November 15, 2015

Join Us This Sunday

9:00 amHoly Communion with Children's TimeSanctuary
9:00 amEndowment Committee MeetingConference Room
9:45 amSunday SchoolConference Room
10:00 amRefreshments and Fellowship Hour— Heritage Hall
10:05 amConfirmationHeritage Hall
10:05 amAdult ForumAuditorium
10:10 amJourneys in Faith GatheringFireside Room
Women's Bible StudyOffice Break Room
11:00 amChoral Eucharist Worship ServiceSanctuary
12:15 pmRefreshments and Fellowship HourHeritage Hall
7:00 pmSF Performances ConcertSanctuary

Today's Adult ForumThis Sunday: Letter Writing!  Bring out your pens and get ready to write. Stand up for policies that create opportunities to overcome poverty, promote peace and dignity, and defend God's creation.  Come to the adult forum to find out more about advocacy opportunities you can participate in today.

Nov 22: Report from the El Salvador Encuentro. 
What's happening with the Lutheran church in El Salvador?  How is the church sharing the gospel?  How is the church responding to gang violence? How are the people of Cordero de Dios doing?  How can St Mark's live our promise to accompany our brothers and sisters in El Salvador?   And what does Milwaukee, WI have to do with any of this?

11th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
The San Francisco Interfaith Council will be having a Thanksgiving Service on Thursday, November, 26 from 10:00am-11:00am at The Baha'I Community in San Francisco-170 Valencia Street. For more information visit 

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

What is Journeys in Faith?  
We are forming a new group for Journeys in Faith!  You are invited to join us.   Our Sunday gatherings start shortly after 10AM in the Fireside room.  Everyone is welcome to join in!  Learn about this opportunity to set aside time this Fall and Winter for reflection on our faith and faith community.  Journey with others who are considering joining St Mark's, being baptized, or affirming their baptism.  All questions welcome.  Contact Liv Beck (

Save the Date: 24 Hour Prayer Vigil Starting Sat, Dec. 5
We invite you to be a part of a prayer vigil, in which individuals, families and groups are invited to pray in the church for the 24 hours prior to the Sunday on which we commit our pledges.  Signups for individual slots will be available soon, but for now, please mark the date on your calendars!

Extra Help Needed During Advent Season
We are about to enter into the very busy Season of Advent at St. Mark's and are in great need of office volunteers to augment our permanent staff, who will be taking on the many extra responsibilities of the season.   

As you know, all members of the current permanent office staff are still relatively new, are still learning their numerous responsibilities and this will be their first Advent Season. 

The period of greatest need is Monday, November 23 through Friday, December 18.  Please free up a few extra hours (Monday through Friday) during this four week period and volunteer in the St. Mark's office!  Everyone is welcome and no prior office experience is needed. 

You will be performing light office duties - answering telephones, distributing mail, greeting visitors, answering the front door, assisting permanent office staff and the Pastors,  as needed.   Office hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm,  If you can volunteer for 3-4 hours in the morning or afternoon that would be wonderful.  Please contact Jane Borg at,  if you are interested in volunteering for this important ministry.

Missionary Pastor Kate Warn in Rwanda
Here is an update from our ELCA Missionary Pastor Kate Warn, the coordinator of the Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGMs) in Rwanda in 2015-2016. Pastor Warn is our St. Mark's missionary. We look forward to hosting her for a visit during her homestay in the United States in 2016. Enjoy the story about her and the YAGMs! - St. Mark's Social Ministry

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.  Our lastNovember meeting will be: 

This Sunday! - November 15 from 10:10 to 10:50 in the Conference Room All women are invited to come for Bible study from the Women of the ELCA's Gather Magazine. The topic will be "Tempo Giusto." Some copies of the magazine are available from Suzanne Smith or a WELCA leader. 
If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Smith at 415.285.7438

Pictures of St. Mark's Events
We are currently working on updating our website and we would like to include some pictures of St. Mark's members, ministries, and events. Please send any photos to Stefani Lawrence at

Donate Flowers in 2015
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  for our online chart to sign up or sign up on the flower donation chart posted in the hallway across from the church kitchen.

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. 

Nominating Committee
We are seeking candidates for council positions on the ballot for our 2016 election which will be held at the annual meeting on January 31, 2016.  Please contact Lisa Gray, Liv Beck or Bill Mooney if you are interested in candidacy or would like to learn more about the position.

Worship Leaders This Sunday
Preacher and Presiding Minister...Rev. Tita Valeriano
Director of Music...Dr. Tim Zerlang
Assisting Ministers...John Barton (9); Kyle Schiefelbein, John Barton (11) Lectors...Shannon Cheng (9) Bertie Brouhard (11) 
Chalice Bearers...Lisa Gray, Jeremy McClain (9) Jane Borg (11) 
Acolytes...Erika Taylor, Astra Varian
Sacristan and Altar Guild...Richard Boyle, Ed Chitty
Ministry of Welcome...Omer Voss (9) Debra Varian (11); 
Coffee Hour Chairs...Brandee Marckmann, Bill Mooney, and Kathy Lautz
Next week Coffee Hour Chairs...Gail Culp, Cal Culp, and Phil Krikau; Dana Utz