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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 

The wardens and vestry of St. Mark's are delighted to announce that Austin  Suvari has accepted Pastor Debra's invitation to join the vestry as a  Youth Representative beginning this month. Austin is a junior at ETHS  where he is active in a number of sports - water polo, swim team, and
sailing.  At St. Mark's, he regularly attends the 8 a.m.  service and is an  altar server.  He was a member of the Confirm not Conform class  (2014-2016) and was confirmed by Bishop Jeff in June 2016.  Austin is a  life-long Episcopalian and we are grateful that he has agreed to join the

Sadly, during the summer, the vestry bid farewell to three vestry members  - Motoko Maegawa, Nathan Waller, and Alison Walsh.  We are grateful to  each of them for their unique contributions to the vestry. While Motoko  has moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, we are pleased that both Nathan and  Alison remain with the St. Mark's congregation.  Please join us in giving  thanks for their dedication and commitment to this vital ministry of the  church.  The vestry is in the process of appointing additional members to  complete their unexpired terms and those new members will be announced  soon.

A final note, you may recall that last spring, the vestry announced that  we would be holding a series of Community Conversations this fall.  These  conversations will be vital to moving the ministries of St. Mark's  forward; however, due to the vestry resignations, we are running a bit
behind.  Please watch the newsletter and bulletin announcements for plans  as they unfold!

Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing his praise in the congregation of the faithful. - Psalm 149:1
This Sunday is the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost and the appointed readings are Exodus 12:1-14, Psalm 149, Romans 13:8-14, and Matthew 18:15-20.    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: Michael Schoen
  • Ushers: John Lucadamo, Doug Sondgeroth, Nancye Kirk, Elsa Sondgeroth
  • Acolytes: Betsy Johnson, Mickey Loewenstein, Asher Sondgeroth
  • Lectors: Ted Richardson, Chris Schultze
  • Eucharistic Minster: Lisa Montgomery, Aina Gutierrez, Dale Seifert
  • Eucharistic Visitor: Andrea Nowack
  • Vestry Persons of the Day: Luke Urbanowski, Nancye Kirk
September Worship Schedule:
  • Sunday, September 10: one service at 9:30 a.m. (Sanctuary) followed by Potluck Brunch & Ministry Fair
  • Sunday, September 17: 8 a.m. (Lady Chapel) and 10:30 a.m. (Sanctuary)
  • Sunday, September 24: 8 a.m. (Lady Chapel) and 10:30 a.m. (Sanctuary)
Confirm not Conform resumes tonight at 6:15 p.m. here at St. Mark's in the SMAC room (use the Parlor door).  What to bring? You and your Helping Homework handout from last spring and your list of volunteer hours from the summer. Questions: text or call Pastor Debra at 847-732-9564.

Choir begins  tonight ! The St. Mark's choir is open to all who want to sing to the Lord and rehearses each Wednesday evening from 7:30 - 9 p.m. and on Sunday mornings beginning one hour before worship. Come and sing for a month, a season, or the whole year! We look forward to welcoming you at our first Fall Rehearsal!

Sunday School classes resume on Sunday, September 17 th at 9:30 a.m. We look forward to welcoming all young people (ages 3 - 17). If you would like to assist or be available as a substitute teacher, please contact Pastor Debra, 

Potluck Brunch & Ministry Fair: Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this fabulous event after worship this Sunday, September 10th! To sign-up to bring something, contact Tacia Johnson at or 847-328-0993. To learn more about the Ministry Fair, contact Katie at
Becoming the Story We Tell: Bible Study: We are constantly in the process of living out the stories that we tell --- for example, "pull yourselves up by the boot straps" is a common American story that is told. Join in a discussion of the Biblical story - focused on one of the passages that will be read in worship on Sunday - so that we might become the story that God intends for our lives. All are invited. No prior Bible study experience expected or required. Just bring an open mind and heart. Ages 16 and up. Quiet space will be available for younger children to work on homework, build puzzles, and/or color. Please let Pastor Debra know if your child will be attending by emailing We will meet on Tuesday evenings beginning September 5 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Spirituality Center (St. Mark's basement - use the alley entrance on the southwest end of the church building).
Second Friday Dinner: The next St. Mark's Second Friday Dinner will take place on September 8th at 6:15 p.m.  We will meet at EL Sol Mexican Restaurant, 6000 W. Dempster, Morton Grove.  Members and friends of St. Mark's, of all ages, are invited.  If you plan to join us, please rsvp to Dick and Carolyn Brooks, or 847-424-8422.

Jubi-latte & Tea Deum with the Rector continues this fall at Cupitol (812 Grove Stree t, Evanston) every Wednesday 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! No appointment needed.

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 deli meat, cheese, and bread into 60 sandwiches.  On Wednesdays, volunteers gather in Cunningham Hall from 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. to set up and take down tables and chairs, set out food and beverages, serve the meal and talk with our guests.  Contact John Lucadamo at or 847-436-1701.  You can also sign-up here (Tuesday packing) or here

Bike the Ridge:  This fun, city-sponsored event is set for Sunday, October 1st.  As cyclists prepare for their only opportunity to bike on Ridge Avenue all year, we're asking for your help as we prepare to meet them on the street! We are collecting 8 oz water bottles and packaged snacks (granola bars, crackers, and fruit snacks). Donations can be placed in the red shopping cart in the back of the sanctuary beginning this Sunday.  On the day of the event, St. Mark's will offer snacks, water, use of tire pumps, bathroom breaks, bike blessings, and a prayer craft for our community.  If you would like to volunteer to help out the day of the event, please sign-up in the parlor or visit  We will only have one service that day at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Bike Blessing at 10:30 a.m.  Be sure to give yourself a few extra minutes to get to church if you will be driving as Ridge Avenue will be closed between Howard and Church Street from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Join us for a Coastal Cleanup!  On September 16 th, International Coastal Cleanup Day, volunteers from across the region and the world will join together to protect our waters and make beaches more beautiful.  Be a part of this international effort to clean up our coasts and a Great Lakes-wide day of action by joining us at South Boulevard Beach  ( 525 Sheridan Square, Evanston) from 9 am - 10 am on Saturday, September 16th to clean up.  This is a great way to give back to our beaches after a summer of fun beach days and lakefront worship services.  Contact Allison Ashley at if you have questions or to let us know you are coming. Bring a garbage bag and rubber gloves if you have them.  Garbage bags and rubber gloves will also be available.  This event is sponsored by The Alliance for the Great Lakes.  

Racism, Poverty & Gun Violence: On September 30 from 9 am-noon at St. James Commons (65 E. Huron), the Rev. Julian DeShazier, senior pastor of University Church, Chicago (also known as hip-hop artist, J.Kwest), will lead an open discussion on racism, poverty, and gun violence. The event is free and open to all, and a light breakfast will be served. The discussion, sponsored by the Diocese of Chicago and its Peace and Justice Committee, follows on a conference held in Chicago by Bishops United against Gun Violence titled "Unholy Trinity: The Intersection of Racism, Poverty and Gun Violence." To register:

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: In July & August, 28 St. Mark's folk (parishioners and staff, former parishioners and friends of St. Mark's) contributed $608 to COPE for the purchase of School Supplies for students in District 65 and 202.  St. Mark's Deacon's Alms Fund matched the first $519 of monies bringing the St. Mark's Deacon's Alms Fund matched the first $510 of monies bringing the St. Mark's contribution to COPE to $1,127 (enough to buy school supply kits for 49 students).  6 new backpacks were donated by 4 parishioners and 7 St. Mark's parishioners and staff members contributed a total of 21 hours to sorting and distributing supplies to students. 

Hurricane Harvey Relief Collection: Over the past two Sundays, you contributed $1018.38  to support the Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts of Episcopal Relief and Development.  Thank you!!! If you would still like to donate, you can do so by contributing to Episcopal Relief and Development directly at

Other Announcements

Prayer List
If you would like yourself or your loved one added to (or removed from) the prayer list at anytime, please email their name(s) to Pastor Debra at  The list is also refreshed at the beginning of each month.

We bid your prayers for: Veronica Braithwaite, John Burnham, Tony Campise, Karen Cornelius, Caroline Frowe, Donald McCrea, Jake Morris, Mary Nowack, Jan and Jeri Offutt, Betty Augustinos, David Cresap, Donnie Cresap, Carol and Laura Easton, Suzanne Ehrenberg, Olivia Heiting, Jay Johnson, Patricia Johnson, OJ Mabwa, Ahmed Mahmoud, Carl and Lindy Messier, Susan Murrell Castaneda, Reg Ryan

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

September Birthdays  Dale Seifert (3), Emily Chastain (6), Alice Lele (7), Austin Suvari (7), Jack Suvari (7), Sarah Lettner (11), Karen Cornelius (13), Wesley Urbanowski (14), Michael Schoen (15), Mary O'Dowd (17), Compton Chase-Lansdale (18), Peter Dangremond (18), Gerald Offutt (20), Rebekah Lettner (21),  Debra  Bullock (22), Alex Gallegos (24), Síle Malone Greene (26), Peter Heinz (26), David Baker (27), Rachel Easton (28), Nadia Oussenko (28), Catherine Rocca (28), Jim Carver (29), Pat Bent (30)

September Anniversaries  Dorothy & Cas Szczepaniak (2), Georgia & Tom Kirby (3), C. Robert Buckley & Mary Pat Buckley (5), Lola & Dave Himrod (8), Nonie & Jake Morris (8), Lynn & Jim Carver (10), Aina Gutierrez & Doug Sondgeroth (24)

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

Office Hours This Fall  Pastor Debra: Thursdays from 2 - 5 p.m. and by appointment on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; Katie: Mondays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and by appointment; Scott: Tuesdays from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and by appointment.

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 this Saturday, September 9 from 11:00-12:30.  No RSVP is required-- just show up! For more information, visit

Calendar of Events
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