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This Week at St. Mark June 16-23, 2024


Sunday, June 16

9:00 A.M. Worship with Live-Stream
10:00 A.M. Fellowship Hour with coffee and donuts in cafe only
10:00 A.M. VBS Setting up in the Sanctuary
11:00 A.M. Outdoor Worship on the East Lawn

Monday, June 17 Vacation Bible School Week

9:00 A.M. VBS
7:00 P.M. Summer Book Study

Tuesday, June 18

9:00 A.M. VBS
1:30 P.M. Staff Meeting
7:00 P.M. Executive Meeting

Wednesday, June 19

9:00 A.M. VBS
6:30 P.M. Summer Youth Group

Thursday, June 20

9:00 A.M. VBS
6:30 P.M. Emotions Anonymous
6:30 P.M. Blue Lights

Friday, June 21

9:00 A.M. VBS

Sunday, June 23

9:00 A.M. Worship with Live-Stream
9:00 A.M. Baptism of Don Daniels
10:00 A.M. Fellowship Hour with coffee, and donuts in Cafe only
11:00 A.M. Worship Outdoors on the East Lawn -
VBS sings/celebration
12:00 P.M. Quixotic Bakery Truck in parking lot


News and Events


Join us this Sunday, June 16 - 4th Sunday after Pentecost
9:00 A.M. - Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary- Prelude will start at 8:55.
10:00 A.M. Fellowship Hour with coffee and donuts in cafe only
10:00 A.M. Setting up for VBS in the Sanctuary
11:00 A.M. Outdoor Worship - East Lawn

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

Lumen Flying Color

VBS Celebration on June 23
Please join the Camp Firelight VBS kids and volunteers as we celebrate on June 23! At the 11:00 outdoor service, Campers will share two of the fun songs they’ve learned during the week. After the service, Quixotic Bakery will have treats for sale from their truck!

Help us celebrate our amazing VBS kids and volunteers as we close out a fun week of learning that we can Trust God to Go With Us in everything we do!

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VBS Outreach Project
This year’s VBS Outreach project benefits Rock House Kids! We are collecting camping supplies. Please consider giving the following items:
• Drawstring bags or backpacks (used okay if condition is good)
• Hygiene products such as lotion, shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, etc. (any size)
• Flashlights
• C and D cell batteries for flashlights
• Pillows
• Blankets
• Sleeping bags

Collection Bin is near the Little Red Truck in Fellowship Hall!

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Changing our Giving Platform
We are making a switch to an integrated church management and electronic giving platform. It is called Tithely/Breeze and it contains a secure giving platform recommended by our denomination, the ELCA. Tithely/Breeze will replace both Pushpay and the Shepherd’s Staff church management system. This switch will give us cost savings of over $6000/year as well as efficiency improvements. This change is also in response to a Council suggestion to find a new payment platform better suited to the size and budget of our church.

We encourage you to set up a Tithely account. This can be used for general giving; special events or purchases, such as altar flowers; or for contributing to a specific fund or purpose. You will have a choice of funds that will vary as we go through the church year. You will also be able to track your giving. Our current app managed by Pushpay will no longer be available after June.

Go to our website stmarklc.com and select Tithe.ly to set up your account and to cancel your Pushpay recurring giving select Pushpay.

If you need assistance, please contact Martina Schumaker, at finance@stmarklc.com or 815-398-3557.

summer fun

Summer Youth Group
Youth Group will meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Please check the weekly memos and your emails for updates on where we will meet and what we will be doing. Em, the St. Mark summer intern, is planning exciting and fun activities for youth group. Wednesday, June 19th we will meet at St. Mark from 6:30-8pm. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday evenings.

Refugia Faith

Summer Book Study - Refugia Faith
Join Pastor Chad throughout the months of June and July for an in-depth discussion of the book, Refugia Faith: Seeing Hidden Shelters, Ordinary Wonders, and the Healing of the Earth by Debra Rienstra. Refugia are places of shelter where life endures and expands after natural disasters. This hope-filled book explores how Christians can become people of refugia for the earth, our communities, and our own spiritual selves. This eight-week study will meet on Mondays at 7:00 pm, beginning on June 10th. When weather allows, we will plan to meet in our outdoor worship space. Thanks to a Thrivent grant, copies of the book will be available to participants at the first session. Please sign up by emailing Pastor Chad at prmckenna@stmarklc.com


Outreach Ministry

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St. Mark Supports Habitat
While sitting in the sanctuary waiting for church to start, I thought, “most members have no idea how many St. Mark members live out their faith by volunteering for Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity.” Habitat’s mission is to provide safe, affordable housing for deserving low income families in the Rockford area. Read the full article here.

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LSSI Foster Fair
You’re invited to join Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) at a Free Family-Friendly Foster Fair Event on Tuesday, June 18 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Discovery Center Museum.

There will be fun activities for the whole family. The purpose of this event is to provide information and resources about foster care and to support families in our community who are or who are considering becoming foster parents. For more information, please contact Clifford Johnson at LSSI at 815-969-8836 ext.4943.

Happy Father s Day

Remember In Our Prayers


Our St. Mark Members:

John Buzzard, Dennis Howe, Alexander Gehrke Jr., Nancy Dinges, Karen Clements, Don Lundine, 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:

Mark Wennmacher, Nancy Coffler, John Miller, Sherry Emenecker, Tom Heck, Sue Hougton, Sue Wick, Diane Wilder, Robert Hobby, Berkley Shai Cappa, Tobin Uhren, Ronald Horowitz, Jim O’Brien, Greg Palmer, Natena Berry, Mike Balles, 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.


Summer Office Hours
Monday through Thursday
9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Friday - 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Telephone: 815-398-3557
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