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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). Beginning in June 3rd, there will also be a Saturday service at 5:00 PM (format to be determined). <<Learn more HERE.>>
Special Congregational Meeting, Sunday July 9, 2017:  As you know, a review of the Church lighting system has resulted in a recommendation that we convert to an LED system. The property committee has done extensive research on the matter and presented its recommendation to the Council during its June 12th meeting. In accordance with Church by-laws, this recommendation must now be presented at the congregation for approval via a special meeting, which is scheduled for Sunday, July 9th at the conclusion of the 9:00 AM service. We hope that you will plan on attending that day's service and make time to cast your vote regarding this recommendation. Thank you! ~ St. Mark's Church Council. Click here to find out more about this proposal!>> 
17th Annual Free School Physical Examination Outreach Ministry--Saturday, August 5th:  St. Mark's has been involved with this program for 10 years! Many children are still not covered by health insurance in our community. St. Mark's can help in two ways:  by donating school supplies by July 30th (see list HERE) and by providing doctors and foreign language speakers (especially Spanish) who can help translate--contact Lynn Knox. Click here for specific information ... >> 
THANK YOU to our graduating Crucifers/Acolytes!  Thank you, Tal Dunne, Mason Harney, Elizabeth Mazzello, Aleah Perry, and Emily Peterson! These five youths have faithfully served St. Mark's as acolytes and crucifers for several years. Their dedicated service has greatly enhanced our worship experience. As Tal, Mason, Elizabeth, Aleah, and Emily graduate from high school, we extend our congratulations and wish them many successes in the future!
Youth Sunday 2017:  Thank you for all who supported our youth and joined us for Youth Sunday and for our youth who put it together and made it happen!. Click here for some great pictures!>> 
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 Designees 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.
Attention High School Seniors!  If you are a member of St. Mark's who is a graduating High School Senior,  please contact Mary Anderson so you may receive a quilt from the Quilts and More group ... Congratulations!
Vacation Bible School, "Mighty Fortress" will be held July 30-August 3. beginning with dinner at 5:30 PM and ending by 8:00 PM each night. Learn more HERE>> 
St. John's 2017 Summer Music Camp will be held Tuesday, June 27 - Saturday, July 1 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. The camp is free for children age 4-10 years old. Learn more HERE>>
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>> 

Military Packages Collection for THIS SUNDAY, June 25:  Our end-of-June recipient will be Isaac Rook. He was suggested by Gayle Parsons after running into a friend (his mother, Jackie Rook) at a music festival recently. Isaac is a Navy officer on his second deployment. He is a 30-year-old physicist and is a surface warfare officer (on a ship, not a submarine) assigned in anti-submarine warfare.

We're always looking for names for recipients--please let Mary or Gerald Eskelund or Gayle Parsons know of any deployed person who would like to get packages--email address and regular mail address would be helpful, and we'll contact them for particular needs or likes. Thank you for your always-generous support!  Click HERE for the details!!! >> 

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 ... >> 
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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Saturday, June 24, 1:00 PM in the sanctuary- Senior Violin Recital of Juliana Layendecker:  Bach, Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Ravel ... Reception to follow

Sunday, July 30 - Thursday, August 3, Vacation Bible School

 

Upcoming Events

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MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

 
 
Church Office hours 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM [Click here for specific info.]
FRIDAY, JUNE 23
5:00 PM in Room 218
- ESOL (every Friday)
6:30 PM in Room 117
- Girl Scouts (every Friday)
6:30 PM in the Friendship House with Pastor Varinia
- Tabita circle Bible Study MIELA (every Friday)
SATURDAY, JUNE 24
6:00 AM to 6:30 AM in the Sanctuary
- Prayer Group (every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)
1:00 PM in the Sanctuary
- Senior Violin Recital of Juliana Layendecker:  Bach, Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Ravel ... Reception to follow
2:00 PM in the Friendship House/Fellowship Hall
- Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts (every Saturday)
5:00 PM in the Sanctuary
- English-speaking Service (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 Friendship House
- Men's Bible Study in Spanish (every Saturday)
SUNDAY, JUNE 25 - MILITARY COLLECTION TODAY!!! 
9:00 AM in the Sanctuary
- English-speaking Service
10:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall
- Bilingual Fellowship Hour
11:00 AM in the Sanctuary
- Spanish-speaking Service
TUESDAY, JUNE 27
6:00 AM to 6:30 AM in the Sanctuary
- Prayer Group (every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)
9:30 AM to 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)
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28
7:30 AM in Church Lounge
- Men's Wednesday Morning Breakfast Group (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, JUNE 29
6:00 AM to 6:30 AM in the Sanctuary
- Prayer Group (every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)