The Days of Grace
Grace United Church of Christ
GRACE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
100 FOURTH STREET
HANOVER, PA 17331
Web site: http://graceucchanover.com
Church Office Hours
Mon.-Thurs. 8:00 A.M – 4:00 P.M.
Friday 8:00 A.M.– 1:00 P.M.
Pastor: Rev. Dr. Bruce P. Bouchard
Visitation : Rev. Dot Thormaehlen
Organist/Choir Director: Harold E. Heller
Assistant Music Director: Sara E. Shank
Modern Service Worship Director:
Modern Service Music Coordinator:
Secretary/Bookkeeper: Linda DeMaio
Sextons: Sandy Puterbaugh and
Modern Service 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Church School 9:45 AM – 10:30 AM
Traditional Worship Service 10:45 AM
Pastor Bouchard’s Cell Phone:
Pastor’s Home Phone: 630-2570
Rev. Bruce Bouchard’s e-mail address:
Pastor Dorothy Thormaehlen Cell Phone:
Info/Prayer/Bible Study Line
Grace Church Office e-mail address:
Newsletter e-mail: (deadline is 15th of the month)
9:00–9:45 AM Modern Worship Service
9:45-10:30 AM Church School for All Ages
10:45-11:45 AM Traditional Worship Service
As the winter approaches, you will find weather related closings and cancellations through our church e-mail, on our website, and by dialing the Bible Study and Prayer Line at 717-632-1819, access code 86212#. Groups like the Chancel Choir, Confirmation, and other groups with clear membership usually contact you for a schedule change.
We seldom cancel a worship service because people usually show up anyway. If we do, we will also call WHVR, WCYR, and WGTY. We will also post it on the WGAL website because church service cancellations no longer qualify for WGAL on air time.
In the Bleak Midwinter
There is something magical about the Christmas Season. There seems to be a spirit in the air that something wonderful is about to happen. The world is filled with love and caring. The light of Christ seems to almost thaw the cold of winter.
In January, the magic all goes away. We are back to life as usual. There will be no more presents, parties, celebrations, and decorations. Even the Christmas carols seem to disappear.
How do we find happiness if there is nothing more to expect, nothing to celebrate, and no spirit of love that seems to be with all people?
God has not gone away. Nothing has really changed. Here are simple ways to celebrate God in our daily lives:
Count the blessings in each day. We often look at just the problems, the work, and the responsibility. You would not have that work without the blessing of a job. You would not have a house to clean without a house. You would not have the responsibilities of a family without having a family. Counting your blessings will not make the problems, the work, and the responsibility go away. Instead, it will help you to realize that you are working with a life that has received many gifts. God must love you greatly to empower you in such a way. How many people in this world do not have the blessing that you do?
Celebrate what is meaningful and good in your life. We often think that there is nothing to be happy about unless we have a fantastic, glorious, stupendous time. Most events are much less enchanting. As you are about to go to sleep each night, go over not just the worries and the troubles. Give those to God and appreciate the good that happened to you in that day. Talking to friend might not have been material for a TV special, but it might have been nice. The meal that you had for supper might not be featured in a TOP Chef drama, but it might have been very pleasing. The beautiful sunset you saw might not have drawn applause from the multitude, but it may have reminded you of the God, who created such artwork.
Listen very carefully. God is calling you in different moments of your day to share the love that you have received. Share your caring, your wealth, and your faith with others. In doing so, you will discover how rich you really are.
So the winter may be very bleak or it might be balmy. The sky might be bright or cloudy. Christmas may be all over. But if you and I allow the light and love of Christ to shine through our lives, it will not need to be bleak anymore.
Underwhelmed by the thought of Christmas this year? Wishing things were different in life? Not looking forward to the let down that follows the festivities? Why not join us for a Blue Christmas service at 7:00 PM on January 6, 2016. This is the first of many events brought to you by the Grace WISE Mental Wellness team. It will take place in the Fellowship Hall of the Church
We thank Jennifer Weaver for Grace Notes. Each week, Jenn Weaver and Sue Lang put one together to advertise some event at church, but most often one of our worship services.
If you have a Facebook account, you can share Grace Notes with your friends. As you do, you will get the message out to hundreds of people. Together, we can reach thousands. Please share “Grace Notes” with your friends on Facebook. It is easy. On Facebook, go to the “Graceful Notes” page. Find the image. Click on share. Click to your timeline. In this way, you will reach all your friends with this powerful message about our faith and our church. Thank you!
Annual Congregational Meeting
Sunday, January 24, 2016
following the Traditional Service
We have been worked very hard to encourage all the volunteers, who work with children to get their volunteer clearances from the state well in advance of the deadline. All of our employees have these clearances. The following volunteers also have them.
Donna Bankert Danielle Benner Kristine Benner Linda Bixler Janet Black Joleen Fennell Susan Foerster Betty Freed Tina Hagarman Linda Heller Linda Huber Nancy Kuhn Michael Mummert Debra Rickrode Gary Rickrode
Glendon Ruhlman Ashley Rummel Linda Sager
Joann Sites Johanna Sites Holly Smith
Carol Spangler-Solomon Joyce Wagner Jenn Weaver Deborah Wierman
Please thank them for their good effort when you see them. A few more volunteers have also gone through the application process and are waiting to receive more documents in the mail.
We Need Your Help to Keep Our Children Safe
Does the church have a copy of your clearances?
As you know, all of us, who work with children or supervise them, need to have background clearance. State law demands this of us.
We have application forms that are available in both the large transept and Narthex of the Sanctuary and the back table in Fellowship Hall. Fill them in and mail them. There is no charge. You will receive a document from the state with your clearances. We must have a copy of your record. Or, you can go to our “Today at Grace” page and click on a link that gives you the directions to fill them in on line. Your efforts are most appreciated!
We will be hosting another Lifetree Café at Grace Church at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, with a snow date on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. This will not only be for the members of Grace, but we have also invited several other congregations and their pastors to take part in the experience. Kathy and Mark Sterrett from St. Paul’s Stoverstown will be moderating this session. Following the Lifetree Café, we will have a meeting to talk about the ways that our churches, working together, might share in presenting a weekly Lifetree Café for those, who have little experience attending church.
2016 Contribution Envelopes…
are available in Fellowship Hall. Please remember to collect your set of them and grab a 2016 Calendar, compliments of Wetzel Funeral Home. If you do not see your envelopes in the group, please contact the Church Office. The envelope system is the most efficient way to keep track of your generous donations to Grace Church. Thank you!
Please inform the church office if there are any changes to your address, phone number, or email address.
"tis the Season to…
… celebrate all of our Blessings, including our many activities and ministries that make Grace Church so special. Take this a step further, and PLEASE submit your Annual Reports on these many wonderful efforts so that our Annual Report can be complete. If you are not sure of whether or not to submit an article, assume that you should (!), and please contact the Church Office.
Reports are due by Friday, January 8, 2016. Thank you!
December 14, 2015
There were 15 members of Consistory present at the meeting which included Pastor Bouchard.
General Pledge for November 2015 = $16,912
General Pledge for November2014 = $16,946
YTD 2015 Income = $234,189
YTD 2015 Expenses = $225,247
YTD Overage = $8,942
Checking Account Balances
Operating: $ 22,795
The proposed budget for 2016 was presented and approved. There is a 2.7% increase from the previous year. It reflects real expenditures and savings throughout the year.
There is still 1 consistory opening for next year.
Trustees reported that the parking lot needs to be resealed next year and there are 2 racks of old metal folding chairs which are no longer used and need to be removed.
The Grace WISE Mental Wholeness Team will have a Blue Christmas service on Wednesday, January 6 in Fellowship Hall for all those that experienced a Christmas let down.
Prepared by Linda Bixler
December 15, 2015
We are planning a bus trip for July to Mackinac Island. Details will be available soon. There is a lot of interest on this one,so call if you need to see information.
Call Mary Jane Fuhrman 637-1513
Sewing Group – January 12
Calling all pinners and sewers to help with the bed pad project. Starting time is 9:00 AM and we finish at 11:00 AM. We take a short break with snacks.
If any questions you can contact Linda Sager or Leone Musselman
The next meeting will be on February 9.
Attention members and friends of Grace as you
are doing your cleaning of drawers and closets,
the bed pad ministry could use clean sheets and pillow cases to continue their work in service
of the need for the community.
Linda Sager and Leone Musselman
Hanover Has Talent
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Eichelberger Performing Arts Center
195 Stock Street
Hanover, PA 17331
Contest Applications due December 21.
Contestant Applications are now available at the church office or on the church website.
Auditions – Saturday. January 9, 2016
Community Aid Collection Box
The Community Aid box is the ongoing effort of collecting gently used clothing and other small items. The Community Aid collection box is located at the far end of our church parking lot. Donations of clean, good clothes are appreciated. The sale of these items allows Community Aid to donate proceeds to various charities in our area.
To sponsor flowers or bulletins for worship services, please contact the church office
632-1146 for open dates.
In Loving Memory
John R. Dubs III
Church World Service Hygiene Kits
Friends of Lazarus, a new group at Grace, will collect items for CWS Hygiene Kits until mid January. Kits will be assembled Sunday, January 17, 2016. Collection boxes will be located in the hall outside the parlor and at the Fourth Street front entrance coat rack. You are welcome to donate kit items or complete kits.
Kits consist of the following items:
One hand towel measuring approx. 16” x 28” (no fingertip or bath towels)
One wide tooth comb
One nail clipper
One bar of soap (bath size in wrapper)
One toothbrush (in original packaging)
Six standard size Band Aids
For complete kits: Place all items in a one-gallon plastic bag with a zipper closure, remove excess air from bag, and seal.
Please do not add toothpaste to the hygiene kit. Cartons of toothpaste that have extended expiration dates will be added prior to shipment.
Spiritual Groups at Grace
Rev. Bruce Bouchard is leading a Bible study on Tuesday afternoons at 1:00 PM.
Sisters Through Christ meet on Wednesdays, at 1:00 PM. They are reading the book, Jesus is the Question.
Bread and Grace led by Rita Bouchard(630-2570) meets at the Parsonage next door to the church on
Sunday mornings at 9:45 AM. They are continuing to read the book, Jesus is the Question.
Weis & Giant Grocery Cards
Do you shop at Weis or Giant? Weis & Giant grocery cards are an easy way to support our Deacon Fund as we earn 5% when we use these grocery cards. They are available in the church office.
What is the Deacon's Fund?
The Grace Church Deacon's Fund is used to assist those members of our congregation who may experience emergency financial need. The need may arise from poverty, illness, accident, jog loss, fire, or other difficult situations.
TWIC” YOUTH GROUP
The Youth Group (TWIC) would like to thank Harold Heller for donating the peaches for the Peach Social and Linda Heller for making the peach jelly and donating it to the Youth Group to sell as a fund raiser. We would also like to thank all those who have supported the youth in their many activities.
The youth donated 8 cases of peas to the New Hope Ministries for their Thanksgiving project.
The Youth will sponsor another family movie matinee Sunday, January 17, 2016, beginning at 2 PM. The feature will be a movie for older youth and adults. There will be a “kid friendly” movie and activities for children under 12 years of age in the youth room. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
On Super Bowl Sunday, February 7, 2016, the youth will have their annual “souper bowl” pots available to collect donations of money and soup cans for PAL Lunch program. We will also be selling dried soup mixes again this year with all profits from the soup sale going to PAL lunch as well.
Sharing God’s Grace
Our project 2015 is the Hanover Council of Churches which provides many (actually 18) necessary services to individuals and families in the greater Hanover area including:
PAL lunch 7 days a week,
Year round shelter providing temporary housing and assistance in getting a fresh start,
Clothing Bank for those in need.
Our 2015 goal is $5,000. We have been given a two step challenge by our angel. Through the end of the year, each dollar given in offering for the project will be matched dollar for dollar up to $6,000.
Contributions may be made during the final hymn on December 27. Of course one may place a contribution in the offering plate (or mail to the church office) any time using the marked envelope in the pew. Checks should be made payable to Grace UCC designating Hanover Area Council of Churches on the memo line of the check.
This challenge is for all contributions by individuals. Let’s take this wonderful challenge and do our very best. In this way we can share God’s grace with the less fortunate in our community.
I would like to Thank You, my Grace Church family, for including me in the recent mailing to college students during finals. It is so nice to know you are thinking of us and supporting us as we further our education!
Helen Bechtel sends along her most sincere Thanks for the wonderful Grace Christmas Carolers who gifted her with songs of the season recently. She enjoyed their visit so very much and especially enjoyed the children. Their sincerity and love made it very special. Many Thanks!
Thanks to Pastor Bouchard for his visits during my stay at the hospital. Thanks also for everyone's cards and prayers as I recover at home.
To the members of Grace Church,
Thank you for being a part of my 80th birthday celebration. Beginning with arriving at church and seeing members of my family present, continuing with your singing “Happy Birthday”, and following an inspiring sermon, receiving your good wishes downstairs was wonderful.
Thank you for your birthday cards, notes, and good wishes as they continued through out the week.
With deep appreciation,
Thank you for the prayers for our brother Larry Moose. He had a long journey and your thoughtfulness helped all of us. Thank you also for the cards and phone calls.
Special thank you to Pastor Bruce for his comforting visits and prayers. We are truly blessed to be a member of such a wonderful church family. God bless all of you.
Linda and Richard Blettner and family
From Jenn Weaver
Thank You to everyone who participated in the November paint a long. We had a great day, created some amazing art and raised $150 for Hanover Area Council of Churches in the process. Stay tuned for details on another one.
On behalf of all the parents of young children in the church, Thank you to Janet Black and Tina Hagarman for organizing the Christmas program. And a special Thank you to Linda Heller for her efforts at reviving the children's choir. It was so great to see so many kids this year.
A huge Thank you to Linda Bixler and Tina Hagarman for organizing the kids play, parents breathe time (aka, free babysitting before Christmas) You have no idea how much this was appreciated!!
COUNCIL OF CHURCHES
Grace United Church of Christ is scheduled to help out at the clothing bank on the first Monday of the month from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
We are also scheduled for PAL lunch the third Saturday each month. Help is always needed and accepted.
Scalloped Potatoes, Parmesan Cheese,
Hot Chocolate, Tea Bags
Sheet Sets (all sizes, crib, twin, full, queen),
Men’s Winter Gloves, Full-Size Toiletries
CHANGING LIVES SHELTER
Coffee, Men’s Winter Gloves,
Ziploc Sandwich Bags, Mr. Clean
All single serving please!
Any regular donations: Entrees, Canned Fruit, Canned Veggies, Snacks, Breakfast
We always have a need for old towels that can be cut up and used as cleaning rags! Please mark your bag
“RAGS” to avoid any confusion with your donation.
If you would like to volunteer to help at PAL lunch on the 3rd Sat of the month, please contact:
Craig Bixler 632-5606 or
Rita Bouchard 630-2570
SERVING IN JANUARY
If you are unable to serve a position that you are scheduled for please find a substitute and/or inform the church secretary.
Head Ushers: Mike Harter & Dan Trimmer
January 3 Communion – Consistory
January 10 & 17 Linda Bixler, Craig Bixler,
Eugene Bixler, Troy Bish, Sharon Bish, Linda Sager
January 24 & 31 Ken Wenger, Betsy Eyler, Mike Stonesifer, Steph Stonesifer,
John Storm, Melissa Storm
January 3 Matt Boyer – Assisting Elder
January 10 Rita Bouchard
January 17 Judy Lawrence
January 24 Greg Sindlinger
January 31 Pastor Dot Thormaehlen
Acolyte & Reader
January 3 Valerie Utz
January 10 Cobie Caler
January 17 Sydney Bankert
January 24 Vance Hagarman
January 31 Kristina Newman
January 3 Michele Rudisill, Paige Harget, Faye Myers
January 10 Darlene & Keith Potts, Joleen Fennell
January 17 Elizabeth Eyler, Holly Smith, Kim Aumen
January 24 Alda Heller, Steph Welper, Jenn Weaver
January 31 Donna Bankert, Linda Sager, Ashley Rummel
Nursery Help Needed
Our Nursery staff is in search of helpers so that we may be able to continue to provide this service during our Sunday morning Worship Services. Please contact Nancy Kuhn or the Church Office, to join in on the fun that is our Nursery Ministry!!!
January 3 Consistory
January 10 Betsy Eyler
January 17 Jedd & Betsy Beall
January 24 Betsy Eyler
January 31 Jedd & Betsy Beall
COFFEE HOUR HOSTS
January 3 Jenn & Shannon Weaver
January 10 Leslie & Paul Grote
January 17 Teresa McCleary & Julie Kress
January 24 No coffee hour – annual meeting
January 31 Steph & Aaron Welper
If you are interested in providing refreshments for the modern service, please contact Pam Kreitz 717-476-9511.
YOUTH CHURCH ASSISTANTS
If you are interested in helping, please contact Tina Hagarman 633-5309.