Useful Information...

Summer Schedule, beginning May 29 and following:  Two services, English at 9:45 AM and Spanish at 1 PM; Church Family Faith Formation in between at 11:15 AM.
Volunteers are needed to trim and weed the church property (e.g., bell tower, Friendship House, Montessori School, etc.) starting June 1 through September 30. Please contact Alan Eck at 703-569-0814 or franalaneck@msn.com.
Ride-a-Long Ministry:  What is a Ride-A-Long Ministry? A ministry that supports mentorship in the youth program between the youth director and the youth when the youth or parents are unable to assist with transportation. See how you can help here> 

Collecting School Supplies:  We know! School isn’t even out yet! However, several groups are starting a collection so that backpacks full of supplies will be available for students who cannot afford them. Our first collection will go to the children who get Free School Physicals in August. All extra school supplies will be donated to ECHO and Lynbrook Elementary.  Please leave school supplies in the collection box in the narthex.  Thank you, please click HERE to get the list!

Requests from ECHO:  Once again St. Mark's is asked to help keep ECHO's food pantry stocked. Donations during the summer traditionally drop off by the need continues, especially since children are not in school. Pick up a bag from the narthex and bring it to church next Sunday--or just pick up a list of needs and bring your own bag. Thanks!
ECHO has several needs at this time, including one or more volunteers for the food room on the first and second Tuesdays of the month from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. ECHO will train you. Please e-mail admin@echo-inc.org if you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity. Learn more about ECHO's current needs here> 

Boy Scout Troop 881's Life Scout Daniel Tran's Eagle Scout project:  "The Outdoor Classroom" Learn about Daniel's design, construction, and installation of the Physical Education Trail at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Reserve's Outdoor Classroom... Learn more> 

Flower arrangement dedication books for 2016 are available in the church office for signing up...

Military Packages Collection:   ***** Thank you for your always-generous support! And remember that we need some more names of potential recipients--please give the names and any contact info to either Mary or Gerald Eskelund, Bev Clemsen, or Gayle Parsons--Thanks! ***** Click here for a MUST READ excerpt of a note from Chaplain Hodges!!! 

Community Needs from ECHO: tutors and mentors at Irving Middle School and pantry items/other community needs ... Learn more>
ST. MARK'S VBS 2016--July 31-August 5... save the dates! “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A Veggie Tales VBS” Learn more> 
New "Building Use Policy"... See it here! (or find it on the FORMS page)
Share warm clothes with "Margret's Kids"... Learn more>
Prayer Shawl Ministry: a reminder that prayer shawls are available—knitted and crocheted—to be given as a comfort to anyone in need of such ministry... Learn more>
Distribution of communion to those who are ill and homebound; call the church office if you are in need of this service... Learn more>
Request for interpreters at Arlington Free Clinic... Learn more>
2nd Quarter Benevolence:  Lutheran Campus Ministry... "Joyful Noise" is a Contemporary Christian Praise band established as a musical outlet for the performers as well as an outreach from the Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Maryland, College Park to Lutheran churches in the area. The band plays and sings contemporary worship, choral, and a cappella songs, among other musical styles. "Joyful Noise" has a lot of fun in the process and brings an up-beat sound to a worship service (or afternoon performance). The group currently consists of several vocalists, a pianist, a drummer, and guitarists, and is open to all people interested in praising God through music. Our gifts this quarter will strengthen this vital ministry. Please use the supplementary offering envelopes in the pew racks and give generously! Learn more here about the 1st Quarter benevolence to LIRS> 
ESL:  God's Work, Our Hands! Call Joan Smith if you can help--Tuesday and Wednesday evenings... Classes begin on June 7 through August 3! Learn more here> 
Congratulations to our newest citizens... see who they are here!
Have news to share with the congregation?  Send it via email to tstellar@verizon.net to be published in the appropriate publication—E-Messenger, This Week, our website, and our Facebook page. Deadline is Tuesday at 3:30 PM, for same-week publishing.

The title of our Sunday morning faith formation conversation series is best read in Spanish: "I am a church member. Now what?"  Have you ever wondered what difference it makes to be a member of a church?  Well, it's not too late to join the conversation to share your answers and/or discover some new ones.  So join us.  Then stay for lunch.


Upcoming Events

Click HERE, print and fill out the GIFTS FOR MINISTRY form, then bring it to the office the next time you are at church.
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Church Office hours 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM [Specific info here] 
Join the staff in Gathering for Prayer, Singing, and Devotions every day at 12:00 noon in the lounge.
5:00 PM in church Lounge with Pastor Varinia
- Tabita circle MIELA (every Friday)
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM in Fellowship Hall
- Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts (every Saturday)
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in Room 216
- ESL Citizenship Class (every Saturday)
9:45 AM English Worship Service
11:15 AM Church Family Faith Formation
1:00 PM – Spanish Worship Service
9:30 AM to 2:00 PM in the Friendship House
- Quilts and More (every Tuesday)
6:00 PM to 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall
- Food for Others (every Tuesday)
6:30 PM to 7:00 PM [Registration $5, Books $15-20]
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in Rooms 214, 216, 217, 218
- ESL (every Tuesday) through August 3rd
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the church Lounge
- Listening for God: Reading Together the Gospel According to Luke (every Tuesday evening)... Learn more here> 
7:00 AM in Room 214 of the Education Building
- Men's Wednesday Morning Breakfast Group (every Wednesday)
6:30 PM to 7:00 PM [Registration $5, Books $15-20]
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM [Classes in Rooms 214, 216, 217, 218]
- ESL (every Wednesday)
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM in Narthex
- Together Listening to God through Luke (every Thursday morning)
5:00 PM in church Lounge with Pastor Varinia
- Tabita circle MIELA (every Friday)
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  - ECHO Service Project - July 19th, 2:00pm-5:00pm

St. Mark's VBS 2016 - July 31-August 5... Learn more>