April 19, 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 Rooms
10:10 am - Adult Forum - Zack Dinh presents  “SFMTA”- Auditorium
11:00 am Choral Eucharist - Sanctuary
12:00 pm - Freedom in Christ Worship - Auditorium
12:15 pm - Refreshments & Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall
2:00 pm - Reconciling Works - Conference Room
2:00 pm - SF Girl's Chorus Concert - Sanctuar

Adult Forum, April 19 Public Transportation
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 ever more reason to come to this Adult Forum!
Next Sunday, 4/26/15: Lutheran Theology of Healing
St. Mark's member Dr. Kyle Schiefelbein is an adjunct professor at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. In this adult forum, he will discuss a Lutheran theology of healing in which Christ is both doctor and remedy, one of the topics covered in his recent dissertation. This will be placed alongside the church's current ritual practices of healing.

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 415 928-7770 ext. 2300.
We will leave at 9:00 a.m. on April 29 and return in the afternoon.

Sharing our Spiritual Stories
Every Monday from 11:00 – 12:00 in Brockie Lounge at Martin Luther Tower with Pastors Elizabeth and Bekah.  Everyone welcome! Refreshments provided.

Mt. Cross Ministries Memorial Work Weekend & BBQ, May 22-24, 2015
Join us this Memorial Day Weekend as we prepare our facilities for the upcoming summer season!
Participate in skill appropriate work projects, enjoy evening family activities and Relax at our Memorial Day BBQ!
Unable to attend for the whole weekend? Come for our Memorial Weekend BBQ (May 24 2-5 PM) and enjoy camp activities and delicious food!
To register or receive additional information, visit www.mtcross.org

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.

Job Opportunities at St. Mark’s
St. Mark’s is accepting résumés for three staff positions:
Full Time Office Manager - Accountant
Part Time Administrative Assistant and Events Administrator
Part Time Communications and Media Coordinator
More information about the jobs and how to submit résumés may be found on the web at http://www.stmarks-sf.org/job-openings/ or
contact Jeremy McClain at 415-928-7770 ext. 2460

Martin Luther Tower Board installed today
We give thanks for the Board of Martin Luther Tower and their hard work and dedication providing governance and oversight of the Martin Luther Tower (MLT) senior affordable community.  MLT was built in the 1960's and has continued to be a strong and vital ministry of our congregation.  Each board member is a member of St. Mark's and contributes time and expertise to the ministry of MLT.  Please keep these board members and their work in your prayers:  Omer Voss, President, Adrienne Brown, Vice-President, Scott Taylor, Treasurer, Barbara Engmann, Barbara Bock, Lin Cerles, Jon Moeller, Jo Chadwick, Shannon Valenti Cheng, Jerry Lundblad, Aron Bohlig and Pr. Ekdale.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:
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/c1vudoccasion. 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 the Pastors.

May 17th: No Sunday School or confirmation Class
May 24th: Memorial Day: Regular Classes
May 31st: Last Day of Sunday School. PARTY!!!!

Worship Leaders This Sunday

Assisting Ministers...Richard Boyle (9); Phil Krikau, Ed Chitty  (11)
Lectors...Barbara McCormick (9); Marlo Tellschow (11)
Chalice Bearers...Lin Cerles, Matt Helland (9); Cristin Owens (11)
Acolytes...Nora Hurley, Astra Varian
Ministry of Welcome...Omer Voss (9);  Susan Sall (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Dana Utz 
                                         Next week Coffee Hour Chairs...John Elford, Marge Okuley, and Hiroko Nagata