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Sunday September 2, 2018

This Sunday ~ Communion Sunday

Dear St Luke Community,

This Sunday marks the last Sunday before we resume the many ongoing opportunities St Luke has to offer. Please be sure to check the announcements to see the times and days for weekly Bible Study, Women’s meditation group, Men’s dinners, Pizza and Theology and our Fall Speaker Series.

This Sunday we will be focussing on James 1:17-27. Did you know that Luther “scorned the letter of James as an epistle of straw? “ There is so much going on in this passage, and I can’t help but think of all the stand up people I have known in life; some public figure heroes and some personal ones. People who are quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger…(v 19) people who take their religion seriously enough to allow it to lead them in what they do, and who they are… If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless.(v 26) 

That’s a lot to live up to and none of us are perfect. Some of the most religious people I know never go to church and some of the nastiest people I’ve heard speak of wrath and anger has come from a pulpit. It’s not enough to be hearers of the word if we’re not implementing all God gives us in the way we live, the way we speak and the ways we treat others.

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
"Your values become your destiny.”

 Attributed to Mahatma Gandhi

See you Sunday,
Nicole

Announcements & Upcoming Events

All are welcome to attend 

St. Luke Women’s Association Bridge Group ~  They are looking for people to play on the third Monday and/or fourth Tuesday in the months of September through May.  Interested? Call Elaine 415-454-4851.

St. Luke Men's Group Tues. Sept. 4th, 6:00 PM
At the home of John and Marcia Lenser, 511 San Pedro Cove, San Rafael.  We are planning a fun evening of wine, beer & BBQ.  Besides great conversation, I will give you a 30-minute overview of the Reformation – Marcia and I just returned from two weeks visiting the sites of Martin Luther’s life.   All food will be provided as well as beer and wine but feel free to bring your favorite beverage if you like. We will socialize and eat from 6 PM to about 8:30.

 If you have any friends whom you can bring to the dinner, it is a great opportunity to introduce them to St. Luke and the Men’s Group.  

 For food planning purposes, please RSVP by replying by email to John at (H: 415.485.4333, C: 415.446.8418)

New Member Inquiry Gathering ~ Sept 9th after worship
Frequent attendees interested in learning more about St Luke’s history, The Presbyterian Church and the Reformed tradition.

Fall Speaker Series ~ Who do you say that I am? A three-part series
September 16, 23, 30 after worship in the Bayview Room 

The question of the historical Jesus has been one baffling scholar from the beginning of time. Join us as we look at different theories from leading scholars of just who this man Jesus was.

Was Jesus a Zealot, a militaristic figure looking to overthrow the Roman Empire? Or was he a mystic, in touch with the divine sphere of reality and wisdom of God? Or was he a political figure, prophet, and Messiah who succeeded in defeating evil and beginning the reign of peace?

Dr. Gregory Love, Professor of Systematic Theology at SFTS, will lead us in a discussion as we uncover why Jesus remains such a popular and controversial figure then and today.

Grateful Gatherings ~ Saturday, October 6th, 8:00 AM to Noon
A non-profit, that provides furniture & household goods to people transitioning out of homelessness & poverty. For a list of needs visit https://gratefulgatherings.org/. Bring donations to St. Luke on Saturday, Oct. 6th between 8:30 am and 10:30 am.

For questions email: 

Save The Date

St Luke Annual Fundraiser ~ Sunday, October 7th at 6:00 PM
This year, wear your beads and bangles to St. Luke’s Annual Fundraiser Dinner celebrating New Orleans with Zydeco fillet mignon, shrimp jambalaya, and pecan pie. Not to be missed and invite your friends now!

Continuing Events

All are welcome to attend

Bible Study Series ~ Resumes Wednesday, Sept 5th, 9:30 AM  

St. Luke Womens Association ~ Resumes Thursday. Sept. 13th, 1:00 PM
Then every other month on the second Thursday of that month at 1:00 PM.

Committee Meetings ~ Resumes Tuesday, Sept 11th, 6:30 PM
(Deacons, Building and Grounds, New Member)

Morning Women's Spirituality Group ~ Resumes Thursday. Sept 6th, 9:00 AM

St. Luke Women’s Association Bridge Group ~ Resumes on Monday, Sept 17th, 10:30 AM  | Then Tuesday, Sept 2510:30 AM (Play is on the third Monday and/or fourth Tuesday, September to May).

Pizza and Theology ~ Resumes Tuesday, Sept 18th, 6:30 PM
Creekside, San Anselmo. Thereafter on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Please email: 

Session ~ Resumes Tuesday, September 25th 6:30pm

Deacon Ministry

5th Annual Pedal for Protein ~ September 16th -21st
Use the green envelope to donate. A ride for a cause! Supports food bank pantries & projects to help feed hungry people in Northern California. 100% of all donations go to food projects and food justice projects, primarily for the provision of lean proteins. The ride is organized by The Hunger Task Force of the Presbytery of the Redwoods. Find information at www.imathlete.com/donate/PedalforProtein5

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Sunday August 26, 2018

This Sunday

Dear St Luke Community,

Last Sunday was indeed a special one and I grow increasingly grateful to serve. I will be traveling this week and won’t return until Tuesday the 28th.

This Sunday the Reverend Dan White, Pastor Emeritus at St Luke who served our congregation for many years, will be leading worship.

Dan will be preaching on selected verses from the Book of Ruth and the title of his sermon is A Safe Place to Fall. 

Dan will also be providing any Pastoral care needs while I’m in NY visiting my mom. Dan can be reached at 415-272-4207.

May God Bless You and Keep You,
Nicole

Announcements & Upcoming Events

All are welcome to attend 

St. Luke Women’s Association Bridge Group ~  They are looking for people to play on the third Monday and/or fourth Tuesday in the months of September through May.  Interested? Call Elaine 415-454-4851.

Street Chaplaincy Fellowship and Food Tues. Aug. 28th 4:30-6:30 PM
Similar to the REST program so many of you provided for, under Michael and Kathleen’s leadership, St Luke will be providing side dishes and dessert for 50-60 homeless men and women in conjunction with Marin Interfaith Council and Marin Street Chaplaincy. Our presence, as well as our food supply, are welcome. Please let us know if you’d like to drop food off and/or join us for the actual meal.

Please sign up with Kathleen or Michael by emailing them at  or

New Member Inquiry Gathering ~ Sept 9th after worship (note date change)
Frequent attendees interested in learning more about St Luke’s history, The Presbyterian Church and the Reformed tradition.

Fall Speaker Series ~ Who do you say that I am? A three-part series
September 16, 23, 30 after worship in the Bayview Room (note date change)

The question of the historical Jesus has been one baffling scholar from the beginning of time. Join us as we look at different theories from leading scholars of just who this man Jesus was.

Was Jesus a Zealot, a militaristic figure looking to overthrow the Roman Empire? Or was he a mystic, in touch with the divine sphere of reality and wisdom of God? Or was he a political figure, prophet, and Messiah who succeeded in defeating evil and beginning the reign of peace?

Dr. Gregory Love, Professor of Systematic Theology at SFTS, will lead us in a discussion as we uncover why Jesus remains such a popular and controversial figure then and today.

Grateful Gatherings ~ Saturday, October 6th, 8:00 AM to Noon
A non-profit, that provides furniture & household goods to people transitioning out of homelessness & poverty. For a list of needs visit https://gratefulgatherings.org/. Bring donations to St. Luke on Saturday, Oct. 6th between 8:30 am and 10:30 am.

For questions email: 

Save The Date

St Luke Annual Fundraiser ~ Sunday, October 7th at 6:00 PM
This year, wear your beads and bangles to St. Luke’s Annual Fundraiser Dinner celebrating New Orleans with Zydeco fillet mignon, shrimp jambalaya, and pecan pie. Not to be missed and invite your friends now!

Continuing Events

All are welcome to attend

Bible Study Series ~ Resumes Wednesday, Sept 5th, 9:30 AM  

St. Luke Womens Association ~ Resumes Thursday. Sept. 13th, 1:00 PM
Then every other month on the second Thursday of that month at 1:00 PM.

Committee Meetings ~ Resumes Tuesday, Sept 11th, 6:30 PM
(Deacons, Building and Grounds, New Member)

Morning Women's Spirituality Group ~ Resumes Thursday. Sept 6th, 9:00 AM

St. Luke Women’s Association Bridge Group ~ Resumes on Monday, Sept 17th, 10:30 AM  | Then Tuesday, Sept 2510:30 AM (Play is on the third Monday and/or fourth Tuesday, September to May).

Pizza and Theology ~ Resumes Tuesday, Sept 18th, 6:30 PM
Creekside, San Anselmo. Thereafter on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Please email: 

The St. Luke Men's Group ~ Future Men’s Group meetings: September 4th  TBD, November 6th at the Lenser’s.

Session ~ Future Men’s Group meetings: September 4th  TBD, November 6th at the Lenser’s.

Deacon Ministry

5th Annual Pedal for Protein ~ September 16th -21st
Use the green envelope to donate. A ride for a cause! Supports food bank pantries & projects to help feed hungry people in Northern California. 100% of all donations go to food projects and food justice projects, primarily for the provision of lean proteins. The ride is organized by The Hunger Task Force of the Presbytery of the Redwoods. Find information at www.imathlete.com/donate/PedalforProtein5

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Sunday August 19, 2018

This Sunday-Guitar Sunday

Dear St Luke Community,

Wisdom speaks this Sunday. Wisdom, in the Hebrew Bible, is personified as the woman who was with God at creation. This Sunday, Wisdom sets a table and invites those who are “simple and without sense” to come in and dine with her in order to “lay aside immaturity and live in the way of insight.” Wisdom invites those without sense and those who are simple, which sounds familiar as Christ calls all people into a relationship with him, especially at his table of wisdom. That’s good news for me, as there are days when I feel pretty simple and pretty foolish and I thirst and hunger for more Jesus and less me. The days I can admit my way just isn’t working and give over to Jesus are the days that allow wisdom to do her thing. Wisdom is gained over time. It’s not attained or purchased or read about in a book. Like all good things, it’s experienced as something that happens to us over time, thanks be to God.

I’ve been spending some good summertime with Jesus lately, especially at night when I can’t sleep. It’s good to have him around so much. You'll be hearing a song this Sunday written by Dar Williams for her daughter. But when I heard it, I imagined it as though Jesus were singing it to me, to you.

 Here’s a sample of the lyrics-

All the things you treasure most will be the hardest won.
I will watch you struggle long before the answers come.
But I won't make it harder, I'll be there to cheer you on,
I'll shine the light that guides you down the road you're walking on.
You'll fly away, but take my hand until that day.
So when they ask how far love goes,
When my job's done you'll be the one who knows.

Take a listen by hitting the link below and enjoy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8P-8B39pMg

It’s good having Jesus around so often, in thoughts, in song, bringing wisdom and inviting us to table together.

Yours in Christ,
Nicole

PS- Mark Trotter (Charlotte and Morgan’s Grandfather) gave an extremely important sermon a few Sunday’s ago as a guest preacher at his daughter’s church in San Diego.

 

Announcements & Upcoming Events

All are welcome to attend 

St. Luke Women’s Association Bridge Group ~  They are looking for people to play on the third Monday and/or fourth Tuesday in the months of September through May.  Interested? Call Elaine 415-454-4851.

Street Chaplaincy Fellowship and Food Tues. Aug. 28th 4:30-6:30 PM
Similar to the REST program so many of you provided for, under Michael and Kathleen’s leadership, St Luke will be providing side dishes and dessert for 50-60 homeless men and women in conjunction with Marin Interfaith Council and Marin Street Chaplaincy. Our presence, as well as our food supply, are welcome. Please let us know if you’d like to drop food off and/or join us for the actual meal.

Please sign up with Kathleen or Michael by emailing them at  or

New Member Inquiry Gathering ~ Sept 9th after worship (note date change)
Frequent attendees interested in learning more about St Luke’s history, The Presbyterian Church and the Reformed tradition.

Fall Speaker Series ~ Who do you say that I am? A three-part series
September 16, 23, 30 after worship in the Bayview Room (note date change)

The question of the historical Jesus has been one baffling scholar from the beginning of time. Join us as we look at different theories from leading scholars of just who this man Jesus was.

Was Jesus a Zealot, a militaristic figure looking to overthrow the Roman Empire? Or was he a mystic, in touch with the divine sphere of reality and wisdom of God? Or was he a political figure, prophet, and Messiah who succeeded in defeating evil and beginning the reign of peace?

Dr. Gregory Love, Professor of Systematic Theology at SFTS, will lead us in a discussion as we uncover why Jesus remains such a popular and controversial figure then and today.

Grateful Gatherings ~ Saturday, October 6th, 8:00 AM to Noon
A non-profit, that provides furniture & household goods to people transitioning out of homelessness & poverty. For a list of needs visit https://gratefulgatherings.org/. Bring donations to St. Luke on Saturday, Oct. 6th between 8:30 am and 10:30 am.

For questions email: 

Save The Date

St Luke Annual Fundraiser ~ Sunday, October 7th at 6:00 PM
This year, wear your beads and bangles to St. Luke’s Annual Fundraiser Dinner celebrating New Orleans with Zydeco fillet mignon, shrimp jambalaya, and pecan pie. Not to be missed and invite your friends now!

Continuing Events

All are welcome to attend

Bible Study Series ~ Resumes Wednesday, Sept 5th, 9:30 AM  

St. Luke Womens Association ~ Resumes Thursday. Sept. 13th, 1:00 PM
Then every other month on the second Thursday of that month at 1:00 PM.

Committee Meetings ~ Resumes Tuesday, Sept 11th, 6:30 PM
(Deacons, Building and Grounds, New Member)

Morning Women's Spirituality Group ~ Resumes Thursday. Sept 6th, 9:00 AM

St. Luke Women’s Association Bridge Group ~ Resumes on Monday, Sept 17th, 10:30 AM  | Then Tuesday, Sept 2510:30 AM (Play is on the third Monday and/or fourth Tuesday, September to May).

Pizza and Theology ~ Resumes Tuesday, Sept 18th, 6:30 PM
Creekside, San Anselmo. Thereafter on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Please email: 

The St. Luke Men's Group ~ Future Men’s Group meetings: September 4th  TBD, November 6th at the Lenser’s.

Session ~ Future Men’s Group meetings: September 4th  TBD, November 6th at the Lenser’s.

Deacon Ministry

5th Annual Pedal for Protein ~ September 16th -21st
Use the green envelope to donate. A ride for a cause! Supports food bank pantries & projects to help feed hungry people in Northern California. 100% of all donations go to food projects and food justice projects, primarily for the provision of lean proteins. The ride is organized by The Hunger Task Force of the Presbytery of the Redwoods. Find information at www.imathlete.com/donate/PedalforProtein5

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