Testimonials

Singer Matthew West asks a question in one of his songs: “What’s your story – about His Glory”


The idea of a story/testimonial page on the St. Mark web site was born of the Kingdom ministry of St. Mark.  If you have not experienced a Kingdom weekend, watch for upcoming dates, it is an experience that will change your life.  Please feel free to contact myself or the Church office with questions.
 

 

If you have a story you’d like to share, please submit it to stmarkworth@comcast.net, attention Linda at the church office, or you can send it to me if you like.We really want to hear from you.

Larry.Ruger@Fritolay.com.

Stories of the people of St Mark

God is at Work… Don’t Quit, Don’t Give Up

February 23, 2011… I encountered the one thing I thought would never happen. I lost my job. I feared the worst; I panicked, and was numb with shock. During the first few weeks of that time, I found it difficult to focus, think straight and sometimes I felt like I’ve just lost all hope and faith.Then, one Sunday morning (March 6th to be exact), these words from Pastor Jay’s sermon really opened my eyes: “God is at work in the midst of your suffering in ways you maybe can’t see and maybe don’t understand, but don’t quit, don’t give up.After hearing those words, I was really determined on my job search, met with several job recruiters, sent out numerous resumes and applied for jobs online. Several of my resumes that were mailed out wound up getting returned, and I received several email acknowledgements saying “Thank you for your interest, but we have pursued other opportunities in filling a position”… I did not quit and did not give up because I knew that God was working.I kept attending worship services, serving as a reader and also staying focused with teaching Sunday school. I was not going to quit serving our Lord because I lost my job. Through prayer, faith, encouragement, and perseverance, I have been truly blessed in being placed on a part-time job on a temporary to hire basis. I did not quit – so don’t give up and don’t quit. God is at work in all of us!

Submitted by: Debby Giera 

The Decision Is Yours

 

When I was 17 years old Betty Witte asked me to play a flute solo for the late service on Christmas Eve.  I remember sitting in the kitchen with my Mom discussing whether I should agree to play.  I told my Mom, I really have too much to do right now – I have the Winter Concert at school – I was doing all the scenery for the Sunday School Christmas Program I was going to tell her no, I had no time to practice. 

 

My Mom very calmly said “That’s fine the decision is yours, but just remember who gave you those talents.”  Needless to say I chose to play O Holy Night.  My sister Judy was the organist for that service and agreed to accompany me.  We practiced several times at home and I was OK but that “Fall on your knees” part always came out a little scary. 

 

Christmas Eve came and church is packed there are people in every pew including the balcony.  Mr. Potter, Director of Music District 230 happened to be in attendance at that service, (no added pressure to be at you best when the head of your whole program is in attendance.)  I never spoke to him that night but relayed the story to his wife years later and she said I shouldn’t have been nervous, he loved listening to young musicians, it was his passion.

 

As the song started babies were crying and bulletin’s were rustling and as I began to play something happened that night.  Everything stopped; the papers stopped rustling the babies stopped crying.  The only sound was that of my sister playing the organ and my flute.  As we approached the “Fall on your knees” part, I’m sure the Holy Spirit had taken over my instrument because the notes soared out of the instrument and floated over the crowded congregation like never before.  I have played my flute since then in church but it has never sounded the same as that Christmas Eve.   

 

How lucky I have been to have my Mom who reminded me where my talent comes from, a sister willing to accompany me and prepare me for that moment and Betty Witte to ask me to share my gift.  We are blessed by moments in time that shape our lives and the people that we are given to share those moments. 

 

Hopefully, the next time you are asked to share your talents – you will hear my Mom’s words “That’s fine the decision is yours, but just remember who gave you those talents.”  And as you serve, the Holy Sprit will join you in that moment and your life will be changed forever.

 

Pam Giera

Using Our Mistakes


For a while, my job required me to be at a 7AM meeting in Oak Forest, and a Noon meeting in Carol Stream.
  In my quest to find the quickest way, I found myself going east on I 80 to the Tri State Tollway:  a good 8 miles out of my way.   As I drove northward, I mumbled under my breath at myself….man that was a stupid mistake.  How did I not figure this out before I left!  DUH! 


After a bit I calmed down, and prayed.  I was upset over a few extra minutes of driving, when I had so much to be thankful for.   I relaxed as much as you can in a construction zone.  I was in the left lane, a semi in front of me in the next lane, and a white and gold Lexus about 40 feet in front of me, when the semi began to merge into my lane…and almost right into the Lexus….I instinctively hit the horn, the trailer went back to where he belonged, and the driver of the Lexus rode on, oblivious to what had just happened.


At that point, I realized something about God, and how He uses His people.  My normal reaction would be that God made me do that stupid mistake in order for me to be right there to save the person in the Lexus.  Nope…I believe that we make our mistakes on our own will, not because God makes us.  What He DOES do, is take the situation we caused by our mistake, and uses it for His good. 

We all make mistakes…some big, some small.


God didn’t make me take the wrong turn, both on I 80, and with other choices in my life. He used those situations to teach me and bless me.  Think about a bad choice you've made…and think about what God did for you despite the mistake…forgiveness when you ask, and probably a blessing you could not have imagined.


I have a list of mistakes…that were erased by Jesus on the cross…and a bigger list of blessings that God has given me despite my mistakes…


I hope that you have enjoyed my story.  


Larry Ruger

“Jesus Knows Your Worth”

Evangelizing the Community of Worth

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

 

11007 S. 76th Avenue, Worth, IL 60482  (708) 448-6555

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