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Sunday, January 6, 2019

This Sunday 

Dear St. Luke Community,

This Sunday after Worship we will be given a presentation by First Presbyterian member Ralph Purdy and St Luke member Carlene McCart on an annual Mission trip organized by First Pres. St Luke members been invited to go along on their 2019 trip. They are still working out the details but here are some tentative plans below. Come after worship to see photos of last years trip and details about this coming trip in April.

The dates of the mission trip are April 7 – 13, 2019. Arrive at the work site on Sunday, April 7, and do home rebuilding Monday through Friday. Depart for home on Saturday, April 13.

They are looking at three sites in Texas that were devastated by Hurricane Harvey: Corpus Christi, Houston, or Rockport. The work will include drywalling, taping and mudding, tongue in groove flooring, framing, painting, and roofing. Construction experts guide volunteers every step. 

A Presbyterian Church will provide lodging, usually dormitory style, and a kitchen for food prep. Each participant is responsible for flights. However, FPCSR will hold a crab feed in February as a fundraiser to pay for the cost of renting vans, a $20 per diem per person, and food purchases to prepare meals. There will be two dinners out and one afternoon to do a little sightseeing. 

In Worship~

This Sunday is Epiphany Sunday. The three kings bring gifts for the Christ child, none of which were appropriate for a baby. But they were appropriate for king. Let's reflect together on the gifts we give and the gifts we receive. The ones we like, the ones we think are returnable. And then let's give thanks to a God who sees no difference but welcomes each one of us as a gift to behold and cherish. 

See you Sunday,
Nicole

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend

Street Chaplaincy Dinner at First Presbyterian in San Rafael Tuesday, January 8, 5:00 PM
The Street Chaplaincy is providing a monthly dinner for our roofless friends. St Luke has been asked to again participate in a meal service on January 8thexpected to serve the usual 40-70 souls. Plan for 70 with leftovers for takeaway. This will be an example of the usual dinner services. St Luke could potentially cook a meal every other month for the duration. St Luke's own Janet Abrahamson will be the menu planner and chef de cuisine for this evening. Volunteers, please arrive at 5:00 or as close as possible and begin
mixing/ mingling/ setting up or prepping food for service.
. Kitchen Coordination: Michael Baranowski
. Kitchen helpers: 2-3 Deacons/ Volunteers especially for clean-up
. Set-Up Coordination: Kathleen Murphy
. Set-Up helpers: 4-5 Deacons/ Volunteers especially for clean-up
Please email Michael Baranowski at   for more information and to let him know what you can do to help. 

Deacon Ministry ~ January 2019
San Rafael CARE Team is collecting coats and other “warm things” to distribute. Please bring any of the following and leave in the office:
Sleeping bags, Warm jackets and hooded sweatshirts, Beanies, Gloves, Socks, Raingear and Ponchos, Shoes

St Luke Annual Congregational Meeting February 3rd after service, Bayview Room
Expected discussion items; Election of Elders & Deacons, Review & Approval of Pastor's Salary, Review and Approval of Annual Budget, Committee Annual Reports. You are encouraged to attend and participate. If you have any questions or would like more information prior to the meeting please email   .

Continuing Events

All are welcome to attend 

Deacons and Committees Meeting ~ Tuesday, January 8th,
Deacons 5:00 PM, Committees 6:30 PM

Bible Study Series ~ Wednesday, January 9th, 9:30 AM

Morning Women's Spirituality Group ~ Thursday, January 10th, 9:00 AM

Acoustic Sunday ~ DATE CHANGE, January 13th

Pizza and Theology ~ Tuesday, January 15th, 6:30 PM Creekside, SA

St. Luke Women’s Bridge Group ~ on Monday, January 21st, and Tuesday, January 22nd, 10:30 AM (3rd Monday & 4th Tuesday, September - May).

Session ~ Tuesday, January 22nd, 6:30 PM
 

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

This Sunday 

Dear St. Luke Community,

Christmas Eve was a meaningful and beautiful worship service and I want to extend a sincere thank you to each and everyone who contributed in every way to make the evening so wonder-filled. It was something to behold!

Moving forward this Sunday we look forward to hearing from Luke 2: 41-52. Jesus goes missing and responds; 

“Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. 

Christmas is over but it’s not over. We begin to think about putting away the tree but Christmas is not over. Perhaps like Mary we need to sit and linger here in these long nights to treasure the gift of this child who is never really missing. Maybe we should, like Mary, stop searching and take in the gift of these days which allow us to sit and listen and do less and appreciate a little more.

These days of Christmas are gifts. Let’s sit in the company of Mary and treasure this time.

See You Sunday,
Nicole

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend

Street Chaplaincy Dinner at First Presbyterian in San Rafael Tuesday, January 8, 5:00 PM
The Street Chaplaincy is providing a monthly dinner for our roofless friends. St Luke has been asked to again participate in a meal service on January 8thexpected to serve the usual 40-70 souls. Plan for 70 with leftovers for takeaway. This will be an example of the usual dinner services. St Luke could potentially cook a meal every other month for the duration. St Luke's own Janet Abrahamson will be the menu planner and chef de cuisine for this evening. Volunteers, please arrive at 5:00 or as close as possible and begin
mixing/ mingling/ setting up or prepping food for service.
. Kitchen Coordination: Michael Baranowski
. Kitchen helpers: 2-3 Deacons/ Volunteers especially for clean-up
. Set-Up Coordination: Kathleen Murphy
. Set-Up helpers: 4-5 Deacons/ Volunteers especially for clean-up
Please email Michael Baranowski at   for more information and to let him know what you can do to help. 

Deacon Ministry ~ January 2019
San Rafael CARE Team is collecting coats and other “warm things” to distribute. Please bring any of the following and leave in the office:
Sleeping bags, Warm jackets and hooded sweatshirts, Beanies, Gloves, Socks, Raingear and Ponchos, Shoes

St Luke Annual Congregational Meeting February 3rd after service, Bayview Room
Expected discussion items; Election of Elders & Deacons, Review & Approval of Pastor's Salary, Review and Approval of Annual Budget, Committee Annual Reports. You are encouraged to attend and participate. If you have any questions or would like more information prior to the meeting please email   .

Continuing Events

All are welcome to attend

Bible Study Series ~ Wednesday, January 2nd, 9:30 AM

Morning Women's Spirituality Group ~ Thursday, January 3rd, 9:00 AM

Deacons and Committees Meeting ~ Tuesday, January 8th,
Deacons 5:00 PM, Committees 6:30 PM

Acoustic Sunday ~ DATE CHANGE, January 13th

Pizza and Theology ~ Tuesday, January 15th, 6:30 PM Creekside, SA

St. Luke Women’s Bridge Group ~ on Monday, January 21st, and Tuesday, January 22nd, 10:30 AM (3rd Monday & 4th Tuesday, September - May).

Session ~ Tuesday, January 22nd, 6:30 PM

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

This Sunday ~ The Fourth Sunday in Advent  

There will be lessons and carols and special music this Sunday as we worship God and light the candle of hope.

Please come dwell in the Word of God and sing together carols that open our hearts and prepare us for the birth of Christ. 

Christmas Eve Services at St. Luke

4:00 pm ~ Children’s Wiggle Service
Children and toddlers are invited to bring nativity pieces to the creche as we present the traditional Christmas manger scene through story and song. 

Cider and Cookies between services.

5:30 pm ~ Candlelight Service
Our traditional Candlelight service of Lessons, Carols and music.
Childcare available.

Announcements

Deacon Ministry ~ 
San Rafael CARE Team is collecting coats and other “warm things” to distribute. Please bring any of the following and leave in the office:
Sleeping bags, Warm jackets and hooded sweatshirts, Beanies, Gloves, Socks, Raingear and Ponchos, Shoes.

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