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!

Nov 05

All Saints Sunday

Worship & Music Comm

New Hope Christmas Tree Gift

      Tags Start

InGathering begins

Nov 06

Deadline for Soup Sale

Bingo at Utz Terrace 2:00 pm 

Nov 07

Adult Coloring Group 10:00-12:00      

St. Mark Eats 6 pm 

Nov 11

Veteran's Day 

Soup Pick-up after worship



Nov 12

'Land and Seasons' worship service

Soup Pick-up after worship time

Nov 14

Property Comm.

Nov 21

Council Meeting

Christian Ed. Comm

Nov 22


Thanksgiving Eve Worship 7 pm 

Nov 23

Thanksgiving Day



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

Give a Gift This Christmas

The gift tags are on the tree for the New Hope Christmas Express gift drive. The items are for children through adults and will be used to enable families in need to have gifts to exchange this Christmas. If you would like to donate, simply take a tag – get the gift – and return it back to the church Christmas tree by Dec. 3rd. No need for wrapping. Thanks.

St. Mark Pre-school GoFundMe

The preschool is trying GoFundMe this year as a way to raise funds to pay for special purchases for the children and classrooms.  We are hoping to raise $1,000.00 to help pay for a basketball hoop, 2 sand boxes, an IPad, 2 tricycles, an area rug for the 4’s class and a musical instrument set.  Please consider making a donation on  For those that lack the computer access, you may donate by writing a check out to the St. Mark Preschool and writing “Fundraiser” on the memo line.  Thank you

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!

Guiding Hearts with Hope Fundraiser

Don’t forget November 11 for designing your own etched stemless glass(es) at the Art Therapy Studio in Hanover.  Contact Martha King at for more information and to register or visit

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 - InGathering

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 November our designated need will be New Hope Ministries where people can go if they are hungry, lost their job, or need a little extra help.  To learn more about how they are helping our neighbors in need, please visit

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.

Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?

He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.