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Sunday, May 12, 2019

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

CS Lewis once wrote, Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see. 

It’s a fitting quote for the Book of Acts. The Apostles are retelling the miracles of Jesus through acts of their own. They’re witnessing for and to the world the acts of God who empowers them through the Holy Spirit to take the miracle of the risen Christ into the world. That’s our call. In small and big ways. In ordinary and extraordinary acts, simply put, we are called to spread love. And just as those first apostles, we trust that the love we share will have a lingering and infectious affect on those we love.

There are people in our lives who nurtured our faith. There are those who just plain loved us into being who we are. Faith and love are not separate things in this way. Both bring us closer to God and closer to being who God created us to be. The people who nurture us give us mothering and fathering kind of love. The kind of love that says, no matter what, I will always love you, I will always want what’s best for you, I will always hope that whatever else you do, you trust in that love. 

As we celebrate that kind of love this Sunday in the witnessing of small letter miracles, we’ll hear from Mary Dill, Janet Abrahamson and myself on the ways our mothers influenced us through their own love. As we remember and witness, we renew our own commitment to do the same for those around us. And most of all, we remember together that all of this lives in the large letter miracle that brings a depth of meaning to the words, all of this we do in the name of the Risen One, Jesus the Christ.

See you Sunday,
Nicole

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend

Presbytery Volunteers Needed ~
Our Presbytery is looking for Elders who would like to contribute by serving on the Committee of Preparation on Ministry. Please contact Nicole for more information.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
St. Luke’s Prayer Shawl Ministry is looking for knitters whose contributions are needed to supplement our shrinking supply of available shawls. The shawls are given to anyone undergoing treatment for or recovery from a major illness or surgery. Please email Joanne at  for information.   

Bring A Friend to Acoustic & Waffle Sunday ~ May 19th, 10:00 AM
Please join us for Acoustic Sunday, a more relaxed worship service followed by waffles in the Bayview room. Bring a Friend Sunday is a time we encourage our members to bring neighbors, friends, family, and grandchildren.

ICC Workshop ~ Soul Collage ~ Saturday, May 25, 9:00-4:00 PM
Interfaith Counseling Center, 15 Austin Avenue, San Anselmo, CA 94960 $85 Reserve through email: . Submitted by Kathleen Murphy.

Mill Street Meal Providers ~ Monday, June 3rd  GROUP B 
Contact Stacy Bischoff,   or 415-233-3406 for information.

The Street Chaplaincy DInner  (TSC) ~ Tuesday, June 4th
St Luke will be serving at The Street Chaplaincy dinner. SLP will be serving 80 meals to the homeless and hungry of Marin at First Presbyterian Church in San Rafael. Won’t you join us in service? Janet Abrahamson will (hopefully) be the lead chef for the evening. The St Luke kitchen crew is actively looking for volunteers to prepare, serve and clean-up dinner from 5 until 7:30-ish on Tuesday, June 4th. If you’d like to volunteer, please email Michael~  If you’ve never volunteered but would like to, please do! Serving is immensely soul satisfying.

St. Luke’s Men’s Group ~
Add these dates to your schedule now!  We socialize and dine from 6 to 8:30. Bring friends, it’s a great opportunity to introduce them to St. Luke and the Men’s Group.  Tues. July  2nd, John Lenser will host. Tues. Sept. 3rd, John Bischoff will host. Tues. Nov. 5th,  Michael Antieri will host. If you have any questions or would like to assist the above hosts, contact John Lenser at H-415.485.4333, C-415.446.8418 or email

Continuing Events

All are welcome to attend 

Bible Study ~ Wednesdays, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

St Luke Choir Rehearsal ~ Wednesdays 7:00-8:30 PM in the Sanctuary  

Morning Women's Spirituality Group ~ Thursdays, 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Deacons Meeting ~ 2nd Tuesday or the month, May 14th, 6:00 PM

Acoustic Sunday ~ May 19th 10:00 AM

St. Luke Women’s Bridge Group ~ Mon. May 20th & Tues. May 28th, 10:30 AM

Pizza and Theology ~ 3rd Tuesday of the month, May 21st, 6:30 PM, Creekside, SA

Session ~ 4th Tuesday of the month, May 28th, 7:00 PM 

Deacon Ministry

Serving San Pedro Elementary ~
The Deacons of St Luke reached out to our neighbors, San Pedro Elementary, to inquire about needs they might have for their 600 students. Thanks to the efforts of Jan Smith who met with the Principal and the Community Liaison for the school, we learned of the following items that would help them greatly. We will collect beginning the week after Easter through the month of May. You may drop NEW or GENTLY USED items off in the church office during office hours (M, W, Th 10:00-1) or on Sundays. 

Basic stretch pants for kids to change into as needed. Size 4-8.
Underwear and socks size 4-8,
Adult size 5-8 hiking boots,
Duffle bags and sleeping bags for kids
Target Gift Cards

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

In this Sunday’s scripture, Saul is out doing what he felt convicted to do; breathing threats and murder against the disciples. (Acts 9:1) Jesus shows up and after quite the dramatic exchange Saul is blinded for three days without food or drink. Jesus then sends a reluctant Ananias to heal Saul. The Holy Spirit shows up in Saul and the rest is history. 

Except the history gets revised. We hear the same story two more times in the book of Acts, only in first person as Saul, who has been renamed Paul recalls the event. By the third time, there’s not even a mention of Ananias. The guy who healed him gets edited out of his story. Which got me to wondering how many of us have been profoundly changed by the faith of others, only to forget about them later. How many of those people have been instruments of God in growing our faith, opening our eyes or changing our ways, only to take them so for granted, they’re no longer mentioned in your faith story.

This is the question that came up in bible study thanks to Mary Dill and Sharon Dowson. Each Wednesday a variety of people gather in the conference room to dwell in the Word of God. Each Wednesday someone says something or asks something that contributes to my own questions and musing of what God has in-store. These people are part of my own deepening faith journey. Each one, in their own way, has had a role in bringing me closer to understanding how God works in the world.

Look back, ask yourself who in your life, in big and small ways contributed to deepening your faith. Then write about it, talk about it, thank them for it if they’re still alive, and maybe even more important if they’re not. They’re part of your story and should always be mentioned, no matter how many times you tell the story.

See you Sunday,
Nicole

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend

Prayer Shawl Ministry
St. Luke’s Prayer Shawl Ministry is looking for knitters whose contributions are needed to supplement our shrinking supply of available shawls. The shawls are given to anyone undergoing treatment for or recovery from a major illness or surgery. Please email Joanne at  for information.   

Mill Street Meal Providers ~ Monday, May 6th  GROUP A
The first Monday of the month. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Stacy Bischoff at   or 415233-3406 for information.

St. Luke’s Men’s Group ~ Tuesday, May 7th, 6:00 PM
Mech’s home: 146 DuBois St SR. Socializing & dining 6-8:30 PM.  Bring friends, it’s a great opportunity to introduce them to St. Luke and the Men’s Group. 

Vision Impaired of Marin Annual Luncheon ~ Saturday, May 11th 12:00 PM
Las Gallinas Community Church at Las Gallinas & Lucas Valley Rd. This Mother’s Day luncheon is sponsored by the deacons and Outreach committee of St Luke!  St Luke has hosted this annual luncheon for many years.  Bread 7 Roses will be entertaining. 

Bring A Friend to Acoustic & Waffle Sunday ~ May 19th, 10:00 AM
Please join us for Acoustic Sunday, a more relaxed worship service followed by waffles in the Bayview room. Bring a Friend Sunday is a time we encourage our members to bring neighbors, friends, family, and grandchildren.

ICC Workshop ~ Soul Collage ~ Saturday, May 25, 9:00-4:00 PM
Interfaith Counseling Center, 15 Austin Avenue, San Anselmo, CA 94960 $85 Reserve through email: . Submitted by Kathleen Murphy.

The Street Chaplaincy DInner  (TSC) 
Provides a weekly dinner for our roofless friends.  St Luke is participating in volunteering at the dinners. The next date is to be determined. For information or to volunteer contact Michael Baranowski at 415.519.8769,  

Continuing Events

All are welcome to attend 

Bible Study ~ Wednesdays, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

St Luke Choir Rehearsal ~ Wednesdays 7:00-8:30 PM in the Sanctuary  

Morning Women's Spirituality Group ~ Thursdays, 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Deacons Meeting ~ 2nd Tuesday or the month, May 14th, 6:00 PM

Acoustic Sunday ~ May 19th 10:00 AM

St. Luke Women’s Bridge Group ~ Mon. May 20th & Tues. May 28th, 10:30 AM

Pizza and Theology ~ 3rd Tuesday of the month, May 21st, 6:30 PM, Creekside, SA

Session ~ 4th Tuesday of the month, May 28th, 7:00 PM 

Deacon Ministry

Serving San Pedro Elementary ~
The Deacons of St Luke reached out to our neighbors, San Pedro Elementary, to inquire about needs they might have for their 600 students. Thanks to the efforts of Jan Smith who met with the Principal and the Community Liaison for the school, we learned of the following items that would help them greatly. We will collect beginning the week after Easter through the month of May. You may drop NEW or GENTLY USED items off in the church office during office hours (M, W, Th 10:00-1) or on Sundays.

 

Basic stretch pants for kids to change into as needed. Size 4-8.
Underwear and socks size 4-8,
Adult size 5-8 hiking boots,
Duffle bags and sleeping bags for kids
Target Gift Cards

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

This past week, on Easter morning we woke to the horrific news of the attacks in Sri Lanka. It was not easy to celebrate the resurrection of Christ knowing such evil and suffering were taking place while we sang alleluia. And yet, that’s what we’re called to do as Christians; to feel compassion alongside those who suffer offering hope for the hopeless. At times it’s hard to imagine that religion has done more good than harm. There are those who would argue that it’s done more harm than good.

The first followers of Christ began their ministry amid persecution and threats. (Our reading this Sunday; Acts 5:27-32) As we move towards this coming Sunday, we continue to embrace the risen Christ who calls on us to witness love for the world by helping to repair and stand up to what is unjust. The love of God has the last word. As followers of Christ, it’s up to us, with God’s help, to recognize when and where that love is called for and help bring it to fruition. At times that means standing up to power systems, even if it means going to jail as it did for the apostles and others throughout history. God alone is Lord of the conscience.[1] or as Peter, the Apostles said, “We must obey God rather than any human authority. (Acts 5:29) 

There will be people who tell us we’re wrong. Which is why it’s more important than ever to have a Christlike heart and to follow him as though he lives inside of you, is a part of you, because he does and is. That’s part of what we celebrated Easter morning. As the holy center of our lives, He becomes the heart that reveals our conscience. He lets us know what is right and what is just in a world that will often get it wrong. 

An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is, in reality, expressing the highest respect for the law.
Martin Luther King, Jr. 

See you Sunday,
Nicole

[1] Presbyterian Book of Order

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend

Prayer Shawl Ministry
St. Luke’s Prayer Shawl Ministry is looking for knitters whose contributions are needed to supplement our shrinking supply of available shawls. The shawls are given to anyone undergoing treatment for or recovery from a major illness or surgery. Please email Joanne at  for information.   

Mill Street Meal Providers ~ Monday, May 6th  GROUP A
The first Monday of the month. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Stacy Bischoff at   or 415233-3406 for information.

2019 Schedule for the St. Luke’s Men’s Group ~ Tuesday, May 7th, 6:00 PM Mech’s home: 146 DuBois St SR. Socializing & dining 6-8:30 PM.  Bring friends, it’s a great opportunity to introduce them to St. Luke and the Men’s Group. 

Vision Impaired of Marin Annual Luncheon ~ Saturday, May 11th 12:00 PM
Las Gallinas Community Church at Las Gallinas & Lucas Valley Rd. This Mother’s Day luncheon is sponsored by the deacons and Outreach committee of St Luke!  St Luke has hosted this annual luncheon for many years.  Bread 7 Roses will be entertaining. 

Bring A Friend to Acoustic & Waffle Sunday ~ May 19th, 10:00 AM
Please join us for Acoustic Sunday, a more relaxed worship service followed by waffles in the Bayview room. Bring a Friend Sunday is a time we encourage our members to bring neighbors, friends, family, and grandchildren.

ICC Workshop ~ Soul Collage ~ Saturday, May 25, 9:00-4:00 PM
Interfaith Counseling Center, 15 Austin Avenue, San Anselmo, CA 94960 $85 Reserve through email: . Soulcollage® is an imaginative and intuitive collage process, a powerful medium to embark on this soulful exploration. We’ll create a deck of cards, gathering images that speak to us. Filled with deep personal meaning, our cards are a visual narrative of our own unique life story. The day will include the enjoyment of poetry, guided meditation, inquiry, and reflection. Please bring your own lunch and snacks; tea and water provided. The Art of Imagination, Intuition, and Inquiry led by Diana Arsenian, a certified Soul Collage facilitator and Jan Reynolds is a credentialled spiritual director. Submitted by Kathleen Murphy.

REST ~ Street Chaplaincy ~
Provides a weekly dinner for our roofless friends.  St Luke is participating in volunteering at the dinners. The next date is to be determined. For information or to volunteer contact Michael Baranowski at 415.519.8769,  

Continuing Events

All are welcome to attend 

Bible Study ~ Wednesdays, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

St Luke Choir Rehearsal ~ Wednesdays 7:00-8:30 PM in the Sanctuary  

Morning Women's Spirituality Group ~ Thursdays, 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Deacons Meeting ~ 2nd Tuesday or the month, May 14th, 6:00 PM

Acoustic Sunday ~ May 19th 10:00 AM

St. Luke Women’s Bridge Group ~ Mon. May 20th & Tues. May 28th, 10:30 AM

Pizza and Theology ~ 3rd Tuesday of the month, May 21st, 6:30 PM, Creekside, SA

Session ~ 4th Tuesday of the month, May 28th, 7:00 PM 

Deacon Ministry

Serving San Pedro Elementary ~
The Deacons of St Luke reached out to our neighbors, San Pedro Elementary, to inquire about needs they might have for their 600 students. Thanks to the efforts of Jan Smith who met with the Principal and the Community Liaison for the school, we learned of the following items that would help them greatly. We will collect beginning the week after Easter through the month of May. You may drop NEW or GENTLY USED items off in the church office during office hours (M, W, Th 10:00-1) or on Sundays.

Basic stretch pants for kids to change into as needed. Size 4-8.
Underwear and socks size 4-8,
Adult size 5-8 hiking boots,
Duffle bags and sleeping bags for kids
Target Gift Cards

Posted by Nicole Trotter with

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