October 11, 2015

Join Us This Sunday

9:00 am—Holy Communion with Children’s Time—Sanctuary
9:45 am—Sunday School—Sunday School Rooms
10:00 am—Refreshments andFellowship Hour—Heritage Hall
10:00 am—Property Team Ministry House Meeting—Heritage Hall
10:05 am—Confirmation—Heritage Hall
10:05 am—Adult Forum with Dr. Kyle Schiefelbein—Auditorium
11:00 am—Choral EucharistWorship Service—Sanctuary
12:15 pm—Refreshments and Fellowship Hour—Heritage Hall
1:30 pm—YWCP - Sectionals—Conference Room
4:00 pm—Noe Valley Chamber Music Concert—Sanctuary

San Francisco Conference Conversation on Race @ Santa Maria y Martha Lutheran
Saturday, October 10, 2- 4 pm: We will gather to listen to the experiences of members of Sts Mary and Martha about their experience of racism in the Lutheran church and in their daily lives.  Snacks will be provided.  The first hour we will listen to experiences.  The second hour we will share in small groups and brainstorm how we want to work together in the future.  The conversation will be live streamed and available at justluthern.blogspot.com for individuals who are unable to attend in person. You can also follow online via #LutheransListen  
From Pr. Megan Rohrer, SF Lutheran Conference Dean

Adult Forum-This Sunday!: 
Luther's Great Theological and Liturgical Reforms by Dr. Kyle Schiefelbein
First and foremost, Luther was a pastor, and the reforms that he encouraged and enacted were always to "soothe the troubled conscience" and provide comfort and consolation.  We will investigate some of Luther's primary reforms with regard to theology and worship, including the theology of the cross, vernacular hymnody, and the two nature of Christ.  Located in the auditorium.

Next Sunday Oct. 18
Luther's Most Significant Writings by Dr. Kyle Schiefelbein                
When asked at the end of his life which treatises were the most important for people to read, Luther said that everyone should read "The Bondage of the Will" and the "Large Catechism."  During this adult forum, we will look at these two great documents as well as "The Freedom of a Christian," all of which nicely represent the Reformers contributions to the life of the Church. Located in the Auditorium.

Confirmation for all 6th, 7th and 8th graders meets Today @ 10:05 a.m
Parents and confirmation students are invited to gather this Sunday, Oct. 11, at 10:05 a.m. in Heritage Hall for an informal time of introductions, discussion about St. Mark's Confirmation Ministry, and looking at calendars.  Bagels and cream cheese will be provided! Please join Pr Elizabeth and our new teaching parish student John Burton for this conversation.  

John Burton is a second year seminary at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and will be helping teach confirmation this year.  In addition, Pr. Tita Valeriano, will be serving at St. Mark's on a part-time basis with Pr. Elizabeth during our time of transition.  She also will be teaching confirmation along with Pr. Elizabeth and John.  We are hoping Pr. Tita will start her time at St. Mark's around mid-October.  If you have any questions or can not make this gathering, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Warmly, Pr. Elizabeth

Thrivent Ice Cream Social - Tomorrow! 
The San Francisco Chapter of Thrivent invites our members and their guests to join us for ice cream floats, door prizes, and surprises.  Saturday, October 10th 3-5pm at JP Murphy Playground, 1960 9th Avenue b/w Ortega & Pacheco, San Francisco. So that we have enough ice cream on hand, please RSVP by Oct. 7th to Jo Zemke (415)437-7370 x 211 or jo.zemke@thrivent.com. Thanks, we will see you there!

Property Team Ministry House Meeting - This Sunday!
Gardening? Painting? Handy with tools? Or, maybe just looking for a fun opportunity to perform hands-on service projects? If you would like to help maintain and improve our historic building and grounds, please join us on Sunday, October 11, in Heritage Hall between the two services (10:00-10:45 am) to discuss the Property Ministry at St. Mark's. This "House Meeting" at St. Mark's will be a convenient forum to discuss projects, implementation methods and other ideas for making our facilities even more supportive of St. Mark's mission. Please contact Gary Schilling at 415-218-2778 if you'd like to learn more about the Property Team.

Bakers needed! 
Interested in making communion bread?  This easy recipe is available on the St. Mark's website at www.stmarks-sf.org/resources/forms-and-downloads/  Contact Pr. Elizabeth if you are interested in this ministry.

What is Journeys in Faith?  
Come down to coffee hour and find out.
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.  You'll find members of the Journeys in Faith team at a table in Heritage Hall during coffee hours.  All questions are welcome.  Contact Liv Beck (beckliv@gmail.com) for more information.

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 lawrence@stmarks-sf.org.

Night Ministry Gala, Oct. 17
The members of the Governing Board of the San Francisco Night Ministry invite you to attend their Fall Gala -- "Back to the Future."  Proceeds will support the ministry and outreach of Night Ministry, which offers pastoral care, counseling, and crisis intervention every night of the year between 10 pm and 4 am.  Location: The Urban Life Center of St. Mark's Lutheran Church. Reception with Silent Auction-5:30 to 7:00 pm and Dinner with Live Auction-7:00 to 8:30 pm.  Tickets: $75.00 General Seating at
ttp://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2327411 $150 Preferred Seating and Table Sponsorships available upon request by contacting Night Ministry at office@sfnightministry.org or
by calling 415-935-7862

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 tohttp://www.stmarks-sf.org/flower-donations/  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. 

Update on Pastor Bekah
Pastor Bekah has been undergoing her second round of radiation for Hodgkins Lymphoma, and is managing the treatment obstacles very well.  She recently received great news on a test, and we're all hoping that continues at the end of this month once the evaluation of the current treatment is complete.  If you'd like to be part of an online community that is providing help and good wishes, please go to this website to join:  https://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/729563/   She sends good wishes to the congregation, and we continue to hold her in prayer as she heals.

California Bach Society Concert
Paul Flight, Artistic Director

Special early bird discount for St. Mark's Parishioners!
Order your tickets by 5 pm, Thursday, October 15 and get $5 off the price of General and Senior tickets. Order by phone: (650) 485-1097 and mention St. Mark's SF, or online:http://www.calbach.org/tickets.pl  and enter the code stmarkssf (online orders subject to $3 handling fee)

Friday, October 16, 8 pm -- St. Mark's Lutheran Church. 
Doors open 30 minutes prior to performance.Advance Ticket Prices: General - $28, Senior - $20, Students and Under 30 - $10
At the door: General - $33, Senior - $24, Students and Under 30 - $10

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 October our groups will meet on:

Second Tuesday - October 13 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 Slow Faith by Liv Larson Andrews and our program topic for October is "Make Haste O Lord."

Third Sunday - October 18 from 10:10 to 10:50 in the Fireside Room
All women are invited to come for Bible study from the Women of the ELCA's Gather Magazine.  The topic will be "Make Haste O Lord."  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 or suzathome@comcast.net.

Worship Leader This Sunday
Preacher...Dr. Kyle Schiefelbein                
Presiding Minister...Rev. Elizabeth Ekdale
Director of Music...Dr. Tim Zerlang
Assisting Ministers...Richard Boyle (9); Ed Chitty, Linda Jackson (11)
Lectors...Barbara McCormick (9); Mathias Will (11)
Chalice Bearers...Jeremy McClain (9); Kimberly Hamilton-Lam (11)
Acolytes...Erika Taylor, Nora Hurley
Ministry of Welcome...Randall Schieber, Jerry Lundblad(9);Rachel Letchumanan, Viknesh Silvalingam, Donna Dindia, Lew Randell (11)

Coffee Hour Chairs...Marie-Jose Baum and Kate Knickerbocker
Next week Coffee Hour Chair...Barbara Bock