September 19, 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.
Bishop’s Search Listening Session
The Bishop Search & Nomination Committee  invites all laypeople and clergy in the diocese to attend a bishop search listening session. Input received at the sessions will guide the committee as it writes the diocesan profile, a detailed description of the diocese that helps applicants learn more about the Diocese of Chicago and its people. The listening sessions will focus on how attendees see God at work in the diocese, what challenges the people of the diocese are facing together, and what the diocese seeks in its next bishop. A Bishop's Search Listening Session will take place on Saturday, October 5 at 10 a.m. at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church (1140 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette). This is your opportunity to share your thoughts about a new bishop with the Search Committee. Please plan to attend.
This Weekend
Lay Ministers for
Sunday, September 22

Eucharistic Ministers: Milner Seifert (8 a.m.), Asher Sondgeroth, Joanna Greene, Lisa Montgomery (10:30 a.m.)
Lectors: Dale Seifert (8 a.m.), Lisa Montgomery, Eva Sondgeroth (10:30 a.m.)
Altar Guild: Trish Barr, Julia Ferguson
Altar Flowers: Dale Sefiert
Usher: John Fitts, Tacia Johnson
Coffee Hour Snacks: Last names beginning with T-Z (9/22), All (2/19)
Coffee Hour Host: Alison Walsh (10:30 a.m.)
Vestry Person of the Day: Julia Ferguson, Doug Sondgeroth
Staying Connected
Youth Group – Photo Scavenger Hunt:   On Sunday, September 15 th  all youth in Grades 6 through 12 are invited to a photo scavenger hunt at St. Mark’s beginning at 6:30 p.m. At the conclusion of the scavenger hunt we will enjoy s’mores around the fire pit on the front lawn of the church (feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on --- and bug spray!) Our evening will conclude at 8:00 p.m. In the event of a rainy night, event will still take place – but indoors minus the s’mores. Bring a friend, bring your phone, and come have a fun evening! If possible, please RSVP to  or 847-732-9564; but, if you forget and want to join at the last minute, that’s o.k. too! Parents, you are welcome to join me at the fire pit as we await the return of the scavenger hunters. . . . or, simply drop your young person off and return for them at 8 p.m.

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!

An Invitation to the Women’s Gathering & Retreat: God’s Healing Leads to Wholeness : All women of the Diocese of Chicago and their guests are invited to attend the ECW (Episcopal Church Women) sponsored fall retreat (October 11-13 at The Portiuncula Center for Prayer in Frankfort, Illinois). Colleen and John Willard will be our featured presenters. Jeannie McCabe from Fort Smith, Arkansas will be our centering presenter and Lead Musician. Janet Irvine, from Janesville, Wisconsin is our Musician. The Rev. Trilby Murray, ECW Chaplain (Deacon at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Chicago) is our Quiet Day Presenter and Spiritual Director for the weekend. The Rev. Eileen Shanley-Roberts is our Celebrant. Details and registration forms may be found on the ECW website: . For questions and concerns please contact Linda Toberman, .

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

The Gathering: Children ages 3 through Grade 5 are invited Sunday morning from 9:55 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. for this NEW 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.

Handbells start ringing on September 22, 2019: Do you love music? Or, maybe you like shaking things… Well, you are in luck! Our handbell choir will start back rehearsing on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 12:00pm. Even if you can’t read music, come join us as we learn together and create beautiful music that enhances our worship services. Send Westley an email at  to let him know you plan to attend.
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  and let him know your date! Thank you everyone!

Who Brings Refreshments on Sundays?  Last Sunday we returned to our schedule of having groups of people provide the treats (e.g., cookies, donuts, bars, fresh fruit, cheese plate, etc.) for coffee based on your last name (for households with multiple last names, just choose a Sunday). The schedule is as follows:

1 st  Sunday of the Month – Last Names beginning with A - F
2 nd  Sunday of the Month   Last Names beginning with G - L
3 rd  Sunday of the Month – Last Names beginning with M - S
4 th  Sunday of the Month – Last Names beginning with T - Z
5 th  Sunday of the Month – All y’all
Social Justice & Outreach
"One Mitzvah One Community": Please join Beth Emet Synagogue's " One Mitzvah One Community"  social justice project.  A mitzvah is a good deed. The organizers of this project envisioned Jews and allies around the country doing one mitzvah, one good deed, that binds us closer together as one community.

They are inviting other faith communities to join them in collecting toiletries and items needed for refugees and asylum seekers at the Texas Border.  Here is a pdf link  about this project!  This link to a wish list  can be used to see the type of items needed. Feel free to purchase from the list, or somewhere else, items ( ziploc bags, crayons, notebooks, pens, combs, etc.) may be brought to church and placed in the box marked "One Mitzvah" or given to Donna Richardson. This collection ends on September 30th. Items are being given to Lisa Levine, one of social action coordinators for Beth Emet. Questions, contact Donna Richardson, .

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 -
·     Wednesday Lunch -

If you have any questions, please contact Donna Richardson at 847-712-0705 or
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.
Pastoral Care Notes
Birthday Celebrations:
Gerald Offut (9/20)
Debra Bullock (9/22)

Anniversary Celebrations:
Doug Songeroth & Aina Gutierrez (9/24)

Prayer List
Names remain on the prayer list for 5 weeks (2 weeks for those who have died).
We bid your prayers for: Trish Barr, Veronica Braithwaite, Carolyn Brooks, Dick Brooks, Mary Pat Buckley, The Carver Family, Gerritt Dangremond, John Fitts, Caroline Frowe, Charlie and Judy Kopp, Charlie Lettner, Grace Lettner, Paul Lettner, Katherine Tyson McCrea, George Mitchell, Jan and Jeri Offutt, Kate Lewis, OJ Mabwa, 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
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