May 15, 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.
The Big Provincial Gathering is an event for ANYONE and EVERYONE
Lay persons and clergy are invited to come to connect with others, build networks around ministries, and create ongoing ways of supporting one another. St. Mark’s is part of the Diocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Chicago is in Province V of the Episcopal Church and this gathering is for all of us! It takes place on July 12 and July 13 in Kalamazoo, Michigan and includes childcare for infants, programs for children of all ages and adults! Join Pastor Debra and others from throughout the Province to learn what other churches are up to in these changing times. Click here for more information or to register!
This Weekend
Texts for May 19, 2019

Praise the Lord from the heavens; *
praise him in the heights.
Lay Ministers for
Sunday, May 19
Eucharistic Ministers: Alice Pappas; Beth, Betsy, & Kate Johnson (10:30 a.m.)
Lectors: Mary Nowack (8 a.m.), Eva Sondgeroth, Lydia Pappas (10:30 a.m.)
Acoltyes: Betsy Johnson, Mickey Loewenstein, Patrick Nee
Altar Guild: Pat Bent, Rachel Easton
Altar Flowers: Emily Chastain
Ushers: Fred & Susan Lewis, Lisa Montgomery, Emily & Sophia Chastain
Coffee Hour Hosts: The Vestry in Honor of Pastor Debra
Coffee Hour Snacks: Last names beginning M-S (5/19), T-Z (5/26)
Vestry Person of the Day: Milner Seifert, Blake Chastain
Worship & Formation
"The Long Shadow" Screening
As part of the diocesan Antiracism Commission's efforts, St. Augustine's (1140 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette) will host a screening of "The Long Shadow," on May 18th from 1 – 4 p.m. This is a powerful documentary film on the origins and legacy of slavery. Click here to watch the trailer and learn more about the film. A conversation will follow the screening to explore strategies to build understanding and promote racial healing. So that we can make sure enough seats and snacks are prepared, please click here to RSVP.

Adult Forum: Reclaiming Our Inheritance
Join Pastor Debra in Bethlehem Chapel this Sunday, May 19 from 9:15-10:15 for a presentation of a portion of her thesis. What does it mean to reclaim the Church’s baptismal identity? How might we prepare St. Mark’s to be a congregation that lives out our calling to be children of the Kingdom of God, be witnesses to the Good News of Christ, and to Go and Make Disciples?

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.)
Stronger Together: The Latest in Immigration News
Today, there are more than 68 million people forcibly displaced worldwide. Of that number, more than 25 million are refugees forced to flee their home countries and seek safety in another. This represents the largest displacement since World War II. At the same time that unprecedented numbers are fleeing their homelands and seeking safety elsewhere, anti-refugee and anti-immigrant sentiment is on the rise throughout the world. Community members are invited to learn about the scope and scale of immigration and refugee issues around the world and learn strategies for community response at two programs led by representatives of Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), which is dedicated to addressing the issue of global displacement by supporting refugees, immigrants and communities. On Friday, May 17, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St., Skokie representatives will lead the presentation “Stronger Together: The Latest in Immigration News and How Our Community Can Help.” Armed with up-to-the-minute information about the immigrant and refugee situation here and abroad, panelists will provide newsworthy updates about the current situation and introduce ways in which communities can welcome and support refugees. ​To register, Click Here!

​Love God/Love Neighbor: A Welcoming Workshop
​EMM representatives Allison Duvall and Lacy Broemel will lead participants in a daylong workshop on Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at St. Matthew’s (2120 Lincoln Street, Evanston). The workshop, titled “Love God/Love Neighbor: A Welcoming Workshop,” is designed to help community members identify needs and establish goals in responding to issues of immigration and refugees within their communities. Together, the group will explore topics including asset-based community development, principles of positive messaging and faith-based public policy advocacy and practice. ​Allison Duvall is manager of church relations and engagement, and Lacy Broemel is refugee and immigration policy advisor for the Office of Government Relations. Episcopal Migration Ministries is the refugee resettlement program of the Episcopal Church. In 2018, EMM helped 1,182 refugees and 491 special immigrant visa holders from 31 countries build new lives in peace and security in 14 communities across the United States. EMM collaborates with 14 local partner agencies in 12 dioceses to welcome those fleeing persecution. Tickets are $30 (lunch is included). To register, Click Here!

Easter Offering: Our celebration of Easter lasts 50 days! 
If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to return your Easter Offering between now and June 9 (Pentecost Sunday)! If you have misplaced (or never received) an envelope, you can simple write “Easter Offering” in the memo line of your check. Thank you for your generosity in this season of great rejoicing.

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!

Pastor Debra’s D.Min. Graduation will take place on Friday, May 17th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul and the Redeemer. The Rev. Dr. Emlyn Ott, Director of Doctor of Ministry Programs and Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Leadership at Bexley Seabury Seminary will join St. Mark’s on Sunday, May 19th at both services so we can celebrate together.

Attention Graduates
If you or your young person is graduating from high school, college, graduate school, trade school, etc. this Spring, please send an email to Pastor Debra at so that they can be included in our prayers for graduates on Sunday, June 2.

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.

Garden Helpers: Looking Ahead
The Annual Mulching Party for the front garden at St. Mark's will be Saturday June 15, 1-2 p.m.! We are looking for people who will help purchase & haul bags of mulch to the church from Memorial Day weekend to the 14th. If you would like to get involved, contact Lola Himrod at 847-864-7815 (h) or 847-409-1671 (c) or Thank you!

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.
Going Where the Youth Are
The Church is wherever God’s people are gathered. . . and for our young people that is throughout the community. Come, let’s be Church together and cheer them on!
Thu., May 16
  • Betsy will be performing in the ETHS Wind Symphony Concert in the ETHS auditorium. 7 p.m.
Fri., May 17
  • Malaysia will be dancing in the D.I.M.E. (Dance Is My Everything) recital at ETHS in the auditorium. Free. 7 p.m.

  • Naomi will be singing with the Evanston Children’s Choir at the Unitarian Church (1330 Ridge Ave., Evanston). Free. 7 p.m.

Sat., May 18
  • Neena will be singing in the YEA! Festival with students from King Arts. 10:30 a.m.

  • Sydney will play soccer in Lake Zurich. 1 p.m.

  • Naomi will be singing in the YEA! Festival with the Evanston Children’s Choir in Raymond Park. 1:30 p.m.

Sun., May 19
  • Sydney will play soccer at 2:30 p.m. in Chicago and at 7:15 p.m. in Evanston.

  • Kate J. will be dancing in the Kaleidoscope Dance Recital at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets at 5:30 p.m.
Social Justice & Outreach
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:
Vittorio Laudati (5/16)
John Sagan Jr. (5/18)
Hughie Lele (5/18)
Anne Heinz (5/19)
John Baker (5/19)

We bid your prayers for: Veronica Braithwaite, Mary Pat Buckley, 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, Katherine Tyson McCrea, George Mitchell, Jan and Jeri Offutt, Alison Walsh, 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, Shana

We pray for the deceased: Tom Walsh (father of Alison Walsh), Michael J. Jennings (brother-in-law of Alison Walsh) 
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