• 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

     

    Christmas Worship Schedule
    Christmas Eve Worship
    4 pm & 10 pm
    Christmas Day Worship
    10 am

     

  • 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 December 11th at 11am in the

    Great Room as we study

    Isaiah 35: 1-10; and Matthew 11: 2-11.

    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 !

    No discussion in December.
    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) Small value gift cards—$5 or $10—especially gas cards

    7) 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. Our next tasting will be on December 15. In the meantime, check out the products online. Simply go to:

    Advent and Hygge:

    The Art of Coziness

    This Advent season, we invite you into a hygge journey (pronounced hoo-ga), an experience of the "art of coziness." At once an antidote to
    over-busy consumerism and a lovely reminder of what matters most, hygge is a perfect way to live into the season of Advent, lighting candles and snuggling in to what the Danes call "the duvet of darkness."
     
    Pick up a set of devotionals, now available in the narthex, and settle in for a season of hope, peace, joy, and love.

    Star Tree

    The annual Star Tree for Holy Family children, Concordia Place and PADs guests is up in the Narthex. Please select your stars.  Holy Family & Concordia Place gifts are due back Dec. 8 and PADs by Dec. 15.

     

    Budget Meeting

    Sunday, December 8
    following 10am worship
    Copies of the 2020 proposed budget are now available in the Narthex.

     

    Preschool Christmas PJ Pageant

    Sunday, December 8 at 6 pm
    in the Sanctuary
    Come in your pajamas and join in for an evening of singing, stories and ICE CREAM!

    Holiday Outing to Woodstock

    Saturday, December 14
    Take the Metra Train for Holiday shopping on the Square; Lunch together at Woodstock Public House (12:30pm); and The Nutcracker Ballet at the Woodstock Opera House (2:00pm). Limited seats for the ballet, contact Kim Perlich to reserve your seats.

    Children's Christmas Program

    Sunday, December 15
    during the 10am worship service

     

    Calling All Middle School & High School Youth!

    for a COOKIE BAKE

    Sunday, December 15
    5-8:30pm at the Center
    Come bake and deliver goodies to our fire fighters, police officers, hospital workers, and church members.

    Playgroup

    Wednesday, December 18
    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.

     

    Senior Lunch Bunch

    Annual Christmas Lunch

    Thursday, December 19 at 1:00pm
    Trezeros Kitchen & Tap
    302 W. Northwest Hwy., Mt. Prospect
    With Christmas Music by Tim
     

    Lunch includes salad, choice of entree, coffee, tea or soda and dessert (yes, it's Christmas Cookie Gelato)

    Beer or wine available

     

    Choose one entree:

    Cheeseburger with fries

    Turkey Club Sandwich with fries

    Small Wedge Salad with Chicken

    Chicken Parmesan over spaghetti

    Cost = $23 per person

     

    Please bring a pair of childrens or adults new unwrapped mittens or gloves. We will give them to the LCC Food Pantry in Arlington Heights

     

    RSVP with entree choice and payment to

    Marilyn Gosell before Monday, December 16

    PADS Fundraiser at Le Peep

    Deck the Halls Christmas Bash
    with Jay, John & Larry
    Thursday, December 19 at 7pm
    A fun night of singing Christmas carols and spreading Christmas cheer! Enjoy Holiday desserts & spirits!
     
    Le Peep Cafe
    10 E Northwest Highway, Mt. Prospect
     
    Call to reserve a table
    (847) 797-9990

    Craft Connection

    Friday, December 20
    7pm in the Great Room
     
    Bring your favorite appetizer or plate of Christmas Cookies to share.
    Bring a personal craft to work on or choose one or ours.

    Fair Trade

    Next Sale Date: Sunday, December 22

    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.

     

     

    Christmas Cantata

    Sunday, December 22 at 10am
    Only one worship service that day

     

    Church Office Christmas Hours

    The Church Office will be closed for the holidays on the following days:
     
    Tuesday, December 24
    Wednesday, December 25
    Tuesday, December 31
    Wednesday, January 1

    Christmas Worship Schedule

    Christmas Eve Worship
    4 pm & 10 pm
     
    Christmas Day Worship
    10 am

     

    Food Pantry

    Next Collection Date: Sunday, December 29

    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.

     

     

    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

     

     

     

    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.

     

  • 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