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This Week at St. Mark March 31 - April 7, 2024


Sunday, March 31 Easter Sunday

9:00 A.M. Worship with Live-Stream
10:00 A.M. Fellowship Hour with coffee and donuts
11:00 A.M. Worship in Fellowship Hall

Monday, April 1

Office Closed
2:00 P.M. St. Mark Crafters

Tuesday, April 2

10:00 A.M. Staff Meeting
11:00 A.M. St Mark Duplicate Bridge
1:00 P.M. First Tuesday Book Club

Wednesday, April 3

9:00 A.M. Women's Bible Study
9:00 A.M. Men's Bible Study
6:30 P.M. Confirmation

Thursday, April 4

9:00 A.M. Cherry Valley Bridge Group
6:30 P.M. Emotions Anonymous
6:30 P.M. Blue Lights

Sunday, April 7

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
2:00 P.M. Youth Group at FLOW
4:00 P.M. Youth Gathering Meeting at St. Mark


News and Events

Easter Sunday

Join us this Sunday, March 31st Easter Sunday Hallelujah, Christ is Risen!
9:00 A.M. - Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary- Prelude will start at 8:55.
10:00 A.M. - Fellowship with donuts and coffee
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.

Holy week 2024
Good Friday Cantata
cross and eggs

Holy Saturday Service
Join us on Saturday, March 30 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm. This is a service for people of all ages. By that, I mean it’s not just for kids. This dynamic worship moves us from the stark emptiness of Good Friday into the fullness of Easter. We start in darkness, with an empty communion table; and we end in the same bright lavish glow we witness on Easter morning, lilies and all. In the middle of the service, worshippers have been able to get up and move to different areas of the sanctuary to pray, share communion, or discover something new about the story of Easter. These stations engage all five senses, inviting folks to approach the hope of resurrection in new ways.

Come engage with the story of Easter, grow closer to one another, and explore the good news of Christ’s resurrection in a more interactive way.

Crafting is happiness

The St. Mark Makers Craft Group will meet on Monday, April 1st from 2:00 - 4:00 P.M. This will be fun, relaxing, and something you probably haven't done in a long while. Come create with scratch art paper!
Sign up this Sunday in the narthex or call the church office at 815-398-3557.

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 orientation sessions on April 7, 14, 21, and 28. 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 need more information. 815-398-3557 or general@stmarklc.com. New members will be received on Sunday, May 5 at the 9:00 A.M. service. There will be a reception following the service.


First Tuesday Book Club will meet on April 2 at Peterson Meadows at 1:00 pm. The book for April is Horse by Geraldine Brooks. Our hostess is Carol Malmgren and the reviewer is Susan White. Please let Carol know whether you plan to come (815-985-7835 or Wbvcarol34@gmail.com). Our book for May will be The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony. All are welcome.


NAMI FaithNet
On April 10th at 4:30 pm NAMI FaithNet (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will be at St. Mark to introduce us to who they are and what they do. It is important that we talk about mental illness. 1 in 5 adults in the United States lives with a mental illness condition. We need to remove the stigma of mental illness. When the faith community speaks openly about mental illness, we begin to remove the shame associated with mental illness. Please join us to learn about NAMI FaithNet. Invite your friends and family, this is an event for St. Mark and for the community.

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 on Sunday, April 13th 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.

Spring music

The Kishwaukee Valley Concert Band
The Kish band is pleased to present their annual spring concert on Sunday, April 14th at 3:00 pm of exciting well-loved songs that everyone will enjoy. Bring the entire family for a great afternoon of fun music!

Rockford Art Scene

Happy Campers
Happy Campers will meet on Saturday, April 20, at the Rockford Art Scene. Join us at 4:00 PM for social time at Carlyle Brewing before we go explore art! We will have maps on Sunday, April 5th. In the Fellowship Hall. Sign up and say you'll join us. Text Melinda Alekna at 815-871-0390 for more information or click here to visit Rockford Art Scene.

VBS Logo 2024

Save the Date for VBS!
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.

Plan now to join us June 17-21! Details and registration coming soon.


Youth Ministry

youth group

Our next youth group event will be April 7th from 2-3:30 pm at FLOW 5505 E. State Street Rockford. The cost is $20 per person, this includes the socks required by Flow. I encourage you to arrive at 1:45 pm to get checked in. Please be sure to sign a waiver for each participant. The waiver is available here or you can get a printed copy from Pastor Katrina. If the participant is under 18 years of age a parent or guardian must sign the waiver. Please note that FLOW will not let you participate if there is not a signed waiver.

If you are attending the youth gathering, we will meet at 4pm at St. Mark to give you updated information. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Katrina at prkatrina@stmarklc.com. Thank you and I hope to see you at FLOW on April 7th.

Easter Message from Bishop 2024

Remember In Our Prayers


Our St. Mark Members:

Karen Clements, Wilma Reinke, 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:

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
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9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Friday - 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

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