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.

NEW THIS WEEK:

Come to Church and Participate as a Worship Leader! Before the service, we are going to begin asking one or more people each week to assist with communion. If you’ve taken communion, you know how it works. And you’ll discover a connection with the rest of the congregation that you might not have had before. We hope to have students and adults participate as we share the Lord’s Supper together. Come and see!

Free Community Suppers/Cena Comunitaria Gratuita coming Sundays, beginning September 8! See more in English HERE and en Español AQUÍ.

Bible Study … Dwelling in the Word resumes Tuesday, 9/17 at 7:00 PM and Thursday, 9/19 at 10:30 AM and we continue with Paul’s letters beginning with 2 Timothy. Learn more HERE!

Prayer Group meets every Wednesday at 10:00 AM in the narthex. Join us and witness the power of prayer! Rides are available, contact Jeannine Van Nostrand.

URGENT! If you appreciate the beauty of the courtyard garden, we need your help! Our volunteer who cares for the garden is no longer able to do it. If you’re able to help, please contact Al or Jeannine Van Nostrand.

Chancel Choir Needs YOU!!! Learn more HERE! Contact Bob Webb at ChancelChoir@stmarks-elca.org.

Handbell Choirs ALSO Need YOU!!! Learn more HERE! Contact Alice Real at Handbell@stmarks-elca.org.

Thanks to all the volunteers … who helped make our Health Fair such a success! Over 300 people were served—thanks be to God! Learn more HERE!

Counters Needed on Sunday mornings! Learn more HERE!

Thanks from Kathy Flynn …. click HERE to read her note of thanks!

School supplies needed … click HERE to see the list—and thank you!

Legacy Giving Reminder … We have all been blessed with worldly possessions that serve us in our lifetimes. These possessions have the ability to become gifts that will benefit loved ones as well as favorite ministries after our earthly days. With a bit of planning, our estate’s ability to provide a valuable legacy can be greatly enhanced. Your estate can reflect your values. You can leave a legacy for ministry. Become a St. Mark’s Legacy Society member today! (Click HERE to learn more.)

Message from ECHO … Needed: backpacks and their contents as well as non-preishable food items as the doldrums of summer slow the flow of food donations to ECHO’s Food Pantry. Click HERE for their message and HERE for backpack supplies needed.

THANK YOU from our Military Care Packages recipient … see more HERE!

THANK YOU! to the volunteers who helped sew 32 cloth backpacks or school bags for the kids at La escuela de Inglés San Miguel Arcángel where Jane Hernandez teaches English in Cancun, Mexico!

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Scouts Collecting Eye Glasses for the Lions Club

Our Cub Pack, Scout Troop, and Venture Crew have been working a few hours a month since January at a local Lions Club chapter and helping to evaluate eye glasses that were donated. Our Scouts use a "high-tech" machine that determine the prescription of the glasses and the Scouts then process for shipment to countries where not everyone has adequate local eye care. A volunteer doctor matches the glasses to people in need. 

The Lions Club asked our Scouts to collect some prescription eye glasses as well. A Lion Club collection box will be in the Narthex from June 8 to June 15. If you have any old prescription eye glasses, please donate if you can. Thank you! (Questions? Contact Jim Kyger.)

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If you donated DVD/Movies for Hypothermia, contact Jeannine Van Nostrand to have them returned to you—thank you!

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THANKS from The Reverend Albert Triolo, D.Min.! Click HERE for his message!

For a quick summary of the 2019 Metro DC Synod Assembly, click HERE.

Help Wanted! The nursery is in need of several volunteers to assist Tiffany. Vacancies exist for both 8:30 AM and 10:00 AM services. Volunteers are scheduled for the service your choice. We welcome all adults and high school teens. To volunteer, call or e-mail Fran Eck at 703-569-0814 or worship@stmarks-elca.org.

St. Mark’s MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) will meet on the second Monday of each month from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Click HERE for more information!

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."

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!

 Calendar Events and Information

NEW!!! Click HERE to go to our monthly calendar—select your view by Agenda, Week, or Month, or Print the current month.

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MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

Church Office hours are:
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday-Thursday
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Friday
[Click here for specific info.]

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Fall 2019 Sunday Worship Times:
8:30 AM - English worship service
9:46 AM - The 9:46 Crowd Adult Forum
10:00 AM - English worship service
11:05 AM - Children’s Sunday School
11:06 AM - The 11:06 Crowd Adult Forum
12:00 NOON - Spanish worship service

Sundays, 5:00 PM, Fellowship Hall, Free Community Suppers/Cena Comunitaria Gratuita See more in English HERE and en Español AQUÍ.

September 22, Metro DC Bishop, The Rev. Leila Ortiz, will preach at all three services. (Yes, there will be cake between 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM!)

September 22, drop in between 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM at the parsonage: Pastor Varinia and Isidro are hosting an Open House for the congregation to see the parsonage improvements.

September 29, during the 9:46 AM Learning Hour, Fellowship Hall, “St. Michaels Event” … Learn more HERE!

Fall English Classes for Adults, Entrance at Door 5 [No classes for children; children are not allowed in the classrooms.]
— Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Literacy (four levels)
— Saturdays, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Citizenship Classes

Sunday, November 17, 2019, 11:00 AM, Fellowship Hall, Annual Congregational Meeting with Potluck Brunch!

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QUICK LINKS:

INFORMATION FOR YOU …

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES …

VOLUNTEERING …

YOUTH …

Click HERE, print and fill out the GIFTS FOR MINISTRY form, then bring it to the office the next time you are at church.

Third Quarter 2019 Benevolence Recipient at St. Mark’s is divided between two of our local programs for the homeless:


* Founded in 1988, FACETS, which stands for Fairfax Area Christian Emergency and Transitional Services, is a well-established 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that touches and improves the lives of thousands of families and individuals every year. We open doors by helping people meet their emergency shelter, food, and medical needs, helping them gain safe, sustainable and permanent housing and working with them to end the cycle of poverty through educational, life skills and career counseling programs. Our multi-disciplinary professional staff manages a comprehensive range of programs and services and a volunteer base of several thousand.  As a founding and active partner in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness, FACETS is committed to working collaboratively in the county-wide effort to help our neighbors in need of safe and affordable housing. We invite you to be and feel a part of our work to open doors for people in need in Fairfax County. Learn more at http://facetscares.org/.

St. Mark’s volunteers our people and our facility to host our homeless guests one week each winter under the FACETS Hypothermia program.

* The Lamb Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Virginia Corporation and an ecumenical center serving the homeless in Fairfax, Virginia. The Lamb Center focuses on ending homelessness and providing hope. But to make a difference in homelessness, food, clothing, and hot showers are just the first steps. Almost every person The Lamb Center encounters needs job counseling, transportation, and housing. We work with other organizations, ministries and government agencies to help people get back on their feet. The Lamb Center is working to end homelessness by transforming lives through Christian spirituality, counseling, and service. Learn more at https://www.thelambcenter.org/.

“We are serving the poor and homeless, transforming lives, and sharing God's love.“ ~ The Lamb Center

ALL Benevolence Recipients for 2019: The Congregation Council approved the four quarters’ benevolence recipients as recommended by the Stewardship Committee from St. Mark's as follows: Q1—Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO), Q2—Caroline Furnace and Mar-Lu Ridge, Q3—FACETS and The Lamb Center, Q4—ELCA World Hunger. See more information on these selection HERE.

Click HERE for photos from our February 10th Celebration!

February 2019 Council Meeting summary on the status of the facilities upgrade as well as results of council actions and approvals is found HERE!

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

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.

 

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!