St. Mark's Episcopal Church | Evanston
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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.
This Weekend
Texts for February 9, 2020
  • Isaiah 58:1-9a, [9b-12]
  • 1 Corinthians 2:1-12, [13-16]
  • Matthew 5:13-20
  • Psalm 112:1-9, (10)
Lay Ministers for Sunday, February 9, 2020

Eucharistic Ministers: Aina Gutierrez, Eva Sondgeroth, Sarah Francis
Lectors: Kathy Hart (8am); Alice Pappas, Aina Gutierrez (10:30am)
Acolytes: Vince Pappas, Anne Kirchner, Calvin Whitmore, Eva Sondgeroth
Altar Guild: Alice Pappas
Altar Flowers: Mary Nowack
Ushers: Hector Cortes, Doug Sondgeroth, Nancye Kirk
Coffee Hour Host: Debra Bullock
Coffee Hour Snacks: Last names beginning with G-L
Vestry Persons of the Day: Wyvette Hoffman, Seth Himrod
Staying Connected
Shining Our Light Annual Campaign: As of today, we have received pledge cards from 49 households and are 76% to our 2020 Annual Campaign Goal. This Sunday, February 9, we will offer our commitments to the glory of God. If you haven't yet, please do turn in your pledge card. Additional pledge cards are available on the table at the back of the Lady Chapel and at the back of the Sanctuary OR you can go to for a link to print your own. The Annual Campaign Team hopes you'll join us as together we continue to shine God's light in church, in our community and in our lives.

Thank you to all of our "Shining Our Light" speakers -- Milner Seifert, Doug Sondgeroth, Allison Ashley, Lisa Montgomery, Donna Richardson, Nancye Kirk, and Alice Pappas. The Stewardship Team is grateful to your contribution to this year's c

Pancake Supper: Once again St. Mark’s and St. Matthew’s Confirm not Conform students and their mentors will be hosting the annual Pancake Supper as we make final preparations for the beginning of our Lenten Journey. This year’s supper will take place from 5 – 7 p.m. on Sunday, February 23 at St. Matthew’s (2120 Lincoln Street). Come on out to support our confirmands and to have your fill of pancakes!

Coffee Hour Hosts are needed each Sunday morning to ensure that members and first time worshippers alike are greeted with our famous hospitality after worship. This ministry entails brewing fresh coffee and setting out snacks (brought by other members of the community). Then, once folks are heading out, we ask that you make sure the food is put away, dishes are in the dishwasher and coffee pots are rinsed. There are many folks who can help you and answer questions on Sunday if you get stuck. But we need your help! There is a sign-up sheet in the Parlor with several open dates for February, March and April. Please help us ensure that our hospitality remains one of the things our first time worshippers talk about.

Office Hours and Announcement Deadline: Paula Cosby, Administrative Assistant is in the office each Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The new deadline for all announcements for the eLion and bulletin is Tuesday at 12 noon. Thank you.

Jubi-latte and Tea Deum: Join Pastor Debra any Wednesday from 2 – 3 p.m. at Cupitol (812 Grove Street, Evanston) for a time of conversation over a cup of coffee or tea. Everyone is invited. It’s drop-in office hours without the office!

 Vestry: Did you know that the most recent Vestry Meeting minutes and the treasurer's reports are always posted on the bulletin board outside of the volunteer office? The minutes can also be viewed online by clicking   this link!
Worship & Formation
Acolyte Commissioning: We hope you've noticed some new faces among the acolytes! All acolytes will be (re)commissioned this Sunday, February 9th at our 10:30 a.m. worship. Join us as we pray for and bless them in their ministries.

 Lunch Ministry Volunteers to be Honored on Sunday, February 16th at both services. February marks the anniversary of the Wednesday lunch program, a combined ministry of St. Mark's and St. Matthew's. All volunteers will be honored at each church's worship services that day. It is also the 3rd Sunday of the month which means it will be the Red Cart Collection of socks and jugs of juice (apple and cranberry). We would love to overflow the cart that day as a way of saying thank you to all who serve!

 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 (but any amount is welcome). There are several dates still available!

Confirm not Conform Mentors and Students: A reminder that we will gather on Sunday, February 9 from 6:15-8 p.m. at St. Mark's in Bethlehem Chapel for our next session. Please bring your Bibles. If you have questions, contact Deane, Charlie and Debra at See you soon!
Ash Wednesday Worship will take place at 7 a.m. (Lady Chapel) and 7 p.m. (Sanctuary) on Wednesday, February 26. This is the way in which we begin our Lenten Journey. Both service will include imposition of ashes and holy communion.

Newcomer Series: Are you new to the Episcopal Church or new to St. Mark’s? Or maybe you’ve been coming for a while but want to know what it means to be a “member” of this thing called Church. Whatever your story, wherever you are on your journey in faith, you are invited to join Pastor Debra on Sunday mornings from 9:15 – 10 a.m. beginning Sunday, March 1 and continuing through March 29. If you have any questions or if you would like to RSVP (to help with planning), please email Pastor Debra at .
Social Justice & Outreach
Producemobile: On the 2nd Tuesday of each month, Interfaith Action of Evanston teams up with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to bring free, fresh produce to our neighbors in need. The distribution takes place from 9:30 - 11:30 at the Robert Crown Center. Volunteers are needed from 8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. If you are able to help this Tuesday, February 11, please sign-up at

Help Care for the Earth by Reducing Landfill Waste:   If you don’t have access to City Compost pick-up you can now bring your compostables to St. Mark’s. Our composting program is up and running so individual households are invited to participate. A suggested donation of $10 each month is requested. The funds will enable the St. Mark’s program to be self-supporting. For details please contact Allison Ashley at or Chris Schultze at

Sandwich-Makers and Lunch Servers Wanted: Every week St. Mark’s and St. Matthew’s serve lunch to between 50 and 70 guests in Cunningham Hall AND, you can get involved by helping to make those lunches on Tuesday evenings! 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 -
·     Wednesday Lunch -

If you have any questions, please contact Donna Richardson at 847-712-0705 or
Pastoral Care Notes
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, Charlie Lettner, Grace Lettner, Paul Lettner, Katherine Tyson McCrea, Jan and Jeri Offutt, Kate Lewis, OJ Mabwa, Rick Artwick, Demetrie Augustinos, Michael Collins, Kathleen Cook, Pat Ryan, David and Donnie Cresap, Lynn Kissell, Ahemd Mahmoud, Holly Nelson-Johnson, Herb Reese, Lisa Smith, Brian Styron, Naomi Houser, Heath Denikas, Tom and Renee Holmgren, Janon Furlong

We pray for those who have died:  Lyn Lansdale, sister-in-law of Lindsay Chase-Lansdale; Paul Holmgren, nephew of Judy Kopp; Bill Henderson, husband of Janon Furlong
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 Paula at
Beyond Our Walls
St. David's Episcopal Church in Glenview will offer Choral Evensong for St. David's Day on Sunday, March 1 at 5pm. Bishop Jeffrey Lee will officiate and preach. The liturgy will be sung by the Parish Choir of St. David's with Richard Spantikow, Minister of Music and Charles Sega, Guest Organist. A reception will follow. More information here: