• 200 South Wille Street, Mount Prospect, Illinois 60056

    Phone: 847-253-0631

    Fax: 847-253-5387

    Email: stmarkmp@stmarkmp.org

     

    St. Mark Lutheran Church (ELCA)

  • Hello & Welcome!

     

    Join us for In Person Worship on Sunday mornings at 10am.

     

    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

  • 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!

  • Announcements & Events

    New Members

    Are you interested in officially becoming a member of St. Mark? Pastor Christie is in the process of gathering people to be welcomed as new members and would love for you to be a part of it! Contact Pastor Christie.

     

     

    WOW & FaithWalk

    Children's Christian Education Programs

    (September - May)

     

    Contact Deacon David for information on these programs.

     

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

     

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

    4:30 - 6:00 pm (in person).

    Taking Faith Home

    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 are the Taking Faith Home flyers for Advent:

    November 20 - Christ the King Sunday
    November 27 - 1st Sunday of Advent
    December 4 - 2nd Sunday of Advent
    December 11 - 3rd Sunday of Advent
    December 18 - 4th Sunday of Advent

    Book Club

    We meet to discuss the selected book on the 4th Monday of each month at 1:00 PM in the Great Room. If you'd like to be part of the group, please join us! All are welcome! Contact Nancy Snell for more information or contact the Church Office at 847-253-0631.

     

    2022 BOOK SELECTIONS

    November 28 - Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

    PADS UPDATE

    On Monday, October 3, St Mark welcomed PADS guests for the first time since March of 2020. This has only been possible through the kindness and generosity of our church members, our partner churches including St Raymond and St Philip and members from the community. More than 100 people have volunteered to support PADS in some way during the 2022-2023 season. Thanks to all of you for demonstrating your concern for our vulnerable neighbors.

     

    Several different groups have volunteered to provide dinners for the guests each week. We are also collecting donations to provide the food for breakfast and lunch for the guests as well as supplies for the shelter program. If you would like to contribute or you are interested in volunteering to assist the PADs program, please contact Mike Mokate at 847-846-6576 or mike.mokate56@gmail.com.

     

    Thanks for making it possible to continue our rich history of supporting our homeless neighbors.

    Adult Education

    Each Sunday after church, there will be a unique Adult Education opportunity. On Sunday, November 27, Deacon David will take a deeper look at the sermon. Join us for learning .

    Qigong Exercise Group

    Thursdays at 10am

    Now-December 15

    (excluding Thanksgiving Day)

    St. Mark Center

    Led by Meghan Crisp, MS, OTR/L

    Qigong is a Chinese healing practice that combines meditation, controlled breathing, and gentle movement. Engagement in qigong has been found to improve balance and gait, as well as reduce stress levels. It has also been found to lower the risk of developing a chronic health condition and improve concentration.

    (Walking will still happen, from 10-noon so people may walk after this class!)

    Open to the community. Free will donation welcome. Questions call 847.253.0631

    Walk the Gym

    Come walk the St. Mark gym! Thursdays (excluding Thanksgiving Day) from 10am to Noon. Bring your friends and get your steps in!

    Quilting

    Quilters (knotters) will meet at 9:00am on these upcoming dates in the Quilting room (second floor of the Education wing):

    Tuesday, November 22 and

    Wednesday, December 21

    For more information, contact the Church Office

    847-253-0631.

    Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

    The Church Office will be closed on

    Thursday, November 24 and

    Friday, November 25

    for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

    Trim the Church

    Friday, November 25, 2022

    9:00 am in the Church Sanctuary

    Preparing Our Church for the Advent Season. Come join us for the morning. Coffee cake, juice & coffee provided.

    Winter Farmers Market

    Starting in November, the Winter Farmers Mark will be back at the Center on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 9am-12:30pm through April.

    Upcoming dates: Nov. 26 & Dec. 10

    Christmas Organ Concert

    Sunday, December 3, 2022

    3:30 pm in the Sanctuary

    Join us for a free organ concert filled with holiday favorites and a carol sing-a-long.

    Bears vs Packers Game & Chili Cook-off

    Sunday, December 4, 2022

    at the St. Mark Center following

    the Budget Meeting

    Bring your favorite pot of chili to share. Appetizers provided. Relax and cheer on your favorite team.

    A Holiday Outing

    to Elf the Musical

    Sunday, December 11, 2022

    6 pm at The Drury Lane Theater

    reserved seating, and limited tickets

    Price: $54.00 per person

    Contact Kim Perlich by Thursday, December 1 to reserve your ticket

    Please join us for a wonderful, and entertaining musical.

    Backpack Ministry

     

    With food and monetary donations from our Congregation and the Mount Prospect Lions Club, St. Mark is supplying a backpack of healthy food for five Mt. Prospect school children every week. These are children who were identified by their school as at risk for hunger at home. You can support the ministry by making a monetary or food donation. If you would like to help pack the backpacks, please contact the Church Office at 847-253-0631.

     

    Food List - please check expiration dates before donating

    Single Serving Cereal Boxes

    Oatmeal in Individual Packets

    Raisins in Small Boxes

    Granola/Fruit Bars

    Peanut Butter

    Jelly in squeeze bottles

    Canned Spaghetti/Ravioli

    Canned Beef Stew

    Canned Chili

    Soup in kid friendly flavors

    Boxed 'helper' Meals

    Canned Tuna/Tuna Salad kits

    Vienna Sausages

    Canned Chicken

    Macaroni & Cheese

    Noodle / Rice side dishes

    Canned Fruit / Fruit Cups

    Canned Vegetables

    Cookies/Crackers/Trail Mix in Individual Packets

     

    *No Glass Containers 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