Days of Grace August 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

717-632-1819, access # 86212


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




A Word From Pastor Robin Keating…


Your graciousness at making me feel welcome here at Grace UCC continues through the reception of Max (my [son, Travis’] Boykin Spaniel). Many of you have heard his lonesome cry Sunday mornings coming from the parsonage. Even pets have to make transitions throughout life. And hopefully by the end of July many of you will have had the opportunity to, also, meet my wife Trudy. As of this writing she has planned to take her Sunday vacation day on July 31. All of you in worship on that day will have (had) the opportunity to meet her. For those of you that do not know, she is the organist/pianist for a UCC church in North Carolina.

    Now for a quick update on the Transition Team. The prayerful suggestions are in with 54 individuals submitting 66 names of possible candidates. The Elders and the Executive Board will gather with me soon to go over the names and choose a well balanced and representative Team from the list. Some of you will be receiving a call from me shortly after that. After I call, please, prayerfully consider serving. Your selection has come from the highest source, in which God has prayerfully guided the congregation in suggesting your name. It is a joyous thing to be chosen by God to do God’s work in God’s church and world! This means that as a potential Transition Team member, you have been identified as trustworthy, respected, prayerful, spiritually wise, a regular attendee and contributor, able to speak for groups within the congregation and willing to listen to all perspectives – confirmed by God, the Elders and the Executive Board of our church.


    And now a brief reflection on “grace” (this comes from my files, source unknown):   


    “Just up the road from my home is a field with two horses in it. From a distance each looks like every other horse. But if one stops the car, or is walking by, one will notice something quite amazing. Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him. This alone is amazing. Listening, one will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for the source of the sound, one will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field. Attached to her bridle is a small bell. It lets her blind friend know where she is, so he can follow her.

    As one stands and watches these two friends, one sees how she is always checking on him, and that he will listen for her bell and then slowly walk to where she is, trusting that she will not lead him astray. Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we aren’t perfect or because we have problems or challenges. God watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need. Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by God and those whom God places in our lives. Other times we are the guide horse, helping others see God.

    My prayer for you today: Our Gracious God, who watches over even a blind old horse, watch over us. Show us the way to you. Provide us with heavenly guides who will lead us to you through the fields of our lives. Amen.


P.S. “Have I told you today that I love you?”


            Pastor Robin


         New Security System

                            Dan Trimmer

The new security system for the church discussed and approved at the recent congregation meeting has been installed and will be functional on August 1, 2016.  With this new system the church will be locked at all times except during normal office hours, 8:00 AM– 4:00 PM Monday through Friday, and during services.


Access to the church during any other time will be with an access card.   Card readers are located at the elevator entrance and the alley entrance to the church.  Anyone needing access to the church during off hours will need to see Linda in the office for a card before August 1st.  If you already have an access card from another location in town, it is very likely that we can also program this card for the church and save you a bit of room in your wallet (and the Church some expense).  


If you have an outside door key to the church please turn this in to Linda and make your key-chain a bit lighter.  


For those of you who have never used an access card, it is an extremely easy system.  Simply wave the card in front of the reader and the door will unlock and the alarm system will disarm.  It’s as simple as that.  

As with any new technology, there may be some bugs to work out as we begin using this system.  Once we are past that phase, this system should give easy access to any member who needs to get into the church while providing us with a much higher level of security. 


So remember, if you normally enter the church during the evening hours or on Saturdays for any reason, see Linda in the church office before August 1st.


Consistory Digest


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


Treasurer’s Report:

General pledge for June 2016:  $15,529.82   

               (4 Sundays)

General pledge for June 2015:  $12,681.96   

               (4 Sundays)

    YTD 2016 income:  $122,076.05

    YTD 2016 expenses:  $154,397.21

    YTD shortage:  $32,321.16

Checking account balances

        Operating:  $12,745.84

        Deacon:      $21,806.55

        Education:  $11,154.73

        Memorial:   $19,232.35

        Resource:    $  8,583.58


The trustees met with Bob Channell to go over the door locking system.  During the meeting we asked if all doors were armed through the system.  Bob believed they were but after checking it was found that only the alley door and elevator were.  We determined that all doors should be armed.  The estimate for this was under the $3000 limit so we authorized him to include this in the work of installing the swipe card system.  Total cost for all of the work will be about $10,000.


The trustees also reported that while the brickwork was being done, the masons informed us that the roof over the Sunday school wing was pulling away from the wall.   Donald B. Smith was contacted to look at it.  Smith indicated that the roof needs to be replaced.   This is the oldest roof on the church and is over 40 years old.  We are waiting to receive an estimate.  This will be a major expense.


Approximately $1700 was collected in May and June for the Community Health Activities at HACC.  With the Angel’s matching funds the amount for May and June will be $3600 in honor of the Bouchards.


Pastor Keating reported visitations have been going well.  In addition to the hospital calls, he has begun familiarizing himself with the Brethren Home, Homewood at Plum Creek, and Utz Terrace.  A communion schedule has been put together with Pastor Dot and begun.  He also reported the Congregational letter has been sent out with regards to the formation of the Transition Team.  The deadline for responses was July 11. To date, 57 names have been submitted by the congregation for the Transition Team.


Dan Trimmer reported that in lieu of a Fall Association meeting, The Gettysburg Association will be holding a picnic on August 11th, at Dubs Church.  This is open to all members of Grace, with an RSVP date of July 24th. 


Prepared by Craig Bixler

July 14, 2016



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

632-1146 for open dates.




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 every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 717-632-1819 access # 86212


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 under-insured.

     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 date is  

August 10.


Linda Sager and Leone Musselman


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.




Dear Grace Church family,  

Sincere thanks for your cards and prayers during my recent surgeries.  I'm so fortunate to have such caring friends.  

God bless,  

Nancy Kuhn


Ladies of Grace,

Thank you so much for the luncheon for our family and friends to celebrate our mother's life.  Food was super.  Our family is very grateful for the time and efforts putting this together.  God bless you all.  


Rick Little, Michele Einig, Ben Little



Thank you to all Grace Church members for your cards and prayers while I was in the hospital and now at home recovering.  Also a special thanks to Pastor Keating for his visits and prayers and waiting with Donna.  

Thanks again,

Barry B. Bankert


Vacation Bible School

Thank You


Our Vacation Bible School was a success because of all the wonderful volunteers and all of you in the congregation who donated to the program and kept us in your prayers.


The theme was Cave Quest – Following Jesus The Light of the World. Our dedicated team of volunteers included coordinators for the following areas:


Pastor Dot Thormaehlen – registration


Sara Shank & Liz Hossler – decorations


Kathy Trimmer & Jenn Weaver – music


Allison Myers & Donna Bankert -snacks


Alda Heller, Lexi Knopp, & Liz Hossler – preschool children


Preschool Helpers – Carol Spangler-Solomon, Dani Benner, Jerrie Arter, Jay Hossler


Tina Hagarman – photographer


Ann Heindl, Faye Myers & Holly Smith – crafts


Joleen Fennell, Tony Heindl, & Donovan Yongue – Games


Mike Bankert – Clark the Cave Quest Spelunker & Joleen Fennel – the interviewer


Tony Heindl– sound system & lights


Pastor Robin Keating – interacting and sharing prayers with the children and his delightful clown act


Volunteers who helped wherever needed: Patti Miller, Sophia Guerassio


The children learned how Jesus gives us hope, courage, direction, love, and power.  The children donated money to Light the Way for Emma that will help the Haines family pay for treatments for their daughter Emma diagnosed with PANDAS and treatments not covered by insurance. The congregation also contributed to this fund and received small flashlights that were used to Light the Way for Emma when the children sang This Little Light of Mine at the traditional service on July 17.  Buttons the clown visited the VBS program on Family night and shared some jokes and laughs with us.  We had an amazing week as we experienced learning about how Jesus is the Light of the World.

Linda Bixler VBS Coordinator






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.


August 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 with 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:  Mike Bankert, Sue Lang


August   7       Jedd Beall, John Storm,

        Betsy Beall, Melissa Storm,

        Robert Moul, Donovan Yongue


August 14     Jedd Beall, John Storm,

        Betsy Beall, Melissa Storm,

        Robert Moul, Donovan Yongue


August 21    Carroll Miller, Julie Truesdale,

        Glendon Ruhlman, Frank Wilson,

        Pete Truesdale, Terry Wilson


August 28     Carroll Miller, Julie Truesdale,

        Glendon Ruhlman, Frank Wilson,

        Pete Truesdale, Terry Wilson



August   7     Tom Craig

August 14     Faye Myers

August 21     Jenn Weaver

August 28     Sara Shank  



        Acolyte & Reader

August   7    Sydney Bankert

August 14    Vance Hagarman

August 21    Kristina Newman

August 28    Cobie Caler



August   7   Kris, Holly, & Ryan Smith

August 14   Matt Boyer

August 21   Jenn Weaver

August 28   Sue & Tracy Caler




August   7  Betty Klunk, Dani Benner,

    Alda Heller

August 14  Joyce Wagner, Sue Foerster,

    Jenn Weaver       

August 21  Tina Hagarman, Joann Sites,

    Steph Welper

August 28  Judy Rummel, Ashley Rummel,

    Kim Aumen


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.