Days of Grace March 2018

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MARCH 2018

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…



Congratulations to you, Grace United Church of Christ, and the Rev. Bonnie J. Whittier, your new called Pastor.  On May 1st you begin the  exciting next chapter of your faith journey, but the crucial step into the future has now been taken. There will be ample time for us to say our “good-byes” through the beginning of the Easter season. Let me assure you that I treasure my time with you. I believe that we have shared a meaningful and productive interim time together. Thank you. And have I told you today that I love you.

Rev. Robin Keating

2018 Lenten Schedule 


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



February 2018 Consistory Digest


There were 17 members present including

Pastor Keating and Pastor Eicholtz.

Treasurer’s Report:

General pledge for January 2018:  $11,020.00  (4 Sundays)

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


YTD 2018 income:     $15,517.86

YTD 2018 expenses:  $18,139.79

YTD shortage:              $2,621.93


Checking account balances

Deacon:       $18,613.69

Education:   $12,593.15

Memorial:    $44,167.55

Resource:       $4,532.13

Operating:    $14,143.28


Carroll Miller reported our budget deficit for January was $2,621. Our average weekly giving was $2,755, and the monthly expenses were within the budget. To support our budget, we need to collect $4,269 per week.


January’s fundraising project was a chicken soup sale. To date, it has netted $448. We also have completed the December Christmas candy sale which netted $1,710. We need to thank the Resource Group for all of their hard work. These projects certainly help to support our operating budget.


One seat remains open for consistory.  Anyone who may be inclined to serve should contact Carol Spangler-Solomon.Trustees:

Len Bankert has made arrangements to have the floors done on March 20th. Len also recommended the parking lot be resealed and lines painted.  Mike Mummert will get estimates for the parking lot.

With the end of Pastor Robin's tenure, the parsonage will be vacant for the foreseeable future.  The trustees will do a walk-through and make recommendations for repairs and upgrades prior to any future use.  Pastor Keating will give his input for repairs and upgrades.


Pastor Keating reported the plans for the March 2, 2018, World Day of Prayer Service to be held at Grace are near completion.  There will be a Community Choir, Ambient Grace will sing, and there may be a brass ensemble.  Ushers are still needed.


Amy Fawks reported Worship & Music have planned services through Easter.  The next meeting is February 27, at 7:00 PM.  Amy also reported Ambient Grace performed at Hanover Has Talent. The modern service is streamed live weekly and the services are now uploaded to the Grace UCC webpage.


Ken Wenger reported Sharing God’s Grace project for this year will be to fill an ark with animals for Heifer International.  The goal is to raise $5000.  The project will begin in May.


Dick Benner sent a letter with a list of recommendations.  Dan Trimmer advised various committees should review this letter to discuss the merit and feasibility of each and to respond to Dick.  Also, the recommendation made at the Annual Meeting that we consider an altered summer schedule should be discussed by the Worship and Music Committee.


The revised Fellowship Hall and Kitchen Use Policy for Non-church Events was approved to be sent to the congregation for approval.


The Budget and Finance Committee will do an audit of the Church School Checking Account.


Prepared by Craig Bixler February 14, 2018


2018 Consistory Reorganization Meeting


February 12, 2018, 6:30 PM parlor

Rev. Robin Keating in attendance.

Rev. Melissa Eicholtz in attendance.


Deacons in Attendance: Vickie Arnold, Barry Bankert, Sue Fuhrman, Sue Lang, Carroll Miller, Judy Rummel, Carol Spangler-Solomon, Maynard Warner, Ken Wenger

Elders in Attendance: Michael Bankert, Craig Bixler, Amy Fawks, Mike Mummert, Joann Sites, Dan Trimmer   

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

2018 Consistory Officers:

President:  Dan Trimmer

Vice President:  Amy Fawks

Treasurer:  Carroll Miller

Assistant Treasurer:  Richard Boyer

Secretary:  Craig Bixler

Assistant Secretary:  Sue Lang


2018 Trustees

Dan Trimmer, Maynard Warner, Mike

MummertLen Bankert will continue to support the trustees.


Submitted by Craig Bixler, February 13, 2018


Congregational Meeting to Approve Rev. Bonnie J. Whittier as Senior Pastor of Grace UCC, February 18, 2018.


The meeting was called to order by Consistory President Dan Trimmer at 11:43 AM.  The meeting was held in the sanctuary with 157 in attendance.


Rev. Dr. Margaret Wise and Sandi Snoke, from the Gettysburg Association Committee on Ministry of the Penn Central Conference, were present to explain who should vote and witness the congregational vote.

Dan Trimmer explained how to use the ballots.  The ballots were perforated paper “Yes/No,” with “Yes” cast in favor of the candidate and “No” cast opposed to the candidate.

The ballots were counted in the church office by Donna Bankert, Craig Bixler, and Carroll Miller, with Rev. Dr. Wise and Sandi Snoke witnessing the count.  


There were 139 ballots counted with 109 showing “Yes” and 30 showing “No.”  The ballots were placed in a sealed envelope with instructions from Rev. Dr. Wise to retain the ballots “for some time.”  The sealed envelope was given to Linda Bixler to be placed in Grace’s history file for storage.


Dan Trimmer met with Rev. Whittier to discuss the voting results. Rev. Whittier accepted the call to become Grace UCC’s next senior pastor.  Dan announced Rev. Whittier will begin at Grace May 1, 2018.

Rev. Whittier made a few comments and introduced some of her family.

Rev. Dr. Wise closed the meeting with a prayer.

A motion was made by Donna Bankert, with 2nd by Sarah Shank, to adjourn the meeting.  The meeting adjourned at 12:05 PM.

Prepared by Craig Bixler February 18, 2018


Grace UCC hosts Hanover’s community-wide

World Day of Prayer,

Friday, March 2, 2018

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.


Sharing God’s Grace

Congratulations to our congregation.  We had two goals for this year one a monetary goal ($5,000) and the other a volunteer goal (750 hours).  As you can see from the report below we exceeded each goal.

 Total  Donations: $4,418.65

 Match for Nov $370.00 and Dec. $613.25 of $1000.00 brings total to $5,418.65

 Volunteer hours:   Total

             Church:          625.75

            Community:   680.50


"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.


One Great Hour of Sharing Offering

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

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


The One Great Hour of Sharing offering will be received during the month of March. Envelopes for this special collection, along with information on the good that One Great of Sharing does in our World,  are located in the areas of the Church where the newsletters are placed for distribution: large transept, Fellowship Hall, and the front of the church or in the Church Office.  Prayerfully consider a gift to One Great Hour of Sharing.






Ladies of Grace


Ladies of Grace would like to thank all those who helped with the Peanut Brittle project this past December.  It was a fun time for all who helped!  We would also like to thank all those who supported the project by purchasing or selling the brittle.  We made approximately 980 pounds, plus crumbs.  Some of the proceeds went to Feed-A-Friend Marathon and to Hanover Area Council of Churches Hanover Cares program.


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.


Looking Ahead

Vacation Bible School

Sunday, July 15 – Thursday, July 19

Theme: Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus


UCC Websites

The Gettysburg Association now has a website:

Other websites you may find of interest are; 

Penn Central Conference: and

National United UCC




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




Sewing Group – March 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.



Board of Education



The Annual East Egg Hunt will be held Sunday, March 24, beginning at 10:00 AM.  Children up to and including 4th grade are invited to hunt for the eggs.  Youth, 5th grade and older are invited to come at 9:00 AM to help prepare for the hunt.  Juice and snacks will be provided for the youth. 

DONATIONS OF INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED EASTER CANDIES will be appreciated and may be placed in the kitchen in the designated container prior to March 10.


Easter Sunday: Sunday School Classes will be heal at regular time and will adjourn at 10:15 AM to go to Fellowship Hall  where folks will enjoy refreshments and each child will receive a small potted plant in honor of Easter. 

Board of Education sponsors the refreshments and plants.  There will be no Coffee Hour following the Traditional Service.




Honoring the Graduates is set for Sunday, May 20, 2018


  Vacation Bible School is planned for Sunday, July 15 through Thursday, July 19.




Prayer Line and Bible Study


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 Miller 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).

The Youth Group (TWIC) will hold a SPAGHETTI SUPPER on Saturday, March 10, in Fellowship Hall.   Serving time will be from 4:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are available from Janet Black, Jenn Weaver or the Church Office.  Youth members will also have tickets.  Cost is $8.00/adults and $4.50/Children 4-12 years.  Children 3 years and younger may eat for free.  The menu includes Spaghetti with meat sauce, Spaghetti sauce without meat, Tossed Salad or Applesauce, Garlic Bread, choice of beverage and the now famous Brownie Sundae for dessert.  Deadline for ticket sales is February 25.  We hope you will come out, enjoy a nice early evening event, and support our project.


The Youth would like to thank all those who donated to their "Souper Bowl" collection that took place February 4, Super Bowl Sunday.  Total collected was $263.00 and this was sent to the Hanover Area Council of Churches Ruth's Harvest program.







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!




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 are now into Easter candy project.   The order sheets are printed, and deadline is March 11 for a sure delivery on March 18.  We treasure your support for this project.


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.

The Washington trip is an excellent and powerful learning experience.  If at all interested the deadline date is March 15 with April 28 being the travel day.  


Gather your friends for the April 18 Dessert – Card – Tea.  It’s coming up so soon.  Set up for the tea will be on April 17.


Tired of winter!  OK.  Start cleaning out your items for our yard sale on May 12. Call Mary Jane Fuhrman or Faye Myers for directions or assistance you may need.

Again; bushels of thanks and love to you all.

Mary Jane Fuhrman




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.


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!





*Give up grumbling!

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

* Give up ten to fifteen minutes in bed!

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

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

Instead concentrate on their best points.

*Give up speaking unkindly,

Instead, let your speech be generous and understanding

*Give up your worries and anxieties,

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

*Give up television one evening a week.

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

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

Instead, learn to give up yourself to God.








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.



March Needs



Sugar Mayonnaise Coffee (unflavored) Sweet Potatoes


Baby Wipes Baby Toiletries Toilet Paper CHANGING LIVES SHELTER

Women’s Socks Hand Towels Bath Towels


All single serving please!   

Entrees Fruit Juice Snacks


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:   Sue Lang,  Ken Wenger

March 4 &11:   Barry Bankert, Luke Highlands

                            Donna Bankert, Linda Sager

                            Levi Highlands, Debbie Wierman



March  18 & 25:  Robert Moul, Mike Stonesifer

                               John Storm, Stephanie Stonesifer

                               Melissa Storm, Maynard Warner


March 29: Maundy Thursday: Consistory




March    4:  Greg Sindlinger

March  11:  Jenn Weaver

March 18:   Len Bankert

March 25:   TBA





March    4:  John & Melissa Storm

March  11:  John & Melissa Storm

March  18:  Richard & Rebecca Boyer

March  25:  Cathy Reck




If you are interested in helping, please contact

Tina Hagarman 633-5309.








        Acolyte & Reader

March    4:   

March  11:   

March  18:   

March  25:  





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


March    4:  Joann Sites, Allison Myers

March  11:  Betsey Eyler, Holly Smith  

March  18:  Faye Myers, Becky Plunkert

March  25:  Alecia & David Highlands


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







March    4:  TBD

March  11:  Patti & Carroll Miller

March  18:  Dave & Alecia Highlands

March  25:  TBD







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.