Things to Do at St. Mark

Some events for October 2020 and the immediate Months afterward may be postponed until we are able to resume our normal church actvivites.

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Notes

 

11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open

 

11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open

1

11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open

2

11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open

3

5:30pm Spoken

Liturgy of Word

and Sacrament

4

18th Sunday after Pentecost

9:00am Spoken

Liturgy of Word

5

11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open 

6

9:30am Property Committee

 

11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open

 

7:00pm Congregation Council Meeting

7

11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open

8

8:00am UPMC-CPI

 

11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open

9

11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open

10

2:00pm Blessing of the Pets (weather permitting)

5:30pm Spoken

Liturgy of Word

and Sacrament

11

19th Sunday after Pentecost

9:00am Spoken

Worship

With Holy Communion

12

Columbus Day

 

11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open

13

11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open

14

11:00am Bible Study - Front of Church

 

11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open

15

8:00am UPMC-CPI

 

11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open

16

11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open

17

5:30pm Spoken

Liturgy of Word

18

20th Sunday after Pentecost

9:00am Spoken

Liturgy of Word

 

19

11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open

 

7pm Finance Meeting

20

11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open


1:00pm Hanover Garden Club

21

11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open

 

11:00am Bible Study - Front of Church

22

11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open

23

11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open

24

5:30pm Spoken

Liturgy of Word

with holy Communion

25

Reformation Sunday

9:00am Spoken

Liturgy of Word with Holy Communion

 

Provide-A-Lunch at HACC

PAL Team #1 9:00am

26

11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open

27

11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open

 

 

28

11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open

 

11:00am Bible Study - Front of Church

29

11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open

30

11:00am - 3:00pm Office Open

31

5:30pm Spoken

Liturgy of Word

 

Halloween



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

The Annual Blessing of the Pets is Back!

This year has been challenging to us humans. Imagine what it has been like for our pets who do not have the benefit of asking questions and understanding the changes. Their humans’ anxiety and frustration is the only thing they sense but without knowing why.  Well, this pandemic may have caused us to limit our inside worship and our fellowship activities but it has not caused us to forget our pets! 

On Saturday, October 10th at 2pm, weather permitting, Pastor Kirk will be offering blessings for our pets. Bring your pets to the church courtyard near the front steps of the sanctuary where there is lots of room to be physically distanced. Remember to tell your family, friends, neighbors, anyone with pets, to come. Please remember, for the safety of the animals, that doggies should be leashed, cats and small pets should be in carriers, fish should be in water, hamsters in cages, and so on.

St. Mark Roof Fund Task Force


Additional meetings were held in September with Chair Lynn Peterson, Pastor Kirk, Wally Rodenhaber, Don Feeser, Mike and Gail Merlo and Carol Reese. Meetings were held with the three companies to discuss each bid, for slate, asphalt, or metal roofs, considering the durability, cost, warranties, project time to complete, comprehensiveness of bids (whether replacement of gutters and downspouts was included or not). After these meetings, the task force met with the finance committee to discuss the availability of funds to pay for this project. The task force with input from finance will be preparing its recommendation to the congregation at a to-be-announced congregational meeting.  We will be hoping to be having a leak-free winter season this year, at least as to our roof! 

NEED HELP!!!

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   https://www.nami.org/covid-19


Licensed Psychologist Jon Sirkorski offering strategies for combating Fear and

Stress During Coronavirus – Go to this video    https://youtu.be/z_7MSExWnGA


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

          Go to this YouTube video     https://youtu.be/cGKRwE99fc4


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


Remember

CHURCHES are Life-Sustaining

 St. Mark is OPEN

11am – 3pm Monday through Friday

717-637-8904

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 (GoodHousekeeping.com and AllinaHealth.com) in case you want a greater level of instruction. Here's the info.


Sewing a Face Mask

Source: https://www.allinahealth.org/-/media/allina-health/files/mask-sewing-how-to.pdf

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=21&v=9tBg0Os5FWQ&feature=emb_logo



From GoodHousekeeping.com:

Source: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/a32084240/how-to-make-no-sew-homemade-face-masks/


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 - September Weekends

Weekend 3rd &  4th  – 

Both vases available for dedication—Please call or email the church office (offcoor129@gmail.com or 717-637-8904)

                         


Weekend 10th &  11th  –

Both vases available for dedication —Please call or email the church office (offcoor129@gmail.com or 717-637-8904)

                                                                     

                             

Weekend 17th &  18th  –

        Altar Vase – In honor of our October birthdays by Pastor Jerry and Barb Smith

One vase available for dedication—Please call or email the church office (offcoor129@gmail.com or 717-637-8904)


Weekend 24th &  25th  –

Altar Vase – In honor of our daughter McHenze’s birthday by Tom & Hollis Long

        Altar Vase – In memory of Joseph Kuhns by Josephine Kuhns


If you would like to sponsor a dedication for one of these vases, they are $14 per vase. Please call the church office at 717-637-8904 (11am-3pm Mn-Fri) to tell us your dedication.

Online at St. Mark www.stmarkhanover.org


Online worship videos will be posted every Sunday afternoon at our website:  www.stmarkhanover.org.  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 - September

 

Altar Care - need a volunteer *

Sunday, October 4, 2020

CPIC - Need a volunteer

Lector - Karen Feeser

 

Sunday, October 11, 2020

CPIC - Need a Volunteer

Lector - Mike Merlo

Sunday, October 21, 2020

CPIC - Need a volunteer

Lector - Hollis Long


Sunday, October 28, 2020

CPIC - Need a volunteer

Lector - Need a Volunteer


*  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

Holy Communion will be offered at the end of Worship on the 2nd Weekend of the month and on the church festival weekends (for October this will be the 10th/11th and Reformation Oct. 24th/25th).      

     -  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 hand to receive the wafer cleanly and safely.

     -  We ask that you extend your hand out, palm side up to receive the wafer. Pastor will then drop the wafer into your open 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.

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. 

Bakeless Bake Sale !!

Social Ministry is offering its Third Annual Bakeless Bake Sale fundraiser this month to help support SafeHome ministry for the abused.  As soon as you see the narthex table, then you will be able…to donate:

 

A bit of news we have today…

A BAKELESS BAKE SALE is on the way.

In these busy days, who wants to bake,

A pie, or cookies or even a cake.

 

So we’ve thought of a plan that’s truly grand,

And feel quite sure that you’ll understand.

And so, we are asking you to help more or less

To make our BAKELESS BAKE SALE a big success.

 

You’d be surprised if you counted the cost,

Of ingredients, heat, and the time you’ve lost.

Baking for sales is extra work.

Yet nobody really wants to shirk.

 

So set aside the money that it would take

To bake a loaf of bread or a beautiful cake.

In an envelope, if you like, please include the price…

Of a pie, or brownies or anything nice.

 

Now without fuss or bother, you’ve done your part.

We hope you’ll give with a willing heart.

Wishing success for our BAKELESS BAKE SALE, so help if you’re able

Just put your donations into the box on the narthex table.

Lectors

 

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 forthe video online. Please sign up on the bulletin board in the church or call the office.

St. Mark Bible Study Restarts


On Wednesday, October 14th at 11am, we will spend time “Encountering God in Scripture”. Due to Covid-19 we will assemble in the front section of the church for an hour, physically together at a safe space from each other while wearing masks. We will use a program produced by Luther Seminary to cover questions about the Bible; where it came from, how to interpret it, how to use it, literal interpretation versus inspired and other topics. Everyone is invited.

God's Work, Our Hands


During October, we are given the opportunity to contribute to the YWCA Safe Home.  Recognizing the fact that domestic violence is a serious issue, the Safe Home Program was developed in 1981 by YWCA Hanover.  The foundation of the program is the strong belief that individuals have a right to control their lives and make decisions without fear of assault or degradation.


To contribute to our designated giving, please mail your donations to our office or place them in our weekend collection plates.  Specify on the convenience or designated need envelopes in our pew racks or on the “other” line of any of our weekly offering envelopes, YWCA Safe Home.  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.  Thank you for your support!


In addition to being our October designated need, Safe Home is also the recipient of the proceeds from our second Bakeless Bake Sale.

NO Mums for October

As we reach the finale of the Pentecost season, looking for mums filling the sanctuary, we found out that, no, we were unable to get mums after all.  But…as the fall season progresses into October, we will notice the outdoor flowers and deciduous trees wilting, drooping, shedding as they go into dormancy for the winter.  Worship and Music gave us this beautiful symbolism of the passage of time as we approach All Saints and celebrate the lives of those who have gone to their great reward this past year.  Join us on November 1st for the procession of Saints and volunteer to carry a banner to place on the wall during the reading of the names.

Ready for Sunday School ?

 

We ARE! Sunday School classes started back on Sunday, September 20, for all children, implementing the necessary COVID procedures. With our current worship schedule, Sunday School follows worship at 9:40am. 

“The Social Dilemma”

“Dear Family & Friends, If you have the opportunity, watch the movie, “The Social Dilemma,” on Netflix.  This movie points out how we have been manipulated by Artificial Intelligence (AI). The attack is aimed at social media but points out how all our news has been distorted and how we have gotten to be so polarized as a result. Much of the hatred between Democrats and Republicans has been planted by AI. The impact on children and young people is also exposed. Eye opening! Thank you! Peace and love, Gary” (Laabs)  “This documentary from Jeff Orlowski explores how addiction and privacy breaches are features, not bugs, of social media platforms…. Its value lies in pulling together some alarming if abstract concepts into a genuinely scary whole.”—New York Times reviewer

Preschool News

Continuing Needs and Continuing Thanks! 

St. Mark Preschool offers their gratitude for all the members who took the time to pick up the items on our Fall wish list. 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.

PROVIDE-A-LUNCH (PAL)

Team #1 will be serving at HACC on October 25

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. 

A Summer Like No Other…  

 

Although it is truly a summer like no other at Kirchenwald and Nawakwa, even though the summer camp is unable to operate, ministry is still going on at the camps and at The Wittel Farm.  Cabins, Lodges, Adirondacks, and Treehouses are available for family rentals.  Many testimonials of family campers confirm that escaping to the woods for a spell is still a fun and relaxing vacation.  Check out more at www.LutheranCamping.org, searching for “Summer Facility Rental.”

 

At Wittel Farm and Nawakwa farms, they have already harvested 1000 pounds of cucumbers, zucchinis, and more, to donate to the Lancaster and Adams County food relief systems.  Volunteer opportunities may be found by visiting the LCC website.

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


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 prkirk129@gmail.com 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. 


During September our designated need will be the Sweet Charities Cancer Patient Fund.  The Cancer Patient Fund was established in 2005 to make a difference in the lives of individuals suffering from cancer and their families.  When in need beyond medical treatment or hospital bills, families can turn to this fund to pay for daily living expenses, such as rent or mortgage, food, utility bills and other essentials.  Administered by Hanover Hospital’s Social Work Department, the fund is there to help be a steady rock for patients.

     

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 September 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 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.

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).