St. Mark Archives

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction so that through perseverance

and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

About the Archives Ministry

The Archives Ministry organizes and records the history of St. Mark.

Our activities include filing and preserving church artifacts and documents as well as providing information for the congregation and others. 

Interesting pieces from our efforts will appear here each month.

We meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month to review existing St. Mark documents, photos, and other artifacts.


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What We Are Currently Working On:

  • Recording bulletin information starting in 1913
  • Developing our data base format  
  • Confirming alphabetical files' contents using ELCA guidelines

Monthly Tidbits

     On February 23, 1941, the bulletin cover was centered on “The Face of the Lord Jesus.”  It is a noteworthy explanation of how believers and followers who never saw the living Christ have tried to depict him through the ages.


     “Beautiful Saviour,” we sing, in expressing our adoration of the Lord Jesus.  We think of Him as one whose appearance was of extraordinary nobility and beauty.  Each of us pictures Him as He appears to our eyes of faith and love.  As a matter of fact, we do not actually know how He looked to those who saw Him in Galilee more than 1900 years ago. No artist made for us a portrait of the Jesus of Nazareth who lived among men.  For several centuries after His life on earth, no one as far as we know, made any attempt to record in painting or sculpture the appearance of the Lord Jesus.


     When artists did begin to portray Him, for the decoration of their churches, they had to work out their ideas of what He must have looked like.  Those early portraits are quite different from the picture of Jesus we think of now.

     It was not until the end of the “dark ages” that European art really awoke, and then the favorite subject of painters was Jesus.  No one can tell how many thousands of paintings have been made since then. 

    One of the finest of the artists in the early days of the great period of painting, Fra Angelico, gives us this picture.

    Each generation of artists has represented Jesus according to the ideas of its time.  Each portrays Him according to its national ideals.  There has emerged what we may call a “standard” portrait, well represented by the modern painting by J. M. Hofman.


     But will this be the Jesus of Chinese Christians or African Christians when the artists of the growing churches of other lands begin to paint Him as they see Him? 


     It is fortunate that there is no actual photograph of the Master, so that every race and every age may freely portray the Son of Man in their own way.

Interested in Helping?

We need help to Organize many piles of papers into chronological boxes.

Contact Us:​​​​​​​

- If you need information

- If you want to give artifacts to Archives