August 21, 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.
Remembering and Honoring the
First Enslaved Africans
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites Episcopal churches to remember and honor the first enslaved Africans who landed in English North America in 1619 by tolling their bells on Sunday, August 25th at 2 p.m. Bishop Curry writes, “This is part of the Episcopal Church’s continued work of racial healing and reconciliation as we join together with people of other Christian faiths and people of all faiths to remember those who came as enslaved, who came to a country that one day would proclaim liberty. And so we remember them and pray for a new future for us all." Plan to gather on the front lawn of St. Mark’s beginning at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, August 25th to be part of this brief, but important, time of remembrance. We have invited Second Baptist Church to join us and one of their ministers will lead an opening invocation and closing prayer. Associate for Music Ministries, Westley Hodges will play St. Mark’s chime.  To learn more about the events commemorating the 400th anniversary of the landing of enslaved Africans in Virginia, click here.
This Weekend
Lay Ministers for
Sunday, August 25

Eucharistic Ministers: Eva Sondgeroth, Aina Gutierrez (9:30 a.m.)
Lectors: Dale Seifert (8 a.m.), Vince Pappas (9:30 a.m.)
Altar Guild: Trish Barr, Julia Ferguson
Altar Flowers: Emily Chastain
Usher: Bruce Gaede, Chris Schultze
Lakefront Lemonade: Emily, Eil, & Annie Kirchner
Vestry Person of the Day: Julia Ferguson, Molly Skelton
Worship & Formation

Back-to-School Blessings: We will be blessing students, teachers, and support staff at the 9:30am service on August 25. Whether you are a returning student or just beginning school, a teacher or school administrator, please bring yourself and a symbol of the upcoming academic year (example: backpack, iPad, algebra book) to the lakefront and be blessed!

The Gathering: Children ages 3 through Grade 5 are invited to join Pastor Debra each Sunday morning beginning September 8 from 9:55 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. for this NEW Christian Formation offering. We will gather in the classroom on the main floor of the parish house for a time of prayer and reflection, we will then join the choir for 5 – 10 minutes to learn the Psalm for the day which the children will lead during worship, and we will end our time together by prayerfully lighting the candles in the sanctuary and preparing for worship. All children will be invited to be a part of the procession into the church that opens our worship before joining their families for worship.

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!
Staying Connected
Westley in Concert and Conversation: Join us on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 7:00pm for a concert featuring our new Associate for Music Ministries. Westley will be accompanied by Beau Surratt and the concert will feature Finzi’s Five Bagatelles for clarinet and piano, as well as some vocal piano music by Mark Hayes and Dr. Thomas Lee. Following the short concert, Westley will lead us in song to demonstrate how he leads congregational singing. A reception will follow with plenty of time to meet and chat with Westley. Thank you in advance for support the music ministries at St. Mark’s—we look forward to Westley’s work with us. For more information, please contact Westley at .

Interfaith Block Party:  Unity on the North Shore invites us to participate in an Interfaith Block Party on Saturday, September 14 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Unity on the North Shore (3434 Central Street, Evanston). There will be live performances, interactive world religions walk, games and activities, delicious food, and ample opportunities to get to know your neighbors.

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. Special pricing is available through August 31, 2019. 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 on line by clicking   this link!
Choir Room Open House: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to attend a choir rehearsal? Well, now is your chance to come see what all the hype is about! Come out on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 7:30pm to get a tour of the choir room, enjoy some fellowship with cookies and lemonade, chat with Westley our new Associate for Music Ministries, learn some new music, and end with Night Prayer. Even if choir isn't your thing, come say hi! For more information, please contact Westley at
Social Justice & Outreach
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

Hospitality Center Red Basket Campaign July-September: Below is the list of items along with suggested sources sent by Sue Murphy, executive director - Interfaith Action of Evanston. A red bucket has been placed in the parlor to collect items and will also be available at second service at the Lake please drop the items in at your convenience. Questions, please contact Donna Richardson. Thanks, we appreciate your generosity!

We're looking for: sunscreen, umbrellas, small bottles of hand sanitizer, deodorant, dollar store ear buds, and lip balm (ChapStick, etc.).
Pastoral Care Notes
Birthday Celebrations:
Kate Johnson (8/21)
Casmir Szczepaniak (8/24)
Rachel McElhatton (8/24)
Matthew Kirchner (8/25)

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, Jim Carver, Gerritt Dangremond, John Fitts, Caroline Frowe, Charlie and Judy Kopp, Charlie Lettner, Grace Lettner, Paul Lettner, Katherine Tyson McCrea, George Mitchell, Mary Nowack, Jan and Jeri Offutt, Kate Lewis, OJ Mabwa, Demetrie Augustinos, Michael Collins, Kathleen Cook and Pat Ryan, David and Donnie Cresap, Lynn Kissell, Ahmed Mahmoud, Holly Nelson-Johnson, Reg Ryan, Lisa Smith, Brian Styson
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