The Weekly Buzz

Sept 15, 2023

This Sunday

September 17, 2023

  • 9:30 am: Worship Service Onsite and Online. PRAISE BAND
  • 10:30 am: Fellowship Hour
  • 10:45 am: Sunday School Begins
  • Remember to wear your name tag so all can get acquainted
  • The nursery will be staffed during the worship service
  • Please sign the attendance pad in the pews and pass it down
  • Bring a friend!

Online Worship:

The 9:30 am service can be viewed live here. Click here for Sunday's service bulletin. Click here to see previous worship services on St. Mark's YouTube Channel. Be sure to "like" the service, subscribe to the YouTube Channel, and share the post on your Facebook page so more people can hear the good news!


Sunday School 2023-2024

Begins Sunday!


Sunday School for St. Mark’s begins Sunday for ages 3-years-old through 6th grade! Please sign up using the the link below:

Cross Trainers/Confirmation Begins September 20th

Confirmation & Cross Trainers kick off for the 2023-2024 season starts Wednesday, September 20th! We will have pizza and refreshments for dinner. Cross Trainers is for 5th and 6th graders and Confirmation is for 7th and 8th graders. We will meet in the gathering space at 6:30 p.m. and parents/guardians can pick their children up at the Burton street entrance at 8:00 p.m. We can’t wait for another great year! If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Boynton or Jeremy Lafary.

Health Ministry Survey

We ask all St. Mark's congregants to complete the Congregational Health Ministry Survey via the QR code or the link here. All information is confidential. Thank You in advance for completing it!

St. Mark’s Health Ministry Task Force will be using the wellness wheel when assessing our current and future health ministry programs/offerings. We hope to offer wellness activities in each of the seven dimensions of health/wellness.

Farewell Lyn!

Our valued accompanist and praise band member, Lyn Sly, will be leaving us to serve as a caregiver for an ill family member. Please wish her well and keep her in your prayers during this difficult time. Lyn's last day with us will be this Sunday, September 17th, and we have cake in the FLC after worship service to bid her farewell.


Sunday, September 24

5:30 to 7:30 pm


Youth (7-12 Grade) are invited to join us for a game night at St. Marks! We will be playing board games, video games, and card games! We'll also have dinner and a devotion! Invite your friends!!


Have a game you’d like to share or teach others to play? Bring it with you! 

150 Year Celebration Cookbook

As a part of St. Mark’s upcoming 150 year anniversary celebration (in 2025), we are excited to be creating a commemorative cookbook titled St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Recipes and Reminiscences.

This cookbook will be exclusive to St. Mark’s by featuring recipes from past members, current recipes from our congregation, and written reminiscences from members on food and fellowship past and present.

The Cookbook Team is reaching out to all members for recipes and written remembrances. The remembrances should be no longer than 50 words and can include anything regarding food ministry and food fellowship both in and outside of the church. One individual can submit many recipes.

Please submit your contributions no later than December of this year. There are three ways to submit your contributions:

  1. Email to
  2. Hard copies can be placed in the boxes labeled “Recipes and Reminiscences” located in the Gathering Space and Beckwith Hall.
  3. The church office will take your submissions.

Please include your name and a phone number so you can be reached if there is a question regarding your submittal.

Pictured is Nick Ripley

Thank You!

Does it seem like we're often thanking the property team? Wow - what a really neat problem to have! 😉

This time, we want to thank Nick Ripley and Tom Rigg for the landscape clean up and seeding the west (former weed bed) with grass at our western Burton Street parking lot.

Also, thanks to Marsha Rigg for cleaning up up the overgrowth in our South parking lot!

What an improvement, and the neighbors have thanked us! Thank you!


He Still Moves Stones


Please join us on Tuesdays at 10:00 am (refreshments will be provided) in the Conference Room or on Saturdays at 8:30 am at a restaurant for breakfast (not provided). Please join us as we discover how Jesus continues to work in our lives. Together we will read He Still Moves Stones and then answer the questions in the back of the book; books will be provided. Questions? Please contact the church office 309-444-4618 or

Christian Book Club is open to men and women of all ages!



Men’s prayer breakfast starts Saturday, September 23, 2023, at 8:30 pm. We will meet on the second and fourth Saturday of every month. We will do seven service projects a year; hence the name "24/7 Men's Club". Contact pastor Scott for more information. All men welcome.

Reminder of Celebration of Life Tomorrow

A Memorial Celebration of Life service for Gilbert Nolde, Pastor Kendra's father, will be held this Saturday, September 16, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Salem Lutheran Church in Peoria with a visitation an hour prior. If you would like to send a card of condolence to Pastor Kendra and Jeff, please contact the church office for their address.

September WHIP Donations

Canned Fruit and Applesauce

WHIP is in need of canned fruit and applesauce. Donations may be left in Beckwith Hall and in the boxes inside St. Mark's East Entrance vestibule (the glass doors facing Main Street). Please note that expired items cannot be accepted by WHIP.



Did you know that every day, blood donors help patients of all ages: accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood!

St. Mark's Lutheran Church will be hosting the Washington Community Blood Drive at Five Points on Monday, September 18th, 2023 from 11 am to 5 pm. For an appointment, you may call 1-800-RED CROSS or click the link here.

To sign up as a volunteer, please click this link.



Now Accepting Applications

The St. Mark’s Mission Endowment Fund will be receiving applications for grants through November 1, 2023. There is a link on the church’s website here to complete the application form (upper left in the blue band). The Fund supports mission work within St. Mark’s, our community and national/international efforts. 


Sunday, Sept 17

  • 9:30 am: Sunday Worship Service - Praise Band
  • 10:30 am: Fellowship Hour
  • 10:45 am: First Day of Sunday School

Monday, Sept 18

  • 9:00 am: Staff Meeting

Tuesday, Sept 19

  • 10:00 am: Christian Book Club

Wednesday, Sept 20

  • 6:30 pm: Confirmation
  • 6:30 pm: Cross Trainers

Thursday, Sept 21

  • 1:30 pm: Powell Memorial
  • 4:00 pm: Worship Service Planning

Saturday, Sept 23

  • 8:30 am: 24/7 Men's Club (Men's Prayer Breakfast)

Sunday, Sept 24

  • 9:30 am: Sunday Worship Service - Choir

Change for Charity - Piece and Comfort Quilters

  • 10:30 am: Fellowship Hour
  • 10:45 am: Sunday School
  • 5:30 pm: High School Youth Group

Monday, Sept 25

  • 9:00 am: Staff Meeting

Tuesday, Sept 26

  • 10:00 am: Christian Book Club

Wednesday, Sept 27

  • 6:30 pm: Confirmation
  • 6:30 pm: Cross Trainers

Thursday, Sept 28

  • 4:00 pm: Worship Service Planning
  • 7:00 pm: Lydia Circle

Saturday, Sept 30

  • 8:30 am: 24/7 Men's Club (Men's Prayer Breakfast)
Multiple Ways to Give
Thank you for supporting St. Mark's.

Weekly Offering Checks can be brought to the collection boxes in the sanctuary or mailed to St. Mark's (200 S. Main Street, Washington, IL 61571). You can set up an online automatic gift from your bank as well.
Website - Give through this link.  

Text - Send a text to 833-948-2192, enter the amount you would like to give, and follow the instructions. 
Mobile App - Download and install the free Vanco Mobile app from the Apple App or Google Play Store using the QR code, or click on the link below the QR code. Then search for St. Marks (no apostrophe). Follow the instructions to donate.


Prayer Requests

Need yourself or someone else lifted up in prayer? Please email prayer requests to the church office. Confidential prayer requests can be emailed to Pastor Hanson or Pastor Scott.

New Phone Number? Email? Address?

St. Mark's wants to know! Please let us know when your contact information changes. You can do it on your phone by scanning the QR code, or you can click the link here, fill out the form from your favorite device. You're also welcome to email the information to or call (309) 444-4618.

To sign up for our weekly newsletter, The Buzz, please click the link here.


St. Mark's Lutheran Church has an opening for a part-time position as Worship Service Organist/Accompanist. We are also seeking Praise Band Musicians to augment our team. If you are interested - please follow the link to the job listing on Indeed or contact St. Mark's directly at 309-444-4618.

Worship Service Accompanist

St. Mark's Child Care has openings for the following positions: Child Care Teacher, Substitute Teacher, & Daycare Cook. If you are interested - please follow the links to the job listings on Indeed or contact St. Mark's Childcare directly at 309-444-4686.

Child Care Teacher

Substitute Teacher

Substitute Daycare Cook


We invite you to watch our video and review our brochure to explore how YOU can be more involved in the church and access its ministry resources.

Contact Us

Pastor Scott Bacon

Senior Pastor

Pastor Dick Hanson
Visitation Pastor