Days of Grace April 2019


April 2019


The Days of Grace


Grace United Church of Christ





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Church Office Hours:

Monday – Thursday / 9:00 AM – 3:45 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

Cell phone:  717-324-6639

E-mail address:


Pastor Bonnie really appreciates communication and her office door is open to stop in anytime.


Visitation Leader:  Patricia A. Miller

Cell Phone:  717-451-1913



  • Organist/Choir Director:  Harold E. Heller

  • Modern Service Worship Director:  Amy Fawks

  • Modern Service Music Coordinator:  Kathy Trimmer


Secretary: J Elaine Conley

Sextons: Sandy Puterbaugh & Faye Myers



Info/Prayer/Bible Study Line

Daily Updates 717-632-1819, access 86212#


Grace Church Office e-mail address:


Newsletter e-mail:

(The 15th of the month is the deadline for submitting articles to the newsletter.)


A Word from Pastor Bonnie…


I have a sentence written on a post hanging in my office window that says, “How I long for a definitive answer.” Can you relate to this longing?  How I long to pray and have God’s voice come over the television with my answer.

It just doesn’t work that way.  First, God’s timing is just that—God’s.  Second, I am sure if the answers were so easily heard and understood, we would be tempted to take them for granted.  Third, maybe the answer is easily heard, and we dismiss the answer.

I have people tell me they want an answer right now; but often what they are saying is, “I need help with listening to God.”  Lent is a time to intentionally work on your relationship with God. It is a time to reflect and wonder and examine what is closest to our hearts.  Is God the closest or has someone or something taken God’s place? It can happen so quickly.

I see people of all ages glued to their phone.  I see it at the store, at fast food places, nice dining places and especially at home.  When did we become so obsessed with our telephone, the media, and/or technology? Is it any wonder we have lost sight of God?  I have been reflecting upon the difference between a drug or alcohol addiction and a phone addiction. No one wants to hear, or much less admit, that they are addicted to their telephone.  Yet, I wonder if the addiction is the same. The addiction takes you away from what is important in your life.

I invite you to think about the question, “What is important to your life?”  Spend some time during the next several weeks to think about the question.

Where is God in your life? What priority is God in your life?  Are you not hearing the voice of God because you are too far away to hear?




Pastor Bonnie


April 2019 Consistory Digest


There were 18 members present including Pastor Whittier, Patti Miller, and Greg Sindlinger.

Treasurer’s Report:

General pledge for February 2019:  

$10,775.50 (4 Sundays)

General pledge for February 2018:  $11,962.00 (4 Sundays)

YTD 2019 income:  $30,036.97

YTD 2019 expenses:  $39,305.07

YTD shortage:  $9,268.10

Checking account balances:

Deacon:  $19,821.50

Education:  $12,609.82

Memorial:  $34,712.05

Resource:  $8,017.18

Operating:  $17,620.41

Carroll Miller reported February’s Treasurer’s Report shows a deficit of $5,460. Expenses included $1,882 for Parsonage Property Taxes, which are paid twice each year. Giving was slightly below last year but maintaining a reasonable level. At present we have $17,620 in the operating account. We will probably need to draw some money from Investments in three or four months.


Becky Boyer has joined the 2019 Consistory for her first three year term.


Patti Miller reported during February she made 22 visits, including nursing homes, rehab, private residences, and the hospital.  Some members received more frequent or repeat visits based on individual circumstances such as declining health or prolonged rehabilitation.


Michael Decker from E&B Transportation will provide Mandated Reporter training to Grace staff and children and youth volunteers, Saturday April 27, 2019, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM in Fellowship Hall.


The Resource Committee reported there is a Tea planned for April 10, the April 16 bus trip is sold out, and a bus trip to the DuPont Mansion is scheduled for June 4.  The committee is working hard.


Pastor Bonnie reported we are ready to print a new directory—March 4 is the deadline to add your information before printing.  A telephone Prayer Chain is in place and almost ready to go as well. She called 12 people to be involved as callers, with Beverly Speight-Mohamed as the Number 1 contact person.  Pastor Bonnie also reported a new pictorial directory is being planned. We can take our own digital pictures and have a company put them together in a book. A second option, which would be more expensive, is to have a company such as Touchstone do the photography and book.


A Dickson temperature/humidity monitor was installed in the organ chamber March 6. Monthly readings will be taken for one year and reported to Harold Heller and the Trustees.


Prepared by Craig Bixler 03-13-19




 March Baptism

Sierra Nicole Stair was baptized into the family of Jesus Christ on March 17th, during the Modern Worship Service.  Be sure to congratulate Jim and Angie.



Looking Ahead

  • April 1st: 7pm – Evening of fun while we make a jug planter.

  • Wednesday Evening Discussion continues into April on 3rd, 10th, and 17th.  Join us for “Dropping Your Guard” Learning   

to be authentic and real in daily living.

  • April 12th: MESSY Church has been rescheduled! Plan to be here between 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM.

  • Pastor Bonnie is continuing this month with the Sunday class on Communion: April 7, from 10:00 AM- 10:30 AM.

  • Palm Sunday, April 14th:  We will celebrate Palm Sunday with one service at 9:30 AM in the sanctuary.  The children will play an active role in this service.  Coffee Fellowship will begin @ 10:30 AM followed by an EASTER EGG hunt @ 11:00 AM

  • Good Friday, April 19th:   A Prayer Vigil is being held 5:30 AM- 5:30 PM.  Interested persons will sign up to pray for one half hour.  At 5:30 PM we will share in a Covered Dish Dinner followed by the 7:00 PM Good Friday Service of Reflection.

  • EASTER Sunday, April 21st:

6:30 AM: “Sonrise” Service; Modern Service @ 9:00 AM; Traditional Service @ 10:45 AM. Sunday School between 9:45 AM and 10:15 AM / Coffee will be offered between 10:15 AM and 10:45 AM in the Fellowship Hall!

  • April 25th:  Beginning of a new Thursday Evening Book Group w/Craig Bixler. Start time is 6:30 PM and we will meet in the Parlor.

  • April 27th:  Mandated Reporter Training / Volunteers and Employees of Grace UCC



  • May 4th:  YARD SALE!

Volunteers needed for set up and tear down. Sign up on the bulletin board or call the office and speak to Elaine.

  • Penn Central Conference:

June 7th and 8th


Flower Sponsors

To sponsor flowers for worship services, please contact Elaine at the church office

(717) 632-1146 or use the sign-up poster on the bulletin board in the transept.



Palm Sunday & Easter Sunday!

Treats are needed for the April 14th and April 21st Coffee Fellowship.  Please sign-up using the inserts in the Sunday bulletins if you can help in providing snacks like (but not limited to):  Grapes, Bananas, Cut up Apples, Celery, Carrots, Cheese curls, Doughnut holes, Pretzels, Lemonade and Punch. Thank You!


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 Elaine in the church office.


 Aaron Welper is looking for volunteers to offer services to seniors.  If you have been thinking about helping others and are interested in donating your time and talent by way of doing yard work or washing windows etc., please contact Aaron @ (717) 752-5552.




Children and Youth Volunteers

Is Your Volunteer Clearance Out of Date?


Clearances for children and youth volunteers will soon expire for those people who had clearances done in 2014.  PA state law requires all clearances be done every 60 months. The bulletin board outside the nursery has a list of Grace Volunteers showing past clearance dates.  There is also information on the board showing how to renew clearances. A bulletin board in Fellowship Hall and on the top floor of the education wing contains the information as well.  Please contact Craig Bixler for more information.



Sharing God’s Grace

The committee has received some very exciting news from Donna Lentz of the Area Volunteer for Southeast Pennsylvania regarding our participation in Heifer International!  Because of our precious gift we are being offered special recognition and the committee is meeting to decide the best way to announce this honor to the congregation!

Keep watching for moooooooore details.




Linda Bixler and I want to have some fun and we want to share it with you!

We are inviting you to join us at 7:00 PM on April 1st for a “foolishly” fun evening!

 We bring snacks and give you an opportunity to make a BEAUTIFUL, beautiful planter!!!!  You bring a gallon jug, or a large plastic bottle with some kind of handle.  (There will be an example in the office for you to see.) And we will help you transform that plain old jug into a beautiful planter.

Depending on how much fun we are having, this event could be over in an hour or 2 … the length of the time will be up to you!  Mark your calendars now to join us for a few hours of intense fun, laughter and food!

Just a hint – this involves eyes, nose, lips and a large variety of hair!!!  This is going to be so much fun!!!!




Rescheduled Messy Church

Everyone is invited to join “God’s Team”

Friday, April 12th at 6:00-7:30 PM

This is a family activity to learn about God through fun, fellowship, and creativity.

A light meal will be served. Everyone is invited to wear a team jersey.





Mark Your Calendars


Vacation Bible School

Sunday. July 7 – Thursday, July 11


Sewing Group – April 9th

The sewing Group will once again be meeting on the second Tuesday of each month, September through June, to assemble bed pads. More hands are always welcome!


Resource Committee

We netted $640 on our pie sale with lots of complimentary comments which make it all so much more worthwhile.

Our bus trip will soon be fulfilled. Now, if you missed this one, which I understand happens, please be aware of our next one-day trip on June 4th. We will be touring the wonderful American treasure Winterthur; where the French immigrants – The du Ponts settled in the early 1800’s. Three generations of du Ponts lived here.

You will see the gorgeous 60-acre gardens. No, you won’t have to walk. We will be on a tram. Then the mansion with its marvelous collection of treasures, is available for us to see in their 175-room estate.

Now, off to Wilmington, Delaware for a fantastic lunch at the Wilmington Hotel. Excited yet? Call as soon as you can. More to come.

Please start collecting for the yard sale. Call if you need something transported. Call Mary Jane Fuhrman or Faye Myers. We’ll need help for set up at 6:30 AM and tear down at 2:00 PM.

Thank you to all who said “yes” to making goodies; desserts for our tea on April 10th at 1:00 PM.  They all sound yummy. Easter candy is being made, excellent taste and beautifully packaged, a great presentation for gift giving.

Fondly, Mary Jane

A Note from Pastor Bonnie …


This is what Consistory is working on to be the best leaders we can be.  It is a good reminder for us all …


Culture of Considerate Behavior


1.  Believe the best about each other and don’t be in a hurry to judge.

2.  The Golden Rule rules:

  1. Speak kindly

  2. Respect others’ thoughts and opinions

  3. Eliminate gossip / “step in” with encouragement to uphold a confidence shared

  4. “Be there” for each other

3.  Remember that communication is a two-way street requiring both respectful listening and speaking.

4.  Have a positive outlook.

5.  Be adaptable and open to change.

6.  Own your actions:

  1. No blame

  2. No passing the buck

  3. Learn from mistakes

  4. Learn from all experiences

  5. Apologize when wrong  




The Seniors Luncheon will meet at noon in the Fellowship Hall on 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 7:00 PM. Please come and join us!   



Sharing and Caring

Honor the Past /Step into the Future


Think about your favorite memories of Grace United Church of Christ.  Were you here during one of the renovations/new constructions? Maybe the day you walked into worship for the first time was touchingly special for you.

What is on your wish list for Grace United Church of Christ?  A little more rock and roll in the modern service? More lighting in the traditional service?  Maybe you would like to see more missionary trips.

Within the next couple of weeks, we will be sharing each other’s thoughts and dreams while caring about the feelings being expressed and those who have expressed them.  You will have the opportunity to share your thoughts!


March 31st:  we will honor & collect our memories of the past.

April 7th:   we will honor & collect our wishes for the future.


They will be made into a collage that will be hung in the church!


Simply Spiritual Book ClubBooks


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






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


HACC / April Needs



Worcheshire Sauce


Egg Noodles


Clothing Bank

Shaving cream



Changing Lives Shelter


Lemonade Mix

Iced Tea Mix


Ruth’s Harvest

Single Serve Vegetables

Single Serve Entrées




Family of Grace, please add these ministries and committees to your weekly prayer appeals:


Week of April 1st: Community needs Community

Week of April 8th: Executive Committee

Week of April 15th: Faith-at-Work Ministry

Week of April 22nd: Finance Committee

Week of April 29th: Fund Develop Committee



If you are unable to serve a position that you are scheduled for, please find a substitute or contact Elaine in the Church office.  


Head Usher:

Joann Sites, Mike Tasto

April 7th

Cathy Reck, Kendra Kauffman, Michele Rudisill, Steve Rudisill, John Storm, Melissa Storm

April 14th

9:30 service

Cathy Reck, Kendra Kauffman, Michele Rudisill, Steve Rudisill, John Storm, Melissa Storm

April 21st


April 28th

Mike Bankert, Leslie Grote, Paul Grote, Levi Highlands, Luke Highlands, Debbie Wierman



April 7th

Linda Bixler


April 14th

Children of Grace

April 21st

Craig Bixler

April 28th

Donna Bankert



April 7th

Rick & Becky Boyer


April 14th

Cathy Reck

April 21st


April 28th

Rick & Becky Boyer


Acolyte for 10:45 service

April 7th

Gracie Plunkert


April 14th

Lexi Knopp

April 21st

Levi Highlands

April 28th

Luke Highlands






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.