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!

Sep 03

Church Office Closed

Labor Day

Sep 04

10am Adult Coloring Group

12:30pm Breastfeeding Support Group

6-9pm Reiki Group

Sep 06

9am Sewing Group

3pm Evangelism Comm. Mtg.

6pm St. Mark Eats at Forbidden City

Sep 07

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Sep 09

“God’s Work, Our Hands”

10:20am Sunday Schools resume

Sep 11

7pm Property Comm. Mtg.

Sep 13

9am Sewing Group

1:30pm Social Ministry Comm. Mtg.

6pm Treble Bells

7pm Trinity Choir

Sep 14

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Sep 17

7pm SOS Support Group

7pm Finance Mtg

Sep 18

9:00am St. Mark Group sorts food at Ruth’s

    Harvest on Middle St

10am Adult Coloring Group

7pm Christian Ed. Comm. Mtg.

Sep 19

1pm Greater Hanover Healthcare Committee Mtg. in Parlor

Sep 20

9am Sewing Group

5:30pm Fellowship Comm.  Mtg.

6pm Treble Bells

7pm Trinity Choir

Sep 21

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

*Deadline for October Newsletter*

Sep 23

PAL Team #2

Sep 27

9am Sewing Group

6:00pm Ruth’s Harvest Packing Night

    at Middle St.

6pm Treble Bells

7pm Trinity Choir

6:30pm Guiding Hearts with Hope in Fellowship Hall

Sep 30


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

Time After Pentecost Season

The time following Pentecost is known as the Time After Pentecost. It is sometimes called Ordinary Time. Here, Ordinary Time 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 celebrated as Christ the King Sunday. Sundays in this season are typically refered to as the 'n'th Sunday after Pentecost. 


The 23 to 28 Sundays after Pentecost are often used to focus on various aspects of the Faith, especially the mission of the church in the world. 


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...

Also of Interest

Coat Collection

Coats of Friendship, a group run by young school students (and, I mean young…9 elementary schoolers and 1 middle schooler), is collecting used coats, hats, scarves and gloves (any condition) to be handed out Thanksgiving weekend.

Look for drop off locations at the Markets of Hanover, Rep. Kate Klunk’s office, Hickory Falls Entertainment, and HACC. For more information, call 717-968-2086.

Back to School -- Sunday School

After the summer “break” which consisted of running a fantastic Vacation Bible School, Christian Education is back with the start of all Sunday schools on September 16th.  September 9th is the prelude to Sunday School with the “God’s Work Our Hands” school backpack project.  For adult study, in addition to Pastor’s Friday morning class there is a class on Sunday after worship, starting with “Where do we go from here?”

Thanks, Martha!  Martha Lippy, after many, many, many devoted years as the leader of the Christian Education committee, has decided to “retire” so we give her a huge thank you for her devotion and commitment through the years. The committee welcomes Karen Feeser as the new committee chair. As the future of our church depends on the youth of our church, please give as much support as you are able to this valuable ministry.


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!

Donate for Alzheimer’s Association Walk

A note from Pat Keefer 

I am again participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk September 29th in memory of my late husband Wayne Keefer to help end Alzheimer's. Will you help me fight Alzheimer's by supporting my fundraising efforts?  Your donation will help the Alzheimer's Association continue to provide care and support to the more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer's and their over 15 million caregivers. Your generosity will also help to advance research that will one day lead us to methods of prevention, treatment and, ultimately, a cure for the disease. Every dollar counts in this fight. Can I count on you?  Thank you for your support.

My page: 

Summer Treats

Join us after our Sunday morning service for cookies, muffins, lemonade, and similar goodies.

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). 

Fire and Rescue Personnel Appreciation

Sunday , October 14th


If you want to submit a name(s) of a Fire and Rescue Hero, please complete the Hero Appreciation Form and send it to Alison at the church office.

Block Party

Our Block Party was held on Saturday afternoon, September 8th.   There were food trucks, live music, and entertainment. It was a great time!

All sponsors were recognized on a poster at the event (names only, of course).

Thank you very much for your continuing support!

St. Mark Eats at Dutch Country

October 2018

Our next fun eating event is held at an old favorite -- Dutch Country in Hanover -- date/time are to be announced.

Looking forward to anothe rfun event there.

In order for us to make an appropriate reservation, a sign-up sheet can be found in our narthex.  Car-pooling may be possible with enough interested drivers. 

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. Beginning in August, we will meet twice per month (except in Novembetr).

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

Thanks for Supporting the St. Mark Preschool

Another summer has flown by and once again it’s time to start a new school year.  Both classes are full, and we are busy getting our classrooms ready for the 29 students who will be a part of the St. Mark family this year. As you know, Allison Wentz will continue to teach the 3-year-old class with Idonia Klunk and Stef Reid assisting. Things are a little different in the 4-year-old class this year.  Idonia Klunk will be teaching the class now with Stef Reid and Hanover High School senior, Destiny McKinsey assisting. We are excited to get things started and are looking forward to another great year.


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.  If you forgot to bring in the item you selected off the easel, you can still bring it into the preschool.  Just mark that the item is for the preschool and drop it off in the office.  Thanks also to the church for providing the playground mulch again this year and to anyone who helped apply it to the playground.  In addition, we can’t thank Wally enough for everything he does for us!!  We totally appreciate it.


Thanks again for all your support, Allison Wentz, Director

Mark Your Calendars!

Heads up on a couple events for October. 

Blessing of the Pets is scheduled for Saturday, October 13th  

Hero Appreciation Sunday is scheduled for Sunday, October 14th.


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

Sunday Potluck Brunch

On Sunday, August 26, following morning worship, Fellowship Committee hosted a potluck brunch.  Great food, great fun, and a great time!!

Thanks, Fellowship Committee.

We can hardly wait until the next one.

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.

Giant A+ School Rewards Program

If you are a Giant shopper, don’t forget to participate in the Giant A+ School Rewards Program to benefit our preschool.

This program does not cost you anything or take from your own bonus points, it is a separate program to help local schools like our preschool. The preschool ID # is 22783. 

You can sign up on-line at under “Savings and Rewards” by having your rewards card number handy, or call 1-888-814-4268, Option 1.  If you registered last year, you do NOT need to re-register.  Thank you!

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


Ruth’s Harvest is starting again for another school year. 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: (and yes we get the month of December off)


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. 

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.     

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.

HACC Employment Opportunities 

Changing Lives Shelter is looking for two part-time Shelter Workers to join the team.  The first position is for the overnight shift from 11:00pm-7:00am including weekend rotations.  The second position is for evening shifts including weekends.  For more information, contact HACC at 717-633-6353.

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.

No one is shut out from this joy; all share the same reason for rejoicing. Our Lord, victor over sin and death, finding no man free from sin, came to free us all. Let the saint rejoice as he sees the palm of victory at hand. Let the sinner be glad as he receives the offer of forgiveness. Let the pagan take courage as he is summoned to life.