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!

Nov 01

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

All Saints Day

Nov 03

6pm TrebleBells

7pm Trinity Choir

Nov 04

8:30am Counters

2pm Bingo! @ Utz Terrace

Nov 05


10am Adult Coloring Group

6pm Reiki Group

6pm St. Mark Eats at Firepit

Nov 06

6pm TrebleBells

7pm Trinity Choir

Nov 07

9am Sewing Group

3pm Evangelism Committee at Panera’s

Nov 08

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Nov 10

21st Sunday after Pentecost

2-4pm  FISH Youth Club

Nov 11

Veterans’ Day

Nov 12

8:30am Counters

9:30am Property Committee

Nov 13

No Choir Rehearsals

Nov 14

9am Sewing Group

Nov 15

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Nov 17

22nd Sunday after Pentecost

2pm Holiday Tea

Nov 18

8:30am Counters

7pm SOS Support Group

7pm Finance Meeting

Nov 19

8:30am UPMC-CPI

10am Adult Coloring Group

12pm Hanover Garden Club in FH

7pm Congregation Council - All are welcome

Nov 20

6pm TrebleBells

7pm Trinity Choir

Nov 21

1pm Social Ministry Committee

1:15pm Preschool Board Meeting

5:30pm Fellowship Committee

6pm Ruth’s Harvest Pack

Nov 22

10:30am-12Noon Bible Study

Nov 24

Christ the King Sunday

Provide-A-Lunch at HACC

   PAL Team #1

Nov 25

8:30am Counters

Nov 26

9am Ruth’s Harvest Sort

Nov 27

6pm TrebleBells

7pm Trinity Choir

Nov 28

Thanksgiving Day


Nov 29

No 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 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

November Worship:   The month of in-Gathering…


November 3rd – All Saints- join us as we remember those of our congregation and loved ones who have passed.  The design of the crosses that bear those names have changed.  We are thankful to Martha Lobaugh and Penelope Spalding for their hard work on the special memorial crosses attached to the banners.  We welcome family members to take the cross bearing their loved one’s name home with them after the Sunday worship. 

            We also recognize loved ones, family or friends of our members who have died in the past year but are not members of St. Mark.  Please contact the church office with the name(s) you would like recognized on November 3rd.


November 10th will bring us the Fall celebration of the Land & Seasons.  We are excited to have the band back together and the singers to lead the congregation as we celebrate the harvest.  We will have set a table at the front of the sanctuary to accept all donations of food, supplies and animal needs.  Please remember the great sales at the grocery stores of BOGO mean Buy One Give One!


November 24th we celebrate Christ the King.  That Sunday will also be our Harvest Gathering Sunday (quilts, blankets and canned goods) and our Giving Thanks Sunday (blessing tree). Through the blessing of Christ our King, we are able to count our blessings and give back to others who may be in need. Come and bringing an open spirit and some gifts to share with others. Look for the donation table and the quilts to start appearing soon.

Harvest Sunday

Harvest Sunday is coming up on November 24th. So during the month we will collect food for our local food banks and display quilts that will go to those in need.  Look for the food table and quilts starting in November.

Advent Events

Hopefully, everyone is already working on their special Christmas tradition or memory to include in Evangelism Committee’s project, the compilation of An Advent Devotional. If you forget and/or lost the sheet, one is included in this newsletter and there are some on the informational windowsill in the church hallway. Let’s make this a very special Christmas retrospective!

You have been waiting for it and it is coming soon. Advent is the time of preparation for the coming of the Lord. Mark your calendars now, Advent begins on Dec. 1st.

The Advent Knit Tree will be up seeking donations of warm socks and hats and mittens other warm items. All donations of warm knit/crochet/handmade/store-bought gifts of love are appreciated.

We will also have up the Hunger Star Tree with the stars made by Diana Weaver representing a dedication or memorial contribution to the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. If you would like to donate $5.00 in memory or honor of someone by purchasing a star and marking it on the form on the next page or contacting the church office.

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.

St. Mark Preschool

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Preschool has begun. This year we added an afternoon 4-year-old class on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  The class is taught by Idonia Klunk assisted by Stef Reid and has 9 students.  Allison Wentz will continue to teach the 3-year-old class with Idonia Klunk and Stef Reid assisting and Idonia Klunk will be teaching the 4-year-old a.m. class with Stef Reid and Hanover High School Senior, Abbi Martin assisting. All our classes are full, and we are excited to get things started. 

Another way we are growing this year is that we expanded the 4-year-old classroom by taking the wall out between it and the old councilor’s office. Bob Bish was hard at work before the school year even ended last spring and continued to work through most of the summer with the help of Wally Rodenhaber and Dale Dull. We can’t thank them enough for all of their hard work. The students will love being in their new larger room.

The preschool committee 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. Thanks also to the church for providing the playground mulch again this year and to anyone who helped apply it to the playground. We totally appreciate it.


Thanks again for all your support,    

Allison Wentz, Preschool Director

Block Party Raffle Winners


As you all recall, we had five free raffle drawings for our 2nd Annual Block Party.  And the winners are (were)…Raffle One-Mark Chilcote (from Gettysburg); Raffle Two-Nathan Keefer (who missed the actual count by only ONE); Raffle Three-Bethany Parrish; and, Raffle Four-Carol Reese; Raffle Five  We had a very generous donor of a gift card and a blind drawing of all the raffle participants was taken (by Pastor Kirk) with our lucky winner, Bill Reese! 


What is FISH?

-- Calling All Parents and Calling All Youth -- 

“Fun In Serving Him” Youth Club…our upcoming FISH Youth Club which will be meeting on Sunday, October 13, from 2:00-4:00pm!  All you young fish, please spread the word and plan to jump back into the tank at this new time!  Any questions, please contact Karen Feeser, 717-698-3535, or the office.  (The planning meeting at 10:30am on the 13th is still scheduled.)

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!

Autumn & Winter Treats


September is here and, yes, donuts are back on the menu!  Thank you to Wayne Lippy for again being willing to pick them up for us each Sunday.  A new sign-up is posted, ready and waiting for you!  As you know, with the donuts returning, all the host(s) have to do is make the coffee and set up and table before worship; then, clean up after fellowship time.


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 Firepit Rotisserie and Grill

November 05, 2019 at 6pm


For November, we are heading to a new addition to our eating list, Firepit Rotisserie and Grill.  Sign up in the narthex if you have not already done so! 


We are also looking forward, December’s event on the 5th, which is a Thursday, is Hanover Railside Family Diner, another favorite, with a set price buffet menu and a private dining room.


As with previous and future Eats, we need to know if you plan on coming or not, since the restaurant needs to know how many are attending.  

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.

Gift Tag Tree  

Look for the green gift tags with the red yarn all over the tree in the narthex—the Gift Tag Tree is up and ready!

Toys and other children’s gifts will be donated to HACC on December 15th for distribution to local families in need. 

Remember to bring in your new gift and place it unwrapped under the tree (you do not need to return the green tag). 

2019 Crop Walk

The 2019 Crop Walk marks the 50th Anniversary of this event. This year, for Hanover, we will be walking at Codorus, around a two-mile trek. Walkers may pick up their donation forms from the church office. Questions should be directed to Diana Weaver, our intrepid Crop Walk liaison. Please support any or all of our walkers—check out the feet on the wall (if you want to walk and do not see your foot on the wall, please let Alison know). Checks should be made payable to “St. Mark Lutheran Church” with “Crop Walk” noted in the memo line. This year, the donations will be divided between Ruth’s Harvest, God’s Meal Barrel, Head Start, and PAL. There is also a donation jar in the narthex designated for “Crop Walk”.

Holiday Tea at St. Mark

Mark your calendars now for this delicious event at St. Mark. Some of our church ladies will again be hosting this special holiday tea on Sunday, November 17th at 2:00PM. All you have to do is help support the event with a small fee, bring your tea cup, and be ready to be festive and have a good time.

November Harvest Gathering

As we lead up to giving thanks at the end of the month, please give of your ability and love towards our gathering of goods and donations this month. Quilts will be appearing in the sanctuary as part of the gathering of thanksgiving. Donations of boxed or canned foods and pet supplies are also being collected all month long and donated to HACC food closet and ASPCA of Adams County respectively.


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

Bible Study

In November, we continue our study of the book of Nehemiah. We meet in the Bible Study room. We meet on Friday mornings from 10:30am – 12 Noon.


The study of the Book of Nehemiah continues at 10:30am on Fridays in the Bible Study room. The Old Testament Book of Nehemiah relates the Restoration of Jerusalem after the Babylonian Exile. 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 – yes, even you!


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.

Ruth's Harvest - 2019

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 as follows: (and yes we get the month of December off). Ruth’s Harvest School Year Schedule of our two teams that volunteer to help:

                                   Tuesday’s 9:00AM                               Thursdys 6:00pm

                                   Sort the Food                                       Pack the Bags     

                                    November 26th                                   November 21st  

                                    N/A                                                        January 23rd  

                                    N/A                                                        February 27th

                                    N/A                                                        March 26th

                                    N/A                                                        April 23rd and April 30th

                                    N/A                                                        May 28th


Additionally donations of single serving fruits, vegetables, and entrees are always needed.

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 November our designated need will be New Hope Ministries where people can go if they are hungry, lost their job, or need a little extra help.  To learn more about how they are helping our neighbors in need, please visit       

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.

Apharsathchites: Ezra 4:9

Berodachbaladan: Kings 2 20:12