Welcome!

Timely Requests:

LSS/NCA STATEMENT--In response to the recent Presidential Executive Order, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area Commits to Stand in Solidarity with Refugees... click HERE to read the statement.   
Pastoral Message from The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran church in America (ELCA), addressing President Trump's executive order to restrict entry by refugees and visitors into the United States from seven predominately Muslim countries... click HERE to read her message.
Accounting for St. Mark's Keys:  In an effort to gain control over keys to St. Mark's buildings, please fill in the information for a list of ANY KEYS you have to St. Mark's buildings and click the SUBMIT form button found at the end of the form. Your response will be sent to Kathia Rojas in the church office via this form. All fields are required as noted with an asterisk (*). Thank you! Click HERE for the form in English and HERE for the form in Spanish.
ECHO's Congregational Food Drive at St. Mark's!  During February, St. Mark’s is again asked to help keep ECHO’s food pantry stocked. To help, pick up a bag from the narthex and bring it to church the next Sunday—or just pick up a list of needs and bring your own bag. A list of the items most needed will be attached to the bags and also available next to the bags.

Useful Information

Fall/Winter/Spring Worship Schedule:  We have three services: 
English at 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM, and Spanish at 1:00 PM.
Sunday School times:  English (children) at 9:40 AM and (adult) at 9:46 AM, Spanish (children) at 1:15 PM.
2017 Benevolence Designees at St. Mark's are:  Q1 - ELCA Disaster Appeal; Q2 - St. Mark's ESOL; Q3 - Metro D.C. Synod, ELCA; and Q4 - ELCA World Hunger.
 

Next Military Packages Collection--THIS SUNDAY, February 26, 2017... Our February recipient will be William Lucke—he was suggested by Faith and Carl Bauersfeld, who are friends of his family. William’s mother was a minister in the Virginia synod. William is deployed to Kabul with the Navy Seabees and says he and his buddies would love to get such things as brownies and cookies, and he is partial to SweetTART-type candies for snacks!

We will be looking for names for recipients for March and beyond—please let Mary or Gerald Eskelund or Gayle Parsons know of any deployed person who would like to get packages. If you can give us their email address in addition to their regular mail address, that would be wonderful—we will try to contact them to see if they have any particular needs or likes.

Thank you for your always-generous support!

ESOL Update:  Now in our 21st year, our volunteers welcomed 66 international friends during the first two weeks of the winter term, and more than half our students are from Asian nations--our Citizenship class is having a similar experience. We are grateful for three new staff members from St. Mark's:  Brendan Richardson in the classroom and registrars Cherry Moser and Linda Vretos.
Information on the Life Center:  Click HERE to view an invitation to join and a message from Al Van Nostrand, president of St. Mark's Life Center.
St. Mark's Life Center:  1) Have you been putting off starting an exercise program? Would you like the convenience of having one here at St. Mark's? The Life Center would like to sponsor a fitness class of some sort. AND 2) Party Planning needed in the near future to help in planning for another Senior Luncheon sponsored by The Life Center... click HERE for more info!
If you are interested in either of these activities, contact Jeannine Van Nostrand at 703-981-1404 or dinzee7@gmail.com, or leave your name and contact information on the sign-up sheet on the Life Center bulletin board.
Pictures from Las Posadas:  Click HERE for pictures and a recap of the lovely Las Posadas Christmas play.
A Warm Thank You from Lynbrook Elementary School:  James D. Nocco, the Lynbrook Elementary School Principal, recently sent a letter to thank St. Mark's for the donation of seventeen new coats that are to be used by their students. He especially thanked the Mission Endowment Fund and Carl Anderson, the person who purchased and delivered the coats.
We are continuing a tradition started by Margret Feigel. New coats or coats in good condition may be left in the "Margret's Kids" box in the church narthex. Someone from the Mission Endowment Fund Committee or Jan Pantin (from Lynbrook) will take them over to the school. Of course, members are free to take their donations directly to the school office if they wish to do so.
Boy Scout Troop 881 Entertain at Heatherwood:  For a service project, on November 25th (Black Friday), the Crew/Troop/Pack 881 went to Heatherwood retirement community in Burke to entertain the residents. Click HERE for a report from three Scouts on their experience! 
Help Keep Our Church Home and Contents Safe:  Please remember to check and lock doors, especially if you're the last one out. So many of us use the church property all week and often at odd hours... it's sometimes hard to know if we should lock doors we find open. Please take a moment to see if you are the last chance for a door to get locked and provide safety and peace of mind that our church home is protected. Thanks from the Property Committee!
2017 Flower Dedication Requests:  Click HERE to download the 2017 Flower Dedication Requests form. Print it, fill it out, and return it with your check payable to St. Mark's Altar Guild for the total of your $20-per-dedication requests to Patti Carlson or the church office.
ECHO's current needs--St. Mark's will have an ECHO food drive in February--pick up a bag and/or shopping list in the narthex! Learn more here on ECHO's current needs...  AND ECHO's clients' needs... 

ECHO also needs VOLUNTEERS! Their bustling Food Room needs evening volunteers to help sort donated food and pack bags of food for clients. Some lifting is required. First, second, and third Tuesdays, and third Thursdays are especially needed. If you could join a great group of volunteers one or more evenings a month, please e-mail us at admin@echo-inc.org.

St. Mark's Handbell Ministry:  Join one of our handbell ensembles this year and ring to the Lord a new song! To learn about Adult Bells, click HERE! To learn about Youth Bells (grades 6 and up), click HERE!  Contact handbell director, Alice Real, at alice.e.real@gmail.com or 757-784-8192 for more information!
500th Anniversary of the Reformation... we have a committee and a webpage! Learn more here...
Confirmation Mentorship Program. Learn more here... and Click here for mentor qualifications and mentor/student responsibilities.> 
Changes for St. Mark's Montessori School. Learn more here...   
ESL has a new acronym--ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)! Learn more here... 
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>
Requests from Lynbrook Elementary School. Learn more about their current needs!
Lutherans at Greenspring Worship. Learn more here...  
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...  calll the church office if you are in need of this service... Learn more> 
Request for interpreters at Arlington Free Clinic... Learn more> 
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>  Daniel sends a big THANK YOU! to St. Mark's for their help HERE!!! 
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.
Click HERE for ELCA GLOBAL LINKS newsletter from the ELCA. 

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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner... Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at St. Mark's ... Pancakes, Sausage, and Applesauce... Fundraiser supports youth events... Bring a dessert from home to share!  
 

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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MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

 
Church Office hours 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM [Click here for specific info]
 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26--MILITARY PACKAGES COLLECTION TODAY!!!

8:30 AM English Worship Service with Holy Communion
9:40 AM – English Sunday School
9:46 AM – "The 9:46 Crowd" (English Adult Sunday School)
11:00 AM – English Worship Service with Holy Communion
1:00 PM Spanish Worship Service with Holy Communion
1:15 PM Spanish Sunday School

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28--Annual Reports Due!

6:00 AM to 6:30 AM in the sanctuary
- Prayer Group (every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)
9:30 AM to 2:00 PM in the Friendship House
- Quilts and More (every Tuesday)
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall
- Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner... Pancakes, Sausage, and Applesauce... Fundraiser supports youth events... Bring a dessert from home to share!  
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 8:30 PM in the church lounge
- Listening for God:  Reading Together the Acts of the Apostles (every Tuesday evening)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1

7:30 AM in Friendship House
- Esther Circle, WELCA (every first Wednesday) Hostess - Pat Dooley, Program - TBA
9:30 AM in Church Lounge
- Men's Wednesday Morning Breakfast 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)

THURSDAY, MARCH 2

6:00 AM to 6:30 AM in the sanctuary
- Prayer Group (every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM in the narthex
- Listening for God:  Reading Together the Acts of the Apostles (every Thursday morning)

FRIDAY, MARCH 3

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 with Pastor Varinia
- Tabita circle MIELA Bible Study (every Friday)
6:30 PM in Room 117
- Girl Scouts (every Friday)

SATURDAY, MARCH 4

6:00 AM to 6:30 AM in the sanctuary
- Prayer Group (every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)
2:00 PM in the Friendship House/Fellowship Hall
- Cub Scouts and 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)
5:00 PM in Friendship House
- Men's Bible Study in Spanish (every Saturday)

* * * SAVE THE DATE! * * *

Annual Reports Due... Tuesday, February 28, 2017 ... Learn more here>> 
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner... Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at St. Mark's ... Pancakes, Sausage, and Applesauce... Fundraiser supports youth events... Bring a dessert from home to share!