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August 4, 2019

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

This Sunday we continue our Summer Series “Upon Request.” I received not one but three requests. The good news is that they all work together. Our scripture comes from Second Epistle of Paul to Timothy. The letter is appealing to church leaders and the verse I’ve been asked to preach on is; “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7) 

Discipline and Discipleship are related in meaning. As disciples of Christ, baptized into Christ and leaders of the church we are called to be disciples. What does it mean to be a disciple? This is the heart of the second request I received. If being Christian is not just a ticket to heaven or about being saved, then what does it mean to be a Christ follower? What are the biblical values of Christ that we are called to embody in the world? 

And what happens when we find ourselves with people who call themselves Christians but are not living into the values we define as biblical or as befitting someone who claims to be a disciple of Christs? This is the third request I received. How do we engage with people who are hateful and racist but define themselves as Christian? 

So you can see, these three requests all blend together very well.

The Spirit of God gives us power, love and self disciple. As disciples, what does it look like in practice to embody the power, love and self discipline of Christ? And what do we do when others are practicing the opposite of we understand to be those values and calling themselves christian in the process? 

I am grateful to those who made the requests. I have my work cut out for me and have been praying for guidance all week. Please join in as we worship God and learn together ways in which we can live into discipleship together as a church.

See you Sunday,
Nicole

Outreach and Deacon Ministry

All are welcome to attend 

Mill Street Meal Providers ~  Monday, August 5th, Group B
The first Monday of each month Group A or Group B is assigned a meal item to provide (fruit, milk & bread, main, salad, vegetable, dessert). The volunteers bring a different food item every other month. Please contact Stacy Bischoff at for information.

Street Chaplaincy ~  August 20th
John Lenser will be the go-to on the evening. We’re looking for people to contribute: Salad makings, Bread, Tortillas, Cookies & Cupcakes.  If you can’t serve but would like to donate, please bring something from the list below to church on 8/18 for collection. (please plan on 3 dozen of each): Tangerines, Bananas, Apples, Nutrition bars, Slim Jim’s, Chomps, etc. If you’re interested in serving, please EMAIL Michael B. at

KIVA.ORG ~ St. Luke’s Women’s Association has supported 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. KIVA will be a St Luke Deacon’s Cause in the Fall.  

6th Annual Pedal for Protein ~ September 22nd – 28th, Let's ride!
Supports food bank pantries & projects to help feed hungry people in Northern California. Organized by The Hunger Task Force of the Presbytery of the Redwoods, 100% of all donations go to food projects. Fundraising Goal: $60,000 YTD raised is $1500. “Gal. 6:9 Let us not become weary from doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” PEDALFORPROTEIN.COM. for information.

Grateful Gatherings ~ Saturday, October 26th, 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
GG Mission: To bring hope to families in need. We help furnish homes when a family transitions from homelessness or crisis into a new home. Information about this month’s families is on the GG website gratefulgatherings.org. Bring donations to St. Luke 8:30-10:30. Use the green pew envelope (write GG) to donate today.

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend 

Greener Church? ~ Would you like to see St. Luke do a better job of being conscientious concerning recycling? Are there other ways you’ve observed we can do better? As God’s called caregivers of this planet, we can always do a little better. Please email Nicole if you’d like to help.

Summer Book Club 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.

Summer Sermon Series “Upon Request" ~  July 21st, 28th & August 4th
Rev Trotter will preach upon request. Perhaps there’s a scripture, topic or question you’ve wished to 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.

Acoustic Sundays ~  Upcoming August 18th & September 15th
A relaxed service with guitars, drums, and keyboard where we blend secular popular songs and modern easy to sing hymns.

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 

Fall Speaker Series September 8th, 15th, 22nd 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.

Summer Music Series ~ Guest Musicians
August 4~ Ann Davis Nilsson, Piano
August 11~ Hymn Sing
August 18~ Acoustic Sunday
August 25~ Diane Yermack, Mezzo Soprano
September 1~ Courtney and Kelsey McGiver
September 8~ Erich Miller, Percussion
September 15~ Acoustic Sunday

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

This Sunday will be a theologically controversial Sunday. We continue our Sermon Series “Upon Request.” The requested scripture is from John’s gospel. 14:1-6. Those who are in bible study on a regular basis have heard my take on this scripture, but I’ve been asked to extrapolate, particularly on verse 6; Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  

This verse has been used over the centuries to hurt a lot of people. This verse, when understood as excluding every other religion as wrong in the eyes of God continues to hurt others but also Christianity itself. If you believe that what is written in the bible has to be taken at face value, end of story, then please consider other verses from the bible that have also done great harm throughout history; “Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:22) “Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel.” (1 Peter 2:18) 

If we read bible verses out of context without examining them we are checking our God-given brains at the door. Understanding their historical context doesn’t make the biblical experience less true, nor does historical inaccuracy diminish the power of Jesus Christ today. 

I look forward to unpacking how I understand this verse of Jesus in context of when it was written, why it was written and what Jesus might have meant in context of the rest of his life, teachings and actions.

See you Sunday,
Nicole

Outreach and Deacon Ministry

All are welcome to attend 

Grateful Gatherings ~ Saturday, July 27th 8:00 AM-12: 30 PM
GG Mission: To bring hope to families in need. We help furnish homes when a family transitions from homelessness or crisis into a new home. Information about this month’s families is on the GG website gratefulgatherings.org. Bring donations to St. Luke 8:30-10:30. Use the green pew envelope (write GG) to donate today.

Mill Street Meal Providers ~  Monday, August 5th, Group B
The first Monday of each month Group A or Group B is assigned a meal item to provide (fruit, milk & bread, main, salad, vegetable, dessert). The volunteers bring a different food item every other month. Please contact Stacy Bischoff at for information.

Street Chaplaincy ~  August 20th
This is our first call for volunteers to help serve on the evening. John Lenser will be leading the charge and be the go-to on the evening. Once John has finalized his menu, another email will go out with food needs for the evening. If you’re interested in serving, please EMAIL Michael B. at

KIVA.ORG ~ St. Luke’s Women’s Association has supported 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. KIVA will be a St Luke Deacon’s Cause in the Fall.  

6th Annual Pedal for Protein ~ September 22nd – 28th, Let's ride!
Supports food bank pantries & projects to help feed hungry people in Northern California. Organized by The Hunger Task Force of the Presbytery of the Redwoods, 100% of all donations go to food projects. Fundraising Goal: $60,000 YTD raised is $1500. “Gal. 6:9 Let us not become weary from doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” PEDALFORPROTEIN.COM. for information.

Grateful Gatherings ~ Saturday, October 26th, 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
GG Mission: To bring hope to families in need. We help furnish homes when a family transitions from homelessness or crisis into a new home. Information about this month’s families is on the GG website gratefulgatherings.org. Bring donations to St. Luke 8:30-10:30. Use the green pew envelope (write GG) to donate today.

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend 

Greener Church? ~ Would you like to see St. Luke do a better job of being conscientious concerning recycling? Are there other ways you’ve observed we can do better? As God’s called caregivers of this planet, we can always do a little better. Please email Nicole if you’d like to help.

Summer Book Club 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.

Summer Sermon Series “Upon Request" ~  July 21st, 28th & August 4th
Rev Trotter will preach upon request. Perhaps there’s a scripture, topic or question you’ve wished to 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.

Acoustic Sundays ~  Upcoming August 18th & September 15th
A relaxed service with guitars, drums, and keyboard where we blend secular popular songs and modern easy to sing hymns.

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 

Fall Speaker Series September 8th, 15th, 22nd 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.

Summer Music Series ~ Guest Musicians
July 28~ Christopher Pilcher, Bass Baritone
August 4~ Ann Davis Nilsson, Piano
August 11~ Hymn Sing
August 18~ Acoustic Sunday
August 25~ Diane Yermack, Mezzo Soprano
September 1~ Courtney and Kelsey McGiver, Horn/Stringed Bass
September 8~ Erich Miller, Percussion
September 15~ Acoustic Sunday

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

Acoustic Sunday this Sunday as we welcome talented musicians and incorporate traditional hymns with secular contemporary and Christian songs. 

This Sunday we also begin our Summer Sermon Series, “Upon Request” where I take requests from you on scripture and/or topic you’d like to hear more about. 

This week in worship, I’ll respond to this request from Laura Hislop. “I’d like a sermon on worrying and why we shouldn’t.”

I’m sure I’ve preached on it before, but because I consider myself a professional worrier, I’m more than grateful to preach on it again. The entire worship will be built around this theme as each song is introduced with accompanying scripture and reflection.

I hope you can make it to worship and invite your friends.

Next Sunday, the 28th we look at Mary Dill’s request on John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” That’s a scripture many of us struggle with and I look forward to wrestling with God on that one.

There’s one more slot available so if you have a topic and/or scripture that you’d like to hear more about, please email me.

See you Sunday,
Nicole

outreach and Deacon Ministry

All are welcome to attend 

St. Vincent’s Call for Assistance ~ On July 2nd Kathleen M. received a call from Raphael at St Vincent’s whom she had met at a Grateful Gatherings event. He told her a story of a family of 5 with 3 kids: Lilly 2, Byron 5 & Karen 9. They had one bed in their home but GG couldn’t help so St Luke put out an email and sure enough, Mike Hislop said he saw it and knew this was something he could do right now for those kids.  Moved by Mike’s generosity, Joanne T. provided new sheets & blankets, Kathleen and Michael B. provided 4 new fluffy pillows. The smile on the children’s face when Kathleen and Michael delivered the bunkbed & bedding on July 11th was priceless.  We can’t help every time but we were able to help this time! It was awesome.

Grateful Gatherings ~ Saturday, July 27th 8:00 AM-12: 30 PM
GG Mission: To bring hope to families in need. We help furnish homes when a family transitions from homelessness or crisis into a new home. Information about this month’s families is on the GG website gratefulgatherings.org. Bring donations to St. Luke 8:30-10:30. Use the green pew envelope (write GG) to donate today.

Mill Street Meal Providers ~  Monday, August 5th, Group B
The first Monday of each month Group A or Group B is assigned a meal item to provide (fruit, milk & bread, main, salad, vegetable, dessert). The volunteers bring a different food item every other month. Please contact Stacy Bischoff at for information.

Street Chaplaincy ~  August 20th
This is our first call for volunteers to help serve on the evening. John Lenser will be leading the charge and be the go-to on the evening. Once John has finalized his menu, another email will go out with food needs for the evening. If you’re interested in serving, please EMAIL Michael B. at

KIVA.ORG ~ St. Luke’s Women’s Association has supported 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. KIVA will be a St Luke Deacon’s Cause in the Fall.  

6th Annual Pedal for Protein ~ September 22nd – 28th, Let's ride!
Supports food bank pantries & projects to help feed hungry people in Northern California. Organized by The Hunger Task Force of the Presbytery of the Redwoods, 100% of all donations go to food projects. Fundraising Goal: $60,000 YTD raised is $1500. “Gal. 6:9 Let us not become weary from doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” PEDALFORPROTEIN.COM. for information.

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend 

Acoustic Sundays ~  THIS SUNDAY, 10:00 AM
A relaxed service with guitars, drums, and keyboard where we blend secular popular songs and modern easy to sing hymns. Upcoming Aug. 18th & Sept. 15th.

Greener Church? ~ Would you like to see St. Luke do a better job of being conscientious concerning recycling? Are there other ways you’ve observed we can do better? As God’s called caregivers of this planet, we can always do a little better. Please email Nicole if you’d like to help.

Summer Book Club 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.

Summer Sermon Series “Upon Request" ~  July 21st, 28th & August 4th
Rev Trotter will preach upon request. Perhaps there’s a scripture, topic or question you’ve wished to 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.

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 

Fall Speaker Series September 8th, 15th, 22nd 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.

Summer Music Series ~ Guest Musicians
July 28~ Christopher Pilcher, Bass Baritone
August 4~ Ann Davis Nilsson, Piano
August 11~ Hymn Sing
August 18~ Acoustic Sunday
August 25~ Diane Yermack, Mezzo Soprano
September 1~ Courtney and Kelsey McGiver, Horn/Stringed Bass
September 8~ Erich Miller, Percussion
September 15~ Acoustic Sunday

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