May 31, 2015

Join Us This Sunday

9:00 am — Holy Communion with Children’s Time — Sanctuary
9:40 — Sunday School Chapel

10:00 am  Refreshments  Heritage Hall
10:10 am  Adult Forum — "Transforming people, communities, church and government in Rwanda" — Auditorium
11:00 am — Choral Eucharist — Sanctuary
12:15 pm — Refreshments & Fellowship Hour — Heritage Hall

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

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

Adult Forum - May 30: Transforming people, communities, church and government in Rwanda. Hear the amazing story about faith and organizing from Pr. John Rutsindintwarane, executive director of PICO Rwanda and Founder, Thought Leader and Deputy Bishop of Lutheran Church in Rwanda.

The Adult Forum takes a summer break starting June 7.  Look for more Adult Forums in the Fall.

Today! We celebrate the confirmation of Mila Sall at the 11am service with worship lead by the confirmation class.

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.

Bakers needed!  Interested in making communion bread?  This easy recipe is available on the St. Mark’s website.  Contact Pr. Elizabeth if you are interested in this ministry.

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, 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

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.

New Church Summer Hours
The church office will be open from 9:00-4:00 Monday-Friday for the rest of the summer.

Senior Trip to Muir Woods
Join us for our Senior trip to Muir Woods on June 4th.  We will be leaving at 9:30 and returning at 3:00.  We will picnic after exploring the forest - Lunch and drinks will be provided but please bring a snack or dessert to share.  The Cost is 10.00. Sign up at the MLT office: 415-885-1084 or email Pr. Elizabeth Ekdale at

The Pictorial Directory is on the way!
The pictorial directory is scheduled to be shipped on June 5th.

Sunday School
Thank you to our Sunday School teachers and chapel volunteers for your ministry with our children.  As the Sunday School year comes to a close today, we want to express our gratitude for your dedicated service to all of our children.  Your gifts of teaching about God's love are deeply appreciated and create a long-lasting impact on each child.  Thank you!  

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!

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 June our groups will meet on:
Evening Gathering - June 2 from 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 Novena for Murder by Carol Ann O'Marie.
Second Tuesday - June 9 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.  Our program topic for June is "Give in Secret."If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Smith at 415.285.7438 or

St. Mark's Endowment Fund Request for Funding Forms Now Available
Dream it! Make it happen! Have an idea for a new ministry? Want to extend our reach doing God's work in San Francisco and around the world? If you can dream it, the Endowment Fund can help to make it happen! The Endowment Committee is delighted to announce that grants up to a total of $3,600 will be given to extend St. Mark's ministries both locally and globally. The 2015 Request for Funding is available on the web at or by emailing Copies are also on the table under the window in Heritage Hall. The application deadline is July 19, 2015. Have questions? Need help completing the form? Contact us at

Night Ministry Open House                                                        
The staff and volunteers of the San Francisco Night Ministry invite you to attend their annual Open House on Sunday, June 14, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Heritage Hall at St. Mark's Lutheran Church.  Our Open House provides a time to learn more about Night Ministry in general, and more about the specific programs that are offered. It is also a good time to explore opportunities to volunteer with us, either as a Crisis Line Counselor or a member of our Daytime Volunteer Corps.  Meet members of the Night Ministry staff, Governing Board members, and current volunteers. Light refreshments will be served.  This event will be followed immediately by a fundraising event (musical variety show) to benefit the Friendship Line, part of the Center for Elder Suicide Prevention and a valuable program of the Institute on Aging.  ALL ARE WELCOME!    Visit our website for more information on how Night Ministry serves.

House Meetings!  
The Council is pleased to announce that St. Mark's will begin a series of house meetings this summer and continuing into the fall.  Over the last two years the Council participated in three training sessions with Joaquin Sanchez of the Bay Area Organizing Committee.  Joaquin taught us valuable skills aimed at strengthening relationships within our congregation.  This past February we focused on House Meetings.  House Meetings have three purposes: 1) to connect members within the community, 2) to identify talent within the community, and 3) identify growth areas and solutions to issues within the community.  Using information gained from the recent Time and Talent survey, ministry team leaders will invite Time and Talent Survey Respondents to participate in house meetings focused at specific ministries?  Didn't complete a Time and Talent Survey?  Don't worry!  Everyone is invited to participate!  The first house meeting, focused on Sunday School, will take place Sunday, June 7, at 10:15 a.m.  Please contact Lisa Gray at if you wish to participate.

 Worship Leaders This Sunday
Assisting Ministers...Liv Beck (9); Greg Jahnke, Kyle Schiefelbein (11)
Lectors...Robert Rathmell (9); Katherine Lam (11)
Chalice Bearers...Mark Semonian (9); Lisa Gray, Kimberly Hamilton-Lam (11)
Sacristan and Altar Guild...Richard Boyle, Ed Chitty
Ministry of Welcome...Gerald Lundblad, Omer Voss (9); Gerald Lundblad (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Andrew Sallach

             Next week Coffee Hour Chair...Susie Smith and Fred Blickle