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

Worship and Music Comm.

Oct 02

 Bingo at Utz Terrace 2:00 pm 

Oct 03

Adult Coloring Group 10:00-12:00   Hospital Breastfeed Supp. Gr. 12:30-         2:30 pm    

Reiki Group 6 pm – 9 pm    

St. Mark Eats at El Rodeo 6 pm 

Oct 05

Evangelism Comm. 3 pm 

Oct 07

 Blessing of the Pets 2 pm 

Oct 10

 Property Comm.  7 pm 

Oct 11

 Super Seniors Luncheon 12:00 pm 

Oct 13

Beta Delta Mtg. 6 pm 

Oct 16

SOS Support Group 7 pm     Finance Comm. 7 pm 

Oct 17

Christian Ed. Comm. 7pm 

Oct 19

Fellowship Comm. 5:30pm 

Oct 24

Congregation Council  7:00pm

Oct 26

Evangelism Comm 3 pm 

Oct 29

Hanover Lutheran Conf. Special

  Reformation Worship @ St Mark 4 pm 


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 Event

Time After Pentecost Begins

The sanctuary color for the season is dark green, although other shades of green are commonly used. Green has traditionally been associated with new life and growth.

Even in Hebrew in the Old Testament, the same word for the color “green” also means “young.” 

In Christian tradition, green came to symbolize the life of the church following Pentecost, as well as symbolizing the hope of new life in the resurrection. ​​​​​​​

Also of Interest

New Office Hours

Our church office is open from 11am-3pm Monday through Friday while Alison Peterson, our new Office Coordinator is scheduled to be at her desk. Alison's email is

Pastor Kirk may be in at other times earlier and later, but to be definitely sure to see someone in the office, please plan to come in or call between 11am and 3 pm any weekday.

Labor Day Congregation Prayers

At the worship services on Saturday, September 2nd, and Sunday, September 3rd, we will offer prayers for our congregation and the labor they do or have done.

Please stop by the narthex table this weekend before or after the service and write down your career(s), past or present so we are all represented!

The Concert Series

Emmanuel United Church of Christ has posted its 2017 and 2018 Concert Series.  The annual concert series serves as an outreach to Hanover and surrounding communities.  All concerts are free and open to the public.

Preschool Registration - 2017-2018

It’s that time of year again -- a new school year is starting. Both classes are currently full and we are excited to get things going. Allison Wentz will continue to teach the 3 year old class and be the director, Jean Grader will teach the 4 year old class, and Idonia Klunk and Sandy Bowman will be our teacher assistants for both the 3 and 4 year old classes. 

            The preschool board 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. 


To learn more about registering your child and for more informatin about our preschool, click the link below.

The Community Garden

The Hanover Council of Churches Community Garden space (hosted at St. Mark) will again this year help stock the food bank and PAL lunch with fresh vegetables and to educate people to proper diets and proper gardening techniques.

If interested in helping with this project, our contact person is Tom Long who can be reached

at 225-3494.

Volunteers Needed at HACC

There is an opening on the Public Worship committee, with Fr Doug Smith’s retirement later this month. 

There is a need for a Co-chair of the clothing bank and clothing bank volunteers.

There is a need for a first vice-president now that Rev. David Miller has announced his retirement in the summer.

Additionally Pastor Kirk could use more members on the Community Needs Committee that he chairs and we are still looking for a coordinator of the community garden projects.

And if you would like to serve on any of our PAL teams (we serve on the 4th Sunday of each month) simply talk with Sally Hershey, Shellene Griffin or Carol Pado.

Many other areas need who people can volunteer at HACC’s homeless shelter, PAL lunch, Ruth’s Harvest, medical clinic, Hispanic Center, resource center, or office work. Just contact Carol Hinkle at 633-6353 to serve.

Ruth's Harvest is on Hiatus for the Summer

Thursday, September 14th, at 6:00 pm is our church’s turn for packing bags.  Join us at the First United Methodist social room on Middle Street as we pack the bags for kids to take food staples home for the weekend.

Beginning November 1st, items will be collected for HACC food pantry, Ruth’s Harvest and the ASPCA. 

While food is always appreciated for all, paper products and cleaning supplies are also necessary to the pantry and to the animal shelter.  As those great “buy one get one free” sales pop up, consider the buy one give one option.  Just check the expiration dates to make sure they have some shelf life. 

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 September our designated need will be the Sweet Charities Cancer Patient Fund. The Cancer Patient Fund was established in 2005 to make a difference in the lives of individuals suffering from cancer and their families.  When in need beyond medical treatment or hospital bills, families can turn to this fund to pay for daily living expenses, such as rent or mortgage, food, utility bills and other essentials. Administered by Hanover Hospital’s Social Work Department, the fund is there to help be a steady rock for patients.

For your donations, please use the “other” category on your regular offering envelope or note April designated need or Medical Mission International on the memo line of your check. Please remember, however, 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.

Heroic Proportions: a CD of Worship Music

Featuring the St. Mark Organ

Now you can purchase a CD of worship music by reknowned organist

Felix Hell, played on the fabulous St. Mark organ.

He leads me beside still waters;

He restores my soul.