Church Family News
HAPPY 100 BIRTHDAY

To Frieda Gibson who will celebrate her birthday on Monday November 11th. Several of us will be traveling to Richmond to bring our blessing, love and birthday card to her on her special day. If you would like to join Pastor and some of our care team, please let the office know.

You can send cards to:
We will have a card to sign at church.
If you wish you can send card to: Chestnut Grove Assisted Living 9010 Woodman Rd Rm: 116, Richmond VA
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 24 at 10:15AM
We will celebrate a service of thanksgiving for all that God had done through us and through or congregation of St. Mark. You are invited to bring food for the Blue Ridge food pantry. Let us be thankful and share God's bounty with our community. You are welcome to bring fall decoration and help Christina making our altar and sanctuary festive. If you would like to help let the office know.
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 12 at 7PM
Our Mission Council will discuss and plan our budget for next year. Please keep the group in your prayers. Our church leaders will be discussion church and preschool mission and pray for God's guidance.

The minutes of each council meeting is available in the church office and if you have any questions, please let the pastor or our council president Tom Hecmanczuk know.

Thank you for being generous and helping St. Mark to be welcoming and accessible to the whole community hungry to experience God's love and grace through worship and mission.
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ST. MARK
WOMEN RETREAT!

Let the office or Pastor Viktoria know if you are interested going. We would car pool together.

Wild Women Wine and Craft Retreat, December 6-8

Join us for a weekend of fellowship and renewal! Feel free to bring a book, your latest crafting project, and your favorite snacks/drinks to share. We'll share some of our favorites too - transportation is provided to a local winery, and we'll lead the group in a craft. (Craft details TBD - stay tuned)​ Retreat cost includes modern-rustic lodging, scratch-made meals, and transportation to a local winery. For more information and to register click below:
WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB NEWS

The Women's Bookclub will meet November 25th , Monday, at 7:00pm in the church library to discuss author Toni Morrison.
All the women of the church are invited to get any book by Toni Morrison and read it before the 25th. On that night we will discuss the author in general through her books. What themes she covered, what were the different subjects and how she may have worked a theme into that book, etc. Come all and join us!
CONGRATULATION!

And much happiness Katie Lynn Wisbauer and Kyle Richard Warburton on their wedding on November 1.

The parents of the bride are Marcy and Kenny Wisbauer.

The wedding happened at the beautiful King Family Vineyards in Crozet.
Synod and ELCA News
WOMEN IN MINISTRY
Bishop Bob Humphrey and the other five bishops of ELCA Region 9 have adopted an agreement addressing issues of gender equity for women in ministry, entitled "Bishops' Relational Agreement for Boundaries, Candidacy and Call Process."
 This comes after months of study by the bishops and comments from a Women's Core Team of women rostered ministers on regional synod staffs, including Pastor Kelly Bayer Derrick, assistant to the bishop, from Virginia, and the Rev. Lucille "CeCee" Mills, associate director for evangelical mission in North Carolina Synod and a former Virginia pastor. The agreement, announced on Reformation Day, will be reviewed, adapted and affirmed annually in July.
     Issues of pay equity will be addressed through a region financial work sheet that will be part of the call process for congregations. Use of the work sheet will mitigate financial offers affected by the intersection of race, gender and age, according to the agreement.
     The agreement contains an overhaul of the current approach to boundaries in each synod, by establishing clear objectives, outcomes and pedagogy (teaching) to be used throughout the region. The document expands this work to include gender and racial justice, as well as topics like intersectionality, micro/macroaggressions and power. The agreement makes clear that the synods will operate in the same ways on boundary violations and participation in boundary training.
   The bishops recalled that in August, more than 97 percent of voting members at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly approved a social statement,  Faith, Sexism and Justice; A Call to Action,  which names patriarchy as a sin and advocates for a church and a world marked by gender equity. Bishop Humphrey said that this agreement and regional work to improve protocols for candidacy, call process and boundary training is "a very clear way that we are living into this call for action as we strive to be a church of gednder equitable leadership."
    "The women who serve as rostered ministers in this church are remarkably gifted leaders," Humphrey said.
Virginia Synod Crumley Archives
"Archival Survey" Fall 2019
The Latest edition of the Crumley Archives "Archival Survey" is now available! To read the fall survey
  Annual State ECUMENICAL LARCUM Conference  
LARCUM (Lutheran/Anglican/Roman Catholic/United Methodist) Conference being held in Virginia Beach, Virginia at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on  Friday and Saturday, November 22 and 23, 2019 . Fr. James Loughran, SA, Director of the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute will present the historical development of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the challenges to the modern day movement and practical ways in which local ecumenical communities can celebrate this year’s theme  “They Showed Unusual Kindness” .Please visit  www.virginialarcum.org  to learn more. Registration fee is $35 and includes a box lunch - registration closes November 8, 2019.
Click below for the program. PROGRAM OF THE ECUMENICAL CONFERENCE
Community News
SYRIA AND THE IRC WORK THERE

In Syria, civilians are caught in the middle   Before this month’s offensive, civilians in the northeast of the country had already survived ISIS brutality and years of war.

Even though troops are leaving and the US presence is reduced, there are people who are there to help with aid and serve God's children suffering and fleeing violence. Please click on the link to read about what is happening and the IRC's work.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY NEWS
Affordable housing has repeatedly been highlighted as one of our community’s greatest needs, and Habitat is responding with a bold plan to elevate our building operations and family support. For more than 2 years we have been working towards redevelopment of Southwood Mobile Home Park on 5th St extended. As part of our commitment to build without displacing residents, we have been working side by side with community members, who have dedicated over 2,000 volunteer hours to the planning process. On August 21, 2019, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved rezoning to turn this community of 342 trailers and 1,500 residents into a mixed-income community of 800-1,000 housing units, including 400+ Habitat homes. The excellent news: We are exceedingly fortunate that an anonymous donor has made a challenge pledge of $5M toward the campaign goal, requiring that the pledge be matched dollar for dollar by the end of 2019. More information regarding the campaign below. Click on read more. 
In Partnership,  Garrett Trent
COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER
We invite you and your family to our  Community Thanksgiving Dinner  to gather together with people of different backgrounds to celebrate community, promote awareness and understanding, and share fellowship. The program will be held on  Saturday, November 16th at 5 pm  at the  Event Hall  located at 1024 Carrington Place. 

Dinner will include a variety of appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts. Registration is free and required. Any donations will benefit  PACEM , a grassroots organization that coordinates space and volunteers to provide shelter for individuals in our community who are homeless.
Join us for this annual community holiday dinner. Please feel free to share this invitation with your friends. Please  RSVP  at  Eventbrite   or by emailing to  cville@rumiforum.org .
Best regards, Rumi Forum Charlottesville
MINISTRY OF WORSHIP AND MUSIC
  • THANK YOU FOR YOUR MINISTRY OF WORSHIP.
  • SCHEDULE IS BELOW.
  • IF YOU CANNOT BE HERE TO SERVE PLEASE SCHEDULE SOMEONE ELSE IN YOUR PLACE.
  • IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SERVE, PLEASE LET THE OFFICE KNOW.
Sunday November 10
Welcome: David Zentmyer              
Greeter:  Duane Osheim
Ushers:  Ali Griffith & Lewis Horton
Crucifer/Acolyte/Chalice: Zoe Martin/ Heidi Jones
Assisting Minister:  Yvonne Osheim
Children Moment:  Christa Escobar
Lector:  Helen Ida Moyer
Cantor:  Duane Osheim
Altar Guild: Patty Marbury
Nursery: Mia Martin
Snack:  Kathryn Stephenson & Marcy Wisbauer
Coffee/Clean up:  Karen Love & Susan Horton
Counters:  Elaine Oakey & Lynne Stephenson
Sunday November 17
Welcome: Marco Escobar             
Greeter:  Charlotte Owen
Ushers:  Tom & Caroline Hecmanczuk
Crucifer/Acolyte/Chalice: Howard Imhoff
Assisting Minister:  Nano Masters
Children Moment:  Tony Marbury
Lector:  Kara McClurken
Cantor:  Sylvie Bon-Harper
Altar Guild: Jessica Ney-Grimm
Nursery: Nora Giesecke
Snack:  Carolyn Rader & Heidi Ernst Jones
Coffee/Clean up:   Yvonne Osheim & Kara McClurken
Counters:  Christa Escobar & Constance Johnson
St. Mark Lutheran Church (ELCA) of Charlottesville, VA
(434) 293-3311 |  www.stmarklutheran.org