Welcome!

"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.
Fall Worship Schedule:  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
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.
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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October 20, 2017, 9:30 AM, St. Mark's Montessori School "Peace Day" Gathering, Fellowship Hall

October 21, 2017, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM, St. Mark's Montessori School OPEN HOUSE, Door #6

October 21, 2017, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM, Caroline Furnace "Fall Fest," St. John's Chapel Field, Fort Valley, VA, free, bring your friends, family, folding chairs, and be ready for fun--get info HERE!

October 22, 2017, The 9:46 Crowd, showing Part 2 of the movie "Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World" in Room 214, Education Wing

October 22, 2017, 4:30 PM, St. Mark's Sanctuary:  Friends & Family Chamber Orchestra, F. Wayne Taylor, Director--see info HERE!  

October 22, 2017, 7:00 PM, Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC:  National Lutheran Choir, free concert but seating tickets are recommended--get them HERE!  

October 29, 2017, Military Package Collection Sunday--get info HERE! 

October 29, 2017, 4:00 PM, Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC:  Synod-hosted Reformation Sunday Worship Service, preaching will be the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA.

November 5, 2017, Fellowship Hall:  St. Mark's Holiday Bazaar, your donations and attendance are needed--see info HERE! 

January 28, 2018, St. Mark's:  Speaking Peace Together--learn more HERE! 

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 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, OCTOBER 17
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)
7:30 PM in the narthex
- Bible Study - "Dwelling in God's Word (Acts)"
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18
7:30 AM in the church Lounge
- Men's Prayer Breakfast (every Wednesday)
10:00 AM-2:00 PM in the Friendship House
- Bazaar Crafters (every third 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)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19
10:30 AM in the narthex
- Bible Study - "Dwelling in God's Word (Acts)"
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20
9:30 AM in Fellowship Hall
- St. Mark's Montessori School "Peace Day" Gathering
5:00 PM in Room 218
6:30 PM in Room 117
- ESOL (every Friday)
 
6:30 PM in Narthex
- Men's Bible Study (Spanish)
6:30 PM in Friendship House
- Women's MIELA Bible Study (Spanish) led by Pastor Varinia
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21
10:00 AM-11:00 AM at Door #6, Education Building
- St. Mark's Montessori School OPEN HOUSE
11:00 AM-2:00 PM at St. John's Chapel Field, Fort Valley, VA
- Caroline Furnace "Fall Fest"--get info HERE!  
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)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22
8:30 AM - English worship service
9:46 AM - The 9:46 Crowd (adult Sunday School)
   Showing of the movie,
"Martin Luther: The Idea
  That Changed The World" [Part 2]
10:00 AM - English worship service
11:05 AM - Children's Sunday School (English/Spanish); Youth Group and Confirmation for youth; and Parent Bible Study Group
12:00 NOON - Spanish worship service
4:30 PM in St. Mark's Sanctuary
- Friends & Family Chamber Orchestra, F. Wayne Taylor, Director--See info HERE! 
7:00 PM at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC
- National Lutheran Choir, free concert but seating tickets are recommended--get them
HERE!