September 18, 2016

Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost

As we are invited today to consider what it means to be managers (rather than owners) of all that we have, it is crucial to recall that we are bought with a price. “Christ Jesus, himself human, . . . gave himself a ransom for all.” Apart from the generosity of God we have nothing—we are nothing. By God’s gracious favor we have everything we need.

This Sunday at St. Mark’s
9:00 am - Holy Communion with Children’s Time - Auditorium
10:00 am - Confirmation - Youth Room
10:00 am - Holy Land Ministry - Office Break Room
9:45 am - Sunday School - Sunday School Rooms
10:00 am - Nursery Committee Meeting - Conference Room

10:00 am - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Fireside Room
11:00 am - Choral Eucharist Worship Service - Auditorium

12:15 pm - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Fireside Room
12:15 pm - Call Committee Meeting - Conference Room

2:00 pm - Night Ministry Training - Fireside Room

Holy Land Ministry
Let’s get together Sunday, September 18 from 10-11:00 AM in the church office Break Room.  Bring your coffee and ideas along!  We’ll look ahead to Fall and Advent programming.  All interested folks are welcome! 

Hot Fugue, Sunday Sept 18 at 3PM
St. Francis Lutheran Church invites you to Hot Fugue Sunday.  A special Concert with music of J.S. Bach and an Ice Cream social to follow.  Free admission but donations are appreciated.

St. Mark’s Food Bank Distribution
Did you know the biggest problem in solving World Hunger is not due to a lack of food, but it is a problem of getting the food to the people?  In other words we have a need for DISTRIBUTION of available food.

If you would like to participate in a solution to the World Hunger problem, right here in San Francisco, there’s an easy way to make a big difference in 300 local families’ lives.  Join the St. Mark’s Food Bank Distribution group.  We’re a fun intergenerational group that bond together over the business of food distribution.  There’s a job for every age and body type.  We would love to have you. 

Saturday morning, September 24th
Old First Church
Corner of Sacramento and Van Ness
Free Parking in Old First Church Garage on Sacramento St.
Sign up for any or all shifts, by emailing Diana Gomez: 

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM to Unload pallets of food into the distribution room
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM to Distribute food into the bags of the clients as they walk through the line.
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM to Clean up the site.

Support St. Mark’s through your Amazon Purchases!
St. Mark’s is now enrolled in Amazon Smile, which donates 0.5% of every purchase to charitable organizations. Make your Amazon purchases through the St. Mark’s Amazon Smile portal, using your Amazon log-in:

You will see eligible products marked as “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Note that recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible for donations.

Join us for Night Ministry’s Annual Fall Gala
The members of the Governing Board of the San Francisco Night Ministry invite you to attend their Fall Gala under the theme “1001 Nights around the World: An International Extravaganza”. 

Proceeds will support the ministry and outreach of Night Ministry which has offered pastoral care, counseling and crisis intervention every night of the year between the hours of 10:00 PM and 4:00 AM for the past 52 years!  

Saturday, October 8, 2016, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (Urban Life Center)

Reception, program, live music, small plates from around the world, beer and wine bar, soft drinks, with silent, live and reverse auctions

$104.00 General Seating at
Sponsorships available upon request by contacting Night Ministry at 

Meet New Director of Operations Winnie Heslin
We are pleased to announce St. Mark’s new Director of Operations, Winnie Cheung Heslin. Winnie will begin work at St. Mark’s this week and will join us in worship at both services next Sunday, September 25. She has worked in the insurance industry for the last ten years and also has a background in ministry and non-profit organizations. Winnie will be responsible for St. Mark’s administration and operations, including facility management, HR and benefits, and supervising other office staff. Please welcome Winnie!

Produce Market on the Square every Wednesday
Support our community market! Please come and purchase fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs every Wednesday from 11am-12pm in the Urban Life Center Auditorium! The market is co-sponsored by Episcopal Senior Communities and Martin Luther Tower.

St. Jude 5K
In September, communities across the country will join together to raise money through the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer. Thrivent Mutual Funds is honored to sponsor St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® to support children and families as they battle childhood cancer. 

This inspiring, family-friendly 5K event helps raise funds to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude. 

Event Details
Please join our team for the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer. 
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Location: San Francisco Zoo, I Zoo Road, San Francisco, CA 94132
Time: 7:00 AM to 11 :00 AM
Register online:
National team: Thrivent Mutual Funds
Our team name: Thrivent - San Francisco

Donate Flowers in 2016
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 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...Barbara McCormick (9); Phil Krikau, Ed Chitty (11)
Lectors...Bertie Brouhard (9); Diana Gomez (11)
Acolytes...Linda Jackson, Nora Hurley
Sacristan and Altar Guild...Ed Chitty
Ministry of Welcome...Omer Voss, Sarah Wentker (9); Debra Varian, Susan Sall (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Gail Culp, Cal Culp, and Phil Krikau
Next Week’s Coffee Hour Chairs...Dana Utz and Catherine Hurley

Prayers of the Parish

Cassie Allen
Michael Aune
Debbie Brant & Ted Bernardi
Pastor Raymond H. Birkel
Diana Bock
Natalie E. Bock
Riley Brooks
Corrine Cottrell
Marilyn Desmond
Indar Dutt
onnie Elliot

Jack Heiter
Carolyn Johnson
Dennis Jones
Taylor Jones
John Krauskopf
Stephen Krefting
Arnold Lehmann
Margaret Massialas
Roderick Mobley
Stan Moeller
Lee & Irma Opitz
Ryan Parker 

Cassie Pili
Marc Randall
Travis Schwartz
Matt Seiples
Tim Selander and family
LaVonne Strutz, mother of Geri Bailey
Dana Utz
Carl Velleno
Jerry Witherspoon
Brent Wolfe 

For Jose Martinez and his family as they grieve the loss of his father who passed last week

For all military personnel, especially Will Lehmann  

For the growing families of St. Mark’s, especially those who hope for andthose who are expecting children  

For the Kigali Parish of the Lutheran Church of Rwanda

For the Cordero de Dios congregation in El Salvador  

For our Missionary, Pastor Kate Warn, YAGM coordinator in Rwanda  

For all Christians in the Holy Land, especially Bethlehem  

For the people of Egypt, Israel and Palestine, Jordan

For the Kindergarten Cynthia Espinoza in Paraguay  

For MLT Residents who are hospitalized or in hospice care  

Every effort is made to keep the Prayers of the Parish current. 
Please email to add, remove or update a name on the prayer list.