June 28, 2015

Join Us This Sunday

9:00 am — Holy Communion with Children’s Time — Sanctuary
10:00 am— Refreshments—Heritage Hall
11:00 am  Choral Eucharist  Sanctuary
12:15 pm — Refreshments & Fellowship Hour— Heritage Hall

12:30 pm El Salvador Ministry Meeting — Conference Room

Guest Pastor This Sunday!
Today we welcome Rebecca Swee our former intern.  Please welcome our guest preacher to St. Mark's.

New Office Manager
We are delighted to report that Audrey Potts has accepted the position of St. Mark's Office Manager.  She will begin work with us in early July.  Please welcome her and assist her as a new employee.  We are very pleased with the breadth of office experience she will bring to St. Mark's ministries.

Donate Flowers in 2015
The 2015 Flower donation chart is posted in the hallway across from the church kitchen. 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. The donation is $50 and can be paid via check in the offering plate. Please note "Flowers" in the memo of the check.

Bakers needed!  Interested in making communion bread?  This easy recipe is available on the St. Mark's website.  Contact Pr. Elizabeth if you are interested in this ministry.

Interfaith Food Pantry  
 Each year, St. Mark's - along with several other churches - rotates on a weekly basis to distribute food to the needy at Old First Presbyterian Church (1751 Sacramento Street near Van Ness Avenue.) We are looking for at least 12 volunteers for each session to help. The dates for 2015 are 
Saturdays, Aug. 8, Sept. 26 and Nov. 7. 
 The time commitment is from 7:30am-10:30am. Visit 
 http://www.stmarks-sf.org/ministries/pantry to sign up or for more information

Email Updates
We are in the process of updating our newsletter and electronic announcement mailing system.  If you haven't been receiving the newsletter and weekly announcements and would like to please send your current email address to lawrence@stmarks-sf.org.

Summer Knitting and Crocheting Retreats: 
Learn How or Share Your Skills

The knitting and crochet ministry at St. Mark's will have three retreats this Summer. All are welcome, regardless of your level of experience. If you would like to learn how to knit or crochet, experienced teachers will be on hand to get you started. 

At each retreat we will have presentations on different projects created by members of the ministry to serve members of St. Mark's and the broader community:

July 18th - Knitting and Crocheting for the Streets

August 15th - Comfort Knitting and Twiddle Muffs

Each retreat will be in Heritage Hall, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Each participant is encouraged to bring a bagged lunch and a snack to share. Questions should be directed to Knitters@stmarks-sf.org.

These retreats are made possible with the generous support of Thrivent Action Teams.

News from Mt. Cross Lutheran Camp
Registration is now open for summer programs at Mt. Cross! This year's theme, "A Love that Never Ends", centers around discussion of Deuteronomy 6:5 and what it means to love as God loves. Visit the Mt. Cross website to view a list of  exciting programming options for children, youth groups, and families: http://www.mtcross.org/#!summer-programs/c3vg 

St. Mark's Endowment Fund Request for Funding Forms Now Available
Dream it! Make it happen! Have an idea for a new ministry? Want to extend our reach doing God's work in San Francisco and around the world? If you can dream it, the Endowment Fund can help to make it happen! The Endowment Committee is delighted to announce that grants up to a total of $3,600 will be given to extend St. Mark's ministries both locally and globally. The 2015 Request for Funding is available on the web at www.stmarks-sf.org/endowment or by emailing endowment@stmarks-sf.org. Copies are also on the table under the window in Heritage Hall. The application deadline is July 19, 2015. Have questions? Need help completing the form? Contact us at http://endowment@stmarks-sf.org/.

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 July our groups will meet on:

Evening Gathering - July 7 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the Fireside Room.
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 be reading The Alto wore Tweed: A liturgical Mystery by Mark Schweiser.There will be no meeting in August.

Second Tuesday - July 14 we will have our July luncheon at noon.
Please contact Pam Ruh at 415/292-4496 or pambobruh@hotmail.com if you want to come to our luncheon. There will be no meeting in August.

Pastor Christian Jennert Answering a “Higher” Calling
Pr. Christian Jennert of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church has discerned a new calling. Starting in early July, he will resign his call as a pastor and begin training to be a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines. 

Pastor Christian served St. Mark’s as both an intern, then as Associate Pastor, before receiving his call to serve as Lead Pastor for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in San Carlos. He has long felt called to serve as a flight attendant, a calling he deferred in favor of continuing his education. He now feels the tug of that calling more strongly and has decided to answer it.

Pastor Christian’s concluding services at Holy Trinity will be next Sunday, July 5th.

Worship Leaders This Sunday
Guest Preacher and Presiding Minister...Rebecca Swee 
Assisting Ministers...Richard Boyle (9); Ed Chitty, Richard Boyle  (11)
Lectors...Dianne Velleno (9); Rachel Letchumanan (11)
Chalice Bearers...Cristin Owens (9);Joanne Chadwick, Viknesh Silvalingam (11)
Acolytes...Linda Jackson, Astra Varian
Ministry of Welcome...Louis Gutierrez, Marisa Louie Lee (9) Larry DeSpain (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Gail Culp, Cal Culp, and Phil Krikau
Next week Coffee Hour Chair...Dana Utz