April 17, 2016

Fourth Sunday of Easter

The gift of new life, of eternal life, is the gift of the risen Christ. It is the promise of Jesus. It was true for Dorcas in Joppa. It was true for those “who have come out of the great ordeal” in the Revelation vision. It is true for us and for all the baptized: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Join Us This Sunday
9:00 am - Holy Communion with Children’s Time - Sanctuary
9:45 am - Sunday School - School Rooms
10:00 am - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall
10:05 am - Confirmation - School Rooms
10:05 am  - Adult Forum - Christian/Muslim relations    Auditorium
10:05 am - Journeys In Faith - Fireside Room
10:15 am - Women’s Bible Study - Conference Room
11:00 am - Choral Eucharist Worship Service - Sanctuary
12:15 pm - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall

Adult Forum, April 17, Christian/Muslim relations
Karen Leslie Hernandez will be teaching three forums on three very timely topics in April and May. On Sunday, April 17, Karen will teach an overview of Christian-Muslim relations from the year 611 to now, sharing the most pertinent details and events in the relationship between these two Abrahamic Faith Traditions.

Next Week’s Adult Forum: Sunday, April 24
Karen Leslie Hernandez will teach a forum on, Daesh, Al Qaeda and Boko Haram - The Radicalization of Muslims in the 21st Century. This forum will bring a better understanding as to why these groups have formed and what fuels their agenda. Last, on Sunday, May 1, she will teach a forum on Theological Responses to Religious Extremism. In what ways can we respond with and in our faith to acts of religious extremism that occur overseas, as well as here in the United States?

Women’s Monthly Study Gatherings
All women are welcome to come and study together at our evening and/or morning Women of the ELCA Gatherings.  In April our groups will meet on:

Third Sunday Bible Study – April 17 from 10:10 to 10:50 in the Conference Room
All women are invited to come for Bible study from the Women of the ELCA’s Gather Magazine.  Our winter study is on the book of Philippians and our monthly topic is “Keep on keeping on.”

If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Smith at 415.285.7438 or suzathome@comcast.net.

Help Raise Money for the Capital Campaign
Choir member, Kim Ortner,  ishelping to raise money for St Mark’s Capital Campaign. She is singing with the Sing for America Chorus and donating money from ticket sales from this event toward the Capital Campaign. Half of the ticket price will be donated to St Mark’s.  

The concert is April 17th at 7pm.  For more information go to www.singforamerica.org and click on find raisers and donate.  Look for Kim Wiedemann-Ortner under fundraisers to make a donation. Tickets can be purchased directly from www.cityboxoffice.com please use the special code (SFA075) to make sure tick sale moneys are donated to St Mark’s.

Easter Flowers need a new home
Please take an Easter flower or two and plant in your gardens.  They are in need of tender loving care and your green thumb!

The San Francisco Interfaith Council’ 6th Biennial Disaster Preparedness Workshop for Congregations
Please join the workshop on “Crisis to Resilience: Congregations Understanding and Responding to Climate Change Impacts” on Wednesday, May 4.  The workshop will be held at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco.  Please register at: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eccb2qhe6916db8c&oseq=&c=&ch=

St. Mark’s Looking for Weekday Building Attendants
St. Mark’s is looking for one or two individuals with weekday morning availability to serve as an on-call paid building attendant for facility rentals. Attendants insure the security of the facilities during non-regular operating hours, perform various duties related to providing proper space setup, welcome and grant access to users of the facilities and secure the facilities after events. Training is provided. Qualifications: must be punctual, reliable, able to follow instructions, communicate effectively, and comfortable working with the public. Some knowledge of building operations is preferred. If you are interested in this position, please contact Chiara DeJoy at dejoy@stmarks-sf.org.

Garden Party on May 1
Please drop by the community garden after the 11:00 service to celebrate our garden.  Our volunteer gardeners will be available to answer questions and show you the vibrancy and growth in the garden.  We are also looking for new volunteers to serve in the garden.  A potted plant will be sent home with each person who comes by.  The location of the garden is directly behind the sanctuary. All are welcome!

Easter Midweek Services
Wednesdays at 6:45 pm

Beginning Wednesday, April 6, we will use “Unfailing Light,” a new setting of the Holy Communion service composed
by Marty Haugen, with text by Susan Briehl. 
This service was written especially for evening, and was
commissioned by the Lutheran Campus Ministry at
the University of Texas in Austin.  

6:00 - Community Dinner - All Welcome!
6:45 - Unfailing Light Worship

Donate Flowers in 2016
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. Please go to http://www.stmarks-sf.org/flower-donations/ to sign up on our online chart. If you are unable to sign up online please call the office (415-928-7770).

The donation is $50 and can be paid via check in the offering plate. Please note “Flowers” in the memo of the check. If you would like to submit your payment online please click on the donate tab on the main page on St. Mark’s website and enter your flower donation under the “other” option and write flowers in the box. 

Volunteers Needed!
If you have a few hours, one day a week and would like to volunteer - St. Mark’s needs you! St. Mark’s is in great need of volunteers in the church office.   No office experience is needed.   You will be answering telephones, distributing mail, answering the front door, helping the permanent office staff (Chiara and Stefani) when needed, and it is a wonderful opportunity

to interact with the Pastors and help them in whatever way they need.  The office is a great place to keep up with what’s happening in and around St. Mark’s!  So, don’t be shy, contact Jane Borg, either in person during the coffee hour or via email (janebborg@att.net) for more information.   This opportunity is open to everyone.

Produce Market on the Square
Support our community market! Please come and purchase fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs every Wednesday from 11am-12pm in the Urban Life Center Auditorium! The
market is c0-sponsored by Episcopal Senior Communities and Martin Luther Tower.

Camp Noah Kids Kits
We are gathering the following items for the 50 children who will attend the Camp Noah in Middletown, CA: Pack broad line washable markers (classic colors), 8-count washable watercolor paints with brush, glue stick, 24 count box of crayons (ONLY Crayola), kids-sized scissors, pens, pencil (unsharpened), pencil sharpener, 5-ounce container of Play-Doh (any color)

The Camp will be held on June 12-17, 2016 organized and sponsored by the Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota. The Women of the ELCA of St. Mark’s will organize the packing of the kits which will be received until May 22nd. Please put them in the Camp Noah Box found in the narthexand for more information please contact Nadine Robinson, 650-735-5036 or Marlo Tellschow, 415-771-6690.

Worship Leaders This Sunday
Director of Music...Dr. Timothy Zerlang
Assisting Ministers...Sharon Reinbott (9); John Barton, Linda Jackson (11) 
Lectors...Randy Schieber (9) Marlo Tellschow (11) 
Chalice Bearers...Shannon Cheng (9); Jo Chadwick (11)
Acolytes...Nora Hurley, Clovis Curl
Sacristan and Altar Guild...Richard Boyle, Ed Chitty
Ministry of Welcome... Omer Voss, Susan Sall (9); Larry DeSpain (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Gail Culp, Cal Culp, and Phil Krikau
Next Week Coffee Hour Chairs...Dana Utz, Catherine Hurley

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