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This Week at St. Mark's
A reminder that if you have announcements for the newsletter or the bulletin, they must be sent to Katie at community@stmarksevanston.org  no later than Tuesday at 12 noon.
Faith, Formation and Fellowship 
 
Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you;
 I have said to the LORD, "You are my Lord, 
my good above all other." . - Psalm 16:1

This Sunday is the Second Sunday of Easter and the appointed readings are Acts 2:14a, 22-32, Psalm 16, 1 Peter 1:3-9, and John 20:19-31.   We invite you to take some time this week to read them in advance so that they can speak to you throughout the week. If you don't have a Bible nearby, you can find the passages at this website: www.lectionarypage.net 

This Sunday, Adult Forum on Creation Care: Biblical Narratives of Redemption,
Resurrection, and Nature   Join parishioner Blake Chastain for an adult forum this Sunday, April 23, the day after Earth Day, for a discussion on how the biblical narrative can speak to--and motivate--us about today's ecological crises, including climate change.  Blake studied creation care as part of his graduate work at Northwestern. The adult forum will be from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. in Bethlehem Chapel.

Feast of St. Mark's: Please Buy Your Tickets Today!
Next Sunday, April 30, we will celebrate our patronal feast day with a BBQ, Choral Evensong and Concert. We will also recognize St. Mark's Lion of the Year. The BBQ and games will begin at 5 PM on the front lawn (or Cunningham Hall in case of inclement weather), and Choral Evensong and Concert will begin at 7 PM in the church. St. Mark's Choir, along with guest musicians, will be presenting Mozart's Missa Brevis in D Major, K. 194 and Herbert Murrill's Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis.  You can purchase tickets today by credit card by going to our website http://www.stmarksevanston.org or you can buy them on Sunday in the parlor.  $20 for adults; $5 for children 12 and under. This is a great time to invite a friend to come and see how God is at work at St. Mark's!

Jubi-latte and Tea Deum with the Rector Jubi-latte -  On Monday, April 24 from  9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at Cupitol, 812 Grove Street, Evanston, Pastor Debra will be available to treat you to your favorite coffee or tea drink and to enjoy a time of relaxation and fellowship.  No hidden agenda. Just a time to spend time together.  Jubilate is Latin for "Rejoice" and the Te Deum is a Hymn of Praise. It seems particularly well suited to a Monday in the Season of Easter!

Fifth Saturday Men's Breakfast -  The St. Mark's Men's Group will meet for breakfast on April 29th at 7:30 AM at Walker Bros. on Green Bay Road. All men (and boys) of St. Mark's are welcome. Questions? Call Bruce Gaede at 847-274-0541.

Outreach and Social Justice
 

Midweek Lunch: Come and join us!
There are two weekly opportunities to serve our neighbors who struggle with hunger and homelessness. Every Tuesday from 6:00-6:30 pm, lunches are packed in the kitchen here at St. Mark's, and every Wednesday lunch is served at 11 a.m. On Wednesday, volunteers are asked to arrive by 10:00 a.m. and stay until 12:30 p.m. For more information and to volunteer, contact John Lucadamo at  lucadamj@gmail.com .


Coffee & Council is a monthly opportunity for St. Mark's parishioners to engage with local politics and ask "What's going on?" as a community by attending City Council .  Join Associate for Community Engagement Katie Kuriyama and others on Monday, April 24, and the fourth Monday of every month, for coffee at Coffee Lab, 910 Noyes, at 6:30 p.m. for a time of fellowship and to review the Council agenda.  At 7 p.m. we will leave for the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center (.7 mile walk) to attend the City Council meeting ( roughly 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.)  Free parking is available behind the Civic Center.  If you have any questions, including questions concerning handicap accessibility, please contact Katie at community@stmarksevanston.org or 847-864-4806.
 
YWCA Stand Against Racism  aims to raise community awareness of the effects of racism on all of us.  Join St. Mark's and the YWCA in this public stand against racism on Friday, April 28 from 11:30 - 11:55 a.m. in front of St. Mark's as individuals and organizations from the community line up along Ridge Road.  Join us in making signs for the Stand at 11:15 a.m. in the Parlor.  Materials will be provided.  The YWCA also encourages people to participate in post-Stand public discussions which will happen from 12 noon - 12:45 p.m. Two of our neighbors will be hosting discussions after the Stand: YWCA Evanston/North Shore (1215 Church) and Unitarian Church of Evanston (1330 Ridge).  
Stewardship 
Each month in 2017 we will feature a ministry of St. Mark's where we can "count what counts" because we are Bound Together in Christ. If you have a ministry at St. Mark's where we can "cou nt what counts" (lunches packed or served, pounds of produce distributed, hours of candles burned, number of notes sung!) contact Katie Kuriyama at community@stmarksevanston.org so we can assign you a month!
 

Counting What Counts:  St. Mark's is the location for many gatherings in our community.  In addition to the groups from St. Mark's that utilize church space on a weekly basis, St. Mark's shared space with 20 other community groups in the month of March!   What a joy it is that our building can be a blessing to others.
Other Announcements

Prayer List
If you have loved ones you would like added to the prayer list at any time, send an email to Pastor Debra at rector@stmarksevanston.org.

We bid your prayers for: Bob Barr, Trish Barr, Astley Bent, Veronica Braithwaite, John Burnham, Tony Campise, Genevieve Costello, Karen Cornelius, Maryallen Estes, Caroline Frowe, Ann Lettner, Ayden Lettner, Charlie Lettner, Grace Lettner, Kathy Lettner, John Lucadamo, Donald McCrea, Bob Molumby, Jake Morris, Mary O'Dowd, Jan and Jeri Offutt, Casmir Szczepaniak, Luke Urbanowski, Danny White, Fareedun Ansari, Betty Augustinos, Lucy Augustinos, Paul Basenberg, Susan Murrell Castaneda, Marilyn Goede, Olivia Heiting, Katie Iles, Joan and Sherwin, Jay Johnson, OJ Mabwa, Ahmed Mahmoud, Carl and Lindy Messier, Garrett Moody, Jim Riley and his family, Reg Ryan, Herman Schrock, Delores Sykes Hicks, Kelly Wheeler Szczepaniak, Tim and his family, Dorothy Waller.
 
We pray for those who have died: Louise Beem, St. Mark's parishioner
 
We pray for the people in  the Diocese of Southeast Mexico and the Diocese of Renk


April Birthdays - Alison Walsh (3), Sandra Howard (5), Liz McElhatton (6), Ellen Bergman (7), Caroline Frowe (9), Dan Whitmore (9), Bob Barr (10), Holly Yanaga (11), Kendra Johnson (11), Jeremy Greene (16), Samuel Najem (18), Owen Baker (20), David Plank (21), Timothy Blue (23), Rudy Burke (23), Anna Holladay (4/25), Tom Durham (27), Holly Benz (28), R ichard Brooks (28), Carrie King (29), Michelle Mbuki (30)
 
April Anniversaries: Milind and Blair Lele (3), Clark and Nasim Alexander (10), Gary and Liz McElhatton (19), Mike Schoen and Nathan Waller (26)
 
 
If we have missed your birthday or anniversary, please do let us know so we can correct the error. Send your name and date of birth to rector@stmarksevanston.org
 
Nametags - Please wear your nametags - it's welcoming and it helps us all converse and connect.  If you need a nametag, please contact Katie (community@stmarksevanston.org)

Calendar of Events
For information about upcoming dates and events at St. Mark's, click here ( http://www.stmarksevanston.org/calendar-of-events/ ) .

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