Days of Grace February 2017




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


2017 contribution envelopes are available.


Congregational Assessment Meeting

9:30 AM January 29 in Sanctuary


Women's Sunday February 5


A Word From Pastor Robin Keating…


Each one of us is called by God and given particular gifts, enabling us to respond and fulfill God’s purpose for us in our families, faith community, greater community and/or world. This I firmly believe! We are given the skills (sometimes in the form of ability to learn the skill), talents, and interest for a job, task or service. This job, task or service can be identified as a vocation, which can be linked to employment or volunteerism. Often we have multiple vocations, while others may feel at a loss to name even one. Rest assured! Even a series of phone calls, notes and cards encouraging another person is a worthwhile vocation that many participate doing. No person should be forgotten. No vocation should go unnoticed. No matter how insignificant a vocation is perceived, if it matters to someone else – if it makes a difference positively in someone’s life – it is a response to God’s call of faithful service.

That being said, perhaps you felt a stirring in your soul that something in your life is unfulfilled. Maybe you feel there is something missing in your life. Maybe you feel a desire to try something new and different to help someone else – a project, a cause. Ask yourself if that is God speaking to you. We are given opportunity after opportunity to respond to God’s purpose as it unfurls within our midst. The Holy Spirit can effect change in an instant. Be open to the possibility, pray and listen. God’s call can be just another way of saying, “Have I told you today that I love you.”


January 2017 Consistory Digest


There were 13 members present including Pastor Keating.

The Treasurer’s Report was not complete with year end totals.  The December report will be ready in a few days and will be presented at the February 2017 Consistory meeting.


Consistory voted to pay Pastor Dot’s fees to attend the annual Penn Central Conference and the 2017 General Synod.


The Consistory would like to thank Grant Holub for his service to Consistory and his service to Grace as Treasurer.


Michael Bankert has consented to fulfill his second three year term on Consistory.


Trustees reported:  

Donald B. Smith repaired the leak in the roof on the education wing at no cost. 

Len Bankert had the emergency lights checked and repaired.

Maynard Warner is still waiting for the final cost adjustments to replace the carpet in sanctuary.


Consistory gave approval to The Modern Worship Team to paint the stage walls in Fellowship Hall flat black to match the lighted backdrop.


Sharing God’s Grace Team reported we received $5,168.57 from the congregation.  With the angel match for May and June contributions in honor of Pastor Bruce and Rita the total amount raised for the HACC Community Health Ministries was $6,990.70.


The Resource Committee reported the following Fall activities and income:

Thousand Island trip, 4 days/3 nights    $720.00

October dessert/tea card party        $844.56

November pumpkin pie sale        $337.98

December Washington D.C. trip, 1 day    $693.00

December Christmas candy sale           $1678.62

2016 year to end net:                          $10,992.00


The Stewardship Team reported the General Pledge for 2016 was approximately $175,000 compared to approximately $195,000 in 2015.


A policy for the use of Fellowship Hall will be written.


Prepared by Craig Bixler 1-12-17


The following paragraph from the 2016 Consistory Digest was omitted in the December Days of Grace:


Pastor Robin and Dan Trimmer met with Samaritan Counseling representatives to get more information from the Congregation Assessment Tool results.  The results showed there is considerable conflict and concern about the conflict in Grace’s congregation. The Consistory voted to have representatives from Samaritan report the CAT results to the congregation at a cost of $300.00.  Consistory also voted to have Samaritan present a conflict management seminar at a cost of $773.00.


Prepared by Craig Bixler, December 15, 2016


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.    Please take a second to double check the doors as you leave to make sure they have 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.


Hanover Has Talent


Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 4.  The 7th Annual Hanover Has Talent will take place at the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center.  Tickets can be obtained from EPAC and Grace UCC office.  Proceeds will benefit the Hanover Area Council of Churches' Changing Life Shelter.  For more information, call 717-632-1146 or visit  




We has a very busy year in 2016 and here it is…time to start again.  


We have some projects and dates finalized:

  • The February pie sale will be on February 21 and 22.

  • The Dessert Tea is April 19.

  • The Yard Sale will be May 13.  Start saving now.  We need your “stuff.”

          *Items may be placed in the storage shed.   

           Please box items if possible. During   

           office hours storage shed key is available  

           in the office.*   

  • The Super Bus Trip to Vermont is June 18-22.  We are staying at a Four Season Resort Inn, which will provide you with upscale lodging in an attractive setting.

          We have scheduled some very remarkable    

           venues to explore.  All meals will be  

           provided and then off we go to explore

           this beautiful area.  You can call Mary  

           Jane Fuhrman 637-1513 for additional



EASTER CANDY – Can you believe it's time to think about candy?  Easter is April 16 this year.  However, the project will be starting soon!  Working dates are:

February 13, 17, 24, 28

March 3, 7, 8, 10, 13, 17, 21, 24

Pick up date is April 9.


We would so appreciate anyone who can spare a few hours—and can stand some fun and laughter—to please call Mary Jane to offer to help on this project.  Lots of jobs are available.  It's not rocket science.  Very simple.  Yes, you can.


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#


Baby Blanket Ministry

We have a wonderful group of ladies that have made beautiful baby blankets for parishioners who have had new babies. Apparently in 2016 there were only 2 blankets given out. We thought we could stretch our wings…since folks are so kind to make these blankets…to include new grandchildren of grandparents in our congregation. If you have a new grandchild please call Leslie Grote at .717-968-6183 If your grandchild lives in another state either you or Leslie can mail the blanket for the new baby. We have talked about "reaching out" and this is a good way! For those who have been "on hold" for knitting/crocheting baby blankets…please stand by for new requests. Thanks!




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





SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY – The Youth will celebrate Super Bowl Sunday by selling DRY SOUP MIX beginning January 22 thorough February 12 and collecting donations in their soup kettles on Super Bowl Sunday, February 7.  All proceeds will go to the PAL Luncheon program at the Hanover Area Council of Churches.  Please support the Youth in their effort.


SPAGHETTI SUPPER – The Youth will hold their annual Spaghetti Supper on Saturday, February 11.  Serving times will be from 4:30PM to 6:00PM.  The menu will be spaghetti with sauce—with meat or without meat, choice of salad or applesauce, garlic bread, beverages, and brownie sundae for dessert.  Ticket prices are $8.00 for adults, $4.50 for children 4-12 years, and children 3 and under are free.  Ticket sales begin January 22 and end February 3.  Tickets will be available from the Youth, Janet Black, Jenn Weaver, or the church office.


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


Sewing Group – February 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.


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.




The Ladies of Grace cordially invite all ladies of Grace Church to attend the VALENTINE FANTASY on Sunday, February 12, from 2:30PM to 4:00PM.  There will be lots of fun, games, and activities for you to enjoy, plus light refreshments.  This will also be when those who had a Secret Sister for 2016 will bring a gift and reveal yourself to your secret sister.  If you cannot attend, please place your secret sister gift in the kitchen in we will be sure she gets it.  If you would like to have a new secret sister or if you are a first time participant in the program, you will have an opportunity to draw a name for this year.  The cookie recipe books, created by Becky Boyer, using the recipes from the cookie swap held in December, will be available as well.  Please plan now to attend and share in the fun of our VALENTINE FANTASY.


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.

Recently we received a $193.60 check for our involvement in the ongoing Community Aid project, collecting gently used clothing for re-sale in the local shop, to benefit those less fortunate in our area. lease consider participating in this worthwhile effort.



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, job loss, fire, or other difficult situations.



Randall S. Stonesifer




We would like to thank everyone for their donations placed on the Grace Church Mitten Tree.  We had a total of 148 items this year ranging from baby hats and mittens to gloves for men and women and a few pairs of socks.  We had scarves for all ages as well.  The items were divided and delivered to Hanover Area Council of Churches, New Hope Ministries, and Hoffman Home for the children.  We fell a little short of our goal, but there will always be next year to collect more.

Items were delivered by Donna and Barry Bankert.







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.


February Needs


Salad Dressing, Coffee Mate, Hot Chocolate



Toiletries, Men’s Thermal Gloves, Knit Hats



Deodorant (Men’s & Women’s), Men’s Hats/Gloves, Handwarmers



All single serving please!   

Snacks, Entrees, 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


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.






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:  Grant Holub, Ken Wenger


February   5:  Kim Aumen, Frank Wilson,

        Steve Hershey, Terry Wilson,

        Dan Kessler, Maynard Warner

February 12:  Kim Aumen, Frank Wilson,

        Steve Hershey, Terry Wilson,

        Dan Kessler, Maynard Warner

February 19:  Len Bankert, Doug Long, 

        Nancy Bankert, Cathy Reck,

        Fay Emlet, Joann Sites

February 26:  Len Bankert, Doug Long,                

        Nancy Bankert, Cathy Reck,

        Fay Emlet, Joann Sites



February   5:  Women's Sunday

February 12:  Linda Bixler

February 19:  Rick Boyer

February 26:  Faye Myers


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

February   5:  Valerie Utz

February 12:  Cobie Caler

February 19:  Sydney Bankert

February 26:  Vance Hagarman




February   5:  Jedd & Betsy Beall

February 12:  Cathy Reck

February 19:  Leonard and Nancy Bankert

February 26:  Cathy Reck





February   5:  Kim Aumen, Alda Heller, Holly Smith

February 12:  Joyce Wagner, Sue Forester, Jenn Weaver

February 19:  Alecia & David Highlands, Ashley Rummel

February 26:  Teresa McCleary, Troy Bossom, Cindy Garrett


Nursery Help Needed


Our Nursery staff is in search of helpers so that we may be able to continue to provide this service during our Sunday morning Worship Services.  Please contact Nancy Kuhn or the Church Office, to join in on the fun that is our Nursery Ministry!!!





February   5:  Ladies of Grace

February 12:  No Coffee Hour

February 19:  Jedd & Betsy Beall

February 26:  John & Melissa Storm





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.