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!

Aug 01


9am Sewing Group

3pm Evangelism Comm. Mtg.

Aug 02


10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Aug 04

10:20am Worship & Music Comm. Mtg.

Aug 05

8am Counters

2pm Bingo at Utz Terrace (Social Ministry)

Ayg 06

8:00am UPMC-CPI

10am Adult Coloring Group

6-9pm Reiki Group

6pm St. Mark Eats at Fratelli’s

Aug 08

9am Sewing Group

Aug 09

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Aug 12

8am Counters

Aug 13

9:30am Property Comm. Mtg.

Aug 15

9am Sewing Group

5:30pm Fellowship Comm. Mtg.

Aug 16

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Aug 19

8am Counters

7pm Finance Mtg

Aug 20

8:30am UPMC-CPI

7pm Christian Ed. Comm. Mtg

Aug 22

9am Sewing Group

Aug 23

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Aug 26

8:30am Counters

Aug 27

7pm Congregational Council Mtg.

Aug 29

9am Sewing Group

Aug 30

7th Sunday after Pentecost


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 Wednesday

Trinity Choir Wednesday

“Guiding Hearts”

Bible Study

Private Counseling

This Month's Main Events

Seasons of Time After Pentecost

The time following Pentecost is known as the Time After Pentecost. Time after Pentecost begins on the Monday following Pentecost and continues through Saturday afternoon before the first Sunday of Advent, some five to six months later, always including the entire months of July, August, September and October and most or all of June and November (some years include small portions of May and December). The last Sunday before Advent is...

Also of Interest

Slagle Scholarship 

This year the St. Mark Scholarship Committee reviewed two applications for selection of the recipient of this $750.00 scholarship.  The 2019 recipient is Allyson Montour.  She graduated from Hanover High School in May and will study nursing at Eastern University.  She hopes to become an ER nurse.  Serving on the committee from St. Mark to make the selection this year was Nancy Fasnacht, Tom Long, Susan Miller, Don Seidenstricker and Pastor Kirk Griffin.  Thank you to all committee members!

VBS Information

Helpers Wanted for Vacation Bible School

July 29 through August 2 from 9:00-11:30am here is our Bible School, with a new theme for this year focusing on the many colors of the Bible stories.  We are looking for volunteers to teach and help.  Contact Karen Feeser (717-698-3535) or our church office (717-637-8904), if available and interested in having fun with the youth of St. Mark and St. Paul on York Street!

We are having a an informational meeting this Sunday, June 23rd, directly after worship in the parlor for those interested in helping at this year's VBS.

Looking to Sign Up for VBS?​​​​​​​

Kids, reserve your spot at St. Mark VBS soon. VBS is being held July 29 through August 2 from 9:00-11:30am.

Have your parents click the link below to see the registration form and print it (or get a form at the church office), complete the information requested, and send the form to the church office. If you are close by St. Mark (like when you come to church on Sunday mornings...), you can drop off your completed form at the church office. Remember, one form per child.

Block Party!!!


The 2nd Annual Block Party is moving from September to October, a move precipitated by last year’s precipitation.  Even though we had a great time in spite of the rain, we are hoping that by October 12th, we will have a bit of a dry spell.  Plans are underway for a plethora of fun activities, food trucks, AND the Blessing of the Pets.  All of you who are interested in helping and/or have great ideas to share, talk to Lynn Peterson or any of the Evangelism Committee team.

St. Mark Preschool

Another school year has come to an end for the preschool here at St. Mark. It was a great year, and we are excited to announce that we are growing. We have added a 4-Year-Old PM class on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:30-3:15. This will be a smaller class with a maximum of 9 students. Miss Idonia will be teaching this class and Miss Stef will be her assistant. Since our first year working with Hanover High School’s Senior Work release program worked well, we have decided to continue with the program by hiring Abbi Martin for next year’s 4-Year-Old AM Class. We are also working with the high school to get one to two students to volunteer for an hour in our PM class. As this is a smaller class, we do not need to have a paid aide for the afternoon. We are looking forward to a great year.

Presently, the 3-Year-Old Class is full for next year. We have one opening in our 4-Year-Old AM Class and one opening in our 4-Year-Old PM Class. 

The entire Preschool staff would like to thank everyone in the congregation for all their support this past school year. With your help we were able to raise $507.74 for our scholarship fund through the Giant A+ program. We raised $791.00 with our Joe Corbi Pizza Sale, $120.00 with our GoFundMe fundraiser and $150.60 with our Santa Letter Fundraiser. One of our parents, Christina DiFatta, graciously set up two dine-out fundraisers for us. We are thankful for her help and for anyone who ate out on our fundraising nights. We earned $50.00 from Texas Roadhouse and $51.00 from Firepit Rotisserie and Grill. Christina plans on setting up more nights next school year for us. You also helped us out tremendously with your donations last July. This July we will once again be collecting donations of various supplies for the upcoming school year. A list will be provided  Any donations will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again for all of your support,

Allison Wentz

Director/3-Year-Old Teacher


What is FISH?


-- Calling All Parents and Calling All Youth -- 


“Fun In Serving Him” Youth Club…our summer FISH seem to be hibernating…at camps, sports, vacations, one even decided to spend time with his new baby sister! So, our fall FISH will be jumping—our own Chef Rick will be playing in the kitchen; we have some gardening ideas to plan; we have some dough ladies to teach us how to make noodles for slippery pot pie so that…well, let’s just say there is a lot in our tank!


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 started, 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

July 02, 2019

For August, get ready to enjoy some of the area's best crab cakes. On August 6, we head to Fratelli’s in Hampstead, Maryland. 

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.

Congratulations to our Graduates

Jonathan Michael Brown, son of Melissa and Bob Hoster, graduated cum laude on May 10th, from St. Thomas University and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology.

Emma Kindschuh, daughter of Jeff and Chris Kindschuh, graduated from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality Management with a minor in Environmental Studies.  She is moving to Las Vegas this summer (whew! HOT) to start her exciting career with MGM Resorts.

Derek Eline, son of Michele and David Eline, and grandson of Martha and Wayne Lippy, graduated from SouthWestern High School this year.  He has been accepted and will attend Shippensburg University in the Fall.

Madlyn Farley, daughter of Heather Farley and Mike Farley, also graduates from SouthWestern High School this year.  She is attending Drexel University in Philadelphia this fall, pursuing a physical therapy degree. 

Brad Weiss, son of Mike and Kathy Weiss, graduated from SouthWestern High School this year and plans to attend Elon University in Burlington, North Carolina next year.

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


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

Bible Study

In July, we continue our study of the book of Ezekiel. We meet in the Bible Study room.

Come and spend some time learning about this fascinating book. 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.

Ruth's Harvest - 2019

This program is on hiatus for the summer—so any donations need to have expiration dates beyond September 15th, 2019.  Donations sought in June with Fall or later expiration dates would be cereal, oatmeal packets, breakfast bars (all single serving please!).  Our HACC donations bins will remain in the church office hallway for your convenience throughout the summer.

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. 

Ruth’s Harvest ia the designated need for August. It is a program to make sure the elementary school kids that rely on daily meals at school also have some meals for the weekends.        

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 "Gary Laabs Mission Trip" 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.

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."