Days of Grace January 2018

Amazing Grace



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


2018 contribution envelopes

are available in the large transcript.


Annual reports are due no later than Monday,

January 8, 2018.  


Annual Meeting

January 28, 2018


A Word From Pastor Robin Keating…


There was once a man who didn't believe in the incarnation or the

spiritual meaning of Christmas, and was skeptical about God. He

and his family lived in a farm community. His wife was a devout



One snowy Christmas Eve she was taking the kids to the

Christmas Eve service at church. She pleaded with him to come,

but he firmly refused. He ridiculed the idea of the incarnation of

Christ. After they left, the winds grew stronger and the snow

turned into a blizzard. As he looked out the window, all he saw

was a blinding snowstorm. He sat down to relax before the fire

for the evening.

Suddenly he heard the loud honking of a flock of geese. Again,

looking outside, he saw the flock in front of his barn, being

buffeted by the snow and wind. He had compassion for them

and wanted to help them. He thought to himself, "The barn

would be a great place for them to stay! It's warm and safe.

Surely they could spend the night and wait out the storm.”

Putting on his winter apparel, he went outside. He opened

the barn doors and attempted to direct the geese into the barn.

Starting to get frustrated, he went over and tried to shoo them,

running after them, and chasing them toward the barn. They

only got scared and scattered into every direction except

toward the barn.

Feeling totally frustrated, he exclaimed, "Why don't they

follow me! Can't they see this is the only place where they

can survive the storm! How can I possibly get them into the

one place to save them. If only I could become like one of

them — then I could save them.”

He stood silently for a moment as the words that he just said

reverberated back to himself in his mind: "If only I could

become like one of them — then I could save them." He

thought about his own skepticism about God and the

incarnation of Christ. As the winds and blinding snow abated,

his heart became quiet and pondered this thought. He

understood what Christmas was all about. He knew why

Christ had come.

             – Unknown

As our Christmas season continues through to Epiphany

(January 6) may we ponder in our hearts and minds the

true meaning of the coming of Christ as a babe in a manger.  

And how every day he whispers the words “I love you.”

May you and all your loved ones have a blessed Christmas

Season and New Year.








December 2017 Consistory Digest


There were 16 members present including Pastor Keating and

Pastor Eicholtz.

Treasurer’s Report:

General pledge for November 2017:  $14,014.00  (4 Sundays)

General pledge for November 2016:  $10,751.05  (4 Sundays)

            YTD 2017 income:     $189,824.38

            YTD 2017 expenses:  $234,570.97

            YTD shortage:              $44,746.59

Checking account balances

                        Deacon:      $19,635.62

                       Education:  $11,933.30

                        Memorial:  $13,749.90

                        Resource:   $  4,676.00

                        Operating:  $31,359.60

 The Consistory voted to adopt the proposed 2018 Budget.


 Carol Spangler-Solomon reported the Memorial Fund

Committee met on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, and

ordered a beautiful red Memorial Book to be placed on top

of the cabinet in the Narthex.  The Friendship Sunday

School Class donated the Memorial Book in memory of

classmate Frederick Rummel, who passed away August

17, 2017.  A big thank you to the committee members who

did an exceptional, expedient, thorough job – Betsy Eyler,

Rev. Dick Benner, Patti Miller, and Carol Spangler-Solomon,


 The Nominating Committee reported there are still two

openings for the 2018 Consistory.


 The Worship and Music Committee reported plans have been

made for the December 24 combined service at 10:00 AM. 

The next combined service will be February 11 to be held in

Fellowship Hall.


Amy Fawks reported there has been discussion of whether the

Modern Service should also record the number of views the

service gets online. The Modern Service is considering a new

mounted camera and electrical needs for the service.  They are

also considering moving the screen switch to the tech desk,

adding a clip-on wireless microphone for Pastor Robin, and

adding a mounted camera to stream the service with controls in

the tech desk.


Amy Fawks reported the Search Committee has received a lot

of profiles of pastoral candidates who were right out of seminary. 

The Committee has had conversations with two people and is

currently seeing one person.  The Committee will meet again in

a few weeks.


Ken Wenger reported Sharing God’s Grace donations:


November 2017 donations: $370.00

Total YTD donations: $3,805.40

Volunteer hours: November 2017     Total YTD      

Church    61.75         500.25

                          Community   97.5           655.5  


Our 2017 goal is $5,000. As of October 31 we have given

$3,805.40. 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.  For November $370 will be matched.  Up to $1200 will

be matched for December.


Dan Trimmer reported a few padded chairs will be placed in the

sanctuary where the pew on the pulpit side was removed.  This

will permit family members to sit with people who may be in



Prepared by Craig Bixler December 14, 2017





Annual Meeting – 28 January

 The annual meeting will be held on Sunday, January 28,

2018, in the sanctuary immediately following the traditional

service.  Reports will be available from the many groups here at

Grace at the time of the  meeting.

One of the main purposes of the annual meeting is to approve

the budget for next year.  A request from previous meetings was

to have the proposed budget available prior to the meeting. You

will find the proposed 2018 budget in this newsletter.  The

consistory has done the very best to control expenses and the

growth of the budget.  However, nearly 90 percent of the budget

is made up of fixed expenses that cannot be lowered without

making significant changes.  We are blessed in having significant

funds in reserve to meet any budgetary shortfalls and the

consistory has made the decision to fund this budget by using

those reserve funds.  However, that can only be done for a limited

number of years.  It is the hope of all that when a new, permanent

minister is called, membership will rebound, along with giving, so

we do not face these shortfalls in years to come.  If this does not

happen, we will need to make some serious decisions in the years

to come.

The request was also made to have as much financial information

available prior to the meeting.  This is difficult only because the

final statements from the banks do not come until shortly before

the meeting.   However, monthly financial statements are available

throughout the year and can be found in the newsletter.  By

reviewing these you can easily keep track of how we are spending

our money and what income we have. 

A second order of business for the annual meeting is to elect new

members to consistory.  We have three seats available for three-

year terms and one seat to complete an unexpired one-year term. 

Ken Wenger has agreed to fill the one-year seat and Judy Rummel

and Vicki Arnold have volunteered to each fill a three-year seat. 

That leaves one three-year seat open.  Please consider serving and

if you are so inclined, contact Carol Spangler-Solomon or Mike


Special thanks to Jed Beall, Jenn Weaver, and Stephanie McIllwee

who will be leaving consistory after years of service.  They have all

been excellent members and done their very best to help Grace

church continue to serve God and our fellow man.  They will be


Please place the date for the meeting on your calendar and plan to



The Search

I am sure all of you are curious about the state of the search for a

new minister.  The committee has been working throughout the past

months to find the right person for Grace.  Numerous applications

have been reviewed and several candidates have been interviewed

in person.  The next step for the committee will be to gather

further information on the strongest candidates, which is what is

happening now.  When a finalist is identified, there will need to be

negotiation with that finalist regarding salary and benefits.  Upon

an agreement regarding these terms, the finalist will be presented to

the congregation for a trial sermon and subsequent vote of approval. 

While we are not there yet, we are moving closer to these final steps. 

When Bruce retired, we were told to expect to take two years to

find a permanent pastor.  Unless there are unforeseen

circumstances, we are well within the timeline to meet that



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





To sponsor flowers or bulletins for worship services, please contact

the church office 632-1146 for open dates.







Hanover Has Talent

Sunday, February 3, 2018



Performers Needed

Applications available from Grace UCC


our website:   

or contact Jenn at


Proceeds benefit the Hanover Area Council of Churches Changing Lives Shelter.




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.

Valet Service Volunteers Needed

Due to health reasons, some current volunteers needed to resign

from valet service.  Volunteers are needed from 10:20 – 10:40 AM 

on Sunday morning to assist persons at the elevator and

occasionally park a car.  You would be scheduled every

4 to 5 weeks depending on the number of volunteers.  Without

a sufficient number of volunteers, Grace will not be able to

continue this service.  To volunteer or for more information,

please contact Linda Bixler 717-632-5606.




"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 – January  9

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.







Thank you to all the team workers who so willing popped in to help

with the chocolate goodies.  If my figures are correct, you worked a

total of 268 combined hours.  Wow!  Give yourselves a hand.


I won't know the total profit for a few days.  I'm sure it's a sell out.  

As of now, only 11 boxes are left.


The one-day bus trip was well worth the effort.  The knowledge in

the museum was endless and inspiring.  Profit was $738.00.


Future plans are for a bus trip to the new ark Encounter in Kentucky

and a one-day Washington trip to the new Bible museum,  This is a

difficult one to get in, but we do have a connection.  We are leaning

towards April for these trips.  


Also on the list is our annual yard sale.  If you are gathering items,

remember:  nothing goes in the shed until our Nativity is put away



Respectfully, Mary Jane


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

access 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).




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


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


Thank you!



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:  January 17.

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





Sharing God's Grace


Hanover Council of Churches which provides many (actually 18)

necessary services to individuals and families in the greater

Hanover area including is our project for this year:  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. 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

(Dec 24 & 31) in the house at the front of the sanctuary.

Checks should be made payable to Grace UCC with PAL lunch

or HACC in the memo line.


Thank You

Thank you to both the Consistory and the congregation for your

generosity.  Your gift is greatly appreciated.

Pastor Robin







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.


January Needs



Salad Dressing, Pineapple, Coffee (no flavored) & creamer,

Hot Chocolate, Scalloped Potatoes


Men’s Socks, Warm gloves (all sizes – no knit)

Child Pull-Ups (4/5), Wipes


Sweats M/F-M/L/XL, Warm gloves (all sizes – no knit),

Blankets (no crochet)



All single serving please!   

Entrees, Pudding, Cereal, Fruit Cups,

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 usher:  Mike Bankert, Carroll Miller

January   7:  Consistory  – Communion    

January 14: Mike Mummert,  Cooper Heindl

                    Kris Benner, Tony Heindl

                   Vance Hagarman, Faye Myers

January 21 & 28:  

                   Ken Wenger, Mary Jane Fuhrman,     

                    Kim Aumen, Steve Hershey

                   Earl Fuhrman, Jessica Staub




January   7:   Craig Bixler  – Assisting Elder   

January 14:   Jenn Weaver & Confirmand

January 21:   Craig Bixler

January 28:   Donna Bankert


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)




January   7:  Consistory –  Communion   

January 14:  Kris Benner

January 21:  Kris Benner

January 28:  Paul & Leslie Grote




If you are interested in helping, please contact

Tina Hagarman 633-5309.




        Acolyte & Reader

January   7:  Max Wisensale   

January 14:  Vance Hagarman

January 21:  Vance Hagarman

January 28:  Colby Bealing






Please consider helping with this Ministry that cares for

our young ones during Worship Service.


January   7:  Nancy Bankert, Joyce Wagner    

January 14:  Becky Plunkert, Joann Sites

January 21:  Joleen Fennell, Allison Myers

January 28:  Sherry Lawrence, Faye Myers


Contact Nancy Kuhn 637-2713 for more information and to

sign up for an assignment date.  







January   7:  Brad & Vicky Arnold    

January 14:  Melissa & John Storm

January 21:  Holly & Chris Smith

January 28:  Congregational Meeting – No Coffee Hour


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.




Christ calls us to reach out with Love and share God's Grace.