February 28, 2016

Third Sunday in Lent

The warnings are plentiful and blunt on the third Sunday in Lent. Lent is a season of repentance. Cut it out or get cut down! The warnings are accompanied by God’s invitation to attentiveness: “Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live.” The landowner’s ultimatum is forestalled by the gardener’s readiness to till the ground one more year. That is good news for all of us. Thanks be to God!

9:00 am - Holy Communion with Children’s Time - Sanctuary
9:45 am - Sunday School -  School Rooms
10:00 am - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall
10:05 am - Adult Forum—Setting the Table - Auditorium
10:05 am - Journeys In Faith - Fireside Room
11:00 am -  Choral Eucharist Worship Service - Sanctuary

12:15 pm -  Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall
12:30 pm - Call Committee Meeting - Fireside Room

4:00 pm - American Bach Soloists Concert - Sanctuary

Adult Forum series on Sunday mornings in Lent led by Pr. Elizabeth and Pr. Tita 10:05 am in the auditorium 
Over the next six weeks, we will journey together through the season of Lent, reflecting on hunger, hope, and God's love in a world of both abundance and need. Each weekly session is based on a devotion from ELCA World Hunger's 40 Days of Giving, a special devotional for you to use each day during the season of Lent. Extra devotional material is available in the narthex for you to pick up. 

Midweek Lenten Series: Open our Lives, O God.
We hope to accompany each other in our Lenten journey of prayer, reflection and silence. Every Wednesday (March 2,9,16), 6:00 pm Supper and Fellowship (Heritage Hall) followed by 6:45 Vespers Prayer Service (Sanctuary) and 7:15 Biblical Reflections and Conversation (Heritage Hall) focusing on “Bearing Fruit” Devotions will be led by our Pastors. The season of Lent is a time of change. Come and let us journey together. Bring a friend to share a meal, pray and worship!

Lenten Box Offering - Recipient Lava Mae
Bring your filled boxes back and hand them to an usher at worship during Holy Week or Easter.  Please fill them with your spare change or with a donation check. This year the funds will be donated to Lava Mae. Lava Mae is a non-profit foundation whose mission is to deliver dignity and unlock opportunity for those experiencing homelessness - one mobile shower at a time.  They do this by re-purposing retired buses to provide free private showers, toiletries and toilet facilities. This enables mobility to serve the homeless residents of San Francisco where they live. For more information please visit lavamae.org

Invitation to tour Lutheran Social Services offices in the Tenderloin with Pr. Elizabeth, Feb. 29 @ 9:30 am
The offices are located at 191 Golden Gate ave.  Pr. Elizabeth will be bringing the donation of white socks which members contributed during our Epiphany Service.  Thank you all.  Everyone welcome. 

Neighborhood Safety Meeting
The Cathedral Hill Neighbors Association will be meeting Monday, Feb 29 at 1:30 PM in the Sequoias Auditorium, 1400 Geary Blvd. 
Captain Jennifer Jackson of the SFPD will be addressing recent
incidents in the neighborhood and safety

Women’s Monthly Study Gatherings
All women are welcome to come and study together at our evening and/or morning Women of the ELCA Gatherings.  In March our groups will meet on:

Evening Gathering – March 1 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the Fireside Room
All women are invited to come for dessert and fellowship for the first half hour and then discussion until 8:30.   This month we will be reading Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  

Second Tuesday – March 8 from 11:00am to 1:00pm in the Fireside Room
All women are invited to come for study at 11:00 and then at noon to eat their sandwich or salad and share fellowship.  Drinks and dessert will be provided.  Our winter study is on the Philippians and our program topic is “Being of One Mind.”

Third Sunday Bible Study – March 20 from 10:10 to 10:50 in the Conference Room
All women are invited to come for Bible study from the Women of the ELCA’s Gather Magazine.  Our winter study is on the book of Philippians and our monthly topic is “Being of One Mind.”

If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Smith at 415.285.7438 or suzathome@comcast.net.

Today’s Journey in Faith rite
The Presentation of the Creed rite is intended to keep our candidate for baptism in our prayers.  The congregation will recite the Apostles’ Creed, that symbol of the faith which Steve Ernst will recite at his baptism during our Easter Vigil service. 

Will I have enough to retire? 
Retire Wisely Workshop with Thrivent Financial representative Gregory Jahnke and Judith Dancer on Saturday, March 19 from 10-12:30 p.m. at JP Murphy Clubhouse, 1960 9th Ave, near Pacheco. RSVP ay March 15 to Jo Zemke at 415-437-7370 X211 or jo.zemke@thrivent.com.

Direct your Thrivent Choice Dollars Now
Giving back has always been important to Thrivent and to us at St. Mark’s. Please take a moment to direct your Choice dollars – they will expire soon. This is an easy and cost-free way to help St. Mark’s ministries, stewardship, and capital campaign (or a charity you favor). In total, St. Mark’s members of Thrivent have a large balance of Choice dollars waiting to be directed. Please do it NOW. Just go online: www.Thrivent.com/thriventchoice and log-in, or phone 800-847-4836 and say "Thrivent Choice" at the prompt. If questions, ask Omer Voss or Greg Jahnke. 

Winter Homeless Shelter Returns to St. Mark’s
Due to the current emergency situation with the homeless in San Francisco, City Hall and the SF Interfaith Council have asked that the current Interfaith Winter Homeless Shelter continue on through March. St. Mark’s will again be hosting the shelter in the ULC Auditorium from March 6 until March 13. As of right now, St. Mark’s has not been asked to provide any volunteers to help, only to provide space. If you have any questions about the shelter, please direct them to Chiara at dejoy@stmarks-sf.org.

Do You Need A Baby 0r Pet Safety Gate?
A new Cardinal Gates Safety Gate (model PG35) with doorway extender is available in the Church Office. The gate features an auto-lock and is good for high traffic areas. The gate can fit doorways 29 to 33.25 inches wide and the extender widens it an additional 5 inches. The height is 29.75 inches. The retail value is $100. If you would like this item, a donation to St. Mark’s would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Chiara DeJoy at dejoy@stmarks-sf.org if you are interested in the gate or would like more information.

Worship Leaders This Sunday
Director of Music...Dr. Timothy Zerlang
Assisting Ministers...Sharon Reinbott (9); John Barton, Kyle Schiefelbein (11)
Lectors...Robert Rathmell (9) Cora Lea Rose (11) 
Chalice Bearers...Jane Borg (11)
Acolytes...Grace Ekdale-Hoch, Ericka Taylor
Sacristan and Altar Guild...Richard Boyle, Ed Chitty
Ministry of Welcome...Louis Gutierrez, Marisa Lee (9);  Gail and Cal Culp, Larry DeSpain (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Donna Dindia and Chuck Lewis
Next week Coffee Hour Chairs...Marie-Jose Baum and Kate Knickerbocker