June 5, 2016

Third Sunday After Pentecost

The Time after Pentecost is a teaching time, a growing time, in the life of the church. Today’s texts celebrate God’s ability and intention to provide us with a new lease on life. To that end we gather today with the whole people of God to be instructed by the word and nourished in the blessed sacrament.

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
10:00 am - Parents with Kidlettes - Heritage Hall
10:05 am - Adult Forum - 500 years of the Reformation:
How can we see, remember and connect in new ways? - Auditorium
11:00 am - Choral Eucharist Worship Service  -  Sanctuary

12:15 pm - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall
4:00 pm - SF Choral Artists Concert - Sanctuary

Adult Forum: 500 years of the Reformation:  How can we see, remember and connect in new ways?
Today we welcome our guest preacher and teacher, The Rev. Karen L. Bloomquist, Ph.D.  She is a “theologian-at-large” -- an ELCA pastor since 1974, who has pastored congregations in CA, NYC and WA, taught at seminaries, directed theological units of the ELCA and of the LWF, and most recently, served as Dean at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary.  The topic today connects with the global Radicalizing Reformation initiative for which she is one of the coordinators, as well as a recent book of hers that has been published:  Seeing-Remembering-Connecting: Subversive Practices of Being Church.

Now Accepting Applications
Do you have an idea for a special community service project, or are you part of a group doing service work with a similar vision to the core beliefs of St. Mark’s? Learn more about the recently established Endowment Fund or apply online for a grant to make your service idea a reality: www.stmarks-sf.org/endowment. 

Vacancies at Martin Luther Tower
If you are interested in living at Martin Luther Tower or have a family member who is 62 years or older, you are strongly encouraged to fill out an application and get on the waiting list.  Currently, there are several vacancies for studio apartments.  Call 415 885-1084 for further information or go on the St. Mark’s website and look under the Ministry tab for Affordable Housing.  The application is available on our website - www.stmarks-sf.org

Interfaith Calendar and Activities in the Bay Area
Check out the websites - www.interfaith-presidio.organd 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.  

PICO Rwanda Presentations and Reception - June 15 in East Bay
St. Mark’s has partnered for many years with Rwandan Lutheran Pastor John Rutsindintwarane of PICO (People Improving Community through Organizing) Rwanda as they work with the poorest of the poor in Rwanda. We are all invited to get updates on PICO’s organizing work in Rwanda. Join Pastor John R. at one of three upcoming presentations. 

June 15 at 5 to 7pm at Imani Community Church, 3300 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602 - RSVP by Friday June 10 to jbaumann@piconetwork.org or call 510-655-2801.

Ramadan Interfaith Iftar
The St. Mark’s community is invited to the Annual San Francisco
Ramadan Interfaith Iftar Dinner on June 8 - 7:00 at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St.

This event is very well-done, engaging, and a wonderful learning experience for our community.  We are sponsoring the event along with other religious groups in San Francisco. Please RSVP to ramadandinnersf.eventbrite.com The Keynote Speaker is Dr. Scott Alexander, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.  Pr. Elizabeth will be attending and welcomes as many St. Mark’s members and friends as possible will join her for this Interfaith event.

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:

Evening Gathering – June 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 Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers & the Future of Food in America by Liz Carlisle.  

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.

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

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.

Produce Market on the Square
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.

Worship Leaders This Sunday
Director of Music...Dr. Timothy Zerlang
Assisting Ministers...Liv Beck (9);  Phil Krikau, Ed Chitty (11)
Lectors...Dianne Velleno (9); Cora Rose (11)
Chalice Bearer...Jeremy McClain (9)
Acolyte...Tayte Sall
Sacristan and Altar Guild...Richard Boyle, Ed Chitty
Ministry of Welcome...Tina Hogan, Gordon Brown, Glenn Brown (9); 
Pam Cheung, Kimberly and David Lam, Tina Niu, Pedro Ospina, Linda R. Jackson (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Andrew Sallach
Next Week Coffee Hour Chairs...Susie Smith and Fred Blickle

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
Debby Halladay
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 all military personnel, especially Will Lehmann  
For the growing families of St. Mark’s, especially those who hope for andthose who are 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 the Ivory Coast, Togo, Nigeria
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.