February 7, 2016

Transfiguration of Our Lord

Witnesses to the glory of God in the face of Jesus will be unable to avoid reflecting that glory in the world. It was true for Moses. It was doubtless true for Peter, James, and John. We pray that it will be true of all of us who see the glory of the Lord in the word and in the supper and who are being "transformed into the same image" by the Spirit of God.

Join Us This Sunday

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
10:00 am - Parents with Kidlettes - Heritage Hall
10:05 am - Adult Forum—An invitation to Lent - Auditorium
10:05 am - Confirmation - School Rooms    
10:05 am - Journeys In Faith - Fireside Room
11:00 am - Choral Eucharist Worship Service - Sanctuary
10:00 am - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall

Adult Forum—Feb 7—An invitation to Lent
"Self-examination and repentance, prayer and fasting, sacrificial giving and works of love." These are the traditional components of the discipline of Lent, which we hear each year on Ash Wednesday. These practices have shaped the Church throughout the centuries during this six-week period in preparation for Easter. Join Dr. Kyle Schiefelbein as we encounter these practices in our lives of faith today and explore the Lenten devotionals handed out at the Annual Meeting. 

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. 

Wednesday Worship at 6:45
Come and recharge your batteries mid-week at this 30 minute service. Silence, candles, Holy Communion, and lovely music will leave you feeling at peace and revitalized for the rest of the week. All are welcome. (Note - the community dinner prior to the service will begin Feb. 17) 

Lent Devotions with the Pastors - Heritage Hall, 7:15 - 8:00 pm. 
Every Wednesday in Lent following worship: February 17 - March 16 (with the exception of Feb 24. for the Augustana Choir, see announcement below for more details). We will use the Bearing Fruit devotions for Lent for our time together of sharing, biblical reflection and prayer. Extra copies of the devotional material are in the narthex.

Wednesday, February 24, 7 pm, in the Sanctuary
A very special Lenten mid-week service with the Augustana Choir of Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois under the direction of Jon Hurty performing for us.  This concert will certainly be a very special opportunity us to settle down, listen, and contemplate this season of Lent.  Don’t miss the opportunity to hear this excellent ensemble.

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.

White Socks to be delivered to Lutheran Social Services in the Tenderloin
Pr. Elizabeth welcomes parishioners to join her in delivering the donation of socks to the offices of Lutheran Social Services. We will find a convenient time for all interested and arrange for a tour of the LSS offices at 191 Golden Gate Ave. 

Please speak with Pr. Elizabeth if you are interested in joining her on this field trip. And, thank you to all who donated the socks! 

ekdale@stmarks-sf.org or 415 928-7770 ext. 2300 

Love Is In The Aire
An afternoon of music to benefit San Francisco Night Ministry, Sunday, February 14, 2016 • 3pm

Champagne & Chocolate Reception Featuring members of the San Francisco Opera Chorus & Special Guests
St. Mark's Lutheran Church 1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco 94109 $25 at the door • $10 seniors & students 

Phone: (415) 935-7862
Email: office@sfnightministry.org

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 bal-ance 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. 

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 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 (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. 

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Thrivent is a membership organization of nearly 2.4 million Christians that offers a unique blend of faith, finances and generosity to help strengthen families and communities. We’re looking for men and women representatives who have a passion for building long-term relationships and helping others make the most of their time, talent and treasures, knowing their financial strategies are solid and on track. 

Our ideal candidates are caring, self-motivated, trustworthy and have a passion for helping others. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about our financial representative opportunities, please contact Tim Barth at 916-759-9498.

Hello St. Marks Food Pantry Volunteers
Here is the list of our distribution dates for 2016. We have 8 dates—Did #1 already. The remaining St. Marks Distribution Dates for 2016 are: April 2, May 7, June 25, Aug 6, Sept 24, Nov 5 Please email me at dianamrsgomez@mindspring.com if you can volunteer on our next distribution: April 2.

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 February our groups will meet on: 

Second Tuesday – February 9 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 pro-gram topic is “Servant-shaped Soldiers.” 

Third Sunday Bible Study – February 21 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 “Servant-shaped Soldiers.” 

If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Smith at 415-285-7438 or suzathome@comcast.net

What is Journeys in Faith?
We are forming a new group for Journeys in Faith! You are invited to join us. Our Sunday gatherings start shortly after 10AM in the Fireside room. Everyone is welcome to join in! Learn about this opportunity to set aside time this Winter for reflection on our faith and faith community. Journey with others who are considering joining St Mark's, being baptized, or affirming their baptism. All questions welcome. Contact Liv Beck (beckliv@gmail.com)

Weekly Announcement Inserts
Please click the link below to see the inserts that went into the announcements this week.
Weekly Announcement Inserts

Worship Leaders this Sunday

Director of Music...Dr. Timothy Zerlang
Assisting Ministers...Sharon Reinbott (9); Ed Chitty, Greg Jahnke (11)
Lectors...Barbara McCormick (9) Cory Schoolland (11)
Chalice Bearers..Marisa Lee, Mark Semonian (9); …Jane Borg, Joanne Chadwick (11)
Acolytes...Clovis Curl
Sacristan and Altar Guild...Richard Boyle, Ed Chitty
Ministry of Welcome...Tina Hogan (9) Pam Cheung, Pedro Ospina, Tina Niu, Linda R. Jackson, Kimberly and David Lam (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Gail Culp, Cal Culp, and Phil Krikau
Next week Coffee Hour Chairs...Dana Utz, Patrick & Catherine Hurley