Days of Grace February 2016


February 2016

The Days of Grace


Grace United Church of Christ






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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  

Modern Service Worship Director:  Amy Fawks

Modern Service Music Coordinator:  Kathy Trimmer

Secretary/Bookkeeper: Linda DeMaio

Sextons:  Sandy Puterbaugh and Faye Myers


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


The Invitation


How often have you invited yourself to someone’s home? Have you gone up to a friend and said, “By the way, I am free next Wednesday evening. Would you mind if I stopped by and had supper with you? I just love the wonderful lasagna that you make! Would you mind also making one of your amazing blueberry pies?  If you do make the pie, would you make that special homemade crust instead of the store bought kind?”


If you are a young adult, your grandmother might be thrilled if you invited yourself to her house in this way. Maybe your parents might even be happy enough. But probably, announcing that you would grace someone with your presence in this manner to others would be considered very, very rude.


We know that Jesus invited himself to someone’s home for dinner once. But this was a fellow, who was a hated tax collector. No one trusted the man. No one wanted to be his friend. Who would ever expect a great rabbi, a teacher, a man of God like Jesus to make such a request of this fellow, Zacchaeus?


For many people, church looks like a large family. In some ways this is good. If we are acting like a loving and kind family, we are modeling Christ-like behavior. We are showing God’s love through our actions. We are creating a community of love and caring where we not only welcome the stranger, but nurture one another in the Christian faith.


At the same time, outsiders who show up at church might feel as awkward and rude as if they invited themselves to someone’s home for supper.


So why not invite someone you know to church? If everyone in the church invited one or two friends a year, can you imagine what a difference it would make for our church? Can you imagine what a difference it would be for their faith? Once people attend our church, they find it a place where people really welcome them. They find a community that cares.


We have many opportunities for you to invite someone who is a stranger. There are our worship services. Messy Church provides a wonderful opportunity for families with young children. Lifetree Café provides a wonderful opportunity for a person who has never gone to church to find faith in an atmosphere especially designed for their spiritual needs. As you will notice, we will have some great Lenten programs that might open the door for folks from the outside. There are so many other programs and activities.


Help people to become comfortable in our church family. Invite them to join us!


Blue Christmas


Special thanks to all who made the Blue Christmas Service very meaningful and helpful!


Lifetree Café


We hosted another Lifetree Café at Grace Church at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.  We have invited several other congregations and their pastors to take part in the experience. Kathy and Mark Sterrett from St. Paul’s Stoverstown moderated this session.  


Lenten Programs and Services


Special Thanks to the Membership Empowerment Team’s, Spiritual Team that put together these special events.


The 2016 Lenten Schedule is as follows:

2/10 Ash Wednesday Service  7:00 PM

2/17 The Stranger – documentary film  7:00 PM

2/24 Rachael Hackenberg – speaker  7:00 PM

3/2    Perspectives on Israel and Palestine  6:30 PM

3/9    Molly Baskette – speaker  7:00 PM

3/16 Lord's Supper Seder Experience  6:30 PM

3/24 Maunday Thursday Service  7:00 PM


Volunteers Clearances

We have been working 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.

Holly Badman      Donna Bankert    Danielle Benner   Kristine Benner    

Linda Bixler     Janet Black   Elizabeth Eyler    

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!


Church Directory

Please inform the church office if there are any changes to your address, phone number, or email address.


Consistory Digest


January 11, 2016

There were 16 members of Consistory present at the meeting which included Pastor Bouchard.

Treasurer’s Report:

General Pledge for December 2015 = $15,963 (4 Sundays)

General Pledge for December 2014 = $16,899 (4 Sundays)

YTD 2015 Income = $256,289

YTD 2015 Expenses = $246,403

YTD Overage = $9,986

Checking Account Balances

  • Operating:     $ 21,007

  • Deacon:         $ 20,364      

  • Education:     $ 10,711

  • Memorial:      $ 39,402

  • Resource:       $   5,348


Trustees reported that the faucet in the kitchen has been repaired. The roof on the parsonage and garage will be started soon.  

The Sharing God’s Grace project for 2015 was for the Hanover Area Council of Churches. A total of $6700 was given to the Council which included the matching gift from our “angel” of $1913.20


Thanks to the “Grace WISE Mental Wholeness Team” for the “Blue Christmas Service!  The “Modern Worship Praise Band and Singers” and “The Heritage Recorders” provided music for the service.


Steph McIlwee will be forming a group to prepare a disaster response plan for Grace.  Contact Steph if you are interested in helping with this plan.

Prepared by Linda Bixler

January 15, 2016


  • Resource Committee


The Resource Committee will hold our annual cherry pie sale on February 22 and 23.  We will need your orders early, preferably between February 15 and 18.


Since Easter is very early this Spring—27 March, we also will be making candy in February.  Please consider joining us for a few hours.  We need you!!  


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 – February 9


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 March 8.

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

2:00 PM

Eichelberger Performing Arts Center

195 Stock Street

Hanover, PA 17331

(Snow date is February 7 at 2PM)


Tickets are now available in the Church office.  Price is $7.00 in advance and $9.00 at the door.


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


Mildred Bagienski

Doris M. Whisler




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.




Sunday, February 7th will be SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY.  The Youth will be selling dry soup mix beginning January 17th through February 7th and will be collecting monetary donations in their soup kettles following the traditional service on February 7th , as well as cans of soup.  Profits from the soup sale as well as donated money from the soup kettles will go to Hanover Area Council of Churches PAL program.


On January 17th  the Youth participated in the “Gifts to the Christ Child” portion of the traditional worship service.




February 7th will be Ladies Service during the traditional worship service.  Patty Miller will preach the sermon and several ladies will participate in the service.  The ladies will also provide the Coffee Hour refreshments following the service.


On Sunday, February 14th at 2PM, the Ladies of Grace will celebrate Valentine's Day in Fellowship Hall.  There will be a brief meeting, activities, and refreshments.  One of the activities will be a PRETTIEST VALENTINE CONTEST.  EACH LADY ATTENDING IS INVITED TO BRING A DECORATED HEART TO BE JUDGED.   PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED FOR THE PRETTIEST.  We will also have the Secret Sister Exchange.  All those who had a secret sister for 2015 are reminded to bring a gift for your secret sister and reveal your identity to your sister.  If you cannot be present at the meeting, please bring your gift and put it in the kitchen. We will see that your secret sister gets her gift.  Also, there will be an opportunity for the ladies who would like a secret sister for 2016 until February 2017 to pick one.  If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like a secret sister, please notify Janet Black.  She will provide you with a name.  As always, all ladies 18 years and older are invited to attend.




Join us at "Messy Church" on Friday, February 12, 2016, at 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  This is an opportunity for families to learn about God through fun, food, fellowship, and creativity. Bible stories are shared through storytelling, crafts, and music. A light meal is provided.




From Ashley Rummel:  Thank you so much for the Subway gift card during finals.  I greatly appreciate it.


From Parker Dienes:  Thank you all very much for the card.  It will definitely be used for late night study snack up at school.  I'm sorry I had to miss the Christmas Eve service but work was mandatory and I wouldn't have made it in time for the service.  Everyone is in my thoughts and I look forward to seeing you all again soon.


From  DJ Anderson:  Thank you for the Christmas card and the gift card that was sent to me during my finals.  It is easy to get caught up in work, and the friendly sentiment was a much appreciated surprise that made finals a little less stressful.  It was nice getting to come back and see everyone again over the holiday break, and I look forward to coming back during my next break.  Thanks again for keeping me in your thoughts; I still have the Christmas card hanging in my dorm amongst other pictures of friends 🙂  Until I come home, take care and thank you again!







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.


February Needs



Scalloped Potatoes, Parmesan Cheese,

Hot Chocolate, Tea Bags



Sheet Sets (all sizes, crib, twin, full, queen),

Men’s Winter Gloves, Full-Size Toiletries



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.



Volunteers Needed

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




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 Bankert, Grant Holob


February 7:  Jedd  and Betsy Beall , Pete and Julie Truesdale, Frank and Terry Wilson

February 14:  Jedd  and Betsy Beall , Pete and Julie Truesdale, Frank and Terry Wilson

February 21:  Mike Mummert, Kim Aumen, Steve Hershey, Kris Benner, Donna and Barry Bankert

February 28:  Mike Mummert, Kim Aumen, Steve Hershey, Kris Benner, Donna and Barry Bankert



February 7:    Women's Sunday

February 14:  Holly Smith

February 21:  Pauline Benner

February 28:  Rev. Richard Benner



        Acolyte & Reader

February 7:    Valerie Utz

February 14:  Cobie Coler

February 21:  Sydney Bankert

February 28:  Vance Hagarman   



February 7:   Nancy Bankert, Kris Benner, Nancy Bankert

February 14:  Joyce Wagner, Sue Forester, Cindy Garrett

February 21:  Pam Kreitz, Sherry Laurence, Joann Sites

February 28:  Alecia and David Highlands, Allison Myers   


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!!!



February 7:    Carol Spangler-Solomon

February 14:  Paul and Leslie Grote

February 21:  Barry and Donna Bankert

February 28:  Barry and Donna Bankert   




February 7:    TBA

February 14:  TBA

February 21:  TBA

February 28:  TBA   





If you are interested in providing refreshments for the modern service,  please contact Pam Kreitz 717-476-9511.



If you are interested in helping, please contact Tina Hagarman 633-5309.

Christ calls us to reach out with Love and share God's Grace.