The Hanover Ministerial Association, comprised of every Protestant Church the Hanover Area, held Twilight Services in Wirt Park during July and August at 6:30 pm. Each minister was responsible for speaking. Rev. Tome spoke on July 9. A combined orchestra played each Sunday, and on July 9, the St. Mark Choir sang.
The schedule of ministers:
Rev. H. H. Beidleman, D.D. July 2
Rev. H. E. Sheely July 16
Rev. N. E. Smith July 23
Rev. E. P. Senft July 30
Rev. R. C. Schiebel August 6
Rev. J. A. Kleinginna August 13
Rev. R. H. Dick August 20
Rev. E. M. Sando August 27
Historical Note: The earliest German Protestant Churches shared/combined often for events and services because, when they first settled in Hanover, they all spoke German, came from basically the same part of Germany, shared family members, and studied ministry at the same university: Princeton. By 1820, when he was ordained after attending the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton, Samuel Simon Schmucker started to train Lutheran ministers in his home. He founded the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Gettysburg College, and the General Synod. So, even in 1944, the congregations mixed.
The September Bulletins in 1944 show that folks assumed the War would end soon. It ended in May 1945. But the notice indicates optimism:
In order that we may be ready to participate in a Christian celebration of the end of the war, when it comes in Europe and again in the Far East, St. Mark’s has prepared a beautiful and impressive service of worship. It is a service of worship which will give expression of thanksgiving, penitence, intercession and dedication, which will spring from a vital Christian faith. It will be non-denominational and open to the public. If hostilities end between the hours of 8:00 P.M. and 12 noon, the service will be held at high noon; if the hostilities cease between the hours of 12 noon and 8:00 P.M. the service will be held at 8:00 P.M. The ringing of the Church chimes will precede the service. The Church will be open all that day for special individual meditation and prayer.
November 19, 1944, brought an Organ Concert by Doris E. Baker. Robert B. Tilberg, Baritone, assisted.
Mr. Tilberg: Arm, Arm, Ye Brave (Judas Maccabaeus) Handel
Goin’ Home Dvorak
Consider and Hear Me Wooler
Among Miss Baker’s pieces:
Come, Sweet Death Bach
(arranged for organ by Virgil Fox)
Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor Bach
AND…. a selection composed in New Guinea by Harold Frantz, U.S. Army
dedicated to Miss Doris E. Baker