• 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

     

  • Announcements & Events

    Richard Dalbke Funeral

     
    It is with sadness that we inform you of the death
    of our brother in Christ, Dick Dalbke.
     
    Visitation and Funeral Service will be held
    Saturday, August 11, 2018
    at St. Mark Lutheran Church
    200 South Wille Street, Mount Prospect, IL
     
    Visitation from 9:30 am until the time
    of the Funeral Service at 11 am.
    Luncheon to follow service. Interment will follow
    lunch at Ridgeway Memorial Park, Des Plaines.
     
     
    Please hold Leverne and the whole
    Dalbke family in prayer as they mourn.
      

    THANK YOU!!!!

    St. Mark sincerely appreciates the Courtyard Marriott in Arlington Heights for their generous support of the PADS program through the 2017-18 program year. Thanks for your help with the laundry!!!

    New Members

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

     

    Let's Do Lunch!

    Interested in learning more about St. Mark?

    Come to the Membership Inquiry Lunch on Sunday, August 12 after 10am worship. We will gather in the Great Room to get to know one another and learn more about the community here at St. Mark. Interested? Contact Pastor Christie.

    Wednesday Bible Study

    Bible Study is back!

    Join us on Wednesday, August 15 at 11am in the Great Room as we study Proverbs 9: 1-6, Ephesians 5: 15-20, John 6: 51-58

    WOW & FaithWalk

    Children's Christian Education Programs

    (September - May)

     

    WOW & FaithWalk are off for the summer.

    See you again in the Fall!!

     

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

     

    FaithWalk - (Confirmation Program for 6th-8th grade) meets weekly Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:00 pm or Thursdays 4:30 - 6:00 pm twice monthly

    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, scheduled to be completed by this September.

     

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

    Saying Goodbye....to the Paper Recycling Dumpster

         Many years ago, one of our high school students proposed putting a paper recycling dumpster in our parking lot as his project while serving on the Church Council. At that time many communities in the area did not have paper recycling and the church received money for the collected papers, which went to the youth for trips and activities.

    Fast forward to today...every community in the area has paper recycling included in their garbage pick up. The paper recycling company no longer pays the church for the recycled paper.

    So the decision has been made to remove the paper recycling dumpster from the parking lot. This will happen in the coming weeks. Please recycle your paper with your home recycling.

    Thank you all for your participation in the program and your support of the St. Mark Youth.

    Help Us Celebrate the

    Bread of Life Season

    Coffee Hour Menu for August:
    Along with a Toast & Jam Bar, the following will be featured:
    August 12: Jim Eddy's Continental Bakery Swedish Flop
    August 19: Cinnamon Rolls from Leverne Dalbke, Carol Floros, the St. Lazarus Bakery, and more...
    August 26: Barb Bloomquist's Apple Cake

     

    Craft Connection

    Friday, August 17
    7pm in the Great Room
    Continuing the Smorgasbord of Crafts
    1. Come & make a fleece blanket for Project Linus. Fleece will be provided. Free Will Offering collected to cover the cost of material. The blankets will be donated to this charity
    2. Come & cut fabric squares that will be used by the St. Mark quilters for the LWR quilts. OR
    3. Bring your own personal craft to work on!
     

    Come and join the FUN & FELLOWSHIP

    Refugee Summerfest

    August 18 from 11AM-3PM

    at Lutheran Church of Martha & Mary

    Join us for a great chance to meet our Refugee Family-the Alnajars, learn about future refugee ministry projects, and meet members of the ministry team from Martha & Mary, Grace, St. Mark, and the Turkish American Society of Chicago. Food will be available all afternoon. Grilled chicken and beverages will be provided. Participants are asked to sign up to bring a dessert or a side dish. Contact Deacon David.

     

     

    Summer BBQ's are Back!

    Sunday, August 19
    on the Center Lawn!
    (or inside, in case of rain or heat)
     
    Join us for lunch following 10 am worship. A free will offering will be collected to cover expenses. Come by for food, fun & fellowship!

     

    Holy Family School

    Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheon

    Friday, August 24 at 1:30 pm

    Please join us for a delicious lunch and friendly conversation with the teachers and staff of Holy Family School. Meet the new school principal and 35 or so teachers and staff at the Greek Island Restaurant. Cost is $21 per person. Transportation is provided. Contact the Ernsts or the Elders for more information.

    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 Sunday, August 26. If you missed the tasting, you can check out the products online (see below for website) 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!!

    Food Pantry

    August Collection Date: Sunday, August 26

    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

    August Sale Date: Sunday, August 26

     

    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.

     

     

    Lutheran World Relief Service Project - School & Personal Care Kits

    It's that time again - we are collecting items for the Lutheran World Relief (LWR) school and personal care kits!

     

    The Women of St Mark are asking for your help. WE CAN ONLY USE THE EXACT ITEMS THAT ARE REQUESTED BY LWR. All items must be returned by September 9.

     

    All Donations can be placed in the collection boxes located in the narthex. Items needed are:

     

    Personal Care Kit items

    Bath Towels (dark color recommended)

    Bath size bars of soap

    Hair combs with wide teeth

    Toothbrushes

    Nail clippers with file attached

     

    School Kit items

    70 sheet spiral notebooks of ruled paper

    Blunt scissors

    12 inch ruler with centimeters on the other edge

    Pencil sharpeners

    Boxes of 16 or 24 crayons

    Unsharpened Pencils #2

    Ballpoint pens (no gel ink)

    Pink Erasers

     

    We are able to purchase some of these items in bulk at a more reasonable cost. If you prefer to contribute funds toward the purchase of these items, please place your gift in a pew envelope marked for WELCA Kits.

     

    The congregation is invited to assist in assembling the kits at the annual "God's Work, Our Hands" day of service on September 16.

     

    Backpack Ministry

    The St. Mark Backpack Food Ministry needs your help! Your donations now 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

     

     

     

    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.

     

  • 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