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.
Christmas in America is generally a season of unremitting cheer. As such, it makes little room for Advent, which asks us to reflect upon realities that are anything but calm, bright, gentle, or cheery. This year, we will look to Luke's Gospel and allow ourselves to be unsettled, provoked and perhaps even saddened by what we hear. Advent is a time of yearning and expectation, and only when we fully enter into this holy season can we discover what Christmas "cheer" is truly about.
Join us Sundays in Advent at 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM
Advent-Epiphany Bible Study on St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians
On Sunday, December 2nd we will begin a verse-by-verse study and discussion of the Letter to the Galatians. This fascinating epistle, written in a time of conflict, includes deep and abiding reflections on the relationship of grace and law and the meaning of faith in Jesus Christ. Please bring a personal Bible, preferably one you are willing to write in, and join us downstairs at 9:10 a.m.
The Blessed Virgin Mary as an Icon of Prayer
This December, we will meet on Wednesday evenings at 5:45 p.m. to explore the relationship of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Christian practices of prayer and contemplation. If you wish, please bring images, statues, rosaries, prayer cards or other devotional items related to St. Mary for inclusion in an advent altar in our downstairs classroom.
The Contemplative Practices Study Group is followed by the Candlelight Centering Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Luke’s sanctuary. You are welcome to attend one or both of these events.
St. Luke’s will be offering three services on Christmas Eve:
3:00 PM Children’s Service with Children’s Homily
6:00 PM Holy Eucharist Service
10:00 PM Holy Eucharist Service
Please join us for the singing of Christmas carols beginning 30 minutes before the 6:00 PM and 10:00PM Services.
Beginning on the Feast of All Saints, Thursday, November 1st, we will have the first meeting of the Anglican Spirituality Small Group Study at the home of Karen Tomlin and Don Richmond at 935 El Oro Drive (off Dairy and Incline in Auburn).
The only thing that you need to bring is a searching mind, an open heart, and a willingness to eat sundry goodies!
In the past, St. Luke's has tried three different Thanksgiving Day services. We've done an 8:00 a.m. Eucharist, a pre-Thanksgiving vigil, and a Thanksgiving evening Centering Prayer service. This year, Mthr. Jana will offer a 10:00 a.m. Eucharist with hymns on Thanksgiving Day. Please spread the word and join us!
Join family and friends, children and pets, on a 5K walk or 10K run through the beautiful streets of downtown Auburn. Start time is 9:00 AM at Central Square, High and Lincoln in Auburn. By 10:30, it’s all finished. So – before you give thanks, eat turkey dinner, watch football and relax with family, enjoy some exercise and community. Walk so that others may eat. Donations gleefully accepted – make checks payable to AIFC.
All St. Luke's parishioners and their guests are cordially invited to our Faith & Fellowship Monthly Breakfast, held on the third Saturday of each month at 8:00 am, Nancy's Cafe, 356 Elm Ave. Auburn 95603 (Across from Save Mart). We always have a lively conversation, including a discussion of the day's scripture reading in Forward Day by Day. Get your Saturday morning "groove" going with this fantabulous group of folks!
Our next meeting is on Saturday, November 17 at 8:00 AM.
Emmy-nominated for Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary, Almost Sunrise looks at war through the lens of "moral injury" the damage done to one's conscience or moral compass when that person perpetrates, witnesses, or fails to prevent acts that transgress their own moral and ethical values. The film follows two Iraq veterans fearful of succumbing to the epidemic of veteran suicide, who embark on a 2,700-mile walk across America as a way to confront their inner pain and discover an unlikely treatment: the restorative power of silence and meditation. Congregation member Rachel Howard will offer a screening of this film, followed by a live Skype Q and A with Emmet Cullen, a veteran interviewed in the film.
Join us on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM.
November 11: Baptism
November 18: Eucharist
November 25: The Gospel and Other Sacraments
November 11: Jesus, The Final Sacrifice (Hebrews 9: 23-28)
November 18: The New Living Way (Hebrews 10: 11-24)
November 25: The Feast of Christ the King (John 18:33-37)
Wednesday, October 31st
Please mark your calendars and plan on celebrating All Hallows’ Eve with St. Luke’s. Not only will we be participating in the downtown Trick-or-Treat by decorating our parking lot for a “Trunk-or-Treat” event (1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.), but we will also be celebrating a special All Hallows’ Eve service immediately after Trick-or-Treating ends (5:00 p.m.). Costumes are welcomed and encouraged. Please feel free to invite family and friends.
Wednesdays in October and November:
Please join us on Wednesday evenings at 5:45 p.m. in the downstairs classroom as we discuss spirituality and contemplative practices, followed by the Candlelight Centering Prayer service at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Luke’s sanctuary. You are welcome to attend one or both of these events.
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!
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.
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.
For more information, please contact us!
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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
All are invited to our monthly fellowship breakfast which includes food, friendship, and a lively devotional discussion. Bring a friend and join us!
What: Monthly Parish Fellowship Breakfast
Where: Nancy's Cafe 356 Elm Avenue, Auburn 95603
When: July 21, 2018, 8:00 a.m.
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?”
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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
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