This Month at St. Mark

Birthdays This Month

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

Nov 01

Nancy Sterner

Nov 02

Lola Garman                                                                                    Sandra Hart

Susan Hardin                                                                            

Molly Kindschuh                                                                      

Leslie Miller                                                                               

Sally Soule 

Nov 03

Barrett Boyers

Robert Potter

Sam Wise

Nov 05

Randy Mummert

Nov 07

Stephen Keefer 

Brittany Miller

Nov 08

Fred Lesher

Nov 09

Zachary Carter 


     Happy Birthday!

Nov 11

Brenna Yingling

Nov 13

Nancy Brown

Nov 14

Earl Barnhart

Sandra Hart

Nov 15

Ricci Reber

Gene Zeyn, Jr.

Nov 17

John Warehime

Ashton Yeager

Nov 18

Pamela Garrett

Nov 20

Cameron Bosserman

Nov 22

Donald Feeser

Nov 24

Robert Bish

Joseph Garman

Andy Warehime

Nov 25

Jane Klunk

Nov 28

Jordan Farley

Ronald Wentz


Current Church Season

Our Church Season for September is Time After Pentecost

The time following Pentecost is known as the Time After Pentecost. It 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. 


The sanctuary color for the season is dark green, although other...

Spotlight on

Apostles & Saints

This month, we are highlighting St. Andrew,  brother of Peter. Saint Andrew is the Catholic patron saint of fishermen. He founded the Church of Byzantium. St. Andrew's Day is nearest to the first Sunday in Advent.

 St. Andrew

Andrew (the name means “manly”), brother of Peter, was born in Bethsaida, a village in Galilee. Saint Andrew is the Catholic patron saint of fisherman who founded the Church of Byzantium. He was a disciple of John the Baptist. Saint Andrew and his brother Peter are recorded in the New Testament as having been declared “fishers of men” by Jesus after he asked them to cast their nets.

​​​​​​​He was the first Apostle to follow Christ (John 1:35-40), and his name regularly appears near the head of the lists of the apostles. Perhaps his greatest work was to bring his brother Simon Peter to the Lord. After Pentecost he is said to have preached in Palestine, Scythia, Epirus, and Thrace, and as far as Kiev. A late and rather unreliable tradition says that he was martyred on November 30, ca/ 70, at Patras in Achaia, Greece. The tradition that he was crucified on an x-shaped cross was popular in the 15th century; the earliest examples are from the tenth century. He was martyred, legend has it, for defying the proconsul Aegeas who ordered Andrew to stop preaching and to sacrifice to the gods.

St. Andrew’s body is said to have been taken, together with that of St. Luke to the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople in 357, and later removed to the cathedral I Amalfi, Italy. The church at Constantinople claimed St. Andrew as its first bishop. The churches in Greece and Russia in particular hold him in high honor. Also, quite early certain of his relics were taken to St. Andrews’s Church, Fife, and he became a patron saint of Scotland; the cross of St. Andrew in Union Jack represents Scotland.

The feast of St. Andrew was observed as early as the fourth century by the Eastern church and in the sixth century in Rome and elsewhere; it is a national holiday in Scotland. St. Andrew’s Day determines the beginning of the church year, since the first Sunday in Advent is the Sunday nearest to St. Andrew’s Day.

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 November and December, we present Influential Women of the Reformation. FOr November, seven influential women from Germany are highlighted.

For more inflrmation and related articles, please use the Internet address at the bottom of the article.


Katherine von Bora was a former nun who married Martin Luther. They were married for 21 years and had six children. Her quick tongue, humor, and stubbornness matched Martin’s—no small feat. She managed their home (which was frequently full of students), had a large garden and livestock, fished and farmed, and ran a brewery. She also managed their money and took care of their extended household. Martin called her “My Lord Katie.”

Katharina Schutz Zell was married to Matthew Zell of Strasbourg and ministered as a team with her husband. She developed women’s ministries and published a book of Psalms for women to sing. She took a leading role in organizing relief for 150 men exiled from their town for their faith, and wrote scriptural encouragements to the wives and children left behind. During the Peasants’ War, she organized Strasbourg to deal with 3,000 refugees for a period of six months.

Ursula von Münsterberg (1491? – 1534) was the granddaughter of King Georg Podiebrad of Bohemia. Ursala was a nun at a convent in Freiberg, Saxony. She spearheaded an effort to bring in a chaplain who was familiar with Luther and had Luther’s books smuggled into the convent. Because of this, she was forced to flee her convent in 1529, after which she stayed with the Luther family.

Argula von Grumbach was a Bavarian noblewoman who vigorously challenged the faculty of the University of Ingolstadt to debate her reformed views. Her letters were widely published.

Anna Rhegius was born in Augsburg in 1505. She had a good education, which included the study of Hebrew, enabling her to discuss biblical writings in great depth.

Elisabeth von Braunschweig married at age 15. After being married for ten years, her mother visited Elisabeth and invited a Lutheran pastor to preach. Within a year, Elisabeth converted and resolved to raise her son as a Lutheran. After the death of her husband she wrote a book attempting to console widows, helping them through the grieving process.

Elisabeth Cruciger was from Pomerania and spent time at the convent in Treptow on Rega. She left the convent in 1522 or 1523 and married Caspar Cruciger in 1524, which marked the first official Protestant wedding. A friend of Katie Luther’s, Elizabeth was involved in theological discussions at the Luthers’ “table talks” and with Philip Melanchthon, who considered her to be a bright woman. She wrote the first Protestant hymn in 1524, which created a controversy since women were not usually songwriters in her day.

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Do You Know

This month's quiz focuses on A Psalm of David.

As you might expect, the psalm has change a bit over the centuries. There a few alternate texts shown here.

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

Can you identify to which common pieces of the 23rd Psalm text the alternate texts belng?

  • [Hebrew] beside waters of rest
  • in right paths
  • the valley of deep darkness
  • Only
  • steadfast love
  • shall return to dwell
  • [Hebrew] for length of days