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St. Mark’s Re-Opening Committee Focus Groups Coming Soon!

A letter from Joanie Somerville, St. Mark’s Re-Opening Committee Chair

Dear People of St. Mark’s,

I hope this letter finds you and your family well. As we are moving forward with the Governor’s Restore Illinois plan, we at St. Mark’s are working diligently to ensure that our building reopening is done with the safety of everyone who uses the space in mind. As we continue to plan our phased reopening, we would love to hear from you!

Our preference would be for you to participate in a 30-minute Zoom Focus Group session. You can sign up for a date and time that works best for you at this link:

Focus Group sessions will take place at the following dates and times:

Monday June 15                           7:00 pm-7:30 pm          7:30 pm -8:00 pm        8:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Tuesday June 16                          3:00 pm -3:30 pm        3:30 pm -4:00 pm        4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Wednesday June 17                   7:00 pm – 7:30 pm       7:30 pm – 8:00 pm       8:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Thursday June 18                        3:00 pm – 3:30 pm       3:30 pm – 4:00 pm       4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

We understand that Zoom may not be ideal for everyone, so we want to give you the opportunity to provide your feedback via a mail-in survey as well. That mailing should go out the week of June 7.

We are closely following the guidelines set forth by the Episcopal Diocese and Bishop Lee. Please take a moment to review this document which can be found at these links:

Episcopal Diocese of Chicago Guidelines for Re-Entering our Church Buildings (May 26, 2020)

Diócesis Episcopal de Chicago La Reapertura de Nuestras Instalaciones (26 de mayo de 2020)

Here is a copy of the survey that will be coming in the mail soon:

St. Mark’s Reopening Survey

The Diocese has provided specific guidance regarding steps needed to safely reopen our building. There are several guidelines we must adhere to at this point, including:

  • frequent cleaning and disinfecting
  • social distancing
  • use of face masks
  • removing items that could be handled by multiple people
  • refraining from any singing or using woodwind instruments

With those restrictions in mind, we would like to get your thoughts on the highest priority uses of our building.

  • What are we doing well right now?  Why does it work well for you?
  • What is the largest need that is *not* currently being met?
  • Do you believe that need can be met before our building is fully reopened?  If so, in what ways?
  • What are your greatest concerns about reopening the building, or returning to in-person gatherings?
  • What can we add or improve to help make this time of limited resources and services during the pandemic feel more sustainable until we can fully use our space and have large gatherings again?

Thank you for taking the time to review this letter. We hope to see many of you on the Zoom Focus Groups the week of June 15th. We will gather all the information we receive to make careful, informed decisions as to how and when we will open the building in a phased approach. In the meantime, please stay healthy and we wish the best to you and your families.


Joanie Somerville, Reopening Committee Chair





Praying the Great Litany (June 1-7, 2020)

The Great Litany will be prayed together everyday this week at 11:30 am.
The Great Litany is an intercessory prayer including various petitions that are said or sung by the leader, with fixed responses by the congregation—sort of like a rosary but with broader content. It was used as early as the fifth century in Rome and was the first English language rite prepared by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. It is particularly appropriate in times of plagues (what they used to call pandemics!), violence, and national anxiety.
Join us every day for prayer at 11:30 am from today (Whit Monday) through Saturday (June 6). Go to Zoom Meeting ID 836 7183 5634.

Get to Know the Rev. Stacy Alan, Sabbatical Rector at St. Mark’s

Stacy Allan is serving as Sabbatical Rector at St. Mark’s from May 18 – August 17, 2020. She continues with her responsibilities at Brent House while working closely with the staff, clergy, and vestry at St. Mark’s to keep everything in good order while the Rev. George Smith enjoys some time off.

The Rev. Stacy Alan was born in the Midwest and raised on both the East and West Coasts. She attended Seattle University, where the Jesuits taught her to love both God and the intellect, earning Bachelor’s degrees in Humanities and German.

After traveling and studying Spanish in Central America, Stacy attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City, graduating with a Masters of Divinity in 1992. She spent a year of her studies at the Seminario Bíblico Latinamericano in San José, Costa Rica, working closely with Episcopal and Lutheran missions in that city. After graduating, she worked for five years as the Coordinator of Volunteer Programs at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, the largest private emergency feeding program in New York City. She was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood in the Diocese of New York in 1998.

Before coming to Chicago, Stacy worked as Assistant to the Rector at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She has been the Chaplain at Brent House since January 2005.  This vibrant ministry provides a spiritual home for Episcopalians and other spiritual seekers and offers a space in which the life of the spirit and the life of the mind can not only co-exist, but support each other.

Stacy’s family includes her husband, John, and her two young adult children, Ignacio and Cate. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her husband and whichever children happen to be home, drinking wine with friends, dancing (swing and Latin), knitting, and singing sad Irish ballads and Latin American protest songs.

FUNDinner to Benefit DuPagePads Raises Over $4,000!

What is a FUNDinner?

Last Friday, May 8 at 7:00 pm, St. Mark’s Glen Ellyn hosted an online concert provided by musicians in our community. Funds raised during the concert went directly to the DuPagePads Emergency Response Fund which is so needed during this time.
Performers included James Van Camp, Joe Cuttone, Katherine Littlefield, Julie Cardia, Spike Rebel, Justin Backstrom, and Emily Thompson.
The event raised $1,985 from donations through the DuPagePads website, $150 from the sale of a painting and a $2,000 match, equaling $4,135.
Click here to enjoy the concert on YouTube. 

Cinco de Mayo – San Marcos in Nigromante Slideshow

¡Bienvenidos a todos!

We wish we could celebrate with you in person at a 2020 Cinco de Mayo celebration, like we were planning! Norma was prepared to cook, and James was ready to play music. Alas, we cannot, but hopefully, next year, we’ll be back together for a 2021 Cinco de Mayo.

In the meantime, please enjoy these pictures from our 14-year relationship with San Marcos in Nigromante, Mexico as well as a few pictures from past Cinco de Mayo celebrations!

Click here to see the slideshow.

Thank you for your continued support of our companion parish relationship!

¡Ojalá pudiéramos celebrar con usted en persona en una celebración del Cinco de Mayo 2020 como hemos planeado! Norma estaba preparada para cocinar y James estaba listo para tocar música. Por desgracia, no podemos, pero con suerte, el próximo año volveremos a estar juntos para el Cinco de Mayo 2021.

Mientras tanto, ¡disfruten estas fotos de nuestra relación de 14 años con San Marcos en Nigromante, México, así como algunas fotos de las celebraciones pasadas del Cinco de Mayo!

Haga clic aquí para disfrutar de la presentación de diapositivas.

¡Gracias por su apoyo constante a nuestra parroquia compañera!


Virtual Dinner Concert Benefit for DuPagePads! Friday, May 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm

We can’t go out dancing just yet (alas!)
but we can enjoy ….
live music and
the company of friends and
a delicious dinner and
the good feeling of helping out DuPagePads!

What is a FUNDinner?

This Friday, May 8 at 7:00 pm, St. Mark’s Glen Ellyn hosts an online concert provided by musicians in our community. Funds raised during the concert will go directly to the DuPagePads Emergency Response Fund which is so needed during this time.
For the dinner part of this dinner concert, local favorite Chicks ‘n Salsa is providing takeout and delivery orders for concert attendees.
On Friday, May 8, starting at 4:00 pm, call Chicks ‘n Salsa at (630) 790-1100 to order. Mention “FUNDinner” for the Special 2-Quarter Chicken Dinner for $9.99.
At 7:00 pm, tune into the concert on Zoom. Go to or open the Zoom app on your phone or tablet and join meeting number 815-4713-8982
You can also watch the concert live on Facebook.
For help and more information contact Melissa Gonzalez at
“The DuPagePads Emergency Relief Fund is needed to maintain shelter, food, and essential services for our clients during this challenging time. For those of us privileged to shelter in our homes and wondering how we can help those less fortunate, please tune in on Friday and make a donation to the fund! See you there” — Carol Simler, DuPagePads President and CEO

Donate to DuPage Pads right now by clicking here!

Online Service and Meeting Quick Guide

To attend worship, a class, or a meeting,

Go to on your browser, or open the Zoom app on your phone or tablet. Enter the Meeting ID listed. Welcome! 


Sunday Worship Sunday at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm 483-170-780
Morning Prayer Monday – Friday at 8:30 am 247-149-797
Compline Tuesday at 9:00 pm 897-9705-5160


Formation Classes

Godly Play Sunday at 10:00 am 851-581-9069
Youth Sunday School Sunday at 12:00 pm 290-179-151
Sunday Youth Confirmation Sunday at 2:30 pm 362-313-143
Bible Contemplation Monday at 8:00 pm 675-388-785
Bible Study with the Rector Tuesday at 9:00 am 535-428-803
Bible Study in Spanish (Estudio Biblico) Thursday at 7:00 pm 792-9302-1740

Fellowship and Support

30-Minute Meditation Wednesday at 7:00 pm 619-860-292
Friday Youth Zoom Café Friday at 7:00 pm 290-179-151
St. Mark’s Saturday Men’s Group Saturday at 8:30 am 548-285-510
Pastoral Care Team Meeting Saturday (May 2) at 2:00 pm 939-5579-9631

Image is of The Lion of St. Mark (detail) by Vittore Carpacci, 1516. Tempera on canvas, Palazzo Ducale, Venice.

Upcoming Zoom Meetings for Ministries and Small Groups — Week of April 19, 2020

To participate in a meeting, go to: on your browser or use the Zoom app on your smart phone or tablet.

Click on “Join a Meeting”

Enter the Meeting ID number listed below.

Questions? Contact Melissa Gonzalez by email and she’s happy to help and set up a private Zoom meeting for practice!

Date Meeting Name Time Meeting ID
Sunday, April 19
Sunday Live Worship – English 10:30 AM 483-170-780
Sunday School Youth 12:00 PM 362-313-143
Sunday Live Worship – Spanish 1:00 PM 483-170-780
Sunday Youth Confirmation Group 2:30 PM 337-021-785
Monday, April 20
Daily Morning Prayer 8:30 AM 247-149-797
Daughters of the King Monthly Meeting 7:00 PM 281-888-076
Bible Contemplation 8:00 PM 675-388-785
Tuesday, April 21
Tuesday Morning Men’s Group 8:00 AM 638-855-5643
Daily Morning Prayer 8:30 AM 247-149-797
Tuesday Morning Bible Study with the Rector 9:00 AM 535-428-803
Pizza & Social Justice 6:30 PM 664-704-223
Compline 9:00 PM 897 9705 5160
Wednesday, April 22
Daily Morning Prayer 8:30 AM 247-149-797
Meditation 7:00 PM 619-860-292
Thursday, April 23
Daily Morning Prayer 8:30 AM 247-149-797
Estudio Biblico 7:00 PM 792-9302-1740
Friday, April 24
Daily Morning Prayer 8:30 AM 247-149-797
St. Mark’s Zoom Café for Youth 7:00 PM 362-313-143
Saturday, April 25
St. Mark’s Saturday Men’s Group 8:30 AM 548-285-510

Holy Week Schedule

Click here for a printable schedule of events and worship for Holy Week at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Glen Ellyn, IL.


Palm Sunday 10:30 am Eucharist
1:00 pm Eucharist
Holy Monday 8:30 am Morning Prayer
12:00 noon Service for Noonday
Holy Tuesday 8:30 am Morning Prayer
9:00 am Bible Study
12:00 noon Service for Noonday
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Matthew’s Gospel
9:00 pm Compline
Holy Wednesday 8:30 am Morning Prayer
12:00 noon Service for Noonday
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Office Hours with the Rector
7:00 pm Meditation
Maundy Thursday 8:30 am Morning Prayer
6:00 pm Maundy Thursday
8:00 pm Overnight Watch
Good Friday 8:30 am Morning Prayer
10:30 am Good Friday for Children with Robin Currie
12:00 noon Passion with Music and Meditations
7:00 pm Bilingual Stations of the Cross
Holy Saturday 8:30 am Men’s Group
7:00 pm Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday 10:00 am Children’s Message from Pastor Robin
10:30 am Eucharist
1:00 pm Eucharist

Online worship for Sunday, April 5, 2020 – Adoración en línea para el domingo 5 de abril de 2020

It’s time to prepare for Palm Sunday and Holy Week.

Click here to view the 10:30 am service.

Here are the bulletins for Sunday, March 29, 2020.

Aquí están los boletines para el domingo 29 de marzo de 2020.



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