• 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 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 4:30-5:30 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:

    Winter Farmers Market

    Winter Farmers Market is back!

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

    Upcoming Market dates:

    January 22

    February 12

    February 26

    Book Club

    Another year brings another list of reading material for the St. Mark 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 (847-431-9116 or 604snell@gmail.com).

     

    JANUARY - JUNE 2022 BOOK SELECTIONS

    January 24 - The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

    February 28 - Spilled Milk by I. L. Randies

    March 28 - The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

    April 25 - American Dirt by Jeanne Cummins

    May 23 - Hum If You Don't Know the Words by Bianca Marais

    June 27- All Adults Here by Emma Straub

    Quilting

    Quilters (knotters) will meet at 9:00am on the following dates in the Quilting room, (second floor of the Education wing):
    Tuesday, January 25
    Wednesday, February 16
    Tuesday, February 22

     

    Bible Study

    Wednesdays 11:00 am in the Great Room

    Come study the Word with us!

     

    Walk the Gym

    Come walk the St. Mark gym!

    Thursdays from 10am to 12noon

     

    Bring your friends and get your steps in!

     

     

    Qigong Exercise Group

    Thursdays at 10am for 6 weeks

    starting January 27!

    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. Meghan Crisp, MS, OTR/L will lead a 6-week qigong group beginning January 27 from 10-11am at the St. Mark Center. This will be followed by walking the gym for those who are interested. The group will run through

    March 10 (there will be no class on

    February 10).

    New Small Group Opportunity

    Prayer Practices with Deacon Dave and
    Dr. Linda Olson

    One of our first new small group options will be a group that tries out prayer practices together and enjoys the joy of praying, meditating, journaling, gratefulness, and reflecting on life with like-minded people. If this catches your attention, contact Deacon Dave (dwebb@stmarkmp.org)

    PADS: Food Help Needed

    13,773+ = the number of meals we’ve provided to PADS guests staying in hotels since the pandemic began.

     

    We need YOUR HELP to continue this effort. Sign up to bring something this week: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040844ABAC22A4F58-stmark

     

    Able to bake or prepare portions of a dinner meal? Contact Maura Reschke mhreschke@icloud.com. Questions? Contact Mike Mokate - mike.mokate56@gmail.com or 847-846-6576.

     

    Thank you for helping us Nourish God’s People!

     

    Backpack Ministry

    We have added 4 new recipients to receive weekly backpacks of food in our Backpack Ministry for a local elementary school, making our total of 5 recipients. We need your help to fill those backpacks with food. Pick up a few of the items on the list below the next time you grocery shop and bring them to church to put in the baskets by the sanctuary or the office entrance. Thank you for helping us nourish more of God’s children!

     

    Food List

    Single Serving 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

    Canned Chili

    Boxed 'helper' Meals

    Tuna in Individual Packets

    Vienna Sausages

    Chicken Pouches

    Macaroni & Cheese

    Soup Crackers

    Canned Fruit

    Fruit Cups

    Canned Vegetables

    Juice Boxes

    Shelf Ready Milk

    Pudding Cups

    Cookies 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