This Month at St. Mark


Birthdays This Month

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

June 28

Benjamin Shaw

June 30


Daniel Keeney

Carole Miller

July 01

Elaine Brown

Karen Feeser

Norma Kreidler

July 02

Linda Sterner

July 04

Melissa Brown-Hoster

Sophia McCachren

Debra Teal

July 05

Emily Brodbeck

Raelyn Hull

Pat Keefer


     Happy Birthday!

July 07

Grant Brown

July 08

Courtney Zinn

July 11

Stella Rice

Mark Tome

July 12

Vicki Brown

Nathan Keefer

July 14

Holly Hoke

Jack Houck

July 15

Larry Rhoten

Hunter Shaw

July 17

Michael Buck

July 19

Mary Louise Krebs

Sophia Warehime

July 21

Kaite Little

July 22

Robert Frock

Susan O’Brien

July 23

Michael Brown

David Kunkel

Ryan Leppo

July 25

Ken Kuhn

Donald Seidenstricker

July 27

Shirley Hippensteel

July 29

Kate Hoster

July 30

Stewart Bailey II

Charles Bell




Current Church Season

Our Church Season for July 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. 


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


Spotlight on

Apostles & Saints

This month, we are highlighting the Apostle Bartholomew. His name, a patronymic, means "son of Tolomai" and scholars believe he is the same as Nathanael mentioned in John...

 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.

Source: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=390

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.

Source: http://www.biblepath.com/bartholomew.html

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 give you a little American Lutheran history -- some of the oldest Lutheran churches in America. And, several of them are right in our back yard.

Historic Lutheran Churches in America

 

The Lutheran church in America is much older than our country, and while many of its buildings and congregations have evolved or moved, we still have many historical churches we can see. The seven churches below are some of them. 

 

Gloria Dei Church (Old Swedes of Philadelphia) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

Gloria Dei Church is the oldest standing church in Pennsylvania and the second oldest Lutheran church in the United States.  Among the many national and religious groups to arrive in the Philadelphia area in the mid-17th century were Lutherans from Sweden, the first Scandinavians to settle in the United States.  In 1677 a Lutheran congregation was formally established in the city.  The Swedish Lutherans met for many years at a temporary worship facility before they finally built their own church in 1700.  The Lutheran community used this church continuously until 1845, when it was acquired for use by an Episcopal congregation.

 

Old Swedes Church is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Philadelphia and possibly its best preserved early 18th century structure.  It is home to a small collection of rare early Bibles in Swedish.  A memorial to John Hanson, ninth president of the Continental Congress, is on display in the church graveyard.

Gloria Dei Church (Old Swedes of Philadelphia) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

Gloria Dei Church is the oldest standing church in Pennsylvania and the second oldest Lutheran church in the United States.  Among the many national and religious groups to arrive in the Philadelphia area in the mid-17th century were Lutherans from Sweden, the first Scandinavians to settle in the United States.  In 1677 a Lutheran congregation was formally established in the city.  The Swedish Lutherans met for many years at a temporary worship facility before they finally built their own church in 1700.  The Lutheran community used this church continuously until 1845, when it was acquired for use by an Episcopal congregation.

 

Old Swedes Church is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Philadelphia and possibly its best preserved early 18th century structure.  It is home to a small collection of rare early Bibles in Swedish.  A memorial to John Hanson, ninth president of the Continental Congress, is on display in the church graveyard.

Source: http://thecompletepilgrim.com/historic-lutheran-churches-across-america/

 

 

Augustus Lutheran Church - Trappe, Pennsylvania

 

The Augustus Lutheran Church is the oldest Lutheran church in continuous use in the United States.  Completed in 1743, it is one of the oldest churches in Pennsylvania.  It also played a small role in the American Revolution.  The first German Lutherans to migrate the American colonies began arriving in the 1730s.  In 1745 the first German-Lutheran church was completed in Trappe.  During the American Revolution it served as a makeshift hospital for the Continental Army.  The church was replaced by a larger structure in 1852.  The old church was maintained by the congregation for other uses, and periodically renovated.

 

Augustus Lutheran Church was designed by Henry Muhlenberg, a pastor, resulting in an odd style that looks like a colonial barn that has been cut in half. Muhlenberg is buried in the church graveyard.

Source: http://thecompletepilgrim.com/historic-lutheran-churches-across-america/

 

 

Holy Trinity Church (Old Swedes of Wilmington) - Wilmington, Delaware

 

The Holy Trinity Church of Wilmington, also known as Old Swedes, is the oldest Lutheran-built church still standing in the United States. It is also among the oldest churches in continuous in America.  The tiny colony of New Sweden, located along the Delaware River, was established in 1638.  A few decades later New Sweden was absorbed into the Dutch colony of New Netherlands, and soon thereafter into the British colonial system.  Despite this the tiny Lutheran community survived, thanks in part to the close relations that Britain shared with the Protestants of Germany, who for the most part were Lutheran.  In 1698 they built the New Trinity Church in Wilmington on the site of the old burial ground of Fort Christina.  The Lutherans sold the church to the newly formed Episcopal Church in 1791.

 

Holy Trinity Church is one of the oldest brick buildings still standing in the United States. The main building is built of hewn stone, with a red-brick bell tower that dates from a later period.  The church interior is noteworthy for its brilliant, vibrantly colored stained glass window featuring the holy family, set amidst an otherwise completely whitewashed interior.  The grounds of the church are also home to the original church burial yard, meditative labyrinth and the Hendrickson House, a 17th century farm that is now run as a museum.

Source: http://thecompletepilgrim.com/historic-lutheran-churches-across-america/

 

 

Zion Lutheran Church - Cleveland, Ohio

 

Zion Lutheran Church in Cleveland is a stately old church with an interesting claim to holiday fame.  It is believed to have been the site of the first Christmas tree erected by a congregation inside of a church.  The location and party responsible for America’s first Christmas tree is a matter of some conjecture.  But the earliest known documented, fully decorated Christmas trees appeared in the area of Cleveland around the mid-19th century.  In 1851 a pastor named Heinrich Schwan placed a Christmas tree inside the Zion Lutheran Church.  The tree, which initially caused a scandal, kicked off a craze the following holiday season.  In 1852, the festive trees appeared all over Cleveland.

 

Zion Lutheran Church is not only home to one of the oldest Lutheran congregations in the Midwest but also one of its oldest schools. The neighboring Zion Lutheran School is also listed on the National Register of historic Places.  The church maintains its annual tradition of raising a Christmas tree to this day.  A small monument marks the spot a few blocks away where the original Christmas tree stood.

Source: http://thecompletepilgrim.com/historic-lutheran-churches-across-america/

 

 

Chapel In The Hills - Rapid City, South Dakota

 

The Chapel in the Hills is a Norwegian style stave church, something that is extremely rare outside of Scandinavia.  Lutheran settlers arrived in the area of Black Hills in the 1870s.  Many of these were immigrants from Norway who came to South Dakota as prospectors and farmers.  In the 1960s, Harry Gergerson, a popular Lutheran minister, decided to make Rapid City the base for his ministry and radio show, Lutheran Vespers.  To house his ministry, and to honor the Norwegian heritage of the area, Gergerson oversaw the construction of the Chapel in the Hills, a close replica of the 12th century Borgund stave church in Norway.  It served as home to Lutheran Vespers from its completion in 1969 until 1975.  Today the chapel is a popular tourist destination in Rapid City and is used to host weddings and other events.

 

The Chapel in the Hills is a breathtaking four story stave church that seems to have been lifted straight out of Norway’s fjord country. The original blueprints, provided by the Norwegian Department of antiquities, were used in its design, and traditional craftsman techniques in its construction.  The site is also home to an original 19th century log cabin as well as a visitor’s center.

Source: http://thecompletepilgrim.com/historic-lutheran-churches-across-america/

 

 

New Hanover Evangelical Lutheran Church - Gilbertsville, PA

 

The New Hanover Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1700 by Daniel Falckner. He gathered the German immigrant Lutherans living between the Schuylkill River and what is now Pennsburg to form a congregation. He was followed by a number of "circuit" pastors who served a number of congregations. Among them was Henry Melchior Muhlenberg who arrived in 1742.

 

In 1768, the congregation built the stone building currently being used for worship. Prior to that, they worshipped in log buildings. During the war for American Independence, the building was used as a temporary hospital during the retreat of Washington's army following The Battle at Brandywine.

 

Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg, son of Henry, served the congregation from 1777 to 1778 before he entered government service in the continental congress and them, in the First congress of the United States where he became the first speaker of the House of Representatives.

 

New Hanover's history shows evidence of God's continuing grace. It was given a significant role in the birth of the Lutheran Church in America, as well as the birth of the nation itself. Fifty Revolutionary War veterans are buried in the New Hanover cemetery.

Source: http://www.newhanoverlutheran.org/about-nhelc.php

 

 

Evangelical Lutheran Church - Frederick, Maryland

 

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Frederick, Maryland is the oldest Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Maryland (1752) and one of the oldest in the United States. While the congregation began to meet in 1733, the first minister of the church was Rev. Bernard Michael Houseal (1752-1759).

 

Evangelical Lutheran Church turned 275 years old in November 2013.  It is older than the United States of America. George Washington was only six years old when The Rev. John Caspar Stoever, Jr., began preaching to families in 1733 and effected the organization of the Lutheran Church in Monocacy on November 26, 1738. The early congregation met at different locations near Thurmont until the first home in Frederick, a log church, was constructed in 1746 on the site of what is now the Rupp Hospitality House.

 

During the summer of 1752, construction started on a new building made of limestone. The foundation was dug and construction on the walls had started when the French and Indian War broke out. Men laid down their building tools and took up arms. As a result, no progress was made until the war ended about seven years later. In 1762, the entire community came to the official dedication of the new church. The building was constructed of native blue limestone and had just a single tower. Part of this building still exists as Trunk Hall and the Music Ministry suite.

 

Notable Information: The first church in Frederick County. The largest ELCA Lutheran church in the state of Maryland. An American pioneer of the Sunday School movement. Served as a hospital following the Battle of Antietam, 1862. Played key role in the founding of Gettysburg Seminary. (first Lutheran seminary in America). Played key role in the creation of Maryland Synod and General Synod (grandparent of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America).

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evangelical_Lutheran_Church_(Frederick,_Maryland)

Do You Know

This month's quiz focuses on the New Testament. I have the first sentences of the first ten New Testament books, but I have some extra ones. Can you match the opening line with the correct New Testament book? There are some extra ones -- two are other New Testament books and two are not.


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

I thought I got this sorted out, too. Guess not. I really should organize things...

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham.


The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, son of God.


Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things which have been accomplished among us, just as they were delivered to us by those who from the beginning…


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.


In the first book, O The-oph’ilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day he was taken up, after he had given commandment, through the Holy Spirit to the apostles…


Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through the prophets in the Holy Scriptures…


Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Jesus Christ, and our brother Sosthenes.


Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother.


Paul, an apostle – not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead – and all the brethren who are with me.


Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, by the will of God, to the saints who are also faithful in Christ Jesus; Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth, and not only I but also all who know the truth, because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever…


The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants what must soon take place; and he made it known by sending his angel to his servant John…


Centurions who guarded the tombs near Jerusalem, standing watch long into the night saw seven stars in the night, and they formed a large dipping ladle or a big bear…


And Jesus answered, “Peter, you are not supposed clearly see that which comes after this world and the flesh.”

1st Letter to the Corinthians

 

2nd Letter to the Corinthians

 

Acts of the Apostles

 

Ephesians

 

Letter to the Galatians

 

Luke

 

John

 

Matthew

 

Mark

 

Paul’s Letter to the Romans