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Sunday, April 21, 2019

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

Easter Sunday~

Each time this year, I remember the words of the Rev Dr. James Noel who died a few years ago. While he was teaching at the seminary, he would say on more than one occasion; “Make sure you get him out of the tomb!” He was speaking to a room full of potential preachers. He was referencing our future Easter Sunday sermons. There are a million beautiful metaphors for the resurrection. Butterflies, eggs, springtime just to name a few. There are all the ways we experience our own kind of rebirth after dark nights of the soul. But metaphors don’t get Him out of the tomb. They may point in that direction, but they fall short of a bodily resurrection, which is what we lay claim to when we shout “He is risen!” 

The other challenge we preachers face this coming Sunday is falling into the trap of trying to prove to visitors that He really has risen, perhaps in the hope that they will have an epiphany so great it will make them want to come back. That’s not my job. 

My job is to get Him out of the tomb. But that’s also your job. It’s the job of any Christ follower to witness the ways Jesus shows up in our lives. We experience this regardless of how the rational world or even our own rational minds might have us believe otherwise. Each of us experiences Him differently which is why it’s so important to share with others your experience of Him. Call it experiential marketing, or call it witnessing, or call it evangelism. Whatever you call it, this Sunday is the day we break open our hearts as though we’re experiencing it again for the first time. Because it is. The God we worship is always creating a new thing. A new heaven and new earth are ours to experience as we let go of the old and live into life which knows no end in Him. Thanks be to God.

See you this Sunday, our most celebrated day,

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend

Autism Awesomeness ~ Saturday, April 27, 1:00-3:00 PM
A day to celebrate the gifts and talents of those who live on the spectrum.  Autism Is Widespread, Awareness About This Condition Is Not.

The aim of this event is to educate the public about autism. A wide spectrum disorder, people with autism have a set of symptoms unique to themselves; no two people are the same. Autism is a complex mental condition and developmental disability, characterized by difficulties in the way a person communicates and interacts with other people.

Mill Street Meal Providers ~ Monday, May 6th  GROUP A ~ The first Monday of the month. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Stacy Bischoff at   or 415233-3406 for information.

2019 Schedule for the St. Luke’s Men’s Group Add these dates to your schedule now!  We socialize and dine from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.  Bring friends, it’s a great opportunity to introduce them to St. Luke and the Men’s Group. Tuesday, May 7th, Terry Mech will host. Tuesday, July 2nd, John Lenser will host. Tuesday, September 3rd, John Bischoff will host. Tuesday, November 5th, Michael Antieri will host. If you have any questions or would like to assist the above hosts, contact John Lenser at home 415.485.4333, on his cell 415.446.8418 or by email

Vision Impaired of Marin Annual Luncheon ~ Saturday, May 11th 12:00 PM
Las Gallinas Community Church at Las Gallinas & Lucas Valley Rd.

This Mother’s Day luncheon is sponsored by the deacons and Outreach committee of St Luke!  St Luke has hosted this annual luncheon for many years.  Bread 7 Roses will be entertaining. 

Bring Your Neighbor to Acoustic & Waffle Sunday ~ May 19th, 10:00 AM
Please invite your friends and neighbors to this worship experience highlighting acoustic music. Please bring your grandchildren and invite your neighbors.

REST ~ Street Chaplaincy ~
Provides a weekly dinner for our roofless friends.  St Luke is participating in volunteering at the dinners. The next date is to be determined. For information or to volunteer contact Michael Baranowski at 415.519.8769,  

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

St. Luke Women’s Bridge Group ~ April 23rd, 10:30 AM

Pizza and Theology ~ 3rd Tuesday of the month, May 21st, 6:30 PM, Creekside, SA

Session ~ 4th Tuesday of the month, April 23rd 7:00 PM 

Deacons Meeting ~ 2nd Tuesday or the month, May 14th, 6:00 PM

Acoustic Sunday ~ May 19th 10:00 AM

Deacon Ministry

Serving San Pedro ElementaryThe 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 items off in the church office during office hours

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

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