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Sunday Aug 5, 2018

This Sunday - Communion Sunday 

Dear St Luke Community,

Our Summer Sermon Series on practicing is over, but practicing is a subject we will keep talking about as it’s part of our mission statement at St Luke.

This Sunday we move into Exodus, out into the wilderness where the children of Israel have just left Egypt and before they enter into covenant with God. It’s an in-between time, an interim time and they are hungry, thirsty and tired. They complain or “murmur” and God responds. Boy does God ever respond! God sends meat and bread but the people don’t recognize this fine flaky substance as bread, so they ask one another “What is it?”  It turns out the word manna, which we usually think means bread, when translated from Hebrew, actually means “What is it.” This bread was unrecognizable. It sustains the people, feeds the people in the wilderness during a time of great uncertainty. It comes from a God who is still new to the people as they have yet to make it to Sinai.

What is it? What is it about this God that provides abundantly? What is it about this God that gives us all we need, sustains us and gifts to us this bread of life in Jesus Christ?  I hope we can all answer those questions for ourselves, but I also hope we can live into the question itself because that is so often our experience of God’s good grace and presence. We feel God, experience God and yet often in the moment of experiencing God we can't define it as such, so we are left with more questions than answers.

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” Rainer Maria Rilke

Later, with bellies full and God’s good promise taken in, we respond in kind by feeding those around us, with the same good bread, literally in service for those who are hungry, but also spiritually as we share in the love of God and Christ.

See you Sunday,
Nicole

Prayers in Our Lives

Please hold Michael Baranowski in your prayers as he is in the thick of the Redding fires feeding first responders and hundreds of evacuees under the care of Operation BBQ relief.

Prayers for Paula Tuttle who has a lung infection and is being treated at home.

Continued prayers for Mary and Frank Dill’s son George who is doing much better. The seizures have slowed down significantly and George is back home.

Prayers of healing for Greg Dowson. The surgery was successful and he is at home resting and undergoing physical therapy.

Prayer update ~ Elizabeth Ennis-Thomas’ friend, Dan, whose lungs collapsed after surgery, has had breathing tube removed and is doing well!! His recovery is moving along. Thank you for your good thoughts, prayers, and wishes. ❤️Emily

Announcements & Upcoming Events

All are welcome to attend 

St. Luke Women’s Association Bridge Group is looking for people to play on the third Monday and/or fourth Tuesday in the months of September through May.  Please contact Elaine DiPalma, 415-454-4851, if you are interested.

Street Chaplaincy Fellowship and Food ~ Tues. Aug. 28th 4:30-6: 30 PM
Similar to the REST program so many of you provided for, under Michael and Kathleen’s leadership, this opportunity is very similar. St Luke will be providing side dishes & dessert for 50-60 homeless men & women in conjunction with Marin Interfaith Council & Marin Street Chaplaincy. They are encouraging our presence as well as welcoming our food supply. Please let us know if you’d like to drop food off and/or join us for the actual meal. Please sign up with Kathleen or Michael by emailing them at or

Fall Speaker Series ~ Who do you say that I am?
A three-part series September 9, 16, 23 after worship in the Bayview Room

The question of the historical Jesus has been one baffling scholar from the beginning of time. Join us as we look at different theories from leading scholars of just who this man Jesus was.

Was Jesus a Zealot, a militaristic figure looking to overthrow the Roman Empire? Or was he a mystic, in touch with the divine sphere of reality and wisdom of God? Or was he a political figure, prophet, and Messiah who succeeded in defeating evil and beginning the reign of peace?

Dr. Gregory Love, Professor of Systematic Theology at SFTS, will lead us in a discussion as we uncover why Jesus remains such a popular and controversial figure then and today.

New Member Inquiry Gathering ~ September 30th after Worship
Save the Date for frequent attendees interested in learning more about St Luke’s history, The Presbyterian Church, and the Reformed tradition.

Grateful Gatherings ~ Saturday, October 6th 8:00 AM to Noon
A non-profit, that provides furniture & household goods to people transitioning out of homelessness & poverty. For a list of needs visit https://gratefulgatherings.org/. Bring donations to St. Luke on Saturday, Oct. 6th between 8:30 am and 10:30 am.
For questions email: 

Save The Date

St Luke Annual Fundraiser ~ Sunday, October 7th at 6:00 PM
This year, wear your beads and bangles to St. Luke’s Annual Fundraiser Dinner celebrating New Orleans with Zydeco fillet mignon, shrimp jambalaya, and pecan pie. Not to be missed and invite your friends now!

Continuing Events

All are welcome to attend

Bible Study Series ~ Will resume in September.

St. Luke Womens Association ~ Will resume in September.
Then every other month on the second Thursday of that month at 1:00 PM.

Women's Spirituality Group ~ Will resume in September. 

Pizza and Theology ~ Taking July and August off.
Will resume in September on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM, at Creekside Pizza, San Anselmo. Please email Nicole .

The St. Luke Men's Group ~ Future Men's Group meetings: September 4th TBD, November 6th at the Lenser's.

Deacon Ministry

5th Annual Pedal for Protein ~ September 16th - 21st
Supports food bank pantries & projects to help feed the hungry in Northern California. Use the green envelope to donate. Trade Fair date TBD.

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