Days of Grace February 2019


February 2019


The Days of Grace


Grace United Church of Christ






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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


Sextons: Sandy Puterbaugh & Faye Myers


*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)




2019 contribution envelopes are now available.


February 17

  • Installation of Consistory

  • Congregation Commitment to Grace Church

  • Welcoming New Members


A Word From Pastor Bonnie…



I am in the office and it is a cold, rainy, gray day.  It is not cold, rainy or gray in my heart. It is sunny, warm, welcoming and bright pink!  It is another day that I have an opportunity to share a message with the congregation about God.  


I hope I never tire of the message to love God and love my neighbor as myself.  It seems to me in 2019 that message is needed. It is needed as we look at border control and as we look at the numbers in Sunday Education decrease.  The message is needed as we contemplate the number of suicides in our youth and the homeless population. The message is needed in every home—even homes of loving families!  The message is needed in every church –even churches that have large attendance! It is needed in government—oh how it is needed in government.


As a matter of fact, I cannot think of a place, a circumstance, a business, a school, a church, a home, a carnival or anywhere that loving Good and loving my neighbor as myself is not needed.


Will you join me in loving God and loving our neighbor as ourselves?  We can change the world! We can change Gracee UCC. We can change Hanover.  We can change our families!




Pastor Bonnie

January 2019 Consistory Digest


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

Treasurer’s Report:

General pledge for December 2018:  $18,798.00 (5 Sundays)

General pledge for December 2017:  $19,323.86 (5 Sundays)

YTD 2018 income:     $223,563.77

YTD 2018 expenses:  $246,053.53

YTD shortage:              $22,489.76

Checking account balances

Deacon:      $19,821.20

Education:  $12,609.63

Memorial:   $34,711.53

Resource:    $2,846.66

Operating: $40,520.45


Carroll Miller reported general pledge giving was $18,798.00 for December.  Both November and December were good. We did pay some year-end outreach items, so our December expenses were $23,962.88 and we have an excess of $5,014.08.  He adjusted our investment balances for the fourth quarter; they were awful. The 2018 drop in investment value was $182,455 or 9.6%.


The Personnel Committee reported a second group of candidates will be interviewed for the secretary position.


Dan Trimmer thanked Amy Fawks, Sue Lang, and Ken Wenger for their service as they finished their Consistory terms.  Their contributions will be missed.  The Consistory thanked Dan Trimmer for his past six years of service.

The Trustees reported the video buzz-in system has been installed at the alley entrances. Pastor Bonnie and Carroll Miller have been trained on its use. The new system will be used once the new secretary begins at Grace. D. B. Smith will remove some louvers on the front spires of the church.  The inside of the spires will be inspected to see if there may be a problem causing the roof leaks over the rear balcony.


A Dickson DBS Digital Monitor with necessary components will be purchased for $496.00. This monitor will be used to check temperature and humidity in the organ chamber.


A reconditioned copier from Doceo will be leased for 5 years at $89.84 per month.   This copier will print 45 pages per minute with color and banners as options. This copier also has a stapler and folds.  The contract would allow 4000 copies per month with a half cent charge per copy over 4000. Color copies would be 3.7 cents per copy extra.  Doceo would take care of all toner and repairs.


Patti Miller reported she made 19 visits during December, including nursing homes, rehab, private residences, and the hospital.  Some members received more frequent or repeat visits based on individual circumstances. The presents made during the Advent workshop were displayed by many and appreciated very much. She continued the Prayer List and Bible Study on Tuesdays and Fridays. has been reviewed to see if any changes need to be made to the Grace Safe Sanctuary Policy.  Training for volunteers and employees will be held this spring. Michael Decker from E&B Transportation will provide training.


Ken Wenger reported Grace raised $10,000 which enabled us to meet Pastor Bonnie’s challenge and purchase two arks for Heifer Project.  In December the congregation gave $1,876.42, which added to the previous total $5,928.55 brought the new total to $7,804.97.  The angel matched $2,195.03 to bring the grand total to $10,000.

Pastor Bonnie reported 22 bags were assembled for children at the Changing Lives Shelter.

She did not do any home visits in December because of the time restraints with making bulletins and getting things ready for extra services and Sunday morning services and mailings to the shut-ins. During Lent, Pastor Bonnie will lead a Wednesday evening discussion group and also have adult classes about communion on Sunday mornings.  She will be away February 19 through February 26 for vacation.

Amy Fawks reported Google forms will soon be available, both digital and paper, for a membership data base. Next year, forms will be available showing the person’s name and group for reports to the Annual Report.


Prepared by Craig Bixler 01-15-19


New Pictorial Directory


A new pictorial directory is planned for March.


Looking Ahead


  • March 6:  Ash Wednesday Service at 7 PM


  • March 13, 20,27 and April 3, 10, 17

          Wednesday Evening Discussion –      

          “Dropping Your Guard”: Learning   

           to be authentic and real in daily



  • Pastor Bonnie will lead a Sunday class on Communion on March 10, 17, 24 ,31, & April 7, 14 from

         10 AM- 10:30 AM



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



 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!






Can you offer a few hours to help clean and organize 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. Also, what a great opportunity to work together with others!

If interested, please contact the church office.




Ushers are needed for the Traditional Service.  If you are currently not helping to usher and would like to be added to the volunteer list, please contact Craig Bixler.



Valet Service Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to assist at the elevator entrance on Sunday mornings from 10:10AM – 10:30 AM. Assistance is provided at the elevator entrance for information, please contact Linda Bixler 717-632-5606



Donations of individual servings of pudding cups and juice boxes are needed for an activity for the next Messy Church on March 8.  Place any donations in the kitchen box labeled Messy Church.

Thank you.     Linda Bixler 


Sewing Group – February 12

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.


Resource Committee

The Resource Committee had a very “busy to the end of the year” experience this year.  Projects were many and the trips were delightful. We know so many new folks and, for sure, they know all about us.


We missed out pumpkin Pie Bake due to our trip and were the cause of some sad Thanksgiving dinners. Seriously, people called—Sara Lee does not compare to Grace’s pies.


We are gearing up now for chicken corn soup on 23 January.  Don’t miss it!


1918 Totals for projects

Jan – Chicken corn soup   $ 448.28

Feb – Cherry Pie   476.80

Apr – Washington Bus   525.40

Apr – Easter Candy 1,571.96

Apr – Dessert Tea   870.12

May – Yard Sale 1,811.82

July – Ark Trip   504.00

Aug – Peach Pie   577.30

Oct – Dessert Tea   820.49

Nov – Wheeling Bus   284.72

Dec – Candy Sale 2,297.73

TOTAL          10,188.62


Thanks for much for the support you give to the church through us.  We will keep trying always to do better. God Bless, Mary Jane

February/March projects:

Cherry Pie Sale:  Feb 19-20

Easter Candy:  Feb 8, 13, 27

 Mar 6, 11, 13, 15, 26, 29

Final day to order candy:   March 24




The Seniors Luncheon will meet at noon in the Fellowship Hall on March 20, June 19, and September 18.


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.  The rebate supports our Deacon's Fund when you use these cards.


Chancel Choir


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


Thank You

Thank you for donation to our Mitten Tree.  We fell a little short of meeting or exceeding last year’s collection.  We collected hats, scarves, headbands, sets, gloves for men, women, and children, and even some socks.  The items totaled 141. They were divided between Hanover Council of Churches, New Hope Ministries, and Hoffman Home for Children.  The items were appreciated by all the organizations.


Thanks again for donating and if you crochet or knit, please consider making some hats or scarves throughout the year.  They love homemade items. Items were delivered by Donna and Barry Bankert at the beginning of January.




In Loving Memory


Mark Rickrode, Sr.

Father of Tina Hagarman

Grandfather of Wes & Vance Hagarman


Simply Spiritual Book Club


The Simply Spiritual book club will meet every Monday at 10:00 AM.  




Sharing God’s Grace


We were challenged in 2018 to fill two arks for a total of $10,000.  AND WE DID IT!! We raised $10,000, which allows for the purchase of two arks for the Heifer Project.  In December, the congregation gave $1,876.42. When added to the previous total of $5,928.55, it brought the new total to $7,804.97.  The angel matched $2,195.03, bringing the grand total to $10,000, which will buy two arks.


Our Choir Director

Anna Motter, Grace’s choir director, has had a very active life.  She founded the Taneytown Christmas Chorus in 1980. She was also the Chairperson of the Taneytown Board of

Zoning Appeals, as well as active with the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ for many years.  Anna was also the first layperson and first woman to chair the church and ministry commission of the conference’s Catoctin Association, which included 42 churches in Washington,

Frederick, and Carroll counties.  And today she blesses Grace UCC as its choir director.  Thank you, Anna!





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


PAL  February Needs



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



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



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



single servings of entrees and juice boxes



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: Justin Moul, Mike Mummert


February 3, 10:  Craig Bixler, Dan Kessler

   Eugene Bixler, Allison Myers

   Linda Bixler, David Myers


February 17, 24: Barry Bankert, Kris Smith

    Greg Sindlinger, Holly Smith

    Donna Bankert, Linda Sager




February   3: Patti Miller

February 10:  Mike Bankert

February 17:  Lisa Erney

February 24:  Deb Wierman



February   3: Barry & Donna Bankert

February 10:  Paul & Leslie Grote

February 17:  Nancy Kuhn

February 24:  Kristine Benner


Acolyte 10:45 service


February   3: Colby Bealing

February 10:  Maxwell Wisensale

February 17:  Briahana Rorrer

February 24:  Lexi Knopp





The Traditional Service’s Coffee Hour has been cancelled for the foreseeable future.  





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




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.