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!

Jan 01


New Year’s Day

Jan 03

9am Sewing Group

3pm Evangelism Comm. Mtg (at Panera’s)

6pm St. Mark Eats at Perkins Restaurant

Jan 04

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Jan 06

Epiphany of Our Lord

Jan 07

8:30am Counters

Jan 08

7pm Property Comm. Mtg.

Jan 09

6pm Treble Bells

7pm Trinity Choir

Jan 10

8:00am – 4pm Synod Boundary Training Workshop

9am Sewing Group

1:30pm Social Ministry Committee Mtg

Jan 11

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Jan 13

Baptism of Our Lord

3:30pm FISH Youth Club

Jan 14

8:30am Counters

Jan 16

6pm Treble Bells

7pm Trinity Choir

Jan 17

9am Sewing Group

5:30pm Fellowship Committee Mtg

Jan 18

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Jan 20

2nd Sunday After Epiphany

2:00pm Preassembly Meeting of Hanover Lutheran Conference

Jan 21

8:30am Counters

7pm SOS Support Group

7pm Finance Mtg.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Observed)

Jan 22

7pm Congregation Council

Jan 23

6pm Treble Bells

7pm Trinity Choir

Jan 24

9am Sewing Group

6:30pm Drum Circles in Fellowship Hall

Jan 25

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Jan 27

3rd Sunday After Epiphany

9:00am  Traditional Worship

10:20am Sunday Schools

Provide-A-Lunch at HACC - PAL Team #3

Jan 28

8:30am Counters

Jan 30

6pm Treble Bells

7pm Trinity Choir

Jan 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 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...

Souper Bowl Sunday

SOUPER Bowl Sunday is coming up February 3rd.

When the world celebrates with billions spent on one football game there are millions still living with need. Help tackle hunger this Souper Sunday.

From now to February 3rd we will be collecting cans of soup or other foods. Please consider giving to the Food Drive Which will support our HACC homeless Shelter and PAL foodbank.

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.

Undecorating Fun !!

With Christmas past, we also need many people on the last day of the season of Christmas, on January 5 at 9:00am, to undecorate and get ready for the season of Epiphany! Pleae join us.

HACC’s Service of Prayer for Christian Unity


January 27th, 3:00pm, at Hanover Church of the Brethren, 601 Wilson Avenue, Hanover (across from Hanover High School). Come join in prayer and worship.


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). 

St. Mark Eats at Perkins

January 03, 2019

We had about a big party at the Hanover Railside, filling two large tables (pretty much the whole back room).  Lots of fun, food, fellowship!  For the New Year, we will be celebrating on Thursday, January 3, 6:00pm, at Perkins Restaurant so sign up for some good eatin’ on the miracle mile! 

Looking to February, we head to Legends Food and Drink on Poplar Street, Hanover, on Tuesday, February 5, at 6:00pm.  This is a new one for me and, judging from the menu, it will be great—burgers, fries, fish, the “Stevie Nicks”, what’s not to like?

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.


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.



Stir Fry Night at St. Mark

Speaking of great food and fellowship….


The Fellowship Committee is hosting a Stir Fry Night on January 26 at 6:30pm for children and/or adults. 


The cost for adults is $12.00 and children under 12 is $9.00 which buys the food you choose to use in your stir fry. Chef Rick Pado is the master of ceremonies and teacher for the evening. 


Unfortunately, due to kitchen cooktop capacity, attendance must be limited to 16 people so sign up as soon as possible on the beautiful sign up poster in the narthex!


Haiti Mission Trip-Feb. 2019

Gary Laabs will be going on a medical-surgical mission to Haiti. Donations are sought in support of this mission and may be made directly to Gary, sent to the Hanover  First Church of God at 600 Fairview Drive, Hanover, or may be included in your church offering by writing on the “other” line — Gary Laabs-Haiti Trip. Donations are also needed of pain relievers (such as aspirin, ibuprophen, Advil, Bufferin, Motrin, Tylenol, Aleve) and vitamins (but, no gummies, please). A box is located in the narthex for these items.



(“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

It’s that time of year when the preschool is busy, busy, BUSY.  Both classes are preparing for Christmas.  The 3-year-old class will have their Christmas Program/Party on Thursday, December 20th at 10:45 am.  The 4-year-old class will have their Christmas Program/Party on Friday, December 21st at 10:30 am.  Both programs will be held in Fellowship Hall and anyone is very welcome to attend.

            The preschool is also working hard to raise some money for new/replacement items for the classroom.  We are currently having a Santa Letter Fundraiser. Would your son, daughter, niece, nephew, neighbor, or grandchild love to receive a letter from Santa himself?  For $5.00, these child(ren) will receive a personal letter from Santa to him/her!  The deadline for Santa letters is MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2018, to ensure Santa gets them written and sent before Christmas.  Order forms are located on the table in the bell tower room.

            We also 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.

            Registration for the 2019-2020 school year will begin in January for current students and their families as well as members of St. Mark Church.  We will open registration to the public beginning February 1st.  If you know any families that might be interested, please tell them to check us out. 

            Everyone involved in the preschool wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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: (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. 

January’s offering benefits Lutheran Disaster Relief (LDR) to “bring God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world.”  

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.

Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour - 1868