Days of Grace July 2016


JULY 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



Pastor’s Newsletter Article

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You’ve succeeded at making me feel very welcome at Grace UCC and Hanover, PA. Transitions are always challenging and you are making my transition easier every moment. Likewise, it is my hope and plan to ease your transition from Pastor Bruce to your next settled pastor. And more than that, to establish a firm foundation for you and your new settled pastor, so that another successful ministry will not only be possible, but also probable.


In order to do that work, a Transition Team will be formed. The Team will customize the Intentional Interim Ministry process, tasks, and activities to fit your particular needs as a congregation. The Team will lead the interim process, allowing other leaders of the congregation to continue “running” our faith community. The Team facilitates the congregation’s engagement of the transition work and prevents the interim minister from being perceived as extending the time for my own personal benefit. The “system” allows checks and balances to be in place so that members can share their disappointment, concerns, hopes and excitement in a safe, trusting environment. All of this will occur. Throughout the process the Team will be reminded that they are a temporary group, to be disbanded upon the recommendation to the congregation and Consistory that a Pastor Search Committee be formed.


It is imperative that the Transition Team be comprised of trusted individuals selected by the congregation. They must be spiritually wise and representative of the entire congregation. They will function as a model to the congregation in looking for God’s movement among the church, seeking to discover God’s will and purpose for the future of the congregation. They will be my accountability group (in addition to the Consistory). It is important that they be a new group with a new life, so that no single group’s concern will be paramount to any other group. And their existence as a new group is to communicate that this is the congregation’s work.


The Transition Team member must be trusted, respected, prayerful, spiritually wise, a regular attendee and contributor, able to speak for groups within the congregation and willing to listen to all perspectives. Staff members and their spouses are ineligible to serve on the Team, but they are expected (as is the entire congregation) to participate in the entire process.


Through an all church mailing, members will be able to nominate individuals to the Team. I, as the Interim Pastor, with guidance from the Executive Board and the Elders, will select individuals that will be asked to serve on the Team from the list of nominees. Particular attention will be given to the age, gender, leadership roles, and length of time the individual has been involved with the congregation. Once we have 10 to 12 persons listed as possible members of the Team they will be invited to attend a one hour orientation to help them understand the task at hand. There is no more important time than now in the life of Grace UCC. And there is no more important group than the Transition Team now in the life of Grace UCC.


Please be prayerful in this process for myself, your leadership and your church. If you are asked to serve, realize that the congregation holds you in such esteem that they are willing to place the future of Grace UCC in your hands. No pressure. But also realize, God walks hand in hand with each us, empowering us for God’s work here and now and into the future. There is no better place to be. No better hands to hold us.


As God’s representative here, I ask, “Have I told you today that I love you?”


Pastor Robin




Dan Trimmer


Pastor Bouchard is now officially retired and Pastor Keating has settled into his role as Interim Pastor.  So what is next?  In a word, adjustment.  Over the next few months we will all need to adjust to the new reality of this time in the life of Grace church.  Pastor Keating will be sharing details about the formation of a transition team.  This team will help guide both the Pastor and the congregation through these next few months.  The goal of this team is to help us all feel more comfortable with this new situation and be prepared to move forward with the search process.


While the transition team is working, we will also begin the preparation for the Congregational assessment survey. The survey will take place next fall.  It will consist of approximately 100 questions and take about 45 minutes to complete either online or in paper form.  It is extremely important that as many of our members as possible participate in this process.  The results will give us valuable information identifying strengths, weaknesses, and concerns that can be used as we identify a new permanent pastor.  More information will be shared over the next few months.


You may be asking, just when will we begin searching for a new pastor?  As was shared by Rev. Thom Webster from the conference office, we should not expect to be ready for this step for at least a year.  We need to give ourselves time for the adjustment I mentioned above.  The transition team will be instrumental in preparing the congregation for the search and the survey will give us the information we need to determine the characteristics of the pastor we should call.


In the meantime, we are in the very capable hands of Pastor Keating.  You all have been very welcoming to him and I know he feels very comfortable because of this.  Certainly, welcoming a new Pastor, interim or permanent, is a new experience for many of us but we have handled this step exceedingly well.  If we continue to embrace the changes ahead with the same attitudes and enthusiasm, Grace UCC will emerge stronger than ever.    


Consistory Digest


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

Treasurer’s Report:

General pledge for May 2016:  $16,426.52   

                (5 Sundays)

General pledge for May 2015:  $16,824.66   

                (5 Sundays)

    YTD 2016 income:  $112,054.70

    YTD 2016 expenses:  $114,996.77

    YTD shortage:  $2,942.07

Checking account balances

        Operating:  $23,954.77

        Deacon:  $21,739.89

Education:  $11,153.88

        Memorial:  $26,871.10

        Resource:  $47,212.32


Trustees reported Randy Brady finished the work on the bricks.  The roof has finally been finished at the parsonage as well.


We have received quotes from Channell to deal with the locking and unlocking of the church.  A keypad system for the two doors will cost $4485.  This system will allow folks to enter the building using a code entered into the keypad.  The keypad can accept up to 120 different codes.     This system is not tied into the alarm system. A swipe card system is $6762.  A buzz in system can be added to either system for $1695.  The church will be locked during non-office hours and non-service times.  Any member can still access the church in the evening or on Saturdays using the code.  The alarm can be automatically set to come on at 10:00 PM and to turn off at 7:00 AM.  The trustees met and determined that our needs can be met with the keypad system.


Sharing God’s Grace 2016 Project is the Community Health Ministries of the Hanover Area Council of Churches.  May donations were $826.87.  The amount given in May and June will be matched by our angel and donated in honor of Bruce and Rita Bouchard and all their work on behalf of the HACC.


Pastor Keating reported things have been going as well or better than expected.  He is becoming acclimated to both Hanover and the church.  Pastor Keating provided the Consistory with the format and procedures for forming the Transition Team. The Transition Team will consist of 10 to 12 people with attention to age, gender, leadership roles, and length of time the individual has been a member.


Prepared by Craig Bixler

June 15, 2016



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

632-1146 for open dates.


Pastor Bruce’s Retirement Celebration


The retirement of Pastor Bruce and recognition of Bruce and Rita’s years at Grace were celebrated on Sunday, May 29.  The modern service prepared a PowerPoint program to honor Bruce and Rita.  At the traditional worship service, a special service of remembrance and recognition followed the sermon.  Following the worship service, a luncheon was held at Bay City Restaurant. There was an overwhelming response to the retirement luncheon. The maximum 270 person capacity of the restaurant was reached.


Expenses totaled $5438.26 for the retirement celebration.  Thanks to the congregation for their generous contributions towards gifts for Bruce and Rita. Contributions from the congregation for Pastor Bruce and Rita totaled $5205.  $1000 of this total was given as a gift certificate to Amazon.  A check for $4205 was given to the Bouchards to use for any purpose.  A caricature of Pastor Bruce was presented to him.  A donation was made to cover that expense.  A book of well wishes from members of the congregation was also presented to the Bouchards.  Photographs were taken by Lisa Royer.  A memory album of the years at Grace will be given to Bruce and Rita after retirement photos are received and the album is finished. Thanks to Linda DeMaio, Liz Hossler, Pastor Dot, and Jenn Weaver for helping plan the retirement celebration.


Linda Bixler


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.



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.  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 has taken 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 records 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 – September 13


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.


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.


The New Windsor dates are  

July 12 & August 10.



Linda Sager and Leone Musselman


Vacation Bible School


Sunday, July 10 – Thursday, July 14

6:15 PM – 8:00 PM

Theme:  Cave Quest – Following Jesus the Light

              of the World

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


Check the wall in the large transept or the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall. A list of needed snack items and decorating supplies that can be donated will be posted on the wall.   



  • Various sizes of clean, used soda and water bottles with lids are needed. There will be a box in the kitchen for the bottles.

The following items are also needed:  

  • refrigerator boxes

  • large cardboard sheets

  • brown butcher paper

  • brown or black tarps

  • white full flat sheets

Please contact Sara Shank or Liz Hossler if you can provide any of these items.


Interested in helping make VBS decorations?


Join us on any of the following dates:

  • Sunday, June 26      2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

  • Thursday, June 30   6:00PM – 9:00 PM

  • Friday, July 8          6:00PM – 9:00 PM

  • Saturday, July 9      9:00AM – 5:00 PM


Time for Tea


There is still time to sign up to attend the Homewood Auxiliary Summer Tea with this year’s theme being In The Garden Tea.  The dates are Saturday, July 23, and Tuesday, July 26, at 12:30 p.m. and the place is the Windows Dining Room at Homewood at Plum Creek.  There are 180 seats for each day and the reservations go quickly.  Tables will be reserved for 4, 6, and 8 people who wish to sit together.  You can make your reservation with our Homewood Rep., Pauline Benner who will be attending on Saturday.  The cost is $20 per person.  We look forward to a good representation from Grace Church.  Pauline’s phone is 717-632-1057 or see her at worship.  Perhaps a group will also attend on Tuesday.  If you are interested, please sign up soon before the seats are all gone.


Classical Music at Grace UCC


Corbin Moon, a 2011 graduate of South Western High School, and a student at Cleveland Institute of Music, returns to Grace to conduct a piano recital at the Church on Sunday, August 14, at 1:00 PM in the Sanctuary. We welcome the community and encourage you to invite your family and friends to this wonderful event, featuring a program of JS Bach, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Tristan Murail, and Frederic Chopin selections.  Corbin is studying classical composition and piano at the Institute in Ohio.  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information please call the Church Office at 632-1146.


Grace Campfire


A campfire for the congregation has been planned for 6:00 PM on  Saturday, September 17, 2016, at the Myers Family Farm.  The rain date will be September 24.


Spiritual Groups at Grace


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


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.


Welcome New Members

Roxanne Joyce Dalesio


In Loving Memory

Raymond E. Wentz





Road to Vitality Committee and Grace Congregation,

Please know that you (all of you) have touched my heart with your kindness. You have shown me an extravagant – radical welcome!  Thank you for the gift certificates, the info on the surrounding area.  But even more so –  your love!

Pastor Robin


To my Dear Church Family:


Thank you so very much for making my recent birthday such a wonderful celebration for me!

I received many cards, nice remembrances, and even a lunch out!

You sure know how to make a gal feel special!


Henrietta Stahl


Thank you to everyone one at Grace for your prayers, cards, calls, and concern after my recent surgery.  I am having a very good recovery.  Your prayers obviously worked!

Craig Bixler


Grace United Church of Christ

Class of 2016 Graduation Recognition


Recognition of our High School Graduates:


Michael Rene Anderson~~Carlisle Senior High School; to attend Manhattan School of Music/Voice Performance


Sara Jean Durika~~Hanover Senior High School; to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania/Accounting


Andrew Michael Garrett~~South Western High School; to attend Pennsylvania State University/York/Civil Engineering


Shannon Michelle Holt~~South Western High School; to attend Savannah College of Art & Design/Georgia/Film


Lauren Elizabeth Wakefield~~East Lake High School/Tarpon Springs, FL; to attend Palm Beach Atlantic University/Mission work


Recognition of our College Graduates:


Kelsey L. Holt

Bachelor of Arts~~Music Composition

Columbia College


Emily Jean Markman

PsyD~~Clinical Therapy

LaSalle University/Philadelphia


Rebecca Lynne Rickrode

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

Community College of Allegheny County/Pittsburgh, PA  


Johanna Sofia Sites

Bachelor of Science~~Biology; to attend St. Francis University/Physician Assistant


Joelle Lee Ann Solomon


St. Joseph University/Philadelphia, PA







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.


July 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

We are scheduled for PAL lunch the third Saturday each month. Help is always needed and accepted.

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:  Les Loucks, Jenn Weaver


July 3 & 10    Danielle Benner, Faye Myers,

        Kris Benner,  Sandy Puterbaugh,

        Betsy Eyler, Grant Holub


July 17    Eugene Bixler, Sallie Durika,

        Linda Bixler, Joleen Fennell,

        Kerry Durika, Carol Spangler-Solomon


July 24    Communion/Consistory


July 31    Eugene Bixler, Sallie Durika,

        Linda Bixler, Joleen Fennell,

        Kerry Durika, Carol Spangler-Solomon



July 3       Carol Spangler-Solomon

July 10     Greg Sindlinger

July 17      Dani Benner

July 24      Jedd Beall/Assisting Elder

July 31      TBA



        Acolyte & Reader

July  3        Sydney Bankert

July 10    Vance Hagarman

July 17    Kristina Newman

July 24    Cobie Caler

July 31    Sydney Bankert



July 3    Betty Klunk   

July 10  Ron & Judy Rummel

July 17  Len & Nancy Bankert

July 24  Consistory

July 31  Cathy Reck




July 3    Judy & Ashley Rummel, Darlene Potts

July 10  Jennifer & Brian Baldwin, Cindy Garrett       

July 17  Michele Rudisill, Paige Harget, Joleen Fennell

July 24  Pam Kreitz, Sherry Lawrence, Faye Myers

July 31  Nicole Miles, Donna Kale, Morgan Dean


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.