Grace United Church of Christ
100 Fourth Street Hanover PA 17331
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
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Daily Updates 717-632-1819
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Pastor’s cell phone: 717-324-6639
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“ 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
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Daylight Savings Time ENDS 11/3/19
from the Pastor …
I have just been in a meeting of the Coordinating Council of the Gettysburg Association. Rev. Carrie Call was in the meeting as well. Carrie is the Interim Conference Minister for Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ.
It is not a secret that Penn Central has been struggling. Many of the issues are a result of where we are as a society. Church membership is no longer a priority for many in society. Wow! The Conference is struggling with what the local churches are struggling with.
Penn Central is struggling with holding onto Hartman Center – Our denominational camp. In 2002 the camp had over 600 registered and attending campers during the summer programs. In 2019 we had 235 campers. Wow, the Conference is struggling with the local churches are struggling with.
Penn Central Conference is realizing what worked just a few years ago is no longer working. Wow, the Conference is struggling with the same thing the local churches are struggling with!
Pastor Carrie made a very interesting statement that struck a chord with me; “We cannot control decisions that were made in the past.”
That statement is true for the Conference, the Local Churches, Family Life, places of employment and what seems to be everywhere!! Grace UCC is in really fine company.
The struggles Grace Church is dealing with are common to the Conference and other local churches. We are not alone. We are in this together with our Covenantal Partners!! That is good news for me; how about you?
Thank you for the gift card and rose on Pastor Appreciation Day! It was a very pleasant surprise!! Thank you so very much.
Please know I am giving my best to Grace UCC. I am holding each member and all committees, groups and worship services in prayer.
We are on this journey together and I believe with God’s help & grace we will flourish!!
Blessings & Peace,
Pastor Bonnie J. Whittier
October 2019 Consistory Digest
There were 16 members present including Pastor Whittier and Patti Miller.
General pledge for September 2019: $12,959.00 (5 Sundays)
General pledge for September 2018: $12,122.00 (5 Sundays)
YTD 2019 income: $153,118.56
YTD 2019 expenses: $189,995.52
YTD shortage: $29,876.96
Checking account balances
Carroll Miller reported the Operating deficit for September was $518. YTD September activities are very similar to 2018. Income is $1,300 lower and expenses are $181.91 higher. He also updated Grace’s investment accounts through September. Interestingly, while our operating deficit for YTD September is $29,877, the value of our investments has increased $153,000. We have started the 2020 Budget Process. We plan on having a proposed budget for you to review by the November Consistory meeting with discussion at the December meeting.
There was a lengthy discussion about whether to close the bank accounts for Grace Seniors, Church School, Ladies of Grace, and the Friendship Church School Class, or let the groups retain their individual funds. Some Consistory members were concerned about future Consistories’ willingness to fund requested projects from the four groups. There was also concern how much conflict may develop, and if any members would quit, if group bank accounts are consolidated into the general operating fund. Some Consistory members in favor of consolidation of bank accounts stated that the Grace Constitution and By-Laws require one account, that is, all funds belong to Grace. Some other members suggested individual groups with funds can lead to conflict because they may want to make purchases other members may not want. The belief being, we should all be one and united as a congregation. The Consistory voted to close the bank accounts for Grace Seniors, Church School, Ladies of Grace, and the Friendship Church School Class and combine these funds into the general operating fund. These groups should submit expected 2020 expenditures to the Budget Committee to be included in the 2020 Grace Budget.
The estimates for replacing the shingles on the sanctuary roof will be reviewed and discussed at the November meeting.
Patti Miller reported she made 24 visits during September, including nursing homes, rehab, hospitals, and private residences. Some members received more frequent or repeat visits based on individual circumstances such as declining health. She also had seven hospital and rehab visits for Jim Rynard, providing support for him and his daughter Cathy Church. Sara Moody was in the Gettysburg Hospital for a week because of issues from her chemotherapy.
The September donations for the Hanover Area Council of Churches totaled $771.00. Total donations through September are $2586.36.
Pastor Bonnie reported she has completed the services for “Hanging of the Greens” & the Christmas Pageant. Hanging of the Greens will be followed by everyone making a card, signing a card or helping children to decorate a card for our Homebound members and hopefully some service men and women as well. The cards will be cut and ready to decorate. Following that time, we will share a covered dish meal and hopefully end around 12:30. There will be no Santa Claus this year after the Christmas pageant.
She also reported the children’s Sunday School classes are working well. Sara Shank is working with them hoping to have a choir!! Also, Confirmation is going well.
The Penn Central Conference has decided to close Hartman Center at the end of 2020. It costs over $150,000 per year to operate Hartman Center. The property most likely will be sold.
The Hospitality Team, Vickie Arnold, Becky Boyer, and Linda Bixler visited groups at Grace, such as, Grace Seniors, Simply Spiritual, Bed Pads, Zumba, Thursday Book Group, and Choir about establishing The Gathering Place in the large transept. Overall, the comments were mostly favorable about removing the pews. Simply Spiritual suggested including a bookshelf in the area to be used as a book exchange. The choir had some concerns about people congregating in the area and making too much noise during pre-service practice. A few folks suggested storing the pews. However, the cost of pew storage would be $1200 per year. Also, Grace already has pews in storage throughout the building and in the storage shed.
Kathy Trimmer presented a letter stating the 6-year-old Casio keyboard used during the Modern Service is not working. Link’s Music and Jesse Betlyon were contacted regarding repair of the instrument. Mr. Betlyon stated Casio parts are difficult to get and the expense would be more than the keyboard is worth. Mr. Betlyon recommended purchasing a Yamaha keyboard. Menchey Music has a keyboard costing $799. Research did not find any comparable keyboards at a lower price. The Consistory voted to purchase the Yamaha keyboard from Menchey Music.
Judy Rummel reported the choir is having a Veterans Day cantata. It would be nice to have more voices in the choir.
Prepared by Craig Bixler 10-16-19
Where’s the money go?
Have you ever wondered what the money that you or your child put into the Sunday school collection plate each week is used for? If so, here is the answer.
In 2018, $2,557.38 was spent to support the following programs: Curriculum and supplies for 6 Sunday school classes, Vacation Bible school supplies, pansies during Easter, refreshments for graduation recognition, all church Halloween party food and supplies, Advent festival supplies and refreshments, favors for our shut-ins, supplies and food for our Christmas program, and a donation to dear old Santa for visiting our children.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed in the past and to those who donate in the future. A special thank you goes out to both the Ladies of Grace and the Friendship Sunday school class for their annual donation to Vacation Bible School. Without each and everyone’s donation we would not be able to support these programs.
Gary Rickrode, Sunday School Treasurer
Can it be October already? It seems we just sat down and planned the calendar of projects and here we are ready to receive 72 ladies attending the “Tea.”
We worked with honest dedication Tuesday getting ready decorating and baking – What a lovely request was made by a “Martha Stewart” of Grace Church – *Elaine, our secretary offered her expertise and made 10 lemon sponge pies for the cause – We thank her for her time and hope she enjoyed seeing our bonding while working.
The Boston Trip now has 40 passengers anxious to experience the beauty and history.
We are now into the candy making so look for your candy order sheets soon.
We invite anyone with a little time and urge to “get out” and enjoy the day, to get involved, join our group. There’s a job for you!
“Keep on keeping on”
* She scolded me to not change a word….
November – Here @ Grace!
Serving in November …
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
For Your Information
Church owned Snowblower for sale!
(contact Sue Fuhrman @ 717-969-8910
(1) MTD Yard machine
electric start – 8 hp – 26” cut
At least 8 yrs old – lightly used
Best offer – Sale Expires Sunday
ONCE AGAIN …
WE HAPPILY OFFER HANDMADE
It will be made and attractively packaged for your enjoyment or gift giving.
Mixed packages will include:
Coconut, Peanut Butter, Rice Krispies, Peanut Butter marshmallow, Peanut and Raisin Clusters plus a few Christmas shaped pieces.
(This seems to be our best seller.)
Also, Peppermint Bark packaged in decorative tins, and pretzel rods.
Please place your orders with
Mary Jane Fuhrman (717) 637-1513 or
Janette Becker (717) 637-7815
Orders to be in by Sunday, December 1st with PickUp in the Fellowship Hall scheduled for Sunday December 15th.
This is a project of:
Grace United Church of Christ
We thank you and are grateful for your support!!!
HANOVER AREA COUNCIL OF CHURCHES
We are asking that perhaps you would be so kind in asking your congregation for some help for the council…. We need some help with picking up donations from the Amish Mkt at Hanover I have just received notice that the person who picked up every 5th Saturday of the month can no longer complete this volunteer task because she is leaving the area…. It is only for the 5th Saturday of the month and to substitute when someone else is unable … the pickup is around 4:00 when the mkt is closing .
Also, we still need a Meal Coordinator for Provide A Lunch –Someone to oversee weekly menus, discuss menus with PAL Team leaders, coordinating with the office what needs to be pulled from the freezer, & pantry. This position is very flexible, there really is not set time, maybe would take a couple of hours to write down how much food would be required for each meal…We have a lot if information that would help with the knowledge in doing this job.
Thank you for passing on this information……
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
If you are interested in providing refreshments for the modern service,
Pam Kreitz 717-476-9511
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.
On a Personal Note:
Thank you to the women who organized and led the Women’s Retreat on October 19th. It was Wonderful!!
Thank you to Amy Fawks for the wonderful notes from modern Service for Pastor Appreciation.
Such a wonderful and thoughtful gift! PB
It is a JOY for me to have been invited to bake pies with my “Church Ladies.” Thanks! I had a great time! Please invite me again! E
PS – I’m glad they turned out! Maybe a little more lemon zest next time Mary Jane!
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