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Updated at 4:00 PM

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Grace United Church of Christ

100 Fourth Street

Hanover, PA 17331


Scripture Focus:   Matthew 20: 1-16                             


Message for Modern Life:   “Merit and Grace”

The hiring practices Jesus describes in this parable, while in many modern cities have been replaced with “Temp” agencies, is still common in many parts of the world. Even in the US this can be a common practice in the Southwest among migrant workers. No matter our position in life, we have a general sense of our “value” and what is fair. Most of us would agree, you work harder and longer than others, you deserve more! But here’s the rub. Jesus says through this parable: “Our ways are not God’s ways”.


  • What defines us in our society? What defines us in our church?
  • In the church is there a difference between new members and old members?
  • Are we Christians because we love Jesus and are grateful to be called into his service or are we Christians to ensure our place in heaven?

Announcements for the week of September 24, 2017:

We celebrate World Communion Sunday next week, October 1st.   Please plan to join us.  Tell your friends.  All are welcome!

Search Committee Update:

The search committee, consisting of Amy Fawks, Patti Miller, Donna Bankert, Ken Wenger, Matt Boyer, Merle Whisler, Gary Rickrode, Beverly Speight-Mohamed, Linda Bixler, Liz Hossler and Dan Trimmer, has met and reviewed the first round of five pastoral candidate profiles.  At this time, after prayerfully considering the candidates, we feel that we have not found a candidate who is a "match" for Grace.  We are still awaiting more candidate profiles from Penn Central Conference and will update you as we continue our search.  

Please be advised that the Grace Nursery is once again up and running with a safe, fun environment for our little ones during our Traditional Worship Service.  Please stop in and see what this wonderful program is all about.  For more info or to offer assistance, please check with Nancy Kuhn.

An Advent Celebration planning meeting will be held on Sunday, September 17th at 9:45 AM in the youth room.  Anyone interested in helping plan or share ideas is invited to attend.  If you have questions, please contact Linda Bixler 717-632-5606.

Congregation Meeting to Approve Expenses for Repairing the Sanctuary Windows:  The exterior sanctuary windows are badly deteriorated.  Estimates for the work to be done on 14 double and 2 single windows including replacing any rotted wood sills, covering the sills with white aluminum, touching up and completely painting and caulking the rest of the wood windows are below:

  • Robert G. Miller:  Replace one rotted window sill and cover all sills with white aluminum at a cost of $2300.00.  Any additional rotted sills will be replaced at $65.00 per hour per man.
  • R. H. Mummert:  Prep, spot prime, apply finish coat to window frames at a cost of $2245.  An additional cost of $540.00 to recaulk around glass where silicone caulk is located and paint.  R. H. Mummert total, $2785.00

There will be congregational meetings Sunday, October 1, 2017, after both worship services for questions, comments, and vote.

Grace Membership Policy and Funeral Policy:  The Consistory recently approved the Grace Membership Policy and Funeral Policy to be sent to the congregation for comments and votes.  There will be time for questions and comments about the policies after both worship services Sunday, September 24, 2017.  The congregation will have the opportunity to vote on the policies Sunday, October 1, 2017 following each worship service.

Finding Grace Policies: Paper copies of the policies can be found in the manila policy folders located on the large table at the rear of Fellowship Hall, on the pew in the large transept, and on the small table at the front entrance narthex.  The policies can also be found on the Grace Website,, under Contact Us.  Contact Craig Bixler for more information.

Chancel Choir rehearsals continue on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Choir Room. Any and all persons who enjoy group camaraderie and singing are welcome.  Please give it consideration as a part of your personal and church life.

The Thursday Evening Book Group will continue meeting September 28th, at 6:30 PM in the parlor.  The group will discuss Subversive Jesus / An Adventure in Justice, Mercy, & Faithfulness in a Broken World, by Craig Greenfield.  This book is about one family's experiment in putting the most counter cultural teachings of Jesus into practice.  It is the ultimate in radical hospitality.  Contact Craig Bixler for more information.

GRACE WISE Group meets Wednesday, September 20th and next on October 18th, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in Fellowship Hall.  A movie dealing with autism will be presented, with discussion to follow, as time permits.  Come and join us.  All are welcome.

For adults interested in a “Confirmation” experience, , continuing Thursday, September 21st @ 11:00 a.m. and next on September 28th in the Church Parlor (and continuing through the month of September/same day/same time/same location) Pastor Robin will present a series on Biblical History/Studies paralleling the Confirmation class which meets Tuesday evenings.

September Friday Night Movie will be shown September 22, 2017, at 6:30 PM in Fellowship Hall. Be sure to come and watch this inspiring true story is about a group of women, "the computers," who worked for NASA in the 1940s through the 1980s who helped the US win the Space Race.  This 2016 Academy Award nominated film is rated PG and runs 127 minutes.  Popcorn provided.

Stressed ?   Grace Church would like to provide an opportunity for folks to come together in a safe, loving, non-judgmental atmosphere to share personal stories and concerns of our day to day stresses.  We will meet the First Wednesday each month,  next meeting  is Wednesday, October 4th, from 6:30 p.m., until 8:00 p.m.  Good talkers and good listeners will make the group a success.  Come and see what we're all about.  Light refreshments will be served.  For more info, please contact Pastor Robin or the Church Office 717-632-1146.

HARVEST HOME will be observed during the Modern and Traditional Services.  Donations of nonperishable food items are needed and may be brought to the church prior to October 8th, or placed at the display on the Altar October 8th.  All food donations will be taken to Hanover Area Council of Churches.  Thank you!

Two Ways to Help With Hurricane Harvey Recovery:

1.  Money for recovery is needed.  The UCC Disaster Ministry is raising money for siding, windows, floors, roofs, drywall, counseling and case management to help survivors for the years the recovery will take.  Go to for more information or earmark a contribution in the offering plate for “UCC Disaster Ministry.


2. Friends of Lazarus at Grace are assembling 8 or more cleanup bucket kits for Church World Service.  Information about the CWS bucket kits and items to be purchased can be found on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall next to the double doors.  If you decide to make a monetary donation to CWS kits, please mark the donation “CWS Bucket Kits” and place in the blue Lowe’s buckets set out Sunday mornings.  See Craig or Linda Bixler about more details for the CWS buckets.



9/24        OPEN

10/1        WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY      

10/8        HARVEST HOME    

10/15  RECOGNITION OF CROP WALKERS                                                                             10/22  OPEN


11/5         ALL SAINTS SUNDAY            

11/12  VETERANS SUNDAY            

11/19  THANKSGIVING SUNDAY                

11/26  CHRIST THE KING SUNDAY - Healing Service to be held

12/3        FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT - Combined Worship Service @ 10:00 A.M. ADVENT FESTIVAL



12/24  CHRISTMAS EVE DAY - Combined Worship Service @ 10:00 A.M.

12/24  CHRISTMAS EVE - COMMUNION BEGINS @ 8:00 P.M., followed by Candlelight Worship Service



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Hartman Center Camp

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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

continues meeting at 6:30 PM in the parlor.  The group will discuss Subversive Jesus / An Adventure in Justice, Mercy, & Faithfulness in a Broken World, by Craig Greenfield.  This book is about one family's experiment in putting the most counter cultural teachings of Jesus into practice.  It is the ultimate in radical hospitality.  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

The “Sisters Through Grace” meets 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

Read October 2017 Days of Grace

Read September 2017 Days of Grace

Read August 2017 Days of Grace

Read July 2017 Days of Grace

  Bible Opportunity Reading List:  

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - Saturday, September 23, 2017


Seeking Forgiveness(Psalm 30)

God's Justice Triumphs in the End (Psalm 39)

Hope in God (Psalm 42)

God is Just (Psalm 73)

Number Your Days to Wisdom (Psalm 90)

God Our Protector (Psalm 91)

Praise the Lord My Soul (Psalm 103)

Wise Sayings

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - Saturday, September 30, 2017


For Everything a Season (Ecclesiastes 3:1-14)

True Fasting (Isaiah 58)

Misery in Drinking too Much (Proverbs 23:29-35)

Giving to the Poor (Proverbs 19:17)

True Wealth (Proverbs 17:1)

A Gentle Answer (Proverb 15:1)

The Goal of All Wisdom (Ecclesiastes 12:13)

Pray for those turning Christ’s Love into action.

The CROP Hunger Walk and CWS

CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world.

For nearly half a century, CROP Hunger Walks have ensured that more people worldwide have access to nutritious, sustainable food sources.  From combating droughts to providing agricultural training to stocking shelves in hundreds of food pantries, CROP Hunger Walks held end hunger by raising funds to support local food programs and the international anti-hunger work of Church World Service.

Learn more on the CWS website:

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What was Updated on “This Week at Grace”

Not everything changes with each edition of This Week at Grace. Pictures of church events often stay on this page for information purposes. Links to the “Days of Grace” monthly newsletter are often on three months and longer on the church website. On the other hand, the prayer list can change everyday. We want you to have all the latest information about the church in one e-mail or page.

For each update, you will find all the changes that have taken place in this block so that you can look for them.  

Changes for Thursday, September 20, 2017

Message Summary


Bible Opportunity Reading List

October Days of Grace link added

Spiritual Group - Thursday Evening Book Group