This Month at St. Mark

Birthdays This Month

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



     Happy Birthday!


June 01

Wilma Crawford

June 02

Ida Mae Greeley

June 03

Bob Richter

June 06

Kara Jones

June 10

Marian Noble

June 11

JoAnn Berwager

Linda Gouker

June 12

Pastor Kirk Griffin

June 15

Carl Sandruck

Marie Wise

June 19

Camryn Farley

June 20

Heidi Bosserman

Erik Long

Carla Stabley

June 24

Martha Howells

June 25

Elsie Wildasin

June 29

Jayden Long


Current Church Season

Our Church Seasons for June 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 John.

John was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. John was the son of Zebedee and Salome. His brother was James, who was another of the Twelve Apostles. Christian tradition holds that he outlived the remaining apostles and that he was the only one to die of natural causes. 

 St. John

John the Apostle was the son of Zebedee and the younger brother of James, son of Zebedee (James the Greater). According to Church tradition, their mother was Salome. Zebedee and his sons fished in the Sea of Galilee. The brothers were firstly disciples of John the Baptist. Jesus then called Peter, Andrew and these two sons of Zebedee to follow him. James and John are listed among the Twelve Apostles. Jesus referred to the pair as "Boanerges" ("sons of thunder"); although their nature was calm and gentle, when their patience was pushed to its limits 

their anger became wild and thunderous causing them to speak out like an untamed storm. A gospel story relates how the brothers wanted to call down heavenly fire on a Samaritan town, but Jesus rebuked them. [Lk 9:51-6] John lived more than half a century after the martyrdom of James, who was the first Apostle to die a martyr's death.


Peter, James and John were the only witnesses of the raising of Daughter of Jairus. All three also witnessed the Transfiguration, and these same three witnessed the Agony in Gethsemane more closely than the other Apostles did. John was the disciple who reported to Jesus that they had 'forbidden' a non-disciple from casting out demons in Jesus' name, prompting Jesus to state that 'he who is not against us is on our side'.


Jesus sent only John and Peter into the city to make the preparation for the final Passover meal (the Last Supper). At the meal itself, the "disciple whom Jesus loved" sat next to Jesus. It was customary to lie along upon couches at meals, and this disciple leaned on Jesus. Tradition identifies this disciple as Saint John. After the arrest of Jesus, Peter and the "other disciple" (according to Sacred Tradition), John followed him into the palace of the high-priest.


John alone among the Apostles remained near Jesus at the foot of the cross on Calvary alongside myrrhbearers and numerous other women; following the instruction of Jesus from the Cross, John took Mary, the mother of Jesus, into his care as the last legacy of Jesus. After Jesus' Ascension and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, John, together with Peter, took a prominent part in the founding and guidance of the church. He was with Peter at the healing of the lame man at Solomon's Porch in the Temple and he was also thrown into prison with Peter.


Paul recalls that John explicitly, along with Peter and James the Just, were referred to as "pillars of the church" and refers to the recognition that his Apostolic preaching of a gospel free from Jewish Law received from these three, the most prominent men of the messianic community at Jerusalem.


The traditions of most Christian denominations have held that John the Apostle is the author of several books of the New Testament. Church tradition has held that John is the author of the Gospel of John and four other books of the New Testament — the three Epistles of John and the Book of Revelation. In the Gospel, authorship is internally credited to the "disciple whom Jesus loved. John 21:24 claims that the Gospel of John is based on the written testimony of the "Beloved Disciple". The authorship of some Johannine literature has been debated since about the year 200. Some doubt that the "Gospel of John" was even written by an individual named "John". Nevertheless, the notion of "John the Evangelist" exists, and is still considered by some the same as the Apostle John.


In his Ecclesiastical History, Eusebius says that the First Epistle of John and the Gospel of John are widely agreed upon as his. However, Eusebius mentions that the consensus is that the second and third epistles of John are not his but were written by some other John. Eusebius also goes to some length to establish with the reader that there is no general consensus regarding the revelation of John. The revelation of John could only be what is now called the book of Revelation.


…Today, many theological scholars continue to accept the traditional authorship. A noted biblical scholar states that since John the Evangelist has been named consistently in the writings of early church fathers, "it is hard to pass by this conclusion, despite widespread reluctance to accept it by many, but by no means all, modern scholars."[Many now believe] the Gospel of John was written by an anonymous author.


The author of the Book of Revelation identifies himself as …John (in English translation). The early 2nd century writer, Justin Martyr, was the first to equate the author of Revelation with John the Apostle. However, most biblical scholars now contend that these were separate individuals. John is considered to have been exiled to Patmos, during the persecutions under Emperor Domitian. Revelation 1:9 says that the author wrote the book on Patmos: "I, John, both your brother and companion in tribulation... was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ." Some modern higher critical scholars have raised the possibility that John the Apostle, John the Evangelist, and John of Patmos were three separate individuals. These scholars assert that John of Patmos wrote Revelation but neither the Gospel of John nor the Epistles of John. For one, the author of Revelation identifies himself as "John" several times, but the author of the Gospel of John never identifies himself directly. Some Catholic scholars state that "vocabulary, grammar, and style make it doubtful that the book could have been put into its present form by the same person(s) responsible for the fourth gospel".

source: wikipedia

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 recognize pianist Roger Williams and the Louis Cranachs. Louis Cranach the Elder is the father of Louis Cranach the Younger; both are reviewed this month.

Roger Williams (1924 -- 2011)

(sources: Wikipedia &

Born Louis Weertz, he is the son of a Lutheran pastor. Weertz was born to a Lutheran minister, the Rev. Frederick J. Weertz and a music teacher, Dorothea Bang Weertz, in Omaha, Nebraska. He first played the piano at age three. In high school he became interested in boxing, mainly at his father's insistence, and only returned to music after breaking his nose several times

and sustaining several other injuries. Weertz won a talent contest on Dennis James' television program, Chance of a Lifetime. David Kapp, founder of Kapp Records, heard him, and was so impressed that he signed the pianist, giving him the professional name "Roger Williams" after the founder of Rhode Island. 


The first pianist to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Roger has 21 Gold and Platinum albums to his credit. He is a Steinway Artist, he is the first and (so far) only artist to receive the Steinway Lifetime Achievement Award, and he was featured at Carnegie Hall for Steinway’s 150th Anniversary.


He burst upon the music scene when he recorded Autumn Leaves in 1955. His version became an American classic and still stands as the greatest selling piano recording of all time. Williams followed with more million-selling records, including Born Free, Impossible Dream, Till, Near You, Almost Paradise, Two Different Worlds, Lara’s Theme from Dr. Zhivago, and the theme from Somewhere in Time charting Billboard hits in four different decades.


A graduate of Drake University, ISU, and the Julliard School of Music, Williams began playing the piano when he was three years of age. He has performed at every major venue, with nearly every major symphony orchestra, including Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and the White House. The latter has earned him the title of “Pianists to the Presidents,” having played for nine chief executives.


Roger’s doctorates and honors come in volumes, and his accomplishments have been read into the Congressional Record, and included in various Presidential Diaries. One of Roger’s greatest challenges has been to bring music back into the schools again. He was honored with the "Champion of Youth" Award from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. A last performance, but an ever-lasting memory, was Roger's appearance at the 100th Celebration of Ronald Reagan at the Reagan Library in February, 2011.


Roger Williams developed his marvelous blend of classics with Gershwin, Duke Ellington, and contemporary composers woven into a tapestry of rhythms – from pop music, to blues, and to jazz.


When asked about about his career, Roger replied, “I’ve never aspired to become the greatest classical pianist or the greatest jazz pianist. How I admire them both. But it made me very proud that one critic wrote: ‘Roger Williams has raised the so-called elevator music to astounding new heights, and as a result, it has certainly established him as the greatest popular pianist in history.’”

sources: Wikipedia &

Louis Cranach the Elder (1472 - 1553)

(painter and friend of Martin Luther)


Louis Cranach the Elder was a friend of Martin Luther and sponsor of the Reformer's oldest son. An early champion of the Reformation.


He was a German Renaissance painter and printmaker in woodcut and engraving. He was court painter to the Electors of Saxony for most of his career, and is known for his portraits, both of German princes and those of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation, whose cause he embraced with enthusiasm, becoming a close friend of Martin Luther. He also painted religious subjects, first in the Catholic tradition, and later trying to find new ways of conveying Lutheran religious concerns in art. Lucas Cranach the Elder has been considered the most successful German artisti of his time. 


The oldest extant picture by Cranach is the Rest of the Virgin during the Flight into Egypt, of 1504. The painting already shows remarkable skill and grace, and the pine forest in the background shows a painter familiar with the mountain scenery of Thuringia. There is more forest gloom in landscapes of a later time. The largest proportion of Cranach's output is of portraits, and it is chiefly thanks to him that we know what the German Reformers and their princely adherents looked like. He painted not only Martin Luther himself but also Luther's wife, mother and father. He also depicted leading Catholics like Albert of Brandenburg, archbishop elector of Mainz, Anthony Granvelle and the Duke of Alva.


Cranach was the court painter to the electors of Saxony in Wittenberg, an area in the heart of the emerging Protestant faith. His patrons were powerful supporters of Martin Luther, and Cranach used his art as a symbol of the new faith. Cranach made numerous portraits of Luther, and provided woodcut illustrations for Luther's German translation of the  Bible. Somewhat later, the duke conferred on him the monopoly of the sale of medicines at Wittenberg, and a printer's patent with exclusive privileges as to copyright in Bibles. Cranach's presses were used by Martin Luther. His apothecary shop was open for centuries, and was only lost by fire in 1871.


Cranach, like his patron, was friendly with the Protestant Reformers at a very early stage; yet it is difficult to fix the time of his first meeting with Martin Luther. The oldest reference to Cranach in Luther's correspondence dates from 1520. In a letter written from Worms in 1521, Luther calls him his "gossip", warmly alluding to his "Gevatterin", the artist's wife. Cranach first made an engraving of Luther in 1520, when Luther was an Augustinian friar; five years later, Luther renounced his religious vows, and Cranach was present as a witness at the betrothal festival of Luther and Katharina von Bora. He was also godfather to their first child, Johannes "Hans" Luther, born 1526. In 1530 Luther lived at the citadel of Veste Coburg under the protection of the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and his room is preserved there along with a painting of him. The Dukes became noted collectors of Cranach's work, some of which remains in the family collection at Callenberg Castle.


He died at age 81 on October 16, 1553, at Weimar, where the house in which he lived still stands in the marketplace.


Cranach had two sons, both artists: Hans Cranach, whose life is obscure and who died at Bologna in 1537; and Lucas Cranach the Younger, born in 1515, who died in 1586.[2] He also had three daughters. One of them was Barbara Cranach, who died in 1569, married Christian Brück (Pontanus), and was an ancestor of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.


His granddaughter married Polykarp Leyser the Elder, thus making him an ancestor of the Polykarp Leyser family of theologians.

source: wikipedia

Louis Cranach the Younger (1515 - 1586)


A prominent Reformation artist in Germany who worked for his father and continued in his style.


Lucas Cranach the Younger was the youngest son of Lucas Cranach the Elder and Barbara Brengebier. He began his career as an apprentice in his father's workshop alongside his brother Hans. Henceforth, his own reputation and fame grew. After his father's death, he assumed control over the workshop.


On February 20, 1541, he married Barbara Brück, who went on to bear three sons and a daughter. She died February 10, 1550, and thereafter Cranach

remarried, wedding Magdalena Schurff on May 24, 1551. This union produced three daughters and two sons, including Augustin Cranach.


He is known for portraits and simple versions of allegorical and mythical scenes. The style of his paintings can be so similar to those of his father that there have been some difficulties in attribution of their works. Prominent scholars seem to, nowadays, tend toward the opinion of honest description of his talent as, stoic and undeveloped, at most.

source: wikipedia

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