• St. Mark Lutheran Church (ELCA)

    200 South Wille Street, Mount Prospect, Illinois 60056

    Phone: 847-253-0631

    Fax: 847-253-5387

    Email: stmarkmp@stmarkmp.org

     

  • Hello & Welcome!

    Join us for worship at 8:00 and 10:00 AM Sundays

    Nursery and Children's Church available at 10:00 AM service

     

    Explore God 7-week Sermon Series starts January 13

     

    Ash Wednesday Services - March 6

    11AM and 7PM with Family Service at 6PM

     

  • Explore God

    7-week sermon series & discussion groups where we will explore the Big Questions

    Beginning January 13, we at St. Mark will join churches all over the Chicagoland area in a series called Explore God. There are, as of now, 804 churches in Chicago delving into these topics together, through sermon series as well as through small groups. Advertising is up. Perhaps you saw it on TV. Perhaps you saw the billboards like I have, or the Facebook advertising. The word is out, Chicago is Exploring God, and we are a part of that exploration. Invite a family member, friend or neighbor to join you for this series.

    Invite them to Explore God with you.

     

    - Pastor Christie Webb

    Join us Sunday mornings at 8 or 10am starting January 13 for the Sermon Series!!

     

    Come Join a Discussion Group!

    Sundays 9am or 11am

    Wednesdays 11am

    January 24, 2019
     
    My prayer is that God has been made real to you this week, that as we've considered is there a God your answer has been, "Yes!" It is a fascinating question, isn't it? So much at the root of our faith, and yet not something we often talk about. I hope the conversation has been enriching for you. Some of you have been at one of our discussion groups, but others have not yet made it. I include these links for you to check out some of the thoughts others have about this question of God: Is There a God? and The Curiosity Collective: God 
    Then, this week, join us as we consider a topic we've all wondered about: Why does God allow pain and suffering? I look forward to our explorations together.
     
    Peace in Christ, Pastor Christie

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    January 17, 2019
     
    I wanted to take a moment to say how excited I am about our Explore God series. With last week's focus on "Does Life Have a Purpose?" I was challenged to consider my thoughts and delighted to hear your stories. In just one week I've grown in knowing you and God more as you shared your ideas in discussion groups. I hope you have been blessed in the same way. This week we continue with the BIG question "Is there a God?" Come Sunday to see how your pastor tackles that topic in 12 minutes or less of a sermon, invite your friends to join us, and grapple with the question yourself in one of our discussion groups (Sunday 9am, 11am, Wednesday 11am). In the meantime, check out this video about The Art Of Spiritual Conversations!
     
    Peace in Christ, Pastor Christie

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  • Announcements & Events

    New Members

    If you are interested in learning more about St. Mark and exploring becoming a member, contact Pastor Christie 847-253-0631

     

    Wednesday Bible Study

    Join us on Wednesday, February 27 at 11am in the Great Room as we Explore God!

    WOW & FaithWalk

    Children's Christian Education Programs

    (September - May)

     

     

    WOW - (Preschool (PK3) through 5th grade) meets weekly on Wednesdays 4:30 - 6:00 pm

     

    FaithWalk - (Confirmation Program for 6th-8th grade) meets weekly on Thursdays

    4:30 - 6:00 pm

    Refugee One

    Check out the Refugee Ministry part of the Bulletin Board for more information.

     

    Contact Deacon Dave to find out about future projects .

     

     

    Columbarium & Memorial Garden

    Reservations are being accepted for the inurnment of ashes in the new St. Mark Columbarium.

     

    Donations are also being accepted to help fund the Columbarium and/or Memorial Garden. To make a donation, see any member of the committee.

    Thrivent 2018 Choice Dollars

    REMINDER: Thrivent 2018 Choice Dollars can be directed now through March 31, 2019. If you are a Thrivent member, please consider directing these dollars to St. Mark. Dollars must be directed EACH year. Your choice does NOT automatically roll from year to year.

    Explore God

    7-week sermon series and discussion groups exploring the Big Questions. Starting January 13. See Explore God tab above for more.

     

    Join a Discussion Group!

    Sundays 9am & 11am

    Wednesdays 11am

    Women's Retreat

    Explore God: Knowing God
    Saturday, February 23
    Treat yourself to some special reflective time on Saturday, February 23, at our warm winter women's retreat. The doors will open at 8:30am. with the program, led by Pastor Christie, running from 9am-2pm in the Great Room. Lunch is included. The cost is just $10. Please register beginning on Sunday, February 3 in the narthex, or contact Gail Radtke at 847-255-2977.
    Hope you can be there!

    Food Pantry

    February Collection Date:

    Sunday, February 24

    Bring your non-perishable foods and place items in the shopping cart. The food will be taken to the Village of Mt. Prospect Food Pantry. There are food lists in the narthex.

     

     

    Fair Trade

    February Sale Date: Sunday, February 24

    Coffee, chocolate, almonds, olive oil and more!

    Come check out what we have to offer and help support the small farmers through Lutheran World Relief.

     

     

    ANNUAL MEETING

    Sunday, February 24
    following 10 am worship

    Copies of the 2018 Annual Report are available in the narthex.

    Playgroup

    Wednesday, February 27, 5-6pm
    For children 0-3yrs and their parents! Gather for songs, stories and free time in the nursery. Contact Pastor Christie for more information.

     

    Community Meal

    Come share a Meal & Fellowship!
    Wednesday, February 27 at 6pm
    A celebration of Tater Tots!!!
    All are Welcome!

     

    March Nibblers

    Enjoy food? Come and join the Nibblers as they experience places to eat around our community each month. All are welcome!

     

    March Nibblers will meet at Palm Court, 1912 N. Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights on Saturday, March 2 at 6:30 pm. Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 27 to Cindy & Les Ashton.

     

    Dr. Seuss Day at

    Holy Family Ministries

    Monday, March 4
    Sessions at 9:30am & 12:30pm
    Enjoy refreshments, tours and presentations with our students!
    RSVP by email to events@hfm.org with guest names and preferred reading session. On-site parking availalbe with RSVP.
     
    Holy Family Ministries Center
    3415 W. Arthington St., Chicago, IL 60624

     

    Mardi Gras Potluck

    Tuesday, March 5
    5:45 pm in Fellowship Hall

    Start thinking about what favorite dish you will bring to pass.

    Last names beginning with

    A-M: Bring a pasta or meat dish

    N-Z: Bring a salad or dessert

    Pop, coffee & lemonade provided

    Ash Wednesday

    Wednesday, March 6
    Worship at 11am and 7pm
    with 6pm Family Worship

     

    Gratefulness Gathering

    March 11 from 6:30-8 pm

    In 2019, St. Mark is hosting Gratefulness Gatherings for the local community. It is a time for sacred space, belonging, simple meal, warm conversation, and chances to listen and be heard as we explore the deep of living gratefully. Learn more at: https://gratefulness.org/ and https://gratefulness.org/connect/gratefulness-gatherings/

     

    RSVP to Deacon David

    Craft Connection

    Friday, March 15
    7pm in the Great Room
    Smorgasbord of Crafts
     

    Come make mats for the Homeless or tie a fleece blanket for Project Linus or bring your own personal craft to work on.

    Come and join the Fun & Fellowship!

    (Recommended for 6th grade through adult)

    Youth & Family

    Tastefully Simple

    Fundraiser

    Thank you to all who came by the last Tasting and helped support our youth! The next tasting will be in the new year. In the meantime, you can check out the products online (see below for link) and place your orders there as well. Simply go to:

    www.tastefullysimple.com/web/mciske

    Shop, choose St. Mark(St. M) as your HOST at check out. SIMPLE!!

    Volleyball Players Wanted!

    The St. Mark Wednesday Morning Volleyball Group is looking to increase our numbers. Are you a person over 21 and under 100 who has a pair of gym shoes and knows what a volleyball looks like? Then, we want YOU!

    We play on Wednesday mornings in the Center from 9:30-11:00 am, all year round. You do not have to commit to every Wednesday...come as often as your schedule permits.

    We look forward to welcoming you! Don't forget your gym shoes.

     

    Backpack Ministry

    The St. Mark Backpack Food Ministry needs your help! Your donations will help us stock the pantry for the school year. Below is a list of the food needed and a collection basket is located by the shopping cart in the Narthex or at the Evergreen Entrance. Thank you for your support of this important ministry!

     

    Backpack Ministry Needs:

    Single serve cereal boxes

    Oatmeal in individual packets

    Cereal bars

    Raisins in small boxes

    Granola bars

    Individual Jell-O cups

    Peanut Butter/Jelly

    Canned spaghetti/ravioli

    Canned beef stew/chili

    Boxes of "Helper" meals

    Canned tuna

    Vienna sausages

    Chicken pouches

    Macaroni and cheese

    Canned soup

    Canned fruit

    Fruit cups

    Canned vegetables

    Juice boxes

    Shelf ready milk

    Pudding cups

    Cookies in individual packets

     

    No Glass Jars or Microwavable items

     

     

     

  • Our Ministries

    We have a place for you!

    Adult Education

    Learning for the enrichment of daily living, we participate in midweek Bible Study, Fall and Lenten Focus studies and special topic sessions.

    Backpack Ministry

    St. Mark, working with School District 57, provides a backpack of healthy food for children in need for over the weekend during the school year.

    Congregational Care

    Caring for the congregation takes many volunteers. Supporting members by sending cards, making calls, delivering flowers, participation on the prayer chain, and making shawls, in addition to providing rides to church or appointments.

    Fair Trade Products

    We sell Fair Trade Products from Equal Exchange, a worker-owned co-operative.  Equal Exchange's mission is to foster mutually beneficial relationship between farmers and consumers by paying producers a guaranteed minimum price that provides a stable source of income as well as improved social services.

    Fellowship

    Summer BBQs, Mardi Gras Potluck, Lenten Meals, outings and more! Come out and meet some new friends or reconnect with old ones.

    Music Ministry

    People of all ages and levels of experience participate in our music ministry. Come and share your talents:  Vocal Choir, Handbell Choir, Youth Choir and Youth Bell Choir.

    Nibblers

    Enjoy food? Come and join the Nibblers as they find new places to eat around our community each month.

     

     

    Outreach

    Collecting food items for Mt. Prospect Emergency Food Pantry and the Lutheran Church of the Cross Food Pantry; participating in the Mt. Prospect 4th of July Parade, the Mt. Prospect Block Party, Feed My Starving Children, Crop Hunger Walk, and helping Refugee One with the relocation of refugee families.

    PADS

    (Public Access to Deliver Shelter)

    St. Mark works in conjunction with Journeys|The Road Home and St. Raymond de Penafort Catholic Church to provide meals and shelter for the homeless on Monday nights at the St. Mark Center from October through April.

    Property

    Do you like to do small projects around the house or yard?  The church has projects to do, too! Your special talents/knowledge could be helpful.

    Quilting

    St. Mark quilters meet twice monthly to put together quilts for Lutheran World Relief.

    Senior Lunch Bunch

    Meets monthly to get together with friends for a meal or outing.

    Stewardship

    Our Goal: to be wise stewards of the resources with which we have been blessed . If you have good financial sense and a heart for doing the work of the church, join us.

    The King's Players

    St. Mark Community Youth Theatre

    As a partner with District 214 Community Education and based in Mt. Prospect, The King's Players is a youth theater group consisting of members from 6th through 12th grade, producing a musical every July. Auditions are usually at the end of April and rehearsals begin in May of each year.

    www.thekingsplayers.org

    Women of the ELCA

    (WELCA)

    St. Mark Women of the ELCA is our local unit of the churchwide women's organization. Activities range from educational to spiritual to social to charitable.

    Worship

    Serve as an acolyte, greeter, reader, cantor, lay minister, communion assistant, usher, audio-video technician, or serve on altar guild. There are many ways to participate.

    Youth & Family Ministry

    WOW! - Christian education for children 3 years old through 5th grade, meets weekly (4:30-6 pm)

    on Wednesdays mid-September through May; FaithWalk - Confirmation program for 6th through 8th grade, meets on Wednesday nights (6:30-8:00 pm) mid-September through May;

    SHINE! -St. Mark's High School group, meets monthly for events, retreats and service;

    VBS - Vacation Bible School, weeklong summer program for children 3 years through 5th grade.

    Holy Family Ministries

    St. Mark partners with Holy Family ministries in their support of Holy Family School in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago.  This ministry helps support student tuitions, Saturday Morning Academy, Summer School, early morning math enrichment, and after-school homework help.

    St. Mark/

    St. Raymond Ecumenical Ministry 

    This lay-led group fosters and encourages the special relationship and shared ministries between St. Mark Lutheran Church and St. Raymond Catholic Church. This ministry celebrates our oneness in Christ through our shared Covenant signed in 1999 and renewed in 2010. Its goal is to build upon our long lasting relationship and continue to live our covenant.

    St. Mark Foundation

    The St. Mark foundation is most known by the educational gifts it awards to the students of the congregation, but the Foundation's philanthropy goes far beyond these educational gifts. Through gifts and member bequests, the Foundation awards grants to support many worthwhile religious and charitable organizations: an ELCA missionary, Journeys/The Road Home, Holy Family Ministries, and Concordia Place, just to name a few.

    St. Mark Preschool & Enrichment Center

    has been developing the confidence and self-esteem of our community's children for over 50 years, providing a welcoming, safe and encouraging environment. Preschool and Kindergarten Enrichment programs offered. See more on their website at: stmarkpreschoolcares.org

  • Contact Us

    Don't be afraid to reach out. You + us = awesome.

    200 South Wille Street
    Mount Prospect, IL 60056
    Church Office Hours
    Monday-Thursday 8:30 am-4:30 pm
    Friday 8:30 am - 12 noon
    847-253-0631