News & Announcements

Last Updated 11/27/2022

St. Bartholomew’s United Church (ELCA)

1204 Grand Valley Rd.

Hanover, PA 17331

(717) 632-1952

November 27, 2022 Announcements



  9:30 am – HOPE Worship Service – First Sunday in Advent

10:30 am – Sunday School

10:30 am – Decorating Church

  6:30 pm – Confirmation Class



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

Wednesday – PAL, Choir 4:30 pm, Bells 6:00 pm

Thursday – Yoga 9:00 am


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


THANK YOU! The Women of the Church thank everyone who donated items for the school and personal care kits, blankets, made backpacks, or made a monetary donation.  This year we put together 76 school kits, 50 personal care kits, and collected 16 blankets.  We also were able to send 19 fabric kits.  We received a generous donation from Thrivent as well. Thank you to Glenn Gobrecht, Donald and Edna Sterner and Jeff and Wendy Fritz for getting the items packed and ready to bring to the Lutheran World Relief warehouse in New Windsor.


BE PREPARED The Advent season is coming. We are looking for volunteers to decorate the church. Sunday, Nov 27th, following worship, we will decorate the church. Your time and help would be appreciated.  


COOKIES NEEDED We are looking for volunteers to donate cookies for our cookie reception after our children’s pageant on Sunday, December 4th.  If you are able to donate some cookies, please let Katrina know.  Please be sure to label your cookies as we have children with nut allergies. Thank you!


Sharing the Gift of Christmas As we prepare for God's gift of love at Christmas, we will be sharing gift bags with our shut ins and other members of our church family.  A list of suggested items can be picked up in the hallway. Your donations can be placed in the rear of the sanctuary and will be needed by Sunday, Dec. 11th.  Please consider volunteering to deliver a bag or two. Thank you! See Amy Gobrecht or Gloria Baummer for more info. 


Poinsettias may be purchased to beautify the church during the Christmas season.  Multi-bloom 6” pots may be purchased for $12.50.  Order forms and payment for poinsettias are due by the December 4th.  Forms are available in the hallway.  There will also be a large envelope there to collect your order form & payment. Poinsettias may be taken home after the Christmas Eve Service, Dec. 24th.

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


CHILDREN’S ADVENT CRAFT WORKSHOP We are inviting all children to join us for a morning of crafts, stories, fellowship, and activities at St. Davids UCC (142 Hobart Rd.) on Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00-11:15am.  Please see the sign-up sheet in the narthex or email Katrina at


Sight & Sound’s debut feature film will premiere in movie theaters nationwide, including Hanover, the first week of December! Filled with heart and history, 'I HEARD THE BELLS' tells the true story of one of America’s most famous poets and his inspiring journey that led to the beloved Christmas carol, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” Don't miss your chance to gather together as this powerful message of resounding hope and rekindled faith comes to life on screen — I HEARD THE BELLS is showing at Hanover's RC Theatre on the following dates: Thur. Dec. 1st @ 7P, Fri. Dec. 2nd @ 7P, Sat. Dec. 3rd at 1P AND 7P and Sun. Dec. 4th @ 1P and 4P.  This IS a Special Fathom Event and does cost $10.50 with no passes/coupons accepted.  'I Heard The Bells' runs 1H & 50M and is considered a drama.  It has NOT been given a rating.  St. B's would like to see interested members attend either of the 1P showings Saturday OR Sunday.  Those who are able may gather at Starlight Diner when the movie is over for a little discussion and mid-afternoon snack.  Come, learn more about Mr. H. W. Longfellow, and see if you agree that 'wrong will always be wrong and the good things in this world will always prevail.'  Kindly direct any questions to Sue Krumrine.


The Littlestown Area Municipal Band, under the direction of Ben Messinger, will present a Fall/Christmas Concert on Sun., December 11, 2022 beginning at 3 PM at

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 53 West King St., Littlestown, PA.) A free will offering will be accepted.


YOGA CLASSES are 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. 



v  Sunday, December 4th is the Children's Christmas Pageant during worship.

v  Family Christmas Eve service is at 6:00 p.m.

v  Candlelight Christmas Eve service at 9:00 p.m.

v  Christmas Day service will be at 9:30 a.m.

v  There will no children’s Sunday School on December 25th.


Charleston Wrap® FUNDRAISER benefiting the Investing in the Future Campaign is currently underway. You may order online by clicking this link:  Charleston Wrap®  The last day to place an order is December 2nd.  Please see Brenda Warehime if you have any questions.



NOVEMBER’S SPECIAL ENVELOPE will raise money for Women of the ELCA.  Their purpose statement:  As a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world.


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


With AmazonSmile our church earns .5% on the purchase of tens of millions of products.  By using the AmazonSmile website, our church will receive a direct deposit into the general checking account on a quarterly basis from Amazon. Funds generated will go directly into the budget and be used to assist with meeting the church’s needs.  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. While shopping you will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.  


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.


FEED A FRIEND a Benefit for New Hope Ministries, will take place on Thursday, December 8, 2022 (Noon – 8 pm) and Friday, December 9, 2022 (8 am – 4 pm) Listen LIVE to nu95.3 or Rocky98.5.  Pledges can be made by calling 717 637-0052 during this event.


hanover Area council of churches’ needs

PAL – single serve fruit cups, canned mixed vegetables, scalloped potatoes, sugar, egg noodles, Plastic Cutlery sets with knives, spoons, napkins, salt and pepper

Heavenly Clothing Store – Gently used clothes, Men’s & Women’s Sweatpants and Sweatshirts

Changing Lives Shelter – Disposable gloves (size M/L), Comet, Bathroom Cleaner, Disinfectant Spray, Clorox Wipes

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

Ruth’s HarvestSingle serve fruit cup, Single serve entrée, Single serve cereal






Fair Havens: Shirley Fritz

Hanover Hall:  Mary Grace Graybill (Rm 133)

Homewood:  Alan Sterner

At Home:  Donald Sterner, Barry Berwager, Mike Gladfelter II, Alfred & Muriel Cook,

Rhonda T., Linda Kehr, Janel Hargest, Elsie Grimes, Caroline Krumrine, the Kaintz family, Eileen Becker, Tara Bryan, Bev Morningstar, Dawn Sterner, Brandi Avery, Grady Bechtel, and Joe T.

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


27 – HOPE

Faye Gobrecht

Chris Myers

Olivia Bryan

 4 – Kae Wetzel

Not needed

No Ch. Sermon

Noah Kuhn

11 – Sonya Kuhn

Toni Null

Glenn Gobrecht

Van Bryan

18 – Zachary Hare

Erin Porter

Faye Gobrecht

Olivia Wetzel


     Worship Sound

Zoom Host

Screen Presenter 



27 – Shaun Saltzgiver

Amy Wetzel

Kelly Kuhn



 4 – Amy Gobrecht

Ruth Neiderer

Erin Porter



11 – Brian Butters

Sonya Kuhn

Ruth Neiderer



18 – Barry Berwager

Amy Wetzel

Kelly Kuhn




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 is currently on our email list. If you miss these announcements, you may call any council member for information or the pastor.




St. Bartholomew’s United Church (ELCA)   

1204 Grand Valley Road    Hanover, PA 17331   

Telephone: (717) 632-1952  Fax: (717) 633-9267   

Rev. Steven E. Thomas, Pastor      

Cell phone: (717) 476-9171    E-mail:   

Church Office hours:  Tues., Weds. & Fri. 8:30 am – 3:00 pm 

E-mail address:      Website:   


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.

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  • Nawakwa
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  • The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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