Our mission outreach includes but is not limited to: Grace Christian Academy
in Chicago, Lutheran World Relief, and Operation Christmas Child. The St. Mark Mission Committee chairperson is Irene Yuska.
St. Mark strives to make available ready
to eat foods, so that those who are homeless and come to our door can be fed immediately. We offer a complete list
of places willing to be of assistance, including local food pantries, PADS facilities, local shelters, and
government offices, to enable them get on their feet.
Click this link to go to Samaritan's Purse web site.
258 Shoe Boxes were sent this year!
Toy Box Connection
St. Mark has partnered with Toy Box Connection to help provide new and used toys to children
in need. Just click on the picture above and you will be taken to their web site.
|Toy Box Connection - Click On Picture
|Donate New & Used Toys
Every year St. Mark collects gifts for needy children in a program called Angel
Tree through LSSI. The gifts you see will be picked up by Lutheran Social Services and given to needy foster children living
in the Chicagoland area. Not included are the warm hats and gloves that were also collected for Grace Lutheran School. (see
Mission interpreters, volunteers from congregations in each synod of the ELCA, tell the story of how our
offerings and gifts are transformed into effective ministries. They remind us of how we make a difference in Christ’s
mission and the work of the church, and they thank our people for their faithful giving.
is primarily done through temple talks, visits with councils and committees, and helping in any way they are asked to share
information, provide resources, and give guidance on doing God’s work at the congregational, synodical, and churchwide
expressions. They also develop connections between the ELCA membership and its leadership and mission. Mission interpreters
are trained in the various aspects of church ministry and mission and have the resources available to carry them out as a
member of the ELCA.
Grace Lutheran School
Grace Lutheran School was founded in 1896 at the corner of 28th &
Karlov. Five years later, Grace Lutheran Church was begun. Today, Grace Lutheran School is an RSO (registered non-profit service
organization) The school relies on tuition, fundraising and the generous donations of friends and alumni to meet its budget.
The mission of Grace Lutheran School is the same as it was in 1896, bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the children living
in the Little Village neighborhood. The school offers a Christ centered education to children age three through grade eight.
For more information about the school and how you can help, contact the school at the address and phone number listed below.
|Students at Grace Lutheran School
Our ELCA Missionaries in Bolivia
Justin, Kari, and Everette Eller are our sponsored
ELCA missionaries serving in Bolivia with the Iglesia Evangélica Luterana Boliviana (IELB). The Ellers serve in ways
that support the mission and vision of the local Bolivian Lutheran Church, leading and educating as part of leadership development
and capacity up-building, and accompanying the IELB along their journey of becoming an increasingly sustainable and solid
Kari is a teacher by profession working in regional Christian education curriculum development
from the popular education methodology model. Kari is also the International Coordinator for the ELCA´s Latin America
and Caribbean Christian Education program: Equipping God´s People (Capacitando al Pueblo de Dios - CPD). In
her role as CPD Program Coordinator, she has edited the IELB´s most recent lectionary-based Sunday school material,
Lord, teach us... Luke 11:1 (Señor, enséñanos... Lucas 11:1) and is working to train local Sunday
School teachers through workshops. Kari is currently working on the second Sunday school book and a book on popular education
methodology in Christian education.
the past four years, Justin has worked as a Pastoral Educator in the areas of Lutheran confessions, pastoral identity, liturgy,
and contextual Lutheran identity with pastors, women, and youth. In his role as educator, Justin has published two books (theological
and liturgical) in collaboration with the IELB. Justin most recently taught a Church History 1 class at an ecumenical seminary
in La Paz and the IELB´s first Lutheran Confessional Identity class. He is now the ELCA´s Regional Representative
in South America.
Everette is Kari and Justin´s two year
old son who is also an accompanying missionary because he accompanies his parents on most of their trips! Be sure to check
out Kari´s quarterly newsletter at: karieller.weebly.com.
Pray for Justin and Kari
Eller, our missionaries in South America.
07-26-15 Missionary Justin Eller
07-21-13 Rev Justin Eller
Nick & Becky Laurenzana - Missionaries with Cadence
in Stuttgard Germany
10-13-13 Nick & Becky Laurenzana