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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 

 Come and listen, all you who fear God, 
and I will tell you what he has done for me. - Psalm 66:14

This Sunday is the Fifth Sunday of Easter and the appointed readings are  Acts 17:22-31 Psalm 66:7-18 1 Peter 3:13-22 , and John  14:15-21.    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: Dale Seifert
  • Ushers: Fred Lewis, Susan Lewis, Lisa Montgomery
  • Acolytes: Eva Sondgeroth, Asher Sondgeroth, Mickey Loewenstein
  • Lectors: Aina Gutierrez, Maryallen Estes
  • Eucharistic Ministers: Eva Sondgeroth, Ted Richardson, Lynette Murphy
  • Vestry Persons of the Day: Motoko Maegawa, Ted Richardson
  • Coffee Hour Snacks:  M-S
Summer Worship Schedule Begins June 11-- Beginning on June 11 we will worship, as usual, at 8 a.m. in the Lady Chapel and then, we'll head to the lake for Summer Lakefront Worship at 9:30 a.m. (Hamilton Street and the Lake).  For those coming to the lakefront services, bring a chair or a blanket-- though we always have a few extras on hand.  Summer services at the lake are a great time to invite a friend or neighbor to "Come and See" St. Mark's. 

Bike to Church
Month   May is National Bike Month.  We encourage you to ride your bike (or walk, take public transit or carpool) to St. Mark's for worship on Sundays in May.  You may park your bike in Bethlehem Chapel during worship.  This is a great way to try to cut down our carbon footprint-- one ride or walk at a time.

The St. Mark's Potluck Supper & Variety Show is this  Friday, May 19 from 6 -  8 p.m.!  Join us for good food and a great show!  If you have an act, skill, or gift you would like to share with our congregation, please contact Katie Kuriyama at community@stmarkseva   today  so she can add your act to the line-up. She is happy to answer any questions as well.  Hope to see you Friday!

St. Mark's Mulching Party! All ages are invited to a no-skills required mulching party on Saturday, June 10 at 3 p.m.  Share the fun with other parishioners as we spread mulch on the garden in front of the church and St. Francis Garden to save water and reduce weeds. People are needed to carry and pour bags, and to cut bags open. Bring a light rake if you own one (a few will be provided) and work gloves if you want for spreading mulch by hand.  Bottle water will be provided.  The project will take at least one hour.  If you are available to help carry bags of mulch from Home Depot to the church in your vehicle the week before the mulch party, or if you have a wheelbarrow to loan, or if you would like to help pay for mulch, please contact Lola Himrod  847-864-7815. 

CnC Reminder: CnC Students, we will be gathering this Sunday at Canterbury House, 2010 Orrington Avenue from 4:45-7 p.m. CnC Parents and Mentors, you are also welcome.  See you there! 

Confirmation and Reception: The Diocesan-wide service of Confirmation and Reception will take place at St. James Cathedral on Saturday, June 10 at 11 a.m.  St. Mark's will be presenting Blake Chastain, Emily Chastain, and Julia Ferguson for confirmation.  We hope that many from St. Mark's will come to our Cathedral (65 E. Huron Street, Chicago-- red-line Chicago/State stop) to celebrate! 

David Plank will be performing in a String Chamber Concert on Thursday, May 25 at 8 p.m. at DePaul University's Concert Hall, 800 W. Belden Avenue, Chicago (red-line Fullerton stop).  The concert is free and open to the public. 
Going Where The Youth Are

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 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,

May 16
  • 5:45 p.m., Softball, Wescott School, Northbrook, Betsy

May 20
  • 10:30 a.m., Orrington School Chorus at YEA!, Raymond Park, Evanston, Eva
  • 12 noon, Softball, Techny Park, Betsy
  • 1:30 p.m., Softball, Howard Park, Kate
May 21 
  • Soccer, Foster and the Lakefront, Sydney
  • 2 p.m., Piano Recital, St. Mark's Sanctuary, Asher and Eva
  • 5 p.m., Kaleidoscope Dance Recital, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Kate J.
May 25
  • May 25, "The Music Man", Willard School, Time TBA, Kate J.
May 27
  • MDWY Stars & Stripes Open Swim Meet, University of Chicago, Maggie
May 28
  • MDWY Stars & Stripes Open Swim Meet, University of Chicago,  


  • 12:15 p.m., Soccer, Hamlin Park, Skokie,  


May 31
  • Haven 8th Grade Graduation, Betsy, Maggie, Patrick and Rachel
June 2
  • Orrington 5th Grade Farewell Assembly, Sydney
June 3
  • 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Dance Center Evanston Recital, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Abigail and Asher

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 .

3rd Sunday Collection--  The bright red shopping cart will be in the back of the sanctuary for in-kind donations this Sunday for the last 3rd Sunday Collection until September.  This month, w orshipers are invited to donate gallon sizes of juice for the midweek lunch ministry-- cranberry juice and apple juice are favorites among guests.  Thank you for your contributions and support for the midweek lunch ministry.  

Coffee & Council with Evanston's 80th City Council-- Join us for the first Coffee & Council since our new City Council was sworn in and seated.  Coffee & Council is a monthly opportunity for St. Mark's parishioners to engage with local politics and ask "What's going on?" as a community. Join Associate for Community Engagement Katie Kuriyama and others on Monday, May 22, and the fourth Monday of every month, for coffee at Coffee Lab (910 Noyes) at 6:30 p.m. for a time of fellowship and to review the Council agenda.  At 7 p.m. we walk to the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center (.7 miles) to attend the City Council meeting (roughly 7:30 p.m. - 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 at or 847-864-4806.  

Social Justice & Outreach Committee - We are meeting on Sunday, June 4 from 9:30-10:15 a.m. in Bethlehem Chapel.  All are welcome to attend.  Hope to see you there!

In the Community

The Dual Challenges of Homelessness and Mental Health:
  Interfaith Action of Evanston is partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness for its spring gathering event.   Learn about the possible links between homelessness and mental illness and how individuals in faith communities can respond to people who experience homelessness on a one-to-one level. This gathering will also introd uce some principles shared by all faith traditions that direct us to care for those who are hungry, thirsty, downtrodden and marginalized. Monday, May 22 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church (1012 Lake St.) Evanston. Questions: contact Sue Murphy 847-475-1150.

Assisting Evanston's Immigrant & Undocumented Community-- The Evanston Public Library, Dear Evanston, and Evanston4All Solidarity Response team present a panel discussion on best practices for assisting Evanston's immigrant and undocumented community for direct service, health and welfare providers,and educators. For more information and/or to register for the event, contact or visit May 23 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Levy Center Linden Room (300 Dodge).

Bridge Relational Divides with Constructive Conversation: Finding Hope & Empathy in These Challenging Times-- Evanston4All's Uniting Voices Team, a team that aims to address societal polarization, is hosting a dialogue training event on Thursday, June 8 from 7 - 9 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church (1430 South Blvd. Downstairs Hall).  Suzanne J. Priebe, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and Clinical Director of Samaritan Counseling Center will lead the training. Space is limited: 30 spots available.  Please RSVP to or call 847-475-2211.  

Ready, Set, Go!   The Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate is set for Sunday, June 18, 2017. The YWCA Evanston/ North Shore sponsors this Father's Day tradition. The race features 5K/10K Runs, 5K Walk, and Youth Mile/Half mile.  Race proceeds support the Y's racial justice and relationship violence programs. The race honors the memory of Ricky Byrdsong, the first African-American head coach of the men's basketball team at Northwestern University and insurance executive who died a victim of a hate crime. In the summer of 1999, Mr. Byrdsong was jogging with two of his young children in his Skokie neighborhood when a member of white supremacist group shot him. Registration and more information about the Race are available at
Are you running or volunteering for the Race? Please report your involvement in the Race with Katie Kuriyama at so we can record our social justice efforts. 
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 musicians worked especially hard last month!  In the month of April, 36 people participated in leading music at St. Mark's-- learning 104 pieces of music, including hymns, preludes, postludes, psalms, anthems, and a handbell piece.  Thank you to all of the musicians (the choir, the handbell choir, guest singers, guest instrumentalists, and Associate for Music Ministries, David Plank) for enhancing worship by sharing your time and talent with our community.
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, Trish Barr, 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, Violet and Abda Benjamin, Susan Murrell Castaneda, Laura Easton and her family, Marilyn Goede, Bill and Barbara Haswell, Olivia Heiting, 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: Robert Walsh, uncle of Alison Walsh; Tim Drew, cousin of Michael Schoen

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

May Birthdays -  Georgia Ealy (1), Nick Easton (3), Martha Lettner (4), Helen Baker (6), Elizabeth Lele (7), Sophia Chastain (8), Sam Consiglio (9), Avis Redwine (9), Alice Rocca (9), Bonnie Lindstrom (10), Milind Lele (13), Vittorio Laudati (16), Hughie Lele (18), John Sagan, Jr. (18), John Baker (19),Anne Heinz (19),  Kate Lewis (19), Veronica Braithwaite (22), Mary Koss (22), Bob Molumby (22), Lee Gaede (23), Molly Skelton (26), Todd Skelton (26), Reba Howard (27), Dalia Benz (28), Nasim Alexander (29), Kate Hayes (29), Donald Koss (29), Robin Tucker (29)
May AnniversariesCalvin and Holly Yanaga (24), Fred and Susan Lewis (31)
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.  It's welcoming!  And it helps us all converse and connect.  If you need a nametag, please contact Katie (

Spring Garden Notice - Now that spring is here, the Gardens Committee kindly reminds us to please not add or remove plants from the church gardens unless you have discussed it with the area coordinator: Alley Garden: Rima Lockwood; Memorial Garden: Virginia Beatty; North Side of Church and Planter Boxes in front of church: Bonnie Lindstrom; St Francis Garden and Front of Church: Lola Himrod. Plants in front of or adjacent to the Rectory belong to the Rectory.  Thank you for your consideration.
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: May 31.  For more information, contact Tom Senior at 847-606-8704 or
Evanston Creative Writing Group meets in Bethlehem Chapel on the 2nd and 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! Upcoming dates include: May 24. For more information, go to

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