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Geneva's St. Mark's marks 150th anniversary of its chapel

Weekend of events planned for parishioners, community

GENEVA – St. Mark’s Church, 320 Franklin St., Geneva, is celebrating its 150th anniversary of its chapel April 28 and 29 with a variety of events for church members and the community, officials announced in a news release.

The original stone church structure, now known as the chapel, was built in 1868, cementing its place of in the community, the release stated.

A party will open the weekend’s festivities on April 27 with parishioners and invited community members to reminisce, celebrate and connect with old and new friends.

St. Mark’s will be open to the public at 7:30 a.m. April 28 with morning prayer offered by the Rev. Mark Tusken in the chapel followed by the unveiling of the new National Register of Historic Places plaque accompanied by a city proclamation at 9 a.m. to be given by Mayor Kevin Burns.

History and art presentations beginning at 10 a.m. feature the newly restored Louis Grell mural, the release stated.

Representatives from the restoration firm of Kuniej Berry Associates will be available to answer questions about the refurbishment of the mural. Members of the Louis Grell family and the Louis Grell Foundation will also be present, the release stated.

Children of those wishing to attend the presentations are invited to participate in supervised games and activities in the gathering area located in the downstairs classroom area.

Also on April 28 Tusken will offer a worship service circa 1868 at 5 p.m. in the chapel. The service is intended to transport church-goers back to the early days of Anglican worship in Kane County with the use of the 1789 Prayer Book and hymns of the era.

Then activities shift to the fellowship hall for a square dance and pizza party for all ages at 6 p.m.

The weekend of celebration culminates with the visit of the Rt. Rev. Jeffrey Lee of the Diocese of Chicago during worship services at 8 a.m. in the chapel April 29, and at 9 and 10:30 a.m. in the church, the release stated.

A newly commissioned anthem by nationally known composer and former St. Mark’s organist Carol Latimer will be premiered during the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services by the adult and children’s choirs.

Receptions with Lee will follow both the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services in the fellowship hall and conclude the weekend’s festivities, the release stated.

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