SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Deuteronomy makes clear that sabbath-keeping is meant for the welfare of all. God delivered the Israelites out of slavery, so they should not ever work anyone else seven days a week. Even slaves should be able to rest; even resident aliens. Yet human beings can turn even the most liberating religious practice into a life-destroying rule. Jesus does not reject sabbath-keeping, but defends its original life-enhancing meaning. Our worship and our religious way of life are to lead to the hungry being fed and the sick being healed.
THIS SUNDAY AT ST. MARK'S
9:00 am - Holy Communion with Children’s Time - Sanctuary
10:00 am - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall
11:00 am - Choral Eucharist Worship Service with Rite of Confirmation - Sanctuary
12:15 pm - Reception and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall
2:00 pm - San Francisco Night Ministry Crisis Line - Fireside Room
This Sunday, June 3, three of our young people, Halle Bohlig, Meghan Foster, and Katja Jackson, will be affirming their baptism at the 11:00 a.m. service as they are confirmed as members of this congregation. We remember these young people in prayer and celebrate with them in the completion of this instructional ministry that has laid the foundation for their lives in the years to come.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO ATTEND THE SUPPORT NETWORK GATHERING FOR THE LUTHERAN CHURCH IN EL SALVADOR?
Every 3 years, the congregations, synods, and organizations that support the Lutheran Church in El Salvador gather in El Salvador to coordinate their efforts so that the Church in El Salvador can receive the optimum volunteer and financial support in order to address their needs as the Lutheran Church in this country. Under the title of "En Cuentro," this gathering meets for 5 days to learn about and tour some of the major ministries of the Lutheran Church in El Salvador, to learn more about each other's involvement with this Lutheran Church, and to establish a common agenda of support for the next 3 years. The dates of this gathering are November 6 - 11, 2018 If you are interested in representing St. Mark's at this gathering, please speak with Liv Beck, Mary Ritter, or one of the pastors.
ST. MARK’S EL SALVADOR TRIP NOV 20-25, 2018: RELATIONSHIP BUILDING WITH OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS AT CORDERO DE DIOS!
All members of St. Mark’s are encouraged to consider joining the next accompaniment trip to El Salvador on November 20-25, 2018 (Thanksgiving week). Singles and couples and families with children are all invited to travel with the delegation.
St. Mark’s is a sister parish with Cordero de Dios, in Soyapango, El Salvador. We have visited them several times. As we build wonderful relationships with our Salvadoran Lutheran brothers and sisters, we learn and grow and share much.
Former travelers can answer questions about travel and safety issues. Let Liv Beck (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you are interested in going or if you have any questions. We will likely soon start purchasing airplane tickets - the tickets prices are good right now but will likely go higher.
The next planning meeting for the El Salvador trip will be June 10, after the 11:00 service.
INFORMATION SESSION FOR NEXT JOURNEYS IN FAITH GROUP - JUNE 10
New to St Mark’s? Thinking aboaut your faith journey and a community to support it? What does it mean to be a member of a church? How do you become a member of St Mark’s?
All are invited to come to an information session for our Journeys in Faith group. We will meet in the Urban Life Center in the Journeys in Faith room at 10:00 on June 10. For more information, contact Liv Beck (email@example.com).
THANK YOU FOR YOUR LENTEN CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LUTHERAN IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE SERVICES!
We received over $2660.00 through your Lenten coin boxes for this wonderful ministry. Many thanks for your generosity.
SEND KATHERINE AND GRACE TO HOUSTON!
This summer our high school youth will be joining 30,000 other Lutheran teenagers in Houston for the triennial ELCA Youth Gathering! They’ll hear from inspiring speakers, do interactive learning activities with ELCA ministries and programs, participate in community service projects, do Bible studies, and participate in nightly worship. The cost is about $1500 per youth for the Gathering registration, transportation to and within Houston, food, and lodging. Can you help sponsor our students?
1) By check made out to St. Mark’s (or cash in an envelope) in the offering plate, being sure to note it for “Youth Gathering”
2) Online at www.stmarks-sf.org/give-a-gift (enter the preferred amount in the bar marked “other”, then enter “Youth Gathering” in the memo box to the right and click ‘continue’ to proceed on through with payment).
Thank you! The students appreciate your help and look forward to sharing their experience in Houston with you!
NEED BABYSITTING, PET-SITTING, OR A "PARENT'S HELPER"?
At the coffee hours TODAY Grace and Katherine are selling vouchers good for their babysitting and petsitting services to raise funds for their trip to the ELCA Youth Gathering. Vouchers can be redeemed at a time arranged with Katherine and Grace.
Can’t make it to coffee hour this Sunday, but still want to buy some of their time? Email Cora at firstname.lastname@example.org! Want to contribute but don’t need someone to watch a child or pet? The youth accept donations too.
APPLY FOR A GRANT TO FURTHER ST. MARK’S MISSION
The 2018 grant application period for the St. Mark's Endowment Fund is now open. Do you have an idea for a ministry project that is not part of the St. Mark's budget? Are you involved in a service activity with a similar vision to the core beliefs of St. Mark's? Previously, grants were provided in support of St. Mark's WELCA ministry, a choir retreat, and our ministry partners in Rwanda and El Salvador. Visit www.stmarks-sf.org/endowment/ to learn more and apply.
JUNE SENIOR ACTIVITIES
St. Mark’s Seniors! Thursday, June 21 is the next MLT monthly luncheon in Heritage Hall, from 12:00-1:30pm! Please join us for a delicious meal prepared by MLT’s very own Delvone Anderson. Entrées options are Beef Brisket and Eggplant Parmesan. All entrées come with Sautéed Cabbage, Loaded Baked Potato with sour cream, butter, bacon, chives and green onion, Garden Salad, French Bread and Butter. Hot Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream will be served for dessert. The cost is $5. Please pay in the MLT Office by Friday, June 15th. Come and be among friends. Hope to see you there!
JUNE 14 – TOUR OF GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND CAMPUS AND LUNCH IN SAN RAFAEL
The tour is free – bring money for your lunch. We will have a one hour tour of this incredible working campus: residence hall, kennel complex, kennel kitchen, vet clinic and the grounds. The agency serves the blind. The dogs are trained to assist the blind.
Important note: the facility is accessible but each participant should know this is a continuous walking tour for an hour.
Sign up by calling the Martin Luther Tower office: 415 885-1084
Questions – contact Pr. Elizabeth: Ekdale@stmarks-sf.org
SAVE THE DATE: FRIDAY, JUNE 8 AT 7:00PM
Zion Lutheran Church and San Francisco Refugee Welcome Committee will host their third BENEFIT CONCERT FOR REFUGEES. Talented musicians are donating their musical talents to aid refugees stuck in refugee camps in Greece. Finish your week with a beautiful concert and at the same time know you are helping some of the neediest refugees, fleeing from war and persecution, eager to find safety and a new start for their uprooted lives. Program details to follow soon.
WORSHIP LEADERS THIS SUNDAY
Director of Music...Dr. Timothy Zerlang
Assisting Ministers...Liv Beck (9); Greg Jahnke, Pam Reynolds (11)
Lectors...Dianne Velleno (9); Meghan Foster, Katja Jackson (11)
Acolytes...Emma Gray, Katherine Lam
Altar Guild...Cora Rose and Cory Schoolland
Ushers ...Marisa Lee, Vanessa Moeller (9); Tapio Boles, Linda Jackson (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs ... Lisa Gray, Mari Tuominen
Next Week’s Coffee Hour Chairs...Donna Dindia, Chuck Lewis