Things to Do at St. Mark

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











Office Open




Office Open



Office Open



9:00am – 12pm

Quilting Group



Evangelism Committee



Office Open


Lower Susquehanna Lutheran Synod


5:30pm Spoken

Liturgy of Word


2nd Sunday after Pentecost

9:00am Worship


Worship and Music Committee  Following Morning worship


Office Closed 


11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open


9:30am Property Meeting **If Needed*



11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open




Office Open


Quilting Group



9:00am - 12:00pm

Office Open


5:30pm Spoken

Liturgy of Word


3rd Sunday after Pentecost

9:00am Worship



Office Closed


Flag Day



9:00am - 12:00pm Office Open



9:00am - 12:00pm Office Open



CPI Course for UPMC



9:00am - 12:00pm Office Open


Quilting Group




Fellowship Committee


9:00am - 12:00pm Office Open




5:30pm Spoken

Liturgy of Word



4th Sunday after Pentecost

9:00am Worship


Father's Day



Office Closed


7pm Finance Meeting



9:00am - 12:00pm Office Open


5pm Congregational Council Meeting

(ALL are welcome!)



9:00am - 12:00pm Office Open



9:00am - 12:00pm Office Open


Quilting Group




Office Open



5:30pm Spoken

Liturgy of Word


5th Sunday after Pentecost

9:00am Worship



Office Closed


9:00am - 12:00pm Office Open


9:00am - 12:00pm Office Open






Do You Remember When?

When the St. Mark sanctuary wall was built in 1958, the mosaic of the flowing baptismal river of life, was decorated with six symbolic shields directly behind the altar. The third shield from the left displays an image of a feather. This feather represents the skills and time it took for St. Mark to compose his Gospel, so that others may know about Jesus our Christ. Even though Mark was not one of the original twelve disciples, he was an important part of the early church’s mission. He was most likely the first to write down the stories that had been passed on by eyewitness accounts around 65-67AD. In fact, it is commonly thought that both St. Matthew and St. Luke copied portions of St. Mark’s writing when they composed their Gospels a few years later.  Just imagine how hard it would be to write using a feather, dipping in ink every few letters, and trying to compose a Gospel book. What a gift he has given to the world.


Opportunity To Sponsor

Altar Flowers are dedicated each week by members and friends. If you would like to dedicate a week please see the flower chart in the narthex or call the church office. The cost is $17.00 a vase and can be paid directly through the church office or by properly marking it on your “other” line of the offering envelope.

Currently we have the need for sponsors for:


2 Vases on June 6

2 Vases on June 20

1 Vase on June 27

1 Vase on July 4

Upcoming Committee Meetings

(all are welcome to get involved)

         Evangelism Committee                 June 3    3:00pm in church parlor.

         Worship and Music Committee - June 6  after worship in sanctuary

          Property Committee                     June 8    9:30am (Only If Needed)

          Fellowship Committee                 June 17  5:30pm in church parlor

          Finance Committee                      June 21  7pm in finance room 

          Congregation Council                  June 22  5pm in sewing room

Congratulations to our Graduates


Molly Kindschuh, daughter of Jeff and Chris Kindschuh, graduated from Penn State Main Campus with a BS in Molecular Biology and a minor in Microbiology. While in school she enjoyed being a part of a liver cancer research project. She hopes now to pursue a career in bio-medical research.


Alexander Schneider, grandson of Pat Keefer, graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geoscience.


Nicholas Shaw, son of Hunter Shaw and Jennifer Riggs, graduated from high school and is heading to Susquehanna University in the fall.


Congratulations to all of our graduates!  Our prayers will be with you as you pursue your futures by way of employment or continuing higher education.

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

CHANGE OF Office Hours


The Office Coordinator will be on hiatus starting May 10th, in Pittsburgh for possibly up to two months.  During this time, office hours will be changed to:


   Tuesday through Friday from 9:00am to Noon


This will be based on Pastor’s availability during the morning hours. He also may be in and out during the afternoon hours, so if in doubt call the office first before heading over. If, during the week, you need additional access to the church building, please just call into the church (717-637-8904) or check with  Pastor (717-808-1986) to see about availability.

Diaper Collection


The Social Ministry Committee is very thankful for all those who gave diapers or funds this past Lenten season.  In total we were able to deliver 1,923 diapers, pull-ups, swimmers, etc. to Hanover Area Council of Churches, New Hope Ministries, Tender Care, and YWCA Safe Home!

Past Online Worship Services are still available:  

With our on-line worship services, you never have to worry about missing one. Simply do a google search for “YouTube stmark_elca_hanoverpa” then click on that link. It will take you to our church YouTube channel. Once there watch all past videos in the video section or even share them with others by clicking on the share button. With ten months of worship videos and devotions online there is plenty to see.

Holy Communion 2nd Sundays and Festival Weekends

Price Change


For over ten years, Vintage Florist has been delivering the Altar Flowers without raising prices despite her costs increasing greatly in that time. So council has voted to raise the set price for the altar flowers. So starting May 1st, for any who haven’t already paid, our Altar vases are $17.00 a vase (or $34 for two vases). If you are interested in sponsoring one of these vases, please contact the church office or check the flower chart in the narthex.


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.  

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 - May Weekends

Weekend May 1st & 2nd  – 

     Altar Vases – In honor of our Wedding Anniversary by David & Kathy Gates

    Chancel Basket – In memory of Ruth Willheim by Frank Willheim, Sr.


 Weekend May 8th & 9th – 

     Altar Vase – In memory of Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert Wagner & Eleanor

                            by Barb Baublitz

     Altar Vase – Available*


WeekendMay 15th & 16th  –

     Altar Vase – In memory of Wayne Keefer by Pat Keefer

     Altar Vase - In memory of Chet Peters by Cara Lynn Clabaugh

Weekend May 22nd & 23rd  –

     Altar Vase – In memory of Charles M. Noble by Marian Noble and children, Michael Noble, Ruth Noble and Pamela Garrett

    Altar Vase – IIn memory of Charles M. Noble by Marian Noble and children, Michael Noble, Ruth Noble and Pamela Garrett

Weelend May 29th & 30th - 

     Altar Vase - In memory of Charles M. Noble by Marian Noble and children, Michael Noble, Ruth Noble and Pamela Garrett

     Altar Vase - In loving memory of my husband, Tony, by Melanie Brady


*Please Note - Altar flower dedications are $17.00 a vase. Please contact us at 717-637-8904 if interested in dedicating a flower vase. Additionally we ask that 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.

Altar Care

Volunteers are greatly appreciated.  If you are willing to help fulfill this role, please contact the church office at 717-637-8904. At this point it is making sure the flowers get taken out of the vases and given to the weekly sponsors.

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 - May


Altar Care - April: Gary and Eileen Laabs, Susan Miller, Diana Weaver.

Sunday, May 02, 2021

CPIC - Karen Feeser

Lector - Mike Merlo


Sunday, May 09, 2021

CPIC - Karen Feeser

Lector - TV Video

Sunday, May 16, 2021

CPIC - Pat Hagarman

Lector - Karen Feeser

Sunday, May 23, 2021

CPIC - LMary Berry

Lector - Mike Merlo

Sunday, May 30, 2021

CPIC - Kathy Gates

Lector - Kathy Gates

*  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 the most up-to-date information about Holy Communion offerings, please 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.

COVID Vaccine

Recently we shared that Wellspan, Rite Aid, Wiese, and Giant had scheduled appointments to receive your shots. Now UPMC is also beginning to open up registrations. You must go to their website at to find out more.  Please tell us if you know of a way to get the vaccine that we can then share with the rest of the church members. We want everyone to be healthy and have the vaccine if they so wish, so please share any news you may have.

Slagle Scholarship Awarded

This year St. Mark Scholarship committee reviewed two applications for the selection of the Slagle scholarship recipient. The 2021 recipient is Alaina Klunk. Alaina will graduate from Southwestern High School in June. She is the 25th recipient of this scholarship. She will study nursing at Bloomsburg University. She hopes to become an ER nurse. This year’s award is $750 dollars. Serving on the committee from St. Mark to make the selection this year, was Martha Lippy, Tom Long, Susan Miller, Don Seidenstricker, and Pastor Kirk Griffin. Thank you to all committee members! Next year the committee will be adding a new member, Bill Sterner.

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


The June Congregational Council meeting is

scheduled for June 22, 2021 at 8:00pm. (All are welcome)



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.

Preschool News

As we end the year and finish the school year, we give thanks for all the support and effort that went into making this past year possible. We had a wonderful graduation this May and the children were able to perform for their families before going home for the year.

                    Preschool classes for next year are almost full. Our Tuesday/Thursday 3-Year-Old Class is FULL, and our Monday/Wednesday/Friday 4-Year-Old AM and PM Classes are both FULL as well. We only have One spot left in our 3-Year-Old Monday/Wednesday Class that meets 9:00am-11:45am. So, if you know anyone they can contact us at 717-451-4803 to schedule an appointment or register. 

To register a child please complete the 2021-2022 registration form (this form may be downloaded at and mail in with registration fee of $35 to St Mark Preschool 129 Charles Street Hanover, PA 17331.


Provide-A-Lunch(PAL) Team #1 will be serving at HACC on June 27  Our team members include:  Jason & Desiree Brady, Melanie Brady, Dale Dull, Pat Hagarman, Nancy Sandruck.


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.

Choir & Treble Bells Practices 

Bells practice will be held on Sundays immediately after the worship service. Choir practice has restarted but the practice sessons are held virtually. Contact the church office if you would like to join.

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. 

First Communion Classes

Parents and Youth interested in taking part in first communion are invited to talk to Pastor about taking the preparation class(es) this Lenten season.

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 June we are given the opportunity to contribute to the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) of Hanover and Spring Grove Hospice program that provides services at home and in nursing homes for people who are at the end of life.   


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 “HACC PAL” or June 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 - 2021

Ruth’s Harvest is 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 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. Anyone can help.

Summer Treats

Spring has arrived and when we return to full capacity weekend services, we will again be able to sign-up and to provide refreshments. 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.

Hanover Area Council of Churches (HACC) NEWS & NEEDS

PAL (Provide-a-Lunch) Program: Single serve fruits; Individual size chips, pretzels, etc.; Instant white rice; Scallop potatoes; Laundry detergent; Dish towels/rags; Pot holders.

Shelter:  Deodorant (Men & Women); Disposable cleaning gloves (Medium & Large); Razors; Body wash; Lysol spray; Ajax cleaner; Clorox wipes; Paper towels; Ziploc baggies (gallon size); Bottled water; Sleeping bags; Bed pillows.

General Needs:  Lysol spray/disinfecting spray

Clothing Bank:  Family-sized toiletries, Sheet sets all sizes, Bath towels, Men’s white t-shirts L/XL, Baby diapers sz. 4-5, Bread wire ties.

Ruth’s Harvest:  Single serve entrees, cereal, juice boxes, snacks or veggies.

All Donations can be placed in the bins by the office. The bin on the corner table is for HACC needs and the bin on the floor is for Ruth’s Harvest.

GOOD FRIDAY WORSHIP: HACC Good Friday:  The traditional 7 Last Words of Christ Good Friday worship hosted by HACC each year will be offered by a video that can be accessed anytime directly at (HACC’s youtube channel) or on our church website Friday morning, April 2nd by going to  Be sure to check out the 2nd Word’s special anthem that features Martha Lobaugh on the St. Mark organ.

Meals on Wheels News: Two-person teams (one driver and one runner to take food to the door) are needed Monday through Friday to drive and deliver meals from 11:00am — 12:00pm on certain circuits around town. You simply stop by the HACC building at the loading dock and pick up the preloaded containers and then deliver them to the homes on the list, returning the container when empty. If you can help one day or a combination of days, we are looking for you. Please call the HACC office (717)633-6353 and ask to speak to Laura Zimmerman, Coordinator.

As you know delivering meals to the elderly and ailing helps nourish the body and soul of our neighbors.  Occasionally, we try to include a word search puzzle or a brief passage from Holy Scripture to nourish the faith. Our recipients look forward to these small things to brighten their days. The next time you visit the Dollar Store, consider picking up a couple of the following items, marking them for Meals-On-Wheels (MOWs) and dropping them off at the HACC building at 36 Carlisle Street or placing them in the box at the end of the hall by the St. Mark church office. They can use:

Small Calendars                               Devotional Books

Word Searches                                  Adult Coloring Books

Easy Crossword Puzzles                   Colored Pencils & Sharpeners  

Clothing Bank

Tell a friend, share the news, come and shop – the HACC Clothing Bank on the 2nd floor of the Carlisle Street HACC building is open to the public. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 12 pm.

Due to COVID and to keep everyone safe an appointment must be made by calling 717-633-6353. Appointments are made on an hourly basis with a limit of 6 fully masked individuals (adult and children) at a time.

There are many items including: • Gently used clothing (all styles & sizes.)     

• Dishes      • Small appliances          • Home accessories and much more!

Clothing is free, although monetary donations are appreciated. Other items are priced accordingly. Donations can also be made by calling 717-633-6353 for drop off directions.

Ruth’s Harvest: Feed the Children

Ruth’s Harvest News: We are collecting single serve food items. Bags of these items are put together each Thursday during the school year and delivered to Hanover elementary students to take home and have nourishment over the weekend when they cannot receive the in-school breakfast and lunch meals. We are grateful for monetary donations as well. All food items can be placed in the box on the floor at the end of the Office Hallway and the items will be delivered by Martha and Wayne Lippy, our St. Mark Ruth’s Harvest Food Stocking Team. Please feel free to contact Debby Seibert, HACC Coordinator of Ruth’s Harvest if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns. 717) 451-7001 (717) 632-1181

Changing Lives Shelter News: Due to Covid concerns, the Changing Lives Shelter remains on a limited capacity. But we are still open and providing shelter 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The shelter office operates 22-hours a day, closing each day between 11am and 1pm, while meals are being served at PAL (Provide-A-Lunch).

Provide-A-Lunch (PAL)

 PAL is still operating as take and go only during the pandemic. Meals are made each day by area churches and agencies providing on average a 100 meals a day to people stopping by between 11:30 and 12:30 every day of the year. Donations and volunteers are always welcome. Contact the HACC office for more info 717-633-6353.

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).