January 31, 2016

Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

The glory of God is often revealed when and where it is least expected. God uses our lips to declare that glory, inexperienced and hesitant though they may be. God uses our love to demonstrate that glory and so urges us to exercise it. God uses Jesus of Nazareth, water and the word, bread and wine, to reveal God’s glory where and when God chooses. Take heed, lest the glory of God slip through our midst unnoticed.

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 - Confirmation - School Rooms                                

10:05 am - Journeys In Faith - Fireside Room
11:00 am - Choral Eucharist Worship Service - Sanctuary
12:00 pm - Congregational Meeting - Sanctuary

2:00 pm - Night Ministry Training - Fireside Room
4:00 pm - SF Early Music Society - Sanctuary

5:00 pm - Interfaith Winter Shelter - Auditorium

St. Mark’s Annual Congregational Meeting—This Sunday!
Members and friends of St. Mark's are encouraged to attend the annual
congregational meeting this Sunday, starting immediately after the 11 o'clock worship service. A quorum is necessary to vote on several important items.

During this meeting the congregational council will present a proposal for the scope of work to be undertaken with the funds raised from the 2016-2019 Capital Fund Drive. There will also be votes to approve the 2016 operating budget and to elect members of the congregational council.

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. 

Palms for Ash Wednesday
On Sunday, February 7, Transfiguration Day, in preparation for Lent we will be burning last year's palm branches following the 11 a.m. Service, as is our custom at St. Mark's.  Please bring your old palms to church on that day, February 7,  so that they can be made into the ashes we will be using on Ash Wednesday.

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)

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

Hello St. Marks Food Pantry Volunteers,
Here is the list of our distribution dates for 2016.
We have 8 dates—Did #1already. The remaining St. Marks Distribution Dates for 2016 are: Feb 6, 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:  Feb 6th.

IRA Charitable Rollover
Recent law changes have made the ‘IRA Charitable Rollover’ or ‘Qualified Charitable Distribution’ permanent. This can help both you and St. Mark’s.  If you are at least age 70 ½, you can give up to $100,000 per year from your IRA to the church to fulfill your pledge or gift.  And, your gift will not be taxed as income.  This is a great way to be a generous steward and to be a smart manager of your assets.  If you think this option might be helpful for you, please inquire with your financial or tax advisor and they will direct you to the details.  Be a smart and generous donor.

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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Property Team Projects, Feb 6
Please join us on Saturday, February 6th from 9 a.m. until noon to help spruce up the building and grounds. Weather permitting, we hope to paint, plant shrubs and complete some general maintenance items around and inside our building. Questions? Contact Gary Schilling at 415-218-2778.

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:Evening Gathering – February 2 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 A Walk at Midnight by Catherine M. Wanjohi. 
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 program 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)

Worship Leader this Sunday

Director of Music...Dr. Timothy Zerlang
Assisting Ministers...Sharon Reinbott (9); Greg Jahnke, Ed Chitty (11)
Lectors...Suzanne Smith (9) Corey Schoolland (11)
Chalice Bearers...Cristin Owens, Marisa Lee (9); Kimberly Hamilton-Lam (11)
Acolytes...Kimberly Hamilton-Lam
Sacristan and Altar Guild...Richard Boyle, Ed Chitty
Ministry of Welcome...Jerry Lundblad (9) Jerry Lundblad (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Diana and Greg Gomez  
Next week Coffee Hour Chairs...Gail Culp, Cal Culp, and Phil Krikau