebirth after dark nights of the soul. But metaphors don’t get Him out of the tomb. They may point in that direction, but they fall short of a bodily resurrection, which is what we lay claim to when we shout “He is risen!” 

The other challenge we preachers face this coming Sunday is falling into the trap of trying to prove to visitors that He really has risen, perhaps in the hope that they will have an epiphany so great it will make them want to come back. That’s not my job. 

My job is to get Him out of the tomb. But that’s also your job. It’s the job of any Christ follower to witness the ways Jesus shows up in our lives. We experience this regardless of how the rational world or even our own rational minds might have us believe otherwise. Each of us experiences Him differently which is why it’s so important to share with others your experience of Him. Call it experiential marketing, or call it witnessing, or call it evangelism. Whatever you call it, this Sunday is the day we break open our hearts as though we’re experiencing it again for the first time. Because it is. The God we worship is always creating a new thing. A new heaven and new earth are ours to experience as we let go of the old and live into life which knows no end in Him. Thanks be to God.

See you this Sunday, our most celebrated day,
Nicole

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend

Autism Awesomeness ~ Saturday, April 27, 1:00-3:00 PM
A day to celebrate the gifts and talents of those who live on the spectrum.  Autism Is Widespread, Awareness About This Condition Is Not.

The aim of this event is to educate the public about autism. A wide spectrum disorder, people with autism have a set of symptoms unique to themselves; no two people are the same. Autism is a complex mental condition and developmental disability, characterized by difficulties in the way a person communicates and interacts with other people.

Mill Street Meal Providers ~ Monday, May 6th  GROUP A ~ The first Monday of the month. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Stacy Bischoff at   or 415233-3406 for information.

2019 Schedule for the St. Luke’s Men’s Group Add these dates to your schedule now!  We socialize and dine from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.  Bring friends, it’s a great opportunity to introduce them to St. Luke and the Men’s Group. Tuesday, May 7th, Terry Mech will host. Tuesday, July 2nd, John Lenser will host. Tuesday, September 3rd, John Bischoff will host. Tuesday, November 5th, Michael Antieri will host. If you have any questions or would like to assist the above hosts, contact John Lenser at home 415.485.4333, on his cell 415.446.8418 or by email

Vision Impaired of Marin Annual Luncheon ~ Saturday, May 11th 12:00 PM
Las Gallinas Community Church at Las Gallinas & Lucas Valley Rd.

This Mother’s Day luncheon is sponsored by the deacons and Outreach committee of St Luke!  St Luke has hosted this annual luncheon for many years.  Bread 7 Roses will be entertaining. 

Bring Your Neighbor to Acoustic & Waffle Sunday ~ May 19th, 10:00 AM
Please invite your friends and neighbors to this worship experience highlighting acoustic music. Please bring your grandchildren and invite your neighbors.

REST ~ Street Chaplaincy ~
Provides a weekly dinner for our roofless friends.  St Luke is participating in volunteering at the dinners. The next date is to be determined. For information or to volunteer contact Michael Baranowski at 415.519.8769,  

Continuing Events

All are welcome to attend 

Bible Study ~ Wednesdays, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

St Luke Choir Rehearsal ~ Wednesdays 7:00-8:30 PM in the Sanctuary  

Morning Women's Spirituality Group ~ Thursdays, 9:00 - 10:00 AM

St. Luke Women’s Bridge Group ~ April 23rd, 10:30 AM

Pizza and Theology ~ 3rd Tuesday of the month, May 21st, 6:30 PM, Creekside, SA

Session ~ 4th Tuesday of the month, April 23rd 7:00 PM 

Deacons Meeting ~ 2nd Tuesday or the month, May 14th, 6:00 PM

Acoustic Sunday ~ May 19th 10:00 AM

Deacon Ministry

Serving San Pedro ElementaryThe Deacons of St Luke reached out to our neighbors, San Pedro Elementary, to inquire about needs they might have for their 600 students. Thanks to the efforts of Jan Smith who met with the Principal and the Community Liaison for the school, we learned of the following items that would help them greatly. We will collect beginning the week after Easter through the month of May. You may drop items off in the church office during office hours

Basic stretch pants for kids to change into as needed. Size 4-8.
Underwear and socks size 4-8,
Adult size 5-8 hiking boots,
Duffle bags and sleeping bags for kids
Target Gift Cards

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

This Sunday is Palm Sunday. Jesus rides into Jerusalem and we wave palms and shout Hosanna. Only Luke’s version of this day has not one palm. Only cloaks. Welcome to Cloak Sunday. Either way, we celebrate. We celebrate even though we know how the week will end on Friday. We praise and we sing for this king who comes to bring peace, as a multitude witnesses all of it. 

Luke tells us there’s a multitude there. Just as there was a multitude of angels at Jesus’ birth. And then we hear this; “Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!” (Luke 19:38b) Doesn’t that sound familiar? Those words were spoken at Jesus’ birth with a slight variation. “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!” (Luke 2:14) 

Peace in the beginning and peace in the end. But if you know much about the challenges that Jesus is up against, you know that peace is far from accomplished. The divisions are great; then and now.

But not this Sunday. This Sunday we declare peace as truth.Through His love for all of us, it is accomplished and finished in heavenly ways we can’t begin to imagine. And so we will praise and sing and wave our palms.

See you Sunday,
Nicole

IMPORTANT - Please remember to bring your fish boxes. If you never received a fish box, you may still participate in One Great Hour of Sharing during the collection. For more information as to what that is, click here.

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend

Time to Order Your Easter Lily ~ Here is your opportunity to help decorate St. Luke for Easter. See the insert in today’s bulletin for the 2019 order form.  Easter lily plant(s) are $15 each and may be taken home after our April 21st Easter service.

Palm Sunday Service ~ Sunday, April 14th, 10:00 AM
Join us as we wave palms and shout Hosanna!

Maundy Thursday ~ Sunday, April 18th, 6:00 PM
All are welcome to attend this simple shared dinner of soup and bread, prayer and reflection as we join around the table in the Bayview room. Please sign up on the board in the Narthex if you can bring a pot of soup or loaf of bread.  RSVP to Joanne by email at o or call 415-454-2705 for food quantity planning.  Bring your own beverage.

Good Friday Invitation ~  April 19th 7:00 PM
Christ Presbyterian Church in Terra Linda invites you to join us at 7 p.m. on Good Friday for a one-hour Taize service of music, readings, and prayer. 

Traditional Easter Worship ~ Sunday, April 21st, 10:00 AM
Service and children’s egg hunt to follow worship.

Autism Awesomeness ~ Saturday, April 27, 1:00-3:00 PM
A day to celebrate the gifts and talents of those who live on the spectrum.  Autism Is Widespread, Awareness About This Condition Is Not.

The aim of this event is to educate the public about autism. A wide spectrum disorder, people with autism have a set of symptoms unique to themselves; no two people are the same. Autism is a complex mental condition and developmental disability, characterized by difficulties in the way a person communicates and interacts with other people.

2019 Schedule for the St. Luke’s Men’s Group Add these dates to your schedule now!  We socialize and dine from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.  Bring friends, it’s a great opportunity to introduce them to St. Luke and the Men’s Group. Tuesday, May 7th, Terry Mech will host. Tuesday, July 2nd, John Lenser will host. Tuesday, September 3rd, John Bischoff will host. Tuesday, November 5th, Michael Antieri will host. If you have any questions or would like to assist the above hosts, contact John Lenser at home 415.485.4333, on his cell 415.446.8418 or by email

Mill Street Meal Providers ~ Monday, May 6th  GROUP A ~ The first Monday of the month. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Stacy Bischoff at   or 415233-3406 for information.

Vision Impaired of Marin Annual Luncheon ~ Saturday, May 11th 12:00 PM
Las Gallinas Community Church at Las Gallinas & Lucas Valley Rd.

This Mother’s Day luncheon is sponsored by the deacons and Outreach committee of St Luke!  St Luke has hosted this annual luncheon for many years.  Bread 7 Roses will be entertaining. 

Bring Your Neighbor to Acoustic & Waffle Sunday ~ May 19th, 10:00 AM
Please invite your friends and neighbors to this worship experience highlighting acoustic music. Please bring your grandchildren and invite your neighbors.

Continuing Events

All are welcome to attend 

Bible Study ~ Wednesdays, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

St Luke Choir Rehearsal ~ Wednesdays 7:00-8:30 PM in the Sanctuary  

Morning Women's Spirituality Group ~ Thursdays, 9:00 - 10:00 AM

St. Luke Women’s Bridge Group ~ April 15th and April 23rd, 10:30 AM

Pizza and Theology ~ 3rd Tuesday of the month, Apr. 16th, 6:30 PM, Creekside, SA

Session ~ 4th Tuesday of the month, April 23rd 7:00 PM 

Acoustic Sunday ~ May 19th 10:00 AM

Deacons Meeting ~ 2nd Tuesday or the month, May 14th, 6:00 PM

 

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

Remember! Again and again, especially in the Hebrew Bible, the prophets encourage the Hebrew people to remember what God has done for them. Isaiah does this too. And then in a twist, he tells us in this Sunday’s passage, to forget about it.

Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? (43:18,19)

How do we perceive a new thing if it hasn’t happened yet? That’s our creative God speaking. The One who created and is always creating. New things spring forth. At times as though they happened all at once in a vacuum and other times slowly as God hovers. To perceive it is to be open, to listen, to let go. And that can’t happen if we are stuck on old things. Some old things carry guilt and shame. Other old things are stuck on the specific ways things have worked out before, as though we can steer our way towards a solution, by trying to recreate for ourselves something only God can do.

The God we worship creates everything new; in ways, our rational minds would only keep us stuck. To perceive is to let go. To perceive is to move into the imaginable realm of understanding; a place where God can work with us, re-shape us, deliver us, and bring us home. Home may not look the same as it once did. Home may not sound the same or even feel the same as it did before, but it is home nevertheless. 

Second Isaiah is simply the “poetry of homecoming.”[1]

Come this Sunday. Remember all the good things God has graced you with. And then forget about it. God is about to do a new thing. Can you perceive it? 

See you Sunday,
Nicole

[1] Walter Brueggemann, Commentary.

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend

Time to Order Your Easter Lily ~ Here is your opportunity to help decorate St. Luke for Easter. See the insert in today’s bulletin for the 2019 order form.  Easter lily plant(s) are $15 each and may be taken home after our April 21st Easter service.

Palm Sunday Service ~ Sunday, April 14th, 10:00 AM
Join us as we wave palms and shout Hosanna!

Maundy Thursday ~ Sunday, April 18th, 6:00 PM
All are welcome to attend this simple shared dinner of soup and bread, prayer and reflection as we join around the table in the Bayview room. Please sign up on the board in the Narthex if you can bring a pot of soup or loaf of bread.  RSVP to Joanne by email at o or call 415-454-2705 for food quantity planning.  Bring your own beverage.

Good Friday Invitation ~  April 19th 7:00 PM
Christ Presbyterian Church in Terra Linda invites you to join us at 7 p.m. on Good Friday for a one-hour Taize service of music, readings, and prayer. 

Directions to 620 Del Ganado Road: From Highway 101 go west on Freitas Parkway. Continue past the last street LIGHT at Las Gallinas to the second STOP SIGN and turn right on Del Ganado. The parking lot is an immediate right. Walk past the Montessori school to the sanctuary.

Traditional Easter Worship ~ Sunday, April 21st, 10:00 AM
Service and children’s egg hunt to follow worship.

2019 Schedule for the St. Luke’s Men’s Group Add these dates to your schedule now!  We socialize and dine from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.  Bring friends, it’s a great opportunity to introduce them to St. Luke and the Men’s Group. Tuesday, May 7th, Terry Mech will host. Tuesday, July 2nd, John Lenser will host. Tuesday, September 3rd, John Bischoff will host. Tuesday, November 5th, Michael Antieri will host. If you have any questions or would like to assist the above hosts, contact John Lenser at home 415.485.4333, on his cell 415.446.8418 or by email

Mill Street Meal Providers ~ Monday, May 6th  GROUP A ~ The first Monday of the month. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Stacy Bischoff at   or 415233-3406 for information.

Bring Your Neighbor to Acoustic & Waffle Sunday ~ May 19th, 10:00 AM

Continuing Events

All are welcome to attend 

Bible Study ~ Wednesdays, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

St Luke Choir Rehearsal ~ Wednesdays 7:00-8:30 PM in the Sanctuary  

Morning Women's Spirituality Group ~ Thursdays, 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Deacons Meeting ~ 2nd Tuesday or the month, April 9th, 6:00 PM

St. Luke Women’s Bridge Group ~ April 15th and April 23rd, 10:30 AM

Pizza and Theology ~ 3rd Tuesday of the month, Apr. 16th, 6:30 PM, Creekside, SA

Session ~ 4th Tuesday of the month, April 23rd 7:00 PM 

Acoustic Sunday ~ April 28th 10:00 AM

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