News & Announcements

Last Updated 12/10/2017

St. Bartholomew’s United Church (ELCA)

1204 Grand Valley Rd.

Hanover, PA 17331

(717) 632-1952

December 10, 2017 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:  Chris Myers and Diane Buvia


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


THIS SUNDAY, December 10                                NEXT SUNDAY, December 17

  9:00 am – Worship Service/Advent                            9:00 am – HOPE Service

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

11:15 am – Children’s Choir 1st Grade +                    11:15 am – Children’s Choir 1st Grade+ 11:30 am – HOPE Practice                                                12:00 pm – Social Hall Reserved


THIS WEEK                                                                                 

Tuesday           WELCA Christmas Lunch 11:30 am

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

Thursday         Council Meeting 7:00 pm

Saturday          Santa Visit 6:00 pm


COLD WEATHER SHELTER monetary donations will be collected through December 24th. Forms and envelopes are available in the hallway.


FREE FAITH YOGA CONTINUES St. Bartholomew's will continue to offer 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.  Class is on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm.


WELCA CHRISTMAS LUNCH (Women of the Lutheran Church in America) will be hosting a Christmas lunch on Tuesday, December12th, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm for our members who live at Homewood.  If you can attend or help with soup, sandwiches, cheese, snacks, cookies or drinks, please sign up in the hallway, or tell Eileen Becker, Edna Sterner or Marlene Shilling. We also need other eaters, wheelchair pushers and conversation helpers.


SANTA will be visiting St. Bartholomew’s on December 16th at 6:00 pm. Come on by for a visit! Refreshments will be served.


christmas concert The Littlestown Area Municipal Band, under the direction of Ben Messinger, will present a Christmas concert on Sunday, December 17th beginning at 3:00 pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church located at 53 West King St. in Littlestown.  Selections for the concert will be songs of the season.  We will also take requests from the audience.  The public is encouraged to attend.  Free will donations will be accepted.


ON Remembrance Sunday, December 31st, 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.


HERSHEY HANDBELL ENSEMBLE will be holding concerts in our area during the month of December.  See poster in hallway for locations and times.



baby items for the Cold Weather Shelter During the month of December we will be collecting diapers and baby items to be donated to the Cold Weather Shelter. These are much needed and can be distributed all year.  Donations can be placed in the collection box in the overflow room at the back of the church. If you have any questions, please see Amy Wetzel.


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.


THANK YOU the Thanksgiving Eve Service offering collected $397 for Hanover Council of Churches’ PAL program.




PAL    Salad Dressing, Pineapple, Coffee (no flavored) & creamer, Hot Chocolate, Scalloped       Potatoes

CLOTHING BANK Men’s Socks, Warm gloves, (all sizes - no knit), Child Pull-Ups (4/5),                                  Wipes

CHANGING LIVES SHELTER    Sweats M/F-M/L/XL, Warm gloves, (all sizes - no knit),                                                       Blankets (no crochet)

RUTH’S HARVEST            All single serving please!  Entrees, Pudding, Cereal, Fruit Cups,

                                                                               Non-refrigerated Milk

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.


Monroe S.E. Gobrecht Memorial Award   Any youth members of St. Bartholomew's who are attending or will be attending post-secondary education are reminded that a minimum of 10 hours of volunteer service are required. (A minimum of those 5 hours of service need to be helping with worship services.) There are other requirements that need to be met for this scholarship award. Youth members should have documentation of service hours and should NOT wait until the last minute. There are MANY opportunities to volunteer throughout the year at church.



Homewood: Eileen Grothey, Clyde Frock, Julia Mummert and Phyllis Frock

The Brethren Home: Shelva Laughman

Hanover Hall: Mildred Raubenstine

At Home:  Karen Brown, Robyn Duppins, Eric Collins, Cindy, Lisa Galloway,  Lori Shaffer,  Jim Krumrine, Daryl Raubenstine, Shelley Saltzgiver, Larry Bixler, Cynthia Waters,  Angie Britcher, Anita, Frieda, Mary Marrero,  Marlene Redding, Harold Krumrine, Harold Bachman, Gladys Wildasin, Deb Sponseller, Cindy Graybill,  Lindsey Crawford, Joyce Johnson, Kyle Wildeson, Leiland Smtih, Jimmy Bryan, Jeff Butler, Amber Shaw, Barb Butler, Isabella Taylor, Tammy Hall, and Katlyn Stremmel, Mara Small, Doug Deviny, Danielle Stislicki, Alan Sterner, Marleigh Myers,  Frank George, Paul Chronister, Hannah Engle, Christina Hawn, Hope & Wesley, Jay Waybright,  Sharon Krumrine, Ruth Gunnell, Joe Moxley, Donald Sterner, Helen Renner, Sarah Iafrate, Lisa Dickensheets, Ned Sterner, Chasidy Gladfelter, Benjamin Summers, Donna Spaide, Kim Shultz, Vicki Creamer, Faye Gobrecht, Cole Stremmel and Kyle and Jamison Noel.

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





Worship Assistant

Scripture Reader


Screen Presenter

10 – Donald Sterner

Allen Gobrecht

Sam Jemison

Ruth Neiderer

17 – Emily Beyer


Kylie Iafrate

Pat Gobrecht

24 am – Glenn Gobrecht

Faye Gobrecht

Olivia Wetzel

Liz Mickley

24 pm – Carl Bachman

Liz Mickley

Cade Baumgardner

Kim Trone


Worship Sound

Children’s Message     (during sermon)

Children’s Time

10 – Shaun Saltzgiver

Chris Myers

Chris Myers and Diane Buvia

17 – Brad Neiderer

Glenn Gobrecht

Ruth Neiderer and Heather Bair

24 am – Barry Berwager

Faye Gobrecht

Eileen Becker and Kim Becker

24 pm – Shaun Saltzgiver

Larry Brumgard

Kelly Kuhn and Deb Leppo


Greeter Ministry:      December – Toni Null

                                    January – Dave and Carrie Hoff


Useful Links

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

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