News & Announcements

Last Updated 11/26/2021

St. Bartholomew’s United Church (ELCA)

1204 Grand Valley Rd.

Hanover, PA 17331

(717) 632-1952

November 28, 2021 Announcements



  9:30 am – HOPE Worship – 1st Sunday in Advent

10:30 am – Decorating Church

10:30 am – Sunday School

  3:30 pm – GriefShare  

  6:30 pm – Confirmation Class



Monday – Worship Committee Meeting 7:00 pm

Tuesday – Christian Ed Meeting 6:30 pm

Wednesday – PAL, Conversation and Coffee 10:00 am, Choir 4:00 pm, Bell 6:00 pm,

                       Prayer and Care Gathering (Zoom) 7:00 pm

Thursday – Renovation Task Force w/Council Meeting 6:00 pm


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


BULLETINS today are for the Glory of God sponsored by Dale and Landy Grimm.


CELEBRATING ADVENT On November 28th, after the worship service, we will gather to decorate the church as we get ready, and prepare for the birth of Jesus.  We invite all ages to participate.


CHRISTMAS CARDS The Care Committee is looking for donations of Christmas cards. Just sort through your left-over cards, they will take any unused cards (please do not buy any). Place them in basket on shelf in hallway by Nov 28th.  Thanks!


CHOIR PRACTICE In December rehearsals will be Wednesdays at 4:00 pm and those who can’t make that time frame will rehearse at 8:15 am Sunday mornings.  This way we hope to be able to sing during advent and especially on Christmas Eve.  Anyone who would like to participate during this church season, please let Marlene know and music will be prepared for you. 


CONVERSATION AND COFFEE Bring your coffee/beverage and chat with the Pastor and church family. The next one is scheduled for December 1st at 10:00 am.


CHILDREN’S PAGEANT Join us on December 5th for our children’s pageant, which will take place during the worship service followed by a cookie reception with the children. 


COOKIES We are looking for donations of cookies for our cookie reception on December 5th  after the worship service.  If you are able to donate cookies, please let Katrina Kaintz know or email


SHARE A JOYFUL TREAT On Sunday, Dec. 12th we will be sharing cookies to spread joy to those around us. Donations of prepackaged cookies – four to a bag would be appreciated. Your donation can be placed in baskets in rear of church as you enter worship. Thank You!


Westminster’s Ringers’ Concert Sunday, Dec. 12th at 4:00 pm. Free will donations will be accepted and appreciated.   For the consideration and safety of the bell ringers and attendees, masks will be required.    All are Welcome!


HERSHEY BEARS  Come out and enjoy an ice hockey game with the Bears on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at 5 pm.  Tickets are $18.85 each.  The deadline for purchase of tickets is November 30th.  A sign-up sheet is located in the hallway.  If you have any questions, or to make payment, please see Shaun Saltzgiver.


YOGA Due to Covid concerns, there will be no in-person Yoga classes until next year.  We will continue to record a new Yoga practice weekly, and have it available on the website (


PEAR HARBOR DAY You are invited to a community service honoring and remembering the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.  This service will be held at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 30 West Chestnut Street, Hanover, PA.

Some Gave All. All Gave Some. The Army, Marine, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard will be honored and remembered, as well as the civilians who died on December 7, 1941.


AmazonSmile Your holiday shopping can help make a difference, at no additional cost to you!  When you shop at, or in the Amazon app with AmazonSmile turned on within Settings, you'll find the same products and same low prices as the Amazon you already know - plus, they donate a portion of your eligible purchases to your chosen charity. 

St. Bartholomew’s is registered on AmazonSmile. There are several ways you can use your Amazon purchases to raise funds for the church:

·           Visit the website AmazonSmile-StB's

·           Go to  and search for St. Bartholomews United Church Elca, Hanover, PA

·           Click on the link posted on our Website

·           Click the link on our Facebook  page

After using one of these methods to connect with AmazonSmile, shop as you normally would on Amazon and St. Bartholomew’s will receive .5% of your eligible purchase.


THANK YOU! October’s special envelope offering collected $805 for Penn State Thon.


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



LUTHERAN DISASTER RELIEF OFFERING With all of the recent crises in the world, St. B's Council has set up a special offering plate in the back of the church that will be available in addition to our regular, pre-scheduled special offerings through December.  This Lutheran Disaster Relief Offering will go to the earthquake survivors in Haiti, the survivors of all of the major fires in the United States, the refugees from Afghanistan, and any hurricane tragedies that may come upon the US.


hanover Area council of churches needs

PAL – single serve fruit cups, cans of mixed vegetables, sweet peas and string beans, dish soap

Clothing Bank – family sized toiletries, men’s & women’s ankle socks, men’s underwear, white t-shirts XL & 2X, women’s underwear – size 6,7,8, women’s plus-sized underwear – size 1X, 2X, 3X, diapers size 5 & 6, baby wipes

Changing Lives Shelter – deodorant (Men & Women), disposable gloves (size M/L), Lysol spray, Ajax, Clorox wipes, gallon Ziploc storage bags, New Bed Pillows, New/Unused Twin Sheet sets

Ruth’s Harvest - single serve entrees, single serve veggies, singe serve fruits



       Scripture Reader 

Worship Asst

Children’s Sermon 


28 – HOPE

Erin Gobrecht

Chris Myers

Jade Gass

  5 – Paul Krumrine

Emily Beyer

Pastor Steve

Claire Gobrecht

12 – Melissa Foreman

Carl Bachman

Glenn Gobrecht

Ethan Foreman

19 – Allison Bowersox

Sheila Ireland

Faye Gobrecht

Shawn Kaintz


 Worship Sound

Zoom Host

Screen Presenter 



28 – Brian Butters

Sonya Kuhn

Liz Mickley



  5 – Amy Gobrecht

Amy Wetzel

Kelly Kuhn



12 – Barry Berwager

Ruth Neiderer

Amy Gobrecht



19 – Brian Butters

Sonya Kuhn

Liz Mickley




Homewood: Eileen Grothey, Phyllis Frock and Daryl Raubenstine

At Home:  Barry Baney, Deb Mumma, Benjamin Summers, Darryl Hann, Barb Butler, Robyn Jackson, Sutton Family, Eric Collins, Clyde Fletcher, Brenda Fletcher, Cyn DelVuo, Liam DeLong, Elisabeth Rineer, Emersynn Kaintz, Carrie Hoff, Hester Hershey, Christopher Hnat and Neil Waltman.  In the military service: Mark Reever, Joshua Mummert, Alex Berwager 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.



Together in Advent

Join us for a very special Advent worship series, Together in Advent, as we celebrate together as the family of God the coming of his Son for our salvation. Each week in the series focuses on a different activity for our “to-do list” that is centered on giving and sharing God's gift and love for us.  

November 28th – “Be Present”

First Sunday of Advent: HOPE

Instead of spending all our time in Advent buying presents, we in God’s family set aside space to be present for one another, as Christ is coming to be present with us.

December 5th – “Send Peace”

Second Sunday of Advent: PEACE

Send Peace. Beyond sending cards to loved ones this Advent season, we do all we can as the family of God to send peace to one another because the Prince of Peace is on his way.

December 12th – “Share Joy”

Third Sunday of Advent: JOY

In this time when we share cookies and other treats with one another, we share joy with those around us that they might taste and see that the Lord is good to us through the birth of his Son.

December 19th – “Wrapped in Love”

Fourth Sunday of Advent: LOVE

In this season of hustle and bustle, we move from wrapping presents to wrapping people in love, as Mary wrapped the Christ Child so lovingly in swaddling clothes.

Please join us each Sunday at 9:30 AM

(In-Person or via Zoom)

Dec. 24th – “Be the Light”


Family Worship – 6:00PM

Candlelight Worship- 10:30PM


Useful Links

  • Nawakwa
  • Hanover Area Council of Churches
  • The Lower Susquehanna Synod
  • The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • My CHURCH DIRECTORY : St. Bartholomew's United Church

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