I hope you are looking forward to 2018 as our year of celebrating 150 years of worship in the chapel. The chapel itself will be closed during the month of January because the mural is being restored by an expert from the Art Institute of Chicago. All scheduled worship that would normally take place there will be held in the main church. There will be no Morning and Evening Prayer during the month of January. If part of your spiritual discipline is to pray in the chapel, please enter the main church from the parking lot door and pray in our main sanctuary.
Other changes at St. Mark’s that I want you to be aware of include the call of our organist, Carol Latimer, to a new organ bench. After twelve years of wonderful musicianship with us, she is moving on to the Congregational United Church of Christ in Campton Hills. I was pleased to give Carol a Rector’s Cross and see you as a congregation respond with a standing ovation on her last Sunday in December. We will have a series of substitute organists and then I expect to name an interim organist in late summer.
David Baughman became a deacon twenty years ago, and has been faithfully serving St. Mark’s since 2004. In addition to his Sunday morning responsibilities, he has taught many classes and been our primary visitor for those in the Wheaton area. I am grateful for David. David will be presented with a special gift at the conclusion of his ministry on Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2017. You will continue to see him on Sunday mornings in the pew.
This sesquicentennial of our chapel underlines the truth for each of us as individuals and corporately, as a congregation, that in the midst of transitions,
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)