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Last Updated 10/19/2017

St. Bartholomew’s United Church (ELCA)

1204 Grand Valley Rd.

Hanover, PA 17331

(717) 632-1952

October 22, 2017 Announcements


WELCOME REGISTER On each pew is a blue covered welcome register. PLEASE open it and enter the information on the paper pad. Pass it on! This is a great way to welcome and greet each of the worshippers in your pew.


CHILDREN’S TIME After the Children’s Message, the children (Kindergarten age and under) will be invited to go to a classroom with attendants. They will return to the sanctuary during the Offertory Response. Attendants today:  Wendy Fritz and Amy Wetzel


MEMBERS AND VISITORS are invited for a time of tasty refreshments and casual conversation downstairs in the fellowship hall following worship.


THIS SUNDAY, October 22                        NEXT SUNDAY, October 29

  9:00 am – HOPE Service                                9:00 am – Worship Service/Reformation

10:30 am – Sunday School                             10:30 am – Sunday School

11:15 am – Children’s Choir 1st Grade +        11:15 am – Children’s Choir 1st Grade +

  3:00 pm – Annual Hayride                            4:00 pm – Reformation Service at St. Mark’s

  6:00 pm – Confirmation Class at St. B’s



Monday           Worship Committee 7:00 pm

Tuesday           Women of the Church at Homewood 1:00 pm

Wednesday     Faith Yoga 5:30 pm, Choir 6:30 pm, Bells 7:45 pm


THE ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will be held on Sunday, November 12th, after the worship service (Please note date change!!).  The agenda will be: the 2018 budget and election of new council members.  Copies of the proposed budget are available on the shelf in the hallway.  If you have any questions regarding the proposed budget, please see Glenn Gobrecht or a council member. Nominating New Council Members:  Please fill out a Council Nomination form even if you just have one person that you are thinking of.  And, if you are asked to serve on Council, please seriously consider serving.  Being a Council member helps you understand the amazing number of things that our congregation does and helps you to see and participate in the many little and big decisions that shape the ministry and faithful witness of St. Bartholomew's.  If you would like to nominate someone to council please fill out a Nominations Form (located in the back of the sanctuary) and put in the offering plate or inform one of the Nominating Committee Members:  Cheri Amoss, Dale Greer, Ron Hnat and Sonya Kuhn.  Deadline for nominations is October 29th.


Crop walkers Marlene Shilling, Alan Sterner and Carolyn Bowers earned $393.00 for the Church World Service food bank on October 15th.  They thank St. Bartholomew’s congregation for their generosity in sponsoring them.

Thank you St. Bartholomew’s for the wonderful care you have shown to the Fred Shilling family throughout his illness and especially at his “Celebration of Life” service held at the church.   Members took hold and welcomed a much larger crowd than expected, helped seat them and organize the event in a way that made many attending say, “What a great Celebration!”  Without your help it may have been chaos. Thanks to the food preparers, the orchestra, the pastor and all those who stepped up to help. The celebration became just what Fred wanted it to be:  fun, laughter, and a great time.


FREE YOGA CONTINUES St. Bartholomew's will continue to offer free yoga to our members and everyone in our community through the end of the year.  The instructor, Carrie, integrates a Christian spiritual intention throughout the exercise so that the class also brings a peaceful, insightful experience.  Class is on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm.


magazines needed for the confirmation class.  Pastor Steve is in need of magazines to cut up for educational projects that the confirmation class will be working on this year.  If you have magazines to donate please place in box located on a table in the office.  Thanks!


HOmewood auxiliary membership drive is beginning.  Dues should be made payable to Eileen Becker.  This money is used to benefit all Homewood residents.


Hay Ride Our Annual Hay Ride is today at 3:00 pm at the picnic pavilion.  This year due to popular demand we will be offering two times to enjoy the hay ride.  The first hay ride will leave around 3:15 pm and the second at 5:00 pm.  There will also be "kiddy" hay rides for the younger children offered throughout the afternoon.  Hot dogs, s’mores and drinks will be provided at our campfire.  Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish or dessert to share.  Please sign up for this event on the sign-up sheet in the hallway and don't forget to bring your roasting sticks and lawn chairs.  


women of THE CHURCH will meet at Homewood in the Creekside activities building for bible study on Tuesday, October 24th at 1:00 PM.  For a ride, call Marlene 637-0185.  All women are welcome!


Trunk or Treat will be held at St. David’s Lutheran Church on October 27th from

6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. kids are invited to come in costume and trek from trunk to trunk across their parking lot.  Join us for some safe and fun trunk or treating, games and prizes!

For the adults -  we are seeking people to decorate their trunks and provide candy to all of our trunk or treaters.  Trunks can be scary, funny, or display just "a touch of Halloween".  Sign up on their website:  All, young and old, are encouraged to wear a costume.


REFORMATION SERVICE Join the Hanover Conference for a special celebration commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  Come to participate in the service of hymns, special music, prayers, Holy Communion and reflections on where the church has been and where the church is going.  Service will be held on October 29th at 4:00 pm at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Hanover (across from Hanover Hospital).  The St. B’s choir will also be part of the whole community choir for this event.


CHRISTIAN MEDITATION/CENTERING PRAYER Beginning November 2nd, Pastor Steve will be offering a class on Christian meditation and centering prayer.  The class begins at 7:00 pm and will last about an hour and will include short opportunities to practice and some instruction.  The classes do not build on each other, so you can just try it at any time.  We will meet every other Thursday for a while if there is continued interest.  You are quite welcome to invite a friend.


SUSQUEHANNA UNIVERSITY and WVIA Studios present This Is My Song: 500 Years of the Reformation, a one-hour musical program airing on PBS stations in Pennsylvania. (Sunday, October 29th @ 4:00 pm on WITF.)


HELPING HANDS MINISTRY This ministry provides care, support and many services to our church family who are in need. If you are in need of assistance, please read the list of services posted on our bulletin boards. Examples of services provided are small home repairs, limited yard work, picking up prescriptions, transportation to appointments and much more. All you need to do is contact the church secretary if you or another member needs assistance. If you are interested in being a volunteer for this ministry, see Judy Mummert.


OCTOBER’S SPECIAL ENVELOPE OFFERING will raise money for Four Diamonds (THON).  THON is a student-run philanthropy committed to enhancing the life of children and families impacted by childhood cancer.  Their mission is to provide emotional and financial support, spread awareness and ensure funding for critical research – all in pursuit of a cure


HEALTH KITS Women of the Church are now collecting health kits to add to the school kits we annually collect for Lutheran World Relief.  The following items are needed:


1 bath size towel (52-27’) dark color                          1 metal nail clipper     

1 sturdy comb (wide toothed preferred)                    1 adult size toothbrush in original package           

2 bath size bars (4-5 oz.) of soap (keep in its original wrapping)


(Toothbrush multi-packs are okay; each brush will be placed in an envelope).  No plastic bags or wraps.  All items may be wrapped in the towel and tied with ribbon or yarn.  You may contribute enough items for a kit or just single items.  Place them in the baskets in the hallways.




PAL – Ketchup, Gravy (Chicken, Turkey, Beef), Dish Detergent

Clothing Bank Men’s Socks, ADULT Warm Gloves, CHILD Pull-Ups (4/5)

Changing Lives Shelter Sandwich Bags, Men/Women Deodorant, Shampoo (full size),                                            Razors-disposable, Shaving Cream

Ruth’s Harvest - Teddy grahams, goldfish, animal crackers, fruit cups/canned fruit,

                              Fruit roll-ups, ravioli, Non-refrigerated Milk -  all single servings please.


AERO OIL CREDIT Aero Oil has agreed to credit St. Bartholomew’s three cents on the gallon for every gallon of oil that our members use from their company.  If you use Aero Oil, please let them know that you are a member of St. Bartholomew’s United Church (ELCA) by calling 888-480-1271 or register online at



Homewood: Eileen Grothey, Clyde Frock, Julia Mummert and Phyllis Frock

The Brethren Home: Shelva Laughman

Hanover Hall: Mildred Raubenstine

At Home:  Karen Brown, Robyn Duppins, Eric Collins, Cindy, Lisa Galloway,  Lori & Bruce Shaffer,  Jim Krumrine, Daryl Raubenstine, Shelley Saltzgiver, Larry Bixler, Cynthia Waters,  Angie Britcher, Anita, Frieda, Mary Marrero,  Marlene Redding, Harold Krumrine, Harold Bachman, Gladys Wildasin, Deb Sponseller, Cindy Graybill,  Lindsey Crawford, Joyce Johnson, Kyle Wildeson, Leiland Smtih, Jimmy Bryan, Jeff Butler, Amber Shaw, Barb Butler, Isabella Taylor, Tammy Hall, and Katlyn Stremmel, Mara Small, Doug Deviny, Danielle Stislicki, Kaz Krysiak, Alan Sterner, Marleigh Myers,  Frank George, Paul Chronister, Hannah Engle, Christina Hawn, Hope & Wesley, Dottie Waybright,  Sharon Krumrine, Ruth Gunnell, Joe Moxley, Donald Sterner, Helen Renner, Sarah Iafrate, Lisa Dickensheets, Ned Sterner and Chasidy Gladfelter.

In the military service: Ryan Baummer, Marcus Gobrecht, Shea Mumma, Mark Reever, Joshua Mummert, Alex Berwager and Doug Shaffer


PRAYER GROUP Prayer is powerful.  Let's all become Prayer Warriors.  Tricia Krysiak has created St. Bartholomew's Prayer Group on Facebook.   This is a private page/group.  If you would like to become a member, search St. Bartholomew's Prayer Group on Facebook and ask to join.  Tricia will then approve all requests.   In this group, we may ask for prayer requests for our loved ones, ourselves, or anything tragic going on in God's world today.  If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Krysiak.





Worship Assistant

Scripture Reader


Screen Presenter

22 – Emily Beyer


Sam Jemison

Kim Trone

29 – Karen Amoss

Karen Amoss

Kylie Iafrate

Judy Mummert

  5 – Carl Bachman

Carrie Hoff

Olivia Wetzel

Erin Gobrecht

12 – Deb Leppo

Sadira Stallings

Cade Baumgardner

Kelly Kuhn


Worship Sound


Children’s Message


Children’s Time


22 – Brad Neiderer

Larry Brumgard

Wendy Fritz and Amy Wetzel

29 – Dale Greer

Kelly Kuhn

Kelly Kuhn and Deb Leppo

  5 – Barry Berwager

Ruth Neiderer

Kim Trone and Toni Null

 12 – Shaun Saltzgiver

Wendy Fritz

Amy Gobrecht and Faye Gobrecht


Greeter Ministry:      October – Toni Null and Amy Gobrecht    

                                    November – The Neiderer, Krumrine and Miller families


2018 Worship Service List:  We are at the time of year when we need to update our worship helper listing for duties during the services in 2018. Now is the time to ask to be added or deleted from the list for next year. Please contact the church office soon as possible to make any changes.  Thank you all for your participation in our worship services!


Useful Links

  • Nawakwa
  • Hanover Area Council of Churches
  • The Lower Susquehanna Synod
  • The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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