Things to Do at St. Mark

Some events for January 2021 and the immediate months afterward may be postponed until we are able to resume our normal church actvivites.













New Year's Day Office Closed



worship only

@ this website



2nd Sunday of Christmas

On-line worship only @ this website


11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open 


11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open



11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open

Epiphany of Our Lord


11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open


11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open



worship only

@ this website


Baptism of Our Lord

On-line worship only @ this website




11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open


9:30am Property Committee


11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open



11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open


11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open


11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


5:30pm Spoken

Liturgy of Word 


2nd Sunday after Epiphany

9:00am Spoken

Liturgy of Word



11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open


7pm Finance Meeting


11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open


11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open



11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open



11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open


5:30pm Spoken

Liturgy of Word



3rd Sunday after Epiphany

9:00am Spoken

Liturgy of Word


Provide-A-Lunch at HACC

PAL Team #2 9:00am



11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open


11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open


7:00pm Congregational Council Meeting


11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open


11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open


11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open



5:30pm Spoken

Liturgy of Word


4th Sunday after Epiphany

9:00am Spoken Liturgy of Word

Don’t Be Scammed


The Lower Susquehanna Lutheran Synod has notified us that scam emails or texts have been falsely claiming that they are from the Bishop’s office. The scams request gift cards and money orders. These are not and never will be requests made from the Church office or the Bishop’s office. If you receive any requests that you buy gift cards or money orders immediately stop and know that you are being scammed. Do not fall for it. Never give out your personal information or money gifts to unknown individuals.

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

St. Mark Roof Fund Task Force


For over a year and half the roofing task force labored to begin examination of our current state of the roof and to seek ways to fix the problem. With more evident leaks being seen and felt around the building, the task force began in earnest back in the spring to seek a resolution to the problems.


Initially six companies were contacted and five responded. The bids that were received were reviewed by the Roofing Task Force and they decided to talk to three of the roofers in person and review these bids in detail. During this time, the task force reviewed the costs and advantages of a new slate roof, a metal roof or an asphalt shingle roof.


After reviewing the three chosen builders and their recommendations, the Roofing Task Force decided based on the quality of materials and the costs that the St. Mark roof be replaced with a 50-year asphalt shingle along with new rain spouts and gutters. The proposed bid by Bealing Roofing of Hanover, was received by Council and sent to the Congregation for final approval at the December 6th Congregational Meeting.


We give thanks for the work of the task force members: Lynn Peterson, Carol Reese, Gail and Mike Merlo, Don Feeser and Wally Rodenhaber.


If you want to donate to help pay for the roof, please contact the church office.


More details are provided in the November Newsletter.

Advent has Begun

Advent is the time of preparation for the coming of the Lord. Mark your calendars now, Advent began on November 29th.

          Starting that weekend, the Advent Knit Tree will was up seeking donations of warm socks and hats and mittens and other warm items. All store bought warm donations or handmade are appreciated.  

          We also have up the Hunger Star Tree with the stars made by Diana Weaver representing a dedication or memorial contribution to the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. If you would like to donate $5.00 in memory or honor of someone by purchasing a star and marking it on the form on the next page or contacting the church office.

Holy Communion 2nd Sundays and Festival Weekends

2021 Calendars Cancelled Due to Covid

We usually make available free calendars from Wetzel funeral home to all people to use in the upcoming years. However, this year due to Covid-19 shut-downs and back logs, they are unable to provide the calendars to us and so we will not have them available.




If a member, participant or staff person contracts COVID-19, they are required to contact the pastor as soon as possible. All means necessary will be used to keep confidentiality of individual in reporting possible exposure notification.


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

Even After You've Been Vaccinated

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.   


Editor's Note: Experts recommend wearing the mask over both the mouth and nose as each is a major point of entry for COVID. (Notice that testing for COVID tests is done by swabbing the nasal passages and not the mouth.) They also explain that the protection is for both you and those around you.


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.


Worship Happenings

Since we are not handing out announcements each week, we will be listing here all the flower dedications and worship leaders for the coming few weeks. Please consider helping fill the needs.

Altar Vases - January Weekends


Weekend Jan. 2nd & 3rd  – 

     Altar Vase – 

     Altar Vase - 


 Weekend Jan. 9th & 10th  –

     Altar Vase –

     Altar Vase –


Weekend Jan. 16th & 17th  –

     Altar Vase – 

     Altar Vase - 


Weekend Jan. 23rd &  24th  –

     Altar Vase – In memory of my loving husband, Bob

       Weikert,  by Jean Weikert

    Altar Vase – In memory of mother, Helen Ruth, by the

       Ruth family


Weekend Jan. 30th & 31st - 


***Please Note*** that we ask all flower vases are removed and taken by the family or individual that is dedicating them. In order not to risk exposure of any viruses during this pandemic, St. Mark will not be delivering the flowers to shut-ins or hospitalized at this time.

Online at St. Mark

Online worship videos will be posted every Sunday afternoon at our website:  We video record the worship on Sunday mornings and then add in the music (that can’t be sung in person yet) in order for all those who are at home to join in a time of prayerful worship of God. It will generally be posted to our website after 3pm each Sunday and left all week for those who can connect online.

Sunday Worship Helpers - January


Altar Care - need a volunteer *

Sunday, January 3, 2021

CPIC - n/a

Lector - Karen Feeser


Sunday, January 10, 2021

CPIC - n/a

Lector - tbd

Sunday, January 17, 2021

CPIC -tbd

Lector - tbd


Sunday, January 24, 2021

CPIC - tbd

Lector - tbd



*  Need volunteer(s) that are willing to be present each week to make sure the flower vases are properly removed and given to the sponsoring family to take home. Currently altar care does not involve set up or clean-up of communion or home flower delivery.  If you are willing to help fulfill this role, please contact the church office at 717-637-8904.

Holy Communion Distribution Weekends

For Holy Communion oferings, please check back in mid-January or call the church office. We will update the website when we get additional information. 


   - In the center aisle, Pastor will be offering the wafer and wine by pastoral intinction to be dropped in palms of worshiper’s hands as they depart.

   - A tissue will be available to take and fold into your open palm to receive the wafer cleanly and safely.

   - We ask that you extend your hand out, palm side up covered with the tissue to receive the wafer with no touch abilities. Pastor will then drop the wafer into your open covered palm.

   - Please allow each row to depart from back to front keeping physical CDC spacing.

   - After receiving the wafer, please depart outside where you can safely remove your mask and consume the wafer and wine, giving thanks to God for this gift.

   - If you do not wish to receive communion, simply depart through the side aisles.


Please contact the pastor if you have any concerns or need further options to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion.

Synod Advent Devotional


If you have access to Facebook, our Synod (Lower Susquehanna Synod) is posting daily videos to offer spiritual encouragement and support to journey through Advent together in scripture and prayer. 

St. Mark Representative to HACC Board Needed 


We are in search of a new representative to join Pastor Kirk Griffin and Cara Lynn Clabaugh on the Board from St. Mark. The Board of HACC meets once a quarter at the HACC dining room on Carlisle Street. If you would like to volunteer please talk with Pastor or call the church office. The upcoming meetings in person or by zoom online is 7:00pm on Monday Nov. 2 and Feb. 1st.

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. 

Congregational Meeting


No Congregational meeting is scheduled for January 2021. When one has been announced, this website will post the information here and in the calendar above and in the Newsletter. 



If you can read this, then you can be a lector.

We need volunteers to lead worship by reading the lessons on Sunday mornings during worship and for the video online. This month, we need five lectors for each Christmas Eve  Service. Please sign up on the bulletin board in the church or call the office.

Sunday School Restart


Contact the church office for information on Sunday School restart. 

Preschool News

St. Mark Preschool is grateful for disinfectant wipe donations. They are in constant need. If you find and can donate them, please just drop them off at the church office. Thanks again.

                    Well, it’s that time of year when the preschool is busy, busy, BUSY. Both classes are preparing for Christmas and also working hard to raise some money for new/replacement items for the classrooms. The deadline for Santa letters is MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2019, to ensure Santa gets them written and sent before Christmas. Order forms are located on the table in the bell tower room.

          If you would like to donate to the preschool, you can use your offering envelopes.  Just write “Preschool Donation” on the “Other” line. Your continued support is appreciated.

          Registration for the 2021-2022 school year will begin in January for current students and their families as well as members of St. Mark Church. We will open registration to the public beginning February 1st. If you know any families that might be interested, please tell them to check us out. 

          Everyone involved in the preschool wishes you all a very safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Team #2 will be serving at HACC on January 24th at 9:00am.

We are so grateful to all of our PAL (Provide-A-Lunch) volunteers who provide such a wonderful ministry as they represent St. Mark in our community.  PAL is the one community meal that is served every day free to anyone who is hungry all 365 days a year. Our three teams rotate covering the fourth Sundays of every month, serving a nourishing meal to all who enter the dining room of HACC. If you are interested in helping with any of our PAL teams, please call 717-637-8904.

St. Mark's Historic Organ

In today’s world, many churches are unable to enjoy the music of a huge pipe organ as they are extremely expensive to afford and maintain.  The last week of September, Terry Nace (who has been our organ expert since at least 1993, when, I am told, he still had hair) spent many hours upgrading and maintaining our organ.  To learn in detail what he did, you really need to talk to Mike Noble or Martha Lobaugh.  When you listen to the beautiful music provided by Martha each week, on-line and in person, please take time to appreciate our blessing in retaining this historic instrument.  We may not have the biggest organ in Hanover, but we sincerely have the best!  There are some pictures in the office hallway of the inner workings of the church organ and, of course, some will be posted on our website. 


Choir & Treble Bells Practices 

Bells practice will be held on Sundays immediately after the worship service. Choir practice 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. 

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Good Gifts / God’s Global Barnyard

Your gifts support work in 77 nations around the world.


Every project in every community starts with listening. We believe that our congregations, companion churches and partners know their communities best. That’s why they identify the needs and priorities in their communities, as well as the solutions they believe will make the biggest impact. These gift items are from projects currently supported through different churchwide ministries. The projects have been planned by our partners — meaning that each community receives exactly the kind of support it needs and none of what it doesn’t. 


Donations can be made directly through your congregation’s offering or sent directly to the ELCA Good Gifts, Evangelical Lutheran Church

in America P.O. Box 1809 Merrifield, VA 22116-8009

St. Mark Book Club

St. Mark Book Club will be rescheduled at a future date.

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. 

During December, we are given the opportunity to contribute to the Alzheimer’s Association of PA.  This chapter serves 59 counties in western, central and northeast PA. Their vision is to see a world without Alzheimer’s and all dementia, by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.


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 Sweet Chrities Cancer Patient Fund or December Designated Giving 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 is finally able to resume for the 2020-2021 season at their new location in the fellowship hall of St. Matthew Lutheran Church (off Chestnut Street).  The schedule breaks down our St. Mark volunteers into two teams:  Team 1 is currently Martha & Wayne Lippy; Team 2 is Sandra Haymaker & friends, Barb & Harold Shriner, and Shellene Griffin.  Additional help is always welcome so please contact Pastor Kirk or the church office if you are interested in volunteering.  Our next packing of the bags night is March 4th at 6pm.

Winter Treats

Winter is just arond the corner and 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.

St. Mark Pre-School News

With Appreciative Thanks: the St. Mark Preschool offers their gratitude for all the members who took the time to pick up the items on our Fall wishlist. Almost all the items were donated, saving us the resources to seek to better our program and meet the needs of our neighbor children and families. One item we can and still will always need, especially this year, is tubs of disinfectant wipes that kill 99.9% virus droplets. If you find and can donate them, please just drop them off at the church 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).