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Sunday, November 18, 2018

This Sunday 

Dear St. Luke Community, 

With Advent and Christmas around the corner, we will be supporting Ritter Center of San Rafael in their Christmas Gift Giving Program. Ritter Center serves families and individuals in Marin County who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.

On Sunday when you enter the Narthex (aka the front porch of the church) you’ll see a Christmas tree filled with tags. Simply take a tag with you and bring back an unwrapped gift for that child the following Sunday to place in the gift barrel. We will have until December 14th to drop off gifts.

This Sunday is Acoustic Sunday. After worship, we will be feeding over 100 people with waffles! Half of those people are children enrolled in the ELM project. A non-profit enriching lives through music by bringing music education into the lives of under-served children. And yes, we will be hearing them play! So please plan on staying around after worship to support this wonderful organization.

This Sunday we look at 1 Samuel 1:4-20 and  Mark 13:1-8. It’s hard to want to dwell in The Word with so many horrific events, one after another. And yet….this scripture seems fitting. Mark is pointing to an apocalypse as a way to offer hope.  And Jesus seems to be reminding the disciples that when things get really bad, false messiahs and saviors will try to win them over.  I wonder what the false saviors of our own time are...when things get bad?

Hannah gives birth to a son after praying through “anxiety and vexation.” (1:16) In Mark’s Gospel Jesus advises that all these awful things are but the beginning of birth pangs. (13:8)

Some define apocalypse as an uncovering …  so what is being uncovered then and what is being uncovered today? 

Giving birth hurts. But the life that is born is just that; life. How do we choose to be part of that life rather than following false messiahs into false narratives that would have us choose fear.

Like giving birth, none of it is easy, and at times it’s painful and can be scary…but there’s beauty in it, there’s new life growing, even before the baby comes. And I think that’s worth preaching these days. 

See you Sunday,
Nicole

Please continue to hold Cal Cunningham in prayer as we wait for news of his safety due to the Camp Fire.

 

Waffle Sunday at St. Luke ~ This Sunday, November 18th 
After worship in the Bayview room, please join us for waffles and music. ELM (Enriching Lives Through Music) a non-profit bringing musical education and experience into the lives of children will be joining us. Please invite your friends and neighbors.  

Advent Season Series ~ Begins December 2nd, 10:00 AM
This year marks the 200th anniversary for the beloved song, “Silent Night.”  As we enter into this Advent Season we’re reminded of how much our world is in need of a pause, in need of calm. Join us this Advent Season as we journey together towards that holy night of peace.

St. Luke Women’s Association Annual Christmas Tea & Program ~ Friday, December 7, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
Tea, Coffee, Sweets, and Savories with a Music Program and a RAFFLE. Invite your friends to enjoy St Luke’s Holiday cheer. Invitation cards are available from Women’s Association members and in the church office. Raffle items may be dropped off in the church office.

Continuing Events

All are welcome to attend

St. Luke Women’s Bridge Group ~ Monday, Nov 19th,& Tuesday, Nov 27th 10:30 AM
(3rd Monday & 4th Tuesday, Sept. to May). 

Pizza and Theology ~ Tuesday, November 20th, 6:30 PM
Creekside, San Anselmo. 

Bible Study Series ~ Wednesday, Nov 21st, 9:30 AM  

Morning Women's Spirituality Group ~ Thursday. Nov 29th, 9:00 AM

Session ~ Tuesday, November 27th, 6:30 PM

Deacons and Committees Meeting ~ Tuesday, December 11th, 5:00 PM 
Note new time.

Committee Meetings ~ Tuesday, December 11th, 6:30 PM

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

This Sunday 

Dear St. Luke Community, 

Last Sunday will go down as one of the loveliest and most meaningful worships I’ve experienced since I started attending churches over 20 years ago. Thank you to everyone who contributed to making it such a special All Saints Sunday. We will do it again next year for those who missed it.

This Sunday Rev Dan White, Pastor Emeritus of St Luke, will be with you leading worship and we will have a candidate guest preacher in the pulpit. The scripture is Mark 12:38-44. Traditionally this scripture has been used for Stewardship campaigns, but when read closely, you begin to understand it much more complexly. I suggest you read it and read it again and imagine this woman as real rather than an illustration of how we should be giving. I invite you to imagine her status in society, her fear of being alone, her house having been devoured, and giving everything she had. 

Debie Thomas puts it this way… 

St. Mark prefaces the story of the widow with an account of Jesus blasting the religious leaders of his day for their greed, pomposity, and crass exploitation of the poor.  "Beware of the scribes," Jesus tells his followers.  "They devour widow's houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers."  

Their piety, in other words, is a sham, and the religious institution they govern is corrupt — not in any way reflective of the God the Psalmist calls a "Father of orphans and protector of widows.”

When the rest of the world was blind to this woman and her struggles, Jesus sees her, God sees her, and we as the church, are to see her. Our true stewardship as the church is not only to take care of the needs of the church but to take care of those needs in order to take care of others, especially those who are struggling most.

That said, if you’d like to learn more about the financial shape of our church and stewardship goals, please click here to view the Stewardship Presentation that Elder John Bischoff, our Stewardship and Finance Chair, gave a few Sunday’s ago. 

Yours in Christ,
Nicole 

P.S. Rev Dan White will be on Emergency Pastoral Care call and can be reached at 415.272.4207. I’ll be back on Tuesday morning.

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend

Waffle Sunday at St. Luke Sunday, November 18th 
After worship in the Bayview room, please join us for waffles and music. ELM (Enriching Lives Through Music) a non-profit bringing musical education and experience into the lives of children will be joining us. Please invite your friends and neighbors.  

Advent Season Series ~ Begins December 2nd, 10:00 AM
This year marks the 200th anniversary for the beloved song, “Silent Night.”  As we enter into this Advent Season we’re reminded of how much our world is in need of a pause, in need of calm. Join us this Advent Season as we journey together towards that holy night of peace.

St. Luke Women’s Association Annual Christmas Tea & Program ~ Friday, December 7, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
Tea, Coffee, Sweets, and Savories with a Music Program and a RAFFLE. Invite your friends to enjoy St Luke’s Holiday cheer. Invitation cards are available from Women’s Association members and in the church office. Raffle items may be dropped off in the church office.

Continuing Events

All are welcome to attend

Deacons and Committees Meeting ~ Tuesday, November 13th, 5:00 PM 
Note new time.

Bible Study Series ~ Wednesday, Nov 14th, 9:30 AM  

Committee Meetings ~ Tuesday, November 13th, 6:30 PM

Morning Women's Spirituality Group ~ Thursday. Nov 15th, 9:00 AM

St. Luke Women’s Bridge Group ~ Monday, Nov 19th,& Tuesday, Nov 27th 10:30 AM
(3rd Monday & 4th Tuesday, Sept. to May). 

Pizza and Theology ~ Tuesday, November 20th, 6:30 PM
Creekside, San Anselmo. 

Session ~ Tuesday, November 27th, 6:30 PM

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Sunday November 4, 2018

Dear St Luke Community, 

Last Sunday

On Monday I received this in an email from a parishioner and I have his permission to quote;

“I’ve heard a lifetime of sermons and the sermon you gave yesterday was, without doubt, one of the very best I have heard. I was inspired by your message and the passion in which you gave it.” 

When I asked him to reflect on what particularly inspired him, he wrote back to me the following inspiring words of his own; 

“One thing that I really liked about your sermon last Sunday was how you seamlessly wove a number of important themes together: The faith of Bartimaeus led him to sight and to follow Jesus. Our faith is vital for us to invest in with our time, souls, and finances (Stewardship Sunday). St. Luke is vital to invest in. The Christian Church, in general, isn’t perfect but has done far more good than evil. And the best response to tragedies, such as the mass killings at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, is to be constructive and to let our faith show us the way to work for changes in the world. You also gave us a good insight into what it is like to be a pastor at a party! I came to church very upset about the killing in Pittsburgh but left inspired to do my best in being constructive. Life presents many opportunities to help on an everyday basis and I want to do better.” 

I encourage all those who were not at worship last Sunday to please listen as you consider your pledge for 2019.

Click Here For Recording

This Sunday 

All Saints Sunday & Communion Sunday 
Set your clocks back

Please bring a photo of your loved ones for the communion table. There will be special music and a ritual of remembrance as we honor saints past and present, those who we miss but who are still with us. This is one of our more meaningful Sunday’s at St Luke and I do hope you will come and worship together.

We Remember Them
At the rising of the sun and at its going down
We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter
We remember them.

 At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring
We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer
We remember them.

At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn
We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends
We remember them. 

As long as we live, they too will live;
|for they are now a part of us
as we remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength
We remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart
We remember them. 

When we have joy we crave to share
We remember them.
When we have decisions that are difficult to make
We remember them.

When we have achievements that are based on theirs
We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us
as we remember them. 

Rabbis Sylvan Kamens and Jack Riemer

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend

Waffle Sunday at St LukeSunday, November 18th 
After worship in the Bayview room, please join us for waffles and music. ELM (Enriching Lives Through Music) a non-profit bringing musical education and experience into the lives of children will be joining us. Please invite your friends and neighbors.  

Advent Season Series - Begins December 2nd, 10:00 AM
This year marks the 200th anniversary for the beloved song, “Silent Night.”  As we enter into this Advent Season we’re reminded of how much our world is in need of a pause, in need of calm. Join us this Advent Season as we journey together towards that holy night of peace.

Continuing Events

All are welcome to attend

Bible Study Series ~ Wednesday, Nov 7th, 9:30 AM  

Morning Women's Spirituality Group ~ Thursday. Nov 8th, 9:00 AM

St. Luke Women’s Association ~ Thursday. Nov. 8th, 1:00 PM
SAVE THE DATE~ Friday, December 7th 1:00-3:00, Christmas Tea & Program.
 

Deacons and Committees Meeting ~ Tuesday, November 13th, 5:00 PM 
Note new time.

Committee Meetings ~ Tuesday, November 13th, 6:30 PM

St. Luke Women’s Bridge Group ~ Monday, Nov 19th,& Tuesday, Nov 27th 10:30 AM
(3rd Monday & 4th Tuesday, Sept. to May).
 

Pizza and Theology ~ Tuesday, November 20th, 6:30 PM
Creekside, San Anselmo. 

Session ~ Tuesday, November 27th, 6:30 PM

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