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Join Us This Sunday for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost
You can enjoy Sunday's worship anywhere and anytime after 8:00 A.M on your phone, laptop, iPad, or if you have a smart tv. So grab a cup of coffee or tea, and join our St. Mark family in worship. If you missed a service, they are all there on our YouTube channel.

We will be streaming abbreviated, pre-recorded worship services on our St. Mark YouTube Channel, available for viewing throughout the day on Sundays, beginning at 8:00 A.M.

Look for a special email and push notification from our app on Sunday morning providing a link to this service on YouTube. We hope this is bringing a much-needed sense of community during these difficult times of separation.

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News from the Council:
As we enter into Phase 4 of the re-opening process, small groups will be allowed to resume meeting at St. Mark in July. More details will be forthcoming.


Summer of Service
Local Mission Trip is happening, and I couldn’t be more excited!
Our youth will be learning and doing within our own congregation, our neighborhood, serving Miss Carly’s, the Northern Illinois Food Bank, and out in our community! July 12-15th 9:30-4:30 P.M. (There is one spot left if interested) we will have a group of ten people. Call or text Melinda Alekna for more information, 815-871-0390.

Please pray for our youth/leaders as we navigate doing service while social distancing.

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It only takes one call, one card, one kind word to make a difference. Someone handed me a card end of May, and I tell you what I’m still thinking of that kind gesture. Call a friend or send a card this week. Some of you are, I’m certain. Imagine if we all did that for someone?

Tears and Triumph Pr Marks Book

Dear friends,
I am delighted to announce the completion of my book, Tears and Triumph: A Journey Toward Resurrection. I began this writing project nine months ago while on sabbatical, and I am eager to finally share my story. I am grateful for the encouragement and support you’ve given me during this precious time of reflection and writing. I pray that you will likewise discover encouragement and hope in the reading of it. This book is available in both Kindle and Paperback editions, only through Amazon. Please use this link to order your copy. Pastor Mark Hagen


St. Mark Mobile App!
This is a perfect time to download our St. Mark App!
If you are having trouble downloading or have any questions, please call Jill Davenport at 815-218-3403 or email jill@stmarklc.com, she will help you through the process.

This is different than our church directory app.
Our mobile app is designed specifically for St. Mark to improve our communication with our congregation and nurture our members. We encourage you to download the app. It's about getting involved and staying connected.

Click on this link for information on how to download the app!

Bible Study outdoors

To the women of the Wednesday Bible Study-- let's get together!!!!!
I would like for us to meet and see one another while we discuss options for the unit of study in the Fall. For those who can make it ( and we will practice good social distancing ) plan on meeting Wednesday, July 15th at 10:00 behind the church near the playground. There is a wonderful shady tree there. Bring a lawn chair to sit in and the beverage of your choice. Orange juice and doughnuts will be provided. If you have any questions call Deb Iverson. Hope to see you there!!!!!!

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Vacation Bible School Update
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and in anticipation of extended restrictions on large gatherings to help control the spread of the illness, VBS will be postponed until late summer. Planning and preparation will continue in the hope of a joyful return to each other’s company in the coming months!


Thank you to the Sew and Sews who have been incredibly busy. They are each making 100’s of face masks. St. Mark is truly blessed by our Sew and Sews! Because of their generosity, their heart, and skills, the sewers are making masks for the congregation, as needed.

There is a bin of masks, outside the south doors. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 A.M. till Noon. If you need masks dropped to your residence, children size, or questions text/call Melinda Alekna 815-871-0390. If you would like to help with delivering to people, we could use your help as well.

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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.

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Instant Church Directory
This is a great time to stay connected with our St. Mark family. If you need help downloading the app or creating an account on your computer or ipad, please call Jill Davenport at 815-218-3403 or email jill@stmarklc.com and she will be happy to help you through the process.

It is simple and takes only a few minutes to upload your photo and download or create an online account on your computer or kindle. The Instant Church Directory App. You will always have updated members' information at your fingertips.

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

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

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Remember In Our Prayers

Our St. Mark members:

Tim Vivian, Carolyn Lee, Joe Fink, Dorothy Brommerich, Bill Jennings, Tim Panjkovich, Bette Patterson, Beverly Wright, Jerry Cazaniga, David Young, Keith Haggestad.

Family and friends of St. Mark members:

Milane Bagel, Gayle Coffler, Darold, Beekmann, Janet Webster, Rae Ann McIntire, Mark Cotter, Lynda Foxley, Linda Johnson, Nancy Kunnert, Robert and Cindy Wilson, Pastor Jane McChesney, Emily Tropp, Louis Fivaz, Mike Leonard, Katelynn Audette, Eva Love Sherbondy, Clay Heinrich, Mary Graham, Kim Menke, Norma Comstock, Carolyn King, Ashton Henley, Nathan Gyllin.

Those serving in the military and their families:

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

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.


Office Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:00 A.M. - Noon for the month of June
Telephone: 815-398-3557

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Sermons Online
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