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Sunday, October 20, 2019

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

This Sunday is Acoustic Sunday and our own Jim Tillson is back to join us on the keyboards. We’ve missed both Jim and Skipper and look forward to worshipping together again.

I share with you something I sent to the Bible Study group this week who get their own weekly email. If you’d like to be on that list, let me know. Even if you’re not attending class it’s sometimes nice to know the upcoming scripture on Monday and ponder it all week long. Usually, I send quotes from other people’s musings, but this week, I wrote one of my own.

Dear Class,

The focus scripture is Luke 18:1-8 and Genesis 32:22-31. 

This morning I spoke with my mom on the phone. She’s wiped out from all the visits to the hospital and she can’t understand why she’s so tired. She can’t understand why she doesn’t have the energy to pray. She usually prays for over an hour a day. My mother has spent many years giving me advice when I was sick. And this morning I said to her what I imagined she would have said to me. "Putting your face in the sun and feeling the warmth of the sun is a prayer, Mom. Eating pastina, watching a show that makes you laugh, taking a nap, are all prayer when we’re  healing and giving your body what it needs to regain strength.” I then reminded her that she has said these things to me and she agreed. 

There are some around me who are struggling so much that they know God must be around but they’re too tired or too stressed or too preoccupied to feel God. They are wrestling with a lack of assurance. At those moments I want to tell them not to lose heart. 

Luke opens with this….Jesus tells the disciples a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. 18:1 

Maybe prayer and having heart are one and the same. Maybe prayer isn’t about words at all but about trusting that God knows our heart, whether we say anything or not. And when we start to feel like we are losing heart, that’s the best time to pray for trust in a God who never abandons, but knows our heart.

And when God knows your heart, what else is there left to say?

See you Sunday,
Nicole

PS-Please join us for our after worship Men Against Gun Violence educational gathering. For more info on that see below.

Outreach and Deacon Ministry

All are welcome to attend 

KIVA.ORG ~ St. Luke’s Women’s Association has supported KIVA for many years and they will be a Deacon’s Ministry in the Fall. 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.

Mill Street Meal Providers ~  Monday, October 7th, 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.

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, November 11th, 6:00 PM
Pizza and Theology - 3rd Tuesday, November 19th, 7:00 PM
St. Luke Women’s Bridge - 4th Tuesday, October 22nd, 10:30 AM
Session Meeting - 4th Tuesday, October 22nd, 7:00 PM

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend 

Men Helping to End Gun Violence ~ THIS SUNDAY after worship
Men Against Gun Violence was formed after the Parkland school shooting in early 2018. Eighty to ninety percent of gun violence in the U.S. is committed by men. The group was founded in Marin by L.B. Upshaw. Their mission is to build a non-partisan, non-profit group of men helping to reduce gun violence by understanding and eliminating environmental factors leading certain men to harm others and themselves. After worship, L.B.  will speak on “Prevent & Protect”, a program that seeks to prevent gun violence in homes, workplaces, faith communities, and schools. For further information about Men Against Gun Violence, visit their Website:  menagainstgunviolence.org

Pedal for Protein Summary ~ Donations for Pedal for Protein totaled  $1662!
 Ada writes: “Angels, pea soup fog, fear, great food, good wine, campfires, new friends, physical challenges, discovery, breakthroughs, exhilaration, love, teamwork, energy, screaming quads, sunshine, magnificent cliffs, ocean spray, coastal winds. These are all words that come to mind when I relive the three days which I spent riding with a group of fellow cycling enthusiasts in order to challenge ourselves as well as raise money to purchase protein-rich, nutritious foods for those who cannot afford them. Riders ranged in age from ’50s to ’70s with even an 80-year-old riding in the one day segment. We rode along the incredible Northern California coast, through beautiful coastal vistas and redwood groves, smelling the sea, feeling the breeze and savoring the warmth of the sun on our backs, all the while pedaling up rolling hills and down into river valleys…then back up again. We covered up to 50 sometimes brutally steep miles a day on our trusty road bikes. Our days included prayer, yoga, back rubs and many many words of encouragement. There were also a few episodes of road rash, bandages, and ‘on the road’ bike repairs, all managed with tender loving care. Sound like fun? Well, for me it was that, and so much more. I would do it again in a heartbeat! The generosity of friends and St. Luke's members was amazing. I am so grateful for all of your support which will go a long way to improve the nutrition of some of our neediest neighbors. Thank you so very very much.” 

Recap - St Luke’s Fundraiser Dinner & Auction ~
Thank you for bringing your friends and family and inviting newcomers to St Luke, all 120 of you! And a thank you to all who were NOT able to attend but who donated to the fundraiser.  We exceeded our goal of $22,000 by roughly $3000. We could not have even come close to our goal without all of you. We are so grateful to each of you.

St. Luke 's Men's Group ~  Tuesday, November 5th, 6:00-8:30 PM
Michael Antieri will host, 636 Biscayne Dr. S.R. Please direct questions to John Lenser at H-415.485.4333, C-415.446.8418 or

St. Luke Stewardship Sunday ~ November 17th STEWARDSHIP 2020
A Wonder-Full Life-Giving Your Time, Talents and Treasure a special day to consider in assessing your commitment to St. Luke and its ministry in 2020. Letters and pledge cards will arrive this week. 

St. Luke Womens Association Annual Christmas Tea & Program Friday, December 6th, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
SAVE THE DATE and invite your friends to enjoy St Luke’s Holiday cheer. The afternoon includes Tea, Coffee, Sweets, and Savories with a Music Program and a RAFFLE.

St Luke’s Christmas Concert ~ Sunday, December 8th, 4:00 PM
It’s not too early to start thinking about the holidays! Save the date for the first annual St. Luke Christmas Concert, featuring St. Luke members and friends as they share their gifts in song, music and a few surprises along the way. From classical to contemporary, there will be something for everyone in our decorated sanctuary. Following the concert, there will be a complimentary reception with beverages and appetizers in the Bayview Room. Be sure to invite friends and family, and start the Christmas season with music and friendship. All proceeds will go to benefit St. Luke ministries and church.

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

This Sunday we hear from Luke 17:11-19. This is the story of the ten lepers who call out to Jesus for healing. Jesus sends them to the priests. On their way they’re healed. But only one turns back to thank Jesus; the Samaritan. The one Jesus calls “foreigner.”

None of us have ever suffered from leprosy. But we can try to gain insight as we remember a time in our lives when we’ve experienced isolation or despair. Some of us may have experienced a kind of self-disgust so deep we’ve alienated and isolated ourselves from even those who were trying to love us back to life. While we had a choice, these ten had none. 

These are the ones Jesus welcomes, heals and claims as God’s own. One of the ten turns back. Surely all ten were grateful but only one returns; the foreigner. Why would Luke (Jesus) go out of his way to point this out? 

Because this is Luke’s Gospel. Again and again, Luke returns to this theme of welcoming the “other” as does the entire Hebrew Bible and the Israelites themselves. Remember when you were foreigners in a strange land. (Lev 19, Exod 22) 

As Christians, we remember at the table, “Do this in remembrance of Me.” In other words; let what has been done for you by God continue to fill you up so abundantly that you have no choice but to return gratitude. Not with words but in how you live your life.  Every action, every word, every deed, every relationship, every perception….you get the point. One life, one way of living.

See You Sunday,
Nicole

Outreach and Deacon Ministry

All are welcome to attend 

KIVA.ORG ~ St. Luke’s Women’s Association has supported KIVA for many years and they will be a Deacon’s Ministry in the Fall. 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.

Mill Street Meal Providers ~  Monday, October 7th, 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.

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, November 11th, 6:00 PM
Pizza and Theology - 3rd Tuesday, October 15th, 7:00 PM
St. Luke Women’s Bridge - 4th Tuesday, October 22nd, 10:30 AM
Session Meeting - 4th Tuesday, October 22nd, 7:00 PM

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend 

Recap - St Luke’s Annual Fundraiser Dinner & Auction ~ 
Thank you for bringing your friends and family and inviting newcomers to St Luke, all 120 of you! And a thank you to all who were NOT able to attend but who donated to the fundraiser.  We exceeded our goal of $22,000 by roughly $3000. We could not have even come close to our goal without all of you. We are so grateful to each of you.

Last week will go down as one of my personal favorites. The entire week had an air of excitement as people came together to plan, shop, decorate and cook. It reminded me of my theatre days, during tech week, when everyone involved grows more excited as we get closer to opening night. But even better is the deepening of relationships between people as they work together towards a common goal.

More folks were involved this year than last and I can’t possibly name them all. You know who you are. You’re the one who ran an errand, stayed after worship, got on the phone, got on a ladder, invited guests, spread wood chips, donated your time, talents and wares. If this were a theater, we would be thanking our Executive Producer and Director, John Lenser, who orchestrated the entire event. John kept track of everything and everyone. Janet Abrahamson brought her expertise as a chef and along with John Lenser orchestrated an amazing 5-star dinner. Janet is a perfectionist and you would have thought she was cooking for the Queen of England with her attention to detail. 

To run with the theatre metaphor-Here is a silly Playbill. Producer/Director- John Lenser,  Chefs- Janet Abrahamson/Creekside & John Lenser, Ticket Taker & Stage Manager- Carlene McCart, Auction Producer- Laura Hislop, Table Decorations- Leigh Ann Antieri, Set & Lighting Designers- Beth Potillo-Miller, Leigh Ann Antieri, Ada & Clive Endress, Entertainer & Ambient Music- Erich Miller, MC & Auctioneer- Michael Baranowski, Bartender- John Bischoff, Michael Baranowski, Stage Hands- Ted Vogelaar, Michael Antieri, Ken Nelson.

With Deep Gratitude and Joy,
Nicole

Men Helping to End Gun Violence ~ October 20th after worship, Bayview Room
Men Against Gun Violence was formed after the Parkland school shooting in early 2018. Eighty to ninety percent of gun violence in the U.S. is committed by men. Our mission is to build a non-partisan, non-profit group of men helping to reduce gun violence by understanding and eliminating environmental factors leading certain men to harm others and themselves. 

The group was founded in Marin by L.B. Upshaw, a retired consultant and U.C. Berkeley faculty member, and former Chair of the Board of Trustees at the San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Join us after worship as L.B. speaks on “Prevent & Protect”, a program that seeks to prevent gun violence in homes, workplaces, faith communities, and schools.

For further information about Men Against Gun Violence, visit their Website:  menagainstgunviolence.org

St. Luke 's Men's Group ~  Tuesday, November 5th, 6:00-8:30 PM
Michael Antieri will host, 636 Biscayne Dr. S.R. We socialize and dine from 6-8:30 PM.  Bring friends, it’s a great opportunity to introduce them to St. Luke and the Men’s Group.  Please direct questions or if you can assist the hosts, contact John Lenser, Home - 415.485.4333, Cell - 415.446.8418,  .

St. Luke Womens Association Annual Christmas Tea & Program Friday, December 6th, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
SAVE THE DATE and invite your friends to enjoy St Luke’s Holiday cheer. The afternoon includes Tea, Coffee, Sweets, and Savories with a Music Program and a RAFFLE.

St Luke’s Christmas Concert ~ Sunday, December 8th, 4:00 PM
It’s not too early to start thinking about the holidays! Save the date for the first annual St. Luke Christmas Concert, featuring St. Luke members and friends as they share their gifts in song, music and a few surprises along the way. From classical to contemporary, there will be something for everyone in our decorated sanctuary. Following the concert, there will be a complimentary reception with beverages and appetizers in the Bayview Room. Be sure to invite friends and family, and start the Christmas season with music and friendship. All proceeds will go to benefit St. Luke ministries and church.

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

This Sunday is World Communion Sunday and is theologically my favorite service of the year. I know many of you who are coming to the evening fundraiser will think to yourselves, “I don’t want to have to go to the church twice in one day.” I promise it will be completely worth it and I encourage you all to come to both. 

We will have a special musical blend of traditional choir and acoustic band. The communion table will be front and center and specially adorned. We’ll stand around the sanctuary in a circle for communion, sing a blessing to one another, and be reminded of what it means to participate in ritual and sacrament. 

Let’s come together in worship, reminded once again that we are one world, one people belonging to God, one body of Christ for those who follow Him, and of one hope. I know we don’t all agree on everything but I’m pretty sure we agree on one vision of peace. The Kingdom is both here and coming and we’re called to do what we can, where we can, in any way we can, to help bring it along fully into realization.

See you Sunday, twice!
Nicole

Outreach and Deacon Ministry

All are welcome to attend 

KIVA.ORG ~ St. Luke’s Women’s Association has supported KIVA for many years and they will be a Deacon’s Ministry in the Fall. 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.

Mill Street Meal Providers ~  Monday, October 7th, 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.

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, October 8th, 6:00 PM
Pizza and Theology - 3rd Tuesday, October 15th, 7:00 PM
St. Luke Women’s Bridge - 4th Tuesday, October 22nd, 10:30 AM
Session Meeting - 4th Tuesday, October 22nd, 7:00 PM

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend 

World Communion Sunday Worship ~ This SundayOctober 6th
Please join us for this most special blended service of acoustic and choral music. World Communion Sunday became popular during the Second World War when the country and world was in need of spiritual commitment. Through the shared bread of Christ, we are joined together as one body, unified over and above the divisive rhetoric that is pervading our nation and world. As civility and decency has been eroded from the fabric, we have a responsibility to model what it means to be followers of Christ; embracing those who are in need, standing up for what is just and right, and healing what is broken.

St Luke’s Annual Fundraiser Dinner & Auction ~ This Sunday EveningOctober 6th, 6:00 PM
This year’s event will be St. Luke’s version of “Gala” – black and white without the tuxedo.  Please join us for wonderful food and fellowship, great music and a silent auction. We’ll celebrate with gourmet food prepared by Janet Abrahamson and Michael Baranowski.

Men Helping to End Gun Violence ~ October 20th after worship, Bayview Room
Men Against Gun Violence was formed after the Parkland school shooting in early 2018. Eighty to ninety percent of gun violence in the U.S. is committed by men. Our mission is to build a non-partisan, non-profit group of men helping to reduce gun violence by understanding and eliminating environmental factors leading certain men to harm others and themselves. 

The group was founded in Marin by L.B. Upshaw, a retired consultant and U.C. Berkeley faculty member, and former Chair of the Board of Trustees at the San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Join us after worship as L.B. speaks on “Prevent & Protect”, a program that seeks to prevent gun violence in homes, workplaces, faith communities, and schools.

For further information about Men Against Gun Violence, visit their Website:  menagainstgunviolence.org

Acoustic Sundays ~ October 20th
A relaxed service with guitars, drums, and keyboard where we blend secular popular songs and modern easy to sing hymns.

St. Luke 's Men's Group ~  Tuesday, November 5th, 6:00-8:30 PM
Michael Antieri will host, 636 Biscayne Dr. S.R. We socialize and dine from 6-8:30 PM.  Bring friends, it’s a great opportunity to introduce them to St. Luke and the Men’s Group.  Please direct questions or if you can assist the hosts, contact John Lenser, Home - 415.485.4333, Cell - 415.446.8418,  .

St. Luke Womens Association Annual Christmas Tea & Program Friday, December 6th, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
SAVE THE DATE and invite your friends to enjoy St Luke’s Holiday cheer. The afternoon includes Tea, Coffee, Sweets, and Savories with a Music Program and a RAFFLE.

St Luke’s Christmas Concert ~ Sunday, December 8th, 4:00 PM
It’s not too early to start thinking about the holidays! Save the date for the first annual St. Luke Christmas Concert, featuring St. Luke members and friends as they share their gifts in song, music and a few surprises along the way. From classical to contemporary, there will be something for everyone in our decorated sanctuary. Following the concert, there will be a complimentary reception with beverages and appetizers in the Bayview Room. Be sure to invite friends and family, and start the Christmas season with music and friendship. All proceeds will go to benefit St. Luke ministries and church.

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