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Sunday, June 16, 2019

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

This Sunday is Acoustic Sunday. When I was a kid, my parents used to tell me not to get my hopes up. Combine low expectations with a tendency towards a half glass empty and you’ve got a stick in the mud. Maybe that’s why I like the Apostle Paul. Paul is hopeful, but he’s never pollyanna. He doesn’t spiritually bypass over the tough stuff of life just to get to the good stuff. Paul knows from experience that the good stuff is gained from getting through the tough stuff. How do we get through? For Paul, it’s through pure grace. And anyone who has ever trudged the exceptionally tough periods of life knows, we get through by the grace of a God who walks through the muddy waters with us, holding our hand and leading us.

 Paul writes:
…suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. (Romans 5: 3-5)

For Paul it’s all gifted; grace, salvation, justification…all free as long as we remain faithful. Big words, hard to live. But sooooo worth it. 

This is also Trinity Sunday. What can I say about the Trinity? Hildegard of Bingen (look her up) once asked, Who is the Trinity?” and to her own question she answered, “You are music, You are life.”

Lady Wisdom (who we also hear from this Sunday) knows all about life, as does the Apostle Paul, as do we.

See you Sunday,
Nicole

Deacon Ministry

Serving San Pedro Elementary ~
Thank you to all who supported St Luke’s May 2019 Deacon Ministry. Donations were $448 cash, $275 Target gift cards, 8 Stretch Pants, 25 Pairs of Socks & 12 Undies.

6th Annual Pedal for Protein ~ September 22nd – 28th, Let's ride!
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. The ride is organized by The Hunger Task Force of the Presbytery of the Redwoods. For information and to donate go to pedalforprotein.com  or imathlete.com/donate/PedalforProtein5.

KIVA.ORG ~
St Luke’s Women’s Association has been supporting KIVA for many years. 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 of the world. The loans are made to people working in retail, clothing, services, agriculture, and food.  It is determined how much the recipient needs to start or expand a business, and then people can sign up to provide the loan amount. (It takes many people to fund one loan.) The recipient pays the loan back in a pre-planned manner. We have made 24 loans in 22 different countries and all have been repaid then we’ve loaned the money again.

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend 

St. Luke’s Men’s Group ~ Tuesday, July 2nd, 6-6:30 PM
511 San Pedro Cove, John Lenser will host. The group socializes and dines from 6 to 8:30 PM.  Bring friends, it’s a great opportunity to introduce them to St. Luke and the Men’s Group. Questions or would like to assist the above hosts, contact John Lenser at H-415.485.4333, C-415.446.8418 or email

Mill Street Meal Providers ~ Monday, July 8th  GROUP A 
Contact Stacy Bischoff,   or 415-233-3406 for information.

Grateful Gatherings ~ Saturday, July 27th 8:00 AM-12: 30 PM

Can You Help or Refer ~
Will Aikins, Dorothy and R.D.’s grandson, is working in San Rafael and is looking for a room to rent in San Rafael. Will is an Eagle Scout and a responsible young man. If you can help please contact Rob Aikins at

Continuing Events
All are welcome to attend 

Bible Study ~ Wednesdays, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM, 6/19 will be the last meeting until September.  

St Luke Choir Rehearsal ~ On Summer break until September.

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

Deacons Meeting ~ On Summer break until September.

St. Luke Women’s Bridge Group ~ On Summer break until September.

Pizza and Theology ~ 3rd Tuesday of the month, June 18th, 6:30 PM, Creekside, SA. It’s the last meeting until September.

Session ~ 4th Tuesday of the month, June 25th, 7:00 PM 

Save The Date

All are welcome to attend 

Pastor Emeritus Rev Dan White preaches  ~  June 30th, 10 AM
Pastor Emeritus Reverend Daniel White will give the sermon teaching.


Upcoming Acoustic Sundays July 21, August 18th,  September 15th

Fall Speaker Series September 8th, 15, 22 after worship. Professor Greg Love returns for a Fall Speaker series on ‘The Change Towards Wholeness.” Looking at opposing views of how we change.

St Luke’s Annual Fundraiser Dinner & Auction ~ October 6th

St Luke’s Christmas Concert ~ December 8th, 4 PM
St Luke’s Christmas Concert followed by a reception in the Bayview room.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. This is the day we refer to as the birth of the church. But the birth of the church, just like our own birth, is just one day. God is not done with you the day you are born any more than God is done with the church on Pentecost. God is forever creating and we are forever becoming more of who God created us to be as we listen for the Spirit of God who is in control whether we like it or not. 

Listening to where we are being led requires an awful lot of letting go. Letting go of where we’ve been and letting go of where we think we should be. 

Norah Jones once said that we find our sound through our limitations. What’s our sound as a church? We may not be big but we are intimate. We may not have millions but we have plenty to share. Soundness is a biblical word. Paul loves that word and uses it quite often. As a Greek word, at its root, it has medical connotations of wholeness and health. 

In this Sunday’s scripture (Genesis 11:1-9) God reminds the people of their limitations. Some call it a curse. Others call it a blessing. If we find our sound through our limitations it’s because we’ve learned how to understand limitations as blessings. Limitations require us to rely more on God and less on ourselves. Let’s celebrate that and more this Sunday as we worship God and celebrate the Spirit. 

See you Sunday,
Nicole

Deacon Ministry

Serving San Pedro Elementary ~
Thank you to all who supported St Luke’s May 2019 Deacon Ministry. Donations were $288 cash, $275 Target gift cards, 8 Stretch Pants, 25 Pairs of Socks & 12 Undies. 

6th Annual Pedal for Protein ~ September 22nd – 28th, Let's ride!
Please use the green envelope to donate ~ noting PEDAL4PROTEIN. 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. For details go to http://www.pedalforprotein.com and www.imathlete.com/donate/PedalforProtein5.

KIVA.ORG ~
St Luke’s Women’s Association has been supporting KIVA for many years. 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 of the world. The loans are made to people working in retail, clothing, services, agriculture, and food.  It is determined how much the recipient needs to start or expand a business, and then people can sign up to provide the loan amount. (It takes many people to fund one loan.) The recipient pays the loan back in a pre-planned manner. We have made 24 loans in 22 different countries and all have been repaid then we’ve loaned the money again.

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend 

Acoustic Sunday ~ Sunday, June 16th, 10:00 AM
A more relaxed worship service.

Mill Street Meal Providers ~ Monday, July 1st  GROUP A 
Contact Stacy Bischoff,   or 415-233-3406 for information.

St. Luke’s Men’s Group ~ Tuesday, July 2nd, 6-6:30 PM
511 San Pedro Cove, John Lenser will host. The group socializes and dines from 6 to 8:30 PM.  Bring friends, it’s a great opportunity to introduce them to St. Luke and the Men’s Group. 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, 6/19 will be the last meeting until September.  

St Luke Choir Rehearsal ~ On Summer break until September.

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

Deacons Meeting ~ 2nd Tuesday or the month, June 11th, 6:00 PM

St. Luke Women’s Bridge Group ~ On Summer break until September.

Pizza and Theology ~ 3rd Tuesday of the month, June 18th, 6:30 PM, Creekside, SA. It’s the last meeting until September.

Session ~ 4th Tuesday of the month, June 25th, 7:00 PM 

Save The Date

All are welcome to attend 

Pastor Emeritus Rev Dan White preaches  ~  June 30th

Upcoming Acoustic Sundays July 21, August 18th,  September 15th

Fall Speaker Series September 8th, 15, 22 after worship. Professor Greg Love returns for a Fall Speaker series on ‘The Change Towards Wholeness.” Looking at opposing views of how we change.

St Luke’s Annual Fundraiser Dinner & Auction ~ October 6th

St Luke’s Christmas Concert ~ December 8th, 4 PM
Followed by a reception in the Bayview room.

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

This Sunday we worship God with special music and appreciate the choir and musicians for all they’ve given us this year. 

Hildegard of Bingen once asked, “Who is the Trinity?” To her own question, she answered;  “You are music, You are life!”

Next to the smile, there is perhaps nothing more universally appreciated culture to culture, than music and singing. Music finds its way into our lives in times of celebration and in times of sorrow. We sing when we’re happy and when we're grieving. We sing as a way to remember and as a way to look forward. In the presence of music, our hearts are opened by the Spirit and often a deeper awareness of God accompanies our lived experience. 

In our scripture for Sunday, Acts 16:16-34, Paul and Silas are arrested, beaten and put in jail with shackles on their feet. And what do they do? They sing hymns at midnight as the other prisoners listen to them.

Our closing hymn is aptly titled, How Can I Keep from Singing?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li2hddmy63U
 

Through all the tumult and the strife,
I hear that music ringing
It finds an echo in my soul
How can I keep from singing?

See you Sunday,
Nicole

Deacon Ministry

Last Week! 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

KIVA.ORG ~
The Women’s Association has been supporting KIVA for many years. We have made 24 loans in 22 different countries. 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 of the world. The loans are made to people working in retail, clothing, services, agriculture, and food.  It is determined how much the recipient needs to start or expand a business, and then people can sign up to provide the loan amount. (It takes many people to fund one loan.) The recipient pays the loan back in a pre-planned manner.

Our loans have always been paid back, and then we have loaned the money to another person or group.  Kiva does charge a small fee with each new loan to help cover their expenses.

There is an update on the website from those who take loans, usually written in English, telling how the loan was helpful.

6th Annual Pedal for Protein ~ September 22nd – 28th, Let's ride!
Please use the green envelope to donate ~ noting PEDAL4PROTEIN. 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. For details go to http://www.pedalforprotein.com and www.imathlete.com/donate/PedalforProtein5.

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend 

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.

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.

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

Acoustic Sunday ~ Sunday, June 16th, 10:00 AM
A more relaxed worship service.

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, June 11th, 6:00 PM

Acoustic Sunday ~ June 16th 10:00 AM

St. Luke Women’s Bridge Group ~ Mon. June 17th & Tues. June 25th, 10:30 AM

Pizza and Theology ~ 3rd Tuesday of the month, June 18th, 6:30 PM, Creekside, SA

Session ~ 4th Tuesday of the month, June 25th, 7:00 PM 

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