Thank you to the Rambling House Band!

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On February 24th at 4:00pm St Luke and the West Valley Food Pantry hosted the “Rambling House Band” in a concert and fundraiser.

It was a wonderful evening, with such a rich variety of music – jigs, reels, music to get you moving and lyrics to get you listening (sometimes quite amusing!) – all in the Irish and Scottish traditions.  We raised over $1200 for the West Valley Food Pantry!

We really had a full house – glad that so many could come together in celebration of great music and concern about poverty in our area.

St Luke member Patrick D’Arcy plays the Uilleann pipes …sorry about the fuzzy picture!

Giotto at the Getty

a report, by Rosemary Capodieciimg_2047

thanks to the Buffs for this Photo

On February 1, a group of St Luke members and friends had a glimpse of the religious life of 14th century Italy without leaving home. Led by Cal State LA art historian, Dr Paul Anderson, we visited the Getty for an exhibition, “Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance.” We viewed an extraordinary group of paintings and illuminated (illustrated) manuscripts by Giotto and other master painters, art which showed the beginnings of naturalism and perspective that culminated in the work of Da Vinci and Michelangelo. Here we see the consecration of art and beauty to the enhancement of the worship experience. Pictures of the Madonna and Child, the Crucifixion, Christ and the Saints, scenes from the Bible, were painted on single panels of wood, on triptychs (3 panels) and polyptychs (5 panels), art which had once adorned church and chapel altars in 14th century Italy. In an age of illiteracy when the Bible was written in Latin, these paintings and manuscripts visually presented the religious figures and central stories of Christianity and their beauty called the faithful to devotion. A rich feast of gold leaf, lapis lazuli blue, carmine red, their visual glory lifted the spirits and invited the worshipper to turn from the mundane and seek God.

And, my spirits were most definitely lifted after viewing this world-class exhibit, with a panoramic view of the Santa Monica Bay providing a spectacular outdoor backdrop. Dr. Anderson’s enthusiasm for his subject was contagious and his seemingly encyclopedic knowledge added immensely to our enjoyment. Our group actually picked up quite a few eavesdroppers as we moved through the exhibit. One grew so bold as to loudly demand Dr. Andersen speak up as she could not hear him. Perhaps, Pastor, you missed your chance to do a little proselytizing there. We could have handed out St Luke flyers. As we were carpooling, we also had fellowship, and an illuminating time (deplorable pun) was had by all. Many thanks to Dr. Anderson and Pastor.

The surpassing value of knowing Christ

A theme for Lent, 2013

This image is from a Giotto crucifixion scene.  St Luke members were inspired by a recent visit to the Giotto exhibit at the Getty.

This image is from a Giotto crucifixion scene. St Luke members were inspired by a recent visit to the Giotto exhibit at the Getty.

“… I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him …” from Philippians 3

It may be that we’re in recovery from the “great recession,” but it sometimes seems like it’s just hit. We’re still adapting to what seems like a different world. The relevant adage is “count your blessings.” I don’t know that we need to keep score, but there may be wisdom in noticing, whatever may be happening in my life, how amazing it really is that I get to spend an afternoon with this person. Or, what a blessing it is, that as I sit here taking in the Ocean with my eyes, it’s so warm, and it’s Winter!

So to the question for Lent: do we think about faith this way? It seems to me that you do. Whether it’s a generous gift towards a new organ or showing up week after week to fold lengthy bulletins, you show how much you are committed to and value faith in Christ. Paul, writing from prison in the text above (which we’ll be hearing one Sunday this Lent) writes about “the surpassing value of knowing Christ.” God has made a connection with us so vital, so rich in blessing, that all of life is new. We are constantly finding new reasons to give thanks, and finding that what seemed important before is thrown into perspective.
The season of Lent (“Spring”) originated as a time for candidates to prepare for baptism at Easter – the bath where we die to sin and arise to eternal life. Lent is about dying to sin: saying “what was need no longer be.” I think of stories about early converts from paganism losing social acceptance and familiar gods, “suffering the loss of all things … in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him.”
And what gain! I pray that Lent be a time when we discover in new ways what we gain in knowing Christ. In the Sundays to come, notice how often the assigned readings In the Sundays to come, notice how often the assigned readings invite us to consider gain and loss in the life of faith:
-Jesus refuses what the devil offers, to do the will of God for us;
-God calls to the waters and wisdom of salvation, freely given
– A prodigal son loses everything, but not the embrace of his father
-A woman squanders expensive perfume on Jesus before his death.
Also, in daily devotions and in midweek prayer, we consider the “Seven Wonders of the Word.”

Serving in Worship February – 2013

February 3 8:30
Lector – Arne Jensen
Greeter – Janet Thoma
Usher – Bill Thoma
Acolyte – Christian Wylie
Counters – David Primuth

February 10 8:30
Lector – Karl Wylie
Greeter – Brian Jessen
Usher – (open)
Acolyte (open)
Counters – Weaver/Wenzel

February 13 Ash Wednesday
Lector – Joe Buff
Greeter – Julie Jensen
Usher – (open)
Acolyte – Joe Hillesland

February 17 8:30
Lector – David Primuth
Greeter – Mirith Colao
Usher – Roman Colao
Acolyte – Jacob Colao
Counters – Jones/McGarrah

February 24 8:30
Lector – Niklas Hammon
Greeter – Randy Kistler
Usher – Erik Pontoppidan Jr.
Acolyte – Kristofer Hammon
Counters – Ivanjack

February 3 10:45
Lector – Neil Gillespie
Greeter – Helen Schnieders
Usher – Joy D’Arcy
Acolyte – Tierna D’Arcy
Counters – David Primuth

February 10 10:45
Lector – Sue Ivanjack
Greeter – Julie Gilson
Usher – Lynn Gilson
Acolyte – (open)
Counters – Weaver/Wenzel

February 17 10:45
Lector – Mary Ann Hausner
Greeter – Brad Wood
Usher – Nancy Wood
Acolyte – Isaac Hillesland
Counters – Jones/McGarrah

February 24 10:45
Lector – Felicia Oguntomilade
Greeter – Anna Buesing
Usher – Karen Buesing
Acolyte – (open)
Counters – Ivanjack

Altar Guild
Joy Wenzel

Communion Bread
Joy Wenzel

Altar Flowers
Feb 10 Larry & Sue Ivanjack

Lock up:
Grace Road Church