Useful Information

Summer Schedule, through September 4:  Two services, English at 9:45 AM and Spanish at 1 PM.
Gulf Coast Flooding At least eleven people have been killed, tens of thousands have been rescued, and even more have been evacuated as floodwaters continue to sweep across southern Louisiana. Lutheran Disaster Response works to bring God's hope, healing, and renewal to those who have been affected by the floodwaters. In the days, weeks, months and years ahead, we will work with our partners on the ground, helping to restore communities. Your gifts will help those affected by the flooding. Together, we stand ready to provide assistance for long-term recovery efforts. Gifts designated for "Gulf Coast Flooding" will be used to help those affected, until the response is complete. Thank you!  Click here to donate directly to the Lutheran Disaster Response for the Gulf Coast flooding.>
Other ways to give:
     By Mail
      Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
      ELCA Gift Processing Center
      P.O. Box 1809
      Merrifield, VA22116-8009
      Make checks payable to Lutheran Disaster Response.  Write "Gulf Coast Flooding" on your check's memo line.
      By Phone
      Credit card by phone:  (800) 638-3522
Note from the Metro DC Synod Office:  Apartment collapse impacts those with limited resources...  "People who want to support the victims of the terrible explosion in Silver Spring can do so through the synod," says Bishop Graham. "One of our pastors is doing hands-on work with a community of people she knows, and the people have few resources." Learn more here> 
Update from our Scouts:  Our Boy Scout troop traveled to Charlottesville to perform a service project in partnership with the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program, and to tour the campus of UVA.  Click here to learn more about their trip.>  Also, our Cub Scout pack attended summer camp at Camp Ross in Goshen, VA.  Click here to read two scouts' reflections on their camp experience.>
Confirmation Mentorship Program:  We are starting our Confirmation Mentorship Program this year in order to connect our Confirmation Students to the greater body of St. Mark's as we walk together to deepen our faith. If you are interested in being a Confirmation Mentor, please let Stephanie Ogle know!
For those who are entering 7th grade or 8th grade in our Confirmation Program, we are going to be choosing our Confirmation Mentors in this next month. Please ask in person or call. If you need contact information or need help deciding who to ask to be your Confirmation Mentor, please contact Stephanie Ogle and we can pray and discern together. Click here for mentor qualifications and mentor/student responsibilities.> 
Changes for St. Mark's Montessori School:  Classes start September 6th. The school day begins at 7:00 AM and ends at 6:30 PM, including before-and-after school care, Monday through Friday. Preschoolers through Kindergarten students attend our classes.
The school is located in our Education Wing, both floors. Anyone needing to use the Education Wing while school is in session is asked to go to the church office to sign in. The church staff will provide you with an escort to-and-from the Education Wing.
This is the beginning of our 48th year! St. Mark's is listed as one of the premier Montessori Schools in the Northern Virginia Area. Please continue to pray and support the students and teachers of the St. Mark's Montessori School. Thank you!
500th Anniversary of the Reformation! October 31, 2017 will mark the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. We're going to celebrate it beginning this Reformation Sunday. Chris Michaelsen has offered to help us get organized. If you would like to participate in a planning committee, please connect with Chris on Sunday morning.
Volunteers are needed to trim and weed the church property (e.g., bell tower, Friendship House, Montessori School, etc.) starting June 1 through September 30. Please contact Alan Eck at 703-569-0814 or franalaneck@msn.com.
Ride-a-Long Ministry:  What is a Ride-A-Long Ministry? A ministry that supports mentorship in the youth program between the youth director and the youth when the youth or parents are unable to assist with transportation. See how you can help here>
Next Military Packages Collection:  Sunday August 28th... This month, our recipient was suggested by Linda Vretos--she received the name from a friend of her sister. We will be sending packages to David Reece, who is a Marine on the USS Wasp. We have not received specific requests from him yet, but he did mention food and hygiene items -- you know all your usual wonderful goodies and supplies will be most appreciated!
We can always use another name--repeat names are fine. Thank you for your always-generous support!
Requests from Lynbrook Elementary School:  Regarding school supplies, they are all set for now as they have been enrolled in a special program for free school supplies due to their economic status. They send their gratitude to St. Mark's for their support and generosity! Their current needs include clothing, "Boxtops for Education," Giant "A+ Bonus Bucks," mentors, and tutors. Please click HERE for more information on their current needs!
Collecting School Supplies:  Thank you for donating school supplies for the uninsured children, who got free school physicals last weekend and a backpack full of supplies. We will continue to collect school supplies--they will be donated to ECHO. Please click HERE to get the list!
Requests from ECHO:  ECHO plans to distribute backpacks filled with school supplies to grateful families for Back to School again this year. They thank you for donations to this wonderful, and much-needed, help for our neighbors who struggle with low income. (St. Mark's continued collection will help this effort after the Free Physicals Program.) They also have need for a School Food Drive Coordinator:  Learn more about those duties here.>
ECHO also distributes donated food, clothing, and household items to hundreds of local families. Click here for a list of some things that ECHO cannot accept as well as additional information on school supplies they need and on United Way or CFC campaigns. Read HERE about ECHO and gift cards...  
This month, ECHO needs donations of children's winter coats, boys jeans size 6-18, towels in good condition, and working sewing machines. The ECHO food pantry needs dried beans, cooking oil, jelly, bags of rice, juice, tissues, shaving cream, toothbrushes, child and/or adult over-the-counter pain medicines. ECHO is open to receive donations on weekdays between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm or between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Receipts are happily provided.
Boy Scout Troop 881's Life Scout Daniel Tran's Eagle Scout project:  "The Outdoor Classroom"  Learn about Daniel's design, construction, and installation of the Physical Education Trail at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Reserve's Outdoor Classroom... Learn more> 
Lutherans at Greenspring:  On August 10th, Lutherans at Greenspring met for their second time in their "Greet & Meet" to get to know each other prior to start to worship together. The worship will start in September, the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 1:30 PM (September 14th), followed by fellowship time in the chapel lobby.
The first worship will be led by Prince of Peace, St. Mark's turn is in October,  Hope will serve in November, and Abiding Presence will lead in December. The largest group in Greenspring is from St. Mark's, but there are people from Peace, St. John's, and Lord of Life as well; there are also a few who are not attending any church now but attend the Greenspring Chapel every Sunday.
This is a new ministry where Lutherans can come to work together for the well being of their members and the glory of God. We want to be a community of Lutherans who meet regularly for worship and fellowship. As the Gospel of Matthew states:  "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."
New "Building Use Policy"... See it here! (or find it on the FORMS page)
Share warm clothes with "Margret's Kids"... Learn more>
Prayer Shawl Ministry: a reminder that prayer shawls are available—knitted and crocheted—to be given as a comfort to anyone in need of such ministry... 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>
Request for interpreters at Arlington Free Clinic... Learn more>
3rd Quarter Benevolence:  Metro DC Companion Synods...
-  The Salvadoran Lutheran Church (Iglesia Luterana Salvadorena - ILS) is a member of the Lutheran World Federation and the Communion of Central American Lutheran Churches (CILCA).  Key ILS priorities include pastoral-theological formation, evangelism, and HIV and AIDS awareness. For much of the 20th century, national economic life was controlled by an economic oligarchy, and military dictators from 1932 to 1984 controlled its political affairs. Since the end of the Salvadoran civil war in 1992, political freedom has increased, but only limited progress has been made in addressing economic poverty and inequality.
- Namibia is just north of South Africa, along the Atlantic coast. It was a colony of Germany until 1915. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) operates 19 hostels for children from remote parts of the country to live while attending school. These hostels are typically located next to a Lutheran church and provide a home for the children about 280 days a year. About 115 women care for the kids at the hostels. They cook for the kids, wash their clothes and school uniforms, help them with homework, provide Christian education, and generally give them love and support.

Please give generously to support the Companion Synods in El Salvador and Namibia, our designated 3rd quarter benevolence!

Have news to share with the congregation?  Send it via email to tstellar@verizon.net 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.
Click HERE for ELCA GLOBAL LINKS newsletter from the ELCA.
Sad news:  The Rev. Philip Anderson died Monday, August 15, 2016. Pr. Anderson is widely known in our synod for interim placements with local congregations and as a staunch advocate for local ethnic ministries. Internationally, he represented Lutheran World Federation in the Central America region and maintained lifelong connections from that ministry. Funeral arrangements will be shared when they are known. Our prayers are with Mavis Anderson, their family and loved ones. 
Many of you may remember Pr. Phil as an interim between Pr. Artega and Pr. Santos.

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 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM [Specific info here] 
Join the staff in Gathering for Prayer, Singing, and Devotions every day at 12:00 noon in the lounge.
9:30 AM to 2:00 PM in the Friendship House
- Quilts and More (every Tuesday)
7:00 AM in Room 214 of the Educational Building
- Men's Wednesday Morning Breakfast Group (every Wednesday)
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM in Fellowship Hall
- Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts (every Saturday)
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in Room 216
- ESL Citizenship Class (every Saturday)
9:45 AM English Worship Service
1:00 PM – Spanish Worship Service