• 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

    New Members

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

     

    Wednesday Bible Study

    Join us on January 22

    at 11am in the Great Room

    as we study Isaiah 9: 1-4; Psalm 27: 1, 4-9;

    1 Corinthians 1: 10-18; and Matthew 4: 12-23.

    WOW & FaithWalk

    Children's Christian Education Programs

    (September - May)

     

     

    WOW - (Preschool (PK3) through 5th grade) meets weekly on Wednesdays 4:30 - 6:00 pm

     

     

    FaithWalk - (Confirmation Program for 6th-8th grade) meets weekly on Thursdays

    4:30 - 6:00 pm

    Book Club

    All are welcome to take part in the St. Mark Book Club! We meet in the Great Room at 1:00pm on the 4th Monday of the month for discussion.
    Join us in 2020!
     
    2020 Reading List
    January 27-Beartown by Fredrik Backman
    February 24-The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
    March 23-Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
    April 27-The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
    May 25-Educated by Tara Westover
    June 22-The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
    July 27-Cilka's Journeys by Heather Morris
    August 24-The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg
    September 28-Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout
    October 26-The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dudgoni
    November 23-
     

    Refugee One

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

     

    Contact Deacon David to find out about future projects .

     

     

    Columbarium & Memorial Garden

    Reservations are being accepted for the inurnment of ashes in the new St. Mark Columbarium.

     

    Donations are also being accepted to help fund the Columbarium and/or Memorial Garden. To make a donation, use the Memorial Garden envelopes available in the narthex.

    PADS has begun!

    Current needs:

    1) New socks—for both men & women

    2) New underwear—especially for women

    3) Toothpaste

    4) Toothbrushes

    5) Small packs of Kleenex

    6) Children’s books & coloring books

    These items can be dropped off at the church office.

    PADS currently has an ample supply of soap, shampoo and sheets.

     

     

    Tastefully Simple Fundraiser

    Thank you to all who have supported our youth through this fundraiser. Check out the products online. Simply go to:

    Craft Connection

    Friday, January 17
    7pm in the Great Room
     
    Bring a personal craft to work on or
    choose one of ours.

    Playgroup

    Wednesday, January 22
    5-6pm
    For children 0-3yrs and their parents!
    Gather for songs, stories and free time in the nursery. Contact Pastor Christie for more information.

     

    Community Meal

    Wednesday, January 22
    6pm in Fellowship Hall
    Come share a meal and Fellowship!
    All are welcome!

    Food Pantry

    Next Collection Date: Sunday, January 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

    Next Sale Date: Sunday, January 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.

     

     

    Gratefulness Gathering

    Monday, January 27
    6:30-8PM in the Great Room

    St. Mark is hosting Gratefulness Gatherings for the local community. It is a time for sacred space, belonging and wholeheartedness. Each evening consists of dessert, warm conversation, and chances to listen and be heard as we explore the deep of living gratefully. Learn more at https://gratefulness.org/ and https://gratefulness.org/connect/gratefulness-gatherings/

    RSVP to Deacon David

    Book Study: There is a Balm in Huntsville

    There is a Balm in Huntsville: A true Story of Tragedy and Restoration from the Heart of the Texas Prison System, by T. Carlos Anderson.

     

    Many of you have read this compelling and intense true story of how Andrew Papke’s life was dramatically changed when he was convicted of killing two teens in a drunk driving accident in Texas. Sentenced to a 40-year incarceration in the Huntsville prison, he was transformed by the Victim

    Offender Mediation/Dialogue program. The book is hard to put down once you’ve started, and stimulates deep thought on the nature and consequences of addiction, restorative justice, forgiveness, punishment, and accountability.

     

    There will be two sessions scheduled for Tuesday nights, January 28 and February 4 at 7PM, to discuss this book. It will be most helpful if you read the book prior to the discussion classes. Books are available at a special congregational price of $8.00. Contact Carl Anderson or the church office for purchase.

    Souper Bowl of Caring

    Sunday, February 2
    Bring canned food or cash donation

    Preschool Pasta Dinner

    Save the Date
    Friday, February 28

    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 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.

    Typically, Fair Trade Products are sold on the 4th Sunday of each month.

    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. Typically, Nibblers meets on the 1st Saturday of 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 Thursday afternoons (4:30-6 pm) mid-September through May;

    SHINE! -St. Mark's High School group, meets monthly for events, retreats and service;

    VBS - Vacation Bible School, week-long 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