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Julie Eshleman

Meet Julie Eschleman Director of Christian Education

On January 2nd, I joined the St. Mark staff as the Director of Christian Education. I am so excited to be here, taking on this new role in the life of the church. Read more.


This Week at St. Mark Jan. 20 - 27, 2019


Sunday, January 20

8:00 A.M. Worship
9:30 A.M. Worship
9:30 A.M. Sunday School
9:30 A.M. First Communion Class
11:00 A.M. Worship

Monday, January 21

11:30 A.M. Bridge Group
6:30 P.M. Emotions Anonymous
6:30 P.M. Blue Lights

Tuesday, January 22

10:00 A.M. Staff Meeting
11:00 A.M. St. Mark Duplicate Bridge
7:00 P.M. Council Meeting

Wednesday, January 23

9:00 A.M. Women's Bible Study
9:00 A.M. Men's Bible Study
12:00 P.M. Primetimers Annual Potluck Lunch in Cafe
5:30 P.M. Good News Bearers
6:15 P.M. Bible Study
6:30 P.M. Confirmation
7:00 P.M. Voices of St. Mark

Thursday, January 24

7:30 A.M. Panera Book Study
9:00 A.M. Cherry Valley Bridge Group
1:00 P.M. Sew and Sews
6:30 P.M. Emotions Anonymous
6:30 P.M. Diakonia
7:00 P.M. Praise Band Rehearses

Saturday, January 26

6:00 P.M. Train Group

Sunday, January 27

8:00 A.M. Worship
9:30 A.M. Worship
9:30 A.M. Sunday School
9:30 A.M. Baptism of Connor Berg
9:30 A.M. First Communion Received
11:00 A.M. Worship
12:45 P.M. Yout Connect Event - Leave from St. Mark to Urban Air Trampoline & Adventure Park


News and Events

Theology Pub

Theology Pub Rescheduled
Due to a scheduling conflict at Carlyle Brewing, we need to change the previously announced date of our Theology Pub gathering this month. Instead of meeting this coming Monday, the 21st, please plan on joining me for a pint and great conversation at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, January 28th. As always, we will be at Carlyle Brewing (215 East State St, Rockford). Spread the word, and I will see you soon!

first communion

First Holy Communion Class
The class is for first graders and older students who have not yet received their First Holy Communion. It will be held in the Adult Ministry Room on January 20 during the Sunday school hour of 9:30-10:30 A.M. Pastor Chad will instruct the class. Students will receive their First Holy Communion on Sunday, January 27 during the 9:30 A.M. service. Please contact Julie Eshleman at Julie@stmarklc.com to RSVP your children for this important step in their faith journey.

Did you know

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summer intern

Summer Intern
If you're a college-age youth interested in working within the church community, consider applying for St Mark's Youth Summer Intern position. This full-time internship will give one student the opportunity to work in our youth ministries program, Vacation Bible School, and other areas of church life. This unique opportunity includes a stipend funded by the St. Mark Endowment. Anyone interested should contact Pastor Chad. prmckenna@stmarklc.com. Click this link to apply.

flower bouquet

Sign Up for 2019 Altar Flowers
The 2019 altar flower chart is up in Fellowship Hall on the cabinets next to the coffee station on Sunday mornings. The arrangements will be $35. This is a great way to honor or remember that special someone or that special anniversary.

Church Meeting

Annual Meeting
The Annual Congregation Meeting is February 10, at 10:30 A.M. There will be no 11:00 worship service that morning. In addition, we will vote on two constitutional amendments: C12.02 Amend the number of members of the council from 14 to 10; and B21.03.01 Amend the amount needed for congregational approval of financial contracts from $20,000 to $50,000.


Pledge Update: To date, we have received 267 pledges, totaling $733,790.00. This amount represents 97.9% of the $749,700.00 of pledged giving needed for 2019. Our pledged giving of $749,700.00 is a key part of our total budget of $825,800.00. This year’s stewardship campaign will continue each week until our congregation budget goal is reached. We thank you for your participation in this important expression of support and gratitude. Together, we can keep our ministry moving forward with confidence and hope.

If you have not turned in your pledge card for 2019, please do so. With everyone's assistance, we can better anticipate the full level of support from all our members for the coming year.


Support Katie's Cup!
A fun way to begin the New Year, and a fun way to support the work of Katie's Cup. Dinner, with a Delectable, Decadent Dessert Auction on February 8, at Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Country Club. $30 per person, tables of 8 available. Reservation deadline is January 30. Contact the church office or stop by Katie's Cup to make your reservation.

Katie s Cup auction

Good News Bearers
Good News Bearers is our Bible drama group for 2nd-6th graders. Students meet on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 - 6:00 P.M. Pastor Chad has taken on this ministry and is inviting anyone who might be interested to come check it out. Contact Pastor Chad McKenna at 815-398-3557 or prmckenna@stmarklc.com for further information.


Primetimers Ministry

Primetimers annual potluck

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, Pot Luck Luncheon in the Common Ground Cafe. A sign-up sheet will be available at the Primetimers' table on Sunday. We extend an invitation to all our church members and their friends to join us for an afternoon of fellowship and good food. For more information, contact Mary Ann Johnson at BTRFLY211MAJ@YAHOO.COM.


Youth Ministry

Youth group

Youth Connect is planning a fun event at Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park, in Crystal Lake. We will leave from St. Mark at 12:45 P.M. on Sunday, January 27th. Cost is $20. This event is for middle/high school youth. Please bring money for food. We will go to Lou Malnatti’s for pizza after. See Melinda Alekna to sign-up by 815-871-0390.

St. Mark High School Youth High Adventure Trip
Mark your calendars High School Youth for June 23-28. We will be traveling to the Apostle Islands, in northern Wisconsin. This is for young people entering high school fall 2019 and those in high school. Please See Melinda Alekna for more information. 815-871-0390 or melinda@stmarklc.com.


St. Mark Concert Series

Civil Engineers Concert
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Remember In Our Prayers

Our St. Mark members:

Sharon Deacon, Rose Pearson, Russ Oellig, Linda Swanson, Pam Cottrill, Keith Haggestad, Naomi Hagen.

Family and friends of St. Mark members:

James Elder, Norma Comstock, Butch Cotter, Scott Jones, Ethan Whitney, Carolyn King, Tom Severson, Katie Butera, Kate Nickell, Ashton Henley, Nathan Gyllin.

Those serving in the military and their families:

Bailey Panjkovich, Xander Gehrke, Jim Tammen, Brandon Ballenger, Taylor Eversole, Dean Barron.


Office Hours
Monday - Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Telephone: 815-398-3557

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