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Sunday October 28, 2018

This Sunday

Dear St Luke Community, 

What makes you well? What do you turn to when things are falling apart? If we went around the room, each of us would have a different list of answers.

In this Sunday’s scripture, Jesus turns to the blind man tells him his faith has made him well, and the man’s vision is restored. Is our faith making us well? 

At St. Luke we understand faith as a verb. That “in the doing” of our faith we practice loving and serving others as we understand Christ to have loved and served others; through compassion, inclusion, acceptance, and understanding.

Is that what makes us well? Can we practice loving others as a way of making all well with our soul? Expressing love as a faith-based community is a wonderful place to grow firm foundations for the shaky ground and challenges life brings.

Our two greatest commandments go hand in hand. Love God, love others. In an uncertain world filled with people taking sides, we celebrate the one place in our lives where party lines are erased and the political divide takes a back seat to what unites us. For one hour each Sunday, we worship a God who calls for us to love above all else.

They tell me churches all over the world are declining, but I tell you that never before in my lifetime, have I witnessed a greater need for what the church has to offer through the unity of all God’s children in love. 

See you Sunday,
Nicole

P.S. Please click here to see the important letter from John Bischoff regarding Stewardship.

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.  

Continuing Events

All are welcome to attend

Session ~ Tuesday, October 30th, 6:30 PM

Bible Study Series ~ Wednesday, Oct 31st, 9:30 AM  

Morning Women's Spirituality Group ~ Thursday. Nov 1st, 9:00 AM

St. Luke Men's Group ~ Tuesday, Nov. 6th, Location TBD

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 

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. 

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

This Sunday - Acoustic Sunday

Dear St Luke Community,

When my kids were little, they would qualify what it was they wanted before they even asked. “Mom, just listen. Mom, hear me out. Mom, just say yes.” 

In Sunday’s scripture, James and John say to Jesus, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” (10:35) Basically, they’re saying, “just say yes to what it is we’re about to ask because we don’t think you’re going to like it.” 

James and John were fishermen. They didn’t make a lot of money. They didn't have a lot of influence over what happened. And now they want seats next to Jesus when he’s glorified, they want power, they want influence. We can hardly blame them for wanting any of that. 

But Jesus, again and again in  Mark’s Gospel, flips the norms upside down. Twice he’s said, the last shall be first. He’s told them they must be like children and in this Sunday’s scripture he says;

“You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.”  

So greatness and power for God and Christ look very different than it did back then and it looks very different from how we understand power today. Can we redefine power for ourselves so that it aligns with God’s definition? How do we understand the life-affirming potential of the power of service as against the power of domination? 

There’s only one song to be sung after the sermon this Sunday. Here’s a preview.

You may be an ambassador to England or France
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls
But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes
Indeed you're gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody

Gotta Serve Somebody, by Bob Dylan

See you Sunday,
Nicole

P.S. I’ll be on Study leave for worship planning and Adult Ed from Monday, Oct 22-Sat Oct 26th. Dan White will be covering Pastoral care along with our dear Deacons. 

 
Continuing Events

All are welcome to attend

Bible Study Series ~ No class 10/24 but will resume on Wednesday, Oct 31st, 9:30 AM  

Morning Women's Spirituality Group ~ Thursday. Oct 25th, 9:00 AM

St. Luke Women’s Bridge Group ~ Tuesday, Oct 23rd, 10:30 AM
(3rd Monday & 4th Tuesday, Sept. to May).

Session ~ Tuesday, October 23rd, 6:30 PM

St. Luke Men's Group ~ Tuesday, Nov. 6th, Location TBD

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

Deacons ~ Tuesday, November 13th, 6:30 PM 

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

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

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

This Coming Sunday and Fundraiser Update

Dear St Luke Community,

Once upon a time was a man who did everything right. He followed the commandments and because he had been taught that if he did this God would reward him, he believed that his wealth was a direct result of his loving righteously. But something was missing. He wanted more. He wanted eternal life. Eternal life is a good life, a meaningful and purposeful life, filled with character and quality that would last a lifetime. So we went to see a Rabbi, the one they called the Messiah, who took one look at this man and loved him and said this to him, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.” (Mark 10: 21-22) 

Once upon a time was another man, by the name of Francis who was born into a wealthy family. After much conflict, war and time in prison, he started spending time by in an abandoned church eventually sleeping there each night. His father accused him of disregarding his responsibilities as guardian of the family business. So the father took his son to the village court. Francis put up no fight and agreed with his father, stripped off his fine clothes and stood naked, claiming God as his new Father. 

The title for this Sunday’s sermon is Give it Up. I won’t be asking you to give up your possessions, but I will ask you what in your life have you made so important that it gets in your way of complete dependence on God? Do you feel entitled to what you have as though you’ve earned it because you did everything right like the man in the first story? Is there a difference between enjoying your wealth and being so attached to it you live in fear of losing it? Can you understand eternal life, the good character and quality of life as given by God as ultimately offering more security than property? I think we can, and we do. Until we forget. We almost need daily reminders to give it up and hand over all desires to the God we call Lord because there is nothing of higher value in this life or the next than what is given to us through a life lived in Jesus Christ.

FUNDRAISER UPDATE & THANK YOU
Our St Luke Community Fundraiser was a success once again! The setting, food, music was all outstanding. But most of all, the community came together to help support the good works of St Luke which relies on the participation of its members and friends. There was a spirit of kindness and joy in the air as people of all backgrounds, ages, and political persuasions shared food together with common purpose. With deep gratitude for all of you who showed up, brought friends and contributed to making this year another success. 

The dinner brought in $17,200 and the silent auction brought in $7,200 for a grand total of $24, 400. We met our goal and couldn't be more grateful. 

This Production was made possible by the following;
John Lenser- CEO, Director and Chef
Michael Baranowski- Realtor by day, Master Chef by Night
Laura Hislop- Silent Auction Magician
George Livingstone- MC and All Around Good Guy
Erich Miller- Music Engineer and Unsung Hero
Leigh Ann Antieri- Ambiance Extraordinaire
Carlene McCart- Assistant Director and place card expert

And of course, to everyone who set up, cleaned up, and showed up!

Thanks Be to God,
This has been a St Luke Production.

PS-Mark your calendars for next year. The first Sunday in October! 

Most Gratefully,
Nicole

Announcements & Upcoming Events

Blessing of the Animals ~ Sunday, October 14th, 11:15 AM Following Worship on St. Luke’s Lawn. Everyone is invited to bring their pets or their pets’ picture to the annual Blessing of the Animals. Refreshments and guitar music. Meet your neighbors!

Continuing Events

All are welcome to attend

Bible Study Series ~ Wednesday, Oct 17th, 9:30 AM  

Morning Women's Spirituality Group ~ Thursday. Oct 18th, 9:00 AM

St. Luke Women’s Bridge Group ~ Monday, Oct 15th, 10:30 AM 
Tuesday, Oct.23rd 10:30 AM (3rd Monday & 4th Tuesday, Sept. to May).

Pizza and Theology ~ Tuesday, Oct 16th, 6:30 PM
Creekside, San Anselmo. 

Session ~ Tuesday, October 23rd, 6:30 PM

St. Luke Men's Group ~ Tuesday, Nov. 6th, Location TBD

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

Deacons ~ Tuesday, November 13th, 6:30 PM 

Committee Meetings ~ November 13th, 6:30 PM 

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