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Sunday, June 23, 2019

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

This Sunday we hear from Paul and his letter to the Galatians and boy is he mad. It seems there’s been a lot of fighting going on about circumcision. Back in Genesis, God told Abram he would make him father of all nations. But there was just one condition. Every male must be circumcised as a sign of this everlasting promise. Now, fast forward to Paul, who is Jewish, following Jesus who was Jewish, and Paul is preaching that the ritual is no longer necessary to enter into the covenant. Paul wants everyone to understand faith in Jesus Christ as enough, more than enough to enter into a covenantal relationship with God. That is the Gospel according to Jesus Christ according to Paul. Everyone is in. And to say anything else is false or “perverted gospel” as Paul calls it. So what’s the perverted gospel of our day? What do we witness in the name of God that is in direct conflict with what we understand as the Gospel of Jesus Christ? That’s a question worth exploring. 

See you Sunday,
Nicole 

P.S. We welcome Mike Varnum officially into membership this Sunday. Mike joined the church from a hospital bed when he was experiencing the worst of health challenges. Back on his feet and with a great team of doctors, support and prayers, Mike is looking forward to this day almost as much as I am. Please come and support our newest St Luke member.

Deacon Ministry

6th Annual Pedal for Protein ~ September 22nd – 28th, Let's ride!
A ride for a cause! Supports food bank pantries & projects to help feed hungry people in Northern California.  100% of all donations go to food projects. The ride is organized by The Hunger Task Force of the Presbytery of the Redwoods. For information and to donate go to pedalforprotein.com  or imathlete.com/donate/PedalforProtein5.

KIVA.ORG ~
St Luke’s Women’s Association has been supporting KIVA for many years. KIVA is a San Francisco based non-profit that offers individuals or groups the opportunity to make a $25 or larger loan in many countries of the world. The loans are made to people working in retail, clothing, services, agriculture, and food.  It is determined how much the recipient needs to start or expand a business, and then people can sign up to provide the loan amount. (It takes many people to fund one loan.) The recipient pays the loan back in a pre-planned manner. We have made 24 loans in 22 different countries and all have been repaid then we’ve loaned the money again.

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend 

Special Music ~ June 23rd
The two songs by Morten Lauridsen were written for his friend the poet Dana Gioia, who wrote the first poem in this set. The first poem and both songs were written after the death of Gioia’s young child. The second poem is by James Agee. In the first song, we hear the desolation that could only be experienced in such circumstances; the loneliness within the images, the anger at God, and yet the prayer for God to still look after his (the poet’s) son. The second song is an embracing of faith. Not necessarily religious faith, but the experience of faith renewed. Perhaps faith in the gift of life itself, and the embracing of life that remains, even after desolation. “High summer holds the earth, hearts all whole….”

Summer Sermon Series “Upon Request" ~
For three Sunday’s July 21, 28th and August 4th, Rev Trotter will preach upon request. Perhaps there’s a scripture, topic or question you’ve always wished you could hear addressed in a sermon. Just email Nicole your request and there’s a good chance it will be the topic of one of those Sunday sermons.

Summer Book Clubs ~
Rev Trotter will be reading Holy Envy, Finding God in the Faith of Others, by Barbara Brown Taylor. She invites others to purchase the book and join her for a discussion and social time over brunch on August 25th. (Place to be determined) If interested please email Nicole by July 12th.

Summer Special Music Program ~ June 23rd to September 8th
June 23rd – John Baron, June 30th – St Luke’s Women’s Choir

St. Luke’s Men’s Group ~ Tuesday, July 9th, 6-8:30 PM
John Lenser home, 511 San Pedro Cove. The topic of discussion is disaster preparedness, what each of us can do to at a community level and our household level.  The “big one” is coming… Michael Baranowski will talk about CERT(Community Emergency Response Training). Bring friends, it’s a great opportunity to introduce them to St. Luke and the Men’s Group. Questions? Contact John Lenser H-415.485.4333, C-415.446.8418 or email

Mill Street Meal Providers ~ Monday, July 8th  GROUP A 
The first Monday of each month Group A or Group B, consisting of 12 volunteers in each group, is assigned a meal item to provide. The volunteers bring a different food item every other month. This is a terrific way to get involved with a small commitment every other month dropped off at Mill St in San Rafael.  Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Stacy Bischoff at or 415-233-3406 for more information.

Grateful Gatherings ~ Saturday, July 27th 8:00 AM-12: 30 PMGG Mission: To bring hope to families in need. When a family transitions from homelessness or crisis into a new home in the Bay Area, we help them furnish it. Bring donations to St. Luke on Saturday, July 27th between 8:30-10:30. Use the green pew envelope (write GG) to donate today. For information visit GG’s website at gratefulgatherings.org/upcoming-gatherings-2/ 

Ongoing Events

All are welcome to attend 

St. Luke Groups ~ The following ongoing groups will resume in September: Bible Study, St Luke Choir Rehearsal, St. Luke Women’s Bridge, Morning Women's Spirituality Group, Pizza and Theology, Session and Deacons. 

Save The Date

All are welcome to attend 

 

Pastor Emeritus Rev Dan White preaches  ~  June 30th, 10 AM
Pastor Emeritus Reverend Daniel White will give the sermon teaching.


Upcoming Acoustic Sundays July 21, August 18th,  September 15th

Fall Speaker Series September 8th, 15, 22 after worship. Professor Greg Love returns for a Fall Speaker series on ‘The Change Towards Wholeness.” Looking at opposing views of how we change.

St Luke’s Annual Fundraiser Dinner & Auction ~ October 6th

St Luke’s Christmas Concert ~ December 8th, 4 PM
St Luke’s Christmas Concert followed by a reception in the Bayview room.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

This Sunday is Acoustic Sunday. When I was a kid, my parents used to tell me not to get my hopes up. Combine low expectations with a tendency towards a half glass empty and you’ve got a stick in the mud. Maybe that’s why I like the Apostle Paul. Paul is hopeful, but he’s never pollyanna. He doesn’t spiritually bypass over the tough stuff of life just to get to the good stuff. Paul knows from experience that the good stuff is gained from getting through the tough stuff. How do we get through? For Paul, it’s through pure grace. And anyone who has ever trudged the exceptionally tough periods of life knows, we get through by the grace of a God who walks through the muddy waters with us, holding our hand and leading us.

 Paul writes:
…suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. (Romans 5: 3-5)

For Paul it’s all gifted; grace, salvation, justification…all free as long as we remain faithful. Big words, hard to live. But sooooo worth it. 

This is also Trinity Sunday. What can I say about the Trinity? Hildegard of Bingen (look her up) once asked, Who is the Trinity?” and to her own question she answered, “You are music, You are life.”

Lady Wisdom (who we also hear from this Sunday) knows all about life, as does the Apostle Paul, as do we.

See you Sunday,
Nicole

Deacon Ministry

Serving San Pedro Elementary ~
Thank you to all who supported St Luke’s May 2019 Deacon Ministry. Donations were $448 cash, $275 Target gift cards, 8 Stretch Pants, 25 Pairs of Socks & 12 Undies.

6th Annual Pedal for Protein ~ September 22nd – 28th, Let's ride!
A ride for a cause! Supports food bank pantries & projects to help feed hungry people in Northern California.  100% of all donations go to food projects. The ride is organized by The Hunger Task Force of the Presbytery of the Redwoods. For information and to donate go to pedalforprotein.com  or imathlete.com/donate/PedalforProtein5.

KIVA.ORG ~
St Luke’s Women’s Association has been supporting KIVA for many years. KIVA is a San Francisco based non-profit that offers individuals or groups the opportunity to make a $25 or larger loan in many countries of the world. The loans are made to people working in retail, clothing, services, agriculture, and food.  It is determined how much the recipient needs to start or expand a business, and then people can sign up to provide the loan amount. (It takes many people to fund one loan.) The recipient pays the loan back in a pre-planned manner. We have made 24 loans in 22 different countries and all have been repaid then we’ve loaned the money again.

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend 

St. Luke’s Men’s Group ~ Tuesday, July 2nd, 6-6:30 PM
511 San Pedro Cove, John Lenser will host. The group socializes and dines from 6 to 8:30 PM.  Bring friends, it’s a great opportunity to introduce them to St. Luke and the Men’s Group. Questions or would like to assist the above hosts, contact John Lenser at H-415.485.4333, C-415.446.8418 or email

Mill Street Meal Providers ~ Monday, July 8th  GROUP A 
Contact Stacy Bischoff,   or 415-233-3406 for information.

Grateful Gatherings ~ Saturday, July 27th 8:00 AM-12: 30 PM

Can You Help or Refer ~
Will Aikins, Dorothy and R.D.’s grandson, is working in San Rafael and is looking for a room to rent in San Rafael. Will is an Eagle Scout and a responsible young man. If you can help please contact Rob Aikins at

Continuing Events
All are welcome to attend 

Bible Study ~ Wednesdays, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM, 6/19 will be the last meeting until September.  

St Luke Choir Rehearsal ~ On Summer break until September.

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

Deacons Meeting ~ On Summer break until September.

St. Luke Women’s Bridge Group ~ On Summer break until September.

Pizza and Theology ~ 3rd Tuesday of the month, June 18th, 6:30 PM, Creekside, SA. It’s the last meeting until September.

Session ~ 4th Tuesday of the month, June 25th, 7:00 PM 

Save The Date

All are welcome to attend 

Pastor Emeritus Rev Dan White preaches  ~  June 30th, 10 AM
Pastor Emeritus Reverend Daniel White will give the sermon teaching.


Upcoming Acoustic Sundays July 21, August 18th,  September 15th

Fall Speaker Series September 8th, 15, 22 after worship. Professor Greg Love returns for a Fall Speaker series on ‘The Change Towards Wholeness.” Looking at opposing views of how we change.

St Luke’s Annual Fundraiser Dinner & Auction ~ October 6th

St Luke’s Christmas Concert ~ December 8th, 4 PM
St Luke’s Christmas Concert followed by a reception in the Bayview room.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. This is the day we refer to as the birth of the church. But the birth of the church, just like our own birth, is just one day. God is not done with you the day you are born any more than God is done with the church on Pentecost. God is forever creating and we are forever becoming more of who God created us to be as we listen for the Spirit of God who is in control whether we like it or not. 

Listening to where we are being led requires an awful lot of letting go. Letting go of where we’ve been and letting go of where we think we should be. 

Norah Jones once said that we find our sound through our limitations. What’s our sound as a church? We may not be big but we are intimate. We may not have millions but we have plenty to share. Soundness is a biblical word. Paul loves that word and uses it quite often. As a Greek word, at its root, it has medical connotations of wholeness and health. 

In this Sunday’s scripture (Genesis 11:1-9) God reminds the people of their limitations. Some call it a curse. Others call it a blessing. If we find our sound through our limitations it’s because we’ve learned how to understand limitations as blessings. Limitations require us to rely more on God and less on ourselves. Let’s celebrate that and more this Sunday as we worship God and celebrate the Spirit. 

See you Sunday,
Nicole

Deacon Ministry

Serving San Pedro Elementary ~
Thank you to all who supported St Luke’s May 2019 Deacon Ministry. Donations were $288 cash, $275 Target gift cards, 8 Stretch Pants, 25 Pairs of Socks & 12 Undies. 

6th Annual Pedal for Protein ~ September 22nd – 28th, Let's ride!
Please use the green envelope to donate ~ noting PEDAL4PROTEIN. A ride for a cause! Supports food bank pantries & projects to help feed hungry people in Northern California. 100% of all donations go to food projects and food justice projects, primarily for the provision of lean proteins.

The ride is organized by The Hunger Task Force of the Presbytery of the Redwoods. For details go to http://www.pedalforprotein.com and www.imathlete.com/donate/PedalforProtein5.

KIVA.ORG ~
St Luke’s Women’s Association has been supporting KIVA for many years. KIVA is a San Francisco based non-profit that offers individuals or groups the opportunity to make a $25 or larger loan in many countries of the world. The loans are made to people working in retail, clothing, services, agriculture, and food.  It is determined how much the recipient needs to start or expand a business, and then people can sign up to provide the loan amount. (It takes many people to fund one loan.) The recipient pays the loan back in a pre-planned manner. We have made 24 loans in 22 different countries and all have been repaid then we’ve loaned the money again.

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend 

Acoustic Sunday ~ Sunday, June 16th, 10:00 AM
A more relaxed worship service.

Mill Street Meal Providers ~ Monday, July 1st  GROUP A 
Contact Stacy Bischoff,   or 415-233-3406 for information.

St. Luke’s Men’s Group ~ Tuesday, July 2nd, 6-6:30 PM
511 San Pedro Cove, John Lenser will host. The group socializes and dines from 6 to 8:30 PM.  Bring friends, it’s a great opportunity to introduce them to St. Luke and the Men’s Group. Questions or would like to assist the above hosts, contact John Lenser at H-415.485.4333, C-415.446.8418 or email

Continuing Events

All are welcome to attend 

Bible Study ~ Wednesdays, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM, 6/19 will be the last meeting until September.  

St Luke Choir Rehearsal ~ On Summer break until September.

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

Deacons Meeting ~ 2nd Tuesday or the month, June 11th, 6:00 PM

St. Luke Women’s Bridge Group ~ On Summer break until September.

Pizza and Theology ~ 3rd Tuesday of the month, June 18th, 6:30 PM, Creekside, SA. It’s the last meeting until September.

Session ~ 4th Tuesday of the month, June 25th, 7:00 PM 

Save The Date

All are welcome to attend 

Pastor Emeritus Rev Dan White preaches  ~  June 30th

Upcoming Acoustic Sundays July 21, August 18th,  September 15th

Fall Speaker Series September 8th, 15, 22 after worship. Professor Greg Love returns for a Fall Speaker series on ‘The Change Towards Wholeness.” Looking at opposing views of how we change.

St Luke’s Annual Fundraiser Dinner & Auction ~ October 6th

St Luke’s Christmas Concert ~ December 8th, 4 PM
Followed by a reception in the Bayview room.

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