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Sunday, November 25, 2018

This Sunday 

Dear St. Luke Community,

Last Sunday after worship we fed over 100 people waffles. Thanks to the leadership of Laura Hislop and all who served, we fed children and parents connected to ELM (Enriching Lives through Music) The children blessed us with cello and violin music and the room was packed with joy. What a gift it was! A highlight of my time here at St Luke for sure. 

This Sunday we celebrate with gratitude as we take in all we have to be thankful for. God provides us with eternal gifts we cannot purchase, earn or get rid of. Life itself is our greatest gift. Perhaps no one in our congregation knows this more than Terry Mech who had a near-death experience this past year. Terry will be bringing us the Word through testimony and his teaching title is “The Power of God.” The scripture is Matthew 6: 25-34.

I will be driving back from San Diego on Saturday so that I can have a front row seat to witness what Terry will share. I also look forward to giving thanks to God for all the blessings that the St Luke Community continues to be in all of our lives. 

May each of you be blessed with time to reflect on the many gifts that each of you are. You are a blessing. Thanks be to God.

See you Sunday,
Nicole

You Who Bless (by Jan Richardson)

You
who are
yourselves
a blessing

who know
that to feed
the hungering
is to bless

and to give drink
to those who thirst
is to bless

who know
the blessing
in welcoming
the stranger

and giving clothes
to those
who have none

who know
to care
for the sick
is blessing

and blessing
to visit
the prisoner:

may the blessing
you have offered
now turn itself
toward you

to welcome
and to embrace you
at the feast
of the blessed.

Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend

Ritter Center of San Rafael Christmas Gift Giving Program ~

With Advent and Christmas around the corner, we will be supporting Ritter Center of San Rafael in their Christmas Gift Giving Program. Ritter Center serves families and individuals in Marin County who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. On Sunday when you enter the Narthex (aka the front porch of the church) you’ll see a Christmas tree filled with tags. Simply take a tag with you and bring back an unwrapped gift for that child the following Sunday to place in the gift barrel. We will have until December 14th to drop off gifts.

Advent Season Series ~ Begins December 2nd, 10:00 AM
This year marks the 200th anniversary for the beloved song, “Silent Night.”  As we enter into this Advent Season we’re reminded of how much our world is in need of a pause, in need of calm. Join us this Advent Season as we journey together towards that holy night of peace.

Advent Kickoff with Guided Imagery ~ December 2nd, 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
You are invited to “A Taste of GIM”. Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) is a spiritual pathway that leads to freedom and profound experience of the presence of God. GIM is an invitation to take a long, loving look within, to walk inner pathways to self-discovery and to deep peace. Come and listen to music designed to bring images from your Soul for your life.
Led by Spiritual Director Debbie Dybsky and her GIM partners. 
Please grab or bring a lunch after worship before attending GIM.
Please RSVP to 

St. Luke Women’s Association Annual Christmas Tea & Program ~ Friday, December 7, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
Tea, Coffee, Sweets, and Savories with a Music Program and a RAFFLE. Invite your friends to enjoy St. Luke’s Holiday cheer. Invitation cards are available from Women’s Association members and in the church office. Raffle items may be dropped off in the church office.

Celebrate Christmas With Us! 
December 19th 7:00
~ This Season can be a tough time for many. Join us in our candlelit sanctuary as we listen to piano music and pastoral reflections as people who wait in darkness for light to appear.

December 24th ~ Christmas Eve Services at St. Luke

4:00 PM ~ Children’s Wiggle Service
Children and toddlers are invited to bring nativity pieces to the creche as we present the traditional Christmas manger scene through story and song.

Cider and Cookies between services.

5:30 PM ~ Candlelight Service 
Our traditional Candlelight service of Lessons, Carols and music.
Childcare available.

Continuing Events

All are welcome to attend

St. Luke Women’s Bridge Group ~ Tuesday, Nov 27th, 10:30 AM
(3rd Monday & 4th Tuesday, Sept. to May). 

Session ~ Tuesday, November 27th, 6:30 PM

Bible Study Series ~ Wednesday, Nov 28th, 9:30 AM  

Morning Women's Spirituality Group ~ Thursday. Nov 29th, 9:00 AM

St. Luke Women’s Assoc. Christmas Tree Decorating ~ Thursday, Dec 4th, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Deacons and Committees Meeting ~ Tuesday, December 11th, 5:00 PM 
Note new time.

Pizza and Theology ~ Tuesday, November 27th, 6:30 PM
Creekside, San Anselmo. 

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