News & Announcements

Last Updated 10/1/2023

St. Bartholomew’s United Church (ELCA)

1204 Grand Valley Rd.

Hanover, PA 17331

(717) 632-1952

October 1, 2023 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, Community Outreach 7:00 pm

Wednesday – PAL, Conversation and Coffee 10:00 am, Chior 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.



homewood auxiliary Membership dues are now being collected for the Homewood Auxiliary.  Please see Gloria Baummer for more information.


CONVERSATION AND COFFEE Bring your coffee/beverage and chat with the Pastor and church family. The next one is scheduled for October 4, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. 


CROPWALK The Hanover Area Council of Churches 47th CROP Walk will be held Sunday, October 15th.  Starting point is St Paul's (Dubs) Union Church—walk continues through parts of beautiful Codorus State Park.  Registration begins at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s (Dubs) Union Church, 1958 Dubs Church Road, Hanover.  Please see Amy M. Gobrecht for more information or a donation packet.


ST. B’S SPORT NIGHT – INVITING ALL ATHLETES AND COACHES Sunday, Oct 15th at 5:00 pm. Includes a devotional time and a light meal. Please wear uniform or T-shirt to represent your team. We would like it if our youth athletes would share stories/experiences of playing a sport and any trophies or awards you received. All are welcome to join us to celebrate our athletes and coaches.  There is a sign-up sheet in the hallway. 

2 Timothy 2:5 advises: “An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.” Playing according to the rules involves abiding by values of respect, integrity, and fairness. It's also important to treat other athletes well.


harvest Blessing Sunday Celebrate and share our blessings on Sunday, October 15th, during the worship service. Donations of items needed by HACC at their facility are appreciated. Bring canned goods or check the bulletin for other needs. Please keep items with you in the pew, they will be collected during the children's sermon.  We thank God for all our blessings!



FALL FOLIAGE DAY Nawakwa is holding a fall foliage day on Sunday, October 22nd from  1-6.  They will be having hayrides, pumpkin painting, along with other activities.  We would like to gather a group of our youth for this event.  We will arrange transportation to this event if needed.  Please see the sign-up sheet in the narthex by Wednesday, October 11th or email The church will pay for the children to attend, for anyone else wishing to attend the cost is $15 which includes dinner.  Parents need not attend, adults from our church will go with the children. 


Women of the Church (WELCA) will meet on Thursday, October 26, 10:30 a.m. at the church.  We will be discussing holy places, a bible study from our September/October Gather Magazine.  For those who do not have the magazine, they are available to be picked up in the hallway.  Gather is an award-winning magazine and always full of interesting stories and ponderings. Please feel free to join the group discussion whenever you have a free fourth Thursday morning of the month.   We enjoy the gifts of the women in our church with crafts and some tai chi instruction and snacks.


Trunk or treat Join us on Sunday, October 29th 4:00-6:00 for Trunk or Treat.  We will have trick or treating, followed by games and activities at the pavilion.  Please see the sign-up sheet in the narthex.  Those decorating cars should arrive between 3:15-3:30.   If you are unable to decorate your car, but would still like to contribute, we would welcome donations of candy or other small items for the children.  If you have any questions, please see Katrina Kaintz.


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.


VOCAL RECITAL Five singers will give a vocal recital at Emmanuel UCC church,

124 Broadway in Hanover on Sunday, October 8 at 5:00 p.m. The concert is free.   


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. 


PERSONAL CARE KITS During the month of October, Women of the Church are collecting blankets, and items for personal care kits.  These items are used by Lutheran World Relief to help people all over the world who are facing catastrophic events.  If you would rather donate money, $10.00 will still buy a blanket.  The money may be given to Edna Sterner or Wendy Fritz. You may contribute a full kit or one item for a kit. On Sunday, November 12, we will dedicate all the school kits and the items listed here to God’s glory and use.  The health kits include the following:

One light weight, dark color bath towel (Minimum 20”x40”) maximum (52” by 27”)

Two bath size bars of soap (4 to 5 oz) in original wrapping 

One metal nail clipper

One sturdy comb (wide-tooth preferred) remove packaging

One adult sized toothbrush in original package


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.


CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR SOLDIERS Help bring some extra holiday cheer for those who are not home with their families.  One of our members works with a local organization, For the Love of a Veteran.  Each month they send care kits to deployed troops, as well as homeless veterans.   We are asking our congregation to help fill out Christmas cards to be included in the care kits.  The cards are in baskets located in the back of the sanctuary and in the hallway.  Detailed instructions are next to the baskets.  Once you have completed your pack of cards, please bring them back to church and place in the designated basket located on a table in the overflow area before the end of October.  If you have any questions, call or email Erin Amoss – 717 634-8185/



Hanover Area council of churches’ needs

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

Clothing Bank – Warm clothing for the fall.  Especially, socks, men’s jeans (waist size 30-34), and coats.

Changing Lives Shelter – Bathroom Cleaner, Disinfectant Spray, Men’s deodorant, Men’s boxers, travel size personal hygiene products. (Please mark for changing lives shelter.)

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

compression socks.

Ruth’s HarvestSingle serve fruit cups, Single serve entrées, Single serve cereal.




Homewood:  Alan Sterner     Longview:  Janice Kneller     Tree of Life: Shirley Fritz

At Home:  Lisa Dickensheets, Muriel Cook, Sheila Ireland, Cindy Graybill, Alberta, Dwight Wintrode, Isla, Ruth Neiderer, Adam Meyer, JoAnn Brumgard, Donald Sterner, and Julia, Keith and Joey Null, and Tom Reyolds.

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


  1 – Liz Mickley

Liz Mickley

Pastor Steve

Olivia Bryan

  8 – Sue Krumrine

Faye Gobrecht

Deb Leppo

Carson Trone

15 – Karen Amoss

Karen Amoss

Ruth Niederer

Van Bryan

22 – HOPE

Emily Beyer

Amy Gobrecht

Cora Baumgardner


Worship Sound

Screen Presenter/Streaming



1 – Shaun Saltzgiver

Ruth Neiderer



8 – Amy Gobrecht

Erin Porter



15 – Brian Butters

Amy Gobrecht



22 – Barry Berwager

Heather Bair



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




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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