Scripture and Theology Discussion Group: Isaiah
Sep
9
to Oct 14

Scripture and Theology Discussion Group: Isaiah

The Book of the Prophet Isaiah has been called the “Fifth Gospel.” The text is long, complicated and intimidating, yet there is great joy to be found in wrestling with its pages. Please bring your personal Bible and join us downstairs on Sunday mornings at 9:10 a.m. as we engage sections of Isaiah and experience the power of the text's prophecy, poetry, judgment and hope for ourselves.

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Children's Chapel
Sep
16
to May 19

Children's Chapel

Children of all ages are always welcome in church, as we believe their noise and presence enlivens our worship. After receiving communion, children (and parents, if they wish) are invited to leave the church with our teachers and attend a special Children’s Chapel service in the Parish Hall, which includes prayer, bible stories and crafts. Participation in this ministry is optional.

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Contemplative Practice Study Group
Sep
20
to Sep 27

Contemplative Practice Study Group

Wednesdays in September: The Voices of the Masters

The great spiritual teachers of our world speak in distinct voices, yet we should never forget to listen to the abundant and beautiful harmonies that so often arise when we bring those different voices together. This September, please join us on Wednesday evenings at 5:45 p.m. in the downstairs classroom as we listen to the voices of the masters as they speak of Love, Truth, Goodness, Beauty and Being. We end promptly at 6:45 p.m. so our group can attend the Candlelight Centering Prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

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Third Annual Women's Prayer Day
Sep
29
8:30 AM08:30

Third Annual Women's Prayer Day

Join us for our third annual Women's Prayer Day! This year's theme is: 

The Harvest Has Come: Faith and Fellowship Abound! 

Spend an extraordinary day with other women, praying and praising God. The program features speakers, activities, music and more. 

Space is limited & reservations are required by September 15. Please register by filling out the form below, or by emailing your RSVP to 2018WPD@gmail.com

Continental breakfast, lunch & snacks are included. There is no charge to attend; free-will donations are appreciated.

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The Blessing of the Animals
Sep
30
2:00 PM14:00

The Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, September 30, in conjunction with Bethlehem Lutheran Church: 1279 High Street, in Auburn.

On this day we celebrate St. Francis and our connection with all creation, especially the unconditional love that we give and receive from our animals, accompanied by music, refreshments and fun. Bring your animals to be blessed. We will also have a table for pictures of your deceased pets. All animals are welcome.

For safety, we ask that animals be leashed, crated, or otherwise restrained.

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Fall Festival Parish Picnic
Oct
7
12:00 PM12:00

Fall Festival Parish Picnic

This year we will kick-off our annual stewardship campaign with a parish picnic on Sunday, October 7th at 12:00 p.m.! Our theme is “Fall Festival” and there will be no Coffee Hour at St. Luke’s on this day. Instead, we are inviting everyone to join us for a catered lunch, refreshments and fellowship at the Meadow Vista Park as we enjoy the beauty of the season and spend time together as a parish family.

If you would like more information, or to offer a helping hand, please speak to Susan Barnsdale.

When: October 7th at 12:00 p.m. Where: Meadow Vista Park (1101 Meadow Vista Road, Meadow Vista) What: Fall Festival Parish Picnic!

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Auburn Art Walk
Sep
21
6:00 PM18:00

Auburn Art Walk

Thanks to the leadership of Vestry members Kim Small and Mo Stevens, St. Luke's will be participating in the Auburn Art Walk and inviting Auburn to see both our historic sanctuary and the artistic talent of our parishioners! We have need of hosts, docents, and other volunteers. Please speak with Kim Small or Mo Stevens if you would like to help.

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Parish Camping Trip
Aug
24
to Aug 26

Parish Camping Trip

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Calling all campers! Save the date for the annual St. Luke's parish camping trip. This year we will enjoy the natural beauty of Scotts Flat Lake. For more information, please contact us. There are sign-up sheets available in the St. Luke's Parish Hall. Cost is $50 per adult, $30 per child. All meals included! Hope to see you there! 


What: St. Luke's Camping Trip
Where: Scotts Flat Lake, Nevada City
When: August  24 - 26, 2018

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Jana Branson's Ordination to the Priesthood
Aug
23
7:00 PM19:00

Jana Branson's Ordination to the Priesthood

God willing and the Church consenting, Deacon Jana Branson will be ordained to the priesthood in Christ’s one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church at St. Luke’s on Thursday, August 23rd at 7:00 p.m. If you are able, please come and support Jana as she takes this final step in her journey towards the priesthood.

A reception will follow in the Parish Hall, and the newly priested Mthr. Jana Branson will preach and preside at both services on Sunday, August 26th!

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Barbara Gausewitz is Going to Seminary
Aug
12
8:00 AM08:00

Barbara Gausewitz is Going to Seminary

This fall Barbara will be leaving St. Luke's to attend the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX in order to study for the Episcopal priesthood.

Join us on Sunday, August 12 to hear Barbara preach a farewell sermon at both services, and for a festive coffee hour after the 10:00 AM service. 

If you would like to support Barbara and her future ministry, there are two ways you can assist her. Firstly, please pray for her daily! Seminary of the Southwest has asked every student to fundraise to minimize student debt (a serious problem for ministers). If you feel called to support Barbara in her ministry, please consider making a donation! Click the button below to learn more and to find ways to donate. 

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Contemplative Practic Group: Chambers of the Heart
Aug
8
to Aug 29

Contemplative Practic Group: Chambers of the Heart

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Join the Contemplative Practice Study Group for our August learning series: The Chambers of the Heart. David Marihart will be leading the first series, bringing his experience in Sufi spirituality to Centering Prayer. All are welcome! No experience with Centering Prayer or meditation is required! We'll meet downstairs at 5:45 on Wednesdays in August. 

The first class will focus on "Awareness of Breath". Other topics will include "Use of Breath and the Heart", and "Use of Breath in Centering Prayer." See you there! 

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New Ministry: Contemplative Practice Study Group
Aug
8
5:45 PM17:45

New Ministry: Contemplative Practice Study Group

On Wednesday evenings, St. Luke’s offers a Centering Prayer service in the sanctuary from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. As our contemplative community has grown, desire for more opportunities for practice, connection and teaching has grown as well!

We are excited to announce the formation of a Contemplative Study Group ministry that will meet Wednesdays from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. in the downstairs classroom. This new ministry will focus on teaching and fellowship, but will also offer retreats and other seasonal events! If you would like to me on the Contemplative Circle e-mail list, please submit your email below! 

Scheduled topics and teachers include:

  • August (8,15, 22 & 29): Breathing Practice and the Chambers of the Heart, led by David Marihart.
  • September: Sacred Words: Sharing Poems and Passages that Inspire, led by David Judd
  • October and November: Reading and Discussing The Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault, led by Linda Franklin.
  • December (5, 12, 19): Full of Grace: St. Mary as an Icon of Contemplative Life, led by Fr. Brian Rebholtz
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Christian Learning Series: Unbelievable-- Asking and Answering Questions About Faith
Jul
1
to Jul 29

Christian Learning Series: Unbelievable-- Asking and Answering Questions About Faith

Do you ever get uncomfortable talking about God? Join us for a new Christian Learning Series exploring common questions about faith, and examining the Christian response. We’ll take an understanding and positive approach to these questions—which many of us have asked ourselves— and will dive into scripture, tradition, history, and reason to try and find answers. Join us downstairs at 9:00 am for this discussion! 

  • July 1: “If God made everything who made God?”
  • July 8: “Hasn’t the Bible been disproved by science?” 
  • July 15: “If I’m a good person, do I really need a Savior?” 
  • July 22: “If Christians are all about love, why are there so many religious conflicts?  
  • July 29: “I’m very spiritual. Why would I need to go to church?” 
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The Petal Connection
Jun
5
to Jul 5

The Petal Connection

Have you heard of the Petal Connection? This Placer-County based organization makes bed-side boquets from donated flowers to bring cheer to those who are ill or on hospice. Want to know how you can help?  The best way is leave clean, 14.5 oz or 10.75 tin cans in the Parish Hall. Let your trash become a beautiful vase for someone in need! If you have questions about this ministry, please contact us. 

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Education For Ministry Graduation
May
11
7:00 PM19:00

Education For Ministry Graduation

Please join us Friday, May 11, 7:00 pm, at Trinity Cathedral in Sacramento as we celebrate the graduation of Sue Webb and Tom Stephenson from the EFM program. They have successfully completed a four-year commitment of study of the Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, and Theology to strengthen their ministries and find new ones.  The next session will begin this Fall. If you are at all interested in learning more about this program, please contact us

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Exploring Centering Prayer Class
May
9
to Jun 6

Exploring Centering Prayer Class

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Are you interested in exploring the spirituality of Centering Prayer in greater detail and with more guidance? If so, please join parishioner David Judd and Fr. Brian as they co-lead a new offering on Centering Prayer. Classes will be held in the downstairs classroom on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m., and will include check-ins, mindful movement, guided practice and instruction. After the class ends, we will head upstairs to the church for St. Luke's weekly Centering Prayer service. Class topics include:

  • May 9 – The Intention to Surrender
  • May 16 – Surrender and Perception
  • May 23 – Putting Teeth in Our Intention
  • May 30 – The Nature of Thought
  • June 6 – The Fruits of Centering Prayer
  • TBA  – Optional Half-Day Retreat!
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Christian Learning Series: The Second Letter of Peter
May
6
to May 27

Christian Learning Series: The Second Letter of Peter

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The Second Letter of Peter is an oft-overlooked and largely hidden scripture. Highly controversial in the early Church, this scripture is filled with teachings and stern warnings about the dangers of departing from the faith. Among its most constant refrains is the call to trust and rely upon the promises of God in Christ. Please bring a bible in your preferred translation and join us as we read and discuss the Second Letter of Peter verse by verse!

All classes will be in the downstairs classroom at 9:00 AM! 

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Summer Preaching Series I: The Celebration of Faith
May
6
to Jun 3

Summer Preaching Series I: The Celebration of Faith

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From the very beginning, Christian faith has always been filled a sense of exuberance and excess. “Look,” says Tertullian, “at how [Christians] love one another, and are ready to die for one another!” These are moving and inspiring words. Yet, for many of us, this sense of faith as an all-consuming and passionate love affair is largely absent from our lives. In our first preaching series of the summer, we will turn to the upcoming feasts and festivals of the Church as an opportunity to rekindle our love and devotion.

  • May 6 – Feasts, Festivals and the Life of Christ
  • May 13 – The Feast of the Ascension
  • May 20 – The Feast of Pentecost
  • May 27 – The Feast of the Holy Trinity
  • June 3 – The Feast of Corpus Christi
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Christian Learning: Stepping Up To Life; Living the Beatitudes
Apr
15
to Apr 29

Christian Learning: Stepping Up To Life; Living the Beatitudes

Many of us are perplexed by the beatitudes, but what if they provided a step-by-step outline for spiritual maturity? Join us in Eastertide downstairs at 9:00 a.m. for this three-week exploration of Jesus’ best-remembered sermon. The discussion will be led by the Rev. Dr. Donald Richmond and will be organized around the following themes.
April 15 – Foundations of Spiritual Maturity
April 22 – Focus and Functions of Spiritual Maturity
April 29 – Fallacies of Spiritual Maturity

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Service of the Great Vigil of Easter
Mar
31
7:00 PM19:00

Service of the Great Vigil of Easter

Join us on Saturday, March 31, to celebrate the Great Vigil of Easter, one of the oldest Christian rites. We will begin in darkness before lighting the New Fire and celebrating Christ's triumphant conquest over death! 

What: Great Vigil of Easter
When: March 31, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Where: St. Luke's Sanctuary

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Good Friday Service
Mar
30
7:00 PM19:00

Good Friday Service

The solemn service of Good Friday is a prayerful time to remember Christ's death for us. Our service will include reading the Passion narrative and veneration of the cross.   

What: Good Friday Service
When: March 30, 2018 7:00 PM
Where: St. Luke's Sanctuary

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Maundy Thursday Service
Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

Maundy Thursday Service

Join us to commemorate the Last Supper, and Jesus' command to love and serve our neighbor. Our service will include Holy Eucharist and stripping the altar. Members of the parish and community are invited to keep vigil in the church for an hour or two. 

What: Maundy Thursday Service
When: March 29, 2018, 7:00 PM
Where: St. Luke's Sanctuary

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Holy Week Services
Mar
26
to Mar 31

Holy Week Services

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St. Luke's will hold services every day during the week between Palm Sunday and Easter. Monday – Wednesday will have a simple Eucharist at 7:00 PM. Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil of Easter will also be at 7:00 PM. Join us to reflect on God's greatest act of salvation for the world. 

What: Holy Week at St. Luke's
When: March 26 – 31, 7:00 PM
Where: St. Luke's Sanctuary

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Soup and Silent Prayer
Feb
21
to Mar 28

Soup and Silent Prayer

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All are invited to join us on Wednesday evenings in Lent for the practices of fellowship and Centering Prayer. We will begin with a simple dinner of soup, salad, and bread in the Parish Hall at 6:30 p.m. At 7:00 p.m. we will move over into the chapel for a service of silent prayer and contemplative teaching by candlelight. We end no later than 8:00 p.m.

Help with meals is encouraged. Sign-ups for soup, salad and bread are in the Parish Hall, or you can email us.

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Lenten Preaching Series–Powers and Submissions: The Mystery of Christ
Feb
18
to Mar 25

Lenten Preaching Series–Powers and Submissions: The Mystery of Christ

The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are the heart of the Christian gospel, and for this reason, Good Friday and Easter are the two most significant celebrations of the Christian year. Lent is a season of preparation and repentance during which we anticipate these saving mysteries, modelled on Jesus’ forty-day sojourn in the wilderness.

 This year, our Lenten preaching series will attempt to explore and deepen the many facets of this season, reminding us that even in the midst of suffering and death, our hearts are centered on union with Christ.

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The Reconciliation of a Penitent: Remembering Confession in Lent
Feb
14
to Mar 31

The Reconciliation of a Penitent: Remembering Confession in Lent

The Book of Common Prayer contains two orders of service for private confession, known officially as the Reconciliation of a Penitent. Making a private confession is a traditional and powerful spiritual practice, and the choice to confess or not confess to a priest is governed by the old adage: All may, some should, none must. This Lent, Fr. Brian will be reserving Saturday afternoons for hearing confessions, and will also be available by appointment. If you would like resources or help preparing for confession, please speak to Fr. Brian.

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Ash Wednesday Services
Feb
14
7:00 AM07:00

Ash Wednesday Services

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the Lenten season. Join us for a traditional Ash Wednesday services at St. Luke's, which will include Holy Eucharist and the Imposition of Ashes. 

There will be three services offered: 7:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 7:00 pm. 

What: Ash Wednesday Service
When: February 14, 2018 at 7:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 7:00 PM
Where: St. Luke's Sanctuary
 

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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Feb
13
4:00 PM16:00

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

St. Luke's Annual Pancake Mardi Gras is coming! This is a wonderful chance to celebrate together before the start of Lent. Feast on pancakes, eggs, and sausage; win wonderful raffle prizes; and visit with family and friends. Tickets are available at the door ($8 for adults, $4 for children and students.) Questions? Don't hesitate to contact us

What: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
When: Feb. 13, 2018 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: St. Luke's Parish Hall

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St. Luke's Annual Meeting
Feb
4
11:45 AM11:45

St. Luke's Annual Meeting

The St. Luke's Annual Meeting will be on Sunday, February 4th immediately following the 10:00 am service. All parishioners are encouraged to attend!

Join us to enjoy coffee and treats while we review our mission and ministry goals from last year, discuss goals for this year, elect new Vestry members, and celebrate the fantastic work of our lay ministers and the power of the Holy Spirit in our parish!


 

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Epiphany Christian Learning Series: The First Epistle of John
Jan
21
to Feb 11

Epiphany Christian Learning Series: The First Epistle of John

Children of Light: The First Epistle of John


The First letter of John is similar to the Gospel of John in style, vocabulary and imagery,, and evidence suggests that 1 John was written as part of an intense debate on the proper interpretation of that gospel. Join us in January and February as we read through this epistle line by line and untangle the spiritual issues at stake!


Jan 21 – 1 John 1-2
Jan 28 – 1 John 3
Fen 4 –  1 John 4
Feb 11 – 1 John 5

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Christmas Morning Service
Dec
25
8:00 AM08:00

Christmas Morning Service

Join us to celebrate the birth of Christ! We'll have one service, with Holy Communion, on Christmas morning at 8:00 am. This is a great way to start the day before your family festivities. 

What: Christmas Morning Service
When: Dec. 25, 2017, 8:00 a.m.
Where: St. Luke's Sanctuary

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Christmas Eve Service–10:00 p.m.
Dec
24
10:00 PM22:00

Christmas Eve Service–10:00 p.m.

All are invited to celebrate the beautiful and holy event of Christ's Nativity! Our 10:00 p.m. "midnight" will include candlelight, worship with our choir, and Holy Communion. All ages are welcome in this service, including children! Join us at 9:30 p.m. for carol singing before this special service. 

What: Christmas Ever Service -- 10:00 p.m.
When: Dec. 24, 10:00 p.m.
Where: St. Luke's Sanctuary

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