St. Luke's Episcopal Church

1504 Myrtle Street (P.O. Box 381)

Calistoga, CA 94515

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Gospel: John 9:1-41

Fifth Sunday in Lent - The Episcopal Church

Gospel: John 11:1-45

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” But when Jesus heard it, he said, “This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” 

Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?”Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world.

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Join us on Sunday, March 26

Rev. Stephen Carpenter will be presiding.

We gather for worship at 10 A.M., Sundays in the sanctuary of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1504 Myrtle St. in Calistoga. Please join us.

We offer Livestream services at 10 A.M. Sundays. For more information, click the link below.

Livestream link

Collect for Sunday, March 26, 2023

written by York & Elizabeth Wong

Heavenly Father,

If faith is the ability to walk with God without knowing, then let us surrender to Thy plan, for Thy will be done.

In so doing, help sustain our faith when we grow weary and are prone to stumble and fall.  Offer us the indwelling of the Holy Spirit when hardness consumes the heart.

Give us hope to overcome our trials and the ones we have yet to endure.

Grant that we may shine Thy wondrous love, a love without borders nor expectations. One that practices tolerance, patience, and compassion; filled with the generosity of kindness.  A love that provides for the well-being of others and this world.  

We ask this in the name of Jesus, Who lives and reigns with Thee, and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Sandra Swetnam McIlmoyl

Sandra Swetnam McIlmoyl, 74, a 30-year St. Helena resident, died Friday, March 10, 2023 at home surrounded by her family. 

Sandy was born January 13, 1949 in Lexington, Kentucky and spent her early years cultivating a lifelong love of horses and dogs. She would ride her horse farm to farm with friends and had many stories of farm life. After graduating high school in Lexington and attending college at Georgetown College, Sandy applied her remarkable intelligence to a variety of jobs. In every professional setting, Sandy set the bar for integrity and an unfailing ability to inspire quick trust in her capabilities. 

Sandy met her cherished husband, William “Father Mac” McIlmoyl in Daytona Beach, Florida where they were married on June 8, 1985. They welcomed their beloved daughter, Biz Merry McIlmoyl, to the world on July 25, 1987 in Evanston, Illinois, where Father Mac was attending seminary. Always one to enjoy city life, Sandy loved living near Chicago and relished the environment and all it had to offer.

Sandy, Father Mac, and Biz moved to St Helena in 1993. Sandy flawlessly managed to raise Biz as always her top priority and simultaneously work in a variety of roles with fiscal responsibilities. During a portion of this time, Sandy took the early ferry daily to San Francisco to work and back. Sandy always did what was needed and was a never-ending source of dependability for her family. 

Sandy and Father Mac welcomed a son to their family when Biz married Tyler Neiburger in St Helena in 2020. Sandy was immensely proud of Biz’s work as a nurse practitioner and Tyler’s work as a firefighter with the St Helena Fire Department. Favorite evenings for Sandy in recent years were cooking delicious family dinners with “both her kids” home and relaxing. 

Sandy was also remarkably talented artistically. She was a painter, knitter, jeweler, and had an impeccable sense of design and color. She carried her love of dogs throughout her life and almost always had a well-loved canine at her side. Sandy’s and Mac’s yard is filled with plants she chose and cultivated, creating peaceful settings for conversation and being together with those she loved. 

For those who knew and loved her, Sandy was the ultimate source of “truth”. She was always ready with a listening ear and an insightful opinion and guidance. She will be deeply missed and always loved. 

Surviving family includes her husband, the Rev. William “Father Mac” McIlmoyl, their daughter, Biz McIlmoyl, and son-in-law, Tyler Neiburger.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, April 29 at Grace Episcopal Church in St. Helena. A reception will follow and all are welcome. 

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Our hosts Inge & Mike Rankin will be hosting Coffee & Fellowship on Sunday, April 2.

Moving forward Coffee Hour will be scheduled the first Sunday of each month. We look forward to chatting with you

at the next one.

Hearts and Hands Preschool

Plans 20th Anniversary Party

Calistoga’s Hearts and Hands Preschool will host a 20th Anniversary Celebration from 4-6 p.m., Saturday, May 13 at the preschool

1504 Myrtle St.

Tickets for the event, which includes wine and light bites, a silent auction and raffle, are $50 a person and available at the link below. The raffle is breakfast, lunch and dinner, a chance to wine and dine in style, at one of six Lincoln Avenue restaurants, a $600 value.

Restaurants include Calistoga Inn, Hydro, Pacifico, Sarafornia and Thai Kitchen. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and are available at the preschool’s website, click the link below.

Calistoga native Yoanna Contreras is the preschool’s director and Rosalinda Ramirez, another Calistoga native is lead teacher. Other teachers are Lussy Chavez and Ana Mendoza. Substitute teacher is Dale Durod.

The Hearts and Hands Preschool is located on the property of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.


Grace Episcopal, April 2

11:30 a.m. lunch

12:30 p.m. event

Grace Episcopal has organized this event to send food to the people of Syria and Turkey to help in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes.

If you are interested in voluntering your time, contact: Kerry Brackett,


Visit RISE website

Our Easter Wreath Making workshop

was a big success!

Our Junior Warden, Connie Rios Schellenger organized an Easter Wreath Making workshop. last weekend.

"It was a festive event and We all had so much fun making them and in addition and most important of all was the Fellowship we all shared and sharing with Luca Schwab." Connie Rios Schellenger

Sample wreaths shown in the photos above.

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.


Community Corner

Free compost, mulch event returns March 25

The second annual Mulch Madness event is coming to Calistoga on Saturday, March 25. Free Compost and mulch will be available for

local residents - first come, first serve - starting at 9 a.m. at the back parking lot of the Calistoga Community Pool located at 1745 Washington St.

County Supervisors meeting on YouTube

All meetings of the Napa County Supervisors will now be broadcast live on YouTube, including the upcoming meeting on March 28.

The Board added a Zoom channel (meeting ID: 842-343-169) as well. Meetings begin at 9 a.m.


Wildcat PTO seeks Grad Night donations

The Calistoga Wildcat Parent Teacher Organization is soliciting donations from the community to support Calistoga Sober Grad Night 2023.

Donations go directly toward games, entertainment and prizes for the students, and funds are badly needed.

Cash donations are preferred but any support is greatly appreciated. Make your tax-deductible donation payable to Calistoga Wildcat PTO, 1327 Berry St. Calistoga, 94515.Please note "Project Graduation" and use FEIN #88-2175293

Calistoga student band fundraiser

On March 27, the Pacifico Mexican restaurant on Lincoln Ave. will be the site of a benefit for the Calistoga Elementary Choir, the Calistoga Jr. High School Band and the Calistoga High School Band.

Each of the groups will perform between 3-9 p.m. Fifteen percent of all purchases that night will go to supporting the young musicians.

Calistoga Safety Day Saturday, April 1

City police and fire officials are expected to be on hand Saturday, April 1 along with a representative from a host of other public service agencies to give presentations and answer questions as part of the Calistoga Safety Day.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church History


In April of 2022, 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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