• 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

    Church Office closed for Thanksgiving

    The Church Office will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday as follows:

     

    Wednesday, November 22 at noon

    Thursday, November 23

    Friday, November 24

    Food Pantry Donations

    November collection date: Sunday, Nov. 26

    You are invited to bring your non-perishable foods to church on the last Sunday of the month. 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!!

    Fair Trade Items on Sale

    November sale date: Sunday, Nov. 26

    Advent calendars, coffee, chocolate, almonds, olive oil and more!

    Come & see!

    Star Tree

    The annual Star Tree for Holy Family children, Concordia Place and PADS guests is up in the Narthex. Please make you selections. Gifts are due back:

    Concordia Place on Sunday Dec. 3

    Holy Family on Sunday Dec. 10

    PADS on Sunday Dec. 17

     

    St Lazarus Bakery

    The oven is on and bread will be available for purchase 9-11am Sunday mornings, November 26 through December 17. You can purchase full size loaves for $5 or baguettes for $2.50. We will also be talking about the upcoming refugee resettlement and family visits, and seeking any monetary donations you might want to make.

    Wednesday Bible Study

    Bible Study continues this week.

    Join us on Wednesday, November 29.

    Learn about the scripture texts for the upcoming Sunday. Join the group at 11:00 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

    wonder-ful Advent Activities

    Join us for Crafts, Snacks, Music, and Baking: December 3rd, 10th, and 17th at 4 pm at the Center. We will make advent wreaths (3rd), bake cookies (10th), Carol (10th), and make gingerbread houses (17th). There will be a suggested offering of $15 for each wreath or gingerbread house you make but do not let that get in the way of attending! Scholarships are available. Fun for ALL ages!!!! Contact

    Pr. Christie or Deacon Dave to RSVP for wreaths by November 30.

    Refugee One

    The Refugee Family arrives on November 30.

    Contact Deacon Dave if you would like to come & greet them at the airport.

     

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

    Trim the Church

    Please join us on Saturday, December 2 at 9am to put up the decorations for the Advent & Christmas Season. Enjoy the fellowship as we decorate the Sanctuary, Narthex and

    Great Room.

    Budget Meeting

    Sunday, December 3

    following 10 am worship

    Copies of the 2018 proposed budget are available in the Narthex.

    Annual Preschool Christmas PJ Pageant

    Sunday, December 3

    at 6 pm in the Sanctuary

    Come in your pajamas and join in for an evening of singing, stories and ICE CREAM!!

    Holiday Trip to Woodstock

    Saturday, December 9

    Travel by Metra Train to and from
    Holiday shopping in the Square
    Lunch together at 12 noon
    and The Nutcracker Ballet at The Woodstock Opera House at 2 pm
    There are limited seats for the play. Contact

    Kim Perlich to reserve seats by Dec. 1

    Star Wars and the Bible

    Faith Conversation Groups are Forming

    People interested in talking about the Star Wars series and the ways it echoes the Bible will form a group to watch movies, eat themed snacks, or read from the Star Wars canon. Contact
    Deacon Dave to sign up. We are forming intergenerational groups, 7-10 year old groups, 11-13 year old groups, 13-17 year old groups, and 18+ groups. There is an online group forming as well.

    Youth & Family

    Tastefully Simple

    Fundraiser

    Thank you to all who came by the Tasting last Sunday and helped support our youth! The next tasting will be Sunday, December 10. In the meantime, 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!!

    Worship Field Trips

    Join us for our first Worship Field Trip as we visit Congregation Judea in Long Grove for Shabbat and Chanukah service Friday, December 15 7:30-8PM. We will leave the St. Mark parking lot at 6:45.

     

    Our second worship field trip will be Sunday, January 28th. We will visit the Bahai Temple in Wilmette. We will leave right after worship and have time to look around the grounds and temple before a 12:30 worship service and information session at 1PM. Bring a lunch to eat on the way.

     

    Let Deacon Dave know if you would like to attend either event and if you would like to drive or ride along.

    Senior Lunch Bunch

    Annual Christmas Lunch

    Thursday, December 21 at 1:00pm

    Trezeros Kitchen & Tap

    (302 W. Northwest Hwy, Mt Prospect)

    With Christmas Music by Tim

     

    Lunch includes salad, entree, beverage & dessert

    Cash bar available

    Choose one entree:

    Angus Burger with fries

    Cod Sandwich with fries

    Chicken Parmesan with spaghetti

    Chicken Caprese Sandwich with soup

    Cost=$20 per person

     

    Bring a wrapped White Elephant gift

    RSVP with main course choice and payment to Marilyn before Monday, December 18

    2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Brunch

    Saturday, December 23

    at 11am in the Great Room

    Calling all young adults!!! Come and join in for fellowship and food!!

    RSVP to Deacon Dave

    Christmas Worship Schedule

    Sunday, December 24

    Sunday worship at 10am

    Christmas Eve worship at 4pm (Family service) & 10pm (Candlelight service)

    Monday, December 25

    Worship at 10am

    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