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!

Oct 01

8:30am Counters

Oct 02

10am Adult Coloring Group

12:30pm Breastfeeding Support Group

6-9pm Reiki Group

6pm St. Mark Eats - Dutch Country

Oct 03

6pm Treble Bells

7pm Trinity Choir

Oct 04

9am Sewing Group

3pm Evangelism Comm. Mtg

Oct 08

Columbus Day

Oct 09

8:30am Counters

7pm Property Comm. Mtg.

Oct 10

6pm Treble Bells

7pm Trinity Choir

Oct 11

9am Sewing Group

Oct 12

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Oct 15

8:30am Counters

7pm SOS Support Group

7pm Finance Mtg

Oct 16

9am Ruth’s Harvest-sorting

10am Adult Coloring Group

7pm Christian Ed.

Comm. Mtg

Oct 17

6pm Treble Bells

7pm Trinity Choir

Oct 18

9am Sewing Group

6pm Ruth’s Harvest

6:30pm Drum Circles in FH

Oct 19

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Deadline for November Newsletter

Oct 22

8:30am Counters

Oct 23

7pm Council Meeting

Oct 24

6pm Treble Bells

7pm Trinity Choir

Oct 25

9am Sewing Group

Oct 26

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

9am Newsletter Assembly

Oct 28

PAL Team #3

Oct 29

8:30am Counters

Oct 31

6pm Treble Bells

7pm Trinity Choir

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

Performance at St. Mark

is on YouTube


"We Are Called" was performed at St. Mark

on October 14, 2018.


From the Balcony came this song, with Mike Weiss on Guitar, St. Mark Trinity Choir singing, Martha Lobaugh on pipe organ and Melinda Elnaggar director and with hand bells.

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.

42nd Annual Hanover Area Crop Walk

On Sunday, October 21st at 1pm the walk begins at South Western High School. Registration begins at 12:30pm.

If you are interested in walking please talk with Diana Weaver. If you want to support the walkers from our church and give a donation, then please write your check to St. Mark Lutheran with a note that it is to be used for Crop Walk. Then give that donation to one of our walkers: Diana Weaver, Linda Bolin, the Zinn family, Nancy Sandruck, the Peterson Family and the Lobaugh family. All donations will go in part to World Council of Church’s hunger programs, Head Start, New Hope, PAL, and God’s Meal Barrel.


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!

Summer Treats

Join us after our Sunday morning service for cookies, muffins, lemonade, and similar goodies.

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). 

Fire and Rescue Personnel Appreciation

Sunday , October 14th


If you want to submit a name(s) of a Fire and Rescue Hero, please complete the Hero Appreciation Form and send it to Alison at the church office.

St. Mark Eats at El Rodeo

November 2018


Mark your calendars for a colorful South of the Border fiesta at El Rodeo,


Looking forward to a lively event there (ariba, ariba).


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.

Mark Your Calendars!

Heads up on a couple events for October. 

Blessing of the Pets is scheduled for Saturday, October 13th  

Hero Appreciation Sunday is scheduled for Sunday, October 14th.


(“be on the lookout” for you non-police lingo people) So be on the lookout for more information and posters!

Romans: A Bible Study Begins

On Friday, Oct. 12th, at 10:30am in the Bible Study room we will gather to begin 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


Ruth’s Harvest is starting again for another school year. 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 October, we are given the opportunity to contribute to the YWCA Safe Home.  Recognizing the fact that domestic violence is a serious issue, the Safe Home Program was developed in 1981 by YWCA Hanover.  The foundation of the program is the strong belief that individuals have a right to control their lives and make decisions without fear of assault or degradation.     


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.

HACC Employment Opportunities 

Changing Lives Shelter is looking for two part-time Shelter Workers to join the team.  The first position is for the overnight shift from 11:00pm-7:00am including weekend rotations.  The second position is for evening shifts including weekends.  For more information, contact HACC at 717-633-6353.

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