Pastor’s Letter – July 10, 2017

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy    Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high”

Many of you know these lyrics from George Gershwin’s opera, Porgy and Bess.  The opening lines of this lullaby make it seem like life is easy, but when we look deeper we see the discrepancy of what is and what ain’t.  Life ain’t easy; there is pain and suffering in the lives of Porgy, a disabled black man and Bess, the drug addicted, abused woman he longs to save.  There is segregation and there is poverty.  There are the haves and the have nots.

I bring this up because we live in a time when some people would have us believe that it’s summertime, and the livin’ is easy, but some people don’t see it that way.  They are struggling with life and death issues, acts of exclusion, poverty, and loneliness. That is why St. Mark’s continues to reach out to the community in a variety of ways.  Here are some of the ways you can help to ease the burdens and maybe, just maybe, allow for a little easy livin’ during this summertime.

  • Hygiene Items & Socks Drive– Bring your donations for CCSA to church on Sunday, July 16 to help community families receive the basics during financially difficult times. Bins will be located by the doors as you enter the church.
  • CCSA Backpack Drive – We hope to have 75 packs stuffed with the essential school supplies for student K-9th grade for blessing on Sunday, July 23. You can bring your packed backpacks to the church any time between now and July 23. Information is found in the church office or on line at http://www.ccsasandiego.org/projects/back-to-school-program
  • Clairemont Days – Saturday, August 5, 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM St. Mark’s will be across the street meeting and greeting our neighbors, playing games, and inviting them to all the free things St. Mark’s offers; monthly pancake breakfast, Vacation Bible School, Blessing of the Animals, Annual Concert Series, Living Nativity, and more… I invite you to sign up to help host the booth for two-hours
  • Annual Yard Sale – We are offering our campus up to the community to unload and load up on gently used items. What is not sold is donated to DAV and Calexico Neighborhood House.  Donations can be dropped off beginning Sunday, July 30.  All ages are invited to help sort and sell.  Sign up in the church office
  • Sunday Church on the Beach – Sundays, August 6, 13, 20 & 27 at 8:30 AM we will celebrate church in Mission Bay at Tecolote Shores (South of Hilton Hotel). This will be an opportunity each week to share communion, participate in a mission project, hear a message in a different way, and experience God’s great creation. Bring a chair or blanket
  • Grief Share – Beginning Tuesday, August 8 at 6:30 PM, Social Worker, Lindsey Van Gorder will lead the 13-week Grief Share classes for those who are dealing with the loss of a loved one. Registration is requested.

Yes, it’s summertime, so let’s make the livin’ easy for our neighbors.  I invite you to join us by volunteering your time and resources as we make the community a better place for everyone. Check in with the office for more information.  Our number is 858-273-1480.

See you in church,

Jeri