This Month at St. Mark

Birthdays This Month

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

Jul 01

Elaine Brown

Karen Feeser

Norma Kreidler

Jul 02

Linda Sterner

Jul 04

Melissa Brown-Hoster

Sophia McCachren

Debra Teal

Jul 05

Emily Brodbeck

Raelyn Hull

Pat Keefer

Jul 07

Grant Brown

     Happy Birthday!

Jul 08

Courtney Zinn

Jul 11

Stella Rice

Mark Tome

Jul 12

Vicki Brown

Nathan Keefer

Jul 14

Holly Hoke

Jack Houck

Jul 15

Larry Rhoten

Hunter Shawy

Jul 17

michael Buck

Jul 19

Mary Louise Krebs

Sophia Warehime

Jul 21

Katie Little

Jul 22

Robert Frock

Susan O’Brien

Jul 23

Michael Brown

David Kunkel

Ryan Leppo

Jul 25

Donald Seidenstricker

Jul 27

Shirley Hippensteel

Jul 29

Kate Hoster

Jul 30

Stewart Bailey II

Charles Bell

Current Church Season

Our Church Season is Time After Pentecost

The time following Pentecost is known as the Time After Pentecost. Time after Pentecost begins on the Monday following Pentecost and continues through Saturday afternoon before the first Sunday of Advent, some five to six months later, always including the entire months of July, August, September and October and most or all of June and November (some years include small portions of May and December). The last Sunday before Advent is celebrated as Christ the King Sunday. Sundays in this season are typically refered to as the 'n'th Sunday after Pentecost. 

The 23 to 28 Sundays after Pentecost are often used to focus on various aspects of the Faith, especially the mission of the church in the world...

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 June, the red boxes show a few well-known New Testament quotes. Do you know who said them?

Spotlight on

Apostles & Saints

This month, we are highlighting the Apostle Bartholomew.


St. Bartholomew, 1st. century, one of the 12. All that is known of him with certainty is that he is mentioned in the synoptic gospels and Acts as one of the twelve apostles. His name, a patronymic, means "son of Tolomai" and scholars believe he is the same as Nathanael mentioned in John, who says he is from Cana and that Jesus called him an "Israelite...incapable of deceit." The Roman Martyrology says he preached in India and Greater Armenia, where he was flayed and beheaded by King Astyages. Tradition has the place as Abanopolis on the west coast of the Caspian Sea and that he also preached in Mesopotamia, Persia, and Egypt. The Gospel of Bartholomew is apochryphal and was condemned in the decree of Pseudo-Gelasius. Feast Day August 24.



The latter ministry of the apostle Bartholomew belongs more to the eastern churches than it does to the western churches.


Bartholomew is said…to have worn a white robe with a purple stripe and a white cloak with four purple gems at the corners. For twenty-six years he wore these and it is said that they never grew old. In fact, it was also reported, that his shoes lasted the same as his clothing.


Of Bartholomew, it is said that he prayed a hundred times a day and a hundred times a night. 


In the company of the apostle Philip, the apostle Bartholomew went to Asia Minor and labored in Hierapolis, near Laodicea and Colosse, in what is modern day Turkey.

While in Hierapolis, it is said that the wife of the Roman proconsul was healed by the apostles Philip and Bartholomew, that she became a Christian and that her husband ordered Philip and Bartholomew to be put to death by crucifixion.  Philip was crucified, however, Bartholomew escaped martyrdom, when for some special reason, the magistrates caused him to be taken down from the cross and dismissed.  From there, Bartholomew went eastward to India and then to greater Armenia.  He labored in the area around the south end of the Caspian Sea.


A popular tradition among the Armenians is that the apostle Jude (Thaddaeus) was the first to evangelize their region throughout the years of 43 to 66 AD and that the apostle Bartholomew joined him in 60 AD.


It is also said that Bartholomew carried with him a copy of the apostle Matthew's Gospel.  This copy was reported to have been found at a later time and a converted stoic philosopher by the name of Pantaenus is said to have brought it to Alexandria.


The modern name of the district where Bartholomew died is Azerbaijan and the place of his death, called in New Testament times Albanopolis, is now Derbend which is on the west coast of the Caspian Sea.


The apostle Bartholomew is said to have been martyred in the year 68 AD.


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 July, we have an article by James F. McGrath, from, which discusses the Johns who are mentioned in the New Testament.

Which John? The Elder, the Seer, and the Apostle

  by James F. McGrath


One Gospel, three letters, and the book of Revelation are all attributed to “John.” We read about several Johns in the New Testament, including John the Baptist and John the apostle, the son of Zebedee. Note that each of them required some additional designation to distinguish them from others with the same name. So how did those who attributed the Gospel, letters, and Revelation to “John” expect readers to know which John they meant?


Of the New Testament works, only Revelation names its author explicitly as “John.” Revelation is written in much poorer Greek than the Gospel and letters are, and it even spells the name Jerusalem in Greek differently than the Gospel does. So it is extremely unlikely that the same person wrote all of these books. Some scholars therefore refer to the author of Revelation as “John the seer” or “John of Patmos” to distinguish him from the purported author of the Gospel and letters. Given that apocalyptic works were typically written pseudonymously in the names of earlier authorities, as though those individuals had predicted current and future events, the possibility must also be considered that Revelation was written by someone pretending to be John the apostle predicting the events of Nero’s time and thereafter.


The Gospel and letters do not name their author, or authors. The titles affixed to these books in modern Bibles (for example, the “Gospel according to John”) first appear in manuscripts a century or more after these works are thought to have been written.


The Gospel and letters may or may not be by the same author (and in the case of the Gospel, the “author” could be someone more like a final editor working with various source materials). But the shared style and terminology indicates that if these books are not by the same author, then they must be by authors who were part of a community that shared certain traditions and emphases.


Within the Gospel itself, an individual referred to as the “disciple whom Jesus loved” is credited as an author of at least some of the Gospel’s content (John 21:24) by whoever penned the final chapter (apparently someone other than this beloved disciple). The “disciple whom Jesus loved” is not explicitly named within the pages of the Gospel but has almost universally been identified as John the son of Zebedee (one of Jesus’ twelve apostles) throughout the history of the church. However, J. Kreyenbühl and others since have pointed out that John 11:3 refers to Lazarus as someone whom Jesus loved, and so perhaps Lazarus could be the beloved disciple and source behind the Gospel.


A second-century church leader named Papias is often cited as an important early source of information regarding the church’s traditions of authorship. Unfortunately Papias’s works have not survived, so we hear from him indirectly, in quotations of others. According to Eusebius, Papias mentioned his efforts to find out what a variety of key figures, including John the apostle, said (using the past tense), and also what Aristion and John the Elder say (using the present tense). On that basis, it has been suggested (by Hengel and others) that this “John the elder” may have written the Gospel of John and the letters of John (note how the author refers to himself in 2John 1 and 3John 1). If this were the case, then the tradition that these works were written by someone named John would be correct, even if that person was not John the apostle.


Source: James F. McGrath, "Which John? The Elder, the Seer, and the Apostle", n.p. [cited 28 May 2019].


Do You Know

This month's quiz focuses on the Old Testament. How many of the ten questions can you answer correctly?


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

The source of this quiz is There are several other quizzes there in case you want to answer more Biblical knowledge questions.

How Many books are there in the Old Testament?





What is the common name given to the first five books of the Old Testament?





Who wrote the first five books of the Old Testament?





In what language was the Old Testament written?





What time period does the Old Testament cover?

the time of the Messiah to the time of His death

the building of the temple of Solomon to the time of its destruction

the beginning of man to the time of the Messiah

the beginnig of man to the time of the Messah's death

Which of these books is not found in the Old Testament?





Which of these books is not found in the Old Testament?





Which of these books is not found in the Old Testament?

2 Chronicles


3 Kings

2 Samuel

Which of these women is mentioned in the Old Testament?





Which of these books comes first in order in the Old Testament?