Days of Grace February 2018

 God is Love Heart



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


Annual Meeting

January 28, 2018 @ 10AM


Combined Worship Service

Transfiguration Sunday

Feb. 11, 2018 at 10:00am


2018 contribution envelopes

are available in the office


A Word From Pastor Robin Keating…



Today I ask you to reflect on the hymn “What Wondrous

Love Is This”. This centuries old hymn was discovered

in the Appalachian mountains in the early 1800’s.

Further research into its accompanying tune points to an

early 1700’s ballad about the pirate Captain Kidd. Much

like the tune accompanying Martin Luther’s “A Mighty

Fortress”, which was a popular bar song in the 1500’s,

“What Wondrous Love Is This” is put to a popular ballad

tune. “Pop” songs and tunes have always aided the

statement of our undying faith. Yet even today one of the

criticisms of  popular Christian songs is their repetition

(often referred to as “7/11” songs, meaning 7 words sung

11 times). With that in mind let us revisit the words to

“What Wondrous Love Is This”:


What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,

What wondrous love is this, O my soul!

What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss

to bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,

to bear the dreadful curse for my soul.


What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,

What wondrous love is this, O my soul!

What wondrous love is this, that caused the Lord of life

to lay aside his crown for my soul, for my soul,

to lay aside his crown for my soul.


To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing,

To God and to the Lamb I will sing;

to God and to the Lamb who is the great I AM,

while millions join the theme I will sing, I will sing,

while millions join the theme I will sing.


And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,

and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on;

and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be,

and through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,

and through eternity I’ll sing on.


Perhaps it isn’t the repetition of a song, but simply the

newness, the difference, the change that it represents

that draws the criticism. And yet “pop” tunes/songs have

continually appeared over the centuries to make a new

statement of our growing faith. Maybe there really isn’t

anything truly “new under the sun”. It’s simply how it

is perceived.

One last observation of “What Wondrous Love Is This”:

it is never a question. It is a statement – a statement of

faith. Like when we tell our brothers and sisters: “Have

I told you today that I love you”.


My parting words this month is encouragement as you,

Grace congregation, look to the future through the election of

a new called pastor. It’s the long awaited (nearly 2 years) time

of a new and different pastoral leadership. My prayers to you

that the Holy Spirit guide you in this exciting selection.


Combined Worship Service – Transfiguration Sunday 

Feb. 11, 2018 at 10:00am

Our previous Combined Worship Services have been so

successful over the past year we will be doing it again on

February 11. In respect for the Modern Worship participants

we will gather in Fellowship Hall this time. All previous

Combined Worships have occurred in the Sanctuary, so it is

only fair that we share venues. The Chancel Choir will be

joining with Ambient Grace in shared musical leadership.

Plan to attend as we continue to grow in love and grace.

Pastor Robin


Grace UCC hosts Hanover’s community-wide World Day of Prayer

March 2, 2018,

Friday evening at 7:00pm


The theme this year is “All God’s Creation Is Very Good!”

and the country of focus, Suriname (a country on the

northeast Atlantic coast in South America). The Chancel

Choir (open to community singers) and Ambient Grace are

planning special music for the evening. Following worship,

the Ladies of Grace will provide light refreshments.



 Combined Worship Service

Transfiguration Sunday

Feb. 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM


Our previous Combined Worship Services have been so

successful over the past year we will be doing it again on

February 11.

In respect for the Modern Worship participants we will

gather in Fellowship Hall this time. All previous Combined

Worships have occurred in the Sanctuary, so it is only fair

that we share venues. The Chancel Choir will be joining with

Ambient Grace in shared musical leadership. Plan to attend

as we continue to grow in love and grace.

Pastor Robin



"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.


January 2018 Consistory Digest


There were 14 members present including Pastor Keating

and Pastor Eicholtz.

Treasurer’s Report:

General pledge for December 2017:  $19,323.86  (5 Sundays)

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

            YTD 2017 income:     $219,268.60

            YTD 2017 expenses:  $265,160.59

            YTD shortage:              $45,891.99


Checking account balances

                        Deacon:      $20,037.05

                        Education:  $12,330.15

                        Memorial:  $13,750.39

                        Resource:   $  4,473.59

                        Operating:  $16,880.02


Carroll Miller reported all of the 2017 fundraising projects

except candy sales were completed and the net proceeds of

$8,598 were transferred to the Operating Account, with

$1000 of that contributed to the Organ Fund.  The candy sales

netted $1720 which is available for 2018.  The peanut brittle

sales brought in $7,261. The Resource Committee is putting

together a list of planned projects for 2018.


Carroll Miller also reported he has updated the 2018 Proposed

Budget that appeared in the January Days of Grace.  The

update shows 2017 actual expenses to the end of the year,

2017 budget, and 2018 budget.


 Dan Trimmer reported the Pastoral Search Committee is

recommending a candidate to the congregation.  The Personnel

Committee met with the candidate to propose a compensation

package.  The proposed compensation package is approximately

$10,000 less than the 2018 proposed budget amount.  A letter

will be sent to the congregation to have a “meet and greet”

event on February 17 followed by a trial worship service at

Grace on February 18.  Penn Central Conference will be

contacted to be present February 18 for the congregational vote.

During the Consistory discussion it was mentioned the

candidate was unanimously approved by the Search Committee. 

It was also stated the candidate may be interested in living in

the parsonage at some future date.

A motion was made by Jenn Weaver with 2nd by Ken Wenger,

to recommend Rev. Bonnie Whittier to the congregation for a

trial worship service and congregational vote.  The motion was

unanimously passed.


The Penn Central Conference is inviting congregations to

participate in a Love Offering to benefit program costs at

Hartman Center.  The offering would take place

February 11, 2018.


Amy Fawks reported a combined service is being planned for

February 11, 2018.


Ken Wenger reported congratulations to our congregation. 

We had two goals for 2017 for the Hanover Council of

Churches and the community, one a monetary goal ($5,000)

and the other a volunteer goal (750 hours). 

December 2017 donations:        $613.25       

       Total YTD donations: $4,418.65

Match for Nov $370.00 and Dec. $613.25 of $1000.00

brings total to $5,418.65


Volunteer hours:  December 2017     Total YTD

Church       125.5      625.75

Community  25         680.50


Pastor Keating reported the six youth in the Confirmation

Class have completed their faith statements.  Confirmation

will be held around Easter.

It was decided to hold the 2018 Annual Meeting meeting at

10:00 AM in the sanctuary to hopefully permit more

members to attend.


The Worship and Music Committee is currently planning the

World Day of Prayer Service that will be held at Grace

March 2, 2018.


Jenn Weaver and Jedd Beall were thanked for their service to

the Consistory and the congregation.


Prepared by Craig Bixler January 13, 2018


Grace Security Team

The Policy Committee is currently considering a Security

Policy for Grace.  If you have an interest in security or security

training and are interested helping with this policy, please

contact Pastor Keating, Carroll Miller, Carol Spangler-Solomon,

or Craig Bixler.


Annual Meeting – 28 January

 The Congregational Annual Meeting will be held at 

10:00 AM January 28, 2018, in the sanctuary.  The 2018

proposed budget can be found in the January Days of

Grace.  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.

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 Mummert. 

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



Search Update

After months of prayerfully reading applications, conducting

interviews, and listening to sermons, the Search Committee

unanimously voted to endorse and recommend Rev. Bonnie

Whittier to the congregation for consideration as the next Pastor

of Grace UCC.  Rev. Whittier will give her trial sermon to the

congregation on Sunday, February 18 with an election

conducted by representatives of the Penn Central Conference

immediately following the service.  If elected, she will begin

her service to Grace approximately 60 days after the election. 

All members are encouraged to attend this important and exciting


Rev. Whittier has approximately 15 years of experience and

currently serves in a part time position at a small church and as

a part time chaplain at a retirement facility.  The search committee

will be sending a letter to all members of the congregation in the

near future containing more background information on

Rev. Whittier.  The committee will also be planning an

opportunity to meet Rev. Whittier and her husband on

Saturday, Feb. 17.  Details of that gathering will be shared

as soon as the planning is completed. 

The members of the search committee thank the congregation

for the support and patience given during this process and look

forward to the future. 



FEBRUARY 11, 2018


As has been the tradition at Grace Church in observance of

St. Valentine’s Day, observed on February 14, a “Couple’s

Choir” will sing the offertory at the combined service that

will be held at 10:00AM in the Fellowship Hall.  Rehearsal

will be held in the Choir Room at 9:30AM.  There is no need

to have a concern for reading music, but rather to sing and to

give praise to the Lord for His love for His people.   The music

will be a hymn that can be sung in unison or harmony voices. 

Please come and join in with your friends and give to all the joy

of music.





2018 Lenten Schedule 


February 14:  Ash Wednesday Service with communion at 

7:00 PM.  The service will help you to renew your faith and

re-enforce the values of your faith beliefs.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the observance of Lent,

the period of time that leads us to the celebration of the

resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave, or as commonly

known as Easter.

February 21:  WISE will have Nicole Hummel from Homewood

as speaker   6:30 PM

February 28:   Healing in the Wilderness (Numbers 21: 4-9)

potluck dinner, soup provided, please bring side dish to share,

followed by intergenerational activities  5:30 – 7:30 PM


March 7:    Living in God’s Promise (Exodus 20: 1-17) potluck

dinner, spaghetti provided, please bring side dish to share,

followed by intergenerational activities   5:30 – 7:30 PM

March 14:   On Our Hearts

(Jeremiah 31: 31-34) eat at home, please bring dessert to share,

followed by intergenerational activities   6:00- 7:30 PM


March 21:  WISE meeting (topic to be announced)   6:30 PM

March 29:  Maundy Thursday Service with Tenebrae   7:00 PM


UCC Websites

The Gettysburg Association now has a website:

Other websites you may find of interest are; 

Penn Central Conference:  and

National United UCC



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.



Penn Central Conference News

On Sunday, February 11, 2018 the congregations of Penn Central

Conference are invited to take a LOVE OFFERING to benefit the

program costs associated with the summer camps at Hartman

Center. The average costs of a full week of camp are just over

$500 which means that every camper is subsidized.

Together, the Penn Central Conference gave $119,771 to

Disaster Relief in 2017-



Sewing Group – February 13

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.







Saturday, February 3, 2018



Proceeds benefit the Hanover Area Council of Churches

Changing Lives Shelter.


Tickets may be purchased at the box office or after Sunday

services (see Linda Bixler or Nancy Bankert).  Tickets are $8

in advance or $10 on the day of the performance.  

Emceeing the show this year are Grace’s own Pastor Melissa

Eicholtz, Amy Fawks, and Jenn Weaver.  

Come see some amazing talent!



Grace UCC hosts Hanover’s community-wide

World Day of Prayer, March 2, 2018,

Friday evening at 7:00pm

The theme this year is “All God’s Creation Is Very Good!”

and the country of focus, Suriname (a country on the northeast

Atlantic coast in South America).

The Chancel Choir (open to community singers) and Ambient

Grace are planning special music for the evening. Following

worship, the Ladies of Grace will provide light refreshments.





Messy Church

Friday, February 9

6 PM – 7:30 PM 

Theme – The Golden Rule. 

Families will learn about God through fun, fellowship, and

creativity.  Experience a Bible story through storytelling, crafts,

and music. 

A light meal will be serve


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).




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. 





We finished a very busy year of varied projects and are gearing

up for the same this year.  A warm thank you to all who care

enough to give their very best effort.  We have acquired two

loyal, brave guys who show up and really help us out.  Mike

and Bob – a generous thank you to you both.


One of our last two projects was a one-day November bus trip

to Philadelphia.  Lots of knowledge at the museum and fun at

other venues.  The bus project netted $783.00


The other project was making and selling Christmas candy.  

We netted $1719.99.


Did you see the Calendar?  Easter is on April 1.  Can you

believe it is time to think “Easter Candy?”  For all helpers,

please be there on January 30 to begin assembling boxes and

starting some of the candies.


Other candy dates are:

February 6, 8, 15, 28

March 6, 8


Blueberry and cherry pies:  Feb 20, 21


The Desert and Tea will be held on April 18.  Set up for the

tea will be on April 17.


Our one-day Washington bus trip is on Saturday, April 28.  

It will include the Bible Museum and the National Geographic

Museum's “The Tomb of Christ.”  You won't want to miss this

one so call early for info.  


Thanks for all your support.


Mary Jane




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

Office.  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:  February 21.

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!




Thank You

Linda and Larry Sager and family and Donna and Barry Bankert

would like to thank everyone for the prayer and words of comfort

after the sudden passing of our brother Simpson.  

There are no words to express our gratitude.

Love and God bless,                Linda and Donna







Thank you to all who participated in filling our mitten tree.  This

year we received 193 items, including hats, scarves, gloves,

mittens, and socks.  The items were divided and delivered to

Hoffman Home for Children, New Hope Ministries, and Hanover

Council of Churches building.  We almost reached Pastor Melissa's

goal of 200.  Job well done.

Donna Bankert




A BIG thank you to my Grace Family!

Hello, I would like to thank you for all of the prayers, beautiful

cards, phone calls, food, and general support that I have had from

my Grace family these past weeks. I never could have gotten

through my back issues without you. Special thanks to

Pastor Melissa, the choir, and my book group for being there for

me. You definitely "reached out with love and shared God's Grace."

    Thanks, Holly Badman




Dear Friends of Grace Church:


Thank you so much for the beautiful Christmas cards and calls

during the Holidays.  Your thoughtfulness to me is greatly



God Bless,

Anna Rummel








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.


February 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.





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




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 Mummert, Carol Spangler-Solomon

February   4:   Joann Sites,  Cathy Reck

        Jenn Weaver,  Dona Warner

        Betsy Beall, Debbie Wierman


February  14, Ash Wednesday: Consistory  


February  18:   Craig Bixler,  Leslie Grote

        Eugene Bixler,  Paul Grote

        Linda Bixler Dan Kessler   


February  25:   Craig Bixler,  Leslie Grote

        Eugene Bixler,  Paul Grote

        Linda Bixler Dan Kessler 




February   4:   Women's Sunday

February  11:   Combined Service 10AM

February  18:   Dan Trimmer

February  25:   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)




February   4:   Betsy Eyler

February  11:  Betsy Eyler

February  18:  Paul and Leslie Grote

February  25:  Joleen Fennell




If you are interested in helping, please contact

Tina Hagarman 633-5309.




        Acolyte & Reader

February   4:   Colby Bealing

February  11:   

February  18:   

February  25:  Colby Bealing





Please consider helping with this Ministry that cares for

our young ones during Worship Service.


February   4:   Cindy Garrett, Michele Rudisill

February  11:   Linda Sager, Donna Bankert

February  18:   Kim Aumen, Jenn Weaver

February  25:   Teresa McCleary, Holly Smith


Contact Nancy Kuhn 637-2713 for more information and

to sign up for an assignment date.  







February   4:   Ladies of Grace

February  11:  Combined Service Modern

 Service Team

February  18:  No coffee hour   

February  25: Leslie and Paul Grote







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.