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Sunday, August 18, 2019

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

This Sunday is Acoustic Sunday and we are once again so grateful to the musicians who will fill the sanctuary with guitars, mandolin, piano, flute hand drums, and vocals.

Our scripture is tough. By tough I mean we get a portrait of Jesus we don’t see very often. Jesus sounds angry; “Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!” (Luke 12:51) 

We tend to domesticate Jesus, relating only to love and peace. We call him the Prince of Peace for goodness sake. And yet here He is, calling people hypocrites, causing families to divide, and “bringing fire.” (12:49-56)

I can’t tell you which direction I’ll be going, but I can tell you that in reflecting on this I was reminded of these words of Brene Brown’s. To watch click on this link and turn up the volume!

See you Sunday,
Nicole

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.

Street Chaplaincy ~  August 20th, 4:30 PM
John Lenser will be the go-to on the evening. If you can’t serve but would like to donate, please bring something from the list below to church on 8/18 for collection. (please plan on 3 dozen of each): Tangerines, Bananas, Apples, Nutrition bars, Slim Jim’s, Chomps, etc. If you’re interested in serving, EMAIL Michael B. at

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

Mill Street Meal Providers ~  Monday, September 9th, Group A
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.

6th Annual Pedal for Protein ~ September 22nd – 28th, Let's ride!
Supports food bank pantries & projects to help feed hungry people in Northern California. Organized by The Hunger Task Force of the Presbytery of the Redwoods, 100% of all donations go to food projects. PEDALFORPROTEIN.COM. for information.

Grateful Gatherings ~ Saturday, October 26th, 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
GG Mission: To bring hope to families in need. We help furnish homes when a family transitions from homelessness or crisis into a new home. Use the green pew envelope (write GG) to donate today.

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend 

Memorial Gathering ~ Date to be Announced 
Dear St Luke Community, Samantha, and George Tuttle would like to invite you to a memorial gathering for Samantha’s father Ebb on Saturday, Sept 7th at Paula and George Tuttle’s home at 1:00 PM. If you’d like to attend, please email Samantha or George .

Summer Book Club ~ August 25th, 11:30 AM
Rev. Trotter will be reading Holy Envy, Finding God in the Faith of Others, by Barbara Brown Taylor. She invites others to purchase the book and join her for a discussion and social time over brunch, location to be determined. If interested please email Nicole, .

St. Luke 's Men's Group ~  Tuesday, September 17th, 6:00-8:30 PM
John Bischoff will host, 1 Bracken Ct., San Rafael, 94903. We socialize and dine. Bring friends, it’s a great opportunity to introduce them to St. Luke and the Men’s Group.  Upcoming on 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

Acoustic Sundays ~ September 22nd
A relaxed service with guitars, drums, and keyboard where we blend secular popular songs and modern easy to sing hymns.

St Luke’s Annual Fundraiser Dinner & Auction ~ October 6th, 6:00 PM
“Go Italian”! Piazza bites and meatballs for appetizers. Lots of Chianti wine and “three tenors” to serenade during a dinner of focaccia, caprese tomato mozzarella salad, pasta bowls with linguini, scampi, filet mignon steak, tomato sauce with mushrooms, & asparagus. Finish with Italian ice cream!

Ongoing Events

All are welcome to attend 

St. Luke Groups ~ The following ongoing groups will resume in September: Bible Study, St Luke Choir Rehearsal, St. Luke Women’s Bridge, Morning Women's Spirituality Group, Pizza and Theology, Session and Deacons. 

Save The Date

All are welcome to attend 

St Luke’s Christmas Concert ~ December 8th, 4:00 PM
St Luke’s Christmas Concert followed by a reception in the Bayview room.

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