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The Daniel Plan Study Guide: 40 Days to a Healthier Life

How would you like to rev up your metabolism, burn 200–300 extra calories a day, and get in shape without sweating at all from 9 to 5? Good News! To begin to improve your health and fitness, you don’t have to get sweaty. You don’t have to put on gym clothes. You don’t have to lift weights or even get a gym membership. Begin to boost your metabolism, energy, creativity, fitness, and health by performing simple movements throughout your day. Research proves that performing movements such as standing or fidgeting or lightly stretching, active games, aerobic activity, or strength training even for just a minute or two every hour throughout your day can make a big difference to your health and well-being—and combat sitting disease.

For more information see Amy Gajeski.  Click Here for Informational Video:


Women of Faith Weekend
Date TBA


DIAL-A-STORY (708) 802-2719 (created by David

Trexler) Short Children’s stories about God’s love for all of us. 

A new story every week! The stories are sometimes fun,

sometimes witty, sometimes cute, sometimes serious, but always

carry the theme of Love.

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Financial Peace University


The goal of Financial Peace University is not just information—we're looking for transformation. More than one million families have attended FPU with amazing results.

Live Like No One Else!

Financial Peace University (FPU)

Financial Peace University is offered at St. Mark on occasion. Watch for dates. More than 1.5 millions families and individuals have taken the class. The average family completing the course pays off $5,300 and saves $2,700. An $8,000 change in position. Last year those 12 or so people who took the course paid off about 50,000 dollars in debt, and saved over $7,000.This course written by Dave Ramsey, is based in scripture, and includes some 800 verses from the Bible.

The class has been re-written to better deal with the changing finances of our times. It will be 9 sessions long.  My wife and I (Pastor Jay) took the course a couple years back and we highly recommend it. It will revolutionize your finances.

To view several trailers - click the link below. 


Knee Mail Box


Press Release

Who?  The  people of St Mark Lutheran church in Worth Illinois

What? recently dedicated a “knee mail” box.(see attached picture)  Members of the community are invited to put their letters to God in the box, signed or unsigned, and the people of St Mark will lift up their prayer requests on Sunday morning.

When? The dedication service was planned as part of the celebration of the 100th birthday of our community, Worth.

Why?  The impetus for the project came from two members of St. Mark, Adriane Olejnik and Mark Karner.  Mark was stricken by polio as a child, and suffered from Scoliosis, diabetes, and congestive heart failure. He went on to become a disability rights activist, helping over 500 people to get out of nursing homes and  back into their homes.  Mark passed away in June of 2013, and “Mark’s Knee Mail box, was dedicated in his memory.  

The box was inspired by the movie “Letters to God”, and was built by Ed Muscarella, and painted by Barbara Urban.

The article about the life of  Mark Karner in the Chicago Sun Times can be found at this address.


For more information contact pastor Jay Trygstad at 708-448-6555





Church marks ‘friendly village’s’ 100 years with family friendly event

As part of celebrating Worth’s centennial, and as a way to let more people know about their church, the folks at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church are inviting the community to what they’re calling an “old-time friendly fair” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

With Worth’s nickname being “the friendly village,” the name makes perfect sense, organizer Vivian Falcone said. (To continue reading, click the link below.) 

Article in the SouthtownStar Newspaper about the "Old Time Friendly Fair" held at St. Mark



Grief Share features biblical, Christ-centered teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. Too often people, including Christians, tend to stuff their grief instead of allowing it to do the God-given work for which it is intended. Whether your bereavement experience is recent or not so recent, you will find encouragement, comfort, and help in grieving the death of a loved one at Grief Share. Coming soon to St. Mark. Watch for dates.



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Begins Monday June 13th @ 7pm
in Koetz Hall @ 7:00pm

Focus on the Family's "The Truth Project". Click on the picture to view trailers on this exciting 13 week adult Bible study. For more information complete the form below.  For more information call the church office (708) 448-6555. 

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The Story - A Church Wide Experience

Bible Engagement for Adults, Teens and Children 





  In every community there is a place you see, pass by, even make a glance toward and for years go on noticing it there, but not sure what roll this place plays. Well, Worth has one of those shining stars, St. Mark Lutheran Church. I was invited there a little more than two years ago. Now I find myself returning every Sunday for services. What I have found at St. Mark is a family of people who really care, go the distance and always put others first ahead of them-selves.

                Times are bad and people don’t know what to do or were to go. They are losing their homes, jobs,  and are left alone sick, cold, hungry and just plan afraid. 

  St. Mark has started an outreach program to reach the people in the Village of Worth. They hope one day to extend this act of kindness to other communities.

               Fourteen members of St Mark have begun to walk door to door to extend a hand of hope and faith. They have knocked on a least 1,000 doors now and have many more to go. The walkers have met with great people and were asked to pray with many of those they have talked to, bringing a glimmer of hope to those in need.

  So, if you are able to receive one of the knocks on the door, remember they are people meant for you. Open the door and it will change your life, warm your heart and show you that there are people who care.  All through Gods amazing grace.                                                                                                          

Joan Silke

A Member of the St. Mark family



Parenting Today's Teens Class

Watch for future classes.

A class on (What else) parenting today's teens will be offered on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM in the fellowship hall, beginning February  6. The class will help parents handle an ever-shifting teen culture and still maintain a strong relationship with their child during these sometimes turbulent years. If this is the first time you are hearing about this class, the class may already have started.  It is not too late to be a part of the class even if you begin with week 2. For more information call the church.

Parenting Today's Teens One Minute Feature with Mark Gregston


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