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This Week at St. Mark April 21 - 28, 2024


Sunday, April 21 Good Shepherd Sunday

9:00 A.M. Worship with Live-Stream
10:00 A.M. Fellowship Hour with coffee and donuts
10:05 A.M. New Member Session
10:05 A.M. Adult Forum
10:05 A.M. Sunday School
11:00 A.M. Worship in Fellowship Hall

Monday, April 22

10:30 A.M. Mosiac Hub
10:30 A.M. Classic Chorale Rehearses

Tuesday, April 23

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

Wednesday, April 24

9:00 A.M. Women's Bible Study
9:00 A.M. Men's Bible Study
9:30 A.M. St. Mark Ringers
6:30 P.M. Confirmation
7:00 P.M. Voices of St. Mark

Thursday, April 25

9:00 A.M. Cherry Valley Bridge Group
12:30 P.M. Sew and Sews
6:30 P.M. Emotions Anonymous
7:15 P.M. Red Lights

Saturday, April 27

6:30 P.M. Train Group

Sunday, April 28

9:00 A.M. Worship with Live-Stream
10:00 A.M. Fellowship Hour with coffee and donuts
10:05 A.M. New Member Session
10:05 A.M. Adult Forum
10:05 A.M. Sunday School
11:00 A.M. Worship in Fellowship Hall
6:30 P.M. Youth Group - Rec Night at Grace Lutheran


News and Events


Join us this Sunday, April 21st Fourth Sunday of Easter
9:00 A.M. - Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary- Prelude will start at 8:55.
10:00 A.M. - Fellowship with donuts and coffee
10:05 A.M. - New Member Session Begins in the Conference Room
10:05 A.M. - Adult Forum
10:05 A.M. - Sunday School
11:00 A.M. - Worship in Fellowship Hall

If you are unable to be here, click here to join us at 8:55 for our live-stream service.

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This Sunday, is Good Shepherd Sunday. It is a day when congregations lift up LSSI (Luthern Social Services) Programs and celebrate our shared ministry. LSSI is the social ministry organization of the three ELCA synods in Illinois. Last year, LSSI served over 50,000 people across the state by providing whole-person care. Please prayerfully consider financial support to give others an opportunity. Click here to learn more about LSSI

Become part of our church family

New Member Orientation
Are you interested in joining St. Mark or are you and your family returning to St. Mark? We have an orientation session today and will continue next Sunday, April 28. We will welcome you as new members of St. Mark on Sunday, May 5 during the 9:00 service. The orientations will include an introduction to St. Mark, what we are doing as a church today, a tour of our beautiful building, the history of Lutheranism, the Lutheran reading of the Bible, and staff and committee introductions. We will meet from 10:05 - 10:55 A.M. in the Conference Room. There will be donuts and coffee. We look forward to seeing you! Let the church office know if you plan on coming or if you need more information. 815-398-3557 or general@stmarklc.com.


Youth Gathering Fund Raiser
Thank you for supporting the youth as we prepare to head to New Orleans for the Youth Gathering in July. Our next fundraiser for the Youth Gathering is a flower sale sponsored by Gensler Gardens. There are single plants, flats, hanging baskets and gift cards as an option. The youth will be selling flowers and Gensler Gift Cards until May 2nd, 2024. All of the profit will go towards the Youth Gathering trip to New Orleans. St. Mark Lutheran Church and Grace Lutheran Church have a total of 14 youth and 4 chaperones going to the gathering. Our excitement is growing as we get closer to summer! Please look for order forms in the narthex. Payment is due when you place your order, please make checks out to St. Mark Lutheran Church. Thank you for your continued support for the youth.

Youth Gathering Flower Fundraiser

Ladies Tea
The Ladies Tea held on Saturday, April 13th, was a tremendous success. We have several people to thank who helped make it such a wonderful event. First, we would like to thank three talented young people who provided the event's music - Berkeley Stenstrom, Marshall Ferry and Jackson Ferry. Next, a thank you to Nancy Scheel, Deb Carlson, and Mary Kay Schingoethe for being the hostesses that day. Another thank you to Nancy Scheel and Deb Carlson for creating the unique take-home gifts that were given to the attendees. We would like to thank Keith Iverson for being the “official” photographer for the day and another thank you to Jill Davenport who created the menus and tickets that were used for the tea. A thank you to the ladies who brought their beautiful artwork for display. Last, but not least, a thank you to each of the ladies who attended and another round of applause to Tracey from the Vintage Goose who prepared amazing sandwiches and desserts for the High Tea! Thank you all, Deb Iverson and Melinda Alekna

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Registration is Now Open
Mark your calendars now – VBS Week is June 17-21, 2024. We’ll have a summer camp-style adventure with God!

Each day, kids at this camp-themed Vacation Bible School will learn that we can trust God to be with us in every situation! Whether we feel excited, scared, nervous, lost, or confident - God is trustworthy to lead the way with wisdom, peace, and joy. Thanks to a generous donation, VBS is free! Registration, for kids entering kindergarten through 6th grade, is open until June 3.

Register here.

Rockford Art Scene

Happy Campers
See you Saturday at Art Scene!
Join us Saturday, April 20th 4:00 P.M. We will meet at Carlyle Brewing Company (in the game room) then head out and see art starting at 5:00 P.M. We will especially visit three locations as a group. Text Melinda Alekna at 815-871-0390 for more information or click here to visit Rockford Art Scene.

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Save the Date The Happy Campers will be hosting an evening of baseball at ABC Stadium in Beloit as the Beloit Sky Carp take on the Dayton Dragons on May 31st. Tickets are $34 per person and will include seating in the “Deck Deck Goose” area at ABC Stadium and includes buffet dinner. More details coming soon.

Crafting is happiness

The St. Mark Makers Craft Group will meet on Monday, April 29th from 2:00 - 4:00 P.M. We will be making May Day "Baskets." Please save and bring your empty, clean soup-type cans. Sign-up this Sunday in the narthex or call the church office at 815-398-3557.

new guinnea hanging basket

Try-Beta Foundation’s 48th Annual Mother’s Day Hanging Basket Sale
Try-Beta Foundation, through member Mark Malenchik will be taking orders for New Guinea Impatiens baskets again on Sunday, May 5th in the cafe. The price is $35. Proceeds benefit Rockford area charities, including our own Uniform Co-Op program. Cash, checks and credit card payments are accepted. New this year, you can order online, at try-beta.com, or scan the QR code below to order and pay for your beautiful baskets.

Hanging Flower QR code
New Little Library

A Little Free Library is a book-sharing box where anyone may take a book or share a book. They function on the honor system. You do not need to share a book to take one. We are blessed to have a little free library by our playground.

Got a few gently used Children’s books to donate? We will have a bin to collect books starting April 14th by the south entrance.


St. Market is in Need of Supplies
We have had several people utilize our St. Mark Market. The supplies are running low with the demand being higher than we have experienced in several months. The best items for St. Market are crackers with peanut butter or cheese in them, canned goods with a pull top (ravioli is a good one), breakfast bars, bottled water, travel deodorant, bars of soap, travel toothbrush and toothpaste, meat sticks (without refrigeration required), and other easy to carry food items that don’t require cooking or refrigeration. We have designated a spot in the kitchen to place donations, please look for the sign on the kitchen counter. Thank you for helping to love and serve our neighbors.

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Volunteer Opportunities
Click on the links below for volunteer opportunities.
Rock River Valley Pantry
Northern Illinois Food Bank

Rock House Kids needs van drivers. It's a small commitment in time, but it is invaluable considering the opportunities it gives the kids. No special license is needed and they will work with you to schedule times that work for you. If you can help, please give Kathy a call at 815-962-5067 or more information click on this link

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Remember In Our Prayers


Our St. Mark Members:

Gary York, Nancy Dinges, Karen Clements, Don Lundine, David Olson, Lis Pearson, Jeanne Zeschke, Ulla Kercher, Mark Honzel, Lorine Kortus, Beth Johnson, Carol Kilts, Diane Swanson, Sherri Lindquist, Bette Patterson.

Family and Friends of St. Mark Members:

Tom Heck, Sue Hougton, Sue Wick, Diane Wilder, Robert Hobby, Berkley Shai Cappa, Tobin Uhren, Ronald Horowitz, Jim O’Brien, Jeanne Menzies, Greg Palmer, Greg Dunham, Natena Berry, Mike Balles, Ron Gentry, John Ayotte, Carrie Kielty, Ed Sobczyk, Elizabeth Woodworth, Bill Hart, Ellie Krepfle, Tom Montgomery, Jon Baylander.

Those serving in the military and their families:

Holden Paddock, Logan Gehrke, Hunter Haggestad, Scot Hornick, Jim Tammen, Brandon Ballenger, Taylor Eversole.

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


Office Hours
Monday through Thursday
9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Friday - 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Telephone: 815-398-3557
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