May 1, 2019
The eLion
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.
Lion of the Year
Each year at our celebration of our Patronal Feast day, the Feast of St. Mark, it is our custom to announce and honor a Lion of the Year—a lay person so honored because of their love, commitment and service to our Lord and to this community. On behalf of the wardens and myself and, in fact, the entire community of St. Mark’s, I am delighted to announce that this year’s Lion of the Year is Donna Richardson.

Donna is best known at St. Mark’s as the face of the Social Justice and Outreach Ministry Team at St. Mark’s. While countless people at St. Mark’s do the work of social justice and outreach - from walking in the CROP Walk to buying gifts for the Revive Christmas Basket program, from making sandwiches to serving lunch on Wednesdays, from participating in Interfaith Action of Evanston events to standing together against racism and Islamaphobia - all of these efforts require planning and coordination and especially in the past year, Donna Richardson has led the charge. She has shopped for groceries for Wednesday lunch, created bulletin announcements and flyers for upcoming events, coordinated our efforts and recruited volunteers and written countless thank you notes. And so we say thank you Donna! And congratulations on being this year’s Lion of the Year.
This Weekend
Texts for April 28, 2019

I will exalt you, O Lord,
because you have lifted me up *
and have not let my enemies triumph over me.
Lay Ministers for
Sunday, May 5
Eucharistic Ministers: Aina Gutierrez, Asher Sondgeroth, Carter Schram, Sarah Francis
Lectors: Phyllis Lyons (8 a.m.), Eva Sondgeroth, Andy Howard (10:30 a.m.)
Acoltyes: Wesley Urbanowski, Lydia Pappas, Asher Sondgeroth
Altar Flowers: Dale Seifert
Altar Guild: Beth Johnson, Dorothy Laudati
Ushers: Marion Macbeth, Deane Johnson, Rich Forst
Coffee Hour Hosts: Doug Sondgeroth (10:30 a.m.)
Coffee Hour Snacks: Last names beginning A-G (5/5), H-L (5/12)
Vestry Person of the Day: Doug Sondgeroth, Seth Himrod
Worship & Formation
Come and Sing Choir Sundays! Last Sunday of Each Month
Anytime is a good time to join the choir! However, sometimes the pieces are a little intimidating to just pick up and Thursday night rehearsals are too much for some people’s busy schedule. To accommodate this, an accessible choral work will be chosen for “drop-ins” to join on the last Sunday of each Month. No choral experience necessary! No strings attached! To participate, stop into the sanctuary 30 minutes before the later worship service to rehearse without a mid-week, late-night rehearsal. Rehearsal for the “Come and Sing Choir Sunday” will be every Sunday in the month leading up to the Sunday in which the piece is to be sung. 
(Anyone is welcome to join the choir on all Sundays with rehearsals on Thursday nights in the choir room from 7:30-9:00.)
Coffee Hour Hosts Needed for after services through June! If you are available to help set up and clean up after a service, please sign up in the parlor, or email Timothy and let him know what weekend!
Staying Connected
Jubi-latte and Tea Deum (Coffee with the Priest)!
Come sit and chat with Pastor Debra at Curt's Cafe South, 1813 Dempster Street, Evanston. We meet on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., see you then!

Coriolis Spring Concert
The Coriolis Spring Concert will take place on Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s (939 Hinman, Evanston). This is their 32nd spring program focusing on the theme Conflict and Resolution. Conflict and resolution are often found in the choral literature; sometimes in the music itself, sometimes in the text, and sometimes both. References abound to “my soul on fire,” calls for help (alas!), crowds crying out in scorn or threatening persecution and murder, and contemplation of silence and solitude. But fear not! Resolution awaits in a cappella settings by Barber, Cordero, Dowland, Lauridsen, Stroop, Tchaikovsky, Whitacre, and more. St. Mark’s parishioners Patrick Furlong and Chris Schultze both sing with Coriolis. Program details are available on their Facebook page. You may purchase concert tickets either online at their website, or at the door on the day of the concert. Credit cards are always accepted. General admission is $20, and youth tickets for those 18 and under are $5. For more information, please call Eric Skalinder at 847.420.5085.

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 onl ine by clicking  this link.
Outreach & Social Justice
Emergency Overnight Shelter Cocktail Reception Fundraiser
Don't miss the Evanston Emergency Overnight Shelter Cocktail Reception Fundraiser on May 6, from 7pm to 10pm. Tickets are $100, and include appetizers, cocktails, and donation. Tix available online at or by mail at P.O. Box 1414, Evanston, IL 60204

Sandwich-Makers 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. Click the link HERE to sign up! If the schedule changes (sometimes a special meal is prepared and lunch making takes place at a different time), you will get an email letting you know! If you have any questions, please contact Donna Richardson at 847-712-0705 or

For any Social Justice and Outreach Ministry (SJOM) questions, please contact Donna Richardson, or 847.677.0701

Social Justice and Outreach Ministry Team Meeting
Do you have ideas for ways our church to engage with the community? We need to hear your ideas and support for activities. The team will be meeting on Sunday, May 19th at 12:45 p.m. in Bethlehem Chapel to discuss programs, next steps and budget. Light refreshments will be served. Please join us for the meeting. Please RSVP to Donna Richardson, lay coordinator, 847.677.0701 or Questions?? please also contact Donna.
Pastoral Care Notes
Birthday Blessings:
Georgia Kirby (5/1)
Nick Easton (5/3)
Martha Lettner (5/4)
Helen Baker (5/6)
Elizabeth Lele (5/7)

We bid your prayers for: Veronica Braithwaite, Mary Pat Buckley, Tony Campise, Jim Carver, Emily, Blake and Sophia Chastain, Gerritt Dangremond, John Fitts, Caroline Frowe, Cyndi Hefler, Nancye Kirk, Judy Kopp, Charlie Lettner, Grace Lettner, Paul Lettner, George Mitchell, Jan and Jeri Offutt, the Babbitt-Lewis family, Herschel Brooks Lowe, OJ Mabwa, The Nacey family, Harold and Louise Samas, Hannah Boyadjis, Fay Ferguson, Pren Sawyer, Elizabeth Brasher, Demetrie Augustinos, David and Donnie Cresap, Kathleen Cook and Pat Ryan, Ahmed Mahmoud, Jeff Redmond, Reg Ryan, Lisa Smith, Jessica Lemasters, Jesper Poulsen
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