News & Announcements

Last Updated 10/24/2021

St. Bartholomew’s United Church (ELCA)

1204 Grand Valley Rd.

Hanover, PA 17331

(717) 632-1952

October 24, 2021 Announcements



  9:30 am – HOPE Service

10:30 am – Renovations Task Force Informational Meeting

10:30 am – Sunday School

  3:30 pm – GriefShare  



Tuesday – HOPE Planning 7:00 pm

Wednesday – Yoga 5:00 pm, Prayer and Care Gathering (Zoom) 7:00 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.


THE ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will be held on Sunday, November 7th after the worship service.  The agenda will be: the 2022 budget, election of new council members and approval of Witmer Masonry restoration and waterproofing of bricks.  Copies of the proposed budget is available in the hallway.  If you have any questions regarding the proposed budget, please see Glenn Gobrecht or a council member. If you are not attending in-person worship services and would like a copy of the budget mailed to you, please call the church office at 717 632-1952 or email request to


BOOKS? A bin has been placed in the narthex to collect books that you no longer need.  They will be used to restock our outdoor little library.


homewood auxiliary membership dues are now being collected.  Please contact Gloria Baummer.  Thank you!


ALL SAINTS SUNDAY MEMORIAL INSERT This year we will be providing an insert on All Saints Sunday in memory of those who passed away since November 2020.  Their names will also be read during the service on November 7th.  To include someone on this list, please complete an “All Saints” form, located at the back of the church, and place in the basket outside of the church office. Deadline to submit names is today. (Members who passed away during this time will already be included in the service with the lighting of a candle, please do not submit a form for them.)


TRUNK OR TREAT Join us for our second annual trunk or treat on Sunday, October 31st from 3:00 -5:00 pm. We are in need of trick or treaters as well as people who are willing to decorate their cars.  Cars should arrive at 2:30 pm for set up in the baseball field.  A sign-up sheet for the event is in the narthex.


CONVERSATION AND COFFEE Bring your coffee/beverage and chat with the Pastor and church family. The next one is scheduled for November 3rd at 10:00 am.  Rain or shine. (If weather permits, we may meet outdoors; so bring your lawn chair.)


YOGA It has been decided to offer outside Yoga classes during the month of October.  This will take place on Wednesdays, 5-6 pm.  These classes are standing practice, no mat required, and finish up with a nature walk and meditation.  Classes will take place on the grounds of St. B’s in fair weather only, with temperatures between 50 – 90°F.


COMMUNITY AID BIN If you donate clothing and/or small household items to Community Aid and provide them with our partner number, 20061, they will donate $.06 per pound to St. B’s


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.


Personal care kits and blanket collection for LWR

St B’s is wrapping up the school kit collection. Thank you to everyone who contributed items or money for shipping.  We now begin the collection of personal care kits and blankets.  For the month of October and early November the following items will go to Lutheran World Relief to be distributed throughout the world when people are displaced.  As you are aware, that need is great.  Thank you to Thrivent for providing the seed money for this and the blankets.

Personal care kits:  

One light weight bath towel, dark color (min.20-40 to max 52-27 in size)

Two bath bars (4 to 5 oz.) in original wrappings

One adult size toothbrush in original package (or sealed in business envelope)

One sturdy comb (Wide–tooth preferred) remove packaging

One metal nail clipper with or without file.

Individual items will be assembled by our church youth and volunteers.

Blankets can still be purchased for $10.00. Money donations can be given to Edna Sterner or placed in an envelope labeled LWR (Lutheran World Relief) and placed in the offering plate.  Blankets in good condition or new may be placed in the baskets at both church entrances.


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.


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


hanover Area council of churches needs in october

PAL – Single serve fruit cups, Cans of mixed vegetables, Ketchup, Cornstarch, Dish towel/rags, pot holders

Clothing Bank Family sized toiletries, Men’s & Women’s ankle socks, Sze XL, 2X Men’s                                 underwear and white t-shirts, Women’s Sze 7,8,9 underwear, Diapers Size 5 & 6

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 snacks/veggies, juice boxes




Scripture Reader 

Worship Asst

Children’s Sermon 


24 – HOPE

Erin Porter

Kelly Kuhn

Noah Kuhn

31 – Liz Mickley

Liz Mickley

Wendy Fritz

Van Bryan

  7 – Diane Buvia

Karen Amoss

Pastor Steve

Olivia Wetzel

14 – Wendy Fritz

Deb Leppo

Deb Leppo

Cora Baumgardner


Worship Sound

Zoom Host

Screen Presenter 

24 – Shaun Saltzgiver

Sonya Kuhn

Amy Gobrecht

31 – Brian Butters

Sonya Kuhn

Kelly Kuhn

  7 – Barry Berwager

Amy Wetzel

Heather Bair

14 – Amy Gobrecht

Ruth Neiderer

Ruth Neiderer


2022 Worship Service List:  We are at the time of year when we need to update our worship helper listing for duties during the worship services. Now is the time to ask to be added or deleted from the list of helpers (worship assistant (prayers), scripture reader, worship sound, screen presenter, children’s sermon and acolyte.) for next year. Please contact the church office to add or delete your name from these lists. (by November 14th).  Thank you all for your participation in our worship services!



Homewood: Eileen Grothey, Phyllis Frock and Daryl Raubenstine (Rehab., Rm 230),

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 and Hester Hershey.

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.



As we look forward to our future here at St. B’s we are so excited for all that God has planned for us!  A crucial part of the accomplishments of our church is our committees.  We thank all committee members for their hard work and devotion to St. B’s.  There’s always room for more members on any of the committees!  Following are brief descriptions of some of the committees here at St. B’s.  Hopefully you may find one that is well suited to your many talents. If you see a committee that you may be interested in, go ahead and attend a meeting to check it out, no strings attached!

v CARE – Sends a variety of cards out to members of the congregation.  They also provide gifts to baptism families and Christmas baskets to shut-in members.  Contacts:  Miss Amy M. Gobrecht & Gloria Baummer

Amy –      Gloria –

v CHRISTIAN EDUCATION – The Christian Ed committee focuses on teaching others about the Christian faith through our Sunday School programs which run from infants through adults.  We also plan special events for the children and congregation to promote fellowship amongst our children, ex. trunk or treat, egg hunt, family bingo night, ornament workshop, VBS, etc.  We also provide confirmation classes to the middle school youth, as well as retreat possibilities to the youth.  We meet several times a year, usually on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening.  We welcome anyone who would like to see this area of the church grow.  We are always looking for new ideas that we can provide for our youth and adults.  Contact:  Katrina Kaintz at for our next meeting date and time.

v CHURCH RENOVATIONS TASK FORCEAfter overcoming a tough year, it is time to plan for present and future gatherings with our church family! The Church Renovations Task Force is looking into upgrades to the church for the importance of keeping our church building respectable, comfortable, in good repair and a representative of our faith. The group has been researching future renovations which will update areas of the interior of the church to create more modern and functional spaces. This committee will be very active over the next few years and will likely meet monthly as things progress.  Meetings are typically on a Saturday morning.  Contact:   Amy Wetzel (

v COMMUNITY OUTREACH – Helps St. B’s more directly serve the various caring agencies in our community.  Provides hands-on interaction between St. B's and agencies like the YWCA Women's Shelter, Life Skills Unlimited, the Autism Amazing Kids Club, and any other helping community programs.                  Contact: Pastor Steve (

v FELLOWSHIP – This committee aids the church in its fellowship ministry. It provides oversight for preparation and service of food for fellowship events and funeral lunches as needed. It works with other committees and task groups when food service is a part of programs and special events. This committee oversees the care of the church kitchen.  Contact:  Faye Gobrecht (

v PROPERTY – The committee oversees the upkeep of the church property and grounds, makes normal repairs and replacement, and advises Council of maintenance needs not provided for in the budget. The committee recommends future projects to enable our facility to meet the congregation’s needs. This committee also serves in an advisory capacity to Council, other committees, and task groups to facilitate programs which may involve property upgrades, changes, and/or acquisitions. They meet four times a year, or as needed.  Contact:  Larry Brumgard (

v STEWARDSHIP – This committee meets once a year to decide who receives St. B’s Mission Support for the year.  These funds are taken from a combination of interest earned from the Mission Endowment Fund, Thrivent Choice Dollars, and the Community Aid Bin income. Contact: Mrs. Amy V. Gobrecht (

v WORSHIP – In partnership with the pastor, music staff, and other staff as appropriate, this committee is responsible for all things related to worship services and to persons who participate in them. Altar Guild and the HOPE Sunday Planning Committee are sub-committees.  Contact:  Ruth Neiderer (


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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