April 3, 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.
Palm Sunday Service
Sunday, April 14 at 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.  

This service begins with a procession with palms and includes a dramatic reading of the passion narrative.
Maundy Thursday
April 18 at  7:30 p.m.

This service remembers the Maundy, the commandment of Christ to love one another even as each has been loved by him. And we remember his example in the washing of feet. The Eucharist is followed by the somber stripping of the adornments from the altar and church.
Good Friday
April 19 at Noon.

The service will include the solemn collects, communion from the reserve sacrament, and adoration of the cross.  

The Great Vigil of Easter
Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m.

This is the first celebration of the Resurrection amid candles and song, and stories of the great and wonderful things God has done for God’s people.
The Sunday of the Resurrection
Sunday, April 21 at 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Eucharist will be celebrated at both services. Between the services, children and adults are invited to gather for an intergenerational time of formation from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. 
The Easter Egg Hunt will take place on the front lawn after the 10:30 a.m. service

This Weekend
Texts for April 7, 2019

Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, *
will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.
Lay Ministers for
Sunday, April 7
Eucharistic Ministers: Aina Gutierrez, Betsy Johnson, Carter Schram, Ted Richardson
Lectors: Phyllis Lyons (8 a.m.), Lisa Montgomery, Dorothy Szczepaniak (10:30 a.m.)
Acoltyes: Lydia Pappas, Wesley Urbanowski, Eva Sondgeroth
Altar Guild: Beth Johnson, Dorothy Laudati
Ushers: Marion Macbeth, Deane Johnson, Rich Forst
Coffee Hour Hosts: Ted & Donna Richardson (10:30 a.m.)
Coffee Hour Snacks: Last names beginning A-F (4/7), and G-L (4/14)
Vestry Person of the Day: Milner Seifert, Blake Chastain
Worship & Formation
Easter Preparations
You are invited to join in the preparation of the sanctuary and parlor for our Easter Celebrations - a joyful ministry for young and old alike. We will gather in the Parlor at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 20. The work typically takes just under 2 hours. 

Easter Hospitality
You are invited to bring a treat to share for after the Easter Vigil (Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m.) and/or after either service on Easter Morning (Sunday, April 21 at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.). These services typically bring in a fair number of first time worshippers and we want to be sure that we have our hospitality ministry front and center. Thank you all! Thank you to Lori Goede for hosting the coffee hour after the 10:30 a.m. service. Hosts are still needed for the Vigil and the 8 a.m. service. Please contact Pastor Debra at rector@stmarksevanston.org if you can host either of these services – a great opportunity for a family, a couple, or a couple of friends.

Easter Flowers
One of the most beautiful ways in which we mark the difference between the season of Lent and the joyous celebration of the Feast of the Resurrection is in the way we adorn our sanctuary. All are invited to help us create a festive display by contributing money toward Easter flowers. These contributions may be given in memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving or honor of someone special. The requested minimum donation is $20 per name. Please make checks payable to St. Mark's Episcopal Church and indicate "Easter Flowers" in the memo line or place cash in an envelope clearly marked Easter Flowers. Forms are available in the Parlor.

Requests to remember or honor loved ones in this way, must be in to the church office no later than Tuesday, April 9 

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed for after services through May 5th! 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!

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.)
Staying Connected
Jubi-latt e an d Tea Deum  
Weekly conversation over coffee or tea with Pastor Debra has moved! We now gather on Thursdays from 1:30-2:30 at Curt’s Cafe South (1813 Dempster St). Hope to see you there!

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 www.interfaithactionofevanston.org or by mail at P.O. Box 1414, Evanston, IL 60204

Midweek Lunch
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 6-6:30 p.m. volunteers prepare sandwiches. On Wednesdays, volunteers gather in Cunningham Hall from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. to serve the meal and talk with our guests. If you would like to help, please contact John Lucadamo or Donna Richardson for more information.

For any Social Justice and Outreach Ministry (SJOM) questions, please contact Donna Richardson, dlynnrich322@gmail.com or 847.677.0701
Pastoral Care Notes
Birthday Blessings:
Alison Walsh (4/3)
Sandra Howard (4/5)
Liz McElhatton (4/6)
Ellen Bergman (4/7)
Caroline Frowe (4/9)
Dan Whitmore (4/9)

Anniversary Blessings:
Dr. Milind & Blair Lele (4/3)

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, Judy Kopp, Charlie Lettner, Grace Lettner, Paul Lettner, John Lucadamo, George Mitchell, Jan and Jeri Offutt, the Babbitt-Lewis family, Herschel Brooks Lowe, OJ Mabwa, The Nacey family, Lee Gaede, Jessica Lemasters, Jesper Poulsen, Marvin Juliet, Rose Green, Linda Martin

We pray for those who have died: Eldon Martin; Aden Poulsen, infant nephew of Emily (Blake) Chastain and cousin of Sophia Chastain
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