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Dear St Luke Community,

This Sunday, Guitar Sunday and Waffles after worship. Invite your neighbors.

This past week at Pizza and Theology we spoke about more than I can cover in this
email. We had a great time. One of the things we talked about is perception of churches
among those who aren’t familiar with churches. People learn through social media,
movies, the news and television. That isn’t good news for us because most of what’s
depicted is an intolerant, judgmental, reward and punishment kind of theology.
We know that’s not what we do at St Luke, but how do we communicate that with the
world?

This Sunday’s Gospel of Mark (1:14-20) brings us to Jesus saying this to future disciples;
“Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” Other translations say “I will make
you fishers of men.”

So whatever we do, we have something to provide for others. Whether that is service,
mission or making disciples, I would suggest that it begins by example through what
we do, rather then what we say. However, it’s still really important to be able to name
what it is we do, how it feeds others and how it feeds us.

There’s a wonderful few lines in a Carrie Newcomer song and it’s this Sunday’s bulletin
quote.

You never talk much in a fishing boat
It just scares the fish away
You just give it time, and watch your line

So what’s our line? What do we say to invite others in. If talking too much scares others
away, maybe we simply dedicate ourselves to our mission statement…really take it to
heart. In everything we do and everything we say;

To practice love by following Jesus. We do this by-

Understanding faith as a verb~That “in the doing” of our faith we practice loving and serving
others as we understand Christ to have loved and served others; through compassion, inclusion, acceptance, and understanding. 

So we welcome everyone. We listen to one another, we learn from one another and honor one another’s lives as we journey together through life. And we trust that we never have to rely on ourselves alone, but look to God who connects and sustains all.

Worshiping God~ We honor the traditions of Word and Sacrament because we value their
timeless beauty, mystery and meaning. We seek a relevant experiential understanding of the Bible through the experiences of an ancient people, who like us, are searching for deeper relationship with God.

The second part of that statement involves Worship. I can’t stress this enough. If there is
one thing you can do for your community it’s to show up on Sunday. To resist the urge
to stay in bed or go for a hike or say yes to brunch with a friend. I do understand that
things get it the way, but if you’d like to see more new people come back a second time,
they are more likely to do so having experienced the sanctuary filled with the energy of
60 instead of 40. It makes a huge difference. The more you commit the more you will
receive, not just with your attendance but with your whole heart. That’s how this all
works. But don’t take my word for it. Listen to the ancient wisdom that lives in
scripture.

You shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart
with all your soul
and with all your might.

(Deut 6:5)

See you Sunday,
Nicole

Upcoming Events/Save the Date (see our Events Page for more details):

Fat Feast Tuesday, February 13th at 6:00pm. The night before Lent begins, this traditional celebration brings rich and delicious food together in community. Potluck in the Bayview room. A good time for neighbors and children of all ages to come and get to know one another. Email nicole@stlukepres.org

Lenten Adult Education Series, March 4th, 11th, 18th. Portraits of Jesus, taught by Gregory Love, Ph.D., Professor of Systematic Theology. Classes will follow worship at 11:15am each Sunday in the Bayview room. We will look at portrayals of Jesus to answer the question, “Who do you say that I am?” Drawing from Borg, Aslan and Love’s books, we will explore together different portraits of Jesus.

Mariners' Interfaith Sunday, March 4th at 10:00am. We gather in worship with the men and women who have shown their dedication in service to the ships and safety that preside over our cherished sea. The St Francis Yacht Club’s Sons of the Sea Mens Choir will bring the gift of music for this special occasion.

Continuing Events:

Guitar and Waffle Sundays - January 21st.  Held the third Sunday of each month is a more contemporary worship with guitars at 10:00. After worship we gather for waffles, crafts,songs and fellowship. Especially fun for children.

Bible Study, Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:30am.

Pizza and Theology,  January 16th at 6:30pm.  Every third Tuesday a group of about 10 meet around a table for pizza and talk about some of the more difficult topics and understandings. There is never a dull moment. If interested, please email nicole@stlukepres.org

Women’s Spirituality Group,  Friday mornings from 9:00 to 10:00am

St. Luke Women’s Association,  2nd Thursday of the month,  1:00pm, in the Bayview Room

Men’s Gatherings - The first Tuesday of most months, there is dinner gathering and speaker at someone’s home. At times there are as many as 30 men gathered and can be very informative and fun. If you’d like to be included in the email list, email office@stlukepres.org

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