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Timely Requests:

Summer Worship Schedule (Memorial Day to Labor Day):  We have two Sunday services:  English at 9:00 AM and Spanish at 11:00 AM, with a bilingual fellowship hour to be planned between the two services (but no summer Sunday School). Beginning in June, there will also be a Saturday service at 5:00 PM (format to be determined). <<Learn more HERE.>>
Landscaping Improvement Initiative:  At its last meeting, the Property Committee discussed the appearance of St. Mark's grounds. Some areas are beautiful, however other areas need YOUR HELP ... For site scheduling and other information, please contact Alan Eck or call 703-569-0814. Click here to find out more!>> 
2017 Metro D.C. Synod Assembly:  Before June 1st, Voting Members and Visitors should register at https://metrodcelca.org/events/synod-assembly/. Leaders involved in planning the 2017 Metro D.C. Synod Assembly share a few highlights in the works for the forthcoming gathering on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/metrodcelca/posts/1537005552998991 and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/metrodcelca/status/862415759615676418. Please also note that May 15 is the deadline for Candidate and Nomination Forms (send to atriolo@stmarks-elca.org), for Draft Resolutions/Memorials (send to mark.d.edwards79@gmail.com), and for Reports (send to kevin.d.anderson@comcast.net).
2017 Benevolence Designees 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.
Attention High School Seniors!  If you are a member of St. Mark's who is a graduating High School Senior,  please contact Mary Anderson so you may receive a quilt from the Quilts and More group ... Congratulations!
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... 
Vacation Bible School, "Mighty Fortress" will be held July 30-August 3. beginning with dinner at 5:30 PM and ending by 8:00 PM each night. Learn more HERE>> 
Flower Ministry:  After each Sunday, the Flower Committee puts together smaller arrangements from the altar flowers. A dedicated team consisting of Sandy Lind, Lance Quesenberry, and Bob and Carla Yock deliver these to members who cannot come to church. Want to help? contact Sandy Lind or Lance Quesenberry.
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... and they are here! Please read on HERE! 
Rick Steves' "Luther and the Reformation" Special:  Click HERE to go to Rick Steves' website where he offers free streaming views of the PBS special!
Counters Needed!  Counters are needed to help count and record weekly offerings. Counters work in teams and are scheduled about once every other month. Knowledge of Microsoft Excel preferred. Please contact Ellie Schwarze at 703-354-8896 or email eeswarze1@verizon.net for additional information or to offer your services.
Support for Caroline Furnace:  An anonymous donor will match contributions designated for the 60th anniversary in any multiples of $60!  Learn more here>> 

Military Packages Collection:  We're including the lovely email we received from our latest recipient, Jeff Darden, who was suggested by Lisa Ryanyou can see how appreciative they are of your thoughtfulness! We also need names for May and beyond, so please give the name and address (including email address) of any deployed person to Mary or Gerald Eskelund or Gayle Parsons. Thank you!  Click HERE for the email and a photo ... >> 

Kitchen Etiquette at St. Mark's:  Learn more here>> 
St. Mark's Life Center:  The Life Center is sponsoring a Senior Luncheon on May 31st, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. We'll be having our usually fun and games, along with African Food Tasting, African Music, and some special African Animals. Our very own Bev Clemsen will share a few of her slides from her recent trip. Please bring a friend and your sense of adventure! RSVP on sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the Narthex or call Jeannine Van Nostrand, 703-981-1404.
Additional invitations are on the bulletin board in the Narthex if you'd like to invite a Senior from outside St. Mark's congregation. All are welcome! 
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!  

* * SAVE THE DATE * *

Saturday, May 27 - Monday, May 29, Come Celebrate 60 Years of Caroline Furnace! Free open house, Saturday, May 27th from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM or stay for the weekend's family-friendly activities:  food, games, crafts, sing-along, s'mores, canoeing, creek walking, and more! Stay for the Anniversary Dinner, the Party, the Musician Jam, or The Slag! Register by May 16th!  <<Click HERE for more information.>> 
Sunday, June 4, Friends & Family Chamber Orchestra at 4:30 PM at St. Mark's ... final concert of the season <<Learn more HERE.>> 
 

Upcoming Events

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MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

 
 
Church Office hours 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM [Click here for specific info.]
SATURDAY, MAY 27
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, MAY 28--SUMMER WORSHIP BEGINS TODAY!
9:00 AM - English Worship Service (Communion)
10:00 AM - Bilingual Fellowship Hour
11:00 AM - Spanish Worship Service (Communion)
MONDAY, MAY 29
* Office closed for Memorial Day *
TUESDAY, MAY 30
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, MAY 31
7:30 AM in Church Lounge
- Men's Wednesday Morning Breakfast Group (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, JUNE 1
6:00 AM to 6:30 AM in the sanctuary
- Prayer Group (every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)
10:30 AM to 11:30 PM in the Narthex
- Listening for God:  Reading Together the Acts of the Apostles (every Thursday morning)
 
FRIDAY, JUNE 2
5:00 PM in Room 218
- ESOL (every Friday)
6:30 PM in Room 117
- Girl Scouts (every Friday)
6:30 PM in the Friendship House with Pastor Varinia
- Tabita circle Bible Study MIELA (every Friday)