Dear St. Luke Community,
This Sunday’s scripture (Luke 16:19-31) makes us cringe on so many levels. You’ve heard it before. The poor man Lazarus, covered in sores, who day in and day out would lay at a rich man’s gate waiting for crumbs to fall his way. We assume Lazarus was invisible to the rich man because of what happens next. Maybe. Maybe the rich man saw him and chose to ignore him. Maybe the rich man wasn’t sure about what to do. Maybe he worried that if he gave the poor man money it might be spent on drugs. And maybe the idea of giving him food every day was just not feasible given his busy schedule. Maybe to see him meant coming to terms with his own wealth which made him feel ashamed that he wasn’t doing more. Maybe he didn’t like having him at his gate and was resentful there was no law preventing him from being there. Lazarus is so hard to look at. Scripture tells us the dogs would lick his sores. There is so much in this story we don’t want to see. There is so much in this world none of us want to look at. And yet to look, really look at it all, seems an impossible task.
And on that happy note, I hope to see you Sunday,
Outreach and Deacon Ministry
All are welcome to attend
KIVA.ORG ~ St. Luke’s Women’s Association has supported KIVA for many years and they will be a Deacon’s Ministry in the Fall. KIVA is a San Francisco based non-profit that offers individuals or groups the opportunity to make a $25 or larger loan in many countries.
Mill Street Meal Providers ~ Monday, October 7th, Group B
The first Monday of each month Group A or Group B is assigned a meal item to provide (fruit, milk & bread, main, salad, vegetable, dessert). The volunteers bring a different food item every other month. Please contact Stacy Bischoff at for information.
All are welcome to attend
Bible Study - Wednesdays at 9:30 AM
St. Luke Choir Rehearsal - Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
Women's Spirituality Group - Thursdays at 9:00 AM
Deacons Meeting - 2nd Tuesday, October 8th, 6:00 PM
Pizza and Theology - 3rd Tuesday, October 15th, 7:00 PM
St. Luke Women’s Bridge - 4th Tuesday, October 22nd, 10:30 AM
Session Meeting - 4th Tuesday, October 22nd, 7:00 PM
Upcoming Events & Announcements
All are welcome to attend
World Communion Sunday Worship ~ Next Sunday, October 6th
Please join us for this most special blended service of acoustic and choral music. World Communion Sunday became popular during the Second World War when the country and world was in need of spiritual commitment. Through the shared bread of Christ, we are joined together as one body, unified over and above the divisive rhetoric that is pervading our nation and world. As civility and decency has been eroded from the fabric, we have a responsibility to model what it means to be followers of Christ; embracing those who are in need, standing up for what is just and right, and healing what is broken.
St Luke’s Annual Fundraiser Dinner & Auction ~ October 6th, 6:00 PM
St Luke’s Annual Fundraiser Dinner & Auction. The dinner will St. Luke’s version of “Gala”, black and white without the tuxedo. We will celebrate with gourmet food prepared by Janet Abrahamson and Michael Baranowski. In addition to great food and fellowship, anticipate great music and a silent auction. If you’d like to contribute to the silent auction please contact Laura Hislop . More to come - save the date!
Men Helping to End Gun Violence ~ October 20th after worship, Bayview Room
Men Against Gun Violence was formed after the Parkland school shooting in early 2018. Eighty to ninety percent of gun violence in the U.S. is committed by men. Our mission is to build a non-partisan, non-profit group of men helping to reduce gun violence by understanding and eliminating environmental factors leading certain men to harm others and themselves.
The group was founded in Marin by L.B. Upshaw, a retired consultant and U.C. Berkeley faculty member, and former Chair of the Board of Trustees at the San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Join us after worship as L.B. speaks on “Prevent & Protect”, a program which seeks to prevent gun violence in homes, workplaces, faith communities, and schools.
For further information about Men Against Gun Violence, visit their Website: menagainstgunviolence.org
Acoustic Sunday ~ October 20th
A relaxed service with guitars, drums, and keyboard where we blend secular popular songs and modern easy to sing hymns.
St. Luke 's Men's Group ~ Tuesday, November 5th, 6:00-8:30 PM
Michael Antieri will host, 636 Biscayne Dr. S.R. We socialize and dine from 6-8:30 PM. Bring friends, it’s a great opportunity to introduce them to St. Luke and the Men’s Group. Please direct questions or if you can assist the hosts, contact John Lenser, Home - 415.485.4333, Cell - 415.446.8418, .
St. Luke Women’s Association Annual Christmas Tea & Program ~ Friday, December 6th, 1:00 - 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.
St Luke’s Christmas Concert ~ Sunday, December 8th, 4:00 PM
It’s not too early to start thinking about the holidays! Save the date for the first annual St. Luke Christmas Concert, featuring St. Luke members and friends as they share their gifts in song, music and a few surprises along the way. From classical to contemporary, there will be something for everyone in our decorated sanctuary. Following the concert, there will be a complimentary reception with beverages and appetizers in the Bayview Room. Be sure to invite friends and family, and start the Christmas season with music and friendship. All proceeds will go to benefit St. Luke ministries and church.