July 31, 2016

Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

Today’s texts offer instruction and encouragement for all who are occasionally overwhelmed by the“unhappy business” of life. Jesus urges us to take care and be on guard against all kinds of greed. We who have died with Christ in holy baptism have also been raised with him and are encouraged to elevate our thinking, seeking the “things that are above.” To that end we seek the sustenance of the Lord’s supper and the encouragement of God’s word.

Join Us This Sunday

9:00 am - Holy Communion with Children’s Time - Auditorium

10:00 am - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour- Fireside Room
11:00 am - Holy Eucharist Worship Service - Auditorium

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

Worship Moves to the Urban Life Center
As renovation work commences in the sanctuary in the coming weeks, we will worship in the Auditorium of the Urban Life Center beginning this Sunday, July 31 and continuing through October. 

Coffee hour will be hosted in the Fireside Room adjoining the Auditorium. Please contact your Coffee Hour Chair with any questions about set-up. 

We look forward to a transformed, more intimate worship experience over these next several weeks. 

Application Period for Grants Closes Today
Today the grant application period closes for the St. Mark’s Endowment Fund. Do you have an idea for a ministry project that is not part of the St. Mark’s budget? Get your proposal submitted today. Visit www.stmarks-sf.org/endowment to learn more and apply. Thank you to everyone who has donated to our fund to make these distributions possible. 

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.

Interfaith Food Pantry Distribution Next Saturday, August 6
St. Mark’s will be distributing groceries from the Food Bank at Old First Presbyterian Church (1751 Sacramento Street) between 7:30-11:30 AM next Saturday, August 6 to 300 families from the neighborhood. Interested in volunteering? Able to come for just part of the day? Contact Diana Gomez (dianamrsgomez@mindspring.com) for more information and to RSVP.

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 emergency.

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

Chanticleer Skills LAB Concert
More than 50 young singers are participating in an intensive choral skills program from July 30 through August 6.  The final concert is open and will beheld on Saturday, August 6 at 7:30 pm at First Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin St., SF.  Saint Mark’s members and MLT residents are very welcome to attend this free concert.

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

Fall Newsletter Deadline
The Fall edition of St. Mark’s Voice Newsletter will be in production soon and is scheduled to go out early September.  The content will cover September, October,  and November.  Please send any Voice submissions by Friday, August 19th to be included in the newsletter.  Contact Stefani (lawrence@stmarks-sf.org) to submit material or if you have any questions.

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.

Interfaith Calendar and Activities in the Bay Area
Check out the websites - www.interfaith-presidio.organd 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.  

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. 

Worship Leaders This Sunday

Director of Music...Dr. Timothy Zerlang
Assisting Ministers...Ed Chitty (9); Phil Krikau, Ed Chitty (11)
Lectors...Jeremy McClain (9); Cora Lea Rose (11)
Chalice Bearer....Marisa Lee (11)Acolytes...Linda Jackson, Katherine Lam
Sacristan and Altar Guild....Richard Boyle, Ed Chitty
Ministry of Welcome...Jerry Lundblad (9); Jerry Lundblad (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Marie-Jose Baum and Kate Knickerbocker
Next Week’s Coffee Hour Chairs...Barbara Bock

Prayers of the Parish

Marilyn Grimstad
Jack Heiter
Carolyn Johnson
Taylor Jones
John Krauskopf
Stephen Krefting
Arnold Lehmann
Margaret Massialas
Roderick Mobley
Stan Moeller
Lee & Irma Opitz

Cassie Allen
Debbie Brant & Ted Bernardi
Pastor Raymond H. Birkel
Diana Bock
Natalie E. Bock
Riley Brooks
Michelle Chernock
Ed Chitty
Corrine Cottrell
Marilyn Desmond
Indar Dutt
Bonnie Elliot

Ryan Parker
Cassie Pili
Marc Randall
Pr. John Rutsindintwarane
Travis Schwartz
Matt Seiples
LaVonne Strutz, mother of Geri Bailey
Dana Utz
Carl Velleno
Jerry Witherspoon
Brent Wolfe 

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 El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama

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.