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
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)
FaithWalk - (Confirmation Program for 6th-8th grade) meets weekly on Thursdays
4:30 - 6:00 pm
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!
1) New socks—for both men & women
2) New underwear—especially for women
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
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.
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.
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
Preschool Pasta Dinner
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.
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
Raisins in small boxes
Individual Jell-O cups
Canned beef stew/chili
Boxes of "Helper" meals
Macaroni and cheese
Shelf ready milk
Cookies in individual packets
No Glass Jars or Microwavable items
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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