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!

August 03

3pm Evangelism Comm

August 07

2pm Bingo at Utz  Social Comm

August 09

St. Mark volunteers serve at HAC Clothing Bank

August 10

6:30-800 “Guiding Hearts”

   Family Skills – sewing room

August 12

August 13

August 16

6:30pm Fellowship Movie

Mary Berry Retirement Celebration

Follows worship in office hallway

Bells Article Deadline

August 17

Fellowship Meeting


August 20

Land and Season Worship

August 22

Congregation Council Meeting

August 24

5:45-8:00 “Guiding Hearts”

   Drum Circles – Codorus or  in

     Fellowship hall

August 25

Assemble Sept. “Bells”

August 27

August 28

PAL team serves HACC

Red Cross Blood Drive 1:30-6:30pm @ St. Matthew Lutheran Church


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.

Organ Recital by Hanover Native

Hanover native Cameron Wentz will present an organ recital at

St Mark Lutheran Church here in Hanover on Sunday, Sept 3 at 4pm.

Click the "Go to Worship & Music Page" link below, then scroll to that page's bottom to read more about the Recital.

Red Cross Blood Drive

The Red Cross has scheduled a blood drive at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 30 West Chestnut Street, Hanover, on Monday, August 28 from 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  Summer blood donors are needed!

Preschool Registration - 2017-2018

Registration update for the 2017-2018 school year: The classes for 3 -4 Year-Olds and for 4-5 year-olds are now full for the 2017-2018 School Year.  

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

Drum Circles for Healing (Stress Reduction) 

 The next Drum Circles for Healing is scheduled on August 24 at 6:15 pm with the theme TRANSFORMATION at the Codorus State Park Band Shell area, weather permitting.  

In case of rain, it will be held at our church from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in Fellowship Hall.  For more information and to pre-register, please contact Martha King (717-968-3803) or  There is a $5.00 donation fee.

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

Program is on hiatus for the summer – so any donations need to have expiration dates past September 15th. Donations sought in June with Fall or later expiration dates would be Cereal, Oatmeal packets, Breakfast bars.

All single serving please!

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 August our designated need will be the Hanover Area Council of Churches – Ruth’s Harvest. 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 “VNA” on your check and the “other” line of your offering envelopes.

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.