This Month at St. Mark

Birthdays This Month

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

Oct 01

Tammy Szwoyer

Oct 03

Carol Reese

​​​​​​​Adam Warehime 

Oct 05

Donna Bell 

Nancy Bittinger

Hilda Pfaff

Kimberly Zinn

Oct 09

Gary Laabs

Oct 10

Karen Crawford 

Sharon Glass 

Oct 11

Ed Gouker, Jr. 

Oct 12

Charles Dell 


     Happy Birthday!

Oct 15

Carol Pado

Oct 16

 Stacy Mummert

Vance Stabley

Jay Tome

Oct 17

Patricia Hagarman

Oct 18

Susan Potter

Mildred Richter

Jerry Smith

Oct 19

Ian Bosserman

Oct 20

Lois VandenHeuvel 

Oct 21

Amanda Alvarez

Oct 22

Joshua Leppo

Oct 23

Barb Smith

Oct 25

Kyle Garman

Oct 26

Rebecca Bingel

Joan Frock

McHenze Wildasin

Oct 29

Nancy Mummert

Oct 31

Nancy Fridinger


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...

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Apostles & Saints

This month, we are highlighting St. Jude, known as Thaddaeus, who was a brother of St. James the Less, and a relative of Our Saviour.

Simon is not mentioned in New Testament apart from the lists of twelve apostles.

Festival of these two Saints is October 28th.

 St. Jude

St. Jude is the Patron Saint of Hope and impossible causes and one of Jesus’ original twelve Apostles. He preached the Gospel with great passion, often in the most difficult circumstances. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, he made profound differences in people’s lives as he offered them the Word of God.

The Gospel tells us that St. Jude was a brother of St. James the Less, also one of the Apostles. They are described in the Gospel of Matthew as the "brethren" of Jesus, probably cousins.

St. Jude is traditionally depicted carrying the image of Jesus in his hand. This recalls one of his miracles during his work spreading the Word of God. King Abagar of Edessa asked Jesus to cure him of leprosy and sent an artist to bring him a drawing of Jesus. Impressed with Abagar’s great faith, Jesus pressed His face on a cloth, leaving the image of His face on it. He gave the cloth to St. Jude, who took the image to Abagar and cured him.

After the death and resurrection of Jesus, St. Jude traveled throughout Mesopotamia, Libya, and Persia with St. Simon preaching and building up the foundations of the early Church.

St. Jude died a martyr’s death for his unwavering faith. His body was later brought to Rome and placed in a crypt under St. Peter's Basilica.

After his death, many turned to St. Jude for his intercession in prayer. Jesus inspired the devotion to St. Jude for St. Bridget of Sweden when he directed her in a vision to turn to St. Jude with great faith and confidence. In a vision, Christ told St. Bridget, “In accordance with his surname, Thaddeus, the amiable or loving, he will show himself most willing to give help.”


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. 

This month, we provide an overview of the Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Rev. Herbert W. Chilstrom (1987-1995), Rev. H. George Anderson (1995-2001), Rev. Mark Hanson (2001-2013), Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton (2013-current)

Rev. Herbert W. Chilstrom (1987-1995)


Herbert W. Chilstrom (born October 18, 1931) is an American religious leader, who served as the first Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). He was re-elected to a four-year term at the 1991 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Orlando, Florida. He is the former bishop of the MinnesotaSynod of the Lutheran Church in America, one of the three church bodies which merged to form the ELCA on Jan. 1, 1988.

He was born in Litchfield, Minnesota on October 18, 1931. He is married to Corinne Hanson, a retired pastor. He now resides in Saint Peter, Minnesota and Green Valley, Arizona.

He graduated in 1954 from Augsburg College, Minneapolis, with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology. He went on to receive a bachelor of divinity from Augustana Theological Seminary (later merged with other seminaries to form the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago) in 1958. In 1966, he graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with a master of theology. He earned a Doctor of Education from New York University and received honorary doctorates from Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1979 and Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota, in 1987.

Chilstrom served as pastor of the Faith Lutheran Church in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, and Augustana Lutheran Church in Elizabeth, Minnesota In 1962 he became a professor of religion and academic dean at Luther College, Teaneck, New Jersey. He held that position for eight years before accepting a call to be senior pastor of First Lutheran Church, St. Peter, Minnesota, in 1970. In 1976, Chilstrom became bishop of the Minnesota Synod.

Chilstrom was the first ELCA bishop, elected to his post at the church's constituting convention in April 1987. He was re-elected to a four-year term at the 1991 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Orlando, Florida. Chilstrom was the church's chief ecumenical officer and represented the ELCA in several national and international organizations. He served as a vice president of the Lutheran World Federation based in Geneva. He headed a committee for the National Council of Churches who explored special relationships between the NCC, Roman Catholics and evangelicals.

Rev. H George Anderson (1995-2001)

H. George Anderson (born March 10, 1932) was the second Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America from October 1995 to October 2001. Prior to his term as Presiding Bishop, he was the president of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and on the faculty of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, serving as president from 1970 to 1982.

Anderson was born in Los Angeles, California on March 10, 1932, and adopted by Reuben and Frances Anderson. Anderson, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Yale, earned graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and is known as a translator and author of many works on Lutheran history. At the time of his election as presiding bishop, he was president of Luther College, having served in that capacity from 1982 to 1996. Prior to his tenure at Luther he was on the faculty of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina, and served as its president from 1970 to 1982.

As bishop, Anderson wrote a regular column in "The Lutheran" magazine, and completed "A Good Time to Be the Church, A Conversation with Bishop H. George Anderson," Augsburg Books, February 1997. Other works include co-authorship of several volumes of the "Lutherans and Catholics in Dialogue" series, many scholarly essays, book chapters and translations over the course of three decades.

Anderson is currently retired and living in Decorah, Iowa.ecorah, Iowa.

Rev. Mark Hanson (2001-2013)

Mark S. Hanson (born December 2, 1946) was the third Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Before being elected presiding bishop, he served as bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod. Prior to being elected Synod bishop, he served as pastor of 

three Minnesota congregations: Prince of Glory Lutheran Church, Minneapolis; Edina Community Lutheran Church; and University Lutheran Church of Hope in Minneapolis. In addition to serving as Presiding Bishop, Hanson was the 11th President of the Lutheran World Federation.


Mark S. Hanson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on December 2, 1946. He was raised in a Lutheran family in Minnesota. His father was a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Hanson graduated from Minnehaha Academy in 1964, and earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Augsburg University in 1968. He was a Rockefeller Fellow at Union Theological Seminary from 1968 to 1969, where he received a Master of Divinity degree in 1972, and attended Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, from 1973 to 1974. He was a Merrill Fellow at Harvard University Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1979.

Following his ordination in 1974, Hanson served as pastor at Prince of Glory Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota from 1973 to 1979; Edina Community Lutheran Church, Edina, Minnesota, from 1979 to 1988; and University Lutheran Church of Hope, Minneapolis, from 1988 to 1995. He was elected Bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in 1995, and had been reelected to a second term prior to his election as Presiding Bishop of the ELCA in 2001.

In 2003, Hanson was elected President of the Lutheran World Federation, a role which he served concurrently with his role as ELCA Presiding Bishop. He serves on the executive council on the executive board of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Hanson is author of Faithful Yet Changing: The Church in Challenging Times (Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis: 2002). In 2007 Hanson was reelected on the second ballot, making him the longest-serving Presiding Bishop in the ELCA's history.

In 2005, he mourned the death of Pope John Paul II, especially for his contributions to the ecumenical movement. Since being elected presiding bishop, he has received several honorary degrees, including Doctor of Humane Letters from Augsburg University, Augustana College (Illinois), Wittenberg University, and Grand View University, Doctor of Humanities from Capital University, Doctor of Divinity from Lenoir-Rhyne College, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Susquehanna University, Wartburg College, and The Academy of Ecumenical Indian Theology and Church Administration. Mark Hanson was Presiding Bishop of the ELCA from 2001-2013, when Bishop Elizabeth Eaton was elected as the next Presiding Bishop of the ELCA at the 2013 Churchwide Assembly in Pittsburgh, PA.

He is married to Ione (Agrimson) Hanson from Hettinger, North Dakota. Before the Hansons moved to Chicago, she was director of social work at Minneapolis and St. Paul Children's Hospitals. The Hansons are the parents of Aaron, Alyssa, Rachel, Ezra, Isaac and Elizabeth, and grandparents to Naomi, Kingston, Sam, Danielle, and Sophia.

Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton (2013-current)

Elizabeth A. Eaton (born April 2, 1955) is the fourth Presiding Bishop (and the first woman to become Presiding Bishop) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). She was elected on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, on the fifth ballot. She received 600 votes by the Churchwide Assembly, and the incumbent Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson received 287 votes.

She was installed as presiding bishop of the ELCA on October 5, 2013, at Rockefeller Chapel in Hyde Park (Chicago, IL). Chicago is also the location of the ELCA headquarters. Her six-year term as presiding bishop of the ELCA began November 1, 2013.

Prior to her election, Eaton served as Bishop of the Northeastern Ohio Synod (NEOS) since her installation on February 7, 2007 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Akron, OH). Bishop Eaton previously served congregations in Ohio. Eaton was ordained in 1981 after a call to serve All Saints Lutheran Church (Worthington, OH) and a one-year term as interim pastor at Good Hope Lutheran Church (Youngstown, OH). She was serving as pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church (Ashtabula, OH) when she was called to become bishop of the Northeastern Ohio Synod.

She attended the College of Wooster where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in music education in 1977 and then went to Harvard Divinity School where she earned a Master of Divinity degree.

Eaton is married to the Rev. Conrad Selnick, a priest of the Episcopal Church (U.S.A.), who is vice president of the Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation (Chicago, IL), and together they have two adult daughters, Rebeckah and Susannah.

In 2016, Eaton was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Luther College.


Do You Know

This month's quiz focuses upon common hymns. There is a list of several hymns' common titles and a list of snippets from those hymns' opening lines.


The problem is that the two lists don't match. What are the correct pairings -- hymn title and opening lines?

Can you match the Hymn's title with snippets of opening lines?

  • A Mighty Fortress is Our God
  • Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
  • Amazing Grace
  • Beautiful Savior
  • Go My Children with My Blessing
  • Silent Night, Holy Night
  • Crown Him with Many Crowns
  • Lift High the Cross
  • I was There to Hear Your Borning Cry
  • Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow
  • I’ll be there when you are old
  • Waking, sleeping, I am with you; You are my own
  • A sword and shield victorious
  • The Lamb upon His throne
  • The love of Christ proclaim
  • …that saved a wretch like me
  • King of Creation, Son of God, Son of Man
  • Praise Him all creatures here below
  • God of Glory, Lord of Love
  • All is calm, all is bright