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Updated at 7:00 P.M.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Grace United Church of Christ

100 Fourth Street

Hanover, PA 17331


Scripture Focus:  Mark 10: 35-45

Message:  “Seriously?”

Announcements for the week of October 21, 2018:

The CROP Walk is Sunday, October 21st.  For more info, please see Lisa Erney or the Church Office.

Congregational Meeting Results from October 14, 2018:  The video intercom system with remote door unlocks should be installed at the alley entrances at the proposed cost of $5,609.00:   Yes - 73    No - 5

Children’s Activity Bags are available in the large transept.  They contain books and coloring/activity pages that children can use during Worship Services.  Please return bags following each service so supplies can be replenished for next time.

All are welcome to attend the Installation Service for Rev. Dr. Fred Young on Sunday, October 21, at 3:00 p.m., at Trinity United Church of Christ in Gettysburg.

Trunk or Treat - Persons are needed to decorate the trunks/hatch of their car and hand out treats to children for our first Trunk or Treat (a fun time for everyone) on Saturday, Oct. 27th at 6 PM in our church parking lot.  To sign up or for more information, call the church office 717-632-1146.


Annual Halloween Celebration will be held Sunday, October 28, following the 10:45 a.m.  Worship Service. We begin with costume judging.  (Children are asked to wear their costumes to Sunday School and Church).  No scary or gruesome costumes, please! Prizes will be awarded. Next is a light lunch, provided by the Board of Education.  Games and activities will take place following the luncheon for an hour or so.  Youth will decorate Fellowship Hall for the celebration and handle the games and activities.

Calling all YOUTH!:  We will be participating in the Advent Celebration Sunday, December 2nd, and the Christmas Program and Party on Sunday, December 16th.  More details soon!

Sharing God’s Grace is next Sunday, October 28th.  The offering will be received, benefitting the Heifer Project’s “Fill the Ark”, to provide animals to those who struggle for sources of food and income.  Please consider a donation to this worthy cause.

Pastor Bonnie will plan Home Communion visits for our Shut Ins in November.

Peanut Brittle orders are now being taken.  Please see signs around the Church or the November Days of Grace newsletter for more information.

Do You Shop at Giant or Weis?  Giant and Weis grocery cards are available at the church office.  There are $25, $50, and $100 denominations available.  Grace earns 5% to support our Deacon's Fund when you use these cards.

October is here and it is time once again to think of joining the Homewood Auxiliary.  The theme this year is “You hold the key to success.  Unlock the future with the Homewood Auxiliary.”  The suggested contribution is $3.00 for one person and $5.00 for two.  You will receive your 2019 pocket calendar and also the quarterly magazine “Fireside” which includes happenings at all of Homewood’s campuses.  During the month of October, please see Pauline Benner or Betty Klunk on Sunday morning after worship in the front of the sanctuary to renew your membership or join for the first time.

The Grace WISE Be A Friend Group will meet on Wednesday, November 7th, at 6:30 p.m., in the Church Parlor.

Chancel Choir Rehearsal will be Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 7:00 pm.  If you have the joy of singing and music in your spirit, come.  Your singing enhances the spirit of the worship service.    There will be no choir practice on October 25th.

Bell Choir Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday evening, November 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Bell Room.  Any person who has an interest in playing bells is invited to come and join in with the group.  The Bell Room is located on the second floor at the top of the stairs from the Alley Entrance.  Should there be any question or concerns, please contact Harold Heller.

The Sewing Group will once again be meeting to assemble Bed Pads the 2nd Tuesday of each month, September through June.  More hands are always welcome!  We will meet next on Tuesday, November 13th from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., in Fellowship Hall.  Join us!

Ladies Purse Night:  Monday, November 5th, at 7:00 p.m.  Ladies may bring a new or slightly used or backpack and help fill it with items for women at a homeless shelter.  Please call the Church Office 717-632-1146 if you are planning to attend or if you can donate items.  So we can plan, we need to know that you will be here!  More info in the November Days of Grace Newsletter.

Grace United Church of Christ First Aid - CPR - AED Training:  Consistory has approved the recommendation of the Frace Security Team to host the above three hour class.  Consistory has also approved paying for the class attended by Grace members.  The class will be instructed by Bruce Yealy and held in Fellowship Hall, here at Grace Church.  There is a minimum class size of 5 and maximum of 10.  We are currently offering 3 classes to accommodate various schedules.  

Class dates are:

  • Tuesday, November 6th: 1 - 4 p.m.  Deadline to sign up:  10/31
  • Wednesday, November 14th:  6 - 9 p.m.  Deadline to sign up:  11/7
  • Sunday, November 18th:  2 - 5 p.m.  Deadline to sign up 11/11.

To sign up, please call Gary Rickrode at 717-637-4869.

Ladies of Grace Cookie Swap - Sunday, December 9th.  More info in the November Days of Grace Newsletter.

Thinking Green!  We have committed to partner with New Hope Ministries to supply them with 500 cans of green beans for their annual Thanksgiving Drive. Please bring your donations and place them in marked boxes around the Church.  Monetary donations are also being accepted.  We will be glad to do the shopping for you!  Deadline is Monday, November 5th.

Grace Financial Information for Prior Sunday:

Last Sunday (October 14, 2018):  $1,961.30

Month-to-Date:  $6,664.80      Year-to-Date:  $117,054.66

Weekly Giving Needed:  $3,898.85   Attendance:  124


Looking Forward:

October 21 - Crop Walk

October 27 - Trick or Trunk

November 5 - Ladies Purse Night!

November 9 - November Messy Church

November 27 - Men’s Suitcase Night!

December 2 - Advent Celebration

December 16 - Sunday School Christmas Program

December 24 - 4:00 PM Family Service

December 24 - 9:00 PM Christmas Eve Service

April 6 - Easter Breakfast Celebration

Plan now to be present for these wonderful moments at Grace.  Ask someone you know to join us.  All are welcome!

Let us all Pray that we find Peace from within to share with each other every day.



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Worship Schedule each Sunday :

9:00 - 9:45 AM Modern Worship Service


Grace Modern Worship Service Praise Team now called “Ambient Grace”
Singing at the “Hanover Has Talent.”

10:45 - 11:45 AM Traditional Worship Service

9:45-10:30 AM Church School for All Ages

(See all the study and spiritual groups listed below)

Help Keep Our Children Safe!

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Spiritual Groups at Grace

The Thursday Evening Book Group

The Unofficial Handbook of the United Church of Christ written by Quinn G. Caldwell and Curtis J. Preston will be read and discussed at 6:30 PM in the parlor.  This book is very easy to read, however, contains a lot of very good information.  Topics include:  Church Stuff, Everyday Stuff, Bible Stuff, and UCC Stuff.  A review on the back cover states, “Think of it as a comedian with a dry sense of humor and a degree in Theology.”   Please contact Craig Bixler for more information.

The Adult Class with Rick Boyer

meets in the classroom on the third floor of the Church School building. They meet each Sunday at the 9:45 AM church school. It is an easy access by way of the church elevator.

Sisters Through Grace

Sisters Through Grace are currently reading “Peace is Every Step:  The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life”.  They meet Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. at Jacquelyn's.  If you have any questions please call Holly Badman at 632-0428.

Simply Spiritual

Simply Spiritual is the name of the group that Carol Spangler-Solomon and Mary Jane Fuhrman lead.  They meet in the Church Parlor.  Contact Mary Jane Fuhrman or Carol Spangler-Solomon for more information.

Bread and Grace

The “Bread and Grace” group meets in the Parlor of the church on Sunday mornings at 9:45 AM.


Days of Grace Digital Edition

Reading the Newsletter

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Heifer International

Pray for those turning Christ’s Love into action.

Learn more about Heifer International

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