March 20, 2016

Palm Sunday

The voice of the suffering savior, Jesus, can be heard in the prophet Isaiah’s words and the pleading of the psalm. We are invited into the agony of our Lord in the extended reading of the story of Jesus’ passion. In the second reading, we who have put on Christ in holy baptism are urged to let the mind of Christ be our own. Lent leads us to this holy moment. Embrace it.

Join Us This Sunday

9:00 am - Holy Communion with Children's Time - Sanctuary
9:45 pm - Sunday School - School Rooms
10:00 am - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall
10:05 am - Adult Forum - Abundant Faith - Auditorium
10:05 am - Journeys In Faith - Conference Room
10:05 am - Confirmation - School Rooms
10:15 am - Women's Bible Study - Conference Room
11:00 am - Choral Eucharist Worship Service - Sanctuary
12:15 pm - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall
4:00 pm - Magnificat Concert - Sanctuary

Adult Forum series on Sunday mornings in Lent led by Pr. Elizabeth and Pr. Tita 10:05 am in the auditorium
We continue to journey together through the season of Lent, reflecting on hunger, hope, and God's love in a world of both abundance and need. Each weekly session is based on a devotion from ELCA World Hunger's 40 Days of Giving, a special devotional for you to use each day during the season of Lent. Extra devotional material is available in the narthex for you to pick up.

Mosaic television show with Pr. Elizabeth to air March 20
Pr. Elizabeth interviewed Rev. John Weems, who serves Calvary Presbyterian and Bishop Ernie Jackson,  serving Grace Tabernacle.  

These two clergy and congregations are developing relationships with each other.  One congregation is located in Pacific Heights - the other in Bayview/Hunter's Point. These dynamics contribute to a very engaging Mosaic television show which airs at 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 20, KPIX (channel 5).  

Lenten Box Offering - Recipient Lava Mae
Bring your filled boxes back and hand them to an usher at worship during Holy Week or Easter.  Please fill them with your spare change or with a donation check. This year the funds will be donated to Lava Mae. Lava Mae is a non-profit foundation whose mission is to deliver dignity and unlock opportunity for those experiencing homelessness - one mobile shower at a time.  They do this by re-purposing retired buses to provide free private showers, toiletries and toilet facilities. This enables mobility to serve the homeless residents of San Francisco where they live. For more information please visit

CLU Choir Concert, March 21 at 7:00 pm
We have another opportunity to hear an outstanding Lutheran college choir this month.  On Monday, March 21 at 7 pm, the California Lutheran University Choir will perform in our sanctuary.  The CLU is located in Thousand Oaks, California, and the CLU Choir is under the direction of Wyant Morton.

Help Prepare St. Marks for Holy Week and Easter on March 19th
The Property Ministry Team invites you to join us as we prepare the church and grounds for this special season on Saturday, March 19th, from 9 AM until 12 Noon. For more information, please speak with Gary Schilling.

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 March our groups will meet on:

Third Sunday Bible Study - March 20 from 10:10 to 10:50 in the Conference Room
All women are invited to come for Bible study from the Women of the ELCA's Gather Magazine.  Our winter study is on the book of Philippians and our monthly topic is "Being of One Mind."

If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Smith at 415.285.7438 or

Will I have enough to retire? 
Retire Wisely Workshop with Thrivent Financial representative Gregory Jahnke and Judith Dancer on Saturday, March 19 from 10-12:30 p.m. at JP Murphy Clubhouse, 1960 9th Ave, near Pacheco. RSVP ay March 15 to Jo Zemke at 415-437-7370 .

El Salvador Sister Parish Meeting Sunday April 3 at 12:30pm
Please join our discussion of news of our relationship with Cordero de Dios in Soyapango, El Salvador. It has been a long time since we all met. We will make plans for activities with our sisters and brothers in El Salvador and with our partners in Milwaukee.

Do You Need A Baby 0r Pet Safety Gate?
A new Cardinal Gates Safety Gate (model PG35) with doorway extender is available in the Church Office. The gate features an auto-lock and is good for high traffic areas. The gate can fit doorways 29 to 33.25 inches wide and the extender widens it an additional 5 inches. The height is 29.75 inches. The retail value is $100. If you would like this item, a donation to St. Mark's would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Chiara DeJoy at if you are interested in the gate or would like more information.

Direct your Thrivent Choice Dollars Now
Giving back has always been important to Thrivent and to us at St. Mark's. Please take a moment to direct your Choice dollars - they will expire soon. This is an easy and cost-free way to help St. Mark's ministries, stewardship, and capital campaign (or a charity you favor). In total, St. Mark's members of Thrivent have a large balance of Choice dollars waiting to be directed. Please do it NOW. Just go online: and log-in, or phone 800-847-4836 and say "Thrivent Choice" at the prompt. If questions, ask Omer Voss or Greg Jahnke. 

Worship Leaders This Sunday
Director of Music...Dr. Timothy Zerlang
Assisting Ministers...Liv Beck (9); John Barton, Phil Krikau (11) 
Lectors...Barbara McCormick (9) Rachel Letchumanan (11) 
Chalice Bearers...Mark Semonian (9); Matthias Will (11)

Acolytes...Mila and Tayte Sall
Sacristan and Altar Guild...Richard Boyle, Ed Chitty
Ministry of Welcome...Omer Voss, Barbara McCormick (9); Debbie Varian, Susan Sall, Donna Dindia, John Elford (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Kimberly Hamilton-Lam
Next week Coffee Hour Chairs...Andrew Sallach