Social Ministry

Our Mission

As Jesus ministered to the needy, we gather together to help those in our community.

Social ministry committee members share our witness of Christ by reaching out to members of St. Mark and to the Hanover community in love to bring comfort to shut-ins and persons in need of clothing, food, and social interaction.

Social Ministry Events


Join the fun on the first Monday of every month as Social Ministry Committee hosts Bingo at Utz Terrace at 2:00 pm!

Special Events

For more about this month's goings-on, information is provided on the Events page.

What do

we do?

We serve our community through several events. Some of these St. Mark activities are once per year events and others occur regularly throughout the year. They focus on those in need, whether the need is clothing to survive a cold winter or provide a friendly interaction with those who may be lonely. 

A note from St. Mark and from HACC

We thank our PAL St. Mark volunteers who provide such a wonderful ministry to our community. Our three teams cover the fourth Sundays of every month, to serve a nourishing meal to all who enter HACC.

At St. Mark:

  • Bingo parties to help assisted living residents. First Monday and the 3rd Thursday of each month.
    • Recap: The Social Ministry committee continued taking BINGO parties to the assisted living residents at Utz Terrace (SpiritTrust Lutheran). Each visit averaged 20 to 25 residents who participated.  The residents enjoy the candy bar prizes provided by our church members.
    • We need more small candy bars -- ones that are marketed 6 to 8 mini bars to a wrapper. Favorites are Chocolate Hersheys, York Mint Patties, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Your candy donations can be given to Nancy Bittinger and/or Nancy Sandruck while here on Sunday mornings for worship.
  • Valentines and birthday cards to shut-ins. Who doesn't get a spirit boost from a valentine or from birthday well wishes, whether you are giving it or receiving it?
  • Diaper collection. We collect diapers to be distributed through local agencies to needy young families.
  • We do the Provide A Lunch (PAL) every fourth Sunday year around. We have three teams that rotate working one time a quarter from 9:30am to 1:00pm on that 4th Sunday.  
  • Annual CROP Walk to end hunger.
  • Soup preparation and sale to benefit Safe Home.
  • Advent Knit Tree to benefit needy persons.
  • Quilting, Senior Luncheons, and other events

Don't Forget

You can donate clothes and small household items to the bin in the St. Mark church's parking lot.

Interested in Helping Us?

Scroll down to near the page bottom to learn how you can help.

Recurring Stuff

We've got a lot going on, as you can see from our list of regularly occurring events. These activities are held in conjunction with the Hanover Area Council of Churches. Contact the church office for information about the locations of these services.

To learn more about the activities and services we offer as part of the Hanover Area Council of Churches, click the Learn More button.

Provided by St. Mark ELC.

  • 1st Monday of each month
    • Bingo Party at the Utz Terrace, benefitting assisted living residents. We provide refreshments and, of course, Bingo prizes. For those who want to help, we need to know ahead of time for anyone helping with Bingo, as the Utz Terrace personnel need a form filled out to be signed by them.

Provided by HACC (Hanover Area Council of Churches), located at 136 Carlisle Street, Hanover PA.

  • 1st Tuesday of each month—10:30 am-Noon:
    • United Healthcare—Offering a comprehensive medical program for members who have Medicare and Medicaid. It includes all medical services at no additional cost.
    • Veterans Administration—Offering assistance with housing, transportation, and employment for veterans.
  • 2nd Tuesday of each month—10:30 am-Noon
    • Penn State Extension-Food Preparation Program—Learn how to stretch your food dollars and make healthier choices for your family.
    • Rabbit Transit—Learn about our many services: How to ride the bus, purchasing passes, handicap accessibility, Curb-to-Curb Paratransit, etc.
  • 3rd Tuesday of each month—10:30 am-Noon
    • Veterans Administration (See description above)
  • 4th Tuesday of each month-10:30 am-Noon
    • Woodforest Bank Hanover   Pick up information about our Financial Education Class (on Wednesdays)
    • Freedom from Smoking  Sign-up for a class on how to stop smoking
  • 2nd Wednesday of the month-12:30-1:30 pm
    • Financial Education Class by Woodforest Bank  Various topics to assist you with your personal finance issues: Planning for retirement, savings, rebuilding credit, etc.
  • 3rd Thursday of each month—10:30 am-Noon
    • United Healthcare (See description above)
  • Sunday & Wednesday evenings—7:30-9 pm
    • SMART Recovery (Self Management and Recovery Training)  A self-help program for ending addictive behaviors through abstinence based on science, reason and humanistic values. This program is an alternative to AA and NA meetings.
  • Clothing Bank Open to the Public:  Thursdays 9am—12pm
    • We accept Clothing Bank donations Mon.-Sat. between 8 am—12:30 pm  or by appointment. Call 633-6353 to schedule a drop-off time.  Thank you for your support!
  • Rummage Sale 1st Saturday  of each month 9am—12pm

How You Can Help

Help with an Outreach Program

  • (HACC) PAL Volunteers - We need people to serve as dining room monitors/building help. Any day or days, Monday through Friday, 10am to 1pm. Duties include receiving food & clothing donations, setting up for PAL lunch (making coffee, etc.), other miscellaneous duties.
  • Meals-On-Wheels - We need drivers and runners as well as subs. Available for one hour on the day that you drive (Monday through Friday). You can sign up for one week a month or every other month.
  • HACC Clothing Bank Volunteers - Volunteers needed to sort clothes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Hours negotiable.  
  • Changing Lives Shelter - Volunteers needed for the summer until September on Wednesday morning 7am-11am (start time negotiable). Must be 21 years of age.

Call 717-633-6353 to inquire about any of these positions.

Donations & Items

HACC's July-August Special Needs

  • PAL - Pam Spray, Coffee, Coffee Mate, BBQ Sauce, Bread Crumbs
  • Clothing Bank -  Back to School Supplies: Blue or Red pens, Notebooks and 3 ring Binders, Loose-leaf Paper, Copy Paper, Backpacks 
  • Changing Lives Shelter - Liquid Hand Soap, Midsize Shampoo, Midsize Body Wash, Band-Aids 
  • Ruth's Harvest - Over the summer break, they need to build up their supplies for next fall. So individual servings of snacks, cereal, or fruit cups, all carefully observing the expiration date is still later in the Fall  or later this year. All single serving please.

HACC accepts donations Mon.Sat. between  8 am—12:30 pm

or by appointment.  Call 717-633-6353 to schedule a drop-off time. 

Free Community Services

Health Care Clinics

Diabetes Education Classes *

*Diabetes classes courtesy of the York County Community

Foundation Edgar I. Garrett Fund Grant)

1st & 3rd Tuesdays 10:30 am-12 Noon

​1st & 3rd Tuesdays—12-1 pm

Related Links

Hanover Area Council of Churches

SpiriTrust Lutheran

Lower Susquehanna Synod

Evangelical Lutheran Churches in America


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