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Easter Sermon, April 21, 2019

“Happy Easter, Felices Pascuas! St. Mark’s is a multicultural church, where we say Happy Easter to each other in several languages. In Spanish, Happy Easter is Felices Pascuas. The literal translation is “Happy Easters,” plural. And this makes sense, because Easter is not just one day but a season of 50 days, the 50 Great Days of Easter. The number 50 is a representation of perfection – and for those who are turning 50 this year, it is a special year indeed. 50 is derived from 7 times 7, seven being the number for fullness, but not just one seven, but seven sevens, plus one, the cherry on top!

Knowing that Easter is a 50-day celebration, not just one day, can change our reality. Lent was a season of 40 days, Easter is 50. What we celebrate today, this first Sunday of Easter, cannot be contained in one day. Even 50 days is not enough to contain Easter, which is a daily reality, a lifelong journey. St. Augustine wrote, “We are an Easter people.” Easter defines us, resides at our core and remains with us.

The task of the Easter season is twofold: to remember and to make meaning from what we are remembering. Who remembers Fr. Victor’s sermon two weeks ago? (only a few hands are raised…) Remembering takes work. Ironically, in his sermon, Victor talked about what remembering is, which he said isn’t just recalling information but making things present here and now. As the Gospel of Luke tells us, there were half a dozen or more women who had followed Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem. They were with Jesus when he taught, healed and proclaimed the Kingdom of God. He had told them several times that the Son of Man, that he, Jesus, would be crucified and on the third day, rise again. Why then, on the third day, Easter morning, did they go to the tomb? Why did they bring spices, which are meant for a dead body, not a risen one?” To read the sermon in full, please click here.


Vacation Bible School Registration is Underway

Mark your calendars for Vacation Bible School, the week of July 15-19, 2019. Registration began April 1. Registration forms are available outside Room 123 and in the church office. Questions? Please contact Diane Hessinger at childrensministry@stmarksglenellyn.org.


Parent’s Day Out (PDO) 2019-2020 Registration

St. Mark’s PDO offers care for children ages 2 to 4. Registration for Fall 2019 will begin on Monday, April 1, 2019 for St. Mark’s parishioners and St. Mark’s Preschool families. New families can register beginning Monday, April 8, 2019. Families can register for one or two days per week during the school year, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Summer registration will open on Monday, April 15, 2019.

The 2019 summer program runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during June and July. Registration packets for the 2019-2020 school year is available by clicking here or in the St. Mark’s office. Questions? Contact PDO Director Kathy O’Rourke kathycubfan@gmail.com.


Welcome Dulce C. Torres – Program Organizer for CREO – Comunidades Realizando Estudiantes Extra-Ordinarios 

After working in corporate America for a few years after college, I felt that something was missing. I asked God for guidance and wisdom and ultimately quit my “career” job to pursue more personally meaningful work. I was fortunate enough to pursue my passions and give back to the community during my “time-off.” I traveled, spent time with family, and volunteered. God’s time and plans are perfect, and now I have the opportunity to impact Latino/Hispanic students through CREO. As a first-generation college student with a bachelor’s in Mathematics, I’m excited to be driving the work at CREO. CREO means “I believe” in Spanish and CREO’s goal is to provide students with the right resources to enable them to “believe” that they too can successfully obtain a college degree. My initial tasks are to (1) come up with the program’s foundational structure, (2) start tutoring sessions for students, and (3) set up monthly workshops for families. CREO will be based at St. Mark’s with its start made possible by a grant from an anonymous supporter.  The hope and expectation is that future funding will come from grants and other sources.  If you have any questions about CREO and or would like to volunteer to tutor, please call me at 708-336-9221 or send an email to CREO@stmarksglenellyn.org.


Music Associate position available

The Music Program at St. Mark’s consists of Adult and Youth choirs which provide sung music for a variety of services held in the parish during the liturgical year. As we are a part of the Anglican Communion, much of the choral music offered is drawn from the rich tradition which comes to us through the Church of England. A wide variety of other styles of music are used as well, from early monastic chant and Renaissance composers to contemporary American works and spirituals. If you are interested in joining us, please read the job description here.


St. Mark’s listed as one of “100 Awesome Churches in the US”

Congratulations St. Mark’s! And thank you to everyone that helps make us who we are. Our doors are always open and everyone is always welcome, without condition. From the article:

“What makes a church awesome? Here are my criteria:

1️⃣ spiritually-enriching community
2️⃣ vibrant worship
3️⃣ social justice warriors
4️⃣ fully LGBTQ-inclusive
5️⃣ actively invite people into Christian identity/belonging

I crowd sourced suggestions on social media this weekend. Immediately, nominations started pouring in from across the country. 33 states to be exact.”