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
Announcements & Events
St. Mark Educational Gift Applications
Are you a graduating high school senior? Are you pursuing further education such as college? If you have not previously received a scholarship or gift from the Foundation, we invite you to apply for a St. Mark Foundation Educational Gift. We will award a one-time gift to each student who has graduated high school and is pursuing further education. The Application is now available. Please contact the church office to have it emailed to you (see email below). Applications are due Friday, April 21 at 12:00 Noon, so get your application now! Completed applications can be emailed to email@example.com.
Ladies' Night Out...at the Movies
Friday, April 21
7 pm in the Great Room
Feature #1 : Bringing Up Baby
Feature #2: Saving Mr. Banks
Come and enjoy a relaxing evening with friends!
Youth & Family
Thank you to all who have been supporting this fundraising effort! The next tasting party will be Sunday, April 23. In the meantime, check out the products online (see below for website) and place your orders there. Thank you for supporting St. Mark Youth!!! Simply go to:
Shop, choose St. Mark(St. M) as your HOST at check out. SIMPLE!!
Feed My Starving Children Packing Opportunity
Monday, April 24
6-7:30 pm packing session
at the Schaumburg facility
We will leave from St. Mark parking lot at 5:30 pm or meet us there at 5:50 pm
Men's Golf League
Organizational Meeting: Wednesday, April 26
7 pm at the St. Mark Center
First night of Golf: Wednesday, May 3
at the Buffalo Grove Golf Course
every Wednesday at 4:30 pm
Sign-up in the Narthex or contact:
Les Ashton at 847-977-1062
Jack Adams at 847-904-2403; or
Mark Sorum at 847-833-4915.
Men's Annual Corned Beef Dinner
has moved to the Fall!
Save the Date: Friday, October 13
The King's Players - Auditions
Attention Middle School & High School Youth
Auditions for The King's Players 2017 production of Mary Poppins are coming soon!
Mark your calendar!
Saturday, May 6th 9am-Noon
Sunday, May 7th 1-3:30pm
with Callbacks at 6pm
For complete audition information, see The King's Players' website - www.thekingsplayers.org
Rachel's Day Awareness
Sunday, May 7
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
at the St. Mark Center
Join us outside the Center for the annual
Bake Sale and Barbeque Lunch.
Donations will go to support programs at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois.
Leadership Lab 2017
July 24th - July 29th
at Augustana College
Rock Island, IL
All current 8th graders through Adults can participate. Leadership Lab is a week of study, worship and relationship building. Previous St. Mark participants have raved about this experience - learning about leadership skills and themselves.
Do you have the desire to be a leader?
Come to Leadership Lab!
Can St. Mark Preschool be Capannari's Coolest School?
Wednesday, May 10th
at Capannari's Ice Cream
10 S. Pine St., Mt. Prospect
Enjoy some treats, help raise extra money for the preschool and give them a chance to be...
Capannari's Coolest School!
10% of all sales for the day goes back to the preschool. Then the top 3 schools (out of 14) that have raised the most money will split 10% of the TOTAL SALES for all the days combined!
Come out and help St. Mark Preschool and Enrichment Center be Capannari's Coolest School for 2017!
Holy Family Fun Day
Fun Day for Holy Family School's 4th and 5th graders will be on Thursday, May 25 this year. The format of games, music, food, prizes and crafts will be the same. Volunteers get to the Center about 8:30-9am with the kids arriving at 10am. We finish at 1:15pm. We need about 20 volunteers. Please plan to be with us on this very fun and worthwhile day. Let either Cynthia Pershing or George Elder know if you can come and help, even if it's only for part of the time.
Thanks for your help and looking forward to hearing from you.
Regards, Cynthia Pershing and George Elder
VBS - Digging for Treasure
Join us for Vacation Bible School: June 12-16 from 9:30am-12pm for students aged 3 years old to 10 years old. Volunteers 11 years and up are welcome as well! We have a great week in front of us digging into God's word in games, snacks, and lots more fun! Contact Deacon Dave for information and registration.
The Community Garden team is getting ready for the spring thaw! Please contact Deacon Dave if you would like to claim some organic garden space, donate some seeds, or if you would like to spend time outside watering and weeding.
WOW & FaithWalk
Children's Christian Education Programs
(September - May)
WOW - (Preschool through 5th grade) meets on Wednesdays 4:30 - 6:00 pm
FaithWalk - (Confirmation Program for 6th-8th grade) meets Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Fair Trade Items for Sale
Coffee, Tea, Chocolate, Almonds, Olive Oil and more. On Sale the 4th Sunday of the month.
Food Pantry Donations
You are invited to bring your non-perishable foods to church. Please place the items in the shopping cart. The food will be taken to the Mt. Prospect Food Pantry or Lutheran Church of the Cross Food Pantry. There are food lists in the narthex. If we each bring in 1 can, over 100 food items can be given to the Food Pantry. Take the challenge!!
School has started! and the St. Mark Backpack Food Ministry needs your help! Your donations now will help us stock the pantry for the start of 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
Raisins in small boxes
Individual Jell-O cups
Canned beef stew/chili
Boxes of "Helper" meals
Macaroni and cheese
Shelf ready milk
Cookies in individual packets
No Glass Jars or Microwavable
We have a place for you!
Learning for the enrichment of daily living, we participate in midweek Bible Study, Fall and Lenten Focus studies and special topic sessions.
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.
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.
Summer BBQs, Mardi Gras Potluck, Lenten Meals, outings and more! Come out and meet some new friends or reconnect with old ones.
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.
Enjoy food? Come and join the Nibblers as they find new places to eat around our community each month.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
Women of the ELCA
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.
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. 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
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