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Kick-Off Sunday is September 13! Join us at 9:30 am

Kick-Off Sunday looks a little different this time…
….but we can still gather for worship
and enjoy fellowship together
and have some fun
and kick off the church year!
Open the app on your computer or iPad and enter
Zoom Meeting # 483-170-780
Fun and fellowship starts at 9:30 am during Formation time and includes:
Ice Breakers for all ages
Simon Says with Miss Diane especially for children (and all other ages)
Jeopardy for youth and adults
Meet the Sunday School teachers
Worship begins at 10:30 am
Play “Can You Find Jesus?” during Announcements with Fr. George
And, participate in parish favorite, “Name That Tune” with Director of Music, Daniel Segner, during Coffee Hour immediately after the service!
There will be hot dogs for prizes!
Kick-Off Sunday will also be livestreamed on the St. Mark’s YouTube channel and available for later viewing.
Do you have questions about using Zoom? Please contact Melissa Gonzalez, Communications Administrator, for one-on-one help.

Join Us for In-Person Communion! ¡Únase a nosotros para la comunión en persona!

“Communion to Go” offered at St. Mark’s Saturday, September 5
Everyone is welcome!
Please come to St. Mark’s this Saturday to receive Communion-to-Go, consecrated bread and wine.
There will be two options / locations:
1. Walk up on the Main Street lawn in front of St. Mark’s: Please park in the upper parking lot or find street parking nearby. The communion station will be set up under a tent.
Wear a mask (required) and bring your own cup (or we will provide) and step in line as an individual or with your family pod (six feet apart from other folks, please).
We ask that you wear a mask while in line and only remove it to consume the bread and wine after you have moved a safe distance from the tent.
2. Drive through in the lower parking lot: Please enter the parking lot off of Hillside and pull up to receive communion while remaining in the comfort of your own car. Bring your own cup (or we will provide). Once you and others in your car have received the bread and wine, please proceed out of the parking lot and exit onto Philips Avenue.
Saturday, September 5
10:00 am – 11:00 am and 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, September 12
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Saturday, September 26
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
We hope to see you there!
Questions? Email George Smith or Reopening Committee Chair Joanie Somerville.
Be present, be present, O Jesus, our great High Priest, as you were present with your disciples, and be known to us in the breaking of the bread; who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.
“Comunión para llevar” ofrecida en San Marcos este sábado 5 de septiembre
¡Todos son bienvenidos!
Venga a San Marcos el próximo sábado para recibir la Comunión para llevar, tanto pan consagrado como vino.
Habrá dos opciones / ubicaciones:
1. Camine por el césped de Main Street frente a St. Mark’s: estaciónese en el estacionamiento superior o busque estacionamiento en la calle cercano. El puesto de comunión se instalará bajo una carpa.
Use una máscara (requerida) y traiga su propia taza (o la proporcionaremos nosotros) y haga fila como individuo o con su grupo familiar (a seis pies de distancia de otras personas, por favor).
Le pedimos que use una máscara mientras está en la fila y solo se la quite para consumir el pan y el vino después de haberse movido a una distancia segura de la tienda.
2. Conduzca por el estacionamiento inferior: ingrese al estacionamiento fuera de Hillside y estacione para recibir la comunión mientras permanece en la comodidad de su propio automóvil. Traiga su propia taza (o la proporcionaremos nosotros). Una vez que usted y otras personas en su automóvil hayan recibido el pan y el vino, salga del estacionamiento y salga por Philips Avenue.
Sábado 5 de septiembre
10:00 am – 11:00 am y 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sábado 12 de septiembre
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Sábado 26 de septiembre
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
¡Esperamos verte ahí!
Preguntas? Envíe un correo electrónico a George Smith.
!Hazzte presente! Hazzte presente, oh Jesús, nuestro gran Sumo Sacerdote, así como te hiciste presente con tus discípulos, y muéstrate a nosotros en la fracción del pan; que vive y reina con el Padre y el Espíritu Santo, ahora y por los siglos. Amén.

Updated Information About COVID-19 Testing and Resources in English and Spanish

Did you know there are two pages on our website full of local resources and information about COVID-19 testing? Please check out our Resources page in English and in Spanish.

Also, the State of Illinois is hosting a free, temporary drive-through and walk-up test at Evangel Church, 5700 Bartels Road, Hanover Park, IL in the South Parking Lot. Testing hours are Wednesday, August 19 through Friday, August 21 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Click on the link below for more information:

Covid-19 Mobile Testing Flyer (Evangel Church)

¿Sabía que hay dos páginas en nuestro sitio web llenas de recursos locales e información sobre las pruebas de COVID-19? Consulte nuestra página de Recursos en inglés y en español.

Además, el estado de Illinois está organizando una prueba temporal y gratuita en el Evangel Church, 5700 Bartels Road, Hanover Park, IL en el estacionamiento del sur. El horario de exámenes es del miércoles 19 de agosto al viernes 21 de agosto de 9:00 am a 5:00 pm. Click en el enlace de abajo para mas información:

Covid-19 Mobile Testing Flyer (Evangel Church)

DACA Workshop/Taller de DACA with Alex Reed, Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Chicago

As you may know, the Supreme Court recently rejected the Trump Administration’s effort to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). That means current DACA recipients may continue to submit DACA renewal applications. USCIS (U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services) is also supposed to accept new DACA applications from people who have never applied before, but it is not clear if these applications are being accepted.

Alex Reed, a longtime member of St. Mark’s and an immigration attorney at Legal Aid Chicago, provided a brief overview in Spanish and English of the requirements for DACA eligibility and how to apply for DACA renewal at a Zoom meeting on Sunday, August 2.

Please click below to view the presentation and learn more.

DACA Presentation St Marks FINAL 8-2-20

Como ya sabrán, la Corte Suprema rechazó recientemente los esfuerzos de la Administración Trump para poner fin a DACA (Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia). Eso significa que los beneficiarios actuales de DACA pueden continuar presentando solicitudes de renovación de DACA. Se supone que el USCIS (Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de los EE. UU.) También acepta nuevas solicitudes de DACA de personas que nunca antes han presentado una solicitud, pero no está claro si estas solicitudes se aceptan.

Alex Reed, antiguo miembro de St. Mark’s y abogado de inmigración en Legal Aid Chicago, proporcionó una breve descripción en español e inglés de los requisitos para la elegibilidad de DACA y cómo solicitar la renovación de DACA en una reunión de Zoom el domingo 2 de agosto. Haga clic a continuación para ver la presentación y obtener más información.

Presentación DACA St Marks FINAL 8-2-20



Reopening Committee News and Covenant for Regathering

Important news from Joanie Somerville, chair of the Reopening Committee:
The St. Mark’s Reopening Committee understands that there are some small groups who would like to gather in person. We, as a committee, are not allowing any groups to gather within the walls of the physical building. However, we are allowing those groups who would like to gather to do so on either church grounds or elsewhere as long as they adhere to strict guidelines.
[Please note that this picture does *not* reflect the strict guidelines, unfortunately — maybe next year]
If you belong to any small groups at St. Mark’s, please check with the ministry leader in charge to see what plans are being made for your group.
All parishioners, please review the Covenant for Regathering below for more information about what current COVID guidelines look like for the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago and St. Mark’s.
If you have any questions, please contact Joanie at or (630) 200-3947. Thank you!
Covenant for Regathering

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, I promise, with God’s help and to the best of my ability, to abide by the guidelines of the Diocese of Chicago for participation in the life of my congregation according to the regathering phase in which my congregation is authorized to carry out its mission and ministry.

In fulfillment of the Baptismal Covenant’s (BCP p. 304-305) commitment to:

Love my neighbor as myself, I will . . .
▪ Wear a mask or scarf over my nose and mouth at all times in church buildings and follow public health guidelines for hand sanitizing and disinfecting.
▪ Attend gatherings at St. Mark’s only if I am non-symptomatic for the COVID-19 virus or any other transmittable disease that could compromise the health of another congregant.
▪ Abstain from attending if doing so would put me at greater risk due to my own health status.
Respect the dignity of every human being, I will ..
.▪ Make no physical contact with people beyond the members of my own household
▪ Maintain a six foot or more distance from other members of the congregation
▪ Respect any requests for distance, masking, and cleaning, to ensure the safety and comfort level of others
Seek and serve Christ in all people, I will …
▪ Trust and support the decisions of both my diocesan and congregational leaders
▪ Stay connected with others in my community by telephone, video chat, text, email, or “snail” mail

Youth Ministry News – Noticias del Ministerios Juveniles

Welcome Lydia Pendleton, Director of Youth Ministries – Bienvenida Lydia Pendleton, Directora de Ministerios Juveniles

Hello St. Mark’s community!

We are excited to officially introduce Lydia Pendleton as the new Director of Youth Ministries at St. Mark’s! Please read Lydia’s bio below so that you can learn a little more about her.

Important updates from Lydia Pendleton on our Youth Ministries program (PLEASE READ):

Remind App – our primary form of communication with youth and parents at St. Mark’s:

We are introducing a new way to communicate with our parents and youth. You may have heard of it, it’s called “Remind”! It’s an app you can download on your smartphone and also access online at

Here are instructions on how to login, set up your account, and join our different groups! Please join our groups and help us make our methods of communication more efficient.

To join our St. Mark’s Youth Group High School Group, click here.

To join our St. Mark’s Youth Group Middle School Group, click here.

One-on-one’s with families

For the next few months, I would like to invite your families to meet with me one-on-one to learn more about you and what you love about youth ministries at St. Mark’s, as well as gather some needed feedback as we move forward in this new chapter. I think there is no better time than now to invest in our youth ministries and reevaluate what our “new normal” will look like!

Please click here to email Lydia and schedule your one-on-one! I look forward to speaking with each of your families.

Youth Group meetings update

As we move forward into a new stage of the COVID pandemic, we are taking the necessary precautions to keep our families safe. We are evaluating how to plan outdoor activities for our youth groups as well as fun new ways to meet via zoom. Collaborating with our Youth Ministries Leadership Team and volunteers, we are planning a program that will be safe for all. Please stay tuned for updates on our youth event schedule.

I appreciate your patience as we make sure our youth group events will be exciting and intentional, creating a safe place for us to meet online and in person.

Jesus on the go!

Families with children and youth received a special gift from St. Mark’s by mail. If you have not received one and would like to, please reach out to me at

Going for a bike ride? Camping in your backyard? At a picnic with your family? Taking a road trip? Meeting with friends via zoom? Take Jesus with you! We are introducing a fun; new way for you to stay connected with St. Mark’s wherever you are. “Jesus on the Go!” is a bendable Jesus, perfect for taking along and documenting in photos. So, take a photo with your Jesus as you walk through your daily lives!

Share them on our Facebook group, email them to, or text them to Lydia Pendleton at (603) 770-3388.

Please note that by sharing these pictures on social media or sending them to us directly, you are giving us permission to use them on our different platforms.

Bendable Jesus Poem

Take me with you on your adventures

To the lake, the park, or even the gas station

Snap a pic and include me too

Remember I am always with you

I am in all things

I will walk with you in peace to love to serve the Lord.

Lydia’s bio

When relocating to the Chicagoland Area last year, I chose St. Mark’s to be my worship community and was immediately drawn by the beautiful ministries and work you are doing. I look forward to being a part of the incredible team at St. Mark’s!

Growing up in the church as the child of an Episcopal priest, I believe I bring unique skills and experiences to this ministry. When it came to church, my family has always been “all in.” So, I have been an acolyte; sung in the choir; attended church summer camp; participated in diocesan wide youth events; served on the Episcopal Youth Event design team (our national church youth gathering); and led mission trips with my family to Cuba. I attended the Peace Academy in Dresden, Germany where youth from all over the world gather to discuss current issues, discover a “freedom of consciousness,” and develop friendships that can help unite conflicted countries. I was honored to be invited to another youth peace event, the Community of the Cross of Nails (CCN) International Youth Gathering, in Coventry, England where international youth learn to be peacemakers through discussion and workshops using the CCN guiding principles for reconciliation.

Following graduation from St. Lawrence University in 2017, I spent a year working in the communications department for the Episcopal Diocese of Puerto Rico with the Young Adult Service Corps (YASC).  As one who continues to journey, learn and grow, I am excited to further the work of the church that has always been important in my life.

I am grateful for all the opportunities I had in my youth and for being able to connect with other Christians my age. Each experience brought me closer to God and I am proud to be a part of a church that embraces their youth, creates space for them to express their faith in different ways, and acknowledges that youth are not only the future and hope of the church, they are our present.

To read more about Lydia’s background, take a look at her blog from her year of service with the Young Adult Service Corps (YASC) in the Episcopal Diocese of Puerto Rico.

Peace and prayers,

Lydia Pendleton

Director of Youth Ministries

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, IL

(603) 770-3388 (call/text)

Follow us on Instagram: @youthst.marks

Traducción al español:

¡Hola, comunidad de San Marcos!

¡Estamos emocionados de presentar oficialmente a Lydia Pendleton como la nueva Directora de Ministerios Juveniles en San Marcos! Lea la biografía de Lydia a continuación para que pueda aprender un poco más sobre ella.

Actualizaciones importantes de Lydia Pendleton sobre nuestro programa de Ministerios Juveniles (POR FAVOR LEA TODA LA INFORMACIÓN):

Remind App – nuestra principal forma de comunicarnos con nuestros padres y jóvenes:

Estamos presentando una nueva forma de comunicarnos con nuestros padres y jóvenes. ¡Es posible que hayas oído hablar de eso, se llama “Remind”! Es una aplicación que puede descargar en su teléfono y también puede accederlo usando este enlace:

¡Aquí hay instrucciones sobre cómo iniciar sesión, configurar su cuenta, y unirse a nuestros diferentes grupos! Por favor, únase a nuestros grupos y ayúdenos a hacer que nuestros métodos de comunicación sean más eficientes.

Para unirse a nuestro grupo de juveniles en la escuela secundaria (St. Mark’s Youth Group High School), use este enlace:

Para unirse a nuestro grupo de juveniles en la escuela intermedia (St. Mark’s Youth Group Middle School), use este enlace:

Conversaciones con sus familias

En los próximos meses, me gustaría invitar a sus familias a que se reúnan conmigo para conocer más sobre ustedes y lo que les gusta del ministerio juvenil en San Marcos, así como también para obtener algunos comentarios y pensamientos sobre cómo avanzamos para delante en este nuevo capítulo. ¡Creo que no hay mejor momento que ahora para invertir en nuestros ministerios juveniles y reevaluar cómo será nuestra “nueva normalidad”!

¡Utilice el siguiente enlace para programar su reunión! Espero poder hablar con cada uno de sus familias.

Anuncios sobre las reuniones de los grupos juveniles

A medida que avanzamos hacia una nueva etapa de la pandemia de COVID, tomamos las precauciones necesarias para mantener a nuestras familias seguras. Estamos evaluando cómo planificar actividades al aire libre para nuestros grupos de jóvenes, así como nuevas formas divertidas de reunirse a través del Zoom. Colaborando con nuestro Equipo de Liderazgo de Ministerios Juveniles y voluntarios, planearemos un programa que sea seguro para todos. Estén atentos para recibir actualizaciones sobre nuestro calendario de eventos juveniles.

Agradezco su paciencia mientras nos aseguramos de que nuestros eventos de grupos juveniles sean emocionantes e intencionales, creando un lugar seguro para que nos reunamos en línea y en persona.

Jesus on the go!

Las familias con niños y jóvenes recibieron un regalo especial de San Marcos por correo. Si usted no ha recibido uno y le gustaría, por favor comuníquese conmigo en

¿Vas a dar un paseo en bicicleta? ¿Acampar en tu patio trasero? ¿En un picnic con tu familia? ¿Haciendo un viaje por carretera? ¿Reunirse con amigos a través del zoom? ¡Llévate a Jesús contigo! Estamos introduciendo una nueva forma de mantenerte conectado con San Marcos donde quiera que estés. “¡Jesús sobre la marcha!” es perfecto para tomar y documentar en fotos. ¡Por lo tanto, tomar una foto con su Jesús a medida que camina a través de su vida diaria!

Comparte las fotos en nuestro grupo de Facebook usando el hashtag #jesusonthego, enviarlas por correo electrónico a, o envíelas por mensaje de texto a Lydia Pendleton, Directora de Ministerios Juveniles, al (603) 770-3388.

Tenga en cuenta que al compartir estas imágenes en las redes sociales o enviándonoslas directamente, nos está dando permiso para usarlas en nuestras diferentes plataformas.

Jesús en Camino Poema

Llévame contigo en tus aventuras

Al lago, al parque o incluso a la estación de servicio.

Toma una foto e inclúyeme también

Recuerda que siempre estoy contigo

Estoy en todas las cosas

Caminaré contigo en paz para amar a servir al Señor.

Biografía de Lydia

Cuando me mudé al área de Chicagoland el año pasado, elegí a San Marcos como mi comunidad de adoración y me atrajeron de inmediato los hermosos ministerios y el trabajo que está haciendo. ¡Espero formar parte del increíble equipo de San Marcos!

Al crecer en la iglesia como hija de un sacerdote episcopal, creo que aporto habilidades y experiencias únicas a este ministerio. En mi familia, la iglesia y nuestra fe siempre han sido los primeros. Entonces, he sido un acólito; cantado en el coro; asistió al campamento de verano de la iglesia; participó en eventos juveniles diocesanos; sirvió en el equipo de diseño para el Evento de Jóvenes Episcopales (nuestra reunión juvenil de la iglesia nacional); y conduje viajes misioneros con mi familia a Cuba. Asistí al evento de la academia de paz en Dresden, Alemania, donde jóvenes de todo el mundo se reúnen para discutir temas actuales, descubrir una “libertad de conciencia” y desarrollar amistades que pueden ayudar a unir a países en conflicto. Tuve el honor de ser invitado a otro evento de paz juvenil, el Encuentro Internacional de La Juventud conducida por La Comunidad de la Cruz de las Uñas (CCN), en Coventry, Inglaterra, donde los jóvenes internacionales aprenden a ser pacificadores a través de debates y talleres utilizando los principios rectores de CCN para la reconciliación.

Después de graduarme de la Universidad de St. Lawrence en 2017, pasé un año trabajando en el departamento de comunicaciones de la Diócesis Episcopal de Puerto Rico con el Cuerpo de Servicios para Jóvenes Adultos (YASC). Como uno quien continúa en camino, aprendiendo y creciendo, estoy entusiasmada por promover el trabajo de la iglesia que siempre ha sido importante en mi vida.

Estoy agradecido por todas las oportunidades que tuve en mi juventud y por poder conectarme con otros cristianos de mi edad. Cada experiencia me acercó a Dios y estoy orgullosa de ser parte de una iglesia que abraza a su juventud, crea espacio para que expresen su fe de diferentes maneras y reconoce que los jóvenes no son solo el futuro y la esperanza de la iglesia, Ellos son nuestro presente. – Para leer más sobre los antecedentes de Lydia, eche un vistazo a su blog de su año de servicio con el Cuerpo de Servicios para Jóvenes Adultos (YASC) en la Diócesis Episcopal de Puerto Rico.

Paz y oraciones,

Lydia Pendleton

Directora de Ministerios Juveniles

San Marcos Iglesia Episcopal en Glen Ellyn, IL

(603) 770-3388 (call/text)

Follow us on Instagram: @youthst.marks


Thank You for Another Successful Backpack and School Supply Drive!

Every year St. Mark’s supports Holy Family Ministries, a ministry partner of Episcopal Charities and Community Services (ECCS), by purchasing and donating school supplies and backpacks for children going back to school.

Located on the historic Homan Square campus in North Lawndale, Holy Family Ministries offers a 45,000 square foot modern building to prepare children for unlimited success. The school empowers 600 students across four programs combined from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade, including after-school and summer enrichment options and a teen leadership program.

Thank you to all who gave! We gathered 37 backpacks and 10 boxes of supplies to well equip the children of Holy Family School for this school year! Well done!

Please Enjoy the “St. Mark’s in Motion” Slide Show

Click here to watch the “St. Marks’ in Motion” slide show!

A few words from longtime parishioner and photographer Peter Vagt.

As you know, the Art Group puts up “Art Shows” in the St. Mark’s Gallery – on the Nave walls – several times a year. We started with Ludmilla’s show in 2013 and have continued with three or four shows a year since then.

A full slate of shows was planned for 2020, and last fall, the Art Group asked me to assemble a show of St. Mark’s photographs for a spring show the year.  Beth Treleven and I work together and came up with the title “Saint Mark’s In Motion” and selected about 100 photos from the thousands I had taken at St. Mark’s between 2009 and 2019. The show was to be installed after Easter Sunday and run through June.

Preparation was almost complete by the time of the pandemic shutdown.  I had made 15 30” x 30” panels, each containing three to five photographs.  Each panel was a different topic, things like Palm Sunday, the Parish Picnic, Sunday School Classes, etc.

At the beginning of March, we were making plans for hanging the show and holding the “opening.”  But it was also becoming apparent that the church was going to be closed during the planned timeframe for the show.  So [Rector] George [Smith] asked if I could make a slideshow as a preview of the show and also as a reminder that we will all be together again someday!

For the slideshow, I arranged the photos in the order of a typical year, starting with the annual meeting and cake auction held every January and ending with the Guadalupe Festival and St. Nick Celebration which occur in December each year.  Each of the “events” can contain photos from different years, providing some interesting juxtapositions of the same kids, at different ages!!

It has been very meaningful for me to see all these pictures and remember the wonderful years we spent at St. Mark’s!  Virginia and I miss you all !!


Sign up for VBS with St. Mark’s — Online July 13-17, 2020

Vacation Bible School 2020

You are invited to join the journey!

VBS – Wilderness Escape

Watch this video to learn more!

July 13 – 17, 2020 from 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Participate virtually through Zoom at your house!

For children ages 4 years old – 5th grade

We hope you will join us this summer for VBS! We will learn all about how God guides and provides.

It’s going to be a wonderful adventure as we join Moses on his wilderness journey to trust God! You are in for an unforgettable time!

For more information or to volunteer your help, contact Megan McGuire.

Click here to register

Phase 4 Re-Opening Statement

June 24, 2020

All church official business and meetings will continue to occur virtually as we evaluate the new Phase 4 State, Diocese, and other applicable guidelines and consider implementing new protocols at St Mark’s.

All new protocols for St. Mark’s will be published when determined with sufficient notice for our staff, volunteers and parishioners to safely implement and be trained on any changes and necessary supplies and equipment procured.

We know some individuals may elect to now begin meeting in small groups in person, not on church premises, and will make their own good faith determinations as to appropriate protection of their personal health and safety, as well as that of the others they may meet with and spend time with including those they live with.

St. Mark’s cannot organize or approve such social meetings given the CDC‘s continued guidance to stay home except for essential activities. However, we do encourage you to continue via Zoom and other virtual methods to include any parishioner who wishes to participate, particularly should some elect to meet in person.

Thank you for always remembering to be respectful, flexible, creative and inclusive whenever possible during this transition time.

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