April 24, 2016

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Easter initiates a new day. It anticipates a new heaven and a new earth.
The risen Lord is making all things new. In the mystery of holy baptism God has made new people of us. Today the Lord Jesus invites us to see everyone in a new light—through the lens of love.

Join Us This Sunday

9:00 am - Holy Communion with Children’s Time - Sanctuary
9:00 am - Endowment Committee Meeting - Fireside Room
9:45 am - Sunday School - School Rooms
10:00 am - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall
10:30 am - Confirmation - Trip to GLIDE - GLIDE
10:05 am - Adult Forum - Karen Leslie Hernandez - Auditorium

10:05 am - Journeys In Faith - Break Room
11:00 am - Choral Eucharist Worship Service - Sanctuary

12:15 pm - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall
4:00 pm - American Bach Soloists Concert - Heritage Hall

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. 

New Week’s Adult Fourm: Sunday, May 1
Karen Leslie Hernandez 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? For her Bio go to: theinterfaithobserver.org.

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!

Voice Newsletter Deadline
The Summer edition of the voice will coming out in the beginning of June and with will cover the months of June, July, and August.  Please submit all newsletter content by May 13th to Stefani at lawrence@stmarks-sf.org.

Lenten Box Offering - Thank You!
Thank you to all who collected spare change and donated funds for this year’s Lenten Box Offering! The total Lenten Box Offering this year was $1,093.41. These funds will be donated to Lava Mae, a non-profit foundation whose mission is to deliver dignity and unlock opportunity for those experiencing homelessness by providing hot showers and toilet facilities in their mobile, repurposed buses. For more information, visit www.lavamae.org.

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 duringthe 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 co-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 broadline 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 narthex,  and for more information please contact Nadine Robinson, 650-735-5036 or Marlo Tellschow, 415-771-6690.

Spirituality and Aging group offered at Martin Luther Tower
Pr. Elizabeth will host a five session group on Mondays from 11:00 - 12:00 on “Spirituality and Aging” in the Brockie lounge of Martin Luther Tower.  this group is open to the St. Mark’s community as well.   This group will offer a safe place to reflect on aging issues in light of our faith - whatever our faith may be or wherever we are in our faith journeyRefreshments will be served. Mondays @ 11:00 a.m. in the Brockie Lounge of Martin Luther Tower beginning May 9 - June 13.  Note, the group will not meet on Memorial Day.

Weekly Announcement Inserts
Please click the link below to see the inserts for this week.

Worship Leaders This Sunday
Director of Music...Dr. Timothy Zerlang
Assisting Ministers...Liv Beck (9); Phil Krikau, Ed Chitty (11)
Lectors...Barbara McCormick (9) Barbara Bock (11)
Chalice Bearers...Jeremy McClain (9); Viknesh Silvalingam, Cora Rose (11)
Acolytes...Linda Jackson, Ed Chitty
Sacristan and Altar Guild...Richard Boyle, Ed Chitty
Ministry of Welcome...Louis Gutierrez (9); Larry DeSpain (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Dana Utz, Catherine Hurley
Next Week Coffee Hour Chairs...John Elford, Marge Okuley, Hiroko Nagata