St. Mark Archives

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction so that through perseverance

and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

About the Archives Ministry

The Archives Ministry organizes and records the history of St. Mark.

Our activities include filing and preserving church artifacts and documents as well as providing information for the congregation and others. 

Interesting pieces from our efforts will appear here each month.

We meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month to review existing St. Mark documents, photos, and other artifacts.


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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. 

What We Are Currently Working On:

  • Recording bulletin information starting in 1913
  • Developing our data base format  
  • Confirming alphabetical files' contents using ELCA guidelines

Monthly Tidbits

D-Day at St. Mark


Archives is working through the War Years: 1941 – 1945.


For May 2018, we printed poems and sayings of inspiration from the pastors during both World War I and World War II. 


This month, we cover some of the events before, after, and during the Summer and Autumn: D-Day, 1944.

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

Interested in Helping?

We need help to Organize many piles of papers into chronological boxes.

Contact Us:​​​​​​​

- If you need information

- If you want to give artifacts to Archives