News & Announcements

Last Updated 3/25/2023

St. Bartholomew’s United Church (ELCA)

1204 Grand Valley Rd.

Hanover, PA 17331

(717) 632-1952

March 26, 2023 Announcements



  9:30 am – HOPE Service

10:30 am – Sunday School

  3:00 pm – Combined Lenten Service – St. Bartholomew’s

  6:00 pm – Confirmation Class



Tuesday – Prayer and Care Gathering (Zoom) 7:00 pm, Worship Meeting 7:00 pm

Wednesday – Choir 4:30 pm, Bells 6:00 pm

Thursday – Yoga 9:00 am


NURSERY Our nursery is available during worship, but at this time it is not staffed.


EASTER FLOWERS You may order Easter lilies or tulips at $12.50 each to decorate the church sanctuary for Easter, Sunday, April 9th.  Order forms are located in the hallway. Deadline to place an order is March 26th.  


A NEED IN THE CONGREGATION One of our members has a need for assistance.  We have a box in the back of the congregation to collect food items and gift cards.  Thank you!


VBS Will be held June 25 - June 29, 6:30-8:00 p.m.  We are looking for leaders, assistants, and behind the scenes decorators to help us through the “Twists and Turns”.  St. David’s UCC will be hosting this year.  If you are able to help in anyway, please see Katrina or email at


RENOVATIONS ITEMS FOR SALE We have some of our old windows, doors, chairs & changing tables available for purchase in the overflow room. If you are interested, please see Amy Wetzel. Items will be for sale until the end of March. Thank you!


CHURCH DIRECTORY UPDATE In April we will be providing an updated Church Directory.  In the overflow area you will find a copy of the church directory.  If you need to update the information that we have in the directory for you, please make changes to your listing.  Thanks!


CONVERSATION AND COFFEE Bring your coffee/beverage and chat with the Pastor and church family. The next one is scheduled for April 5, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. 


EASTER EGG HUNT The Sunday school children will be having their annual Easter egg hunt following church on Easter Sunday, April 9th.  We are in need of individually wrapped candy to stuff eggs with. If you are able to donate candy or small items, please give them to Katrina Kaintz.  Please make sure the candy is peanut free.  Thank you for your help!


FAMILY CAMP St. Bartholomew’s is again inviting our families with children to attend Family Camp at Camp Nawakwa, July 16 - 22.  This free gift also includes grandparents who want to bring their grandchildren who are children of St. Bartholomew’s.  A family might also choose just to attend Family Camp for a few days to try it out. If you are interested in attending, please complete a registration form (see below) and return it to the church office. Registration forms are also available in the hallway.   Please complete registration forms now, so we can send in the deposit.  Please see Pastor Steve with any questions. Additional information can be found at or by clicking on these links:



DAY OF RENEWAL, sponsored by the Lutheran women of our synod, will take place on

April 29th 2023 here at St. Bartholomew’s Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. The event is from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   The subject is “Women who know and understand the Ways of God”. The cost for the event, breakfast snacks and lunch included, is $25.00.  Registration forms are in the hallway.  This is an ecumenical event so please feel free to invite friends from other denominations.  Please see Edna Sterner or Marlene Shilling if you have any questions.


YOGA CLASSES are held weekly on Thursdays 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.  A new Yoga recording will be released to the website monthly and available on the 2nd Thursday of each month


ALZHEIMER’S PRESENTATION St. David’s UCC will host a program on “A Beginner’s Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease and other Related Dementias” presented by Kim Korge, Memory Care Coordinator at Cross Keys Village, New Oxford, PA.  Topics to be discussed: Early signs of dementia vs normal aging process, tips for early conversations and successful communications, and memory care resources and support services.  Presentation will be held on Wednesday, April 19th at 6 pm at St. David’s UCC Sanctuary, 142 Hobart Road, Hanover, PA


The Littlestown Area Municipal Band, under the direction of Ben Messinger, will present a Spring Concert on Sun., April 23, 2023 beginning at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 53 West King St., Littlestown, PA. Selections for the concert are a tribute to four members of our band who have passed away in the last few years including Darlene Parlette, Cindy Stambaugh, Ginni Hasener and Jane Campbell and may include: To God be the Glory, The Gift of Friendship, Amazing Grace, Semper Fidelis, Willie Nelson in Concert, Boogie Woogie Bugler Boy, The Waltzing Cat, Pirates of the Caribbean, French National Defile, In Endless Song, Glenn Miller in Concert, and The Boy Scouts of America March.  A free will offering will be accepted.




·         OPEN HOUSE Camp Nawakwa is having a summer camp open house on Sunday, April 16, 2 pm – 4:30 pm. You will meet some of the summer camp staff and take a tour of camp during the open house.

·         WORK DAY there will be a work day at Camp Nawakwa on April 29th.

·         SUMMER CAMP KICKOFF and picnic will be held at Camp Nawakwa on May 21st.


March 26, 2023           Host Church:                St. Bartholomew’s Church       

                                    Worship Leader              Rev. Steven Thomas

                                    Theme:                         THRIVE

The offering will be donations of:   Gift Cards for Gas or Groceries, Stamps, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Diapers- size 6, 30 Gallon (or larger) Black Trash Bags, Gallon Ziploc Baggies, Dish Soap, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Plungers, All-Purpose Cleaning Wipes, Window Cleaner, Toiletries, and Cleaning & Laundry Supplies


(3:00 p.m.)








Holy Week & Easter Services

April 2ND Palm Sunday 9:30 a.m.

We begin with Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem.


April 6th Maundy Thursday, 7:00 p.m.

Then to the Upper Room with his faithful disciples.


April 7th Good Friday, 7:00 p.m.

We meet at the Cross.


April 9th Easter Day 6:30 a.m. Sunrise at Long Arm Dam

(Bring a lawn chair) In case of inclement weather service will be held at church.


    7:30 a.m. Breakfast


9:30 a.m. Easter Worship

Gather at the empty tomb.


REPAIR/MAINTENANCE REQUESTS If you find something in need of repair or maintenance in the church, please fill out a Work Order Repair Notice.  Forms are available outside of the office.  Please fill out the request and place it in the Secretary’s mailbox that is located by the bulletin boards outside of the office. 


MARCH’S SPECIAL ENVELOPE OFFERING will benefit the Gideons.  The Gideons International is an Association of Christian business and professional men and their wives dedicated to telling people about Jesus through associating together for service, sharing personal testimony, and by providing Bibles and New Testaments.


OFFERINGS Thank you for your giving of tithes and offerings. Your continued faithfulness will help us to maintain day to day operations and ministry during this challenging time.  You may send your offerings to the church by mail or by PayPal (if you have or set up an account). Here is that link if you need it (Also available on our website):  St. Bartholomew's Offering


COMMUNITY AID Our Community Aid partner number is 20061.  If you provide this number to Community Aid when dropping off clothing items to our local store, St. Bartholomew’s will receive $.06/lb.


Hanover Area council of churches’ needs

PAL – single serve fruit cups, canned mixed vegetables, butter, tomato sauce, eggs, coffee, creamer, scalloped potatoes, sugar, milk and snacks.

Heavenly Clothing Store – Gently used clothes, kid’s clothes, Men’s & Women’s gloves, hats & new underwear & socks, Men’s & Women’s Sweatpants and Sweatshirts, Men’s 32 & 34 sized pants, household items

Changing Lives Shelter – Comet, Bathroom Cleaner, Disinfectant Spray, Clorox Wipes, women’s deodorant, razors, shampoo, body wash, men’s boxers (Please mark for changing lives shelter.)

Meals-on-Wheels – Adult coloring books, colored pencils, Word search books, fuzzy socks

Ruth’s HarvestSingle serve fruit cups, Single serve entrées, Single serve cereal



Fair Havens: Shirley Fritz     Hanover Hall:  Mary Grace Graybill (Rm 133)

Homewood:  Alan Sterner

At Home:  Rhonda T., Caroline Krumrine, Dawn Sterner, Brandi Avery, Leurenna Myers, Mikenna Avery, Sheila Ireland, Talis Cochrane, Stephanie Beyer, Vickie Hood, Sue Dickensheets, Theresa Woodland, Lisa Maempel, Mary Ann Canouse, Fred Brillhart, Melvin Ecker, Terry Day, Anna Mae Sites, and Mary Kessler.

In the military service: Mark Reever, Joshua Mummert, and Doug Shaffer. 

Note: When a name is added to our prayer list, it remains there for three months. (If you would like a name to be on the list longer than this time, please provide us with a date for the name to be removed at the time of submitting your prayer request).  This helps keep our prayer list current.  Thank you for your understanding.


 Scripture Reader 

Worship Asst

Ch. Message


26 – HOPE

Erin Porter

Deb Leppo

Jackson Bowersox

  2 – Wendy Fritz

Liz Mickley

Pastor Steve

Riley Klunk

  9 – Karen Amoss

Karen Amoss

Pat Berwager

Olivia Bryan

16 – Paul Krumrine

Carl Bachman

Ruth Neiderer

Jade Gass


     Worship Sound

Screen Presenter/Streaming



26 – Amy Gobrecht

Kelly Kuhn



  2 – Brian Butters

Amy Gobrecht



  9 – Barry Berwager

Heather Bair



16 – Shaun Saltzgiver

Erin Porter



LIVE STREAM By participating in Worship, including the Children's Message, you will be on our worship live stream on YouTube.


Community Outreach

Our Community Outreach Committee has put together an extensive list of local resources that provide assistance for a variety of needs. This list can be found by clicking on this link:

Please check it out! You never know when you or someone you know may benefit from one of these services.

Other Useful Links

  • Nawakwa
  • The Lower Susquehanna Synod
  • The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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