St. Luke's Episcopal Church

1504 Myrtle Street (P.O. Box 381)

Calistoga, CA 94515

Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11


When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”


As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’ Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Please join us for worship this Weekend, Sunday, Dec 11, 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, Dec 4

Father,


Let not this season of commemoration and thanksgiving for the birth and coming of Christ be a mere occasion, but a belief; a knowledge that remains constant in our daily life. A source that brings:

Humility for this seat at life’s table,

Hope that casts doubts and fears aside, and Faith, a trust that we place in the cradle of Thy hands.


For it is in knowing that we are loved, graced by Thy ever-presence, and gifted with redemption and life eternal, that inspires us to live a life of gratitude, honor, and charity; virtues laid forth in the scriptures, teachings, and the sermon we are about to receive.




Most gracious Father, replenish our hearts with hope and strengthen our faith with unwavering devotion, as we endeavor to be the flourishing branches of Thy loving vine.


In following the steps of Jesus Christ, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and ever after.


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

Stewardship: The Water Parable

3:56 minute video

Shown by Father Mac last Sunday

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+


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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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