• 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

    St. Mark Foundation

    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 yo 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 available here: http://files.constantcontact.com/b86279d6001/df8d3db2-0f1e-47a2-b3ef-3f21f79b5214.pdf. Applications are due Friday, April 27, at 12:00 Noon, so get your application now! Completed applications can be emailed to stmarkmp@stmarkmp.org.

    Church Office Phones

    The office phones are not working properly-especially our voicemail system. If you have called recently and left a message but have not gotten a return call, please call again during office hours or email us. Thank you for your patience as we work to resolve this issue.

     

     

     

    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

    Bible Study is back this week!

    Join us on Wednesday, April 25

    11 AM in the Great Room

    WOW & FaithWalk

    Children's Christian Education Programs

    (September - May)

     

     

    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

    The Refugee Family arrived on November 30.

    Contact Deacon Dave if you would like to be apart of the visiting team.

     

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

    Craft Connection

    Friday, April 20

    7 pm in the Great Room

    "A Smorgasbord of Crafts"

     

    1. Join us in making fleece blankets for Project Linus and Ronald McDonald House. Fleece will be provided and a Free Will offering will be collected to cover the cost of material. The blankets will be donated to these charities.
    2. Come & fold origami doves for the Make A Wish Foundation. 1000 doves indicate a wish has been granted. These will be used at a Benefit in June.
    3. Come & cut fabric squares that will be used by the St. Mark quilters for the LWR quilts.
    OR 4. Bring your own personal craft to work on!

    Come and join in the FUN & FELLOWSHIP

    (Recommended for 6th grade through adult)

     

    LIFE together! Core Values Conversation

    Sunday, April 22

    11:15 AM in Fellowship Hall

    What is at the heart of our congregation? Join us as we discern together the core values of

    St. Mark. We will gather for lunch and conversation, sharing our stories of life at

    St. Mark and the values they exhibit.

    Want to bring something? We welcome desserts to share! Questions? Contact Pastor Christie.

    Fair Trade

    April Sale Date: Sunday, April 22

     

    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.

     

     

    Youth & Family

    Tastefully Simple

    Fundraiser

    Thank you to all who came by the last Tasting and helped support our youth! Our next tasting will be Sunday, April 22. Also, 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!!

    Preschool Capannari's Night

    Monday, April 23, 3-9 pm

    Enjoy some treats, help raise extra money for the Preschool and give them a chance to be...Capannari's Coolest School!!!
    Capannari's Ice Cream, 10 S. Pine St.,
    Mt. Prospect

    Men's Golf League

    Organizational Meeting: Wednesday, April 25

    7 pm at the St. Mark Center

    First night of Golf: Wednesday, May 2

    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 847-804-2403; OR

    Mark Sorum at 847-833-4915

    Food Pantry

    April Collection Date: Sunday, April 29

    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.

     

     

    Women's Golf League

    The Women's Golf League will begin play

    May 3 at Arlington Lakes Golf Course. We are a friendly, non-competitive group who enjoy golf and each other. The League plays Thursday mornings May through August. Interested? There is a spot for you! Contact:
    Janet Adams (847-830-5678)
    Nancy Snell (847-431-9116) or
    the Church Office (847-253-0631)

    Auditions for The King's Players 2018 Production!

    Attention Middle School & High School Youth

    Auditions for The King's Players 2018 production of Once Upon A Mattress are coming!

    Saturday, May 5th 9am-Noon

    Sunday, May 6th 1-3:30pm

    with Callbacks at 6:30pm

     

    For complete audition information, see The King's Players website

     

    Death Has Lost Its Sting

    A series of forums on the End of Life for the Season of Easter - when we can look death in the face and know it isn't the end.

    Sundays, 9-9:45 am in the Great Room

     

     

    Pre-planning Your Funeral/Memorial Service: Sunday, May 6

    Pastor Christie will give an overview of the options for services. Then you can select Bible Readings and songs, etc. Your choices will then be on file when the time comes.

    Rachel's Day Awareness

    Sunday, May 6
    11am-1pm

     

    Join us outside the Center for the annual

    Bake Sale & Barbecue Lunch

    Donations will go to support the Intact Family Recovery Program at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. (LSSI)

    Leadership Lab

    July 23rd-July 28th, 2018

    Augustana College

    Rock Island, IL

    leadershiplab.net

     

    Leadership Lab is a week of study, worship, and relationship building. All current 8th graders through Adults can participate. 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!

    Contact Deacon Dave or Jill Galyon for registration information. Registrations due to Jill by Monday, May 7.

    St. Mark PADS Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

    Monday, May 7th , 6:00 pm
    St. Mark Center

     

    Come and let us say "Thank You" for your help and support this past year. Hopefully a representative from Journeys will be with us to share information about Journeys and the PADS Program. RSVP by May 1st if you WILL attend.

    Marilyn 847-508-5512

    Beth 847-577-7862

     

     

    Book Study

    Carl Anderson and David Webb will lead a discussion class of the book by Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. This book is a non-fiction work that reads like a novel. It offers a close up non-judgemental look at the lives of tenants and landlords in the struggle to find housing and some sense of "home" in the poverty stricken area of Milwaukee during 2008-2009. For those of us involved in the PADS program, this is a must read as it brings us close to the real characters' daily lives.

    We will hold a two-session class - on Tuesday, May 22 & 29 at 7 pm in the Great Room. It will be most helpful to get the book early and read it before the class. Desmond does not suggest easy answers to the grinding cycle of poverty, unstable family structure, and poor education but helps us experience it up-close.Contact Deacon Dave if interested in getting a book - $10 each.

    Holy Family Fun Day

    The Annual Fun Day for Holy Family School's 4th & 5th graders will be on Tuesday, May 29 this year. Volunteers (about 15) are needed to help with the day. Please contact the church office if you are interested in helping.

     

    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 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

     

     

     

  • 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