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StMarks Postmark Sept2012 - St. Mark's Episcopal Church

StMarks Postmark Sept2012 - St. Mark's Episcopal Church

September 2012 The

September 2012 The St. Mark’s Adult Choir A choir of fairly modest attainment Begins a new program year on Sunday, September 16 Here are 11 reasons why YOU should join the St. Mark’s Adult Choir!* 11. Sitting in the loft provides a great view. 10. No auditions are required. 9. You like Gargoyles, Cathedrals, or Mother Church Memorabilia. 8. You don’t need extensive musical training or experience. 7. You’re out of clean clothes/look good in basic black and white. 6. We kick off the year with an annual retreat hosted by the Judd Family in Green Lake, WI. We sing, we worship, we laugh; and during our break time the women visit nearby shops while the men golf. All in all, it’s a wonderful, relaxing time. This year it will be Friday – Sun. Sept. 7 – 9. 5. We understand that singers have to miss choir sometimes. 4. You get a free Easter Brunch for you and your entire family. 3. We sing a wonderful variety of music. 2. Being in a choir is a great way to be a part of a community. 1. Singing is praying twice *For more information, check out our display in the hallway by the choir room. Thursday Evening rehearsals resume on September 16, 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. Loving Work of Human Hands: All crafters and all crafts are welcome. Whatever your craft, join us Wednesday mornings at 10:00 in the church library. We will work, learn, chat, and snack together until noon. Questions? Contact Lea Forsman at or Judy Jackson at CALLING ALL RAKES AND RAGS: Fall Clean Up Around the Corner Reserve the date before your calendar gets too full! September 29, from 8 AM to 1 PM, promises to be a day of fellowship and accomplishment as both outside and inside chores will get checked off Buildings and Grounds’ “Honey-do List.” Have morning coffee, share your skills and hard labor to to spruce up the church you love, and then join fellow parishioners for chatter and lunch. Contact Cheryl Olsen at 630-790-3741 or for more info. Time to start cleaning out your kids' closets and playrooms! We are now taking gently used children's items for our fourth annual St. Mark's Clothing, Toy, Book and Sporting Good Resale on September 22! Donations may be dropped off in the Preschool Art Room 114 (just inside the playground door) on Sunday mornings. You may also bring your donations the week before the sale directly to Mahon Hall. Questions, please contact Penny Taback,, Cindy Flynn, or Rachel Alcorn, Tax Donation Receipts are available and St Mark's Preschool thanks you for your support! Preview Party Friday, September 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm Open to the first to get some amazing bargains! Resale : Saturday, September 22, from 9 am to 1 pm! If you have any questions, about donations or you would like to help sort items for the the Resale during the week of Sept 17, please contact Cindy Flynn, or Rachel Alcorn at Thanks for your help! All proceeds benefit St. Mark's Preschool. Page 10

September 2012 W O M E N – T O – W O M E N fellowship for women of all ages Women-to-Women (W2W) is the umbrella group for all our Women’s Ministries. It is a fellowship for all women of St Mark’s and has fostered rich intergenerational relationships, helping all of us experience St. Mark’s as a parish “family.” Salad Supper: Meet and Connect! As summer ends, all the women of the parish – longtime members, newcomers, young women, friends, grandmothers, parents, singles – are invited to meet one another and learn of plans for parish life in the season ahead. On Wednesday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Mahon Hall, all women are invited to a potluck salad supper. We will be helped to get acquainted (even if some of us have only a few words of Spanish or English), and as we share a supper of dishes that don't need to be cooked or heated (salads and breads) we'll hear about planned programs and events. After supper, we’ll laugh, talk, and wrap gifts for the Children's Birthday Project. Humanitarian Services Project, in addition to its Feed the Kids program that distributes groceries to families in need in DuPage and Kane Counties, provides gifts for the children (ages 3-12). We get the pleasure of wrapping the gifts. For the supper, participants with last names beginning with A – K: please bring salad or bread. Those with last names L – Z: please bring dessert or beverage. For the service project, all parishioners are asked to donate rolls of gender-neutral wrapping paper and ribbon. Those attending may bring supplies to the event, or anyone may place wrapping supplies prior to the event in the marked collection box in the church narthex, through Sunday, September 23. Do you have some extra ribbon, or rolls of children's gift wrap you don't expect to use? Look through your supplies and enjoy adding your part to the gifts. Look for announcements in the Sunday service leaflets and speak to Caroline McAlpine or Cheryl Olsen, or call them (Caroline 630-858-7008; Cheryl 630-790-3741). At the 1:00 pm Santa Misa, speak to or call Michelle Roman 630-674-1970. Feel free to invite a friend. If you plan to bring a friend, include your friend's name with your response. If you receive email from the parish, look for an Evite for this event with reply requested by September 23. If you are currently not receiving women’s ministries electronic communications and Evites, please contact Caroline McAlpine at to be added to the distribution list. Questions about the event, please contact Caroline McAlpine (see above) or Cheryl Olsen at Capital Campaign Update The Finance Committee is happy to announce that St. Mark's recently reduced our debt burden by paying down an additional $60,000 of the principal balance on the building loan. St. Mark's previously reduced the building debt by $600,000. Our Capital Campaign continues to be a huge success as we exceeded our initial goal through the generous contributions from the St. Mark's community. The choice to pay down the building loan rather than payoff the rectory mortgage was made based on a recommendation of the Finance Committee and the unanimous approval from the Vestry. The decision was based on the difference of an interest rate of 2.8% for the rectory mortgage and an interest rate of 5.5% on the building loan. The last reduction in principal reduces our interest expense by approximately $6,160 per year. The remaining balance on our debt is approximately $924,000 and $122,000 for the building and rectory mortgage respectively. Some of us remember when our total debt was over $2.6 million and feel really good about what St. Mark's has accomplished. Page 11

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