Welcome!

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New Administrative Assistant/Receptionist
On Monday, December 11 we welcome to our St. Mark’s family Ms. Lucille “Lucie” Brown. Please extend to her a warm St. mark’s welcome. She is looking forward to joining us in our love and service of God and neighbor.
Click HERE to find our more about Lucie!
 
"For everything, there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven." 
Ecclesiastes 3:1
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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.
Fall Worship Schedule:  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
2018 Pledge Forms--Bring them to Sunday services.
Pastor Triolo's Questionnaire:  Click HERE for English version and HERE for Spanish version.
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.
ELCA World Hunger Appeal For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.--Matthew 25:35 God richly provides for daily bread--the earth can produce enough food for everyone. Yet, many of our sisters and brothers still go hungry. St. Mark's 4th quarter benevolence supports the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. Your gifts help to support innovative solutions that fight hunger and poverty in nearly 60 countries around the world, including the United States.
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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December 10th, 17th, Sunday mornings, narthex:  Gifts of Hope are on sale and going fast!

December 13th, 20th at 7:30 PM:  Mid-Week "Holden Evening Prayer" Services on Wednesdays preceded by a soup supper at 6:30 PM

December 17, 2017, 11:15 AM, "Be Near Me, Lord Jesus" A Christmas Pageant

December 17, 2017, 3:00 PM, Northern Virginia Chorale presents Selections from Handel's Messiah in St. Mark's Sanctuary All are invited, and bring a friend--learn more HERE!

December 22, 2017, 7:00 PM, Las Posadas:  Worship, Pageant, and Party

January 7, 2018, 11:00 AM Bilingual Service, "Star of Wonder" An Epiphany Pageant

January 27, 2018, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM, St. Mark's:  Promoting Shalom among Muslims and Jews--"Speaking Peace Together"--Purchase tickets HERE and learn more HERE! 

January 28 - February 4, 2018, Hypothermia Week at St. Mark's--learn more HERE! 

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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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17
TODAY:
Remember to bring your Pledge Forms,
to purchase Gifts of Hope, and
to fill out your communion cards! Last day to purchase White House ornaments here.
8:30 AM - English worship service
9:46 AM - Adult Sunday School--"The 9:46 Crowd"
10:00 AM - English worship service

11:15 AM - Sunday School Christmas Pageant:  "Be Near Me, Lord Jesus"
12:00 NOON - Spanish worship service
3:00 PM - Northern Virginia Chorale "Messiah" performance--more info HERE 
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19
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)
7:00 PM in the narthex
- Bible Study - "Dwelling in God's Word (Acts)"
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20
7:30 AM in the church Lounge
- Men's Prayer Breakfast (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)
6:30 PM Soup Supper prior to ...
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in Sanctuary
- Mid-Week "Holden Evening Prayer" Service
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21
10:30 AM in the narthex
- Bible Study - "Dwelling in God's Word (Acts)"
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22
6:30 PM in Narthex
- Men's Bible Study (Spanish)
6:30 PM in Narthex
- Women's MIELA Bible Study (Spanish) led by Pastor Varinia
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23
2:00 PM in 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)