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Sunday, January 3, 2020

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

What is it that keeps us searching? I‘m not assuming you’re all searching, though I have to think that if you’re following Christ, you’re also searching for him; searching for the ways in which He manifests. Manifestations of Christ are also epiphanies, and the tradition we honor this Sunday; Epiphany Sunday.

We don’t know for how long the Magi in Matthew’s Gospel searched. We don’t know whether they got lost on the way, or argued about which direction to go, or whether or not they trusted they would find what they were looking for. What we know is that they looked up at the night sky until a star appeared.

Searching never guarantees us an outcome.

Like the Magi, we wonder and we follow and we wander and we search the way, looking for that divine manifestation of love that now lives with us, among us, as one of us. In things both tangible and elusive, God appears. 

Searching never grantees us an outcome, except for maybe in this one way; in the searching we discover we’re never alone. In the searching we discover that love shines its radiant beams most clearly in the dark. We discover that we carry gifts, just as the Magi did. We carry gifts knitted into the fabric our very being, no matter how lost we are, because as long as we are searching for God, God treasures the search, making us a gift and a blessing to the very One we worship. 

Keep searching, keep discovering, keep giving.

See you Sunday,
Nicole

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend 

Informational MeetingJanuary 5th
After worship in the Bayview room Michael Antieri, Elder serving Session, will hold an informational meeting about the developments around hosting a cell tower on St. Luke’s property. Michael will fill in all interested on the process, where we’ve been and where it stands now. This is not a congregational meeting, (that will happen in February).

Mill Street Meal Providers ~ Monday, January 6th, GROUP A

Mission Trip Opportunity with SRFPC
Last year members Carlene McCart, Skipper Cummings and Jim Tillson joined the team at First Presbyterian SR on a mission trip to Texas. This year the group is going to Omaha, Nebraska, April 19-25. The mission includes house repair from damage caused by flooding in March 2019. The work will be guided by Omaha Rapid Response and includes removing and replacing studs in walls, installing insulation and drywall, and laying flooring, etc., no construction experience is needed. Please email Ralph Purdy for more information at

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. It is one of those experiences that is difficult to put into words but will be well worth your while. For more info, please email John Bischoff at

St. Luke Men's Group 2020 ~
In 2020, we will hold meetings on the first Tuesday of every other month at 6 PM:  March 3rd, May 5th, July 7th, Sept. 1st, and Nov. 3rd. Please put these dates on your schedule and plan on attending.  John is looking for volunteers to host a dinner meeting at your home on these dates.  Please email John Lenser   if you are willing to host and if there is a specific date that works for you. 

Outreach and Deacon Ministry

All are welcome to attend 

St Luke’s Winter Food Drive Barrel ~
St. Luke is collecting canned proteins/meats:  Beans, Peanut Butter, Tuna, Salmon, Sardines, Ham, Chicken, Turkey, Beef. You may also donate using the green envelope with the notation FOOD DRIVE. $1 = 2 Meals!

Grateful Gatherings ~ Saturday, February 1st, 8:00 AM-12:30 PM
GG 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. We believe that families can thrive when they have a safe and comfortable home. Look for information about February’s families in the coming weeks. Use the green pew envelope to donate today. Their website is gratefulgatherings.org.   

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
Deacons Meeting - 2nd Tuesday, January 14th, 6:00 PM
Pizza and Theology (canceled Dec.) - 3rd Tuesday, January 21st, 7:00 PM
St. Luke Women’s Bridge - 4th Tuesday, January 27th, 10:30 AM
Session Meeting - 4th Tuesday, January 27th, 7:00 PM

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Sunday, December 29, 2019

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

Rev. Trotter is on vacation, Rebecca Viebrock will lead a relaxed worship this Sunday 10:00 AM.

Outreach and Deacon Ministry

All are welcome to attend 

St Luke’s November Food Drive Barrel ~
St. Luke is collecting canned proteins/meats:  Beans, Peanut Butter, Tuna, Salmon, Sardines, Ham, Chicken, Turkey, Beef. You may also donate using the green envelope with the notation FOOD DRIVE. $1 = 2 Meals!

Ritter Center Christmas Gift Barrel ~ Ritter Center Adopt-a-Family
It was a Merry Christmas at the Ritter Center this year thanks to the help of St. Luke!  Our 2 families and 5 seniors were showered with gifts they requested and extra goodies and gift cards too.  The stocking stuffers were a fun addition making the season just a little brighter for our Ritter friends. Thanks so much for everyone’s participation in the Ritter Christmas ministry!

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend 

Informational MeetingJanuary 5, 2020, 11:15 AM 
After worship in the Bayview room. On January 5th after worship, Michael Antieri, Elder serving Session, will hold an informational meeting after worship. For some months there has been developments around hosting a cell tower on St. Luke’s property. Michael will fill in all interested on the process, where we’ve been and where it stands as of now. This is not a congregational meeting, (that will happen in February) but simply an informational meeting.

Church Office Closed December 25 through January 1 ~ The office will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 10:00 AM.

Mill Street Meal Providers ~ Monday, January 6th ,GROUP A

Mission Trip Opportunity with SRFPC
Last year members Carlene McCart, Skipper Cummings and Jim Tillson joined the team at First Presbyterian SR on a mission trip to Texas. This year the group is going to Omaha, Nebraska, April 19-25. The mission includes house repair from damage caused by flooding in March 2019. The work will be guided by Omaha Rapid Response and includes removing and replacing studs in walls, installing insulation and drywall, and laying flooring, etc., no construction experience is needed. Please email Ralph Purdy for more information at

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. It is one of those experiences that is difficult to put into words but will be well worth your while. For more info, please email John Bischoff at

St. Luke Men's Group 2020 ~
In 2020, we will hold meetings on the first Tuesday of every other month at 6 PM: Jan. 7th, March 3rd, May 5th, July 7th, Sept. 1st, and Nov. 3rd. Please put these dates on your schedule and plan on attending. John is looking for volunteers to host a dinner meeting at your home on these dates. Please email John Lenser if you are willing to host and if there is a specific date that works for you.

 

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
Deacons Meeting - 2nd Tuesday, January 14th, 6:00 PM
Pizza and Theology (canceled Dec.) - 3rd Tuesday, January 21st, 7:00 PM
St. Luke Women’s Bridge - 4th Tuesday, January 27th, 10:30 AM
Session Meeting - 4th Tuesday, January 27th, 7:00 PM

Sunday, December 22, 2019

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

This Sunday is our final Sunday of Advent and the symbolic candle is the candle of love. It’s no wonder that love comes just days before we light the Christ candle. If Jesus is love made flesh it makes even more sense to have these two candles side by side.

With images of creche statues, stained glass and greeting cards, we forget that to be made of flesh and blood is to feel all of what life brings; sweat and tears, grief and compassion, fear and anxiety, peace, and finally love.

We’re also reminded of the flesh that is Joseph and Mary. (Matthew 1:18-25) When we imagine all of what Jospeh went through; from the learning of the news to the time Jesus is born, I imagine he ran through every emotion known to God. I’m always in awe of these two human beings who demonstrated the kind of trust we all long for.

We hear the stories each year and each year we’re called upon to deepen our own sense of trust. As love comes down at Christmas, all over again, in our lives and in the world, may you trust in God, in our creator, in what has been and will be.

"All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator
for all I have not seen.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

See you Sunday,
Nicole

Outreach and Deacon Ministry

All are welcome to attend 

St Luke’s November Food Drive Barrel ~
St. Luke will collect canned proteins/meats:  Beans, Peanut Butter, Tuna, Salmon, Sardines, Chicken, Turkey, Beef. You may also donate using the green envelope and with the notation FOOD DRIVE. $1 = 2 Meals!

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend 

Celebrate Christmas with St. Luke
December 22nd ~ LOVE
December 18th ~ Wednesday 7:00 PM Blue Christmas service.
December 24th ~ Tuesday 5:30 PM Traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve Service, Cider and Cookies 5:00 PM prior to service.

Mill Street Meal Providers ~ Monday, January 6th GROUP A  

Mission Trip Opportunity with SRFPC ~  Last year members Carlene McCart, Skipper Cummings and Jim Tillson joined the team at First Presbyterian SR on a mission trip to Texas. This year the group is going Omaha, Nebraska, April 19-25. The mission includes house repair from damage caused by flooding in March 2019. The work will be guided by Omaha Rapid Response and includes removing and replacing studs in walls, installing insulation and drywall, and laying flooring, etc. no construction experience is needed. Please email Ralph Purdy for more info.   

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. It is one of those experiences that is difficult to put into words but will be well worth your while. For more info, please email John Bischoff at   

St. Luke Men's Group 2020 ~ In 2020, we will continue hold meetings on the first Tuesday of every other month at 6 PM:  January 7th, March 3rd,  May 5th,  July 7th,  September 1st, and November 3rd. Please put these dates on your schedules and plan on attending. John is looking for volunteers to host a dinner meeting at your home on these dates. Please email John Lenser if you are willing to host and if there is a specific date that works for you. 

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
Deacons Meeting - 2nd Tuesday, January 14th, 6:00 PM
Pizza and Theology (canceled Dec.) - 3rd Tuesday, January 21st, 7:00 PM
St. Luke Women’s Bridge - 4th Tuesday, January 27th, 10:30 AM
Session Meeting - 4th Tuesday, January 27th, 7:00 PM

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