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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 

 Search for the Lord and his strength; 
continually seek his face. - Psalm 105:4

This Sunday is the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost and the appointed readings are Exodus 3:1-15, Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c, Roman 12:9-21, Matthew 16:21-28.    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: Trish Barr
  • Flower Guild: Ellie Bergman
  • Ushers: Marion Macbeth, Rich Forst
  • Lectors: Phyllis Lyons (8 a.m.), Dorothy Szczepaniak (9:30 a.m.)
  • Eucharistic Minster: Andrea Nowack, Dorothy Szczepaniak
  • Vestry Persons of the Day: Doug Sondgeroth, Ted Richardson
  • Lakefront Lemonade & Snacks: Debra Bullock, Cas and Dorothy Szczepaniak
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)

Choir begins Next Wednesday! 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 on Wednesday, September 6!

Potluck Brunch & Ministry Fair: Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this fabulous event after worship on 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.
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, 

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.

Planning for Bike the Ridge: On Sunday, October 1, Ridge Avenue will be closed to all vehicular traffic between Howard and Church Streets while bicyclers Ride the Ridge!  Bicycles are not allowed on Ridge Avenue any other time, and so this annual city sponsored event is fun for the whole city.  St. Mark's gets involved too!  We've collected snacks for bicyclers and had a tree where people could post prayers, to name just a few things we've done in the past. How does St. Mark's want to get involved this year?  Have an idea?  Want to get involved in the planning?  Stick around after the lakefront worship service this Sunday, September 3 rd or meet us there (Lakefront & Hamilton) from 11 am - noon.  Children are invited to be a part of the planning as well.  Rain Location: St. Mark's Bethlehem Chapel. If you have any questions, contact Katie at

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
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

Hurricane Harvey Relief Collection: Last week you contributed $515.31 to support the Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts of Episcopal Relief and Development.  We will still be accepting donations - cash or check made payable to Episcopal Relief and Development - through today.  The contribution jar is located at the back of the Lady Chapel and on the Altar at the Lakefront.  After today, you can contribute to Episcopal Relief and Development directly at
First Sunday Collection of Every Month: Did you know that the cash in the offering plate this morning - and on the first Sunday of every month - goes into the Alms Fund which Pastor Debra uses to provide assistance to those in need? Recipients include those needing help with rent, food, medical expenses, and local organizations who serve the Evanston community (e.g., Y.O.U., C.O.P.E., Interfaith Action of Evanston, Curt's CafĂ©).  This year, $1565 has gone to serve those in need.  Thank you for your generosity.

Join us for 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.  

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, John Lucadamo, Donald McCrea, Jake Morris, Mary Nowack, Jan and Jeri Offutt, Betty Augustinos, David Cresap, Donnie Cresap, Carol and Laura Easton, 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

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

Office Hours:  Pastor Debra will return to having Monday as her day off beginning in September. Her office hours will be Thursdays from 2 - 5 p.m. and by appointment on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.  Katie's office hours will be Mondays from 10 am - 1 pm 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 on 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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