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Sunday, December 30, 2018

This Sunday 

Dear St. Luke Community,

Christmas Eve was a meaningful and beautiful worship service and I want to extend a sincere thank you to each and everyone who contributed in every way to make the evening so wonder-filled. It was something to behold!

Moving forward this Sunday we look forward to hearing from Luke 2: 41-52. Jesus goes missing and responds; 

“Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. 

Christmas is over but it’s not over. We begin to think about putting away the tree but Christmas is not over. Perhaps like Mary we need to sit and linger here in these long nights to treasure the gift of this child who is never really missing. Maybe we should, like Mary, stop searching and take in the gift of these days which allow us to sit and listen and do less and appreciate a little more.

These days of Christmas are gifts. Let’s sit in the company of Mary and treasure this time.

See You Sunday,
Nicole

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend

Street Chaplaincy Dinner at First Presbyterian in San Rafael Tuesday, January 8, 5:00 PM
The Street Chaplaincy is providing a monthly dinner for our roofless friends. St Luke has been asked to again participate in a meal service on January 8thexpected to serve the usual 40-70 souls. Plan for 70 with leftovers for takeaway. This will be an example of the usual dinner services. St Luke could potentially cook a meal every other month for the duration. St Luke's own Janet Abrahamson will be the menu planner and chef de cuisine for this evening. Volunteers, please arrive at 5:00 or as close as possible and begin
mixing/ mingling/ setting up or prepping food for service.
. Kitchen Coordination: Michael Baranowski
. Kitchen helpers: 2-3 Deacons/ Volunteers especially for clean-up
. Set-Up Coordination: Kathleen Murphy
. Set-Up helpers: 4-5 Deacons/ Volunteers especially for clean-up
Please email Michael Baranowski at   for more information and to let him know what you can do to help. 

Deacon Ministry ~ January 2019
San Rafael CARE Team is collecting coats and other “warm things” to distribute. Please bring any of the following and leave in the office:
Sleeping bags, Warm jackets and hooded sweatshirts, Beanies, Gloves, Socks, Raingear and Ponchos, Shoes

St Luke Annual Congregational Meeting February 3rd after service, Bayview Room
Expected discussion items; Election of Elders & Deacons, Review & Approval of Pastor's Salary, Review and Approval of Annual Budget, Committee Annual Reports. You are encouraged to attend and participate. If you have any questions or would like more information prior to the meeting please email   .

Continuing Events

All are welcome to attend

Bible Study Series ~ Wednesday, January 2nd, 9:30 AM

Morning Women's Spirituality Group ~ Thursday, January 3rd, 9:00 AM

Deacons and Committees Meeting ~ Tuesday, January 8th,
Deacons 5:00 PM, Committees 6:30 PM

Acoustic Sunday ~ DATE CHANGE, January 13th

Pizza and Theology ~ Tuesday, January 15th, 6:30 PM Creekside, SA

St. Luke Women’s Bridge Group ~ on Monday, January 21st, and Tuesday, January 22nd, 10:30 AM (3rd Monday & 4th Tuesday, September - May).

Session ~ Tuesday, January 22nd, 6:30 PM

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

This Sunday ~ The Fourth Sunday in Advent  

There will be lessons and carols and special music this Sunday as we worship God and light the candle of hope.

Please come dwell in the Word of God and sing together carols that open our hearts and prepare us for the birth of Christ. 

Christmas Eve Services at St. Luke

4:00 pm ~ Children’s Wiggle Service
Children and toddlers are invited to bring nativity pieces to the creche as we present the traditional Christmas manger scene through story and song. 

Cider and Cookies between services.

5:30 pm ~ Candlelight Service
Our traditional Candlelight service of Lessons, Carols and music.
Childcare available.

Announcements

Deacon Ministry ~ 
San Rafael CARE Team is collecting coats and other “warm things” to distribute. Please bring any of the following and leave in the office:
Sleeping bags, Warm jackets and hooded sweatshirts, Beanies, Gloves, Socks, Raingear and Ponchos, Shoes.

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

This Sunday 

Dear St Luke Community,

Not too long ago I was turning my car around in front of my home and facing the water. The morning sun was breaking through the clouds over the bay. Without thinking I said, I love you. The subtext was thank you. But somehow, for whatever reason, gratitude turned to an expression of love.

This Sunday we light the Advent candle of love. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. (John 1:5) These are big words. But then so is the word love. There’s a lot of sad news in our lives. Some personal, some global. I take comfort in these words of John’s more than ever. John also tells us that the life that came into being through Christ is the light of all people. That’s you, that’s me. So how do we live our lives as a people of light? We begin with love. 

Christmas Comes by Ann Weems 

Christmas comes every time we see God in other persons.
The human and the holy meet in Bethlehem
or in Times Square,
For Christmas comes like a golden storm on its way
to Jerusalem -
Determinedly, inevitably…
Even now it comes
In the face of hatred and warring -
No atrocity too terrible to stop it,
No Herod strong enough,
No hurt deep enough,
No curse shocking enough,
No disaster shattering enough -
For someone on earth will see the star,
Someone will hear the angel voices,
Someone will run to Bethlehem,
Someone will know peace and goodwill:
The Christ will be born!

See You Sunday,
Nicole

P.S. Here is a link to our opening hymn which will be new for many of us.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lmcz2T5hCsY

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend

Ritter Center of San Rafael Christmas Gift Giving Program ~
Was a tremendous success! More than 45 toys and gifts were donated THANKS to the generosity of St Luke members and friends. 

Come Celebrate Our Choir ~ This Sunday, December 16th 
On December 16th after Worship, come celebrate and give thanks for all the time and energy the St Luke Choir gives towards the Christmas Cantata. There will be special treats and singing of carols together as we share in fellowship.

Deacon Ministry ~ 
San Rafael CARE Team is collecting coats and other “warm things” to distribute. Please bring any of the following and leave in the office:
Sleeping bags, Warm jackets and hooded sweatshirts, Beanies, Gloves, Socks, Raingear and Ponchos, Shoes

Celebrate Christmas With Us! 
December 19th 7:00
Blue Christmas Service
This Season can be a tough time for many. Join us in our candlelit sanctuary as we listen to piano music and pastoral reflections as people who wait in darkness for light to appear.

December 24th ~ Christmas Eve Services at St. Luke

4:00 PM ~ Children’s Wiggle Service
Children and toddlers are invited to bring nativity pieces to the creche as we present the traditional Christmas manger scene through story and song.

Cider and Cookies between services.

5:30 PM ~ Candlelight Service 
Our traditional Candlelight service of Lessons, Carols and music.
Childcare available.

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