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This Week at St. Mark Feb. 21-28, 2021

Sunday, February 21

9:30 A.M. Live-stream and In-person worship
11:00 A.M. Remote Sunday School

Tuesday, February 23

10:00 A.M. Staff Meeting
7:00 P.M. Council Meeting

Wednesday, February 24 Mid Week Lenten Worship

9:00 A.M. Men's Bible Study
9:30 A.M. St. Mark Ringers
6:45 P.M. Mid Week Lenten Worship in Fellowship Hall
7:00 P.M. Confirmation
7:15 P.M. Voices of St. Mark

Thursday, February 25

12:30 P.M. Sew and Sews - Adult Ministry Room
6:30 P.M. Emotions Anonymous

Sunday, February 28

9:30 A.M. Live-stream and In-person Worship
11:00 A.M. Remote Sunday School
1:00 P.M. Annual Meeting in the Parking Lot


News and Events

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Annual Congregation Meeting - February 28
The Annual Congregation Meeting will be on Sunday, February 28 at 1:00 P.M. in the parking lot. Morning worship will still be online at 9:30 A.M.


Live-stream Worship Service Sunday, February 21
Join us for the First Sunday in Lent at 9:30 A.M. We will be live-streaming our worship service and available anytime after on our YouTube channel.


The first of the five mid-week in-person services will be held in the Fellowship Hall at 6:45 pm, on Wednesday, February 24 and a recording will be made available the following morning. During these services of Lenten reflection, we will consider Five Miraculous Moments in the Gospel of Mark, a series of stories that we wouldn’t otherwise hear on Sunday mornings this year. These will be prayerful, spoken-word services.

Registration for all worship services will be available through the St. Mark website, www.stmarklc.com, or go directly to this link to register.

Mid week Lenten schedule

St. Mark is working to hold in-person VBS this Summer! As we begin the planning process, we would like to hear from families about your needs and preferences. Please complete this brief survey to help us create the best possible VBS experience for 2021!

VBS Participation Survey


Celebrating 60 Years of St. Mark
Each month as St. Mark celebrates 60 years, we will be doing something involving “60.” February we are encouraging Acts of Kindness! If you are in need of some ideas check out

Please share what you are doing for others or what someone has done for you by clicking this link and answering a few simple questions.

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Acts of Kindness are happening!
What have you heard being done? Has anyone done something for you? What have you been doing to share kindness?

Check out the real-life experiences we have been told at St. Mark ...
Invited a friend to go on a walk, made Valentine's for an elderly widow, made Valentine's for a senior living center, I paid for a 'beer in advance" for someone I knew would be stopping by at Carlyle, taking a St. Mark cd to a friend, made Valentine's for St. Mark homebound, paid for the car behind me at Starbuck's, baked and delivered cookies for Valentine’s, brought soup to someone that is ill, treats for co-workers, phoning friends, sending lots of cards,My daughter invited me over to lunch, a neighbor brought us homemade bread, getting cards and calls, given a gift card with appreciation, gotten called by a friend to get the vaccine, I've been surprised and touched by random outpouring of support as a health care worker...received gift cards, meals and other thoughtful gestures.

We encourage Acts of Kindness always, and especially during the month of February. Let's keep it going!

Steadfast Love

This year’s Lent Devotions booklet, Steadfast Love, is available for pickup at the church. In this booklet, excerpts from Henri J. M. Nouwen’s writings are paired with original reflections, scripture and prayers for each day of Lent. We hope you find it to be an inspiring part of your Lenten reflections this year.

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St. Mark Praise Band Album Now Available

Good news! The St. Mark praise band, Hear and Now, has just released their first Album! It is a collection of original pieces and a few classic old favorites and is available as a compact disc (CD) or digitally thru Band Camp.

The CD’s will be available for pick up at the church in the hallway. A $10 donation is asked to help offset the cost of producing the Album.

Digital copies are available at the following link. A suggested price of $9 hearandnow1.bandcamp.com

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2020 Annual Reports
The Annual Report is now available on our website, www.stmarklc.com or the link below. Printed copies of the Annual Report will be available at the meeting on the 14th. If you are unable to access the report online and would like a copy before the meeting, simply call the church office at (815) 398-3557 and one will be made available to you. 398-3557 and one will be made available to you.

Annual Report

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High School Youth do you need service hours, volunteer opportunities, part-time job, college reference?

If you are wanting help please text or e-mail Melinda Alekna 815-871-0390 melinda@stmarklc.com

Ignite - Zoom Youth gathering
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Worship Update!
Recently, our region entered back into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan, which allows us to gather in groups of up to 50 people. Because of this, we are excited to announce that limited in-person worship has resumed. We will start small and expand our efforts as needed.

Our 9:30 am live service will be able to host up to 40 worshippers in the congregation. We will have pre-registration and assigned seats for those who are registered. We will also continue to follow the small group guidelines we have had since July, which call for signing a waiver, wearing a mask, and staying six feet away from others. If there is enough demand, additional Sunday services will be added in March.

Register here for worship.

Read the full article here.

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Mobile Pantry Volunteer Sign-Up
Please call the church office if you are able to help. Upcoming dates are March 27, April 24, and June 26. Mobile Pantry will have groceries for 250 families from 10-11:30 A.M. on those dates. Volunteers will need to be there at 9:00 A.M. Thank you!

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Blood Drive

St. Mark will be hosting another blood drive with Rock River Valley Blood Center on Tuesday, March 23 from 1:30 - 7:00 P.M.

In our last blood drive we had collected 33 pints of whole blood, which equaled to saving 99 lives! Great job! And we had 20 new donors. The center will be bringing their double red blood cell machine on the 23rd. If you are interested in that or need some more information, please contact me for a question and answer sheet. If you are not able to donate, ask someone else to donate in your place; a neighbor, a co-worker, relative, or friend.

It takes only about an hour to donate a pint of blood. This includes less than 10 minutes to actually draw the blood with additional time spent at registration, pre-donation screening and the snack/rest period after donating.

Click on this link to register. or call the church office 815-398-3557 and Jill Davenport can get you registered.

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Home Communion Kits
If you need to replenish your communion supplies, please stop by the church during office hours, Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. If you need to come by after these hours, please call the church office at 815-398-3557. Watch this short video from Pastor Chad or read more here.


St. Mark Mobile App!
Download our free mobile app on the app store or google play.

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!

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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
If you are one of many that have downloaded the mobile app or are using the church directory on your computer, you know what a great tool this is. It is always current and up to date.

Please take a moment to download the app or create an account on your computer. The directions are listed below, but if you are having trouble or would just like some help, please call Jill Davenport at 815-398-3557.

Also, many of you have not submitted photos. To do that, follow the link below or email your photo to Jill@stmarklc.com

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

Office Hours

Regular Office Hours
Monday through Friday 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. As always, please call the office or Pastor Chad if you have any needs or concerns.


Remember In Our Prayers

Our St. Mark members:

Adleigh Siemans, Russ Oellig, Linda Crooks, Cathy Trost, Jan Cotter, Roger Lind, Diane Swanson, Billie Reinhold, Sherri Lindquist, Tim Vivian, Bill Jennings, Tim Panjkovich, Bette Patterson, David Young, Keith Haggestad.

Family and friends of St. Mark members:

Kris and Jack O'Brien, Bruce Yocum, Kate Cuccaro, Debbie Adams, Susan Vincent, Butch Cotter, Wanda Adamson, Milane Bagel, Janet Webster, Rae Ann McIntire, Linda Johnson, Emily Tropp, Eva Love Sherbondy, 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 through Friday
9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Telephone: 815-398-3557

St. Mark Memos, the weekly e-newsletter, is distributed each Thursday. The deadline for submission is Monday by 3:00 P.M.
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Sermons Online
Miss a Sunday at St. Mark? Please visit our website and watch the sermons online.
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