August 2, 2015

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

12:30 pm — El Salvador Ministry Meeting— Conference Room

ELCA Presiding Bishop to hold live webcast on confronting racism
In an effort to continue understanding the complexity and implications of racism, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), invites the 3.8 million member church to participate in a live webcast Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. (PST)  William B. Horne II, a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Clearwater, Fla., and a member of the ELCA Church Council, will serve as host. Eaton and Horne will have an on-camera conversation about the church's efforts in defining and confronting racism, advancing racial justice and more.

Information about the webcast is available at, where a link to the live webcast will be embedded. A live stream also will be available at Twitter handle is #ELCAConfrontRacism. ELCA members are invited to submit a question to be considered during the live webcast at

Watch! - Please join St. Mark's members August 6th at 6:00 pm in Heritage Hall.  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.

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 remaining dates for 2015 are 
Saturdays, Aug. 8, Sept. 26 and Nov. 7. 
The time commitment is from 7:30am-10:30am. Visit to sign up or for more information

Vacation Bible School Jungle Safari at Marin Lutheran Church!
The camp will be held at Marin Lutheran Church (MLC) 649 Meadowsweet Drive Corte Madera, CA 94925.  We are excited to offer a fun-filled week of Vacation Bible School to all , August 3rd - 7th from 8:30am to 12:00pm noon. The theme for our 2015 VBS adventure is " (Breakfast is available from 8:30 - 9:00am & the program begins at 9:00am.) Jungle Safari" where each day forms are at Enrollment for each age group will be limited, so enroll early. Registration music, crafts, snacks & story time. the campers will have fun exploring the nature of God through games,  The fee for the 5-day is $90 for the 1st child & $80 for each sibling. Please call 415-924-3782 for further info.

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.

Chanticleer presents it's fifth annual summer Skills/LAB concert on Saturday, August 8, 2014 at 7:30pm.  The concert, a showcase of 50+ singers 14-22 years old, caps the end of a week-long music camp where young singers participate in multiple vocal ensembles and music performance classes.  

The performance is free and open to the St. Mark's congregation, Martin Luther Tower residents, and friends and family of the singers.

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:

July 18th - Knitting and Crocheting for the Streets
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 Leaders This Sunday
Assisting Ministers...Richard Boyle (9); Sharon Reinbott, Ed Chitty (11)
Lectors...Barbara McCormick  (9); Barbara Bock (11)
Chalice Bearers...Lisa Gray, Mark Semonian (9); Joanne Chadwick (11)
Acolytes...Nora Hurley, Clovis Curl
Ministry of Welcome...Tina Hogan (9); Tina Niu, Kimberly and David Lam, Pam Cheung, Pedro Ospina, Linda R. Jackson (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Barbara Bock
Next week Coffee Hour Chair...Nadine Robinson and Kimberly Hamilton-Lam