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I’ve had such a great time here this summer doing some amazing things!
This summer has been an incredible time here for me and I just wanted to say a few words about how thankful I am to have had this opportunity! We’ve done some great things this summer, including Vacation Bible School, where we went To Mars and Beyond with the kids in learning about God’s love and wonder. We also took our High Adventure Trip with some members of the High School Youth Group to the Apostle Islands in Wisconsin and that was such a great time. Getting to spend time camping, hiking, kayaking, and paddle boarding around Madeline Island with some great people was such an awesome experience! Another big thing we did this summer was raise money for Bear’s Lemonade Stand for childhood cancer research. That might have been my favorite thing I did this summer, as raising money for such a good cause was truly rewarding, not to mention the over $4,300 we raised! Along with all of those activities the weekly Youth Group was always a great time as we have some really awesome kids here in the church! Doing things such as a selfie scavenger hunt around church or seeing the beautiful murals around downtown Rockford were just some of the fun activities we were able to do, along with eating plenty of ice cream. Once again I just wanted to say thank you to Pastor Mark and Pastor Chad, all the church staff, and the congregation for this incredible opportunity and the wonderful experiences I’ve had this summer.
Thank You!
Carson Davenport


This Week at St. Mark August 11 - 18, 2019

Sunday, August 11

8:00 A.M. Worship
9:30 A.M. Worship
11:00 A.M. Worship

Monday, August 12

5:00 P.M. Children's Ministry
6:30 P.M. Emotions Anonymous

Tuesday, August 13

10:00 A.M. Staff Meeting
11:30 A.M. St. Mark Duplicate Bridge
6:30 P.M. Worship and Music Ministry

Wednesday, August 14

4:30 P.M. Outreach Ministry

Thursday, August 15

9:00 A.M. Cherry Valley Bridge Group
6:30 P.M. Emotions Anonymous
7:00 P.M. Praise Band Rehearses

Friday, August 16

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

Sunday, August 18

8:00 A.M. Worship
9:30 A.M. Worship
9:30 A.M. Blessing of Backpacks
11:00 A.M. Worship


News and Events

Back pack blessing

Blessing of Backpacks
Students of all ages! Bring your backpacks to church on Sunday, August 18 and the pastor will say a prayer of blessing over them for the start of the new school year. This will take place at the 9:30 service.

Rally Day

Rally Sunday
Plan to join us for Rally Day Worship on Sunday, September 8 at 8:00 A.M. in the church nave and a 10:00 A.M. outdoor service under the big tent! This outdoor service is in place of the 9:30 and 11:00 services that day. An outdoor meal will be served at 11:00 following the service. Stay tuned for more exciting details!

Instant Church Directory with Church Logo

We are excited to announce a new Church Directory.

Our online church directory is looking better and better every day. If you have not submitted your family photo please do so by following the link below. Also, you can download the Instant Church Directory app now.

Click on this link to send us your photo.
Instant Church Directory

Once you have downloaded the app and created an account, you are not able to change or update your information, the system administrator is the only one to change and update the information. If something is incorrect, please contact the church office at 815-398-3557 or email jill@stmarklc.com.

Instant Church Directory is a simple way to view your Church Directory. Never deal with an outdated directory again, any changes made by church staff are immediately synced to the app.

Please follow the appropriate instructions for your devices.

Mobile App Login Instructions for iPhone, iPad and any iOS Device

Online Member Directory Login Instructions

Mobile App Login Instructions for Android & Kindle Devices

We also have a form for you to complete to make sure we have the most current information for the directory. There are paper forms at church or click on the link to Church Directory Form

Ministry Fair 2019

It is that time of year again to look forward to our church year. Our Ministry Fair is Sunday, September 15. This will occur in between 8:00 and 9:30 services in Fellowship Hall. More information coming soon.

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New Children's Bulletins for Worship
Children’s Ministry is delighted to introduce weekly bulletins, especially for kids! Each week, two versions of the Children’s Bulletin will be available as you enter worship – one is for pre-readers and one is for readers – along with pencils and crayons. The bulletin contains activities to help your kids connect to the week’s scripture lessons.

As always, church bags containing additional coloring pages and a soft toy can be found hanging in the hallway.

We hope you and your kids find the new bulletins helpful and fun as you worship together this summer!

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St. Mark Prayer Chain
Would you like to be a part of the St. Mark prayer chain? Prayer requests come into the church office weekly. As we receive prayer requests we would send out an e-mail and ask that you pray daily for the persons mentioned in the requests. All requests are to remain confidential. Please e-mail melinda@stmarklc.com if you would like to participate in the prayer chain. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Colossians 4:2.

Molokai book

First Tuesday Book Club
After a lazy summer, the first Tuesday book club is starting up again in September, for invigorating discussion and camaraderie, not to mention the coffee and wonderful desserts! We’re meeting at 1 pm on September 3rd at the home of Sharon Deacon, 3478 Thyme Drive. Please email her at Sdeacon5@comcast.net and let her know if you will attend, or, leave a message at 815-218-1147.

Please join us! We’ll read and discuss Moloka'i by Alan Brennert. Jeanne Zeschke will be the reviewer and discussion leader.

Looking ahead: Our October book is Where the Crawdads Sing, by Della Owens

Wednesday Bible Studies

Wednesday Morning Women's Bible Study
The Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study will resume on September 18th. We meet in the conference room in the Common Grounds area from 9:00 – 10:00 A.M. This fall we will begin our year with a study on Angels: Who They Are and How They Help! We will follow that with an overview of Mormonism- their history, practices, and beliefs. All are welcome to join us. Our Bible study is based on Scripture, discussion, and fellowship! If you have any questions please call Deb Iverson at 815-398-9812.

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Margaret Dean will be playing an organ concert at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Rockford on Sunday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. The event is part of Our Savior’s concert series. Please come out to show your support for Margaret and experience a wonderful evening of pipe organ music.

Theology Pub

Theology Pub
Join Pastor Chad for a pint and great conversation at Carlyle Brewing Co. (215 East State St.) on Monday, August 19 at 7:00 P.M.


Pastor Mark Hagen's Sabbatical began on July 1, and he plans to be back in the church office on September 25. Since he will be unavailable during this time, please contact Pastor Chad and the church office for any pastoral needs.


Keeping St. Mark's Office Updated
With the current HIPAA Laws, the church is not informed when you're hospitalized. Please have a friend or family member notify the church directly if you are a loved one is hospitalized. Thank you.

Did you know

After carefully considering many options, the Council approved a bid to replace the Sanctuary air conditioner. Due to manufacturing and scheduling, it will be installed later this fall.

The main south entrance roof is still a work in progress. Please be patient. Thank you.


Beginning this fall, join us for St. Mark's new yoga class.
Yoga can help build flexibility, strength, endurance, and coordination, as well as relieve stress and anxiety, and improve mindfulness. Using breath and movement, this flowing style of yoga is for both beginners and those with some yoga experience. Watch for more information!

Summer Office Hours

Remember In Our Prayers

Our St. Mark members:

Russ Oellig, Gary Gessner, Jan Stringer, David Wright, Jim Tooley, Jerry Cazaniga, David Young, Keith Haggestad, Naomi Hagen.

Our condolences to:

Jodi and Rodney Bjerke and family upon the death of Jodi's father, Jim Swanson.

Family and friends of St. Mark members:

Betty Anderson, Jennifer Peterson, Doug Nelson, Lynn Reed, Janelle Taylor, Dale Tallmadge, Katelyn Audette, Pastor Jane McChesney, Earl Karau, Ann Eck, Clay Heinrich, Denise Nichols, Mary Graham, Barbara Heckart, Kim Menke, Noah and Ellie Adams, Norma Comstock, Scott Jones, Ethan Whitney, Carolyn King, Tom Severson, Katie Butera, Ashton Henley, Nathan Gyllin.

Those serving in the military and their families:

Tristan Davenport, Scot Hornick, Bailey Panjkovich, Xander Gehrke, Jim Tammen, Brandon Ballenger, Taylor Eversole, Dean Barron.


Summer Office Hours
Monday - Thursday, 8:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Friday 8:00 A.M. - Noon
Telephone: 815-398-3557

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