August 16, 2016

Join Us This Sunday

9:00 am — Holy Communion with Children’s Time — Sanctuary

10:00 am— Refreshments—Heritage Hall
11:00 am  Choral Eucharist  Sanctuary
12:15 pm — Refreshments & Fellowship Hour— Heritage Hall

Sunday we welcome as our guest preacher Margaret R. McLean, Ph.D. 
Dr. McLean is the associate director and director of bioethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethic at Santa Clara University.   A senior lecturer in religious studies and affiliate faculty in bioengineering, she teaches courses on ethics including health care ethics and ethics and biotechnology. In 2006, she received the Brutocao Award for Curriculum Innovation.  Holding a doctorate in clinical pathology from the Medical College of Wisconsin and a Masters of Divinity from Luther Seminary, she has a second doctoral degree in ethics from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.  Dr. McLean is an active member at St. Mark's and we welcome her gifts in preaching today. 

A note from Pastor Eric Huseth, St. Mark's former intern
Greetings from Montana! 
Our Savior's has been incredibly welcoming to Abby and me. Our Church Council officially voted to join the Missoula Interfaith Collaborative (MIC) and I am now on the board of the United Religions Initiative who I worked with very closely at the SFIC. Funny how things work out! Abby has been really active in starting a church community garden and is loving her program at the University of Montana. I am going with some kids to Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp this next week before taking two weeks off to go back to Minnesota for some vacation. 

I am always thinking about St. Mark’s and wish everyone well! 

Support for Pr. Bekah Davis
The church council has set up a designated fund to assist Pr. Bekah with medical and living expenses.  If you would like to donate to this fund, please make your check payable to St. Mark's and note Pastoral Fund in the notation.  Thank you. 

Lands of Luther trip still has room for more!
Join Pr. Elizabeth and Pr. Hans for an 11 day excursion to the hear of Luther's Germany, Oct. 30 - Nov. 9.  

We have 26 participants signed up and there is room for more.  Our faith will come alive and our appreciation for Luther's contributions to the world will deepen through exploring "Luther Country".  If you'd like to receive a brochure about the trip, please contact Pr. Elizabeth to request one.  She can be reached at 928-7770 ext. 2300

Fall Voice
We are getting readyfor the fall issue of our Voice Newsletter.  If you have content you would like to be included please send anysubmissions by Monday, August 24th to Stefani at

Pastora Norma Castillo at 
Cordero de Dios Lutheran Church in El Salvador
The St. Mark's El Salvador committee learned several weeks ago that Pastora Norma from our Salvadoran sister parish Cordero de Dios was very sick in a hospital in El Salvador. We have included her in the prayers of the congregation, and continue to communicate with her family and with others who are working with the Salvadoran Lutheran Church. In July, we sent a monetary gift of $4,605 from the congregation to help with her medical care and other expenses. We have heard that she is out of the hospital but continues to receive medical care. Keep Pastora Norma in your prayers!

Volunteer Appreciation Sunday 9/13/15
Thank you St. Mark's volunteers!  Please join in celebration of all the volunteers who contribute to the success of St. Mark's ministries, committees and our community.  The dedication, generosity, time and talents of our volunteers are greatly appreciated and their contributions are vital to sustain and grow our community.  Please plan to attend services on September 13 when special recognition and thanks will be given to our volunteers and we will celebrate their contributions. Cake will be provided at the coffee hours and we hope you can join in fellowship and gratitude following the services.

Note: We will not be participating in "God's Work Our Hands" on this Sunday.

Founders’ Day at PLTS
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary will be having a Founder’s Day celebration with guest speaker Madeline Forell Marshall. Madeline Forell Marshall is a specialist in eighteenth-century literature who has sought to recover the religious dimension and context of eighteenth-century poetry in books and numbers of presentations and articles. The event will be on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at PLTS Chapel of the Cross. 9am-1:30pm. All are welcome!

Nominations for Committee to Call a New Associate Pastor
St. Mark's is accepting self-nominations for a call committee to find a new Associate Pastor. Please consider being a member of the committee that will prayerfully consider pastoral candidates presented by the Synod, and make a recommendation to the Congregational Council. Nominees must be a member of St. Mark's. Priority will be given to those who were not on the committee that recommended the call for Pastor Bekah, in order to have fresh perspectives.

Council will review and consider the nominees to select the new call committee during the August 20th council meeting. Nomination forms are available in the narthex, or through e-mail from Andrew Sallach. Nominations will be accepted through August 14 at 4:00 pm, send the completed nomination form to Andrew Sallach at or leave it at St. Mark's office at 1031 Franklin Street before 4:00 pm August 14.
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.

Come Join the Revelry!
A night of great entertainment, laughs, and all around fun that will support the work and programs of San Francisco Night Ministry.  Will Daft-nee Gesuntheit roller-skate again?  Will the JACs perform as the Andrew Sisters? 

Who will provide love songs at the piano, and who will be our mistress/master of ceremonies?  Please attend to find out.  This will be a night not to be missed!

Tickets are available at the door:  $35.00 and $20.00 for seniors.

Email Updates
We are in the process of updating our newsletter and electronic announcement mailing system.  If you haven't been receiving the newsletter and weekly announcements and would like to please send your current email address to

Summer Knitting and Crocheting Retreats: 
Learn How or Share Your Skills

The knitting and crochet ministry at St. Mark's will have three retreats this Summer. All are welcome, regardless of your level of experience. If you would like to learn how to knit or crochet, experienced teachers will be on hand to get you started. 

At each retreat we will have presentations on different projects created by members of the ministry to serve members of St. Mark's and the broader community:

August 15th - Comfort Knitting and Twiddle Muffs

Each retreat will be in Heritage Hall, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Each participant is encouraged to bring a bagged lunch and a snack to share. Questions should be directed to

These retreats are made possible with the generous support of Thrivent Action Teams.

Worship Leader This Sunday
Guest Preacher...Dr. Margaret McLean
Guest Musician...Jonathan Dimmock
Assisting Ministers...Liv Beck (9); Kyle Schiefelbein, Philip Krikau (11)
Lectors...Randy Schieber (9); Jo Chadwick (11)
Chalice Bearers....Mark Semonian, Jo Chadwick (9);Jane Borg, Jeremy McClain (11)
Acolytes...Mila & Tayte Sall
Ministry of Welcome...Susan, Mila, and Tayte Sall (9); Debra Varian (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Andrew Sallach
Next week Coffee Hour Chair...Susie Smith and Fred Blickle