Days of Grace October 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 Pastor:  Rev. Melissa A. Eicholtz

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 & Faye Myers


Modern Service 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Church School 9:45 AM – 10:30 AM

Traditional Worship Service 10:45 AM


Rev. Keating’s Cell Phone:  336-250-9554

Rev. Keating’s e-mail address:



Rev. Eicholtz's Cell Phone:  717-739-6126

Rev. Eicholtz's email:          



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…


As I look back at the past 16 months I recall last year’s summer as a time when we were just getting familiar with each other. In many ways it was a quiet period, preparing for the work ahead. September rolled around and we entered into a “higher” gear. And it hasn’t seemed to let up since then. The time is flying by! (It must mean that we’re having fun! )

The Worship and Music Team has planned many meaningful worship services (Modern and Traditional) through to the end of the year:

October 1 – World Communion

October 8 – Harvest Home (please bring non-perishable food items)

October 15 – CROP Walkers recognition

October 29 – Celebrating the 500th year anniversary of the Reformation  (followed by the Halloween Party)

November 5 – All Saints Sunday (honoring those who have passed on over the past year)

November 12 – Veteran’s Sunday (more on that to follow)

November 19 – Thanksgiving Sunday

November 26 – Christ the King Sunday (with a Healing Service included)

December 3 – First Sunday in Advent (with a combined Worship – Modern and Traditional at 10:00am)

December 17 – The Christmas Program and Party (in the evening)

December 24 – Fourth Sunday in Advent (with a combined Worship – Modern and Traditional at 10:00am)

December 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship with Communion at 8:00pm (also combining the Modern and Traditional Worship)

And as we begin thinking about the "Happy Holidays," Grace UCC's WISE Education Series (held the third Wednesday of each month @ 6:30 PM in our Fellowship Hall/100 Fourth Street/Hanover) is hosting Patti Anewalt, speaking on "Holiday Survival Tips" on Wednesday, November 15, @ 6:30 PM.

Patti, PhD, LPC, FT, is Director of the Pathways Center for Grief & Loss.  Her clinical practice, writing, and teaching on issues related to end of life, grief, compassion, fatigue and crisis response, presenting at the international as well as the local level.

The presentation (lasting approximately 45 minutes, followed by a question/answer session) will conclude with light refreshments.  All are welcome.  For more info, please call the Church Office 717-632-1146.

To celebrate and honor our Veterans on November 12 you are invited to bring and display memorabilia from past armed conflicts throughout our history (Revolutionary War through the present). We will have a special visitors with us in worship and a brief presentation during Coffee Hour.

Come and celebrate the Fall Season and our Holidays with us. Just another way of asking, “Have I told you today that I love you?”


UCC Websites

The Gettysburg Association now has a website: .

Other websites you may find of interest are; 


Penn Central Conference:     and


National United Church of Christ:


If you want to know what is happening in the UCC, these three sites can be checked for local and national events and activities.

Craig & Linda Bixler Conference Delegates


September 2017 Consistory Digest


There were 14 members present including Pastor Keating and Pastor Eicholtz.

Treasurer’s Report:

General pledge for August 2017:  $10,617.60

(4 Sundays)

General pledge for August 2016:  $15,303.22

(4 Sundays)

    YTD 2017 income:     $141,404.59

    YTD 2017 expenses:  $164,841.36

    YTD shortage:              $23,436.77

Checking account balances

        Deacon:       $20,576.53

        Education:  $11,920.60

        Memorial:   $18,752.27

        Resource:    $10,117.54

        Operating:   $71,492.92


Carroll Miller reported several fundraising projects have been completed with a profit of $4800. This profit was transferred to the Operating Account during August.  The pie-baking project was held during August with a profit of $221.07.  The church has undertaken a project to raise money and needed supplies for the Texas hurricane victims.  The Memorial Bank Account now has the $18,700 from the Vivian Swam Estate, so everything in the Memorial Account is memorial money.


The Trustees reported two estimates were received to repair the 14 double and 2 single exterior sanctuary windows:  Shepherd Aluminum $2561.00 and Robert G. Miller $2300.00.  These prices included replacing one rotted window sill and covering all sills with white aluminum.  The trustees recommended the quote from R. G. Miller.  Any additional window sill replacement will be done by Miller at $65.00 per hour per man.  The curved arches on the windows cannot be covered with aluminum.  They will have to be painted.  R. H. Mummert quoted $2245.00 to prep, spot prime, and apply one coat finish of Sherwin Williams Duration to the window frames on North Franklin and Fourth Streets.  An additional $540.00 will be needed to re-caulk where there is currently silicone caulk, for a total of $2785.00.  After some discussion, the Consistory approved the R. G. Miller estimate and the R. H. Mummert estimate for $2785.00.  It was decided to advertise Sunday, October 1, 2017, as the date to present the window repair proposals to the congregation for vote.


Ambient Grace is considering doing a concert showcasing the songs sung during worship on a Saturday night, open to the public.  More people are being trained on the lighting and sound aspect of the worship service to minimize the commitment time for those involved. 


September 10 will mark the first Sunday of a new format for the youth. There will be business and scripture reviews in the youth room followed by a  Kahootz lesson in Fellowship Hall. Skype will be available for any youth wishing to participate, but physically unable. 


Hanover Has Talent will be held February 3, 2018.  A planning committee has been created.  Pastor Melissa and Amy Fawks have agreed to emcee the event.


Ken Wenger reported August results for Sharing God’s Grace:

August 2017 donations:  $746.00   

Total YTD donations:   $2765.83

Volunteer hours:                  

         August 2017         Total YTD

Church           123            324.5

Community    127            345


Pastor Keating reported the CROP Walk will held in Hanover on October 15, 2017.  Jim and Leone Musselman will be the CROP Walk coordinators this year. The family of Vivian Swam has asked that half of the funds received from her estate go to the Modern Service.  The other half of the funds should be directed to the general fund with money used to purchase new computers for the church office and pastor’s office. The confirmation class currently has six young people.  There are five adults attending the Thursday morning class.


Amy Fawks reported the Search Committee submitted Grace’s Profile to the Penn Central Conference.  Grace’s Profile has been approved by the Conference.  The Conference has sent five pastoral profiles to Grace for consideration.


1st Choice Computers, Littlestown, PA, has submitted an estimate of $3994.92 for a new computer system at Grace.  Included in the estimate is an HP ProDesk – Intel Quad-Core i5-6500 for the secretary/bookkeeper, and two HP ProDesk Workstation Computers, one for the pastor’s office and another one in the church office.  Two monitors and an HP Laser Jet Pro printer are also included. During Consistory discussion it was suggested to replace the two HP ProDesk Workstation Computers with two laptop computers.  Consistory approved the purchase.

Funding for the new computer system will come from the Vivian Swam Estate.

Prepared by Craig Bixler 9/14/15


Search Committee Update


The search committee, consisting of Amy Fawks, Patti Miller, Donna Bankert, Ken Wenger, Matt Boyer, Merle Whisler, Gary Rickrode, Beverly Speight-Mohamed, Linda Bixler, Liz Hossler, and Dan Trimmer have met and reviewed the first round of five pastoral candidate profiles.  At this time, after prayerfully considering the candidates, we feel that we have not found a candidate who is a "match" for Grace.  We are still awaiting more candidate profiles from Penn Central Conference and will update you as we continue our search.   


Church Policy Updates


The consistory is in the process of developing policies to cover a number of different areas in the church.  Not everyone will agree with every sentence of every policy presented, and the process will take time and effort.  However, it is an important step in our transition to a new minister.   These policies will give our new minister clear direction in making future decisions that reflect our congregation.


Grace Membership Policy and Funeral Policy


The Consistory recently approved the Grace Membership Policy and Funeral Policy to be sent to the congregation for comments and votes.  There will be time for questions and comments about the policies after both worship services Sunday, September 24, 2017.  The congregation will have the opportunity to vote on the policies Sunday October 1, 2017, after both worship services.

Paper copies of the policies can be found in the manila policy folders located on the large table at the rear of Fellowship Hall, on the pew in the large transept, and on the small table at the front entrance narthex.  

The policies can also be found on the Grace Website,, under Contact Us.  Contact Craig Bixler for more information.


Congregation Meeting to Approve Expenses for Repairing the Sanctuary Windows


The exterior sanctuary windows are badly deteriorated.  Estimates for the work to be done on 14 double and 2 single windows, including replacing any rotted wood sills, covering the sills with white aluminum, touching up and completely painting and caulking the rest of the wood windows, are below:

Robert G. Miller:  Replace one rotted window sill and cover all sills with white aluminum at a cost of $2300.00.  Any additional rotted sills will be replaced at $65.00 per hour per man.

R. H. Mummert:  Prep, spot prime, apply finish coat to window frames at a cost of $2245.  An additional cost of $540.00 to re-caulk around glass where silicone caulk is located and paint.  R. H. Mummert total, $2785.00

There will be congregational meetings Sunday, October 1, 2017, after both worship services for questions, comments, and vote.


Martha's Ministries Needs Help


Martha's Ministry is in need of additional volunteers to provide cakes for funeral luncheons.  Cakes may be home-baked or purchased at a store.  We call volunteers to provide cakes on a rotating basis.  Please call the church office (632-1146) to add your name to this valuable service.  




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


Neighbors In Need


The Neighbors In Need special offering will be received during the month of October. Collection information and envelopes are located throughout the church, near our monthly newsletter distribution areas or by contacting the church office.

The Neighbors In Need offering supports the UCC’s ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States.  Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Ministries to fund a wide array of local and national justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects.  Justice and Witness continues its strong policy advocacy work on issues such as the federal budget, voting rights, immigration, health care, hate crimes, civil liberties, and environmental justice.

Neighbors In Need also supports our American Indian neighbors in the UCC.

One-third of the offering supports the UCC’s Council for American Indian Ministries. Neighbors In Need needs your support. Prayerfully consider a contribution to this special offering.




Profits on the Peach Pie Sale were $527.73  Thanks to all who ordered!


It's time to start thinking Christmas Candy!  The following is a list of dates we will be working on candy.  Please choose what works for you and call in—we need you!


September 19, 22, 27, 29

October 4, 6, 24, 25

November  7, 10, 15, 17, 21, 24, 29

December 5, 8

We may not need all of the dates, depending on how the work proceeds.

Our Dessert and Tea will be held on October 11.  Set up will be on October 10, after the sewing group.

We are sponsoring a great day trip to Philadelphia, kind of an early Christmas treat, on November 30.  


“Knowledge First, Then Fun”–

First, we'll begin in Philadelphia for a tour of the brand new American Revolution History Museum.  Our second stop will be in Chalfonte, PA, in Burks County, where we will visit and tour the amazing business called Byers Choice, Ltd.  We will enter a replica of a life-sized London street scene.  In the theatre, a brief video will present the history of Byers Choice.  Then we'll see a wonderful wonderland where scores of carolers enjoy the season and kindles help Santa prepare for the big night.


Also at Byers Choice, we will take in a collection of Nativities from around the world.  And we'll watch as  artisans handcraft their favorite figurines.  Imagine—this all began in the late 1960s when Joyce Byers, an amateur artist, hated to see all of the tinsel aluminum decorations with blue lights and she began creating.  There are now 80 artists in Pennsylvania who are handcrafting these treasures.


Our third stop will be on Malvern, PA, for dinner in an amazing inn and bed and breakfast.  Built in 1745, the General Warren Inne was  formerly the Admiral Vernon Inne (a Naval commander) and also the John Penn (the grandson of William Penn.)  


This will prove to be a memorable day.  The price is $143, all inclusive.  Let me know early, before newspaper ads go out, if you are interested.  Join us for a little history, a little Christmas, and a terrific dinner.

Call Mary Jane (717-637-1513)



"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.


Prayer Line and Bible Study


A few changes have come to our Prayer/Bible Study Line. Patti Miller will be recording the message on Tuesdays and Fridays. She will, of course, update any changes to the prayer requests both days, and then on Tuesdays, she will present a short Bible Study and prayer. On Fridays, she will briefly introduce Pastor’s Keating’s focus for the following Sunday and then read the poem for that Sunday. We hope that you find these messages uplifting and valuable.

To access the message, dial 1-717-632-1819 and then enter the assess code: 86212. If you have any questions or concerns, please give Patti a call at 1-717-451-1913


Sewing Group – 10 October

The Sewing Group will once again be meeting in the second Tuesday of each month, September through June to assemble bed pads.  More hands are always welcome.  


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.


In Memory

Mary Bolin

Joann L. Hockensmith

Frederick E. Rummel

Jean Smith


Thank You


Dear Church Family:  Thanks for cards, calls, and all well wishes during my recent injury and healing.  Thanks too for the support of Just Spiritual Bible Group.  I so appreciate each one of you and your kindness.  Thanks to Sonja and Carol for transportation.

Sincerely, Martha Channell





The Youth Group meets on Sunday mornings from 9:45AM to 10:30AM.  All youth, 5th grade and older are invited to join us.  Leaders are Janet Black, Jenn Weaver, and Amy Fawks (will lead the Kahootz).


The Youth Group began their new year on September 10.  We will be planning games and activities for the Halloween Party on October 29.  We will have this planning time from 9:45AM to 10:15AM when we will go to Fellowship Hall to play Kahootz.  All youth should come prepared with a cell phone, a tablet, or a Kindle.  If you do not have an electronic device, one will be provided for you.  Parents are welcome to come and join in on the Bible-based fun activity.  Each youth will receive a list of Bible verses to be read throughout the week to prepare for the game.  We played this several times this past year and the youth really enjoyed it.  We will also be planning other youth activities during the year.


October 8 –  HARVEST HOME



Will be observed during the Modern and Traditional Services.  Donations of non-perishable food items are needed and may be brought to the church prior to October 8 or placed at the display on the altar on October 8.  All food donations will be taken to Hanover Area Council of Churches.  Thank you.


October 29 – The Annual Halloween Party


Will be held following the Traditional Service on October 29.  We will begin with a luncheon followed by the judging of the costumes.  Children, as well as adults, are invited to dress in their favorite costumes.  Costumes should be people friendly.  (No witches, monsters, or other scary costumes, please.)  Costumes may be worn to Sunday School and church , if desired.  The audience will do the judging of the costumes.  The Youth Group will be responsible for the decorations and for planning the games.  The Board of Education will provide the lunch.



This is a church activity and all are welcome to attend.




The Ladies of Grace will be making Peanut Brittle on November 30, December 1, and December 2.  The cost will be $7.50 per pound.

 Deadline for orders will be November 19.  Orders may be placed with Janet Black at 717-637-1768 or with the Church Office at 717-632-1146.  Orders may be picked up

beginning Friday, December 2, from 1:00 PM until 7:00 PM. And on Saturday, December 4, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  We will limit the sales to 900 pounds.  We need lots of help to cook, crack, weigh and pack the Peanut Brittle Orders.  

This may very well be our last time we make the brittle if we do not get more help.  The Peanut Brittle Crew is getting up in years and we need some younger people who are interested in continuing this project.  Please call Janet Black or the Church Office if you need more information and would like to become part of the Peanut Brittle Crew.  We have a lot of fun and it is a great way to get to know your fellow Church members and friends.






Name ________________________________


Phone ________________________________


____________ pounds @ $7.50 per pound


Total  $ ________________________


Grace WISE Mental Health Awareness


The Grace WISE Mental Health Awareness group announces their meeting schedule for the rest of the calendar year.

We will be meeting in Fellowship Hall at 7:00 PM the third Wednesday of each month: October 18, November 15, and December 20.

Program for each meeting will be announced when information is available.   All are welcome to join this supportive group in an effort to promote awareness and foster understanding of mental health issues that affect so many folks today.  We are a nonjudgmental, loving group who care.  Light refreshments will be served. For more information please contact the Church Office at 717-632-1146.  Stop in and see what we are all about.  Bring a friend!

As we  gear up for those "Happy Holidays," Grace UCC's WISE Education Series (held the third Wednesday of each month @ 6:30 p.m. in our Fellowship Hall/100 Fourth Street/Hanover) is hosting Patti Anewalt, speaking on "Holiday Survival Tips" on Wednesday, November 15, @ 6:30 p.m.


Patti, PhD, LPC, FT, is Director of of the Pathways Center for Grief & Loss.  Her clinical practice, writing, and teaching on issues related to end of life, grief, compassion, fatigue and crisis response, presenting at the international as well as the local level.


The presentation (lasting approximately 45 minutes, followed by a question/answer session) will conclude with light refreshments.  All are welcome.  For more info, please call the Church Office 717-632-1146.


Sharing God's Grace


Sharing God's Grace has set a goal of $5,000 to be our project this year, as well as a new goal of 750 volunteer hours donated by our congregation.  Volunteer hours can be counted from any community (outside of church) outreach activity.  

Collections for the project are on the last Sunday of the month until the end of December.  Envelopes will be in the pews for your use anytime and the last Sunday of the month an opportunity will be given to bring your financial or volunteer hours to the front at the beginning of the last hymn. Checks should be made to Grace UCC with PAL in the memo line.




Sunday, October 15, 2017

at South Western High School

Registration begins at 12:30 PM

Walk begins at 1:00 PM


For more information, please contact

Jim & Leone Musselman


Grace UCC Crop Walk Recruiters


Walkers and donations are needed.





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.

October Weekly Prayer Requests

Week of October   1 — Hispanic American Center

Week of October   8 — HACC Ministerium

Week of October 15 — Membership Committee

Week of October 22 — Ministries Board

Week of October 29—Natural Disaster Victims


October Needs



Ketchup, gravy-turkey/chicken/beef, dish detergent


Men’s Socks, ADULT Warm Gloves,

CHILD Pull-Ups (4/5)


Sandwich bags, men/women deodorant, shaving cream,shampoo (full size), razors-disposable


All single serving please!   

Teddy grahams, goldfish, animal crackers, fruit cups/canned fruit, fruit roll-ups, ravioli, non-refrigerated Milk


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.


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: Sue Lang, Jenn Weaver  


October   1: Consistory


October   8: Stephanie McIlwee, Robert Moul,  Leslie Grote,

                    Allison Myers, Paul Grote, David Myers


October 15:  Stephanie McIlwee, Robert Moul, Leslie Grote,

                     Allison Myers, Paul Grote, David Myers


October 22:  Dan Trimmer, Stephanie Stonesifer, Greg Sindlinger,

                     John Storm, Mike Stonesifer, Melissa Storm


October 29:  Dan Trimmer, Stephanie Stonesifer, Greg Sindlinger,           

                     John Storm, Mike Stonesifer, Melissa Storm




October   1:  Assisting Elder Stephanie McIlwee

October   8:  Len Bankert

October 15:  Mike Bankert

October 22:  Craig Bixler

October 29:  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)




October   1:  Consistory

October   8:  Joyce Wagner

October 15:  Mike Mummert

October 22:  Gary Rickrode

October 29:  Deb Wierman




        Acolyte & Reader

October   1:  Colby Bealing

October   8:  Alexis Fawks

October 15:  Levi Highlands

October 22:  Luke Highlands

October 29:  Briahna Rorrer




Please consider helping with this Ministry that cares for our young ones during Worship Service.  


October   1:  Betsy Eyler, Holly Smith, Allison Myers

October   8:  Alecia & David Highlands, Ashley Rummel

October 15:  Sue Foerster, Joyce Wagner, Nancy Bankert

October 22:  Joleen Fennell, Faye Myers, Sherry Lawrence

October 29:  Donna Bankert,  Linda Sager, Teresa McCleary


Contact Nancy Kuhn 637-2713 for more information and to sign up for an assignment date.  





October   1:  Sallie & Kerry Durika

October   8:  The Hagarman Family

October 15:  Linda & Craig Bixler

October 22:  Nancy & Len Bankert

October 29:  Halloween luncheon and party


We are grateful to Janet Black for coordinating the Coffee Hour effort and the good folks who take their weekly turn. 





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.