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This Week at St. Mark December 4 - 11, 2022


Sunday, December 4 Second Sunday of Advent

9:00 A.M. Worship with Live-stream
10:00 A.M. Fellowship Hour with coffee and donuts
10:05 A.M. Sunday School
10:10 A.M. Adult Forum Adult Ministry Room
11:00 A.M. Worship in Fellowship Hall
3:00 P.M. Christmas at St. Mark Concert with a reception following the concert in Fellowship Hall with homemade Christmas cookies

Monday, December 5

10:30 A.M. Classic Chorale Rehearses

Tuesday, December 6

10:00 A.M. Staff Meeting
11:00 A.M. St. Mark Duplicate Bridge
1:00 P.M. First Tuesday Book Club

Wednesday, December 7

10:00 A.M. Women's & Men's Bible Studies - at Tempel Beth-El
6:30 P.M. Confirmation

Thursday, December 8

9:00 A.M. Cherry Valley Bridge Group
10:45 A.M. Ruth Circle assembling homebound bags
12:00 P.M. All Circle Christmas Luncheon at Tavern on Clark
12:30 P.M. Sew and Sews
6:30 P.M. Emotions Anonymous

Friday, December 9

7:30 A.M. St. Mark Breakfast Group at Denny's Restaurant

Sunday, December 11 Third Sunday of Advent

9:00 A.M. Worship with Live-Stream
10:00 A.M. Fellowship Hour with coffee and donuts
10:05 A.M. Sunday School
10:10 A.M. Adult Forum
11:00 A.M. Worship in Fellowship Hall
6:30 P.M. 2nd Sunday Christmas Party - Youth event at Our Savior's


News and Events

Second Sunday of Advent, November 27
9:00 am - Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary (Prelude will begin at 8:55)
10:10 am - Sunday, School, Adult Forum and Fellowship Hour with coffee and donuts
11:00 am - Praise Service in Fellowship Hall

Our weekly live-stream will occur during the 9:00 am service in the Sanctuary

Follow this link for the live-stream service Sunday.

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"Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.” -Mary, Mother of Jesus (Luke 1: 48b-50)

For Advent and Christmas this year, we will center around the theme, “From Generation to Generation.” The theme and its meaning will unfold as we journey through this holy season, both in our worship and in the daily devotional many of you have already taken home.

Despite the challenges and vulnerability she faced, Mary could glimpse the scale and scope of the good news she was part of bringing forth. This good news transcends time and space—it was and is bigger than just her. Christ is coming for collective liberation: God’s redemption is at work for years to come. Therefore, the promise is meant to be lived out and passed on from generation to generation. Please join us as we take a deep look at story of Christmas, through the generations of people whose lives led all creation to that holy night in Bethlehem.

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Advent devotional booklet

Advent Devotional Booklets
Have you picked up your Advent Devotional Booklet? If not they are available in Fellowship Hall or the office.
This year’s theme, From Generation to Generation… “reminds us of the ways our lives, histories, actions, and stories are interconnected and woven together. The work of God is always unfolding – in and through us. This Advent, may you remember that you belong – to a story etched into the wrinkles of time, to generations that have come before and will come after, to a love that won’t let you go.”


Adult Forum
On December 11th at 10:00 am, Rachel León from Lutheran Social Services of Illinois will join us for the adult forum in the Adult Ministry Room. Rachel León is a licensing representative. She will provide us with an overview of LSSI Foster Care and discuss the needs of foster care. Please join us in learning more about foster care.

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Pledge Update
Like last year, our 2023 Pledged Giving goal is $720,000, and the response we receive this fall will determine our actual budget for the coming year. To date, we have received 185 Pledges totaling $597,850. This amount represents 83% of the pledged giving needed to meet our budget goals for the coming year. Together, we can continue to Grow in Faith and Share God’s Grace!

Click here to submit your pledge online.

Extra planned for giving cards and servant commitment forms are in the narthex. Thank you for prayerfully considering your commitment to the mission we share!

Christmas Cookies in a tin

Wassail Sunday, December 18
We are asking the congregation to contribute homemade cookies. Bake and pack two or three dozen cookies in a cookie tin lined with festive paper and bring them to the church by 9:00 am that morning or drop off to the church during office hours for this festive occasion. Sign-up sheets are in the Narthex or Cafe or click here to sign up electronically.

NEW THIS YEAR, as part of our Advent theme From Generation to Generation, we want to honor the special Christmas traditions of your family. If your cookies are from a recipe passed down, or a special treat your family has loved for years, we want to know! We'll have cards for you to jot down the story and to display next to your cookie tin.

We also invite you to bring a special Christmas item, decoration, or ornament that's been enjoyed through the generations of your family, to display during our Wassail Sunday celebration. Bring your item to our volunteers in Fellowship Hall before the 9:00 am service on December 18 and we'll display it and watch over it with care. We'll have cards for you to write down the item's story and tell us why it is special. And you can take your item home again after you enjoy your Wassail and cookies."

Wassail Sunday

Poinsettia Order Form
We will be decorating the Sanctuary with poinsettias again this year for Christmas Eve. The cost is $10 per plant. You can place and pay for your order now at this link, or there are order forms at church. The deadline to order is Monday, December 19.

Brown bags of Food collected

Way to go, St. Mark! We collected 683 pounds of food during our Thanksgiving food drive. The Northern Illinois Food Bank was so excited to receive the food. They said the 683 pounds of food will feed a lot of people. There is a great need in our community! Thank you for your generosity!

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1st Tuesday Book Club will meet Tuesday, December 6, at 1:00 pm at the home of Betty Sparks. The book this month is The Last Green Valley by Mark Sullivan. Wilma Reinke will be the reviewer. RSVP to Betty at kbsp4968@msn.com or 815-636-1122

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The 2023 Altar Flower Chart is Up
Each Sunday we have two beautiful bouquets of flowers on the altar. The 2023 flower chart is up in the narthex on the bulletin board. You may sign up on the chart, call the church office or click on this link. We will continue to purchase them from Cherry Blossom. The price per arrangement will stay the same $40. If you sign up online, put your memory or honor of in the comment line and pay here or write a check to St. Mark. If you have the mobile app you can do all of it on there. You may take your flowers home after the service or stop by the office
during the week to pick them up.


Epiphany Worship Service
On January 4th, 2023 the confirmation class will host an Epiphany Worship Service. The time of the worship service is 6:30 pm. Please watch for more details on the service to come soon.

All Aglow

Sunday School and Youth Families are invited to view All Aglow, a special holiday light display at Nicholas Conservatory, on Sunday, December 18. This is an outdoor activity, so dress for the weather!

We will meet at 5:00 in front of the Conservatory building, then walk through the garden displays. Explore at your own pace and stay as long as you like! The Youth Group is encouraged to head back to St. Mark for fellowship at 6:30.

I hope you will join us for a fun evening out with your St. Mark friends!


Youth Ministry

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Sunday Youth Group Schedule
Dec. 2022 - Jan. 2023 - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

December 4, 2022: NO St. Mark Youth Group tonight. I encourage you to attend the Christmas Concert at 3 pm with your family.

December 11, 2022: Second Sunday – Christmas Party! We will meet at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 3301 Corbridge Lane, Rockford

December 18, 2022: Hot Chocolate, Cookies, and Christmas Carols (or Christmas movies)

January 8, 2023: Second Sunday @ St. Mark Lutheran Church

January 15, 2023: St. Mark Youth Group (maybe sledding depending on the weather)

January 22, 2023: St. Mark Youth Group

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Outreach Ministry

Angel Tree

Adopt an Angel
The Outreach Committee requested 40 angel tags from Foster Care Alliance again this year. Each tag had a child's name, age, and gift ideas listed, and every angel tag was picked up by our members to shop for their foster child. There was a big pile of brightly wrapped gifts near the red truck in Fellowship Hall by Sunday, November 27th. The gifts were picked up by the agency on Wednesday, November 30th. The Outreach Committee extends our gratitude to our generous members who participated in this project to make 40 area foster kids happy this Christmas.

Angel Tag wrapped gifts

Remember In Our Prayers

Our St. Mark members:

Pat Venstrom, Stan Steinke, Norm and Lorine Kortus, Beth Johnson, Betty Lundvall, Carol Kilts, Dennis Pitcock, Tim Panjkovich, Rita Olson, Fritzi Panjkovich, Bev Johnson, Russ Oelligl, Jack Sowl, Jan Cotter, Diane Swanson, Sherri Lindquist, Bette Patterson.

Family and friends of St. Mark members:

Diann Sailors, Barbara, Buttchen, John Ayotte, Carrie Kielty, Ed Sobczyk, Jeff Basset, Kevin Kuntzelman, Elizabeth Woodworth, Carrie Nelson, Bill Hart, Ellie Krepfle, Carl Steingraeber, Don Minnis, Tom Montgomery, Jon Baylander, John Mortensen, Carolyn Neagle, Jenny Hobby, Bill King, Carolyn King, Norma Comstock.

Those serving in the military and their families:

Logan Gehrke, Hunter Haggestad, Tristan Davenport, Scot Hornick,
Bailey Panjkovich, Jim Tammen, Brandon Ballenger, Taylor Eversole.

Strengthen and encourage those in public health services and in the medical profession: care-givers, nurses, attendants, doctors, all who commit themselves to care for the sick and their families.


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Friday - 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

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