Things to Do at St. Mark

Some events for the immediate future may be postponed until we are able to resume our normal church actvivites.











Office Open


*Hanover Garden Club greens setup in Fellowship Hall



Office Open


*Hanover Garden Club greens setup in Fellowship Hall



Office Open


11:00am Bible Study


*Garden Club Sale


5:30pm HACC Christmas Caroling

Downtown square


Hanover Garden Club Sale


5:30pm Spoken

Liturgy of Word



2nd Sunday of Advent


9:00am Worship

10:20am Sunday School classes



11:00-3:00pm Office Open

Deadline for Wreath Orders



11:00-3:00pm Office Open


6:00pm St. Mark Eats






11:00-3:00pm Office Open




Office Open


6:00pm Council Dinner



Office Open


11:00am Bible Study


5:30pm Spoken

Liturgy of Word 


3rd Sunday of Adventt


9:00am Worship

10:20am Sunday

Church Volunteer Appreciation Day


*Congregational Meeting following worship*


10:20am Sunday School classes

Confirmation Class Week



11:00-3:00pm Office Open


Organ Tuning




Office Open


9:30am Property Meeting



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 Christmas Tree Decorating Party followed by Bruch


1:00pm SWSD Holiday Program for seniors


5:30pm Spoken

Liturgy of Word



4th Sunday of Advent


9:00am Worship (Christmas Pageant)


 10:20am Sunday School



11:00-3:00pm Office Open


7:00pm Finance Meeting



11:00-3:00pm Office Open




11:00-3:00pm Office Open






Office Open





11:00-3:00pm Office Open


Christmas Eve:

3:00pn Worship

7:00pm Worship


5:30pm Spoken

Liturgy of Word


Merry Christmas !!



Festival Sunday of St. Stephen, Deacon & Martyr


9:00am Worship Christmas Carols Sing during Sermon Time 


PAL “Provide-A-Lunch” Team 1



11:00-3:00pm Office Open




11:00-3:00pm Office Open





Office Open



Officve Open



Office Open



*NOTE:  St. Mark Preschool classes are in session MONDAY through FRIDAY each week between the hours of 8:30am and 4:00pm*

Advent is Here


Advent is the time of preparation for the coming of the Lord. Mark your calendars now, Advent began on November 27/28th.

          Starting that weekend, the Advent Knit Tree will be up seeking donations of warm socks, hats and gloves/mittens and other warm items. All donations, whether hand-made or store-bought, are greatly appreciated. HACC says they could use a lot of work socks and work gloves also.

          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.

Poinsettias are Coming


Believe it or not, Christmas is coming! We will be hanging twenty-two 22” wreaths ($25.00/wreath) inside and out and one 36” wreath ($50.00). 


Poinsettias to decorate the chancel are available at $11.00 per plant. A tree with stars representing $5.00 contributions to the ELCA World Hunger Appeal will stand in the narthex. To sponsor any of these decorations in memory of or in honor of loved ones, just use the convenience envelopes in the pew racks, or click the link to the right then print out the form, fill it out, and get it back to the church office at (717)637-8904. 


The deadline for ordering is Monday, December 6th. The poinsettias may be retrieved after our Christmas Eve or anytime the following week. 

Cookie Evangelism


Hanover Garden Club is hosting its’ annual greens sale in our Fellowship Hall this year on December 3rd and 4th.  During the sale, the evangelism committee will be handing out cookies along with attached invites and information about our congregation. Bakers are needed to donate cookies and have them brought in to the church office on Wednesday, Dec. 1 or Thursday, Dec. 2 between 11am and 3pm (office hours).  As this is a very well-attended event, we would love to have a lot of cookies to share so please bakers, bake (or bake the cookie dough rolls you buy in the grocery store)!

Christ in our Home Devotional Booklets

Copies of these booklets for  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.

Worship Helpers Sought 


Please sign up on the narthex bulletin board if you are able to be a worship leader on a Saturday night or a Lector on a Sunday morning. We need everyone to take part so that our worship can be at its best. Please consider signing up soon.

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.

Volunteer Appreciation Weekend

In addition to our congregational meeting scheduled for December 12th, during worship, we are appreciating our many volunteers that weekend. All of us are volunteers that keep this church functioning through thick and thin, and our evangelism committee thinks it is high time to show our appreciation. It also happens to be National Volunteer Appreciation weekend! Please plan to attend and enjoy the treats offered after the meeting at a special fellowship time in the office hallway.

St. Mark Eats

On December 7th, the sign-up is waiting for you for Hanover Railside Restaurant.  Additional venues are up for consideration for January and February so, if you like Olive Garden and Lu Hibachi, sign up on those sheets.


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 - December Weekends


Weekend December 4th and 5th  – 

     Altar Vase – In honor of David & Pete who served their country

                          by Nancy and Carl Sandruck

     Altar Vase - In honor of Randy Mummert’s birthday

                          by Glenn & Nancy Mummert


Weekend December 11th and 12th – 

     Altar Vases – In honor of my family by Nancy Beimler


Weekend December 18th and 19th  –

     Altar Vase - In memory of Ginny Martin

                          by Bob & Maria Martin

     Altar Vase – In honor of Jace Wildasin’s 4th birthday

                          by Hollis & Tom Long


Weekend December 25th and 26th  –

     Altar Vase - In memory of my parents, George & Dorothy

                          Swartz, by Sue O’Briens

     Altar Vase - In memory of Helen Ruth by the Ruth family


*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 - December


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, Dec 5, 2021

CPIC - Pat Keefer  

Lector - Hollis Long

Sat. Worship Leader - Carol Reese


Sunday, Dec 12, 2021

CPIC - Linda Bolin

Lector - Kathy Gates

Sat. Worship Leader - Pat Hagarman         

Sunday, Dec 19, 2021

CPIC - Hollis Long

Lector - available

Sat. Worship Leader - available


Sundy, Dec 26, 2021

CPIC - availaable

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.


For the booster shots, many pharmacies and physicians are now offering these additional shots. Several of our congregation have already received them. They are quick and easy to get, and free.

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.


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. 

Future Planning Task Force


As we look ahead at our future as St. Mark, we are seeking prayer and leaders to be involved in this process. To get information about our meetings, contact the church office.

Whether you are a member of the taskforce or not, as a member of our congregation, you can still participate by sending your ideas and concerns to pastor Kirk or to the chruch office.

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 hard to believe we are in December already!  This month is always a fun and busy time of the year. Including a visit with Pastor Kirk to hear the wonderful story of the Birth of Jesus and a Christmas Program for each class to perform songs and finger plays for their families.  It’s such a wonderful time of year as the children begin to fill our hallways and classrooms with Christmas songs, crafts, and cheer.  This brings our staff so much joy to see the magic in each child’s eyes.  If you have a moment, please stop by the preschool hallway as we hope you receive some extra Christmas spirit too as you enjoy the children’s decorations. 


We also have a couple fundraisers going on now.

Luciano’s Deli Fundraiser- We are selling cookie kits, pizza kits and funnel cake straws. Orders and money are due by December 13th.  A portion of the proceeds will go to St. Mark Preschool.


Santa Letter Fundraiser- A $5 donation for a personalized letter mailed from Santa to a child, even an adult if you’d like.  Orders due by Monday, December 8, 2021.  If you have ordered in the past, you can order again this year because we do a new letter each year.  All proceeds will go to St. Mark Preschool.


If interested in any of these fundraisers we have information/order forms in the church office, or you can email us at  and we can send you the information and order forms.


Thank you all for your continued support and St Mark Preschool Staff would like to personally wish you and your families the gifts of the season- Peace, Joy and Hope.


 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

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 December, we are given the opportunity to contribute to the Alzheimer’s Association of PA.  This chapter serves 59 counties in western, central and northeast PA. Their vision is to see a world without Alzheimer’s and all dementia, by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.  


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 November'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 #1 will be serving at HACC on December 27th. 


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.


You can help: PAL team volunteers  are being sought to help Team #1 on Monday, December 27th, starting at 9am until 1pm or anytime during that shift. Recipe prep and mixing starts at 9:00am. Baking time usually is at 10:00am. Dishing out the food into takeout containers starts at 11:00am. Clean-up starts at 12:00noon. Current operations is limited to just the PAL team in the kitchen alone with an employee of HACC distributing the food to the clients outside the kitchen area. Any help is appreciated. Simply contact the church office if you are willing to help out.

Autumn Treats

Autumn is here 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 treats and drinks returning, all the host(s) have to do is set up the 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 Book Club Returns



Before the shut-down, we started a book club here at St. Mark. Our first book was All the Light We Cannot See and we had one meeting in the parlor to talk about our book and discuss future books and meetings. Well, after a couple years, we are going to re-start the book club. Our first book is My Antonia by Willa Cather and our first meeting will be on January 9th in the parlor. Part of our discussion, in addition to the book, will be future books and future meeting locations. Please contact Susan Miller at or 717-632-0555 for more information.  All readers are welcome! 

Coloring Book Group

Adult coloring is back on the schedule after the lengthy break.  Linda Bolin, the coloring hostess, has scheduled two November dates, the 9th and the 16th, from 10am to noon. 


Contact Linda with questions.  What a relaxing way to spend a morning!

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!

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).