Days of Grace April 2018


APRIL 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…


The month of March brought us 6 confirmed confirmands with their first Holy Communion on Easter Sunday, April 1. Each of the confirmands began their Christian journey here at Grace United Church of Christ through infant baptism. Their baptismal promises were made by their parents and the infants were ritually included in the body of Christ.


Last September we, the church, invited them to have the opportunity to proclaim publicly the baptismal promises for themselves. In doing so, they become members of Grace United Church of Christ with full privilege and standing. It has been my honor and privilege to work with them over the past 7 months. During that time, I have witnessed to each one’s specific gifts of the Holy Spirit. They, their parents and other family members, and our congregational family should be proud of who they are and the faith they carry within their being. God most certainly has written God’s covenant upon each one’s heart.


The following is a list of the confirmands with their accompanying scripture verses. They have taken the verses and combined them with parts of their faith statements to write the liturgies that have been included in the worship services where they have participated:


Alexis “Lexi” Knopp – Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”

Colby Bealing – Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

Levi Highlands – John 16:3 “They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me.”

Luke – Revelation 8:8 “The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood,

Briahna “Bri” Rorrer – Genesis 1:3-6 “And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.”

Maxwell “Max” Wisensale – Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”


    These are terrific young adults and I especially include them when I say, “Have I told you today that I love you.”




March 2018 Consistory Digest

There were 16 members present including Pastor Keating and Pastor Eicholtz.

Treasurer’s Report:

General pledge for February 2018:  $11,962.00  (4 Sundays)

General pledge for February 2017:  $11,502.00  (4 Sundays)

            YTD 2018 income:     $31,490.25

            YTD 2018 expenses:  $38,260.94

            YTD shortage:              $6,770.69


Checking account balances

                       Deacon:       $18,614.98

                       Education:   $12,594.02

                       Memorial:   $44,170.60

                       Resource:      $8,971.81

                       Operating:   $10,111.55 


The Consistory is still in need of a consistory member.


April 29, 2018, will be Pastor Robin's last day. The Ladies of Grace will make plans for that day.


The contract for Pastor Bonnie has been approved by the Conference and signed by all parties.  Pastor Bonnie’s installation will be June 3, 2018, at 3:00 PM at Grace.


Hanover Area Council of Churches will have an open house April 8, 2018, from to 2:00 to 4:00 PM.  HACC is observing its 50th Anniversary this year.


The Gettysburg Association will hold its 56th Annual Meeting, Sunday, April 22, 2018, starting at 3:45 PM.  Redeemer’s UCC, Littlestown, will host the meeting.


Schorner Sealcoating, Spring Grove, PA, proposed an estimate of $3,982.00 to fill cracks, reseal with one coat brush application, and re-stripe the parking lot. Ken Wenger made a motion, with 2nd by Barry Bankert, to accept the $3,982.00 cost and refer the estimate to the congregation for approval, M/C.


Pastor Melissa reported Pastor Bonnie will be on vacation June 10 and September 8–15.  Pastor Melissa will be covering both Sundays and emergencies.  


The Ladies of Grace during their December meeting decided to place a blind in the parlor window and update the Grace pastor photographs in the parlor.


The Grace Safe Church Policy and revised Fellowship Hall and Kitchen Use Policy for Nonchurch Events will be advertised for congregational comment on April 15, 2018.


Ten people have expressed interest in looking at ways to make Grace safer and possibly write a security plan.  The group most likely will meet after May 1, 2018.


Pastor Robin reported Grace will be getting six new members by confirmation, and Gary Arter and Bryan Asper will also be joining Grace.

Pastor Keating will meet with the Trustees to discuss the possible purchase of pots, pans, and some furniture in the parsonage. 

Pastor Keating will be on vacation in mid-April.

At the congregational meeting there was interest raised in having a summer schedule as had been done in years past.  The Worship and Music Committee discussed briefly but came to no conclusions.  The Consistory recommended Worship & Music meet again soon.

Prepared by Craig Bixler, March 14, 2018



"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.



Hanover Has Talent – 2018

The 8th annual Hanover Has Talent show was held on Saturday February 3 at the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center. Pastor Melissa Eicholtz, Worship Director Amy Fawks and Consistory Member Jenn Weaver shared the emcee duties. Jessica Staub directed, and Rob Greenholt led the stage crew. The event raised just over $3800 for the Changing Lives Shelter of Hanover Area Council of Churches. The first prize and fan favorite winner was Rowan Barber, a Washington Elementary School student who graciously donated his prize money back to the shelter. Second place winner, Emma Hynson played an emotional rendition of the theme from Schindler's list on violin and was overcome with emotion at her award. 

Special thanks to Nancy Bankert, Len Bankert, Mike Bankert, Lisa Greenholt, Justin Moul, Lexi Knopp, Brianna Rorrer, Judy Rummel, Angie Boyers, Linda Demaio, Linda Bixler, Deb Rickrode, Gary Rickrode and everyone who sponsored or bought a ticket in support of this event.

We look forward to continuing the momentum of fundraising in 2019!

Please contact Justin Moul if you want to help. 



Messy Church

Friday, April 6

6 PM – 7:30 PM 

Theme – Baptism

Families will learn about God through fun, fellowship, and creativity. 

Experience a Bible story through storytelling, crafts, and music. 

A light meal will be served.



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 – April 10

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.




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




Board of Education


Easter Sunday: Sunday School Classes will be held 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.


        Looking Ahead

Honoring the Graduates is set

for Sunday, May 20, 2018








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. 





I'm sure everyone has heard “The Resource Committee” more than once.  But what exactly is it?  We are the Fund-Raising Group of the church.  We come up with ideas and projects, jump on them, and make it happen.  This month I want you to know all of the super people who so willingly show up and produce.  People outside of our church say, “You really have a busy church.”  Others tell me how lucky I am to have these willing folks on the team.  Yes, I know it and here they are:


Donna Bankert    Janette Becker

Linda Bixler        Sue Caler

Edie Cline        Karen Feeser       

Lynn Feeser        Joleen Fennell   

Sue Fuhrman        Sonya Harbold   

Janet Hart        Linda Heller       

Joan Leib        Bonnie Miller

Christine Morey    Mike Mummert   

Bob Murray        Faye Myers       

Judy Rummel    Carol Spangler-Solomon

Joyce Wagner    Donna Warner

Tillie Zartman


As you can see from the list, I can call until we can complete a task with available folks.


So, right now we have completed the Easter candy and all of Hanover is dying for peanut butter eggs, we are finding out.


The bus trip to Washington on Saturday, 28 April, is sold out.  A wonderful happening occurred:  A man from Westminster called and we spoke about our book clubs and the bus trip.  He called the next day and told me to put his ten book club members on the bus.


The April 18 Dessert – Card – Tea is on way.  I'll be calling for great cakes and pies.  So start thinking!  And thanks also to Len Bankert who so willingly prints our tea tickets.


And then our April 28 bus trip will be leaving from church.  Stay tuned for times.


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, thanks a bushel!  You are all special.

Mary Jane Fuhrman




Thank You


I would like to Thank Pastor Robin Keating, Pastor Melissa Eicholtz, and all my wonderful friends at Grace Church for their visits, calls, cards, and all kindness shown toward me during my recent hospital stay.


Love & God Bless you,

from Sofie Bubb




Grace WISE Mental Health Awareness


 You're in the store and you see a young child in the middle of a melt down and a parent trying to manage the situation.


    Did you have an immediate reaction?  Was it "undisciplined child", "incompetent parent", or "no child of mine would be acting that way"?  Many times we rush to judgment based on our own past experiences.


    Would your reaction have been different if you knew the child was autistic?  And that the stresses involved in raising an autistic child have been equated to those of soldiers in combat?


    One of the goals of our wise mental and emotional health group is to increase our knowledge and understanding of what others have experienced or are facing in the life journeys, so we can be more supportive.


    On April 18 @ 6:30 pm our guest speaker, Amy Fawks, will educate us about autism and share her experience in teaching autistic children in her classroom.


    We envision a time when everyone can feel accepted and blessed.






WISE meets in Fellowship Hall at 6:30 PM the third Wednesday of each month.

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!




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!





Easter Sunday Services


6:30 AM Sunrise Service at Long Arm Dam

9:00 AM Modern Service with communion

10:15 AM Coffee Hour

10:45 AM Traditional Service with communion








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.


April Needs



Carrots, Pineapple, Coffee


Hand Towels, Bath Towels, Large Sheets,

Brown paper bags


Deodorant (men/women), Combs, Razors


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:   Vickie Arnold, Dan Trimmer

April   1:  Consistory

April   8 & 15: Mike Bankert, Gary Rickrode

         Vance Hagerman, Glendon Ruhlman

          Stephanie McIlwee, Greg Sindlinger          


April 22 & 29: Carroll Miller, David Myers

                 Brian Fink, Holly Smith

                 Allison Myers, Kris Smith




April   1: Craig Bixler assisting elder

April   8: Rev. Richard Benner

April 15: Faye Myers

April 22: Jenn Weaver

April 29: Rick Boyer





April   1:  Easter – Consistory

April   8:  Jedd & Betsy Beall

April 15:  Cathy Reck

April 22:  Jedd & Betsy Beall

April 29:  Richard & Becky Boyer





If you are interested in helping, please contact

Tina Hagarman 633-5309.







        Acolyte & Reader

April   1:

April   8:

April 15:

April 22:

April 29:






April   1:  Sherry Lawrence, Pam Kreitz

April   8:  Cindy Garrett, Kim Aumen

April 15:  Jenn Weaver, Ashley Rummel

April 22:  Joleen Fennell, Michele, Rudisill

April 29:  Joyce Wagner, Nancy Bankert


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







April 1:   10:15   Board of Education

April 8:   Sallie & Kerry Durika

April 15:  Holly Badman & Sue Fuhrman

April 22:

April 29:  Deb Wierman & Ron Peters







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.