“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” God has indeed raised from the dead the one who was put to death “by hanging him on a tree.” Alleluia! God allows Jesus to appear “to us who were chosen by God as witnesses” in holy baptism and invites us to eat and drink at the table of the risen Christ. Alleluia!
This Sunday at St. Mark's
9:00 am - Holy Communion and Children’s Time - Sanctuary
10:00 am - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall
10:15 am - Easter Egg Hunt - St. Mark’s Square
10:30 am - Easter Music - Sanctuary
11:00 am - Festive Eucharist Worship Service and Children’s Time - Sanctuary
12:15 pm - Refreshments and Fellowship Hour - Heritage Hall
FESTIVE EASTER COFFEE HOURS AT 10 AM AND 12:15 PM
You are invited to a festive coffee hour this Sunday in Heritage Hall at 10:00 am and 12:15 pm underneath the sanctuary. This is a time of joyful fellowship. All are welcome!
EASTER EGG HUNT AT 10:15 AM
Calling all St. Mark’s youngsters and your friends and family! Be part of our 2019 Easter Egg Hunt on St. Mark’s Square. The hunt begins at 10:15 am. See you there!
TAKE HOME AN EASTER FLOWER THIS SUNDAY!
Following the 11:00 a.m. worship service THIS SUNDAY, people are reminded and encouraged to take an Easter lily home or to deliver it to someone who would appreciate this gift. Any flowers that remain after today’s service will be delivered to the SF Night Ministry’s Open Cathedral this afternoon (2:00 p.m.) at the Civic Center Plaza.
ADULT FORUM - NEXT SUNDAY!
April 28 - Meet our Seminary Students and Pastoral Intern - hear their faith stories - and learn about these three remarkable women who are preparing to serve as clergy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Pr. Elizabeth will moderate this discussion with Pastoral Intern Sonja Pilman, Teaching Parish student Libby Pfaff, and Teaching Parish student Evangeline Dai. This forum meets in Heritage Hall at 10:00 am.
NOW IS THE TIME TO TURN IN YOUR LENTEN OFFERING BOXES
Bring them to church and turn them in with your regular offering. There are a few boxes left if you would like to make a spontaneous gift to help fire victims in Paradise through Lutheran Social Services.
HIKE SUNDAY MAY 5: LABYRINTHS AND WILDFLOWERS
Join us for a 1.5-2 mile easy to moderate hike in Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve in the Oakland Hills on Sunday May 5. Sibley has 3 hidden labyrinths, and we know where they are! We will also enjoy all the wildflowers the park has to offer. Afterward, everyone is invited to Sharon Reinbott’s house nearby. We’ll meet in front of the church at 12:45 pm, and carpool over to the East Bay. Please see Sharon Reinbott or Andrew Sallach if you’re interested, emails firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
MARTIN LUTHER TOWER & ST. MARK’S APRIL SENIOR LUNCHEON
St. Mark’s Seniors, Thursday, April 25 is the next MLT monthly luncheon in Heritage Hall, from 12:00-1:30pm. We will be serving Lasagna with eggplant, spinach and meat sauce or Vegetarian Lasagna. All entrees come with Mixed Greens with vinaigrette dressing and Garlic or French bread. We will be serving Tiramisu for dessert. MLT resident, Tom Berg, will grace us with his musical talents at the piano. The cost is $2 at the door. Please sign-up in the MLT Office by Friday, April 19 by calling 415-885-1084. Come be among friends. Hope to see you there!
SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE
April 14: Big Group: Palm Sunday lesson and activity.
April 21: Easter: No Sunday School
April 28: Big Group: Passover meal and lesson.
May 19: Bay to Breakers, no Sunday School
May 26: Last day of Sunday School PARTY!!
UPCOMING MOSAIC TELEVISION SHOW WITH PR. ELIZABETH
Please tune in (or record) Pr. Elizabeth’s upcoming show on KPIX Channel 5. She interviews Laura Magniani who has dedicated her work and life to the abolishment of the death penalty and ending the abusive practice of solitary confinement of prisoners as a management tool. Laura works for the American Friends Service Committee and is a Quaker. This show will air Sunday, April 21 at 5:00 am.
UNDERSTANDING PALESTINE THROUGH THEATER!
Come and see “Scenes from 71 Years”: stories of family and friends revealing the real human story of daily life in the shadow of the Separation Wall in Palestine. Presented by Golden Thread Productions and Palestinian-Irish playwright Hannah Khalil; cast includes members from the Bay Area Palestinian community; U.S. Premiere. April 5 - May 5, 2019 at Potrero Stage, 1695 - 18th Street, San Francisco. Tickets: $15 - $38 ; call 415-626-4061 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOU ARE INVITED TO THE DOCUMENTARY FILM SIN PAIS!
YOU ARE INVITED to the documentary film Sin Pais, about a Guatemalan family caught in the current deportation scenario ending in family separation. Calvary Presbyterian will screen this film next Tuesday, April 23 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm, with the director Theo Rigby and one of the family members present for discussion. The event is free and refreshments will be provided. Location: 2515 Fillmore St. More details & RSVP at http://bit.ly/sinpaisatcalvary If you cannot attend, try this alternative: Google the film’s title for a summary and streaming of this very moving and informative 20-minute film.
CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED ON EASTER MONDAY
The Church office will be closed on Monday, April 22 and will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, April 23.
HOSPITALITY TEAM MEETING ON SUNDAY MAY 5 AT 12:15 WITH PR. ELIZABETH
“Hospitality involves food, love, empathy, warmth and caring. It means helping people to feel that they belong, they matter, they are noticed and heard. It is the most reliable source of social capital within congregations and beyond for better lives and a better world. It also happens to be the way of Jesus” Source: ELCA website
Join Pr. Elizabeth if you would like to join this new ministry team. We will meet in Heritage Hall at 12:15. This team will coordinate the hospitality events at St. Mark’s: Oktoberfest, receptions, potlucks and other ways we can expand our Hospitality Ministries. If you are unable to attend but would like to participate on the Hospitality Team, please send Pr. Elizabeth an e-mail at email@example.com or leave a message at 415 928-7770 ext 2300. All gifts are welcome on this team!
ST. MARK'S MEN'S RETREAT
Now is the time to make preparation for our next Men’s Retreat to be held at the Mercy Center in Burlingame on (Friday and Saturday, June 7-8) (4:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.). Under the theme, “The Connection between My Faith and Daily Life,” we will explore topics such as our faith journeys, our experiences in the Church, the challenges of our society, our relationship with God, and our involvement with the St. Mark’s community. The retreat will include 3 meals, single-room occupancy overnight, and our meeting room where we also will gather for worship at the end of the retreat. The cost is $160 (or $70/day = $140 for commuters) to be paid to St. Mark’s and earmarked for “Men’s Retreat”. To register, you may use the Welcome Card and give it to Pastor Ron, email Pastor Ron at firstname.lastname@example.org, or respond to the forthcoming email about the retreat. The registration deadline is Monday, May 6 as we need to submit an accurate count to Mercy Center by then. This event is a great opportunity for the men of St. Mark’s to come together and strengthen the relationships that we already have with one another.
TWO SANCTUARY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: COURT ACCOMPANIMENT & COORDINATING
The St. Mark’s Sanctuary Team is hosting a Guardian Angel training in Heritage Hall on May 18th from 9 am - 12 noon. This session will train you to volunteer in immigration court by offering spiritual accompaniment, providing physical accompaniment, and sharing resources for unaccompanied migrant children and single-parent families going through immigration court. Mary Campbell, director of AMMPARO ELCA in Chicago, will lead the workshop. The training prepares volunteers to accompany in teams of two (ideally one a Spanish speaker, though this isn’t required) at immigration court in San Francisco. No legal experience is needed, and the time commitment is very flexible.
Why are we doing this? As sisters and brothers in Christ, our church is called to bear witness to the conditions impacting so many communities, and to work to find solutions that will acknowledge the humanity in all of God’s children. Join us in making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and families.
Furthermore, for a volunteer interested in a deeper, more regular opportunity to support sanctuary, the St. Mark’s Sanctuary Team and Sierra Pacific Synod Guardian Angel seek a Volunteer Coordinator who would spend 4-5 hours a week communicating with a court clerk about upcoming cases, and connecting Guardian Angel volunteers to accompany specific people.
Interested in either training to be a Guardian Angel volunteer or stepping up as the Guardian Angel Volunteer Coordinator? Please RSVP for training or to indicate interest in the coordinator position at 415-294-1832 or email at FLeBAS@ses.plts.edu.ter
WORSHIP LEADERS THIS SUNDAY
Director of Music...Dr. Timothy Zerlang
Assisting Ministers...Liv Beck (9); Phil Krikau, Sonja Pilman (11)
Lectors...Suzanne Smith (9); Margaret McLean (11)
Communion Ministers...Cristin Owens, Kate Knickerbocker (9) Nadine Robinson, Jane Borg (11)
Altar Guild...Jane Borg
Acolytes...Katherine Lam, Grace Ekdale-Hoch
Sacristan...Ed Chitty, Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero
Ushers...Omer Voss, Tapio Boles, Robert Rathmell, Susan Rathmell (9) Jerry Lundblad, Jon Moeller (11)
Fellowship Hour Chairs...Susie Smith, Fred Blickle, Rachel Boles, Kathy Lautz
Next Week’s Fellowship Hour Chairs...Nadine Robinson, Kimberly Hamilton-Lam