Outreach Ministry

“..for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…”      Matthew 25:35

Filled with the grace and compassion that God has first given to us, we life out that love in serving our neighbors in our community and throughout the world.

We do this ministry of outreach by:

  • Being in fellowship with each other so that we may grow in relationship with God and deepening our faith.
  • Serving the greater community near and far away through programs and ministries of caring, empowering and encouraging those who need a hand or heart.
  • Sharing the Word of God and the Sacraments of our Lord so that all people may have the opportunity to know God and the salvation of Jesus Christ.

Ongoing Activities

The St. Mark Outreach Ministry conducts events regularly during the year. They are open

to both current St. Mark congregation members as well as to those in our community. We invite you to bring your friends and join

in the fun, to meet new people, and to share interesting conversation.

For things to do this month and in the upcoming months, go to the Things To Do section of the Welcome page.

Fellowship Time

After our Sunday morning services is a wonderful opportunity for us to mingle with our members and guests each week. 

Visitors are welcome to come to St. Mark. Enjoy the service, hear a compelling message, and join us for conversation and treats & coffee. Until then, we've got coffee and juice and cookies (or other great goodies).


We are always looking for volunteers to serve; a sign-up sheet is posted in our office hallway for the current period. Please contact Barb Baublitz with any questions (phone number is shown below). 


A sign-up sheet for volunteers to set up, set out goodies, and clean up is posted in the office hallway

or anyone can contact Barb Baublitz to pick a date or answer any of your questions at 717-637-9076

Book Club -- Our first book club meeting will be Sunday, March 1, at 1:00pm in the church parlor.  We will be reading I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak.  He is also the author of The Book Thief.  Read the book and join us for discussion and goodies!

Bingo - The first Monday each month at 2:00pm is a raucous good time at Utz Terrace with Bingo! Each event is hosted and called by our Social Ministry volunteers. Please join us when we resume this event.

Our Sewing Group meets on Thursdays at 9:00am. Join us for sewing fun and for lively discussions. The Sewing Group will meet again after St. Mark resumes normal activity.

Knitting Ministry Many of us at St. Mark enjoy yarn—buying it, using it, knitting, crocheting, you name it! So, we are starting a yarn group. We have different donation opportunities and project ideas. As with the Sewing Group, the Knitting Group will meet after St. Mark is able to resuem normal activities.

Currently, the Prayer Square project led by Jo Kuhns is doing great, but it has hit the pause button for the foreseeable future. 

The baskets at the Willow Street entrance and the Fellowship Hall door are needing regular restocking so they are definitely being distributed. Please feel free to take one for yourself or take several squares to give to those who might need them. Patterns, yarn, needles, and hooks are available in the basket in the office hallway. Thank you, Jo Kuhns, for heading this new project.

Garden Club -- Information about our new Garden Club is posted on the Things to Do at St. Mark page.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Hospice Volunteering can make such a difference not only in the lives of those needing support, but also in your life!


SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice is looking for caring individuals interested in serving our local community by becoming hospice volunteers. Their volunteers are part of the SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice team and provide emotional support to clients and their families, relief to caregivers, and friendship at a time when companionship is needed most. All volunteers receive specialized training before assignment to client and families.


Volunteer training is FREE. For information on when the next training sessions are to be held, please contact their office located at 260 W. High Street, Gettysburg, PA. There is no area of SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice where the expertise and enthusiasm of the volunteers is not a valuable asset.


Please consider becoming part of this very important and life changing ministry by calling their Volunteer Coordinator at 717-337-4469.

Prayer Crosses

Evangelism Crosses are available to be picked up and given out as a gift of faith and support from St. Mark Church. They can be found in a basket on the welcoming table in our bell-tower room outside the narthex. Please take one to give to someone in need of prayer, faith, or support. These crosses are made in the Holy Land from olive wood and are specially made to give away as a gift from God. Then remember to share with pastor how the giving of a cross has been a blessing in your journey of faith

Hobby/Collections Day

Information will be posted as it comes available.

What else do we do?

We serve our community through several events. Some are once per year events. 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. 

At St. Mark, here are other things we're involved in:

Bingo parties to help assisted living residents. First Monday and the 3rd Thursday of each month.

We take BINGO parties to the assisted living residents at Utz Terrace (SpiritTrust Lutheran). Each visit averages 20 to 25 residents who participate.  The residents enjoy the candy bar prizes provided by our church members.

(A note to donors: 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 Sandruck while here on Sunday mornings for worship.)

And, there's more:

  • 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

Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmärkte)

Granted, the magic of Christmas markets has spread to many other countries and continents, but the origins of Christmas markets can be traced back to the German-speaking part of Europe in the Middle Ages. A few thousand Christmas markets are held all over Germany each year. The next time your heart warms at the sight of twinkling lights adorning the adorable Christmas market in your part of the world, remember that you have the Germans to thank for it.