EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Today we hear James warn against selfish ambition, while the disciples quarrel over which one of them is the greatest. Jesus tells them the way to be great is to serve. Then, to make it concrete, he puts in front of them an actual flesh-and-blood child. We are called to welcome the particular children God puts in front of us, to make room for them in daily interaction, and to give them a place of honor in the assembly.
THIS SUNDAY AT ST. MARK'S
9:00 am - Holy Communion with Children’s Time - Sanctuary
9:50 am - Sunday School - School Rooms
10:00 am - Confirmation - Youth Room
10:00 am - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall
10:00 am - Adult Forum - Fireside Room
“This is our Neighborhood” with Pam Coxson
11:00 am - Holy Communion Worship Service - Sanctuary
12:15 pm - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall
1:00 pm - Memorial Service for Sig Sigafoos - Sanctuary
2:00 pm - SFNM Crisis Line Counselor Training - Fireside Room
This is our Neighborhood
We will learn about the relationship between ELCA and AME (African Methodist Episcopal) churches as described in the congregational resource “Understanding One Another”, written and edited by leaders from both churches. This will provide a context for getting to know our neighbor, Bethel AME Church. For more
information go to: https://bit.ly/2PU2BuE
Next Sunday: We will reflect on Bishop Bartholomew’s sermon on “Being Neighbor” and explore together the challenges and joys of deepening our relationships with the neighbors around St. Mark’s. At 12:30, we will walk to the Tenderloin Neighborhood with former San Francisco Night Minister, Rev. Chuck Lewis and visit the Tenderloin Museum at 398 Eddy in order to learn more about the history and life of this neighborhood. There is a small entrance fee to the museum and an option to take a “walking tour” of the Tenderloin at 2:00 that day with one of the museum’s docents.
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR ELBERT "SIG" SIGAFOOS - SEPTEMBER 23 at 1:00PM
The St. Mark’s community is invited to celebrate the life and faith of long-time member Sig Sigafoos at a Memorial Service held at St. Mark’s. There will be a reception in Heritage Hall following the service.
NEW TO ST. MARK'S? NEW JOURNEYS IN FAITH GROUP FORMING
Information Gatherings for New Journeys in Faith Group: October 14 and November 18. New to St Mark’s? Thinking about your faith journey and a community to support it? What does it mean to be a member of a church? How do you become a member of St Mark’s?
All are invited to learn about participating in our next Journeys in Faith group. We will meet in the Urban Life Center in the Journeys in Faith room at 10:00 on October 14th and November 18th. For more information, contact Liv Beck (email@example.com)
SENIOR OUTING TO THE ROSIE THE RIVETER WORLD WAR 2 HOME FRONT NATIONAL HISTORIC MUSEUM AND PARK THURSDAY, SEPT. 27
We will leave at 9:30 a.m. and return around 3:00. Included will be a picnic lunch and meeting with Park Ranger Betty Soskin who will share her experience as a young African American woman during WWII. Sign up by calling the Martin Luther Tower office: 415 885-1084 by Tuesday, Sept. 25. Questions? Contact Pr Elizabeth at Ekdale@stmarks-sf.org
PROPERTY DAY SEP. 29 AT 9:00AM
All are welcome to meet the Property Team as we experience the Church outside of the Sunday Sercvice, but in a spirit of service. If I have your email you will receive an update with our list of chores. For more information email Tim Bohan firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS! A CALL TO ADVOCACY!
Are you frustrated by current policies of our government that seem inconsistent with your Christian faith? Come to this workshop and learn how to be an effective advocate for change!
Saturday, October 13, 2018
At Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, Davis, CA
9:30 to 3:00 p.m.
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 http://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.
MT. CROSS LUTHERAN CAMP CELEBRATES 70 YEARS IN MINISTRY
Nestled in the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains, Mt. Cross Lutheran Camp has nourished the faith of thousands of young people and children through camping ministries. Mt. Cross is now celebrating it’s 70th Anniversary and invites you to their celebration events on-site at the camp. On Sept. 28, you are invited to an evening of delicious food and a program about future Mt. Cross ministries. On Sept. 29, families are encouraged to attend the camp and enjoy a BBQ and camp activities. To RSVP and find out more, go online: www.mtcross.org or call 831 336-5179 The camp is located at 7955 Route 9 in Ben Lomond. All are welcome.
SANCTUARY AT ST. MARK’S?
CONSIDER SHARING YOUR OPINION WITH THE SANCTUARY TASK FORCE.
St. Mark’s Sanctuary Task Force has been asked by Church Council to consider whether St. Mark’s will declare itself a Sanctuary congregation. The Task Force is working with Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity www.im4hi.org to learn about Sanctuary.
We would like to hear from St. Mark’s congregation members about this possibility. Please consider scheduling a 20-30-minute conversation with a Task Force member in the next few weeks. The interviews can be on the telephone or in-person or in writing – it would be your choice.
Prior to the conversation, it would be helpful if you read and prayerfully considered a one-page description of the 21st century Sanctuary congregation. We can give you the document to read.
If you are interested in sharing your opinion, please email Mary Ritter email@example.com or call 510-895-0336 to get a copy of the one page Sanctuary description and schedule a time to talk with one of the Task Force members.
Thanks in advance for considering this.
Sanctuary Task Force Members:
Mary Ritter, Chair
Kimberly Hamilton Lam
Pastor Ron Moe-Lobeda