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Timely Requests:

POWER OUTAGE!!!
Dominion has to replace a transformer and power line on our property on Saturday, July 22. It will be an all-day job and St. Mark’s will be without power the entire repair--ALL CHURCH ACTIVITIES CANCELLED on SATURDAY.

 

Vacation Bible School, "Mighty Fortress":  Our Vacation Bible School is one week away, July 30-August 3. beginning with dinner at 5:30 PM and ending by 8:00 PM each night! There's still time to register your children and grandchildren. We'd like to thank the congregation for everything you have done to help us prepare for this exciting week. Please check the VBS bulletin board for more details about how many cucumbers, tomatoes, limes, etc. we need and if you can help. We will need food donations to be brought to the Narthex or kitchen by Thursday, July 28. Volunteers are also welcome. Questions? Contact Harriet Latta , 571-435-3975 or Christine Soileau , 910-987-6064. Learn more HERE>> 

Summer Worship Schedule (Memorial Day to Labor Day):  We have two Sunday services:  English at 9:00 AM and Spanish at 11:00 AM, with a bilingual fellowship hour to be planned between the two services (but no summer Sunday School). We also have a Saturday service at 5:00 PM. <<Learn more HERE.>>
Fall Worship Schedule Announced (after Labor Day):  Beginning September 10th, we have two English Sunday services, one Spanish Sunday service, an Adult Sunday School class, 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)
12:00 NOON - Spanish worship service
17th Annual Free School Physical Examination Outreach Ministry--Saturday, August 5th:  St. Mark's has been involved with this program for 10 years! Many children are still not covered by health insurance in our community. St. Mark's can help in two ways:  by donating school supplies by July 30th (see list HERE) and by providing doctors and foreign language speakers (especially Spanish) who can help translate--contact Lynn Knox. Click here for specific information ... >> 
Thrivent Financial Free Workshops:  "Luck vs. Long-Term Strategy"  On any of the mornings or evenings of July 25th or 26th, join local representatives--Vicki Thorpe, Sheri Swackhamer, and Bob Schmiesing--for a free workshop for a discussion of current financial headlines and professional perspectives on making wise money decisions. Click here for more information>> 

Softball--Next Spring--Plan Ahead! Next spring, Men of St. Mark's will participate in the Christian Fellowship Softball League. One need not be a member. Friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues are all welcome! This is about fellowship and outreach through a fun (and competitive) softball league. If you are interested, please sign up on the column in the narthex or email Pastor Albert at atriolo@stmarks-elca.org. We need regulars and backup players. The games are Monday or Tuesday from either 6-8 or 8-10 (PM) in Springfield.

Summer Lunch Program 2017:  This summer, our neighbors at The Journey Church are beginning a new program in Springfield to help feed local kids during the summer serving Springfield Gardens, Springfield Square, and Chelsea Square. This program is exactly the kind of work that God is calling us to as we seek to make new connections with our neighbors! Check out the website for more information at https://summerlunchbunch.org and click here for more information!>> 
Landscaping Improvement Initiative:  At its last meeting, the Property Committee discussed the appearance of St. Mark's grounds. Some areas are beautiful, however other areas need YOUR HELP ... For site scheduling and other information, please contact Alan Eck or call 703-569-0814. Click here to find out more!>> 
2017 Benevolence Recipients at St. Mark's are:  Q1 - ELCA Disaster Appeal; Q2 - St. John's Lutheran Church (for the refugee family they've accepted); Q3 - Metro D.C. Synod, ELCA; and Q4 - ELCA World Hunger.
Flower Ministry:  After each Sunday, the Flower Committee puts together smaller arrangements from the altar flowers. A dedicated team consisting of Sandy Lind, Lance Quesenberry, and Bob and Carla Yock deliver these to members who cannot come to church. Want to help? contact Sandy Lind or Lance Quesenberry.
Stephen Ministries:  Learn more about who we are and what we do HERE>> or contact one of our leaders, Debbie Griffes or Steve Hendrickson.
ANTICIPATION! The Small Catechism of Martin Luther:  St. Mark's is providing a copy for every St. Mark's family... and they are here! Please read on HERE! 
Rick Steves' "Luther and the Reformation" Special:  Click HERE to go to Rick Steves' website where he offers free streaming views of the PBS special!
Counters Needed!  Counters are needed to help count and record weekly offerings. Counters work in teams and are scheduled about once every other month. Knowledge of Microsoft Excel preferred. Please contact Ellie Schwarze at 703-354-8896 or email eeswarze1@verizon.net for additional information or to offer your services.
Support for Caroline Furnace:  An anonymous donor will match contributions designated for the 60th anniversary in any multiples of $60!  Learn more here>> 

Next Military Packages Collection:  Sunday, July 30, 2017!  Our end-of-July recipient will be L CPL Franklin Euceda Benitez. He is from New York state and is a great-nephew of Jackie Sherlo, who was a member of our church until her death in 2014 and a dear friend to many in the quilters group. Frankie is a new Marine, deployed to the area around Syria. What they might want or need? He hasn’t expressed any particular things he’d like, so your usual wonderful items will be great. If that changes, we will let you know if he tells us of any wishes.

We’re always looking for names for recipients—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! See THANK YOUs here>> 

Kitchen Etiquette at St. Mark's:  Learn more here>> 
ECHO Needs Our Help! Use of ECHO's food pantry is especially high during the summer as many clients have to feed their children breakfast and lunch, usually provided by the school during the school year. St. Mark's is again asked to help keep ECHO's food pantry stocked. To help, please pick up a bag from the narthex, fill it, 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 is attached to the bags and is also available next to the bags.  List of needed items is here ... >> 
If you enjoy selling on eBay and would like to use your skills for community service, ECHO needs you! Click here for details! >>  Contact the volunteer coordinator at volunteer_coordinator@echo-inc.org.  
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!  

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Friday, July 28, 6:30 PM, in the church lounge - MIELA Social Event, dinner and conversation on "The Woman's Role on Uproarious Times"

Sunday, July 30 - Thursday, August 3, Vacation Bible School

 

Upcoming Events

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MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

 
Church Office hours 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM [Click here for specific info.]
SATURDAY, JULY 22--ALL DAY POWER OUTAGE!!!
All activities cancelled due to all-day power outage.
SUNDAY, JULY 23
9:00 AM in the Sanctuary
- English-speaking Service with Holy Communion
9:45 AM in Room 214
- First Communion Class (Spanish)
10:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall
- Bilingual Fellowship Hour
11:00 AM in the Sanctuary
- Spanish-speaking Service with Holy Communion
TUESDAY, JULY 25
9:30 AM 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)
WEDNESDAY, JULY 26
 
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)
FRIDAY, JULY 28
5:00 PM in Room 218
- ESOL (every Friday)
6:30 PM in Room 117
- Girl Scouts (every Friday)