Hello & Welcome!
** We have made the decision to cancel all in person meetings and church activities
until further notice.**
Join us for Worship On-line!
Visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StMarkLutheranIL/
as well as
our YouTube Channel https://tinyurl.com/stmarkmpyoutube
Sunday Worship Services are LIVE on Facebook at 10am then posted to YouTube afterward
In Person worship with limited seating available on Sunday morning at 10am -
See our Email Newsletter to reserve a seat or call the Church Office at 847-253-0631
Offerings & Donations
Use PayPal for Offerings or Donations by clicking on the button below.
We also accept contributions through Zelle using our email address - Stmarkmp@stmarkmp.org ,
Bill Pay through your bank or a check payable to St. Mark Lutheran Church
and mailed to 200 S. Wille St., Mount Prospect, IL 60056
The choice is yours!
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Announcements & Events
**All Church activities and meetings have
been moved on-line or canceled until further notice**
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 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 available here or on the St. Mark website, www.stmarkmp.org. Applications are due on Friday, May 14, 2021 by 4:00pm. Completed applications can be emailed to email@example.com.
WOW & FaithWalk
Children's Christian Education Programs
(September - May)
Contact Deacon David to participate in these programs.
FaithWalk - (Confirmation Program for 6th-8th grade) meets weekly on Thursdays
4:00 - 5:30 pm on Zoom.
Taking Faith Home
Are you missing the colored insert that has been in the bulletin? Or are you not sure what Taking Faith Home is?
Taking Faith Home are weekly flyers that are a simple tool to help your family extend their faith formation practices at home. Based on the worship scripture text for the week, each flyer contains faith-building scripture, activities and devotions to help you and your family share and live your faith together during the week. Attached is the Taking Faith Home weekly flyers:
Winter Farmers Market
Next Market: Saturday, April 24
St. Mark is partnering with the MP Lion's Club to bring a Winter Farmer's Market to Mt. Prospect. The Winter Farmer's Market will take place at the St Mark Center on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 9am-12:30pm, November though May.
The Book Club has put together a new partial reading list for 2021. We will add October and November later. It includes a variety of
reading all of which have been read and recommended by at least one member of the group. It is full of interesting selections. The group meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 1:00 in the Great Room, as soon as COVID-19 restrictions permit and the Church Council
reopens the building for gatherings. Currently we are meeting on Zoom. We'd love to have you join us! Contact Nancy Snell at 847-431-9116 if you have any questions or to get the link to connect on Zoom.
St. Mark Book Club 2021 Reading List
APRIL 26 - Writers and Lovers by Lily King
MAY 24 - The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
JUNE 28 - A Time for Mercy by John Grisham
JULY 26 - The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
AUGUST 23 - Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand
PADS: Food Help Needed
Since this effort began in March, 2020, St. Mark PADS has provided 7950 meals to guests through March, 2021.
Due to the ongoing health guidelines, we will not be hosting guests each Monday night. The guests will remain sheltered in the hotels at least through April.
THERE ARE TWO WAYS THAT YOU CAN HELP NOW
1. The PADS Sites have been asked to continue to provide the meals. St. Mark PADS will be providing hot dinners for 50 people one night each week. Our teams which usually prepare and serve the dinners for the St. Mark guests on Monday are organizing to provide this support. If you would like to assist this effort by baking or preparing portions of a dinner meal, please contact Maura Reschke firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. We also will be packing 5 Meal Boxes each week. Each meal box will provide breakfast and lunch for 2 people for the week. We are asking for donations to provide the food for these meal boxes.
If you are interested in helping, we use an application called Sign Up Genius. Via this tool, we have prepared a list of the food items which are needed to prepare the meal boxes. It is an easy way to see what is needed. You can choose what you want to contribute and drop off at St. Mark. This is the link to the Sign Up Genius for the Meal Boxes.
Drop-off of the food will be at the St. Mark Center on Saturday afternoons 3:00 - 5:00pm or Monday afternoons between 4:00 and 5:30pm.
If you have any questions about the Meal Box program or would like to contribute but cannot access the Sign Up Genius, please contact Mike Mokate - email@example.com or 847-846-6576.
Thank you for your generous support of this ministry for some of our most vulnerable neighbors.
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.
Typically, Fair Trade Products are sold on the 4th Sunday of each month.
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. Typically, Nibblers meets on the 1st Saturday of 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 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. 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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