Useful Information

Thanks from St. Mark's Montessori School...  Click HERE to read their note of thanks for all the help and participation with their Fun Fair.
ESOL Update:   Our ESOL needs your help now! Click HERE to see how!
Our citizenship classes continue to inspire immigrant neighbors to take the Oath of Allegiance to our United States of America. For those of us who assist in their preparation for this honor, it is a humble privilege to be a part of this event in their lives. We congratulate Pastoriza from Ecuador, Ariel from Bolivia, and Asif from Pakistan. Stay tuned! We are not finished yet! With our Lord Jesus Christ in our corner, there are many more success stories to come in 2017.
St. Mark's Boy Scouts Pack 881 and Crew 881 Update--Order of the Arrow:  Click HERE to read about the latest inductee!
Information on the Life Center:  Click HERE to view an invitation to join and a message from Al Van Nostrand, president of St. Mark's Life Center.
St. Mark's Life Center:  The Life Center is sponsoring a Senior Luncheon on May 31st, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The theme this year is "Amazing Africa." We will have our usual fun and games, African food, African music, some special African Safari Animals, and Beverly Clemsen will give a short talk about her recent trip to Africa. Bring a friend and your sense for adventure!
Area 3 2017 Chesapeake Spring Festival...  Part of St. Mark's Handbell Choir traveled to Chesapeake, Virginia to practice techniques and participate in a mass concert at the Area III AGEHR (American Guild of English Handbell Ringers) East Coast Region Festival on March 31-April 2. Click HERE for pictures! 
Pictures from Las Posadas:  Click HERE for pictures and a recap of the lovely Las Posadas Christmas play.
Help Keep Our Church Home and Contents Safe:  Please remember to check and lock doors, especially if you're the last one out. So many of us use the church property all week and often at odd hours... it's sometimes hard to know if we should lock doors we find open. Please take a moment to see if you are the last chance for a door to get locked and provide safety and peace of mind that our church home is protected. Thanks from the Property Committee!
2017 Flower Dedication Requests:  Click HERE to download the 2017 Flower Dedication Requests form. Print it, fill it out, and return it with your check payable to St. Mark's Altar Guild for the total of your $20-per-dedication requests to Patti Carlson or the church office.

ECHO also needs VOLUNTEERS! Their bustling Food Room needs evening volunteers to help sort donated food and pack bags of food for clients. Some lifting is required. First, second, and third Tuesdays, and third Thursdays are especially needed. If you could join a great group of volunteers one or more evenings a month, please e-mail us at admin@echo-inc.org. Learn more here on ECHO's clients' needs... 

St. Mark's Handbell Ministry:  Join one of our handbell ensembles this year and ring to the Lord a new song! To learn about Adult Bells, click HERE! To learn about Youth Bells (grades 6 and up), click HERE!  Contact handbell director, Alice Real, at alice.e.real@gmail.com or 757-784-8192 for more information!
500th Anniversary of the Reformation... we have a committee and a webpage! Learn more here...
Confirmation Mentorship Program. Learn more here... and Click here for mentor qualifications and mentor/student responsibilities.> 
Changes for St. Mark's Montessori School. Learn more here...   
ESL has a new acronym--ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)! Learn more here... 
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>
Requests from Lynbrook Elementary School. Learn more about their current needs!
Lutherans at Greenspring Worship. Learn more here...  
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...  calll the church office if you are in need of this service... Learn more> 
Request for interpreters at Arlington Free Clinic... Learn more> 
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.
Click HERE for ELCA GLOBAL LINKS newsletter from the ELCA.