August 9, 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

Welcome our Guest Choir!
At today's 11 am service we welcome Chanticleer's LAB Choir, a mixed honor choir for singers ages 14-20.  The purpose of the group is to promote high-level, small ensemble training for the area's top young singers and to provide community service through free performances. The program includes rehearsals at Chanticleer's home base (the Kanbar Center at 44 Page Street), classes on advanced choral topics, and performances for retirement communities and under-privileged schools.  The ensemble is conducted by Ben Johns.  The choir gave a wonderful performance of Fauré's Requiem and several other works here at St. Mark's last night.  Welcome young singers!

From our Director of Music 
On Friday of this week I travel to Germany, where I will join my spouse, John for two weeks of vacation, followed by two weeks of sabbatical/study.  I am very grateful to you, the community of St. Mark's for making this sabbatical/study time possible.  I will be participating and performing in the Thüringische Orgelakademie, and  I will spend time in Eisenach (Bach's hometown and the location of Wartburg Castle, where Martin Luther translated the New Testament in German), playing historic instruments there and in Altenburg as well as several other small towns in the region that are home to instruments that Bach is known to have played or which have other significant historical value.  I will also be in Leipzig and will worship at the Thomaskirche, one of the churches Bach served for over 25 years.  I will also explore other sites important in the life of Martin Luther, including Wittenburg, Erfurt, Mainz, and Worms.  Thank you for this wonderful gift of sabbatical/study time.  I look forward to time away, but I also look forward to my return September 20, refreshed and inspired.

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. 

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.

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 sallach@stmarks-sf.org 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 Satursays, Sept. 26 and Nov. 8 The time commitment is from 7:30am-10:30am. Visit 
http://www.stmarks-sf.org/ministries/pantry/ to sign up or for more information.

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.  
he 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 lawrence@stmarks-sf.org. 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 Knitters@stmarks-sf.org. These retreats are made possible with the generous support of Thrivent Action Teams. Worship Leaders This Sunday Guest Preacher...Dr. Kyle Schiefelbein Assisting Ministers...Ed Chitty (9); Greg Jahnke, Linda Jackson (11) Lectors...Deborah Halladay (9); Cory Schoolland (11) Chalice Bearers...Lin Cerles, Cristin Owens (9); Jane Borg, Jeremy McClain (11) Acolytes...Grace Ekdale Hoch, Nora Hurley Sacristan and Altar Guild...Richard Boyle, Ed Chitty Ministry of Welcome...Jerry Lundblad (9); Rachel Letchumanan, Donna Dindia, Viknesh Silvalingam (11) Coffee Hour Chairs...Nadine Robinson and Kimberly Hamilton-Lam Next week Coffee Hour Chair...Andrew Sallach   

 

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 lawrence@stmarks-sf.org.

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 Knitters@stmarks-sf.org.

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

Worship Leaders This Sunday
Guest Preacher...Dr. Kyle Schiefelbein
Assisting Ministers...Ed Chitty (9); Greg Jahnke, Linda Jackson (11)
Lectors...Deborah Halladay (9); Cory Schoolland (11)
Chalice Bearers...Lin Cerles, Cristin Owens (9); Jane Borg, Jeremy McClain (11)
Acolytes...Grace Ekdale Hoch, Nora Hurley
Sacristan and Altar Guild...Richard Boyle, Ed Chitty
Ministry of Welcome...Jerry Lundblad (9); Rachel Letchumanan, Donna Dindia, Viknesh Silvalingam (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Nadine Robinson and Kimberly Hamilton-Lam
Next week Coffee Hour Chair...Andrew Sallach