Days of Grace March 2017



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MARCH 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.


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


Sunday, March 5

Rev. Betsy Bruaw, Penn Central Conference (UCC) Associate Minister for Congregational Discernment will speak  to the congregation on Sunday, March 5th.  She will provide a Powerpoint presentation at 9:45 AM in Fellowship Hall, giving an overview of the Conference’s and our “connection” with an emphasis on the discernment process to bring clarity to the type of pastoral leadership needed for our congregation. Rev. Bruaw will, also, preach in the Traditional Service.


Grace UCC 2017 Lenten Schedule


March 1:   Ash Wednesday Service with communion   7:00 PM

March 8:   Topic:  Spirituality and Centering Prayer   6:30 PM

March 15:  Short movie followed by discussion on anxiety and

                    depression   7:00PM

March 22:  Topic:  Lectio Divina – Prayer   

                   Using the Bible   6:30 PM

March 29:  Topic:  Guided Meditation   

                    6:30 PM

April 5:      Topic:  Prayer Using Stations of the Cross   6:30 PM

April 13:    Maundy Thursday Service with communion   7:00 PM


Sunday, March 26

meeting for final approval of carpeting following both services.

(See more information on page 5 of newsletter.)

A Word From Pastor Robin Keating…


As we prepare to enter into the Lenten Season, I wish to take this opportunity to appraise you as to the current work of the Transition Team and the upcoming Lenten programs. After an Advent and Christmas hiatus the Transition Team resumed meeting in mid-January. Everyone felt very positive with regards to your (the congregation’s) involvement in the “Heritage/History” Segment, which the Team presented throughout October and early November. Please recall the timeline in the Sanctuary and our Saturday gathering in Fellowship Hall as we re-visited the past and did a brief reflection on where Grace UCC could be headed in the near future. In depth discussion centered on Rev. David Miron’s and Rev. Sherrill Hostetter’s (from Samaritan Counseling) presentation of the survey results to the Consistory and Transition Team in November. We began preparing ourselves for their presentation to you at the end of January and the forthcoming Conflict Resolution Workshop, which is nearly upon us at this writing.

The second segment the Transition Team worked on was the “Connections” Grace UCC has with the Hanover community (secular and sacred), our denomination (the Gettysburg Association, the Penn Central Conference, the UCC National Offices and Synod), and the greater church (Samaritan Counseling and Church World Service). Our presentations to you have been and continue to be a bit more subtle than our first focus of “Heritage/History”. The Boy Scouts of America were present on Boy Scout Sunday, coinciding with “Souper Bowl” Sunday. While we do not sponsor a troop, a couple of our youth are members and were present in the Modern Worship Service. At that worship they collected funds to go to the PAL Luncheon Program at the Hanover Area Council of Churches. A couple of our other youths collected funds for the same program in the later worship.

On Feb. 4th Grace UCC organized and hosted “Hanover Has Talent”, which aided the Changing Lives Homeless Shelter (HACC ministry). And the director of HACC, Carol Hinkle, attended the traditional worship on Feb. 12th to receive a check for $6990 towards the Medical Ministry at HACC. These dollars were made available by Grace UCC through our “Sharing God’s Grace” contributions.

Later in March (on Girl Scout Sunday – March 12) the Girl Scouts of America troop, who we sponsor, will be present in the Modern Worship Service, as well. These “Connections” are only a few that we have to local civic and ministry organizations.

            The above mentioned involvement with Samaritan Counseling, while not a Transition Team planned activity, still fit quite nicely in Grace’s “connection” to the greater  church. Also, the Transition Team thought it quite appropriate to invite the Rev. Betsy Bruaw, Penn Central Conference (UCC) Associate Minister for Congregational Discernment to speak to you the congregation on March 5th. She will provide a Powerpoint presentation between worship services in Fellowship Hall, giving an overview of the Conference’s and our “connection” with an emphasis on the discernment process to bring clarity to the type of pastoral leadership needed for our congregation. Rev. Bruaw will, also, preach in the Traditional Service. This further emphasizes for us the “connection” we have with our UCC denomination.

Now a shift in gears:

 Christian spirituality can lead to a wonderful relationship between God’s people and the Divine, enlivened by the Holy Spirit. Christian Spiritual Practices specifically aid us in our search for a full and fulfilled relationship with the Holy. And I wonder how many of us practice spirituality without even giving it a thought? When we attend and participate in a worship service we are practicing Christian Spirituality. When we participate in God’s grace and love through the making of bed pads, serving at the PAL lunch program, donating food items and dollars to New Hope Ministries, volunteering at Church World Service in Maryland, contributing financially to Our Churches Wider Mission as well as all the other benefits we are practicing our spirituality. Of course when we read our Bibles and pray we are practicing our spirituality. When we minister to others, listening to their pain and aiding in their healing, we are practicing our spirituality. Even though these practices may be at times a solitary activity, they belong to the community of faith because every activity must first be taught. It brings to mind the Jesus’ words, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:20)

In the coming Lenten Wednesday evenings (March 8 through April 5) from 6:30 to 7:30pm* I offer you and our greater community opportunities to explore the Spiritual Practices that have come down to us through the Church Fathers of the Early Christian Church. There are old ways to encounter Scripture that for many have fallen out of practice, when resurrected in our lives will add depth and meaning to our lives and our search for God. There are many ways to come before God in prayer that do not include the  usual laundry list of pleas and petitions – ways which are meant to assist the people of God in discerning God’s purposes for them.

Dorothy Bass writes in her introduction to the book Practicing Our Faith – A Way of Life for a Searching People:

We yearn for a richer and deeper understanding of what it means to live as Christians in a time when basic patterns of human relationship are changing all around us. We want to know what Christian faith has to do with our work, with friendship and marriage, with the way we raise our children, with public and political life, with how we spend our money….Most of us continue to look for greater insight into how our faith can help us discern what we might do and who we might become.

And Brian McLaren writes in Finding Our Way – The Return of the Ancient Practices:

Spiritual practices are about training ourselves to become the kinds of people who have eyes and actually see, and who have ears and actually hear, and so experience – with increasing consistency and resiliency….not just survival but Life….They’re about staying alert so our eyes see the glory of the coming of the Lord, and our ears hear the Word, and our skin feels the warm touch and the gentle pressure of the Presence.

We will explore briefly the history and theology of each practice, but more importantly focus on how the particular practice is done. Actually doing the practice in the allotted time with the ultimate hope that your spiritual life will be enhanced and you will find a new practice to incorporate into your daily life. A practice which you will be able to do by yourself and with a group, allowing the experiences to be shared and discussed when needed. And, yes, even asking the question “Have I told you today that I love you?” is a Spiritual Practice.

*The exception to this schedule will occur on March 15th, where a short movie followed by discussion on anxiety and depression will occur from 7:00 to 8:00pm. (Please note the time change as well.)


February 2017 Consistory Digest


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

Treasurer’s Report:

December 2016

General pledge for December 2016:  $16,450.00     (4 Sundays)

General pledge for December 2015:  $15,962.63     (4 Sundays)

    YTD 2016 income:  $247,846.77

    YTD 2016 expenses:  $294,104.87

    YTD shortage:  $46,258.10

Checking account balances

        Deacon:  $22,057.90

        Education:  $11,568.65

        Memorial:   $11,202.19

        Resource:    $  2,795.43

        Operating:   $11,127.90

January 2017

General pledge for January 2017:  $13,667.01         (5 Sundays)

General pledge for January 2016:  $15,693.68         (5 Sundays)

    YTD 2017 income:     $18,555.39

    YTD 2017 expenses:  $20,609.43

    YTD shortage:            $  2,054.04

Checking account balances

        Deacon:       $21,645.49

        Education:  $11,892.48

        Memorial:   $11,302.60

        Resource:    $14,462.20

        Operating:   $  4,959.70


Work is continuing by the Fund Raising Committee.  A fundraiser request form and a request for reimbursement form have been developed.  These forms will be used for the Youth Souper Bowl Sale and spaghetti dinner to see how the process works.


The Hanover area World Day of Prayer Service will be held March 3, 2017, at 7:00 PM at St. Vincent de Paul.  Pastor Robin will be a scripture reader at the service.


The trustees received new quotes for carpet replacement in the sanctuary.  The first is for carpeting throughout at a cost of $11,615.  The second is for carpeting on only the center portion of the altar, with other areas to be sanded and finished and the organ to be moved and replaced after the work.  This is for $18,055.  The second option is over the previous $12,345 approved by the congregation at the October 9, 2016 congregational meeting.  After discussion, the Consistory as a group opposed the $18,055 quote, but felt the additional expenditure should be left for the congregation to decide at another congregational meeting.


Modern Service planners: Kathy Trimmer, Deb Rickrode, and Amy Fawks have joined the Worship and Music Committee. There will be a combined service, April 23, 2017, at 10 AM. The purpose is to help bridge the gap between both services.  Deb Rickrode is going to create welcome bags to offer to any visitors to either service at Grace.


Flat black paint was donated for painting the stage in Fellowship Hall.  Ambient Grace performed two songs at Hanover Has Talent on 2/4/17. This provided some "free" publicity. The performances have been shared via Facebook.  The modern service now has sign in sheets to record attendance each Sunday.


Ladies of Grace held their quarterly meeting Sunday, February 5, 2017, and reported the following donations this past year:  purchased communion cups; purchased pajamas for children at the Changing Lives Shelter; $1000 donated to the Changing Lives Shelter through WHVR fund raiser; $500 given to New Hope Ministries; $200 Christmas gift for Harold Heller, Sara Shank, and Anna Motter; sponsored two weeks altar flowers; sponsored eight weeks Sunday bulletins; $164.00 donated for Advent Festival; purchased paper supplies for kitchen; and helped with Martha Ministry expenses.


The Transition Team discussed preparing people for leadership during the last meeting. A possible retreat for Consistory was suggested for team building and vision.  


Outreach reported:  The 7th Annual Hanover Has Talent was held on Feb 4, 2017. There is a committee being formed to plan the 8th annual event. The committee will meet in early June with an open meeting for the congregation to participate.

Grace will participate again in the Memorial Day Parade. The youth will be creating a float, and a signup sheet for veterans will be posted in March to confirm how many Veterans would like be part of our float.


Pastor Keating reported:  Rev. Betsy Bruaw, PCC Associate Minister for Congregational Discernment, will be at Grace March 5, 2017, for a presentation in Fellowship Hall from 9:45 AM to 10:30 AM.  She will also be preaching at the Traditional Service.


Peragallo was at Grace to tune the organ.  Peragallo suggested an annual maintenance agreement which would cost Grace two $450.00 payments per year.  The organ would be checked in June and December. Pastor Robin Keating made a motion to sign a maintenance agreement with Peragallo, with 2nd by Barry Bankert, M/C.


New Business: Dick Benner sent a letter to Consistory regarding his concern about the number of members carried on Grace’s Membership Roll. Dan Trimmer stated the current roll shows approximately 650.  Pastor Robin suggested the membership roll be reviewed.  Pastor Robin, Dan Trimmer, Carol Spangler-Solomon, and Suzanne Fuhrman volunteered for a committee to determine more accurate membership at Grace.


Prepared by Craig Bixler 2/15/17


2017 Consistory Reorganizational Meeting

February 6, 2017, 7:00 PM Parlor

Rev. Robin Keating in attendance.

Deacons in attendance:  Barry Bankert, Suzanne Fuhrman, Sue Lang, Carroll Miller, Mike Mummert, Joann Sites, Carol Spangler-Solomon, Maynard Warner, Jenn Weaver

Elders in attendance:  Mike Bankert, Jedd Beall, Craig Bixler, Amy Fawks, Dan Trimmer


Officers were elected and assignments were made for teams/committees, the monthly head usher schedule, assisting elder schedule, and ushers for communion services.

2017 Consistory Officers

President:  Dan Trimmer

Vice President:  Jenn Weaver

Treasurer:  Carroll Miller

Assistant Treasurer: Richard Boyer

Secretary:  Craig Bixler

Assistant Secretary:  Amy Fawks


2017 Trustees

Dan Trimmer, Mike Mummert, Maynard Warner

Len Bankert and Doug Long will continue to support the trustees.

Submitted by Craig Bixler


Meeting for final approval

of carpeting is scheduled.


The final proposals for the carpeting of the sanctuary are now in hand.   There are two proposals that will be presented to the congregation for a final decision.


Proposal one is to replace the carpet in the sanctuary and the entire altar area as it presently exists.  The quote to have this done is $11,615.  

Proposal two is to install carpet in the entire sanctuary, but only on the steps and the area directly in front of the altar.  The remainder of the altar area will be sanded and refinished hardwood flooring.  This option is being considered as a way to improve acoustics.  The cost for this option is $18,055.


The consistory is asking for input from the congregation.  There will be a meeting on March 26 directly following each service to hear further explanation, answer questions, and to take a vote on the preference of the congregation.  The ballots will be tallied from the two meetings to determine the course of action.


Regardless of the decision, the new carpet will not be installed until summer.




“God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8)

Did you know One Great Hour of Sharing responds to disasters on average every 2.5 days, while it changes lives 365 days each year? Your gift to One Great Hour of Sharing is hard at work in 138 countries, including the U.S. When you make a gift to this offering you become a partner in the refugee, disaster relief, and community development efforts of the United Church of Christ.


The One Great Hour of Sharing offering will be received during the month of March. Envelopes are available beside the Days of Grace located in the large transept, Fellowship Hall, and the front of the church. Prayerfully consider a gift to One Great Hour of Sharing.




The committee will celebrate Heritage Sunday on April 23.  A Heritage Committee was appointed to plan the event.  The theme will be “I Have Just Seen Jesus.”  PLEASE NOTE:  THE WORSHIP SERVICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT 10:00AM IN THE SANCTUARY AND WILL BE A COMBINED TRADITIONAL AND MODERN WORSHIP SERVICE.  SUNDAY SCHOOL WILL BE HELD FROM 9:00AM  TO 9:45AM.  These time changes are for April 23 only.  

We will return to the regular hours on Sunday, April 30:  Modern Service from 9:00AM to 9:45AM, Sunday School from 9:45AM to 10:30AM, and Traditional Service from 10:45 to 11:45.  Watch for more details.




On Sunday, February 26 an evaluation meeting was held in the Youth Room with parents. The Halloween Party and Advent Festival were evaluated and plans made for Easter activities.  

The next meeting of the Board of Education will be March 12 at 8:00AM in the Parlor.




Here are some projects and finalized dates:

  • 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:

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




Traditional Service Choral Anthems


Each Sunday the Chancel Choir sings a choral offertory for the meaningful enhancement of the Traditional Worship Service.  Occasionally, the Sunday School children also give of their talents to God's Glory with the gift of music.  In the  past, there have been special requests for a particular anthem to be sung.  Should any person or groups of people be interested in sponsoring an offertory anthem, they may do so by contacting the organist, Harold Heller, either before or after a service, or by calling 677-6849.  The request must be completed at least a week prior to the sponsorship.


The music may be sponsored in different ways, such as In Memory of, In Honor of, To the Glory of God by, etc.  Sponsoring choral offertories is a great way to honor those who mean, or have meant a great deal to a person, people, or groups of people, such as family and friends.  The sponsorship also supports the costs of the music program of Grace Church.  The cost for a sponsorship,will be $25.00 per selection.


Messy Church

Friday, March 10 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM

Learn about God through fun, fellowship, and creativity.  Experience a Bible story through storytelling, crafts, and music.  A light meal will be served.


March Friday Night Movie


A movie will be shown in Fellowship Hall March 24 at 6:30 PM.  This is a film about what happens when God intervenes in our lives and asks us to do things we may not be comfortable doing.  It’s the divine comedy that will make you believe.  Popcorn provided.


"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.  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 632-1146 for open dates.





The Youth Group would like to thank all those who supported our Souper Bowl Sunday and Dry Soup Sale, with all proceeds going to the PAL Luncheon program.  Our spaghetti dinner, held Saturday, Feb 11, was a very successful event and we would like to thank all those who came to our dinner.  Thanks to Mike Bankert and Kris Smith, our master chefs, for cooking an excellent meal.  Kitchen helpers were Holly Smith, Tina Hagarman, and Alecia Highlands, keeping the kitchen running smoothly.  On behalf of the youth, Janet Black, and Jenn Weaver, leaders of the Youth Group, we thank you again for your support.


Watch for information forthcoming on our next project, A PEEP SHOW, to be held on Sunday, April 30.  The congregation will have a chance to vote on each showing.


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 – March 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.




Ladies of Grace met on Sunday, Feb 12, for their annual Valentine Party and Secret Sister Gift Exchange.  It was decided to discontinue the Secret Sister Program for this year and re-evaluate in a year to so.  Our peanut brittle sale was a success and we thank all those who supported the sale.  A committee from the Ladies of Grace will host the Fellowship Hour following the worship service on Heritage Sunday, April 23.


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.



Vivian M. Swam




A note of thanks for Days of Grace—I would like to thank everyone for their cards and well wishes that I received for my 100th birthday.  It was appreciated very much.  My church family is just the best.  Come to see me anytime at Hanover Hall, Rm 227.  I like phone calls, also, and you can reach me at 637-2618.

Thanks again for the wonderful celebration.

Ruth Stitt



We would like to Thank our Grace Church Family for all of their support in the passing of Randall S. "Randy" Stonesifer. Your cards and concern, etc., have comforted us.  A special Thank You to Pastor Robin for his calls, visits, prayers, and most wonderful Memorial Service, and to Harold Heller for his playing of all of the beautiful, meaningful songs at the Service.  

God Bless, The Stonesifer Family



Thank you to the pastors and many members of Grace who visited Aunt Ann (Anna Wagner) on N. Franklin St. and at Homewood. She always commented on how much she enjoyed your visits. The support of Pastor Dot during this difficult time and her genuine, heartfelt service was truly a blessing. The wonderful meal provided by Linda Bixler and Martha Ministries following the service was greatly appreciated. I am also grateful to everyone who sent cards and messages of concern after Aunt Ann's passing. Your kindness will always be remembered,

Tina Hagarman and family



Dear Church Friends:

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during the final days and death of our Mother/Grandmother, Vivian Swam.  Thank you also for the many cards.

Special thanks to Pastor Robin for his Memorial Service and to Pastor Dot for her meaningful words about our Mother.

Thank you,The Family




Dear Grace UCC–  I just wanted to send a personal note to thank you both for the generous gift that Grace sent to us recently.  I'm constantly moved and humbled by the support of our churches and I want you to know how much it means to us.

Lots of good, new things are happening at the seminary—it's such a blessing to have hope for the future!  Thanks again for your part in that.


Carrie Call, Lancaster Theological Seminary



The follow local folks were kind and generous enough to support us as program sponsors for our recent Hanover Has Talent event:


Hope ($100.00)

Clair's Family Restaurant

Dutch Country Restaurant

Harold and Delores Hartlaub

Murphy Funeral Home

Starlight Diner

Panebaker Funeral Home & Cremation Care Center, Inc.


Faith ($75.00)

Wetzel Funeral Home and Crematory Inc.

Wishes ($50.00)

Weaver Screen Printing, Inc.

Linda Smith in Memory of her Mom


We are so appreciative of our wonderful community support of this ongoing event that not only promotes local talent, but supports the Hanover Area Council of Churches Changing Lives Shelter. Please consider patronizing these fine businesses.  Many THANKS!


Church Office Hours have changed to:  Monday through Thursday,from 8:00AM until 4:00 PM  If you have a concern, please handle it through the Office Monday through  Thursday, from 8:00AM until 4:00PM.  As always, if there is a concern that can not wait, either Pastor Robin or Pastor Dot can be reached by calling them on their respective cell phones.  Their numbers are listed in the service folder each week and in the monthly newsletter.



*Give up grumbling!

Instead, “In everything give thanks” Constructive criticism is all right, but “moaning, groaning and complaining” are not Christian disciplines.

* Give up ten to fifteen minutes in bed!

Instead, use that time in prayer, Bible study and personal devotion.

*Give up looking at other people’s worst points,

Instead concentrate on their best points.

*Give up speaking unkindly,

Instead, let your speech be generous and understanding

*Give up your worries and anxieties,

Instead, trust God with them. Live today and let God’s grace be sufficient.

*Give up television one evening a week.

Instead, visit some lonely or sick person. Give someone a precious gift – your time!

*Give up judging by appearances and by the standard of the world.

Instead, learn to give up yourself to God.




We're back again for our first meeting of 2017 for Grace Church members and friends who are 55 and older.  Mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 15 and meet us at noon for a meal of fried chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, applesauce, rolls, and dessert.  The cost of the meal is $6.00 and we ask that you use the attached form to let us know you are coming so that we can prepare for the proper number of folks.  We look forward to many folks returning and friends and visitors joining us.  A program will be announced in the near future.



will be there on March 15 to join Grace Seniors in this first meeting of the year.  

There will be 1    2     of us. 

(please circle proper number)

Our payment is included.

Please return to Dona Warner, Glenn Ruhlman, or Pauline Benner by March 12.         









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.


March Needs



Coffee, Sauerkraut, Lima Beans, Tomato Sauce



Sheets (no twin)  



Gallon-Sandwich bags, Lysol Spray (Can) Liquid, Dish Soap



All single serving please!   

Single Serve Vegetables  


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:  Craig Bixler, Maynard Warner

March    5:  Sue Lang, Richard Boyer

            Matt Boyer, Robert Moul

            Becky Boyer, Debbie Wierman

March  12:  Sue Lang, Richard Boyer

            Matt Boyer, Robert Moul

            Becky Boyer, Debbie Wierman

March  19:  Betsy Beall, Tony Heindl

            Jedd Beall, Allison Myers

            Cooper Heindl, David Myers

March  26:  Betsy Beall, Tony Heindl

            Jedd Beall, Allison Myers

            Cooper Heindl, David Myers



March    5:  Jennifer Weaver

March  12:  Levi Highlands, Debbie Weirman

March  19:  Tom Craig

March  26:  Brayden Myers,  Linda Bixler


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

March    5:  Kristina Newman

March  12:  Valerie Utz

March  19:  Cobie Caler

March  26:  Sydney Bankert



March  5:   Jedd & Betsy Beall

March 12:  Corby Myers

March 19:  Betsy Eyler

March 26:  Betsy Eyler




March   5:  Kim Aumen, Jennifer & Brian Baldwin

March 12:  Allison Myers, Michele Rudisill, Paige Harget

March 19:  Faye Myers, Joleen Fennell,  Joann Sites

March 26:  Becky Plunkert, Ashley Rummell, Jenn Weaver


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!!!





March    5:  Linda Sager, Donna Bankert

March  12:  Teresa McCleary, Julie Kress

March  19:  Liz & Jay Hossler

March  26:  Carroll & Patti Miller





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.