St. Luke's Episcopal Church

1504 Myrtle Street (P.O. Box 381)

Calistoga, CA 94515

Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12


In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near. ”This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’” Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. “I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”


Please join us for worship this Weekend, Sunday, Dec 4, 2022.


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

Collect from Sunday, Nov 27

Heavenly Father,


Thy ever-presence brings comfort

and strengthens faith.

Thy power and loving grace, bestowing upon us family, friends, and

wonders of this world, stirs our undeserving souls with humility, reverence, and awe. 


Thy goodness, mercy, and blessings, bring warmth and tenderness to the

heart, knowing we are loved. 


Lord, let us live each day with thanksgiving, mindful of these precious gifts, as we follow the path laid forth by Christ, our Savior, Who lives and reigns

with You and the Holy Spirit, one God,

now and forever.


Amen.




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.

2023 Pledge

 St. Luke’s

Everything is a gift. The degree to which we are awake to this truth is a measure of our gratefulness, and gratefulness is a measure of our aliveness.” Brother David Steindl-Rast

November 2022

 

Dear St Luke’s Family,



God’s grace and peace be with you in abundance!


It has become a tradition of mine to express my gratitude for your financial support of St Luke’s with more than just words. I do this by giving a handcrafted wooden cross to every pledging member of our church. I love making these crosses, and I know that the recipients find them quite meaningful. This year’s cross, inspired by a Celtic theme, is a real beauty. I will be handing these out in church on December 11, at the ingathering of our 2023 pledges.


On behalf of your Mission Committee, we are grateful that, with your support, we have weathered the worst of the COVID storm, and have even benefited from it. Had it not been for the sheltering-in-place, we would never have implemented the virtual ministries of video and zoom. St Luke’s is now available both at home and internationally! How cool, is that?!? These ministries would not have been possible without your generosity.


Perhaps the single greatest financial challenge of this past year was the renovation and restoration of the St. Luke’s Vicarage on Adele Street here in Calistoga.  It can not be underestimated how important that property is to the future of St Luke’s. Your Mission Committee voted to move forward with construction, and many of you stepped up financially to make the completion of the project possible. With the incredibly generous support of the Diocese, the job was done and a new tenant installed without having to go into debt. 


Thank you, Jesus! Always so much to be grateful for.


Our beloved preschool, Hearts and Hands, has gone through a time of transition as well. Staff changes, the opening of another preschool, and changes in the Unified School District, have all taken a toll. As our most significant outreach to the community, the need to support this ministry is crucial.


Our operating expenses for 2022 will total $124,650, and we anticipate that will increase to $134,300 in 2023. We ask your help to support St. Luke’s. The world has need of the Gospel message of faith, hope, and love now more than ever. As we practice our 4-7-8 breathing, and consciously “calm the storm” that rages all around us, the church acts an antibiotic to offset the cultural symptoms of stress, anger, and depression. These times are hard, yet Jesus promises a “peace that passes all understanding.” 


I believe the community of Calistoga has as much need for that promise as anywhere else, and I believe that promise is attractive and can grow the church.


As you pray about your financial support for the work of the Gospel, meditate on what St. Luke’s has come to mean to you and how it might benefit others. Pray about how grateful you are for the presence of God in your own life, and let your generosity flow from there. Come join us then on December 11, as we joyfully offer our financial commitments to God, and receive your gratitude cross. 


Below click on the button below to make your pledge for 2023. Please join others in the St. Luke’s family by making your financial pledge, a pledge that reflects your gratitude to the God who is nearer to us than breathing and gives us the strength to manifest Divine Love in this crazy world. 



Should you have questions about how to make a pledge or how to make your payments, feel free to contact our indomitable treasurer, Janet Herrero, at jgentile@salesprint.com or 415-990-3075.  


Pax, MAC+


2023 Pledge

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Adopt a Family

Dear Friends,
We hope this email finds you well! Napa County families have continued to experience great losses these past few years due to the pandemic, fires, and current inflation rates.
The holiday season is approaching rapidly, and we are excited to provide you with an opportunity to show your support and generosity to Napa County families in need.
Adopt a Family Ministry at Grace Episcopal Church in St. Helena, CA, has partnered with UpValley Family Centers, a 20-year non-profit organization providing support and resources to families in need. UpValley Family Centers have 50 families who has struggled greatly with the current inflation rates. According to UpValley, families have difficulty staying current with the cost of living. As rent, utilities, and food have increased for these families; it doesn’t mean their income has increased thus, many families have to get creative on making ends meet with the current cost of living. Many families have several jobs and have to choose between getting gifts for their children during these holidays or paying for rent, utilities, and food.
After months of hardship, these families need our support, and you can make a huge difference by signing up and adopting a family this holiday season. The family adoption process offers a few different ways to give based on your budget and available time.
How it Works:
Based on your budget and the time available, we will match you with a family that is a fit with your support level. You will receive an email after signing up, providing you with personal information regarding your adopted family in need. This information will include the number of adults and the ages and genders of the children in the family, along with any special requests and a note from the family you have adopted.
There are three options for you to show your support, get involved, and spread the holiday joy:
  1. You give, and the Adopt a Family team creates and delivers a holiday basket for you.
  2. Customize and create your own holiday basket for the family you receive and drop it off at Grace Church, and the Adopt a Family team will see that it is delivered.
  3. Make a cash donation to the Adopt a Family program through the online giving platform Realm.


Thank you for your consideration and support.


If you have any questions, please email Daphne Steele at adoptafamilyinfo@gmail.com or call Grace Episcopal Church at 707-963-4157

Click here to sign up!


Calistoga Food Pantry is still in need of our support through donations and also volunteering.


Gina Penna shared with us how St. Luke's can help. The food bank still operates out of the Fair Grounds every two weeks.


To volunteer and/or donate food,

please contact:

Gina Penna: 925/984-9374 or her email at regina_penna@yahoo.com.


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.


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St. Luke's Episcopal Church History


OUR 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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