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12.28.2015 - Presenting the Affirmers

12.25.2015 - Brother Heinrich's Christmas

12.21.2015 - Kids Night Out

12.1.2015 - Advent means it's wreath making time!

11.4.2015 - Pack 'N Wrap for Operation Christmas Child

11.4.2015 - Baptisms Celebrated on All Saints Sunday

10.29.2015 - Help For the Cold & Hungry

10.29.2015 - Recognizing & Remembering All the Saints

10.29.2015 - Flashlight Safari

10.18.2015 - Consecration Sunday 2015

10.18.2015 - Stephen Ministers Commissioned

10.17.2015 - Help For the Cold & Hungry

10.3.2015 - Heat's On! Check out the new "boiler"

9.27.2015 - New Catechetical Students Greeted

9.19.2015 - Fall Bazaar a Success!

9.17.2015 - Confirmation 2015

9.10.2015 - Breakfast Heralds Sunday School 2015 Start

9.9.2015 - How Do You Want St. Mark's to Improve?

8.18.2015 - Second Saturday: Drinks for All

8.10.2015 - Milestone: 70 or More Years of Praising God

8.4.2015 - 2015 Synod Assembly Report

8.4.2015 - Helping Hands

7.21.2015 - Photos: Synod Assembly & Lay Ministers

6.23.2015 - Progressions Milestone

6.7.2015 - Summer Picnic Photos

6.1.2015 - Fishing Derby at Doebler's Pond

5.30.2015 - Register for Vacation Bible School 2015

5.28.2015 - Pastor Schmitthenner Passes

5.17.2015 - Annual Congregation Assembly

5.17.2015 - Passing on Faith: Anniversary Milestone 2015

5.8.2015 - Women & Children's Dinner

4.29.2015 - 2015 Annual Report

4.23.2015 - Confirmands Track Down History

4.6.2015 - Sights from Easter Sunday

4.4.2015 - Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast

4.2.2015 - Passover Seder Celebrated

3.5.2015 - Tubing Event!

3.4.2015 - Iron Chef 2015 Supports Family Promise

2.14.2015 - St. Mark's Hobby Day

2.9.2015 - Upcoming Snow Tubing Event

1.28.2015 - Youth Quake/Zone Event

1.11.2015 - Iron Chef Williamsport is back!

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New boilerHeat's On!

Check out the new "boiler"


The boiler project is finally finished.

Last year we bandaged our old heating system for the nave to get through that heating season, but knew that it was time for a replacement.

The boiler was original with the 1959 building; due to its size, it seems likely that the boiler was set in place by crane and the building constructed over it! It was oil-fired until 1998 when it was converted to gas firing. But finally, it was time for its retirement.

The Property Committee did an extensive study, arranged for multiple bids, and engaged a consulting engineer to examine the bids and recommend the best choices. Eventually the Property Committee and the Congregation Council brought the decision for ratification by the congregation last spring.

The first task was the removal of asbestos insulating materials from the furnace room. When that was completed by Forrester Environmental, then Billtown Mechanical began the removal of the old boiler with cutting torches, winches, and much work. When the room was cleaned, then installation of the new boiler could begin.

It consists of two units which are 1/10 the size of the old boiler, and are mounted on the south wall of the furnace room. PVC pipes now extend from the furnace room to the courtyard for air intake and exhaust, and thus the old chimney is unneeded and has been closed at its top and bottom. The new units are connected to the older distribution piping, and the existing thermostats and other controls continue their jobs.

The cost of the entire project has been about $60,000, and it should serve the congregation for many years. It will be a much more efficient system, well over 90%, and we hope to use less gas to keep us warm.