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.
Pastor Triolo's Questionnaire and "In the Image of the Trinity" Sermon Series:  Click HERE to go the "In the Image of the Trinity" webpage for both English and Spanish survey links, for viewing ALL of the five sermons, and for viewing all of the three figures for sermons #3, #4, and #5 in BOTH English and Spanish.
Report to the ELCA:  Each year the congregation submits a report to the ELCA on a variety of items. Each year there is a section in which we are asked to describe the congregation. While this can be completed by a single person, it seems more helpful to let technology lend us a hand and get as many responses as possible. ;-)
Please help us by completing these 15 questions. The survey will close this Sunday afternoon. Thank you for your help. Click on the URL below or copy/past the address into your browser:  https://goo.gl/forms/FEFkexQo0W1oaPre2.  
Worship Schedule:  We have two English Sunday services, one Spanish Sunday service, two Adult Sunday School classes, 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), Confirmation Class, Youth Group, Parents' Sunday School ("11:06 Crowd")
12:00 NOON - Spanish worship service
2018 Benevolence Recipients at St. Mark's are:  Q1 - St. Montessori School and ELCA Youth Gathering, Q2 - Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, Q3 - ELCA Disaster Response Fund, and Q4 - ELCA World Hunger Appeal.
First Quarter Benevolence:  This year, your donations to the 1st Quarter Benevolence will directly benefit two worthy "internal" St. Mark's programs. Half will help fund our youth's travel expenses to the ELCA Youth Gathering this summer in Houston. The other half will go to the St. Mark's Montessori School tuition Assistance Program. This fund helps families who would like a Montessori education for their preschooler/kindergartener but seek a little help to cover the full cost of school because of family or job situations. Currently 6 students in our school receive tuition assistance out of an enrollment of 53. Your donations will help us offer this program to students next year whose families qualify. To contribute, just make your check to St. Mark's Lutheran Church (or San Marcos), designate it for 1st Quarter Benevolence in the memo line, and then drop it in the offering plate or mail it in before March 31. Thank you for your generosity.  
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.


February 28-March 21, 10:30 AM (English Morning Prayer), 7:30 PM (Holden Evening Prayer) - Mid-Week Wednesday Worship Services - Possible soup luncheon to follow 10:30 AM service; 7:30 PM service is preceded by soup supper at 6:30 PM.
March 17, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM, St. Mark's Montessori School "Fun Fair"--Help St. Mark's Montessori School celebrate its 50th Year! Click HERE for the online auction and click HERE for more information.
March 18, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM, Town Hall Meeting #2, Fellowship Hall - Pot luck dinner with round table discussions--please bring a dish to share!
March 25, Scout Bake Sale! Hosted by St. Mark's Cub Pack, Boy Scout Troop, and Venture Crew 881. Home-made and commercial baked items plus jewelry materials will be on sale in the narthex after each service. Proceeds will support program activities and training expenses.
March 25, 8:30 AM and 10:00 AM (English), 12:00 PM (Spanish) - Palm Sunday Worship Services
March 29, 10:30 AM (English), 12:00 PM (Spanish), 7:30 PM (English) - Holy Thursday Worship Services
March 30, 12:00 PM (Noon Prayers, English), 6:00 PM (Stations of the Cross, Spanish), 7:30 PM (Tenebrae, English) - Good Friday Worship Services
April 1, 7:45 AM and 9:15 AM, Congregation Easter Potluck Breakfast, Fellowship Hall -  Share a meal to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord! Learn more HERE
April 15, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM, Town Hall Meeting #3, Fellowship Hall -  Youth will serve dinner with round table discussions!
April 18, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, "Swing into Spring," Fellowship Hall -  Food, Friends, Fun, Entertainment ... Special guests:  "Snappy Tappers" ... Free, no RSVP required. Questions? Call Jeannine Van Nostrand, 703-981-1404.
April 29, 4:30 PM, Friends & Family Chamber Orchestra & Chamber Choir -  Admission FREE; donations will benefit the St. Mark's Music Program. Learn more HERE!
TRIPLE Your Impact! During March 12-31, Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first smile.amazon.com purchase! Make your first purchase at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-0625293 and Amazon will donate 1.5% of the price to St. Mark's Lutheran Church. Other purchases outside of this special promotion earn 0.5%. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com.
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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Church Office hours 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM [Click here for specific info.]
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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 $10]
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in Rooms 214, 216, 217
- ESOL (every Tuesday)
7:00 PM in the narthex
- Bible Study:  Paul's Letters (every Tuesday)
7:30 AM in the church Lounge
- Men's Prayer Breakfast (every Wednesday)
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in Friendship House
- Bazaar Crafters (every third Wednesday)
10:30 AM in the Sanctuary
- Mid-Week Worship Service (every Wednesday during Lent) followed by a soup luncheon
6:30 PM Soup Supper before Lenten service
7:30 PM in the Sanctuary
- Holden Evening Prayer (every Wednesday during Lent)
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)
No Thursday Bible Study
- No Bible Study:  Paul's Letters (every Thursday) --
will resume April 5 
6:30 PM in Narthex
- Men's Bible Study (Spanish)
6:30 PM in Narthex
- Women's MIELA Bible Study (Spanish) led by Pastor Varinia
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
- ESOL Citizenship Class for our immigrant neighbors who speak basic English (every Saturday)
SUNDAY, MARCH 25--Youth Fundraiser:  "St. Mark's" shirt sale!
8:30 AM - Communion Worship Service (English)
9:46 AM - Adult Sunday School--"The 9:46 Crowd"--see lesson info HERE!
10:00 AM - Communion Worship Service (English)
11:05 AM - Sunday School/Confirmation, Youth Group; for Parents Bible Study--see lesson info HERE!
12:00 NOON - Communion Worship Service (Spanish)