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
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
Holy Week Worship Schedule
Palm Sunday - April 9 at 8am & 10am
Maundy Thursday - April 13 at 7pm
Good Friday - April 14 at 7pm
Easter Vigil - April 15
Easter Egg Hunt at 6 pm
Worship of Lessons & Reflections at 7 pm
Donut Party following worship
EASTER - April 16
Traditional Worship with Communion at 8am & 10am
Breakfast - 8:30-9:45am
Announcements & Events
living the Questions
March 29 & April 5
11:00am Lenten Worship
11:30am Soup Lunch
12:00pm (noon) Bible Study
6:00pm Soup Supper
6:45pm Lenten Worship with Prayer Stations
Nibblers April Outing
Enjoy food? Come and join the Nibblers as we find new places to eat around our community each month.
April Nibblers will meet at Toscana Italian American Restaurant. 1859 W. Central Rd., Arlington Heights on Saturday, April 1st (Yes April Fool's Day) at 6:15 pm. Please RSVP to Cindy & Les Ashton by 7 pm on Wednesday, March 29 so that we can let the restaurant know the final count.
It's a Baby Shower!
TeenServe Mission Trip
Calling all 7th & 8th grade,
High School and College Youth!!
It is time to think about summer and serving others!!! What better way than participating in the TeenServe Mission Trip - June 25-July 1 in Butler, IN. Contact Jill Galyon or Deacon David Webb for information. Registration due no later than Sunday, April 2.
Stations of the Cross
Friday, April 7
7 pm at St. Raymond's
Join us at St. Raymond's for an ecumenical stations of the cross. Hear reflections from St. Mark members as well as St. Raymond's about each station. The stations of the cross are a rich way to journey through Lent and Jesus' final hours. Hungry? Join us for Fish Fry before-hand!
Doors open for the Fish Fry at 5:00 pm,
adults $11, seniors $10, children $7.
Preschool Open Registration
Openings still available in our 3's class. Early bird registration fee of $70 has been extended if you register your child by April 15. After that the fee will be $95. Call 847-873-1110 with questions or to tour the school.
Church Office Closed
The Church Office will be closed on
Friday, April 14 and on Monday, April 17
for the Easter Holiday.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!!
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
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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