This Month at St. Mark

Birthdays This Month

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

Nov 02

Lola Garman

Susan Hardin

Molly Kindschuh

Leslie Miller

Sally Soule

Nov 03

Barrett Boyers

Robert Potter

Sam Wise

     Happy Birthday!

Nov 05

Randy Mummert

Nov 07

Stephen Keefer

Brittany Miller

Nov 08

Fred Lesher

Nov 09

Zachary Carter

Nov 11

Brenna Yingling

Nov 13

Nancy Brown

Nov 14

Earl Barnhart

Nov 15

Ricci Reber

Gene Zeyn, Jr.

Nov 17

John Warehime

Ashton Yeager

Nov 18

Pamela Garrett

Nov 21

Jace Wildasin

Nov 22

Don Feeser

Nov 24

Robert Bish

Andy Warehime

Nov 28

Jordyn Farley

Ron Wentz

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...

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

For October and November, the red boxes show, for fourteen hymns, the composition date, composer, and the hymn title.


Spotlight on

Apostles & Saints

This month, we are highlighting the Apostle Andrew. Saint Andrew is the Catholic patron saint of fisherman He was one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus.

St. Andrew

Andrew (the name means “manly”), brother of Peter, was born in Bethsaida, a village in Galilee. Saint Andrew is the Catholic patron saint of fisherman who founded the Church of Byzantium. He was a disciple of John the Baptist. Saint Andrew and his brother Peter are recorded in the New Testament as having been declared “fishers of men” by Jesus after he asked them to cast their nets.


He was the first Apostle to follow Christ (John 1:35-40), and his name regularly appears near the head of the lists of the apostles. Perhaps his greatest work was to bring his brother Simon Peter to the Lord. After Pentecost he is said to have preached in Palestine, Scythia, Epirus, and Thrace, and as far as Kiev. A 

late and rather unreliable tradition says that he was martyred on November 30, ca/70, at Patras in Achaia, Greece. The tradition that he was crucified on an x-shaped cross was popular in the 15th century; the earliest examples are from the tenth century. He was martyred, legend has it, for defying the proconsul Aegeas who ordered Andrew to stop preaching and to sacrifice to the gods.

St. Andrew’s body is said to have been taken, together with that of St. Luke to the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople in 357, and later removed to the cathedral I Amalfi, Italy. The church at Constantinople claimed St. Andrew as its first bishop. The churches in Greece and Russia in particular hold him in high honor. Also, quite early certain of his relics were taken to St. Andrews’s Church, Fife, and he became a patron saint of Scotland; the cross of St. Andrew in Union Jack represents Scotland.

The feast of St. Andrew was observed as early as the fourth century by the Eastern church and in the sixth century in Rome and elsewhere; it is a national holiday in Scotland. St. Andrew’s Day determines the beginning of the church year, since the first Sunday in Advent is the Sunday nearest to St. Andrew’s Day.

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 November, we look again at Elizabeth of Thuringia and John Christian Frederick Heyer.

Elizabeth of Thuringia


Elizabeth, the daughter of King Andrew of Hungary, was born in the summer of 1207 at Saros Patak, Hungary. In order to seal a political alliance, she was betrothed at the age of one to Ludwig, the young son of Landgrave of Thuringia, and when she was four she was taken to the castle of the Wartburg near Eisenach to be raised with her future husband. Elizabeth was a serious child, generous to those who had less than she had, and a devout Christian.


In 1216, Ludwig succeeded his father as Landgrave, and in 1221 when he was twenty-one and Elizabeth was fourteen, the marriage took place. In the course of the next few years, they had three children, a boy and two girls, and the marriage was a happy one. Elizabeth in her new position was even more generous to the poor. On one occasion in 1225, when there was a severe local famine she gave away most of her own fortune and supply of grain to the poor of the area. She was criticized for this, but her husband upon his return gave his approval for her action.


Elizabeth founded two hospitals during this period, one at the foot of the steep rock on which the Wartburg was located. She regularly tended the patients in these hospitals herself and gave money for the care of children, especially orphans. In helping the poor, she and her husband also tried to find suitable jobs for those who had no way of earning a living. Her kindness extended to all kinds of unfortunate people. There is a well-known story of her lodging a leper in the house. The Landgrave was startled and repelled to find him in their bed, but her almost immediately realized that in helping the leper his wife was serving the crucified Lord.


She is know either as Elizabeth of Hungary or St. Elizabeth of Thuringia. Since her time countless hospitals have been named for her in Europe, America, and other parts of the world.


The Wartburg, in which Elizabeth lived for most of her brief life, was the same castle in which, some three hundred years later, Luther completed his translation of the New Testament into German. The town of Eisenach where Elizabeth took her vows was Luther’s childhood home and the birthplace of Johann Sebastian Bach. Marburg, where St. Elizabeth is buried in the beautiful Gothic church that bears her name, is also the site of the first Protestant university, founded by Philip of Hesse, her descendant.

John Christian Frederick Heyer – Missionary to India, 1873


J.C.F. Heyer, the first missionary sent out by American Lutherans, was born in Helmstedt, Germany on July 10, 1793 to a master furrier and his wife. When he was thirteen, troops of Napoleon were quartered in the city, and his parents, out of concern about the turmoil of the time sent their son, after his confirmation in 1807, to stay with his uncle in America.


Heyer was active in Zion church, Philadelphia, and at the age of seventeen he decided to enter the ministry. He preached his first sermon, while still a layman, on Trinity Sunday in 1813. HE studied theology under two pastors in Philadelphia and returned to Germany in 1814 to continue his education at the University of Gottingen. Upon his return to America he became a licensed home missionary, preaching the gospel in Pennsylvania and neighboring states as far west as Missouri. In 1819, he married, and in 1820 he was ordained by the Ministerium of Pennsylvania.


For a period of more than twenty years Pastor Heyer traveled extensively not only as a preacher but also as a worker in Christian education, being particularly active in the establishing of Sunday schools in Lutheran parishes and in the work of Gettysburg College and Seminary. In 1839, his wife who had born six children, died,


At age forty-eight, with two dozen years of pastoral experience in six congregations, Heyer began a new phase of his life. He acquired the fundamentals of Sanskrit and a rudimentary knowledge of medicine and was commissioned a foreign missionary on October 5, 1841 at Saint Paulus Church in Philadelphia. Leaving his children (the youngest was thirteen) he sailed from Boston for India. On July 31, 1842 he began the mission work in the Telegu-speaking region of Andhra which was to be his life’s work.  During the next fifteen years, he established the mission stations at Guntur, Gurzal, and Rajahmundry, which became the basis of the large Lutheran church in that area today. On a furlough, 1846-1848, he established a church in Baltimore and received his M.D. degree from the University of Maryland (later Johns Hopkins).


In 1837, he returned to America, visiting countries of Middle East and Germany. Other missionaries had come to carry on the work and his health was, for the second time, nearly ruined by his strenuous life in the extreme climate of Andhra. Once back in the United States, however, his health revived and the indefatigable planter of churches spent twelve years of active evangelism and reorganization of parishes and schools in Minnesota and neighboring states, culminating in the formation of the Synod of Minnesota in 1860.


In August 1869, Father Heyer, as he was now affectionately called by Indians and Americans, dramatically volunteered to return to Andhra where the mission work was in a period of crisis. HE stayed two years and by his selfless devotion and ascetic he infused new spirit in the mission.


He returned to Philadelphia and served as chaplain and house-father at the new Lutheran seminary. He died during the night of November 7, 1873 in his eighty-first year and was buried in Somerset (Pennsylvania) beside his wife. He is remembered as a pastor, missionary, and leader in the church.

Do You Know

This month's quiz focuses on several prolific hymn writers and the number of hymns atributed to them. There are some extra ones -- somehow, somebody seems to have added a coupe of fake ones.

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

Hi, Mr. Confusion here again. I have a short list of hymn writers and how many hymns they are credited with, but I don't know which number of hymns belongs to each hymn writer. I need to match the hymn writer with the number of hymns he or she wrote, and maybe even figure out the fake ones.

William Cowper

Fanny Crosby

Martin Luther

Mary Marathon

John Newton

Samuel Stennett

Charles Tindley

Patricia Tasmann

Isaac Watts

Charles Wesley