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.
Interested in finding out more about us? Have "Coffee with the Pastors" on October 15--learn more HERE! 
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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September 24, 2017, Next Military Packages Collection:  See more info HERE! 

September 24, 2017, 11:05 AM, "Suicide and Depression Prevention" in the Fellowship Hall:  A panel of experts will discuss this topic, followed by Q&A; light refreshments will be served. Come and bring a friend. Click HERE for more information! 

October 6, 2017:  EXTENDED deadline to register for All Lutheran Women's Retreat IF YOU CAN GET A RESERVATION AT THE CONFERENCE CENTER HOTEL. Click HERE for more information! 

October 13-15, 2017, Fredericksburg Hospitality House, Fredericksburg, VA:  All Lutheran Women's Retreat, "Important Stories and Pointless People" ... Click HERE for more information! 

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, 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! 

 

 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, SEPTEMBER 24--MILITARY PACKAGES COLLECTION TODAY!!
8:30 AM in the Sanctuary
- English-speaking Service with Holy Communion
9:46 AM in Room 214
- The 9:46 Crowd (adult Sunday School) 
10:00 AM in the Sanctuary
- English-speaking Service with Holy Communion
11:05 AM in the Education Wing
- Sunday School (combined English/Spanish) 
11:05 AM in the Fellowship Hall
"Suicide and Depression Prevention" panel discussion ... Click HERE for more information! 
12:00 PM in the Sanctuary
- Spanish-speaking Service with Holy Communion
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
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, SEPTEMBER 27
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)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
10:30 AM in the narthex
- Bible Study - "Dwelling in God's Word (Acts)"
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
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, SEPTEMBER 30
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)
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