St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church
An ELCA Congregation
5 Brooke Manor Email: email@example.com Phone: 610-582-8167
Birdsboro, PA 19508 Pastor Jim's Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 610-404-0302
Who are we?
Founded in 1873, St. Mark’s Lutheran
Church of Birdsboro, PA, is a member of the West Berks Mission
District of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America.
Located at 5 Brooke Manor, our church
campus is situated on the former site of one of the Brooke mansions. The Brooke
family was one of the early industrialists in the area.
Our congregation maintains an active
program of ministry, with a number of community groups meeting in our buildings
in addition to our own church groups.
President: Ashley Care
Vice-President: Kristi Lopuski
Secretary: Marsha Springel
Bringing the Word to Life Through Stained Glass
At the top of the center panel, we see the hands of the Creator during His creation of the world. The other panels show Adam and Eve in the garden, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil with its forbidden fruit, and the snake, symbolizing temptation and sin in the world.
The stars in the left panel represent the sky. the pairs of birds, rabbits and fish(representing a male and female) symbolizes God's provision for procreation.
The Ten Commandments
Moses holds the stone slabs containing the Ten Commandments as he thinks about his people, the Israelites, some of whom proved to be faithful, others unfaithful.
The right panel depicts the unfaithful people dancing around the golden calf they set up as their idol.
Below the figure of Moses is the
burning bush from which God called Moses to lead the Israelites out of their bondage in Egypt.
In the center panel a newborn, infant Jesus can be seen being adored by Mary and Joseph. Rays from the star shine down on the holy family.
Beyond the shepherds the town of Bethlehem. is seen in the distance.
In the upper portion of the right panel, a choir of angels sings "PEACE ON EARTH".
Christ Calling the Disciples
Here Jesus is shown calling His first two disciples, Peter and Andrew, brothers who were fishermen. He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men."
The fisherman's net, shown in the right panel, represents the one Peter and Andrew used. Several fish are pictured in the center panel at the bottom.
The triangle and the all-seeing eye symbolize God the Father.
A Brief History:
The first Lutheran services in the Birdsboro area were held in the Mill Street School in 1873 under the supervision of Rev. Zena H. Gable of the Geigertown Parish. A congregation was organized in 1875; a church building was built on the east side of North Mill Street in 1877; and a Sunday School was founded in 1878. A church school wing was added in 1898, and the entire property was enlarged in 1911.
In 1956 the congregation of St. Mark's approved the purchase of a major portion of the Edward Brooke estate as the site for a new structure. In 1961, services were transferred to the new church building. The Education Building/Fellowship Hall (now known as Myers Hall in memory of Pastor Myers) was built adjacent to the church and was dedicated in 1969.
Pastors through the Years:
Zenas H. Gable (1872-1909)
Willis F. Deibert (1910-1925)
Horace S. Mann (1925-1930)
Fred J. Fiedler (1930-1939)
Charles E. Fisher (1939-1953)
John A. Dietterle (1953-1961)
Richard O. Scherch (1961-1965)
C. David Godshall (1965-1984)
Richard L. Krapf (1985-1996)
Edward W. Cloughen (1996-1999)
Harold Hand (2002-2005)
Kenneth Gould (2006-2013)
Robert Kramer (2014 -2017)
James T Farnsworth (2017-
The Day Of Pentecost
The descending dove symbolizes the Holy Spirit. The seven flames represent the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: blessing, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honor, power, and might.
The church steeples on the left represent the various Christian denominations. The crowing cock recalls Simon Peter's denial of Jesus. This is a warning to Christians to be bold in confessing their faith.
Shown in the right panel is a sword and an open book with the Latin inscription, "Spiritus Gladius," meaning, "the sword of the Spirit." Translated more freely it means, " the Spirit of the Lord is our Victory."
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, after discovering the empty tomb, meet Jesus in the garden. The left panel shows the stone is rolled
away from the tomb.
A butterfly and lilies are also depicted, symbols of eternal life for all Christians who truly believe and of the resurrection of Jesus.
This depiction of Jesus' crucifixion shows a title above Jesus as He hangs on the cross. It bears the inscription INRI, an acrostic which stands for "Jesus Nazarenus Rex Judaeorum", translated as "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews". Mary, the mother of Jesus, is shown at the feet of her Son with John, the beloved disciple.
Martin Luther (The Reformation)
The central figure is Martin Luther holding an open Bible. The scroll in the right panel represents the Ninety-Five Theses, which Luther nailed to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany. Below the scroll are the opening words of the hymn, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," written by Martin Luther.
The left panel shows John Huss being burned at the stake because of his efforts to reform practices in the church. He lived about a hundred years before Martin Luther. As he was being burned, John Huss was heard to shout, "Today you roast me like a goose, but from my ashes a white swan will emerge and will bring a proper message of the Bible to the people." A white swan is seen in the upper portion of the panel.
The seal at the bottom of the window is the Luther Seal. It shows a cross in a heart on a rose.
Our Ministries In Life
This window shows a variety of symbols. The central figure portrays the Parable of the Sower, as described in Luke 8:5-8. Here the seed symbolizes the Word of God, and the sower represents the people who must spread the Word.
The organ pipes, the lyre, and the sheet of music symbolize the world of music. An ancient oil lamp represents education.
In the panel on the left, IHC (the first three letters from the Greek name for Jesus) are shown with a cross. This represents the message of Jesus as proclaimed by the clergy.
The right panel shows a caduceus, symbolizing the medical profession. A test tube and flame symbolize the world of science. Golf equipment and the Olympic Rings symbolize sports and world unity.
Henry Muhlenburg (Lutheranism In America)
The center panel shows Henry Melchior Muhlenberg holding a scroll on which is written mandate, "The Church must be planted." The small apple tree suggests the idea of planting.
The church, pictured in the lower part of the center panel, is the old Trappe Church in Trappe, Pennsylvania. This is one of the oldest Lutheran churches in America.
The fruits and flowers symbolize the rapid growth of Lutheranism in America.
In the right panel, the words, "Halle Reports," are shown. The Halle Reports was a collection of reports from several pastors--including Muhlenberg-- detailing the conditions and organization of the Lutheran Church, focusing on Pennsylvania.
As a family of God's people, our mission is:
to CELEBRATE Christ, to HEAR His word, to GROW in faith, and to REACH OUT to all with his love.