St. Luke’s is pleased to welcome Victoria Barner as our Ministry Intern.
After seven years at Fuller Theological Seminary, the Lord willing, Victoria will graduate in June, 2014 with the degree of Master of Divinity. Originally from Batangas, Philippines, she enjoys the fellowship at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Wilmington. Victoria loves to make handmade invitation cards and gift boxes, and plays ping pong, bowling, and Scrabble. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve as an intern at St. Luke’s and looks forward to serving to the honor and glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Souper Bowl of Caring is a national movement started by youth. They believed they could use the energy around our nation’s largest sporting event to inspire Americans to make a difference. After 23 years, the movement has grown to include over 10,000 groups and has raised over $98 million to help fight hunger and poverty in local communities.
On Sunday, February 2nd, 160 million Americans will tune into the Super Bowl football game. There will be food and fun for many people watching the game. At the same time, there will be people struggling to feed themselves and their families for the day.
Again, St. Luke’ Presbyterian Church will join groups across America to do our part. Please bring non-perishable food items or a financial donation to St. Luke’s on February 2nd.
The collection will be donated directly to Harbor Interfaith Services in San Pedro, CA.
From January 12 to March 2, Pastor Sunny Kang will be preaching a series on the Beatitudes (from Matthew 5:3-12) titled “Salt and Light.” We will be considering the question: “How are we to live out our faith in our world?” or “How is the Church called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world?”
From December 27 through January 1, some of our youth joined Youth Journey’s 6th annual trip to Baja, Mexico to build homes for migrant farm workers and to work with the special needs children at the Casa Gabriel orphanage. On Sunday, January 5th, Lydia and Jennifer shared a few of their experiences with the congregation and will present a slideshow next Sunday.
(Photo courtesy of Youth Journey: http://www.youthjourney.org/missions.html )
Our joy is in God and in Jesus Christ. Like peace, joy is the gift from God. It overtakes us and fills us when we remember what God has promised to do.
We thank God for the hope we have, for the peace that was bestowed upon us, and for the joy that has been poured into our hearts.
O God of Joy, Emmanuel, send your light into our hearts and minds today that we may have the joy you promised. Amen.
The Lord spoke to Moses: Speak to the people of Israel and say to them: When you enter the land that I am giving you and you reap its harvest, you shall bring the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest. Leviticus 23:9-11
But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth. For this purpose he called you through our proclamation of the good news, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14
Sunday November 24th, St. Luke’s celebrated Thanksgiving with a very special First Fruits service. Our congregation brought fruits and vegetables to church to fill a bountiful table with edible offerings. These offerings will be given to the less fortunate for their Thanksgiving meal. The congregation came forward during the singing of the first hymn “Now Thank We All Our God” and placed the offerings in numerous baskets laid out on the table.
St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church
Invites you to our annual
Wassail Christmas Party
5:00 P.M. To 7:00 P.M.
Join us in the Sanctuary for
Christmas carol singing,
games for the kids.
R.S.V.P. Church Office (310.377.2825)
Help End Human Trafficking in the Philippines
One heart at a time, we can change cultures of violence into communities of peace with this year’s Peacemaking Offering. Supported by your gifts, Presbyterian Peacemaking Travel Study Seminar participants visit churches and communities in the Philippines–working to find ways to effectively end modern slavery.
To give, visit : presbyterianmission.org/give/peacemaking-offering