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Last Updated 1/24/2020

St. Bartholomew’s United Church (ELCA)

1204 Grand Valley Rd.

Hanover, PA 17331

(717) 632-1952

January 26, 2020 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: Ruth Gunnell and Kelly Kuhn


THIS SUNDAY, January 26                        NEXT SUNDAY, February 2

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

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

11:15 am – Children’s Choir Grade 1+          11:15 am – Children’s Choir Grade 1+         

  6:00 pm – Confirmation Class         


THIS WEEK                                                   

Tuesday – WELCA at Homewood 1:00 pm, Centering Prayer, St. David’s Lutheran, 6:00 pm

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

Thursday – Yoga 9:00 am, Lunch and a Movie



CONTEMPLATION EXPERIENCES On Tuesdays in January, St. Bartholomew’s and St. David’s Lutheran will be hosting contemplative worship experiences.  Pastor Steve and Pastor LaDonna will do Deep Spiritual Scripture Reading and Centering Prayer at St. David’s on alternating weeks.  Beginning January 7th, 6:00 -7:00 pm.  Join us any week you can and expand your spiritual experience.


sunday school Vicar DeAnn is currently leading a series of classes during the Sunday School hour to examine and discuss several social statements adopted at the ELCA churchwide gathering.  The first is “A Declaration of Interreligious Commitment” and looks at how we relate to and work with other faiths.  It will give us a chance to talk about what we understand about other faiths or ask questions we always wondered. 


LUNCH AND A MOVIE The next lunch and/or movie day will be Thursday, January 30th.

We will meet at Panera Bread on Eisenhower Drive at 11:25 pm.  The movie, “Just Mercy” (PG-13) starts at 12:50 pm.  Movie lasts 2 hours 17 minutes and it shares the true story of Harvard grad attorney, Bryan Stevenson, who chose to defend wrongly accused men of color in the south, 30+ years ago. Main premise: we all need grace and mercy.  Actors include Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx.  Let Sue K. know if you plan to attend, so we can try and sit together. Her phone number is (717) 637-3549 or text (717) 476-7542.  The next lunch and a movie will be on Tuesday, February 4th, “Doolittle”.  Suggestions for movie and dining selection are welcomed!


WeLCA (Women of the Evangelical Church of America) Our local organization will meet at Homewood on Tuesday, January 28th at 1:00 pm. We meet in the Creekside activities room for bible study and fellowship.  Several women from other denominations join us as well as St. B members we have living at Homewood.  Any woman is welcome to join us on any fourth Tuesday.  For a ride or information call Marlene 717-637-0185.  Bring a bible or your gather magazine. NEW ADMISSION PROCEDURES AT HOMEWOOD Volunteers, Women of the Church and visitors to Homewood will have to “buzz in” and “sign in” to gain entrance at Homewood.   These are new safety procedures to keep residents safe. Keep this in mind when you plan to visit there.


ASH WEDNESDAY The Lenten journey begins on February 26th at 7:00 pm with a meditative service.  A light meal (soup and dessert) will be offered at 6:00 pm.  Please watch bulletin for details.


FILL YOUR CUP WOMEN’S RETREAT will begin with fellowship and laughter on the evening of Friday, February 28th at 6:30pm at the Church of Satire Comedy Club, followed on Saturday, February 29th (9-3pm at St Bartholomew’s) with a day of sessions that will focus on how God’s word relates to modern women’s topics, interspersed with sessions centering on expression through meditation/gentle movement and artistic handiwork. Since this retreat is intended to fill our cups so that we may pour out unto others, we are asking that attendees bring a women’s personal care item for donation to local women in need. Cost for the retreat is $20 prior to January 31st, and $25 thereafter until the registration deadline of Friday, February 14th. Informational flyers with registration forms are located in the church hallway. Please contact Lindsey Meyer with any questions.


FREE CHRISTIAN YOGA CLASSES have started again! The classes are on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm and Thursdays at 9:00 am.  The instructor is Dixie Brillhart.  In case of bad weather, yoga classes will follow the South Western School District.  If the school district is closed, dismisses early or goes in late due to inclement weather there will be no class.




PAL  Scalloped Potatoes, Sauerkraut, Pineapple or Pears, Sugar, Stevia packets, 64 oz. Juice

CLOTHING BANK Blankets (no crochet), Men’s warm hats and gloves, Family-Sized Toiletries, Clorox Wipes                                                             

CHANGING LIVES SHELTER    Long Johns L/XL/2XL, Women & Men's Warm Gloves, Sandwich Bags, Liquid Soap, Hand Sanitizer, Packets of Tissues

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 and Phyllis Frock

Hanover Hall:  Mildred Raubenstine and Pat Wentz  The Brethren Home: Shelva Laughman

At Home:  Karen Brown, Robyn Duppins, Cindy, Lori Shaffer,  Jim Krumrine, Larry Bixler, Cynthia Waters, Marlene Redding, Harold Krumrine, Harold Bachman, Gladys Wildasin, Deb Sponseller, Cindy Graybill,  Lindsey Crawford, Leiland Smith, Amber Shaw, Katlyn Stremmel, Danielle Stislicki, Alan Sterner, Marleigh Myers,  Joe Moxley, Donna Spaide, Kim Shultz, Ryan Miller, Brandi Avery, Gordon Shank, Nevin & Daryl Raubenstine, Janice Kneller, Rodney Sponseller, Sheila Ireland, Bev Morningstar, Mary Slezosky, Jaimie Accaridi, Dale Grimm, Gary Waltman, Sheila Raubenstine, Rev. Russell Clark, Elizabeth Flickinger, Holly Owings, Sonya Kuhn, Brenda, Lisa. India Henry, Keri, Lory, Michael Null, Dottie Waybright, Tyler, Megan Miller, Karen Amoss, Judy Mummert, Kyle Andrew Meyer, Penny Brown, Sharon & husband, Connie, Rebecca Summers, Barry Baney, Doug Hilker, Donald Dull, Jeff Butler, Bruce Smith, Mary Pheabus, Helen Porter and Barb Butler.  In the military service: Marcus Gobrecht, Mark Reever, Joshua Mummert, Alex Berwager and Doug Shaffer.


PRAYER LIST UPDATE We need your help in updating our prayer list.  Please take a moment to review and let the church office know of any deletions or additions that need to be made.




Worship Assistant

Scripture Reader


Screen Presenter


26 – Ruth Neiderer


Jayden Iafrate

Judy Mummert


  2 – Emily Beyer

Ted Becker

Makenzie Miller

Kelly Kuhn


  9 – Faye Gobrecht

Kevin Leppo

Ethan Foreman

Heather Bair


 16 – Glenn Gobrecht


Ashlyn Trone

Amy Gobrecht






Worship Sound

Children’s Message

(during sermon)

Children’s Time




26 – Ryne Barrall

Wendy Fritz

Sue Krumrine and Toni Null




  2 – Barry Berwager

Pastor Steve

Amy Gobrecht and Faye Gobrecht




  9 – Shaun Saltzgiver

Amy Gobrecht

Tara Bryan and Emily Beyer




16 – Brad Neiderer

Deb Leppo

Amy Wetzel and Kelly Kuhn




Greeter Teams:  January – Foreman Family  February - Ted & Eileen Becker


The Worship Helper list for the first part of 2020 is available in the back of the sanctuary.



DON’T FORGET to pick up your 2020 offering envelopes!  Thanks!


annual reports year-end committee reports need to be given to the office by the end of January.  Thank you!


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.


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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