August 10, 2014

Join us this Sunday!

9:00 am - Holy Communion with Children's Time
10:00 am - Refreshments
10:00 am - Journeys in Faith Info meeting

11:00 am - Choral Eucharist
12:15 pm - Luncheon and Fellowship Hour
1:00 pm - Worship at Nursing Home

Information Session for Journeys in Faith This Sunday
Interested in membership? Baptism? Deepening your faith? The next group of Journeys in Faith is getting started soon! This Sunday, come learn more about the Journeys in Faith ministry at St Mark's. If you are interested in learning more about St Mark's or becoming a member, you are especially encouraged to attend, but all are invited to participate in this rich experience of reflection and deepening of faith. Find us at 10:10 in the Fireside room of the Urban Life Center. Contact Liv Beck with questions-

Senior Trip to the Peninsula on August 13
Join Pastor Elizabeth for a trip to the "Peninsula" on Aug. 13, Wednesday, 10:00 - 3:00. We will begin with a delicious, home-style breakfast or lunch (your choice) at the famous Peninsula Creamery in downtown Palo Alto. For more than 85 years, the Peninsula Creamery has been owned and operated by the same family serving delicious breakfasts and lunches as well as the best milkshakes around. After eating, we will take a short ride over to the Stanford Shopping Center and have free time for strolling and browsing at this beautiful outdoor mall.  On our way home, we will drive through Stanford University and find out why the campus is affectionately referred to as "The Farm".  (Meet at Brockie Lounge at 10:00 sharp.) Bring $10 for your meal at the Peninsula Creamery and $2 for gas money. To RSVP please contact the MLT office at 415.885.1084.

Please save the date! God's Work Our Hands Sunday, September 7
There will be service projects for all ages, interests and abilities following each service and during Sunday School. Details of all the projects planned will be announced in the next couple of weeks. Start looking now for your t-shirts!

Interfaith Food Pantry Dates
The Interfaith Food Pantry is held every Saturday at the Old First Presbyterian Church. Here are the St. Mark's dates in 2014:  August 16th, October 4th and November 15th. All Faiths Dates in 2014: August 23rd, October 11th, December 6th. For more info, contact Wendy Figliuolo at

Fall Newsletter submissions due August 18th
The September, October, November Voice is just around the corner! Please submit all articles, photos, etc. to the church office by emailing them to We'd like to have all content by Monday, August 18th.

High School "Lock-in" at St. Mark's on September 13th
High school youth are invited to an overnight lock-in on Saturday, Sep. 13th. Gary Schilling will give a tour of the nooks & crannies of the church building; Pr. Lyle will give an overview of the Night Ministry. Contact Pr. Bekah if you're interested in attending!

Save the Date: Sept 21
St. Marks is hosting a Hymn Festival, followed by a reception and silent auction in support of Salvadoran pastors. Not really an organ music lover? No problem, just join us for the reception. You may attend one or both events, but we hope to see you for an exciting day of events!

From the Church Office
The church office summer hours (Monday thru Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm, and Friday, 9 am to 12 noon) continue until Tuesday, September 2. The office will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 1.

Lights! Cameras! Smile! Save the Dates: September 24-27
Do you remember St. Mark's last pictorial directory? Well, it was nine years ago! We made arrangements with Lifetouch to create a pictorial directory for St. Mark's, but a pictorial directory is nothing without you.

Pictures will be taken in the Conference Room in the Urban Life Center on September 24th through the 27th. You may schedule your appointment online. St. Mark's website has a link to the schedule system from the homepage: If you would like assistance with the online system, assistants will be set up in Heritage Hall during both coffee hours starting August 17th and each following Sunday.

Members of St. Mark's will assist by greeting members arriving for pictures and assisting with paperwork for mailing the photographs and directory. If you would like to help, or if you have any questions about the directory, please see Liv Beck, Jane Borg, Jeremy McClain, Marge Okuley, or Suzanne Smith. Please note: to receive a copy of the Pictorial Directory, you must have your photo taken by Lifetouch.

Lifetouch is a pet-friendly company. Feel free to bring your non-human family members.

Lights! Cameras! Talk!
Admit it. You have a reason you keep coming back to St. Mark's. Maybe you have many. We would like to learn about those reasons and what St. Mark's means to you. We will videotape your comments and edit them together to make a video lifting up St. Mark's for those who are church shopping.

On the same days pictures for the pictorial directory are taken, September 24th-27th, a video team will be set up in the Sanctuary to video individuals or families. Video sessions will last between 15 to 20 minutes. A member of the video team will contact you after you have scheduled your appointment for the Pictorial Directory.

St. Mark's Endowment Fund 2014 Request for Funding Applications Are Available
The Endowment Committee is delighted to announce that thanks to generous bequests we are now able to award grants to extend St. Mark's ministries both locally and globally. Up to a total of $2,000 in funds can be allocated among grants for 2014. Applications and instructions are available by clicking here or by emailing Applications will also be available in the narthex on Sunday, August 10. The application deadline is Sunday, September 7. Questions about the process, the application form, or the endowment distribution and allocation policy can be emailed to

Away for the weekend?  Worship Wednesday evening instead!
Imagine 30 minutes of peaceful music, lovely candlelight, thoughtful reflections, and Holy Communion in our beautiful sanctuary streaming with the light of the setting sun. You don't have to imagine it - come and experience it every Wednesday evening at 6:45 in the sanctuary.

Do you love to arrange flowers?
If so, we need volunteers for Sunday morning flowers! This entails (1) purchasing the flowers ($50), (2) transporting them to St Mark's and arranging them, and (3) turning in receipts for reimbursement to the Church Office.  If you would like to take part in this important ministry, please let Louis Gutierrez ( or the church office know.  Our two flower arrangers, Louis Gutierrez and Sharon Reinbott will do some demonstrations to help newcomers to this ministry.

Healthy Cooking on a Budget, August 23
Learn New Cooking Skills and Recipes With Chef Adriana Lahl, Free! Saturday, August 23rd 10:30-12:30 p.m. Christ Church, 1090 Quintara Street @ 20th Street, San Francisco, limited space, so call or e-mail now! or call 415-437-7370 x211. Sponsored by the San Francisco Chapter Board of Thrivent Financial.

Interfaith Bible Study - Everyone Welcome!
An Interfaith Bible Study, led by Pastoral Intern Rebecca Swee, will continue at Martin Luther Tower in the Brockie Lounge on Tuesdays at 2 pm. Coffee and snacks will be provided. All are welcome. Should you have any questions, please talk with Intern Rebecca.

2nd Mile Giving in August - SF Food Bank
More than 200,000 hungry people are fed every year with nutritious food from the San Francisco Food Bank. St. Mark's is now partnering with the SF Food Bank when we provide food for nearly 300 families every month at Interfaith Food Pantry. Fresh fruits and vegetables, rice, beans, meat, pasta - healthy food! Every dollar donated to the SF Food Bank buys $6 worth of food. 97% of all donations go directly to providing food for hungry people. You can donate by writing a check to St. Mark's and note SF Food Bank in the memo line. - St. Mark's Social Ministry

Trip to Cordero de Dios with St. Mark's in November 2014
The El Salvador group at St. Mark's will travel to Cordero de Dios on Tuesday November 25 (probably around 12:30am), and return Sunday evening, November 30. We encourage all parishioners, including families with children, to consider making this trip to walk with our brothers and sisters in Soyapango, El Salvador. Come join us for this family friendly pilgrimage. We ask that potential travelers make a final commitment by August 1. Talk to Pastor Elizabeth, Pastor Bekah, Liv Beck  or Mary Ritter if you have questions or are ready to commit to go. - St. Mark's El Salvador Committee

Potential Trip to Luther sites in Germany in October 2015
Join Pastor Elizabeth and Pastor Hans on this special trip to Germany as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. We will begin our 11 day pilgrimage in the Rhine Valley and end our travels in Munich. In between we will visit some of the most "famous" sites where Martin Luther lived, preached, nailed his 95 Theses, taught, was born and died. From the lovely town of Leipzig, home to the 13th century Thomas Church immortalized by Bach, to Augsburg where Luther defended his 95 Theses, we will travel together, dine on wonderful German cuisine, and explore our Reformation faith. The tentative dates for this trip are a departure on Oct. 30 and a return to San Francisco on Nov. 9. To make this trip work, we need a minimum of 21 participants. Friends are welcome. For more information, please contact Pr. Elizabeth at and 415 928-7770 ext. 2300.

Worship Leaders for this Sunday
Assisting Ministers...Liv Beck (9); Philip Krikau, Ed Chitty (11)
Lectors...Debby Halladay (9); Barbara McCormick (11)
Chalice Bearers...Andrew Sallach, Lin Cerles (9); Greg Jahnke, Brian Richards (11)
Acolytes...Erika Taylor, Linda Jackson
Welcome Ministry...Tina Hogan (9); Viknesh Silvalingam, Rachel Letchumanan, Donna Dindia, Lew Randall (11)
Refreshment Hour Chairs...Andrew Sallach, Geri Bailey