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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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Opportunity to serve our Greater Community

Dear St. Luke Community,

We are partnering with Grateful Gatherings once again. Please see the information below.

On Saturday, October 6th, Grateful Gatherings Marin, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, will once again be providing new or gently used furniture and household goods to two families transitioning out of homelessness and poverty.

To see the list of items needed, read about the families and sign up for donations, click on https://tinyurl.com/y764tuo7.

Donations are to be brought to St. Luke Presbyterian Church on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6th, between 8:30 am and 10:30 am.

Cash donations through the website https://gratefulgatherings.org for new mattresses and other needed items are always welcomed. (Please indicate “Marin GG” in the drop-down menu on website donation page.)

Your donations are tax deductible; we provide tax receipts. 

For questions email:

With gratitude,
The Grateful Gatherings Marin Team

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Sunday September 16, 2018

This Sunday - Acoustic Sunday

Dear St Luke Community,

After Morgan was born, John and I began attending First United Methodist Church in Portland Oregon. Most of our time at that church is a bit of a blur to me now, with the exception of one meeting. I brought Morgan with me to the Pastor’s office and Morgan wiggled around on my lap as I said something like; “I’ve always been comfortable with God and Spirit, but I’ve never really gotten Jesus.” At that point in my life, Jesus was a name spoken by people who pounded their fists on pulpits, warning people to be saved. The name came with a kind of warning label that didn’t fit my experience of an all loving God, so I had never been able to reconcile the two. The Pastor suggested one thing. Just one thing.  He said; “Ask for Jesus to reveal Himself to you and He’ll do the rest. All you have to do is ask.”

It wasn’t immediate and certainly, my experience of Jesus has grown far beyond that day in the Pastors’ office. But what wonderful place to start. Just ask.

Jesus, in Marks Gospel, reading this Sunday, (Mark 8:27-28) also asks a question. Who do you say that I am? It’s about as good as any question gets. Our theology, how we relate to God shapes our lives. So how we answer this questions lives itself out in everything we do, every way we think, and all the ways we show up in our relationships, both personal and worldly.

Maybe the best way to answer the question is to ask one in return. Just ask for Him to reveal Himself to you, and He’ll do the rest.

After worship, Dr. Gregory Love from SFTS, who is as good as any Professor gets, will speak about the many ways people have answered that question; Who do you say that I am? Some say mystic, others prophet, some say, zealot, some messiah. Who was this historical man and who is he to us today?

Eric Rowe, Beth Potillo-Miller and Erich Miller and I have lots of special music planned as well. 

See you Sunday,
Nicole

Deacon Ministry

5th Annual Pedal for Protein ~ September 16th -21st
Use the green envelope to donate. 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. Find information at www.imathlete.com/donate/PedalforProtein5

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/. 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.
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 

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.

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

St. Luke Women’s Association Bridge Group ~ Monday, Sept 17th, 10:30 AM
Then Tuesday, Sept 25th 10:30 AM (Play is on the third Monday and/or fourth Tuesday, September to May).

Pizza and Theology ~ Resumes Tuesday, Sept 18th, 6:30 PM
Creekside, San Anselmo. Thereafter on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Please email: 

Bible Study Series ~ Wednesday, Sept 19th, 9:30 AM  

Morning Women's Spirituality Group ~ Thursday. Sept 20thth, 9:00 AM

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

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

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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