This Month at St. Mark

Birthdays This Month

Recognizing our congregation members who were born this month...

Dec 03

Susan Miller

Dec 04

Bill Berry

Dec 05

Brenda Funke

     Happy Birthday!

Dec 08

Bonnie Marrero

Dec 09

Alex Spalding

Dec 11

Bob Hoster

Dec 12

Linda Bolin

Dec 13

Kaydence Borror

Dec 14

Jack Warehime

Dec 20

Jennifer Luckabaugh

Dec 21

judy Bolin

Dec 23

Betty Bolin

Dec 25

Jesus, God incarnate

Dec 26

Carol Albin

Dec 28

Bonnie Naill

Dec 29

Carver Alvarez

Judy Laughman

Dec 30

Gertrude Wentz

Dec 31

Donald Keagy, Jr.

Current Church Season

Our Church Season for December is Advent

The church year in the West begins with a preparatory season called “Advent.” The word “advent” comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning “appearing” or “coming,” referring to the appearing of a great king or even a god. In Christian usage, it refers to the appearing of Jesus Christ in two ways - His first appearing as the Child born of the Virgin Mary and His second appearing in glory on the Last Day to judge the living and the dead. Advent isn’t only about getting ready for Christmas; it’s also about getting ready for Jesus’ final appearing in glory on the Last Day.

The season of Advent has its origins in France and Spain in the 4th and 5th centuries. As early as 380, the Council of Saragossa urged faithful Christians to attend church every day from December 17 through ...

Page Footnotes

You have probably noticed the red boxes at the bottom of several pages (Welcome, Events, Christian Education, Evangelism, Fellowship, Social, and Worship & Music). In these small spaces, we will post information about many facets, history, etc. of the church. The subjects and information promises to be quite varied. But, all will be enlightening and fun.

For December, the red boxes show, fourteen of the Christmas carols most sung in churches.


Spotlight on

Apostles & Saints

This month, we are highlighting the Apostle Paul. Paul, commonly known as Saint Paul was also known by his Jewish name Saul of Tarsus...

St. Paul

Paul the Apostle (c. 5 – c. 67), commonly known as Saint Paul and also known by his Jewish name Saul of Tarsus was an apostle (though not one of the Twelve Apostles) who taught the gospel of the Christ to the first century world.


Paul is generally considered one of the most important figures of the Apostolic Age and in the mid-30s to the mid-50s AD he founded several churches in Asia Minor and Europe. He took advantage of his status as both a Jew and a Roman citizen to minister to both Jewish and Roman audiences. According to writings in the New Testament and prior to his conversion, Paul was dedicated to

was dedicated to persecuting the early disciples of Jesus in the area of Jerusalem. In the narrative of the Acts of the Apostles (often referred to simply as Acts), Paul was traveling on the road from Jerusalem to Damascus on a mission to "arrest them and bring them back to Jerusalem" when the resurrected Jesus appeared to him in a great light. He was struck blind, but after three days his sight was restored by Ananias of Damascus and Paul began to preach that Jesus of Nazareth is the Jewish Messiah and the Son of God. Approximately half of the book of Acts deals with Paul's life and works.


Fourteen of the twenty-seven books in the New Testament have traditionally been attributed to Paul. Seven of the epistles are undisputed by scholars as being authentic, with varying degrees of argument about the remainder. Pauline authorship of the Epistle to the Hebrews is not asserted in the Epistle itself and was already doubted in the 2nd and 3rd centuries. It was almost unquestioningly accepted from the 5th to the 16th centuries that Paul was the author of Hebrews, but that view is now almost universally rejected by scholars. The other six are believed by some scholars to have come from followers writing in his name, using material from Paul's surviving letters and letters written by him that no longer survive. Other scholars argue that the idea of a pseudonymous author for the disputed epistles raises many problems.


Today, Paul's epistles continue to be vital roots of the theology, worship and pastoral life in the Catholic and Protestant traditions of the West, as well as the Orthodox traditions of the East. Paul's influence on Christian thought and practice has been characterized as being as "profound as it is pervasive", among that of many other apostles and missionaries involved in the spread of the Christian faith. Augustine of Hippo developed Paul's idea that salvation is based on faith and not "works of the law". Martin Luther's interpretation of Paul's writings influenced Luther's doctrine of sola fide.


The two main sources of information by which we have access to the earliest segments of Paul's career are the Bible's Book of Acts and the autobiographical elements of Paul's letters to the early church communities. Paul was likely born between the years of 5 BC and 5 AD. The Book of Acts indicates that Paul was a Roman citizen by birth, more affirmatively describing his father as such, but Helmut Koester takes issue with the evidence presented by the text.[Acts 16:37][Acts 22:25–29]


He was from a devout Jewish family in the city of Tarsus–one of the largest trade centers on the Mediterranean coast. It had been in existence several hundred years prior to his birth. It was renowned for its university. During the time of Alexander the Great, who died in 323 BC, Tarsus was the most influential city in Asia Minor.


Paul referred to himself as being "of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee".


Paul's conversion can be dated to 31–36 by his reference to it in one of his letters. In Galatians 1:16 Paul writes that God "was pleased to reveal his son to me." In 1 Corinthians 15:8, as he lists the order in which Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection, Paul writes, "last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also."


According to the account in Acts, it took place on the road to Damascus, where he reported having experienced a vision of the resurrected Jesus. The account says that "he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?" Saul replied, "Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: [it is] hard for thee to kick against the pricks (goads)."[Acts 9:4–5]


According to the account in Acts 9:1–22, he was blinded for three days and had to be led into Damascus by the hand. During these three days, Saul took no food or water and spent his time in prayer to God. When Ananias of Damascus arrived, he laid his hands on him and said: "Brother Saul, the Lord, [even] Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou might receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost."[Acts 9:17] His sight was restored, he got up and was baptized.[Acts 9:18] This story occurs only in Acts, not in the Pauline epistles.

Source: Wikipedia


Notable People This Month

Each month we introduce people who are notable for us Lutherans. Some will be saints. Some will be recognized as having made other significant contributions. 


In December, we look the lone Lutheran Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States.

William H. Rehnquist


William Hubbs Rehnquist (October 1, 1924 – September 3, 2005) was an American lawyer and jurist who served on the Supreme Court of the United States for 33 years, first as an Associate Justice from 1972 to 1986, and then as the 16th Chief Justice of the United States from 1986 until his death in 2005. Considered a conservative, Rehnquist favored a conception of federalism that emphasized the Tenth Amendment's reservation of powers to the states. Under this view of federalism, the court, for the first time since the 1930s, struck down an act of Congress as exceeding its power under the Commerce Clause.


He attended Kenyon College, in Gambier, Ohio, for one quarter in the fall of 1942, before entering the U.S. Army Air Forces. He served from March 1943 – 1946, mostly in assignments in the United States.


After the war, Rehnquist attended Stanford University with assistance under the provisions of the G.I. Bill. In 1948, he received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree in political science. In 1950, he attended Harvard University, where he received another Master of Arts, this time in government. He later returned to Stanford, and graduated from the Stanford Law School in the same class as Sandra Day O'Connor, with whom he would serve on the Supreme Court. They briefly dated at Stanford and Rehnquist even proposed marriage, though O'Connor declined as she was by then dating her future husband. Rehnquist graduated first in his class.


Rehnquist pursued a legal career in Phoenix, Arizona after graduating from Stanford Law School. He clerked for Associate Justice Robert H. Jackson during the Supreme Court's 1952–1953 term and served as a legal adviser for Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater in the 1964 election. In 1969, President Richard Nixon appointed Rehnquist as Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Legal Counsel. In 1971, Nixon nominated Rehnquist to succeed Associate Justice John Marshall Harlan II, and Rehnquist won Senate confirmation that same year. Rehnquist quickly established himself as the most conservative member of the Burger Court. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan nominated Rehnquist to succeed retiring Chief Justice Warren Burger, and Rehnquist again won Senate confirmation.


Rehnquist served as Chief Justice for nearly 19 years, making him the fourth-longest-serving Chief Justice, and the eighth-longest-serving Justice. He became an intellectual and social leader of the Rehnquist Court, earning respect even from the Justices who frequently opposed his opinions. Though he remained a member of the conservative wing of the court, Associate Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas were often regarded as more conservative. As Chief Justice, Rehnquist presided over the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.

Source: Wikipedia

Do You Know

This month's quiz focuses on several popular hymns and the year each hymn  was composed. There are some extra ones. 

Somebody seems to have added a some false ones.


The answers can be seen by clicking the Show Me... button below.

I have a short list of some of the most popular hymns, but I dropped my tablet and the hymns' composers and composition years got all jumbled up. Try as I might, I cannot get the min the correct order. to make things worse, somehow three fake ones showed up. I need to match the hymn composer and the composition with the year it was composed. Look at the list below and see if you can match the year with the hymn/composer and maybe even figure out the fake ones.




































Come Sunday (Duke Elington)

I Wait on the Hillside (Dominic Heston)

Oh for a Thousand Tongues to Sing (Charles Wesley)

The Old Rugged Cross (George Bennard)

When We all Get to Heaven (E. Hewitt, E. Wilson)

The Little Animals Smiled (Dr. Seuss)

I'll Fly Away (Albert Brumley)

America the Beautiful (Samuel Ward)

Precious Lord, Take My Hand (Thomas Dorsey)

He Lives (Alfred Ackley)

Amazing Grace (John Newton)

Blessed Assurance (Fanny Crosby)

How Great Thou Art (Stuart Hine)

The Circle of Light (Frederick Pastor)

Great is Thy Faithfuness (T. Chisholm, W, Runyan)

Away in a Manger (James Murray)

Lift High the Cross (Kitchin, Newbolt, Nicholson)