September 6, 2015

Join Us This Sunday

9:00 am — Holy Communion with Children’s Time — Sanctuary

10:00 am— Refreshments—Heritage Hall
10:00 am
Parents and Kidlettes
11:00 am  Choral Eucharist  Sanctuary
12:15 pm — Refreshments & Fellowship Hour— Heritage Hall

Information Session on Capital Campaign and Elevator Progress-Sept. 13
There will be an information session following each service in Heritage Hall regarding the possibility of a Capital Campaign and the progress of our elevator, sanctuary flooring and stained glass art restoration projects.  Specific details regarding costs, timeframe and scope of these projects will be presented.    Please come and participate in these sessions in order to make an informed decision the following week at the Special Congregational Meeting at 10:00 a.m. between the worship services.

Volunteer Appreciation-Sunday Sept. 13
Thank you St. Mark’s volunteers!  Please join in celebration of all the volunteers who contribute to the success of St. Mark’s ministries, committees and our community.  The dedication, generosity, time and talents of our volunteers are greatly appreciated and their contributions are vital to sustain and grow our community.  Please plan to attend services on September 13 when special recognition and thanks will be given to our volunteers and we will celebrate their contributions. Cake will be provided at the coffee hours and we hope you can join in fellowship and gratitude following the services.
Note: We will not be participating in “God’s Work Our Hands” on this Sunday.

Congregational Meeting-Sept. 20
The council has called a Special Congregational Meeting to have the congregation decide on whether to approve a three year Capital Campaign.  If the congregation decides to move forward with a campaign, once the pledges are received, we will be in a better position to assess our ability to fund our much needed capital projects in the sanctuary, prioritize these projects, and pursue additional funding.  Please come and make your vote count!  Note, the meeting is in between services (10:00 a.m.) in the sanctuary. 


Sept. 13  
Volunteer Appreciation Sunday & Information sessions after each worship service on Capital Campaign and update on elevator, flooring and art glass projects

Sept. 16  
First Choir Practice 

Sept. 20  
Special Congregational Meeting between services in the sanctuary - please attend

Sept. 27  Sunday School and Adult Forums begin

Oct. 4  Animal Blessing at the 9:00 service
Oktoberfest in the afternoon

Oktoberfest-Oct. 4

Please join in a celebration of German heritage and community at the annual St. Mark's Oktoberfest on Sunday, October 4 from 12 noon -3pm on St. Mark's square! There will be German music, food and libation, games, a bouncy house and great fun.  Lederhosen and German dress are encouraged.  All are welcome and we ask that youplease RSVP on the sign-up sheet in Heritage Hall. Volunteers are needed so please contact Lisa Gray (, Matt Helland ( or Mark Semonian ( if you are interested in helping at the event. We hope to see you there!

Over the Moon
On Thursday, September 17 at 4 pm, Chanticleer, the world renowned male a cappella vocal group, will again hold the final dress rehearsal for their season opening program at St. Mark's.  The Over the Moon program will be open to members and friends of St. Mark's and to residents of Martin Luther Tower.

Bakers needed! 
nterested in making communion bread?  This easy recipe is available on the St. Mark’s website.  Contact Pr. Elizabeth if you are interested in this ministry.

Support for Pr. Bekah Davis
The church council has set up a designated fund to assist Pr. Bekah with medical and living expenses.  If you would like to donate to this fund, please make your check payable to St. Mark's and note Pastoral Fund in the notation.  Thank you. 

Lands of Luther trip still has room for more!
Join Pr. Elizabeth and Pr. Hans for an 11 day excursion to the hear of Luther's Germany, Oct. 30 - Nov. 9.  
We have 26 participants signed up and there is room for more.  Our faith will come alive and our appreciation for Luther's contributions to the world will deepen through exploring "Luther Country".  If you'd like to receive a brochure about the trip, please contact Pr. Elizabeth to request one.  She can be reached at 928-7770 ext. 2300

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 ( for more information.

Founders' Day at PLTS
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary will be having a Founder's Day celebration with guest speaker Madeline Forell Marshall. Madeline Forell Marshall is a specialist in eighteenth-century literature who has sought to recover the religious dimension and context of eighteenth-century poetry in books and numbers of presentations and articles. The event will be on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at PLTS Chapel of the Cross. 9am-1:30pm. All are welcome!

Labor Day
St. Mark's office will be closed on MondaySept. 7 for Labor Day.  We resume regular hours on Tuesday Sept. 8.

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 September our groups will meet on:

Second Tuesday - September 8 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 September is "Sabbath Keeping"

If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Smith at 415.285.7438 or

ULC Auditorium Closed September 5 through September 7
Please note that the 2nd floor of the ULC building will be closed so the tile floor can be cleaned and resealed. The Auditorium, the Auditorium Lobby, the ULC Kitchen, and the hallway outside the Fireside Room will also be closed off. The area will be closed beginning at 11:30am, Saturday, September 5 through 11:30am, Monday, September 7. If you have any questions regarding room usage or access please contact Chiara at

Donate Flowers in 2015
The 2015 Flower donation chart is posted in the hallway across from the church kitchen. 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. The donation is $50 and can be paid via check in the offering plate. Please note "Flowers" in the memo of the check.

Email Updates
We are in the process of updating our newsletter and electronic announcement mailing system.  If you haven't been receiving the newsletter and weekly announcements and would like to please send your current email address

Voice Newsletter Correction
The first choirpractice will be on September 16, 2015at 7:30 in the Sanctuary.

Worship Leader This Sunday
Preacher and Presiding Minister...Rev. Lyle Beckman
Guest Musician...Jonathan Dimmock
Assisting Ministers...Sharon Reinbott, (9); Philip Krikau, Ed Chitty (11)
Lectors...Dianne Velleno (9); Cora Lea Rose (11)
Chalice Bearers...Marisa Lee, Jeremy McClain (9); Jane Borg, Viknesh Silvalingam (11)
Acolytes...Clovis Curl
Ministry of Welcome...Tina Hogan (9); Pam Cheung, Kimberly and David Lam, 
Tina Niu, Pedro Ospina, Linda R. Jackson (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...Diana and Greg Gomez
Next week Coffee Hour Chair...Gail Culp, Cal Culp, and Philip Krikau