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Hanover Area Council of Churches
One Body • One Spirit
P.O. Box 1561
136 Carlisle St.
Hanover, PA 17331
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COUNCIL NEWS—September 2016
From the desk of Carol Hinkle (HACC Director)
The Lord is good ALL the time. ALL the time the Lord is good. Thank you
to everyone who has been praying for our co-worker, Joyce Johnson. I had news
today that she will soon be returning to us here at HACC on a limited schedule,
which is certainly a “Praise the Lord”.
Also I want to offer a huge THANK YOU to ALL you Gardeners. The
PAL lunch and the Shelter as well as our people who come to PAL have been
enjoying the fresh vegetables and salads, and even some fruits of the season.
Thank you, we all appreciate this so much.
I am including in this article some information that might need clarified in
the community. You may have heard that we do not offer a blessing before the
meal at PAL. I feel a need to clarify exactly what has occurred. We have received
from the USDA a directive based on an Executive Order that states that religious
based Soup Kitchens , shelters or food distribution point may NOT offer any
religious activity including prayer at the time of service. In order to offer thanks
before a meal it must be offered in a different place or time. We have chosen to
comply with this directive by offering a blessing 15 minutes before we serve our
meal. Everyone who attends PAL has been advised that we do this and if they
choose not to participate they may enter the dining room at 11:20 and wait for
serving to begin at 11:30AM. It is a sign of the times but we are able to follow the
directive and still be a witness to our Lord. I will just add that those who come to
PAL were very upset that this has happened and felt that it was a government
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From the desk of Nancy Werner (Council President)
It’s budget time for the Hanover Area Council of Churches. The
2017 budget will be proposed at the Board of Directors meeting on August
29. The process of forming a budget is straightforward, however not a short
one. Many people have played a role in creating the budget: the treasurer
(Roger Anderson), Finance Committee, the various ministry committees
and their respective chairpersons, the executive committee, Carol Hinkle
(executive director), and the administrative assistant (Pam). Then with the
approval of the Board of Directors in November, it will become our budget.
Many prayers have been uttered over this budget during the process
of creating it. More prayers will continue to be offered. Because that is what
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overreach. Let us all continue to pray for our nation and
those who govern at all levels.
This is the time of year that we look to prepare
and pass our 2017 Financial Budget. We have always
used a faith based budget and to my knowledge we have
not finished in the red. We have noticed that we are far
behind 2015 in giving to date …about $45,000.00. We
finished the last few years with a good cushion but we
are at this point dipping into that cushion. Again I ask
you to prayer for the Council and those we serve that we
be able to serve our community at the same level as we
have. Our building is aging and there are repairs and
replacements that have to be done. Appliances wear out
with the built in obsolescence and need to be replaced.
We have depended on a Building Committee that has
donated time and talents for much of the maintenance of
our facilities, but circumstances have changed and we
are not always able to depend on them nor have we been
able to put together a list of individuals who would be
willing to be on a call list for emergency repairs.
We are so grateful for all our donors and our
workers. You serve the Lord so very well here in
Hanover and we offer thanks for your generosity of time,
talents, and resources. It has been a difficult six months
and it reinforces in my spirit how the Lord is good all the
faithful stewards do. The goal of our
budget is to be faithful stewards of the
resources given to meet the needs of our
neighbors in the greater Hanover area.
As Christians, individually and as
the organization of HACC, we depend on
the Lord’s wisdom and guidance as the
managers (not the owners) of all that we
have been given. HACC exists because of
faithful and generous donors. Some
individuals and organizations have been
donating for many years, while others are
recent supporters of the ministries of
Whatever your history of donating
to HACC, I want you to know that your
generosity is deeply appreciated. Every
donation is valued as a blessing from the
Lord and serious thought, discussion,
oversight and prayer is given to its use in
HACC is a financially stable, sustainable
organization because of you! HACC is
“Every man shall give as he is
able, according to the blessing of
the Lord thy God which he hath
1 Thessalonians 5:25
“Brethren, pray for us. “
!!! WE NEED YOUR HELP !!!
Sept. 8, 7 pm—Shelter Committee at HACC
Sept. 12, 7 pm—Crop Recruiters at HACC
Sept. 13, 7 am—Building Committee at HACC
Sept. 19, 5 pm—Finance Committee at St. Joseph’s
Sept. 22, 3 pm—Community Needs at HACC
PAL Dining Room Monitors/
Building Help—Any day/days
Monday—Friday 10:00 am-1 pm
Duties include receiving food & clothing
donations, setting up for PAL lunch (making
coffee, etc.), other miscellaneous duties.
Weekly Prayer Requests
Tuesday and/or Thursdays 9-12. Help with
manual sales checkout (no automation).
Week of Sept. 4: Ruth’s Harvest
Week of Sept. 11: Finance Committee
Week of Sept. 18: HACC Staff
Week of Sept. 25: Hispanic American Ctr.
HACC Reception Desk
Tuesdays 11 am-1 pm. Answer phones;
greet clients; perform miscellaneous clerical
CROP Recruiter Orientation Meeting
Monday September 12, 2016 7pm HACC—LOTS OF CHANGES!!
1st & 3rd Tuesdays
10:30 am-12 Noon
Diabetes Education Classes
1st & 3rd Tuesdays—12-1 pm
(Diabetes classes courtesy of the
York County Community Foundation
Edgar I. Garrett Fund Grant)
2nd & 4th Thursdays
HANOVER CROP WALK!!
October 16, 2016—Registration begins at 12:30 PM & Walk will
start at 1:00PM at South Western High School
The Hanover Area Council of Churches (HACC) invites you to help raise funds
for those in our area and around the world who are living in poverty and
suffering from hunger. Last year
the walk raised $15,732 with 25% of
the funds allocated to feed the hungry in the
Some things you can do to help:
Open to the Public:
Thursdays 9 am—12 pm
Rummage Sale 1st Saturday
of each month 9 am—12 pm
Certified Clients Only:
Tuesdays 9 am—12 pm
Certified clients must make an
appointment and fill out an
application which includes a copy
of a valid Photo ID, Social Security
card, and proof of income (at
200% of the poverty level).
Interested persons can contact
the Council office at 717-633-6353
during office hours.
We accept Clothing Bank donations
Mon.-Sat. between 8 am—12:30 pm
or by appointment. Call 717-633-6353
to schedule a drop-off time.
Thank you for your support!
Sign up as a walker in your congregation.
Ask your friends/family to sponsor you by
making a donation to CWS/CROP.
Make a donation to one of the walkers/rockers
who is representing your church on the day of
the CROP Walk.
Remember our walkers, and the people they walk for, in your prayers on
the day of the walk.
Get your teams together now!
If you have questions please call Jan Davis at St. Matthew Lutheran Church,
637-7101 or [email protected]
HELP US HONOR HANOVER CROP WALKERS
WHO IN YOUR CHURCH HAS WALKED THE MOST? HAS ANYONE
WALKED ALL 40 YRS? OR 35 YRS? Please share your stories by
September 15th. You can email them to:
or mail them to:
HACC, PO Box 1561, Hanover, PA 17331
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SPOTLIGHT ON MINISTRY
In a continuing feature for our newsletter we will highlight a ministry from a volunteers’ experience.
It is important to understand how those who do the work on a daily basis see Who We Are and What We Do!
Ruth’s Harvest in Full Swing for Fall
We hope everyone has had a safe and relaxing summer. It is hard to
believe, but by the time this article goes to print schools will have been
back in session and we will be getting things started to send out our first
backpacks of the year. This is our fourth year already, and we continue to
serve the four elementary schools in the Hanover district. Our coordinators
were unable to hand out the forms to the parents at the schools’ open
houses, so we are asking all of you to help us get this information to all of
those in need. The forms can be picked up at the schools, Hanover Area
Council of Churches, and New Hope Ministries. We have been working
throughout the summer to get the program ready and up-to-date for the
new school year. The first backpacks are scheduled to be delivered to the
registered children on September 9. We will begin our regular Monday
morning collection from participating churches and civic groups on
Monday, September 12.
The food items, of course, are the same. Individual servings of
cereal, fruit, vegetables, mini meals, complete meals, drinks, and snacks.
Because allergy to peanuts continue to be of concern, we have a
particular need for peanut free snacks. You may also make monetary
donations with checks made out to Hanover Area Council Of Churches
with RUTH’S HARVEST on the notation line or simply to
Ruth’s Harvest. As always we ask for your continued
prayers, and your continued support to make this yet
another successful year serving God’s Children in the
Hanover area The Ruth’s Harvest Back Pack Program is
only possible through your donations and many
volunteers who accept, sort, pack and deliver your donations to the
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
Ruth’s Harvest Team Members
Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church
1398 Moulstown Rd. N. Hanover, PA
6th Annual Pet Sunday—Sept. 25th
Contact church office for more info 632-2688.
You are invited to bring your pets—furry, feathered, or finned
and have them blessed by Pastor David DeLong. Learn about
services for your pets, and talk with rescue organizations.
Meet service and therapy dogs. It’s an afternoon of fun for the
whole family. All pets must be on a leash.
There will be a Rabies Vaccination Clinic. Please contact the
church office for prices and reserve your vaccine. CASH
ONLY. Abigail Nace Photography will be available to take
your pet’s photo for a small fee.
Food stands will be open. Enjoy lunch in our shaded side
yard. Proceeds to benefit Mt. Carmel’s many activities.
1-4 pm Pet Blessing
2-4 pm Pet Vaccinations—$16.00 CASH ONLY
TBA-Ice Cream Eating Contest for Dogs
TBA-Pet Costume Contest
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2016
8:00AM-1:00 PM @ 55 Albright
Drive, Hanover PA, 17331
Please call David Myers at (717) 6323500 to schedule your donation!!!
Why Would a Loving God Allow Evil, Pain, and Suffering?
Sunday, November 6 ~ 1 PM ~ St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 127 York St.
Light refreshments will be served, this is a free presentation
This presentation by Steven Hemler, President of the Catholic Apologetics Institute of North America (CAINA) and author of The Reality of God: The Layman's Guide to Scientific Evidence for the
Creator, looks at how the greatest Christian thinkers of all times have dealt with the problem of
evil and the mystery of suffering in a world made and pronounced "good" by God. In other words,
why does God allow terrorism and other atrocities, as well as disease and natural disasters? This
multimedia presentation includes several powerful and inspiring video testimonies. Understanding
the meaning of suffering will help us and those we love become better, not bitter, when facing the
inevitable hardships in life.
If your church has an event that it would like to publicize to the larger community
email your articles to [email protected] no later than the 15th of each month.
Deadline to include articles in the October newsletter is September 15.
Plans are in the works for a used
book sale here at St. Paul’s Lutheran
Church, 127 York Street, sometime this
fall. More details will be shared as the event
is still in the planning stages.
In the meantime start going through
your libraries for books that you no
longer wish to keep. Consider donating them to St. Paul’s Used Book
Sale. We are looking for a variety of
books such as: religious, gardening,
birds, paperback, history, reference,
children’s, holidays, novels, etc.
If you have any questions or to donate books please call St. Paul's
church office at 637-5941.
COMMUNITY YARD SALE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH AT ST. PAUL'S LUTHERAN
CHURCH, 127 YORK STREET, HANOVER, PA 17331
SPY (St. Paul’s Youth) will be hosting a Community Yard
and Bake Sale on Saturday, September 10th, from 8:00 am
to 1:00 pm. A great time to clean out those items you no
longer use. Spaces are $10 and a limited number of tables
are available for $5. St. Paul’s Youth (SPY) will have tables if
you would like to donate items. All proceeds from the space and table rent
will benefit the youth group. Please call St. Paul's church office at 637-5941 for
Brunch, Car Wash & Movie – On August 20, St. Jacob’s
Lutheran Church, 3444 Sticks Rd., Glen Rock, across
from Friendship Elementary is having a free 3 in 1 event for
the whole family. We start with Brunch and a Car Wash at
10 AM followed by a movie at 1 PM. Donations accepted. Call 235-7313
CHILI COOK OFF WITH A TAIL GATE PARTY- SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22nd AT
ST. PAUL'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 127 YORK STREET, HANOVER
The televised Penn State vs. Ohio State football game will be a part of the evening.
Doors will open at 4 pm.
More details to be coming later—Save the date—Practice your chili cooking skills
St. Paul's Dubs Union—
44th Annual Flea & Craft Event @ Conway-Runkle
Annex Saturday September 17th - 7 am-1 pm
Outdoor Spaces are $10ea. & Indoor Spaces are $12ea. Please call the office for
vendor form (717-637-2419).
FALL FESTIVAL – Food, Games
and Gospel Music - The pit beef meal
including baked beans, baked potato, applesauce and beverage will be served at
11:30 until sold out. A hot dog can be
substituted for the pit beef sandwich. Eat
in or take out. Meal tickets are $7.00
(ages 5 and under are free). Tickets are
$5.00 if purchased in advance.
Events are balloon twisting 11:30 – 1:30,
a magician at 2:00 – 3:00 and hay rides at
3:30 – 4:30. Pumpkin painting, games,
face painting , a bake sale and a picture
booth will be held throughout the afternoon. At 4:45 enjoy an Elvis Gospel
Show featuring Joe Forrester. A free will
offering will be accepted. All of this is
October 8, 2016 @
St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church,
3444 Sticks Rd. Glen Rock, PA 17327
CHRISTMAS SHOPPES of GRACE
Grace United Methodist Church—55 Albright Drive, Hanover
Saturday, November 21 from 8 am-2 pm
All homemade items: bakery, candy, stitchery, greenery, gifts, decor, silent auction, doll clothes & more.
Santa visit & pictures 10 A.M.-12:30 P.M. Breakfast & lunch available.
St, Matthew’s Stewardship Committee is offering
another Financial Peace University.
This 9 week course by noted financial author Dave
Ramsey has helped countless people
get out of debt, learn to live within their means,
plan for their futures, and become generous givers.
The class, taught by Ann Seitz-Brown, AiM from
Paradise Lutheran Church, will begin Monday
September 12 and run through November 14 from
6:30 to 8:00 at St. Matthew’s. The cost of the class
is $102.30 and contains all of the DVD’s and
other classroom materials. To register please go to:
St. Jacob’s (Stone) UCC Events
5152 Stone Church Rd., Glenville,
Annual Harvest Home Celebration
supporting several local food banks
will be held October 9th during our
Worship Service @ 10:15am followed by a pig roast & Fall Festival.
There might be tractors & hay.
We welcome one and all to this
celebration on October 9th.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
1214 Broadway, Hanover, PA
Saturday, November 12
from 8 am to 2 pm
Crafts, vendors, BBQ, Hot dogs, drink and bake sale.
Proceeds support our church. Thank you for your past support of our fundraisers. God bless you! For more info
contact Millie Fout at 717-637-0128.
Founder’s Club Banquet at Cross Keys
Village - The Brethren Home Community
In 1983, a special dinner was held marking the 75th anniversary of “The Brethren Home” where money was raised to
purchase a grand piano for the Meetinghouse. Since then, a
special group of supporters of the Church of the Brethren
mission, now known as Cross Keys Village-The Brethren
Home Community, have taken on an annual project that will
benefit residents of the community. The 2016 project includes a clavinova for the Honey Brook neighborhood in the
Health Care Center and sponsorship of a kitchen in the new
Memory Care residence, which is currently under construction. Anyone who chooses to support the annual project at an
Associate, Founder or Benefactor level is eligible to attend
the annual celebration dinner on Saturday, November 5. Our
special guest for the banquet is singer/songwriter Buddy
Growing up in Macon, Ga., Buddy spent his childhood learning folk songs on the ukulele and soon advanced to acoustic
guitar. He brings a wide variety of southern Americana influences to create a unique musical hybrid of country, bluegrass, folk, gospel and traditional blues. Additionally, Buddy
has established himself as one of Nashville’s finest harmonica stylists. In 1991, Buddy collaborated with Mark Lowry to
write Mary, Did You Know?
For more information on the Founder’s Club and the banquet, call the Brethren Home Foundation @ 717-624-5208.
Deadline to register to the banquet is October 27.
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Hanover Area Council of Churches
P.O. Box 1561
136 Carlisle St.
Hanover, PA 17331
PERMIT NO. 229
Return Service Requested
2016 CROP Walk
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Registration begins at 12:30 pm
Walk starts at 1 pm at South Western High School
CROP Walk Recruiter Orientation Meeting on Monday, Sept. 12 at 7 pm at HACC
Magic Elm Skateland supporting HACC with
Christian Music Nights. Magic Elm will be
accepting donations for HACC ministries for
regular admission price. Call Magic Elm for
details!! (717) 632-1888 or visit
Sessions will be October 2016-May 2017
Every first Monday 6:30pm-8:30pm
LINK: Christian Music Night-Ruth's Harvest
STARTS October 3, 6:30pm-8:30pm
FREE Medical Clinic
At HACC, 136 Carlisle St.
Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday
10:30 AM—12 Noon
Every 2nd & 4th Thursday
from 6-8 PM
Diabetes Education Classes
Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday—12-1 PM