• 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!

     

    ** We have made the decision to cancel in person Sunday worship, all meetings, Lenten worships, and church activities until further notice.**

    Join us for on-line worship! You can find it on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StMarkLutheranIL/ as well as on our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7y01lbwvkQPTMwRALoFVHQ?app=desktop

     

     

    Join us for worship at 8:00 and 10:00 AM Sundays

    Nursery and Children's Church available at 10:00 AM service

     

    Wednesdays starting March 4
    Midweek Lenten Lunch Church at 11am &
    Lenten Dinner Church at 6pm
    in Fellowship Hall
     
    Palm Sunday Worship: April 5
    One Service at 10am
     
    Holy Week Schedule

    Thursday, April 9 - Maundy Thursday Worship at 7pm

     

    Friday, April 10 - Good Friday Worship at 7pm

     

    Saturday, April 11 - Easter Vigil at 7pm

    with Easter Egg Hunt at 6pm

    and Donut Party following Vigil

     

    Sunday, April 12 - Easter Worship at 8am & 10am

    with Easter Breakfast at 8:45am

     

     

  • Announcements & Events

    **All Church activities, in person worship and meetings have

    been canceled until further notice**

    Join us for on-line worship! You can find it on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StMarkLutheranIL/ as well as on our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7y01lbwvkQPTMwRALoFVHQ?app=desktop

     

    Midweek Dessert Church: We've shifted our Lenten Lunch and Dinner Church to Dessert Church over Zoom. We will gather Wednesday, April 1 at 7pm. Click on this link on your computer and follow the prompts https://zoom.us/j/7489701909. If you would like to call in instead of using your computer, call 312-626-6799 and enter Meeting ID: 748 970 1909.  

    New Members

    If you are interested in learning more about St. Mark and exploring becoming a member, contact Pastor Christie

     

    Wednesday Bible Study

    Wednesday Bible Study will meet during Lent following Midweek Lenten Lunch Church, which begins at 11am in Fellowship Hall. Come share a meal and some meaningful conversation. Join us on Wednesday, March 18 as we study

    John 9: 1-41.

    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 in 2020!
     
    2020 Reading List
    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 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) 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.

     

    Also need help sorting and putting away clean laundry when it is returned. Obligation would be one Friday a month to work with a team of 2-3 others. Needed: someone for the 2nd Friday of the month and someone for the 3rd Friday of the month. Contact Mike Mokate, St. Mark PADS Site Director.

    Tastefully Simple Fundraiser

    Sunday, March 29
    8:30-11:30am
    Come by and check out the products available. Pick up a few items and help out the St. Mark Youth program. You can also view products online. Simply go to:

    Transformation: Lent 2020

    Transformation
    a: to change in composition or structure
    b: to change the outward form or appearance of
    c: to change in character or condition
     
    How has your life been transformed by Christ? Get ready for a Lent full of stories of transformation!
     
    Devotionals are now available in the narthex.
     
    Sunday Worship: Hear powerful stories of transformation from the Bible and from fellow St. Markers.
     
    Midweek Worship: Wednesdays March 4 through April 1
    Lent Lunch Church at 11am;
    Lent Dinner Church at 6pm
    in Fellowship Hall
    This year the meal is worship! Join us in Fellowship Hall as the table is transformed into worship space as we sing, hear scripture, and share our own stories. A simple meal of soup, bread and salad will accompany these great conversations! Meeting over another table? Pick up the devotional and take it with you to Nibblers or Senior Lunch, Sunday brunch, or another meal shared with others!

    Senior Lunch Bunch

    (or anyone who wants to join us)
     
    Thursday, March 19
    Club Casa Cafe
    353 N. River Rd., Des Plaines
     
    For Barbeque Ribs
    (includes 1/2 slab ribs, potato, salad, beverage)
    Cash bar available.
    $21 per person
     
    RSVP to Marilyn with cash/check (payable to St. Mark) by Monday, March 1

     

    Craft Connection

    Friday, March 20

    7pm in the Great Room

    Bring your own craft or work on one of ours.

    Fair Trade

    Next Sale Date: Sunday, March 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.

     

     

    Food Pantry

    Next Collection Date: Sunday, March 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.

     

     

    Palm Sunday

    Sunday, April 5
    One worship service at 10am

     

    Playgroup

    Sunday, April 5

    Experience Holy Week with age appropriate learning for children 0-3yrs and their caregivers. Contact Pastor Christie for more information.

    Ladies' Night Out...at the Movies

    Friday, April 17
    7pm in the Great Room
    All women are invited for fellowship, fun and laughter while we relax and enjoy the 2 movie selections. Sit back, eat some popcorn and laugh or cry with friends.
     
    7:00 pm: Little Women (2019)
    9:00 pm: Hidden Figures (2016)
     
    Come & share the evening together. Bring a friend. Doors open at 6:30pm
    Soda, coffee and popcorn provided.
     
    Contact Kim Perlich for more information

    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