June 15, 2014

Join us for Holy Trinity 
9:00 am - Holy Communion with Children's Time
10:00 am - Refreshments & Synod Assembly Report
11:00 am - Choral Eucharist
12:15 pm - Refreshment and Fellowship Hour

Sierra Pacific Synod Assembly update and report
This Sunday - Heritage Hall - 10:00 am
What happens at a synod assembly?  Who is our bishop?  What does a synod do and why are we part of it? These questions and more will be topic for conversation with the three St. Mark's voting members and anyone else who attended the synod assembly from St. Mark's.  Come and discover the gift of the larger church and we are proud to belong to the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America).
Memorial Service for Kevin Kowalke, Monday, June 16 at 2:00 pm
There will be a memorial service in the sanctuary on Monday at 2:00 pm to remember church member Kevin Kowalke. A reception will follow in Heritage Hall. All are welcome.
Guest Speakers Following June 18th Midweek Service
Philip Farah and Paul Noursi from Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace (PCAP) will talk to us about the myths and impediments that stand in the way of a just peace, and how American Christians can help overcome them. PCAP draws its inspiration from the Kairos Palestine document, and believes American churches should play a leading role, advocating for a  just peace among all people in the Holy Land. Their presentation will follow the midweek service on Wednesday, June 18th. There will be a light supper in Heritage Hall beginning at 6:00 pm. The midweek service and international prayer vigil for peace in the Holy Land is held in the Sanctuary, beginning at 6:45 pm. The presentation from PCAP will begin in Heritage Hall, shortly after the conclusion of the midweek service and prayer vigil.
Senior Center Luncheon on June 19th
All St. Mark's seniors are welcome at 12 noon on Thursday, June 19th for a delicious summer luncheon which will include Chilled Avocado Cucumber Bisque, Oven-Roasted Bone-In, Skin-On Chicken Thighs and Fruit Cobbler with Ice Cream. The cost of the luncheon is $4 and you can reserve your spot by contacting the MLT office at 415.885.1084.
Organ basics next Sunday, June 22 at 10 am in the balcony
Why does our organ have two keyboards? What is an organ stop? What does 8', 4', 2 2/3' mean? Do you really play the organ with your feet? Why is mechanical key and stop action a good thing?  What is it? I thought the organ was fine before it was finished last Fall - What did they do to it then? What makes our Taylor and Boody organ special?
Come to the balcony in the sanctuary Sunday, June 22 at 10:00 am and all of these questions and more will be answered.  Get a tour of the organ, inside and out, become familiar with organ basics and learn a bit more about what an organist is actually doing at the organ during a worship service or concert.
Rwandan Pastor John Rutsindintwarane to visit June 22
Pr. John R. will join St. Mark's in worship on Sunday June 22 and bring updated information about work with the poor in Mumeya, Kigali and Nyange in Rwanda. The clinic has been built - now the Mumeya community is working to get water and electricity. Women in Nyange are making and selling tiles for roofs, and women and youth in Kigali are learning about job skills. All this is happening through the work of PICO Rwanda. St. Mark's supports PICO Rwanda. Mary Ritter and Pr. Bekah will visit the projects in August on behalf of the congregation. Plan to listen to Pr. John's presentation in Heritage Hall at 12:15pm on Sunday June 22.
Register Now for Summer Day Camp at St. Mark's, June 30- July 4
There is still room to join us for a week of faith-based fun, June 30-July 4. Cost is $90 and 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). 
How can you support St. Mark's Day Camp? June 30-July 4
Urgent! Host Home Needed. We are in need of a host home for our day camp counselors. If you are able to host 2 or 4 young adults in your home from Sunday June 29 to Friday morning July 4th please contact Kimberly Hamilton-Lam or Pr. Bekah Davis. You would only need to provide a place to sleep and breakfast in the morning. The counselors have their own transportation.
Dinner for Counselors. Would you like to treat our wonderful counselors to dinner and show them true St. Mark's hospitality? Our Day Camp staff needs dinner each night. After the meal, the counselors will return to their overnight "host" homes. These meals do not need to be fancy (everybody loves pizza!).
Morning Snack. Can you provide a simple morning snack for campers? St. Mark's will need to provide a healthy morning snack for each child. You do not need to be present to serve the snack - you are free to drop it off ahead of time and we will be happy to serve it!
Lunch Service for Counselors. Can you prepare and serve lunch? Sign up for one day or two. Campers will bring their own sack lunches, but St. Mark's will be providing lunch for the Mt. Cross counselors.
If you can support us with any of these needs please contact Pr. Bekah Davis through St. Mark's office or Kimberly Hamilton-Lam (415-565-9561 or email mjjkmom@yahoo.com). Thank you!
Mt. Cross - go the 2nd Mile and support our camp!
Mt. Cross is our Lutheran camp in Northern California. Located in the coastal redwood forest of the Santa Cruz mountain, it offers summer cam opportunities for all ages. Mt. Cross camp staff also provide staff and leadership for our own St. Mark's Day Camp for children June 30 - July 4.  You can support Mt. Cross by writing a check to St. Mark's and noting Mt. Cross in the memo line. Donations can also be given online through St. Mark's.--St. Mark's Social Ministry
Summer Book Study on Sunday mornings: July 6, 13, 20 and 27
Auditorium, 10:05 - 10:50
Join Pastors Elizabeth and Bekah for a lively discussion on Rev. Mitri Raheb's newest book, "Faith in the Face of Empire" It is a challenging view of how the reality of empire shapes the context of the biblical story and the ongoing experience of the Middle East conflict. For Mitri, faith in God is the hope that there is something greater than empire. Jesus embodied that hope, and Mitri spells out Jesus' political program in relation to the Roman Empire of his time, its relevance for his community, and the political values relevant for the Middle East, past and present.
Away for the weekend?  Worship Wednesday evening instead!
Imagine 30 minutes of peaceful music, lovely candlelight, thoughtful reflections, and Holy Communion in our beautiful sanctuary streaming with the light of the setting sun.  You don't have to imagine it - come and experience it every Wednesday evening at 6:45 in the sanctuary. 
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 ($1,500 a month) rental near transit or to buy; their buy budget is no greater than $200,000.
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. 
From the Church Office
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. The office will be closed for Independence Day on Friday, July 4; and for Labor Day on Monday, September 1.
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, Linda Jackson (11)
Lectors...Barbara Bock (9); Marlo Tellschow (11)
Chalice Bearers...Jerrold Allen, Jeremy McClain (9); Jo Chadwick, Margaret McLean (11)
Acolytes...Ana & Nora Hurley
Refreshment Hour Chairs...Greg & Diana Gomez