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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 

Your word is a lantern to my feet 
and a light upon my path. - Psalm 119:105
This Sunday is the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost and the appointed readings are Genesis 25:19-34; Psalm 119:105-112; Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9,18-23.    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: Pat Bent, Rachel Easton
  • Flower Guild: Emily Chastain
  • Ushers: Fred Lewis, Susan Lewis, Lisa Montgomery
  • Lectors: John Lucadamo (8 a.m.), Chris Schultze(9:30 a.m.)
  • Eucharistic Ministers:  Aina Gutierrez, Dorothy Szczepaniak
  • Eucharistic Visitor: Allison Ashley
  • Vestry Persons of the Day: Doug Sondgeroth, Luke Urbanowski
  • Lakefront Lemonade & Snacks: Chris Schultze (snacks); Luke Urbanowski (lemonade) 
Thank you to The Rev. Suzi Holding for preaching and presiding at this Sunday's worship services. Mo. Holding is Lecturer in Practical Theology at Bexley Seabury and was previously Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of San Diego.  We are blessed that she is joining us.

4 Church Beachapalooza 2017 Is Coming: Save the Date . On Sunday, July 30th, St. Mark's will once again join with St. Andrew's Pentecost, St. Luke's and St. Matthew's for the biggest gathering of Episcopalians in Evanston this year!  There will be only one worship service that morning at 10 a.m. in St. Mark's "usual location" (at the lakefront at Hamilton Street and Lake Shore Boulevard).  Worship will be followed by a coffee hour that will be as fabulous as you make it!  We need folks to sign up to bring treats to share. You can either visit OR sign-up at the lakefront - just ask an usher.
Lakefront Cookies & Lemonade: If you would like to pick a Sunday to bring cookies and lemonade to share after worship at the lakefront this summer, please sign up in the parlor or visit:  There is also a sign-up sheet at the lakefront-- just ask an usher.
Jubi-latte & Tea Deum with the Rector: Jubi-latte and Tea Deum will be on vacation for the rest of July but will resume on Wednesday, August 2.

AT LAST:  KABUL HOUSE AT ITS NEW LOCATION!  On Friday, July 14th, the St. Mark's Second Friday Dinner will take place at Kabul House 2424 Dempster Street, in Evanston.  This restaurant serves Afghan cuisine.  At least for now, it serves no alcoholic beverages--but allows for "byob".  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.

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]. 

We're Going Mini Golfing!  Join us on Thursday, August 3rd 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 Liz McElhatton at or 847-454-6237.

Think & Drink "Green"!   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 on 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 Kuriyama 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.
Pastor Debra's 23x23 Appeal: For the past two years St. Mark's has served as the sorting and distribution center for the COPE Backpack and School Supply drive.  This year I would like to issue a challenge to St. Mark's-- can 23 people from St. Mark's contribute $23 each to provide supplies for 23 students?   I think you can!  For each $23 contribution (use the link below), I will match the gift up to a total of $529 with monies from the Deacon's Alms Fund.  Simply make your gift using this link ( click on the donate tab and select 'school supply kits'). Then send me an email to say you did it! (  I know that there are at least 23 St. Mark's parishioners ready, able, and willing to help! 

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 #3 and we would love for you to be involved!  What can you do?

1.      Donate money (click on the donate tab and select "school supply kits")
2.      Donate NEW backpacks (you can purchase them from the Amazon Wishlist, OR you can purchase elsewhere and bring it to worship with you on Sunday, July 30 OR Sunday, August 6
3.      Sign up to help sort and/or distribute by clicking here:
4.      Please do *not* donate supplies. COPE will buy them in bulk and having miscellaneous supplies to sort through creates significantly more work for volunteers

Last year, we helped COPE serve 1018 children at all Evanston schools including JEH 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 Kuriyama at so we can assign you a month!

Counting What  Counts
In  the month of June, 8 different parishioners, serving as lectors, read the Old Testament and Epistle texts in our and 10:30/9:30 a.m. services.  In the "later" services, the texts totaled an impressive 2296 words, and in the "early" services, they came to a whopping 2721 words-due in no small part to the long, wonderful texts from Genesis.  Thanks to all those who faithfully contribute their gifts to our life together by reading!  If you would like to share your gifts as a lector, please contact Ric Ashley 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, Genevieve Costello, Karen Cornelius, Caroline Frowe, Ann Lettner, Ayden Lettner, Charlie Lettner, Grace Lettner, Kathy Lettner, John Lucadamo, Donald McCrea, Jake Morris, Jan and Jeri Offutt, Danny White, Virginia de los Angeles, Betty Augustinos, Lucy Augustinos,  Yost Conner, Barbara Gerrish, Peter Heinz, 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 the people in  the Diocese of Southeast Mexico and the Diocese of Renk

July Birthdays:  Amaru Greene (3), Phyllis Lyons (4), Elsa Sondgeroth (8), Asher Sondgeroth (10), John Fitts (13), Gordon Lewis (13), Blake Chastain (14), Joshua Lettner (24), John Sagan (25), Lisa Liang (25), Alice Yanaga (27), Sharon Friend (29), Nadia Himrod (29), Richard Forst (31)

July AnniversariesEd & Jane McCarron (14), Vittono & Dorothy Laudati (16), Katie Kuriyama & Karsten Snitker (24), Byron Scott & H├ęctor Cortes (25), Theodore & Donna Richardson (28), Bob & Trish Barr (30)
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 Vacation: From July 11-30, Pastor Debra and Andrea will be on vacation.  If during this time, you have a pastoral emergency, please contact the following:
July 11-16 Fr. Charlie de Kay, 630-862-5701
July 17-22 Joanna Greene, 847-275-7223 (she will contact the on-call priest, as needed)
July 23-27 Milner Seifert, 847-207-8912 (he will contact the on-call priest, as needed)
July 28-29 Pastor Debra, 847-732-9564 (still on vacation except if there is an emergency)

Wedding News & Vacation: From July 18 - July 31, Katie Kuriyama, St. Mark's Associate for Community Engagement will be on vacation.  On Monday, July 24, Katie and Karsten Snitker will be married.  From that day forward Katie will be using her new last name: Katie Snitker. Her contact information will remain the same. We just thought you should know who we mean when you see the new name.  And, congratulations Katie and Karsten!

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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