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

Happy New Year (office is closed today)

Jan 02

12:30pm Breastfeeding Support Group

6-9pm Reiki Group

6pm St. Mark Eats @ Longhorn Steakhouse

Jan 04

9:00am Sewing Group

Evangelism Committee 3pm

Ruth’s Harvest Packing 6pm @ Middle St Church

Jan 05

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Jan 09

7pm Property Comm. Meeting

Jan 11

9am Sewing Group

6-6:45pm TrebleBells

7-8:30pm Trinity Choir

Jan 12

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Jan 14

10:20am Sunday School Confirm'n Class 

Year In Review Reports are Due

Jan 15

7pm SOS Support Group

7pm Finance Comm. Mtg

Jan 16

7pm Christian Ed. Comm. Meeting

Jan 17

February “Bells” Newsletter Deadline

Jan 18

9am Sewing Group

5:30pm Fellowship Comm.

6-6:45pm TrebleBells

7-8:30pm Trinity Choir

Jan 19

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Jan 23

7pm Congregational

Council in Sewing/Bible Study Room

Jan 25

9am Sewing Group

6-6:45pm TrebleBells

6:30pm Guiding Hearts Drum Circles in FH

7-8:30pm Trinity Choir

Jan 26

9am Newsletter Assembly

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Jan 28

PAL Team #3 serves lunch at HACC



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

Advent - A Season of Hope & Expectation

The season of Advent has its origins in France and Spain in the 4th and 5th centuries. As early as 380, the Council of Saragossa urged faithful Christians to attend church every day from December 17 through Epiphany (January 6). 

Advent is a season of quiet anticipation and expectation. It is also a time of sober patience. Blue or purple are the sanctuary colors for Advent. Blue is associated with Advent, suggesting hope. Some assemblies use purple in Advent, a color associated with royalty as the church awaits the newborn king.

Also of Interest

Clean-up Time

Saying Goodby to Christmas 2017:  Saturday, January 6th, is CLEAN UP DAY, starting at 9:00am.  All of the wreaths, trees, decorations that were so painstakingly and time consumingly put up in and around the church have to come down. 

Help us get ready for the season of Epiphany.

End of Year Reports 

Committee Chairpersons and Ministry Groups are reminded that the year in review reports are due in the office by January 14th so that they can be compiled and available for pick-up.  At the end of January, we will have our annual congregational meeting to review our past year and look forward to the new year, seeking God’s will in our mission.  We will address questions and/or concerns of the congregation so look for details on date and time.

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

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!!!

The Concert Series

Emmanuel United Church of Christ has posted its 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.

Schedule information can be gotten from their web site ( or by contacting their church (717-632-8281 or via email at

Preschool News - 2018

We 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 may also donate to the preschool using your offering envelopes.  Just write “Preschool Donation” on the “Other” line.   

            The local clothing bank has expressed a need for children’s clothing.  Miss Jean has offered to collect clothing at the preschool and deliver it to the clothing bank.  If you have any children’s clothing new or gently used that you would like to donate, there is a collection bin located by the preschool classrooms.

            Registration for the 2018-2019 school year will begin in January for current students and their families.  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.

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.”


For your donations, please use the “other” category on your regular offering envelope or note December designated need or Community Progress Council of Hanover 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.

Around the Community

Lutheran Camping News: Kirchenwald Winter Youth Retreat, January 5-7, for youths in grades 3 through 9. Have fun sledding, playing snow soccer and other winter games.  Creative Bible studies and worship experiences led by the summer camp counselors are an important part of this retreat. Upcoming 2018 CampPerson Meetings are available throughout January at several locations or is also available on-line between January 7 and 31 at training/. Remember, campers from a CampPerson congregation receive a $10.00 discount on their summer camp registration!

Adams Apple Bus Tours: Thursday, February 8 at 7:30pm, enjoy RIVERDANCE! at the American Music Theatre for a cost of $75.00. Snacks are provided. Meet at the St. Mark parking lot at 5:15. Then, on Tuesday, March 20, travel to Washington DC to see the Tomb of Christ for $60.00. Leaving at 7:45 am, there will be time to tour the Smithsonian Castle. Call Linda Bolin at 717-633-6426 or e-mail to 

Spring Blooms: The American Cancer Society invites us to celebrate an early spring with Daffodil Days Hope by the Bunch. Bunches of daffodils are available for a $10.00 donation and potted mini-daffodils in memory or honor of special individuals are available for a $15.00 donation. All orders and money must be turned in by Friday, January 26th. Flowers will be available for pick-up at Aldus Brewing Company on Thursday, March 22nd from 4:00-7:00pm. Contact Jenna Klunk for more information at 814-695-9232, Option 3 or e-mail

Happy Golden Anniversary: Well, officially, it is the month of February, but 2018 is the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Hanover Area Council of Churches. A lot of things have changed since that initial beginning. This next year follow HACC as it continues to follow and expand the path that the Lord has led the dedicated volunteers who started this organization. The Annual meeting on February 5th will be the kick off.  An Open House Thank You will be on April 8th at the HACC building.

8th Annual Hanover Has Talent: Applications are now being accepted for what has become one of Hanover’s favorite annual traditions. Sponsored by Grace United Church of Christ and Acts of Kindness Theater Company, Hanover Has Talent x8 is set for Saturday, February 3rd, at Eichelberger Performing Arts Center. For more information, please contact the Church at 717-632-1146 or  Proceeds benefit the HACC Changing Lives Shelter.

"Hanover Cares:  House the Homeless” Marathon: Turn in to the live broadcast on WHVR 1280 AM February 8th and 9th for this marathon to benefit the Changing Lives Homeless Shelter and programs for the homeless provided by Turning Point.

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.