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Timely Requests:

Youth Choir Concert Opportunity:  We have an opportunity to host the Normandale Lutheran Church Youth Choir (40 singers in grades 7-12) for worship and an evening concert at St. Mark's on Sunday, June 11... Can you host one or more of these youth? Learn more here... 
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... read on HERE! 
Kitchen Etiquette at St. Mark's:  Just a friendly reminder... when you use the kitchen, please leave it clean and ready for the next group who comes in. This means coffee pots rinsed out and put back together; dishes, silverware, and such washed/dried/put back where they belong (all cabinets/drawers are labeled); counters, stoves, and sinks cleaned before you leave; take home dish cloths, towels, and fabric table cloths to be laundered and returned to where they are stored (plastic table cloths are wiped down, dried, folded, and put away); and if you take kitchen items for use elsewhere in the church buildings, RETURN them to the kitchen after using. Unused food should be disposed of and NOT left in refrigerator UNLESS it's to be used for a future event, and then it MUST be labeled and dated as to the use date--stickers and pens are on the refrigerator. If you bring food to Church in your own container, please take them home after the event--containers not claimed will be donated to ECHO. Pam Appler stocks the kitchen with plates, bowls,cups, napkins, plastic utensils, coffee, creamer, sweeteners, lemonade, and cleaning supplies--if any of these item are getting low, please let her know. Thanks for helping to keep our facilities clean and ready-for-use!
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.

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, March 26, 2017...  Our March recipient will be Patrick Carr, who was suggested by Janice and Wes Carr. He is their nephew and is in the Marine Corps with the MPs. His unit would love goodies and snacks from homethey say they will love everything and have no particular requests.

We're always looking for names for recipients for April 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.
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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Sunday, April 2, Friends & Family Concert... 4:30 PM at St. Mark's... Free concert (free will offering) with Chamber Orchestra, directed by F. Wayne Taylor; Chamber Choir, directed by Karen W. Randall; and Christian Michaelsen, playing the St. Mark's pipe organ. 
Saturday, April 15, Eggstravaganza... 10:00 AM to 12:00 NOON at St. Mark's... All Sunday School children, their friends, and their families are welcome. We'll begin in the Fellowship Hall with the Easter story and then rotate in our age groups to the following stations:  egg hunt, crafts, and egg dying... with the grand finale of our piñata!  Parents are invited to rotate through the stations with their children--please bring a basket for the egg hunt and be ready for a fun morning as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ!
Sunday, April 16, Easter Breakfast... Continental breakfasts, following the 6:30 AM bilingual service and the 8:30 AM service at St. Mark's, sponsored by the Congregation Council... Please sign up to attend either time on the poster in the narthex. Please join us as we celebrate the Good News of Our Risen Lord
Sunday, April 23, An Invitation to Friends and Visitors... Interested in membership at St. Mark's? New members will be accepted at the 8:30 AM service. Please contact the church office or call 703-451-4331 or Welcome Chair Sandy Lind or call 703-451-1593. 
 

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]

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 28

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 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 29

7:30 AM in Church Lounge
- Men's Wednesday Morning Breakfast Group (every Wednesday) 
10:30 AM in Sanctuary
- Morning Lenten Prayer Service in English followed by a soup luncheon
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 in Fellowship Hall or Lounge
- Soup Supper before Lenten Prayer Service
7:30 PM in Sanctuary
- Evening Lenten Prayer Service in English

THURSDAY, MARCH 30

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 31
10:00 AM in the Church Office
- YOUTH to plan Interfaith Breakfast at St. Mark's (Fairfax County schools are closed today.)
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, APRIL 1

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)

SUNDAY, APRIL 2

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
4:30 PM in Church Sanctuary
- Friends & Family Concert...
Free concert (free will offering) with Chamber Orchestra, directed by F. Wayne Taylor; Chamber Choir, directed by Karen W. Randall; and Christian Michaelsen, playing the St. Mark's pipe organ. 

* * * SAVE THE DATE! * * *

Sunday, April 2, Friends & Family Concert... 4:30 PM at St. Mark's... Free concert (free will offering) with Chamber Orchestra, directed by F. Wayne Taylor; Chamber Choir, directed by Karen W. Randall; and Christian Michaelsen, playing the St. Mark's pipe organ. 
Saturday, April 15, Eggstravaganza... 10:00 AM to 12:00 NOON at St. Mark's... All Sunday School children, their friends, and their families are welcome. We'll begin in the Fellowship Hall with the Easter story and then rotate in our age groups to the following stations:  egg hunt, crafts, and egg dying... with the grand finale of our piñata!  Parents are invited to rotate through the stations with their children--please bring a basket for the egg hunt and be ready for a fun morning as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ!
Sunday, April 16, Easter Breakfast... Continental breakfasts, following the 6:30 AM bilingual service and the 8:30 AM service at St. Mark's, sponsored by the Congregation Council... Please sign up to attend either time on the poster in the narthex. Please join us as we celebrate the Good News of Our Risen Lord
Sunday, April 23, An Invitation to Friends and Visitors... Interested in membership at St. Mark's? New members will be accepted at the 8:30 AM service. Please contact the church office or call 703-451-4331 or Welcome Chair Sandy Lind or call 703-451-1593.