April 5, 2015 - Easter Sunday

Join Us This Sunday

9:00 am - Festive Easter Worship - Sanctuary
10:00 am - Festive Easter Coffee Hour - Heritage Hall
10:15 am - Easter Egg Hunt - St. Mark’s Square
10:30 am - Baroque Easter Music Celebration - Sanctuary
11:00 am - Festive Easter Worship - Sanctuary
12:15 pm - Festive Easter Coffee Hour - Heritage Hall

Festive Easter Coffee Hours at 10 am and 12:15 pm 
You are invited to a festive coffee hour today in Heritage at 10:00 am and 12:15 pm. This is a time of joyful fellowship. All are welcome!

Easter Egg Hunt 
Calling all St. Mark’s youngsters and your friends and family! Be part of our 2015 Easter Egg Hunt on St. Mark’s Square. The hunt begins at 10:15 am. See you there!

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
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:
Evening Gathering – April 7 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the Fireside Room
All women are invited to come for dessert and fellowship for the first half hour and then discussion until 8:30.   This month we will be reading Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achbe 
Second Tuesday – 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.

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.

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/c1vudoccasion. The donation is $50 and can be paid via check in the offering plate. Please note "Flowers" in the memo of the check.

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.

Tea in The Tenderloin, April 12
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

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.

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.

Upcoming Sunday School Events
April 5th: No Sunday School, but the Children's Chapel sings at both services!

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...Liv Beck  (9); Greg Jahnke, Kyle Schiefelbein (11)
Lectors...Randy Schieber  (9); Margaret McLean (11)
Chalice Bearers...Lisa Gray, Emma Gray (9); Kimberly Hamilton-Lam (11)
Welcome Ministry...Tina Hogan, Linda Jackson; Shelly, Scott, Erika Taylor(9); 
                                      Kimberly, David and Katherine Lam; Jennifer Parker, Tina Nui, Pedro Ospina, John Elford; David, Sarah and Frances Wentker (11)
Refreshment Hour Chairs...Brandee Marckmann, Bill Mooney, and Kathy Lautz; Diana and Greg Gomez

                                                            (Next week: Gail Culp, Cal Culp, and Phil Krikau)