JUNE 9 at 10:15 AM

Come worship and celebrate with us. We celebrate PENTECOST, Christ sending his Holy Spirit to stay with us, guide us, lead us and give us hope and faith. 

We also celebrate the 50th anniversary of our St. Mark Preschool. We invited to the service all formal and present directors, teachers, students and all who supported and participated making our preschool a place of learning and play for kids.

For Pentecost you invited to wear RED for this Sunday. It is the color of fire that symbolizes the Spirit descending on the disciples.

You are invited to stay after service and come downstairs to share food, meet preschool guests and celebrate. 

If you want to support the preschool scholarship fund for children who need support, envelops will be available at the entrance of the sanctuary.

We are Happy to welcome our new church book keeper Carry. Read below her introduction:

aving grown up on a farm in North Garden, Cary is very happy to be back in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains. She returned to Charlottesville to help her elderly parents after being away for 40 years, during which she attended college and graduate school, got married and raised four children. 

Cary lives in Charlottesville with her fiancĂ©, Richard McGrain. Her career in database management and accounting has spanned academic, government, corporate and not-for-profit arenas, and she has served as treasurer for numerous not-for-profit boards over the years. 

In addition to working part-time for St. Mark Lutheran, Cary has her own business, Cville Bookkeeping, bringing clarity and order to the daily management of bills, budgets and recordkeeping for taxes mostly for elderly people whose families live out of the area.
We Welcome at St. Mark
Children's Choir of Central Virginia 
They will hold a camp and practice at St. Mark

They will practice in the sanctuary at St. Mark beginning in September on Thursdays  at 5pm-6:30pm. If you are interested joining your kids please contact the choir.

Summer choir camp at St. Mark Monday June 10-Friday June 14th from 8am-12pm. Saturday June 15th 8:30am - 12pm Summer camp concert.

Saturday June 9 4pm - children choir concert at St. Mark benefiting Saint Jude Children's Hospital.

In addition to the "Touring Choir" and private piano and voice lessons, The Children's Choir of Central Virginia is proud to announce the addition of a totally free choir starting this coming Fall called the "Just One" choir. All commitments are on just one day (Sundays), at just one time (4pm-5pm), and there will be just one concert. No uniforms and no tuition fees. Please help to spread the word about this amazing opportunity for the children in our community. Space is limited and children will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. For more details please   visit our website by clicking here.

Thank you for your time and help.
Brian Dean Sousa, B.M., M.M.
Founder and Artistic Director
Confirmation at St. Mark grades 6 and older
Confirmation program will begin September 2019 If you would like to participate in a confirmation group please reach out to our pastor. Pastor will call a meeting to answer any questions, explore time for the class and spend time with parents who would like to be part of confirmation starting in September.  You don't have to be member of St. Mark to attend classes. We will gather Sunday afternoons for 2 hours. 

Pastor: 540-840-5426 

Confirmation is an important step in our faith journey. Through confirmation we become full members of a congregation, a body of faith with responsibilities of serving and decision making. Confirmation is an affirmation of our baptismal promises. It is a way to fulfill the congregation, parent's and godparent's promise to help children become faithful and loving Christian disciples. St. Mark follows a two years long curriculum. The class us lead by pastor and lay leaders. 
Bishop's letter on abortion
by Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
(Bishop Elizabeth Eaton's message on abortion was distributed May 30)

Dear Beloved in Christ,
As most of you are well aware, many states have passed or are considering legislation to restrict access to legal abortion. Talking about abortion has never been easy in this country, and the same holds true in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The members of this church have divergent beliefs and opinions about whether or not abortion should be legal.

No matter what your views on abortion are, as a church we are made up of members who have had abortions and members who have chosen not to. Among us are pastors, deacons, loved ones and others who have counseled with women, girls and others they love. We are friends, loved ones and relatives of people who have had to decide whether or not to get an abortion. We are all affected by the divisive discourse and the legal changes.

I commend you to study and discuss the ELCA social statement, Abortion. Through this social teaching and policy statement, this church seeks to travel a moderating path by supporting abortion as a last resort.

Amid the legislative challenges to access to abortion, we must remember that this church supports ongoing access to legal abortion as well as access to abortion services and reproductive health care that is not restricted by economic factors.
I urge each of you to read, to study, to listen, to discern and to discuss as church together.

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!
Registration is open for all Virginia Synod summer youth events!

If you are interested
 in any of these events please let the office know:

Kairos June 23-28, 2019 at Roanoke College
Kairos is our annual week-long faith formation event for youth who will be in 9th-12th grades in the coming fall. It is a chance for youth who are already committed to a life of faith to be part of a unique Christian community for an entire week, to have a fresh experience of the grace and presence of God in that community, and to develop habits for discipleship that can be taken home as they live out their baptismal call to follow Jesus. Kairos is different from our weekend events in that congregations do not send advisors with youth; the event staff serves as small group leaders and dorm advisors for the week. "Kairos" is the New Testament Greek word for "special time." It is used whenever God's people want to talk about a time of change, of renewal, of God's special work in the believer and the community.

Launch July 7-11, 2019 at Roanoke College
LAUNCH is an event for youth who have just graduated from high school. Its purpose is to give them a chance to take stock of where their faith life has led them so far and also to provide an opportunity to engage in discussion on matters of faith and life that are likely to face them as they move on to the next stage of their lives, whether it be the workforce, military or other public service, college, or something else. If participants are veterans of our Virginia Synod ELCA Youth Events (Lost and Found, Winter Celebration, Kairos, etc.), they will find that this event is structured differently. We will spend our three full days together in a rhythm of worship, informal presentations to the whole group, small group discussions, and individual reflections that engage the mind as well as the spirit. Of course, there will be time for fellowship and relaxation and enjoyable meal times together.

Junior High Servant Event
Junior High Servant Event is a week-long servant event for Youth who have completed the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade, and their adult advisors and focuses on learning about the needs of others, serving and growing in faith. We spend the week together experiencing the Christian life through worship, fellowship, and service. Of course, being in Virginia Beach, we will also spend some time having fun at the water's edge. The cost for the event is $110 per participant. To register, click here. If you have any questions, reach out to Pastor Cathy Mims of the Junior High Servant Event Leadership Team at

Theology for Teens July 28-August 3, 2019 at Roanoke College
Our fourth annual summer camp introducing teens to biblical and theological scholarship, exploring contemporary challenges & how their faith tradition can meet those challenges. We will focus on the life & thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer-a church leader who met the challenges before him-we will explore today's social issues & encounter other faiths by engaging the students with leaders from those various communities. Come and discover a sense of mission, be equipped with theological tools to enable you to meet the challenges facing the church today.

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. 
Stewardship and gender justice in Sierra Leone

Twenty-eight pastors, evangelists and church leaders from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sierra Leone gathered in Bo, Sierra Leone, from March 27-30 to participate in a first-of-its-kind workshop on stewardship, facilitated in partnership with the ELCA. 

 The Rev. Dr. Andrea Walker, ELCA area director for Madagascar, West Africa and Central Africa, and her cofacilitator, the Rev. Dr. Yolanda Denson Byers, an ELCA pastor from Minneapolis, led those in attendance through the four-day workshop, which tied Scripture to themes of financial stewardship, fundraising and sustainability. 

 Nine of the participants were women leaders, who met to discuss the gender justice initiatives in the church that mirror the work of Sierra Leone's Hands Off Our Girls campaign, aimed at protecting the rights of women and girls and preventing child marriage and sexual violence.

Your gift today DOUBLES to protect lives!

The Democratic Republic of Congo is facing one of the worst Ebola outbreaks ever. In order to stem the growth of this epidemic, we need you to take action now, while you have the opportunity to DOUBLE your gifts.

Thanks to a group of generous supporters, your gifts between now and July 24 will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $167,667!

 We need to hear from you by July 24!

Disease, hunger, extreme poverty and disasters still ruin families around the world. They still face obstacles in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but your generosity helps provide hope - and "young miracles" like Benedicte.
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LIRS - Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service 

Take Action Today to #ProtectMigrantChildren

The death of one migrant child is too many, but so far this year, we know of six children who have died in U.S. custody.

It's become clear that the system designed to protect these children is failing them, and it's time that we hold our leaders accountable and bring an end to these tragic, preventable deaths.

It only takes a minute to hear make your voice count. Click on the link below.

The Mask You Live In: Role Societal Messages Play in the Lives of Males - Film & Panel Discussion.  Thursday, June 27, 6 to 9 pm, at Light House Studio, 220 W. Market St. This is a Unity Day Presentation sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church's White Feather Educational & Historical Project. Film Content and discussion intended for mature audiences, 18 & older only. Free registration required.

Webinar with Angela Davis on the fight for collective liberation - sponsored by Showing Up for Racial Justice.  Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 8 pm - 10 pm EDT, via Zoom. Register here or Facebook event to join the call. Across the country, SURJ members are working hard to bring new people into fights for justice - this conversation will provide inspiration and wisdom for the struggles we are engaged in across the country.

Upcoming May events highlighting history: Monacan History, Sally on Main Street, Monticello to Main St. tour, Jewish History, Irish and Enslaved People History, African American Men in the Union Army, Eugenics and Segregation at UVA. Please visit the city's official Unity Days calendar for dates and times.

"Beginning with ME: Creating Just and Thriving Organizations" Workshop.  Saturday, June 15, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the CitySpace on the Downtown Mall. This is a free 6-hour experiential workshop--facilitated by The Sum. Participants will have the opportunity to self-reflect and interact with one another, within a variety of structures and models, to develop greater internal clarity, empowerment, and better alignment between intention and impact...across our differences of race, culture, religion, socio-economic class, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation for just and joyful lives and organizations. Light lunch will be served.

Webinar with Angela Davis on the fight for collective liberation - sponsored by Showing Up for Racial Justice
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 8 pm - 10 pm EDT, via Zoom. Register here or Facebook event to join the call. Across the country, SURJ members are working hard to bring new people into fights for justice - this conversation will provide inspiration and wisdom for the struggles we are engaged in across the country.

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

Sunday June 9
Welcome:                                 Carla Moody
Greeter:                                    Carolyn Rader
Ushers:                                     Marcy Wisbauer & Will and Leo Abrahamson
Crucifer/Acolyte/Chalice:      Zoe Martin/Lewis Horton
Assisting Minister:                  Helen Ida Moyer
Children Moment:                   Christa Escobar
Lector:                                     Foreign Language Speakers
Cantor:                                    Helen Ida Moyer
Altar Guild:                              Heidi Jones
Nursery:                                  Kara McCurken
Snack:                                 Patty Marbury & Heidi and Madeleine Ernst-Jones
Coffee/Clean up:                    Amanda Nelsen
Counters:                                Elain Oakey & Lois Shepherd

Sunday June 16                  
Welcome:                                 Tom Hecmanczuk
Greeter:                                     Charlotte Owen
Ushers:                                     Ali Griffith & Lewish Horton
Crucifer/Acolyte/Chalice:      Sylvie Bon-Harper
Assisting Minister:                   Jack Milligan
Children Moment:                    Pastor
Lector:                                      Tom Hecmanczuk
Cantor:                                      Sylvie Bon-Harper
Altar Guild:                              Sandy Werner
Nursery:                                   Izzi Hecmanczuk
Snack:                                      Gail Milligan & Sue Ann McCarty
Coffee/Clean up:                    Gail Milligan
Counters:                                 Christa Escobar & Pat Dwiggins              
Pastor Viktoria will hold office hours any time by appointment.
Please leave a message at 434-293-3311

Monday --
Narcotics Anonymous 12:15pm - Student Room
Chess Club 6:30pm - Welcome Area
SAA Group 7:30pm - Library

Tuesday --
Fellowship of Christian Athletes noon - Library
Narcotics Anonymous 12:15pm - Student Room
12-Step Group 5:15pm - Student Room
12-Step for Women 5:30pm - Library
Al-Anon 7:15pm - Student Room

Wednesday --
Preschool chapel - 9am
Narcotics Anonymous 12:15pm -Student Room
12-Step for Women 5:30pm - Student Room
SAA Group 7:30pm - Student Room

Thursday --
Narcotics Anonymous 12:15pm - Student Room
CODA 7:15 - 8:45pm - Student Room
Children Choir of Central VA 5pm-6:30pm - Sanctuary 

Friday --
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Prayer Group 11:30am - Youth Room
Narcotics Anonymous 12:15pm - Student Room

Saturday --
AA Meeting 9-11pm - Student Room

During Summer no Sunday School and Discussion Group 
Holy Communion service 10:15AM
UVA Student lunch at noon
CODA STEP WORK 5pm - undercroft confirmation room
Children Choir of Central Virginia - 4-6pm - Sanctuary
CODA 5:45 - 7:15


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St. Mark Lutheran Church (ELCA) of Charlottesville, VA
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