Worship & Formation
Bike the Ridge
Sunday, September 30: 9:00 a.m - 1 p.m.
Let's welcome riders as they stop by. Suzi will be blessing the bike racks and things-that-roll at 10 A.M.! Join members of the Creation Care team in this annual event. Questions? Contact Allison Ashley for more information. 

  • The ride will take place on Sunday, September 30, 2018 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Ridge Avenue will be closed to ALL vehicular traffic from Howard to Church Streets. 
  • The St. Mark's office has a limited number of disability street-parking passes for those parishioners that may need street parking for Bike the Ridge. To acquire one, please contact Timothy!
Coffee Hour Hosts Needed!
Hosts are needed beginning Sunday, September 16th after each service. If you are able to host, please email Timothy !
SPARK Mornings and ECHO The Story
Sundays, 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
St. Mark's brand new Sunday School 
program has  launched  with SPARK (for children ages 3 through grade 5) and ECHO (for young persons grade 6 - 12)! 

Thank you to  Emily Chastain and Liz McElhatton for directing the SPARK program and to September rotation leaders Andrea Nowack, Anne Flosi, Eliot Burlingham, Clark Alexander, and Nasim Alexander for volunteering for a week!  Thank you also to Blake Chastain, Lori Goede and  Matthew  Kirchner who will be leading the ECHO program!
S taying Connected
Jubi-latte & Tea Deum
Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Cupitol
Coffee-with-the-Priest takes place today at Cupitol (812 Grove Street, Evanston). Stop on by to chat!
To find out more of what's going on this week at St. Mark's check out our full Calendar of Events!
Social Justice & Outreach
St. Mark's is committed to working with God to create a better community and a better world. God is at work in our world and St. Mark's parishioners seek opportunities to join God's mission in their daily lives - at school, at home, at work and through a variety of social justice and outreach initiatives. Following are just some of the ways in which St. Mark's is involved in the community in helping to create a better world.
Storytelling in Solidarity
Sunday, September 30th, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at 
First Congregational Church of Evanston church House, Guild Room
Please join us for Evanston's Solidarity Response Team's premiere storytelling series: Storytelling in Solidarity. We will ll focus on Latinx and Hispanic perspectives in conjunction with Latinx History Month/National Hispanic Heritage Month. This will be a bilingual event to come together in fellowship, bringing dishes to share for a potluck dinner, followed by a number of stories focused on culture and identity. For some, this will be a time to hold space and listen to stories very different from one's own, and for others, a reflection of one's own experiences. The conversation will continue with members of the community interested in sharing their own experiences with cultural identity, whether that is of isolation or belonging. We're looking forward to hearing your stories! Register online HERE!
WALK. GIVE. Change the world . 
Sunday, October 14
We are just weeks away from the  Annual North Shore CROP Hunger Walk! There is a display in the Parlor with details about Church World Service. We need walkers and sponsors for the North Shore CROP Hunger Walk. 

Please see  Rich Forst  or  Donna Richardson  for more details and to sign up to be a Walker or to sponsor a Walker! Or go to St. Mark's team website to register  to walk or donate.  We will have a  collection jar at the back of the church! Make checks payable to CWS/CROP.  Questions, contact Donna Richardson or call her at 847.677.0701.
Midweek Lunch: Come 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 prepare sandwiches. On  Wednesdays, volunteers gather in Cunningham Hall from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. to set out food and beverages, serve the meal and talk with our guests. Contact John for more information !
Creation Care
Join Our Creation Care Team!
The Creation Care team is seeking additional members. Questions? Contact Allison Ashley for more information and how you can get involved!
Creation Care Adult Forum
Sunday, October 6 in Bethlehem Chapel 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Dan Huntsha from Faith in Place will speak about creative and low cost ways we can use less energy and less water here at St. Marks. He will tell stories of faith communities that have worked on protecting our common air, land, and water. Join members of the Creation Care team for this forum. Questions? Contact  Allison Ashley, creation@stmarksevanston.org
Texts for the Week Ahead

Sunday, September 30
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
Psalm 124 
James 5:13-20
Mark 9:38-50

Lay Ministers
Sunday, Sept. 30
Eucharistic Ministers:
Aina Gutierrez, Betsy Johnson, Beth Johnson, Eva Sondgeroth
Donna Richards, Eva Sondgeroth
Eva S., Lydia P., Betsy J.
Altar Guild:
Sharon Friend, Evelyn Russell
Altar Flowers:
Virginia Beatty
John Fitts, Dave Himrod, Tacia Johnson
Coffee Hour Snacks:
Vestry Person of the Day:
Deane Johnson, Milner Seifert
Prayer List
The eLion Newsletter is published every Wednesday.
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Sunday Bulletin Announcements: five days before (Tuesday)
Wednesday Lion: two days before (Monday)

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Office Hours
Tuesday & Thursday:
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.