Days of Grace February 2020

God is Love Heart

Welcome Everyone!


Grace United Church of Christ

100 Fourth Street Hanover PA 17331 

(717) 632-1146



Web site:


NEW Church Office Hours:

 Monday / 9am to 2pm

Tuesday thru Thursday / 9am to 5pm


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


Join us for One Special Children’s Service @ 9:30am on February 9th



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



What fills Your Days of Grace ?

Committee Reports


For Your Information


Hanover Area Council of Churches


This Train


Leap Year Fun Facts


On a Personal Note


This Month


Volunteer Opportunities



Coloring, Games, and Puzzles through out!


from the Pastor …


Hi there,

I had a lovely visit with my son and his family in Colorado.  We went to the Denver Zoo one crisp, cool day. It was a lovely day!  I was especially taken by the Rhinoceros. He was standing right by the fence.  I was able to reach out and touch him if I dared! I did not dare, but I stood and watched him for a long time.  I was taken especially by his skin that looked just like armor. He was a tough old guy.


It gave me new perspective on armor and the armor of God.  The armor of God is not visible. It is an armor that is a gift we are given by loving God.  It is a protection that we can use. Have you ever thought about that? I have spent time thinking about it after watching the Rhino. “Put on the whole armor of God” is   written by Paul in the book of Ephesians chapter 6:10-17. Wow, I have this protection given to me to use in time of struggle, pain, temptation, anytime. In this day and in the violence surrounding our country I need to use the armor!

God has so clearly thought of everything!  God loves each of us. God loves you. God wants to protect you and set you free.  Will you accept the protection? Will you use the protection God offers? I am willing and I am going to use the armor—I sure hope I can a get it in pink with maybe a little glitter!

Blessing and Peace,

Pastor Bonnie



Consistory Digests 

January 2020 Consistory Digest

There were 16 members present including Patti Miller and Greg Sindlinger.  Pastor Bonnie was on vacation.

Treasurer’s Report:

General pledge for December 2019:  $14,247.38  (5 Sundays)

General pledge for December 2018:  $18,798.00  (5 Sundays)

YTD 2019 income:  $204,746.09

YTD 2019 expenses:  $241,277.74

YTD shortage:  $36,531.65

Checking account balances

Deacon:  $19,888.93

Education:  $12,610.75

Memorial:  $943,456.44

Resource:  $2,790.41

Operating:  $42,562.05


Carroll Miller reported the Finance Committee met recently.  The committee discussed what to do with the funds from the Ziegler Estate.  Three hundred thousand dollars will be reserved for expenses to replace the sanctuary roof and do other water damage repairs. At least two financial consultants will be contacted to make proposals for investing the remaining $600,000.  The committee decided to sell the Wells Fargo stock. Also, Grace received $712.00 from the recent Mission Outreach envelopes.


Barry Bankert, Mike Mummert, and Craig Bixler discussed their meeting with Jarrod Myers from Heidler Roofing.   All three believed Mr. Myers was extremely knowledgeable and Heidler would do the job correctly. Heidler’s proposed cost to replace the asbestos shingles and insulation and replace with new insulation and CertainTeed Grand Manor Shingles is $147,890.00.  Any necessary lumber repair, replacement, or installation will cost $70 per man per hour plus the cost of the lumber. It was decided to ask the congregation for up to $175,000 to do the repairs.


February 9, 2020 immediately after the worship service in Fellowship Hall will be the date and time advertised for the congregation meeting to approve the funds for the roof repair.


There was some discussion about cleaning leaves annually from the Education Wing roof drains.  Mike Mummert, along with David Fawks and Michael Tasto will check the drains.

Michael Tasto reported there will be a Technology meeting January 28 at 6:00 PM.  Harold Heller will be attending to give input on his sound needs. Dave Fawks will be in attendance to represent the Sunday School.  Anyone interested in technology for Grace is encouraged to attend.


Patti Miller reported during December, she visited 36 members (some repeated) including nursing homes, rehab, the Hanover Hospital, and private residences.  Some members received more frequent or repeat visits based on individual circumstances such as declining health or hospitalization. She sent or delivered Christmas cards to all on the Visitation List, and  also delivered Moravian stars to those visited.  


Jenn Weaver gave an update on Hanover Has Talent:  The committee has done amazing things this year and our community is going to be treated to one awesome show. In years past we had about half of the show's line up auditioned and secured by the end of the audition day, and then had to reach out and chase down talent to fill up our card. This year we had our entire line up secured by the end of auditions. On Monday January 6, she dropped off $340 in checks to a delighted Carol Hinkle.


The Sharing God's Grace donations for 2019 totaled $6000.  This money will be given to the Hanover Area Council of Churches to benefit their ministries. 

Pastor Bonnie reported the following:

The Traditional Christmas Eve service went well. I received many compliments written, spoken and via text.   I was not happy with the communion portion of the service. I will not be doing it that way again.

I continue to hear numerous negative comments about a variety of issues.  After much prayer, discussion with colleagues and spiritual directors I have decided to call a “State of the Church” Address.  I have scheduled it on January 20th at 6:30 PM. It will be a meeting to listen.  To simply listen to what people like, don’t like and what people are unhappy with.

I have a Worship & Music meeting scheduled for 5:30 PM, Thursday, January 16.

Elaine has taken another part time job.  She will be the secretary at Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church 16 hours a week.  After discussion, she has decided to work Monday & Friday at Mt. Carmel. She will work 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at Grace, and make up the extra hour along the way. However, she has agreed to be responsible for the website if and when we get it up and running.  She is willing to work more hours to make that happen.


There was discussion whether Grace should have a complete financial audit or occasional internal audits.  Complete audits by accounting firms cost thousands of dollars. It was determined internal financial audits conducted by 2 or 3 people as had been done in the past would be satisfactory.  


Prepared by Craig Bixler 1-15-20



Congregation Meeting to Approve Additional Funds to Replace the Sanctuary Shingles

Sunday February 9, 2020


There will be a congregation meeting Sunday February 9, 2020 immediately after the 9:30 AM worship service in Fellowship Hall.  We will need considerably more funding to replace the sanctuary shingles and do other roof repairs as needed.


The congregation had approved up to $90,000 to do roof repairs at the December 8, 2019 congregation meeting.  The consistory now believes we may need up to $175,000 for these repairs.


The reason why:  Four roofing companies had given Grace Proposals as of the December 8 meeting.  The Trustees had narrowed the roofing companies to two: The Thomas Roofing Company and Ream Roofing.  You may also recall that Grace had asbestos shingles installed in 1980. We found out about the time of the December meeting a company certified to remove and dispose of the asbestos would need to do the work.  This new information changed the quotes and also made the trustees decide to get another proposal.


Heidler Roofing in York, PA was suggested by a Grace member to check for a proposal.  Heidler has experience with restoration of historical buildings and replacing church roofs. Jarrod Myers, an estimator from Heidler, met with the trustees December18.  Mr. Myers got on the roof, did an inspection and took pictures with his phone. Heidler was the only roofing company to actually go on to the roof and do an inspection.  Three other companies just took measurements and based their quotes on the measurements.  Thomas took measurements and also pictures by drone but did not go on the roof.


The Heidler proposal cost is $147,890.00 plus any lumber repair, replacement, or installation at a cost of $70 per man per hour, plus the price of the lumber.


What the trustees learned from Heidler that they did not learn from the other roofing companies:  The 1” layer of urethane roof insulation that was installed by Donald B. Smith will need to be removed and disposed as hazardous waste along with the asbestos shingles.  New insulation will be installed. The boards on the roof are 1 X 6 tongue in groove. Mr. Myers stated this wood tends to be somewhat more forgiving when getting wet from water leaks.  However, we cannot rule out replacing some wood. The other four roofing companies did not address the insulation disposal and replacement. Mr. Myers also stated that the earlier repair to the flashing by the front spires had appeared to stop about 2 feet short.


The Grace Trustees and Consistory believe Heidler Roofing will do the job right.  The Consistory is asking for up to $175,000 to replace the shingles and do other roof repairs as needed.


Resource Committee Report


By now you must have seen the annual report.  We are proud of our accomplishments this year and are now setting up our dates for projects in the future.  Thanks to one and all who supported us!


We welcome anyone who wants to lend a hand in any project!


I do have a small request – if anyone could handle pressing 2 tablecloths each to get us ready for our spring tea, your help would be appreciated.  They got to my washing machine but did not make it to the ironing board! 

Bless you all, Mary Jane





Mitten Tree Results


A big thank you to all who donated items for our 2019 mitten tree.  We collected a total of 177 items this year. they included:

5 hat & glove sets

15 pair socks (adults)

38 hats

4 head bands

31 scarves

84 pair gloves (men, women, kids)



These items have been delivered to YWCA Safe House; Hanover Area Council of Churches; Hoffman Home, and New Hope ministry.

As a note for next year, we will be adding more socks, underwear for the children at Hoffman Home.  They are no longer accepting scarves for the children. There will be more information available.


Thanks again for all of the donations!

Donna & Barry Bankert



This Month…


February 2020 Here @ Grace!



Taffy Pull & Covered Dish / 4:30pm in Fellowship Hall with meal to follow


Holy Communion


Making Candy in the Kitchen


Special Service with the Children 

1 service in Fellowship Hall beginning @ 9:30am


Congregational Meeting following the service


Consistory meets @ 7pm


Sewing Group


Making Candy in the Kitchen




P A L (offsite)


Movie Night!!!


Making Candy AM


Disposition of Ashes @ 7pm



Beginning February 1st, please use this new contact information for Sue Maddox:

For the next couple of weeks Sue will be at her daughter Rosemary’s house, lets shower her with cards! 


c/o Rosemary Lawyer

14159 N Golden Barrel Pass

Marana AZ 85658

(802) 777-8373


After that, Sue’s regular address will be: 


Susan Maddox

7900 N La Canada Dr

Apt #1232

Tucson AZ 85704

For God so loved the world…

 (John 3:16)

Serving in February… 


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:

Sue Fuhrman

Dave Fawks


Consistory Members


Children’s Service @ 9:30am


Joleen Fennell

Merle Whisler

Stephanie McIlwee

Paul McIlwee

Joann Sites


Joleen Fennell

Merle Whisler

Stephanie McIlwee

Paul McIlwee

Joann Sites



Consistory Members


Children’s Service @ 9:30am


Linda Bixler


Jenn Weaver



Consistory Members

*9:30am Only 9th

Cindy Garrett


Mike Bankert


Mike Mummert

Acolyte for 10:45 service


Ethan Shank


Children’s Service @ 9:30am


Brayden Myers


Nathan Knopp

Thursday Evening Book Group continues in the

Parlor beginning at 6:30pm

For Your InformationPENCIL_8




Having difficulty hearing every word?


Hearing-Assist Headsets are available during the Worship Service– please speak to an Usher prior to the start of our Worship Service.




Collecting Cancelled Stamps

The Brethren Home


Please remember to drop your cancelled stamps into the collection box inside the Alley / Office door






EACH 15th of EVERY Month


Submit your articles to:


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

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

(Yea or Nay / from page #5)  Yes.  The day before the day after the day before today was yesterday.  The day after the day before today is today. And the day before today was yesterday.  That’s why yesterday was hotter than today.



Special Needs! February

(the council is always in need of grocery bags)



BBQ Sauce

Juice 64 oz

Worcestershire Sauce




Family size toiletries (shampoo & conditioner, body wash, deodorant, razors, shave cream)



Disinfectant wipes

Dishwasher pods

Laundry pods



Entrees & Drinks

All single serving please!




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


Week of 2nd:  Community Needs Committee

Week of 9th:  Hanover Cares

Week of 16th:  Executive Committee

Week of 23rd:  Faith-at-Work Ministry



Volunteer Opportunities

Valet Service Volunteers

Still Needed

Remember to speak to Linda Bixler about volunteering to help with the Valet Service on Sunday mornings.  right now, we have participation to be able to continue through the end of February. Add your name to the list!  Help is still needed.





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





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


Answers: Commonalities on page 8 ⎯A. a tongue, B. a scale (or a key), C. teeth, D. a bill, E. an eye, F. a mouth. 


On a Personal Note:

Ron & Nancy Toft sent a lovely card thanking you for the beautiful poinsettia. 

Nancy writes,  “It helped to brighten our home when our family visited after Christmas.”


Numerous other groups came forth to recognize your kindnesses during this Christmas season and throughout this past year:


From YWCA Hanover:


Grace UCC Congregation,

“Thank you for your generous donation of hats, gloves, and scarves for our clients.  We have placed these items on a Christmas tree in our waiting area for anyone that comes through our doors.  Basic items like these are in high demand during the cold months so it was perfect timing for this donation!”

Thank You Again – Safe Home Staff


From Hanover Area Council of Churches:


To all of you at Grace UCC,

Thank You so very much for your generous donation of much needed items for our “Specials Room” at the Clothing Bank.

The clients often express how much they appreciate all that we have to offer … Thanks to folks like you!!

God Bless You! Kathy, “Specials Room” HACC


From Hoffman Homes for Youth:


Dear friends at Grace UCC,

“On behalf of the children and staff at Hoffman Homes, thank you for your contribution of hats, gloves, mittens, socks and scarves!  The children will put these items to good use this winter!!”  

Thank You!!

Happy New Year!  Alicia Stanley

From Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre:


Dear Members,

“I take this opportunity to extend my grateful thanks on behalf of your old friend, Mrs. Ani Sangay Choeten for all you have done and are doing for her to brighten her future with a great hope to survive peacefully and happily in her remaining life for over several years.  We do hope that you would kindly continue your support for her in future as well. … She asked me to convey you and your family her “TASHI DELEG” for Christmas and New Year.” 

Sincerely, Khedroob Thondup, President.




This Train….

At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel on our side.

However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone.  As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant, i.e. our siblings, friends, children and even the love of your life.  Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum.

Others will go so unnoticed that we don’t realize they have vacated their seats.

This train will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells.  

Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers, requiring that we give the best of ourselves.

The mystery to everyone is we do not know at which station we will step down.  So, we must live in the best way. Love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are.  It is important for us to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty we should leave behind a beautiful, meaningful memory, beautiful memories to those who will continue to travel on the train of life.

I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life.

Reap success and give lots of love.  More important; Thank God for the journey.

Lastly, I thank you for being one of the passengers on my train.  



February 29th:

9 Quirky Leap Year Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Brandon Specktor (

Why February 29th is bad luck for salary workers, good luck for unmarried women, and nothing new for Hobbits.


One solar year (that is, the amount of time it takes our planet to accomplish one full rotation about the sun) takes roughly 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds. That extra five-or-so hours nobody likes to talk about are precisely why we have leap years: the 366-day years that occur every four years, encourage women to propose to men, and make celebrating birthdays very confusing for 1/1,461th of the population. Here are nine reasons Leap Day is even more special than you think.


1. The rule: Leap Day happens every four years unless it doesn’t

The point of leap years is to help adjust our Gregorian calendar (aka, the 365-day calendar you can find on your desk or phone) to the solar calendar, and make sure we celebrate solar events like the spring and autumn equinoxes with some regularity every year. Even adding an extra day to February every four years doesn’t quite do the trick, which is why scientists sometimes call for a Leap Second like they did in 2015 on June 30th at 11:59:60 pm.

How do you remember if it’s a leap year? Simple: If the last two digits of the year are divisible by four (e.g. 2016, 2020, 2024…) then it’s a leap year. Century years are the exception to this rule. They must be divisible by 400 to be leap years—so, 2000 and 2400 are leap years, but 2100 will not be one. As a bonus, U.S. leap years almost always coincide with election years.


2. What’s crazier than February 29th? A woman proposing to a man, says history.

You’re not the only one who thinks leap years are silly. After Pope Gregory XIII instituted the Gregorian calendar in 1582, the idea of adding February 29th every four years seemed so ridiculous that a British play joked it was a day when women should trade their dresses for “breeches” and act like men. The play was meant as satire, but some early feminists must have been inspired; by the 1700s, women were using Leap Day to propose to the men in their lives. The tradition—now called Bachelor’s Day or Sadie Hawkins Day—peaked in the early 1900s and continues today in the UK, where some retailers even offer discount packages to women popping the question.


3. The Salem witchcraft trials are connected to Leap Day

If we’re looking at history a bit closer to home in the United States, then we should focus on Massachusetts. The Salem witchcraft trials weren’t a fun time in colonial America. There was a particularly negative connection with Leap Day. The first warrants for arrest went out on February 29th, 1692 for the Salem witchcraft trials. And you thought Friday the 13th was spooky! Find out some strange things that really happened on Friday the 13th.


4. It’s rare to be born on Leap Day…but what about dying on Leap Day, too? 

According to the World Heritage Encyclopedia, in the 1800s, the British-born James Milne Wilson, who later became the eighth premier of Tasmania, “was born on a leap day and died on a leap day.” Wilson died on February 29th, 1880, on his “17th” birthday, or aged 68 in regular years. Maybe that’s not that crazy though, since you are more likely to die on your birthday.


5. What do Tony Robbins and Gioachino Rossini have in common?

They are both extremely successful in their respective fields—but more to the point, they were both born on February 29th. The odds of being born on February 29th are 1 in 1,461, which makes it particularly rare for one leapling, as they are called, to meet another. Do you know how many living people around the world share your birthday?

Rarer still is the possibility that three children in the same family would be born on three consecutive Leap Days, but that’s exactly what happened with the Henriksen family of Norway. Heidi Henriksen was born on 2/29/1960, her brother Olav four years later on 2/29/64, and baby Leif-Martin four years after that on 2/29/68. According to many government agencies, the siblings would not legally be considered a year older until March 1st on non-leap years, but in 2020, we can officially say, “Happy Actual Birthday, leaplings!”


6. Only Swedes and Hobbits celebrate February 30th

February 30th? This even rarer date occurred in Sweden and Finland in 1712, when they added an extra Leap Day to February to help catch up their outdated Julian calendar with the new Gregorian calendar. There is, however, one race of people who celebrate February 30th every year: Hobbits. The wee folk of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings universe observe twelve 30-day months every year—including Solmath (translated in the text to February). That’s definitely one of the things you missed when reading Lord of the Rings for the first time.


7. There is an official Leap Day cocktail



And it’s called…the Leap Day Cocktail! This colorful cousin of the martini was invented by pioneering bartender Harry Craddock at London’s Savoy Hotel in 1928. According to the 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book, “It is said to have been responsible for more proposals than any other cocktail ever mixed” (see: Sadie Hawkins Day above). Whether or not you’re in the market for a freshly soused spouse, you can make your own Leap Day cocktail with Craddock’s original recipe:


1 dash lemon juice
2/3 gin
1/6 Grand Marnier
1/6 sweet vermouth


Shake, serve, garnish with a lemon peel, and enjoy the flood of bittersweet flavors. It’s like a marriage, in your mouth!


8. Not thirsty? Celebrate Leap Day with travel deals and a rare French magazine.

How does one celebrate a holiday that’s not really a holiday? By shopping, obviously. Many businesses observe the rarity of Leap Day by offering massive deals. Take a minute to check in with any restaurants, hotels, or cruise lines you’ve been curious about; chances are, they have a promotion running. And if your travels take you to France, pick up a copy of the rare La Bougie du Sapeur, a French parody newspaper only published once every four years on Leap Day. Newsstand copies sell for four euro apiece, but generous investors can buy a lifetime subscription—only 100 euro per century.


9. Is February 29th good luck or bad luck? Depends on who you ask!

According to an old Scottish aphorism, “leap year was ne’er a good sheep year.” The superstition that Leap Days are particularly lucky or unlucky has been debated through history and across cultures, and there’s still no clear winner. For one thing, it’s bad luck if you’re a prisoner on a one-year sentence that spans a Leap Day. Also, bad news if you work on a fixed annual salary; no extra pay for that extra day. On the other hand, Leap Day is great luck if you’re on a fixed monthly rent (one free day of living!), or if you’re Hattie McDaniel, in which case February 29th, 1940 is the day you became the first African-American to win an Oscar, for your role as Mammy in Gone With the Wind.

Will February 29th, 2020 be lucky or unlucky? You’ll just have to live through it and see. Next, find out why February is the chosen month to be shorter in the first place.



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