TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD
Today's festival is a bridge between the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany cycle that comes to a close today and the Lent-Easter cycle that begins in several days. On the mount of transfiguration Jesus is revealed as God's beloved Son, echoing the words at his baptism. This vision of glory sustains us as Jesus faces his impending death in Jerusalem.
We turn this week to Ash Wednesday and our yearly baptismal journey from Lent to Easter. Some churches put aside the alleluia at the conclusion of today's liturgy. This word of joy will be omitted during the penitential season of Lent and will be sung again at Easter.
THIS SUNDAY AT ST. MARK'S
8:00 am - St. Mark's Council Retreat - Off Site
10:00 am - Holy Communion with Children's Time - Sanctuary
10:00 am - Journeys in Faith - Fireside Room
10:00 am - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall
10:00 am - Confirmation - Confirmation Room
10:15 am - Sunday School - School Rooms
11:00 am - Choral Eucharist Worship Service - Sanctuary
12:15 pm - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall
DONATIONS INVITED FOR THE ST. MARK’S SENIOR CENTER LUNCHEONS!
Once a month, we provide a low-cost and delicious meal for all Martin Luther Tower residents and Seniors from St. Mark’s.
We are looking for donations of gift cards, candy, toiletries, movie tickets, hats, mittens, throws, and other household items to raffle off for the residents. The raffle would be free for all who attend the luncheon and your donations would be greatly appreciated.
Please contact Pr. Elizabeth (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can donate any items.
MLT MONTHLY SENIOR LUNCHEON
St. Mark's Seniors, Thursday March 9, is our next MLT monthly luncheon in Heriitage Hall from 12:30-1:30pm! Join us for a delicious meal, be among friends, and enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine! The cost is $5, to be paid by Wednesday, March 1st in the MLT office. Luncheon options are spaghetti and meatballs with string beans and garlic bread or butternut squash lasagna with string beans and garlic bread. Both options include a Caesar salad and Italian cookies for dessert. See you there!
INVITATION TO THE SOUP MAKERS OF THE CONGREGATION
Potato Cheese, Tomato, Lentil, and Chicken Noodle . . . if you make the soup, we will eat, enjoy it and praise your soup making abilities! We will pay for the soup fixings through a Thrivent Action Grant.
We need soup for our Wednesday evening community dinners on these dates: March 8, 15, 22, 29, and April 5. Sign up at www.stmarks-sf.org/lenten-soup-suppers if you can make any kind (vegetarian preferable) of soup for 25 hungry people.
You can use the church kitchen to make the soup or simply drop it by - but we hope that you will stay and eat it with the rest of the community and then worship at our “With Awe and Love” service beginning at 6:45. Soup at 6:00 - worship at 6:45 - for Lent! Thank you.
INSTALLATION OF PR. RON, MARCH 26, 2017
On March 26, 2017 at 11:00AM Pr. Ron Moe-Lobeda will be installed as our Associate Pastor. Dr. Phyllis Anderson will be preaching and Rev. John Kuehner, Dean of San Francisco and the Peninsula Conference will install Pr. Ron. Please note will still have our regular 9:00AM worship service that Sunday.
SPIRITUALITY AND AGING GROUP
On Mondays from 11:00 - 12:00 Pr. Elizabeth will be hosting a group on "Spirituality and Aging" in the Brockie lounge of Martin Luther Tower. This group is open to the St. Mark's community as well. This group will offer a safe place to reflect on aging issues in light of our faith - whatever our faith may be or wherever we are in our faith journey.
WEDNESDAYS DURING THE SEASON OF LENT
March 8 – April 5
6:00 - Community Soup Supper
6:45 - “With Awe and Love” Lenten worship
7:30 - Lenten Book Study, “The Last Words of Jesus – A Meditation on Love and Suffering” by Daniel Horan. Led by: Greg Jahnke, Pr. Ron and Pr. Elizabeth
MEALS FOR THE SF INTERFAITH SHELTER
The SF Interfaith is going to provide dinners for 50 men at Caynon Kip facility in March. We need volunteers from St. Mark’s to help with the meals on three dates in March (dates TBD). Please contact John Elford at email@example.com if you would like to volunteer.
DISCOUNT FOR ST. MARK'S MEMBERS FOR SF GIRLS CHORUS
The San Francisco Girls Chorus is offering a 25% discount for tickets to their concert with virtuoso organist Paul Vasile at Mission Dolores, Saturday February 25th, at 8:00 P.M. To claim the discount, use the code FIRSTCHURCH when ordering tickets at https://www.cityboxoffice.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=2241
WELCA WORKSHOPS - SATURDAYS, MARCH 11, 18, AND 25
WOMEN AND JUSTICE, 10AM TO NOON IN HERITAGE HALL
Women of all ages are invited to learn about and discuss some of the many issues addressed in the ELCA’s upcoming Women and Justice social statement titled “Faith, Sexism, Justice”. Issues include: sexism, violence against women and girls, the misuse of scripture against women and girls, and economic sexism. There will also be opportunities to provide feedback for the draft social statement.
Teenagers are especially encouraged to attend on March 25, when we plan to study and discuss “Mis-representation” - how women and girls are depicted in media.
Childcare will be provided, and light refreshments will be served.
PREPARING FOR LONG-TERM CARE
Did you know that developing a long-term care strategy can help you: Preserve your independence? Protect income and Assets? Reassure your family about the future? Please join us for a complimentary presentation to learn more. Saturday, March 11, 2017 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. J P Murphy Club House, 1960 9th Avenue (at Pacheco), San Francisco. RSVP to Linda Jackson at Thrivent Financial at 415-437-7370 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch will be served.
BAY CHORAL GUILD PRESENTS "SONGS OF ISAIAH” MARCH 5TH 4:30 PM
The Bay Choral Guild March program features a world premiere - "Songs of Isaiah,” composed by Artistic Director, Sanford Dole - the second in their year-long series of commissioned works. Also on the program are J. S. Bach’s sublime Motet #1, “Singet dem Herrn", Pergolesi's joyous "Magnificat", and works by two modern English composers “Stabat Mater” by Paul Mealor, and “Ave Maris Stella” by Cecilia McDowall, all accompanied by harp and string orchestra.
Tickets are available online or at the door.
General $25, Senior $20, Student $5
DONATE FLOWERS IN 2017
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 http://www.stmarks-sf.org/flower-donations/ to sign up on our online chart. If you are unable to sign up online please call the office
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.
SUPPORT ST. MARK'S THROUGH YOUR AMAZON PURCHASES!
St. Mark’s is enrolled in Amazon Smile, which donates 0.5% of every purchase to charitable organizations. Make your Amazon purchases through the St. Mark’s Amazon Smile portal, using your Amazon log-in: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-1418294
You can log onto smile.amazon.com and search for St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.
WORSHIP LEADERS THIS SUNDAY
Director of Music...Dr. Timothy Zerlang
Assisting Ministers...Sharon Reinbott (9); Richard Boyle, Ed Chitty (11)
Lectors...Jeremy McClain (9); Cora Lea Rose (11)
Acolytes...Nora Hurley and Pam Cheung
Sacristan and Altar Guild...Richard Boyle, Ed Chitty
Ministry of Welcome...Marisa Lee, Louis Gutierrez (9); Larry DeSpain (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Donna Dindia and Chuck Lewis
Next Week’s Coffee Hour Chairs...Marie Jose Baum and Kate Knickerbocker