May 10, 2015

Join Us This Sunday

9:00 am — Holy Communion with Children’s Time  Sanctuary
9:00 am 
— Endowment Committee — Church 
9:40 am  Sunday School Chapel  Conference Room
9:45 am  Journeys in Faith Gathering  Fireside Room
10:00 am  Refreshments  Heritage Hall
10:00 am  Sunday School  School Rooms
10:10 am  Adult Forum — "Claimed Gathered Sent- We Are Lutheran" — Auditorium
11:00 am — Choral Eucharist — Sanctuary
12:15 pm — Refreshments & Fellowship Hour — Heritage Hall
1:00 pm  Central Gardens Worship  Church
1:30 pm — Musae Concert — Sanctuary

Celebrate Bike to Worship on May 24th!St. Mark's will celebrate Bike to Worship Week on Sunday, May 24th.  You are invited to be part of the celebration by biking to worship, bringing your child's bike to ride on the square, and/or having your bike blessed following each service.
Additional Bike to Worship Events!
Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop

May 21 | 6:30- 7:30PM | Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 100 Diamond St
Free workshop to educate people on the joy of biking in San Francisco and to prepare for Bike to Worship Week. This workshop is open to the public and will cover the basics of how to pick the right bike for everyday riding in SF.
Interfaith Ride 

Sunday, May 31 | 1-4PM | Starts at San Francisco Lighthouse Church (1337 Sutter Street)Celebrate the environment, the community, and general health by joining like-minded citizens of different faiths to tour our beautiful city by bicycle! The 13-mile, slow bike ride begins at 1 pm on Sunday, May 31, and concludes with an interfaith ceremony in the music concourse at Golden Gate Park at 3 pm.

Reception for Kyle Schiefelbein-All are Welcome!
To celebrate the completion of his Ph.D., St. Mark's is hosting a reception for Kyle Schiefelbein on Sunday, May 10, from 12:15 to 1:30 pm in Heritage Hall.  All are invited to this special celebration.  

St. Mark’s on Mosaic Television - May 10th!
Pr. Elizabeth appears on Mosaic television show this Sunday, May 10, KPIX channel 5 at 5 a.m.  Mosaic is an interfaith television show that highlights religious ministries in San Francisco.  This Sunday, the show will feature Pr. Elizabeth Ekdale from St. Mark's Lutheran church along with Rabbi Beth Singer from Temple Emanu-el and Pr. Maggi Henderson serving at Old First Presbyterian.  If you missed the 5 a.m. viewing, the show will be available on YouTube.  Pr. Elizabeth highlighted the vibrant ministries of St. Mark's and Martin Luther Tower as well as all the ecumenical and interfaith work we do with our neighbors.

Sharing our Spiritual Stories
Every Monday from 11:00 - 12:00 in Brockie Lounge at Martin Luther Tower with Pastors Elizabeth and Bekah.  Everyone welcome! Refreshments provided.

Mt. Cross Ministries Memorial Work Weekend & BBQ, May 22-24, 2015 
Join us this Memorial Day Weekend as we prepare our facilities for the upcoming summer season! 
Participate in skill appropriate work projects, enjoy evening family activities and Relax at our Memorial Day BBQ!
Unable to attend for the whole weekend? Come for our Memorial Weekend BBQ (May 24 2-5 PM) and enjoy camp activities and delicious food! To register or receive additional information, visit

Save the Date!
Summer Day Camp at St. Mark's: June 29-July 3, 2015
Children can come enjoy a week of faith-based fun here at St. Mark's during the week of June 29 - July 3. Day Camp is a unique partnership between our congregation and Mt. Cross Lutheran Camp. Children will enjoy group games, arts & crafts, worship, community building activities and Bible Encounters. The camp is open to youth who have completed kindergarten through 6th grade. Visit to sign up or for more information.

Job Opportunities at St. Mark's
St. Mark's is accepting résumés for three staff positions:
Full Time Office Manager - Accountant
Part Time Administrative Assistant and Events Administrator
Part Time Communications and Media Coordinator
More information about the jobs and how to submit résumés may be found on the web at or contact Jeremy McClain at 415-928-7770 ext. 2460

Adult Forum - May 10th 
Pastor Bekah will lead part three of the discussion series Claimed Gathered Sent- We Are Church Together.
Does being the church matter? If it does, why and how do we as members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) make a difference in the world? By being church together, what can the ELCA uniquely offer to the world? This is the third of a series of five Sundays reflecting on what being the church means today. This Sunday we look at how we are church together.
Next Sunday, May 17: Pastor Elizabeth will lead part four of the discussion series Claimed Gathered Sent- We Are Church for the Sake of the World.

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 May our groups will meet on:Second Tuesday - May 12 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.  This year our focus will be on Transforming Life and Faith by Carol Scheersten LaHurd and our program topic for May is "The Church Transforming and Reforming."  If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Smith at 415.285.7438 or

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.

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 May 9, June 27, Aug. 8, Sept. 26 and Nov. 7. 
The time commitment is from 7:30am-10:30am. Visit to sign up or for more information

Lands of Luther Tour with Pastors Elizabeth and Hans Oct. 30 - Nov. 9
n Sunday, May 17, Hans and I will welcome all confirmed travelers to our home, 2:00 - 3:30, for light refreshments.  We will use this opportunity to begin building our community, looking at the itinerary in detail, and preparing our hearts and minds for this trip.  If you are thinking of joining this pilgrimage, please turn in your reservation form and deposit at your earliest convenience.  If you have any questions, please contact Pr. Elizabeth at or 415 928-7770 ext. 230.  There is room available on the tour!

Lenten Box Collections-Please return them!
The money collected in the St. Mark's Lenten boxes this year will be split between the Campaign for the ELCA and Lutheran Social Services of Northern California.

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:!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:!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.

 Upcoming Sunday School Events
 May 17th: No Sunday School or confirmation Class
 May 24th: Memorial Day: Regular Classes
 May 31st: Last Day of Sunday School. PARTY!!!!
Worship Leaders This Sunday

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  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 to be exhibit your talents-serious or funny!

Worship Leaders This Sunday

Assisting Ministers...Sharon Reinbott (9); Greg Jahnke, Linda Jackson (11)
Lectors...Barbara Bock (9); Barbara McCormick (11)
Chalice Bearers...Mark Semonian, Evan Schieber (9); Jacqueline Nader (11)
Acolytes...Grace Ekdale-Hoch, Clovis Curl 
Ministry of Welcome...Taipo Boles (9); Lew Randel, Rachel Renu and Viknesh Silvalingam (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Marie-Jose Baum and Kate Knickerbocker
                                    Next week Coffee Hour Chairs...Barbara Bock