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    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)

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    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

    St. Mark Foundation Educational Gift Application

    Are you a high school graduate? Are you pursuing further education such as college? If you have not previously received a scholarship or gift from the St. Mark 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.

    Applications are now available here.

    Applications are due by Friday, June 7, 2024 by 4:00pm.

     

    Completed applications should be emailed to stmarkmp@stmarkmp.org.

     

    Bayou Bound

    Louisiana Lunch & Silent Auction

    June 9

    following worship in Fellowship Hall

     

    Come meet the Bayou Bound crew heading to New Orleansfor the Youth Gathering at a home-style Louisiana Lunch on Sunday, June 9 at 11 am. There'll be fine food, friendly fun, fantastic auction items to see and bid on and a free will offering. Looking forward to seeing y'all at the festivities.
     

    The Silent Auction is happening NOW through the day ofthe Lunch at this link: http://stmarklutheranchurch.betterworld.org/auctions/bayou-bound

    A few things to know:
    · All silent auction/donation online bids will end at 10am on June 9. Bidding will continue at the live event at St. Mark.
    · All current highest online bids will be placed with the items at the beginning of the live event; online bids will be exempt after that time.
    · In addition to specific items to donate towards, there is a “donate now” button if you would like to support us that way.
    · All auction items are local pick-ups; nothing will be shipped.
    · Payments can be made in-person, online or through the silent auction platform, Betterworld. Some transaction fees may apply for online purchases.
    · All funds raised benefit participants of the 2024 ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans. 

     

    2024 ELCA Youth Gathering

    GoFundMe Fundraiser

    Help support the Youth—Donate to

    GoFundMe!

    Ryan Podgorny, one of the St. Mark youth going to the ELCA Youth Gathering this summer in New Orleans has created a GoFundMe page to help raise money for the group. GoFundMe is an on-line crowdfunding and fundraising platform. This a great way to share our fundraising with others who may not be local—family and friends afar or others who just like to support “good causes.” Please donate, if you feel called, or share with others who may want to help too!

    Here’s the link to the page:

    https://gofund.me/8aef6c65

    New Members

    Are you interested in officially becoming a member of St. Mark? We are gathering people to be welcomed as new members and would love for you to be a part of it! Contact the Church Office. 

     

     

    FaithWalk

    Children's Christian Education Programs

    (September - May)

     

    Contact the Church Office for information on these programs.

     

     

    FaithWalk - Confirmation Program for 6th-8th grade is now on summer break.

    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:

     

    May 19 - Pentecost

    May 26 - Holy Trinity Sunday

    June 2 - 2nd Sunday after Pentecost

     

    Book Club

     

    The St. Mark Book Club welcomes all readers, men as well as women. We meet at 1:00 PM in the Library at St. Mark on the 4th Monday each month, with the exception
    of December. We read a variety of books and authors and have lively discussions
    each month. Here is the reading list for the first part of 2024.
     

    ST. MARK 2024 BOOK CLUB SELECTIONS

    May 28* - All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
    June 24 - Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
    July 22 - The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore

    * Meeting on Tuesday due to Memorial Day Holiday

     

    Contact the church office for more information.

     

     

     

     

    B(older) U

    Here is a list of activities
    that are currently scheduled:

    Movies

    Movies will be on the 4th Thursday of the month at 1:00. The current movie scheduled is:

     

     

     

    Lunch and Learn

    Lunch and Learn will meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11:30 am in the Great Room

     

     

    If there is a topic for the lunch and learn or movie you would like to suggest, please
    contact Linda Olson or the church office.

     

    B(older) U activities take place at

    The St. Mark Center in the Assembly Room unless otherwise noted

    Adult Education

    Sundays following worship

    in the Great Room

     

    The Sunday morning Adult Education Forums for May will continue in the familiar format.

     

    On May 26, Pastor Eric Schaefer will help us take a deeper look at the sermon.

    Fair Trade Items on Sale

    Sunday, May 26

    following worship

    Coffee, chocolate, olive oil, and more

    Quilting

    Quilters (knotters) will meet at 9:30am on the upcoming date in the Quilting room (second floor of the Education wing): 

    Tuesday, May 28

    For more information, contact the Church Office 847-253-0631.

    Summer BBQ's are back!

    Lunch will be served once a month following worship. Join us on Sunday, June 2 to start the summer off right. A free will offering will be collected to help cover expenses. Come by for food, fun and fellowship! Anyone interested in assisting with the BBQs or providing a salad or dessert for any of these BBQs, please contact Kim Perlich or the Church Office 847-253-0631.

    Future BBQ dates: July 21 & August 11

    Caregiver Support Group

    Are you doing the important and challenging work of providing care to a loved one? Join our Caregiver Support Group meeting Tuesday, June 4 at noon in the Great Room. Bring your own lunch. Questions? Contact the Church Office 847-253-0631.

    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 to Mount 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 email

    pamfehling@yahoo.com.

     
    Food List - please check expiration dates before donating
    Single Serving Cereal Boxes
    Oatmeal in Individual Packets
    Raisins in Small Boxes
    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
    Juice Boxes
    Pudding Cups

    Granola Bars
    Cookies/Crackers/Trail Mix in Individual Packets

     

    *No Glass Containers or Microwavable items 

     

  • Our Ministries

    We have a place for you!

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    Adult Education

    Learning for the enrichment of daily living, we participate in midweek Bible Study, Fall and Lenten Focus studies and special topic sessions.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Fellowship

    Summer BBQs, Mardi Gras Potluck, Lenten Meals, outings and more! Come out and meet some new friends or reconnect with old ones.

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    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.

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    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.

     

     

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Quilting

    St. Mark quilters meet twice monthly to put together quilts for Lutheran World Relief.

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    Senior Lunch Bunch

    Meets monthly to get together with friends for a meal or outing.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Youth & Family Ministry

    FaithWalk - Confirmation program for 6th through 8th grade, meets on Monday afternoons (4:30-6 pm) mid-September through May;

    Sundays at the Center - Montly intergeneratinal gatherings that include fun, food, fellowship, a service project and craft!

     

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    St. Mark Preschool & Enrichment Center

    has been developing the confidence and self-esteem of our community's children for over 65 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