June 5, 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.
Conversation Cafes to Capital Campaign:

Eighteen months ago, nearly 60 of you, in fact – participated in a Conversation Café where we reflected together on three questions: (1) What keeps you coming back to St. Mark’s?, (2) Where do you see God at work at St. Mark’s?, and (3) What are your aspirations for St. Mark’s? These conversations and several subsequent ones, led your vestry to the realization that it is time for a capital campaign at St. Mark’s. In order to bring to fruition the aspirations and hopes we have discerned – to bring about this renewed vision for St. Mark’s - we will need to raise money. In April, the vestry contracted with Episcopal Church Foundation to guide us through the phases of a capital campaign. And on Pentecost Sunday (June 9) - the Episcopal Church Foundation consultant who has been assigned to us, Joe Merlino, will be joining us in worship and for two adult forums. We want you to come and take part. Because this is YOUR vision for the future of St. Mark’s.

June 9, 2019
 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. and 11:45 – 12:45 p.m.
 Joe Merlino, Episcopal Church Foundation Consultant

This Weekend
Texts for June 9, 2019

You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; *
and so you renew the face of the earth.
Lay Ministers for
Sunday, June 9
Eucharistic Ministers: Aina Gutierrez, Byron Scott, Carter Schram, Edie Molumby (10:30 a.m.)
Lectors: Kathy Hart (8 a.m.), Aina Gutierrez, Byron Scott (10:30 a.m.)
Acoltyes: Patrick Nee, Betsy Johnson, Asher Sondgeroth
Altar Guild: Alice Pappas
Altar Flowers: Mary Nowack
Ushers: Fred & Susan Lewis. Lisa Montgomery, Emily & Sophia Chastain
Coffee Hour Host: Nancye Kirk, Loretta Jacobs
Coffee Hour Snacks: Last names beginning with G-L (6/9). M-S (6/16)
Vestry Person of the Day: Doug Sondgeroth, Liz McElhatton
Worship & Formation

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 in June still available.

Newcomers Reception: Do you consider yourself new to the St. Mark’s community? If so, we are invited to a newcomers’ reception with the Vestry (our leadership team). We would love to get to know you better and to give you an opportunity to get to know us. The reception will take place from 3:30 - 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 30th in the Parlor at St. Mark's.Light refreshments will be served. Children are most welcome! 

 Attention: Graduate Names DUE TONIGHT:  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  rector@stmarksevanston.org  by TONIGHT so that they can be included in our prayers for graduates on Sunday, June 9.
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!
Treasurer's Note:
On behalf of the Treasurer’s Office and the Stewardship Team, we are all hoping you have plans for a joyous summer! Before you head out of town, we’d love if you can remember to keep your pledge up to date at St. Mark’s. Cash flow slows down in the summer so it is helpful for everyone to help out! Payments can be placed in offering plates on Sunday mornings, mailed to the church, or made by PayPal (go to  http://www.stmarksevanston.org  and click on the Donate button in the right hand column). We want it to be easy for you! We will send out mid-year statements in early July. 

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) Has Moved!
We've movedfor the summer! Come sit with Pastor Debra at Berry Pike Cafe, 1100 Davis Street, Evanston. We now meet on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m., see you then!

Garden Helpers
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 lhimrod@comcast.net. 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!
Sun., June 9

  • Sydney will play soccer in Evanston. 5:45 p.m.
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 -  http://tinyurl.com/y3xwbcda
·     Wednesday Lunch -  https://tinyurl.com/wedlch

If you have any questions, please contact Donna Richardson at 847-712-0705 or  dlynnrich322@gmail.com.
Integrating Evanston: A Historic Journey TONIGHT: Presented by Morris “Dino” Robinson, founder of Shorefront Legacy Center. Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 7:00 -9:00 p.m., at Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, 303 Dodge, Evanston. Detailed information on flyers posted on bulletin board and in the parlor.
Ready, Set, Go!  The 20th Annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate is set for Sunday, June 16, 2019. The YWCA Evanston/ North Shore sponsors this Father’s Day tradition. The race features 5K/10K Runs, 5K Walk, and Youth Mile/Half mile. Race proceeds support the Y’s racial justice and violence prevention programs. The race honors the memory of Ricky Byrdsong, the first African-American head coach of the men’s basketball team at Northwestern University and insurance executive who died a victim of a hate crime. In the summer of 1999, Mr. Byrdsong was jogging with two of his young children in his Skokie neighborhood when a member of white supremacist group shot him. Registration and more information about the Race are available at www.ywca.org/evanston. Volunteers are needed to stuff packets, race material pickup and race day logistics, contact Jean Kim at  jkim@ywca-ens.org .
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church is one of sponsors of the Race and “Mass on the Grass” will be celebrated at 7 am prior to the Race kickoff. Are you running or volunteering for the Race? Please report your involvement in the Race with Donna Richardson@ dlynnrich322@gmail.com so we can record our social justice efforts.
3rd Sunday Juice collection! Please add cranberry and apple juice to your shopping list. This is last month to give juice, before church service begins at the lake.  Our next RED CART collection will be June 16 th ; please place the jugs in the cart at the back of the sanctuary. Thank you.
Cope Backpack Drive: St. Mark’s will once again be a distribution site for backpacks and school supplies in August but now through July 2019 you can already get involved by purchasing a new backpack and leaving it in the bin at Becky & Me Toys (620 Grove St) OR at Wintrust Bank (901 Grove St). Shop for backpacks in-store or online at COPE’s Amazon Wishlist: https://amzn.to/2VyCP5s. 

Pastoral Care Notes
Birthday Blessings:
Tony Campise (6/6)
Bruce Gaede (6/7)
Mary Pat Buckley (6/8)
Chuck Johnson (6/9)
Jenni Suvari (6/9)
Trish Barr (6/10)
Lori Goede (6/10)

Anniversary Blessings:
Bruce & Rev. Lee Gaede (6/7)

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, Mary Pat Buckley, Jim Carver, Gerritt Dangremond, John Fitts, Caroline Frowe, Judy Kopp, Charlie Lettner, Grace Lettner, Paul Lettner, Katherine Tyson McCrea, George Mitchell, Jan and Jeri Offutt, Chris Schultze, OJ Mabwa, Demetrie Augustinos, David and Donnie Cresap, Kathleen Cook and Pat Ryan, Ahmed Mahmoud, Jeff Redmond, Reg Ryan, Lisa Smith

We pray for those who have died: Rosemarie Green, Steve Mullins
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
Summer Retreat
“Jesus is the Answer: What’s Your Question?” is the topic for this year’s Long Summer Retreat, June 16-20 at The DeKoven Center, 600 21st St. in Racine, Wisconsin. The Rev. Brian Hastings of Chicago’s Episcopal Church of Our Saviour will lead this all-inclusive retreat which offers time for deeper spiritual reflection, enlightenment and fellowship.

The retreat begins at 5 p.m. Sunday with a welcome reception and dinner, and runs through breakfast on Thursday. Cost, including lodging in Taylor Hall, meals and programming is $350. To register, call 262-633-6401, ext. 101.

Set along Lake Michigan’s bluffs, The DeKoven’s Center’s 11-acre campus is a unique and versatile setting that offers nationally-recognized architectural treasures, summer gardens, serene wooded areas and distinctive worship spaces. Originally built as the Racine College in the 1850s, the campus today operates as a full-service Retreat & Conference Center and wedding and special event facility. For more about The DeKoven Center and its programs, go to www.dekovencenter.org or www.facebook.com/DeKovenCenter .