Days of Grace November 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…


This month I share with you a revised “10 Commandments” sent to me from one of my colleagues. Bear in mind that the original 10 Commandments, which Moses brought down from Mt. Sinai after meeting with God, were only a small part of the total 613 commandments found in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy (known in their entirety as “the Law of Moses”). These commandments specifically ordered life for the many freed slaves from Egypt. Slaves never had to consider what to do or not do until they freed. As slaves, the Hebrew people received their orders from others. The need for an organized, ethical and moral civilization became a priority for these peoples as they wandered through the desert until eventually settling in Canaan.

Jesus was very much aware of the rules by which to live. And when asked by the lawyer which of the commandments was the greatest, Jesus without hesitation responded, “Love God and love neighbor and that fulfills all the commandments.”

We, also, know the rules by which to live. Whether we try to follow the “10 Commandments” or simply Jesus’ revision of loving God and neighbor, we know the difference between right and wrong. But in the 21st Century many understandings have changed as we react to the world around us. Hence, the thought for a revised way of living in relationship with God, humankind and creation is offered. (Of course, if we define “neighbor” as “all of creation”, then no revision is necessary.) At the very least this is food for thought.

The 10 Commandments for the 21st Century

     1. You shall live in awe and humility before the Holy.

    2. You shall risk trusting that unconditional compassion is the most powerful force in the universe.

    3. You shall cherish each human being regardless of class, nationality, gender, religion, or ideology.

    4. You shall realize through your actions that there is only one fundamental human group, the human family.

    5. You shall never treat personal or group security as the defining, controlling value of your life.

    6. You shall not enslave or commit injustice against any person or group.

    7. You shall distribute the basic resources of life evenly among all persons and peoples.

    8. You shall not impose economic, military, or cultural domination upon the people of another culture.

    9. You shall not abuse any person, including your spouse, your child, the poor, the elderly, and the marginalized.

    10. You shall not destroy the planet, its species, or its environmental systems.        

    (The Reverend Bill LeMosy)

This is just another way of saying, “Have I told you today that I love you?”


P.S. Thank you very much for the gift given to me from the Consistory on behalf of you, Grace UCC’s congregation. And a thank you to Linda D. for keeping track of the date for celebrating “Pastor Appreciation Sunday.” I am sure your gift will add to my reading collection. Thank you again!


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


October 2017 Consistory Digest


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

Treasurer’s Report:

General pledge for September 2017:  $12,094.00  (4 Sundays)

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

    YTD 2017 income:  $157,246.97

    YTD 2017 expenses:  $194,428.50

    YTD shortage:  $37,181.53

    Checking account balances

        Deacon:  $20,578.05

        Education:  $11,921.48

        Memorial:  $16,413.66

        Resource:  $1,759.64

        Operating:  $32,349.96


Carroll Miller reported Grace had some large expenditures during September.   We paid for the new roof ($27,900) and made a down payment on the new computers ($2,317.40). The new roof money came from designated funds and the computer down payment came from the Swam Estate. We did pay several items from operating funds, the parsonage property tax of $3,614.18 and the quarterly Pastor’s health insurance and pension of $5,148.08 for a total operating deficit for September of $13,744.56.


Carol Spangler-Solomon reported the Memorial Fund Committee will be sending a letter to the congregation.


The Trustees reported the floors in the lower level and church office will be waxed on October 17th.  We will need help moving furniture on the 17th beginning at 6:30 P.M.  We will also need help on the morning of the18th at 7:00 A.M. to put everything back. 


Amy Fawks reported live streaming viewers of the Modern Service have increased from 16 to approximately 40 in one month.  Many viewers are not Grace members.


Ken Wenger reported the following from the Steward’s Team:

  • September 2017 donations: $385.68    Total YTD donations: $3,151.51

  • Volunteer hours: September 2017     Total YTD:    Church  0        324.5      

                      Community  41      386           

Our 2017 goal is $5,000.  As of September 30 we have given $3,151.51.  We have been given a challenge by our angel for November and December.  Each dollar given in offering for the project will be matched dollar for dollar up to the $5,000 goal.


Dan Trimmer reported the search committee continues to work.  The first batch of minister applications did not yield any particularly strong candidates and the committee is waiting to see more.   One additional application has come in and more are expected. 


The Membership Committee can now be formed since the Membership Policy was passed by the congregation.  Pastor Robin, Dan Trimmer, and Carol Spangler-Solomon will serve on the Committee.  Other Grace members will be asked to serve on the Committee.


Prepared by Craig Bixler 10-12-14


Friends of Penn Central Conference

The Penn Central Conference currently has a Friends of Penn Central Conference Campaign.  This campaign has two goals:  raise $10,000 in donations for Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM) and encourage people to volunteer their time serving in Association/Conference Ministries.

Monetary donations can be sent to the Conference Office:  Penn Central Conference, 900 South Arlington Ave., Room 227A, Harrisburg, PA  17109  (717-652-1560,   Please make checks payable to Penn Central Conference, noted as OCWM/Friends of Penn Central Conference in the memo line.  Donations should be in by November 28.

Please contact Stephanie Rader-Titzel to inquire about volunteering,

For more information, please see Craig Bixler.


Grace Congregation Meetings to Approve Expenses for Repairs and Painting the Exterior Sanctuary Windows and Approve the Grace Membership and Funeral Policies – October 1, 2017

Congregation meetings were held after the Modern Service and after the Traditional Service to vote on expenditures to repair the exterior sanctuary windows, and to vote on the Grace Membership and Funeral policies.  There were 45 in attendance for the first meeting and 56 in attendance for the second meeting.


A proposal from Robert G. Miller to replace one rotted exterior window sill and cover the remaining sills with white aluminum at a cost of $2300.00 was presented.  Miller also quoted, any more rotten wood encountered will be replaced at $65.00 per hour per man extra.


The upper part of the exterior windows cannot be covered with aluminum.  A proposal from R.H. Mummert to prep, spot-prime and apply one coat of Sherwin Williams Duration was presented at a cost of $2245.00.  Mummert also quoted to recaulk around the glass where silicone caulk was used will be $540.00 additional for a total cost of $2785.00.


Paper ballots were distributed for voting on Grace Membership and Funeral Policies.


Motions, with 2nds, were made at each meeting to approve the expenses for the window repairs.  The motions passed at both meetings.


Prepared by Craig Bixler 10/3/17


Membership and Funeral Policy Vote Results

 Membership Policy     55 Yes     28 No 

Funeral Policy             56 Yes      27 No


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.


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 at 632-1146 for open dates.


PAL Assistant Coordinator Needed


Grace needs an assistant PAL coordinator in the event Craig Bixler would not be available on our designated PAL service day due to illness or emergency.  PAL meals are prepared by Grace every third Saturday of each month.


"This Week at Grace"


Corby Myers updates the “This Week at Grace” email and the church website.  If you would like publicity on the “This Week 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 “This Week 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.


Sewing Group – 14 November

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.





It's Christmas Candy time!  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!  


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.


Candy order forms are printed and a final date for orders is November 26.  The forms will be in the bulletins soon.


We have just finished entertaining 72 women at out Dessert-Tea-Card Party.  We received a lot of compliments and made $830.83.  Please, please, all who worked in any way—baking, setting-up, serving, collecting gift cards, etc.–be proud of a job well done.  You are all appreciated so much.  Thanks much.


Coming up in November:  Chicken soup and pumpkin pies.  Stay tuned for details.


Our next project is the November 30 one-day bus trip to Philadelphia, kind of an early Christmas treat.  As of this printing we have 24 people signed up.  We need 35 people to secure the bus.  Could you see your way to help make this a success?  I need to have 35 people by October 25.  So, come on!  Call and join us!  If you've gone anywhere with us before,  you know you'll get get a special tour of amazing venues and super meal accommodations.  So, do it for yourself and for our funding.


Tour details:

“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.  Join us for a little history, a little Christmas, and a terrific dinner.

Call Mary Jane (717-637-1513)


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






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).





Fall means it’s time again to enroll in the Homewood Auxiliary.  The funds from this drive, along with the income from the annual summer teas, help to support those in the assisted living and skilled care sections of the facility at Plum Creek.  “Let Your Light Shine” this year with your contribution to this worthy cause of $3.00 for a single person or $5.00 for a couple.  Pauline Benner will be available in the front of the sanctuary following the morning service in October until the first Sunday in November.  You will receive your pocket calendar for 2018 and, during the year, quarterly copies of the Fireside magazine. 


Plum Creek is also looking for folks who sew to make laundry bags (standard size or king size pillowcases can be used) and soakers.  For anyone who is interested, Pauline has the directions for both of these items. 


Community Aid Collections


We recently received a check for $138.00 from Community Aid.  This is our calculated compensation (2nd quarter 2017) for allowing them to have their collection bin here at Grace.


Please remember to donate gently used and in good condition clothing to this great effort.  The bin is located at the end of our parking lot.  For more information, please contact the Church Office.  Thank you!




Give thanks for the arrival of  Aannabelle Kay Tasto on September 13, 2017.  

Proud parents are Mike & Laura Tasto;

Big Brother is Michael Tasto.

Grandparents:Rob & Lisa Greenholt


Thank You


Thanks to everyone for their prayers, flowers, and cards on the passing of Mary Bolin.


Thank you to Pastor Melissa for a heartfelt Memorial Service and to the Ladies of Grace Martha's Ministry for the nice luncheon prepared and served that day.


Butch & Charlotte Bolin.


PS: The orange and blue and white table cloths were such a thoughtful touch! 




Thank you for your prayers and cards during my mother's  illness and passing.  We know she is with Dad and Guy and the Lord in Heaven.  

Love you all!


Sue and Tracy




Ladies of Grace will host a Cookie Swap on Sunday, December 10, from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM.  All of Grace Church is invited to participate.  Just bring three dozen of your favorite cookie and the recipe and be prepared to take up to three dozen cookies back home.


Games and refreshments will round out the afternoon.  We hope to make a cookie cookbook from all of the recipes provided.  Any questions of for more information, please contact Janet Black (717-637-1768).  Happy cookie baking….






Whatever you call it, please contribute to our goal of 500 units(boxes) to fill New Hope's Thanksgiving care packages for families in need!


If you'd like to donate to this effort and would like us to do the shopping,  please submit money to the Church Office.

Donation deadline:  November 7!  THANKS!!!




Time is running out to order your Peanut Brittle.  The deadline is November 19.  Orders may be placed with Janet Black (717-637-1768) or Linda in the church office (717-632-1146).  The cost is $7.50 per pound.  There will be a limit of 900 pounds of brittle this year.  Order pickup may begin 1PM to 7PM on Friday, December 1, and on Saturday, December 2, 10AM to 1PM.


We need lots of help this year with cooking, measuring, scrubbing pots, cracking, weighing, and packing the Peanut Brittle Orders.  It's a busy time, but we have great fun as we get to know each other better and make the candy.  Come and join us.  Lunch is provided on Thursday, November 30, and Friday, December 1, courtesy of the Ladies of Grace.  There are sit down jobs for those who need to sit.  Call Janet Black (717-637-1768) for more information or volunteer to help.  Thank you.





Name ________________________________


Phone ________________________________


____________ pounds @ $7.50 per pound


Total  $ ________________________





Come join us as we prepare our hearts, our church, and our homes for the advent season.


Our celebration at Grace Church begins on Advent Sunday, December 3, at 10:00 AM with a combined worship service featuring the Modern and Traditional services.  

Please note: there will be no Sunday School classes on this day.  The worship service will include the Advent Processional and Holy Communion.


Following the service, a variety of activities will be held throughout the church and in Fellowship Hall.  The children will begin working on their crafts during Children's Church, which will take place in the Youth Room during the worship service.  The youth and adults will have many opportunities to participate, such as hanging wreaths on the doors of the church, making shut-in gifts, addressing cards to the shut-ins, preparing favors for the PAL Luncheon program, making a family craft, and hanging decorations inside the building.


At 12:30 PM a luncheon will be served in Fellowship Hall, courtesy of the Board of Education, followed by a group activity and short closing program.  Everyone should be on their way home by 2:30PM.  We hope you will plan to join us and share in the fun and fellowship.




“The Holy Night of Miracles” is the title of this year's Christmas Program to be held Sunday, December 17 at 7PM in the Sanctuary.  All members of Grace Church , their friends and families are cordially invited to attend.


Adults, youth, and children will be participating.  Several songs from the cantata “Night of Miracles” will be sung during the program as the children act out the story of the Nativity.  As always, there will be angels, shepherds, and stars. We invite all children who would like to be an angel or a shepherd or, for preschool-aged children, stars.  Please call Janet Black (717-637-1768) if you have a child that wants to participate.


Practices for the program will be held in the Sanctuary for an hour on Saturday, December 16, at 1PM and on Sunday morning at 9:30AM.  All members of the cast should plan to be at both rehearsals.  On December 17 all participants will report to the nursery room to be costumed.  All costumes are provided by the church.


Following the program, we will adjourn to Fellowship Hall for refreshments while the children visit with Santa.  Mark your calendars now and plan to attend.  We hope to see you on December 17.


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 6:30 PM the third Wednesday of each month: 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 PM.


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


Our project for this year is the Hanover Council of Churches which provides many (actually 18) necessary services to individuals and families in the greater Hanover area including:

PAL lunch 7 days a week, Year round shelter providing temporary housing and assistance in getting a fresh start, Clothing Bank for those in need.

Our 2017 goal is $5,000. As of September 30 we have given $3,151.51. We have been given a challenge by our angel for November and December. Each dollar given in offering for the project will be matched dollar for dollar up to the $5,000 goal.

Contributions may be made during the final hymn of the last Sunday of the month (Nov. 26, & Dec 24 & 31) in the house at the front of the sanctuary. Of course one may place a contribution in the offering plate (or mail to the church office) any time using the marked envelope in the pew and/or designating Hanover Area Council of Churches or Sharing God’s Grace on your check.

This challenge is for all contributions by individuals. Let’s take this wonderful challenge and do our very best. In this way we can share God’s grace with the less fortunate in our community. 








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 8:30-11:00 AM Monday,Wednesday,and Friday. Cashiers are needed 9:00 AM-12 noon on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and on the first Saturday of the month when the Clothing Bank is open from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon. If you are interested in learning more about this volunteer opportunity please contact the Council office at 717-633-6353.



November 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: Craig Bixler, Maynard Warner


November  5 & 12:   Jedd Beall, Brian Baldwin

                   Eugene Bixler, Linda Bixler

                   Holly Smith, Kris Smith


November 19 & 26:    Mike Bankert, Kelly Bankert

                   Len Bankert, Nancy Bankert

                   Sidney Bankert, Glendon Ruhlman   



November   5:  Confirmand and Jenn Weaver

November 12:  Tom Craig

November 19:  Ethan Shank & Linda Bixler

November 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 (717-632-6361)



November   5:   Deb Wierman

November 12:   Mike Mummert

November 19:   Janette Becker

November 26:   Mike Mummert



        Acolyte & Reader

November   5:  Maxwell Wisensale

November 12:  Colby Bealing

November 19:  Alexis Fawks

November 26:  Sydney Bankert



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


November   5:  Kim Aumen, Joann Sites, Pam Kreitz

November 12:  Jennifer & Brian Baldwin, Becky Plunkert

November 19:  Jenn Weaver, Allison Myers, Ashley Rummel

November 26:  Cindy Garrett, Michele Rudisill, Paige Harget

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





November   5:  Rick & Becky Boyer

November 12:  Michele & Steve Rudisill

November 19:  Judy & Ron Rummel

November 26:  Ray & Janet Black

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.