June 12, 2016

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

The enormity of our sin is surpassed only by the mercy of God. We come, repentant, to the table of the Lord. In the body and blood of Jesus, in the announcement of our absolution, all our sins are forgiven. “Happy are they … whose sin is put away.” Happy are we.

Join Us This Sunday

9:00 am - Holy Communion with Children’s Time - Sanctuary
9:45 am - Sunday School - School Rooms
10:00 am - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall
10:05 am - Adult Forum: Confronting Racism
- Auditorium
11:00 am  - Choral Eucharist Worship Service - Sanctuary
12:15 pm - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall
12:30 pm - MLT and Council Corporation Meeting - Fireside Room

2:00 pm - Night Ministry Open House - Heritage Hall

Adult Forum: Mary Ritter: Confronting Racism Webcast
ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton and William B. Horne II, an ELCA member from Clearwater, Fla., will continue their conversation on racism – a violation of God’s intention for humanity. Joining Eaton and Horne for this conversation are: Judge Yolanda Tanner, an ELCA member who serves as an associate judge for the Baltimore City Circuit Court. Leonard Duncan, an ELCA member who will share his experience of incarceration, poverty and homelessness. Charlene Guiliani, an ELCA member and former police sergeant.

Have You Heard About Our Endowment Fund?
Visit www.stmarks-sf.org/endowment to learn more about our Endowment Fund grants. Applications are currently being accepted. Also, keep this fund in mind for your charitable giving. Our Endowment Fund gives donors the ability to create a long-lasting legacy to support creative, innovative, and new ideas to do God’s work with our hands. 

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 this summer. 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. Trainings will be Sunday, June 19 from 8-9:30 AM and Sunday, July 10 from 9:30-11 AM in the Fireside Room. Please contact Marisa Lee (louie@stmarks-sf.org) or call the church office (415-928-7770) if you would like to participate.

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.  

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:

Questions? Please speak with Susan Sall (14susansall@gmail.com) of the Human Resources Committee.

Night Ministry Open House
The volunteers and staff of the San Francisco Night Ministry invite you to attend their annual Open House on Sunday, June 12, from 2 to 3 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell, between Gough and Franklin Streets, in Heritage Hall.

Our Open House provides a time to learn more about Night Ministry in general, and more about the specific programs that are offered. It is also a good time to explore opportunities to volunteer with us, either as a Crisis Line Counselor or a member of our Daytime Volunteer Corps.

Meet members of the Night Ministry staff, Governing Board members, and current volunteers. Light refreshments will be served.

Women’s Monthly Study Gatherings
All women are welcome to come and study together at our evening and/or morning Women of the ELCA Gatherings.  In June our groups will meet on:

Second Tuesday – June 14 from 11:00am to 1:00pm in the Fireside Room 

All women are invited to come for study at 11:00 and then at noon to eat their sandwich or salad and share fellowship.  Drinks and dessert will be provided.  Our Bible Study will be on “Treasure in Clay Jars” as found in the June issue of Gather Magazine.

If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Smith at 415.285.7438 or suzathome@comcast.net.

Thrivent & Habitat “Building Blocks” June 16-18
Join Thrivent and Habitat-Greater-SF partnering with homeowners and nonprofits for a 3-day event to revitalize a Bayview corridor at “Habitat Building Blocks: Bayview.”  Pick a day!  We’ll rebuild fences, paint houses, landscape yards, and make accessibility improvements.  We’ll also partner with SF Rec & Park for green work at nearby Adam Rogers Park to trim, clean, and beautify.  T-shirts and lunch each day, and a Block Party to celebrate!  No construction experience necessary.  Contact Pr. Lyle Beckman lylejb@aol.com to sign-up.  More details at Habitat’s site https://www.habitatgsf.org/get-involved/events/buildingblocks 

Dates are:  Repairs: Thurs-Sat, June 16-18, 8:30-4:30 (age 16+).  Park: Sat 18th, 8:30-4:00 (age 14+).  Party: Sat 18th, 4:30 - 7:30.

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. 

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

San Francisco Pride 2016
Please mark your calendar for Sunday, June 26th for the 2016 San Francisco Pride Parade Celebration. This year’s theme is Pride for Racial and Economic Justice.  

We had a great group last year and would love to have an even larger group this year from St. Mark’s walking with our local ReconcilingWorks chapter, the Bishop’s Associate Nancy Nelson, as well as other RIC churches. Come walk the talk of welcome!!

Parade participants can meet with ReconcilingWorks in the Parade lineup on Sunday.   **Specific information will be provided when we receive our placement in the parade, a few days prior.  We’ll make our way down Market Street spreading welcome and inclusion for everyone!

  • Dress comfortably for the parade, you will be walking 10 blocks
  • Wear sunscreen, a hat, and have water 
  • Join the Sierra Pacific Chapter of ReconcilingWorks on facebook for late-breaking updates on parade day (including where we are meeting!): www.facebook.com/groups/reconcilingworkssp
  • Consider donating to defray the cost of our parade entry and RIC congregation placards! Send a check to 565 Vallejo Street #25, San Francisco, CA 94133-4083

Guest Musician...Gary Schilling
Assisting Ministers...Sharon Reinbott (9);  Greg Jahnke, Linda Jackson (11)
Lectors...Suzanne Smith (9); Diana Gomez (11)
Chalice Bearers...Cristin Owens (9); Jane Borg (11)
Acolytes...Astra Varian, Clovis Curl
Sacristan and Altar Guild...Richard Boyle, Ed Chitty
Ministry of Welcome...Tapio Boles (9); Lew Randell, Donna Dindia (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Susie Smith and Fred Blickle
Next Week Coffee Hour Chairs...Brandee Marckmann, Bill Mooney, and Kathy Lautz

Prayers of the Parish

Cassie Allen
Debbie Brant & Ted Bernardi
Pastor Raymond H. Birkel
Diana Bock
Natalie E. Bock
Riley Brooks
Lee Bryan
Michelle Chernock
Corrine Cottrell
Marilyn Desmond
Bonnie Elliot
Sharon Furiosi 

Marilyn Grimstad
Jack Heiter
Carolyn Johnson
Taylor Jones
Arnold Lehmann
Margaret Massialas
Roderick Mobley
Stan Moeller
Lee & Irma Opitz
Ryan Parker
Cassie Pili
Lew Randall

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

For the family of May Dea, Grandmother of Marisa Lee, who is grieving May’s death.  Services will be on June 18

We pray for the Orthodox Church’s historic Great and Holy Council of primates who are meeting June 16-27 in Crete.  Lord, grant them illumination and guidance of the Holy Spirit upon their deliberations, and the grace and blessing of the Holy Trinity.

For all military personnel, especially Will Lehmann  

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

For the Mumeya congregation 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 Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam

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.