We have a ton of awesome stuff going on at the church! Make sure you check the calendar for all the dates and times. Go to the Ministry pages for more information on our events. We are sure you will want to join!

If you have any questions about the events feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you!

Oct 01

10am Adult Coloring Group

6pm Reiki Group

6pm St. Mark Eats at Dutch Country Restaurant

Oct 02

6pm TrebleBells

7pm Trinity Choir

Oct 03


9am Sewing Group

Oct 04

No Bible Study

Oct 06

PAL Team Reorganization Meeting in Sanctuary

Evangelism Meeting in Parlor

10:20am Sunday Schools

Oct 07

8:30am Counters

2pm Bingo @ Utz Terrace

Oct 08

9:30am Property Comm. Meeting

Oct 09

6pm TrebleBells

7pm Trinity Choir

Oct 10

9am Sewing Group

Oct 11

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study (starting the Book of Nehemiah)

Oct 12

2:00-5:00 2nd Annual Block Party

(Annual Blessing of the Pets at 2:00pm)

Oct 13

10:30am FISH Meeting in Parlor

Oct 14

Columbus Day

Oct 15

8:30am Counters

10am Adult Coloring Group

9am Ruth’s Harvest Sort

11am Hanover Garden Club Meeting in FH

7pm Christian Education Comm. Meeting

Oct 16

6pm TrebleBells

7pm Trinity Choir

Oct 17

8:30am UPMC-CPI

9am Sewing Group

5:30pm Fellowship Committee Meeting

Oct 18

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Oct 20

8:30am Counters

10:20am Sunday Schools

10:20am Worship & Music Comm in Parlor

3:30pm FISH Youth Club

Oct 21

8:30am Counters

Oct 22

7pm Congregational Council Meeting

Oct 23

6pm TrebleBells

7pm Trinity Choir

Oct 24

9am Sewing Group

6pm Ruth's Harvest Pack

Sep 25

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Oct 27

Provide-A-Lunch at HACC

PAL Team #3

Oct 28

8:30am Counters

Oct 30

6pm TrebleBells

7pm Trinity Choir

Oct 31

9am Sewing Group



Weekly Events

Some activities at St. Mark occur regularly. Here is our current list of Weekly Events.

5:30pm Saturday

9:00am Sunday

9:00am Thursday

6-6:45pm Thursday

7-8:30pm Thursday

6:30-8pm 2nd & 4th Thursday

10:30am Friday


Spoken Worship Service

Traditional Worship Service

Sewing Group

TrebleBells Wednesday

Trinity Choir Wednesday

“Guiding Hearts”

Bible Study

Private Counseling

This Month's Main Events

Seasons of 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...

Also of Interest

An Advent Devotional

Hopefully, everyone is already working on their special Christmas tradition or memory to include in Evangelism Committee’s project, the compilation of An Advent Devotional. If you forget and/or lost the sheet, one is included in this newsletter and there are some on the informational windowsill in the church hallway. Let’s make this a very special Christmas retrospective!

Block Party!!!


October is here! Sure hope you have October 12th lined up as part of your schedule.  Evangelism Committee is so appreciative of all the help you have given so far to assist in preparing for the Blessing of the Pets and Community Block Party. 


We have successfully lined up live music --“Comorant’s Fancy”. Venues and reviewers have characterized Cormorant's Fancy as "spellbinding," "with a knack for gorgeous arrangements." Their range from tenderly passionate love songs to growling soul-stirrers, and from captivating a cappella to swirling instrumentals propels audiences into the living Celtic tradition. Cormorant's Fancy's compelling cross-generational lineup unites the past, present, and future, so that whether they are stirring the crowd from the festival or concert stage, gracing a wedding, leading the pub in song, or accompanying step dancers, their music rings true. They’ve been called “the area’s most energetic” Celtic band, yet they do it all with finesse! 


We are looking forward to a variety of food trucks, a quilt display by our own Sewing Group, crafts, games, community camaraderie, fun, Hanover Garden Club information, and much, much more!  But, we are really looking forward to good weather and lots of help.  Please sign up in the narthex if you are able to help us on October 12th with event planning, set up and take down, games, you get the point, please just sign up to help!

St. Mark Preschool

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” It’s time for preschool to begin and we are growing.  This year we added an afternoon 4-year-old class on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  The class will be taught by Idonia Klunk assisted by Stef Reid and will have 9 students.  Allison Wentz will continue to teach the 3-year-old class with Idonia Klunk and Stef Reid assisting and Idonia Klunk will be teaching the 4-year-old a.m. class with Stef Reid and Hanover High School Senior, Abbi Martin assisting. All our classes are full, and we are excited to get things started. 

Another way we are growing this year is that we expanded the 4-year-old classroom by taking the wall out between it and the old councilor’s office. Bob Bish was hard at work before the school year even ended last spring and continued to work through most of the summer with the help of Wally Rodenhaber and Dale Dull. We can’t thank them enough for all of their hard work. The students will love being in their new larger room.

The preschool committee would like to thank the congregation for their generous donations to our preschool over the summer. The supplies that you provided will help to keep our preschool running smoothly. Thanks also to the church for providing the playground mulch again this year and to anyone who helped apply it to the playground. We totally appreciate it.


Thanks again for all your support,    

Allison Wentz, Preschool Director

Bakeless Bake Sale

Social Ministry is offering its Second Annual Bakeless Bake Sale fundraiser this month to help support SafeHome ministry for the abused.  As soon as you see the narthex table, then you will be able…to donate.

A bit of news we have today…

A BAKELESS BAKE SALE is on the way.

In these busy days, who wants to bake,

A pie, or cookies or even a cake.

So we’ve thought of a plan that’s truly grand,

And feel quite sure that you’ll understand.

And so, we are asking you to help more or less

To make our BAKELESS BAKE SALE a big success.

You’d be surprised if you counted the cost,

Of ingredients, heat, and the time you’ve lost.

Baking for sales is extra work.

Yet nobody really wants to shirk.

So set aside the money that it would take

To bake a loaf of bread or a beautiful cake.

In an envelope, if you like, please include the price…

Of a pie, or brownies or anything nice.

Now without fuss or bother, you’ve done your part.

We hope you’ll give with a willing heart.

Wishing success for our BAKELESS BAKE SALE, so help if you’re able

Just put your donations into the box on the narthex table.


What is FISH?

-- Calling All Parents and Calling All Youth -- 

“Fun In Serving Him” Youth Club…our upcoming FISH Youth Club which will be meeting on Sunday, October 13, from 2:00-4:00pm!  All you young fish, please spread the word and plan to jump back into the tank at this new time!  Any questions, please contact Karen Feeser, 717-698-3535, or the office.  (The planning meeting at 10:30am on the 13th is still scheduled.)

Thoughts, ideas, suggestions, volunteering, you name it, we hope to hear from all of you. You just need to call the church office at 717-637-8904 or e-mail me at!

Autumn & Winter Treats


September is here and, yes, donuts are back on the menu!  Thank you to Wayne Lippy for again being willing to pick them up for us each Sunday.  A new sign-up is posted, ready and waiting for you!  As you know, with the donuts returning, all the host(s) have to do is make the coffee and set up and table before worship; then, clean up after fellowship time.


Please do your best to pick a date (and sign up) as soon as possible. Contact Barb Baublitz with any questions (717-637-9076). 

St. Mark Eats at Dutch Country Restaurant

October 01, 2019 at 6pm


For October, we are heading to a huge Hanover favorite, Dutch Country Restaurant.  Sign up in the narthex if you have not already done so! 


Looking forward, the event on November 5th, at 6:00pm, is a delicious new addition to our eating schedule, the FirePit Restaurant, 1154 West Elm Avenue.  Great line-up, Fellowship Committee!


As with previous and future Eats, we need to know if you plan on coming or not, since the restaurant needs to know how many are attending.  

St. Mark Coloring Book Group

The Adult Coloring Group continues on Tuesdays, from 10:00am to 12:00 noon in the Bible Study/Sewing Room.


Click the link to go to the Evangelism Ministry's page where you will see the complete schedule.

Mums for October

As we reach the end of the Pentecost season, Fall flowers (mums, this year) line the sanctuary window sills. When they start on October 6, they are fresh and healthy. As the weeks pass and the mums age, they begin to fade so that, by the time we retrieve them after worship on Reformation Sunday, they seem dormant. Worship and Music gave us this beautiful symbolism of the passage of time as we approach All Saints and celebrate the lives of those who have gone to their great reward this past year. Join us on November 3rd for the procession of Saints and volunteer to carry a banner to place on the wall during the reading of the names. 

2019 Crop Walk

The 2019 Crop Walk marks the 50th Anniversary of this event. This year, for Hanover, we will be walking at Codorus, around a two-mile trek. Walkers may pick up their donation forms from the church office. Questions should be directed to Diana Weaver, our intrepid Crop Walk liaison. Please support any or all of our walkers—check out the feet on the wall (if you want to walk and do not see your foot on the wall, please let Alison know). Checks should be made payable to “St. Mark Lutheran Church” with “Crop Walk” noted in the memo line. This year, the donations will be divided between Ruth’s Harvest, God’s Meal Barrel, Head Start, and PAL. There is also a donation jar in the narthex designated for “Crop Walk”.

Holiday Tea at St. Mark

Mark your calendars now for this delicious event at St. Mark. Some of our church ladies will again be hosting this special holiday tea on Sunday, November 17th at 2:00PM. Look for a sign-up in the middle of October for all who want to attend. All you have to do is help support the event with a small fee, bring your tea cup, and be ready to be festive and have a good time.

PAL Reorganization

The Call has been made to reorganize and look at our volunteer staffing, dates, and leadership possibilities of our PAL teams. If you are on a PAL team or would like to join one please try to be at our re-structuring meeting Sunday, Oct. 6th, following morning worship at around 10:30am. We will meet right in the front of the church – yes, that means down front in first few pews.


(“be on the lookout” for you non-police-lingo people) So be on the lookout for more information and posters!

Bible Study

In September, we continue our study of the book of Ezra. We meet in the Bible Study room. We meet on Friday mornings from 10:30am – 12 Noon.


The study of the Book of Nehemiah will begin on Friday, Oct. 11th, at 10:30am in the Bible Study room. The Old Testament Book of Nehemiah relates the Restoration of Jerusalem after the Babylonian Exile. No experience necessary- we even provide the Bibles if you need one. The class is filled with fellowship and learning and is ready for anyone to come and be a part of it – yes, even you!


Come and spend some time learning about this fascinating book. No experience necessary. We even provide the Bibles if you need one. The class is filled with fellowship and learning and is ready for anyone to come and be a part of it.

Did You Know?


Anyone may dedicate a Bulletin or Newsletter: Did you know that next to the flower chart on the bulletin board in the narthex, there is a sign-up sheet for newsletters (for $40.00) or bulletins (for $20.00) that can be donated in honor or memory of someone dear to you? Please sign up or contact the church office if interested at (717)637-8904.

Ruth's Harvest - 2019

has started again for another school year. Ruth’s Harvest is a weekend food program operated by HACC that supplements needs for elementary school children that are fed at school breakfast and lunch programs but would normally go lacking on the weekends. So we help supply them with bags of food to carry home for the weekends. Church teams throughout the area come together to do the work. St. Mark has a team that helps sort food that is delivered to the storage rooms and also a team that packs bags for kids to take home. We could use additional helpers this year in both groups. Simply contact Martha Lippy if you can help sort or Pastor Kirk to help pack at any of the coming dates at the Methodist Church on Middle Street. There is no special skill or training needed, just willingness to help. The schedule for the coming year is as follows: (and yes we get the month of December off). Ruth’s Harvest School Year Schedule of our two teams that volunteer to help:

                                   Tuesday’s 9:00AM                               Thursdys 6:00pm

                                   Sort the Food                                       Pack the Bags     

                                    October 15th                                       October 24th

                                    November 26th                                   November 21st  

                                    N/A                                                        January 23rd  

                                    N/A                                                        February 27th

                                    N/A                                                        March 26th

                                    N/A                                                        April 23rd and April 30th

                                    N/A                                                        May 28th


Additionally donations of single serving fruits, vegetables, and entrees are always needed.

St. Mark’s Monthly Offering for Designated Needs

St. Mark’s Monthly Offering for Designated Needs gives us an opportunity as a congregation to support specific domestic and international needs which are predetermined by our council each year. 


During October, we are given the opportunity to contribute to the YWCA Safe Home.  Recognizing the fact that domestic violence is a serious issue, the Safe Home Program was developed in 1981 by YWCA Hanover.  The foundation of the program is the strong belief that individuals have a right to control their lives and make decisions without fear of assault or degradation.          


To contribute to this month’s designated need, please mail your donations to our office or place them in our weekend collection plates by specifying "Gary Laabs Mission Trip" on your check or the “other” line of any of our weekly offering envelopes.   


Please remember that whenever a donation is made on the “other” line that does not have a written designation, it will automatically be given to the ministry fund designated for that month.

4th Bi-Annual Hanover Area Community Meal Packing Event  

Plans are currently underway for this event to be held in conjunction with Rise Against Hunger (, and we can all help!  Members from HACC congregations joined with others from the community to pack over 43,000 meals last year.  This year, the goal is even higher—to involve over 500 community volunteers to pack 100,000 meals during two packing sessions!  Tom Long has stepped forward to be our liaison for this event and will bring us registration and  more information soon.

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