Things to Do at St. Mark

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











Office Open



5:30pm Spoken

Liturgy of Word



19th Sunday after Pentecost

9:00am Worship

10:20am Sunday School classes


11:00-3:00pm Office Open




11:00-3:00pm Office Open






11:00-3:00pm Office Open




Office Open


Quilting 9:00am – 12noon


3:00pm Evangelism Committee


5:00pm Congregational

Council Meeting




Office Open


11:00am Bible Study


2:00pm Blessing of the Pets Worship


5:30pm Spoken

Liturgy of Word with Holy Communion


20th Sunday after Pentecost

9:00am Worship with Holy Communion

10:20am Sunday School classes


10:20am Confirmation Class



11:00-3:00pm Office Open


Happy Columbus Day


7pm Finance Meeting



9:30am Property Meeting



Office Open


7:00-9:00pm PennMar Radio Club in FH



11:00-3:00pm Office Open




Office Open


Quilting Group

9:00am – 12noon


5:30pm Fellowship Committee


11:00-3:00pm Office Open


11:00am Bible Study



9:00am HACC Clean Up Hanover Day


5:30pm Spoken

Liturgy of Word



21st Sunday after Pentecost

9:00am Worship  

 10:20am Sunday School classes


CROP Hunger Walk @

Codorus 1.00pm


11:00-3:00pm Office Open


7pm Finance Meeting


11:00-3:00pm Office Open



Hanover Garden Club


7pm Christian Ed.



11:00-3:00pm Office Open





9:00-3:00pm Office Open


Quilting Group





Office Open


11:00am Bible Study


5:30pm Spoken

Liturgy of Word



22nd Sunday after Pentecost

9:00am Worship  

10:20am Sunday School classes

10:20 Confirmation Class


PAL “Provide-A-Lunch” Team 3



11:00-3:00pm Office Open


11:00-3:00pm Office Open




Office open



Office Open


Quilting Group




Office Open


11:00am Bible Study


5:30pm Spoken Liturgy of Word with Holy Communion


Reformation Day (wear red)

(23rd Sunday after Pentecost)

9:00am Worship with Holy Communion


10:20am Sunday School classes


Reformation Weekend  


As we know, the Reformation began in 1517 when Martin Luther, a German monk, protested about perceived abuses by the Catholic Church and calling for reforms. His followers became known as Protestants. Many people and governments adopted the new Protestant ideas, while others remained faithful to the Catholic Church. This led to a split in the Church.  This year, our Reformation celebration falls on the weekend of October 31st.  Please plan to attend and remember to wear RED!

Blessing of the Pets


Another challenging year for humans and pets!  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. 


On Saturday, October 9th 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. 

All Saints Day/Weekend


The road to All Saints’ Weekend: 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 Committee gave us this beautiful symbolism of the passage of time as we approach All Saints weekend.


All Saints’ Weekend: Join us on November 7th for the procession of Saints and celebrate the lives of those of our members who have gone to their great reward this past year.  If you have lost a loved one this past year and would like him/her to be remembered at our All Saints tribute, please contact the church office to ensure the information is included.  We will need at least 8 volunteers to carry banners to place on the wall during the reading of the names.

Thank you to all who donated

To the personal care kit project in September and continuing thanks to our busy quilting group. Through your efforts, St. Mark donated 51 personal care kits and 2 boxes of quilts to the New Windsor, MD, Lutheran World Relief facility.


Wayne’s Walkers:  Thank you all for your generous support to the Alzheimer Association under my team, Wayne's Walkers.  I and 13 members of the team walked on Saturday, September 18th. 


Thanks to your help and many others I was able to raise $1555.00.    Hopefully all the funds being collected will help others in the fight and cure of this horrible disease.   Thank you all.  –Pat Keefer, Team Leader.


Thank you from VNA of Hanover & Spring Grove for our generous gift of $537.00 for the VNA Hospice program from Bryan S. Warner, President & CEO.


Thank you card received from Cara Lynn Clabaugh, “With special thanks for all of you.  Words cannot say enough of how I am so appreciative….Thank you for your friendship and take care!”

Christ in our Home Devotional Booklets

Copies of these booklets for October, November, and December are now available in the narthex and office hallway window sill for pick up. If interested please pick them up while they are available. They go fast, so get one when you can.

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

Opportunity to Sponsor


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:


                    One vase - October 17


                    Two vases – October 3

God's Work Our Hands

God’s Work Our Hands Sunday:  Every year the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America designates the 2nd Sunday of September as a day of mission and caring for our neighbors. So as a church family of the ELCA, we will once again be doing an act of mission work. We will be gathering after worship on Sunday, September 12th, to assemble Personal Health Care Kits. We are still receiving donations of in the narthex bins. Each kit includes:

-One light-weight dark-colored bath-sized towel (min. 20”x40” to max.27”x52”)

-Two or Three Full sized Bath Bars of Soap (must equal 8 to 9 oz.)

-One Adult size toothbrush in original packaging

-One Sturdy Comb

-One Metal nail clipper

These kits will be sent to agencies here in the U.S. and around the world to help people that need to feel a bit of cleansing and renewal. It is amazing what a clean towel and some soap can do for your mental and physical health when in times of disasters. Thank you for all those who donated.  And we look forward to seeing you help as we fold and box up all these kits on September 12th.

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


St. Mark Eats

After a very long hiatus, St. Mark Eats is back on the schedule!  As things currently allow, on October 5th, we will be eating at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House in Hanover.  If you have not already signed up, please do so as soon as possible on the sign-up sheets in the office hallway.  For November 2nd, we are planning to head to Perkins Restaurant

The Bakeless BakeSale is Back


Social Ministry is offering its Fourth 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.



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 - October Weekends


Weekend October 2nd and 3rd  – 

     Altar Vase –available

     Altar Vase - available


Weekend October 9th and 10th – 

    Altar Vases – To the continued health of my family

                           by Pat Hagarman


Weekend October 16th and 17th  –

    Altar Vase -- In memory of Patty & John Warehime by

                           Jennifer Carter

    Altar Vase – available


Weekend October 23th and 24th  –

    Altar Vase - In honor of McHenze Wildasin’s birthday by Tom

                         & Hollis Long

    Altar Vase - In memory of Joseph Kuhn’s 95th birthday by

                         Josephine Kuhn


Weekend October 30th and 31st - 

    Altar Vase - In memory of loved ones by Wayne & Martha Lippy

    Altar Vase - In honor of Nancy’s birthday by Glenn &

                         Nancy Mummert



*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 - August


Altar Care - Gary & Eileen Laabs, Glenn & Nancy Mummert. If you would like to volunteer to help fulfill in altar care, please contact the church office at 717-637-8904.  

Sunday, Oct 03, 2021

CPIC - Hollis Long

Lector - Hollis Long

Sat. Worship Leader - pat Hagarman


Sunday, Oct 10, 2021

CPIC - Kathy Gates

Lector - Kathy Gates

Sat. Worship Leader - available

Sunday, Oct 17, 2021

CPIC - Pat Hagarman

Lector - Linda Bolin

Sat. Worship Leader - available


Sundy, Oct 24, 2021

CPIC - Pat Keifer

Lector - avalable

Sat/ Worship Leader - available


Sunday, Oct 31, 2021

CPIC - Linda Bolin

Lector - available

Sat. Worship Leader - available


*  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.


As for the booster shots, as soon as we get firm information of these, we will post it.

Bible Study: The Gospel of Luke


Did you know Luke was not one of the original 12 disciples? Did you know the first time we encounter Luke is when he joins Paul’s mission to Greece? Did you know that Luke wrote both of his books to a friend named Theophilus, which means a “Beloved Friend of God”? We learn new things like this every week. Why not come out and join us each FRIDAY morning (please note the day change) from 11am to noon as we continue our study of the Gospel of St. Luke. Drop by and enjoy some wonderful faith discussion and learning. No previous experience necessary – we even have extra Bibles in the classroom.


Bible Study occurs on Thursdays at 11:00am. It is an hour long class for all those interested in reading and learning more about the Bible and faith. Our first topic is the Gospel of St. Luke. No previous Bible knowledge or experience needed. We even have Bibles in the classroom for those who need one. Please talk with Pastor if interested in attending or learning more about the group.

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. 

Council Meeting


Due to Pastor Kirk’s vacation, it was decided to postpone the September Council Meeting until Thursday, October 7, at 5:00pm.  As you know, our church council is comprised of eleven church members, plus Pastor Kirk, who volunteer to participate and govern the church for three-year commitments.  Decisions which affect the financial health and future well-being of St. Mark are discussed and addressed each month.  All are allowed and welcome to attend any or all of these important meetings.  Although we have a number of committees to handle particular areas of our church, such as finance, property, fellowship, social, evangelism, and the like, the committees bring their needs back to council for the final approval or rejection.  Try it, you might like it!

Shoe Collection Fundraiser


South Western Music Boosters are hosting a fundraiser, collecting new or gently used shoes, until October 15, 2021.  All shoes collected will then be shipped to underdeveloped countries and sold by mini-entrepreneurs at a fraction of the cost.  If you have new or gently used shoes to donate, please bring them into the church for Marcus Lobaugh, our South Western Musician.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Martha Lobaugh at 717-521-8251 or

St. Mark Sewing News

There is a new addition in the sewing room!  While our dedicated sewers, pinners, cutters, tie-ers are working, they enjoy discussing, trading, and recommending books. “Seeewww”, everyone started bringing in books to share until quite a few books were amassed. 

The need for a bookshelf was mentioned to Bob Bish who proceeded to build a beautiful one for them on wheels! Thanks very much to Bob for sharing his craftsmanship once again to add to the beauty of our church.

For those interested in seeing the bookshelf and borrowing or sharing books, please contact any of our sewers (Pat Hagarman, Jo Kuhns, Susan Miller, Carol Reese, Deb Teal, Linda Gouker, Sandy Haymaker) or just come in to the church on a Thursday morning to touch base with the group. 

Preschool News

     “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” It’s time for preschool to begin and we are excited to say we are growing. 

      This year we have two 4-year-old classes. One in the morning and the other in the afternoon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The 4-year-old classes will be taught by Idonia Klunk and assisted by Mandy Wasserman. The morning class will also be aided by Abbi Martin. We have 17 students in our morning class and 10 students in our afternoon class.

       We also have two classes for the 3-year-olds this year. One class is Mondays and Wednesdays, and the other class is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Allison Wentz will be teaching the 3-year-old classes with Stef Reid assisting. In the Tuesday and Thursday class it will also be aided by Karen Amoss. We have 9 students in our Mondays and Wednesdays class and 12 students in our Tuesdays and Thursdays class. 

        Another way we are growing this year is updating the playground area. The “diminishing” tree that was in the middle of the playground area was cut down for safety reasons and we will be adding a fence around the play area in the fall. Once that is completed, we are working towards getting new playground equipment.

        The preschool committee and staff would like to thank the congregation for their generous donations to our preschool over the summer. The supplies that you provided will help to keep our preschool running smoothly. We absolutely appreciate all your help.

         Thanks again for all your support,

 St Mark Preschool Staff

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).

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

2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s 

The annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on September 18, 2021 at 10:00am at the Gettysburg Area Recreation Authority.  Pat Keefer will once again be walking with her team Wayne’s Walkers and would welcome any interested walkers to join her or donate through her.  This year there are 3 easy ways to join or donate:  On-line at; by mail send to Alzheimer’s Association, 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110 (with a note that includes Pat’s team, WaynesWalkers; or contact Heather Watts, the Walk Manager by email at


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 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 this month’s designated need, please mail your donations to our office or place them in our weekend collection plates by specifying for October's 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.



Team #3 will be serving at HACC on October 24:

Our team members include:  Barb Baublitz, Linda Bolin, Shirley Hippensteel, Dale Dull, Lynn & Alison Peterson.


 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.

Summer Treats

Summer 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; Cans of string beans; Dish towels/rags; Potholders.  

Shelter:  Deodorant (Men & Women); Disposable gloves (Med. & Lg.); Ziploc storage bags (gallon size); Bed pillows; Lysol spray; Ajax cleaner; Clorox wipes.

General Needs:  Lysol spray/disinfecting spray

Clothing Bank:  Family-sized toiletries; Bread wire ties; Men’s & women’s ankle socks; Diapers sized 5 & 6.


All Donations can be placed in the bins by the office on the corner table at end of hall.


HACC Ruth’s Harvest: Feed the Children

          Ruth’s Harvest News: We are seeking individual snack and food items as we get ready for the start of school in the Fall. We hope to be back fully stocked and helping give out food starting the middle of September as the school year begins.


HACC Provide-A-Lunch (PAL)

          Is still operating as take and go meals each day between 11:30 and 12:30. Donations and volunteers are always welcome. Contact the HACC office for more info 717-633-6353.


HACC 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. Call 717-633-6353. 


CROP Walk 2021

With a history of over 70 years, the CROP will take place again in 2021!  Missed in 2020 because of the Covid pandemic, the Hanover Area Council of Churches had been alerted that St. Paul Dubs will kindly take responsibility for being the central position of the CROP Walk at Codorus.

          Replacing Diana Weaver after her many years of service as the CROP chairman from St. Mark, Linda Bolin will be waiting for our walkers to sign up and receive their $$ folders.  Please do one of two things:  Be one of those walkers and/or contribute to one of those walkers.

          The CROP Walk takes place on Sunday at 1:00pm, October 17.  Sign up and walk your distance, your pace, and your smile.  And, we’ll all say “thanks” for participating.  Some of the money will stay in Hanover—the rest will be disbursed nationally and internationally by Church World Service.

          St. Mark members who receive their information by mail or e-mail and would like to participate may do so by sending checks to St. Mark made payable to “CHURCH WORLD SERVICE.”  Please do not make your CROP Walk checks to St. Mark this year!

Fifth Biennial Meal Packing Event


Hanover Against Hunger is once again having its Meal Packing Event at St. Matthew Lutheran Church on Saturday, November 6, from 9-11am and 12-2pm. 


To find out more information or to donate, visit 

Clean Up Hanover Day

HACC is planning a Hanover Clean Up Day on Saturday, October 16, beginning at 9:00am.  They are hoping to have 10 people from each church on hand to clean up the streets and parks of Hanover.  Amanda Stuckey and Alison Peterson are gathering St. Mark-ers to represent our great St. Mark.  We will meet at HACC by 9:00am where we will be given water, gloves, trash bags and our assigned area.  We will return to HACC at noon for hot dogs, snacks, and pictures.  Please let Amanda or Alison know if you would like to join the St. Mark cleaners.  For those of us who have St. Mark t-shirts or aprons, this is a great opportunity to wear them!

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).