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VISION“Called into being by the undeserved love of God, we are a caring
community where people are changed by the amazing grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In grateful response to God’s
love, we are called to obey the Great Commandment to love God with our whole heart, and love our neighbor as ourselves, and
to carry out the Great Commission to make disciples and send them out to bring the good news to the world.”
Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1954, as a mission church of the American Lutheran Church, and incorporated in
Today, St. Mark is part of the Metro-Chicago
Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, better known as the ELCA.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
St. Mark Lutheran Church, established in Worth, Illinois, for the purpose
of: Preaching the Word of God, Administering the sacraments, Ministering to the spiritual and physical needs of all of God's
people, solely to the glory of God.
WHO WE ARE
We are a Lutheran
church and a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We strive to offer programs
and ministry that are both culturally relevant and helpful to the needs of people in our community, and faithful to the tradition
of our Christian faith. We
recognize the Bible as the inspired word of God, (1 Timothy: chapter 3, verse 16) and the highest authority in all matters
of faith and life. We gather regularly to hear God’s message read and preached, to baptize, and to receive communion.
We practice “open communion,” which is to say that all baptized Christians who understand that Christ is truly
present in the bread and wine are welcome at the table. We strive to be a youth-friendly congregation. Children receive first Bible training at age 9, and first
communion training at age 10. We offer Sunday School beginning at age 3, and confirmation for 6th through 8th
grade. We have a children’s ministry for ages 5 through 12, and a Youth Ministry for Jr. and Sr. High School age.
"Forgiveness is God's command."