News & Announcements

Last Updated 2/16/2020

St. Bartholomew’s United Church (ELCA)

1204 Grand Valley Rd.

Hanover, PA 17331

(717) 632-1952

February 16, 2020 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: Amy Wetzel and Kelly Kuhn


THIS SUNDAY, February 16                      NEXT SUNDAY, February 23

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

10:30 am – Sunday School                             Transfiguration/New Member Reception

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

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

                                                                         5:00 pm – Fastnacht Pick-up

                                                                         6:00 pm – Confirmation Class                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Overflow Area Reserved                                                                                                                           

THIS WEEK                                                   

Tuesday – Lunch and a Movie 5:00 pm, Spiritual Bible Reading (St. David’s) 6:00 pm

Wednesday – Yoga 5:30 pm, Choir 6:30 pm, Bells 7:30 pm

Thursday – Yoga 9:00 am, Chicken BBQ Meeting 7:00 pm

Friday – Overflow Area reserved

Saturday – Overflow Area reserved, Stress Management Class 2:00 pm (Youth Room)


CONDOLENCES the family and friends of Rev. Dennis Weidler, who passed away on February 9th.  He was a former pastor of St. Bartholomew’s.  Please keep them in your prayers.


NEW MEMBER CLASS Today, during the Sunday School hour, Pastor Steve will be offering a New Member 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.  We will meet after worship outside of the office.


sunday school Vicar DeAnn is currently leading a series of classes during the Sunday School hour to examine and discuss several social statements adopted at the ELCA churchwide gathering.  Today we will begin looking at “Faith, Sexism and Justice: A Call to Action”.


SINGERS NEEDED On Sunday, February 23rd, women in our church are being asked to sing the anthem.  if you are willing to sing in this group and plan to attend on February 23rd, please meet at the front of the church immediately following worship today for a very brief rehearsal. 


CONTEMPLATION EXPERIENCES On Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:00 pm, St. Bartholomew’s and St. David’s Lutheran will be hosting contemplative worship experiences.  Pastor Steve and Pastor LaDonna will do Deep Spiritual Scripture Reading and Centering Prayer at St. David’s on alternating weeks.  Join us any week you can and expand your spiritual experience.


LUNCH AND A MOVIE On Tuesday, February 18th, it will be dinner and a movie.  The movie is a Fathom Event screening of “Patterns of Evidence -The Red Sea Miracle, Part I” at 7:00 pm.  This movie runs 2 hours and 40 minutes.  The cost of admission is $10.50, due to this being a one-time only, special event.  Dinner will be at Perkins at 5 pm.   Please let Sue K. know if you plan to attend the meal, so we can try and sit together. Her phone number is (717) 637-3549 or text (717) 476-7542.  The next lunch and a movie will be on Thursday, February 27th, “Call of the Wild”.  Suggestions for movie and dining selection are welcomed!


chicken barbeque (Saturday, April 25th) A meeting will be held on Thursday, February 20th at 7pm to discuss our upcoming BBQ.  If you are interested in including an activity along with the chicken barbeque - such as a Pie Sale, Craft Show, Flea Market, etc., please attend the meeting and give us input.  Discussion will also include deadlines and the allocation of profits.


STRESS MANAGEMENT CLASS On Saturday, February 22, from 2 - 3:30 pm, Pastor Steve will be offering a stress management class at St. B's. Class will be in the Youth Room.  


nawakwa news Fastnacht Fundraiser ½ dozen $4.00, 1 dozen $8.00, Pick-up is on 2/23 from 5 – 6 pm.


Women of the Church (WELCA) Our local St B organization will meet at Homewood on Tuesday, February 25th at 1:00 pm.  Remember to bring your bible and your Gather magazine if you have one.   All women are welcome.   Remember to buzz in and sign in as you enter the Creekside part of the building.   For a ride, call Marlene at 717-637-0185.


ASH WEDNESDAY The Lenten journey begins on February 26th at 7:00 pm with a meditative service.  A light meal (soup and dessert) will be offered at 6:00 pm.  Please see sign-up sheet in hallway.


LENTEN DISCIPLINE During the Lenten Season, join us each Tuesday starting March 3rd through March 31st, 6:15 – 8:00 pm for our Lenten Dinners.  A light meal and dessert will be provided.  The discussion time will be “Talking Together through Tough Topics”. Mark your calendars and sign-up on sheet in the hallway.


WORLD DAY OF PRAYER will be held on Friday, March 6, 2020, at Grace United Methodist Church, 55 Albright Drive, Hanover.  Everyone is invited to attend.  The service will be held at 1:30 pm in the church sanctuary.  This year the program is written by women of the African nation of Zimbabwe.  Our Zimbabwean sisters are acting on Jesus’ call to action, “Rise! Take your mat and walk,” which for them is a call to love, peace and reconciliation.


CHURCH CLEAN UP Saturday, March 14th at 9:00 am, we are planning to do some cleaning, purging and organizing areas in the church.  Your time is greatly appreciated.


“BIG” the Musical:   Let’s make Friday, March 20th at 7:00PM,  St B’s night at South Western Musical “BIG” starring Sam and Abbey Jemison! Tickets are $12.00 and are on sale beginning Feb. 17th. The musical show dates are Thurs. March 19th, Fri. 20th, and Sat. 21st at 7:00PM in high school auditorium.  To purchase tickets online visit  From there, you will click on the box that says "BUY TICKETS".  That will start the process and then you follow the prompts from there! (If this is not possible, visit the high school main office to purchase tickets.) See Ruth Neiderer for more info email or 717-637-7938.


MUSICIANS are needed to sing or play instruments for the World Day of Prayer service.  Marlene is looking for volunteer musicians for the World Day of Prayer which will be held on Friday, March 6th at 1:30 pm at Grace United Methodist Church.  If you are able to help sing or play an instrument with a musical group for that event, please let her know. (See back page for rehearsal schedule.)



Thursday, February 20th 1:30 pm at Marlene’s House, 1258 Bear Crossing, Hanover

Thursday, February 27th 7:00 pm at Marlene’s House

Sunday, March 1st 1:30 pm at Grace United Methodist Church, 55 Albright Dr., Hanover

(Off of Grandview Drive, just past Claire’s on the left when coming from Baltimore Pike.)


FREE CHRISTIAN YOGA Classes are on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm and Thursdays at 9:00 am.  The instructor is Dixie Brillhart.  In case of bad weather, yoga classes will follow the South Western School District.  If the school district is closed, dismisses early or goes in late due to inclement weather there will be no class.


FEBRUARY’S SPECIAL ENVELOPE OFFERING will benefit Lutheran Disaster Response.  Earmarked for Puerto Rico. 



PAL    BBQ Sauce, Juice 64 oz, Worcestershire Sauce, Ketchup 

CLOTHING BANK Family Size toiletries (shampoo & conditioner, body wash, deodorant,                               razors, shave cream) 

CHANGING LIVES SHELTER    Disinfectant wipes, Dishwasher pods, Laundry pods 

RUTH’S HARVEST            All single serving please!  Single Serve Vegetables and Entrees 


Mini-THON Collection!  Olivia Wetzel & Sam Jemison are taking part in South Western High School's Mini-THON February 28th-29th.  Mini-THON raises funds for Four Diamonds to assist children and their families in the fight against childhood cancer.  100% of all medical bills for Four Diamonds patients being treated at Penn State Hershey are covered, ensuring their families never receive a single bill.  If you would like to make a donation please drop it in the bucket in the back of the church.  If you are interested in writing a check, please make it payable to Amy Wetzel.  Amy will see that you get a receipt for your check donation.  You can also make a donation online by going to and search for either Olivia or Sam's name.  Thank you for supporting such an awesome cause!   

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.



CAMP NAWAKWA STAFF POSITIONS Camp Nawakwa is looking for people who

have graduated from high school to be camp counselors for the summer.  They are also looking for youth ages 15 and up to either work in the kitchen or maintenance crew.  If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact Marianne Brock at Nawakwa at 717-677-8211.



Homewood: Eileen Grothey and Phyllis Frock

Hanover Hall:  Mildred Raubenstine and Pat Wentz  The Brethren Home: Shelva Laughman

At Home:  Karen Brown, Robyn Duppins, Cindy, Lori Shaffer,  Jim Krumrine, Larry Bixler, Cynthia Waters, Marlene Redding, Harold Krumrine, Harold Bachman, Gladys Wildasin, Deb Sponseller, Lindsey Crawford, Leiland Smith, Amber Shaw, Katlyn Stremmel, Danielle Stislicki, Alan Sterner, Marleigh Myers,  Joe Moxley, Donna Spaide, Kim Shultz, Ryan Miller, Brandi Avery, Gordon Shank, Nevin & Daryl Raubenstine, Janice Kneller, Rodney Sponseller, Sheila Ireland, Mary Slezosky, Jaimie Accaridi, Dale Grimm, Gary Waltman, Sheila Raubenstine, Rev. Russell Clark, Elizabeth Flickinger, Holly Owings, Sonya Kuhn, Brenda, Lisa. India Henry, Keri, Lory, Michael Null, Dottie Waybright, Tyler, Megan Miller, Karen Amoss, Judy Mummert, Kyle Andrew Meyer, Penny Brown, Sharon & husband, Connie, Rebecca Summers, Barry Baney, Doug Hilker, Jeff Butler, Bruce Smith, Helen Porter and Barb Butler.  In the military service: Marcus Gobrecht, Mark Reever, Joshua Mummert, Alex Berwager and Doug Shaffer.





Worship Assistant

Scripture Reader


Screen Presenter

16 – Glenn Gobrecht


Ashlyn Trone

Amy Gobrecht

23 – Deb Leppo

Kevin Leppo

Olivia Bryan

Ruth Neiderer

  1 – Toni Null

Toni Null

Noah Kuhn

Erin Porter

  8 – Erin Porter

Wendy Fritz

Kaili Miller

Liz Mickley


Worship Sound

Children’s Message     (during sermon)

Children’s Time

16 – Brad Neiderer

Chris Myers


Amy Wetzel and Kelly Kuhn

23 – Brian Butters

Deb Leppo

Lindsey Crawford and Karen Cramer

  1 – Ryne Barrall

Vicar DeAnn

Chris Myers and Diane Buvia

  8 – Barry Berwager

Glenn Gobrecht

Ruth Neiderer and Heather Bair


Greeter Teams:  February - Ted & Eileen Becker     March – Chuck & Brenda



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