May 3, 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 
Parents with Kidlettes — Heritage Hall
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
1:30 pm  
Young Women's Choral Projects Sectional Rehearsal  Conference Room
4:00 pm — 
American Bach Soloist Concert — Sanctuary

Adult Forum, May 3rd - Claimed Gathered Sent- We Are Lutheran
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 second of a series of five Sundays reflecting on what being the church means today.  This Sunday we look at how we are Lutheran. 
Next Sunday, May 10th-Claimed Gathered Sent- We Are Church Together
This is the third of a series of five Sundays reflecting on what being the church means today. We will look at how we are church together.

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

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:
Evening Gathering - May 5from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the Fireside Room
All women are invited to come for dessert and fellowship for the first half hour and then discussion until 8:30.   This month we will be reading Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death by Katy Butler.
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
On 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!

SMOP/SMART Joint Outing, May 9th
Join us for the Half Moon Bay Maverick's Beach Cleanup from 9am to noon - See more at
To register, email Pr. Bekah indicating your interest before May 1st, transportation is available.

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

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.  Commencement for the Graduate Theological Union is on Thursday, May 7, starting at 4:00 pm at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley.

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.

Worship Leaders This Sunday
Assisting Ministers...Liv Beck (9); Philip Krikau, Richard Boyle (11)
Lectors...Barbara McCormick (9); Jo Chadwick  (11)
Chalice Bearers...Lisa Gray, Emma Gray (9); Viknesh Silvalingam, Matt Helland (11)
Acolytes...Erika Taylor, Katherine Lam
Ministry of Welcome...Tina Hogan (9); Kimberly and David Lam, Jennifer Parker,
                                             Tina Niu, Pedro Ospina, Linda R. Jackson (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Donna Dindia and Chuck Lewis
                                         Next week Coffee Hour Chairs...Marie-Jose Baum and Kate Knickerbocker