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


Some of our ministers included Words of Wisdom in the Sunday bulletins. In the 1920s, Reverend Nicely included a poem, or valuable sayings, or a story, or interesting facts at the end of the bulletin. For him, it was a weekly occurrence. Why?

            To take up space?

            To entertain? 

            To inform?

            To give “think time”?

            To preach?

            To give solace?

So many uses!! 

Since Reverend Nicely’s time, our ministers have included them because of the Congregation’s needs and the times; and sometimes just for interest. Rev. Tome inserted pieces during 1943, at the beginning of the United States’ officially entering World War II. He offered Sunday vespers services, as did each Hanover congregation. He gave Communion every Sunday at the end of the regular Church service for anyone, but particularly for men and women in the Armed Forces, who were unable to have Communion at the specified times. (The United Lutheran Church had quarterly Communions.)

1943’s Bulletins also contained poems, sayings, and statements of inspiration throughout the year. Here are a few:

May 2, 1943: Presentation of St. Mark’s Scout Troop Charter by Mr. D. D. Crisp, Scout Executive. 

      (The beginning of St Mark’s Troops )


Knows no class consciousness.

Judges a man by his honor.

Is never divided by race hatred.

Uses loyalty as a measure of citizenship.

Depends upon Mother for its knowledge.

Never heard of pretense and diplomacy.

Reflects the standards of the Father.

October 17, 1943: Harvest Festival (honoring working men)

Blessed Are – the toilers for they justify their existence.

October 24, 1943: Harvest Festival and The Gideon Society

“A Bible in every hotel guest room and winning Commercial men for Christ.”                                             


Isn’t it strange that Princes and Kings,

And clowns that caper in sawdust ring,

And common folk like you and me

Are builders for eternity?

To each is given a bag of tools,

A shapeless mass and a book of rules,

And each must fashion, ere life is flown,

A stumbling block or a stepping-stone.

November 14, 1943: National War Fund and Every Member Canvass


God Helping Me –

 I will put first things first: God and Country, Church and home.

 I will do my bit and make it my best.

 I will serve where I am called.

 I will destroy intolerance --- beginning in my own heart.

 I will “hate no one” --- for hate corrodes

November 28, 1943: First Sunday in Advent

You shall not find me with hands folded, nor after searching the mountains and the valleys; but I shall find you at the end of day if you have given and suffered and bled; if you have worked and forgiven and loved, and become yourself a part of life’s innermost secret.



December 26, 1943: Sunday after Christmas


Forget the past and life the present hour;

Now is the time to work, the time to fill

The soul with noblest thoughts, the time to will

Heroic deeds, to use whatever dower

Heaven has bestowed, to test out utmost power.

Be glad today, the darkest night will pass,

And golden rays will usher in the dawn;

Who conquers now shall rule the coming years.

                                                            Sarah K. Bolton

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