Days of Grace January 2019

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January 2019

 

The Days of Grace

At

Grace United Church of Christ

 

GRACE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

100 FOURTH STREET

HANOVER, PA 17331

717-632-1146

 

Web site: http://graceucchanover.com


 

Church Office Hours

Monday – Friday. 9:00 A.M – 2:00 PM

 

Modern Service 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Church School 9:45 AM – 10:30 AM

Traditional Worship Service 10:45 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:   

Sextons: Sandy Puterbaugh & Faye Myers

 

 

*Pastor Bonnie’s Phone:  717-324-6639

*Pastor Bonnie’s e-mail address:

                       Twanda98@comcast.net

*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:          

                     pattiamiller68@gmail.com    

                                

Info/Prayer/Bible Study Line

                     717-632-1819, access 86212#

 

Grace Church Office e-mail address:    

                         graceclerk@yahoo.com

 

Newsletter e-mail: (deadline is 15th of

the month)

         graceuccnewsletter@gmail.com


 

ANNUAL MEETING

Sunday January 20, 2019

10AM in the sanctuary

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Annual meeting reports due by the first week of January.  

 

Send to:

Amy Fawks

(email: scrabble_aimee@yahoo.com)

 

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2019 contribution envelopes

are now available.


 

 

A Word From Pastor Bonnie…

 

Well, it happened. It came and went.  Did it change you in a marvelous way? I hope you allowed it to impact your life in a positive way.  By now I hope many of you have figured out what it is.  Christmas!  It seems like we hear about Christmas from September through December, but it goes away with very little fanfare…well except for the sales on the 26th.  Something that is highlighted and pushed for months should have an impact on our lives, right? Hmmmm.

I guess I am expecting too much.  If Jesus’s birth, ministry, death and resurrection have not made an impact on some, maybe there is nothing that will make an impact on that person.

I believe Advent did have a marvelous impact on Grace UCC.  The Advent Celebration, the Christmas Pageant, the special services, the number of children!  It had a marvelous impact on me personally. The marvelous impact had everything to do with God and nothing to do with me.

God blessed Grace UCC tremendously in December.  We had wonderful leadership in charge of a variety of activities.  We had wonderful teachers that thought about Sunday lessons and implemented the lessons in such a way that the children wanted to attend every week. We had many that helped pack bags for children at the shelters, and we had many just stop in the church to see where they could help knowing we did not have a secretary.  All these things were a blessing to me.

Another way I was marvelously impacted was through the worship services, the music, the scriptures.  God was present in my life and the life of this church in a multitude of ways. I hope you felt the presence of the Holy Spirit; I hope you saw the face of Christ in a child’s face and I hope you allowed God to impact your life in a marvelous way.

If Christmas was not a happy time for you, it is okay.  God was with you wherever you were just as God is with you wherever you are today. God weeps with you, God rejoices with you and God loves you.  That is what the Christmas story is all about.

Blessings to you,

Pastor Bonnie


December 2018 Consistory Digest

 

There were 16 members present, including Pastor Bonnie Whittier and Patti Miller.

 

Treasurer’s Report:

General pledge for November 2018:  $18,615.13 (4 Sundays)

General pledge for November 2017:  $14,014.00 (4 Sundays)

    YTD 2018 income:     $191,380.13

    YTD 2018 expenses:  $222,244.71

    YTD shortage:              $30,864.58

Checking account balances

        Deacon:             $17,631.06

Education: $12,609.45

        Memorial:         $34,711.28

        Resource:            $3,412.81

        Operating: $35,071.61   

 

Carroll Miller reported that for the first time in 2018 giving exceeded the budget and year-to-date (YTD) 2018 giving is above YTD 2017. Extra ordinary expenses included expenditures to deal with Linda DeMaio’s departure. We also paid $750.00 for 15 folks to participate in the CPR course. The October and November OCWM payments were made in November. $20,000.00 was transferred from “unrestricted investments” to be sure that we get through the end of the year in good shape.

 

A motion was passed to recommend the 2019 Proposed Budget, $244,484.00, to the congregation for approval.

 

The Personnel Committee reported Grace received 112 applications for the secretary position.  Four top tier candidates will be interviewed January 3, 2019. Six to eight more second tier candidates have been identified if the first four do not appear qualified for the position.

 

Patti Miller reported during November she made 15 visitation attempts. Some members were visited more frequently if they were hospitalized, had special need of support, or were sleeping. She had a very bad cold and refrained from visiting for over 10 days so as not to spread any germs.

 

Amy Fawks reported Hanover Has Talent for 2019 will be moved to the spring.  The date will be determined after meeting with the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center.   

 

Ken Wenger reported November was another strong month for Sharing God’s Grace with an offering of $1,100 bringing the seven month total to $5,928.55.  With the match of contributions over $5,000, the grand total is now $6,857.10.  All money for the match must be received by December 30th.

 

Pastor Bonnie reported:

She did all the home communions this month—for regularly visited members.

 

Both the ladies and men’s donation nights were well received.  It has been suggested we do something for children. We will collect items for a couple weeks and donate them to the shelters before Christmas. It has been suggested we continue to collect items and have bags ordered with the church logo on them.  People could carry one or two in their car and hand them out when needed. The bags are approximately $1.50 each if we get 100.

 

Pastor Bonnie would like to see us plan a new pictorial member book in early 2019.

 

She is starting a new book/Bible study in January that will meet on a weekday afternoon.

 

She would also like to purchase some new Grace UCC T-shirts.

 

Pastor Bonnie does not have a communion set to take along for home communions.  The Consistory approved the purchase of a home communion set.

 

Mike Tasto presented information to update and improve the technology at Grace.  Some of the changes include better information storage, improved Wi-Fi, and live streaming the Traditional Service.  An estimate was presented from 1stchoicecomputers, Littlestown, PA, to upgrade Grace’s technology.  The estimated cost is $6,049.87.

The Consistory suggested some technology training sessions be held at Grace to help members better understand what the technology upgrades can do for Grace’s outreach.

 

Gary Rickrode reported to Consistory that he had 3 first-aid/ CPR/ AED classes scheduled during the month of November. Each class had 5 students in attendance for a total of 15 students. An invoice for $750.00 was turned into the office for the training.

 

Prepared by Craig Bixler 12-16-18

 

Sponsors

 

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

 

 

ANNUAL MEETING

January 20

 

The 2019 Annual Congregation Meeting will be held on Sunday, 20 January, at 10:00 AM in the Sanctuary.  Please plan to attend.

 

 

 

 

ANNUAL MEETING REPORTS

 

Reports for the Annual Meeting must be sent to Amy Fawks (email: scrabble_aimee@yahoo.com) by the first week in January.

 

Help Needed

 

Can you offer a few hours to help clean the church?

 

 There are several areas where help is needed to sort through and organize materials.  If you have time during the day or evening to help, you will be helping create a welcoming, orderly environment at church to gather with others. Also, what a great opportunity to work together with others!

If interested, please contact the church office.

 

 

 

 Books

Simply Spiritual Book Club

 

The Simply Spiritual book club will meet every Monday at 10:00 AM.  See you on January 7!!

 

 

Community Aid

 

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!

 

Sewing Group – January 8

 

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 February 12.  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.


 

Do You Shop at Giant or Weis?

 

Giant and Weis grocery cards are available to buy at the church office.  There are $25, $50, and $100 denominations available. The church receives a 5% rebate on the face value of each card used.  Th..e rebate supports our Deacon's Fund when you use these cards.


 

Chancel Choir
Music

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


 

Messy Church

Friday, January 11

6-7:30 PM

 

A family activity to learn about God through fun, fellowship, and creativity. A light meal will be served. Everyone is invited.



 

In Loving Memory

 

Helen Bechtel

 

 

REMINDER !!

 

GRACE U.C.C. WINDOW CLINGS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE ONE.  THEY ARE NOT A STICKER. THE CLING CAN BE PLACED ON THE INSIDE OF A CAR WINDOW, OR ON A WINDOW OR A GLASS DOOR AT HOME.

 

YOU CAN PICK THEM UP IN THE CHURCH OFFICE, ON THE TABLE IN THE BACK OF FELLOWSHIP HALL, OR IN THE LARGE TRANSCEPT.



 

Cling is larger than

the

Picture.

 

 

 

Sharing God’s GraceSheep

 

We have been challenged to fill two arks for a total of $10,000.  As of November 2018, we have given $5,928.55. To help us reach the challenge of two arks, our matching gift angel will match everything given till December 31, 2018 by individuals.

The last two Sundays of 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. Envelopes are available in the pews.

 

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

 

 

 

    

 

HANOVER  AREA

 

COUNCIL OF CHURCHES

 

The Clothing Bank needs your help!

We are looking for individuals who are available to come and sort clothing and items. Sorters are needed 8:30-11:00 AM Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Cashiers are needed 9:00 AM-12 noon on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and on the first Saturday of the month when the Clothing Bank is open from 9:00 AM to 12 noon. If you are interested in learning more about this volunteer opportunity, please contact the Council office at 717-633-6353.

 

PAL LUNCH

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 Saturday of the month, please contact: Craig Bixler 632-5606.


 

PAL  January Needs

 

PAL

Scalloped Potatoes, Sauerkraut, Sugar, Ketchup, Coffee, Coffee Creamer

 

CLOTHING BANK

Blankets (no crochet), Towels, Sheets (Queen), Family size Toiletries, Clorox Wipes

 

CHANGING LIVES SHELTER

Sweats M/F-M/L/XL, Hand towels, Liquid Soap, Hand Sanitizer

 

RUTH’S HARVEST 

single servings of entrees and juice boxes

 

 

SERVING IN JANUARY

 

If you are unable to serve a position that you are scheduled for please find a substitute and/or inform the church secretary.

 

USHERS

Head usher: Vickie Arnold, Mike Bankert

 

January   6: Consistory – Communion

January 13:  Ken Wenger, Cathy Reck,

             Earl Fuhrman, Gary Rickrode,

             Mary Jane Fuhrman, Glendon Ruhlman

 

January 20 & 27:  Craig Bixler, Rick Boyer,

               Matt Boyer, Fay Emlet,

               Becky Boyer, Faye Myers


 

LITURGIST

 

January   6: Dan Trimmer – Assisting Elder

January 13:  Greg Sindlinger

January 20:  Rick Boyer

January 27:  Jenn Weaver


 

Greeters  

January   6: Consistory

January 13:  Sally & Kerry Durika

January 20:  Sally & Kerry Durika

January 27: Kristine Benner

 

Acolyte 10:45 service

 

January   6: Briahna Rorrer

January 13:   Lexi Knopp

January 20:   Luke Highlands

January 27:   Levi Highlands

 

TRADITIONAL SERVICE

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS

 

January   6: TBD

January 13:  TBD

January 20:  TBD

January 27:  TBD

 

 

 

MODERN SERVICE

HOSPITALITY HOSTS

 

If you are interested in providing refreshments for the modern service,

please contact

Pam Kreitz 717-476-9511.


 

NURSERY HELPERS

 

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.