Days of Grace August 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 Leader:  Patricia A. Miller

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.


Patti Miller’s Cell Phone:  717-451-1913

Patti Miller’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)

A Word From Pastor Bonnie…


I just got to the church and had to go downstairs.  Everyday this week something has been added downstairs.  Today jellyfish were hanging from the ceiling and fish had been added to the walls along with the seaweed.  It is being transformed into an underwater world. It is so much fun and so beautiful. The palm trees are amazing!!!!  The coral reefs are beautiful. Grace UCC is blessed with people that love creativity and share the creativity! I am in love with it all.  I realize Vacation Bible School is a lot of work. I believe it is worth it. If one child’s life is changed as a result of all the effort it is worth it for everyone.

I worry about the children in our church, towns, country, and world.  They are so very vulnerable and innocent. Children learn racism, hatred, and bullying. They are not born that way. I want to teach children how wonderful God’s love is and, more importantly, how much God loves them.  I want them to know there is a group of people at Grace UCC that loves them. I want them to know what it is like to show compassion.  I want them to learn kindness from us.

Jesus speaks about children often in the Gospels.  Jesus tells the disciples to “let the little children come.”  Jesus says we need to be childlike in faith. Jesus knew how important the children are to life.  Jesus also knew that children have so much to teach us! We can learn so much from the children.

In order to learn from children, we must be around children.  In order to learn from children, we must listen when they speak.  We need to invest time in the children. Vacation Bible School is one way we invest time in children.  Sunday Education class is another way we invest in our children.

I hope we can continue the VBS enthusiasm through the summer in Sunday classes, in children’s moments, and throughout the church building.  I vote we keep the coral reefs, palm trees, and jellyfish and help the children (and the adults) remember the enthusiasm of VBS. Might we keep the decorations and carry the excitement throughout the summer?

Thank you to all those that have helped get ready for VBS.  Thank you to those who will be here four nights in a row to make VBS successful.  Thank you to the congregation for caring enough to put our children first.


Pastor Bonnie



July 2018 Consistory Digest

There were 13 members present including Pastor Whittier and Patti Miller.

Treasurer’s Report:

General pledge for June 2018:  $13,754.00 (4 Sundays)

General pledge for June 2017:  $11,297.01 (4 Sundays)

YTD 2018 income:     $106,890.75

YTD 2018 expenses:  $124,794.25

YTD shortage:              $17,903.50

Checking account balances

Deacon:        $20,271.88

Education:    $12,607.78

Memorial:     $34,481.37

Resource:     $20,924.28

Operating:    $24,907.22


The Finance Committee presented this updated definition of “Church Improvements:”

CHURCH IMPROVEMENT:  The accounting definition of an improvement includes either increasing the expected life of the asset or increasing the market value of the asset. The   Finance Committee would like to adopt a definition which is more in line with our budgeting process and the usual intent of restricted estate gifts. Our definition includes items that are new to our facility even if those items do not increase the life of the overall facility. We will also include expenditures to keep our facilities up to date and in good working order. Examples would be: the new roof, the door security cards, or the repaving of the parking lot. This definition will allow us to use estate gifts for these items and use our pledge gifts for routine items of repair or maintenance.  The Consistory approved the updated definition.

Carroll Miller reported income for June includes income from several Resource Group projects totaling $6,536. Expenses include $2,785 to caulk and repaint some windows, $3,982 to repair the parking lot, and $1,004 for Pastor Bonnie’s installation and gift. The net deficit for June 2018 was $1,928.

The Consistory elected Mike Tasto to join the group.  Mike became the 16th Consistory member, filling all positions for 2018.

The Grace Security Team presented three estimates to help improve security at Grace.  An estimate to provide intercoms and monitors at the alley entrances for $5,609.00. An estimate to provide 6 outdoor high-resolution cameras with an eight-channel network video recorder and monitor for $13,406.00.  The third estimate would provide panic buttons at a cost of $2317.00. After discussion, the Consistory believed the intercoms and monitors at the alley entrances should be pursued. It was suggested other estimates should be received.  Mike Mummert will contact other security providers for estimates.

The Modern Service Team would like to explore the cost to renovate Fellowship Hall for the purpose of updating the room for the early service. They want to get a quote for adding drywall to the upper 2/3 of the walls, while leaving the bottom existing walls with chair rails. It would be the same level as the back wall. They also want to raise the ceiling of the front half of the room near the stage and would like to add some recessed lighting so that the room isn't as dark during the service.  They also want to explore the idea of adding a floating floor over the existing floor. 

Patti Miller reported that during June she made 19 visits to a total of 17 members.  She also made phone calls to five persons to check on their immediate concerns and needs.  She met with Pastor Bonnie on two occasions, including one that involved the Visitation Team as well.

Ken Wenger reported the June Sharing God’s Grace Offering was another record month with $955.50 in donations for a 2-month total of $1,809.58.  In June the Hanover Key Club made a donation and Grace Seniors gave a donation in appreciation of the efforts of Donna Bankert and Linda Sager for the Pot Pie Dinner.  Our goal is $5,000.

Pastor Bonnie reported a new Stewardship Committee will be called.

She reported she is receiving many positive comments about sermons, messages and both services.

She plans to have all day office hours Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Fridays she is planning to be in Hanover half day—either morning or afternoon depending on visits, emergencies etc.  Besides regular office hours, she spends approximately 15-20 hours on the bulletin, sermon and worship preparation each week. She spends many hours a week keeping up with telephone calls, meetings, and keeping current with Patti Miller.  She is committed to God and Grace Church and is working approximately 50-60 hours a week.

Craig Bixler will be the Consistory person working with the Board of Education to make sure the Grace Safe Sanctuary policy remains current.

Ashley Rummel has volunteered to coordinate Grace Nursery help for both services.


Prepared by Craig Bixler 7-15-18



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


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 717-451-1913


Thursday Evening Book Group

The Unofficial Handbook of the United Church of Christ written by Quinn G. Caldwell and Curtis J. Preston will be read and discussed beginning September 6, 6:30 PM in the parlor.  This book is very easy to read, however, contains a lot of very good information. Topics include: Church Stuff, Everyday Stuff, Bible Stuff, and UCC Stuff.  A review on the back cover states, “Think of it as a comedian with a dry sense of humor and a degree in Theology.” Books will be ordered mid August. Please contact Craig Bixler for more information.


Doors Locked for Grace Security

Due to security concerns at Grace, the Consistory has decided to lock the elevator entrance on weekdays.  You will need to bring your swipe card or call Linda DeMaio to enter the elevator on weekdays.  Also, the Fourth Street entrance into the education wing will now be permanently locked and used as an exit only.


Sewing Group – August

in New Windsor

It's time for Grace Sewing Group's annual trips to New Windsor for two days of volunteerism and fellowship.  The next trip is on Wednesday, 8 August.  We will leave the Church at 7AM each day.  Lunch is provided. All are welcome to join us!!  If you plan to go, please let Linda Sager or Donna Bankert know.  

The Sewing Group will resume meeting on the second Tuesday of each month beginning in September and continue 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.




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).



We are taking a rest until peaches and tea times happen.

Again, thanks to all who help make Resource a vital part of this church.

Mary Jane


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 in the Choir Room.


Community Aid Collections

We recently received a check in the amount of $13.00, Community Aid’s donation to Grace for housing the collection bin on our premises for the period of the first quarter/2018.

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 UCC WISE Group

… will meet in Fellowship Hall at 6:30 PM on August 1 for their BE A FRIEND Session. All are welcome to join this supportive group. Bring a friend!


Thank You

Dear Grace Church Family,

My struggle with health issues since April 13 continues–now mostly with Physical Therapy.  THANK YOU for your greeting cards, phone calls, prayer ministry to me throughout this time.  You are indeed a caring family of friends in Christ.

Sincerely, Dick Benner


Thank you so much for sending us the Days of Grace newsletter.  Since my husband was pastor there for many years, we love to keep up with the happenings and our friends.  Enclosed please find a check as a “thank you” for remembering us.

Peace and God’s Grace,

Rev. Carl & Ruth Folk


Grace UCC Baby Blanket Ministry—

Thank you for the beautiful baby blanket and nice poem.  She will enjoy the blanket for years to come and we will put the poem in her scrapbook.  Thank you for sharing your time and talent!


Mitch & Kendra Stonesifer (and baby Nora)



In Loving Memory

Arlene L. Seigman

Lynn E. Feeser



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 thru December you are invited to come forward during the final hymn in each service and put your offering in the ark.  Please make checks payable to Grace UCC with Heifer Project in the memo line. Of course you may put the money in any Sunday and mark it for Heifer International or Sharing God’s Grace.  

The June offering was $955.50, bringing the two-month total to $1,809.58.

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



Sunday, August 19







VBS Thank You


Preschool: Liz Hossler      

Helpers: Johanna Sites, Lexi Knopp, Jay Hossler

K-6 Bible Lessons: Joleen Fennell   

Imagination Station :  Dave Fawks     

Helpers for K – 6 Group:  Cindy Garrett,  

                    Vickie Arnold,  Lisa Erney

Music: Kathy Trimmer, Deb Rickrode

Skit: Dave Fawks as "Charlie"

Snacks: Allison Myers, Donna Bankert, Michele Hyser

Decorations: Sara Shank, Steph Welper, Dave Fawks

Video & Sound: Amy Fawks

Phototgraher:  Faye Myers

Helpers where needed: 

Pastor Bonnie, Carol Spangler-Solomon, Lori Eichelberger,

Mike Decker, Jeanette Becker

Coordinator: Linda Bixler

VBS children and helpers contributed $330 to the Heifer Fund.

Thanks to everyone who donated food, supplies, or financially helped make our VBS a success. 

It takes a team of people to make VBS a success.  

Thanks to a terrific Grace Team.




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.



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


PAL  August Needs


Mixed Vegetables, Coffee Creamer, Mayonnaise


Bath towels, Hand towels,

Family size toiletries


Boxers sizes XL to 3X, Tee Shirts – XL to 3X, Shorts/Joggers – XL to 3X,

Deodorant Women/Men – Solid


All single serving please!

Single Serving of anything,

expiration date after 9/2018


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: Carroll Miller Ken Wenger


August 5 & 12:  Vickie Arnold, Levi Highlands

    Luke Highlands, John Storm

   Melissa Storm, Debbie Wierman


August 19 & 26: Craig Bixler, Leslie Grote

    Paul Grote, Joleen Fennell

    Karl Whisler, Merle Whisler



August   5: Carol Spangler-Solomon

August 12:  Linda Bixler

August 19:  Faye Myers

August 26:  Linda Heller



August   5: Judy & Ronald Rummel

August 12:  Kerry & Sallie Durika

August 19:  Leslie Grote

August 26:  Mike Mummert



ACOLYTE 10:45 service

August   5: Luke & Levi Highlands

August 12:  Briahna Rorrer

August 19:  Colby Bealing

August 26:   Maxwell Wisensale



NO NURSERY – June, July, August



No Youth Church – June, July, August



NO COFFEE HOUR – June, July, August





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.