January 30, 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.
Worship & Formation
Noisy Collection
Thank you to all who contributed to Sunday’s children’s noisy collection! Your coins really added up! $42.37. Every bit helps.

We are excited to welcome back all children for Sunday School. This Sunday, Anne Heinz will be cooking with the kids as they learn about God’s love. Emily Chastain and Liz McElhatton will be there to shepherd and we hope all of our students will be present. We start at 9:15 a.m. Invite your friends! 

Aging Well
Approximately 10,000 Americans will turn 65 every day for the next 20 years. People are living longer and want to maintain active and productive lives. Aging well requires us to be more mindful about the choices we make. The benefits of choosing to age well are greater energy, better relationships, and an overall sense of greater vitality. On Sunday mornings from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. on Feb. 3, Feb. 17, Mar. 3 and Mar. 17, Pastor Debra will be facilitating a 4 session wellness circle on Aging Well. If you would like to be part of a wellness circle but cannot attend on these dates, please email Pastor Debra at rector@stmarksevanston.org and a weekday group may be added.

Lay Ministers for Sunday, February 3
Eucharistic Ministers: Abigail Seifert (8 a.m.); Beth Johnson, Byron Scott, Sarah Francis, Edie Molumby (10:30 a.m.)
Lectors: Phyllis Lyons (8 a.m.); Ted Richardson, Cas Szczepaniak (10:30 a.m.)
Lay Eucharistic Visitor: Allison Ashley
Acolytes: Wesley Urbanowski, Asher Sondgeroth, Michelle Mbuki
Altar Guild: Beth Johnson, Dorothy Laudati
Altar Flowers: Ellie Bergman
Ushers: Marion Macbeth, Deane Johnson, Rich Forst
Coffee Hour Hosts: Your Name Here?
Coffee Hour Snacks: Last names beginning with, A-F (2/3), G-L (2/10)
Vestry Person of the Day: Rachel Easton, Molly Skelton
Texts This Week
February 3, 2019

  • Jeremiah 1:4-10
  • 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
  • Luke 4:21-30
  • Psalm 71:1-6

I have been sustained by you ever since I was born;
from my mo ther's womb you have been my strength; *
my praise shall be always of you.
Coffee Hour Hosts Needed for after services through March 24! 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!

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.)
Staying Connected
Cold Weather Office Hours: St. Mark’s Office will be closed Thursday morning due to the extreme cold (the office is always closed on Wednesdays). We will be open from 12 noon – 5 p.m. and, Pastor Debra will be available for pastoral emergencies throughout the cold weather. She can be reached at 847-732-9564. Please take care of yourselves and look in on your neighbors.

Jubi-latte and Tea Deum (a/k/a Coffee and Conversation with the Priest)
Due to the extreme temperatures, Jubi-latte and Tea Deum will not take place at Cupitol. However, for those who are interested, we will try to do a Zoom Conference. Simply bring your own coffee, tea or cocoa and join a web conference by going to https://zoom.us/j/7465059615. Pastor Debra will be there from 3:30 -4:30 p.m.

Winter Got You Down? Games & Pizza Party Come to St. Mark’s on Sunday, February 10th at 3 p.m. for an afternoon of board games followed by pizza. All ages are welcome!!!! We will have some games and feel free to bring any favorites (full disclosure: games in picture may or may not be present! But we promise games for all ages!). If you have questions, please contact Rachel Easton at reaston2@comcast.net or Pastor Debra at rector@stmarksevanston.org
Outreach & Social Justice
Midweek Lunch: Each week, volunteers from St. Mark's and St. Matthew's work together to prepare and serve meals for our neighbors who struggle with hunger and homelessness. On Tuesdays from 6-6:30 p.m. volunteers prepare sandwiches. On Wednesdays, volunteers gather in Cunningham Hall from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. to serve the meal and talk with our guests. If you would like to help, please contact John Lucadamo or Donna Ri chard son for more information.

For Social Justice and Outreach Ministry (SJOM) questions, contact Donna Richardson at dlynnrich322@gmail.com or phone at 847.677.0701
News from Interfaith Action of Evanston (IAE)

  • Volunteers Still Needed for Emergency Overnight Shelter – is open every night through end of February at Evanston area churches. For more information see flyer posted on the bulletin board. One training session is needed prior to volunteering. Contact Sue Murphy: ia@interfaithactionofevanston.org or 847.869.0370 to schedule an individual training.
Pastoral Care Notes
Birthday Blessings:
John Lucadamo (2/8)
Neena Gaede (2/11)

We bid your prayers for: Veronica Braithwaite, Tony Campise, Gerritt Dangremond, Caroline Frowe, Cyndi Hefler, Judy Kopp, Charlie Lettner, Grace Lettner, John Lucadamo, Jan and Jeri Offutt, the Babbitt-Lewis family, Herschel Brooks Lowe, OJ Mabwa, The Nacey family, Bob Finster, Laura Easton and her family, Eric Mockler

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
Other News and Information
Annual Campaign Update:  As of today we are at 99% of our $281,000 goal for 2019. If you have not yet submitted your pledge, please do so by this Sunday --- extra pledge cards are available to download from our website ( http://www.stmarksevanston.org ) OR you can simply send an email with the amount of your pledge to  stewardship@stmarksevanston.org . Thank you to the 70 individuals/households who have already completed a pledge card and/or prepaid your 2019 gift. Together we have many gifts to bring to a world in need.

Annual Meeting:  Thank you to all who braved the cold weather to attend St. Mark’s Annual Meeting last Sunday. In case you missed it you can  click here to view the Annual Report and  click here for the Treasurer’s Year-End Report.