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"For everything, there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven." 
Ecclesiastes 3:1
What time is it in your life? Is it time to be planted, time to root, time to grow? If so, St. Mark's may very well be the place for you. We are a congregation planted in the Springfield community, rooted in the word of God, and growing in love for God and neighbor.
Report to the ELCA:  Each year the congregation submits a report to the ELCA on a variety of items. Each year there is a section in which we are asked to describe the congregation.
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While this can be completed by a single person, it seems more helpful to let technology lend us a hand and get as many responses as possible. ;-)
Please help us by completing these 15 questions. The survey will close this Sunday afternoon. Thank you for your help. Click on the URL below or copy/past the address into your browser:  https://goo.gl/forms/FEFkexQo0W1oaPre2
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Worship Schedule:  We have two English Sunday services, one Spanish Sunday service, two Adult Sunday School classes, and one combined English/Spanish Sunday School--note that confirmation classes, first communion, and youth activities will also be combined English/Spanish:
8:30 AM - English worship service
9:46 AM - The 9:46 Crowd (adult Sunday School)
10:00 AM - English worship service
11:05 AM - Sunday School (combined English/Spanish), Confirmation Class, Youth Group, Parents' Sunday School ("11:06 Crowd")
12:00 NOON - Spanish worship service
2018 Benevolence Recipients at St. Mark's are:  Q1 - St. Montessori School and ELCA Youth Gathering, Q2 - Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, Q3 - ELCA Disaster Response Fund, and Q4 - ELCA World Hunger Appeal.
First Quarter Benevolence:  This year, your donations to the 1st Quarter Benevolence will directly benefit two worthy "internal" St. Mark's programs. Half will help fund our youth's travel expenses to the ELCA Youth Gathering this summer in Houston. The other half will go to the St. Mark's Montessori School tuition Assistance Program. This fund helps families who would like a Montessori education for their preschooler/kindergartener but seek a little help to cover the full cost of school because of family or job situations. Currently 6 students in our school receive tuition assistance out of an enrollment of 53. Your donations will help us offer this program to students next year whose families qualify. To contribute, just make your check to St. Mark's Lutheran Church (or San Marcos), designate it for 1st Quarter Benevolence in the memo line, and then drop it in the offering plate or mail it in before March 31. Thank you for your generosity.  
New Prayer Group Forming:   GOOD NEWS! A new Prayer Group will start meeting in the Narthex on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM, beginning on April 25th. We will start with individual requests and end with the Lord's Prayer. Rides are available by calling Jeannine at 703-981-1404. Click HERE to learn more about it! 
Vacation Bible School 2018:  Splash Canyon will be July 24 - August 2. Our evening will begin with a family-friendly dinner at 5:30 PM, with the program from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Learn more HERE! Anyone who wishes to volunteer or has other questions may contact Harriet Latta at stmarkssundayschool@gmail.com
Communion Cards. Please don't forget to fill out a communion card each time you worship. Cards are located in the pew racks. If your address has changed, you can include that information so the church office can update your records. In addition, use of the card allows the church office to enter your communion and attendance in the official church records. Thank you!
Have news to share with the congregation?  Send it via email to communications@stmarks-elca.org to be published in the appropriate publication—E-Messenger, This Week, our website, and our Facebook page. Deadline is Tuesday at 5:00 PM, for same-week publishing.

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April 15, 1:15 PM, Spanish Annual Program Meeting, Sanctuary
April 15, 3:00 PM-4:00 PM, Youth Gathering Meeting, Fellowship Hall -  Youth and their parents need to attend!
April 15, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM, Town Hall Meeting #3, Fellowship Hall -  Youth will serve dinner as a fundraiser with round table discussions!
April 18, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, "Swing into Spring," Fellowship Hall -  Food, Friends, Fun, Entertainment ... Special guests:  "Snappy Tappers" ... Free, no RSVP required. Questions? Call Jeannine Van Nostrand, 703-981-1404.
April 22, 2:00 PM, Jesus Christ, Superstar Musical - Youth are to meet at church, Show is $5.00 at West Potomac High-school and starts at 3:00 PM. We will be going to support Elli Makinen & Anna Ferrari, RSVP by Sunday morning. Find out more HERE.
April 22, 4:00 PM, Handbell Performance, St. John's Methodist Church - The St. Mark's congregation is invited to a handbell concert! The St. Mark's Handbell Choir will be participating in a group performance with four other area handbell ensembles, under the direction of internationally known composer and clinician, Cynthia Dobrinski. Come early for an ice cream social that will be held prior to the concert at 3:00 PM!     
April 25, 10:00 AM, Prayer Group, Narthex - Come and pray together--or ask for special prayers, even in confidence if you don't want it in the bulletin. Find out more HERE.
April 29, 11:00 AM, Women of the ELCA (WELCA) Open House, Fellowship Hall - Come and meet some of our members--join us for fun, fellowship, and refreshments!
April 29, 4:30 PM, Friends & Family Chamber Orchestra & Chamber Choir -  Admission FREE; donations will benefit the St. Mark's Music Program. Learn more HERE
May 5, 8:30 AM-4:00 PM, Metro DC SWO Convention at St. Mark's - All women of St. Mark's are invited--convention flyers, registration forms, and in-kind gifts (toiletries) list are in the Narthex in both Spanish and English or can be found on St. Mark's WELCA webpage HERE.
July 29 - August 2, Vacation Bible School 2018:  Splash Canyon - Learn more HERE!
TRIPLE Your Impact! During March 12-31, Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first smile.amazon.com purchase! Make your first purchase at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-0625293 and Amazon will donate 1.5% of the price to St. Mark's Lutheran Church. Other purchases outside of this special promotion earn 0.5%. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com.
Attention Amazon Shoppers! There is a new way to support the ministry of St. Mark's as you shop online. Simply make your purchases at AmazonSmile, a website that offers the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com, with one notable difference:  the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to St. Mark's. Most of funds generated through AmazonSmile will support the ongoing work of the church; 10% will be directed to Boy Scout Troop 881 in return for bringing this opportunity to our attention. It couldn't be easier to get started. Just use this link to declare St. Mark's as your charity of choice:  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-0625293. Then be sure to go to smile.amazon.com for your future shopping needs. Happy shopping!  
 

 Seven Days of 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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MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

 
Church Office hours 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM [Click here for specific info.]
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THURSDAY, APRIL 19
10:30 AM to 11:30 PM in the narthex
- Bible Study:  Paul's Letters (every Thursday)
FRIDAY, APRIL 20

5:30 PM in Room 218
- ESOL (every Friday)

6:30 PM in Room 117
- Girl Scouts (every Friday)

6:30 PM in the Narthex
- Men and Women's Spanish Bible Study (every Friday)

SATURDAY, APRIL 21
2:00 PM in the Friendship House/Fellowship Hall
- Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts (every Saturday)
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in Room 218
- ESOL Citizenship Class for our immigrant neighbors who speak basic English (every Saturday)
SUNDAY, APRIL 22
8:30 AM - Worship Service with Communion (English)
9:46 AM - The 9:46 Crowd (Adult Forum) Find this week's lesson HERE.
10:00 AM - Worship Service with Communion English)
11:05 AM - Sunday School, Confirmation Class, Youth Group, "11:06 Crowd" (Adult Forum) Find this week's lesson HERE.
12:00 PM - Worship Service with Communion (Spanish)
5:30 PM - Dale City Worship Service with Communion (Spanish) 
TUESDAY, APRIL 24
9:30 AM-2:00 PM in the Friendship House
- Quilts and More (every Tuesday)
6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall
- Food for Others (every Tuesday)
6:30 PM to 7:00 PM [Registration, Books $10]
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in Rooms 214, 216, 217
- ESOL (every Tuesday)
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the narthex
- Bible Study:  Paul's Letters (every Tuesday)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25
7:30 AM in the Church Lounge
- Men's Prayer Breakfast (every Wednesday)
10:00 AM in the Narthex
- Prayer Group (every Wednesday)
6:30 PM to 7:00 PM [Registration, Books $10]
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in Rooms 214, 216, 217
- ESOL (every Wednesday)