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Last Updated 8/14/2022

St. Bartholomew’s United Church (ELCA)

1204 Grand Valley Rd.

Hanover, PA 17331

(717) 632-1952

August 14, 2022 Announcements



  9:30 am – Worship Service

10:30 am – Sunday School



Monday – Worship Committee 7:00 pm

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

Thursday – Yoga 9:00 am


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


we welcome Rev. Brian Shilling as our guest pastor today.  He is the son of our Music Director, Marlene Shilling. He is a teacher with the Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, teaching Outdoor Environmental Education.


2023 BUDGET ITEMS Reminder to all committees to submit to Glenn Gobrecht all budget items for next year by the end of August.


HOUSEKEEPING A few changes to pass along!  Meetings can now be held in the beginner’s room.  If events or receptions are held in overflow room, additional chairs and tables are available for use in the beginner’s room.  It is appreciated if they would be returned to the beginner’s room at the end of the event. Please help us to avoid bringing tables and chairs up from the basement. We thank you in advance for your cooperation!


OUTDOOR SERVICE Sunday, Aug 21 there will be NO outdoor service. You are invited to the pancake breakfast at 8:00AM in the social room. See you there!


PANCAKE BREAKFAST CELEBRATION!  Sunday, August 21st at 8 a.m. we will celebrate our progress so far in the Investing In The Future Renovations with a Pancake Breakfast in the Social Hall!  There will be a free will offering with the proceeds to be donated to the Investing In The Future Campaign. We hope you will join us in our 1st event in the renovated Social Hall!  If you would like to attend, please sign up on the sign-up sheet in the hallway.  If you would like to help with the event, please see Amy Wetzel. 


WENTZ MEETING HOUSE The historical Wentz Meeting House, local former church located at 387 St. Bartholomew Road in rural Hanover, will hold a peach and ice cream festival on Sunday, August 21, 2022.  The time will be 4:00 pm. The event is free and the public is invited. Come and enjoy this gem of a little building and meet neighbors.


CONVERSATION AND COFFEE Bring your coffee/beverage and chat with the Pastor and church family. The next one is scheduled for September 7, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. 

POP UP YOGA CLASS A Pop-Up Yoga class will be held outside on Saturday, September 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  There will be Yoga flow meditation followed by a nature walk.


YOGA CLASSES will be 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. 


SUMMER OUTDOOR SERVICES will be held in the pavilion area on the first and third Sundays at 8:30 a.m. through September.  Please bring a lawn chair! We would like to provide some parking (handicap) by the pavilion. Please gather close to the area of the pavilion and fire ring. As in the past, the service will be cancelled if there is any drizzle, rain or showers.


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


AUGUST’S SPECIAL ENVELOPE OFFERING will benefit Lutheran Disaster Response. 

Lutheran Disaster Response brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. When the dust settles and the headlines change, they stay to provide ongoing assistance to those in need.  Some of the areas in which they provide assistance is: Eastern Europe Crisis Response, U.S. Wildfires, U.S. Tornadoes, Hurricane Response, Haiti Crisis.


SCHOOL KITS Women of the Church are beginning our annual “School Kit” collection for Lutheran World Relief.  Local stores are already beginning to put out their specials on school supplies.  This is a good time to gather supplies for our annual collection of school kits; which we donate to Lutheran World Relief to be used all over the world.  Local groups also collect school kits but third world country children cannot go to school without these supplies.  Below is the list of items needed.  As you supply your own family, add a few things for others.  You may donate one item or many.  Our youth will organize the items.  Collection baskets will be in the hallways.  Anyone interested in helping make the cloth back packs please see Edna Sterner.  Thrivent will generously be providing seed money for this project.


4 - 70 sheet wide-ruled notebooks (no loose-leaf paper)                   

5 - ball point pens (blue or black ink – no gel, secure with a rubber band)  

5 - unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers (secure with rubber band)  

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

1 - Blunt scissors     1 - Pencil sharpener     1 - eraser 2 1/2" size     1 - box 16 or 24 crayons


hanover Area council of churches needs

PAL – single serve fruit cups, canned mixed vegetables, canned whole potatoes, sugar, bottled    water

Heavenly Clothing Store – Gently used clothes, Household items, Toys, Toiletries

Changing Lives Shelter – Women’s underwear, T-shirts (M/L/XL), Disposable gloves (size M/L), Lysol spray, Clorox wipes, Cleaning supplies

Meals-on-Wheels – Adult coloring books, Pencils, Word search books

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.



Fair Havens: Shirley Fritz

Homewood: Phyllis Frock and Daryl Raubenstine

At Home:  Barry Baney, Deb Mumma, Clyde Fletcher, Brenda Fletcher, Joyce Raubenstine, Drew Chronister, Darrell Raubenstine, Elisabeth Rineer, Ron Klunk, Donald Sterner, Edna Sterner, Eileen Becker, Marlene Shilling, Waylon Bondora, and Bob Powers.

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. Sermon


14 – Liz Kielley

Brian Butters

Karen Shilling

Olivia Bryan

21 – Diane Buvia

Carl Bachman

Chris Myers

Noah Kuhn

28 – HOPE

Faye Gobrecht

Amy Gobrecht

Van Bryan

  4 – Toni Null

Toni Null

Pastor Steve

Olivia Wetzel


     Worship Sound

Zoom Host

Screen Presenter 



14 – Glenn Gobrecht

Ruth Neiderer

Heather Bair



21 – Brian Butters

Amy Wetzel

Erin Porter



28 – Barry Berwager

Sonya Kuhn

Ruth Neiderer



  4 – Shaun Saltzgiver

Amy Wetzel

Amy Gobrecht



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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