Days of Grace November 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…


With the approaching general election, followed later by our National Day of Thanksgiving, it seems appropriate to return to the roots of both our Nation and Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Proclamation

Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go. Washington

No matter the outcome of the general election we need to hold Paul’s words to Timothy in his first letter (1 Tim 2:1-6) to him near to our hearts and in the forefront of our minds:


First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For

there is one God;

there is also one mediator between God and humankind,

Christ Jesus, himself human,

who gave himself a ransom for allthis was attested at the right time.

Let us be ever mindful and pray continually in thanksgiving for all the great blessings we receive from God, Christ and the Holy Spirit. May our prayer for our nation and one another include, “Have I told you today that I love you?”

Pastor Robin



New Security System


The church will remain locked at all times except during regular office hours (8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M) Monday through Friday and during Sunday morning services.  Access during any other time is with a swipe card at either the elevator entrance or the alley entrance.  If you have not already gotten a card you can do so in the church office.  A few notes regarding the new system:

  • The alarm will arm automatically every evening at 10:00 P.M.  No one should be in the church past 10:00 P.M. or the alarm will sound.  On those few occasions when activities are scheduled   for later (Christmas Eve), the alarm will be deactivated by the company.

  • When leaving the church after hours, the doors will lock behind you.  Please take a second to double check the doors as you leave to make sure they have locked.  Several of the doors have a tendency to not close completely and not lock.   A simple push or pull on the door will verify that it is securely locked.

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


Consistory Digest

There were 15 members present including Pastor Keating and Pastor Thormaehlen.

Treasurer’s Report:


General pledge for September 2016:  $12,182.00   (4 Sundays)

General pledge for September 2015:  $17,480.40   (4 Sundays)

    YTD 2016 income:     $173,362.30

    YTD 2016 expenses:  $227,791.30

    YTD shortage:              $54,429.00

Checking account balances

        Operating:            $4,661.78

        Deacon:              $19,273.40

        Education:          $11,184.21

        Memorial:           $10,721.01

        Resource:            $10,456.06


Jenn Weaver was elected Consistory vice president to replace Les Loucks.

The Fundraising Committee formation team will meet in late October to establish guidelines for the committee. The tentative date for this is October 25. Jenn Weaver is leading this team and is being assisted by Sue Lang and Carroll Miller.

There will be two Consistory vacancies next year.

 The contract to have Donald B. Smith repair the education wing roof was signed and mailed.

The first event for the transition team is being held on Saturday Oct 22 in Fellowship Hall.

The WISE mental health group will be sharing a movie series to encourage awareness of living with mental health.  The monthly movie series will begin Oct 19 and will include a 20 minute clip from the movie Call Me Crazy followed by discussion.  The movie focuses on the reality of living with mental illness as well as caring for someone with mental illness.


Sharing God’s Grace Team reported the total collected for HACC through September toward the goal of $5,000 is $3,321.82.  To reach the $5,000 goal we need to receive $560 a month for the last three months.


Prepared by Craig Bixler, October 13, 2016


Repairs needed

Upon inspection, it has been discovered that the rubber roof over the Sunday school wing is beginning to pull away from the walls.  That portion of the roof is the oldest on the church and is, in fact, so old that there are no records of when it was put on.  The trustees obtained two quotes to have the roof replaced with Donald B. Smith having the lowest at $27,900 plus any additional expense if there is damage to the wood underlayment.  The work will be done in the spring, with Donald B. Smith repairing any issues that arise over the winter free of charge. This work must be done to avoid damage to the church.


A second repair that is needed is the carpeting in the sanctuary.  The carpeting is wrinkled and seams are beginning to separate.  The concern is that this will cause a tripping hazard for members of the congregation.  The trustees checked with local companies and were told that they do not do commercial work.  The closest company was out of Greencastle.  The quote from Henry’s Floor Coverings to replace the carpet is $12,750 for one grade of carpet and $17,336 for a higher grade. The carpeting is not as critical as the roof but should be done for safety and to improve the appearance of the sanctuary.


Grace UCC October 9, 2016 Congregational Meeting


The purpose of the meeting was to propose repairs to the church and obtain approval from the congregation for their expenses.  The meeting began at 12:09 PM with 76 in attendance.


The roof over the education wing is coming loose.  A motion was made by Doug Long, with 2nd by Janet Black, to have Donald B. Smith repair the roof at a cost of $27,900, M/C.


The carpeting throughout the sanctuary is worn, torn, and coming loose.  A motion was made by Merle Whisler, with 2nd by Beverly Speight-Mohamed, to spend up to $12,345 for carpet replacement, M/C.


Prepared by Craig Bixler, Secretary




We have a one day Washington, DC, trip on Tuesday, December 13, to see all of the Christmas-related venues:  The Botanical Gardens (trains, replicas of monuments, and beauty), our great national tree surrounded by 50 state trees decorated in Christmas splendor, the Mormon Temple—600,000 lights and a live nativity, plus monuments by moonlight.    The trip also includes dinner in Georgetown.


Now in Spring 2017 we will be doing a trip to a beautiful inn in Vermont.  Each day (after a hearty breakfast) we will go out from there to see many places of interest—in many areas of Vermont.  More to come on this one.


Dates for candy and pie workers:

November 1-4, 8-11, 14-16, 28

December 6, 9,1


Pumpkin Pies:  November 22-23


Mary Jane Fuhrman

"This Week at Grace"


Corby Myers updates the “Today at Grace” email and 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





We are beginning to organize and plan the events for the upcoming year.  To date, we helped to paint the hearts that were passed out at the traditional service a few weeks ago and planned games and decorations for the annual Halloween Party that will be taking place on Sunday, Oct. 30 immediately following the traditional church service.  We will gather in Fellowship Hall and enjoy a light lunch and then enjoy games and activities.  This is an event for all church members and all are welcome to attend.  Costumes for adults are optional, and for children, please keep costumes friendly.  No monsters or gruesome costumes. You may wear your costume to church or bring it along and change into your costume during youth church. We will also be helping with the Advent Festival and the Christmas Program and Party.  More details to follow.


The Youth Group meets on Sunday mornings from 9:45AM to 10:30AM.  All youth, 5th grade and older are invited to join us.




The annual Christmas Party and Program will be held on Sunday, December 11, at 7PM in the Sanctuary.  Children and youth will take part in the program and Santa will be in Fellowship Hall following the program to talk with the children.  Light refreshments will be served.  More details to follow.




The Ladies of Grace will be making Peanut Brittle on November 30 and December 1-2.  It will sell for $7.50 per pound.  Deadline for ordering will be Sunday, November 20.  We will be limiting the sales to 950 pounds this year.  You may place your order by calling the church office or Janet Black (637-1768).  As always, lots of help is needed and there is a job for everyone.  We need help with cooking the brittle; cracking, bagging, and weighing the brittle; and then sealing and sorting it.  If you have any questions and are interested in helping, please talk to Harold Heller or Janet Black.  You  can come anytime that works for you and we'll give you a job.  Those who have helped with this project before will tell you we have a lot of fun.  And of course, the more people you have, the quicker the work gets done.  Come join in the fun, we'll look forward to seeing you.  Pick up for orders will be Friday, December 2, 1PM to 8PM; Saturday, December 3, 9AM to 1PM; and Sunday, December 4, 9:30AM to noon.  Thank you.  



Peanut Brittle Order Form


Name _________________________________




__________pounds at $7.50 per pound

                Total $ __________


Messy Church


Messy Church, an opportunity for families to learn about God through fun, fellowship, and creativity is Friday, November 11 from 6 PM – 7:30 PM. Experience a Bible story through storytelling, crafts, and music.  A light meal will be served.




The December gathering of Grace Seniors will be held at 12 noon on December 14 in a private room at Perkins Restaurant on Eisenhower Drive.  We will order from the menu and each person will be responsible for his or her own meal.  We need to let them know how many will be attending and therefore, please sign up to let us know you’ll be there by December 11.  Please use the attached form for that purpose.  There will be a Christmas program for the enjoyment of all.


At this meeting, it is our custom to bring “prizes” for the Bingo games in the Personal Care facility at Homewood at Plum Creek.   Items such as the following are suggested:  small bottles of hand lotion, tissue packs, snack crackers, sugar free items, candy, etc.   


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Name(s) ______________________________


Number attending ________________                               

Turn your reservation in to Dona Warner, Glenn Ruhlman, or Pauline Benner




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.


Our goal is to raise $5,000 for the health programs 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.


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.


Sewing Group – November 8


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, threadbare  sheets and pillow cases to continue their work in service of the need for the community.


Ladies of Grace


The Ladies of Grace will hold a Cookie Swap on Sunday, December 11, from 2:30 PM to 4 PM.  This is a congregational event, so all are welcome.  You need only to bring three dozen of your favorite cookies and the recipe for your cookies.  During the swap you will be able to choose up to three dozen cookies to take back home.  Of course, you will want to bring your own container to put them in.  There will be light refreshments served along with entertainment.  In order to plan the event, we need a count of how many will be attending.  Please call the church office (632-1146) or Janet Black (637-1768).  Please plan now to attend this fun event.




To sponsor flowers or bulletins for worship services, please contact the church office 632-1146 for open dates.




Pastor Dot Appreciates You!

Thanks so much for the Amazon Gift Certificate for Pastor Appreciation.  It was the most quickly spent gift card I ever received as I needed some things for my upcoming vacation!  Just perfect. Many thanks for all your support of my ministry at Grace!


From Nathan Long (grandson of Doug and Sheila Long):

Jordan was a busy, sprawling, little city, but it had its own beauty. At night, looking out over the city, I was often overwhelmed by its beauty. All the minarets on the mosques were illuminated in green lights and all the churches had red lights in the shape of crosses on their steeples.  Every night there were firework shows over the city for various celebrations.

Our school had 130 students in six classes. It was truly surreal to stand in front of those kids and wonder about what they had seen, what they had experienced. There was pain, but there was also joy.  One could see that just by watching the children on the playground. They had beautiful names:  Khaldia, Achmad, Bushra, Dya’a.  Please pray for them.  My hope was to show them God’s love and patience and to help prepare them for the long-term teachers that would be taking over in this fall semester.

Thank you so much for your prayers and your support.


Nathan Long


In Loving Memory


Vivian E. Eline




The Homewood Auxiliary membership drive will be open during the month of November.  The theme this year is ‘No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.’  I’m sure you can agree with that statement.  Your commitment through the Auxiliary means more than you can imagine to the residents in assisted living and care facilities.  Remember, the dues you pay in November are all that is required of you—no meetings to attend or committees to be a part of.  In turn you will receive a calendar for the year 2017 and four copies of the Fireside magazine mailed to your address during the year which keeps you up-to-date on happenings at all the Homewood facilities.  Dues this year are again $3 for one person or $5 for a couple.  Please see Pauline Benner following the service in the front right of the Sanctuary any Sunday of November.




It is with regret that Homewood at Plum Creek has decided to end their canceled stamp program.  Changes by the company who purchased the stamps have made the program more complicated and the compensation they would receive was no longer worth their time and effort.  A big THANK YOU  is extended to all who have helped and contributed to the program over the years.  Since this program’s inception, over $4,500 has been contributed to the Homewood Benevolent Endowment Fund.




For a variety of reasons, some changes are underway for the Santa’s Wish List Project at Homewood at Plum Creek this year.  For 2016, a new opportunity is offered to reach out to the 212 residents in Skilled Care and Personal Care.  We are asked to bring in individual Christmas cards complete with a special message and signed by you.  Leave the envelope blank and a resident’s name will be written on that envelope to personalize it.  The cards will be delivered by volunteers who will let the residents know that the cards are from members of the UCC churches that support Homewood.  The volunteer will offer to open, read, and display the cards for the resident.  The hope is that each of the residents in Skilled Care and Personal Care will receive several special cards. Cards may be brought to the church the last two weeks of November through December 4 when they will be turned over to the people in charge at Homewood.  Cards may be given to Pauline Benner or placed in a box marked Christmas Cards for Homewood which will be found in the kitchen after November 15.


Sincere thanks are extended to everyone for past participation in the Santa’s Wish List Project.  We hope that our participation in this effort will let them know that they are still in our thoughts and prayers.







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.


November Needs



Scalloped Potatoes, Salad Dressing, Hot chocolate



Toiletries (Family size), Sheet Sets (Queen)



Deodorant (Men), Sandwich Bags, Hand Soap



All single serving please!   

Snacks, Drinks, Mini Meals


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


The Clothing Bank needs your help!


We are looking for individuals who are available to come and sort clothing and items. Sorters are needed 8:30-11AM Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Cashiers are needed 9AM-12 noon on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and on the first Saturday of the month when the Clothing Bank is open from 9 AM to 12. If you are interested in learning more about this volunteer opportunity please contact the Council office at 717-633-6353.


Weekly Prayer Requests

We ask you to take a moment and say a prayer for one of our ministries. As we all know, the power of prayer works!

Week of Nov.  6:  Ministries Board

Week of Nov. 13: Provide-A-Lunch

Week of Nov. 20: Public Relations

Week of Nov. 27: Public Worship Committee


All Saints Sunday

November 6, 2016

Light a Candle to Remember a Loved One

Beginning at 10:25 AM

before the

Traditional Worship Service at 10:45 AM

Those who have passed since the last All Saints Sunday will be remembered in a special way during the traditional service.




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:  Craig Bixler, Maynard Warner

November   6:  Leslie Grote, Wes Hagarman,

        Paul Grote, Todd Holt,

        Vance Hagarman, Greg Sindlinger

November 13:  Leslie Grote, Wes Hagarman,

        Paul Grote, Todd Holt,

        Vance Hagarman, Greg Sindlinger

November 20:   Michele Rudisill, Holly Smith,

        Steve Rudisill, Kris Smith,

        Zach Rudisill, Ryan Smith

November 27:  Consistory – Advent



November   6:

November 13:

November 20:

November 27: Mike Bankert – Assisting Elder


Calling All Readers:  Please Help!

We are looking for some people to help with lectoring.  If you can help please leave a message in the office or on my answering machine!  Thanks for your help.  

Faye Myers (632-6361)



        Acolyte & Reader

November   6:  Cobie Caler

November 13:  Sydney Bankert

November 20:  Vance Hagarman

November 27:  Kristina Newman



November   6:  Faye Myers

November 13:  Paul & Leslie Grote

November 20:  Fay Emlet

November 27:  Communion – Consistory





November   6:  Kim Aumen, Alda Heller, Joann Sites

November 13:  Joyce Wagner, Sue Foerster, Jenn Weaver

November 20:  Nancy Bankert, Ashley Rummel, Faye Myers

November 27:  Alecia & David Highlands, Joleen Fennell


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!!!





November   6:   Ron & Judy Rummel

November 13:   Dave & Alecia Highlands  

November 20:   Brad & Vicki Arnold

November 27:   Advent Sunday – no coffee hour





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.