Thank you for the St. Mark people who helped by sharing food and support with Muslim students at UVA celebrating Ramadan. As Christians we are called to love and serve those who are especially marginalized because of their faith in a loving God.  We are happy to be in a UVA community that supports the diverse faith of students and be a partner with United Ministries. St. Mark is an active participant in campus ministry and the whole religious community at UVA. 

Want to know more about Muslim and Christian relationships?

ELCA pastor Mandy France and her colleague Dr. Ayaz Virji, a Muslim physician, have been working across the rural Midwest to share about their faith commitments and to build bridges between Christians and Muslims. Dr. Virji has written a book about these experiences, Love Thy Neighbor: A Muslim Doctor's Struggle for Home in Rural America, forthcoming in June from Penguin Random House. The book provides an important window into the Muslim experience in this country and helps us think more clearly about our role in educating ourselves and communities about Islam and addressing anti-Muslim bigotry.
Saint Mark Picture Day!

Would you like to be able to match names and faces in our congregation? Would you like to help some of our youth with a book project? 

You can do both at once! We are combining the collection of new photos with our middle-grades book group project. This group is reading The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly. Drawing from a theme of inter-generational friendship and an event involving a studio portrait in the year 1899, as a class project we are assisting Roy Van Doorn take photos of people in our church.

Sign up for photo appointments on:

May 26 - 9:30 and 10:00.
June 2 between - 9:30 and 10:00.
A sign up sheet in the Narthex or please e-mail:

It is for all who loves St. Mark: members, friends, family members, and all who see this invitation. 

As a part of our book project, we would like to invite you to bring an item that reflects something about you or your interests. For example, your favorite thing is reading-bring a stack of books! Any item having to do with a hobby or a passion would work. 

 Examples: gardener brings a flower or a trowel; traveler brings a passport or a map. Sign up in family groups if you can-we'll take individual photos as well.

Feel free to read along in The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate with us. It's a great book.  Thanks!

Power in the Spirit 2019 Registration Open!

Power in the Spirit is an inspirational conference for everyone who wishes to explore God's call to service through joyous worship, Bible study, keynote addresses, workshops, and fellowship.

To view this year's event packet with information on everything happening at this year's Power in the Spirit, click here.

Join us July 11-13 at Roanoke College for a conference with Lutherans for all across the state. Register for Power in the Spirit online today!

French Horn Recital Saint Mark

St. Mark's own Anna Bon-Harper will perform her senior recital in the sanctuary at St. Mark at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 25. Selections include a Beethoven horn sonata, and a Mozart horn concerto. Please come for this brief performance-and invite other music lovers that you know.

Violin/Piano Recital at St. Mark

June 2 Sunday at 3PM

Marco Escobar will play the violin accompanied on piano by Arnold Popkin at the Saint Mark sanctuary. 

Sonata No.9 in A major, Opus 47 "Kreutzer Sonata" L.V. Beethoven (1780-1827)
I. Adagio sostenuto - Presto
II. Andante con variazioni
III. Finale - Presto
Liebeslied (Love Song) Op.7 No.1 Josef Suk (1874-1935)
arr. Jar Kocian
Suite Populaire Espagnole Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
(transcription by Paul Kochanski)
Saint Mark Social Ministry In Action

Please join us and help provide snack bags for refugees (sponsored by the IRC) traveling through the Charlottesville area on their way to re-settlement in the U.S.

It is urgently needed because the local volunteers are regularly meeting up to 4 buses of immigrants/day and are running out of supplies.

When is this happening?
This is our social ministry focus right now
From May - July 

How can you help?
* Donate bulk items mentioned (look for a donation box in the narthex), 
* Join others who would like to make a social activity in assembling the bags at St. Mark (children welcome); 
* Make a monetary donation on VENMO, at @Cville4Asylum.

Snack bag items to donate:
  • Bottled-water 
  • Gatorade/juices 
  • protein snacks (nuts, jerky, protein bars/granola bars w/protein)
  • cereal bars/ fig bars/ Nutrigrain
  • granola bars 
  • applesauce (squeezable packs)
  • raisins
Jennifer Giacalone :, 434-409-2397.

CPP - May 21 at 6PM
St. Mark Child Protection Policy Training

To ensure that St. Mark remains a safe and nourishing environment for children, the Mission Council developed and supports a Child Protection Policy (CPP). This policy requires all staff and volunteers who work with children to receive periodic training on the CPP and on child sexual abuse. 

The next session is scheduled at St. Mark on 21 May at 6:00pm in the library. 

The members of the Mission Councill will be participating in this training and welcome company from the rest of the congregation. 

If you want to teach Sunday school, work in the nursery, or work with youth of the congregation, now would be a great time to get this required training. 

Members of the congregation who have never received this training as well as those whose training is more than two years old are encouraged to par-ticipate. If you are interested in attending, please call or email:

Carolyn Brumbaugh 
email at
Article HeadlineStatement from ELCA presiding bishop addresses synagogue shooting  4/29/2019 4:40:00 PM

On Saturday, the last day of Passover, another shooting occurred at a synagogue - this time, Chabad of Poway, in California. The living had gathered to offer prayers to honor the dead and to close the Jewish festival of God's liberating promise. Once again, worship was interrupted by deadly violence.

We stand against this latest public act of anti-Semitism and domestic terrorism, and with the Jewish community. Together, with our ecumenical and inter-religious partners, we will continue to "oppose the deadly working of such bigotry, both within our own circles and in the society around us" ("Declaration of ELCA to Jewish Community," 1994).

We grieve with the community of Poway, with the victims and their families, and with all those who are wounded in mind, body and spirit by this latest act of violence committed in a sacred space.

We continue to grieve the shooting six months ago at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh; the mosque shootings six weeks ago in Christchurch, New Zealand; the arson one month ago of three historic Black churches in Louisiana; and the church bombings on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka.

We find ourselves, like the psalmist, crying out to God that "the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary" (Psalm 74:3b). We know that these incidents, together with others, are not isolated. They are linked through a tangled web of religious bigotry, violence, hatred and white supremacy that is meant to divide us - from each other and from God.

Therefore, our actions to address anti-Semitism must oppose all deadly workings in our midst. This is hard work but also holy work. An attack on one faith community is an attack on all. As a sign of God's liberating promise, let us stand against this scourge by standing together. May it be so.

In peace,
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop, ELCA


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Hello volunteers! Do you know a rising 5th - 8th grader interested in helping out their community? Then our second annual Summer Service Camp is for them!

Held July 15th - 19th from 9:00 - 12:30, kids will help pack and deliver meals, make crafts for clients, have lunch with friends and learn about our neighbors in need! Children and grandchildren of volunteers get a $25 discount!

Go to our website for sign up or contact Robin at
Understanding why a life of faith matters

It's possible the central challenge for organized religion in North America today is relevance. At its core, relevancy has to do with people understanding why something matters to them or what problem is solved by that something. If people don't know what problem the church and a life of faith solve in their lives, then neither will be relevant. A church that is perceived as irrelevant will be limited in influence when it comes to growing stewards and disciples.

Why are we doing all this church stuff and paying attention to Jesus in the first place? How do we more clearly articulate why a life of faith matters and what benefits might come from participating in a congregation? Jesus was pretty clear when he said that a person could live life in a way that is merely going through the motions or could live life abundantly and know the life that truly is life. Jesus invites everyone to participate in a salvation that is about more meaningful, holistic, connected, love-filled, wisdom-driven lives that in turn make the world a better place.

Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network Program

LEVN, the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network, is looking for young adults ( age 21-30) with Bachelor's degrees for an 11-month program of non-profit volunteer service and learning about social justice. From the end of August 2019 to the end of July 2020, our corps members will be provided housing, utilities, health coverage, spiritual direction, and a $535/month living stipend. We also offer a $1000 re-entry grant at the completion of the program.

The placement sites for the upcoming program year include faith-based non-profits, secular non-profits, congregations, outdoor ministry, and our campus ministry at UC Davis. These service sites address issues of homelessness, food insecurity, unem

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"Once On This Island" is a story about forbidden love between people from two different worlds. Inspired by Hans Christian Anderson's "The Little Mermaid," the play takes place in the Caribbean, where social prejudice divides the island.

Saturday, May 11, 2 p.m., Habitat for Humanity unticketed benefit show

Monticello High School, 1400 Independence Way

The ELCA joined with various churches and organizations to partner with Bread for the World on its publication "'Lament and Hope': A Pan-African Devotional Guide Commemorating the 2019 Quad-Centennial of the Forced Transatlantic Voyage of Enslaved African Peoples to Jamestown, Virginia (USA)." The devotional "celebrates the hope, faith, and resistance of African and African-descended people, while also lamenting the evil and horror of the history of enslavement, racism, and inequitable policies, many of which are still present today." 

Did you know that 89% of young adults involved in Lutheran Campus Ministry student faith communities indicated that they plan to remain active in a religious community as adults? See this and other research findings in this latest slide deck from Lutheran Campus Ministry.

Sunday May 19                  
Welcome:                                 Linda Roberts
Ushers:                                     Ali Griffith & Lewis Horton
Crucifer/Acolyte/Chalice:        Izzie Hecmanczuk
Assisting Minister:                    Paul Huffman
Children Moment:                     Youth
Lector:                                      Kara McClurken
Cantor:                                      Paul Huffman
Altar Guild:                               Marcy Wisbauer
Nursery:                                   Zoe Martin
Snack:                         Kathryn Stephenson & Amy Robbins
Coffee/Clean up:        Karen Love and Susan & Crosby Horton
Counters:                   Constance Johnson & Christa Escobar

Sunday May 26
Welcome:                           David Zentmeyer
Ushers:                               Tom & Caroline Hecmanzuk
Crucifer/Acolyte/Chalice:  Nora Giesecke   
Assisting Minister:              Constance Johnson
Children Moment:                Tom Hecmanzuk
Lector:                                  Tony Marbury
Cantor:                                 Tony Marbury
Altar Guild:                           Corinne Courtney
Nursery:                               Amanda Nelsen
Snack:                                  Karen Love & Kristen Wray
Coffee/Clean up:      Charlotte Owen & Caroline Hecmanczuk  
Counters:                           Lynn Stephenson & Mark Giesecke


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