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!

Mar 01

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

World Day of Prayer (at St. Matthew Lutheran Church)

Mar 04

8:30am Counters

Mar 05

6pm Reiki Group

6pm St. Mark Eats at LongHorn Steakhouse

Mar 06

Ash Wednesday Worship 7PM

Mar 07


9am Sewing Group

3pm Evangelism Committee Meeting at Panera’s

Mar 08

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Mar 10

1st Sunday in Lent

3:30pm FISH Youth Club

Daylight Saving Time Begins

Mar 11

8:30am Counters

2pm Bingo at Utz Terrace

Mar 12

7pm Property Committee Meeting

Mar 13

6pm Soup Dinner and Bible Study

6pm Treble Bells

7pm Trinity Choir

Mar 14

9am Sewing Group

1:30pm Social Ministry Committee

Mar 15

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Mar 17

2nd Sunday in Lent

St. Patrick's Day

Mar 18

8:30am Counters

7pm SOS Support Group

7pm Finance Mtg.

Mar 19

9am Ruth’s Harvest Sort

Mar 20

6pm Soup Dinner and Bible Study

6pm Treble Bells

7pm Trinity Choir

Mar 21

9am Sewing Group

5:30pm Fellowship Committee

Mar 22

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Mar 24

3rd Sunday in Lent

PAL Team #2

Mar 25

8:30am Counters

Mar 26

7pm Congregational Council Meeting

Mar 27

8:30am UPMC-CPI

6pm Soup Dinner and Bible Study

6pm Treble Bells

7pm Trinity Choir

Mar 28

9am Sewing Group

6pm Ruth’s Harvest Pack

6:30pm Drum Circles in Fellowship Hall

Mar 29

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Mar 31

4th Sunday in Lent

Healing Service




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 Thursday

Trinity Choir Thursday

“Guiding Hearts”

Bible Study

Private Counseling

This Month's Main Events

Seasons of Christmas and Epiphany

Christmas begins with Christmas Day, December 25, and lasts for Twelve Days until Epiphany, January 6, which looks ahead to the mission of the church to the world in light of the Nativity. The one or two Sundays between Christmas Day and Epiphany are sometimes called Christmastide. 

For many Protestant church traditions, the season of Epiphany extends from January 6th until Ash Wednesday, which begins the season of Lent leading to Easter.  Depending on the timing of Easter, this longer period of Epiphany includes from four to nine Sundays. In some western traditions, the last Sunday of Epiphany is celebrated as Transfiguration Sunday...

Celebrate Jesus' Resurrection 


Easter Flowers

Ash Wednesday is March 6 this year, ushering in the season of Lent. With Lent, we have soup dinners, Bible study, and the ordering of Easter flowers. This year, the pew convenience envelopes include order forms for the lilies, hyacinths and tulips at $11.00 per plant. Orders may be given to Alison or dropped off at or mailed to the church office. The final deadline for ordering is Monday, April. 


Small Wrapped Candy Needed

The annual Easter Egg hunt is scheduled for Saturday, April 20th at 10:30am. But we will need lots of small wrapped candies so that the eggs can be loaded. Please drop off any donations in the marked bin in the narthex. Also be sure to look for the sign up for the children soon.



Also of Interest

Inclement Weather Policy

Unfortunately (depending on your perspective), it’s that time of year again where snow, ice, cold, wet, and any myriad of weather conditions may affect our ability to conduct worship.  For possible St. Mark closings, we can follow WGAL for any closings or delays and WGAL.COM.  We will do our best to leave messages on the church website, church telephone, and send e-mails where able.  Please keep us updated on your contact information.

Sunday School Project 

As we head into March, the piggy banks (or barns) should be getting pretty full. This is an ongoing project until Easter. Help us collect money to provide animals for people in need.  An animal can make a world of difference for a family in need. Animals provide food to eat and fertilizer to sell on the market. With our gifts, we can help a family escape the cycle of hunger and poverty for good. We hope that everyone at St. Mark (children, youth, and adults) will help with this project. Look for the banks in the narthex, take one home and start saving your change. THANK YOU!

St. Mark at the Movies

Come join in the fantasy world come to life, when a storybook princess meets her real prince, a single father living on the upper east side of Manhattan. A true romantic comedy with just a bit of magic will entertain you. Bring your favorite snack food to share with the group and join us after worship on Saturday, February 16th at 6:30pm in the church parlor.

The Seder Meal:

Seeing Christ in the Passover

Wednesday, April 3rd at 6:00pm, we will have a Jews for Jesus presentation of the traditional Seder meal here in the St. Mark Fellowship Hall. To properly prepare we need to have all reservations for this dinner event in by March 20th to the church office. Additionally we could use some volunteers to help plan, shop, prepare and clean up for this church and community event. See Karen Feeser if you are able to help or support this experiential dinner during our Lenten Journey.

Slagle Scholarship 

In 2019 we will again award $750 scholarship to a graduating senior of Hanover or South Western High School who plans to enter the nursing profession, the ministry or other religious work, or attend a vocational school.

            Applications were mailed to both schools and should therefore be available in their guidance offices.  Completed applications must be received to St. Mark or POST-MARKED by Monday, April 1st.

Stolte Scholarship

The Stolte Scholarship Fund provides a one-time grant of $1,000.00 to an individual pursuing a career in the field of ministry, missions, or humanitarian service.  Interested applicants must be residents of the greater Hanover area and should be a high school senior, college student, or seminary student.  For more information, contact Kathy Bortner at 717-637-6973 or  Applications may be obtained from the Hanover Area Council of Churches or from our church office.


What is FISH?

-- Calling All Parents and Calling All Youth --  

Our youth are a very important part of St. Mark!  We already have an awesome preschool for very young youth but we are now organizing a fun fellowship (“FISH”) for older youth -- one for grade school to middle school ages, and one for teenagers. 

Teens, we wound like your help and help from some of your friends including those not part of our congregation. We want a successful teen program. As we kick off, we want you to help us plan the program. Join us at the church (day and time is not yet determined) to talk about the program and how best to begin. What is the best method (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or other) to tell you about our events and activities? Speaking of events and activities, tell us in what worthwhile and fun things are you and your friends interested. Sporting events, nature conservation, local actions to help our needy citizens, non-monetary educational assistance -- these are just some of the areas where you and your friends might have interest.

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


Join us after our Sunday morning service for pastries and coffee.


To volunteer to provide those tasty treats, there is a sign-up ready for these weekly fellowship times during the summer. If we don’t have enough sign-ups we might have no goodies those weeks, and our fellowship time would be much lessened. [Insert sad face here]


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

Lutheran Camping News

March 15-17, 2019—A Spring Quilting Retreat for women to share fellowship and talents at Camp Kirchenwald.  Cost for both days is $155.00.  Registration forms are available at or by calling 717-677-8211.


March 17 and April 7—from 2:00-4:30pm, Summer Camp Open House at Kirchenwald and Nawakwa to meet some of the Summer Camp Staff and take a tour of the camp.  New campers will receive a $10.00 gift certificate to the camp store!


March 30—A Lenten Day Apart at The Wittel Farm from 9:00am-3:00pm led by Rev. Gretchen Ierien with a registration fee of $15.00 to cover the cost of the program and meals.


For more camping information, brochures may be obtained from or 717-677-8211.  In addition, we have some available on the table in our church bell tower room.

St. Mark Eats at Longhorn Steakhouse

March 05, 2019

Grab your cowboy hat and boots ‘cause we’re roundin’ up at LongHorn Steakhouse in Hanover on Tuesday, March 5, at 6:00pm.  Yee haw and giddy-up for this rodeo of fun! 

Just to keep it really interesting, we head to the other side of the world (culinarily, that is) at Lu Hibachi Buffet on April 2nd.

Please do your best to sign up as soon as possible because we will be doing our utmost to confirm our reservation two weeks in advance.

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.


In 2019, there will be no meetings in January, February, or March.


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

ELCA World Hunger Good Gifts Project

We will be collecting for the ELCA World Hunger Good Gifts project again this year starting January 1st through Easter Sunday. Pick up a piggy bank or a Global Barnyard bank and start putting aside your loose change for such a worthy cause.

After Easter we will count all the money donated and the children in Sunday school will decide what animals or farm materials to send to third world families in need. Perhaps we will be sending a few goats, chickens, beehives and orchards, but a cow or llama or two wouldn’t be bad also.

So pick up a bank and start collecting your change. Easter is only a few months away.

Lenten Soup Dinners

Ash Wednesday ushers us into the Season of Lent on Wednesday, March 6. The Lenten Soup Dinners will start on March 13th, and continue each week through the Lenten season at 6:00pm. We are in need of soup makers and bread donations for each of the weeks of Lent. So be sure to watch for the sign-up in the narthex as soon as it is posted in February.

Diapers for Lent

With the Lenten Season comes diapers--Social Ministry’s Annual Diaper Drive. Watch for the table in the narthex marked by the baby steeple and start stacking (new) diapers for HACC, New Hope Ministries, and TenderCare.

Holy Week is Coming

Worship and Music along with the Trinity Choir and Bells are excited to remind everyone that April brings with it the joy of Palm Sunday, the pain of betrayal, the crucifixion, spoken vigil and the glorious resurrection of our Lord, Jesus! It all begins on April 14th so mark your calendars, rejoice, Christ has died, Christ has Risen, sing Hallelujah!


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

Romans: A Bible Study

In October we began a new study of the letter to the Romans. We meet in the Bible Study room.

This letter stands through the ages as St. Paul’s systematic treatise of faith and Jesus Christ. In other words, this letter to his friends in Rome is a compilation of all that he had been teaching, preaching and evangelizing throughout the churches of his day. Come and spend some time in this New Testament letter. 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.

St. Mark Preschool

We have a GoFundMe page online where you can make a donation to the preschool.  If you would like to donate, the web address is  You can also donate to the preschool using your offering envelopes.  Just write “Preschool Donation” on the “Other” line.  Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

The Joe Corbi fundraiser is in progress with a delivery date of March 28.

We have a large poster with the brochure in the church hallway.

Please choose your selections and sign up…if you cannot fit your order on the poster just drop off your orders in the church office.

Join Our Archiving Effort

The Archives Committee is interested in volunteers who might be willing to help organize and label current materials, type archival records into the computer, assist with creating an online resource for St. Mark and others.  Any time or talent that you might be willing to give is more than welcome.  Contact Martha Howells or Vivian Cullison for information.  Just think what you might learn about the history of Hanover and St. Mark!!!

Ruth's Harvest - 2018/2019

Another school year and Ruth’s Harvest has begun again. Ruth’s Harvest is a weekend food program 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. Just come to the event at the Methodist Church on Middle Street. There is no special skill or training needed, just willingness to help. See Martha Lippy or Pastor Kirk for more information.

            The schedule for the coming year is as follows: 


Tuesday’s 9:00AM Sort the Food

September 18th

October 16th

November 27th

January 22nd

February 19th

March 19th

April 16th

May date to be scheduled???

Thursday’s 6:00PM Pack the Bags

September 27th

October 18th

November 29th

January 24th

February 28th

March 28th

April 25th

May 23rd

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. 

March’s offering benefits Olivia’s House of Hanover. Olivia's House is an organization of caregiving professionals and volunteers committed to supporting grieving children. Its purpose is to facilitate healing through grief and loss education. As the premier free-standing, independent grief and loss center, they are dedicated to having the capabilities to support the growing needs of the community. In doing so, Olivia's House will become the primary resource for local and national grief and loss education.    

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.

Christ before me, Christ beside me,