St. Luke's Episcopal Church

1504 Myrtle Street (P.O. Box 381)

Calistoga, CA 94515

Gospel: Luke 14:25-33

Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace.  So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.

Please join us for worship this Weekend, Sunday, Oct 4, 2022

This Sunday Father Mac will lead our worship at 10 a.m. both in the church sanctuary, corner of Myrtle and Berry Streets in Calistoga and via ZOOM.

ZOOM link below:

Zoom Link

Jacob Vito

Guest Preacher

Jacob Vito, a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and a junior at UC Davis, did an amazing job giving a sermon reflecting on the story from Luke about a rich man and a poor man, Lazarus. Both died and the rich man ended up in Hades. He pleaded with Abraham to send Lazarus, who was in heaven, “to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.” Jacob, who is 20, has spent several years attending St. Luke’s, even though it is a drive of some 75 minutes each way from his home in Davis. His parents, Mark and Melissa, were members of St. Helena’s Grace Episcopal Church before they moved to Pennsylvania several years ago.

Collect from Sunday, September 25

Our Father,

It is by faith that brings us together in this house of worship; opens our hearts to Thy teachings; inspires us to walk in Thy way.

Lord, grant us the strength in commitment and the desire for wisdom, living by faith in according to Thy Will, with stillness in mind and the grace of reverence, patience, and surrender; enabling the love of compassion, a greater sense of awareness and understanding gained through life’s trials and tribulations; a window to our spiritual ascension; as we abide in Jesus Christ, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 


As you may know, York and Elizabeth Wong have been writing weekly Collects for St. Luke’s Episcopal Church since the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020. We're reprinting them because they are worth re-reading.

Meet your

Mission Committee



Janet graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. She immediately started to work in San Francisco advertising agencies and stayed in that field for about seven years. She then changed sides of the desk and began selling commercial printing to the advertising agencies. Feeling constrained by the printing equipment owned by her employer, Janet started her own printing brokerage firm, enabling her to produce projects nationwide.

In 1980 she met Lowell Herrero, an advertising illustrator with art talent far beyond the commercial jobs he was illustrating. Janet and Lowell became partners, both in marriage and in business, and Janet became the business/marketing arm of Lowell’s new fine art business. The collaboration was wildly successful, allowing them to build a home and studio in Calistoga and move away from the hectic life of San Francisco.

Janet is now a widow, but she continues to market Lowell’s art through reproductions and licensing. She followed the Rev. William “Father Mac” McIlmoyl to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Calistoga and his preaching has inspired Janet ever since. She now serves at St. Luke’s Treasurer.

Zoom Master


Dave is a life-long Episcopalian, who has attended either Grace in St. Helena or St. Luke’s, Calistoga, for the past 25-plus years. He is a retired weekly newspaper editor and both he and his wife of nearly 40 years, Joni currently enjoy taking exercise classes near their Hidden Valley Lake home. Dave also is an avid bicyclist and enjoys old cars, including working on his 1971 VW bus. He has served as St. Luke’s Zoom master since March 2020 and joined the Mission Committee in January 2021. He and Joni currently share their home with three beloved pets, a dog and two kitties.

The Mission Committee at St. Luke's is comprised of seven. dedicated volunteers from the congregation. 

Each week we will feature two of those members.  Please let them know how you appreciate their service.  

Mission Committee

Weekly Announcements

Let's keep in touch!

If you'd like Dave Stoneberg to send these weekly notices to your loved ones or friends, please send their name and

email address to him at 

and he'll add them to our list. Thanks. 


Are you celebrating a birthday, anniversary or special occasion in October?  

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Yom Kippur

services planned

Oct. 5

The congregation of Calistoga’s St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1504 Myrtle St., will host a Yom Kippur Day service at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 5 in the church sanctuary. Everyone is welcome.

Altar Flowers

If you’re celebrating a birthday or wedding anniversary, providing altar flowers is a great way to mark the occasion.

Please send a donation of any amount to the church, P.O. Box 381, Calistoga, CA 94515 and mark it for “Altar Flowers.” Or donate below.


October is pet month

Do you know their humans?  

Whose Little Boy is hiding in a paper bag?

Email me if you can guess their owners.  A special prize will be awarded to the first people who correctly identify one or both.

We'll print the answer in next week's newsletter. 

We will feature parishioner's pets in the October weekly newsletter

and you may guess their owners.

Submit photos of your pet for future newsletters on the Monday following the Sunday service e.g.  Sept 26, Oct 3, 10, 17 & 24.  

Please note: Format images as jpg or jpeg and

limit size to under 5.0 mb.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church History


Earlier this year, St. Luke's Episcopal Church celebrated the 75th anniversary of the building of the church. But the congregation is much older than that, having first gathered in June 1917 for an Episcopal service in Calistoga. 

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