March 27, 2016

Easter Day

"This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." God has indeed raised from the dead the one who was put to death "by hanging him on a tree." Alleluia! God allows Jesus to appear "to us who were chosen by God as witnesses" in holy baptism and invites us to eat and drink at the table of the risen Christ. Alleluia!

Join Us This Sunday

9:00 am - Festive Easter Sunday Worship - Sanctuary
10:00 am - Festive Easter Coffee Hour - Heritage Hall
10:05 am - Easter Egg Hunt - St. Mark's Square
10:30 am - Boroque Easter Celebration - Sanctuary
11:00 am - Festive Easter Sunday Worship - Sanctuary
12:15 pm - Festive Easter Coffee Hour - Heritage Hall
7:30 pm - Jr. Bach Festival Concer - Sanctuary

Festive Easter Coffee Hours at 10 am and 12:15 pm
You are invited to a festive coffee hour this Sunday in Heritage at 10:00 am and 12:15 pm. This is a time of joyful fellowship. All are welcome!

Easter Egg Hunt
Calling all St. Mark's youngsters and your friends and family! Be part of our 2015 Easter Egg Hunt this Sunday on St. Mark's Square. The hunt begins at 10:15 am. See you there!

Mosaic Easter show with Pr. Elizabeth
Sunday morning - 5:00 a.m. on KPIX channel 5 - March 27 - Easter Sunday

Join Pr. Elizabeth and Rev. Ron Swisher for their Easter Mosaic television show on Easter Sunday.Christ is Risen - Alleluia!

Adult Forum, April 3
Mt. Cross Lutheran Camp MinistriesJoin staff member Kyle Damiano to hear more about our Lutheran Camp in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains.  Mt. Cross has wonderful

summer camp opportunities for children, youth and families.  Come and find out more.  Note, this forum will be held in Heritage Hall

Adult Forum, April 10
Join Dr. Jenn Snow for a forum on Islam. What is the difference between Sunni and Shi'a? What's an prophet? When we talk about "shari'a," what do we really mean - and what do Muslims mean? Come learn a little bit about the diverse and deep Muslim faith, approached from the point of view of history and culture. Our goal will be to become familiar with some of the concepts, people, events, and religious commitments that shape Muslim life.

Church office closed
St. Mark's office will be closed on Easter Monday, March 28.  We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, March 29.

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.

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

Easter Midweek Services
Wednesdays at 6:45 pm

Beginning Wednesday, April 6, we will use "Unfailing Light," a new setting of the Holy Communion service composed

by Marty Haugen, with text by Susan Briehl.  
This service was written especially for evening, and was commissioned by the Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Texas in Austin.  

6:00 - Community Dinner - Everyone Welcome!
6:45 - Unfailing Light Worship

Young Adults Dinner and Mid-week Service, April 6
Pastors Elizabeth and Tita would like to especially invite our young adults on April 6th (Wednesday) for the mid-week dinner and service. We will join others in the congregation but would like gather you with our hope to get to know each other more and perhaps plan future gatherings and events. The dinner starts at 6:00 pm and it will also a launch to the new Mid-Week service liturgy. Please contact Pastor Tita if you have any questions.

Pr. Elizabeth and Pr. Tita are available throughout the week for pastoral conversation with you.   
You can reach Pr. Elizabeth and Pr. Tita several different ways and they will gladly arrange a time to meet with you either in the church offices, at your home, in the hospital, or another location convenient for you.

1. Call the church office and ask to speak to one of them. Feel free to leave a confidential voice mail at their extensions- Pr. Elizabeth ext. 2300, Pr. Tita ext. 2460

2. Email:,

3. If you are in need of immediate, emergency assistance (for example, an unplanned hospital visit or death of a family member), please call Pr. Ekdale 's cell phone-415-846-4340. In addition, clergy are available for pastoral appointments. You are invited to contact them directly to set up an appointment. Note that Pr. Ekdale's day off is Friday. Pr. Valeriano is in the office on Wednesdays.  Pr. Chuck Lewis is also available to visit in the hospital and/or bring Holy Communion to you.  Please contact Pr. Ekdale to request a visit. 

4.  If you are aware of a St. Mark's member who is hospitalized or in need of pastoral care, please contact the pastors to let them know.  Do not assume that the clergy have been informed or are even aware of the situation - please help out by communicating with our pastors directly.  They want to know how they can be of help.  Thanks!

Worship Leaders This Sunday
Director of Music...Dr. Timothy Zerlang
       Trumpet...Robert Reyen, Tom Salvatore
Horn...Henry Viets
       Trombone...Greg Gomez
Tuba...Josh Sirotiak
       Organ...George Becker
       Oboe...Greg Jahnke, Barbara McCormick
Assisting Ministers...Liv Beck (9); John Barton, Kyle Schiefelbein (11) 
Lectors...Randy Schieber (9) Margaret McLean (11) 
Chalice Bearers...
Cristin Owens, Marisa Lee (9); Viknesh Silvalingam, Shannon Cheng, Jane Borg (11)
Acolytes...Grace Ekdale-Hoch, Katherine Lam
Sacristan and Altar Guild...Richard Boyle, Ed Chitty

Ministry of Welcome...Louis Gutierrez, Omer Voss, Tapio Boles, Jerry Lundblad (9); 
John Elford, Viknesh Silvalingam, Marisa Lee, Jerry Lundblad (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Andrew Sallach, Susie Smith and Fred Blickle
Next week Coffee Hour Chairs...Brandee Marckmann, Bill Mooney, Kathy Lautz; Diana and Greg Gomez