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Compline Moves to an Earlier Start Time on Tuesday Nights

Compline, Tuesday at 8:30 pm (gathering time at 8:15 pm)

Faith and prayer are strong tools to defeat the pandemic. We feel Compline is very fitting for these times. Every Tuesday night, we start with gathering time at 8:15 pm and the Office begins at 8:30 pm. The service is brief, about twenty minutes long. Go to by clicking here  or join meeting number 897-9705-5160. Contact Deacon Tom Craighead at (630) 215-5958 or for more information.

Celebrate the Ordination of Jo Ann Lagman to the Sacred Order of Deacons Saturday, February 27

Saturday, February 27 at 3:00 pm, join us on Zoom for the

Ordination of

Jo Ann Lagman
Meghan Murphy-Gill
Terri Morrissey


George Arceneaux IV

Click here to watch Zoom Meeting ID 483-170-780

Click here for a copy of the bulletin

Thanks be to God!

Help Wanted: Part-Time Office Manager

For immediate hire: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn is seeking to hire a part-time Office Manager (approximately 20 to 25 hours/week) as a key staff position in a busy and growing church.  As the point of first contact for many visitors and members, we seek an office manager who is friendly, patient, follows up promptly, handles a variety of projects and tasks that often have strict deadlines.


Ideal candidates will be able to work with many different kinds of personalities and thrive in an environment with new and unexpected challenges on a daily basis.  Successful candidates will have experience in basic bookkeeping, word processing, spreadsheets and database management.  Attention to detail and organization skills are essential.  Knowledge of Spanish preferred. Compensation is competitive.


For a complete job description, click here.


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The Treasured Aramaic Words of Jesus: A Zoom Lenten Retreat

A Lenten Contemplation on the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic, the native language of Jesus

Saturday, February 27, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

With Aramaic scholar and author, Neil Douglas Klotz, Edinburgh, Scotland, Br. Joseph Kilikevice, OP, Director of the Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality, Oak Park, IL, and sponsored by Rev. George Smith, Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Glen Ellyn, IL.

“O Birther, Father-Mother of the Cosmos, you create all that moves in light.” (One possible translation from Aramaic Peshitta Bible of the first words of the Lord’s Prayer.)

In considering the Aramaic words of Jesus, taken from the Bible used by all present-day Aramaic Christians, we can enter his familiar and treasured words in a deeper way and experience them more directly. The sacred sound of his Aramaic words put to simple chants and accompanied by English translations become a spiritual practice that reveals authentic meanings missed by more familiar translations. Christians who follow Jesus and those of other faith traditions and spiritual paths who respect and value his teachings are welcome to join us for this Lenten retreat by way of Zoom.

Registration before February 20, 2021 is required. Given this time of financial difficulty, your donation in any amount expressing your gratitude is appreciated. PayPal or checks in US funds are accepted. Use the Zoom access address below.


Register on Zoom using this link:


Donation by PayPal: After registering, go to the PayPal home page and select “Send Money, Pay Online. . . ” Then,“Send a Request” at the top of the page using the Shem Center e-mail address,, enter the amount of your donation. It will go directly into the Shem Center PayPal account.


Donation by check: Make the check payable to Shem Center and mail to: Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality, 708 N Harvey Ave, Oak Park IL 60302


Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, Wednesday, February 17

Ashes to Go will be available in the Church library from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. There are also two hybrid services planned, one at 12:00 pm and one at 7:00 pm. Reservations are required to attend the in-person service; please click here to register online. To attend the Ash Wednesday service online, use Zoom Meeting ID 483-170-780.

Shrove Tuesday Events

Shrove Tuesday Celebration, Tuesday, February 16 at 6:00 pm

Looking for a fun family game night with prizes? Join us at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, February 16, for a Shrove Tuesday celebration! There will be burning of the ashes, sharing of the most creative pancakes and then…..BIBLE JEOPARDY hosted by our very own Tim Frawley! A prize table will be set up in the library at St. Mark’s for the lucky winners to pick out their prizes. You can choose from games, toys and treats for all ages!

Jeopardy Category: Fun Family Nights at St. Mark’s

Answer:  Burning of the Ashes, Creative Pancake Sharing, BIBLE JEOPARDY for all ages with prizes


For more information, contact Diane Hessinger.


Women’s Group Meets Wednesday, February 4 to Discuss “Dealing with Loss”

Join us on Zoom Wednesday evening, February 4, at 7:30 pm for a discussion lead by Lynn Dornblaser titled “Dealing with Loss.” In the past year it feels like we have all lost so much, but there is so much we have gained as well. This interactive discussion will explore what we have lost and what has replaced those losses. This is an opportunity to share and to learn from one another.

Go to the Zoom meeting by clicking here or open the Zoom app on your phone or tablet an join meeting number 946-770-9142. For more information, contact Kim Toliver.

Cake Auction Raises $9,589 for the St. Mark’s Dental Mission Trip

Each year as part of the church’s Annual Meeting, St. Mark’s parishioners make gorgeous homemade cakes for auction, with all proceeds going to our Companion Relationship with San Marcos in Nigromante, Mexico.

Last year at the Annual Meeting — one of the last large in-person events held at St. Mark’s in 2020 — the Cake Auction raised over $3,000.

This year our Annual Meeting and Cake Auction were held online on Zoom immediately following the 10:30 am service on Sunday, January 24. Twelve homemade cakes were auctioned off, from child-made efforts featuring licorice decorations to absolutely beautiful creations like the cake shown here made by Laura Lopez.

Longtime St. Mark’s auctioneer Andrew Dorn did a fine job getting the bidding going and encouraging top prices paid.

Donations are still trickling in, but as of today St. Mark’s raised $9,589 to provide for our next dental mission trip to San Marcos!

For more information about St. Mark’s Episcopal Church’s companion relationship with San Marcos, contact Kim Reed.

Annual Meeting and Cake Auction Is Sunday, January 24!

This year the Annual Meeting of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is being held online via Zoom. The annual Cake Auction benefitting our companion parish, San Marcos in Nigromante, Mexico, is being held on Zoom, too!

Here’s a preview of the Rector’s Report:

Where to start? Maybe from where we left off, a year ago. The concluding sentence of my rector’s report at last year’s annual meeting was this: “I love the old adage that if you want to make God laugh, show her your plans. With that in mind, we will walk forward with plans and faith!” Last January, we had plans and we had faith, and then we met the invisible, menacing viral particle that invades human cells, reproduces itself and catches a ride into its next victim on exhaled and inhaled breath. It was a year ago this week that the first case of Covid19 was diagnosed in the U.S. On Sunday, March 15, with the tidal wave of Covid19 virus crashing over us, the building at 393 N. Main Street was closed. But the church, the body of Christ, remained wide open as we worshiped and celebrated the Eucharist through a live Facebook feed. The following Sunday, we worshiped together on Zoom and have been Zooming worship, Bible studies, vestry meetings, men’s and women’s groups, and Preschool classes and AA meetings ever since. Blessed are the muted, for they shall be unmuted.

Please tune into Zoom Meeting ID 483-170-780 on Sunday, January 24 at 10:30 am for Holy Eucharist Rite II in English and Spanish, to be followed immediately by the Annual Meeting and Cake Auction.

Click here to see a copy of the Annual Report and review the Minutes before the meeting if possible. See you then!

Learn More About Eviction Law in Illinois – Obtenga más información sobre la ley de desalojo en Illinois

The Illinois eviction moratorium changed on November 13, 2020! Visit Help Illinois Families  or call (833) 711-0374 to find rent assistance, or find your local Community Action Agency at Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies to apply directly.

Applications take some time to process. You may also try contacting other local agencies, such as Catholic Charities or Salvation Army, to request help. Residents of many counties can call 2-1-1 for information about rent assistance resources (visit 211 Illinois for more information).

If you live in income-based housing and your income has changed, ask the landlord or the Housing Authority to”recertify” your income.
For the most up to date information about evictions during COVID, visit Prairie State Legal Services  or Illinois Legal Aid 

If you are behind on rent, your landlord can now file an eviction case in court for non-payment of rent unless you give your landlord a
written Declaration that says:

You expect to make no more than $99K in 2020 ($198K for couples filing jointly);
You are behind on rent due to COVID;*
You’re using your best efforts to make partial rent payments; and
You would be homeless or have to double up if evicted.
Your landlord must give you the Declaration form, or you can get the Declaration form online at Illinois Housing Development Authority.

If you do not owe rent, you can only be evicted for health and safety violations or animmediate and severe risk to property. Even if your landlord gets an eviction order against you, enforcement of most evictionorders is on hold until at least February 6, 2021.

For more information in English and Spanish, click here:

All Counties COVID Eviction Handout 1.11.21 eng and sp

For more information about Weekly Eviction Updates, click here:

PSLS Weekly Eviction Updates Flyer (updated 01.05.21)

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