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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 
For I have heard the whispering of the crowd;
fear is all around; 
they put their heads together against me;
they plot to take my life. - Psalm 31:13

This Sunday is Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday and the appointed readings are Matthew 21:1-11, Psalm 118:19-29, Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 31:9-16, Philippians 2:5-11, and Matthew 26:36-27:66.   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: 
This Sunday'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: Mike Schoen, Dale Seifert, Emily Chastain
  • Ushers: John Lucadamo, Doug Sondgeroth, Nancye Kirk, Elsa Sondgeroth
  • Acolytes: Eva Sondgeroth, Bruce Gaede, Asher Sondgeroth
  • Lectors: Nancye Kirk, Chris Schultze
  • Passion Readers: Lisa Montgomery, Lola Himrod, Mike Johnson, Donna Richardson, Andy Howard, Carol Martin, Scott Zaucha, Joanna Greene, Rachel Easton, Allison Ashley, Chris Schultze
  • Eucharistic Ministers: Edie Molumby, Aina Gutierrez, Alison Walsh
  • Eucharistic Visitor: Joanna Greene
  • Vestry Persons of the Day: Doug Sondgeroth, Rima Lockwood
  • Coffee Hour Snacks:  Last Names beginning with G through L
Confirm not Conform Students-- A reminder that we are gathering this Sunday, April 9 from 6:15 - 8 p.m. at St. Matthew's.  We will reconvene the Council of CnC!  If you have questions, contact Pastor Debra.

Palm Sunday Formation for All Ages-- No matter how one observes it, Palm Sunday is a day of contradictions.  We open our worship with the celebration of palms but the celebration quickly gives way to a somber reading of and reflection on the passion of Jesus.  Join us on Sunday, April 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 as we explore the challenges faced by Jesus and the disciples during the days leading up to Jesus' death. 
Easter Preparations -- If you would like to help prepare the sanctuary for our celebrations of the resurrection, you are invited to gather in the parlor at St. Mark's on Saturday, April 15 at 9 a.m. We will set out the Easter flowers, prepare candles for the vigil, polish brass, decorate the parlor for our coffee hours and receptions and more!  There is always something for everyone to do!  All ages are welcome!

Easter Vigil Reception:  Please add to our festive receptions for the Easter Vigil on April 15 bringing something to share:  appetizers, mixed nuts, fruit and sweets are all options.  Treats should be already plated / ready-to-serve. If you would like to join Joanna Greene in setting up for and cleaning up after the Easter Vigil reception, please contact her at
Easter Day Coffee Hours: Please add to our festive coffee hours on Eastery Sunday, April 16 between the services and after the 10:30 service by bringing something to share: savory or sweet, crunchy or chewy, store bought or homemade are all options.  If possible, please bring treats already plated / ready-to-serve.  

Listening Below the Noise at St. James the Less --
Interior anxiety, worry, concern and fear steal our peace and paralyze our sense of hope. Perhaps more now than ever Christians must practice listening be-low the surface of our mind for the deeper wisdom of the Spirit. St. Paul invited the early Christians into the mind of Christ. When our thoughts are bathed in the spiritual heart we bec ome the peace of Christ and we are astounded by God's use for us.  On Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. the Rev. Lisa Senuta will lead enriching practices of holy listening using a variety of contemplative practices.  St. James the  Less Episcopal Church (550 Sunset Ridge Rd. Northfield IL 60093) Register through the office -  Cost: $15, (pay at the Quiet Day)  

Preparing for the Paschal Feast -- On Tuesday in Holy Week, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., all members of the diocese are invited to gather at St. James Commons and St. James Cathedral for a time of preparation for the celebrations of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil of Easter.  The half-day retreat is offered as a time of refreshment and reflection and will begin with prayer and meditation, include a celebration of the Eucharist with the blessing of chrism and conclude with a simple lunch of soup, salad and bread (optional for those who can stay.)  The Ven. David Painter will serve as guest preacher and, during the Eucharist, chrism will be blessed for use in congregations.  To register, go to: There is a $10 fee to attend.  

Going Where the Youth Are: Being Church
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 show up and cheer for our young people. 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,
Tyler is the Assistant Technical Director for USC's School of Dramatic Arts production of Evita which runs through this weekend.  If you can't get to southern California to see the show, you can send a note of encouragement to Tyler Maegawa-Goeser, Arts & Humanities Residential College, 920 W. 37th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90007 or email to
Outreach and Social Justice
At St. Mark's 

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
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Families Helping Families: Easter Sunday (3rd Sunday) Collection--  Kate Johnson and the rest of her Willard 5th grade Girl Scout bronze award team are collecting basic necessities for Family Promise, a place where homeless families in our community can find a way to get back on their feet. They are collecting the following items:  t oilet paper, p aper towels, d ryer sheets, p aper plates and plastic utensils, d isposable diapers and wipes, t rash bags, d isinfectant wipes, d isinfectant spray.   Please bring the items you have collected to donate to church on Easter Sunday, which is when you can place them in the red grocery cart in the back of the church to be collected. Thanks for helping Family promise and the Willard 5th grade Girl Scout bronze award team!

                    In The Community

Producemobile Tuesday, April 11 and on the 2nd 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
Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism workshop will be held on April 20 - 22 at Oakton Community College in Skokie, Illinois.  This is a unique opportunity for St. Mark's as most of the trainings have taken place in Hyde Park.  If you have questions about what to expect, contact Pastor Debra, Liz McElhatton, Andrea Nowack, or Katie Kuriyama who have all attended the workshop within the past year.  The most recent workshop filled up quickly (over 60 attendees!); so, please register early. Registration is now open, and you can learn more and register online at

Palm Sunday Services: Sunday, April 9 at 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.  
This service begins with a joyful procession with palms and gives way to a dramatic reading of the passion narrative. Between the Sunday services, children and adults are invited to gather for an inter-generational time of formation from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m.
Maundy Thursday: April 13 at 7:30 p.m.
This service remembers the Maundy, the commandment of Christ to love one another even as each has been loved by him.  And we remember his example in the washing of feet.  The Eucharist is followed by the somber stripping of the adornments from the altar and church.
Good Friday: April 14 at Noon
The service will include the solemn collects, communion from the reserve sacrament and adoration of the cross, with singing led by the choir.   

The Great Vigil of Easter: Saturday, April 15 at 8 p.m.
This is the first celebration of the Resurrection amid candles and song, and stories of the great and wonderful things God has done for God's people.
The Sunday of the Resurrection:
Sunday, April 16 at 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. 
Eucharist will be celebrated at both services. Between the services, children are invited to gather for a time of formation from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. The annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place on the front lawn after the 10:30 a.m. service. 
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 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

We bid your prayers for:  Bob Barr, Louise Beem, 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, Danny White, Fareedun Ansari, Betty Augustinos, Lucy Augustinos, Paul Basenberg, Susan Murrell Castaneda, Marilyn Goede, 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: Hector Carrasco, friend of Tacia Johnson

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
Nametags - Please wear your nametags this season.  It's welcoming!  And 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: March 22, April 9, and April 19.  For more information, contact Tom Senior at 847-606-8704 or
Evanston Creative Writing Group meets in Bethlehem Chapel on the 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!

Calendar of Events
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