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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 community@stmarksevanston.org  no later than Tuesday at 12 noon.
Faith, Formation and Fellowship 
 
The  Lord  is my strength and my song, 
and he has become my salvation. - Psalm 118:14

This Sunday is Easter Day and the appointed readings are Jeremiah 31:1-6, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24, Acts 10:34-43, and Matthew 28:1-10.   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: www.lectionarypage.net 
 
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 by 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 jsgreene@hotmail.com.
 
Easter Day Coffee Hours: Please add to our festive coffee hours on Easter 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.  

Adult Forum on Creation Care: Biblical Narratives of Redemption, Resurrection, and
Nature  
Join parishioner Blake Chastain for an adult forum on Sunday, April 23, the day after Earth Day, for a discussion on how the biblical narrative can speak to--and motivate--us about today's ecological crises, including climate change.  Blake studied creation care as part of his graduate work at Northwestern. The adult forum will be from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. in Bethlehem Chapel.

Feast of St. Mark's -
On Sunday, April 30, we will celebrate our patronal feast day with a BBQ, Choral Evensong and Concert. We will also recognize St. Mark's Lion(s) of the Year. The BBQ and games will begin at 5 PM on the front lawn (or Cunningham Hall in case of inclement weather), and Choral Evensong and Concert will begin at 7 PM in the church. St. Mark's Choir, along with guest musicians, will be presenting Mozart's Missa Brevis in D Major, K. 194 and Herbert Murrill's Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis.  Tickets will be on sale on Sundays in the Parlor. This is a great time to invite a friend to come and see what's going on at St. Mark's!

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 at  lucadamj@gmail.com .

Families Helping Families: Easter Sunday (3rd Sunday) Collection
Kate Johnson and the Willard 5th grade Girl Scout bronze award team
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!

Coffee & Council-- Join us on Monday, April 24 for warm beverages and the City Council meeting!  We will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Coffee Lab (910 Noyes) for coffee or tea (whatever your preference), as well as a time of fellowship and to review the Council agenda.  At 7 p.m. we will walk .7 miles to the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center to attend the City Council meeting (roughly 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.)  Free parking is available behind the Civic Center.  If you have any questions (including questions concerning handicap accessibility), please contact Katie Kuriyama at community@stmarksevanston.org or 847-864-4806.

                    In The Community
 
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 http://bit.ly/ChicagoROAR

YWCA Stand Against Racism--  "The  Stand Against Racism  is a movement of the YWCA that aims to raise community awareness of the effects of racism on all of us."  Join St. Mark's and the YWCA in this public stand against racism on Friday, April 27 from 11:30 - 11:55 a.m. in front of St. Mark's as individuals and organizations from the community line up along Ridge Road.  For more information about the Stand Against Racism, visit
http://www.standagainstracism.org/  or click on the following link for  ideas from the Northshore YWCA branch on how we can work together to build a more equitable and inclusive Evanston
http://www.ywca.org/site/c.ewK0LoO8LmK6F/b.8080931/k.73B4/Stand_Against_Racism.htm
 

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.
We will gather in the Memorial Garden (northeast corner of church property) to light the new fire and will process into the Parlor to hear the stories of the great and wonderful things God has done for God's people. Later, after we renew our baptismal vows, we will celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter.  Children are especially encouraged to attend (and are welcome to do so in their pajamas).  
 
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. 
Stewardship 
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 community@stmarksevanston.org 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 rector@stmarksevanston.org.

We bid your prayers for:  Bob Barr, Trish 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, Luke Urbanowski, 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 rector@stmarksevanston.org
 
Nametags - Please wear your nametags - it's welcoming and it helps us all converse and connect.  If you need a nametag, please contact Katie (community@stmarksevanston.org)

Calendar of Events
For information about upcoming dates and events at St. Mark's, click here ( http://www.stmarksevanston.org/calendar-of-events/ ) .

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