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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 

He revives my soul 
and guides me along right pathways for his Name's sake. - Psalm 23:3

This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Easter and the appointed readings are  Acts 2:42-47 Psalm 23 1 Peter 2:19-25 , and John  10:1-10.    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 GuildDorothy Laudati, Rachel Easton
  • Flower GuildEmily Chastain
  • UshersMarion Macbeth, Dorothy Laudati, Rich Forst
  • Acolytes: Abigail Seifert, Wesley Urbanowksi, Sebastian Urbanowski
  • Lectors: Mike Johnson, Maryallen Estes
  • Eucharistic MinistersAina Gutierrez, Andrea Nowack, Milner Seifert 
  • Vestry Persons of the DayNathan Waller, Anne Heinz
  • Coffee Hour Snacks:  A-F
Bike to Church Month   May is National Bike Month.  We encourage you to ride your bike (or walk, carpool, take public transit) to St. Mark's for worship on Sundays in May.  You may park your bike in Bethlehem Chapel during worship.  Just a week after Earth Day what a great way to try to cut down our carbon footprint - one bike ride or walk at a time.  

Choir! Would you like to try out the choir for a short period of time to see what it's all about!? We hope so!   Join the choir for rehearsals on Thursday evenings from 7:30 - 9 p.m. in the Choir Room (upstairs) as we prepare for the remaining Sundays of Easter, culminating with Pentecost on June 4.  For more information, contact David at or just "show up!" We'll save a seat for you.

A Celebration of Life  for parishioner Louise Beem will take place at The Elliot Chapel of Presbyterian Homes, 3131 Simpson, Evanston on Monday, May 15 at 2:30 p.m.  Pastor Debra will preside.  In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes memorial contributions to The Louise Beem and Dorothy Carpenter Fund for Early Childhood at DuPage Children's Museum. Louise's obituary can be found online at

Potluck Supper & Variety Show!  Join St. Mark's on Friday, May 19 from 6 - 8 p.m. for a variety of food and performances!  If you have an act, skill, or gift you would like to share with our congregation, please contact Katie Kuriyama at to get on the line-up.  And what's a show without some good grub?  We are looking for drinks, salads, main dishes, and desserts, which you can sign-up to bring here:   Sign-ups for the potluck and show are also located in the church parlor.  This is a family-friendly event.  The invitation to participate is open to all ages, and children are encouraged to share their talents with our community.  Contact Katie with any questions.  And remember:  it's all about variety!

Second Friday Dinner will take place on Friday, May 12th  at Prairie Moon, 1502 Sherman Road, in Evanston.  This restaurant serves American cuisine and has a full bar.  We will meet at 6:15 p.m.  Anyone is welcome to participate.  If you plan to join the group, please rsvp to Dick and Carolyn Brooks at  or 847-424-8422.
CnC Reminder: CnC Students and Mentors we will be gathering on Sunday, May 14 at St. Mark's from 6:15 - 8 p.m.  See you then!

Got Hosta Plants and Time to Divide? The Garden Ministry at St. Mark's needs more hosta plants for the  Alley Garden behind the church. Rima Lockwood would like to plant them  the second week of May. If you could donate plants, please call Rima at  847/475-3543 or email her at  Thank you.

Confirmation and Reception: The Diocesan-wide service of Confirmation and Reception will take place at St. James Cathedral on Saturday, June 10 at 11 a.m.  Adults (ages 16 and up) who would like to prepare for reception or confirmation in the Episcopal Church by the laying on of hands by our bishop should contact Pastor Debra,  The community of St. Mark's looks forward to walking this path of faith with you.

2017 Lion of the Year
presented at Choral Evensong on 30 April 2017

Each year at our celebration of our Patronal Feast day, the Feast of St. Mark, it is our custom to announce and honor a Lion of the Year-a lay person so honored because of their love, commitment and service to our Lord and to this community. This year's Lion of the Year is Milner Seifert.
For a year and a half, Milner chaired the Organ Committee dedicating countless hours to coordinating schedules, visiting other church organs, working with consultants, preparing status reports, and making recommendations to the vestry.  Milner is also known for his support of our Christmas pageants - he works with the children to teach them music and then works with the choir so David can rehearse with the children.  He also volunteers his expertise and takes choir rehearsals when David is unavailable.  He has been our volunteer leader of song at the lakefront when David is on vacation. 
But we also want to acknowledge some of Milner's less public work.  Every week, Milner works behind the scenes for St. Mark's, attending to the smallest details in the preparation of our worship bulletins - ensuring that the instructions for the congregation are clear, that the changes from one season to the next have been appropriately marked, and even catching font-size discrepancies.  Having said all of this, however, Pastor Debra wants to be clear that any remaining mistakes in our service bulletins are hers - not his.  This work is something for which Milner might be considered a bit overqualified:  after all Milner has served as a church choir director for more than 40 years and is currently a lecturer in liturgy and music at Bexley Seabury. But he does this work with great humility and care.
But, we've saved the best for last, the most important role Milner plays at St. Mark's as far as Pastor Debra is concerned is the time he gives to both David and to Debra - free of charge - as a liturgical and musical consultant - answering questions when David and Debra look at each other, shrug their shoulders and say, "I don't know, I was raised Presbyterian.  Let's ask Milner.  Milner will know."  
Milner's love, commitment and service to our Lord through this community is clear.  And we extend to him our heartfelt gratitude.  

Going Where The Youth Are

The Church is wherever God's people are gathered and for our youth that is often not at St. Mark's - the building - because they are involved in so many extra-curricular activities.  Imagine the positive message we might share with our young people by Being Church where they are - at the ice rink, on the baseball diamond, at the debate club, at their concert.  Let's Be Church Where the Youth Are!  Take pictures, congratulate often, and remind our young people that they too are Being the Church wherever they are!  If you have events to add on behalf of your young person, please email Pastor Debra,

May 4
  • 5:45 p.m., Softball, Highland Park, Betsy
May 5
  • 7 p.m., Ice Show "Cirque Spectaculaire: A Collaboration of Artistic Athleticism," Robert Crown Center (tickets are $10 reserved, $9 general admission and can be purchased by calling 847-448-8258 or at the door), Neena
May 6
  • 10:30 a.m., Softball, Skokie Playfields, Kate J.
  • 6 p.m. "Cirque Spectaculaire" (see May 5 for details), Neena
May 7
  • 3 p.m., "Cirque Spectaculaire" (see May 5 for details), Neena
May 9
  • 5:45 p.m., Softball, Wescott School, Northbrook, Betsy
May 11
  • Orchestra Performance, Haven Ice Cream Social, Maggie
  • 6 p.m., Talent Show, Orrington School Auditorium, Asher, Elsa, Eva, Sydney
May 12
  • 7:30 p.m., Foster Dance Company's Spring Performance: Dance Forward at Regina Dominican High School's auditorium (tickets available at the door), Kate S.
May 13
  • 9 a.m., Softball, Skokie Playfields, Kate J.
  • 12 noon, Softball, Techny Park, Betsy
  • 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Foster Dance Company's Spring Performance, Kate S. (see May 12 for details)
  • Bring on the Heat Swim Meet, Pleasant Prairie (WI), Maggie
May 14
  • Bring on the Heat Swim Meet, Pleasant Prairie (WI), Maggie
  • Soccer, Evanston, Sydney
May 16
  • 5:45 p.m., Softball, Wescott School, Northbrook, Betsy
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 .

Producemobile: On Tuesday, May 9 and 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.  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 this month, you can sign up at

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 so we can assign you a month!

Counting What Counts:
St. Mark's musicians worked especially hard last month!  In the month of April, 36 people participated in music-making at St. Mark's and performed 104 pieces of music, including hymns, preludes, postludes, psalms, anthems, and a handbell piece.  Thank you to all of the musicians (the choir, additional singers, the handbell choir, guest musicians, and Associate for Music Ministries David Plank) for enhancing worship by sharing your time and talent with our community.
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

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, Violet and Abda Benjamin, Susan Murrell Castaneda, Marilyn Goede, Bill and Barbara Haswell, 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: Robert Walsh, uncle of Alison Walsh

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

May Birthdays -  Georgia Ealy (1), Nick Easton (3), Martha Lettner (4), Helen Baker (6), Elizabeth Lele (7), Sophia Chastain (8), Sam Consiglio (9), Avis Redwine (9), Alice Rocca (9), Bonnie Lindstrom (10), Milind Lele (13), Vittorio Laudati (16), Hughie Lele (18), John Sagan, Jr. (18), John Baker (19),Anne Heinz (19),  Kate Lewis (19), Veronica Braithwaite (22), Mary Koss (22), Bob Molumby (22), Lee Gaede (23), Molly Skelton (26), Todd Skelton (26), Reba Howard (27), Dalia Benz (28), Nasim Alexander (29), Kate Hayes (29), Donald Koss (29), Robin Tucker (29)
May AnniversariesCalvin and Holly Yanaga (24), Fred and Susan Lewis (31)
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
Pastor Debra will be at the Kellogg Center for Nonprofit Management Monday, May 8 through Wednesday, May 10.  During those three days, her response to phone and email messages may be a bit slower than usual.  Please be patient.  

Nametags -  Please wear your nametags.  It's welcoming!  And it helps us all converse and connect.  If you need a nametag, please contact Katie (

Evanston English Country Dancers meet in Cunningham Hall on alternate Wednesday evenings beginning at 8 p.m.  All dances are taught and prompted and include English Country dances devised from pre - 1650 to the present.  Once a month, live music is performed by Putting on Aires; other Wednesdays, the music is from an extensive CD collection.  Please come with or without a partner.  Wear comfortable shoes (the type you would use to walk a mile) and casual clothing.  The fee is $5 ($3 for students).  Upcoming dates include: May 17 and 31.  For more information, contact Tom Senior at 847-606-8704 or
Evanston Creative Writing Group meets in Bethlehem Chapel on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 7 - 9 p.m. Do you like to write?  Do you like to be creative but find it challenging sometimes to put yourself on the page?  Do you enjoy receiving challenging prompts that spur your creativity?  The Evanston Creative Writing group is a creative prompt group designed to get you on the page and start the creative juices flowing.  This is not a critique group.  We offer positive comments on what our authors create, understanding that the writing generated within our group is rough or "first-draft".  We accept all members, from those who are serious about writing to those who use the time offered to blow off some creative steam.  We welcome you, and hope you will join us soon.  Bring a notebook/pen or a computer on which to write - that's all you need! Upcoming dates include: May 10 and May 24. For more information, go to

Calendar of Events
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