This Month at St. Mark

Birthdays This Month

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

Aug 01

Sandra Connelly

Aug 03

Kimberly McCachren

Aug 04

Barbara Baublitz

Aug 05

Tammy Snyder

Aug 06

Darbe Bailey

Eileen Laabs

Marcia Peters

     Happy Birthday!

Aug 07

Jana Arentz

Aug 10

Noah Shermeyer

Aug 11

Bethany Hoke

Jean Weikert

Aug 12

Zachary Hardin

Marilyn Kirschner

Aug 14

Olivia Brodbeck

Aug 15

Barbara Kerr

Aug 17

Allen Bowersox

Michele Eline

David Snyder

 Aug 18

Barbara Noble

Diana Weaver

Aug 20

Braelon Jones

Aug 21

Ashley Hoke

John Peterson

Aug 22

Dale Glass

Aug 24

Gil Carter

Aug 28

David Bailey

Robin Murtha

Aug 29

Sharon Bish

Heather Farley

Becki Wisotzkey

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.

For August, the red boxes show a few well-known Bible quotes. Do you know their Book & verse? To see the answers, click the Show Me the Answers button below, in the Did You Know section.

Spotlight on

Apostles & Saints

This month, we are highlighting the Apostle Bartholomew.


Judas Iscariot (died c. 30–33 AD) was one of the Twelve original disciples of Jesus Christ and son of Simon Iscariot, according to the New Testament.


Judas is known for the kiss and betrayal of Jesus to the Sanhedrin for thirty silver coins. His name is often used synonymously with betrayal or treason. Though there are varied accounts of his death, the traditional version sees him as having hanged himself following the betrayal, as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew. His place among the Twelve Apostles was later filled by Matthias.


Despite his notorious role in the Gospel narratives, Judas remains a controversial figure in Christian history. For instance, Judas' betrayal is seen as setting in motion the events that led to Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection which, according to traditional Christian theology, brought salvation 

to humanity. Gnostic texts – rejected by the mainstream Church as heretical – praise Judas for his role in triggering humanity's salvation and view Judas as the best of the apostles.

Judas is mentioned in the synoptic gospels, the Gospel of John, and at the beginning of Acts of the Apostles. Judas was a common name in New Testament times. Judas Iscariot should not be confused with Jude Thomas (Saint Thomas the Apostle), or with Saint Jude Thaddaeus who was also one of the Twelve Apostles.

The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke state that Jesus sent out "the twelve" (including Judas) with power over unclean spirits and with a ministry of preaching and healing: Judas clearly played an active part in this apostolic ministry alongside the other eleven. Origen of Alexandria, in his Commentary on John's Gospel, reflected on Judas's interactions with the other apostles and Jesus' confidence in him prior to his betrayal. However, in John's Gospel, Judas's outlook was differentiated - many of Jesus' disciples abandoned him because of the difficulty of accepting his teachings, and Jesus asked the twelve if they would also leave him. Simon Peter spoke for the twelve: "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,"

Matthew directly states that Judas betrayed Jesus for a bribe of "thirty pieces of silver" by identifying him with a kiss to arresting soldiers of the High Priest Caiaphas, who then turned Jesus over to Pontius Pilate's soldiers.

Mark's Gospel states that the chief priests were looking for a way to arrest Jesus. They decided not to do so during the feast [of the Passover], since they were afraid that people would riot; instead, they chose the night before the feast to arrest him. According to Luke's account, Satan entered Judas at this time.

According to the account in the Gospel of John, Judas carried the disciples' money bag or box, but John's Gospel makes no mention of the thirty pieces of silver as a fee for betrayal. The evangelist comments in John 12:5-6 that Judas spoke fine words about giving money to the poor, but the reality was "not that he cared for the poor, but [that] he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it." However, in John 13:27-30, when Judas left the gathering of Jesus and His disciples with betrayal in mind, some [of the disciples] thought that Judas might have been leaving to buy supplies or on a charitable errand.

There are several different accounts of the death of Judas, including two in the modern Biblical canon:

Matthew 27:3–10 says that Judas returned the money to the priests and committed suicide by hanging himself. They used it to buy the potter's field. The Gospel account presents this as a fulfillment of prophecy.

The Acts 1:18-19 says that Judas used the money to buy a field but fell headfirst, and burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. This field is called Akeldama or Field of Blood.

The non-canonical Gospel of Judas says Judas had a vision of the disciples stoning and persecuting him.

Another account was preserved by the early Christian leader, Papias: "Judas walked about in this world a sad example of impiety; for his body having swollen to such an extent that he could not pass where a chariot could pass easily, he was crushed by the chariot, so that his bowels gushed out."

The existence of conflicting accounts of the death of Judas has caused problems for scholars who have seen them as threatening the reliability of Scripture.

Various attempts at harmonization have been suggested. Generally they have followed literal interpretations such as that of Augustine, which suggest that these simply describe different aspects of the same event – that Judas hanged himself in the field, and the rope eventually snapped and the fall burst his body open, or that the accounts of Acts and Matthew refer to two different transactions. Some have taken the descriptions as figurative: that the "falling prostrate" was Judas in anguish, and the "bursting out of the bowels" is pouring out emotion.

More recently, scholars have suggested that the Gospel writer may also have had a passage from Jeremiah in mind, such as chapters 18:1–4 and 19:1–13 which refer to a potter's jar and a burial place, and chapter 32:6–15 which refers to a burial place and an earthenware jar.

The betrayal of Jesus by one of his disciples is widely regarded by scholars as authentic, based on the criterion of embarrassment: it is considered unlikely that the early church would have invented this tradition, since it appears to reflect badly on Jesus.

Bart Ehrman, though suggesting that the betrayal is "about as historically certain as anything else in the tradition," argues that what was betrayed was not the whereabouts of Jesus, but his private teachings.

In his book The Sins of Scripture, John Shelby Spong says that "the whole story of Judas has the feeling of being contrived." He writes: "the act of betrayal by a member of the twelve disciples is not found in the earliest Christian writings. Judas is first placed into the Christian story by the Gospel of Mark (3:19), who wrote in the early years of the eighth decade of the Common Era." He points out that some of the Gospels, after the Crucifixion, refer to the number of Disciples as "Twelve," as if Judas were still among them. Comparing the three conflicting descriptions of Judas's death – hanging, leaping into a pit, and disemboweling – with three Old Testament betrayals followed by similar suicides, he suggests that these were the real source of the story.

Spong's conclusion is that early Bible authors, after the First Jewish-Roman War, sought to distance themselves from Rome's enemies. They augmented the Gospels with a story of a disciple, personified in Judas as the Jewish state, who either betrayed or handed over Jesus to his Roman crucifiers. Spong identifies this augmentation with the origin of modern Anti-Semitism.

Jewish scholar Hyam Maccoby suggests that in the New Testament, the name "Judas" was constructed as an attack on the Judaeans or on the Judaean religious establishment held responsible for executing Jesus.


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 August, we briefly review the apostles, as many as twenty-tive, mentioned in the New Testament.

The Other Apostles Mentioned in the Bible


How many apostles are explicitly mentioned in the pages of the New Testament?


There were 12 apostles—the twelve who followed Jesus. However, as strange as it may seem to some, there are as many as 25 apostles explicitly mentioned in the pages of the New Testament.


Yes, there were the twelve chosen by Jesus. Eleven are named in Acts 1:13, “Peter and John, and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. “ Judas Iscariot, one of the original twelve, the one who betrayed Jesus, is not named in that list. That’s the original twelve. Then add Matthias who replaced Judas Iscariot.


Matthias (Acts 1:26). “[If] we include both Judas and Matthias the total is now thirteen.


An investigation of the Scripture reveals several individuals in addition to the original twelve who are explicitly referred to as apostles.  We might call them “apostles of the throne“, “apostles of the Lamb” or “ascension-gift apostles.”  A complete listing of New Testament apostles follows.


James, the half-brother of Jesus and leader of the Jerusalem church – Galatians 1:19

Barnabas – Acts 14:14

Paul – Acts 14:14 and many other references

Apollos – Corinthians 4:6-9

Timothy and Silvanus – I Thessalonians 1:1 and 2:6

Epaphroditus – Philippians 2:25.

Two unnamed apostles – Second Corinthians 8:23. A brother of fame among the churches, and a brother tested.

Andronicus and Junia – Romans 16:7


Finally, Hebrews 3:1 designates Jesus Christ the “Apostle and High Priest of our profession.”


That makes 25 apostles in the New Testament!  … because Christ, after His ascension, appointed “some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers .  .  .  until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-13).


Do You Know

This month's quiz focuses on Who is Whom in the Bible. How many of the ten questions can you answer correctly?


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

The other quizzes can be found at Check them out.

1.) Who was the first man created on earth?





2.) Who was the first woman created on earth?





3.) Who built an ark to survive the great flood?





4.) Who parted the Red Sea and helped the children of Israel escape from Egypt?





5.) Who was the first murderer?





6.) Who sold the birthright to his brother for a meal?





7.) Whose name was changed to "Israel"?





8.) Who is taken captive into Egypt, becomes a ruler, and later saves the country from famine?





9.) Who becomes the leader of the children of Israel following Moses' death and brings them to the promised land?





10.) Who had incredible strength until his hair was cut?





11.) Who could interpret King Nebuchadnezzar's dream and later was delivered by God from a den of lions?





12.) Who received the ability to interpret visions and dreams because he refused to eat the king's rich food?





13.) Who killed the giant Philistine, Goliath, and saved Israel from captivity?





14.) Which Jew married the king of Persia and bravely convinced him to reverse the decree calling for the destruction of her people?





15.) Who lost his riches, health, friends, and family, but remained faithful to God in his afflictions?