July 10, 2016

Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

To love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind is to reflect God’s mercy in responding to one’s neighbor. That mercy found its most profound expression in the “gospel that has come to you”—namely the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That gospel mercy comes to us again today: at the font, at the altar, and from the pulpit.
It is very near to you.

Join Us This Sunday

9:00 am - Holy Communion with Children’s Time - Sanctuary
9:15 am - Safe Congregation Training  - Fireside Room

10:00 am - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall
11:00 am - Holy Eucharist Worship Service - Sanctuary

12:15 pm - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall

Safe Congregation Training - All Are Encouraged to Attend
Are you interested in learning more about how St. Mark’s keeps our congregation safe for all members - especially children, youth, elders, and dependent adults? Please attend Safe Congregation Training on Sunday, July 10 from 9:15-10:45 AM in the Fireside Room. All staff and volunteers who work with children and youth are required to attend a training every three years. This training is strongly recommended for our ushers and parents. Please contact Marisa Lee (louie@stmarks-sf.org) or call the church office (415-928-7770) if you would like to participate.

Our Sojourn in the Urban Life Center Begins!
Renovation work in the sanctuary begins next month, so we will temporarily move worship services to the auditorium of the Urban Life Center for ten weeks. Our first Sunday worshipping in the ULC will be July 31; join us in processing (and carrying a hymnal or two!) from the sanctuary to the Urban Life Center at end of the 11am service on Sunday, July 24. Be ready for a transformed worship experience in this interim period! If you are available to assist the Property Committee with move and renovation prep tasks on the afternoon of July 24, please contact Gary Schilling (gary_schilling@yahoo.com) to volunteer.

Apply for a Grant to Bring Innovative Service Ideas to our Community
St. Mark’s recently established an Endowment Fund which distributes grants to further our ability to do God’s work with our hands both locally and around the world. Because the Endowment Fund supports projects specifically outside of the congregation’s annual budget, these grants help to pioneer and bring new ideas for how we serve our community. Apply online: www.stmarks-sf.org/endowment

Staff Transitions
Chiara Dejoy has moved on from her job as our Events Administrator to pursue a full-time position in event management and design. We bless her departure and thank her for her service on St. Mark’s staff. While we seek to fill our Events Administrator role, we have hired an interim staff person to assist with room reservations and calendaring. Please contact events@stmarks-sf.org for assistance.

Office Manager for St. Mark’s
We are seeking an office manager to be a leader and effective member of the St. Mark’s staff. Please help our recruiting process by sharing the job announcement in your community and networks:  http://www.stmarks-sf.org/jobs/ Questions? Please speak with Susan Sall (14susansall@gmail.com) of the Human Resources Committee.

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. 

Mosaic show with Pr. Elizabeth
The next show airs on Sunday, July 10 @ 5:00 a.m on KPIX . She interviews Bishop Marc Andrus of the Episcopal Diocese of California on this week’s episode.

Pastoral Care during the summer months
Both Pastor Tita and Pr. Elizabeth will be taking vacations during the summer.  They have arranged their schedules so one of them is available for pastoral care in the event of any

Please contact the church office to ask which Pastor is available.  In the event that both of them are not available, our Visitation Pastor, Rev. Chuck Lewis, is also on-call and can be reached at (415) 956-2069

Grace Gathering, New Orleans, August 10-13
The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is an opportunity to rejoice in the life-giving, liberating power of the gospel. As part of the observance, we invite you to attend the Grace Gathering, in partnership with the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. This will be an opportunity to experience the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) when gathered as the ELCA Churchwide Assembly, prepare for further observances of the 500th anniversary and reflect on how the Reformation can continue to guide us today. For more registration and more information go to: http://www.elca.org/gracegathering/Gathering-Details

Interfaith Calendar and Activities in the Bay Area
Check out the websites - www.interfaith-presidio.org and www.sfinterfaithcouncil.org which highlight Interfaith events and activities throughout the Bay Area.  There are many to choose from as we continue to take the first steps in getting to know our Interfaith neighbors.  

Produce Market on the Square
Support our community market! Please come and purchase fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs every Wednesday from 11am-12pm in the Urban Life Center Auditorium! The market is co-sponsored by Episcopal Senior Communities and Martin Luther Tower.

Worship Leaders This Sunday
Director of Music...Dr. Timothy Zerlang
Assisting Ministers...Liv Beck (9); Phil Krikau, Linda Jackson (11)
Lectors...Randy Schieber (9); Bertie Brouhard (11)
Chalice Bearers...Marisa Lee (11)
Acolytes...Erika Taylor, Linda Jackson
Sacristan and Altar Guild...Richard Boyle, Ed Chitty
Ministry of Welcome...Tapio Boles, Lew Randall (9); Donna Dindia (11); Pedro Ospina, Linda R. Jackson (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Dana Utz, Catherine Hurley
Next Week Coffee Hour Chairs...John Elford, Marge Okuley, and Hiroko Nagata

Prayers For the Parish

For all military personnel, especially Will Lehmann  

For the growing families of St. Mark’s, especially those who hope for andthose who are expecting children  

For the Kigali Parish of the Lutheran Church of Rwanda

For the Cordero de Dios congregation in El Salvador  

For our Missionary, Pastor Kate Warn, YAGM coordinator in Rwanda  

For all Christians in the Holy Land, especially Bethlehem  

For the people of The Caribbean Islands and Guyana

For the Kindergarten Cynthia Espinoza in Paraguay  

For MLT Residents who are hospitalized or in hospice care  

 Every effort is made to keep the Prayers of the Parish current. 
Please email Lawrence@stmarks-sf.org to add, remove or update a name on the prayer list.