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 01

9am Sewing Group

3pm Evangelism Comm. Mtg.

All Saints Day

Nov 02

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Nov 04

All Saints Sunday

Daylight Savings Time Ends

Nov 05

8:30am Counters

Nov 06

12:30pm Breastfeeding Support Group

6pm Reiki Group

6pm St. Mark Eats at El Rodeo

Nov 07

6pm Treble Bells

7pm Trinity Choir

Nov 08

9am Sewing Group

1:30pm Social Ministry Comm. Mtg.

HANA Clothing Distribution in Fellowship Hall

Nov 09

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Nov 10

1pm Drum for Joy in Fellowship Hall

Nov 11

Veterans Day Observed

3:30pm FISH Youth Club

8:30am Counters

7pm SOS Support Group

7pm Finance Mtg

Nov 12

8:30am Counters

Nov 13

7pm Property Comm. Mtg

Nov 14

6pm Treble Bells

7pm Trinity Choir

Nov 15

9am Sewing Group

6:30pm Drum Circles in Fellowship Hall

Nov 16

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Nov 18

2pm Holiday Tea at St. Mark

Nov 19

8:30am Counters

9am Preschool Party in Fellowship Hall

7pm SOS Support Group

7pm Finance Mtg

Nov 20

10am Adult Coloring Group

7pm Christian Ed. Comm. Mtg

Nov 21

6pm Treble Bells

7pm Trinity Choir

Nov 22

Thanksgiving Day

Church Office Closed

Nov 23

Church Office Closed

Nov 25

PAL Team #1

Nov 26

8:30am Counters

Nov 27

9am Ruth’s Harvest Sorting

7pm Council Meeting

Nov 28

1pm Greater Hanover Healthcare Comm. Mtg. in Parlor

Nov 29

6pm Ruth’s Harvest Packing

Nov 30

9am Newsletter Assembly

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

Time After Pentecost Season

The time following Pentecost is known as the Time After Pentecost. It is sometimes called Ordinary Time. Here, Ordinary Time Time after Pentecost begins on the Monday following Pentecost and continues through Saturday afternoon before the first Sunday of Advent, some five to six months later, always including the entire months of July, August, September and October and most or all of June and November (some years include small portions of May and December). The last Sunday before Advent is celebrated as Christ the King Sunday. Sundays in this season are typically refered to as the 'n'th Sunday after Pentecost. 


The 23 to 28 Sundays after Pentecost are often used to focus on various aspects of the Faith, especially the mission of the church in the world. 


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...

Also of Interest

Christ the King

November 25th we celebrate the life of Jesus and the seasons of the church on this, Christ the King.  Come and take the journey together through the life of Jesus from birth to sacrificial death and prepare for the next season – Advent.  Wait for it……..

Harvest Sunday

Harvest Sunday is coming up on November 18th. So during the month we will collect food for our local food banks, display quilts that will go to those in need, and begin to collect for the New Hope Christmas Gift Express. Look for the food table, quilts and the Christmas Tree with gift tag ideas starting in November.

Stockings for the Troops

During November we will be collecting items to be put into stockings for the troops. On Sunday November 26th the Sunday school classes and anyone that wants to help will take time to decorate the stockings, box and make greeting cards of appreciation and blessings. Please help us out by donating items that we can use such as:

Small Candies individually wrapped

Granola/Fruit/Breakfast Bars

Cookies/Nuts/Pretzels/Trail Mix 12oz containers

Flavored drink mixes (Single Packets)  of lemonade, teas, hot cocoa, coffee

Chewing gum

Fruit roll-ups/gushers/Cracker Jacks

Slim Jims/Beef Jerky

Ramen Noodle Soup, single packs preferred

Hand/Foot Warmers

Small Individually Packaged Meals of Tuna/Lasagna/Beefaroni all 8oz or less

Toothbrushes & Small Toothpastes

Crew Socks White/Black

ChapStick & Lip balms

Razors (individual or packs)

Hand Sanitizers

Game or Puzzle books


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

Support SafeHome...

Social Ministry is offering a new kind of fundraiser this year to help support SafeHome ministry for the abused. We have done pot pie dinners and soup sales but this year we are offering you this poem to explain it:

A bit of news we have today…

A BAKELESS BAKE SALE is on the way.

In these busy days, who wants to bake,

A pie, or cookies or even a cake.

So we’ve thought of a plan that’s truly grand,

And feel quite sure that you’ll understand.

And so, we are asking you to help more or less

To make our BAKELESS BAKE SALE a big success.

You’d be surprised if you counted the cost,

Of ingredients, heat, and the time you’ve lost.

Baking for sales is extra work.

Yet nobody really wants to shirk.

So set aside the money that it would take

To bake a loaf of bread or a beautiful cake.

In an envelope, if you like, please include the price…

Of a pie, or brownies or anything nice.

Now without fuss or bother, you’ve done your part.

We hope you’ll give with a willing heart.

Wishing success for our BAKELESS BAKE SALE, so help if you’re able

Just put your donations into the box on the narthex table.

Coat Collection

Coats of Friendship, a group run by young school students (and, I mean young…9 elementary schoolers and 1 middle schooler), is collecting used coats, hats, scarves and gloves (any condition) to be handed out Thanksgiving weekend.

Look for drop off locations at the Markets of Hanover, Rep. Kate Klunk’s office, Hickory Falls Entertainment, and HACC. For more information, call 717-968-2086.

Holiday Tea at St. Mark


Sunday, November 18th at 2:00pm in the church fellowship hall, hosts Shellene Griffin, Karen Feeser, Jo Kuhn, Carol Reese and Nancy Sandruck, invite ladies and gentlemen to come to a five course tea event. Tickets are $15.00 per person (non-refundable) and can be purchased from Shellene Griffin, Carol Reese or directly at the church office (11am-3pm Monday thru Friday). The final deadline to purchase tickets will be November 4th, so get your tickets soon. Everyone is invited, bring friends, a tea cup to drink out of, and a cheerful attitude for this great afternoon 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 Railside Buffet on Dec. 4th, at 6pm


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 November and December. 

November 18th will bring us the Fall celebration of the Land & Seasons.  We are excited to have the band back together and the singers to lead the congregation as we celebrate the harvest.  We will have set a table at the front of the sanctuary to accept all donations of food, supplies and animal needs.  Please remember the great sales at the grocery stores of BOGO mean Buy One Give One!

Believe it or not, Christmas is coming!  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.

HACC is celebrating 50 years

...with a special Thanksgiving Eve service on November 21st at Emmanuel UCC church. Additionally there will be a 50 years celebration catered dinner at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Dec. 2nd. Be sure to read more about these in the other announcements in the community section.

Advent is Coming

You know you have been waiting for it, and it is coming soon. Advent is the time of preparation for the coming of the Lord.

Mark your calendars now, Advent begins on Dec. 2nd.


The Advent Knit Tree will be 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

On Friday, Oct. 12th, at 10:30am in the Bible Study room we began a new study of the letter to the Romans.


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.

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!

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. 

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     

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.

1873 - Fanny Crosby - Blessed Assurance

​​​​​​​1887 - James Murray - Away in a Manger