Useful Information...

Summer Schedule: 
May 22:  One Bilingual service at 11AM followed by the church family picnic
May 29 and following:  Two services, English at 9:45AM and Spanish at 1PM; beginning June 5,  church Family Faith Formation in between beginning at 11:15AM.
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> 
A Request from ECHO:  ECHO needs 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. If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity, e-mail This month, ECHO especially needs queen sized bed linens, infant size disposable diapers, boy’s jeans, toothbrushes, shaving cream, laundry
detergent, and shampoo. All donations can be brought to 7205 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield on weekdays between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm, or Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evenings. Please also note that ECHO has current needs. 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> 

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

Military Packages Collection Names needed! This month,  our main recipient once again will be Chaplain Charles Hodges and his cohorts---he is able to distribute your items to many people. They have not requested specific items, butbecause they are on board a ship and have orders to be particularly careful, they have requested that we send only pre-packaged factory-sealed items to them; however, we still have other deployed troops who are able to received your baked goods, so we will send those wonderful goodies of yours to another recipient who is still deployed… so if you see us separating items (sorting into pre-packaged and baked goods items), that is why--but all your items willbe loved and enjoyed by our recipients.
***** 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 thank-you 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>
Flower Ministry:  Backup person needed for distribution of flowers to ill or homebound... 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... June 7 to 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 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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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.
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)
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)
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM in Friendship House
- Bazaar Crafters (every third Wednesday}
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 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
- Tabitha circle MIELA (every Friday)
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in Room 216
- ESL Citizenship Class (every Saturday)
9:45 AM English Worship Service
1:00 PM – Spanish Worship Service
Church office is closed.
* * * SAVE THE DATE * * *

  - Church Picnic - Sunday May 22nd, 12noon, Inflatable Slide, and games for Middle-school and High-school youth.
  - Laser Tag & Pizza - Saturday June 4th, 4:30pm-8pm, Cost: $10, Waiver needed
  - Youth Sunday - June 12th

SATURDAY, June 4th - Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp Golf Club Fundraiser, Caverns Country Club, Luray, VA--All proceeds will go to Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp. To learn more about the camp and about the Golf Tournament, click HERE> 

FRIDAY, June 10th, 10:00 AM in the church Sanctuary - St. Mark's Monetssori School invites you to attend their End-of-Year Celebration--Please join us in celebrating the children's accomplishments over the school year as well as recognizing our kindergarten graduates. The festivities will continue with a party in the Fellowship Hall following the celebration.