Days of Grace November 2018

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November 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…



It is almost November! Wow, for me that means Advent is right on the doorstep.  I am looking forward to being with you during this special time of the year. Let’s be honest, I think every week is special.  I think every person, every family, every event and every time we spend together as special. I love serving God and the community of Grace UCC.  Thank you for this opportunity.


We have several events planned for November.  One of the new events is the “Ladies Purse Night” November 5th at 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall. This is an outreach event that will benefit women.  Everyone brings a purse and one item (enough for all the purses) to put in the purse (there is a list in my office!) and we fill the purses and donate them to a shelter for women.  The women often come to shelters owning nothing because they left quickly; lost everything; things were stolen or what have you. We give them a purse, back pack or bag filled with hygiene items that is theirs.  They own something. The items we put in the bag are needed by everyone: comb, brush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, Kleenex, etc.

If you would like to attend and have no bag, come anyway.  There will be extra. If you cannot provide something to be put in the bag, come anyway.  This is a time of fellowship for ladies!  PS: there will be snacks!

There is also a men’s suitcase night scheduled.  The same idea as the ladies’ purses, but suitcases, back packs or duffle bag for a man.  We will be putting items in for men: deodorant, socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, comb, etc. The men are very grateful and when they leave the shelter they have something to take with them and something that is useful.  The “Men’s Suitcase” event is November 27th, 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  PS: there will be food!!


We have our first Messy Church planned for November 9 beginning at 6 pm.  This event is for all ages!  Please come and support this program and re-affirm for children how much they are loved, appreciated and welcomed at Grace UCC!


I believe Jesus had a theology of love.  We are called to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves.  My goal is that every function we have at Grace Church shows people that our goals, our attitude, our theology is in line with Christ!


We are on this journey together,


Pastor Bonnie


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!




October 2018 Consistory Digest


There were 15 members present including Patti Miller.

Treasurer’s Report:

General pledge for September 2018:  $12,122.00 (5 Sundays)

General pledge for September 2017:  $12,094.00 (4 Sundays)

YTD 2018 income:     $154,432.70

YTD 2018 expenses:  $182,813.61

YTD shortage:              $28,380.91

Checking account balances

Deacon:      $20,005.77

Education:  $12,609.35

Memorial:  $34,710.74

Resource:     $8,824.30

Operating: $12,386.04

Carroll Miller reported September giving remained below our required amount. September expenses included a quarterly pension payment of $4,095. The net result was a deficit of $5,807 for September and a year-to-date deficit of $28,391. Investment values have been updated. Returns are much lower this year, but they are positive. The average return for both Wilmington Trust and Lincoln investments is approximately 2% through September.

A committee should be formed to update the Grace Constitution and By-Laws.


The Gettysburg Association has the following openings beginning in 2019:  President, Vice President/Nominations, Secretary, Treasurer, Finance Chair, one opening on Committee on Ministry.  Gettysburg Association positions for the conference include: Board of Directors, Hartman Center Advisory Council, Judicial Commission, and 2019 General Synod Delegates.

A motion was made to have Wentz Tree Service remove the pine trees at the parsonage and trim the tree on Franklin Street near the ramp at a cost of $1450.00.  The motion was amended to have Wentz Tree Service trim the trees around the Education Wing in addition to removing the two pines and trimming the Franklin Street tree at a cost of $1450.00 and not to exceed $2000.00.  The motion passed.


Amy Fawks reported the following upcoming activities from the Worship & Music Committee: Harvest Home October 14, Crop Walk October 21, Trunk or Treat October 27, Halloween party October 28. The next Worship & Music meeting is scheduled for October 16 at 7PM.


Patti Miller reported September was a challenging month, as we lost our dear Alice Fox.  Several of the shut-ins she visited were either not in their rooms on multiple occasions or were sound asleep.  She left a card in that case and did not disturb them. Pastor Bonnie and Patti met to update the visitation list and she is beginning to write personal notes to those who are in their own homes but are difficult to contact.


Ken Wenger reported the September Sharing God’s Grace Offering was $722, bringing the total to $4,001.35. 


Jessica Fink is working on a proposal for a food pantry box at Grace.  


Pastor Bonnie met with Patti Miller, and in the midst of our meeting we discussed her poems.  Patti wondered if I still wanted her to write them weekly. After talking a bit Patti shared that she had been doing it for years and wouldn’t mind a break.  I suggested doing one a month instead of doing none. Patti will be doing a poem once a month.

Pastor Bonnie also reported the service of Reconciliation and Forgiveness was Spirit-filled and meaningful.  She has received many compliments on the service. It was well attended, and she felt that most appreciated the service.

Prepared by Craig Bixler 10-11-18


October 14, 2018

Congregational Meeting Results: 


The video intercom system with remote door unlocks should be installed at the alley entrances at the proposed cost of $5,609.00.


YES  73     NO  5




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


Calling All Green…Beans

We have committed to partner with New Hope Ministries to supply them with 500 cans of green beans for their annual Thanksgiving Drive.  Please bring your donations and place them in the marked boxes around the  Church. 

Monetary donations are also being accepted.  We will be glad to do the shopping for you!  Deadline is Monday, November 5.

Let's all pull together and keep what has now become a true Grace tradition a reality.  Serving God through serving others!

Sewing Group – November 13

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 November 13.  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).


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!!


Annual Halloween Celebration


…will be held Sunday, October 28, following the 10:45AM Worship Service.  We will begin with costume judging.  (PS: Children are asked to wear their costumes to Sunday School and to church.)  No scary or gruesome costumes, please. Prizes will be awarded. Following the costume judging, a light lunch, provided by the Board of Education, will be served.  Games and activities will take place following the luncheon for an hour or so. The Youth will be in charge of decorating Fellowship Hall for the celebration and will be in charge of some of the games and activities.

Messy Church

Friday, November 9

6 -7:30 PM

The theme is “Thanks".  This is a Family activity where we learn about God through fun, fellowship, and creativity.  We learn through storytelling, crafts, and music. A light meal will be served. Everyone is invited.


Looking Ahead—The Advent Celebration on Sunday, December 2, begins with a SPECIAL ADVENT WORSHIP SERVICE  at 9:00AM in the Sanctuary.  The Advent Processional will begin at 9:00AM.  Games and activities will begin at or before 10:15AM.  Luncheon will be served approximately 12:30PM followed by a brief closing.  More details will follow. We are looking for 5-6 people to serve on the planning committee.  Contact Dave Fawks or Janet Black, if you would like to help.


The Christmas Program and Party will be held Sunday, December 16, at 7:00PM.  Following the program, light refreshments will be served in Fellowship Hall and children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa. Children are invited to participate in the re-enactment of the birth of Christ.  We will need angels, shepherds, wisemen, and stars, as well as 2-3 people to set up and serve the refreshments.  Please contact Janet Black or the church office if your child/children would like to have a part or if you are interested in setting up for the party following the play.  This program is open to all members and friends of Grace Church.




We will be holding our annual Peanut Brittle sale beginning on Wednesday, December 5 and 6  with pick up beginning at 1:00PM on Friday, December 7. The deadline for orders is Sunday, November  25. Orders may be placed with Janet Black (717-637-1768) or Linda in the church office (717-632-1146).  The cost is $7.50 per pound. There will be a limit of 900 pounds of brittle this year.

We need lots of help this year with cooking, measuring, scrubbing pots, cracking, weighing, and packing the Peanut Brittle Orders.  It's a busy time, but we have great fun as we get to know each other better and make the candy. Come and join us. There are sit down jobs for those who need to sit.  Call Janet Black (717-637-1768) for more information or volunteer to help. Thank you.


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.


Blue Christmas Service

Christmas is right around the corner.  A happy, merry time yet there are other feelings stirred up by this Holiday.  Some folks among us may be feeling a bit blue.  Missing someone they love, having a rough time, not fitting in. 

Grace is reaching out to all with an invitation to join us for a very special Blue Christmas service, to be held Wednesday, December 5, beginning at 6:30 P.M., in Fellowship Hall. 

Bonnie will have a meaningful message and Ambient Grace will bless us with music for all to enjoy.  For more information, please call Linda DeMaio in the Church Office.  717-632-1146



Ladies of Grace will host their annual Cookie Swap on Sunday, December 9, from 3:00PM to 5:00PM.  All members and friends of Grace Church are invited to participate.  Simply bring three dozen of your favorite homemade cookies and a container to take three dozen cookies home.  Activities and refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Janet Black (717-637-1768).  Happy cookie baking….


Community Aid

We recently received a check for $86.00 from Community Aid for the 2nd quarter 2018.  This is for us allowing them to have their collection bin in our parking lot.


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!







Cling is larger than the Picture.



In Loving Memory


Alice Fox





Chancel Choir


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




Grace United Church of Christ

First Aid – CPR – AED Training


Consistory has approved the recommendation of the Grace Security Team to host the above 3-hour class. Consistory has also approved paying for the class attended by Grace members.

The class will be instructed by Bruce Yealy and held in Fellowship Hall, here at Grace Church. There is a minimum class size of 5 and maximum of 10. We are currently offering 3 classes to accommodate various schedules. The class dates are:

Tuesday Nov.6th, 1-4pm. Deadline to sign up Oct 31st.

Wednesday Nov.14th, 6-9pm. Deadline to sign up Nov 7th.

Sunday Nov.18th, 2-5pm. Deadline to sign up Nov 11th.

To sign up, please call Gary Rickrode at 717-637-4869.




Abigail Kae Shearer, on July 18, 2018

Proud parents: Megan & Ryan Shearer

Grandparents: Vicki & James Wertz

Big Sister: Zoey Shearer

Aunts & Uncles:  Amy & Dave Fawks and Sara & Scott Starck


Kaius Mark Crone, on September 30, 2018

Proud parents:  Rebecca & Tyler Crone

Grandparents: Deb & Gary Rickrode

Great grandmother: Elsie Rickrode

Uncle: Bill Rickrode



By the time you read this, we will have had another project that we are very proud of—the Dessert and Tea Card Party.  When we see a lot of the same ladies coming back twice a year, it’s so rewarding. It takes a lot of work to accomplish the type of program we wish to represent our church and we do it proudly. We have 68 ladies this time with merchants and restaurants giving us super gift certificates for door prizes.  Thank you so much to all our members who bake amazing desserts for everyone’s sweet cravings. You get lots of compliments.


The bus trip to Wheeling, WV, for the Festival of Lights will soon be here–November 18-20.  It’s very difficult to get reservations at the Wilson Lodge.  They have allowed me two more rooms. So if anyone is still interested, please call me immediately at (717)637-1513.  

Candy Sales are being accepted now.  It’s time to place your order.  The order sheets are in. Call me if you did not get one in the church bulletin.  Chocolates—oh, so good! —are beautifully wrapped for gift giving. Great peppermint bark, also!


Thank you for your support.

Mary Jane


Candy Making Dates:

October 24, 26, 31

November 2, 6, 9, 14, 28



Sharing God’s GraceSheep

Our project for 2018 is Heifer International.  Heifer International provides livestock to improve the lives of those who struggle for reliable sources of food and income.  Since its founding Heifer International has helped more than 31 million families. 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.

We have been challenged to fill two arks for a total of $10,000.  As of September 30, 2018, we have given $4,001.35. To help us reach the challenge of two arks, our matching gift angel will match everything given till December 31, 2018 by individuals after we reach the initial goal of $5,000 up to a grand total of $10,000 for two arks.

This means if we give $1,000 over the initial $5,000 goal it will be matched for a grand total of $7,000.  If we give $2,500 over the initial $5,000 goal it will be matched for a grand total of $10,000.

The last Sunday of each month October, November and 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.



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  November 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: Mike Bankert , Joann Sites


November 4 &11:  Ken Wenger, Linda Sager

Donna Bankert, Karl Whisler, Joleen Fennell, Merle Whisler

November 18 &25: Sue Lang, Nancy Bankert

Kelly Bankert, Sydney Bankert

Len Bankert, Dan Kessler



November   4: Donna Bankert

November 11:  Faye Myers

November 18:  Matt Boyer

November 25:  Carol Spangler-Solomon



November   4: Janette Becker

November 11:  Fay Emlet

November 18:  Fay Emlet

November 25:  Bonnie Miller




Acolyte 10:45 service

November   4: Alexis Knopp

November 11:  Colby Bealing

November 18:  Maxwell Wisensale

November 25:  Briahna Rorrer





November   4: Judy & Ron Rummel

November 11:  Craig & Linda Bixler

November 18:  Gary & Deb Rickrode

November 25:  Leslie& Paul Grote




If you are interested in providing refreshments for the modern service, please contact Pam Kreitz 717-476-9511.



November   4:

November 11:

November 18:

November 25:


Please contact Ashley Rummel if you are interested in helping in the nursery.


Christ calls us to reach out with Love and share God's Grace.