April 12, 2015

 Join Us This Sunday

9:00 am - Holy Communion with Children’s Time - Sanctuary
9:40 am - Sunday School Chapel - Conference Room
9:45 am - Journeys in Faith Gathering - Fireside Room
10:00 am - Refreshments - Heritage Hall
10:00 am - Sunday School - School Room
10:10 am - Adult Forum  “Claimed Gathered Sent-We Are Church” - Auditorium 

11:00 am - Choral Eucharist - Sanctuary
12:00 pm - Freedom in Christ Worship - Auditorium 
12:15 pm - Refreshments & Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall
1:00 pm - Central Gardens Worship - Church
1:30 pm - Young Women's Choral Projects  Sectional Rehearsal - Conference Room
4:00 pm - San Francisco Early Music Concert - Sanctuary 

Please be advised that there will be some detours around Van Ness this week due to construction.
Please click here for more information. 

Save the Date!
Summer Day Camp at St. Mark's: June 29-July 3, 2015

Children can come enjoy a week of faith-based fun here at St. Mark’s during the week of June 29 – July 3. Day Camp is a unique partnership between our congregation and Mt. Cross Lutheran Camp. Children will enjoy group games, arts & crafts, worship, community building activities and Bible Encounters. The camp is open to youth who have completed kindergarten through 6th grade. Visit http://www.stmarks-sf.org/summerdaycamp to sign up or for more information.

Yale Day of Service on Saturday, May 9th
Join us for the Half Moon Bay Maverick’s Beach Cleanup from 9am to noon - See more at http://yaledayofservice.org/find-service-site/half-moon-bay-mavericks-beach-cleanup
To register, email Pr. Bekah indicating your interest before May 1st.

Donate Flowers in 2015
The 2015 Flower donation chart is posted in the hallway across from the church kitchen. St. Mark's members and friends can sign up to donate flowers for the chancel on a Sunday by placing your name on the chart for the Sunday you wish. Your donation can be in memory of a loved one or in honor of a particular occasion. The donation is $50 and can be paid via check in the offering plate. Please note "Flowers" in the memo of the check.

Women’s Monthly Study Gatherings
April 14 from 11:00am to 1:00pm in the Fireside Room
All women are invited to come for study at 11:00 and then at noon to eat their sandwich or salad and share fellowship.  Drinks and dessert will be provided.  This year our focus will be on Transforming Life and Faith by Carol Scheersten LaHurd and our program topic for April is “Inspired by the Risen Lord.”
If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Smith at 415.285.7438 or suzathome@comcast.net.

Tea in The Tenderloin, Today
Lutheran Social Services of Northern California would like to invite the members of your congregation to join us for a Sunday afternoon of tea and delicacies. Come tour our amazing new office and learn about some of our exciting work serving the working poor and homeless in San Francisco and our “In the City for Good Campaign.” Sunday April 12, 2015  2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
191 Golden Gate Avenue (at Leavenworth) San Francisco, CA  94102

It’s time for a Spring Train Ride for St. Mark’s and Martin Luther Tower Seniors!
Wednesday, April 29, in the beautiful rolling hills near Suisun City populated with spring flowers we will board the “Scenic  Limited” train for an 11 mile ride.
Celebrate spring with a vintage train ride at the Western Railway Museum at Suisun City with your friends.  We will picnic after the train ride – please bring your own bag lunch.  Drinks will be provided.
Your train ticket also includes entrance into the Rail Car Display House and the Train Museum – vintage trains on display.
Cost:  $10.00 
Please sign up in the MLT office or call
Pastor Elizabeth at 415 928-7770m ext. 2300.
We will leave at 9:00 a.m. on April 29 and return in the afternoon.

Adult Forum, Today
Claimed Gathered Sent - We Are Church  Does being the church matter? If it does, why and how do we as members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) make a difference in the world? By being church together, what can the ELCA uniquely offer to the world? This is the first of in a series reflecting on what being the church means today. This Sunday we will talk together about what "church" means. 
April 19: Zach Dinh, Urban Mobility Strategist for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA), will lead a general discussion on how public transportation links to sustainability and then talk about some more innovative things his team is doing in regards to Transportation Demand Management (TDM). If you don’t know what that is, that’s great because it's ever more reason to come to this Adult Forum!

Sharing our Spiritual Stories, Beginning April 13
Every Monday from 11:00 – 12:00 in Brockie Lounge at Martin Luther Tower with Pastors Elizabeth and Bekah.  Everyone welcome! Refreshments provided.
Lenten Box Collections—Please return them!
The money collected in the St. Mark’s Lenten boxes this year will be split between the Campaign for the ELCA and Lutheran Social Services of Northern California.

Dismantling Racism Workshop
St. Mark’s congregation has been invited to attend an important and very timely introductory workshop  -- Dismantling Racism -- on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Hope Lutheran Church in El Sobrante, CA.
For more information about this program, please talk to Pastor Deborah Butler at revdeb.hlc@gmail.com or call (510) 222-6394.

Interfaith Food Pantry 
Each year, St. Mark's — along with several other churches — rotates on a weekly basis to distribute food to the needy at Old First Presbyterian Church (1751 Sacramento Street near Van Ness Avenue.) We are looking for at least 12 volunteers for each session to help. The dates for 2015 are Saturdays May 9, June 27, Aug. 8, Sept. 26 and Nov. 7. The time commitment is from 7:30am-10:30am. Visit http://www.stmarks-sf.org/ministries/pantry to sign up or for more information.

News from Mt. Cross Lutheran Camp
Registration is now open for summer programs at Mt. Cross! This year's theme, "A Love that Never Ends", centers around discussion of Deuteronomy 6:5 and what it means to love as God loves. Visit the Mt. Cross website to view a list of  exciting programming options for children, youth groups, and families: http://www.mtcross.org/#!summer-programs/c3vg 
Mt. Cross has also begun hiring staff for the summer of 2015! Camp can be a transformative and rewarding experience for participants and staff alike. Know of anyone 18 years or older who would enjoy working at camp? Please encourage them to apply at: http://www.mtcross.org/#!employment/c1vud
occasion. The donation is $50 and can be paid via check in the offering plate. Please note "Flowers" in the memo of the check.

Upcoming Sunday School Events
April 26th: Big Group: all ages meet together with the Pastor, who will give a lesson on Communion and Baptism.
This is an excellent opportunity for our children to bond with their clergy.

May 17th: No Sunday School or confirmation Class

May 24th: Memorial Day: Regular Classes

May 31st: Last Day of Sunday School. PARTY!!!!

 Worship Leaders for this Sunday

Assisting Ministers...Sharon Reinbott (9); Richard Boyle, Linda Jackson (11)
Lectors...Suzanne Smith (9); Bertie Brouhard (11)
Chalice Bearers...Mark Semonian, Cristin Owens (9); Jane Borg (11)
Acolytes...Erika Taylor, Linda Jackson 
Ministry of Welcome...Tapio Boles, Randy Schieber (9);  Lew Randall, Donna Dindia, Rachel Letchumanan (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs…Gail Culp, Cal Culp, and Phil Krikau
                                          Next week Coffee Hour Chairs…Dana Utz