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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  no later than Tuesday at 12 noon.
Faith, Formation and Fellowship 

Glory in his holy Name; 
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. -Psalm 105:3
This Sunday is the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost and the appointed readings are Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28; Psalm 105, 1-6, 16-22, 45b; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33.    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:

Sunday Morning's Lay Ministers -- Thank you to the following parishioners for sharing their time and talent with the congregation this week. If you would like to become involved, please contact Pastor Debra at 847-732-9564 or
  • Altar Guild: Sharon Friend, Evelyn Russell
  • Flower Guild: Dale Seifert
  • Ushers: John Lucadamo, Doug Sondgeroth, Nancye Kirk, Elsa Sondgeroth
  • Lectors: Guy Wilson (8 a.m.), Aina Gutierrez (9:30 a.m.)
  • Eucharistic Ministers:  Motoko Maegawa, Eva Sondgeroth
  • Lay Eucharistic Visitor: Allison Ashley
  • Vestry Persons of the Day: Nancye Kirk, Ted Richardson
  • Lakefront Lemonade & Snacks: Nancye Kirk, Aina Gutierrez, Doug Sondgeroth, Eva Sondgeroth, Asher Sondgeroth, Elsa Sondgeroth
Back-to-School & Backpack Blessings: On Sunday, August 27 th , all students are invited to gather during the 9:30 a.m. worship for a back-to-school blessing. Bring your backpack and Pastor Debra will pray a blessing over that as well. Teachers, classroom assistants and all other school personnel, along with parents and grandparents and all who work to ensure the success of our students will also receive a blessing!

Partial Eclipse Viewing Party:   Join Pastor Debra in the front yard at St. Mark's to view the partial solar eclipse from 11:54 a.m. to 2:42 p.m. on Monday, August 21.  For safety reasons ALL children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Pastor Debra is trying to get a supply of eclipse glasses- first come first serve; but, in case that falls through, plan to bring a pin-hole projector or a colander! Pack a lunch and join us on the lawn!

Second Friday Dinner: This Friday, August 11th, the St. Mark's Second Friday Dinner will take place at TAVA, 7172 Dempster Street, in Morton Grove.  This restaurant, located near the intersection of Harlem and Dempster, serves Indian cuisine.  It provides a full service of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.  We will meet at 6:15 p.m.  Members of St. Mark's and friends of members--of all ages--are welcome to join us.  If you plan to join the group, please rsvp to Dick and Carolyn Brooks at or 847-424-8422.

We're Going Mini Golfing! It's a Rain Date!  Join us on Thursday, August 17th for an evening of mini golf! We will meet at the Skokie Sports Park (3459 Oakton St, Skokie, IL) at 7 p.m. and purchase tickets when we arrive.  Tickets cost $6 for children under the age of 10, and $7 for everyone else.  Tickets cost $5 if we have a group of 15 people or more.  We will head to Steak & Shake for post-putt-putt treats!   If you plan to join us (and we hope you will!), please RSVP to Katie Snitker, 

Jubi-latte & Tea Deum with the Rector is Back: Pastor Debra will be at a table at Cupitol (812 Grove Street, Evanston) at the following dates/times this month
  • Wednesday, August 16th and August 30th from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 10 and August 24 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Pastor Debra will be happy to buy you a coffee, tea, or milkshake and to chat about whatever is on your mind (or nothing at all). . . . when you stop by! Students who are off for the summer are especially welcome!  

Becoming the Story We Tell: Lectionary at the Lakefront:  All are welcome to participate in this small group at the lakefront each Tuesday from 7 - 8 p.m. through August 29th  as we reflect together on the scripture for the following Sunday, looking for connections between the gospel drama and the drama of our own lives and becoming shaped by the stories that have been a part of our faith for centuries.  We meet just north of Hamilton Street and the lake close to the playground so that those who have small children can easily take part. [Rain location: St. Mark's parlor]. 

Think & Drink "Green" This Sunday!   Are you interested in being a part of a Green Team (or Creation Care Committee) to help St. Mark's preserve and protect God's Creation as an aspect of faithful discipleship? Join us for a meeting at the lakefront this Sunday, August 13 following the 9:30 a.m. lakefront worship service to share ideas, discuss goals, and brainstorm possible projects (10:45-11:45 a.m.). Iced  green  tea and light snacks will be provided as we "think green." For more information about this gathering, please contact Allison Ashley at or 847-674-3608 or Katie Snitker at or 847-864-4806. We look forward to seeing you!
Outreach and Social Justice
Midweek Lunch: Come and Join Us!
Each week, volunteers from St. Mark's and St. Matthew's work together to prepare and serve meals for our neighbors who struggle with hunger and homelessness.  On Tuesdays from 6:00-6:30 p.m. volunteers turn five pounds of turkey, two pounds of ham, one pound of salami, three pounds of cheese and six big loaves of bread into 60 sandwiches.  On Wednesdays, volunteers gather in Cunningham Hall to set up and take down tables and chairs, set out food and beverages, serve the meal and talk with our guests.   During the summer, many regular volunteers leave for vacation, and so help is needed on Wednesdays from about 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  "Come and See" as we like to say at St. Mark's!  Join fellow parishioners Mary Pat Buckley, Rima Lockwood, Dave Himrod as well as folks from St. Matthew's to serve and meet our guests. Perhaps you'll be treated to an informal gospel music concert from Linda and friends. Contact John Lucadamo at or 847-436-1701 for more information.

COPE Backpack Drive 2017:  For the past two years St. Mark's has served as the sorting and distribution center for the COPE Backpack and School Supply drive.  2017 marks year number 3 and we would love for you to be involved!  Volunteers are still needed to help with the distribution of school supplies on Friday evening and Saturday morning. If you are able to assist, please sign up at .  You can also get involved by donating new backpacks (you can purchase them from the Amazon Wishlist, OR you can purchase elsewhere and bring it to worship with you this Sunday, August 6).  Last year, we helped COPE serve 1,018 children at all Evanston schools including JEH Early Childhood Center and ETHS.
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 Snitker at so we can assign you a month!

Counting What  Counts
On the second Tuesday of each month, Interfaith Action of Evanston teams up with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to bring free, fresh produce to our neighbors in need.  In July, 31 volunteers (4 from St. Mark's) sorted and distributed 11,890 pounds of produce (cabbage, zucchini, carrots, lettuce, bananas, apples, turnip greens, mixed prepackaged vegetables, and green onions) to serve 959 individuals.  The next date to volunteer is Tuesday, September 12.  The distribution takes place from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Robert Crown Center. Volunteers are needed from 8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. If you are able to help out, you can sign up at

Summer Giving - With increased vacations in the summer months, pledge payments can fall behind.  But, there is a way you can help! You can give online using PayPal! Simply go to our website: and click on the Donate button in the right hand column OR most banks now offer "bill pay" services and you can set St. Mark's up as a recurring payment. Not a pledger? You can still use the Donate button on the website or set up a recurring payment from your bank.  All contributions are tax-deductible and we are grateful for whatever support you can offer as we continue to minister to one another and to our neighbors.

Other Announcements

Prayer List
If you would like yourself or your loved ones added to the prayer, please email their name(s) to Pastor Debra at  

We bid your prayers for: Bob Barr,  Veronica Braithwaite, John Burnham, Tony Campise,  Karen Cornelius, Caroline Frowe, Ann Lettner, Ayden Lettner, Charlie Lettner, Grace Lettner, Kathy Lettner, John Lucadamo, Donald McCrea, Edie and Bob Molumby, Jake Morris, Jan and Jeri Offutt, Danny White, Virginia de los Angeles, Betty Augustinos, Lucy Augustinos,  Barbara Birkos, Yost Conner, Barbara Gerrish, Olivia Heiting, Joan and Sherwin, Maria de Lourdes, Maria, Bruce McMenomy, Jay Johnson, OJ Mabwa, Ahmed Mahmoud, Carl and Lindy Messier, Reg Ryan, Tim and his family, Kelly Wheeler Szczepaniak, Yelisse.

We pray for those who have died:  Martha McCann, friend of Robin Tucker;  Adam Capers, cousin of Lisa Montgomery; Russell Birkos, brother-in-law of Edie and Bob Molumby and dear friend of John and Betsy Sagan; Christine Loving, dear friend of Ted and Donna Richardson

We pray for the people in  the Diocese of Southeast Mexico and the Diocese of Renk

August Birthdays:  Ann Lettner (1), Maggie Johnson (1), Lucy Consiglio (1), Jake Morris (3), Corinne Clarkson (3), Andrea Nowack (4), Nathan Waller (5), Eliana Greene (5), Jack Heinz (6), Edie Molumby (10), Sebastian Urbanowski (10), Fred Lewis (12), Joanna Greene (13), Blair Lele (13), Andy Schultze (16), Jackson Benz (16), Sherri Crawford (19), Eva Sondgeroth (19), Kate Johnson (21), Rachel McElhatton (24),Cas Szczepaniak (24),  Clark Alexander (29)

August Anniversaries: Donald & Mary Koss (2), Judson & Gabrielle Brooks (3), Patrick & Emily Furlong (5), Milner & Dale Seifert (8), Robert & Rima Lockwood (10), Catherine Carpenter & David Baker (13), Luke Urbanowski & Lisa Liang (20), Deane & Beth Johnson (29)
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

Free Introduction to Tai Chi:  The Human Process meets for Tai Chi classes on Saturday mornings in Cunningham Hall at 11am.  You and your friends are cordially invited to a Free Introduction on Saturday, September 9 from 11:00-12:30.  No RSVP is required-- just show up! For more information, visit

Thrive! The Spring 2017 edition of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago Magazine arrived and copies are available in the Parlor and "in the box" at the Lakefront (just ask an usher). Reading Thrive is a great way to learn more about what's going on in the broader church and it is a great magazine to share with friends who are curious about your church.  So, pick up a copy today!  

Calendar of Events
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