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
Ash Wednesday (March 1) - 11:00 AM, 7:00 PM with Family Worship at 6:00 PM
Lenten Worship - Wednesdays starting March 8th through April 5th
11:00 AM Worship
11:30 AM Soup Lunch
Noon Bible Study
6:00 PM Soup Supper
6:45 PM Worship
Announcements & Events
St. Mark Columbarium/Memorial Garden Project Survey
Carl Anderson has put together information and a survey on the possibility of developing a memorial garden and/or columbarium at St. Mark. This information, with survey, can be found in the narthex. Please consider completing and returning it during the month of February. Your input is greatly appreciated.
Preschool Open Registration
has begun!! We have openings in our 3's and kindergarten enrichment classes. Call Barb Zediker, Preschool Director, at 847-873-1110 with questions or to tour the school. Early bird registration fee is $70 if you register your child by March 15. After that the fee will be $95.
SENIOR LUNCH BUNCH
Thursday, February 16, 1:00 pm
Gail's Carriage Place
306 E Rand Rd
(Rand Rd at Arlington Heights Rd, in Northpoint Shopping Center)
St. Mark Preschool Annual Pasta Dinner
Friday, February 17
5:00 - 8:00 pm in Fellowship Hall
Tickets available at the door
Adults $9, children $5, and seniors $7
Raffle prizes include: Restaurant Gift Certificates, Chicago Bears Tickets, American Girl Dolls, 1 hour massage, Kohl Children's Museum Family Passes, and so much MORE!!
Friday, February 17
7 pm in the Great Room
Join us for fun, fellowship and crafting! Bring a personal craft project to work on.
Ecumenical progress marks 500th anniversary of the Reformation
The Very Rev. Thomas A. Baima, vicar for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, and the Rev. Dr. Lowell G. Almen, co-chair of the U.S. Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue, will present perspectives on the journey of Lutherans and Catholics that began in conflict 500 years ago at the time of the Reformation and in recent years is leading to reconciliation that effects the broader Christian church. The event, From Conflict to Communion: Catholic and Lutheran Perspectives, will be held at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 1234 N. Arlington Heights Rd., on Saturday, February 25, from 9:30 to 11:15 am. The occasion will include a short prayer service, opportunity for questions from the audience, and refreshments. The event is free and open to the general public.
Youth & Family
Thank you to all who have been supporting this fundraising effort! The next tasting party will be Sunday, February 26. 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: www.tastefullysimple.com/web/mciske
Shop, choose St. Mark(St. M) as your HOST at check out. SIMPLE!!
Sunday, February 26
Immediately following 10 am worship
Copies of the Annual Report are available in the narthex.
Taize Prayer Service
St. Cecilia Parish
will present a Taize prayer service on
Sunday, February 26, 5 pm
in the church
700 S. Meier Rd., Mt. Prospect
Please join us!
Mardi Gras Potluck Dinner
Tuesday, February 28
5:45 pm in Fellowship Hall
New Orleans is coming to St. Mark and everyone is invited to the FUN!! Deacon Dave will be cooking up some pancakes and everyone is invited to bring your favorite "potluck" dish. Last names beginning with :
A-M: Bring a pasta or meat dish;
N-Z: Bring a salad or dessert
WOW & FaithWalk kids: Bring your favorite toppings for pancakes
Pop, coffee, and lemonade will be provided.
A short Palm Burning service will conclude the evening.
March 1, 2017
11 am, 7 pm
6 pm Family Worship
Join us as we remember that we are dust, and to dust we shall return. Gather for worship, the giving of ashes, and communion as we begin our Lenten journey.
living the Questions
Join us in Lent as we explore our faith by living the questions. Pick up a daily devotion book that explores Luther's Small Catechism and the constant question: "What does this mean?" (Available for pick up in the Narthex Sunday, February 19.) Gather each Sunday a we hear profound stories and wonder together about them. Join us on Wednesdays as we explore the questions of our faith through study, worship and prayer. Wednesday morning we will gather at 11am for worship, 11:30 am for soup lunch, and noon for Bible Study. Wednesday evening we gather at 6pm for Soup Supper and 6:45pm for an adapted Holden Evening Prayer with Prayer Stations. Together we will live a vibrant questioning faith.
Souper Bowl of Caring
Thank you to all who participated in this year's Souper Bowl of Caring on Sunday, February 5th. We collected 128 food items which were taken to the Lutheran Church of the Cross Food Pantry and $341 which was donated to ELCA World Hunger for local relief.
Midweek Bible Study
Bible Study meets on Wednesdays at 11 am, in the Great Room.
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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