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"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.
Summer Worship Schedule:  We have two English Sunday services and one Spanish Sunday service during Summer 2018;  Sunday School, adult forums, and other classes will resume on Sunday, September 9th:
8:30 AM - English worship service
10:00 AM - English worship service
12:00 NOON - Spanish worship service
See a message on the worship scheduling and a change in the church pew configuration from Paul Palm, Council President HERE.
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A Resolution from the Synod Assembly, like so many others before it, flows from our basic Christian principle of love. The resolution was presented on the abuse of Palestinian children, specifically by the Israeli government. The children are "used" for purposes of war. The resolution did not condone Palestinian abuse of children, if offered a prophetic voice to our US Government to speak out against Israeli abuse of these same children once in custody. It passed by a vote of 154, yes; 22, no; and 11 abstentions. You can find the resolution HERE.
During the discussion on the Palestinian children resolution, Pr. Triolo spoke to it and reminded the assembly attendees of our fellow Metro DC Synod churches of our responsibility right here at home. (Find out more specifically what Pr. Triolo said in this week's E-Messenger.) The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) adds its voice "in opporition to the cruel separation of families." In a statement, the NCC calls "on the United States government to reunite children with their families and to establish a humane and just system to assist those seeking asylum and refuge in our nation."
So ... What Can We Do?  In the same vein, on Sunday, June 17, Pr. Varinia spoke candidly and passionately about the situation on our southern border. Jane S. Hernandez seconded Pr. Varinia's suggestion to PRAY! She also had additional concrete suggestions and references that can be found in the E-Messenger.
Graduating Seniors!!!  St. Mark's "Quilts & More" wants to celebrate this important milestone in your life by giving you a quilt made especially for you. Please contact Mary Anderson at carlmaryanderson@yahoo.com, if you will be graduating this year. We don't want to miss anyone!
2018 Benevolence Recipients at St. Mark's are:  Q1 - St. Montessori School and ELCA Youth Gathering, Q2 - Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Q3 - ELCA Disaster Response Fund, and Q4 - ELCA World Hunger Appeal.
Second Quarter Benevolence:  This year, your donations to the 2nd Quarter Benevolence will benefit LIRS, the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. Learn more about LIRS HERE. To contribute, just make your check to St. Mark's Lutheran Church (or San Marcos), designate it for 2nd Quarter Benevolence in the memo line, and then drop it in the offering plate or mail it in before June 30. Thank you for your generosity.  
New Prayer Group Forming:   GOOD NEWS! A new Prayer Group will start meeting in the Narthex on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM, beginning on April 25th. We will start with individual requests and end with the Lord's Prayer. Rides are available by calling Jeannine at 703-981-1404. Click HERE to learn more about it! 
Vacation Bible School 2018:  Splash Canyon will be July 24 - August 2. Our evening will begin with a family-friendly dinner at 5:30 PM, with the program from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Learn more HERE! Anyone who wishes to volunteer or has other questions may contact Harriet Latta at stmarkssundayschool@gmail.com
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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June 24, Sunday, Military Care Package Collection - Learn more HERE!
July 29 - August 2, Vacation Bible School 2018:  Splash Canyon - 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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TUESDAY, JUNE 26
9:30 AM-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 $15]
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in Rooms 214, 216, 217
- ESOL (every Tuesday)
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27
7:30 AM in the Church Lounge
- Men's Prayer Breakfast (every Wednesday)
10:00 AM in the Narthex
- Prayer Group (every Wednesday)
6:30 PM to 7:00 PM [Registration, Books $15]
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in Rooms 214, 216, 217
- ESOL (every Wednesday) 
THURSDAY, JUNE 28
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the sanctuary
- Contemporary Worship Music Team (every Thursday) Learn more HERE.
FRIDAY, JUNE 29

6:30 PM in Room 117
- Girl Scouts (every Friday)

6:30 PM in the Narthex
- Men and Women's Spanish Bible Study (every Friday)

SATURDAY, JUNE 30
2:00 PM in the Friendship House/Fellowship Hall
- Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts (every Saturday)
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in Room 218 [one-time fee $5]
- ESOL Citizenship Class for our immigrant neighbors who speak basic English (every Saturday) 
SUNDAY, JULY 1
8:30 AM - Worship Service with Communion (English)
10:00 AM - Worship Service with communion (English)
12:00 PM - Worship Service with Communion (Spanish)