Days of Grace May 2018


MAY 2018

The Days of Grace At

Grace United Church of Christ






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Church Office Hours

Mon.-Thurs. 8:00 A.M – 4:00 P.M.

Pastor:  Rev. Bonnie J. Whittier

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



*Pastor Bonnie’s Phone:  717-324-6639

*Pastor Bonnie’s e-mail address:


*Pastor Bonnie really appreciates communication and her office door is open to stop in anytime.


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 past 23 months have been a fantastic experience for me as your pastor. The words of thanks for caring for me in her absence, that my wife Trudy expressed to you several weeks ago, continue to reflect her sentiments and mine. Thank you for who you are as a congregation and now as a friend. We shall continue to pray for you and Pastor Bonnie as you walk hand-in-hand into the future.

My parting words to you is simply:

Have I told you today that I love you?

 Pastor Robin


There is a season:

 In the 1960’s the Byrds sang:

“To everything turn turn turn

 There is a season turn turn turn

 And a time to every purpose under   



As we say our goodbyes to Pastor Robin and Trudy, let us welcome with the love he extends to us, Pastor Bonnie and her husband, Mike.


April 2018 Consistory Digest


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

Treasurer’s Report:

General pledge for March 2018:  $11,784.75  (4 Sundays)

General pledge for March 2017:  $14,484.04  (4 Sundays)

YTD 2018 income:     $46,344.77

YTD 2018 expenses:  $60,538.55

YTD shortage:            $14,193.78

Checking account balances

Deacon:  $20,016.31

Education:  $12,594.92

Memorial:   $34,473.54

Resource:     $7,077.67

Operating: $15,624.80


Carroll Miller reported operating expenses for March of $22,000 are higher than our average of $19,000 for January and February. Pastor pension and health insurance are paid quarterly in the third month of the quarter. At the same time, our general pledge giving for March was $11,785. This is very close to our giving average for January and February.


Carroll also reported the Fundraising

Committee has recently finished a pie project and a candy project. We are currently seeking interest in a trip to the “Arc and Creation Museum” in Louisville, KY. The trip is planned for July 22-25, 2018.


The 56th Annual Meeting of the Penn Central Conference will be held June 8 and 9, 2018 at Susquehanna University.


There will be a Worship & Music Committee meeting April 10 at 7:00 PM.


Dave Fawks is shadowing Rick Boyer to learn the Sunday School Superintendent duties.  The Board of Education will meet again in September.


April 29, 2018, will be the final worship service for Pastor Robin at Grace.   A luncheon in honor of Pastor Robin will begin at approximately 12:15 PM immediately after the Traditional Service.


Pastor Robin will have a truck available Thursday morning April 26 to make his move to Ephrata. He would like some help loading the truck.  Pastor Robin would like to purchase a few things from the parsonage.  There is an old loveseat and ottoman, two end tables, and some kitchen utensils.

A motion was made by Mike Mummert, with 2nd by Joann Sites, to give Pastor Robin the old loveseat, ottoman, two end tables, and some kitchen utensils at no cost. The motion was approved.

The installation for Pastor Bonnie Whittier will be June 3, 2018 at 3:00 PM, followed by a reception after the service.

Prepared by Craig Bixler April 14, 2018

  1. April 15, 2018 Consistory Meeting to Consider Worship Schedule Changes

There were 13 members in attendance including Pastor Eicholtz.  Janet Black and Harold Heller were also in attendance.

The Worship & Music Committee proposed the following year-round Sunday worship schedule:

Modern Service:  8:30 – 9:15 AM

Sunday School:  9:30 – 10:15 AM

Traditional Service:  10:30 – 11:30 AM

The Consistory met to comment and vote on the Worship & Music proposal.  There were comments by Consistory members in favor

and opposed to the schedule change. Comments were also made by Pastor Eicholtz, Harold Heller, and Janet Black.

The proposal was not approved, with 3 Consistory members voting “yea,” and

9 voting “nay.”

Prepared by Craig Bixler April 15, 2018


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 at 632-1146 for open dates.


Sewing Group – May 8

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


Honoring the Graduates is set for Sunday, May 20, 2018.  All high school and college graduates should contact the church office 717-632-1146 by Friday May 11. Please share the following information: name, school graduating from, and future plans.




A Great Opportunity For All Ages

Attention parents, grandparents, children, and youth. It’s time to think about summer camp. It’s an opportunity for many ages. Hartman Center has some wonderful opportunities.  Camps are available for many different interests.  There are even family camps and grandparent camps where families can spend the time together.  Additional information is available at

 There are many exciting camping experiences available for children, families, and adults. Sponsorships are available.

If you have questions, please contact the church office.





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. 



Chancel Choir and Summer  


Traditionally, during June, July, August, and the first Sunday of September, the Chancel Choir does not sing for the Traditional Service.  Music is presented by volunteers from the congregation or their guests. Please consider giving of your talents and/or encourage others to do so.  A sign-up sheet is posted in the Choir Room.


In Loving Memory

Gladys Fuhrman died on 10 April 2018.



Grace WISE Mental Health Awareness 

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!

We recently received a check in the amount of $31.00 from Community Aid for the 4th quarter 2017.





 We are tired but joyous with our final total of  Easter candy sales.  The final figure of $1571.96, along with some beautiful  comments on taste and presentation makes it  all okay.


 The Dessert & Cards Tea was held on April 18. We received many generous donations of gift certificates from our town merchants for the ladies' door prizes.  Thank you to the members who made all of the wonderful, yummy desserts.   And, again, thanks also to Len Bankert who so willingly printed our tea tickets.


 Growing up, one lesson always taught was the importance of character and reputation.  I think we have proven this to the public.  An  example is the bus trip for July to the Noah's Ark Museum in Kentucky.  Twenty people have sent me $100 each for a spot on the bus.  Yet I have no literature prepared.  This makes work worthwhile.  We have a good history of pleasing folks and representing our church.  

 Something to be proud of, for sure.



 Keep our yard sale on May 12 in mind.  Clean out your items and call Mary Jane Fuhrman or Faye Myers for directions or  assistance you may need.

 And guys—we will need some help early on the morning of May 12.


 Onward Ho!


 Mary Jane Fuhrman


 Thank You

 To God Be The Glory – A sincere “Thank You” to all of those people who have participated in the music for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, the celebration of Easter, and all the church year.  In essence, music includes everyone in the church. As well as the spoken word, musical participation, whether it be choral, instrumental, or recalled from your memory, helps to teach and reinforce your belief and faith in God.


Love Offering for Hartman Center

In February, some Grace members participated in the Love Offering for Hartman Center, the Penn Central Conference’s camp ground.  The PCC reported as of the first week in April, gifts from individuals, churches, and Associations totaled over $12,000.  

Thank you for your generosity to Hartman Center!



 Gracieanna Joy Hossler, born  March 27, 2018, to parents Jay and Elizabeth Hossler, new big sister Abigail Hossler; Uncle Matt Boyer; and grandparents Rick and Becky Boyer and Gladys Hossler.


Pierce Edward Rummel, born March 31, 2018, to parents Nathan and Kelsey Rummel.  Proud Great-grandmother is Anna Rummel.



New Members

Amanda and Nathan DeRose joined Grace  on April 8, 2018.



 2018 Confirmands


Colby Andrew Bealing

Son of Dana Bealing & Andrew Bealing


Levi Malcolm Highlands

Son of Alecia & David Highlands


Luke David Highlands

Son of Alecia & David Highlands


Alexis McKenna Knopp

Daughter of Amy & David Fawks

& Wayne Knopp


Briahna Nicole Rorrer

Daughter of Michael Rorrer

& Stacie Hagerman


Maxwell Michael Wisensale

Son of Melissa & Michael Wisensale




Tea at Homewood at Plum Creek

Angels Among Us is the theme for the annual Tea at Homewood at Plum Creek.  The dates this year are Saturday, June 23 and Tuesday, June 26.  Tickets will be available the last week of April at $20.00 each. 

A generous donation was made this year by a current resident of Plum Creek.  She has made by hand a quilt, Angels Watching, and two wall hangings, Angels Among Us, which will be offered at a raffle to be held in connection with the teas.  Pictures and some additional information can be seen on a flyer on the church bulletin boards.  Tickets are available now at $2 each or 3 for $5 and can be purchased from Pauline Benner.  (The winners need not be present at the tea on the 26th in order to win.  There will be three prizes.)


Sharing God’s Grace

 Heifer International is the project for Sharing God’s Grace for 2018.  Since 1944 Heifer International has provided livestock to improve the lives of who struggle for reliable sources of food and income.  Since its founding Heifer International has helped more than 31 million families and in the past four years has been ranked in the top four most trusted nonprofit organizations by Harris Poll Equitrend.


Heifer International operates under the concept of passing on the gift or giving away a portion of what one has been given.  Families who receive livestock are given extensive training on how to care for their animals and agree to pass on an offspring to neighbors in need.  In this simple way every gift will multiply for years to come and help spread hope around the world.


Grace UCC’s goal is to give enough animals (cows, sheep, oxen, pigs, goats, rabbits, chickens, geese, beehives,  etc.) to fill an ark.  In this way we can provide assistance to those in need.  The cost of an ark is $5,000.  The last Sunday of each month May thru December you are invited to come forward during the final hymn in each service and put your offering in the ark.  Of course you may put the money in any Sunday and mark it for Heifer International or Sharing God’s Grace.  


Just as Jesus fed the multitudes during his ministry let us provide food for those in need.Rabbit








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.


Community Aid

We recently received a check in the amount of $31.00 from Community Aid, for the 4th quarter 2017.

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!



May Needs



egg noodles, scalloped potatoes, hot chocolate, ketchup


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





Rescued by Jesus

July 15 – 19

6:15 PM – 8:15 PM




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

May 6 & 13:      Mike Mummert, Len Bankert

                          Brian Baldwin, Nancy Bankert

                          Kelly Bankert, Sydney Bankert   

May 20:    Consistory

May 27:    Carol Spangler-Solomon, Jenn Weaver

                 Fay Emlet, Karl Whisler

                 Joleen Fennell, Merle Whisler




May   6:   Patti Miller

May 13:   Matt Boyer

May 20:   Dan Trimmer – Communion

May 27:   Tom Craig




May   6: Bonnie Miller

May 13:  Bonnie Miller

May 20:  Consistory – Communion

May 27:  Leslie Grote





If you are interested in helping, please contact

Tina Hagarman 633-5309.





Acolyte & Reader

May   6:   Colby Bealing

May 13:   Alexis Knopp

May 20:   Levi & Luke Highlands

May 27:   Briahna Rorrer




May   6: Betsy Eyler, Holly Smith

May 13:  Alecia & David Highlands

May 20:  Joann Sites & Allison Myers

May 27:  Faye Myers, Becky Plunkert


NO NURSERY – June, July, August


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






May   6: Deb Wierman, Ron Peters

May 13:  No Coffee Hour – Mother's Day

May 20:  Board of Education/Graduates

May 27:  TBA





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.