Days of Grace June 2016

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JUNE 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.


Interim Pastor: Rev. Robin S. Keating

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 Keating’s Cell Phone: 336-250-9554


Rev. Keating’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





Dan Trimmer


Rev. Robin Keating and his wife, Trudy, visited Hanover the Week of May 2nd.  During the visit Rev. Keating had an opportunity to meet with Rev. Bouchard and Rev. Thormaehlen to familiarize himself with the operation of the church and how duties are shared.  He also met with the consistory and several other committees of the church.  He and Trudy also spent some time setting up the parsonage in preparation for his arrival.  His impression of the church and the people he met was very positive.  The reaction of those who had a chance to meet him was also positive with the opinion that he is a very good fit for Grace.  He will be moving into the parsonage during the last week of May and will assume his duties as interim pastor during the first week of June.  The R2V committee is planning some activities for everyone in the congregation to meet and get to know him.


The next step of the search process is to complete the Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT).  The original plan was to complete this tool during the spring or summer.  However after discussing this with the company that oversees the CAT and with the committee organizing this process, it was decided to wait until next fall to administer the CAT.  There are two reasons for this decision.  First, there will need to be some time for the congregation to adjust to the arrival of Rev. Keating.  It is a major step for our congregation to have someone in the pulpit other than Rev. Bouchard and it will take time for everyone to become comfortable with this new situation.  The committee did not want to add another issue that could cause stress so close to the arrival of Rev. Keating.  Second, it is important that we get as great a participation as possible on the CAT.  Summer is obviously a time for vacations and trips and we do not want to miss members of the congregation who may be traveling.  The committee will continue to prepare for the CAT over the next few months and will keep you posted on the progress and what you can expect as we get closer to the time of the assessment.


We have been lucky that the transition has gone well to this point.  One issue that has come up relates to the locking and unlocking of the church.  Currently the church will only be open from 8:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday unless there is an evening activity scheduled and on the church calendar.  Saturdays the church will be locked all day unless there is a scheduled activity.  Sundays the church will be locked at the conclusion of the service.  The consistory is aware that this can and has caused inconvenience for some of our members.  We are currently exploring an automatic locking system that can be set to lock and unlock the church as well as allow for access during off hours through the use of a keypad or swipe card.  Once quotes for such a system are obtained, a meeting will be scheduled with the congregation to explain, answer questions, and vote on whether to move forward with such a system.  


The continued cooperation and assistance from the congregation has made this transition process go as well as can be expected.  It also speaks to the quality of people who make up the congregation of Grace UCC.  


Consistory Digest


May 9, 2016


There were 13 members present including Pastor Bouchard and Pastor Thormaehlen.


Treasurer’s Report:

    General pledge for April 2016:      $13,499.75   (4 Sundays)

    General pledge for April 2015:      $15,762.55   (4 Sundays)

    YTD 2016 income:  $85,491.66

    YTD 2016 expenses:  $80,465.95

    YTD overage:  $5,025.71

Checking account balances

        Operating:  $21,175.00

        Deacon:  $18,971.21

        Education:  $11,153.11

        Memorial:  $39,753.27

        Resource:  $30,917.32


Rev. Keating will be moving into the parsonage the last week in May.  He will be here permanently in June.



Randy Brady Masonry is completing the repointing of the brickwork on the church.  During their work they discovered that there were joints in the wall caps that needed attention. The trustees met and authorized them to do this additional work.  They also noted that there were places that the rubber roof was pulling away from the wall.  They put in a call to Donald B. Smith to have that addressed as did Maynard.  We have yet to hear from them about that problem or about the work at the parsonage. 


We are currently covering the locking of the church using a patchwork system.  It may be advantageous to investigate and automatic locking system for the alley and elevator doors that would lock those every evening at a predetermined time.  We should also see if some type of timer can be put on the alarm system so that is armed every evening at the same time.  The trustees should contact Channell to see about costs for these upgrades.  A motion by Ken Wenger with a 2nd by Carol Spangler-Solomon was made to have the trustees contact Channnell’s Locksmith and pursue installation of timed automatic locks and alarms for the alley side entrance and elevator doors at a cost not to exceed $3000.00, M/C.


The congregation will be encouraged to wear name tags to help Pastor Keating learn our names.  This opportunity will also help the congregation become better acquainted with one another.  Consistory is encouraged to set an example by wearing their name tags and encouraging others to do the same.


A team from Grace will march in the Memorial Day parade. Jenn Weaver is working on getting a float for Veterans to ride on. The chairs from the float will then be used for them to sit on at the ceremony at the cemetery.  Jenn is collecting a list of names of veterans that will be listed on signs on the float. We will not have a reception this year after the parade but will resume that next year.


The Grace Samaritans 2016 project is Community Health Ministry sponsored by the Hanover Council of Churches.  Our goal is $5,000.  This ministry provides a free medical clinic, free flu shots, diabetes, education, assistance with prescription drugs for those uninsured or underinsured.  The offering on April 24 was $187.00.  The next scheduled offering is May 29.


Prepared by Craig Bixler

May 15, 2016


Church Directory


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




The congregation is encouraged to wear name tags to help Pastor Keating learn our names.  This opportunity will also help the congregation become better acquainted with one another.  

After each service the name tags can be placed on the shelves provided at the elevator, office entrance, or front of the church. When you arrive each Sunday, your name tag will be easy to find.

If you do not have a name tag, please see the  head ushers or contact Linda Bixler.


Strengthen the Church Offering


The Strengthen the Church offering will be received until mid June.  This offering helps start new UCC churches, awaken new ideas in existing  churches, and helps develop the spiritual lives of the youth and young adults.

Envelopes are located by the Days of Grace in the large transept and front of the church.

Prayerfully consider a contribution.





You may note that Pastor Dot has begun to disappear on Sundays.  This spring and summer time of year is when she gets more calls to provide pulpit supply for other pastors as they take leave for vacation or other purposes.  Sometimes she may cover at other churches for extended periods of time.  During these times she will continue to be active, involved, and available to Grace.  She can be contacted through the church office or on her cell, 443-904-3363, if you wish to reach her.




There are many wonderful people here at Grace and we already have a wonderful, caring, and dedicated group of people who visit those unable to attend services.  As Pastor Bruce retires, Pastor Dot and the Visitation Team want those we visit to be assured they will remain important to all of us in the life of our congregation by making sure that everyone on our visitation list continues to be visited on a regular basis.  It would be very helpful if you could share a visit, maybe even just once a month, with a particular person, or persons, or agree to make regular phone visits even. Please let Pastor Dot know if you would be willing to help out.  Your help is much needed and will be much appreciated!  You can contact Pastor Dot through the Church Office or on her cell at 443-904-3363.

Thank you for considering!  Your assistance would be a big blessing!


"This Week at Grace"


Just a reminder that Corby Myers will be taking over the “Today at Grace” email and the church website as of April 18, 2016. She has already made many helpful changes on the church website.  If you would like publicity on the “Today at Grace” page or other church publication, please fill out the Grace Publicity Request page at on the church website. You can also find a link in the “Today at Grace” email. You can either print the request form or or email it. While a form may sound a bit formal, it does help you to share the information that we need for your publicity.


Rev. Dot Thormaehlen has started to record the The Bible Study and Prayer Line on 717-632-1819 every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.


Community Health Ministry is the 2016 Sharing God’s Grace Project


The Hanover Area Council of Churches has established a number of meaningful community health programs including a free medical clinic, flu shot clinics, a fund for prescription drugs, diabetes education and support groups, and other initiatives to improve the health and welfare of those in the greater Hanover area with emphasis on those who are not insured or who are underinsured.


Clinic doctors are able to order labs and imagining through our partnership with Hanover Hospital as part of their Charitable Care. The clinics have been able to help eliminate some ER usage by clients as a primary care facility.  While we do not dispense any drugs at the Clinics our doctors do prescribe medication which is available through Laslow’s Pharmacy with a voucher from the Council. We generally will fill a prescription and one refill.


A key grant that helped fund these programs has expired and cannot be renewed.  The cost last year was $9,987.94.  Our goal is to raise $5,000 through Sharing God’s Grace.  Offerings for the program are received during the last hymn of the last Sunday of each month April-December.  Of course contributions may be made anytime, just mark Sharing God’s Grace on your check or use the envelope in the pew hymn rack and put in the offering plate.


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.


Sewing Group – June 14


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 New Windsor dates are  

July 12 & August 10


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


Vacation Bible School

Sunday, July 10 – Thursday, July 14

6:15 PM – 8:00 PM


Theme:  Cave Quest – Following the Light

              of the World

If you would like to volunteer to help with VBS, please contact: Linda Bixler 632-5606


During June, check the wall in the large transept. A list of needed supplies that can be donated will be posted on the wall.  Decoration and craft supplies will be posted first and later in the month snack items will be listed.


Congratulations Confirmands


Cobie William Caler

son of Brian & Nicole Caler


Vance Michael Hagarman

son of Tim & Tina Hagarman


Kristina Renee Newman

daughter of Tim & Carol Newman


Kristina Newman's Statement of Faith

          God to me is what a true man is. He left no one behind, cured the sick, helped the needed, and recognized the good in everyone. He lead people to practice the Christian religion.

          The purpose of our church is just that, to have people practice the Christian religion. At church, that’s when we pray to get through to god and practice what he had taught us. We also do sermons where we get to know more and more about god every week.

          My faith in god has made a difference in my life by teaching me to not judge others, to forgive and forget, to face my fears, and let nothing stop me.

          My favorite story from the  bible is when a poor woman dumps a whole entire bottle of her most expensive perfume on Jesus because she wanted to make him smell good before he was laid to rest on the cross. One of Jesus’s disciples was yelling at her and telling her to leave but Jesus told him to stop and leave her alone because she was only trying to do good and do something nice for him. This is my favorite story in the bible because it shows you to always appreciate everything including the little things because a little effort is always better than no effort and to always be thankful.

         The most important thing to me about the bible is all of the lessons that it teaches you like to not judge, appreciate what you got and always be thankful for everything you have.

          When I grow up I want to be a oncologist- and nurse who provides the care for cancer patients. My christian faith will help me with my future because it will help me stay strong, provide the care needed, to be able to care about the  patients, be helpful, to take risks and to be thankful for what I have.


Cobie Caler's  Statement of Faith


For the past 8 months, I have been in this year's confirmation class.  We met with pastor Bruce each week to discuss our faith and our daily bible readings.  Each week Pastor Bruce reviewed our lesson and each of us answered questions about our bible readings. One of my favorite readings is called Jesus calms a storm. In this passage Jesus and his disciples are crossing the lake when a bad storm comes.  All of Jesus’s disciples become scared because they think they are going to drown.  Meanwhile Jesus remains calm, has his faith, and calms the storm with his words. I like this passage because I learned the power that Jesus has and how he leads and takes care of his followers. I learned that Jesus helped people in many ways. Some examples are when he healed a blind man, a paralyzed man and a man who had been sick for 38 years.  Jesus even fed thousands of men with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish.  I also like the passage where Jesus helped the lost sheep.  To Jesus, everyone is important and he will find you if you become lost and will not lead you astray.  


My goal in life is to finish school, go to college, and become a police officer.  Jesus possessed and demonstrated many qualities that will help me later in life to achieve this goal of becoming a police officer.  These qualities are to treat people fairly, not to pass judgment on others, to go the extra mile, to lead by example, and to do the right thing for people in need. Another quality is that Jesus was true to his word and when he says something it will happen. I want to be the person that Jesus would want me to be.  He was a very forgiving person and I believe that if we follow Jesus and do his word, he will reward us in heaven.  I feel that everyone should believe in Jesus even though you can't physically see him and know he is always with you. I can see these same qualities of Jesus in the congregation of our church.  Our church members are very friendly, welcoming, respectful, and help in any way that they can for people or families that are in need.  In closing confirmation has helped me learn how to live my life more like a christian.  


Vance Hagarman's  Statement of Faith


    God is very special. He is a miracle worker that has the answers for everything and helps you with your problems. God compares to a parent who you can ask questions or rely on for anything. Jesus represents goodness because of all the great things he did for us here on earth like teaching and forgiving our sins. Godly to me is someone that is amazing and does above and beyond at every task. Jesus’ mission was to teach the word of God and that’s exactly what he did right up until his death.


    Church has many purposes and is not just for praying as many people think. They do a lot for the members and the community, more than meets the eye. Our church does so many things by providing for the needy and doing service projects. In church we have many ways to worship God like singing, praying, and reading scriptures from the Bible. My faith in Jesus and God makes me want to do the best I can in everything I do. I put my faith into action this year by helping more than I ever have. I do what is in my ability to help my family whenever they need something or help do things at church like usher, acolyte, reading the creeds, play in brass band and other church events like the Crop Walk, holiday celebrations and youth activities, such as spaghetti supper and Youth Sunday. I have recently been helping with our manger scene and yard sales here at church which is very fun.  


    My favorite story in the Bible was when Jesus approached the man with leprosy and cured him. This is my favorite story because Jesus sets such a good example of what we should do and it shows by the many amazing miracles he performed. Without the birth of Jesus some of the most important lessons and teachings would not be in the Bible, so I would say that is the most important to me.


    When I grow I want to have a job I’m proud of and love doing. Whatever I end up doing I want to be able to help others and look back and be proud of my work. I will put my faith to use at my job to make to right choice and do what's best for the situation.



Welcome New Members


Brian & Jennifer Baldwin



Spiritual Groups at Grace


Sisters Through Christ meet on Wednesdays, at 11:30 PM.  They are reading a new book.

Bread and Grace (630-2570)  meets at the Parlor  on Sunday mornings at 9:45 AM. They are reading a new book.




To sponsor flowers or bulletins for worship services, please contact the church office

632-1146 for open dates.


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.




GRACE SENIORS  meet on June 15 in Fellowship Hall at noon.  Once again we will enjoy Linda Sager and Donna Bankert’s “famous” Chicken Pot Pie with Pepper Slaw, Applesauce and dessert.  So that the “chefs” know how many to prepare for, we need the reservations to be in to Pauline Benner, Glenn Ruhlmaan, or Dona Warner, by Monday, June 6.  The cost remains the same, $6.00, and should be turned in with your reservation below:


I/We will attend the Grace Seniors lunch and program on Wed., June 15 at noon.  Please make my reservation for      1       or        2.    (circle the correct number).


My payment ($6.00 each) is enclosed or attached.






Grace UCC,

As I regain my strength with God's help and family, I want to thank Pastor Bruce, and my friends at Grace for the phone calls, cards, and your prayers.

God Bless!!

Sonya L. Harbold


Thank you to the church family of Grace UCC for prayers and concerns after surgery.  Thanks to pastor Bruce for visits and prayers.  It is a comfort to know we can count on each other through whatever life brings.

Thanks so much.

Linda Sager


I wish to send my heartfelt Thanks to all at Grace for all your prayers, cards, visits, and phone calls; they make me feel so Blessed having such a caring Church Family.

Special Thanks to Pastor Bruce and Rita; Patti, Carroll, and Emily; Joanie; Sara; Ruth and Matt, for supporting me in this most difficult time as I continue to complete more Chemo treatments.

Blessings & Love to all,

Eileen Harvey

Isaiah 46: 4






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.


June Needs



Ketchup, brown sugar, pepper, salad dressing, sauerkraut



Ladies undies (all sizes), towels  



Sugar, coffee, Soft bodywash, hand soap, Lg/Xlg Sweats or lounging pants  



All single serving please!   

Cereal, Fruit, Drinks


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 wih 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




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:  Stephanie McIlwee, Joann Sites


June 5&12:    Greg Sindlinger, Dylan Staub

    Jessica Staub, Mike Stonesifer

    Stephanie Stonesifer, Ken Wenger

June 19 & 26  Linda Huber, Mike Mummert

    Michele Rudisill, Steve Rudisill

    Zach Rudisill, Donna Warner




June 5        Faye Myers

June 12    Rick Boyer

June 19    Rev. Benner

June 26    Holly & Ryan Smith




        Acolyte & Reader

June 5      Sydney Bankert

June 12    Vance Hagarman

June 19    Kristina Newman

June 26    Cobie Caler



June 5      Cathy Reck

June 12    Ron & Judy Rummel

June 19    Tim, Wes, & Vance Hagarman

June 26    Betty Klunk





June 5      Allison Myers, Betsy Eyler, Holly Smith

June 12    Alecia & David Highlands, Christine Morey       

June 19    Dani Benner, Betty Klunk, Tina Hagarman

June 26    Joleen Fennell, Donna Bankert, Linda Sager


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!!!





No coffee hour during the summer.





If you are interested in providing refreshments for the modern service,  please contact

Pam Kreitz 717-476-9511.




No youth church during the summer.

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.