August 14, 2016

Creation Sunday

The word of God is a refining fire. Jesus is the great divide in human history. He invites our undivided attention and devotion. Today, in the assembly, we are surrounded by “so great a cloud of witnesses.” In the word and in the holy communion we are invited yet again to look to Jesus, “the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.”

9:00 am - Holy Communion with Children’s Time - Auditorium
9:00 am - Endowment Comittee Meeting - Conference Room
10:00 am - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Fireside Room
11:00 am - Holy Eucharist Worship Service - Auditorium

12:15 pm - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Fireside Room

SMOP Hike on Sunday, August 14
St. Mark’s Our Planet will be hiking this Sunday. We are hiking in the North Bay; the hike will be 2 to 3 miles long with some climbing. It is our tradition to have a light picnic during the hike. 

Please meet at 12:45pm in the plaza between the Urban Life Center and the Church to organize car pools. Contact Andrew Sallach for more information (

Blessing and Send off to College
On August 21, 2016 at the 11:00 am service, we would like to give thanks and blessing to our college bound young adults. If you or anyone in our community is going to college for their first year or returning to their universities, please let Pastor Tita know to be included in the blessing and send-off.

Flooring, Elevator, Windows Update (FEW Committee)
The FEW Committee met Tuesday, August 9th, with elevator Architect ARG and the landscape consultant. Minor revisions to the elevator plans were presented and discussed. The plans will be submitted to the Planning Department on August 26th. The landscape consultant presented a plan for the addition of 3 rows of attractive planters over the stairs on the west side of the church near the proposed elevator. Construction of the elevator to begin by the Spring of 2017. The flooring project has begun with the removal of pews into Heritage Hall. The art glass window restoration continues with work proceeding on the southeast window.

Fall Newsletter Deadline
The Fall edition of St. Mark’s Voice Newsletter will be in production soon and is scheduled to go out early September.  The content will cover September, October,  and November.  Please send any Voice submissions by Friday, August 19th to be included in the newsletter.  Contact Stefani ( to submit material or if you have any questions.

Communion with Creation: Sunday, August 14
Our Sunday worship will begin indoors and move outdoors, into engagement with the more-than-human natural world.  Usually, worship is exclusively indoors, but for one Sunday, we will orient our perspective toward the larger world of creation.  Be sure to bring a warm jacket for our San Francisco summers!  And plan to arrive on time, as the congregation will face the plaza during worship.  You can enter the ULC through the plaza or through the O’Farrell St doors.  Chairs will be provided outside for people who need them.  See you next Sunday as we visibly widen our worship circle to include humans and more than humans!

Pastoral Care during the summer months
Both Pastor Tita and Pr. Elizabeth will be taking vacations during the summer.  They have arranged their schedules so one of them is available for pastoral care in the event of any emergency.

Please contact the church office to ask which Pastor is available.  In the event that both of them are not available, our Visitation Pastor, Rev. Chuck Lewis, is also on-call and can be reached at (415) 956-2069

Help Wanted and Needed!
Presently we are in great need of more Assisting Ministers and Acolytes.  If you are interested in serving in either or both of these important ministries of worship please speak with either of our Sacristans.  Sacristan Richard Boyle will be available after both worship services this month to train anyone interested in participating in these ministries.  Don’t be shy.  The training is not difficult, and the view from the chancel is lovely!

Interfaith Calendar and Activities in the Bay Area
Check out the websites - and which highlight Interfaith events and activities throughout the Bay Area.  There are many to choose from as we continue to take the first steps in getting to know our Interfaith neighbors.  

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 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. 

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.

Worship Leaders This Sunday
Director of Music...Dr. Timothy Zerlang
Assisting Ministers...Sharon Reinbott (9); Sharon Reinbott, Phil Krikau (11)
Lectors...Shannon Valenti Cheng (9); Kyle Schiefelbein (11)
Chalice Bearers...Steve Ernst, Matt Helland (9); Andrew Sallach (11)
Acolytes...Mila and Tayte Sall
Sacristan and Altar Guild...Richard Boyle, Ed Chitty
Ministry of Welcome...Tapio Boles, Lew Randall (9); Viknesh Silvalingam, Donna Dindia (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Nadine Robinson and Kimberly Hamilton-Lam
Next Week’s Coffee Hour Chair...Andrew Sallach

Prayers of the Parish

Cassie Allen
Michael Aune
Debbie Brant & Ted Bernardi
Pastor Raymond H. Birkel
Diana Bock
Natalie E. Bock
Riley Brooks
Michelle Chernock
Ed Chitty
Corrine Cottrell
Marilyn Desmond
Indar Dutt

Ryan Parker
Cassie Pili
Marc Randall
Pr. John Rutsindintwarane
Travis Schwartz
Matt Seiples
LaVonne Strutz, mother of Geri Bailey
Dana Utz
Carl Velleno
Jerry Witherspoon
Brent Wolfe 


Bonnie Elliot
Marilyn Grimstad
Jack Heiter
Carolyn Johnson
Taylor Jones
John Krauskopf
Stephen Krefting
Arnold Lehmann
Margaret Massialas
Roderick Mobley
Stan Moeller
Lee & Irma Opitz 

For all military personnel, especially Will Lehmann  

For the growing families of St. Mark’s, especially those who hope for andthose who are expecting children  

For the Kigali Parish of the Lutheran Church of Rwanda

For the Cordero de Dios congregation in El Salvador  

For our Missionary, Pastor Kate Warn, YAGM coordinator in Rwanda  

For all Christians in the Holy Land, especially Bethlehem  

For the people of Niger, Cameroon, Central African Republic

For the Kindergarten Cynthia Espinoza in Paraguay  

For MLT Residents who are hospitalized or in hospice care  

Every effort is made to keep the Prayers of the Parish current. 
Please email to add, remove or update a name on the prayer list.