Things to Do at St. Mark

Events for April 2020 and the immediate Months afterward are postponed until we are able to resume our normal church actvivites.










1st Sunday in Lent

8:00am Trinity Choir

9:00am Traditional Worship


10:20am Sunday Schools

10:20am TrebleBells


1pm Book Club in parlor (I am the Messenger)


8:30am Counters

1:45pm Bingo! at Utz Terrace


10am Adult Coloring Group


6pm Reiki Group


6pm St. Mark Eats at Starlight Diner


6pm Lenten Soup Dinner


9am Sewing Group


3pm Evangelism Committee at Panera’s



Bible Study



World Day of Prayer

Grace UMC


5:30pm Spoken

Liturgy of Word

and Sacrament


2nd Sunday in Lent

8:00am Trinity Choir

9:00am Traditional Worship

10:20am Sunday Schools

10:20am TrebleBells


2pm FISH Youth Club


8:30a C'nters


9:30am Property Committee


6pm Lenten Soup Dinner


9am Sewing Group



Bible Study


5:30pm Spoken

Liturgy of Word

and Sacrament


3rd Sunday in Lent

8:00am Trinity Choir

9:00am  Traditional Worship

10:20am Sunday Schools

10:20am TrebleBells


8:30am Counters


7pm SOS Support Group

7pm Finance Meeting


11:30am Hanover Garden Club Meeting


7pm Christian Ed. Committee


6pm Lenten Soup Dinner


9am Sewing Group


5:30pm Fellowship Committee



Bible Study


5:30pm Spoken

Liturgy of Word

and Sacrament


4th Sunday in Lent

8:00am Trinity Choir

9:00am Traditional Worship

10:20am Sunday Schools

10:20am TrebleBells


Provide-A-Lunch at HACC

PAL Team #2


8:30am Counters


7pm Congregat'nal Council Meeting

*All are welcome


6pm Lenten Soup Dinner


9am Sewing Group


6pm Ruth’s Harvest Packing


9am Newsletter Assembly


Bible Study


5:30pm Spoken

Liturgy of Word

and Sacrament


5th Sunday in Lent

8:00am Trinity Choir

9:00am  Healing Worship

10:20am Sunday Schools


10:20am TrebleBells


8:30am Counters


Bible Study, Choirs, FISH Club, Bingo and other committee meetings: will all be on hold until the time we can schedule them again.


Are you Alone? Are you running short?

We live in unusual times, but no matter what comes, we can still be there to help each other. No disease or hardship can stop us from caring and reaching out to offer aid and support for one another. If you find that you are lacking something, please call the church office at 717-637-8904. We have members that have volunteered to do grocery and pharmacy pick ups. We have people that have volunteered to share supplies. We have a loving church that can and will overcome all things to serve in God’s love.

Remember: many grocery stores and pharmacies offer adjusted hours and curbside pickup for seniors – call your store for details.

Other resources that may help in these emotional times:

National Alliance on Mental Health – Covid-19 health care guide

Go to this video

Licensed Psychologist Jon Sirkorski offering strategies for combating Fear and

Stress During Coronavirus – Go to this video

Dr. Shefali Tasbary explains how people/parents deal with the uncertainty of life

          Go to this YouTube video

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.


CHURCHES are Life-Sustaining

 St. Mark is OPEN

11am – 3pm Monday through Friday


If visiting, please protect us and you -- wear a mask. Thanks.

Needs, Concerns or Questions can still be addressed by phone.

Offering Envelopes can still be mailed to the Church office.  

Be Like the Lone Ranger - Wear a Mask

The PA state governor mandated last week that all businesses and employers must provide masks to all staff and make sure they wear them. They also have to mandate that all visitors, clients and shoppers wear the masks also. So anyone going shopping or entering any public building in PA is now mandated to be wearing a mask.   

You can purchase one inexpensively. Miller's Market on the Abbottstown Road has them, for example.

Here is information about how to make your own, whether you can sew or not. We've also noted the sources ( and in case you want a greater level of instruction. Here's the info.

Sewing a Face Mask


What you will need

• Cotton fabric, a pretty print is best.

• Rope Elastic, beading cord elastic will work (you may also us 1/8” flat elastic)

• Cut the elastic 7” long and tie a knot at each end (DO NOT knot the ends of the flat)

You can make two sizes: adult or child

1. Put right sides of cotton fabric together

o Cut 9x6 (adult) or 7.5 x 5 (child)

o Elastic 7 inches (adult). If elastic is not available, you can sew ties made of 100% cotton or use bias tape.

2. Starting at the center of the bottom edge, sew to the first corner, stop. Sew the elastic with the edge out into the corner. A few stitches forward and back will hold this.

3. Sew to the next corner, stop, and bring the other end of the same elastic to the corner and sew a few stitches forward and back.

4. Now sew across that top of the mask to the next corner. Again, put an elastic with the edge out.

5. Sew to the next corner and sew in the other end of the same elastic.

6. Sew across the bottom leaving about 1.5”to 2” open. Stop, cut the thread. Turn inside out. Pin 3 tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are the same direction.

7. Sew around the edge of the mask twice.

It is so easy to make this. Be sure any fabric design is place horizontally.

View an instructional video by copying this link and pasting it onto your Interenet addres box:



How to Make a No-Sew Face Mask During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Homemade face masks have now become essential items during the COVID-19 pandemic, after the CDC recently changed its guidelines to say that everyone should wear some form of a cloth face covering in public places. If buying a mask or sewing one isn't ideal for you, it's surprisingly easy to make a DIY face mask with materials you already have at home.

Keep in mind: just because you're supposed keep your face covered doesn't mean you should go on the hunt for hospital-approved N-95 respirators. These are not recommended for anyone other than healthcare professionals working directly with coronavirus patients. Hospitals are in dire need of these types of masks, so it's best to save the N-95 ones for them. Homemade versions are still a great choice and can be more comfortable and effective than simply tying a bandana or scarf around your face.

Do fabric face masks really protect you from coronavirus? The CDC has reported that wearing face masks can help slow the spread of COVID-19. But it's not as simple as it sounds and it works best if they're worn by everyone in places where social distancing is difficult, like grocery stores and pharmacies.

The real reason the CDC recommends covering your face in public is because people can have no symptoms and still be COVID-19 positive without realizing it. As a result they can spread the novel coronavirus by coughing, sneezing, or even just speaking around others. Wearing the masks can help prevent the transmission of the virus from people that are contagious without knowing it.

Just remember that fabric face masks are not as effective as CDC-approved ones like surgical masks or N-95 respirators. You should still practice social distancing by staying at home as much as possible and follow other recommendations, like the six-foot rule to keep space between yourself and others.

Which fabric is best for a face mask? The best fabric for a homemade face mask is tightly woven, 100% cotton. You can use a bandana or fabric from pillowcases, curtains, woven shirts, or anything else you might have in your home. You can also use a T-shirt, but it's not our top choice because the fabric is knit (i.e. it can create holes when it stretches).

You'll also need something to keep the mask snug on your face. You can use hair ties or rubber bands to secure them on your ears, but shoelaces, string or ribbon that you can tie around the back of your head may feel more comfortable.

To make the mask even more protective, you can use a coffee filter inside to help block particles. You can also add a metal piece (like a paper clip or twist tie from a bag of bread) to help it fit more securely around your nose.

Some seamstresses have found that polyester shop towels (normally used by auto-mechanics) can filter particles better than other at-home face mask materials. At this point, these haven't been tested by medical labs and aren't yet recommended by the CDC, so for the sake of personal-use masks, you can stick with the materials you already have at home.

How to make a DIY face mask without a sewing machine:

[We consulted Amanda Perna, Project Runway alum and fashion designer behind House of Perna, who has been donating homemade face masks to hospitals after having to close her studio during the coronavirus outbreak.] Here is Amanda's quick and easy tutorial for making a no-sew face mask at home without having to buy new supplies:

1)    Lay out a bandana or cut a 22"x 22" square of cotton fabric

2)    Place a flat coffee filter in the center of the square (optional)

3)    Fold the top and bottom in towards the center

4)    Place a twist tie, paper clip, or other metal piece close to the top (optional)

5)    Fold the top and bottom in towards the center

6)    Fold the sides in towards the center, placing your ties at the folded crease. If you're using rubber bands or hair ties, loop these around the fabric. If you're using shoelaces or string, place the center of the string in the folded crease and pull the straps tight

7)    Tuck one end of the fabric into the other

8)    Lift the mask to your face and secure the straps. For hair ties and rubber bands, loop them over each ear. For shoelaces and string, tie them behind your head

9)    Adjust as needed, making sure your mouth and nose are completely covered

Check out the video of these step-by-step instructions in action at the Good Housekeeping website above.

We want exeryobne to stay safe and to stay healthy all the way through this virus epidemic.

Sunday Worship on the Radio


While St. Mark has posted worship videos online, we know some still can’t get access. But, we have heard that St. Matthew Lutheran in York PA., is broadcasting their worship every Sunday at 11am on the radio at 98.9 FM.  Meg Folkemer, whom many of you remember, is their Director of Music and extends an invitation to all her friends here at St. Mark that cannot worship online right now to visit with them on the radio and join in traditional Lutheran worship. 

St. Mark Annual Diaper Drive, Easter Egg Candy Collection, &  World Hunger Piggy Banks

When we return to regular worship we will still be receiving our Social Ministry DIAPER donations for area agencies, our Christian Ed. EASTER EGG hunt candy and the World Hunger PIGGIE BANKS. So please hold on to the items until we meet once more at St. Mark.

Choir & Treble Bells Practices 

Bells and Choir parctices are postponed. Restart date is TBD.

Sunday School Choir


Martha Lobaugh, our organist, has gathered our youth to create an awesome choir, with beautiful singing as well as saxophone, cello, and trumpet accompaniments. 


Youth choir practices are postponed until a future month.


We look forward to including more youth music in our Sunday worship as the children progress. 

Send a Note of Thanks

For 40 days we have been exiled out in the wilderness away from worship at the St. Mark Building. But for those same 40 days (hopefully you all get the implied Biblical connection) we have been able to worship online thanks in much to Michael & Martha Lobaugh for their taping and editing skills. If you appreciate what they have done drop them a note of thanks:  

                                           Michael & Martha Lobaugh                                     149 Timber Lane

Hanover, PA 17331

                      Or at Martha’s email:      

St. Mark Book Club

April’s Book Club will be rescheduled to a future date. But go ahead and read the book: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Enjoy and get ready for our meeting.

Graduate Information

Do you have a family member or know of someone that is graduating this Spring? If so, please forward that information to us by either calling the church at 717-637-8904 or emailing pastor at so that we can share it in a future newsletter as we remember to honor all of this year’s graduates.

Tea at St. Mark

To properly prepare and give all the opportunity to purchase tickets ($15), the May 3rd, Spring Tea will be postponed until a future date. We will be brewing up a new event date soon, so keep watch.

New Time for Bingo...

Normally held on the first Monday each month at 1:45pm fat Utz Terrace with Bingo! These events are postponed. Check back here for our Bingo restart date.

Prayer Squares

Many of us at St. Mark enjoy yarn—buying it, using it, knitting, crocheting, you name it! Since we have a sewing group, it seemed like a great idea to have a yarn group. We have different donation opportunities and project ideas. 


Currently, the Prayer Square project led by Jo Kuhns is doing great! 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!

St. Mark Monthly Offering for Designated Needs

St. Mark’s Monthly Offering for Designated Needs gives us an opportunity as a congregation to support specific domestic and international needs which are predetermined by our council each year. 

May’s offering benefits the Provide-A-Lunch (PAL) program at the Hanover Area Council of Churches. Normally they serve around 70 meals on a given Sunday. This past week they served over 100 meals (with no seconds since we ran out) and lately they have been serving even more during the weekdays when it is not raining.  There is a great need in this community and it is growing.   


To contribute to this month’s designated need, please mail your donations to our office or place them in our weekend collection plates by specifying "Gary Laabs Mission Trip" on your check or the “other” line of any of our weekly offering envelopes.   

Please remember that whenever a donation is made on the “other” line that does not have a written designation, it will automatically be given to the ministry fund designated for that month.

Ruth's Harvest - 2020

Ruth's Harvest has started again for another school year. Ruth’s Harvest is a weekend food program operated by HACC that supplements needs for elementary school children that are fed at school breakfast and lunch programs but would normally go lacking on the weekends. So we help supply them with bags of food to carry home for the weekends. Church teams throughout the area come together to do the work. St. Mark has a team that helps sort food that is delivered to the storage rooms and also a team that packs bags for kids to take home. We could use additional helpers this year in both groups. Simply contact Martha Lippy if you can help sort or Pastor Kirk to help pack at any of the coming dates at the Methodist Church on Middle Street. There is no special skill or training needed, just willingness to help. The schedule for the coming year is shown below. Ruth’s Harvest School Year Schedule of our two teams that volunteer to help:

                                  Tuesdays 9:00AM                         Thursdays 6:00pm

                                   Sort the Food                                Pack the Bags       

                                    N/A                                                April 23rd and April 30th being rescheduled

                                    N/A                                                        May 28th being rescheduled


Winter Treats

Spring is here and, yes, pastries and cool drinks are back on the table!  When we return to weekend services, we will again be able to sign-up . A new signup sheet will be posted, ready and waiting for you!  As you know, with the pastries and drinks returning, all the host(s) have to do is set up and table before worship; then, clean up after fellowship time.


When the signup sheet is available, please do your best to pick a date (and sign up) as soon as possible. Contact Barb Baublitz with any questions (717-637-9076). 

St. Mark Eats is Postponed

Next Date is TBD

We all long to return to our favorite restaurants and socialize over a good meal, but that is going to be a little longer wait. To be safe and healthy, we must remain safe at home. In keeping with the CDC guidelines we will NOT be meeting on April 7th at Red Lobster. We hope to be back to our regular schedule as soon as we can. Just watch for more details in the month ahead. 

Coloring Book Group

The Adult Coloring Group which normally meets on Tuesdays, from 10:00am to 12:00 noon in the Bible Study/Sewing Room will again meet at a future date.


When we resume our spring/summer twice monthly schedule, we will post the meeting dates.

Did You Know

Anyone may dedicate a Bulletin or Newsletter: Did you know that next to the flower chart on the bulletin board in the narthex, there is a sign-up sheet for newsletters (for $40.00) or bulletins (for $20.00) that can be donated in honor or memory of someone dear to you? Please sign up or contact the church office if interested at (717)637-8904.

Bible Study

Our study of the book of Nehemiah, held in the Bible Study room on Friday mornings from 10:30am – 12 Noon will resume when we are again able t omeet.


To join us, no experience necessary- we even provide the Bibles if you need one. The class is filled with fellowship and learning and is ready for anyone to come and be a part of it – yes, even you!


Come and spend some time learning about this fascinating gospel. No experience necessary. We even provide the Bibles if you need one. The class is filled with fellowship and learning and is ready for anyone to come and be a part of it.

St. Mark Pre-School News

We are over halfway through the school year now and the students are learning a lot. Time flies by so quickly so it’s hard to believe but it is that time of year again, registration time. By the time you read this, we will have had registration open to the public for a month and we will already have had our open house. 

As of February 25th, our Tuesday/Thursday 3-Year-Old Class is full, and our Monday/Wednesday/Friday 4-Year-Old AM Class is full as well. Since we filled our three-year-old class before we even had our open house, the preschool committee has decided to add a Monday/Wednesday 3-Year-Old Class. We hope to have at least 6 children in the class, which I am sure is doable since we already have 3 signed up. 

So, if you know anyone with children ages 3 or 4, please let them know we still have openings in our Monday/Wednesday 3-Year-Old Class and our Monday/Wednesday/Friday 4-Year-Old PM class that meets from 12:30-3:15 p.m.

The preschool is also excited to announce that we are once again having a Joe Corbi’s Fundraiser. Please contat Alison in the church office if you would like to order. 

The packaged foods come to you and a part of the cost goes to help the preschool. The deadline is Monday so please get your orders in to the church office soon. The product brochure is available on the hallway bulletin board or in the office. Thanks again for all your support, Allison Wentz, Director

Please Let Us Know

Hospitals DO NOT call:  If you know that you are going in or that someone else is going into the hospital and would like a visit, please be sure to call the office or inform the pastor. With the new HIPAA laws, the hospital cannot contact us with information unless you particularly request it or contact the church yourself. So please pass on to us any information that you may be able to share.

Around Our Community and the Synod

Calendar of Events for Hanover Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Hanover


Upcoming Community events and Synod Activities are being rescheduled.

Volunteer Opportunities: Our Hanover Area Council of Churches (HACC) has a plethora of volunteer opportunities for anyone looking for that little something extra in their lives! There are even some part-time employment opportunities!  Please contact HACC 717-633-6353 for more information about PAL; driving needs; substitutes; clothing bank sorters, organizers, baggers, cashiers; Meals-On-Wheels drivers and runners; Changing Lives shelter staff; receptionist needs.

Want to Volunteer? Have a passion for giving? We would love to have you on one of our teams.

We need folks who are interested in helping our church grow and attract families who want to hear and learn about the message of Jesus Christ.

You need not be member of our congregation.

We recognize that many people want to try something before they are comfortable returning to it. We agree. You do not need to commit to a lengthy term of assistance. You can join for a single event to try it out.

Contact the church office (contact info below on the page footer).