August 21, 2016

Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Remember the sabbath day. Call the sabbath a delight. This is the Lord’s day, and the Lord will do for us what the Lord does: feed us, forgive us, help and heal us. Rejoice at all the wonderful things God is doing.

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 Building Department by the end of August. 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 is moving ahead! The pews are downstairs in Heritage Hall and Plant Construction is now framing the Chancel platform and installing plywood protection for the walls. Plant is leaving a clear path through Heritage Hall to both the Women and Men’s restrooms, so they will be available for use by the Nursery attendants and children. The art glass window restoration continues with work proceeding on the southeast and southwest windows.

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!

Save the date for God’s Work Our Hands Sunday
Sunday September 11, 2016
Join us as we serve our community together with thousands of other ELCA congregations during the ELCA wide day of service.  Come to worship on this Sunday with opportunities to participate after each service.

  • Personal Care Kits Assembly and Honoring our First Responders
    Everyone is welcome to join us on the square after each service, Sunday school children too, as we assemble personal care kits that will be distributed to San Francisco citizens in need.  This September 11 marks the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States.  A station to offer prayers and make thank you cards will be set up after each service to remember those first responders who rush in to protect us.   The cards will be delivered to our local first responders after the event.  
  • Service Project at Lutheran Social Services in the Tenderloin
    Join us after the 11 o’clock service as we walk over together and provide grounds clean up and painting for LSS.  LSS provides much needed case management, financial management, housing services and training for those in need.  Help us support this wonderful organization.  
    Please contact Cristin Owens ( or Clovis Curl ( for more information

Interested in planning activities for St. Mark's related to the Holy Land?  
Let's meet and discuss ideas and new developments, education, arts, books, information, service opportunities - connect with others who share your concerns - time and place TBA soon!   Meantime,  let Linda Krauskopf know of your interest.  Email: or call the church office.

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.

Interfaith Calendar and Activities in the Bay Area
Check out the websites - www.interfaith-presidio.organd 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. 

Worship Leaders This Sunday

Guest Musician...Stacy Cullison
Assisting Ministers...Ed Chitty (9); Ed Chitty, Linda Jackson (11)
Lectors...Dianne Velleno (9); Cora Lea Rose (11)
Chalice Bearers...Jeremy McClain (9); Steve Ernst, Nadine Robinson (11)
Acolytes...Erika Taylor, Astra Varian
Sacristan and Altar Guild...Richard Boyle, Ed Chitty
Ministry of Welcome....Omer Voss (9); Debra Varian (11) 
Coffee Hour Chairs...Andrew Sallach
Next Week’s Coffee Hour Chair...Susie Smith and Fred Blickle

Prayers of the Parish

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


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

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

For St. Mark’s college Students

For the Baptism of Ezra Silvalingam at the 11:00 service

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 Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands

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.