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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). We also have a Saturday service at 5:00 PM. <<Learn more HERE.>>
Fall Worship Schedule Announced (after Labor Day):  Beginning September 10th, 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
Attention Youth:  Learn more about Thrivent's College Planning Strategies Workshops at St. Mark's HERE!!! 
Ushers Needed!  We would like to add to the roster of ushers as we return to three Sunday morning worship services on Sunday September 10th
8:30 AM and 10:00 AM English Worship Services
12:00 NOON Spanish Worship Service
There is an especially urgent need for more ushers at the 10:00 AM service. If you would be willing to help at any of these services, there is a sign-up sheet on the counter in the narthexplease add your name to it. You can also call Chris Colovos at 571-243-3171 or email cacolovos@verizon.net. Thanks!
Attention Ushers:  Contact Chris Colovos to help with ushering at the memorial service and bringing food to the reception for Bobbie Mae Johnson on Thursday, August 31, 2017, at 11:00 AM. Click HERE for details. 
Children's ChurchChildren's church adult volunteers are needed!  Volunteers are scheduled to help one Sunday (the same Sunday) each month. This year we will meet beginning September 10th at the 10:00 AM service. The lesson is based on the Gospel for the week, and we use a website for our lesson plans to help us teach the "good news" in a kid-friendly way. The children's service includes prayer, singing, crafts, and games. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please contact Cathy Snider or call 703-455-5395.
Property Committee Notice!  The Property Committee is in the process of cleaning the two rooms near the Fellowship Hall:  the Blue Conference (Room #120), its closet, and all items in the cabinets on the West wall AND the Library (Room #122) and its closet. ALL church committees, individuals, and outside organizations who use these rooms are requested to do the following BY SEPTEMBER 1st:
   - Inspect these rooms for any items that may belong to them.
   - Items found must be neatly packaged and identified as to who has responsibility for them with contact information.
   - Any clothing must be clean and hung in an orderly manner on the clothing rack located on the North wall of room #120.

On September 1, 2017, any items not identified will be disposed of!!! Thanks for your help in keeping the areas in these two rooms clean and in order.
Outreach Ministries Opportunities:  There are more and more opportunities for the St. Mark's families to be involved in Outreach Ministries in Springfield and, for this, we are all very grateful. Hopefully, for those of you who are able to commit time to help your international neighbors, St. Mark's ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) will be your choice this fall. Only with the generous help of volunteers outside of our St. Mark's family, our year-round ESOL has been able to continue for the summer in our 20th year. To date, we have welcomed 59 learners to two classrooms. Four new classes begin on September 12 (Tuesday/Wednesday, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM) Please help! Call Joan Smith at 703-354-2350.
THANK YOU VBS WORKERS!!! They say many hands make light work. We had many hands involved in preparing for and being present for our Vacation Bible School. In addition to the congregation’s generosity through donations, the people who helped before and during our inspiring week together can be found HERE! 
Living Lutheran has posted a feature story on St. Mark's and LutherFacts!  See the feature story here!!

SoftballNext SpringPlan Ahead! Next spring, Men of St. Mark's will participate in the Christian Fellowship Softball League. One need not be a member. Friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues are all welcome! This is about fellowship and outreach through a fun (and competitive) softball league. If you are interested, please sign up on the column in the narthex or email Pastor Albert at atriolo@stmarks-elca.org. We need regulars and backup players. The games are Monday or Tuesday from either 6-8 or 8-10 (PM) in Springfield.

Summer Lunch Program 2017:  This summer, our neighbors at The Journey Church are beginning a new program in Springfield to help feed local kids during the summer serving Springfield Gardens, Springfield Square, and Chelsea Square. This program is exactly the kind of work that God is calling us to as we seek to make new connections with our neighbors! Check out the website for more information at https://summerlunchbunch.org and click here for more information!>> 
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 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.
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>> 

Next Military Packages Collection:  We could use some more names for our project of sending packages to our deployed troops … repeat names are fine! If you are able, please get the name, address, and email address if possible—if we have the email address, we can ask them if they want or need specific things. If you can’t get an email address, perhaps you could get information on what they’d like to receive, if your contact person knows. Your wonderful items are always things they love to get, whether or not we have specific requests.

We are so thankful for all you have contributed over the years, and you know how thankful our troops are for your work and thoughtfulness—here is an excerpt from another thank you we received:

Thank you for the very generous delivery of baked goods, snacks, and other useful donations—we got eight boxes from you! Please know that all your items went quickly, especially the browniesand no, I did not keep them all to myself! Everyone enjoyed the items. Your thoughtfulness was much appreciated and definitely brought a taste of home to all … your thoughtfulness and actions assured the service members here that we have people such as you thinking about us.

Thank you for your always-generous support—you can see how our troops respond to your kindness and love to get a taste of home. 

Kitchen Etiquette at St. Mark's:  Learn more here>> 
ECHO Needs Our Help! Use of ECHO's food pantry is especially high during the summer as many clients have to feed their children breakfast and lunch, usually provided by the school during the school year. St. Mark's is again asked to help keep ECHO's food pantry stocked. To help, please pick up a bag from the narthex, fill it, and bring it to church the next Sunday--or just pick up a list of needs and bring your own bag. A list of the items most needed is attached to the bags and is also available next to the bags.  List of needed items is here ... >> 
If you enjoy selling on eBay and would like to use your skills for community service, ECHO needs you! Click here for details! >>  Contact the volunteer coordinator at volunteer_coordinator@echo-inc.org.  
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!  

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September 1, 2017:  Any items not identified in Room #120 and Room #122 (near the Fellowship Hall) will be disposed of. See notice above!

September 8, 2017:  Deadline to register for All Lutheran Women's Retreat. Click HERE for more information! 

October 13-15, 2017, Fredericksburg Hospitality House, Fredericksburg, VA:  All Lutheran Women's Retreat, "Important Stories and Pointless People" ... Click HERE for more information! 

 

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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MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

 
Church Office hours 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM [Click here for specific info.]
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 18
5:00 PM in Room 218
6:30 PM in Room 117
- ESOL (every Friday) 
6:30 PM in Narthex
- Men's Bible Study (Spanisn)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19
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 sanctuary
- Worship Service (every Saturday) View Worship Bulletin HERE 
SUNDAY, AUGUST 20
9:00 AM in the Sanctuary
- English-speaking Service with Holy Communion
9:45 AM in Room 214
- First Communion Class (Spanish)
10:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall
- Bilingual Fellowship Hour
11:00 AM in the Sanctuary
- Spanish-speaking Service with Holy Communion
TUESDAY, AUGUST 22
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)
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23
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)