We have a ton of awesome stuff going on at the church! Make sure you check the calendar for all the dates and times. Go to the Ministry pages for more information on our events. We are sure you will want to join!

If you have any questions about the events feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you!

May 01

6pm TrebleBells

7pm Trinity Choir

May 02


9am Sewing Group

3pm Evangelism Committee at Panera’s

May 03

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

May 05

Music Sunday - Luther Choral Worship

10:20am Sunday Schools

10:20am Worship & Music Comm. Meeting

May 06

8:30am Counters

May 07

10am Adult Coloring Group

6pm Reiki Group

6pm St. Mark Eats at Olive Garden

May 08

6pm TrebleBells

7pm Trinity Choir

May 09

7pm Property Committee Meeting

May 10

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

May 12

3:30pm FISH Youth Club

May 13

8:30am Counters

May 14

9:30am Property Committee Meeting

May 15

11am Social Ministry Committee Meeting

6pm TrebleBells

7pm Trinity Choir

May 16

9am Sewing Group

5:30pm Fellowship Committee Meeting

May 17

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

May 19

Medical Caregivers Appreciation Sunday

Congregatoin meeting re: door replacement

May 20

8:30am Counters

7pm SOS Support Group

7pm Finance Mtg.

May 21


May 22

6pm TrebleBells

7pm Trinity Choir

May 23

9am Sewing Group

6pm Ruth’s Harvest Packing

May 24

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

May 26

Provide-A-Lunch at HACC

PAL Team #1

May 27

Memorial Day

Church Office CLOSED

 May 28

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

May 29

6pm TrebleBells

7pm Trinity Choir

7pm Ascension Eve Worship at

Trinity Lutheran

Jefferson, PA

May 30

Ascension of Our Lord

8:30am Counters

9am-12pm Senior Expo - North Hanover YMCA

May 31 

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Weekly Events

Some activities at St. Mark occur regularly. Here is our current list of Weekly Events.

5:30pm Saturday

9:00am Sunday

9:00am Thursday

6-6:45pm Thursday

7-8:30pm Thursday

6:30-8pm 2nd & 4th Thursday

10:30am Friday


Spoken Worship Service

Traditional Worship Service

Sewing Group

TrebleBells Thursday

Trinity Choir Thursday

“Guiding Hearts”

Bible Study

Private Counseling

This Month's Main Events

Seasons of Lent, Holy Week, and Easter

Beginnng on Passion Sunday, Holy Week is the week between Lent and Easter.  During the first four days of Holy Week, the sanctuary color is burgundy. The sanctuary color for the remaining three days of Holy Week is black.

The Easter Season begins with Easter Day for which the sanctuary is adorned in gold. White is the sanctuary color for the rest of the Easter Season. (White - the purity of the newborn Christ and to our light and joy in his resurrection. Gold - representing our risen Lord.)

Day of Pentecost: Red as the color of fire is used on this day when we remember the tongues of fire descended on the crowd in Jerusalem. In contrast to the color of scarlet, Pentecost’s red is a bright color.

Easter ends, after fifty days of rejoicing, with end of Pentecost...

Also of Interest

Medical Professional Appreciation Sunday

On Sunday, May 19, at our 9:00am worship, the Evangelism Committee will be recognizing and thanking our community medical professionals.  Please use the attached form to submit names of medical workers you would like to have honored at this special worship.  All are welcome to attend but attendance is not necessary to have their names included in our insert.  Refreshments will follow this special worship.

Senior Expo


Come join the fun on Thursday, May 30, from 9:00am-12:00pm, at the North Hanover YMCA!  Visit with local agencies/organizations who can provide a wealth of resources available within the community.  Call Liz Heath at 717-885-7195 for more information.

Personal Care Kits


On May 19, 2019, our Sunday School children will be assembling Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief.  In order to be able to do so, we need donations of items to put into the kits.  Your willingness to help and generosity will ensure this project ends the Sunday School year with a caring gift of love!

Each Personal Care Kit must include each of the following items:

  • One light-weight bath-size towel (20x40” to 52x27”) dark color recommended
  • Two or three standard bath-size bars of soap, any brand, in original wrapping (no mini or hotel size bars
  • One adult-size toothbrush in its original packaging
  • One sturdy comb (no picks or fine-toothed combs)
  • One metal nail clippers (attached file optional).

Please place your donations in the designated bin in the narthex.  Thank you!

The Seder Meal:

Seeing Christ in the Passover

Wednesday, April 3rd at 6:00pm, we had a Jews for Jesus presentation of the traditional Seder meal here in the St. Mark Fellowship Hall. Pictures from that wonderful event are shown below..

Slagle Scholarship 

In 2019 we will again award $750 scholarship to a graduating senior of Hanover or South Western High School who plans to enter the nursing profession, the ministry or other religious work, or attend a vocational school.

            Application submission deadline was April 1st.


Stolte Scholarship

The Stolte Scholarship Fund provides a one-time grant of $1,000.00 to an individual pursuing a career in the field of ministry, missions, or humanitarian service.  Interested applicants must be residents of the greater Hanover area and should be a high school senior, college student, or seminary student.  For more information, contact Kathy Bortner at 717-637-6973 or  Applications may be obtained from the Hanover Area Council of Churches or from our church office.


What is FISH?

-- Calling All Parents and Calling All Youth --  

Our youth are a very important part of St. Mark!  We already have an awesome preschool for very young youth but we are now organizing a fun fellowship (“FISH”) for older youth -- one for grade school to middle school ages, and one for teenagers. 

Teens, we wound like your help and help from some of your friends including those not part of our congregation. We want a successful teen program. As we kick off, we want you to help us plan the program. Join us at the church (day and time is not yet determined) to talk about the program and how best to begin. What is the best method (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or other) to tell you about our events and activities? Speaking of events and activities, tell us in what worthwhile and fun things are you and your friends interested. Sporting events, nature conservation, local actions to help our needy citizens, non-monetary educational assistance -- these are just some of the areas where you and your friends might have interest.

Thoughts, ideas, suggestions, volunteering, you name it, we hope to hear from all of you. You just need to call the church office at 717-637-8904 or e-mail me at!

Spring & Summer Treats

We start on Memorial Day weekend our summer time scheduling of fellowship time following worship on Sundays. So please sign-up in the church office hallway if you are able to host a week by providing a treat (cookies, muffins, etc. and some drink).

At the same time we will take a break from our usual donut delivery that Wayne Lippy has been so gracious to deliver each week from Giant. Of course, thanks to Barb Baublitz and Shirley Hippensteel for faithfully ensuring this ministry endures and, finally, thanks to all who sign up to host, providing muinchies and beverage, and cleaning up! 

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 at Lu Hibachi

May 07, 2019

Our next fun eating event is scheduled for 6pm on Tuesday, May 7th, at the The Olive Garden in Hanover for some multo buono cibo italiano! 

Looking ahead to June, we are travelling outside our Hanover enclave to Manchester (Maryland, not England) to enjoy an evening at Spargo’s on June 4.  Opened since 2004, Spargos has been known for its great food along with its family oriented and comfortable atmosphere. Their website makes the food delicious for the whole family (the burgers look pretty great!).

Please do your best to sign up as soon as possible because we will be doing our utmost to confirm our reservation two weeks in advance.

St. Mark Coloring Book Group

The Adult Coloring Group continues on Tuesdays, from 10:00am to 12:00 noon in the Bible Study/Sewing Room.


Click the link to go to the Evangelism Ministry's page where you will see the complete schedule.


Notice to Graduates and/or Parents 

Please contact the church office with names of any and all students we have graduating this year.  As you know, we have a Sunday in June to congratulate our graduates from high school, college, graduate school, trade school, so we want to make sure we don’t miss anyone!





(“be on the lookout” for you non-police lingo people) So be on the lookout for more information and posters!

Bible Study

In May, we begin to study Ezekiel. We meet in the Bible Study room.

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

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 Preschool

We have a GoFundMe page online where you can make a donation to the preschool.  If you would like to donate, the web address is  You can also donate to the preschool using your offering envelopes.  Just write “Preschool Donation” on the “Other” line.  Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

Join Our Archiving Effort

The Archives Committee is interested in volunteers who might be willing to help organize and label current materials, type archival records into the computer, assist with creating an online resource for St. Mark and others.  Any time or talent that you might be willing to give is more than welcome.  Contact Martha Howells or Vivian Cullison for information.  Just think what you might learn about the history of Hanover and St. Mark!!!

Ruth's Harvest - 2019

Ruth’s Harvest is a weekend food program 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. Just come to the event at the Methodist Church on Middle Street. There is no special skill or training needed, just willingness to help. See Martha Lippy or Pastor Kirk for more information.

            The schedule for the coming year is as follows: 


Tuesday’s 9:00AM Sort the Food

April 16th

May 14th

Thursday’s 6:00PM Pack the Bags


April 25th

May 23rd

St. Mark’s 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 May we are given the opportunity to contribute to HACC PAL (Provide-a-Lunch) Program which serves a free hot, nutritious home-cooked lunch seven days a week, prepared by churches in the Hanover area. 


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 May 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.

4th Bi-Annual Hanover Area Community Meal Packing Event  

Plans are currently underway for this event to be held in conjunction with Rise Against Hunger (, and we can all help!  Members from HACC congregations joined with others from the community to pack over 43,000 meals last year.  This year, the goal is even higher—to involve over 500 community volunteers to pack 100,000 meals during two packing sessions!  Tom Long has stepped forward to be our liaison for this event and will bring us registration and  more information soon.

Lead Me to Calvary

Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus