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!

Dec 02

10:20am Worship & Music Comm. Mtg

Dec 03

8:30am Counters

Dec 04

10am Adult Coloring Group

12:30pm Breastfeeding Support Group

6pm Reiki Group

6pm St. Mark Eats at Hanover Railside Family Diner

Dec 05

6pm Treble Bells

7pm Trinity Choir

Dec 06

9am Sewing Group

3pm Evangelism Committee Meeting (at Panera’s)

Dec 07

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Dec 09

2pm Felix Hell Organ Concert

3:30pm FISH Youth Club (?)

Dec 10

8:30am Counters

Dec 11

6:30pm Council Dinner at Perkins

Dec 12

6pm Treble Bells

7pm Trinity Choir

Dec 13

9am Sewing Group

1:30pm Social Ministry Committee Mtg

Dec 14

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Dec 17

8:30am Counters

7pm SOS Support Group

7pm Finance Mtg

Dec 18

10am Adult Coloring Group

7pm Christian Ed. Comm. Mtg.

Dec 19

6pm Treble Bells

7pm Trinity Choir

Dec 20

9am Sewing Group

5:30pm Fellowship Committee Mtg.

6:30pm Drum Circles in Fellowship Hall

Dec 21

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Dec 22

9:00 am decorating followed by fellowship Brunch

Dec 23


PAL Team #2

Dec 24

Christmas Eve

3:30pm and 6:40pm Christmas Eve Worship

Dec 25

Christmas Day

Church Office Closed

Dec 26

No Choir Rehearsals

Dec 27

9am Sewing Group

Dec 28

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

9am Newsletter Assembly

Dec 31

New Year's Eve




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

Season of Advent and Christmas

The church year in the West begins with a preparatory season called “Advent.” The word “advent” comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning “appearing” or “coming,” referring to the appearing of a great king or even a god. In Christian usage, it refers to the appearing of Jesus Christ in two ways - His first appearing as the Child born of the Virgin Mary and His second appearing in glory on the Last Day to judge the living and the dead. Advent isn’t only about getting ready for Christmas; it’s also about getting ready for Jesus’ final appearing in glory on the Last Day...

Christmas Eve Worship

Monday, December 24, is CHRISTMAS EVE!  


On Sunday, December 23, we will be enjoying our annual Christmas “Impromptu” Pageant which is always a great way to jump into the Christmas spirit!  Kids of all ages are needed to fill the roles – so be ready.

On Christmas Eve, we have two worship opportunities.  For the young and young at heart, or any early birds, we have our 3:30pm worship of carols and lessons.  For us night owls, we have our traditional candlelighting lessons and carols worship beginning at 6:40pm with the Festal Prelude and worship at 7:00pm.  So, please join us in making our spirits bright this 2018 holiday season!

Advent Schedule

Advent is the time of Preparing for the coming Incarnation of our Lord at Christmas.


December 1st/2nd Advent One

Time for preparation has come – time to prepare for the coming of Christ.

The advent wreath and outside door wreaths go up to remind us of the growth

of God’s love that is without beginning or end – everlasting.


December 8th/9th Advent Two

Awaiting the coming of Christ.

Wreaths and greenery are hung throughout the inside of the church

to continue to remind us of the ever growing love of God

and Spirit that fills us with the light of God.


December 15th/16th Advent Three

Anticipation is building for the coming of Christ.

An evergreen tree stands in the sanctuary as a symbol

that even in the dark and cold of winter, life continues.


Saturday 9am December 22nd

Join the group decorating the tree

and setting up pew candles

followed by a fellowship brunch.


December 22nd/23rd Advent Four

We are on the edge of the fulfillment of Christ’s coming

9:00 am Worship will be the Impromptu Christmas Pageant.


Christmas Eve Worship

3:30 pm Afternoon Worship

& 6:40 Festal Prelude with

   7pm Candlelight Lesson & Carols Worship 


December 3oth   1st Sunday of Christmas

Healing Service with Carol singing

Praising God with us.



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.

Decorating Fun !!

With Christmas comes decorating—Saturday, December 22 at 9:00am join the decorating party as we dress up the Christmas tree and get the candelabras set. This will be followed by a breakfast fellowship brunch (after all, St. Mark does eat).  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!

Felix Hell in Concert


Felix Hell, a world-renowned organist, will be giving an Advent organ concert here at St. Mark!


Come and enjoy this afternoon concert on Sunday afternoon, December 9, at 2:00pm.  The cost of the concert is FREE to all thanks to a generous donation from a music loving supporter.


However, a freewill offering will be collected to show our gratitude to Mr. Hell for his time and effort.  Additionally his various compact discs will be available for purchase including the 2017 CD “Heroic Proportions” recorded right here at St. Mark Lutheran, filled with music of JS Bach, Franck, Barber, Stewart and Willan

Holiday Tea at St. Mark


Sunday, November 18th, St. Mark hosted ladies and gentlemen to a five course tea event. What a great time!


“To the Ladies of St. Mark that had the Holiday Tea, Thank you for the delightful day, delicious food and friendship.  Sincerely, Jane Bish.”  Ditto from all of us who were fortunate enough to attend this awesome event!


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 Railside

December 04, 2018


Mark your calendars for a delicious meal at the Hanover Railside Family Diner on Dec. 4th, at 6pm.  As the buffet selections will be predetermined, the price is pre-set at $14.00 per person, tip not included. 


For the New Year, we will be celebrating on Thursday, January 3, at Perkins Restaurant so sign up for some good eatin’ on the miracle mile!


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.

Poinsettias are Coming!, and Other Upcoming Events


Heads up on events for December and beyond.


Christmas is almost here.  We hope to be hanging twenty-two 22” wreaths ($25.00/wreath) inside and out and a 36”wreath ($50.00).  Poinsettias to decorate the chancel are available at $11.00 per plant.  A tree with stars made by Diana Weaver representing contributions to the ELCA World Hunger Appeal will stand in the narthex.  To sponsor any of these decorations in memory of or in honor of loved ones, just use the convenience envelopes in the pew racks, or fill out the order form below and get it back to the church office at (717)637-8904.  The deadline for ordering is Monday, December 10th.   The poinsettias may be retrieved after our Christmas Eve worship or any time the following week.



Advent is Here

Advent is the time of preparation for the coming of the Lord.


Advent begins on Dec. 2nd.


The Advent Knit Tree is up seeking decorations of hats, mittens, scarfs, socks and other warm items. All donations of warm knit gifts of love


   We will also have up the Hunger Star Tree with the stars made by Diana Weaver representing a dedication or memorial contribution to the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. If you would like to donate $5.00 in memory or honor of someone by purchasing a star and marking it on the form in the previous page or contacting the church office.


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. 


December’s offering benefits Community Progress Council of Hanover.  Their mission is to provide everyone with the opportunities, resources, and skill to move toward self-sufficiency     


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.


Hark the Herald Angels Sing