October 25, 2015

Adult Forum-THIS SUNDAY:
Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Rev. Elizabeth Ekdale
How do we observe the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation?  Throw a party?  Give thanks?  Offer a sign of repentance?  Join Pr. Elizabeth for this lively and informative discussion.  We are nearing the year 2017, five hundred years since Martin Luther posted the Ninety-five Theses in Wittenberg, Germany.  The Reformation resulted in divisions in the church that continue to this day.  It's also true that the Reformation renewed our focus on the grace of God abounding in the church and throughout the world.  How shall we commemorate the Reformation?  Come and share.  Located in the auditorium.

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.

Cordero de Dios and Salvadoran Lutheran Encuentro Visit November 1-6, 2015Liv Beck and Mary Ritter will travel to El Salvador on November 1st for the Salvadoran Lutheran Encuentro and a visit to Cordero de Dios, our companion church in the Salvadoran Lutheran Church. We hope to bring greetings to our friends at Cordero de Dios, and to meet with other congregations from around the world who are in relationship with Salvadoran Lutherans. We will return November 6th and will share information from our sister parish. Liv and Mary will be available in Heritage Hall this Sunday October 25 at 10am and at 12:15pm to talk about the trip. We will take the book prepared by Allana Helland and congregation members after Pastor Norma's death. Let us know if you have anything else to send to Pastor Rafael and the Cordero de Dios congregation. 

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.

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. 

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.

Pastor Bekah Received Great News!
We have been praying for Pastor Bekah as she underwent treatment for cancer. She received news that her latest scan came back clear. This is a significant milestone in her healing. 
She appreciates all the support of the congregation.

Traffic Rerouted and Reduced Parking for Van Ness Avenue
Closure: November 13-15
Van Ness Avenue will be closed the weekend of November 13-15 to complete work on the tunnel connecting the hospital and medical office building on the future California Pacific Medical Center campus at Geary and Van Ness.

The closure begins at 12:01 am Friday, November 13th. Northbound traffic will be redirected to Franklin Street. Southbound traffic will be redirected to Gough Street. Parking on one side of both Franklin and Gough will be removed to accommodate the increased traffic. 

Traffic routing will return to normal late in the evening of Sunday, November 15th.

Worship Leaders This Sunday
Preacher...Rev. Tita Valeriano
Presiding Minister...Rev. Elizabeth Ekdale
Director of Music...Dr. Tim Zerlang
Assisting Ministers...Ed Chitty (9); Richard Boyle, Linda Jackson (11)

Lectors...Randy Schieber (9); Diana Gomez (11)
Chalice Bearers...Cristin Owens (9);Jacqueline Nader, Cory Schoolland (11)
Acolytes...Mila & Tayte Sall
Sacristan and Altar Guild...Richard Boyle, Ed Chitty
Ministry of Welcome...Marisa Louie Lee, Louis Gutierrez (9); Larry DeSpain (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Nadine Robinson and Kimberly Hamilton-Lam
Next week Coffee Hour Chair...Andrew Sallach