May 15, 2016

The Day of Pentecost

Pentecost is a day of promises fulfilled. The promised Spirit of God is poured out. The baptized have become "children of God" and " joint heirs with Christ." By the power of the Spirit we have seen the face of the Father in his only begotten Son and been saved by him. Bless the Lord, O my soul.

9:00 am - Holy Communion with Children’s Time - Sanctuary  
10:00 am - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall
10:10 am - Confirmation - School Rooms
10:05 am - Adult Forum -Pr. Tita - Global Music
- Auditorium
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
3:00 pm - Sunset Youth Orchestra - Sanctuary

Adult Forum: Sunday, May 15, Pr. Tita - Global Music
One of the gifts we receive from our companions churches all over the world is their music. But since we are also a city of immigrants and diversity, we find some of these songs and music and around us. Come and learn global church music!

Next Week’s Adult Forum: Sunday, May 22, The Rev. Kate Warn -
YAGM coordinator in the Lutheran Church in Rwanda
! She currently serves as the Rwanda Country Coordinator for Young Adults in Global Mission, a year long learning and service program of the ELCA.   Prior to serving in Rwanda, she served with Global Mission of the ELCA as the Missionary in Residence with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sierra Leone.  Her love for Africa was born in working with Ethiopian refugees in the 1980’s and then working in Khartoum Sudan with the Mennonite Central Committee.  After seminary and graduate studies at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, she served in parish ministry in Grand Prairie, Texas and Lancaster PA.   Pr. Warn’s undergraduate degree is from Wittenberg University in Ohio, and she is originally from Chautauqua County in rural western NY state.  

Pr. Warn will be talking about the YAGM program in Rwanda and our work of “accompaniment” with the Lutheran Church of Rwanda.

Meet Pastor Kate Warn, YAGM coordinator in the Lutheran Church in Rwanda
On Saturday, May 21 at 9:30 am in the conference room please join the women of St. Paulus/St. Mark’s to meet Pastor Kate Warn.  She will discuss her role as YAGM coordinator and the role of women and girls in Rwanda.  We will conclude at 11:40am.  Light refreshments will be served.

Spirituality and Aging group offered at Martin Luther Tower
Pr. Elizabeth will host a five session group on Mondays from 11:00 - 12:00 on “Spirituality and Aging” in the Brockie lounge of Martin Luther Tower.  This group is open to the St. Mark’s community as well.   This group will offer a safe place to reflect on aging issues in light of our faith - whatever our faith may be or wherever we are in our faith journeyRefreshments will be served.

Update on Call Process
Your St. Mark’s Call Committee has completed the ministry site profile for the opening of an associate pastor. The Congregational Council approved it during their April meeting. This document describes our mission and our search for a rostered leader. The next step will be to receive names of candidates from the Synod and begin interviewing. The Call Committee members are: Margaret McLean, chair; Gretchen Armstrong; Laura Evenson; Pastor Ekdale; Philip Krikau; Lew Randall; Cora Rose; and Andrew Sallach. Please hold the committee and their deliberations in your prayers.

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.

Midweek Services, Wednesdays at 6:45 pm
“Unfailing Light,” is 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 - All Welcome!
6:45 - Unfailing Light Worship

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 -

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 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. 

Interfaith Calendar and Activities in the Bay Area
Check out the websites - www.interfaith-presidio.organd 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.  Note the upcoming Memorial Day remembrances on the websites.

Camp Noah Kids Kits
We are gathering the following items for the 50 children who will attend the Camp Noah in Middletown, CA: Pack broadline washable markers (classic colors), 8-count washable watercolor paints with brush, glue stick, 24 count box of crayons (ONLY Crayola), kids-sized scissors, pens, pencil (unsharpened), pencil sharpener, 5-ounce container of Play-Doh (any color).

The Camp will be held on June 12-17, 2016 organized and sponsored by the Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota. The Women of the ELCA of St. Mark’s will organize the packing of the kits which will be received until May 22nd. Please put them in the Camp Noah Box found in the narthex,  and for more information please contact Nadine Robinson, 650-735-5036 or Marlo Tellschow, 415-771-6690.

Walk & Bike to Worship Week
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Walk San Francisco, San Francisco Interfaith Council and leaders from local congregations are partnering to create Walk & Bike to Worship Week from Saturday, May 21 to Sunday, May 29.  Our date for St. Mark’s is MAY 29.  There will be a blessing of the bikes in-between early and late services, at the bike rack on the side of the church. 

Throughout the week various congregations will celebrate walking, biking and taking transit to their place of worship. Walk & Bike to Worship is an event that gives congregations and community members the opportunity to raise the visibility of walking, biking, and/or taking transit to worship to make communities safer and more pleasant places to live.  Additionally, it’s a collective celebration that promotes physical activity, health, and safety for neighbors and the environment.  Please join in and bike or walk to service on May 29!  For more information contact Andrew Sallach at or Fred Blickle at 

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:

Weekly Announcement Inserts
Please click the link below to see the inserts for this week.

Worship Leaders This Sunday
Director of Music...Dr. Timothy Zerlang
Assisting Ministers...Ed Chitty (9); Ed Chitty, Linda Jackson (11)
Lectors...Suzanne Smith (9) Mila Sall, Viknesh Silvalingam, Tom Benson, Kathy Lautz, Fortunata Cruz (11)
Chalice Bearers...Jane Borg (11)
Acolytes...Grace Ekdale-Hoch, Frances Wentker
Sacristan and Altar Guild...Richard Boyle, Ed Chitty
Ministry of Welcome...Omer Voss (9); Susan Sall, Debra Varian (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Marie-Jose Baum and Kate Knickerbocker
Next Week Coffee Hour Chairs...Barbara Bock

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

Debby Halladay
Jack Heiter
Carolyn Johnson
Taylor Jones
Arnold Lehmann
Margaret Massialas
Roderick Mobley
Stan Moeller
Lee & Irma Opitz
Ryan Parker
Cassie Pili
Lee 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 the birth of Alexander William Cottrell, son of Nick and Kimberly Cottrell
For Katherine Lam who will be confirmed today at the 11:00 service.
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 Gambia, Benin, Ghana
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 to add, remove or update a name on the prayer list.