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St. Nick Comes for a Visit, and Other Advent Happenings

Families are invited to a St. Nicholas Drive-By on Sunday, December 6 from 2:00-3:00 in the upper parking lot of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 393 S. Main Street, Glen Ellyn. Wave hello to St. Nicholas and get a treat from him! As we honor St. Nicholas, the Patron Saint of Children, let us also remember to give generously to UNICEF. Read about UNICEF’s 6-point plan to protect our children and then click here to go to our website and select “UNICEF” so the donation goes to the right place.

Also on Sunday, the St. Mark’s Book Group meets at 3:00 pm to discuss “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean. In reopening the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, Susan Orlean delivers a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution – our libraries. This combined November/December discussion will be our final gathering until we pick our 2021 titles in January.  If you are interested in joining this discussion please contact May Anstee.

Next week is the annual Women’s Group Ornament Exchange! All women are invited to attend via Zoom at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, December 9. This lively and much-loved annual tradition will be going virtual this year! Please bring a wrapped ornament (costing < $10) along with your own holiday snack/beverage, and settle down to join us on zoom for a fun evening. (meeting code is same as usual). So that we can plan how to run the exchange virtually, we’d appreciate an RSVP if possible. If you have questions, please contact Libby Wassef.

An Introduction to Christian Basics Class Starts in December

Wednesdays, December 2, 9 and 16 at 7:30 pm

A series of three classes will be led by Fr. George and Jo Ann Lagman based on the Outline of Faith found in the Book of Common Prayer (pages 845-862). George and Jo Ann will lead these discussion-oriented classes on foundational topics of Christianity, including the Bible, the Creeds, God as Trinity, Baptism and Holy Eucharist.

These classes are ideal for:

  • those new to St. Mark’s
  • those who are preparing for baptism, confirmation or being received into the Episcopal Church
  • anyone interested in foundational topics of Christianity, anyone at all!

To register for this class, please click here. 

Zoom Meeting ID 882-3141-7150

Questions?  Please email Fr. George at

Live Beethoven Concert Friday, November 27 at 7:00 pm

The third and final concert in the 250th Anniversary of Ludwig von Beethoven Celebration Series features Sonatas 1 and 2 and the 12 Variations on a Theme from Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus on Friday, November 27 at 7:00 pm.  (NEW!)

Tanya Carey, cello

Cindy Trowbridge, piano

Click here on Friday, November 27 to see this concert streamed live on YouTube. 

Click here to donate online.

Questions? Contact Daniel Segner, Director of Music.

Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Advent Wreath!

It’s that time of year again when we rejoice, celebrate, and honor the coming of Christ. With Advent around the corner, we invite you to decorate your own Eco-Friendly Advent Wreath for the holidays. We encourage you to make this an eco-friendly project for the whole family! You can use recycled materials, stuff you find around the house, sticks or leaves from the yard, greenery you pick up from a local nursery or Christmas sale, candles from your local store, and more. Get creative and make it your own!

Join us in making this a fun way to stay connected! During our online worship at 10:30 am on the first day of Advent, November 29, you can show off your creation during the announcements or Coffee Hour, or send pictures to for us to share during the service and on our social media platforms.

Check out some of these helpful tips on how to build your very own Eco-friendly Advent Wreath:

Make an Advent Wreath for Your Family from

My Eco-Friendly DIY Advent Wreath from Becoming Peculiar

Advent Wreath on a budget from Building Faith

For supplies, try:

Click here to buy Advent LED Tea lights (on sale now!) from Living Grace Catalog

Support your local YMCA (or other local christmas tree fundraisers)! Buy your Christmas Trees and greenery and support a great cause.

Click here for information on Christmas trees at B.R. Ryall YMCA in Glen Ellyn.

Click here for information on Christmas trees at TriTown YMCA trees in Lombard.

Please contact Lydia Pendleton, Director of Youth Ministries, if you have any questions or need some design inspiration.

Looking forward to seeing everyone’s creation!

Image information: “Advent Wreath” by ckpicker is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0


Temporary Suspension of In-Person Worship at St. Mark’s

Dear friends of St. Mark’s,

Given the new COVID-19 mitigation restrictions that went into effect recently that limit in-person gatherings to ten people, I am making the decision to cancel the in-person services for this coming Sunday, November 15 and until further notice. It is likely that this restriction will stay in effect for several weeks if not longer. 

I realize that this is a disappointment after we have had a few in-person services and had a glimpse of what we had before the pandemic. But I also know that you understand that the safety and well-being of everyone is the basis for this decision.

The good news is that we will continue to gather for worship on Sunday via Zoom at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm.

Click here for a link to the 10:30 AM Zoom service (which is the same link for the 1:00 pm service).

Please email me with any questions, concerns or simply to vent.  And as I remind myself, I remind you that God is present in this pandemic, and our hope is set on God’s abiding love and compassion. 

Yours in Christ,


“Choose to Give” Giving Campaign 2021

Dear St. Mark’s Community,

The St. Mark’s Giving Committee is launching this year’s Giving Campaign with a full appreciation of the uncertain
economic times many are facing. We are grateful to be part of this annual tradition of gathering the church
community’s resources to support St. Mark’s and all it provides our members and our community.
The impact of the pandemic has shown us that there are some events affecting our lives over which we have no
control and no choice at all. But there are many things that we can choose, and these choices are more important than

We can choose community in the face of isolation.
We can choose courage in the face of despair.
We can choose faith in the face of fear.
We can choose giving in the face of need.

So, we are asking you, our St. Mark’s community, to Choose to Give this year not only in money but also in spirit and

Click here to watch a video from parishioners explaining why they Choose to Give.

If you have the financial means, give in abundance as the need of St. Mark’s is great. As you can imagine, the
pandemic has resulted in fewer collections and reduced pledge receipts, yet most of the costs of the church are fixed
and must be paid whether the pews are full or only occupied online. Important work of the church beyond pastoral
care continues, including support of DuPage Pads, the Appalachian Service Project, our companion parish in
Nigromante, Mexico and missionary services in East Africa and Madagascar. So, in this exceptional time, give as
much as you can and know that any financial support you provide is important and much appreciated.

We are also asking you to Choose to Give in spirit and community.

To give connection to someone in isolation.

To give hope to someone in despair.

To give faith to someone in fear.

To simply give to someone even though you may be in need as well.

Financial gifts can be made online or by mail. Click here to make your pledge online. Spiritual gifts can be made in any manner you choose.

But in whatever form, Choose to Give and witness the full
power and love of our community realized.

Rooted in baptism. Growing in faith. Branching out into the world.

Yours in Christ,
The St. Marks Giving Committee

Black Lives Matter at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Lay leaders, clergy, and staff at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church recently agreed to post a “Black Lives Matter” sign in front of our church in busy, affluent, downtown Glen Ellyn, IL. What moved us to do so? Here are a few words from rector George D. Smith III:

Black Lives Matter are three words that call us to stop and listen.  I believe people of faith have a special responsibility to listen.  Unfortunately, many have not listened and talked back instead.  These three words have been delegitimized by some saying that their meaning is anti-police.  Black Lives Matter is a message about how Black Americans and people of color have faced discrimination and obstacles in many areas including banking, housing, health care and public safety.

There are no other churches in Glen Ellyn that I know of that have put out a sign that says Black Lives Matter. I believe that St. Mark’s has a responsibility and is called to make this statement where others can’t or won’t as a show ofsupport for people of color and our Black neighbors.

Businesses and homeowners in Glen Ellyn have Black Lives Matter signs, but a church stands behind the message with faith and theology.  Following the example of Jesus, standing with the oppressed is an act of love.

A sign is only one small piece of confronting the evil of racism in our society.  St. Mark’s is committed to the long, hard work of listening, repentance, relationship and renewal.

Click here to read a recent sermon from the Rev.  George D. Smith III on the subject of Black Lives Matter. 

It’s Vote Faithfully Sunday!

Today is Vote Faithfully Sunday!

Please enjoy videos from parishioners and lay leaders on our YouTube channel:

You can also join with Forward Movement and The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations to participate in A Season of Prayer: For an Election from October 27 – November 4.

Please visit for more information about how to vote in your town!

In-Person Worship Opportunities at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm

Sunday, October 25 will see three worship services:

8:00 am  Holy Eucharist Rite II (in-person and livestreamed on Facebook)

10:30 am  Holy Eucharist Rite II (on Zoom and livestreamed on YouTube)

1:00 pm  Santa Eucaristía Rito II (in-person and livestreamed on Facebook)

Here is a list of guidelines to keep everyone safe as we worship in person.

  • Enter and exit the sanctuary through the Main Street double doors.
  • Use hand sanitizer when you enter the narthex, which is available from the touch-free hand sanitizer dispenser.
  • Wear your face mask at all times. You may remove your mask for the moment of consuming the Communion bread and wine.
  • Maintain a distance of six feet from others unless they are members of your family.
  • At the exchange of the Peace, wave or bow as a contactless gesture of peace to others near you.
  • The offering plate will not be passed in the pews. If you wish, place your contribution in the offering plate in the narthex.
  • If you would like to receive communion, please maintain a distance of six feet from others as you approach the altar rail and return to your pew.
  • Restrooms are available in the hallway to Mahon Hall.
  • Please offer feedback and suggestions by contacting Joanie Somerville, chair of the Reopening Committee or Rev. George D. Smith III.

St. Mark’s Annual Pumpkin Patch Starts Saturday, October 10 at 1:00 pm

Every year, the sight of dozens and dozens of pumpkins in St. Mark’s own Pumpkin Patch in downtown Glen Ellyn makes people happy! We are so happy to announce that the Pumpkin Patch is taking place once more, contact-free for safety.

The pumpkins are being harvested and trucked here directly from New Mexico, and parish volunteers will work together to get the truck unloaded on Saturday, October 10 at 11:00 am. Sales begin Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm. 

All are invited to use the honor system to buy their pumpkins by using PayPal and/or placing cash and checks in the locked church mailbox.

All proceeds will be donated to DuPagePads.


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