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
Friday, August 19
7 pm in the Great Room
Bring a personal craft to work on while you enjoy snacks and fellowship.
Interested in dining out monthly with
St. Mark folks? We are organizing a "Nibblers" group and want to gather member interest so that we can schedule a group meeting to determine a future schedule for the group to meet and dine out in the Chicago suburbs. Join us for fellowship and fun! All are welcome! Respond to Rich Schultz or Tina Molini with interest and/or questions.
Wednesday Bible Study
is taking a break during August.
Join us again after Labor Day.
Wednesdays at 11:00 am
in the Great Room
It won't be long before the children will be heading back to school and St. Mark starts up it's Backpack Food Ministry again. With food and monetary donations from our congregation and the Mt. Prospect Lions Club, we have been able to send a backpack of healthly food home from school over weekends for 10 Mt. Prospect children for the last 7 years!
Your donations now will help us stock the pantry for the start of the school year. There is a list of the food needed and a collection basket by the shopping cart in the Narthex. Thank you for your support of this important ministry!
Pam Fehling and Laura Erbe
Annual Holy Family Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon
On Friday, August 26, St. Mark will again help sponsor the Annual Holy Family Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon. It is a time when we personally thank the teachers and staff of the school for their service and dedication. Also, we will have the opportunity to meet the new Holy Family Ministries CEO. The event will be at the Greek Isles Restaurant in Chicago. The cost is $22 per person. Transportation will be provided. Please make checks payable to George Elder as the restaurant does not accept personal checks. For sign-up and more information, contact either the Ernests or the Elders. Looking forward to a large group showing our support for the Teachers and Staff, and to meet the new HFM CEO. Hope you can join us!
Blessing of Backpacks
Sunday, August 28, 2016
It's time for Back to School! Remember to bring your backpacks to church for a blessing.
FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Just a reminder to bring in your non-perishable foods. Please place items in the shopping cart. The food will be taken to the Mt. Prospect Food Pantry. There are food lists in the Church Narthex. If we each bring in 1 can, over 100 food items could be given to the Food Pantry.
Take the Challenge!!
Lutheran Home's 119th Annual Family Fall Festival
Come join the fun
on Sunday, August 28
on the Lutheran Home campus at
800 West Oakton Street
in Arlington Heights.
The day begins with worship in the Chapel of St. John the Beloved at 10:00 am. The festivities follow from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm and admission is free. Enjoy a variety of food, music, crafter booths, bingo, a children's book sale, character appearances and activities for all ages. Free parking is available at St. Peter Lutheran Church. Call 847-368-7400 for more information.
Preschool Doors Celebration
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
You are invited to the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Blessing and Celebration for the completion of the fire door project. Please RSVP to the Church Office if you plan to attend.
SAVE THE DATE!
God's Work, Our Hands
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Join us after worship to bake cookies, create care packages and deliver to
Mt. Prospect First Responders , as well as assemble health and school kits for Lutheran World Relief (LWR).
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.
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 on Wednesdays October through May; FaithWalk - Confirmation program for 6th through 8th grade, meets on Wednesday nights October 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 scholarships it awards to the students of the congregation, but the Foundation's philanthropy goes far beyond scholarships. 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 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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