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"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.
Fall Worship Schedule:  We have two English Sunday services, one Spanish Sunday service, an Adult Sunday School class, 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)
12:00 NOON - Spanish worship service
2018 Pledge Forms--Bring them to Sunday services on December 3rd!
2017 Benevolence Recipients 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.
ELCA World Hunger Appeal--4th Quarter Benevolence contributions can help address hunger in our neighborhood and around the world. Approximately 75% of ELCA World Hunger funds are spent internationally and 25% are spent domestically. ELCA World Hunger provides for those who are homeless or living in poverty by providing access to food, clothing, shelter, medical supplies and care, and other basic needs. Won't you please give generously?
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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December 2, 2017, Winter Church Grounds Clean-Up, 8:00 AM-12:00 NOON--See info HERE!

December 3, 2017, Bring 2018 Pledge Forms to Church

December 3, 2017, 10:00 AM Service, St. Mark's Choir presents the Choir Cantata: 
   "The O Antiphons of Advent"

December 6th, 13th, 20th at 7:30 PM:  Mid-Week "Holden Evening Prayer" Services on Wednesdays preceded by a soup supper at 6:30 PM

December 9, 2017, 10:00 AM, St. Mark's Women of the ELCA Combined Meeting and Brunch! All our women are invited, and bring a friend--learn more HERE

December 10, 2018, St. Mark's:  Christmas Cookie Donation for Troops at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling--learn more HERE! 

December 10, 2017, 11:00 PM, Vigil for the Virgin of Guadalupe

December 17, 2017, 11:15 AM, "Be Near Me, Lord Jesus" A Christmas Pageant

December 22, 2017, 5:00 PM, Las Posadas:  Worship, Pageant, and Party

January 7, 2018, 11:00 AM Bilingual Service, "Star of Wonder" An Epiphany Pageant

January 27, 2018, 9:00 AM-8:00 PM, St. Mark's:  Promoting Shalom among Muslims and Jews--learn more HERE! 

January 28 - February 4, 2018, Hypothermia Week at St. Mark's--learn more HERE! 

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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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22
7:30 AM in the church Lounge
- Men's Prayer Breakfast (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, NOVEMBER 23
Church office is closed for Thanksgiving! Have a Blessed day!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24
Church office is closed for Thanksgiving holiday.
 
6:30 PM in Narthex
- Men's Bible Study (Spanish)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25 
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in Room 218
- ESOL Citizenship Class for our immigrant neighbors who speak basic English (every Saturday)
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26
Remember to fill out your communion cards!
8:30 AM - English worship service
9:46 AM - Adult Sunday School--"The 9:46 Crowd"
10:00 AM - English worship service

11:05 AM - Sunday School (English/Spanish), Youth Group, Parents' Bible Study
12:00 NOON - Spanish worship service
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28
9:30 AM 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 - "Dwelling in God's Word (Acts)"