Days of Grace October 2018


October 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…


A new school year has started; a new book study has started; new Sunday Education has started…huh, seems like time is marching on.  Time marches on regardless if we are ready or not.

I am ready for Fall!  I love the changing seasons and Fall is my favorite. I love to see the changing colors of the leaves and the falling leaves.  Fall reminds me that we need to regroup, refresh, and rest at times.  I am also

reminded during the months of September and October that it is not my rest time.  I need to be about the

business of moving into the Advent Season.  

Yesterday I spoke about the Mark 8 gospel message. I spoke specifically about the question Jesus asked the

disciples (that is you today) “Who do you say that I am?”  This question is as pertinent today as it was the first time it was asked of the original disciples.

One answer is, “Jesus is Lord.” (The original creed of the church.) If you believe Jesus is Lord than I wonder what you are willing to do for the Lord.

Interesting thought process.  Peter was willing to do for Jesus, but he was not willing to hear what Jesus had to do for him –the struggle, death… How many of us are like Peter?

Yes, we want to do for Jesus but only what is easy.  Only what is fun. Only what is free.

Believing in Jesus is a VERB!!!  We are expected to be participants in the Kingdom.

Question number 1:  Who do you say I am?

Question number 2:  What are you willing to do for me?!

Question number 3:  When was the last time you made a life decision (or any decision) based on the values of Jesus rather than your own?

Just a few Monday morning thoughts from your Pastor!

Blessings as we move together into Fall~


Rev. Bonnie J. Whittier


Another group Pastor Bonnie is willing to lead is a Monday Chatter group.  A group to come together and talk about the sermon, a Bible verse you are struggling with or what have you.  It is just a time to come together and share in fellowship.  I think we could meet at noon and bring a bag lunch, or order pizza, or sandwiches OR we could meet about 1 and have an hour or so in the afternoon.

Anyone interested? Please let Pastor Know your thoughts!




September 2018 Consistory Digest

There were 13 members present.

Treasurer’s Report:

General pledge for August 2018:  $10,700.00 (4 Sundays)

General pledge for August 2017:  $10,612.00 (4 Sundays)

YTD 2018 income:    $138,579.06

YTD 2018 expenses:  $161,153.39

YTD shortage:      $22,574.33

Checking account balances

Deacon:      $18,805.63

Education:  $12,609.26

Memorial:  $34,485.49

Resource:     $1,800.27   

Operating: $18,374.29


Carroll Miller reported we averaged $2675.00 per week for August. That means that giving for August was about $2,000 below average. Property tax on the parsonage for $3,717.00 was an annual amount that shows up in

August. Investment gains on the Leedy Fund for the first six months of 2018 were 1.7%.


It was determined Vickie Arnold, Barry Bankert, and Linda Heller are on the Deacon Fund Committee.


The Trustees are getting quotes to remove the two pine trees near the parsonage.


Patti Miller, visitation, reported August was a busy month with 25 visits/attempted visits to 17 different people. Her goal is to visit the shut-ins on her list, as consulted with Pastor Bonnie, at least quarterly, and monthly for those in nursing homes who may have fewer visits.  


Craig Bixler, Dave Fawks, and Linda DeMaio will monitor and maintain the Grace Volunteer Clearance list.

The August Sharing God’s Grace offering of $695.77 (including $200 from the Resource Committee) brings our four-month total to $3,279.35.


There was discussion regarding the air conditioning and heat being set to go no lower than 68 degrees in the winter and no higher than 74 in the summer in order to preserve the piano and organ.


Congregation meetings should be held Sunday October 14, 2018, after both services to present and vote on the video intercom master monitor in the church office and door stations at the alley and elevator entrance.  The quote from Westminster Fire Extinguisher Service is $5609.00.


Mike Tasto presented the advisement Preparing to Modernize the Technology Utilized within Grace UCC. Consistory discussion resulted in three suggestions.  Look at a 5-year plan for upgrading technology at Grace and how upgraded technology can grow the congregation.  A committee should be formed to implement a 5-year technology plan. It would be helpful to have some technology education sessions to educate the congregation about how modern technology can be integrated into worship services.


Prepared by Craig Bixler 09-16-18


October 14, 2018 Congregation Meeting

There will be meetings Sunday after the 9:00 AM service and after the 10:45 AM service to ask questions and vote on installing a video intercom system with remote door unlocks for the alley door entrances.  The proposed $5609.00 installation cost is from Westminster Fire Extinguisher Service.


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.” 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 – October 9

The sewing Group will once again be meeting on the second Tuesday of each month, September through June, to assemble bed pads. This month we will meet on October 9.  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 9:45 AM to 10:30 AM.  All youth, 5th grade and older are invited to join us.  Leaders are Janet Black, Jenn Weaver, and Amy Fawks (will lead the Kahootz).


In-House Gardener Needed

The flower beds around the church and parsonage are cared for by the congregation.  Barry and Donna Bankert have been doing the work for 50 years. It is now time for younger folks to take it over.  The work entails planting flowers (leftover from Grace UCC spring flower sales), watering, weeding, and the general care for the church and parsonage flower beds.  The trees and bushes are cared for by the Consistory.

For questions concerning the gardening work, please contact Donna and Barry Bankert.


Trunk or Treat

Decorated vehicle trunks, backseats, or open hatches make this event a family affair!!  The treats are passed out as children walk around the parking lot!!

This is a safe Halloween Event we are trying for the first time.

**October 27 at 6:00PM**

Sign up to participate in the office.  All we need to know is the number of vehicles participating!  It is fun to join the fellowship surrounding this event. The children love it!!


Do You Shop at Giant or Weis?

Giant and Weis grocery cards are available at the church office.  There are $25, $50, and $100 denominations available. 

Grace earns 5% of the card value to support our Deacon's Fund when you use these cards.


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!


Neighbors In Need

 We will be receiving the special Offering for Neighbors in Need in the month of October.  Neighbors in Need is the UCC's annual offering to support ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States, including the Council for American Indian  Ministries, justice and advocacy efforts, and direct service projects funded by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries. 

Please prayerfully consider donating to this worthwhile cause. 

Envelopes can be found near the  October Days of Grace.

Thank you.


 Ella Jane Heller, born September 3, 2018, to proud parents Nicholas & Alda Heller; big sister Emma, and grandparents Harold & Linda Heller.  God Bless all of them!

Thank you


A most warm and sincere Thank You to all who made George's surprise 95th Birthday Party here at Grace so special.


Many Thanks to Mary Jane Fuhrman and Carol Spangler-Solomon, and their crew, for the lovely luncheon; Pastor Bonnie and Harold Heller for allowing Anna to let her creative juices flow, making the Worship Service so meaningful; and the entire Grace Congregation for rallying around this effort, showing their care and love for both of us.  It was truly a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

God Bless,

Anna & George Motter


Chancel Choir


Chancel Choir meets every Thursday at 7:00 PM. Please come and join us!   



Catching everyone up this month.  We did not have the amount of bodies on the Ark trip to warrant us a big bonus, but we did receive a profit of $504 and gave $200 to the Ark Fund.  

The Peach Pie Project served to be never ending—100 pies were made!  $577.30 profit was realized. It takes a group of folks with great spirit to get the job done and many ladies can be proud of themselves.  There’s fun and love in our projects. It’s where we really learn to know each other and build caring relationships.

Looking ahead, tickets are being printed for our “Baskets of Friendship and Fun” Tea and Card Party.  The date is October 17 at 1 PM  Get your reservations in early.  

The bus trip to Wheeling, WV, for the Festival of Lights is on November 18-20.  Call Mary Jane for more details


Mary Jane


Candy Making Dates


September 25 &28

October 12, 10, 24, 26, 31

November 2, 6, 9, 14, 28



Pastor Benner Receives Emeritus Honor

The Rev. Dick Benner was honored by the congregation of St. Paul’s-Wolf’s-Church with the title Pastor Emeritus on Sunday, September 9.  The church was celebrating the 255th anniversary at its location ½ mile from the intersection of Rt. 116 (Spring Grove Rd.) and Rt.30, west of York, PA.

The Rev. Mr. Benner served the congregation from September 1971 to December 1986.  Among the many highlights of that 16-year pastorate were these:

·         The custodian, the organist, and the choir director were ordained into the Christian ministry.

·         A Vietnam refugee family was brought to York to start a new life.

·         The congregation’s outreach ministry increased dramatically.

·         Participation in and financial support of the Crop Walk was record-setting.

·         The married couples and youth ministry programing reached new heights.

·         Sunday Church School enrollment averaged 270 children, youth and adults.

·         189 young people were welcomed into church membership through the Rite of Confirmation.

·         180 infants were baptized—120 couples were united in Christian marriage; 124 Christian burials of beloved members were performed.

·         531 new members (including confirmands) were welcomed into membership.


The recognition Sunday gathering was a humbling, fulfilling service of worship followed by a fellowship meal at the church.


In his comments, Pastor Benner lifted up the strengths of the relationship of the congregation, pastor, and the Holy Spirit when they work TOGETHER.  Pastor Benner’s favorite image of Jesus as his Good Shepherd is what guided him as he sought to be the Good Shepherd pastor of the Wolf’s Church flock.




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.  


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





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  October Needs



Coffee, Hot Chocolate,

Salad dressing – (Ranch, Italian or 1000 Island.)



Toilet Paper, Paper Towels



Wash Clothes, Bath Towels, Hand Towels,

M-L-XL– Flip Flops



single servings of juice boxes, bottles of water, single serve vegetables, and single serve fruits





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: Craig Bixler, Maynard Warner

October  7:   Consistory – Communion

October 14:  Vickie Arnold, Allison Myers

         Kim Aumen, David Myers

         Steve Hershey, Jenn Weaver   

October 21,28:  Dan Trimmer, Earl Fuhrman

         Eugene Bixler, Linda Bixler    

         Mary Jane Fuhrman, Dona Warner



October   7: Assisting Elder – Mike Bankert

October 14:  Rick Boyer

October 21:  Pauline Benner

October 28:  Holly Smith



October   7: Communion – Consistory

October 14:  Cathy Reck

October 21:  Faye Myers

October 28:  Faye Myers




Acolyte 10:45 service

October   7: Maxwell Wisensale

October 14:  Alexis Knopp

October 21:  Luke Highlands

October 28:  Levi Highlands



October   7:

October 14:

October 21:

October 28:





October   7: Tim & Tina Hagarman

October 14:  Sue & Tracey Caler

October 21:  Dave & Alecia Highlands

October 28:  No coffee hour/Halloween Party         

                    and luncheon




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.