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St. Mark Lutheran Church
CrossBeams A publication of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Mount Prospect, Illinois
October 2014 Volume 53 Issue 10
God’s Work, Our Hands St. Mark serves our community on Sunday, September 7, 2014
I want to let you know how much we appreciate you including us in your volunteer day at St. Mark. Gwen and Anne Marie were thrilled to get so much accomplished. You have been wonderful. Thank you.
Margaret Flanagan Lucille Resale Shop/ Holy Family Ministries
CrossBeams October 2014
Grace to you and peace…
Thinking back on the six years of CrossBeams articles I’ve written, I recall that most of them reflect what I’ve been thinking about—nature, the Church, our relationship
with God. But I don’t think I’ve ever written one about loss, and that’s what’s on my mind today.
Lanny and I have suffered the loss of three good friends to death this year: my
oldest friend, one of Lanny’s colleagues, and a man who came into our lives as a
hired workman and stayed on as a friend. Each in his or her own way opened a
window to the world for us that gave us new insights and a fuller, more generous
way of looking at the world. And, sadly, each died at too young an age, before their
In having lost friends, we are not unique—most of you have suffered the loss of
someone near and dear to your heart. So perhaps you understand what I mean
when I say that our lives are poorer because these people are no longer part of our
daily landscape. In my grief I find myself asking, “God, why these three?” They
were outwardly healthy, eating right, exercising; they left families—children and
grandchildren—behind; they were nearing retirement and the earthly reward for their
lifetime of labor. But the answer to these penetrating questions is not given to me to
know. Instead, I take great comfort in knowing that in death, as in life, we are in
God’s hands—God, who knew the pain of loss. I take solace in reading the story of
Jesus’ tears shed at the death of his friend Lazarus. I take to heart Bible passages
that reassure me of God’s eternal care.
Such loss is a shock to both heart and soul. Much has been written about the
healing process that must occur before recovery from such a shock can. For some,
healing begins with a pivotal moment; but for most, recovery is gradual, not marked
by any one event but simply a matter of applying tincture of time. Let our grieving
be a sign of the deep love, respect and need we had for the one who died. Later we
will rejoice that God has welcomed our loved one, but now we welcome God as we
grieve for ourselves and for what we no longer have.
In our culture, we don’t ‘do grief’ very well. Like an emotional Instagram, we want
to hurry grief along. Yet lament has a central, necessary place in our faith life; God
is with us. Words of the Christian lyricist Marty Haugen remind me that whether we
live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s [Romans 14: 7-8].
Through endless nights of weeping, through weary days of grief,
my heart is in your keeping, my comfort, my relief.
Come share my tears and sadness, come, suffer in my pain,
oh, bring me home to gladness, restore my hope again.
See you in the pew,
CrossBeams October 2014
Thoughts from the Loft
O God of Mercy, God of light, in love and mercy infinite,
teach us, as ever in your sight, to live our lives in you. (ELW #714 vs. 1)
Is music to you a matter of hearing or seeing? Olivier Messiaen, a 20th century French composer, said he saw colors when he heard music. He was also attuned
to the sounds of nature, especially bird songs. So, music can be a matter of both hearing and seeing. We hear of God’s Grace and that teaches us to see our lives
in the mercy and Joy of our heavenly Father. In this way, God orders our steps each day to hear his call and see his Grace. It is a song of Joy and Grace for all
What’s Happening in
Youth & Family Ministry?
I’m excited it is Autumn. I love the cooler weather and the changing leaf colors. It
makes me happy.
Autumn also means Corn Maze! On Sunday, October 12th, FaithWalk and SHINE! youth and friends will be traveling
to Spring Grove to Richardson Farm for our annual adventure. It is great fun to
see what the new maze of the year is and to wander through the corn. We make sure to arrive while it is still light out and
then wander while it is getting darker and darker. The kids love it!! As we come out
of the corn maze, we gather by the fire to roast hot dogs and marshmallows and make some s’mores. I look forward to
this outing each year.
On October 19th, St. Mark will once again be participating in the Northwest
Community CROP Hunger Walk. This year
it is being hosted by the Lutheran Church of Martha and Mary on Golf Rd in Mt.
Prospect. It is the 25th anniversary of the walk here in the Northwest Suburbs. Come out and walk or help by
volunteering. St. Mark will be hosting a water station along the route and we need
volunteers to pass out water to the walkers. If you can spare about 2 hours, let me know.
WOW, FaithWalk and SHINE have begun
for the new program year. We have 14 children registered for WOW and 18 youth
participating in FaithWalk. These are both lively groups and excited about learning.
Soon we will be registering 8th graders through seniors in high school for the
ELCA Youth Gathering that will take place in July, 2015. Adult leaders are needed (especially male). If you are interested in
joining me on this adventure, let me know.
Peace be with you! Jill Galyon, Interim Youth Coordinator
CrossBeams October 2014
SSHHIINNEE!! && FFaaiitthhWWaallkk Are
Going to the
At Richardson Farm in Spring Grove, IL
When: Sunday, October 12, 2014
Time: 4:30 pm to about 10:30 pm
Cost: $15 per person
RSVP by signing up in the Narthex at church or
contacting Jill Galyon by Wednesday, October 8th
FRIENDS ARE WELCOME!!!
Calling all FaithWalk and 3rd- 5th grade WOW Students….
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25
9 – 11 am
Learn how to use your Bible
Games and Activities
St. Mark Preschool is back in session!
Daycare started a few weeks ago and the preschool programs began last
week. We are excited to welcome 43
children to our daycare, preschool, and STEM kindergarten enrichment
program. With the help of so many church members, staff, and preschool
families, our numbers continue to grow and we are thriving! The school
year began with our four year olds learning all about families and our
threes cuddled up with teddy bears from home at a teddy bear picnic. Our
STEM program kicked off the year learning all about sound. The greatest
sounds we hear are children laughing, having fun with friends, and enjoying
learning at St. Mark.
Fundraiser This fall, St. Mark Preschool will be selling the freshest fruit you can get! Located in Vero Beach, Florida, in the heart of the world famous "INDIAN RIVER" district, The Florida Fruit Association has been producing delicious, high quality fruit for customers for 25 years. You will receive the very freshest fruit available...handpicked at peak flavor and rushed to you directly from the grove. Choose from our popular items like Navel Oranges, Ruby Red Grapefruit, multiple Combination Packs and more. Our fruit is USDA inspected and Florida Fruit Association approved. You won't find fruit any fresher, we promise! To order, contact Danielle Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
SENIOR LUNCH BUNCH
(or anyone who would like to join us)
Thursday, October 23, 2014
1724 W. Golf Rd.
Meet at restaurant at 1:00 pm
RSVP to Marilyn by 10/20
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Thanksgiving Celebration Pot Luck
Lunch & Worship Service
Worship Service at 11:00 am followed
by Pot Luck Lunch in Fellowship Hall
At 12:30 pm.
RSVP to Marilyn by 11/20 to sign up
for a dish to pass. Turkey & dessert
will be provided.
(Offering to Mt. Prospect Food Pantry)
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Des Plaines Elks Club
495 Lee St.
Des Plaines, IL
Meet at the Elks Club at
RSVP to Marilyn by 12/15
Music by Tim
Referrals Rewarded St. Mark members who refer a student to the St.
Mark Preschool and Enrichment Center, who
remains for 30 days or longer, will receive a $25
gasoline gift card. Please notify the Preschool
office of the student y