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.

THE CONGREGATION IS INVITED: Sunday, February 10, 2019, 1:30 PM LUNCH to celebrate the ceremonial burning of the mortgage and to fan the flames of faith! Learn more HERE!

Worship Schedule: We have two English Sunday services and one Spanish Sunday service during Fall 2018 along with Sunday School, adult forums, and other classes:

8:30 AM - English worship service
9:46 AM - English Adult Forum--"The 9:46 Crowd"
10:00 AM - English worship service
11:05 AM - Sunday School--English and Spanish
11:06 AM - English Adult Forum--"The 11:06 Crowd"
12:00 NOON - Spanish worship service

Fourth Quarter 2018 Benevolence Recipient at St. Mark's was ELCA World Hunger Appeal. God richly provides for our daily bread—the earth can produce enough to feed everyone. Yet many still go hungry. Working alongside other organizations, ELCA World Hunger has already made a huge collective impact on hunger worldwide. But the rate of global progress against hunger is slowing in many of the world’s poorest communities. And here in the United States, one in six Americans aren’t always sure where their next meal is coming from. Many are forced to choose between paying for food and other basic necessities. There is more work to do here at home and around the world. And God invites us to participate and lead in this effort. As members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and through our gifts to ELCA World Hunger, we commit to pursuing a world of justice where all are fed. Please give generously.

December 2018 Council Meeting summary on the status of the facilities upgrade (narthex, restrooms, nursery, and such), results of officer elections, and thanks from outgoing President Paul Palm is found HERE!

Help from ECHO during Government Shutdown? ECHO anticipates that the government shutdown will cause emergency financial needs among people who are normally self-sufficient and they are ready to help. To access help, individuals should call 703-569-9160 for an appointment. ECHO’s only requirement is that the caller live within the boundaries of our service area, and we can establish that by phone. If you are interested in helping ECHO address these needs, please see our website, www.echo-inc.org and look for the “Donate Money” tab, or the “Donate Goods” tab to find ways that you can assist our neighbors who might be having a hard time right now.

Congratulations to our newly elected congregation council officers and members: President Cheryl Dwyer, Vice President Ivan Eby, and Secretary Rodney Pendleton; Steven Carlson continues as our Treasurer; Members: Bob Akers, Beverly Clemsen, Faustino Flores, Marvin Flores, Mike Hardy, Paul Palm, Cristina Potter, Kerri Westburg, Pr. Albert Triolo, and Pr. G. Varinia Espinosa.

Letter to President Trump from Bishop Graham regarding the situation of immigrants and refugees seeking entrance into the USA.

Synod Assembly: Click HERE for a synopsis from our Congregation President, Paul Palm.

A Resolution from the Synod Assembly, speaking out against the abuse of Palestinian children, specifically by the Israeli government.

Reflections on Family Separations at the Southern Border. See Pastor Albert’s comments to the 2018 Synod Assembly, Pastor Varinia’s call to pray for the families and for softening of the hearts of Administration officials, and a list of resources HERE.  You can also read a statement from The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) calling on the United States Government to “reunite children with their families and to establish a humane and just system to assist those seeking asylum and refuge in our nation."

Bite-Sized Landscaping Projects—YOUR HELP IS NEEDED! Thanks to all who have stepped up to help with these bite-sized projects, but a few are still outstanding! Click HERE to see what 'bite-sized' projects around the church grounds STILL need your attention. Contact Al Van Nostrand at avannost@yahoo.com with questions.

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.


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January 27, Sunday, Military Care Package Collection Sunday … Learn more HERE!

January 27, Sunday, our Youth are serving dinner for our Hypothermia guests—Join in their example and volunteer to help where it is needed—see HERE!AND HERE!

SAVE THE DATE! - Hypothermia Week at St. Mark’s: January 27-February 3, 2019 … Please email kaygraff@cox.net or avannost@yahoo.com or fill out a volunteer card in the narthex. Learn more HERE! See what is still needed HERE!AND HERE!
Hipotermia 2019 … Enero 27th-Febrero 3rd … Por favor, correo electrónico kaygraff@cox.net o avannost@yahoo.com o rellenar una tarjeta de voluntario en el nártex. Hay varias actividades que necesitan voluntarios… Por Favor díganos como puede ayudar! Ver lo que todavía es necesario AQUI!

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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MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

Church Office hours 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM [Click here for specific info.]

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 17

10:30 AM in the Narthex—POSTPONED UNTIL FEBRUARY 7th
- “Dwelling in the Word: Bible Study” (every Thursday)

5:45 PM in the sanctuary
- Contemporary Worship Music Team (every Thursday) Learn more HERE.

7:00 PM in Sanctuary
- Adult Bell Choir Rehearsal (every Thursday)

8:00 PM in Sanctuary
- Chancel Choir Practice (every Thursday)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18

6:00 PM in Room 218
- ESOL Teachers Day

6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall
- Girl Scouts

6:45 PM in the Narthex
- Tabita Circle

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19

10:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall
- Girl Scouts Spa Day

2:00 PM in the Educational Wing
- Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts (every Saturday)

5:00 PM in the Narthex
- Discipleship (Discipulado) (every Saturday)

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in Room 218 [one-time fee $5]
- ESOL Citizenship Class for our immigrant neighbors who speak basic English (every Saturday)

7:00 PM in the Narthex
- Estudio Bíblico Para Hombres (every Saturday)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20

8:30 AM - Worship Service with Communion (English)
9:46 AM - Adult Forum—The 9:46 Crowd (English)
10:00 AM - Worship Service with Communion (English)
11:05 AM - Children’s Sunday School
11:06 AM - Adult Forum—The 11:06 Crowd (English)
12:00 PM - Worship Service with Communion (Spanish)

12:00 PM in Room 217
- Youth Choir and Youth Bell Choir Rehearsals

MONDAY, JANUARY 21

7:30 PM in the church Lounge
- Church Council Meeting (every second Monday)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 22

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)

6:00 PM in the Green Room
- Coro en Espanol (every Tuesday)

6:30 PM to 7:00 PM [Registration, Books $15]
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in Rooms 214, 216, 218
- ESOL (every Tuesday) See more HERE!

7:00 PM in the church Lounge—POSTPONED UNTIL FEBRUARY 5th
- “Dwelling in the Word: Bible Study” (every Tuesday)

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23

7:30 AM in the church Lounge
- Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study (every Wednesday)

10:00 AM in the church Lounge
- Prayer Group (every Wednesday) Learn more HERE.

6:30 PM to 7:00 PM [Registration, Books $15]
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in Rooms 214-218
- ESOL (every Wednesday) See more HERE!th