Celebrating 150 Years

As our anniversary observance draws to a close, we still have a handful of activities to celebrate!

Volunteer Recognition Event
On Sunday, Oct.19th, St. Mark’s and the Anniversary Steering Committee will recognize and honor parishioners who helped plan, staff, and coordinate events for the past year of celebration. These volunteers will be recognized for their service at both the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services that day. We have enjoyed outstanding support from the congregation and look forward to saying “thank you” for those volunteers who worked tirelessly and made our yearlong celebration special.

Anniversary Blood Drive (Help Save A Life!)
LifeSource will be at St. Mark’s on Sunday, October 26 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help us meet our goal of 150 blood donations to mark our 150th anniversary year. Please sign-up at https://donateblood.lifesource.org/ to donate.

If you cannot donate blood on October 26 at St. Mark’s, you can also sign-up at that same website to give blood at LifeSource, 2436 Main Street, Evanston, at a time that is more convenient for you. When you donate blood, identity our blood drive by using the special code O57G (zero, five, seven, g).

If you have any questions please contact Donna Richardson at 847-677-0701.

Sesquicentennial Music Composition Competition Award Winning Piece to Premier during Worship on Sunday, November 23
photo of Daniel BondaczukCongratulations to Daniel Bondaczuk, winning composer of St. Mark’s Composition Competition for his celebratory anthem, “Gloria”. His energetic and joyous setting of the Latin text is written for organ and choir and will be premiered at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, November 23rd, as the capstone of our congregation’s 150th year anniversary celebration. Bondaczuk, a native of Brazil, lives near Nashville, Tennessee as he pursues a Master’s degree in composition at Middle Tennessee State University.  He has 10 years of experience as an arranger in the recording industry in Brazil and describes himself as very passionate about delivering sophisticated music. Congratulations Daniel Bondaczuk!

The competition received 24 entries from a total of 8 countries and 12 U.S. states. St. Mark’s extends its thanks to all the other composers who entered the competition for their hard work and creative efforts.

Sign-Lighting Ceremony
While we await the installation of our new sign being constructed by North Shore Sign and the installation of the electrical work by Dan Adams of Adams Northfield Electric, St. Mark’s is already anticipating the evening sign-lighting ceremony.  The date will be announced as soon as we are ready to go!

Anniversary Steering Committee
For more information about St. Mark’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, contact the 150th Anniversary Steering Committee co-chairs, Marion Macbeth, Ted Richardson, and Christine Schultze by sending an e-mail to 150@stmarksevanston.org.

Heritage Sunday Presentations

Supplemental Historical Information (note: these links will take you out of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church’s website)

  • History of Railroads (Steam, Electric, Streetcars) in Evanston
    This link leads to a multi-page history of rail service in Evanston. When you get to the bottom of each page, click on the right arrow to proceed to the next.
  • Architecture of William Holabird
    This link leads to the Evanston Public Library’s record for Robert Bruegmann’s The Architects and the City: Holabird and Roche of Chicago, 1880-1918
  • Robert Holmes, Sometime Curate and Choirmaster of St. Mark’s
    This link leads to an electronic copy of Robert Holmes’ Reminiscences, Notes and Records. Holmes served as choirmaster at St. Mark’s for nearly 30 years beginning in 1888

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