CONNECTIONS FOR ADULTS

We live in troubled, confusing, and uncertain world, and connections with each other help us stay grounded and hope-filled. At. St. Mark's, our adult educational, personal growth, and fellowship offerings range from study groups to book groups, from caring to cooking, with lots of fun and inspiration throughout. Our adult offerings are open to members and non-members alike. We invite you to join us in the adventure of life-long learning and growing. 


If you are interested in getting involved in any of these areas, please email the church office (or call 630-897-6891), and we will assist you in getting connected.

  • 21&Over

    WEDNESDAY, 7:30-9:00 P.M.

    TWICE A MONTH


    21&OVER is our 21-  to 40-year-old ministry at St. Mark’s. The focus of this ministry is to bring younger adults together to have meaningful conversation and build authentic relationships. The group meets twice a month on Wednesday evenings. They take turns hosting at different people’s homes and are always open adding new people.


  • BOOK CLUB

    4X YEAR

    WEDNESDAY, 6:30 P.M.

    THURSDAY, 10:00 A.M.


    The St. Mark’s Book Club reads and discusses four nonfiction books during the school year. The books selected have a focus on current events or on background history that sheds light on current issues. The books selected for October and November 2018 are Bananas: How the United Fruit Company Shaped the World (Chapman) and Not for Sale (Rev. Ed.): The Return of Global Slave Trade—and How We Can Fight It (Batstone). All are welcome to join these thought-provoking discussions.


  • women's circles

    Currently, there are five active women’s circles at St. Mark’s, and a sixth circle in the process of being formed. The circles gather monthly for Bible study, discussion, ministry projects, and support. Several circles have developed a specific ministry focus, such as the Naomi Circle, which coordinates our annual Angel Tree donations and makes “pillowcase dresses” for little girls in need.  

  • ADULT FELLOWSHIP

    MONTHLY OUTINGS

    USUALLY THE FOURTH THURSDAY


    This lively group of adults (mostly retired) gather once a month to enjoy educational and entertainment trips and programs—always including food! The group also volunteers with an Aurora social service agency, promotes volunteer efforts, and educates people on senior citizens’ concerns. All are welcome to sign up for any event of interest.

     

  • ADULT STUDY

    TUESDAYS, 10:00 A.M.


    Faith Formation is essential at St. Mark’s, and our Adult Study is one of the ways we help people discover, explore, and grow in their faith. Adult Study meets for discussion every Tuesday morning, and topics vary from Bible studies to social issues to theological dilemmas facing the Church today. We don’t shy away from the difficult conversations. We look to be a Church who is relevant and focused on discerning God’s activity in the world. The study sessions are usually independent of each other, so all are welcome as they have the opportunity to join in.


    For the month of August, the group is studying Dialogues On: The Refugee Crisis.


  • lydia's piecemakers

    MONDAY MORNINGS, TWICE A MONTH


    Lydia’s Piecemakers create quilts and donates them to Lutheran World Relief (LWR), who delivers them to people around the world in need of a tangible sign of God’s love. St. Mark’s has a “Blessing of the Quilts” Sunday each Fall where all the quilts are displayed and blessed before being sent to join other church’s quilts that are distributed by LWR. In addition, Lydia’s makes quilts for local groups that address elder and baby needs. To help raise funds for materials and this important ministry, Lydia’s hosts an annual Fall luncheon. All people who enjoy quilting and fabrics are welcome to join in the fun.



  • knit pickers

    MONDAY MORNINGS, TWICE A MONTH


    The KnitPickers is an extension of Lydia’s Piecemakers that focuses on gathering hats, mittens, and scarves. Once these items are collected, we deliver them to local organizations such as Hesed House and Communities in Schools of Aurora. This is a service project that anyone can participate in—no sewing or quilting skills needed! Everyone deserves to be warm in the winter. This team works hard to ensure this happens in our local community.


  • BABY CARE TEAM

    MONDAY MORNINGS, TWICE A MONTH


    The Baby Care Team, which is another extension of Lydia’s, collects baby items, such as cloth diapers, receiving blankets, soaps, and towels. These items are packed in special kits that are distributed by Lutheran World Relief (LWR) as part of emergency relief efforts, but they are also given to encourage expectant women to seek prenatal care. All are welcome to join in the collecting and packing of the baby kits.


  • CARE TEAM

    Our Care Team reaches out to people to who homebound or in the hospital. One group of the Care Team sends send encouragement cards, baskets of treats, and small gifts. Another arm of the St. Mark’s Care Team are our Deacons, who serve as ambassadors of the church, making hospital and home visits. They bring friendship, conversation, prayer support, and communion. Finally, we have a very active Prayer Team. Specific prayer requests are turned in each week and our Prayer Team upholds those people in ongoing prayer.

  • befrienders

    At times, everyone experiences difficult and transitional situations. St. Mark’s BeFriender Ministry offers a caring companion to listen, empathize, and walk with people who are struggling. A BeFriender is someone who listens with compassion, accepts people as they are, respects another’s spiritual journey, and embodies the caring presence of God. BeFriender Ministry is part of a national, ecumenical organization that helps churches train lay leaders to multiply the care people receive in congregations.


    All of our BeFrienders are interviewed and trained. We hold BeFriender Trainings once a year.

    If you are interested in having a loved one receive a BeFriender, contact Pr. Pat or Pr. Patrick.


  • The bread wrappers

    WEDNESDAYS, 9:00 A.M.


    Men and women from St. Mark’s pick up unsold products from Panera and Jake’s Bagels after their closings each Tuesday. On Wednesday mornings, The Bread Wrappers bag the donated bakery items in portions suitable for one person and deliver them to Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) Senior Housing and Constitution House income-eligible residences in Aurora.


  • sanctuary art and banners

    This creative team decorates the sanctuary and narthex for the various seasons of the year (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, etc.) to help people experience the season’s themes visually. Throughout the church calendar year, the team coordinates the banners and flowers for worship, artwork on the walls, and unique interactive displays in the narthex. For more information, contact Sue Hilderbrand.


  • fdl cooks

    WEDNESDAYS, ANYTIME BETWEEN 4:00-7:00 P.M.

    DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR


    On Wednesday evenings during the school year, we serve a meal to all students who attend Faith in Daily Life (FDL), Confirmation Classes, and Youth Group. Groceries for the evening’s menu are pre-purchased, and volunteers work in shifts (usually between 1 ½-2 hours each) to help prep and serve. Thanks to these faithful people, the kids can enjoy dinner together before focusing on their studies and discussions.