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Sunday, March 15, 2020

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

Over the past few days, the Session (governing board) of St. Luke has been discussing our worship plans in light of the Coronavirus, taking into account the directives laid out by Governor Newsom. That recommendation includes people over 65 not attending gatherings of more than 10 people without six feet of distance between them.

At this point, we’ve decided to suspend all in-person worship for the time being. This is not a decision that we take lightly. We recognize that there are as many opinions and perspectives as there are people. We know that we won’t please everyone with this decision. 

As a community of faith, we also trust that we can maintain our connections in various ways. In addition to posting the week’s worship online through our newly established St. Luke YouTube channel, we will also post a script and invite you to read it as a form of devotion.  The St. Luke YouTube channel can be accessed by hitting the link below. At the moment there’s no content, but there will be on Sunday by noon.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiSfk7q8u59DZAFkmOmvljQ?view_as=public

These digital elements will help us continue to stay connected. As others have asked, in a time when many of us may feel isolated, how else can we connect across the distance? How can we keep our relationships, our faith connections, our fellowship thriving?

I will ramp up the emails, offering devotions and opportunities to engage over emails and group chats. I will make more phone calls and offer FaceTime for those who have that capability. There are Facebook live groups where people can talk in groups and Zoom gatherings where folks can converse and see one another’s faces. And I will make one-on-one calls in person as needed. 

We make this decision not lightly but from a place of love and concern for those most at risk. We do this out of respect for our medical professionals who need our support in taking steps to slow the spread of the virus. And we do this out of love for our brothers and sisters whom Jesus calls on us to love.

Finally, our scripture this Sunday reminds us that Christ’s body is a temple. (John 2:13-21) Once Jesus died and resurrected, his body lives on in our bodies, making our own bodies temple’s in two ways: 

One: Your own body is made of breath and water, the spirit of the living God.

Two: We together compose the Body of Christ in the world, working together to share love where it is most needed.

I encourage you to take care of yourself. Wash your hands, yes, but also take time to connect with your own breath. Your breath is life. It’s the Spirit of God flowing through you. It is life. Take it in and be grateful. And pray for those in need of love and care.

Yours in Christ,
Nicole

Outreach and Deacon Ministry

All are welcome to participate 

Special Event St Patrick’s Day, Street Chaplaincy Dinner ~ Tuesday, March 17th, First Pres San Rafael, 5:00-7:30 PM
 

Message from Michael Baranowski
Friends:
Unfortunately, I am withdrawing my call for help for the Street Chaplaincy St. Patrick’s Dinner on Tuesday. The coronavirus news does not get better, it only gets worse day by day and sometimes faster. To expose our volunteers to another compromised population like our unsheltered friends over dinner would not be wise at this time. Additionally, this gathering will exceed the CDC’s recommendations for group gatherings, so we’re stuck there, too. Perhaps the next cycle will see us back in the rotation.

As of late Thursday afternoon, the Tuesday dinner is scheduled to go on. The Street Chaplaincy board is meeting to discuss this and more, so the situation is fluid. If you are still comfortable with serving, you are more than welcome to join us. Please contact me via email separately at .  Since dinner is still on (at least for now), I’m still seeking donations to help fund the corned beef, cabbage, and potato dinner. If you’re interested in contributing, please use the green envelope and we’re good to go.

Stay healthy and wash your hands! Thank you.

Mill Street Meal ProvidersMonday, April 6th, Group B

St. Luke Prayer Shawl Ministry ~ Sunday, March 29th, 11:15 AM-12:30 PM
Today, knitters and crocheters of all faiths are creating handmade shawls for people in need, as gifts of comfort, hope, and peace. You can knit in the privacy of your own home or drop in to a monthly knitting group. If you knit or crochet and would like to contribute to St. Luke Presbyterian Church Prayer Shawl Ministry, please contact Skipper Cummings or You do not need to be a member of St. Luke to participate. 

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend 

Acoustic Sunday ~ This Sunday Online
A relaxed service with guitars, piano, and percussion where we blend secular popular songs and hymns.

New Members this Sunday ~ To be Rescheduled - stay tuned for a new date.
We will be welcoming four new members into the congregation. Mary Molander-Scull, Ronda Bouyea and Scott and Rebecca White. We understand membership as not a necessary component of faith life, but certainly, a way to deepen and enrich one’s commitment to their faith journey. Please stay after worship for cake and opportunity to warmly welcome.

Ada Endress’ Trip to India ~ To be Rescheduled
Ada will share a slide presentation on her recent trip to India.  Ada has been studying photography for a few years and travels specifically to hone her skills. It should be both educational and visual pleasure.

The Universal Christ Lenten Book Study ~
During the Season of Lent, you are invited to join Nicole in a Lenten book study of Richard Rohr’s The Universal Christ. We will meet the following Wednesdays from 6-7 in the conference room. Please purchase a copy of the book on your own and let Nicole if you plan on attending. You do not need to attend all discussions to participate.
March 25th - Chapters 10-14
April 1st - Chapters 15-17

GODSPELL ~
The free benefit performance of Godspell benefiting the Street Chaplaincy has been canceled out of concern for community safety. They are exploring live-streaming a show and will post details soon.

Women’s Gathering & Potluck ~ March 31st, 6:00 PM
Join us for fellowship, food, and fun as we “brainstorm” and plan for service and fellowship opportunities at St. Luke. Potluck details forthcoming! On the “table” for discussion will be Prayer Shawl Ministry, Hospitality Coordination, Women’s Association and ongoing women’s dinners/events.

Pizza & Theology ~ Tuesday, April 21st, 7:00 PM
Join us at Creekside Pizza & Taproom, 638 San Anselmo Ave. S.A., for pizza, beverages and engaging theological discussion.
There will be no Pizza & Theology in March.

Progressive Dinner ~ NOTE DATE CHANGE to April 25th
6:00 PM - Appetizers @ the home of Faye Blatt
7:00 PM - Dinner @ the home of Michael & Leighann Antieri or Deb and Bruce Bennett
8:00 PM - Dessert at TBD

There is still space available if you would like to attend. The cost per person is $50. Sign up with Laura Hislop after service or stop by the church office during the week.

Men’s Cursillo Weekend ~ April 23rd-26th
This is a weekend that will deepen your spiritual journey, deepen relationships and lead you into new friendships that could last a lifetime. For more info, please email John Bischoff at 

St. Luke Men's Group 2020 First Tuesday Every Other Month 6 PM
May 5th - Michael Baranowski
July 7th - John Lenser
Sept. 1st - Terri Mech
Nov.  3rd - Michael Antieri
Please email John at if you’d like to offer assistance to the hosts.

Ongoing Events

All are welcome to attend 

Bible Study - Wednesdays at 9:30 AM
St. Luke Choir Rehearsal - Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
Women's Spirituality Group - Thursdays at 9:00 AM
St. Luke Women’s Bridge - 4th Tuesday, March 24th, 10:30 AM
Session Meeting - 4th Tuesday, March 24th, 7:00 PM
Deacons Meeting - 2nd Tuesday, April 14th, 6:00 PM

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

REMEMBER to set your clocks ahead one hour this Saturday night for Daylight Saving Time.

This Sunday marks the second Sunday of Lent, and the first in our Lenten Series, Entering the Passion, which moves through the days of Holy Week beginning with scriptures we usually hear on Palm Sunday (Matthew 21:1-11).

To see a preview for our Lenten series, click here.

We enter the story by attending the parade. Jesus enters Jerusalem and we enter with him, imagining what it was like to witness this pivotal event in the last week of the life of Jesus. We often think of the palm parade as a joyous occasion, but there’s another side to this parade that represents risk. Jesus knows that he will be noticed by the ruling elite. He knows that as he rides into town heads will turn and those in power will begin to wonder about the implications of his growing popularity. Where do you stand on this day? As you enter into the scriptures can you cast yourself in this story? 

Are you one of the disciples who goes to find a donkey, aiding in Jesus’s subversive act of defiance and maybe giggling like a teenager who knows they will stick it to the man. Or perhaps you’re standing by the gates as Jesus’s biggest fan, waving palms and leading the crowd in cheers. But maybe you’re standing in the background, unsure of whether or not you want to risk your own reputation along with his. Maybe you cast yourself as his mother, proud but also deeply afraid. And maybe you don’t like to be front and center, but prefer the quiet role of the donkey, supportive in presence. 

The list goes on, each one with their own implications as to how we follow Jesus Christ this Lenten season. Any which way we go, we go together with Jesus leading the way all the way to the sacred cross.

This Sunday we’ll also install Elders as part of the Ordered ministries of the Presbyterian Church. Ordered Ministries are gifts to the church to order its life so that the ministry of the whole people of God may flourish. The existence of these ordered ministries in no way diminishes the importance of the commitment of all members to the total ministry of the church (Book of Order). 

And finally, last but certainly not least, we will also celebrate The Lord’s Supper.

See you Sunday,
Nicole

Outreach and Deacon Ministry

All are welcome to participate 

Street Chaplaincy ~ Tuesday, March 24th
Won’t you please join us? Save these upcoming dates, June 30 & October 6, for evenings of service for The Street Chaplaincy! St. Luke and other local congregations partner with The Street Chaplaincy to host Tuesday night Wellness Gatherings, where we join the street community in worship and share a meal together. More to follow when the dates draw closer. If you’re interested in serving, please email Michael Baranowski at .

Mill Street Meal ProvidersMonday, April 6th, Group B

St. Luke Prayer Shawl Ministry ~ Sunday, March 29th, 11:15 AM-12:30 PM
Today, knitters and crocheters of all faiths are creating handmade shawls for people in need, as gifts of comfort, hope, and peace. You can knit in the privacy of your own home or drop into a monthly knitting group. If you knit or crochet and would like to contribute to St. Luke Presbyterian Church Prayer Shawl Ministry, please contact Skipper Cummings or You do not need to be a member of St. Luke to participate. 

Special Event St Patrick’s Day, Street Chaplaincy Dinner ~ Tuesday, March 17th, First Pres San Rafael, 5:00-7:30 PM
 
St Luke will again be serving our unsheltered and food insecure friends on Tuesday, March 17th. For the Irish among us, you’ll recognize this as St. Patrick’s Day. It would be a goal of the food outreach ministry to serve a traditional dinner of corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes to 100 hungry guests. While we’d love to get the actual foodstuffs, we’re also asking for cash donations to help cover the meal costs.
 
Specifically, we seek to purchase:
 
·         30 lbs. of Corned beef
·         20 lbs. Russet potatoes
·         15 heads of cabbage:
·         15 boxes Jiffy cornbread
·         12 pkgs Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
 
Naturally, we still need people to help with the evening. This will include food prep, food service, table fellowship and clean-up. We have several people who are regular volunteers but we’re always looking for more willing souls. Please, won’t you join us? You’ll find it’s immensely satisfying. We’ll also be distributing the manna bags we recently assembled during service.
  
Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend 

The Universal Christ Lenten Book Study ~
During the Season of Lent, you are invited to join Nicole in a Lenten book study of Richard Rohr’s The Universal Christ. We will meet the following Wednesdays from 6-7 in the conference room. Please purchase a copy of the book on your own and let Nicole if you plan on attending. You do not need to attend all discussions to participate.
March 11th - Chapters 5-9
March 25th - Chapters 10-14
April 1st - Chapters 15-17

GODSPELL ~
Three Performances supporting the Street Chaplaincy at First Presbyterian Church, San Anselmo.
Friday, March 20th, 7:30 PM
Saturday and Sunday, March 21st and 22nd, 2:00 PM
Admission is free, but donations will be gladly accepted. Reserve your spot at www.theatreatlarge.org.

Acoustic Sunday ~ Sunday, March 15th, 10:00 AM
A relaxed service with guitars, piano, and percussion where we blend secular popular songs and hymns.

Women’s Gathering & Potluck ~ March 31st, 6:00 PM
Join us for fellowship, food, and fun as we “brainstorm” and plan for service and fellowship opportunities at St. Luke. Potluck details forthcoming! On the “table” for discussion will be Prayer Shawl Ministry, Hospitality Coordination, Women’s Association and ongoing women’s dinners/events.

Pizza & Theology ~ Tuesday, April 21st, 7:00 PM
Join us at Creekside Pizza & Taproom, 638 San Anselmo Ave. S.A., for pizza, beverages and engaging theological discussion.
There will be no Pizza & Theology in March.

Progressive Dinner ~ NOTE DATE CHANGE to April 25th
6:00 PM - Appetizers @ the home of Faye Blatt
7:00 PM - Dinner @ the home of Michael & Leighann Antieri or Deb and Bruce Bennett
8:00 PM - Dessert at TBD

There is still space available if you would like to attend. The cost per person is $50. Sign up with Laura Hislop after service or stop by the church office during the week.

Men’s Cursillo Weekend ~ April 23rd-26th
This is a weekend that will deepen your spiritual journey, deepen relationships and lead you into new friendships that could last a lifetime. For more info, please email John Bischoff at 

St. Luke Men's Group 2020 First Tuesday Every Other Month 6 PM
May 5th - Michael Baranowski
July 7th - John Lenser
Sept. 1st - Terri Mech
Nov.  3rd - Michael Antieri
Please email John at if you’d like to offer assistance to the hosts.

Ongoing Events

All are welcome to attend 

Bible Study - Wednesdays at 9:30 AM
St. Luke Choir Rehearsal - Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
Women's Spirituality Group - Thursdays at 9:00 AM
St. Luke Women’s Bridge - 4th Tuesday, March 24th, 10:30 AM
Session Meeting - 4th Tuesday, March 24th, 7:00 PM
Deacons Meeting - 2nd Tuesday, March 10th, 6:00 PM


About St. Luke
We are a community of people following the teachings of Jesus Christ built on God’s foundational love and grace.

Our mission is to practice love by following Jesus.

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

This Sunday is the 34th Annual Mariners Sunday. The worship service is attended by over 200 people from across the Bay Area, belonging to various yacht clubs and representing multiple faiths.

This Sunday is also the first Sunday of Lent, a time to attend to a kind of internal spring cleaning. Peter W. Marty, the publisher of Christian Century Magazine and Senior Pastor of St Paul Lutheran in Iowa, talks about Ash Wednesday in a recent article.

Peter talks about being behind a truck so covered with grime that on the back is written the words “wash me.” He then goes on to draw a beautiful metaphor to the grime of our lives that accumulate over time, subtly.

He writes;
The salt spray on the SUV I tailed that day was accumulated grunge, just like most of the messes in my life. For the record, my house is pretty neat. It’s the sordid pieces of my personal life that accumulate without fanfare—the capacity to judge, the unforgiving spirit, the self-centered ways, the distracted me. This is why I need Ash Wednesday and that gray smudge. Yes, it adds grime on top of grime. But that ash functions like a milestone or signpost because it’s in the shape of a cross.

As we travel towards the cross over 40 days of Lent, we have the opportunity to take a moral inventory of our lives. It’s a time to experience our dependency on a God who forgives and redeems. If you think you don’t have anything to be sorry for, then you’re probably keeping the door to your messy closet closed, denying that there’s any mess to clean up. Redemption means to begin again. It’s what we mean when we say “born again.” We start over, we vow to do better, to be better, to love more, forgive more, and enact change through the ways we choose to live our lives.

Yesterday, because of that article, I went and got my car washed. I thought it would be a good way to begin my Lenten journey. By the end of the day I had accumulated dust on the windshield, reminding me that like everything else in our faith, it’s a practice. It’s getting up and vowing to let more love into your heart while letting go of all things that separate you from a love that is freely given if only we would clean out our closets and wipe away the layers of grime that accumulates over time. 

See you Sunday,
Nicole

Outreach and Deacon Ministry

All are welcome to participate 

Manna Bags ~
Thank you to all who contributed to and participated in this outreach mission!  We assembled lots of bags to distribute to the unsheltered population in Marin.

Mill Street Meal ProvidersMonday, March 2nd, Group A

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend 

Sunday School Substitutes needed ~
Our Sunday School coordinator, Deb Bennet, is doing a great job of preparing lessons for our teacher, Devon. We need folks who are willing to occasionally step in to teach a lesson. The lesson will be prepared for you.  Please email Nicole at if you’d like to have some fun one Sunday and support our Children’s ministry.

The Universal Christ Lenten Book Study ~
During the Season of Lent, you are invited to join Nicole in a Lenten book study of Richard Rohr’s The Universal Christ. We will meet the following Wednesdays from 6-7 in the conference room. Please purchase a copy of the book on your own and let Nicole if you plan on attending. You do not need to attend all discussions to participate.
March 4th - Chapters 1-4
March 11th - Chapters 5-9
March 25th - Chapters 10-14
April 1st - Chapters 15-17

Mariner’s Sunday ~ This Sunday, March 1st, 10:00 AM
We gather in worship with the men and women who have shown their dedication in service to the ships and safety that preside over our cherished sea. The St. Francis Yacht Club’s, Sons of the Sea Men’s Chorus will bring the gift of music for this special occasion. Please make your reservation today for the annual brunch ($15 per person) at the Loch Lomond Yacht Club by emailing Deb Bennett at

GODSPELL ~
Three Performances supporting the Street Chaplaincy.   They are Friday 3/20 7:30, Sat.  3/21 2:00pm & Sun. 3/22 2:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church in San Anselmo, 72 Kensington Rd. Don't miss your chance to see wonderful local singers present GODSPELL in concert! Admission is free, but donations will be gladly accepted to support the Street Chaplaincy. St. Luke and other local congregations partner with the Street Chaplaincy to host Tuesday night Wellness Gatherings where we join the street community in worship and share a meal together. Reserve your spot for free at www.theatreatlarge.org.

Acoustic Sunday ~ Sunday, March 15th, 10:00 AM
A relaxed service with guitars, piano, and percussion where we blend secular popular songs and hymns.

Pizza & Theology ~ Tuesday, April 21st, 7:00 PM
Join us at Creekside Pizza & Taproom, 638 San Anselmo Ave. S.A., for pizza, beverages and engaging theological discussion.
There will be no Pizza & Theology in March.

Progressive Dinner ~ NOTE DATE CHANGE to April 25th
There is still space available if you would like to attend. The evening will begin at 6:00 pm for appetizers at the home of Faye Blatt. Then at 7:00 pm is the dinner entrée at the home of Michael and Leigh Ann Antieri and the home of Deb and Bruce Bennett (Max 20 people at each home). At 8:00 pm dessert will be at Andy’s Market in the Deli Cafe - hosted by Troy and Andy. Cost per person $50 – signup with Laura Hislop after service or stop by the church office during the week to sign up.

Men’s Cursillo Weekend ~ April 23rd-26th
This is a weekend that will deepen your spiritual journey, deepen relationships and lead you into new friendships that could last a lifetime. For more info, please email John Bischoff at 

St. Luke Men's Group 2020 First Tuesday Every Other Month 6 PM
March 3rd - John Bischoff
May 5th - Michael Baranowski
July 7th - John Lenser
Sept. 1st - Terri Mech
Nov.  3rd - Michael Antieri
Please email John at if you’d like to offer assistance to the hosts.

Ongoing Events

All are welcome to attend 

Bible Study - Wednesdays at 9:30 AM
St. Luke Choir Rehearsal - Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
Women's Spirituality Group - Thursdays at 9:00 AM
St. Luke Women’s Bridge - 4th Tuesday, March 24th, 10:30 AM
Session Meeting - 4th Tuesday, March 24th, 7:00 PM
Deacons Meeting - 2nd Tuesday, March 10th, 6:00 PM

St. Luke’s mission: To practice love by following Jesus. 
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Office Phone: 415-454-2705, Office hours: M, W & Th: 10-1 & Tues: 1-4
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