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 firstname.lastname@example.org, attention
Linda at the church office, or you can send it to me if you like.We really want to hear from you.
Stories of the people
of St Mark
God is at Work… Don’t Quit, Don’t Give
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.
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
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
We all make mistakes…some big,
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…
hope that you have enjoyed my story.
“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.
A Member of the St. Mark family