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St. Luke's 2017 Annual Parish Gathering is scheduled for June 16 , 17, 18 at "The Bishop’s Ranch" in spectacular Healdsburg, CA.

Accepting Reservations Now

The final details are still being worked out, but you may now sign up for this year’s marvelous weekend in the wine country from June 16 - June 18 with your St. Luke’s family. We will partner again with parishioners from Christ Church Portola Valley for some of our activities – what fun that was last year!

We have 30 spaces reserved, and a number of attendees have already committed, so please let us know as soon as possible that you will be there. Sign-up sheets are available at the back of the church, in the church office, and will be inserted into this Sunday's service bulletins.

If you would like a copy emailed to you, please contact birgit@stlukessf.org.

Your reservation will cover 2 nights and 5 delicious, healthy meals. We have been assigned a series of rooms of varying size; once we know who will be joining us, we will assign rooms. We want everyone who wants to “retreat” with us to be able to come. If you need to get lined up with transportation, email Birgit.

Double Occupancy - 2 guests per room

$232 per adult

Standard Occupancy - 3-4 guests per room

$204 per adult

Young Guests - ages 13-18 $114 ea

ages 3-12 $62 each

Single Occupancy (only if available)

$325 per person

Rates for those staying off-site

$68 (per person, per day)

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A 2016 reflection from the Rev. Dana Corsello:

"Shared Retreat Magic"

Published in Diobytes, Monday, June 20, 2016

Matthew Burt and I became friends through our work on the Executive Council. When he discovered that St. Luke’s, San Francisco, and Christ Church, Portola Valley were sharing the same weekend for parish retreats at the Ranch, he contacted me and asked if I’d like to do some joint planning. Of course!

What unfolded was a new friendship and bond for Beth — the rector at Christ Church — and me and a retreat that was fully shared among our congregations — all programming, childcare, worship, and fun. It was a risk but we both agreed to go for it! As Paul wrote, there are many members of Christ’s body. What Christ Church brought to the weekend we were lacking and what they needed we could provide. Beth and I shared the movie theology and small group work and even Sunday’s sermon. New friendships were forged and old friendships reconnected. One of my parishioners went to Stanford with one of hers. They were shocked to see each other at the Ranch, of all places! Our senior wardens connected and vowed to stay in touch.

It was really beautiful. We also shared the expenses of childcare, art, and the incredible honky-tonk band we hired Saturday night. The pictures are of the wine tasting hosted by Christ Church on Saturday night (my folks loved it) and a selfie of Beth and me.

Friendships and the church are being strengthened all over the diocese. We’ve already committed to next year together!

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