News & Announcements

Last Updated 2/17/2024

St. Bartholomew’s United Church (ELCA)

1204 Grand Valley Rd.

Hanover, PA 17331

(717) 632-1952

February 18, 2024 Announcements



  9:30 am – Worship Service (1st Sunday of Lent)

10:30 am – Sunday School

 6:30 pm – Confirmation Class



Monday – Worship Committee 7:00 pm

Tuesday – Pastor’s Conference 9:00 am, Prayer and Care Gathering (Zoom) 7:00 pm

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

Thursday – Yoga 9:00 am, Women of the Church 10:30 am

Saturday – HOPE Practice 9:00 am, Retirement Seminar 9:30 am


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

180th Anniversary of St. B's

Wed. 16 Apr 1919, The Evening Sun, Page 2

105 years ago, the congregation collected funds for post-war France after WWI ended November 11, 1918. This donation would amount to over $1,700 in today's money. A.M. Hollinger was minister of the Lutheran congregation and J.H. Hartman was minister of the Reformed/UCC congregation at this time.


- Sarah Myers Hallinan, Church Historian



CONGRATULATIONS! to Katlyn and Corbin Noel on the birth of their son,

Theo, on February 3rd, weighing 7 lbs. 9.6 oz. Kendra and Mark Stremmel are the proud grandparents.


EASTER FLOWERS You may order Easter lilies ($11.00) or tulips ($9.00) to decorate the church sanctuary for Easter, Sunday, March 31st.  Order forms are located in the hallway. Deadline to place an order is March 4th.


FOUND A green, beaded bracelet was found outside.  It is in the office.


PEANUT BUTTER EGGS St. Bartholomew's church will be taking orders for peanut butter and coconut Easter eggs.  We will NOT have dark chocolate available this year.  Only milk and white chocolate.  Cost of the eggs are $1.50 each.  Order sheets are on the shelf in the hallway.  Pick up will be after church on March 10th, 17th, and 24th.  Order deadline is February 25th.  Those wishing to take orders for peanut butter/coconut eggs at their workplace, please see Lisa Dickensheets for a separate order form and delivery information.  All proceeds will go towards the renovations.  Thank you for your support with this fundraiser!


CANDY NEEDED We are looking for donations of peanut free candy or small items to stuff inside of Easter eggs for our annual egg hunt.  Please make sure all items are brought to church by Sunday, March 24th.


CONVERSATION AND COFFEE Bring your coffee/beverage and chat with the Pastor and church family. The next one is scheduled for March 6th at 10:00 a.m. 


Women of the Church Our St. Bartholomew women, together with Lutheran women from all over the United States donated 194,983 quilts, 190,043 school kits, 123,920 personal care kits to Lutheran World Relief this year.  Together we can make a big difference and that is why we organize and meet. Our monthly bible study and fellowship gathering helps us bond and energize to do these and many other good works.  Presently, our St. B group is inviting women from other Lutheran churches to join with us so we can grow together.  Some of our churches have lost their women’s group since Covid.  We can eliminate some loneliness and “Fertilize our faith” by gathering.   Presently our gathering date is the fourth Thursday of the month, at

10:30 a.m. Next meeting is February 22, 2024. Feel free to join us whenever you can. Our meeting follows the yoga class.


A RETIREMENT SEMINAR will be held at St. B’s on Saturday, February 24.  Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m.  The seminar will go until 11:30 a.m.  Thrivent representative Ann Seitz-Brown will be the presenter.  There is a sign-up sheet in the hallway.  You are welcome to bring a friend.


Special Youth Sunday School event on Sunday, March 17th during the Sunday School Hour.  Come and learn how we can Rise up with Jesus during this bible school style program.


COMBINED LENTEN SERVICE This year there will be one Combined Lenten Service on March 17th at 3:00 p.m. The service will be held here at St. Bartholomew’s.  It is a combined service with St. Bartholomew’s, Bethel UCC, St. David’s UCC, St. Jacob’s (Stone) UCC, and St. Paul’s (Dubs) Union Church.  All are welcome!


CONFIRMATION CAMP Youth 6th grade through 12th grade:  Confirmation Camp at Nawakwa beginning on Sunday, June 16th through Saturday, June 22nd.  Join others at the Harrisburg Area Confirmation Camp as we learn about God’s love for us.  This year’s theme is Come as You Are.  Registration is due by April 1st in order to reserve our slots for June.  If you have a child who is interested in attending confirmation camp please reach out to Katrina prior to the deadline.  More information can be found at


WOODCUTTING PARTY if interested in firewood see Chuck Bock.  Date TBD.


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.


Blood Drive St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (129 Charles St. Hanover) is having a blood drive on Thursday, March 14th from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm.  If you are interested in donating blood, please contact 1-800-771-0059 or visit to register. 


Camp Nawakwa Open House Take a tour of the camp and learn what camp is all about.  Sunday, March 17 and Sunday, April 14 anytime between 2:00-4:30pm.  For more information visit


Camp Nawakwa is hiring camp counselors and staff.  Counselors need to have graduated from high school.  Other helper staff may be 15 years old.  Please contact the Camp Nawakwa Director or website,, for more information.


FEBRUARY’S SPECIAL OFFERING will benefit our Christian Education here at St. Bartholomew’s.  These donations will be specially earmarked for youth activities like our past events of lock-ins, Bingo, attending a Sight and Sound show; and new events like bowling and roller skating.


COMMUNITY AID Our Community Aid partner number is 20061.  If you provide this number to Community Aid when dropping off clothing items, household goods (excluding furniture), electronics, and toys to our local store, St. Bartholomew’s will receive $.13/lb.


Hanover Area council of churches’ needs

PAL – single serve fruit cups, canned mixed vegetables, corn, green beans, potatoes, butter, scalloped potatoes, sugar, milk and snacks.

Clothing Bank – Winter clothing, socks, men’s jeans (waist size 30-34), and coats for all ages.

Changing Lives Shelter – Hygiene Products (Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap, Body Wash), Clorox Wipes, Kitchen Trash Bags, Ziploc Bags, Cleaning Products (Please mark for changing lives shelter.)

Meals-on-Wheels – Throw Blankets, Adult coloring books, colored pencils, Word search books,

compression socks, 3 compartment plastic to-go containers.

Ruth’s HarvestIndividual cans of tuna. Easy open tops, if possible.  Individual snacks.

REPAIR/MAINTENANCE REQUESTS If you find something in need of repair or maintenance in the church, please fill out a Work Order Repair Notice.  Forms are available outside of the office.  Please fill out the request and place it in the Secretary’s mailbox that is located by the bulletin boards outside of the office. 



Homewood:  Alan Sterner                 Longview:  Janice Kneller                                        

Tree of Life: Shirley Fritz                  Utz Terrace:  Stephanie Beyer

At Home:  Lisa Dickensheets, Muriel Cook, Sheila Ireland, Mary Ann Canouse, Pat Bechtel, Bill Dell, Craig Redding, Archer, Karen Amoss, Jeff Fritz and family, Amber, Lori, Tammy Hershey, Hester Hershey, Diane Buvia, Carroll Wilson, and Diana Hnat.

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. Message


18 – Liz Kielley

Pastor Steve

Pat Berwager

Molly Bryan

25 – HOPE

Ruth Neiderer

Chris Myers

Jackson Bowersox

  3 – Margery Erickson

Faye Gobrecht

Pastor Steve

Riley Klunk

10 – Faye Gobrecht

Erin Porter

Kelly Kuhn

Mason Miller


Worship Sound

Screen Presenter/Streaming



18 – Amy Gobrecht

Heather Bair



25 – Brian Butters

Erin Porter



  3 – Barry Berwager

Ruth Neiderer



10 – Shaun Saltzgiver

Amy Gobrecht




LIVE STREAM By participating in Worship, including the Children's Message, you will be on our worship live stream on YouTube.


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.

2024 Council Members

Carl Bachman

Sheila Ireland

Liz Kielley

Sonya Kuhn

Mark Miller

Ruth Neiderer

Brenda Warehime





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

  • Go to Top - News & Announcements

    follow us on facebook