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Try a Meditation ‘Sit’ and/or Labyrinth Walk

A portable canvas labyrinth will be set up in Mahon Hall on Sunday, March 1 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm and Wednesday, March 4 from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm, with information provided as to how to walk and pray a labyrinth.

This Wednesday, March 5 at 7:00 pm, take a few minutes to engage in the ancient contemplative practices of sitting in meditation or walking the labyrinth (or gift yourself the time to try both).

At 7:00 pm Carolyn Faivre will offer a short introduction to Christian Contemplation, sharing how both sitting in meditation and labyrinth-walking are spiritual practices that help balance the body, heart and mind. This balance is necessary for opening ourselves to experience a presence and deep inner connection with the Divine, bringing us moments for joy of heart, clarity of mind, and gratitude of body.  Carolyn will then lead a 20-minute guided contemplative practice for either sitting in meditation or walking the labyrinth.

Lessons for Living describes the labyrinth walk this way:

A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. The Labyrinth represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools.

Center for Action and Contemplation shares this about meditation:

Meditation is a mindfulness practice that has been around for thousands of years…in nearly every religious tradition, including Christianity…Meditation techniques are simple and can be learned in a few minutes or hours…meditation is a practice of self-emptying. At its most basic, meditation is letting go—of our habitual thoughts, preferences, judgments, and feelings…Meditation retrains our minds and hearts to know true humility and love.

The season of Lent (which began on Ash Wednesday) is a good time to engage in a new spiritual practice; why not try both!

Dr. Carolyn J. Faivre MS, PhD, LCPC

Matthew Chapter-a-Day Study for Lent / Mateo: Un estudio de un capítulo por día para la Cuaresma 2020

During Lent, running roughly 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter, we are invited to a “holy observance…by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.” (Book of Common Prayer, 265)

Durante la Cuaresma, que dura aproximadamente 40 días entre el Miércoles de Ceniza y la Pascua, somos invitados a una “observancia sagrada … por autoexamen y arrepentimiento; por oración, ayuno y abnegación; y leyendo y meditando en la santa Palabra de Dios “. (Libro de Oración Común, 265)

The parish of St. Mark’s will read the Gospel of Matthew together during Lent with a chapter-a-day reading available at church in English and Spanish.

La parroquia de San Marcos leerá el Evangelio de Mateo juntos durante la Cuaresma con una lectura de un capítulo por día disponible en la iglesia en inglés y español.

You can also download the English version here and the Spanish version here.

También puede descargar la versión en inglés aquí y la versión en español aquí.

Blood Drive at St. Mark’s on Sunday, March 15

Mark your calendar now and SAVE THE DATE for the upcoming blood drive!

Sunday, March 15 from 10:00 am – 02:00 pm

Appointments are encouraged — please click here to schedule your preferred donation time.

Who benefits from blood donation?

At Versiti Blood Center of Illinois, formerly Heartland Blood Centers, we never forget the patients who receive the blood we collect. Every unit of blood is collected from volunteer donors who meet specific criteria and have been screened according to strict guidelines. Every unit (pint) is collected, transported, tested and stored according to tightly-controlled procedures.

Examples of transfusion needs are:

  • Cancer: up to 8 units/month
  • Bone Marrow Transplant: up to 2 units/day
  • Liver Transplant: up to 100 units
  • Auto Accident: up to 50 units
  • Cardiovascular Surgery: 2-25 units

For specific questions regarding your blood drive, please contact your Account Representative, Camille Piazza , directly.

Text “CHARLIE” to 999-777 to opt into text messaging to receive information about upcoming blood drive events, promotions and blood inventory needs!

Preparing for Lent at St. Mark’s

How will we observe the Lenten season at St. Mark’s?

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me – Psalm 51:10

Sign up for Small Groups

Mondays at 6:00 pm: Bible Contemplation Group with Justin Backstrom

Tuesdays at 7:00 pm: Grief / Loss Support Group with Catharine Phillips

Wednesdays at 8:00 am with Kim Toliver

Thursday nights at 7:00 pm en español with Miguel Briones

Sundays at 5:00 pm with Marsha and Steve Webster

Pick up a copy of The Gospel of Matthew Chapter-a-Day Scripture reading for Lent.

Mark your calendar with the following:

Tuesday, February 25:  Shrove Tuesday

6:00 pm – Burning of the Palms

6:15 pm – Pancake Supper in Mahon Hall

6:45 pm – Action Bingo for everyone

Wednesday, February 26: Ash Wednesday

Ashes-to-Go in the church library 7:00 am – 7:30 pm and at the Glen Ellyn Metra Train Station 6:30 am – 8:00 am

Eucharist at 7:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 7:30 pm

Wednesday, March 4: Labyrinth and Meditation

Wednesday, March 11: Meatless Meal

Monday, March 16: Stations of the Cross

The fourteen Stations of the Cross represent the events of Jesus’ passion and death.  St. Anne Chapter of the Order of the Daughters of the King will reflect through the eyes with which Mary (his mother) may have looked at these events. The congregation is invited to join Mary for a reflection on the Stations as she guides us through the Stations through her eyes then, and through her eyes now.

Wednesday, March 18: Matthew’s Gospel and Dinner

Wednesday, March 25: Instructed Seder

Wednesday, April 1: Compline

April 5 – 11: Holy Week

Sunday, April 12: Easter





Ash Wednesday at St. Mark’s

Ash Wednesday is on February 26. St. Mark’s offers “Ashes-to-Go” in the St. Mark’s Library from 7:00 am – 7:30 pm and at the Glen Ellyn Metra Station from 6:30 am – 8:00 am.

St. Mark’s offer Ashes-to-Go as a reminder that the need for humility and healing are not confined to a specific time of day.

Traditional worship with imposition of ashes and Eucharist takes place at 7:00 am, 12:00 noon, and 7:30 pm.


“Make Me an Instrument of Peace: A Guide to Civil Discourse:” Online course debuts ahead of 2020 engagement

[February 18, 2020] The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations and Department of Faith Formation, in partnership with ChurchNext, a ministry of Forward Movement, has released “Make Me an Instrument of Peace: A Guide to Civil Discourse.” This five-part online curriculum covers the following topics: civil discourse in context, tenets for civil discourse, values-based conversations, the complexities of policy, and sacred space for debate. (Watch trailer here)

Peacebuilding involves learning from and working with others, while also sharing different perspectives with humility and vulnerability. Bishop Curry says, “Love your Democratic neighbor, love your Republican neighbor, love your independent neighbor.” Civil discourse helps us to understand how we can engage with people who have different views from our own and lays out the value for doing so. This guide to civil discourse curriculum aims to enhance our ability to learn from and understand one another, and to apply that practice to public policy conversations.

“This effort to equip Episcopalians for engaging in tough conversations comes out of a desire to unlock the potential in the diversity of ideas and perspectives we have within The Episcopal Church; a potential we believe is an asset to our country as we seek solutions to the greatest challenges of our time,” states Alan Yarborough, church relations officer, Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations, “Yet it’s not a new effort—it is inspired by previous Episcopal civil discourse initiatives and by the strong tradition of civic engagement going back to the founding of the U.S. and the Church itself.”

In ChurchNext’s online platform, participants receive weekly video lessons offered by a team of five leaders from across the Church. Following each video segment, participants are invited to engage in discussion and reflection on thought-provoking questions in a forum with other people from around the country. This approach allows for a balance of individual engagement with the material and open conversation with others who are learning along with each participant.

“We hope this tool will help people learn from each other, understand the sacredness of healthy conversation, and recognize our common humanity as we put forth our best collective effort to live into our call to be an instrument of peace and engage in community with one another, all while we stay true to our principles of seeking justice.” says Yarborough.

Speakers for each session include:

“Make Me an Instrument of Peace: A Guide to Civil Discourse” is offered free of charge for the first 2,000 students and available on-demand. Participants can access the ChurchNext curriculum at Make Me an Instrument For Individuals and For Groups. Videos from the curriculum will also be available on the Office of Government Relations webpage.

ChurchNext, a ministry of Forward Movement, creates online Christian learning experiences that shape disciples. Along with our partners, we are devoted to helping people grow in their Christian faith, improve their lives, and better the world. Learn more at 

 Inspiring disciples and empowering evangelists around the globe every day, Forward Movement has been producing excellent, innovative resources to encourage spiritual growth in individuals and congregations for more than eighty years. Learn more at 



St. Mark’s 101 Class for Newcomers and Curious People Starts February 5, 2020

What: St. Mark’s 101 is an introduction to our church and the Episcopal faith – for newcomers and anyone who’d like a better understanding of our church and why we do things like we do.

Who: For anyone who’d like to learn more about the who, what and why of St. Mark’s, our identity as an Episcopal church and a history of 123 years in Glen Ellyn. St. Mark’s continues to evolve into an intercultural, intergenerational place of worship, formation and service to our local community as well as other parts of the country and the world.

Why: Did you know that 70% of Episcopalians come from other faith traditions (including no church at all)? St. Mark’s is a diverse collection of people with varied backgrounds, values, and faith traditions We all share an understanding about the dignity of every human being and the unconditional love of God for all people.

St. Mark’s welcomes everyone, every personality and every kind of question.  We center our life on the claim that God has been revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, but we do not believe that limits the way God has been and is revealed through other religions and experiences.

When: Led by George Smith and Bob Wyatt, the dates and topics for this three-part series are:

Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm in the Sanctuary

Top 10 Things to Know About the Episcopal Church, using The Episcopal Handbook (a copy will be available for every participant)

Wednesday, February 12, 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm in Mahon Hall

Getting to know St. Mark’s – a panel discussion with leaders from outreach, worship, music, youth and children’s programs.

Wednesday, February 19, 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm in Mahon Hall

Fishbowl: We’ll discuss a variety of topics including the Bible, worship, prayer, confirmation, politics and church, etc. Bring all of your questions with you!

RSVP: requested by not required


Melissa Gonzalez, CD(DONA), LCCE to Speak at February Women’s Group

The next meeting of the St. Mark’s Women’s Group is Wednesday, February 5 at 7:00 pm and will focus on babies and how to care for new mothers during the childbearing year. Melissa Sablack Gonzalez, St. Mark’s Communications Administrator, is a birth professional, too, and has been supporting new families as a birth doula, postpartum doula, and Lamaze-certified childbirth educator since 2007. She’s also a certified Happiest Baby on the Block instructor and will bring her supplies to teach the secrets of swaddling and calming babies. These skills are easily learned and passed along — you’ll be the most popular auntie/babysitter/grandma on the block!

Monthly meetings of the St. Mark’s Women’s Group (typically the first Wednesday) are multigenerational and open to all women of the parish.

¡Mercado de agricultores de invierno en interiores y registro de votantes este domingo!

La Iglesia Episcopal de San Marcos en Glen Ellyn está organizando un Mercado de Invierno para Agricultores bajo techo este domingo 26 de enero de 2020. El mercado tendrá lugar de 9:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m. en Mahon Hall en 393 North Main Street, Glen Ellyn, y es gratis y abierto al público. La Liga de Mujeres Votantes también registrará votantes en el sitio.

En una época del año en que la mayoría de los mercados de agricultores de verano han cerrado durante la temporada, este mercado ofrece a los compradores la oportunidad de comprar artículos como carne, huevos, miel, salsa, mermelada, pan, pasteles, productos de temporada y más.

Los agricultores y vendedores en el mercado venderán alimentos de temporada cultivados o producidos a menos de 250 millas de Chicago. Al comprar alimentos cultivados localmente, los consumidores reducen la huella de carbono de sus alimentos y apoyan a los agricultores locales que utilizan métodos de cultivo sostenibles durante la “temporada baja” más lenta.

Las tarjetas Illinois Link / SNAP se aceptan en el mercado y todos los clientes de Link / SNAP pueden duplicar sus compras de frutas y verduras hasta $ 25. Por ejemplo, un cliente que gasta $ 25 en su tarjeta Link podrá llevarse a casa un total de $ 50 en alimentos. Esta duplicación es posible gracias a la generosa financiación de LINK Up Illinois, un programa de la Estación Experimental, que proporciona subvenciones a los mercados de agricultores para apoyar los Cupones de Doble Valor para aumentar el acceso a alimentos saludables en Illinois.

Los mercados planificados en todo Chicagoland de noviembre a abril, organizados por la organización interreligiosa ambiental sin fines de lucro, Faith in Place. La misión de la organización es capacitar a las personas de todas las religiones de Illinois para que sean líderes en el cuidado de la Tierra, proporcionando recursos para educar, conectar y abogar por comunidades más saludables.

Faith in Place se coordina con varias casas de culto para albergar esta serie de mercados porque sus grandes espacios interiores con calefacción son lugares de reunión perfectos para agricultores y miembros de la comunidad. La organización ha organizado esta serie de mercados interiores desde 2009 como uno de sus muchos programas para ayudar a las personas de fe a tomar medidas para lograr comunidades más saludables y un planeta más saludable.

Puede encontrar información adicional y un calendario completo de otros mercados de agricultores de invierno de Faith in Place en Acerca de San Marcos: San Marcos es una comunidad vibrante, creciente, inclusiva y multicultural enraizada en nuestro convenio bautismal compartido y segura en la promesa de que el bautismo nos marca como propios de Cristo para siempre. Llevamos con alegría nuestra fe al mundo, compartiendo el amor de Cristo a través de nuestras acciones entre nosotros, nuestra comunidad, la Diócesis de Chicago y el mundo. Todos son bienvenidos. # # #

Indoor Winter Farmers Market and Voter Registration This Sunday!

Farmers market offers community members an opportunity to purchase food from local farmers and vendors  

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn is hosting a one-time indoor Winter Farmers Market this Sunday, January 26, 2020. The market will take place from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in Mahon Hall at 393 North Main Street, Glen Ellyn, and is free and open to the public. The League of Women Voters will also be registering voters on site.

At a time of year when most summer farmers markets have closed for the season, this market offers shoppers a chance to purchase items such as meat, eggs, honey, salsa, jam, bread, pastries, seasonally-available produce, and more.

Farmers and vendors at the market will sell seasonal foods grown or produced within 250 miles of Chicago. By purchasing locally-grown food, consumers reduce the carbon footprint of their food, and support local farmers who use sustainable growing methods during the slower “off-season.”

Illinois Link cards/SNAP benefits are accepted at the market and all Link/SNAP customers can double their purchases of fruits and vegetables up to $25. For example, a customer who spends $25 on their Link card will be able to take home a total of $50 worth of food. This doubling is made possible by generous funding from LINK Up Illinois, a program of Experimental Station, which provides grants to farmers markets to support Double Value Coupons to increase healthy food access in Illinois.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is located right in downtown Glen Ellyn and there is parking available. There are four services every Sunday at 8:00 am, 9:15 am, 10:30 am and 1:00 pm, and the afternoon service is in Spanish.

This market is one of fifteen indoor markets planned throughout Chicagoland from November into April, organized by the interfaith environmental non-profit organization, Faith in Place. The organization’s mission is to empower Illinois people of all faiths to be leaders in caring for the Earth, providing resources to educate, connect, and advocate for healthier communities.

Faith in Place coordinates with various houses of worship to host this series of markets because their large indoor, heated spaces are perfect gathering places for farmers and community members.  The organization has arranged this series of indoor markets since 2009 as one of their many programs to help people of faith take action for healthier communities and a healthier planet.

Additional information and a complete schedule of other Faith in Place Winter Farmers Markets can be found here.

About St. Mark’s: St. Mark’s is a vibrant, growing, inclusive, and multicultural community rooted in our shared baptismal covenant and secure in the promise that baptism marks us as Christ’s own forever. We joyfully carry our faith into the world, sharing Christ’s love through our actions towards each other, our community, the Diocese of Chicago, and the world. All are welcome.

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