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Sunday, October 7, 2018

This Sunday 

Dear St Luke Community,

If you were to ask me, and no one has, I would call this Sunday one of our High Holy days. World Communion Sunday is richly beautiful in its meaning and symbolism through the sacrament of Holy Communion, or as we Presbyterians like to call it, The Lord’s Supper. Churches of many denominations all around the world will be celebrating communion as a reminder of our ultimate union in Christ. It comes on the heels of last Sunday’s message about our common goals uniting us and superseding what divides us. That’s a message we can’t hear enough in our current social and political climate. Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, writes I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-6)

That’s a tall order, but it lives at the very core and purpose of a life lived in Christ. You don’t even have to be a Christ follower to get behind Paul’s unifying call for peace. Peace begins with us, internally, through an open heart that receives from God all it needs to bring that same peace into the world. If anger at the injustice of the system drives you to make a change, make it with grace, make it with kindness, make it with a strong voice, and an open hand in receiving from God all you need to heal what’s broken in the world.

Extend a Hand: A Meditation for World Communion Sunday
by Safiyah Fosua

 If I really had faith the size of a mustard seed,
What would I do? 

Would I wave a hand to hurl Mount Kilimanjaro into Lake Victoria
Just to prove that I could?

If I really had mustard-seed faith, what would I do?

Would I start by extending a hand of peace
To the church across the street
Whose sign says something different from mine?

Would I start by extending a hand of peace
To the Ol' G that terrorizes the old people down the street?
Or to the grizzled homeless man who sits on the corner with a sign?

Would I start by extending my hand of peace
To those who brawl on schoolyards
And to those who brawl on battlefields
In search of a future with hope?

Maybe I could begin by just taking my hand of peace
Out of its hiding place
Long before the moment
That I cup my hands to receive Communion.

 Amen.

See you Sunday,
Nicole 

 
Announcements & Upcoming Events

Grateful Gatherings ~ Saturday, October 6th, 8:00 AM to Noon
A non-profit, that provides furniture & household goods to people transitioning out of homelessness & poverty. For a list of needs visit https://gratefulgatherings.org/. To see the list of items needed, read about the families and sign up for donations, go to https://tinyurl.com/y764tuo7. Bring donations to St. Luke on Saturday, Oct. 6th between 8:30 am and 10:30 am. Please use the green envelope to donate Sunday.

Here are the two families we'll be helping ...
Family 1 is Mom, Alicia, her teenage son Ahmarik (18), and her 2 little daughters Dani (1) and Maya (2). Alicia and her children are new to California. Born and raised in Louisiana, Alicia’s been juggling motherhood and working while getting her AA degree over the last few years.

Family 2 is Mom Regina and her three children: son Rennan (16)—daughter Marina (11) and baby Samuel (4 mo). Regina recently returned to Marin County from out of state. Regina now has a part-time job as an Administrative Assistant.

For questions email: 

St Luke Annual Fundraiser ~ Sunday, October 7th at 6:00 PM
This year, wear your beads and bangles to St. Luke’s Annual Fundraiser Dinner celebrating New Orleans with Zydeco fillet mignon, shrimp jambalaya, and pecan pie. Not to be missed and invite your friends now!

Blessing of the Animals ~ October 14 12:00 PM on St Luke’s Lawn
Everyone is invited to bring their pets or their pets’ picture to the annual Blessing of the Animals. 12 noon on St Luke’s law. Refreshments and guitar music. Meet your neighbors! 

Continuing Events

All are welcome to attend

Deacons ~ Tuesday. Oct 9th, 6:30 PM  & November 13th, 6:30 PM

Committee Meetings ~Tuesday. Oct 9th, 6:30 PM  & November 13th, 6:30 PM 

Bible Study Series ~ Wednesday, Oct 10th, 9:30 AM  

Morning Women's Spirituality Group ~ Thursday. Oct 11th, 9:00 AM

St. Luke Women’s Bridge Group ~ Monday, Oct 15th, 10:30 AM
Tuesday, Oct.23rd
 10:30 AM (3rd Monday & 4th Tuesday, Sept. to May).

Pizza and Theology ~ Resumes Tuesday, Oct 16th, 6:30 PM
Creekside, San Anselmo. Thereafter on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Please email: 

Session 
~ Tuesday, October 23rd, 6:30 PM

St. Luke Men's Group ~ Tuesday, Nov. 6th, Location TBD

St. Luke Women’s Association ~ Thursday. Nov. 8th, 1:00 PM
SAVE THE DATE
~ December 7th 1:00-3:00, Christmas Tea & Program.

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Sunday September 30, 2018

This Sunday 

Dear St Luke Community, 

If I had a dime for every time I’ve heard well-intentioned pastors criticize “other” churches, I’d be able to retire early. “Too conservative, too progressive, too new age, like a country club, out of touch….” you get the idea. Most of the time these comparisons are made so that the person making them can feel better about the way they are doing church. I’m guilty of this too. Despite my mother’s warnings of no good coming from comparing ourselves to others, I still occasionally fail. 

Sunday’s scripture (Mark 9: 38-50) begins with someone who is not physically following Jesus but is healing in Jesus’ name. The disciples complain about it and Jesus has a lot to say including; whoever is not against us is for us. (9:40) 

There’s a bigger picture here for Jesus and all of us. What unites us supersedes the different ways we approach ministry in the spirit of healing and repairing. In a perfect world, the same is true for our country and in an even more perfect world, the same is true for all of humanity. It so often takes a tragedy to remind us of that. 

So how do we help contribute to fulfilling this call from God to help repair a broken world? We can begin by following the St Luke Mission to Practice Love; that is to say, seeing every moment of our lives as an opportunity to practice being kind, quit the judging and stop comparing. Keep your eye on your own plate. It is abundantly full of nourishment if only we would take the time to feast on its goodness. 

See you Sunday,
Nicole 

Deacon Ministry

Grateful Gatherings ~ Saturday, October 6th, 8:00 AM to Noon
A non-profit, that provides furniture & household goods to people transitioning out of homelessness & poverty. For a list of needs visit https://gratefulgatherings.org/. To see the list of items needed, read about the families and sign up for donations, go to https://tinyurl.com/y764tuo7. Bring donations to St. Luke on Saturday, Oct. 6th between 8:30 am and 10:30 am. Please use the green envelope to donate Sunday.

Here are the two families we'll be helping ...
Family 1 is Mom, Alicia, her teenage son Ahmarik (18), and her 2 little daughters Dani (1) and Maya (2). Alicia and her children are new to California. Born and raised in Louisiana, Alicia’s been juggling motherhood and working while getting her AA degree over the last few years.

Family 2 is Mom Regina and her three children: son Rennan (16)—daughter Marina (11) and baby Samuel (4 mo). Regina recently returned to Marin County from out of state. Regina now has a part-time job as an Administrative Assistant.

For questions email: 

Save The Date

St Luke Annual Fundraiser ~ Sunday, October 7th at 6:00 PM
This year, wear your beads and bangles to St. Luke’s Annual Fundraiser Dinner celebrating New Orleans with Zydeco fillet mignon, shrimp jambalaya, and pecan pie. Not to be missed and invite your friends now!

Announcements & Upcoming Events

All are welcome to attend 

Fall Speaker Series ~ Who do you say that I am? A three-part series 
September 16, 23, 30 after worship in the Bayview Room 

The question of the historical Jesus has been one baffling scholar from the beginning of time. Join us as we look at different theories from leading scholars of just who this man Jesus was.

Was Jesus a Zealot, a militaristic figure looking to overthrow the Roman Empire? Or was he a mystic, in touch with the divine sphere of reality and wisdom of God? Or was he a political figure, prophet, and Messiah who succeeded in defeating evil and beginning the reign of peace?

Dr. Gregory Love, Professor of Systematic Theology at SFTS, will lead us in a discussion as we uncover why Jesus remains such a popular and controversial figure then and today.

Continuing Events

All are welcome to attend

Bible Study Series ~ Wednesday, Oct 3rd, 9:30 AM  

Morning Women's Spirituality Group ~ Thursday. Oct 4th, 9:00 AM
Deacons ~ Tuesday. Oct 9th, 6:30 PM

Committee Meetings ~ Tuesday, Oct 9th, 6:30 PM

St. Luke Women’s Bridge Group ~ Monday, Oct 15th, 10:30 AM
Tuesday, Oct.23rd 10:30 AM (3rd Monday & 4th Tuesday, Sept. to May).

Pizza and Theology ~ Resumes Tuesday, Oct 16th, 6:30 PM
Creekside, San Anselmo. Thereafter on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Please email: 

Session ~ Tuesday, October 23rd, 6:30 PM

St. Luke Men's Group Tuesday, Nov. 6th, Location TBD

St. Luke Womens Association ~ Thursday. Nov. 8th, 1:00 PM
SAVE THE DATE
~ December 7th 1:00-3:00, Christmas Tea & Program.

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Sunday September 23, 2018

This Sunday 

Dear St Luke Community,

Yesterday I attended Yom Kippur services with my dear friends the Epsteins. One of my favorite pieces of the Jewish tradition is the willingness to recognize death as a part of life.

But some people fear death, some think it’s depressing to talk about and some would rather avoid the subject altogether. I imagine that’s how the disciple’s felt in this Sunday’s scripture. (Mark 9:30-37) Jesus is talking about his plans again, the ones that include his own death and resurrection. Scripture tells us the disciples didn’t understand.

Then scripture jumps to the disciple’s arguing about who was the greatest. The jump leaves room for the imagination. What happened? How did the disciple's go from not understanding to arguing about who was the greatest? Can you imagine, these disciples, who have given up everything for Jesus being told that he’s going to be killed? And then rise again? Not only does it not make any sense but it’s just not what you sign up for when you change your life in order to follow a prophet, a savior, a Messiah who you believe will justly restore you homeland to its rightful place. They’ve seen Jesus perform miracles and healings. His words about death and resurrection make no sense. So they start talking about how it should go down. And that leads them into an argument.

Those words, should and shouldn’t get us into all kinds of trouble when it comes to plans. I suppose that’s why you hear people say so often, God has a plan. Well in the case of Jesus and this scripture, God/Jesus does have a plan. It includes death and resurrection. But then again, our own life includes those as well. So rather than ignore it, let’s talk about it, and in the process, embrace life.

See you Sunday,
Nicole 

PS-We will honor and say goodbye to Edith and Hal this Sunday before their move to Hawaii. And we will also celebrate with the sacrament of baptism for Rich, Gabbie and Frankie. It should be a grand Sunday. And after worship, please consider sticking around for Dr. Greg Loves second Sunday with us. 

Deacon Ministry

Grateful Gatherings ~ Saturday, October 6th, 8:00 AM to Noon
A non-profit, that provides furniture & household goods to people transitioning out of homelessness & poverty. For a list of needs visit https://gratefulgatherings.org/. To see the list of items needed, read about the families and sign up for donations, go to https://tinyurl.com/y764tuo7. Bring donations to St. Luke on Saturday, Oct. 6th between 8:30 am and 10:30 am. Please use the green envelope to donate Sunday.

Here are the two families we'll be helping ...
Family 1 is Mom, Alicia, her teenage son Ahmarik (18), and her 2 little daughters Dani (1) and Maya (2). Alicia and her children are new to California. Born and raised in Louisiana, Alicia’s been juggling motherhood and working while getting her AA degree over the last few years.

Family 2 is Mom Regina and her three children: son Rennan (16)—daughter Marina (11) and baby Samuel (4 mo). Regina recently returned to Marin County from out of state. Regina now has a part-time job as an Administrative Assistant.

For questions email: 

Save The Date

St Luke Annual Fundraiser ~ Sunday, October 7th at 6:00 PM
This year, wear your beads and bangles to St. Luke’s Annual Fundraiser Dinner celebrating New Orleans with Zydeco fillet mignon, shrimp jambalaya, and pecan pie. Not to be missed and invite your friends now!

Announcements & Upcoming Events

All are welcome to attend 

Fall Speaker Series ~ Who do you say that I am? A three-part series 
September 16, 23, 30 after worship in the Bayview Room 

The question of the historical Jesus has been one baffling scholar from the beginning of time. Join us as we look at different theories from leading scholars of just who this man Jesus was.

Was Jesus a Zealot, a militaristic figure looking to overthrow the Roman Empire? Or was he a mystic, in touch with the divine sphere of reality and wisdom of God? Or was he a political figure, prophet, and Messiah who succeeded in defeating evil and beginning the reign of peace?

Dr. Gregory Love, Professor of Systematic Theology at SFTS, will lead us in a discussion as we uncover why Jesus remains such a popular and controversial figure then and today.

St. Luke Women’s Association Bridge Group ~
They are looking for people to play on the third Monday and/or fourth Tuesday in the months of September through May.  Interested? Call Elaine 415-454-4851.

Continuing Events

All are welcome to attend

Session ~ Resumes Tuesday, September 25th 6:30 PM

St. Luke Women’s Bridge Group ~ Tuesday, Sept 25th, 10:30 AM
(play is on the third Monday and/or fourth Tuesday, September to May). October 15th & 23rd

Bible Study Series ~ Wednesday, Sept 26th, 9:30 AM  

Morning Women's Spirituality Group ~ Thursday. Sept 27th, 9:00 AM

Committee Meetings ~ Resumes Tuesday, Oct 9th, 6:30 PM
(Deacons, Building and Grounds, New Member)

Pizza and Theology ~ Resumes Tuesday, Oct 16th, 6:30 PM
Creekside, San Anselmo. Thereafter on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Please email: 

St. Luke Men's Group Tues. Nov. 6th, Location TBD

St. Luke Womens Association ~ Thursday. Nov. 8th, 1:00 PM
SAVE THE DATE
~ December 7th 1:00-3:00, Christmas Tea & Program.

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