Days of Grace September 2019

campfire 5 09.2017

Welcome Everyone!


Grace United Church of Christ

100 Fourth Street Hanover PA 17331 

(717) 632-1146



Web site:


Church Office Hours:

 Monday – Thursday / 9:00 AM – 3:45 PM

e-mail address:



Meet us on Sunday Mornings!!!


9 to 9:45am for the Modern Service

9:45 to 10:30am for Church School

10:45am for the Traditional Service

Each 2nd Sunday between 11am & 11:45am for Junior Church



Info/Prayer/Bible Study Line

Daily Updates 717-632-1819, access 86212#




Pastor’s cell phone:  717-324-6639

E-mail address:


“ I really want to hear, and appreciate, what you have to say; my door is open, 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

Sextons: Sandy Puterbaugh & Faye Myers


Simply Spiritual – page 7

The Resource Committee – page 6 



Please take note that many of our groups have begun their regular schedules … see page 4


What fills Your Days of Grace?

Committee Reports


For Your Information


Hanover Area Council


Looking Ahead






This Month


Volunteer Opportunities


from the Pastor …


There has been so much going on at Grace Church I don’t know where to begin.  It is a new day. The sun is shining, the humidity is rising, and the school buses have been out.

The Lord has indeed blessed us abundantly.  I hope you take time every single day to look for a joy, a miracle or something to make you smile.

One of the new ideas for each Sunday school class is a Joy Jar.  Every class teacher will be presented with one. I hope every week the participants are given an opportunity to write a joy and drop it in the container.  By doing so we focus on a positive. Focusing on the positive will always take us farther than dwelling on the negative.

It is very exciting that we will have four children’s classes this year – Pre-school in the nursery on the 3rd floor; and on the fourth floor, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade; 3rd, 4th & 5th grades; 6th, 7th & up!!!  The 6, 7 & up will focus on confirmation.  My hope is that the youth will help the younger children.  The Confirmands will be reading a Bible Verse and leading a prayer during the opening each week.

There are two Adult classes offered; Patti Miller & Rick Boyer offer one class downstairs in the old youth room; I will offer a new discussion class in the parlor, for parents of children that might be new to Sunday Classes.

It is a new day. It is a new adventure.  The goal is the same> The goal is to love God with our whole mind, body and soul and love our neighbor as ourselves. “To do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God!”  Micah 6:8.

We are on this journey together!

Rev. Bonnie J. Whittier



July 2019 Consistory Digest


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


Treasurer’s Report:

General pledge for June 2019:  $12,997.01 

(5 Sundays)

General pledge for June 2018:  $13,754.00 

(4 Sundays)

YTD 2019 income:  $99,157.29

YTD 2019 expenses:  $121,465.58

YTD shortage:  $22,308.29


Checking account balances

Deacon:  $17,392.06

Education:  $12,610.19

Memorial:  $25,798.82

Resource:  $12,232.15

Operating:  $42,760.83


Carroll Miller reported the June deficit was $1,450.31. Expenses for June were $1,154.00 under budget. Only office expenses of $2,335.54 exceeded the budget. This included $1,549.00 to upgrade our wi-fi. We had previously paid a down payment of $1,500.00 on this project. Starting July1, we are renting the parsonage. 


The trustees reported three estimates have been received to replace the shingles on the sanctuary roof.  We are still waiting for the Donald B. Smith estimate. Ream Roofing, in Dallastown, has been contacted to get a quote for slate. There is water seepage in the lower level of the education wing and in the parsonage basement.  There are a couple sections of sidewalk that have settled and slope toward the education wing and also at the parsonage.  Mike Mummert will get estimates to raise or replace the concrete slabs that are sloped.


Vickie Arnold, Linda Bixler, and Becky Boyer shared some thoughts and ideas related to the possibility of removing the pews at the back of the large transept for the purpose of creating a gathering place before and after our church service as well as for other uses.  The goal is to make this space more useful to our congregation and more welcoming to visitors. 


Patti Miller reported, during June, she made 16 visits, including nursing homes, rehab, and private residences.  


The Resource Committee reported a bus trip to Boston is currently being advertised for late October.  There are still up to 8 seats available. Peach pies will be sold in August.


Pastor Whittier reported:


  • A Worship and Music Committee meeting was held recently.  Services for the Traditional Service have been scheduled through December.

  • She tallied the service evaluations.  We received 17 from the Modern Service & 22 from Traditional. The 5-year Plan responses are next.

  • She met with the Modern Service People and we have ordered new backdrops and made decisions to move forward in positive ways making sure to be inclusive!

  • She met with the Sunday School teachers and we have good plans for moving forward!

  • Youth Church will be held the second Sunday of each month beginning September 8.  The September activity will concentrate on outreach. October is open. In November shirts will be made to wear for the December Christmas pageant.  

  • A new rug has been purchased for the nursery along with new safer toys. 

  • The adult Sunday School room will be painted.

  • A confirmation class is being organized beginning with youth in 6th grade. 

  • A new Sunday School class is being organized for younger parents.  This group will meet in the parlor.

  • Locations are being considered for a Hot Wings and Beer Ministry.


Prepared by Craig Bixler 8-10-19




Sharing God's Grace


The Sharing God's Grace project  for 2019 helps programs of the Hanover Area Council of Churches such as: PAL, Changing Lives Shelter, Ruth's Harvest, Meals on Wheels, medical clinic, etc.  On the last Sunday of the month, you may bring contributions to the front  of the sanctuary during the last hymn.  There are envelopes available  in the pews. Our goal is $5000.  In this way we are truly reaching out to share God's grace with those around us.


Resource Committee


What does it take to make a committee run efficiently – I say devotion & caring!  What a beautiful job was done by many – 97 peach pies baked by caring ladies. There were peach washers, peelers, filling makers, dough mixers, dough rollers, pie top decorators, oven tenders, dish washers, and clean up people.

It was wonderful – a very successful project ($725.43 dollars PROFIT)  Pooped – but Proud!


Looking Ahead


Here @ Grace!


Sept 2nd  

Labor Day 

(Church Office Closed)

Sept 8th

Recognition of Chancel Choir and Ambient Grace

Sept 8th

Sunday Classes & 

Junior Church resume

Sept 9th


resumes regular schedule

Sept 10th

Sewing Group 

begins again at 9am

Sept 10th

Fitness Fun meets again at 6pm

Sept 12th

Thursday Evening Book Group begins with “Velvet Elvis” at 6:30pm

Sept 18th

Seniors Luncheon @ Noon 

(see page 11 for reservations)

Sept 20th


Sept 21st

P-A-L Luncheon 

sign up with Craig Bixler

Sept 25th

Candy Making

see Mary Jane for details!

Sept 28th

Church Camp Fire 

(see page 11 for reservations)

Oct 19th

Women’s Retreat / Patti Miller (article on page 7)


Out into the Wider Community!


Sept 1st

Hanover Chili Cook Off, Good Field Hanover

Sept 2nd

Who Did It Mystery, Codorus State Park, Hanover

Sept 4th

Free Summer Lawn Concert, Hanover Area Historical Society

Sept 14th

ArtsFest 2019 – Chalk It Up, Center Square Hanover

Sept 14th

Full Moon Paddle, Codorus State Park Hanover

Sept 14th

John Tesh – Songs & Stories from the Grand Piano, Eichelberger Performing Arts Hanover

Sept 22nd

2019 Codorus Autumn Open, Codorus State Park Hanover

Sept 28th

Hanover Diversity Festival, Moul Field Hanover

Nov 1st

Hoffman Homes 16th Annual Black Tie & Blue Jeans Gala Auction (Sponsorship information can be found on the bulletin board in the large transept)  Sponsorship forms to be completed and returned by September 20th.  


Answers on page 7

© 2003 CRI, P.O. Box 36269, Canton, OH 44735. 1-330-493-7884. 

Serving in September


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 Ushers

Mike Mummert, 

Joann Sites

Sept 1st, 8th

Barry Bankert, Donna Bankert, Matt Boyer, 

Becky Boyer, Rick Boyer, Linda Sager

Sept 15th, 22nd

Carroll Miller, 

Paul McIlwee, 

Stephanie McIlwee, 

Michele Rudisill, 

Steve Rudisill, 

Greg Sindlinger

Sept 29th

Craig Bixler, Eugene Bixler, Linda Bixler, Joleen Fennell, Karl Whisler, Merle Whisler



September 1st

Donna Bankert

September 8th

Deb Wierman

September 15th

Jenn Weaver

September 22nd

Len Bankert

September 29th

Faye Myers


September 1st

Cathy Reck

September 8th

John & Missy Storm

September 15th

John & Missy Storm

September 22nd

Rick &  Becky Boyer

September 29th

Leslie Grote

Acolyte for 10:45 service

September 1st

Luke Highlands

September 8th

Maxwell Wisensale

September 15th

Colby Bealing

September 22nd

Levi Highlands

September 29th

Gracie Plunkert




Shining a Light on Groups and Projects so we can see what is going on!



The Resource Committee

Raising funds for renovations, celebrations, and church operations.


This committee was started after money was raised by our group to fund our 100th anniversary.  That year we raised $10,000 with $600 of that earned from the efforts of Patti Paul by preparing a poem booklet for us to sell.

We then became a “driven” group.  

2007 – $4,246.50 Candy-nuts & pies and a desire to beautify the parlor which had last been done 30 years prior.

2008 – $5,264.92 was raised.  Realizing that people working so hard wanted to SEE what they were working towards, we gained permission to have a say in spending some of it to update the parlor, kitchen and 2 bathrooms.  Hours of running around searching for cheerful, calm color and furniture pieces plus trying to tie colors together, we were happy. New floors were added in the parlor and bathrooms. Len Bankert and Doug Long agreed to do all bathroom work if I kept supplying sugar cakes – we had such good fellowship!

We have many money-making projects.  Trips are a great way to earn money, teas, soups, candies, pies – and all these projects help people come to know Grace UCC and the pride and love we have for it.

Now you know more of what we are about. And YES!  The ant can move the rubber tree plant! Love you all.  M.J.

Simply Spiritual Book Club


Simply Spiritual – 

What are we about?


We discuss a variety of subjects and not in any special order.  We review books in the Holy Bible, read and review a selected book (right now it is “The Bible” by Edward Carbey.)  We discuss everyday issues with life and worldly issues. We could be classified as a support system for each other.


We WELCOME anyone who cares to share their time with this “Lively” group.


This article is an invitation for you to join us each Monday between 10am and 11:45am

(except Holidays and bad weather.)



Women’s Retreat:





Mark Your Calendar!


We are so excited to announce our third annual Women’s Retreat for Grace Church and friends. This year’s retreat will be held on Saturday, October 19, from 9:00-11:30 am in Fellowship Hall. We will have an inspiring and entertaining time singing, sharing ideas, watching some video clips, making “something beautiful,” and, of course, snacking. There will be sign-up sheets available around the church.  All ages are invited for a fabulous time of sistership. If you have any questions, please call Patti Miller (717-451-1913).


For Your InformationPENCIL_8




Sacrament of Holy Communion


Please note the following dates regarding the Sacrament of Holy Communion and when it will be served:


Summer Communion August 18, 2019

Worldwide Communion October 6, 2019

First Sunday in Advent December 1, 2019

Christmas Eve December 24, 2019

Winter Communion January 5, 2020






Newsletter DEADLINE: 15th of the Month

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Directions:  Add one word to the beginning of each word in the series to create a phrase. For example, to the words alert, carpet and herring you could insert the word red to create red alert, red carpet and red herring. Write the word that is common to all in the space provided.


1.   thumb, hornet, earth: ________________

2.   little, leg, casserole: ________________

3.   rites, straw, word: ________________

4.   hat, elephant, knight: ________________

5.   arrest, plant, fly: ________________

6.   frame, perfect, this: ________________

7.   jacket, fever, journalism: ________________

8.   weight, tiger, mache: ________________

9.   picker, bomb, tomato: ________________

10. ahead, line, away: ________________

11. saucer, buttress, squirrel: ________________

12. association, fall, born: ________________

13. friend, scout, Friday: ________________

14. eye, house, blower: ________________

15. digger, dust, bug: ________________


Answers on page 4

© 2003 CRI, P.O. Box 36269, Canton, OH 44735. 1-330-493-7884. 

Please remember…


Now that we are starting the Sunday School season with fresh new spaces for classes and gatherings … the holidays will soon be upon us, and groups will be meeting and doing their good deeds all through out the church building ….. remember that these rooms are here for all of us … and we need to leave them the way we found them, whether we be teacher, leader or host.  

Regular cleaning supplies can be found under the sink in the kitchen (if your group doesn’t have a closet where you keep your own supplies.)  So, whether you are hosting a fund raiser, teaching a class, or meeting for a book group … the parlor, hall, kitchen, nursery and classroom should be as neat and clean going out as they were for you coming in.  Please contact the office with any specific concerns. Thank You for Your Support!




Special Needs / September 



Salad Dressings

Dish Washing Soap

Zip lock bag all sizes



Lady & Men's Sock




Ground Coffee



Single Serve Entrees 

and  Vegetables

(dates dated for Sept 2019)





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


Week of Sept 1     Membership Committee

Week of Sept 8     HACC Ministerium

Week of Sept 15   HACH Hispanic/American Center

Week of Sept 22   Provide-A-Lunch (PAL)

Week of Sept 29   PR Committee


VOLUNTEER Opportunities





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



Valet Service Volunteers Needed


Each Sunday a dedicated group of volunteers assists persons at the elevator entrance from 10:10 AM until 10:30 AM. Additional volunteers are needed.  If you are interested or for more information, please contact Linda Bixler.



Applause, Applause …


… to those responsible for fixing noisy lights, and keeping appointments with roofing contractors, and painting and hauling and gardening and …



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


Meals on Wheels


The Hanover Area Council of Churches is making an urgent appeal to all of their member & nonmember churches.


“We need driver & runner to help with our MOW ministries. We have been losing volunteers due to health and age reasons and we are at a most desperate time, this is why we are asking for your help.  We try to schedule our runners 2 months out for the 4 routes that we have, and our schedule has no one for the last week of October.”

“We need people for our regular routes and also substitutes who can fill in.”  Any help in meeting this need would be greatly appreciated. Call if available (717) 633-6353





There has been difficulty getting volunteers to help in the nursery.  

Due to this fact, we cannot offer Nursery Staff during the Traditional Service.  The room is available, and you are invited to enjoy your children there.  Nursery Staff available during the Modern Service.

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


1.  What letter is a beverage?

2.  What letter is a bird?

3.  What letter is a human organ?

4.  What letter is a vegetable?

5.  What letter is an insect?

6.  What letter is a large body of water?

7.  What letter is a pool stick?

8.  What letter is a sheep?

9.  What letter is a verb of debt?

10. What letter means someone else?

11. What letter is a girl’s name?

12. What two letters describe a possible condition of the road in winter?

13. What letter means “me”?

14. What two letters form a word meaning too much?

15. What two letters mean opposite of full?

16. What two letters name a creeping vine?

17. What two letters name an adjective meaning not difficult?

18. What letter is a question word?

19. What two letters name a written composition?

20. What two letters from a word meaning jealousy?

Answers on page 7

© 2003 CRI, P.O. Box 36269, Canton, OH 44735. 1-330-493-7884. 


CHURCH CAMPFIRE   Saturday, September 28th 6:00 PM


Rain Date:  Saturday October 5th

Location:  Myers Hollow Farm

(Faye Myers) 665 Tracey Road Hanover

Route 94 south turn left on Hobart Road. 

Go 1-mile past St. David’s Church.

At 4-way stop turn right on Glenville Road.  

Go ½ mile turn left on Tracey Road.


Hotdogs, S’mores, Chips, Soda, and Water provided.

Bring lawn chairs, flashlights or lanterns and roasting utensils for campfire.

Bring Forks, Knives, & Spoons if desired.

Songs and stories:  If you have any favorites, bring them to share.


For planning purposes, please complete the form below.

  • ————————————————

(Return to Craig Bixler or the church office by Sunday, September 22.)

YES!  I will attend the church campfire on September 28!

Name: ____________________________



Number attending: __________________   

Telephone No. ______________________





Wednesday, Sept 18th at noon in the Fellowship Hall is our next luncheon meeting.

($7.00 per meal) 


Reservations Due by Sept 15th

to Glen Ruhlman or Dona Warner


The meal will be ham, scalloped potatoes and green bean casserole with rolls and dessert.  The program will be Reminisce with the Benners. Come! Bring your memories … “I had one of those!”…”I remember that!”  Sing along with some “oldies”… We might go back 50 years or more. Members and friends 55 years young and more are cordially invited to attend.  Please use the attached reservation form to let us know that we can count on your and we can plan accordingly.


  • ————————————————

Yes!  I / We will be there to join you on September 18th


My name is: _______________________




There will be 1 2

  (circle number)


 □   I am including the cost with my 



□   I will pay at the door 



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