Days of Grace November 2019

thanksgiving

Welcome Everyone!

 

Grace United Church of Christ

100 Fourth Street Hanover PA 17331 

(717) 632-1146

 

 

Web site: http://www.graceucchanover.com

 

Church Office Hours:

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

e-mail address:  graceucc@yahoo.com

 

 

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:  twanda98@comcast.net

 

“ I really want to hear, and I appreciate what you have to say; my door is open, stop in anytime.”

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Visitation Leader:  Patricia A. Miller 

Cell Phone:  717-451-1913

Email:  pattiamiller68@gmail.com

 

  • Organist/Choir Director: Harold E Heller 

  • Modern Service Worship Director: Amy Fawks

  • Modern Service Music Coordinator:  Kathy Trimmer

Sextons: Sandy Puterbaugh & Faye Myers

 


               BE ON TIME …

              CHANGE YOUR CLOCK!

Daylight Savings Time ENDS 11/3/19

 

What fills Your Days of Grace ?

Committee Reports

3

For Your Information

9

Hanover Area Council of Churches

10

Looking Ahead

6

On a Personal Note

12

This Month

7

Volunteer Opportunities

11

 

Coloring, Games, and Puzzles through out!

from the Pastor …

 

Hello,

 

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.

Treasurer’s Report:

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

        Deacon:  $18,892.49

Education:  $12,610.47

        Memorial:  $25,799.40

        Resource:  $27,959.55

        Operating:  $37,258.94

 

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

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Resource Committee

 

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”

M.J.

 

ANSWERS TO “GIVE ME A VOWEL” ON PAGE #15 

1. courageous, 2. silhouette, 3. virtuous,

4. fleeing, 5. vicious, 6. quaint, 7. Hawaiian, 

8. squeeze, 9. queueing, 10. beauteous, 

11. sequoia,  12. rain,  13. canoeing.  

Secret Message: CHRIST IS BORN.

 

* She scolded me to not change a word….

 

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Looking Ahead

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November – Here @ Grace!

 

2nd

FALL BACK – Change your clock before you go to bed!!

3rd

All Saints Sunday

5th

Election Day

Candy Making

9th

“Filling the Bags”

10th

Junior Church

Choir’s Cantata to Recognize the Veterans

11th

Veterans’ Day

Candy Making

Consistory Meeting

12th

Sewing Group

15th

Newsletter Deadline

Candy Making

Movie Night

16th

P – A – L (offsite)

17th

Messy Church

Coffee Fellowship

19th

Candy Making

20th

Candy Making

24th

Sharing God’s Grace

26th

Making Pumpkin Pie

27th

Making Pumpkin Pie

28th

THANKSGIVING DAY

   

 

The Hanover Area Council Churches

Thanksgiving Eve Service

 

The Thanksgiving Eve Service is will be hosted by Pastor Burkhart and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 127 York St. starting at 7:00pm.

 

Our Speaker will be Pastor Steve Salisbury from Grace United Methodist Church, and we will be accepting donations of #10cans (Large cans) at service

 

All churches are being invited to participate in a choir – those who are interested can contact Hanover Area Council of Churches.at 717-633-6353 Option #1 or by email to adminhacc@comcast.net

Rehearsal times will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

 

Looking forward to celebrating all the good things our Lord has done for us!

 

 

 

THANKSGIVING

How many words of three letters or more can you make from the word “Thanksgiving”?

 


 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 

 

 

Serving in November …

 

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 Bankert

Justin Moul

November 3rd, 10th

Mike Tasto, Kelly Bankert, Len Bankert, Nancy Bankert, Sydney Bankert

November 17th, 24th

Joann Sites, Earl Fuhrman, Mary Jane Fuhrman, Carol Spangler-Solomon, Ken Wenger

   
   

Liturgist

November 3rd

Jenn Weaver

November 10th

Tom Craig

November 17th

Craig Bixler

November 24th

Matt Boyer

   

Greeters

November 3rd

Rick & Becky Boyer

November 10th

Matt Boyer

November 17th

Tom & Shirley Craig

November 24th

Cathy Reck

   

Acolyte for 10:45 service

November 3rd

Colby Bealing

November 10th

Gracie Plunkert

November 17th

Luke Highlands

November 24th

Maxwell Wisensale

   


 

Outreach

Opportunities

 

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


 

Plural Problems

What are the plural forms of the following nouns?

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beau

 

2

hypothesis

 

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alumnus

 

4

scarf

 

5

sheep

 

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salmon

 

7

son-in-law

 

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mouse

 

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ax

 

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goose

 

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crisis

 

12

leaf

 

13

potato

 

14

fish

 

15

attorney

 

16

philosophy

 

17

church

 

18

wife

 

19

deer

 

20

moose

 

PENCIL_8

For Your Information


 

DAYS OF GRACE

Newsletter DEADLINE:  

 

EACH 15th of EVERY Month

 

Submit your articles to: 

graceuccnewsletter@gmail.com

 

Newsletter available for pick up on and after the last Sunday of each month.  See office for additional copies when needed.

 


 


 

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 

November 9th!

 

 

ONCE AGAIN

WE HAPPILY OFFER HANDMADE

CHRISTMAS CANDY!!!!!

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

RESOURCE COMMITTEE

We thank you and are grateful for your support!!!

 

 

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.

 

The FALL WOMEN'S RETREAT

is planned for Nov. 15-17.

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

Leaders will be:

Sue D'heedene and Winnie Kowalik.

 

 

 

HANOVER AREA 

COUNCIL OF CHURCHES

 

Special Needs / November 

(the council is always in need of grocery bags)

 

PAL

Sugar

Sauerkraut

Ketchup

CLOTHING BANK

Family size Toiletries

Adult & Kids socks

Men’s (anything)

CHANGING LIVES SHELTER

Men’s Boxers M, L

Men’s long sleeve tee shirts M, L, XL

Women’s underwear S, M, L

RUTH’S HARVEST

Single Serve Entrees 

and  Vegetables

 

 

WEEKLY PRAYERS

 

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

 

Week of Nov 3rd HACC Volunteers

Week of Nov 10th PAL Volunteers

Week of Nov 17th Changing Lives Residents

Week of Nov 24th Thanksgiving Eve Service

 

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VOLUNTEER

Opportunities

 

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……

Valet Service Volunteers Needed

 

Due to an insufficient number of valet service volunteers, the valet service may be cancelled after November.  These volunteers are intended to provide assistance at the elevator entrance from 10:10am to 10:30am on Sunday mornings.  Prayer-fully consider this opportunity to volunteer and contact Linda Bixler @ 717-632-5606 to add your name to this valuable volunteer list.

 

 

PAL LUNCH

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

 

 

MODERN SERVICE

HOSPITALITY HOSTS

 

If you are interested in providing refreshments for the modern service,

 please contact

Pam Kreitz 717-476-9511

 


 

NURSERY HELPERS

 

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.

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Word Game on page #6

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

On a Personal Note:


Thank you to the women who organized and led the Women’s Retreat on October 19th.  It was Wonderful!!  

Pastor Bonnie

 

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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!

 

 

 

 

Verse to Remember …

 

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.

 

 

2 Corinthians 12:9

 


 

ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

WORD SEARCH

Find the words listed below which are from stories in the book of Acts

 

Remember to look for words vertically, horizontally, diagonally, forward and backward.

                           
 

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ANANIAS            ANTIOCH

ATHENS            BARNABAS

CORINTH            CORNELIUS

DERBE                DAMASCUS

FELIX                EPHESUS

ICONIUM            JERUSALEM

JOPPA            LYDIA

LYSTRA            PETER

SAUL                SHIPWRECK

SILAS                TARSUS


 

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