Ariana Willis, our Office and Communications Director. 

Ariana is a Northern Virginia native who moved to Charlottesville last year. While working on her masters degree in English she spends her time reading, playing Minecraft, and relaxing with her two dogs: Teddy the Yorkshire Terrier and Kuzco the Brindle Rescue. 

Please say hi to her and introduce yourself when you are at the office.

She will be in the office on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9AM

"To write is human, to edit is divine." -Stephen King

God of the widow and the stranger,
you are made known in our Savior Jesus Christ.
Born as a migrant,
exiled as a refugee,
he knew the pain of homelessness
but taught his friends the meaning and challenge of love.
Lead us as we build communities
rooted in hospitality and justice. Amen.

World Council of Churches, "In Solidarity with Uprooted Peoples," November 1997
St. Mark Women Book Club - July 22 at 7PM

The Women's Book club will meet on 
July 22 at 7:00 
in the church library to discuss:  

In the Heart of the Sea  The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex  by Nathaniel Philbrick.  

The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the Titanic disaster was in the 20th century. 

All women of the church and their friends are invited to read the book and come to discuss your feelings about it with us.
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: 540-840-5426 
Memorial Service  for  Thomas J. Teisberg
July 13  Saturday at 3pm

Please keep his partner Regina, Tom's sons Thomas and Tyler and Regina's children Sophia and Katharina in your prayers. 

Tom's choice for memorials in his memory was  the Equal Justice Initiative. 

Click on the pink button support the charity.

We have a motorized wheelchair available to someone who is in need. It is mainly for outside use. The car attachment to transport the chair with a hitch is also available. If you are interested please contact the office: office@stmarklutheran.org
St. Mark Committees consider applying!

Lutheran L2020 Grants Now Open!

Impact1890-A National Lutheran Program is pleased to announce the availability of Impact grants for the 2020 year. Each year, Impact1890 awards grants to non-profit organizations that share in the same passion of serving seniors, particularly those who are aging in place in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
All grants must address at least one of the following urgent needs faced by older adults:

* Social isolation
* Transportation
* Housing
* Navigating and accessing health care and social services
* Chronic disease management
* Dealing with Alzheimer's disease, dementia and memory loss

Does your organization qualify? Proposals will be accepted from June 3, 2019 at 9 a.m. EDT until July 31, 2019 at 5 p.m. EDT. To learn more about the submission of grant proposals, visit www.impact1890.org.

Questions? Contact us at grants@impact1890.org or 301-354-2703 and ask for Impact1890.



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The Sanctuary Movement is a growing movement of immigrant and faith communities in the current political climate. Sanctuary: A Discernment Guide for Congregations from the Presbyterian Church USA may facilitate discussion of this possible involvement in your congregation.


In the ELCA, many congregations are sanctuary congregations. Identify ELCA welcoming and sanctuary congregations and synods on the map.

Registration is open for all Virginia Synod summer youth events!

If you are interested
 in any of these events please let the office know: Office@stmarklutheran.org

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.



 Ecumenical and inter-religious partners joined the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, ELCA presiding bishop, in a joint statement addressing concerns over the well-being of children who cross the U.S. border seeking safety from danger and threats in their home countries (6/6/19). 

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Webinar with Angela Davis 

on the fight for collective liberation

sponsored by Showing Up for Racial Justice

Tuesday, July 9,  8 pm - 10 pm EDT, via Zoom.   Register here

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.
Our World Refugee Day Mission

Dig 10 wells so that displaced Iraqi families c an return home! 

Meals on Wheels Wish List

Here are the most needed items:
- Wet & dry cat food 
- Puzzle Books
- Plastic grocery bags
- Homemade Birthday Cards
- Large gift bags
- Unopened toiletries
.                       https://www.cvillemeals.org/wishlist/
Cville Now Women Group
Special Action for Racial Justice
Tuesday, August 13, 7:00 pm at Northside Library
To recognize the realities of white privilege and honor one of NOW's core goals of ending racism, National NOW President Toni Van Pelt has suggested that NOW members read and discuss two books.

1 White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

2   So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America.

Especially relevant as we come together for Unity Days this summer, Charlottesville NOW urges community members to read one or both of these NY Times bestsellers and join us at Northside Library on August 13 to discuss. Find them at your favorite bookseller or local library.

Racial and Ethnic History of Charlottesville 

presentation by Charlene Green

Thursday, July 11, 7 - 8:30 pm, Jefferson Area Board for the Aging, 674 Hillsdale Dr #9, Charlottesville

All are invited! Refreshments provided.

10 Reasons Why America Needs Refugees
There are some that believe that refugees are a burden on America. But the truth is, refugees contribute to this country in incredible ways! Equip yourself with the facts.

2019 is a BIG year for celebration for the LGBTQIA+ community! This summer we celebrate 50 years of PRIDE as we remember the Stonewall Riots, the 45th Anniversary of ReconcilingWorks, and the 10 years of LGBTQIA+ ordination in the ELCA! Together we are celebrating 105 years of welcome, inclusion, and celebration! 

Get Involved at the 8th Annual Cville Pride Festival Sept. 14, 2019. 

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 robin@cvillemeals.org
Hope toward Christian unity

Leaders from five Christian traditions - Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Reformed and Anglican - gathered in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 16 to highlight the 20th anniversary of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ). 

It was both a celebration and a reaffirmation of their commitment to unity, joint witness and service as they co-presided over a special prayer service in Geneva's St Pierre Cathedral. LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr. Martin Junge joined with others in giving thanks for the journey the five Christian traditions have "traveled together." 
Follow and "like" ELCA Global Church on Facebook!

The Facebook page for ELCA Global Church offers photos, links to stories, and all the most recent updates.

Sunday July 7
Welcome:                                   Howard Imhoff
Greeter:                                     Christine Giesecke        
Ushers:                                      Dick Sundberg and Marco Escobar
Crucifer/Acolyte/Chalice:        Alice McKenna        
Assisting Minister:                    Pat Dwiggins         
Children Moment:                     Tony Marbury
Lector:                                       Gail Milligan          
Cantor:                                      Alice McKenna         
Altar Guild:                                Patty Marbury        
Nursery:                                    Madeleine Ernst-Jones         
Snack:                                       Charlotte Owen & Karen Love         
Coffee/Clean up:                      Susan and Crosby Horton          
Counters:                                  Christa Escobar & Mark Giesecke   

Sunday July 14
Welcome:                                Linda Roberts                    
Greeter:                                   Linda Imhoff           
Ushers:                                   Marcy Wisbauer & Will &Leo Abrahamson
Crucifer/Acolyte/Chalice:     William Abrahamson               
Assisting Minister:                  Constance Johnson     
Children Moment:                   Christa Escobar      
Lector:                                      Carolyn Evans
Cantor:                                     Duane Osheim
Altar Guild:                              Marcy Wisbauer 
Nursery:                                  Caroline Hecmanzuk
Snack:                                     Yvonne Osheim & Marcy Wisbauer
Coffee/Clean up:                    Yvonne Osheim
Counters:                                 Elaine Oakey, Lois Shepherd              
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 --
Finance Committee Meeting - 12:00pm - Library
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

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

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

Sunday - 
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
CODA 5:45 - 7:15


To access the church calendar, please click on the pink calendar button on the right. 
St. Mark Lutheran Church (ELCA) of Charlottesville, VA
(434) 293-3311 | www.stmarklutheran.org

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