News and Needs

Memory Garden Update

The first phase of work on the Memory Garden, adjacent to the sanctuary, has been completed.  If you have not yet purchased a brick inscribed with your name, a name of a loved one, or a special thought/quote - contact Laura Hislop today.  Bricks are $100, covering the cost of the brick and a donation to the Memory Garden.  

Remembering Florence Johnson

Florence Johnson, a long time member of St. Luke passed on September 3rd after a brief illness.  She was 85 years old.  Florence was an active member at St. Luke and was a dedicated Sunday school teacher.  Her family suggests memorial gifts in memory of Florence be made to either to St. Luke Presbyterian Church or to WildCare.

Food Addicts (FA) Support

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) group meets at St. Luke on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings.  If you, like many of us, have trouble controlling the way you eat, the FA offers a solution for all forms of food addiction.  For more information, contact Barbara, 415-717-1424,, or the church office.

Your Pastor Nominating Committee News

The survey responses have been compiled and the PNC will be creating our Mission Vision Study and Mission Information Form.  These documents will be shared with prospective pastor applicants.

The following individuals are serving on the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC):

John Bischoff (Chair), Ara Apkarian, Diane Bagley, Michael Baranowski, Ada Endress, Sharon Dowson, John Lenser, George Livingstone, Jean McKechnie, Lynn Mercurio, Dennis Rolstad, George Tuttle and Ted Vogelaar.

Deacons Ministry

Thank you to all who donated to the deacons fund for the San Pedro Elementary School backpacks.  The deacons and Cub Scout Troup 53 collected and purchased enough school supplies to give San Pedro Elementary School 70 filled backpacks.

Special thanks to Kathleen Murphy and her team of Scouts and their parents who filled the backpacks on Sunday, August 24th.  Way to go!

The deacons' ministry for September is Homeward Bound of Marin’s; their mission of “opening doors to safety, dignity, hope and independence” is coupled with a vision that “everyone deserves a place to call home.”  Visit their website for more information:


 Stephan Ministry

An exciting caregiving ministry and a half-day introductory event for all who are interested in serving as trained lay caregivers who provide high-quality one-to-one Christian care to people experiencing various difficulties in life. The cost is $15 per person or a group flat rate of $50 for four or more. The workshop will be at Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church in Moraga, CA on Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9 AM to 1 PM. For more information, visit, call 314-428-2600, or contact the church office.

Jews for Jesus

Jews for Jesus extends an invitation in celebrating their Rosh Hashanah (Wed, Sept 24, 2014, 7pm) and Yom Kippur (Fri, Oct 3, 2014, 7pm). Both services will be held at West Portal Lutheran Church, 200 Sloat Blvd., San Francisco. For more info, please call Rob Wertheim, 415-864-3600, ext 1113 or email Flyers available in the office.

Come Ride with Us, September 20 to 25, 2014

Tour the beautiful Northern California Coastline, from Orick to Sausalito, 360 miles over 6 days or chose a 1 or 2 day ride.

Your Participation will Accomplish

Helping many food pantries along the Northern Coast of
California, seeking to provide Protein rich foods like Canned Tuna and Chicken, Peanut Butter and Milk to Families, Seniors and Children.

For more Information and to Register or Donate

Ride Organized by The Hunger Task Force

Presbytery of the Redwoods
Patty Sanders, Ride Director