St. Mark's Episcopal Church | Evanston
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All of us at St. Mark’s share a commitment to our faith and to our community, and we welcome visitors regardless of religious background, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Everyone is welcome here.
One Parish, One Book Beginning THIS SUNDAY
Join Pastor Debra every other Sunday beginning THIS SUNDAY, October 27 at 9:15 a.m., for conversation and activities based on a chapter of The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community. You can pick up a copy of the book from Amazon or – better yet - order it from a local bookseller. We’ll begin with the Introduction and Chapter 1 on October 27. Not a fan of reading? That’s o.k., we’ll begin each session with a brief synopsis so that everyone can participate!
This Weekend
Lay Ministers for
Sunday, October 27, 2019

Eucharistic Ministers: Abigail Seifert (8 a.m.), Byron Scott, Edie Molumby (10:30 a.m.)
Lectors: Dale Seifert (8 a.m.), Byron Scott, Lisa Montgomery (10:30 a.m.)
Altar Guild: Trish Barr, Julia Ferguson
Altar Flowers: Emily Chastain
Usher: John Fitts, Tacia Johnson
Coffee Hour Snacks: Last names beginning with T-Z (10/27), A-F (11/3)
Coffee Hour Hosts: Annie Kirchner & Allison Walsh
Vestry Person of the Day: Liz McElhatton, Deane Johnson
Staying Connected
Jubi-latte and Tea Deum:  Pastor Debra looks forward to welcoming you to a time of conversation over coffee or tea at Cupitol (812 Grove Street) each Wednesday morning from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Come sit and chat!

The Centennial Celebration Dinner:   for St. Andrew’s Pentecost Episcopal Church will take place on Saturday, November 30 at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 5300 W. Touhy Avenue, Skokie. Tickets are $100 per adult, $30 per child. To reserve a ticket call Victoria Thompson at (847)-341-9649. All are invited to join the celebration.

Diocese of Chicago Newsletter: Don't miss out on the Diocese of Chicago's weekly newsletter! Find out what's taking place across the diocese, and stay up to date on the Bishop Search by signing up for the official Episcopal Diocese of Chicago newsletter

Vestry: Did you know that the most recent Vestry Meeting minutes are always posted on the bulletin board outside of the volunteer office? Now they can also be viewed online by clicking   this link!
Worship & Formation
All Y’all Choir, THIS SUNDAY: Would you love to sing in the choir, but just can’t commit to the weekly rehearsals? Well, you are in luck! Join us on October 27, 2019 at 9:15am  for a special choir rehearsal that all are welcome to join. Whether you can read music or not, or don’t think you have an amazing voice—come sing with us! We will be singing Dent Davidson’s “Deep Peace” as well as welcoming a guest clarinetist, Emily Manheimer. Emily will also be playing special music throughout the service including the prelude and postlude. Questions? Email Westley at  music@stmarksevanston.org

The Gathering: Children ages 3 through Grade 5 are invited Sunday morning from 9:55 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. for this Christian Formation offering. We gather in the classroom on the main floor of the parish house for a time of prayer and reflection, we will join the choir for 5 – 10 minutes to learn the Psalm for the day which the children will lead during worship, and we end our time together by prayerfully lighting the candles in the sanctuary and preparing for worship. All children are invited to be a part of the procession into the church that opens our worship before joining their families for worship.

Altar Flowers: If you would like to remember a loved one by making a donation for flowers on a Sunday morning, add your name to the sign up sheet in the parlor. The suggested donation is $50. There are several dates throughout the summer still available!

Coffee Hour Hosts:  Did you know that if every household at St. Mark’s hosted just one coffee hour, we could cover every Sunday of the year! So, a sign-up sheet is available in the parlor and we encourage you to choose a Sunday. Vestry members, Pastor Debra, and others who have hosted in the past are always happy to assist you! Not at the church but want to sign up? Send an email to Timothy at   office@stmarksevanston.org  and let him know your date! Thank you everyone!
Social Justice & Outreach
Volunteer for the IAE Overnight shelter: The IAE Emergency Overnight Shelter (EOS) will be open every night from November 17th through late March. If you would like to volunteer and have not attended a training, please show up to one of their training sessions (see image for shedule). If you cannot attend a training but would still like to volunteer, please contact IAE!

ReVive Christmas Baskets: Wanted - Sponsors & Donors! Share the beauty of the season with those that need a helping hand! This year, ReVive’s program is assisting 1700 families. St. Mark’s has been given 13 families/senior couples that need a sponsor! Or Donate $15 Jewel/Osco gift cards for families to purchase holiday meal items. If you have questions, there is some information in the parlor, or you can contact: Donna Richardson, Social Justice and Outreach Ministry, lay coordinator at 847.712.0705 and dlynnrich322@gmail.com or Carter Schram, pastoral intern at 712.301.3844 and intern@stmarksevanston.org. All items (gifts and gift cards) must be turned in by Sunday, Dec. 1st.  

Sandwich-Makers and Lunch Servers Wanted: Did you know that every week St. Mark’s and St. Matthew’s serve lunch to between 50 and 70 guests in Cunningham Hall? AND, did you know that you can get involved by helping to make those lunches on Tuesday evenings? It’s all true! Sandwich-making takes place on the 2 nd , 3 rd , 4 th , and (when it exists) 5 th  Tuesday of each month in the kitchen from 6 – 6:30 p.m. but we need your help. If you can spend 30 minutes even once in a while, we could use your help. In addition, especially during the summer weeks, additional help is needed on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. to set up, serve, and clean-up lunch. Sign up is easy:

·     Tuesday sandwich making -  http://tinyurl.com/y3xwbcda
·     Wednesday Lunch -  https://tinyurl.com/wedlch

If you have any questions, please contact Donna Richardson at 847-712-0705 or  dlynnrich322@gmail.com.
3rd Sunday Juice collection: Please remember to put jugs of juice (cranberry or apple juice are preferred) on your shopping list for our Wednesday Lunch program. Our next RED CART collection will be October 20; please place the jugs in the cart at the back of the sanctuary. Thank you.

Westminster Place Holiday Bazaar: Westminster Place welcomes you to their annual holiday bazaar! They will be open for two days. Friday, November 15th -- 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Saturday November 16th -- 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.! Don't miss the chance to get wonderful items for everyone on your holiday shopping list! Questions? Call Nancye Ichinose at 847-492-4872
Are you being called?
Vestry Me mbers So ught: We are now accepting nominations for Vestry members to be voted on at our Annual Meeting on January 26, 2020. If you are interested in serving or know someone who would be a good addition to the vestry, please reach out to the wardens (Doug Sondgeroth, srwarden@stmarksevanston.org; Rachel Easton, ( jrwarden@stmarksevanston.org), Deane Johnson (johnsondeane@yahoo.com), Lisa Montgomery ( msmontg@aol.com), or Pastor Debra ( rector@stmarksevanston.org). Nominees must be at least 16 years of age at the time of the Annual Meeting and must be baptized members of the Episcopal Church. It is perfectly acceptable to nominate yourself.

Special Convention June 2020 Delegates Sought: We are now accepting nominations for Delegates to serve at the Special Convention which will take place on Saturday, June 20. Nominees will be voted on at our Annual Meeting on January 26, 2020. This will be a convention to elect the next Bishop for the Diocese of Chicago. If you are interested in serving or know someone who would, please email Pastor Debra ( rector@stmarksevanston.org). Nominees must be at least 16 years of age at the time of the convention and must be baptized members of the Episcopal Church. It is perfectly acceptable to nominate yourself.

Annual Convention 2020 Delegates Sought: We are now accepting nominations for Delegates to serve at the Diocese of Chicago Annual Convention which will take place on a Friday and Saturday in November 2020 in Lombard. Nominees will be voted on at our Annual Meeting on January 26, 2020. If you are interested in serving or know someone who would, please email Pastor Debra ( rector@stmarksevanston.org). Nominees must be at least 16 years of age at the time of the convention and must be baptized members of the Episcopal Church. It is perfectly acceptable to nominate yourself.
Pastoral Care Notes
Liz Stout's Memorial: A memorial service for Liz will be held on Sunday, November 10 at 1:30 p.m. at the Alice Millar Chapel (Chicago Ave. and Sheridan Rd.). A reception will follow with refreshments and a time for relatives and friends to visit. Please share with the Interfaith clergy and friends.
If members of your group or gongregation want to bring food, or offer assistance with tasks such as handing out programs, guiding people to seats, or setting up, please contact us by October 20. For food contributions, please send lists of people and contributions to wgraham52@yahoo.com . For other help, please send names to Marian and Asayo .
Birthday Celebrations:
Hardy Murphy (10/25)
Tacia Johnson (10/31)

Anniversary Blessings:
Debra & Kevin Nee (10/25)

Prayer List
Names remain on the prayer list for 5 weeks (2 weeks for those who have died).
  
We bid your prayers for: Veronica Braithwaite, Carolyn Brooks, Dick Brooks, Mary Pat Buckley, Gerritt Dangremond, John Fitts, Caroline Frowe, Judy Kopp, Charlie Lettner, Grace Lettner, Paul Lettner, Katherine Tyson McCrea, George Mitchell, Jan and Jeri Offutt, Kate Lewis, OJ Mabwa, the Skelton Family, Rick Artwick, Demetrie Augustinos, Michael Collins, Kathleen Cook and Pat Ryan, David and Donnie Cresap, Lynn Kissell, Ahmed Mahmoud, Holly Nelson-Johnson, Reg Ryan, Lisa Smith, Brian Styron

We pray for those who have died: James Montgomery, 9th Bishop of the Diocese of Chicago, Charlie Kopp, husband of Judy Kopp; Don Skelton, father of Todd (Molly) Skelton, grandfather of Evy Skelton; Marsha Webb Ross, dear friend of Hardy and Lynette Murphy; Joan Luer, aunt of Debra Bullock
If we have missed your birthday or anniversary, or if you have a name you would like added to the prayer list (or removed from the list) please send an email to Timothy at office@stmarksevanston.org