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Pastoral Reflection

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A Farewell and a Greeting
Pastor Chad McKenna

The new year brings a change to the St. Mark Staff. Read more.


News and Events

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O God, where hearts are fearful and constricted, grant courage and hope. Where anxiety is infectious and widening, grant peace and reassurance. Where impossibilities close every door and window, grant imagination and resistance. Where distrust twists our thinking, grant healing and illumination. Where spirits are daunted and weakened, grant soaring wings and strengthened dreams. All these things we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
from Evangelical Lutheran Worship p.76

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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.

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Pledge Note:
This past week, St. Mark members received a letter regarding our current stewardship drive, in the hope of closing a shortfall in our budget for 2021. Whether or not you have already submitted a 2021 Plan for Giving, your council and pastors encourage you to read that letter in full and consider again your commitment to our shared ministry. You can update your pledge online with this simple form. Click here.

Coats for Hope

Coats For Hope
We are collecting gently used or new coats January 13-20th. Check your closet, maybe the kids have outgrown, or maybe you just no longer wear it... Please drop off coats at St. Mark between 9-1PM. Our goal is to collect “60” coats that will be donated to the Rockford Family Peace Center, YMCA, and the Rockford Rescue Mission. Check out coatsforhope.org


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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Keeping Our Mosaic Family Warm
In the spirit of our annual Mitten Tree, we are once again collecting NEW hats, mittens/gloves, scarves, and socks for the men and women of Mosaic. All donations can be dropped off at the weekday entrance. There will be a plastic bin with a label on it outside the door.

Mosaic recognizes that people with intellectual disabilities desire and deserve greater independence and closer ties to the community. By developing and expanding community connections, we create new social, volunteer and employment opportunities. Check out this website for more information on Mosaic, right here in Rockford.

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Supporting Our Local Businesses
To show support for our local restaurants we will be accepting donations of any amount to purchase gift cards for special meal nights in the Mosaic group homes or you may purchase gifts from the following local businesses we will be supporting with this donation: Beef-A-Roo, Johnn Pamcakes, Katie's Cup, Lino's, Lucha Cantina, Mary's Market and Sam's Pizza. There is a box inside the week-day entrance at St. Mark that is designated for the gift cards or money. Please ring the doorbell and we will let you inside to put the gift in the box. Another way to give is to go our website stmarklc.com/give. or on our mobile app.

For more information contact: Tammy English, Community Relations Manager at Mosiac,
tammy.english@mosaicinfo.org or 815-387-8390 ext. 61516.


Did someone say “tubing?”
St. Mark families and youth are all invited to Alpine Hills Sunday, January 31, 2-3:30 P.M. Cost is just $8. Please message Melinda Alekna if you are interested ASAP 815-871-0390. There is also ice skating, snowboarding, and skiing available. Check the park district website for more details. AlpineHillsAdenture.com

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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:

Linda Crooks, Marlow Anderson, Jay Trost, Jan Cotter, John Johnson, Roger Lind, Jim Tooley, Diane Swanson, Nancy Scheel, Billie Reinhold, Sherri Lindquist, Tim Vivian, Bill Jennings, Tim Panjkovich, Bette Patterson, David Young, Keith Haggestad.

Family and friends of St. Mark members:

Debbie Adams, Susan Vincent, Deb Oleson, Branden Rudeen, Butch Cotter, Wanda Adamson, Milane Bagel, Janet Webster, Rae Ann McIntire, Linda Johnson, Pastor Jane McChesney, 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.
Please click to send submissions.

Sermons Online
Miss a Sunday at St. Mark? Please visit our website and watch the sermons online.
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