On this day we celebrate the heart of our faith: the gospel of Christ—the good news—that makes us free! We pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to unite the church today in its proclamation and witness to the world. In the waters of baptism we are made one body; we pray for the day that all Christians will also be one at the Lord’s table.
THIS SUNDAY AT ST. MARK'S
9:00 am Holy Communion with Children’s Time Sanctuary
9:50 am Sunday School Sunday School Rooms
10:00 am Refreshments and Fellowship Hour Heritage Hall
10:00 am Confirmation Youth Room
10:00 am Adult Forum: Salvation and Politics in the Gospel of Luke Fireside Room
10:00 am High School Youth Conference Room 11:00 am Choral Eucharist Worship Service Sanctuary
12:15 pm Refreshments and Fellowship Hour Heritage Hall
REFORMATION SUNDAY - OCTOBER 28
This Sunday, we will celebrate the Reformation with several of our favorite Reformation hymns and the chancel adorned in red paraments to accentuate this festival of our Lutheran church year. You also are encouraged to come dressed in something red to fill the sanctuary with a sea of red that is the chosen color for this festival day.
ADULT FORUM AT 10:00AM IN THE FIRESIDE ROOM - THIS SUNDAY!
Join Pastor Elizabeth for a three week Bible study on the Gospel of Luke.
Oct. 28 - We will conclude our study on the gospel of Luke focusing on the themes of Salvation and Politics in Luke. All are welcome.
ANOINTING STATION AT 11:00 AM WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY
During the distribution of Holy Communion at our 11:00 a.m. worship service, the Anointing Station will be open for anyone who desires a special prayer for oneself, for someone else, or for some situation. The Anointing Station is located in the back corner of the sanctuary. Share your name with the person at the Station, and make your prayer request. You will receive a prayer and the sign of the cross with oil on your forehead.
ALL SAINT’S SUNDAY - NOVEMBER 4
On Sunday, November 4, we celebrate the festival of All Saints when we remember all of those who have died during this past year, both from St. Mark’s as well as Martin Luther Tower. You also will have an opportunity during this worship service to remember your loved ones who have died and give thanks for all that they have contributed to your life. The liturgical color for the day is white.
ADULT FORUM AT 10:00AM IN THE FIRESIDE ROOM - NEXT SUNDAY!
The Ministry of Lutheran Social Services - Sunday November 4, we welcome Nancy Nielsen, Deputy Director of LSS at the San Francisco office, and Stephanie Casenza, LSS Director of Development to learn more about the ministry and programs of Lutheran Social Services. Later, we will assemble hygiene kits of Lutheran Social Services to give to their clients. Come and learn about the important work LSS does in Northern California.
NOVEMBER 4, 12:15-2:00 P.M. - “ALL SAINTS TOGETHER” - NEXT SUNDAY!
St. Mark’s-St. Paulus WELCA (Women of the ELCA) invites members of St. Mark’s and St. Paulus congregations to participate in a special Coffee Hour event after 11:00 service on Sunday, November 4 (All Saints Day). To encourage all to attend, childcare will be extended until 2:00 p.m.
“All Saints Together” will be a great opportunity to learn more about LSS, and what we can do together to support its wonderful programs. We will assemble hygiene kits for Lutheran Social Services to give to clients in its programs for the homeless. There will also be other activities, good food, and fellowship. Proceeds from a free will offering will be sent to LSS. See you there!
HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH MEET SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28
The high-school youth will gather on Sunday, October 28 at 10:00 a.m. for their monthly gathering to continue to build their relationships and focus on the discussion of a general topic. Come and be a part of this fellowship, and bring your ideas for what else you might like to discuss or do with your friends at St. Mark’s in the future. For more information, you may contact Erin Scheller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EAST SAN FRANCISCO NEIGHBORHOOD GROUP POTLUCK
St. Mark’s East San Francisco Neighborhood Group is having its kick-off event on Saturday November 3 at 5:30. It will be a potluck dinner at the home of Sheryl Squires (located only 2 blocks from St. Mark’s!). If you’re a member of the East San Francisco Neighborhood Group and you’d like to attend, please contact Sheryl at email@example.com or (415) 316-9835.
The deadline for the Winter Voice is November 5 and will cover the months of December, January, and February. Please send all submissions to Stefani at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
BISHOP'S CHILI SUPPER
Bishop Mark Holmerud is serving his famous chili at Conference gatherings throughout the Synod this fall. He will be serving at our San Francisco Peninsula Conference on Sunday, November 4, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Unity Lutheran Church, 609 Southwood Drive in South San Francisco. This is a time to be in conversation with Bishop Holmerud about what is going on in your congregation as well as to hear from him about happenings throughout the Synod. Participants are asked to bring their favorite chili topping and corn bread or some other bread. If you would like to find out more about this event, or would like to register (which is strongly requested), you may go to the Synod website at www.spselca.org.
INTERFAITH WELCOME CONCERT AT MT. ZION LUTHERAN
The Interfaith Welcome Committee of the SF Interfaith Council is sponsoring a concert on Friday, November 9 at Zion Lutheran Church (495 9th Ave.) in SF on behalf of the International Rescue Committee. Winne Nieh, who has performed in concert venues throughout the world, will bring her “impeccably pure and heart-breaking voice,” to inspire all in attendance. The suggested donation is $15/person and $25/family. A reception will follow the concert.
Our local neighborhood elementary school, Tenderloin Community School (TCS) at 627 Turk Street, is looking for mentors to serve as role models for their students while engaging the students on site in studies or other structured activities. The expectation is one hour/week for the school year, either during school hours or after school. If you might have interest in this opportunity, you may let Pastor Ron know or contact the TCS Mentoring Coordinator, Dana Wong, at (510) 965-5250.
AN INVITATION FROM THE NIGHT MINISTRY
The San Francisco Night Ministry is growing! We’d like to celebrate and share our good news at an event on Saturday evening November 10th. Please join us in welcoming our new Night Ministry executive team. Rev. Valerie McEntee is the 5th Night Minister, and the first woman in the position since it’s inception 54 years ago, and “because one pair of shoes was too big to fill” after Lyle Beckman’s retirement, our new Executive Director and CPE Educator, Rev. Thomas R. Carter, who brings the SF Night Ministry presence into the daytime hours. Dinner and light entertainment will be provided. There will be live and reverse auctions to support our ongoing ministry. Tickets for $54 (in honor of our years in ministry) can be purchased at facebook.com/sanfrancisconightministry Donations can be made at our webpage at sfnightministry.org or talk with St. Mark’s member and SFNM Board member, Diana Gomez.
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 www.stmarks-sf.org/flower-donations/ to sign up on our online chart. If you are unable to sign up online please call the office (415-928-7770).
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.
WORSHIP LEADERS THIS SUNDAY
Director of Music...Dr. Timothy Zerlang
Assisting Ministers...Jennifer Sun (9); Greg Jahnke, Pam Reynolds
Lectors...Pr. Hans Hoch (9); Cora Rose (11)
Communion Ministers...Aaron Greig, Kate Knickerbocker (9); Libby Pfaff, Matthias Will
Altar Guild...Cora Rose and Cory Schoolland
Acolytes...Linda Jackson, Jesse Peirce
Ushers...Louis Gutierrez, Jerry Lundblad (9); Larry DeSpain, Gail Culp, Cal Culp, John Elford (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Lisa Gray, Mari Tuominen
Next Week’s Coffee Hour Chairs...Donna Dindia, Chuck Lewis