SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Jesus does great deeds of power and gives his disciples authority over demons. Yet none of this power is unilateral; it all must be received by faith. Jesus asks his disciples to go out without money or supplies, so that they will be dependent on how others receive them. When we are sent from the assembly to witness and to heal, we are asked to be vulnerable, to be dependent on the reception of others. The Spirit always operates in the between: between Jesus and his Abba, between Jesus and us, between you and me, between us and those to whom we are sent.
THIS SUNDAY AT ST. MARK'S
9:00 am - Holy Communion with Children’s Time - Sanctuary
10:00 am - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall
10:00 am - El Salvador Trip Meeting - Heritage Hall
11:00 am - Holy Communion Worship Service - Sanctuary
12:15 pm - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall
EL SALVADOR/SISTER PARISH TRIP PLANNING MEETING
JULY 8 AT 10:00 AM IN HERITAGE HALL
If you are interested in joining the St. Mark’s group in journeying to El Salvador, Nov. 20 - Nov. 25, please attend this meeting.
We are hoping for new travelers to join the group. Our reason for journeying to El Salvador is to deepen our relationships with the members of
Cordero de Dios Lutheran Parish. Come and join us! If you have questions, please contact Liv Beck at email@example.com
SUMMER ADULT FORUMS ON JEREMIAH
Jeremiah certainly is a prophet for our time. He was an outspoken critic of the kings who did what was evil in God’s sight, and called to task all of those who were complicit with these evil rulers. His prophetic ministry spans some 44 years and the reigns of 6 rulers of Judah. He witnessed the horror of the conquest of Jerusalem by the Babylonians and remained in Judah until such time that he fled to Egypt. Pastor Ron will be presenting the historical context for Jeremiah’s prophetic ministry and reviewing the content of the Book of Jeremiah during 3 Sundays (July 22 & 29, and August 5) at 10:00 a.m. in the Fireside Room. Come and hear more about Jeremiah’s challenging ministry and the process by which his words and perspectives were documented by those who followed in his stead.
NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS AT ST. MARK’S
As you may have noted in the latest newsletter, the Outreach Team is organizing the congregation into neighborhood groups beginning next fall for the purpose of building community and creating a local support network for our members. During the next month, members of the Outreach Team will be approaching people in the congregation and asking them to be Coordinators of their neighborhood group. Coordinators will receive a lot of support from the Outreach Team in this endeavor, and will be invited to an orientation later in August. If you would like to learn more or would like to volunteer to be a Coordinator for your neighborhood, please contact any member of the Outreach Team: Cora Rose, Steve Ernst, Geri Bailey, Bertie Brouhard, Andrew Sallach, or Pastor Ron.
UPCOMING MOSAIC SHOW HOSTED BY PR. ELIZABETH
Tune in July 8 at 5:00 a.m. on channel 5 (KPIX) for Pr. Elizabeth’s hosting of the Mosaic show. Her guest is Rev. Deborah Lee - Executive Director of Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity. Rev. Lee speaks passionately about just and fair immigration practices, the prevention of separation of families, and what congregations and individuals can do to uphold the basic human rights and safety of migrant children and their families
PRAY IN SOLIDARITY WITH IMMIGRANT DETAINEES MONTHLY VIGIL AT WEST COUNTY DETENTION CENTER, JULY 7, 11:00 - 12:00 PM
On Saturday, July 7, the Interfaith Movement for Human Dignity will be
sponsoring its monthly vigil at the West County Detention Center in Richmond on Saturday, July 7 at 11:00 a.m. This interfaith prayer vigil is a wonderful opportunity for people of faith to gather in the place where these sojourners are being detained for an indefinite period of time as the result of entering this country illegally.
Join Pr. Elizabeth and other St. Mark’s members at the West County Detention Center (5555 Giant Hwy, Richmond, CA)
Our prayer vigil will be hosted by the Green Gulch Zen Center.
All are welcome!
ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS IN THE SUMMER?
Why not? It is never too early to begin planning ahead! Advent is a time of preparation, faithful waiting, and hopeful anticipation for the arrival of the Christ-child. This year St. Mark’s will publish its own devotional book for the seasons of Advent and Christmas to help the community prepare for and celebrate these rich seasons. Each devotion will be written by members and friends of St. Mark’s. We will need 33 volunteers. Families are encouraged to write a devotion together. If you are interested in contributing to the publication, please visit www.stmarks-sf.org/advent-and-christmas-devotions/ for details and information. Thank you and Merry Christmas!
Warmly, Pr. Elizabeth
WOMEN'S MONTHLY STUDY GATHERING
All women are welcome to come and study together at our morning and/or evening Women of the ELCA Gatherings. In July our groups will meet on:
Second Tuesday – July 10 luncheon at noon at Eliza’s, 2877 California St.
All women are invited to come to our annual luncheon out. Please contact Pam Ruh (415/292-4496) or firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions. We will not meet in August.
If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Smith at 415.285.7438 or email@example.com.
Assisting Ministers...Pam Reynolds (9); Greg Jahnke, Pam Reynolds (11)
Lectors... Jeremy McClain (9); Cora Rose (11)
Communion Ministers...Nadine Robinson (9); Steve Ernst (11)
Acolytes...Ed Chitty, Rommel Schiefelbein-Guerrero
Altar Guild...Cora Rose, Cory Schoolland
Ushers...Randy Schieber, Marisa Lee (9); Donna Dindia, Pam Cheung, Linda Jackson (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Andrew Sallach, Elaine Lanier-Bohan & Tim Bohan
Next Week’s Coffee Hour Chairs...Susie Smith, Frederick Blickle