June 7, 2016

Join Us This Sunday

9:00 am — Holy Communion with Children’s Time — Sanctuary
10:00am— Parents with Kidlettes—Conference Room
10:00 am  Refreshments  Heritage Hall
11:00 am — Choral Eucharist — Sanctuary
12:15 pm — Refreshments & Fellowship Hour
                    in Thanksgiving for Pastor Bekah
— Heritage Hall

2:00 pm—Reconciling Works—Conference Room

Thanks for Pastor Bekah
Today we give thanks for Pr. Bekah's ministry among us at St. Mark's.  She will be leaving her call in order to focus on her treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma.  In her two and a half years as Associate Pastor, she has blessed us with many gifts including preaching, teaching, pastoral care, social ministry and ministry with our confirmation youth.  We will miss her presence among us. 
Today, we express our deepest thanksgiving for her life among us and her pastoral leadership.  As a congregation, we will accompany her during upcoming treatments and recovery by providing support, prayer, and care for her.  More information will be forthcoming regarding how you can be of help.  
Let today be a celebration of her wonderful gifts and ministry at St. Mark's and send her off with rejoicing.  We have much to give thanks for as a community of faith.  

Sharing our Spiritual Stories
Every Monday from 11:00 - 12:00 in Brockie Lounge at Martin Luther Tower with Pastor Elizabeth.  Everyone welcome! Refreshments provided. Monday, June 15th will be the last meeting.

Postponement of Summer Day Camp at St. Mark's for 2015
Due to unavoidable circumstances we will be postponing this year's summer Day Camp at St. Mark's. If you have questions or concerns you can contact Kimberly Hamilton-Lam (hamilton-lam@stmarks-sf.org).

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, June 27, 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

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 
Mt. Cross has also begun hiring staff for the summer of 2015! Camp can be a transformative and rewarding experience for participants and staff alike. Know of anyone 18 years or older who would enjoy working at camp? Please encourage them to apply at: http://www.mtcross.org/#!employment/c1vudoccasion. The donation is $50 and can be paid via check in the offering plate. Please note "Flowers" in the memo of the check. 

The Stars Come Out Talent Show/Fundraiser for the Friendship Line, 
Sunday, June 14, 2015 3:30-5:30 p.m. 
Heritage Hall, St. Mark's Lutheran Church,1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco. Come join the fun and help to raise funds for the Friendship Line. We have a tap dancer, dog act, wonderful pianist, clown, singer and possibly even you! And, of course, everyone needs an audience. Purchase tickets for $20 and donate at https://starscomeouttalentshow.eventbrite.com.  Institute on Aging's Friendship Line reaches out to older and disabled adults offering emotional support, reassurance, crisis intervention, elder abuse prevention, well-being checks, and information and referral via phone as a lifeline of hope. Thrivent Financial provided seed money for this event. Please contact Judith Dancer at 415-437-7370 x117 or Judith.dancer@thrivent.com to be exhibit your talents-serious or funny!

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:
Tuesday - June 9 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 program topic for June is "Give in Secret."If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Smith at 415.285.7438 or suzathome@comcast.net.

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 endowment@stmarks-sf.com.

Night Ministry Open House                                                        
The staff and volunteers of the San Francisco Night Ministry invite you to attend their annual Open House on Sunday, June 14, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Heritage Hall at St. Mark's Lutheran Church.  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.  This event will be followed immediately by a fundraising event (musical variety show) to benefit the Friendship Line, part of the Center for Elder Suicide Prevention and a valuable program of the Institute on Aging.  ALL ARE WELCOME!    Visit our website for more information on how Night Ministry serves.  www.sfnightministry.org.

House Meetings!  
The Council is pleased to announce that St. Mark's will begin a series of house meetings this summer and continuing into the fall.  Over the last two years the Council participated in three training sessions with Joaquin Sanchez of the Bay Area Organizing Committee.  Joaquin taught us valuable skills aimed at strengthening relationships within our congregation.  This past February we focused on House Meetings.  House Meetings have three purposes: 1) to connect members within the community, 2) to identify talent within the community, and 3) identify growth areas and solutions to issues within the community.  Using information gained from the recent Time and Talent survey, ministry team leaders will invite Time and Talent Survey Respondents to participate in house meetings focused at specific ministries?  Didn't complete a Time and Talent Survey?  Don't worry!  Everyone is invited to participate!  The first house meeting, focused on Sunday School, will take place Sunday, June 7, at 10:15 a.m.  Please contact Lisa Gray atlisabgray@yahoo.com if you wish to participate.

Midweek Worship

The Wednesday night Midweek supper and worship will be on hiatus  for the summer.  The last supper and service will be on June 10th and will resume on  September 23rd.

Worship Leaders This Sunday
Assisting Ministers...Liv Beck (9); Ed Chitty, Richard Boyle (11)
Lectors...Randy Schieber (9); Margaret McLean (11)
Chalice Bearers...Lisa Gray (9); Jeremy McClain, Jane Borg (11)
Acolytes...Erika Taylor, Grace Ekdale-Hoch
Ministry of Welcome...Tina Hogan (9); Jennifer Parker, Kimberly and David Lam
.............................................................Tina Niu, Pedro Ospina, Linda R. Jackson (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Susie Smith and Fred Blickle
Next week Coffee Hour Chair.....Brandee Marckmann, Bill Mooney, and Kathy Lautz