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Sunday, January 12, 2020

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

Back when I was Director of Family Ministry and particularly the Sunday School program, I would often say to the teachers of preschoolers; “If the children know they’re loved by God, Jesus and their church community, then you’re doing your job and fulfilling the mission of the church.” 

It’s a timeless message and should be taken in repeatedly at any age. 

Yesterday, I was killing time in between appointments at a book store. I decided to browse the children’s section in the off chance they might have a section that would carry a book to explain baptism to our church preschoolers Ben and Will. 

I found no such section, but my eye was immediately drawn to this title; A Love Letter.

In the story three animals receive a love letter, though none are sure from where the letter came, it changes the way they live their lives.

The letter reads;

If God wrote us a letter on the day of our Baptism, I imagine this could be the letter. 

What more is there to say?

 See you Sunday,
Nicole 

Outreach and Deacon Ministry

All are welcome to attend 

KIVA ~
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. Go to KIVA.org for information and to make a loan.

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 is kicking off 2020 by fully furnishing “new” apartments of two formerly homeless single moms. Read about the families at https://tinyurl.com/gratefulgatheringsmarin-feb1. Also, there is a list of furniture and household items needed and sign-ups for donations. Bring donations to St. Luke on Sat. February 1st between 8:30 am and 10:30 am. GG provides receipts for your tax-deductible donation. 

Mill Street Meal Providers ~  Monday, February 3rd, 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.

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend 

Acoustic SundayJanuary 19th and February 16th
Please join us for a relaxed service with guitars, piano and percussion (and occasional surprises) where we blend secular popular songs and hymns.

Congregational Meeting February 2nd after worship
(Finger foods will be available) We'll gather in the Bayview room to discuss and vote on; Election of Elders & Deacons, review & approval of staff salaries, review and approval of annual budget and committee annual reports.

2020 Per Capita ~
Please use the yellow pew envelopes for your $31.43 Per Capita. Please write “Per Capita” on the envelope and on memo line of your check. Per Capita connects Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations and mid councils with the work of the wider church. As the primary source of funding for the Office of the General Assembly (OGA), it is how Presbyterians mutually and equitably share the costs of moving the church forward in the 21st century. The per capita contribution breakdown for 2020, General Assembly: $8.95, Synod of the Pacific: $5.22, Presbytery: $17.26.
“Per Capita is crucial to the overall health of the PC(USA), because it binds presbyteries, synods, and congregations together in one church.”
– J. Herbert Nelson, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly PC(USA)

Mission Trip Opportunity with SRFPC
Last year SLPC members Carlene McCart, Skipper Cummings and Jim Tillson joined the First Presbyterian SR team on a mission trip to Texas. This year the group is going to Omaha, Nebraska, April 19-25. 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 ~
Meetings will be held 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 Lenser is looking for volunteers to host a dinner meeting at your home on these dates.  Please email John  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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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

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