This Month at St. Mark

Birthdays This Month

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

Feb 27

Frank Willheim

Mar 01

Natalie Ormond

Julie Sell-Smith

Mar 02

Andrew Brough

Mar 03

William Naill III

Michele Smeach

Phyllis Tasto

Deborah Wilson

Mar 04

Melissa Wise

     Happy Birthday!

Mar 06

Matthew Smith

Mar 07

Bill VandenHeuvel

Mar 13

Madlyn Farley

William Sterner

Mar 14

Jacqueline Brown

Mar 15

Barbara Watson

Mar 16

John Martin

Mar 17

Marian Stabley

Mar 18

JoAnn Miller

Mar 20

Norma Lesher

Julie Ruth

Mar 21

Emma Hagarman

Susan Zamudio

Mar 22

Christopher Hoke

Marcus Lobaugh

Mar 24

Derek Eline

Justin Eline

Jeffrey Little

Faith Warehime

Mar 28

Toni Garman

Breita Stahl

Shane Stambaugh

Mar 31

Ashley Yelron

Current Church Season

Our Church Season for March is Lent

Purple is the Lenten season's sanctuary color. Purple suggests repentance and solemnity.


Lent is a season of the Christian Year where Christians focus on simple living, prayer, and fasting in order to grow closer to God.


It is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a "mini-Easter" and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.


The Lenten period is marked by solemnity and contemplation, and it is common for Christians to fast and sacrifice certain things during this time. Lent is often preceded by a celebration on Fat Tuesday...

Spotlight on

Apostles & Saints

This month, we are highlighting Joseph, the husband of Mary, mother of Jesus, and St Patrick, patron saint of Ireland.


Joseph, the husband of Mary, mother of Jesus, and is venerated as Saint Joseph in the Catholic Church, Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodox Church, Anglican Communion, Lutheranism and 

Methodism. Christian tradition places Joseph as Jesus's foster father. Some historians state that Joseph was Jesus's father.[5] Some differing views are due to theological interpretations versus historical views. According to the New Testament, Joseph was the father of James, Joses, Judas (Jude), Simon, and at least two daughters.


In both Catholic and Protestant traditions, Joseph is regarded as the patron saint of workers and is associated with various feast days, in addition are his patronages of the sick and of a happy death, due to the belief that he died in the presence of Jesus and Mary. In popular piety, Joseph is regarded as a model for fathers. In popular 

religious iconography he is associated with lilies or a spikenard.


Joseph appears in Luke as the father of Jesus and in a "variant reading in Matthew".

Professional Life. The gospels describe Joseph as a "tekton". Tekton has been traditionally translated into English as "carpenter", but is a rather general word (from the same root that gives us "technical" and "technology") that could cover makers of objects in various materials. The Greek term evokes an artisan with wood in general, or an artisan in iron or stone. But the specific association with woodworking is a constant in Early Christian tradition; Justin Martyr (died c. 165) wrote that Jesus made yokes and ploughs, and there are similar early references.


Tekton could mean a highly skilled craftsman in wood or the more prestigious metal, perhaps running a workshop with several employees. [Scholars] note sources recording the shortage of skilled artisans at the time.


Later apocryphal writings. The canonical gospels created a problem: they stated clearly that Mary was a virgin when she conceived Jesus, and that Joseph was not his father; yet Joseph's paternity was essential to establish Jesus's Davidic descent. The original gospels never refer to Joseph's age, but the author presents him as an old man chosen by lot (i.e., by God) to watch over the Virgin. Jesus's brothers are presented as Joseph's children by an earlier marriage, and his years and righteousness explain why he has not yet had sex with his wife: "I received her by lot as my wife, and she is not yet my wife, but she has conceived by the Holy Spirit."


The apocryphal History of Joseph the Carpenter, written in the 5th century and framed as a biography of Joseph dictated by Jesus, describes how Joseph, aged 90, a widower with four sons and two daughters, is given charge of the twelve-year-old Mary, who then lives in his household raising his youngest son James the Less until she is ready to be married at age 14½. Joseph's death at the age of 111, attended by angels and asserting the perpetual virginity of Mary.


March 19, Saint Joseph's Day, has been the principal feast day of Saint Joseph in Western Christianity since the 10th century, and is celebrated by Catholics, Anglicans, many Lutherans and other denominations. Pope Pius XII, in 1955 established the Feast of "St. Joseph the Worker" to be celebrated on 1 May. This date joins with the May Day (International Workers' Day), a union, workers', and socialists' holiday and reflects Joseph's status as what many Christians consider the "patron of workers" and "model of workers." Christian teachings and stories about or relating to Joseph and the Holy Family frequently stress his patience, persistence, courage, and hard work.


Saint Patrick was a fifth-century Romeo-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Known as the "Apostle of Ireland", he is the primary patron saint of Ireland, along with saints Brigit of Kildare and Columba. He is also venerated in the Anglican Communion, the Old Catholic Church and in the Eastern Orthodox Church as equal-to-apostles and the Enlightener of Ireland.


Saint Patrick's Day is observed on 17 March, the supposed date of his death. It is celebrated inside and outside Ireland as a religious and cultural holiday. In the dioceses of Ireland, it is both a solemnity and a holy day of obligation; it is also a celebration of Ireland itself.


St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain. Calpurnius, his father, was a decurion and deacon, his grandfather Potitus a priest, from Banna Venta Berniae, a location otherwise unknown, 

though identified in one tradition as Glannoventa, modern Ravenglass in Cumbria, England; claims have been advanced for locations in both Scotland and Wales. Patrick, however, was not an active believer. According to the Confession of St. Patrick, at the age of just sixteen Patrick was captured by a group of Irish pirates. They brought him to Ireland where he was enslaved and held captive for six years. Patrick writes in The Confession that the time he spent in captivity was critical to his spiritual development. He explains that the Lord had mercy on his youth and ignorance, and afforded him the opportunity to be forgiven of his sins and converted to Christianity. While in captivity, Saint Patrick worked as a shepherd and strengthened his relationship with God through prayer eventually leading him to convert to Christianity.


After six years of captivity he heard a voice telling him that he would soon go home, and then that his ship was ready. Fleeing his master, he travelled to a port, two hundred miles away, where he found a ship and with difficulty persuaded the captain to take him. After three days sailing they landed, presumably in Britain, and apparently all left the ship, walking for 28 days in a "wilderness", becoming faint from hunger. After Patrick prayed for sustenance, they encountered a herd of wild boar; since this was shortly after Patrick had urged them to put their faith in God, his prestige in the group was greatly increased. After various adventures, he returned home to his family, now in his early twenties. After returning home to Britain, Saint Patrick continued to study Christianity.

Legend credits St. Patrick with teaching the Irish about the doctrine of the Holy Trinity by showing people the shamrock, a three-leafed plant, using it to illustrate the Christian teaching of three persons in one God. This story first appears in writing in 1726, though it may be older. The shamrock has since become a central symbol for St Patrick's Day.

The absence of snakes in Ireland gave rise to the legend that they had all been banished by St. Patrick chasing them into the sea after they attacked him during a 40-day fast he was undertaking on top of a hill.

The version of the details of his life generally accepted by modern scholars, as elaborated by later sources, popular writers and folk piety, typically includes extra details such that Patrick, originally named Maewyn Succat, was born in 387 AD in (among other candidate locations, see above) Banna venta Berniae to the parents Calpernius and Conchessa. At the age of 16 in 403 AD Saint Patrick was captured and enslaved by the Irish and was sent to Ireland to serve as a slave herding and tending sheep in Dalriada. During his time in captivity Saint Patrick became fluent in the Irish language and culture. After six years, Saint Patrick escaped captivity after hearing a voice urging him to travel to a distant port where a ship would be waiting to take him back to Britain. On his way back to Britain Saint Patrick was captured again and spent 60 days in captivity in Tours, France. During his short captivity within France, Saint Patrick learned about French monasticism. At the end of his second captivity Saint Patrick had a vision of Victoricus giving him the quest of bringing Christianity to Ireland. Following his second captivity Saint Patrick returned to Ireland and, using the knowledge of Irish language and culture that he gained during his first captivity, brought Christianity and monasticism to Ireland in the form of more than 300 churches and over 100,000 Irish baptized.

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 February, we look briefly at  the Other Apostles. The Bible specifically calls them Apostles, though there is debate about the application of the term 'apostles' regarding them.

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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 the 24th Psalm. I have all the verses, but they're not in the correct order. Can you identify the correct order fo the verses? 



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

Please help this poor computer (I'm blaming the computer, since it cannot disagree with me...)

The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.


Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.


For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.


He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.


Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?


Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.


Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.


He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.


He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.


This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.


Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.