Useful Information...

Offering envelopes for 2016 are now available! Please pick up your booklet of envelopes from the table in the narthex.

Flower arrangement dedication books for 2016 are also in the narthex; please sign up for the Sundays you wish to dedicate floral arrangements. The cost is $20 per week that you make a dedication... Learn more>

Gifts of Hope available in narthex Sunday, December 6, 13, 20... Learn more>
Military Package Collection is Sunday, December 6th... Learn more>
New "Building Use Policy"... See it here! (or find it on the FORMS page)
Share warm clothes with "Margret's Kids"... Learn more>
Distribution of communion to those who are ill and homebound; call the church office if you are in need of this service... Learn more>
White House Ornament Sale to benefit Youth Group, October 18th through December 20th... Learn more>

Quilters’ will not meet again this year; they will begin again on 1/5/2016. Bazaar Crafters will not meet in November or December, but will meet again 1/20/2016.

Handbell choirs forming--adults and youth... Learn more>
Request for interpreters at Arlington Free Clinic... Learn more>
Help ECHO by furnishing a Holiday Meal Basket for December... Learn more>
4th Quarter Benevolence - ELCA World Hunger works in more than 50 countries around the world. The strength of its international work is in the relationship between the ELCA and its global companion churches and partners. These churches and organizations understand their local context best, and this means they can responsibly identify their communities' greatest needs and the most appropriate responses. With these global partners, we develop strategies to reduce the impact of hunger and poverty. Together, we achieve things on a scale and scope that we could ever do otherwise. Please use the supplementary offering envelopes in the pew racks and give generously!
Military Packages Collection: Names needed! We could use some more names for our end-of-the- month project of sending packages to our deployed troops… repeat names are fine! If you are able, please get the name, address, and email address if possible--if we have the email address, we can ask them if they want or need specific things. If you can’t get an email address, perhaps you could get information on what they’d like to receive, if your contact person knows. Your wonderful items are always things they love to get, whether or not we have specific requests.
Also, if you have leftover Halloween candy that is tempting you, we will be happy to send that to the troops! Thank you so very much for all of your contributions. Please see Mary or Gerry Eskelund, Bev Clemsen, or Gayle Parsons.
ESL in the Fall: God's Work, Our Hands! begins September 8th... Call Joan Smith if you can help! Learn more here> and here>
Chalet High Family Ski Week sale... Learn more>
A brief wrap-up video by Bishop Graham is available to summarize and give a very brief glimpse into how the attendees spent their time together at the recently concluded 2015 Metro D.C. Synod Assembly. See it and additional information at   http://metrodcelca.org/events/synod-assembly/.
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 3:30 PM, for same-week publishing.

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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Church Office hours 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM Gathering for Prayer, Singing, and Devotions--every day at 12:00 noon--please join the staff in the lounge.
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the Lounge
- Listening for God: Reading Together the Gospel According to Luke (every Tuesday evening)... Learn more here> and here>
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in Rooms 214, 216, 217
- ESL (every Tuesday)
7:00 AM in Room 214 of the Education Building
- Men's Wednesday Morning Breakfast Group (every Wednesday)
10:30 AM - Morning Prayer Service (every Wednesday in Advent) followed by soup lunch
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in Rooms 214, 216, 217- ESL (every Wednesday)
7:30 PM in chancel
- Holden Evening Prayer Service (every Wednesday in Advent) preceded by soup supper at 6:30 PM
8:00 PM in Fellowship Hall - "A Taste of St. Mark's" for all the women of St. Mark's presented by St. Mark's Women of the ELCA... Learn more>
10:30 PM - 11:30 PM in Narthex
- Together Listening to God through Luke
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall
- ESL Reading (every Friday)
8:00 AM to 12:00 NOON on Church grounds
- Winter Ground Clean up... Learn more>
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Room 214
- ESL Citizenship Class (every Saturday)
7:30 PM in chancel
- "A Festive Fanfare" presented by the Northern Virginia Choral... Learn more>
Youth White House Ornament sale through 12/20... Learn more>
Military Care Package collection today... Learn more>
8:30 AM English Worship service with Holy Communion
9:40 AM – 10:45 AM English Sunday School
9:46 AM – 10:40 AM "The 9:46 Crowd" Adult SS Class

11:00 AM English Worship service with Holy Communion
1:00 PM Spanish Worship service and Sunday School
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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9:  Bishop's Advent Eucharist at St. Mark's, 10:30 AM - An annual opportunity for our leaders to worship together in the busy Advent season... Learn more>
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13:  St. Mark's Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata, 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM services...
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19:  "Las Posadas" tradition celebrated at St. Mark's, 5:30 PM services - All are welcome! Learn more>