St. Mark's Episcopal Church | Evanston
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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.
This Weekend
Texts for February 9, 2020
  • Sirach 15:15-20
  • 1 Corinthians 3:1-9
  • Matthew 5:21-37
  • Psalm 119:1-8
Lay Ministers for Sunday, February 16, 2020

Eucharistic Ministers: Abigail Seifert (8am); Andy Howard, Ted Richardson, Edie Molumby (10:30am)
Lectors: Nancye Kirk (8am); Lola Himrod, Chris Schultze (10:30am)
Acolytes: Kate Johnson, Malaysia Jackson, Lydia Pappas
Altar Guild: Pat Bent, Rachel Easton
Altar Flowers: Dorothy Laudati
Ushers: Hector Cortes, Lisa Montgomery
Coffee Hour Host: Your Name Here?
Coffee Hour Snacks: Last names beginning with M - S
Vestry Persons of the Day: Liz McElhatton, Seth Himrod
Social Justice & Outreach
 Lunch Ministry Volunteers to be Honored this Sunday, February 16th at both services. February marks the anniversary of the Wednesday lunch program, a combined ministry of St. Mark's and St. Matthew's. All volunteers will be honored at each church's worship services that day. It is also the 3rd Sunday of the month which means it will be the Red Cart Collection of socks and jugs of juice (apple and cranberry). We would love to overflow the cart that day as a way of saying thank you to all who serve!
Help Care for the Earth by Reducing Landfill Waste:   If you don’t have access to City Compost pick-up you can now bring your compostables to St. Mark’s. Our composting program is up and running so individual households are invited to participate. A suggested donation of $10 each month is requested. The funds will enable the St. Mark’s program to be self-supporting. For details please contact Allison Ashley at or Chris Schultze at

Sandwich-Makers and Lunch Servers Wanted: Every week St. Mark’s and St. Matthew’s serve lunch to between 50 and 70 guests in Cunningham Hall AND, you can get involved by helping to make those lunches on Tuesday evenings! 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
Staying Connected
Shining Our Light Annual Campaign: As of today, we have received pledge cards from 66 households and are 91% to our 2020 Annual Campaign Goal. If you haven't yet, please do turn in your pledge card (simply drop it in the offering plate on Sunday morning or send it to the church office). Additional pledge cards are available on the table at the back of the Lady Chapel and at the back of the Sanctuary OR you can go to for a link to print your own. The Annual Campaign Team hopes you'll join us as together we continue to shine God's light in church, in our community and in our lives.

Pancake Supper: Once again St. Mark’s and St. Matthew’s Confirm not Conform students and their mentors will be hosting the annual Pancake Supper as we make final preparations for the beginning of our Lenten Journey. This year’s supper will take place from 5 – 7 p.m. on Sunday, February 23 at St. Matthew’s (2120 Lincoln Street). Come on out to support our confirmands and to have your fill of pancakes!

Coffee Hour Hosts are needed each Sunday morning to ensure that members and first time worshippers alike are greeted with our famous hospitality after worship. This ministry entails brewing fresh coffee and setting out snacks (brought by other members of the community). Then, once folks are heading out, we ask that you make sure the food is put away, dishes are in the dishwasher and coffee pots are rinsed. There are many folks who can help you and answer questions on Sunday if you get stuck. But we need your help! There is a sign-up sheet in the Parlor with several open dates for February, March and April. Please help us ensure that our hospitality remains one of the things our first time worshippers talk about.

Office Hours and Announcement Deadline: Paula Cosby, Administrative Assistant is in the office each Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The new deadline for all announcements for the eLion and bulletin is Tuesday at 12 noon. Thank you.

Jubi-latte and Tea Deum: Join Pastor Debra any Wednesday from 2 – 3 p.m. at Cupitol (812 Grove Street, Evanston) for a time of conversation over a cup of coffee or tea. Everyone is invited. It’s drop-in office hours without the office!

 Vestry: Did you know that the most recent Vestry Meeting minutes and the treasurer's reports are always posted on the bulletin board outside of the volunteer office? The minutes can also be viewed online by clicking   this link!
Worship & Formation
The Piano is Moving! The piano will be moved next to the organ console the week of Ash Wednesday. This change is for multiple reasons, but mainly to help avoid distractions during our worship services when the choir moves up and down to the different instruments. The choir will be moving to have their backs to the organ pipes, facing both the organ console and the piano, and this configuration will remain in place for our Lenten and Easter seasons. If you have any questions about this change, please don't hesitate to speak with me at coffee hour, or write me an email at . I truly believe that this is a change that will help enhance our music ministry even more. - Westley Hodges, Associate for Music Ministries
Lenten Devotionals and Weekly Online Prayer and Reflection Group: Living Well Through Lent 2020: Practicing Courage with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind devotionals for Lent are now available in the Parlor. This devotional is intended to be used for daily personal reflection as we journey through Lent. The book includes reflections from a variety of authors, Scripture passages, and a space for you to record your own thoughts, feelings, or insights. If you prefer to receive the devotional as a daily email you can go to to subscribe.

Pastor Debra will be hosting an online video conference from 12 - 1 p.m. each Friday in Lent beginning on February 28. To join the video conference, go to (the first time you use the link you will be asked to download free software so you'll want to do this in advance). During this hour we will pray together, read the reflection for the day and share our thoughts on the day's reflection question.
Ash Wednesday Worship will take place at 7 a.m. (Lady Chapel) and 7 p.m. (Sanctuary) on Wednesday, February 26. This is the way in which we begin our Lenten Journey. Both service will include imposition of ashes and holy communion.

Creation Care Adult Education Forum: Looking for a Lenten practice or meditation? Concerned about the modern ecological crisis? Pastoral Intern, Carter Schram, will be leading two adult education forums to talk about the concept of creation care and our response as Christians. Explore the theological motivation behind environmental justice and learn more about what the Episcopal Church and St. Mark’s are doing to help. We will gather 3/15 and 3/22 at 9:15am in Bethlehem Chapel. All are welcome to attend and add value to our conversations.

Newcomer Series: Are you new to the Episcopal Church or new to St. Mark’s? Or maybe you’ve been coming for a while but want to know what it means to be a “member” of this thing called Church. Whatever your story, wherever you are on your journey in faith, you are invited to join Pastor Debra on Sunday mornings from 9:15 – 10 a.m. beginning Sunday, March 1 and continuing through March 29. If you have any questions or if you would like to RSVP (to help with planning), please email Pastor Debra at .

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 (but any amount is welcome). There are several dates still available!
Pastoral Care Notes
Prayer List
Names remain on the prayer list for 5 weeks (2 weeks for those who have died).
We bid your prayers for: Veronica Braithwaite, Carolyn Brooks, Dick Brooks, Mary Pat Buckley, Gerritt Dangremond, John Fitts, Caroline Frowe, Charlie Lettner, Grace Lettner, Paul Lettner, Katherine Tyson McCrea, Jan and Jeri Offutt, Kate Lewis, OJ Mabwa, Rick Artwick, Demetrie Augustinos, Michael Collins, Kathleen Cook, Pat Ryan, David and Donnie Cresap, Lynn Kissell, Ahemd Mahmoud, Holly Nelson-Johnson, Herb Reese, Lisa Smith, Brian Styron, Naomi Houser, Heath Denikas, Tom and Renee Holmgren, Janon Furlong

We pray for those who have died:  Paul Holmgren, nephew of Judy Kopp; Bill Henderson, husband of Janon Furlong; The Rev. David P. Jones, Evanston Fire Department Chaplain
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 Paula at
Beyond Our Walls
St. David's Episcopal Church in Glenview will offer Choral Evensong for St. David's Day on Sunday, March 1 at 5pm. Bishop Jeffrey Lee will officiate and preach. The liturgy will be sung by the Parish Choir of St. David's with Richard Spantikow, Minister of Music and Charles Sega, Guest Organist. A reception will follow. More information here: