June 25, 2017

Jeremiah knew the frustration of having his words rejected. Jesus declares that his words may not bring peace, but division. In baptism we are buried with Christ that we may walk in newness of life. As we take stands for the sake of justice and lose our lives for the sake of others, we need not be afraid. The hairs of our head are counted. In baptism we are marked with the cross of Christ forever.


9:00 am - Holy Communion with Children’s Time - Sanctuary
10:00 am - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall
11:00 am - Holy Eucharist Worship Service - Sanctuary
12:15 pm - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall

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 (beckliv@gmail.com; 415-205-3292).

We want YOU to come walk with us! We need marchers to represent St. Mark’s and to carry our congregation’s placard and other banners in the parade, letting parade viewers know our message of God’s welcome and inclusion!

Our Contingent #: 140
Our Assembly Area: Loading Group M1, on Main Street between Market Street and Mission Street (remember the "M"s!)
Our Assembly Time: 9:30 - 11:45 AM
Our Step-Off Time (estimated): 12:30 p.m.
Special additional activity this year!
Lutherans/ReconcilngWorks host prayer and conversation in the interfaith chapel boothSunday from 3:00 - 4:00 in front of the Asian Art Museum.
Permitted Bags and Items:

  • Soft bags with a maximum size of 18” x 18”
  • Authorized animals, such as guide dogs, assisting those with disabilities 

Prohibited Bags and Items:

  • Any bag or container over 18” x 18” 
  • Alcohol, Illegal drugs or substances
  • Coolers
  • Glass bottles
  • Hazardous or toxic materials
  • Firearms, fireworks, explosives
  • Drones
  • Weapons, Knives, impact or electric pulse weapons, Stunning devices
  • Radios, walkie-talkies, jammers, scanners, Portable speakers

Bring a hat, water, sunblock, walkin' shoes, colorful attire and a merry soul. Looking forward to marching and celebrating with you soon!

The Foster’s have invited all middle-school and high-school youth from St. Mark’s to their home in Lafayette (3756 Highland Road) for a pool party on Saturday, June 24, 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Along with swimming, you can play hoops, soccer, ping pong, badminton, or croquet.  Bring appropriate attire and sunscreen.  Food and drinks will be provided.  Parents and siblings are welcome.  Please RSVP to the on-line invitation or by calling (650) 867-7012. Let’s get together and have some fun this summer!

St. Mark’s Endowment Fund distributes grants to further our ability to do God’s work with our hands, both locally and around the world. Because the Endowment Fund supports projects specifically outside of the congregation’s annual budget, these grants help to bring new ideas for how we serve our community. Now is the time to apply online for 2017 grant funding.  Visit http://www.stmarks-sf.org/endowment/ to learn more and fill out an application.

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 events@stmarks-sf.org or 415-928-7770 x2290. 

In June, the contractor (Plant) and architect (ARG) have focused their efforts on the infrastructure and construction details needed in advance of the arrival of the steel structural frame and the elevator installation. Because these initial steps have taken longer than estimated, Plant has focused on other tasks that are necessary for the elevator addition. In addition to refinishing the three pairs of doors at the church’s main entry, Plant has worked with ARG to resolve dimensional and design questions related to the foundation and site conditions. With these resolved, the workers set the steel base plates, anchor bolts and steel reinforcing before pouring the concrete foundation for the elevator addition. Inside, Plant has framed the new elevator equipment room (opposite the entry to the men’s restroom); electricians are bringing power to the new project; and finish carpenters are modifying balcony entry doors to provide an accessible path from the elevator to the balcony floor. In addition, ARG and Plant are making final material selections and preparing a mock-up of the exterior finishes for review, as required by our conditions for approval, by the San Francisco Planning Department.

Coordinating the steel, concrete and site conditions required more time than anticipated. As a result, the completion date has moved to early or mid-October, but Plant hopes to compress the schedule and complete the project somewhat earlier. The week of July 11 should bring dramatic changes: a crane is scheduled to move the steel frame into place. Following that task, the final form of the elevator addition will quickly take shape.

Everyone is invited to participate in this inter-generational event at St. Mark’s on Sunday, July 9 at 10:00 a.m.  Pastor Ron will be orchestrating some activities for people of all ages in the auditorium and plaza on this Sunday.  Those who worship at 9:00 a.m are encouraged to stick around for this fun event, and those who generally worship at 11:00 a.m. are encouraged to come an hour early to join in the fun (as well as meet people who worship regularly at 9:00 a.m.).  Come and join in this fellowship opportunity to bolster our sense of community.

This spring our church joined the roster of ELCA Welcoming Congregations that provide pastoral (and sometimes physical) accompaniment to migrants. The Welcoming Congregations program is a part of AMMPARO, the ELCA’s effort to serve migrant children and families who are forced to flee their communities because of violence, poverty, environmental displacement, or lack of opportunities in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. You can stay informed of learning, advocacy, and service opportunities by getting on St. Mark’s email list for AMMPARO. How? Email ammparo@stmarks-sf.org or rose@stmarks-sf.org, or talk to Cora Rose at coffee hour.

The church office will be closed on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4 in
observance of Independence day.  The office will re-open on Wednesday, July 5.  

Support our community market! Please come and purchase fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs every Wednesday from 11am-12pm in the Urban Life Center Auditorium! The market is co-sponsored by Episcopal Senior Communities and Martin Luther Tower. 

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

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. 

Director of Music...Dr. Timothy Zerlang
Assisting Ministers...Barbara McCormick (9);  Sharon Reinbott, Rachel Boles (11)
Lectors...Suzanne Smith (9); Greg Jahnke (11)
Chalice Bearers..Cristin Owens, Mark Semonian (9); Nadine Robinson (11)
Acolytes...Katja Jackson, Pam Cheung
Sacristans...Ed Chitty, Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero
Ministry of Welcome...Marisa Lee, Louis Gutierrez (9) Larry DeSpain (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Cal and Gail Culp, Philip Krikau
Next Week’s Coffee Hour Chairs...John Elford, Marge Okuley