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New Adult Formation Series: The Arts and Faith

Adult Formation Series: The Arts and Faith at 9:00 am

In person in the library and on Zoom (483-170-780).

The arts, painting, sculpture, music, drama, dance, literature, and others, are immensely important parts of our culture and our lives.  What do the arts have to do with the Christian faith? Should Christians engage in the arts, and if so, why? How does art deepen the experiences of worship? What is the role of beauty in art and in worship? This class will be a highly interactive introduction to start us thinking about the arts and the Christian faith. Dr. David B. Fletcher will be our facilitator. Our first session is at 9:00 am, Sunday, July 25 in the Parish Library. You may also join us on Zoom at meeting ID 483-170-780.

Dr. Peter Vagt will join us on Sunday, August 1, to talk about his photography and the beautiful pieces displayed in the church. Subsequent weeks will include discussions of current or recent Chicago-area art, such as Frida Kahlo: Timeless at College of DuPage, Immersive Van Gogh, the English language in the Book of Common Prayer, and Chicago area music.

The Adult Formation committee is looking for new members! If you are interested in joining the committee, please e-mail Jo Ann Lagman at and plan to attend our meeting on July 26 at 7:00 pm at St. Mark’s and via Zoom.

Harp and Song Concert

Harp & Song Concert

Saturday, July 31, at 7:30 pm

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Suggested Donation

$20 adult/$10 child

Presented by

Job Opening at St. Mark’s Preschool

St. Mark’s Preschool is seeking part-time (20-30 hours/week) educators to join our teaching team for the 2021-22 school year. If interested, please send your resume to Kristine at

SMP offers Preschool, Kindergarten Enrichment, Studio Arts, and STEAM classes to children ages 3-6 that provide a joyful environment for exploration and discovery. Educators celebrate children as individuals capable of deep, creative thinking. Learning is a personal journey supported through a partnership between the children, their parents, and their educators. Our programs spend as much time as possible in our outdoor classrooms throughout the school year – rain and snow often providing natural opportunities for discovery.  Our school is a place where children can develop a love for learning and appreciation for the world around them. In the Episcopal tradition, we welcome children and staff from all faiths and socio-economic backgrounds. St. Mark’s Preschool is a supportive community that integrates arts, academics, and physical well-being with social and emotional learning.

A New Bible Study Begins This Week!

All are welcome to join a Bible study of the Gospel of Mark that begins this coming Tuesday, July 27, 9:00 am- 10:30 am. Whether you are new to the Bible or have studied it a lot, the format of this study encourages lively participation, questions and connections to current events and life experiences.

This new Bible study will cover one or two chapters of Mark’s Gospel each week, taking approximately three months to read Mark’s 16 chapters.  Attendance at each weekly meeting is not required.

Mark’s Gospel is featured prominently in Sunday worship between now and the end of November.  This study will enhance your experience of the Sunday Gospel experience and preaching on it.

Through the end of August, we will be meeting on Zoom at 535-428-803.  After that, it may be offered as a hybrid in-person in the St. Mark’s library with simultaneous Zooming.

Questions?  Please contact the Rev. George Smith at 708-205-0102 or

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at St. Mark’s

Sunday, July 18, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Mahon Hall

Walk-ins welcome

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for ages 12 and older.

Questions? Contact the front office at 630-858-1020.

A Path to Justice Through Understanding, Thursday, July 22, at 7:00 p.m.

St. Mark’s will be hosting an educational event for the wider community on Thursday, July 22, at 7:00 p.m. This is an invitation to the community to learn about the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom and their work on building bridges. For more information, contact George Smith.

All men of St. Mark’s are invited to…

The annual St. Mark’s Men’s BBQ

Friday, July 23, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The rector’s backyard (792 Forest Ave.)

RSVP to Cam Gowans –

LGBTQIA+ Gathering, August 8, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

St. Mark’s LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersexual, and Asexual) Group will host a cookout on August 8th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. LGBTQIA+ persons, 21 years old and above, and their families are invited to Jo Ann Lagman’s home at 1021 Danforth Drive, Batavia, IL 60510. Burgers and brats will be available. Please bring your chairs, drinks, and anything else you would like to grill. Please e-mail Jo Ann Lagman at if you are interested in attending.

Annual Parish Picnic at Lake Ellyn, Sunday, July 11, at 10:00 AM

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All Are Invited to Participate in St. Mark’s Parish Reading of the Gospel of Mark

Please join the Rev. George D. Smith III and other readers at St. Mark’s with a group reading of the Gospel of Mark.

Click here for your copy. 

There are also printed copies available at the church as a resource for those interested in deeper reflection as we explore the Gospel of Mark during the season of Pentecost.

This booklet contains the NIV (New International Version) translation of the Gospel according to Mark and is designed to be a resource and devotional during the season of Lent.

A suggested reading schedule is a chapter per day followed by questions for reflection. You may wish to read all chapters once through for an overview and then devote a day to a chapter for more in-depth reflection. By reading Mark’s Gospel, you will enter into and participate in the story of Jesus that is not just text on a page but a reality in your life.

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