"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.

We are, as our motto says, "Founded in faith. Growing in grace."

For 60 years, St. Mark's has served God in, with, and through our Springfield community. Today, with our combination of experienced, young, and vibrant leadership, we remember the past and dream of a future where faith and grace are known and experienced by all. We are humbled by the opportunity to be a part of God's mission here. 

Is the spirit stirring within you today to come and check out St. Mark's? If so, I certainly look forward to meeting you in person. Feel free to join us for any of our worship or ministry opportunities or call or email me at the church.  May God be with you. 

In Christ,

Rev. Albert W Triolo, Senior Pastor


Useful Information...

Handbell choirs forming--adults and youth... Learn more>
Help ECHO in the following ways:
- stuff backpacks
for our local school children this August... see the E-Messenger for a list of items to donate...
- become a volunteer... e-mail admin@echo-inc.org and request an informational, no-commitment orientation and tour... (see link below)
- donate items:  household items, non-perishable foods, sundries... (see link below)
- workplace campaigns... Our United Way number is 8426, and our CFC number is 74224.
Learn more>
Sunday School volunteers are needed!  We need teachers for our 1st/2nd grade combination class.  Substitute teachers are always welcome as well! “Buzz” is an exciting curriculum that provides both the teachers and students with Bible activities that lead them deeply into God’s word. Please contact Harriet Latta at 571-435-3975 or stmarkssundayschool@gmail.com.
Get to know your computer--attend a workshop... Learn more>
3rd Quarter Benevolence:  Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area. Please use the Supplementary envelopes and give generously.
Food for Others:  As of October 1, 2015, Team 1 needs a driver... Learn more>
Military Packages Collection: We need names! Please see Mary or Gerry
Eskelund, Bev Clemsen, or Gayle Parsons.
ESL in the Fall: God's Work, Our Hands! begins September 6th... Call Joan Smith if you can help! Learn more>
The Crescent Project Fundraising Banquet:  September 19th... Learn more>
Church Family Faith Formation (CF3):  Each Sunday from 11:15 AM-12:15 PM the entire congregation is invited to gather in the Fellowship Hall for an hour of Bible-based conversation. Regardless of age or language, we will come together in song, prayer, and conversation. There will be tables speaking Spanish and tables speaking English. There will be tables for adults only and tables for families. At least one table will be a First Communion class in Spanish. This is an experiment we are very excited about. We look forward to being together.
A brief wrap-up video by Bishop Graham is available to summarize and give a very brief glimpse into how the attendees spent their time together at the recently concluded 2015 Metro D.C. Synod Assembly. See it and additional information at   http://metrodcelca.org/events/synod-assembly/.
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 3:30 PM, for same-week publishing.
 

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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SUNDAYS, SEPTEMBER 6, 13, 20, 27
"Where do you see God?" Participate in the interactive bulletin board in the narthex... Learn more>
MONDAY THRU FRIDAY, EVERY WEEK
Church Office hours 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM Gathering for Prayer, Singing, and Devotions--every day at 12:00 noon--please join the staff in the lounge!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall
- ESL Reading (every Friday)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Room 214
ESL Citizenship Class (every Saturday)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Today is "Confession, Repentance and Commitment to End Racism Sunday"... read a letter from The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton here.
9:45 AM English Worship service
11:15 AM – 12:15 AM Church Family Faith Formation
1:00 PM Spanish Worship service
See the interactive bulletin board in the narthex!

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

9:30 AM to 2:00 PM in Friendship House
- Quilts and More (every Tuesday)

2:00 PM in Church Lounge
- Prayer Shawl workshop (every second Tuesday) Knitting and crocheting will be taught if you don't know how.

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in Rooms 214, 216, 217
- ESL (every Tuesday)

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
7:00 AM in Room 214 of the Education Building
- Men's Wednesday Morning Breakfast Group (every Wednesday)
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in Rooms 214, 216, 217
- ESL (every Wednesday)
***** SAVE THE DATE! *****
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13:  Sunday School Rally Day!!! Learn more>
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17:  Senior Luncheon sponsored by The Life Center of St. Mark's!!! Learn more>
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26:  "2015 Day to Serve" project for youth and adults, sponsored by The Life Center of St. Mark's!!! Learn more>