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Last Updated 8/12/2018

St. Bartholomew’s United Church (ELCA)

1204 Grand Valley Rd.

Hanover, PA 17331

(717) 632-1952

August 12, 2018 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: Chris Myers and Diane Buvia


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


THIS SUNDAY, August 12                                     NEXT SUNDAY, August 19

  9:00 am – Worship Service                                        9:00 am – Worship Service/Communion

   Family Camp Presentation                                                            10:30 am – Sunday School

10:30 am – Sunday School                                         10:30 am – New Member Class

11:00 am – HOPE Practice                                         11:00 am – HOPE Practice




Monday – Visioning Committee 7:00 pm      Wednesday – PAL, Yoga 5:30 pm


NEW MEMBERS CLASS On August 19, during the Sunday School hour, Pastor Steve will be offering a New Members Class for anyone who would like to join St. Bartholomew's.  We will be discussing the theological background of Lutheranism (which is actually more interesting than it may sound).  Also the many various ministries and history of St. Bartholomew's.  Please let Pastor Steve know if you are interested or just show up in the youth room downstairs.


The hand bell choir will be having our annual polishing night on Wed. August 29th at 6:30. Handbell members if you can help please come out and help us make our bells shine.  Also if anyone at St. B's is interested in trying hand bell ringing please see Erin Gobrecht. We could schedule a time August 29th to go over basic bell techniques if anyone is interested.


Camping at St B's On August 25th to the 26th we would like to invite you to camp out in our beautiful nature here at St. Bartholomew's.  You may camp in your tent or camper or just come Saturday night for the cook out.  We will have a sign-up sheet for food so we'll each bring an item that all will share at the campfire Saturday evening and for breakfast Sunday morning.  Sunday, August 26th is also our outdoor worship service, so you can rise and shine and go straight to church.  Our annual church picnic will follow this worship service.  Tent and camper set up will begin around 5:30pm Saturday night and the campfire will begin around 7pm.  More information to follow.  

OUTDOOR WORSHIP/CHURCH PICNIC Join us on Sunday, August 26th at 9:00 am for an outdoor worship service followed by fellowship and the church picnic at 11:00 am.  Location:  Shade area at the pavilion.  Meat, drinks & place settings provided.  Bring a dish to share and a lawn chair.  Assistance will be available for anyone needing a ride or helping hand with your covered dish.


A GUIDED TRAIL WALK through the East Branch Preserve and Scattering Garden area will take place on August 26th at 10:15 am, leaving from the picnic pavilion.  You are sure to enjoy the information that will be given by our friendly tour guide!


Choir and Bell choir will meet on Wednesday, September 5, for a welcome picnic at our church pavilion. Come any time after 6:00 pm. Enjoy soup, salad and desserts.   Drink and paper picnic supplies will be furnished.   A sign-up sheet to volunteer food items will be on the shelf in the hallway. Family members are also invited to join us as well as those who helped with the cantata or other choir and bell choir activities throughout the year.  Potential new members are also invited. In case of rain the picnic will be in the church social hall. Any questions, see Erin or Marlene.


WOMEN OF THE CHURCH will not meet for bible study in August.   Three St. B members will be attending the synodical convention of WELCA in Carlisle on August 18th.   We encourage women to sign up for the annual retreat at Camp Hebron (Near Halifax) the weekend of November 2-4.   Information about the retreat can be found on the hallway shelf or ask Edna Sterner of Marlene Shilling about it. This gathering of Christian women for spiritual growth and mutual support has been a fulfilling experience for those attending.


THE ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DRIVE for SpiriTrust Lutheran is from July 1st through September 15th.  Eileen Becker and Edna Sterner, your representatives, will collect your donations. 


SPIRIT FEST is coming to SpiriTrust Lutheran, The Village at Gettysburg (1075 Old Harrisburg Rd., Gettysburg), Saturday, September 15th, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Come and enjoy the entertainment and there will also be games and fun activities for kids.  Shop our stands which will be loaded with plants, jewelry, books, purses, crafts, baked goods and white elephant items.  Lots of delicious food will be available from early morning coffee and doughnuts, to lunch with chicken corn soup and sandwiches.  Top off your lunch with a slice of home baked pie, a peach sundae or ice cream.  Take part in an old-fashioned cake walk and win a beautifully decorated cake to take home with you. Bring the whole family, there will be something for all ages.


Donations are needed:  jewelry, books, gently used purses and white elephant articles may be dropped off at the reception desk at SpiriTrust Lutheran, The Village at Gettysburg, before August 16th.  Plants and baked items will be accepted September 14th or by 8:00 am on the day of the celebration.


ALIVE 2018, an event for middle school youth, will be held at Camp Nawakwa on Sept. 28 -30.  FRIENDS + GAMES + WORSHIP + FAITH CONVERSATION + CAMPFIRE are all things you will experience at ALIVE.  The theme this year is “Dear Hate...” Responding to hate in ways that reflect the love, grace and forgiveness we share in Christ.  Please see JoAnn Brumgard to register (before Sept. 14th) or if you have any questions.


FREE FAITH YOGA St. Bartholomew's offers free yoga to our members and everyone in our community.  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. Second Free Yoga Class coming in September.


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.


THANK YOU $939 was raised for “For the Love of a Veteran” during July.


REMINDER Unless listed in the newsletter and bulletin, special offerings will no longer be collected every month.  There is no special offering being collected in August.  If a special offering envelope is turned in during a month there is no special offering it will be placed in the general offering collection.


SCHOOL KIT items are now being collected.  Just in time for the sales on school supplies!  Following is a list of needed items:


4 - 70 sheet notebooks 8/10 (no loose-leaf paper)

1 - 30-centimeter ruler (centimeters on one side, inches on the other)

1 - Pencil sharpener

1 - Blunt scissors

5 - unsharpened pencils #2 with erasers

5 - ball point pens (blue ink – no gel)

1 - eraser 2 1/2" size

1 - box 16 or 24 crayons

Back packs will be made by volunteers. (instructions available)


Your donations may be left in the marked baskets at either church entrance.


Lutheran World Relief will send these kits around the world to assist children who cannot go to school at all if they don’t have their own supplies. In the USA help is available for any child to go to school regardless of income. In many third world countries school is not available unless a child has supplies. We thank Edna Sterner for the vast sum of back packs she has sewn for Lutheran World Relief.



PAL Mixed Vegetables, Coffee Creamer, Mayonnaise

Clothing Bank Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Family Sized Toiletries

Changing Lives Shelter Boxers sizes XL to 3X, T-Shirts – XL to 3X, Shorts/Joggers – XL                                        to 3X, Deodorant Woman/Men - Solid

Ruth’s Harvest(All single serving size, please!) Entrees and drinks (exp. date after 9/2018)



Homewood: Eileen Grothey, 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 Shaffer,  Jim Krumrine, Daryl Raubenstine, 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, Danielle Stislicki, Alan Sterner, Marleigh Myers,  Frank George, Paul Chronister, Hannah Engle, Hope & Wesley, Ruth Gunnell, Joe Moxley, Sarah Iafrate, Ned Sterner, Chasidy Gladfelter, Donna Spaide, Kim Shultz, Vicki Creamer, Faye Gobrecht, Cole Stremmel, RJ, Kyle & Jamison Noel, Gordie Sager, Ryan Miller, Jack Shaffer, Brandi Avery, Vicki Gobrecht, Sharon Krumrine, Paul Schaum, Carroll Wilson, Ida Butler, Sandra Bolden, Pat Berwager, Gordon Shank, Nevin Raubenstine and Janice Kneller.

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





Worship Assistant

Scripture Reader


Screen Presenter

 12 – Faye Gobrecht

Kaili Miller

Noah Kuhn

Erin Gobrecht

 19 – Donald Sterner

Sue Krumrine

Kaili Miller

Kelly Kuhn

 26 – Ruth Neiderer


Mikenna Avery

Katie Higgins

   2 – Toni Null

Deb Leppo

Abbey Jemison

Amy Gobrecht


Worship Sound

Children’s Message     (during sermon)

Children’s Time

12 – Brad Neiderer

Wendy Fritz

Chris Myers and Diane Buvia

19 – Toni Null

Deb Leppo

Ruth Neiderer and Heather Bair

26 – Brian Butters

Amy Gobrecht

Eileen Becker and Kim Becker

  2 – Liz Kielley

Pastor Steve

Kelly Kuhn and Deb Leppo



Greeter Ministry:  August – Carl and Glenn Gobrecht       September – Wendy Fritz


2019 Budget ITEMS Reminder to all Committees to submit to Glenn Gobrecht all budget items for next year as soon as possible.


OFFICE SUMMER HOURS Tues. and Weds. 7:30 am – 2:30 pm     Fri. 7:30 am – 12:30 pm. 

Useful Links

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

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