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Dez 18 - Photograph's from Pastor Elkin's Retirement dinner

Dez 13 - Cookies, Cookies & More Cookies!

Dez 12 - Preparing for Christmas - Kids Night Out

Dez 5 - Praying for our College Students

Dez 5 - A Christmas Carol Performance

Dez 1 - Making Advent Wreaths

Nov 30 - Pastor Elkin summarizes 20+years of life together in St. Mark's?

Nov 21 - Christ the King Sunday Milestones

Nov 14 - Pack 'n Wrap at Redeemer

Nov 6 - Recognizing & Honoring All the Saints

Okt 29 - Celebrating Reformation Sunday

Okt 16 - Gage Charles Pittinger - Baptism Milestone

Okt 16 - Harvest Home Sunday

Okt 9 - Crop Walk 2016

Okt 5 - Support the St. Mark's Crop Walk team

Okt 2 - Photos from Consecration Sunday

Okt 2 - It's Raining Quilts - They're Everywhere!

Sep 19 - Confirmation Milestone: Sean Jensen & Dylan Ott

Sep 12 - CELEBration!

Sep 12 - Fall Bazaar Brings in Funds for Charity

Sep 4 - Christian Education: Learning & Encouraging the Bible

Aug 24 - Locked-in at St. Mark's

Aug 12 - St. Mark's 2016 Fishing Derby

Aug 12 - Pastor Elkin Announces Upcoming Retirement

Aug 10 - Kits for victims of Disaster & Poverty

Aug 8 - 70+, SINGLE, AND STILL PRAISING GOD!

Jul 23 - Helping Hands Day

Jul 6 - St. Mark's July 4 Hospitality

Jun 29 - “La frontera: Where Jesus Meets Us”

Jun 28 - Stefan Weber and Jacob Schreckengast celebrate driving milestone

Jun 28 - Synod Assembly report; Bishop elected

Mai 17 - 2016 Annual Congregation Assembly

Mai 9 - Youth Conduct Service

Mai 9 - 2016 Annual Report

Apr 24 - Applegate Baptism Celebrated

Apr 21 - Pastor Elkin's Surprise Party Celebrating his 20th Year at St. Mark's

Apr 16 - Commemorating 20 Years of Service - With a Youth Feast!

Apr 6 - Food Packaging Event

Mrz 27 - Breakfast with the Pastor & Easter Egg Hunt

Mrz 26 - The Vigil of Easter

Mrz 25 - 2016 Confirmation Trip

Mrz 19 - Making Palm Crosses

Mrz 5 - VALENTINE FUNDRAISING DINNER A SUCCESS!

Mrz 5 - Tubing

Feb 17 - A piece of our past: 1941 Confirmation Class

Feb 8 - Prayer Pillows for Brennan and Dallas

Feb 8 - Join the Bell Choir!

Jan 31 - Lenten Services Scheduled

Jan 10 - Commemorating Baptism with Faith Chests

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Synod Assembly
Busy Days at Synod

Assembly elects new Bishop

 

Bishop elect CollinsAssembly delegates Huff, Weber & ElkinThe 29th annual Assembly of the Upper Susquehanna Synod took place at Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, on June 18 & 19, 2016. The major business of the Assembly was the election of the third bishop of the Synod.

The process of election has five ballots. The first is a nominating ballot, which resulted in a long list of persons, many with only a few votes. Many of those petitioned to remove their names from the second ballot. After the second ballot, the top seven pastors went on to the third ballot, and the top three of that group went on to the fourth ballot. At that point the top two candidates - Rev. William S. Henderson of Christ's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lewisburg and Rev. Barbara Jeanne Collins, assistant to Bishop Driesen - were exactly tied. The final result was very close; if a half-dozen persons had voted differently, that would have been enough to change the outcome! But as it happened, Pastor BJ Collins was elected. Her six-year term begins in September.

Ordination of two new pastorsRev. Robert L. Driesen, current bishop of the Upper Susquehanna Synod, has served as bishop since 2007, and will retire Aug. 31.

Bishop DriesenThe assembly approved a deficit budget. Revenue has been steadily dropping in recent years, and has not met budgeted figures for several years. Programs have been reduced but the proposed budget was felt to contain the minimum necessary expenditure, but without sufficient support pledged by congregations, a deficit budget was the only way to meet expenses. The interim treasurer pleaded for additional support, otherwise, expenses would have to be met from Synod savings.

As has been the case in the past, the Assembly was asked to vote on "memorials" to the ELCA, on issues that have both moral and political implications. This year, the Assembly approved memorials supporting "peacemaking with justice in Israel and Palestine" and "ending gun violence" by controlling the sale of "military-style assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines."

The other usual business of the synod was also handled: there were two ordinations, pastors who had died were remembered, 25 to 55 year anniversaries of service of pastors were celebrated, reports from all of the synod-related entities were received, Holy Communion was celebrated, and more.

Your delelgates also attended seminars offered daily during the lunch hour, on  a variety of topics. the information is useful to improve programming at St. Mark's.