FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
The mystery of God's ways is sometimes hidden from the wise and intelligent. Jesus associates with the lowly and outcast. Like Paul, we struggle with our own selfish desires and seek God's mercy and forgiveness. We gather to be refreshed by Christ's invitation: "Come to me, all you that are weary." Gathered around word, water, and meal, we find rest for our souls.
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 - Intergenerational Event - Auditorium
11:00 am - Holy Eucharist Worship Service - Sanctuary
12:15 pm - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall
12:30 pm - Adult Education Meeting - Pr. Elizabeth’s Office
INTERGENERATIONAL EVENT THIS SUNDAY – JULY 9
Everyone is encouraged to come and participate in this Intergenerational Event at 10:00 a.m. this Sunday, July 9 in the ULC Auditorium. Pastor Ron will be leading some activities and songs as a way for us to get to know one another from both worship services. For those who regularly worship at 11:00, you are encouraged to come an hour early for this event that will bring people of all ages (5 years old and up) together in games and song. This would be a good day to invite a friend to come to church and share in the fun and fellowship.
ADULT EDUCATION PLANNING TEAM MEETING THIS SUNDAY - JULY 9
Join Pastor Elizabeth and others to dream and plan about adult education at St. Mark’s. We will meet in Pr Elizabeth’s office from 12:30 - 2:30 - all are welcome! Bring your ideas and hopes for growing your faith through education at St. Mark’s.
NEW TO ST. MARK'S? WELCOME!
Thinking about your faith journey and a community to support it? If you are interested in learning more about St Mark’s or maybe exploring making St Mark’s your church home, we would love to talk with you! The Journeys in Faith team invites you to meet for coffee or tea and conversation. If you are interested, or have questions, contact Liv Beck (firstname.lastname@example.org; 415-205-3292).
YOUNG ADULT GATHERING – SUNDAY, JULY 16
The young adults of St. Mark’s will be gathering on Sunday, July 16 at 12:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room for a simple lunch and a time to get better acquainted with one another and talk about other desires for fellowship in the future. If you identify with this age group as a single person, couple, or parent, and would like to nurture your relationship with others, plan to attend this gathering and explore how we might continue to build this fellowship and invite others to join us.
WOMEN’S MONTHLY STUDY GATHERINGS
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 11 luncheon at noon at Eliza’s, 2877 California St.
All women are invited to come to our annual luncheon out. Please contact Pam Ruh (292-4496 or email@example.com) with any questions. We will not meet in August.
Evening Gathering – July 11 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the Conference Room in the Urban Life Center. 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 discuss The Brother of Jesus and the Lost Teachings of Christianity by Jeffery J. Butz and will set the reading list for the next year. We will not meet in August.
If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Smith at 415.285.7438 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST. MARK’S EL SALVADOR TRIP NOV 21-26, 2017: RELATIONSHIP BUILDING WITH OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS AT CORDERO DE DIOS!
All members of St. Mark’s are encouraged to participate in the next accompaniment journey with Cordero de Dios, El Salvador on November 21-26, 2017 (Thanksgiving week). Singles and couples and families with children are all invited to travel with the delegation.
St. Mark’s is a sister parish with Cordero de Dios, in Soyapango, El Salvador. We have visited them several times and always learn and grow and share much as we build wonderful relationships with our Salvadoran Lutheran brothers and sisters!
Let Mary Ritter email@example.com know as soon as possible if you are interested in going, or have questions about travel and safety issues.
We have started purchasing airplane tickets - the tickets prices are good right now but will likely go higher. We hope to have all tickets purchased by mid to late July 2017. We will set dates in late summer and fall for learning and conversation about the trip. Watch for information about upcoming planning events.
VOICE DEADLINE - MONDAY, AUGUST 7
The deadline for the next Voice newsletter is Monday, August 7 and will cover September, October, and November. Please send all submissions to Stefani Lawrence (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you!
“TELLING THE TALE” – STORIES FROM A THAILAND HABITAT BUILD
In March of this year, St. Mark’s members, Brian Richards & Greg Jahnke traveled to Thailand to help build two homes with Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity. Join them in Heritage Hall on Sunday, July 23rd after the 9:00 service to hear stories from the build and to see slides of the work. Breakfast will be provided for all attendees. Children are welcome.
ST. MARK’S LUTHERAN CHURCH SEEKS EVENT HOSTS
We are currently hiring Event Hosts! The Event Host is a part-time paid position, who is on duty for meetings and events taking place on St. Mark’s Square.
As a representative of St. Mark’s, the Event Host serves as the liaison between St. Mark’s and the event taking place, providing quality customer service and hospitality to groups and attendees utilizing the facility. This includes providing facility access, monitoring the use of the spaces, ensuring the safety and security of the facilities during events, and upholding and communicating the facility use rules and regulations as needed. The Event Host may be required to assist with set-up of facility spaces, handle emergencies that may arise, and is responsible for securing facilities after events. Evening and weekend hours (often until 10 or 11 PM) required.
If you are interested in applying, please contact Deidre Rettenmaier at email@example.com or 415-928-7770 x2290.
ST. MARKS 6TH ANNUAL FAMILY CAMPING TRIP
This year’s camping trip will be at Portola Redwoods in the San Mateo mountains. it is a little over an hour from San Francisco and in a beautiful mountain area, but also not far from Pescadero.
Most people come Friday evening and stay through Sunday breakfast. We have hikes, games, campfire and outdoor Sunday Worship.
We do have a reservation on hold for Thursday night, August 3, if anyone would like to go up earlier, please let us know.
This is our 6th annual St. Marks Family Camping Trip, hosted by parents with Kidlettes. In late July, we will circulate a Sign up Genius list for families to sign up for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and campfire preparation. For more information contact Laura Dickinson at 415-730-9583 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WORSHIP LEADERS THIS SUNDAY
Director of Music...Dr. Timothy Zerlang
Assisting Ministers...Liv Beck (9); Katja Jackson, Greg Jahnke (11)
Lectors...Hans Hoch (9); Nadine Robinson (11)
Chalice Bearers...Aaron Greig, Omer Voss (9); Matthias Will (11)
Acolytes...Meghan Foster and Eli Foster
Altar Guild...Linda Jackson, Pam Cheung
Sacristans...Ed Chitty, Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero
Ministry of Welcome...Viknesh Silvalingam
Coffee Hour Chairs...Donna Dindia, Chuck Lewis
Next Week’s Coffee Hour Chairs...Marie Jose Baum, Kate Knickerbocker