Days of Grace October 2019





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 11am for Junior Church



Info/Prayer/Bible Study Line

Daily Updates 717-632-1819


No access code needed, just listen, enjoy and hang up!

Pastor’s cell phone:  717-324-6639

E-mail address:


“ I really want to hear and I 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


CROP Walk October 29th – page 7



Lot’s of Exciting Events coming up!

Read your copy of Days of Grace … 

… It’s in there!


What fills Your Days of Grace ?

Committee Reports


For Your Information


Hanover Area Council


Looking Ahead


a Little Somethin’ sweet




This Month


Volunteer Opportunities


from the Pastor …



I want to simply give you some scripture to read this month.  We have entered a new Sunday School year. We have many new participants and many new children.  We have 5 confirmands.

Grace UCC has been blessed abundantly.  Be grateful, be kind and love your neighbor.  Let us together make Jesus applaud our efforts!!!

The man called Zacchaeus

Luke 19:1-10

You are worthy Matthew10:29-31

Saltiness Mark 9:49-50

Wandering Deuteronomy 30:1-6

Underestimate? Isaiah 40:12-31

You have Value Genesis 1:31


I Samuel 16:7

Unbelief Exodus 11:9-10


Spend some time with these passages and see how God speaks to you through the scripture. Jot your thoughts, reflections and comments down and let’s share in discussion!




September 2019 Consistory Digest


There were 18 members present including Pastor Whittier, Patti Miller, and Greg Sindlinger.  Donna Bankert was present for Public Comment.

Treasurer’s Reports:

General pledge for July 2019:  $12,694.36 

(4 Sundays)

General pledge for July 2018:  $12,812.11 

(5 Sundays)

YTD 2019 income:  $116,060.08

YTD 2019 expenses:  $140,714.20

YTD shortage: $24,654.1

Checking account balances

Deacon:  $18,892.20

Education:  $12,610.28

Memorial:  $25,799.01

Resource:  $19,114.28

Operating:  $40,688.96

General pledge for August 2019:  $11,608.75 

(4 Sundays)

General pledge for August 2018:  $10,700.00 

(4 Sundays)

YTD 2019 income:  $136,251.87

YTD 2019 expenses:  $165,610.35

YTD shortage:    $29,358.48

Checking account balances

Deacon:  $18,892.35

Education:  $12,610.38

Memorial:  $25,799.21

Resource:  $18,555.27

Operating:  $38,416.12


Carroll Miller reported both July and August had deficits. Contributing factors included work on the parsonage and three payroll dates in August. We were helped by moving $4,200 in completed fundraising projects to the operating account. Attendance has been between 120 to 130 for both services during the summer.


The By-Laws Committee presented the updated Constitution and By-Laws for Consistory review.  Committee members were Donna Bankert, Judy Rummel, Greg Sindlinger, and Pastor Whittier.

Mike Mummert reported we are still waiting for a roof estimate for the sanctuary from D.B. Smith.  Mike will contact Smith.


Patti Miller reported she made 20 visits during July and 33 visits during August, including nursing homes and private residences. Some members received more frequent or repeat visits based on individual circumstances such as declining health or prolonged rehabilitation. She also made eleven hospital visits.


Jenn Weaver reported there will be a women’s retreat at Grace October 19, from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM.


 The Resource Committee reported four people are still needed for the bus trip to Boston in October.   


Pastor Whittier reported the supply closet on the fourth floor is clean and everything is labeled—please don’t just “put” things back there—put things away. This may need to be a yearly task.

The adult class and the nursery have been painted.  The nursery staff threw away old, broken, unsafe and lead paint toys.  We purchased a new rug, kitchen and wall decals that that were requested.  

The large room on the fourth floor got a new rug as well as being cleaned out. The old copier is in this room as well for the Sunday School teachers to use.

I am very excited that we have a minimum of 5 children signed up for Confirmation!  


The Borough of Hanover is working on a 4-Color Resource Guide & Street map.  Each participating business will be listed by name and business with actual location on the map.

It was decided having Grace advertise on the new Borough of Hanover map will be a good way to let newcomers and old timers to the Hanover area know Grace is here and where we are located. A motion was made to spend up to $450 to have Grace added to the new Borough of Hanover advertising map.

The old large snow blower will be advertised this Fall, “as is, with a set price or best offer.”


We have been using only five ushers for the offering in the second service and it has been working fine. There have been very few people sitting in the large transept.   We will still use six ushers for Communion


All groups with financial accounts should be involved with the Finance Committee’s 2020 budget planning.  Carroll Miller will contact those groups. He recommends all groups with financial accounts should have those accounts combined with the Grace General funds.


Information regarding the proposed gathering place in the large transept should be available October 13, 2019, during the coffee fellowship after Messy Church.  The Hospitality Committee lead by Vickie Arnold will advertise.


Prepared by Craig Bixler 9/14/2019  






Our project for this year is the Hanover Council of Churches (HACC) which provides many (actually 18) necessary services to individuals and families in the greater Hanover area including:


  • PAL lunch 7 days a week,

  • Year-round shelter providing temporary housing and assistance in getting a fresh start, 

  • Clothing Bank for those in need,

  • Ruth’s Harvest (a backpack of food for students for weekends during school year).


Our 2019 goal is $5,000.  

Through August we have given $1,815.36.


The need is especially great this year since HACC lost $100,000 in funding from Community Aid which will no longer give grants to organizations with budgets less than $1 million dollars.


Contributions may be made during the final hymn of the last Sunday of the month in the house at the front of the sanctuary.  Of course, one may place a contribution in the offering plate (or mail to the church office) any time using the marked envelope in the pew and/or designating Hanover Area Council of Churches or Sharing God’s Grace on your check.


In this way we can share God’s grace with the less fortunate in our community.    



Looking Ahead



Mark Your Calendar!

Women’s Retreat:





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).

October – Here @ Grace!


2nd, 9th

Resource Committee:

Candy Making


Worldwide Communion


Junior Church, 

Messy Church, 

Coffee Fellowship, 

Harvest Home


Consistory Meeting @ 7pm

15th, 16th

Resource Committee:

Ladies Dessert Tea


Movie Night @ 6:30pm


Women’s Retreat @ 9am,

P-A-L (offsite)


CROP Walk!


Trick-or-Treat in the Church!


Reformation Sunday,

Sharing God’s Grace


All Hallows’ Eve

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Newsletter DEADLINE: 15th of the Month

Submit your articles to:


Looking Ahead 

… with Pastor Bonnie


November 9th, 2019 from 9am to Noon  

Breakfast will be served from 9-9:30ish and then we will fill the bags!  

Everyone is welcome to attend!!!!!

We will be joining in “Fill the Bags” for the Shelter.  Like what we did last year, except this year we have been gifted with Bags to fill – lots of bags!  Faye Myers got bags from TAW (Double Day), she  intercepted the bags and we were grateful to accept them.

Another exciting piece is that Linda Heller’s niece has gotten approval from Dollar General & AMVETS of Fairfield to give us merchandise (like socks, underwear etc.)  How incredible is that??? We are going to begin the process with items for free!!! We just give of our time to assemble the bags and deliver them to Hanover Shelters.  This is such a necessary outreach mission and I am so glad we can do this again this year!

The list of items we have received:  socks, hats, gloves, Kleenex, note pads, Chapstick, combs, shampoo, deodorant, razors/shave cream, tampons/feminine pads, toothbrushes/toothpaste

Watch the Sunday announcement page for any further information!!




Serving in October


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

Maynard Warner, 

Craig Bixler

October 6th

Members of Consistory

October 13th

Vickie Arnold, Faye Myers, Allison Myers, 

David Myers, 

Gary Rickrode

October 20th, 27th

Cathy Reck, 

Kim Aumen, Brian Baldwin, Steve Hershey, 

Glendon Ruhlman



October 6th

Members of Consistory

October 13th

Emma & Bob Plunkert

October 20th

Greg Sindlinger

October 27th

Faye Myers



October 6th

Members of Consistory

October 13th

Rick &  Becky Boyer

October 20th

Matt Boyer

October 27th

Tom & Shirley Craig


Acolyte for 10:45 service

October 6th

Luke Highlands

October 13th

Lexi Knopp

October 20th

Levi Highlands

October 27th

Maxwell Wisensale



On a Personal Note:


We offer our condolences to family and friends who are mourning the recent loss …


… of James Rynard



Note to Self:




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






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Responding to




New Location- Codorus State Park Marina


Registration begins at 12:30 PM at the Conway Runkle Annex (inside) at St. Paul’s Dubs Church (located off 216)


Walk begins at 1 PM.


There is a designated 2-mile lap.  You may complete the lap as many times as you would like.  The walkway is macadam. There are some slopes but no steep hills.


The CROP Walk supports global hunger and poverty.  This is the 50th anniversary of the CROP Walk and the 43rd for the Hanover area.  25% of all donations stay local.  This year the local donations will be divided between:

    • Head Start

    • God’s Meal Barrow

    • PAL

    • Ruth’s Harvest


Those walking can get donation envelopes from Linda Bixler.

The names of walkers will be posted on both the bulletin board in the large transept and the 1st floor bulletin board outside of the Parlor.


Please prayerfully consider walking or supporting the walkers with a donation.

For additional information about the CROP Walk, please check the bulletin boards or contact Linda Bixler.  


For Your InformationPENCIL_8

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Exploring …

a Gathering Place at Grace


How wonderful to see that before and after our Sunday services our members are sharing fellowship! Updating concerns for family and friends, showing pictures of the kids, making plans to meet or just chatting about the weather. Many years ago, Doris Whistler had shared her vision for a gathering place to be upstairs. A place to do just that….catch up with church family and friends. In recent years none of our regular attendees have been sitting in the back section of the large transept. We are researching the possibility of creating a more useful space.  Consistory has voted to move forward with this exploration.


Such a place would:


*  Allow for unity and fellowship amongst Sunday worshippers between and after services

*  Provide a comfortable space for small group gatherings

*  Afford a peaceful space for families holding funeral viewings within the church

*  For safety purposes keep the aisles and hallways clear for passing

*  Provide a welcoming area to greet visitors and new members.

We welcome your ideas! Be looking for opportunities in the weeks ahead. Submitted by Consistory



2019 CLEAN-UP 


In April 2019, Church World Services (CWS) set a goal of collecting 5000 Clean Up Buckets to replenish their stock and have buckets available for continued flooding in the Midwest and South, as well as future needs.


Originally, five United Church of Christ congregations along the Mason-Dixon line between Pennsylvania and Maryland had agreed to work together to meet this need: Redeemer's, (Littlestown, PA) Bethel, (Spring Grove, PA) Trinity, (Gettysburg, PA) St. Mary's, (Silver Run, MD) and Grace, (Taneytown, MD). Grace UCC, (Hanover, PA) and St. James, UCC, (Littlestown, PA) also volunteered to support this effort with money and volunteers.

Redeemers, Bethel, Trinity, and Grace-Hanover along with the Gettysburg Association of the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ committed funds to purchase the items in bulk at discounted prices from Littlestown Ace Hardware and assemble buckets at Trinity on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019. That evening, volunteers from six of the seven churches helped to assemble a total of 86 buckets. An additional 36 buckets were assembled at St. Mary's. On Thursday, June 13th, these buckets were picked up and transported to the Church World Service Depot in New Windsor, Maryland using a U-Haul truck donated by Grace UCC-Hanover. An additional 47 buckets were assembled at Grace UCC, Taneytown who delivered them directly to the New Windsor Depot.


These seven churches and one association working together were able to donate over 169 buckets as one Body of Christ. CWS estimates that the value of each bucket is approximately $75.00 plus $3.00 a bucket for shipping. This means that seven churches, one association, and matching grants from the UCC National Church Disaster Ministries were able to make a generous donation valued at just under $13,000.00 dollars. But the true value of these buckets is priceless to the people who will eventually receive them. They will be struggling through some very challenging days after a flood or a tornado. When they receive a bucket, they will know that there were Christians who cared enough to provide them help at their time of greatest need. 


ANSWERS TO NAME THE STATE: Nebraska, or Alaska, Mississippi, Oregon,  Oregon, Washington, Washington, Washington, Virginia, Connecticut, Tennessee, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Massachusetts. 


HOMEWOOD AUXILIARY — It's fall and time again for the Homewood Auxiliary membership drive.  The Homewood Auxiliary continues to provide extra special support that makes a difference in the lives of so many residents at Plum Creek.  The theme this year is "We Rise by Lifting Others" and one way to do that this year is by becoming a member of the Auxiliary with your contribution of $3.00 as a single member or $5.00 for a couple.  Remember, there are no meetings to attend and you will receive a new 2020 pocket calendar as well as the Fireside magazine from Homewood.  Please see Pauline Benner in the front of the sanctuary before or following the worship service during the month of October.

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Hartman Center


Lifelong Learning and Womens's & Men's Retreats


Marriage Enrichment Weekend

"It's a Wonderful Life"

Friday, November 8, 2019 at 7 p.m.  – Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 3 p.m.



is planned for Nov. 15-17.

(Friday 15th at 7pm to Sunday 17th at 11am) 

Leaders will be:

Sue D'heedene and Winnie Kowalik.




College students will soon be cramming for mid-term examinations. We thought we’d throw some study questions at you, complete with Bible references to look up. Do this exercise, and see what you already know, and perhaps learn more about the stories in the Bible, too!


1. All of these are part of the story of Noah except: A. a dove, B. a rainbow, C. an olive branch, D. a raven, E. an apple. (Genesis 6-9)

2. Hagar was the handmaid to this matriarch: A. Bathsheba, B. Ruth, C. Sarah, D. Rebekah, E. Rachel. (Genesis 16)

3. King David succeeded: A. Solomon, B. Samson, C. Saul, D. Isaiah, E. Jeremiah. (1 Samuel 18)

4. Which person is mismatched? A. Gideon/trumpet, B. Moses/ burning bush, C. Joseph/slingshot, D. Daniel/lions. (1 Samuel 17)

5. Which biblical figure’s faith was tested by many trials? A. Adam, B. Moses, C. Noah, D. Job, E. Solomon.

6. Jacob saw angels going up and down a: A. highway, B. bridge, C. ladder or stairway, D. mountain, E. tree. (Genesis 28)

7. Elisha healed the waters of Jericho by putting this into the spring: A. blood, B. an olive, C. wine, D. sand, E. salt. (2 Kings 2:19-22).

8. In the Old Testament, Zion refers to a: A. city, B. heaven, C. prophet, D. name for God, E. fortress on a hill. (Psalm 48:1-2).

9. The Bible says that all but which river flowed through the Garden of Eden? A. Jordan, B. Tigris, C. Gihon, D. Pishon, E. Euphrates. (Genesis 2:10-14)

10. Nebuchadnezzar was responsible for the destruction of: A. the hanging gardens, B. the wall of Jericho, C. city of Sodom, D. the temple at Jerusalem. (2 Kings 25:8-12)





Special Needs / October 



Salad Dressings

Coffee Creamer





Shaving Cream


Deodorant men and women

Women socks

Women underwear


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 Oct 6    Ruth’s Harvest Ministry

Week of Oct 13  Stolte Scholar. Committee

Week of Oct 20  CROP Walk Comm. & Walkers

Week of Oct 27  Worship Leaders for HACC


ANSWERS to Mid-Terms: 1E, 2C, 3C, 4C, 5D, 6C, 7E, 8A, 9A, 10D



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 10:10am until 10:30am. Additional volunteers are needed and appreciated.  If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Linda Bixler.





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





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.



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Name the STATE – In the space provided, write the names of the states in which the following 3-letter words are found:





























Just a little somethin’ sweet:


This “little somethin’” was shared with me and I thought perhaps it might bring a smile to your face as well.  This holds a special memory and was used by the children to make cards. If you find a “little somethin’” that holds a special memory for you, share it with me … I’ll find a spot for it in one of the “Days of Grace” so that we can all smile …


What Is a Boy?


Between the innocence of babyhood and the dignity of manhood we find a delightful creature called a boy.  Boys come in assorted sizes, weights and colors, but all boys have the same creed: To enjoy every second of every minute of every hour of every day and to protest with noise (their only weapon) when their last minute is finished and the adult males pack them off to bed at night.


Boys are found everywhere – on top of, underneath, inside of, climbing on, swinging from, running around, or jumping to.  Mothers love them, little girls hate them, older sisters and brothers tolerate them, adults ignore them, and Heaven protects them.  A boy is Truth with dirt on its face, beauty with a cut on its finger. Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair, and the Hope of the future with a frog in his pocket.


When you are busy, a boy is an inconsiderate, bothersome, intruding jangle of noise.  When you want him to make a good impression, his brain turns to jelly or else he becomes a savage, sadistic creature bent on destroying the world and himself with it.


A boy is a composite – he has the appetite of a horse, the disposition of a sword swallower, the energy of a pocket-size atomic bomb, the curiosity of a cat, the lungs of a dictator, the imagination of a Paul Bunyan, the shyness of a violet, the audacity of a steel trap, the enthusiasm of a fire cracker, and when he makes something he has five thumbs on each hand.

He like ice cream, knives, saws, Christmas, comic books, the boy across the street, woods, water (in its natural habitat), large animals, Dad trains, Saturday mornings, and fire engines.  He is not much for Sunday School, company, schools, books without pictures, music lessons, neckties, barbers, girls, over0-coats, adults or bedtime.


Nobody else is so early to rise, or late to supper.  Nobody else gets so much fun out of trees, dogs, and breezes.  Nobody else can cram into one pocket a rusty knife, a half-eaten apple, 3 feet of string, an empty Bull Durham sack, 2 gum drops, 5 cents, a sling shot, a chunk of unknown substance, and a genuine supersonic code ring with a secret compartment. 


A boy is a magical creature—you can lock him out of your workshop, but you can’t lock him out of your heart.  You can get him out of your study, but you can’t get him out of your mind. Might as well give—he is your jailer, your boss, and your master—a freckled-face, pint-size, cat chasing bundle of noise.  But when you come home at night with only the shattered pieces of your hopes and dreams, he can mend them like new with the two magic words—Hi MOM!




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