Vestry Nominations Now Accepted
In the month of October we are seeking vestry nominations. If you or someone you know is called to serve God on our vestry, please complete a nomination form, which can be can be found in the narthex, the Prodigal Cafe, or download and print here, along with a description of the vestry roles and responsibilities.
Calling all St. Mark’s Saints!
As we continue to celebrate our 150th anniversary, we also celebrate our values of historic teaching and Christian community! All sinners made saints through Jesus, and those searching for The Answer, are invited to celebrate with joy at the All Saints Masquerade on October 25, from 6:00-7:30 pm.
What is the Masquerade? The event is for all ages and boasts costumed Saints walking among the crowd, great Reformation style food and drink, as well as games where you can learn about the lives of the Saints like Saint BINGO—led by Father Mark! Bowl over the Heretic, Canonize a Saint, and more!
Do I have to dress up? Nope! But you are encouraged to dress the part of a saint or make a halo upon entry.
RSVP here and don’t forget to take that Saint Selfie in the Fellowship Hall today!
- Find the backdrop in the fellowship hall.
- Grab some props from our basket and your phone/camera.
- Snap a Saint Selfie and email to email@example.com
St. Marker Motorcyclists
The last ride this season is Sunday, October 29. Riders depart St. Mark’s after the 8:00 am service, will ride to Serena Café, then enjoy fall colors. Bring a friend! Contacts: Mike Zimmer, 630.234.2288, or Alan Shackleton, firstname.lastname@example.org, 630.235.8629.
Morning and Evening Prayer
Wednesday Evening Prayer has resumed at 6:00–6:30 pm in the chapel. This service from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer offers a time of prayer, reflection, and thanksgiving in the beauty and intimacy of our historic chapel. Morning Prayer continues in the chapel on Saturdays, 7:30-8:00 am. No Evening Prayer on Wednesday, October 25. Attend the Masquerade Party instead.
Kirkin ‘o the Tartan
Join our celebration of Scottish heritage and music on Sunday, October 22 at the 10:30 service. The service includes Choral Mattins followed by Holy Communion. Tunes of Glory Pipes and Drums will play. Please wear or bring your tartans to the service to be blessed.
You can read a history of this tradition in this post. We hope to see you there!
All Souls’ Commemoration Evening Prayer
Please join us on Thursday, November 2, at 6:30 pm in the chapel for the All Souls’ Commemoration Evening Prayer. The service will include a sermon by the rector and hymns. Remember departed members of the parish and other loved ones. Submit the names of those to be included in the prayers by Wednesday, October 25 in the narthex or chapel, call the church office, or email to email@example.com.
Begins Wednesday, October 20, 9:30am. Learn to be attentive to God, self, and others in order to prepare for the Advent season. Four weeks in the Rectory. Contact Pastor Claudia or Mary Ball.
Join The St. Mark’s Choir
Love to sing? The St. Mark’s Choir is a mixed-voice ensemble that sings a diverse repertoire of choral literature from sixteenth-century pieces to works of the present day. The group serves an important ministry to the church community and everyone is welcome to audition. Singers need not have choral experience yet they should love music, sing in tune, and be able to commit to regular rehearsals on Wednesday evenings. Having knowledge of reading music is helpful but is not a requirement. Wednesdays at 7-8:30 and Sundays at 8:00 am.
Jesus and Me (JAM) Singers
For the younger singers of our parish we have the JAM Singers (second through eighth grade). They sing at worship on the first Sunday of the month and rehearse on Sundays at 10:45 am. They make a joyful noise! For more information and to sign up contact Paul Grizzell, Director of Worship Arts, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Musicians Needed For The Saturday Service
Seeking musicians, teenagers or adults, to help lead worship. We worship with a range of music including new worship songs (think Hillsong or Bethel Music), hymns (that work well with guitar), and Taizé pieces. We usually practice before the service at 4:0 pm in the chapel. If you would like to try it out, contact the Saturday night worship leader Brian Miller at email@example.com.
Low-Key Volunteer Opportunities
- Security Team: Check over and secure the building each evening for a week, on an approximate 2-month rotation. Please contact John Temple, firstname.lastname@example.org, 630.606.0074.
- Audio Visual: Control lights, sound, and recordings during 10:30 worship. Please contact Sally Gradle, email@example.com, 630.632.5671.
- Youth Leadership: If you have a heart for the junior high age group–if you want to engage them in the Word of God–find out how at Tell Me More!
- Did you iron handkerchieves as a child? Help is needed to care for Altar Guild linens, two weeks per month. Contact Ginny Spring, firstname.lastname@example.org or Ann Evans, email@example.com
- Prodigal Café needs your help. Additional bakers and hosts are needed to serve on a rotating schedule. Please contact Ashley Cramer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training to be an acolyte is offered on Sunday mornings beginning September 17. Training takes place at 10:30 am in the chapel and is open to children grades five through twelve.
October 15, 10:30-11:30 in the chapel
October 22, 11:30 Pizza in the fellowship hall
12:00-1:30 in the nave
November 5, Acolyte Acknowledgment at 9:00 service
Acolytes aid parishioners in worshiping God. Traditionally they ring church bells to call congregants to the sanctuary. They light altar candles and invite the congregants into silent prayer and meditation. If you are interested in your child training to be an acolyte, contact Beth Koch at email@example.com.
Salvation Army Christmas Baskets
It’s not too early to donate gift cards for Kohls, Target, Walmart, or Meijer, to round out this year’s Salvation Army Christmas baskets. Gift cards can be placed in offering plates or dropped off in the church office. Please write the amount on the card. Contact Lisa Paulson, firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions, or to serve as a shopper.
Lazarus House has been a home to the homeless in our community for the last 20 years. This is only possible because faith communities like ours provide a dinner meal each evening plus an overnight volunteer who is available to assist the staff person on duty if needed. Our night is always the fourth Saturday of the month; the next is October 28. Are you able to provide a hot or cold entree, a vegetable dish or yogurt? Would you consider being the overnight volunteer? Sign up in the narthex or contact Deacon Steve for more information.
The full listing of local outreach opportunities at St. Mark’s may be found here.
Contact the office to schedule a baptism for yourself or your child. The next dates are Saturday, September 30; and Saturday and Sunday, November 4 and 5.