News & Announcements

Last Updated 12/9/2018

St. Bartholomew’s United Church (ELCA)

1204 Grand Valley Rd.

Hanover, PA 17331

(717) 632-1952

December 9, 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: Lindsey Crawford and Karen Cramer


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


THIS SUNDAY, December 9                                  NEXT SUNDAY, December 16

  9:00 am – Worship Service                                         9:00 am – Worship Service/Comm.

10:30 am – Sunday School                                         10:30 am – Sunday School                

11:15 am – Children’s Choir 1st Grade +                    10:30 am – Acolyte Training

11:30 am – HOPE Practice                                         11:15 am – Children’s Choir 1st Grade +

                                                                                    11:30 am – HOPE Practice


Tuesday – Women of the Church Lunch at Homewood 11:30 am, Scouts Den Meeting 6:30 pm

Wednesday – Yoga 5:30 pm, Choir 6:30 pm, Bells 7:45 pm

Thursday – Yoga 9:00 am, Council Meeting 7:00 pm

Friday – Scouts Pack Meeting 6:30 pm


THANK YOU! to all our children who participated in the pageant last Sunday.  With a special thank you to Abbey Jemison, Sam Jemison, Wendy Fritz, the Sunday School teachers and Marlene for helping to prepare them for a wonderful pageant!


CHRISTMAS BAGS for our shut-ins will be in the overflow room today after church.  Please help us deliver them to the shut-ins.  Please see Eileen Becker with any questions.


ART GALLERY Our next featured art for our art gallery will be Christmas pictures of your children past or present.  If you'd like to share a photo please give it to Erin Gobrecht.  


ACOLYTE TRAINING An acolyte training session will be held on Sunday, Dec. 16, during the Sunday School hour.  All current and new acolytes for 2019 should plan to attend.  Please meet Wendy Fritz and Pastor Steve at the front of the sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. for this training session.


an advent concert by Felix Hell, the maestro of the pipe organ, will be held at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 129 Charles Street, Hanover on December 9th at 2:00 pm.  The concert is free; however, a freewill offering will be collected.


The Westminster Ringers would like to invite you to their Winter Handbell Concert on Sunday December 9th at 4 pm at Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD.  Advanced tickets are $12 (Seniors $10, Under 17- free), and tickets at the door are $15.  See Erin Gobrecht for advanced tickets.  


WELCA CHRISTMAS LUNCH Members of the congregation are invited to a Christmas lunch on Tuesday, December 11th at 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Homewood. We meet in the room behind the ice cream parlor near the main entrance. The menu is soup, sandwiches and dessert.   Women of the Church are the sponsors.  This is a means of keeping our residents there in touch with our congregation. We will appreciate any offerings of food for this event. If you can help or attend, please sign up on the sheet in the hallway or tell Edna Sterner or Eileen Becker. Men and women are invited.  This event replaces the WELCA meeting for December.


Hershey Handbell Ensemble concert will be held on Saturday, December 15th at 7:00 pm, at Cross Keys Village – The Brethren Home Community, ?Nicarry Meeting House, 2990 Carlisle St., New Oxford, PA.


ON Remembrance Sunday, December 30th, during the 9:00 am worship service, you will have an opportunity to light a candle in memory or in honor of a loved one. Please light the candle when you arrive or during the prelude. The greeter will hand you a prayer request, complete it and place in container when you light the candle. Your request will be included in the prayers.


THE LITTLESTOWN AREA MUNICIPAL BAND under the direction of Ben Messinger, will present a Christmas concert at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, located at 53 West King St. Littlestown on Sunday, December 30th beginning at 3:00 pm.  Selections for the concert will include seasonal favorites.  The public is encouraged to attend.  Free will donations will be accepted.


SCHEDULING FOR OUR NEW PICTORIAL DIRECTORY has begun!  Our photography dates will be January 25th & 26th.  Please see Amy Wetzel after church in the overflow room if you would like to schedule at church.  You may also schedule online by going to  Once on the website, click on the box on the right side of the homepage entitled “Click here to schedule your photography session”.  Enter our church code pa825.  Then enter the password saint.  Click on the Enter button.  Choose your desired photography date.  Click on the Reserve Time button beside the desired photography appointment time.  Enter the appropriate information in all required fields (indicated by the asterisk).  Enter your email address if a confirmation email is desired.  Click on the Schedule Appointment button at the bottom of the screen to reserve the photography appointment time in your family’s name.  If you have more than six family members being photographed, please reserve two appointments consecutively (such as 6:00 and 6:10).  Print the next screen to use as a reminder of your family’s photography appointment.  Scheduling online is available Monday-Friday only.  Contact Amy Wetzel or Kelly Kuhn to change or cancel your photography appointment. 


PICTORIAL DIRECTORY HELP is needed!  We are looking for several people to help on our photography days to check in our families and confirm family information before their photography appointment.  This is a great way to get to know everyone here at St. B's!  Please see Amy Wetzel or Kelly Kuhn for information. 


FREE FAITH YOGA CLASSES 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.  Classes are on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm and Thursdays at 9:00 am.


A WIDOW/WIDOWER SUPPORT GROUP will begin meeting in December on the second Monday of every month. at 1:00 pm in The Great Room at SpiriTrust Lutheran, The Village at Utz Terrace.  This on-going support group provides an opportunity for widows and widowers to come together to share their grief experiences.  Through some tears and some laughter, widows and widowers can join together to find comfort, advice and support from each other.  This group is provided by SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice.


COLD WEATHER SHELTER DONATIONS are being collected through December 30th. Donation forms are available in the hallway.  There is also large envelope there to collect your donation.


DECEMBER’S SPECIAL OFFERING will benefit Lutheran Disaster Response and earmarked for hurricane relief.


THANK YOU! Your November special envelope offerings collected $560 for WELCA.


GIVING TREE The Norris family (granddaughter of Woody and Carrie Leppo) of North Carolina lost their home and belongings during the hurricane. Our Giving Tree has a variety of home like items if you wish to donate to the family. We will be collecting thru Dec. 23rd. For more information see Amy Wetzel.



PAL    Scalloped Potatoes, Sauerkraut, Sugar, Ketchup, Coffee, Coffee Creamer

CLOTHING BANK   Blankets (no crochet), Towels, Sheets (Queen), Family-Sized                                               Toiletries, Clorox Wipes

CHANGING LIVES SHELTER    Sweats M/F-M/L/XL, Hand towels, Liquid Soup, Hand                                                       Sanitizer

RUTH’S HARVEST            All single serving please!  Entrées and Drinks


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.




Homewood: Eileen Grothey, Julia Mummert and Phyllis Frock

Hanover Hall: Mildred Raubenstine, George Morningstar

The Brethren Home: Shelva Laughman

At Home:  Karen Brown, Robyn Duppins, Eric Collins, Cindy, Lisa Galloway,  Lori Shaffer,  Jim Krumrine, Larry Bixler, Cynthia Waters,  Angie Britcher, Anita, Frieda, Marlene Redding, Harold Krumrine, Harold Bachman, Gladys Wildasin, Deb Sponseller, Cindy Graybill,  Lindsey Crawford, Leiland Smtih, Jimmy Bryan, Jeff Butler, Amber Shaw, Barb Butler, Isabella Taylor, Tammy Hall, and Katlyn Stremmel, Danielle Stislicki, Alan Sterner, Marleigh Myers,  Frank George, Paul Chronister, Hope & Wesley, Joe Moxley, Sarah Iafrate, Chasidy Gladfelter, Donna Spaide, Kim Shultz, Vicki Creamer, Gordie Sager, Ryan Miller, Brandi Avery, Vicki Gobrecht, Sharon Krumrine, Ida Butler, Pat Berwager, Gordon Shank, Nevin & Daryl Raubenstine, Janice Kneller, Darrell Raubenstine, Carson Giggard, the Norris Family, the family of Rev. Larry Estepp, Leurenna Myers, Rodney Sponseller, Benjamin Summers, Bobby & Sheila Ireland and grandchild and Carl Gobrecht.

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


INCLEMENT WEATHER In case our worship needs to be cancelled due to weather conditions, the cancellation announcement can be found on our web page at An email will also be sent to everyone that currently receives the Newsletter by email. If you miss these announcements, you may call any council member for information or the Pastor at 717-476-9171.




Worship Assistant

Scripture Reader


Screen Presenter

  9 – Liz Kielley

Wendy Fritz

Cade Baumgardner

Kelly Kuhn

16 – Donald Sterner

Kim Trone

Carson Trone

Katie Higgins

23 – Erin Gobrecht


Rachel Kaintz

Amy Gobrecht

24 (6 pm) – Liz Mickley

Paul Krumrine

Noah Kuhn

Heather Bair

30 – Carl Bachman

Sadira Stallings

Kaili Miller

Ruth Neiderer



Worship Sound

Children’s Message     (during sermon)

Children’s Time

  9 – Shaun Saltzgiver

Chris Myers

Lindsey Crawford and Karen Cramer

16 – Brad Neiderer

Glenn Gobrecht

Chris Myers and Diane Buvia

23 – Toni Null

Faye Gobrecht

Ruth Neiderer and Heather Bair

24 (6 pm) – Shaun Saltzgiver

Liz Kielley

Eileen Becker and Kim Becker

30 – Liz Kielley

Larry Brumgard

Kelly Kuhn and Deb Leppo


Greeter Ministry:  December -Toni Null/P. Krumrine Family January - Dave & Carrie Hoff


2019 Worship Helper Lists are available in the back of the sanctuary for January – June.


Updated Church Directories are available in the hallway.


Useful Links

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

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