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Sunday, March 8, 2020

This Sunday

Dear St. Luke Community, 

REMEMBER to set your clocks ahead one hour this Saturday night for Daylight Saving Time.

This Sunday marks the second Sunday of Lent, and the first in our Lenten Series, Entering the Passion, which moves through the days of Holy Week beginning with scriptures we usually hear on Palm Sunday (Matthew 21:1-11).

To see a preview for our Lenten series, click here.

We enter the story by attending the parade. Jesus enters Jerusalem and we enter with him, imagining what it was like to witness this pivotal event in the last week of the life of Jesus. We often think of the palm parade as a joyous occasion, but there’s another side to this parade that represents risk. Jesus knows that he will be noticed by the ruling elite. He knows that as he rides into town heads will turn and those in power will begin to wonder about the implications of his growing popularity. Where do you stand on this day? As you enter into the scriptures can you cast yourself in this story? 

Are you one of the disciples who goes to find a donkey, aiding in Jesus’s subversive act of defiance and maybe giggling like a teenager who knows they will stick it to the man. Or perhaps you’re standing by the gates as Jesus’s biggest fan, waving palms and leading the crowd in cheers. But maybe you’re standing in the background, unsure of whether or not you want to risk your own reputation along with his. Maybe you cast yourself as his mother, proud but also deeply afraid. And maybe you don’t like to be front and center, but prefer the quiet role of the donkey, supportive in presence. 

The list goes on, each one with their own implications as to how we follow Jesus Christ this Lenten season. Any which way we go, we go together with Jesus leading the way all the way to the sacred cross.

This Sunday we’ll also install Elders as part of the Ordered ministries of the Presbyterian Church. Ordered Ministries are gifts to the church to order its life so that the ministry of the whole people of God may flourish. The existence of these ordered ministries in no way diminishes the importance of the commitment of all members to the total ministry of the church (Book of Order). 

And finally, last but certainly not least, we will also celebrate The Lord’s Supper.

See you Sunday,
Nicole

Outreach and Deacon Ministry

All are welcome to participate 

Street Chaplaincy ~ Tuesday, March 24th
Won’t you please join us? Save these upcoming dates, June 30 & October 6, for evenings of service for The Street Chaplaincy! St. Luke and other local congregations partner with The Street Chaplaincy to host Tuesday night Wellness Gatherings, where we join the street community in worship and share a meal together. More to follow when the dates draw closer. If you’re interested in serving, please email Michael Baranowski at .

Mill Street Meal ProvidersMonday, April 6th, Group B

St. Luke Prayer Shawl Ministry ~ Sunday, March 29th, 11:15 AM-12:30 PM
Today, knitters and crocheters of all faiths are creating handmade shawls for people in need, as gifts of comfort, hope, and peace. You can knit in the privacy of your own home or drop into a monthly knitting group. If you knit or crochet and would like to contribute to St. Luke Presbyterian Church Prayer Shawl Ministry, please contact Skipper Cummings or You do not need to be a member of St. Luke to participate. 

Special Event St Patrick’s Day, Street Chaplaincy Dinner ~ Tuesday, March 17th, First Pres San Rafael, 5:00-7:30 PM
 
St Luke will again be serving our unsheltered and food insecure friends on Tuesday, March 17th. For the Irish among us, you’ll recognize this as St. Patrick’s Day. It would be a goal of the food outreach ministry to serve a traditional dinner of corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes to 100 hungry guests. While we’d love to get the actual foodstuffs, we’re also asking for cash donations to help cover the meal costs.
 
Specifically, we seek to purchase:
 
·         30 lbs. of Corned beef
·         20 lbs. Russet potatoes
·         15 heads of cabbage:
·         15 boxes Jiffy cornbread
·         12 pkgs Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
 
Naturally, we still need people to help with the evening. This will include food prep, food service, table fellowship and clean-up. We have several people who are regular volunteers but we’re always looking for more willing souls. Please, won’t you join us? You’ll find it’s immensely satisfying. We’ll also be distributing the manna bags we recently assembled during service.
  
Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend 

The Universal Christ Lenten Book Study ~
During the Season of Lent, you are invited to join Nicole in a Lenten book study of Richard Rohr’s The Universal Christ. We will meet the following Wednesdays from 6-7 in the conference room. Please purchase a copy of the book on your own and let Nicole if you plan on attending. You do not need to attend all discussions to participate.
March 11th - Chapters 5-9
March 25th - Chapters 10-14
April 1st - Chapters 15-17

GODSPELL ~
Three Performances supporting the Street Chaplaincy at First Presbyterian Church, San Anselmo.
Friday, March 20th, 7:30 PM
Saturday and Sunday, March 21st and 22nd, 2:00 PM
Admission is free, but donations will be gladly accepted. Reserve your spot at www.theatreatlarge.org.

Acoustic Sunday ~ Sunday, March 15th, 10:00 AM
A relaxed service with guitars, piano, and percussion where we blend secular popular songs and hymns.

Women’s Gathering & Potluck ~ March 31st, 6:00 PM
Join us for fellowship, food, and fun as we “brainstorm” and plan for service and fellowship opportunities at St. Luke. Potluck details forthcoming! On the “table” for discussion will be Prayer Shawl Ministry, Hospitality Coordination, Women’s Association and ongoing women’s dinners/events.

Pizza & Theology ~ Tuesday, April 21st, 7:00 PM
Join us at Creekside Pizza & Taproom, 638 San Anselmo Ave. S.A., for pizza, beverages and engaging theological discussion.
There will be no Pizza & Theology in March.

Progressive Dinner ~ NOTE DATE CHANGE to April 25th
6:00 PM - Appetizers @ the home of Faye Blatt
7:00 PM - Dinner @ the home of Michael & Leighann Antieri or Deb and Bruce Bennett
8:00 PM - Dessert at TBD

There is still space available if you would like to attend. The cost per person is $50. Sign up with Laura Hislop after service or stop by the church office during the week.

Men’s Cursillo Weekend ~ April 23rd-26th
This is a weekend that will deepen your spiritual journey, deepen relationships and lead you into new friendships that could last a lifetime. For more info, please email John Bischoff at 

St. Luke Men's Group 2020 First Tuesday Every Other Month 6 PM
May 5th - Michael Baranowski
July 7th - John Lenser
Sept. 1st - Terri Mech
Nov.  3rd - Michael Antieri
Please email John at if you’d like to offer assistance to the hosts.

Ongoing Events

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
St. Luke Women’s Bridge - 4th Tuesday, March 24th, 10:30 AM
Session Meeting - 4th Tuesday, March 24th, 7:00 PM
Deacons Meeting - 2nd Tuesday, March 10th, 6:00 PM


About St. Luke
We are a community of people following the teachings of Jesus Christ built on God’s foundational love and grace.

Our mission is to practice love by following Jesus.

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