This Month at St. Mark

Birthdays This Month

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

Oct 01

Hope Pottorff

Lawrence Wise

Oct 02

Shari Fox

Oct 03

Carol Reese

Adam Warehime

)ct 04

Michael Brown

Donna Kuhn

Bruce Wilson

Oct 05

Donna Bell

Nancy Bittinger

Hilda Pfaff

Kimberly Zinn

Oct 06

Brock Luckabaugh

     Happy Birthday!

Oct 09

Gary Laabs

Oct 10

Karen Crawford

Sharon Glass

Oct 11

Ed Gouker, Jr

Oct 15

Carol Pado

Oct 16

Vance Stabley

Jay Tome

Oct 17

Patricia Hagarman

Oct 18

Susan Potter

Pr. Jerry Smith

Oct 20

Lois VandenHeuvel

Oct 21

Amanda Alvarez

Oct 23

Barb Smith

Oct 25

Kyle Garman

Oct 26

Rebecca Bingel

Joan Frock

McHenze Wildasin

Oct 27

Dylan Zeyn

Oct 29

Marion Miller

Nancy Mummert

Oct 31

Nancy Fridinger

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 and the Bible. The subjects and information promises to be quite varied. But, all will be enlightening and fun.

Currently, the red boxes show the number of the ten least read Bible books. 

Spotlight on

Apostles & Saints

This month, we are highlighting the Apostle Simon.


Simon was surnamed the Zealot for his rigid adherence to the Jewish law and to the Canaanite law. He was one of the original followers of Christ. Western tradition is that he preached in Egypt and then went to Persia with St. Jude, where both suffered martyrdom. Eastern tradition says Simon died peacefully at Edessa. His feast day is October 28th.


Simon the Zealot, one of Jesus Christ's 12 apostles, is a mystery character in the Bible. We have one tantalizing bit of information about him, which has led to ongoing debate among Bible scholars.

In some versions of the Bible (Amplified Bible), he is called Simon the Cananaean. In the King James Version and New King James Version, he is called Simon the Canaanite or Cananite. In the English Standard Version, New American Standard Bible,New International Version, and New Living Translation he is called Simon the Zealot.

To confuse things further, Bible scholars argue over whether Simon was a member of the radical Zealot party or whether the term simply referred to his religious zeal. Those who take the former view think Jesus may have chosen Simon, a member of the tax-hating, Roman-hating Zealots, to counterbalance Matthew, a former tax collector and employee of the Roman empire. Those scholars say such a move by Jesus would have shown that his kingdom reaches out to people in all walks of life.

Scripture tells us almost nothing about Simon. In the Gospels, he is mentioned in three places, but only to list his name with the 12 disciples. In Acts 1:13 we learn that he was present with the 11 apostles in the upper room of Jerusalem after Christ had ascended to heaven.


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 October, we briefly look at Detrich Bonhoeffer, pastor, reknowned theologian, and anti-Nazi dissident.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (German: [ˈdiːtʁɪç ˈboːnhœfɐ]; 4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church. His writings on Christianity's role in the secular world have become widely influential, and his book The Cost of Discipleship has been described as a modern classic.

Apart from his theological writings, Bonhoeffer was known for his staunch resistance to Nazi dictatorship, including vocal opposition to Hitler's euthanasia program and genocidal persecution of the Jews. He was arrested in April 1943 by the Gestapo and imprisoned at Tegel prison for one and a half years. Later, he was transferred to Flossenbürg concentration camp.

After being accused of being associated with the July 20 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, he was quickly tried, along with other accused plotters, including former members of the Abwehr (the German Military Intelligence Office), and then hanged on 9 April 1945 as the Nazi regime was collapsing.

Bonhoeffer's life as a pastor and theologian of great intellect and spirituality who lived as he preached—and his being killed because of his opposition to Nazism—exerted great influence and inspiration for Christians across broad denominations and ideologies, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, the anti-communist democratic movement in Eastern Europe during the Cold War, and the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa.

Bonhoeffer is commemorated in the liturgical calendars of several Christian denominations on the anniversary of his death, 9 April. This includes many parts of the Anglican Communion, where he is sometimes identified as a martyr, and other times not. His commemoration in the liturgical calendar of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America uses the liturgical color of white, which is typically used for non-martyred saints. In 2008, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, which does not enumerate saints, officially recognized Bonhoeffer as a "modern-day martyr." He was the first martyr to be so recognized who lived after the Reformation, and is one of only two as of 2017.

The Deutsche Evangelische Kirche in Sydenham, London, at which he preached between 1933 and 1935, was destroyed by bombing in 1944. A replacement church was built in 1958 and named Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Kirche in his honor.

Overshadowed by the dramatic events of his life, Bonhoeffer's theology has nevertheless been influential. His theology has a fragmentary, unsystematic nature, due at least in part to his untimely death, and is subject to diverse and contradictory interpretations, sometimes necessarily based on speculation and projection. So, for example, while his Christocentric approach appeals to conservative, confession-minded Protestants, his commitment to justice and ideas about "religionless Christianity" are emphasized by liberal Protestants.

Central to Bonhoeffer's theology is Christ, in whom God and the world are reconciled. Bonhoeffer's God is a suffering God, whose manifestation is found in this-worldliness. Bonhoeffer believed that the Incarnation of God in flesh made it unacceptable to speak of God and the world "in terms of two spheres"—an implicit attack upon Luther's doctrine of the two kingdoms. Bonhoeffer stressed personal and collective piety and revived the idea of imitation of Christ. He argued that Christians should not retreat from the world but act within it. He believed that two elements were constitutive of faith: the implementation of justice and the acceptance of divine suffering. Bonhoeffer insisted that the church, like the Christians, "had to share in the sufferings of God at the hands of a godless world" if it were to be a true church of Christ.

In his prison letters, Bonhoeffer raised tantalizing questions about the role of Christianity and the church in a "world come of age," where human beings no longer need a metaphysical God as a stop-gap to human limitations; and mused about the emergence of a "religionless Christianity," where God would be unclouded from metaphysical constructs of the previous 1900 years. Influenced by Barth's distinction between faith and religion, Bonhoeffer had a critical view of the phenomenon of religion and asserted that revelation abolished religion, which he called the "garment" of faith. Having witnessed the complete failure of the German Protestant church as an institution in the face of Nazism, he saw this challenge as an opportunity of renewal for Christianity.​​​​​​​


Do You Know

This month's quiz focuses on the least read books of the Bible. How many can you answer correctly?

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

As compiled by the ten most read books of the Bible are:

1. Psalms                                 6. Genesis

2. Matthew                              7. Luke

3. John                                      8. 1 Corinthians

4. Romans                                9. Isaiah

5. Proverbs                             10. Acts


But which ones are the least read books? Well, according to Bible's viewership, these are the least read. The list of below, but which explanation goes with which book?


10. Jonah

 9. Joel

 8. Jude

 7. Zephaniah

 6. Philemon

 5. Haggai

 4. 3 John

 3. 2 John

 2. Nahum

 1. Obadiah

Paul sends a runaway slave home to his master, Philemon, urging Philemon to accept the runaway as a brother in Christ, not as a slave.


...writes to a Christian named Gaius, encouraging him to continue showing hospitality to others, even though a rogue church leader condemns it.


...warns believers that certain ungodly people are creeping into the church, distorting the grace of God, and denying Jesus Christ.


God sends ??? to Ninevah, but ??? runs from God. He’s swallowed by a great fish, vomited back up, and then goes to Ninevah hoping that God will wipe out the Ninevites.


The nation of Edom in Mt. Seir sided against Judah, they should have known better. The prophet foresees Edom’s demise and Mt. Zion’s restoration.


...briefly encourages a “Chosen lady” to walk in truth, love, and obedience. He warns her about deceivers, and promises to come explain things in person.


Ninevah has gone too far. They’ve taken Israel into captivity and oppressed Judah, and God isn’t going to let them get away with treating His people that way.


...explains that a recent plague of locusts is a judgement from God and calls Judah to repent. Although God judges Judah now, He will avenge Judah of her enemies.


God is going to remove and restore everything: Israel, Judah, the surrounding nations – everything will be made much, much better.


The Jews had put off rebuilding God’s temple, but had made nice houses for themselves. The prophet ??? rallies the people to finish the temple and enjoy God’s blessings again.