June 1, 2014

Join us for the Sixth Sunday of Easter
9:00 am - Holy Communion with Children's Time
10:00 am - Last Day of Sunday School-Party!
10:00 am - Refreshments & Parents with Kidlettes
11:00 am - Choral Eucharist
12:15 pm - Refreshment and Fellowship Hour
12:30 pm - Confirmation Class Lunch

Bike to Worship, Today!
As part of Bike Month in May, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition members are working in partnership with the San Francisco Interfaith Council to create a Bike to Worship Week from Sunday, May 25 to Sunday, June 1, 2014. St. Mark's is participating in the event with a Bike to Worship Day on June 1. We are calling on all bikers to participate! The event will include a Blessing of the Bicycles at both services as well as a raffle for free bike gear. Don't know what route to take? Talk to Andrew Sallach or Colin Williams for tips, or consult the bike routing function on Google Maps. Interested in helping on the day of the event? Please contact Matt Helland to volunteer: helland@stmarks-sf.org.  
Sunday School News
Today: Last day of Sunday School- Party!
What would Martin Luther's name tag look like?
We'll never know for certain, but you can bet it would have been BOLD! It probably would not have been nailed to his chest.
Starting today, the 1st of June, St. Mark's will start making name tags available in the Narthex before services. Please take the time to make a name tag and wear it boldly through the service and coffee hour.
Red for Pentecost
Don't forget to wear RED next Sunday for the festival of Pentecost!
Register Now for Summer Day Camp at St. Mark's, June 30- July 4
Day Camp is a unique partnership between Mt. Cross Summer Camp and St. Mark's Lutheran Church. Join us for a week of faith-based fun, which includes group games, arts & crafts, worship, community building activities and Bible Encounters. Location: St. Mark's Heritage Hall. Dates: June 30-July 4.|Time: 9am-3pm | Cost: $90. Full scholarships are available. | Age range: Youth who have completed Kindergarten through 6th grade | For more details and registration forms, please visit www.stmarks-sf.org.
Donation Requests for Day Camp Service Project
Our Day Camp program has been partnering with Lutheran World Relief to send school kits to children in need all over the world. Volunteers all over Northern California graciously sew the school bags, Day Camp sites and campers collect school supplies and Day Campers assemble the kits. This is a great way for our children to help children like them who otherwise would not be able to go to school. There will be a box placed in Heritage Hall to accept donations of the following: 70-sheet notebooks, pencil sharpener, 30 cm ruler (not inches), blunt scissors, #2 pencils, blue or black ball point pens, box of 16 or 24 crayons, 2 1/2 inch erasers (not decorative). 
From the Church Office
Summer Hours
The church office summer hours are Monday thru Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm, and Friday, 9 am to 12 noon. Summer hours continue until Tuesday, September 2.
Holiday Closures
The office will be closed for Independence Day on Friday, July 4; and for Labor Day on Monday, September 1.
Office Snacks for the Needy
We are running out of snack food items that we bag and hand out to homeless folks who come by the office.  If you would like to donate some non-perishable items (granola bars, crackers, etc) it would be greatly appreciated.  You can either bring them to the church office, or leave them in the Heritage Hall kitchen with a note saying "For Church Office." Thank you!
New LSS Building Opening Celebration on June 1
All are welcome to attend the opening of the new Lutheran Social Services offices in San Francisco, at 191 Golden Gate Avenue. Bishop Mark Holmerud (ELCA) and First Vice President Paul Hoffmann (Missouri Synod) will be in attendance. Come and bless us with your presence at 4:00 pm on Sunday, June 1st. Light refreshments will be served.
Senior Trip to Filoli House and Gardens, Thursday, June 5
The Filoli Estate is recognized as one of the finest country estates of the early 20th century. The lawns and shrubs around the house, and the Crystal Springs Watershed lands surrounding the estate provide a magnificent backdrop to the formal garden. We will have a light lunch at Filoli Café. We will meet in the Ellis Street parking lot at 10 am. The cost of admission is $15. Contact Pastor Elizabeth at 415.928.7770 or at ekdale@stmarks-sf.org for more information. To sign up for the trip, please contact the MLT office at 415.885.1084.
Property Team Projects on June 7th
The Property Ministry Team invites you to join us for coffee and pastries as we complete projects and prepare the church and grounds for Pentecost and the summer on Saturday, June 7th, from 9 AM until 12 Noon. If you'd like to join us, please contact Gary Schilling at 415-431-8044.
Deutscher Musikverein Concert on June 14
All are welcome to attend the Deutscher Musikverein of San Francisco's 2014 Annual Concert on Saturday, June 14nd at 2:00pm at St. Mark's. This free concert will feature the band's traditional repertoire, familiar selections from Germany and memorable tunes. We honor outstanding Band members for their support, contribution and participation over decades. Prosecco and cookies will be served in addition to Beer and Pellegrino water. This is a major event for the San Francisco German-American community and is co-sponsored by the United German-American Societies of San Francisco. We are dedicated to celebrating German traditions here in California. Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 14th!
Please return those Lenten offering boxes!
Please get those boxes in so we can send the money on to Lutheran Social Services. Remember LSS in your prayers.-St. Mark's Social Ministry
Do you have any housing leads for members of St. Mark's?
Affordable housing is a concern for all residents in the Bay Area. We have a special interest at St. Mark's. Each year, beloved members of St. Mark's move out of the area due to lack of affordable housing. We'd like to utilize the power of the St. Mark's network to share possible leads with these families. Currently, we have the following affordable housing needs:
1.  An active couple at St. Mark's is looking to purchase a condominium in SF for approx. $600,000. 
2. An active couple at St. Mark's is looking for affordable rent near transit or to buy; their buy budget is no greater than $500,000.
If you have a piece of property that you might be willing to sell or have any leads for these two families, please e-mail Pr. Elizabeth at Ekdale@stmarks-sf.org. She will connect the two parties together. Thank you. 
Let's fill those Food Bank barrels!
Most needed foods are: tuna, canned meat, peanut butter, soup, chili, beans, cereal, canned fruit and vegetables and granola bars. No glass or perishable items; please donate only unopened items that you would eat, and check that items are still within their "Use before" date. Look for the green barrels in the Narthex.
Interfaith Food Pantry Dates
The Interfaith Food Pantry is held every Saturday at the Old First Presbyterian Church.
Here are the St. Mark's dates in 2014: July 12th, August 16th, October 4th and November 15th.
All Faiths Dates in 2014: June 21st, August 23rd, October 11th, December 6th. For more info, contact Wendy Figliuolo at Northern.cal@gmail.com.
Worship Leaders for this Sunday
Assisting Ministers...Kyle Schiefelbein (9); Richard Boyle, Brach Jennings (11)
Lectors...Richard Boyle (9); Barbara Bock (11)
Chalice Bearers...Liv Beck (9); Jane Borg (11)
Acolytes...Evan Schieber (9); Linda R. Jackson, Ed Chitty (11)
Refreshment Hour Chairs...Susie Smith, Fred Blickle