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  • April - 2017
    • One Great Hour Update

      A total of $13,539 has been received for the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. This special offering helps those affected by natural disasters by providing food to the hungry and empowering the poor and oppressed. While the offering was received on Easter Sunday, April 16, it’s not too late to make a gift. Return the fish coin banks, give online, use envelopes available in pew racks, or designate "OGHS" on the memo line of your check and return it to the offering plate. Derry's Mission & Peace Committee has set a goal of $15,000 for the 2017 offering.

    • Student Film Festival: April 22

      2 pm Saturday, April 22 at the Hershey Public Library. Organized by Derry member Steve Ballard, the fifth annual Friends Student Film Festival will feature short films by local student filmmakers in high school and college. The audience votes for their favorite film. No charge to attend. 

    • Walk for a Healthy Community: May 20

      Saturday, May 20 at Harrisburg Area Community College, held rain or shine. This year’s walk celebrates its 12th year in Harrisburg and benefits 48 health and human service organizations including many supported by Derry Church: Bethesda Mission, Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg, Community Check-Up Center, Habitat for Humanity, Hope Within, and Ronald McDonald House. All registered walkers who raise or donate $30 will receive a Walk for a Healthy Community T-shirt while supplies last. For every $50 that you donate to participating organizations, you will receive one chance for raffle prizes valued at more than $1,000.

      Onsite registration and check-in begins 7:45 am. The 5K walk starts at 9 am, and a 1-Mile Fun Walk starts at 9:15 am. After the walk, there will be food, entertainment and prizes and fun activities for children, as well as free health screenings and valuable health information.

    • Recognizing Our Graduates

      In preparation for Graduate Recognition Sunday on May 21,  the church office needs information on all those graduating from high school and college by 12 pm Thursday, May 4. Please send the following details to Jackie Lerch: name(s) of the graduate(s) and their parent or parents; school graduating from, school attending in the fall and anticipated course of study or the graduate’s future plans if known. Submit pictures of high school seniors to Jackie by Sunday, May 7.

    • Save the Date: 2018 Women’s Retreat!

      March 2-4 at nearby Camp Kenbrook for all women of Derry Church. Join us as we travel to Three Pines, meet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec, and enter the world of Louise Penny mystery novels set in the Canadian province of Quebec. 

      Registration begins in January 2018. Questions? Contact Debbie Hough (533-9667).

    • Congratulations, Confirmands!

      Derry’s 2016-17 confirmation class was received at the Easter Vigil on Saturday night. L-R, row 1: Natalie Taylor, Amanda Ruch, Abby Han. Row 2: Ben Clary, Nick Giampetro, Chris Kyper.  See more photos on Facebook.

    • Derry's Softball Season Opens May 2

      Play Ball! The first games for Derry’s co-ed softball team will be played 8-10 pm Tuesday, May 2 and Thursday, May 4 at Veteran’s Park, off Elmerton Avenue in Harrisburg. Men and women age 16 and older are welcome to play on Derry’s recreational softball team. Players, please sign up online. Questions? Contact Matt Speck.

    • Learn More About the Apostle Paul

      7 pm Wednesdays, April 26 and May 24 in Room 7AB, led by Derry member Bob Hanna. James D. Tabor is a Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he has taught since 1989 and served as Chair from 2004-14. He is the author of Paul and Jesus (2012). Using this book and the authentic letters of Paul (I Thessalonians, Galatians, I and II Corinthians, Romans, Philippians, and Philemon) with Tabor's help, together we will establish the basic ideas and beliefs of Paul and do some comparing and contrasting the Nazarene movement led by James the Just, Peter and the Apostles. Contact Bob at for more information.

    • Welcome Back Guest Preacher Drew Stockstill

      On Sunday, April 23, Derry Church welcomes back Drew Stockstill, Director of Health Ministries at Christ Lutheran Church in the heart of Harrisburg's vibrant Allison Hill neighborhood. An ordained PC(USA) pastor, Drew has  served as associate pastor at Morningside Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia, as Presbyterian campus minister at Emory University and Agnes Scott College, and as a freelance writer for the PC(USA). Drew is a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary (MDiv) and Presbyterian College. Before seminary Drew served the Presbyterian Church of East Africa in Kenya with The Outreach Foundation. Drew grew up in Thomasville, Georgia and is married to Dr. Ellen Stockstill, Assistant Professor of English at Penn State Harrisburg. They have a daughter, Lydia Grace, and two Bernese Mountain Dogs.

    • Carlisle Presbytery Returns to Honduras

      Carlisle Presbytery's mission team departed on Tuesday for a week of service in Honduras. They are building a home for a family who are members of Peña de Horeb Presbyterian Church. Their current wooden home is no longer stable, and the several adults and children who live there will be safer and drier in a new concrete block home. The Honduran church has already begun the building by designing the home, digging trenches for foundation walls, and bringing in materials. In their work, we see concrete evidence of Matthew's Easter message that the Lord goes ahead of us!  The six members of the mission team represent Middle Spring, Shippensburg; First United and Big Spring, Newville; Paxton, Harrisburg; First, Carlisle; and our Executive Presbyter Mark Englund-Krieger representing all of us! Keep them all in your prayers in the week ahead.

    • Celebrate with the Hinderliters on May 17

      7:30 pm Wednesday, May 17 at Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg, a worship service and reception in honor mission co-workers Eric and Becky Hinderliter, who served in Lithuania. Many of our churches have supported the Hinderliters in their service, and all are welcome to attend.

    • Orange Day is April 25

      April is also Child Abuse Prevention Month. According to Pennsylvania’s 2015 Annual Child Protective Service Report:

      • 34 children died as a result of abuse
      • There were 4,203 cases of child abuse substantiated in all 67 counties
      • Physical injuries accounted for 31%, while 50% were sexual
      • 61% of abuse cases were perpetrated on girls

      Remember to report any suspected abuse, and wear orange next Tuesday to show support for programs designed to eliminate child abuse.

    • New Pastor Information & Upcoming Events

      All members will receive a mailing in late April giving biographical information on the candidate selected by the Pastor Nominating Committee to be our next pastor and head of staff. The candidate's statement of faith will be included.

      Meet the Candidate Receptions on May 5 & 6: 

      Due to previously scheduled events, the church building is not available to host these receptions.

      Congregational Meeting on May 7:

      • The Session has called a congregational meeting for Sunday, May 7, 2017 immediately following the candidate's sermon and conclusion of the 10:30 am worship service, to consider and vote by ballot on the candidate's terms of call. There will be NO 8 am service on May 7 so that the congregation of Derry can hear the sermon and vote as one body in Christ. Overflow seating will be available in room 7C via live stream, then those participating in the vote can come up to the Sanctuary. Church school classes will be held as usual, 9-10 am. A reception follows the meeting in Fellowship Hall.
    • Big News from the PNC!

      Have you heard the great news? After reviewing more than 170 pastor's resumes over the past year, our Pastor Nominating Committee has found the candidate they are recommending to be our next pastor. Read more in the "New Pastor Information & Upcoming Events" post on this page. A BIG thank you and shout-out to this great team for all their efforts and hard work during the past year! Seated: Julie Yutesler, Claudia Holtzman, Susan Kastelic, Cindy DeMuth. Standing: Jim Kroh, Jim Warnock, Tim Mosher, Chris Cooper, Gregg Robertson (chair), and Wally Patton. Not pictured: Lee Ann Taylor.

    • Church Office Closed on Easter Monday, April 17

      Church staff will be back in the office on Tuesday, April 18. Happy Easter!

    • Derry Seniors Learn About the Pennsylvania Turnpike: May 16

      10 am Tuesday, May 16 in Fellowship Hall. On the 75th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, a representative will be here to tell us more about America’s original superhighway. Lunch follows ($3/person).

    • Lunch ‘N Learn About Frauds & Scams: April 20

      12 pm Thursday, April 20 in the Londonderry Village Fellowship Hall, Palmyra. Mary Bach returns to provide more tips and practical information about frauds and scams and what you can do to avoid them. Bring your lunch or just come to hear the speaker. All are welcome.

    • March 2017 Financial Snapshot

      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 3/31/17
      Income YTD: $287,345.45
      Expenses YTD: $312,839.29
      Budgeted expenses YTD: $314,703.84
      Surplus/(Deficit) YTD ($25,493.84)

      Questions? Contact George Porter. Thank you for your continued support now and throughout the the year.

    • Krislund Camp Spring Work Day: May 6

      8 am-1 pm Saturday, May 6 rain or shine at Krislund Camp, Madisonburg. Skilled and unskilled volunteers needed to help with painting, landscaping, cleaning, and general carpentry projects. Bring work gloves. Lunch provided at 1 pm. RSVP to 814-422-8878 or

    • Holy Week Opportunities

      As you journey with Jesus toward the cross, take advantage of the special opportunities offered at Derry Church during Holy Week. Before and after tonight’s Maundy Thursday service, you can walk the labyrinth in Fellowship Hall… sign up in the Narthex for a 10-minute time slot and participate in the 24-hour Prayer Vigil… and stop by the Spirituality Center in the Chapel for a quiet space to meditate and pray (also open on Good Friday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm).

    • Save Room for Derry’s Delicious Easter Breakfast

      8:30 - 11 am Sunday, April 16 in Fellowship Hall. Every year Charlie Koch and a team of fabulous volunteers serve up a great start to Easter with a delectable breakfast that includes pancakes and sausage, egg casserole, fruit, juice and coffee. No need for reservations. The cost? It’s up to you to decide: your donation will support Mission Week 2017.

    • Easter Egg-Stravaganza!

      Last Saturday's Easter egg hunt led by Derry Church youth kept more than 80 children hopping on the front lawn. See more photos on facebook. Thanks to all youth and adults who helped to make this popular event a big success.

    • Kiss Hershey Back: May 6

      9 am - 12 pm Saturday, May 6. The annual community-wide clean-up effort begins at the tent on the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for coffee and instructions, then travel to designated clean-up sites by 9:30 am. A free event with food, kid-friendly activities and environmental advocacy speakers will take place 12-2 pm at the tent. Click to volunteer. Email questions to

      Kiss Hershey Back  was started eight years ago by five first-year medical students who wanted to give back to the community. The event is supported by the Derry Township Board of Supervisors and Department of Public Works, along with local school districts, community organizations and businesses. Hundreds of community members volunteer each year to pick up litter and plant trees and flowers in Derry Township’s parks, near its greenways and along its rural roads.

    • Children Learn About the Sacraments

      These children gathered on Monday evening as part of the annual Children & Sacraments class to learn more about communion and to bake bread for tonight's Maundy Thursday worship service. Join them at 7 pm in the Sanctuary as they help to lead the service. L-R: Gavin Hess, Emmie Achorn, Anne Burke, Alex Patton.

    • Streaming Time Change on Easter Sunday

      If you’d like to watch Derry’s Easter worship online, we’ll be live streaming the 11 am service. Go to shortly before 11 am to watch the full service and download the worship portion of the bulletin.

    • Parking Solutions on Easter Sunday

      Finding a convenient parking space on one of the busiest days at Derry Church can be challenging. Keep in mind that the Hershey Trust parking lot is available for overflow parking, and sidewalks are available for those who don't mind a pleasant five-minute stroll to church. 

    • Easter Sunrise Service

      6:30- 8 am Sunday, April 16 at the Hershey Rose Gardens near the seasonal display gardens. Sponsored by the Hershey Ministerium. No charge to enter the Gardens before 8 am. 

    • Youth Sunday 2017

      These Derry Church youth, with support from youth leaders, led worship on Sunday featuring skits, music, puppetry and inspiring words for all ages. Between services, youth and leaders took time out for this group photo at the ark. Thanks to all who worked together to present an awesome worship experience.

    • Sign Up for Softball

      It’s time for players to sign up for Derry’s co-ed softball team. Players must be at least 16 years old. Games are played April - June at Veteran’s Park off Elmerton Avenue in Susquehanna Township, across from the State Police building. Games are double-headers played in the evening: total playing time is approximately two hours. Contact Matthew Speck to be added to the roster and email distribution and find out about spring training games.

    • LAST CALL: Sign Up for the Seder by April 9

      Derry’s annual Seder and covered dish dinner is 6 pm Wednesday, April 12. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Debbie Hough no later than Palm Sunday, April 9. Thanks, Derry!

    • Holy Week Live Streaming & More

      The live stream of Derry’s 10:30 worship services began about two years ago (March 2015) and since then an average of 80-100 viewers have tuned in each month. Heading into Holy Week, we will be live streaming the Maundy Thursday service at 7 pm April 13 as well as the 11 am service on Easter Sunday. If you can’t be with us in person, tune in online and be sure to sign the guest book!

    • Lasses & Lassies Banquet

      6-8 pm Saturday, May 6 in Fellowship Hall. All women and girls are invited to a buffet dinner featuring vegetable & cheese tray, stuffed chicken breast, vegetable medley, baked corn, mashed potatoes, beverages and dessert. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available. Hors d'oeurves available beginning at 5:30 pm. After dinner, Piercing Word Ministry will present "Passion: The Musical.” This 45-minute, five-person show pairs original music with scripture lyrics from Psalm 23, Isaiah 53, and all four Gospels to dramatize the life of Christ from the Last supper, through the crucifixion, burial, resurrection, his appearances to the disciples and the Great Commission. Free for lassies age four and under. $6 for ages 5-12. $12 for ages 13 and up. Tickets, available on Sunday mornings from Doris Feil, must be purchased by April 30. This banquet is shared with St. John’s Methodist Church and sponsored by Derry’s Presbyterian Women.

    • 11th Annual Spaghetti Dinner: April 20

      6-8:30 pm Thursday, April 20 in the Market Square Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, to support the work of the Community Check-Up Center in Hall Manor. Proceeds help to support women’s and children’s health care in a traditionally underserved area. $25 for adults, $10 for children. Free parking in the garage adjacent. RSVP by Friday, April 14 to the Community Check-Up Center (233-1700) and specify vegetarian or meat sauce and gluten-free.

    • Isaac’s in March: Fundraiser Report

      Thanks to all who came out for dinner at Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches last Thursday ... you helped to raise $181 to support the Presbyterian Education Board’s school for boys in Sargodha, Pakistan. The three Isaac’s fundraisers held this year brought in a total of $554. Thanks, Derry, for your support! See photos on facebook.

    • Fenicci’s Fundraiser on May 1 Benefits Our Preschool

      11 am - midnight Monday, May 1 at Fenicci's Restaurant, 102 Chocolate Avenue, Hershey. When you have a meal at Fenicci's Restaurant on May 1, 10% of the cost of your food order (eat in or take out) will be donated to Derry Discovery Days Preschool. No forms needed. Extensive menu from pizza and salads to burgers and seafood. And now you can order online and grab ‘n go with curbside pickup! Come and support Discovery Days and enjoy a delicious meal with friends and family.

    • Susquehanna Chorale Concert at Derry Church: May 5

      The Susquehanna Chorale will present "The Promise of Living" 8 pm Friday, May 5 in the Sanctuary and 8 pm Saturday, May 6 at Messiah College's High Center for performing arts. Derry members Greg Harris and Janice Click are two of the faces you’ll recognize among the acclaimed 36-voice chamber choir. Tickets available at the Messiah College box office (717-691-6036) and at the door. $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $5 students.  

    • Final Standings in Mission Madness

      Derry’s Mission Madness fundraiser came to a dramatic conclusion this week as the Michael Reed family has been crowned our 2017 champion. They were the only entry out of 105 participants to correctly pick UNC over Gonzaga in the championship game of the NCAA March Madness men’s basketball finals. Finishing a close second place was Lindsey Yingst, followed by Kylie Mullen -- not bad for a first grader! Final standings are on display in Fellowship Hall. This fundraiser generated over $1,500 in contributions to benefit Derry Church’s Mission House. Thank you for your generosity and enthusiastic participation! We can't wait to do it again in 2018.

    • Ark In the Grove Playground Update

      After Easter, Derry’s 16-year-old outdoor play area will be taken down to make room for a safe, new space for all ages thanks to careful planning by the Playground Task Force that has been hard at work for the past year. Last month Session approved a plan to remove the unsafe structure and place water-permeable artificial turf and a climb & discover cave where the Ark stands now, creating a safe play area for ages 0-6. At the lower end a gaga pit, bench seating and picnic tables will be installed. M.E. Steelman tells more in the video. Questions? Ask Playground Task Force committee members Jim Carns, Debbie Hough, Jackie Lerch, Tom Kitzmiller, Kelly Mehaffie, M.E. Steelman and Roger Zimmer.

    • Three-Week Series on the Underground Railroad in May

      10 am Thursdays, May 11,18 & 25 at Highland Presbyterian Church, Lancaster. Highland's Senior Life Institute presents “Faith, Fortitude, Freedom" The Underground Railroad, with topics including a regional, state, and national overview; an account of the importance of the Gibbons family, and their farm which served as a local prolific station on the Underground Railroad; a presentation focused on the critical part the Quakers played in assisting enslaved fugitives to freedom; and an off-site field trip to Bethel AME Church for a live re-enactment of the Underground Railroad story, Living the Experience. All sessions include lunch. Registration form/cost/program details.

  • March - 2017
    • 2017 Orr Forum on April 4: New Christianity in Africa

      Two lectures presented on Tuesday, April 4 in the library at Wilson College, Chambersburg, by Dr. Henry Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe Theological Seminary and a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. He has also served as a visiting professor at Wake Forest School of Divinity, Memphis Theological Seminary, and the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. The Society of Christian Ethics recently named Dr. Mugabe one of its two Global Scholars for his work on theology from an African perspective.

      12 pm: The Health and Wealth Gospel in a Sea of Poverty
      This lecture examines theologies of prosperity in the context of disease and poverty. It raises the question whether these theologies liberate or continue to enslave adherents.

      5 pm: The Practice of African Traditional Religion in Modern African Society
      This lecture discusses the practice of African Traditional Religion in modern African society, highlighting the nature of the religion and its ethical concerns for preserving and enhancing life.

    • March 2017 Session Highlights
      • Welcomed new members: Brian and Elia Bentley, Tasha and John Messmer, Ronald and Dorothy Ross, Priscilla and Steve Berk, Elizabeth Gibson, and Dennis Hollandsmith.
      • Heard a presentation from Christian Education’s Playground Task Force in which plans for repairing/repurposing Derry’s playground and ark structure were offered.  Funding for the project totals $40,712, with $9,000 to be contributed by Derry Discovery Days and the remaining $31,712 to be funded through Derry’s Futures Fund, a dedicated fund that distributes funds for special ministries, outreach to the greater community and mission initiatives that cannot be met through the normal operating budget of the church. The plan was approved as submitted.
      • Received a report from the Pastor Nominating Committee.
      • Received the monthly financial statements and reports from the Board of Deacons and all committees.
      • Approved Worship & Spiritual Life Committee’s request to offer the annual church picnic at no charge and to solicit free-will donations.
      • Approved Ruling Elder Bill Uffelman as an alternate Commissioner to Presbytery meetings through December, 2017.
      • Approved the use of the church van on April 22-23 for a puppet event and April 28 for a youth event.
      • Approved Mission & Peace Committee’s request to conduct the M&M tube quarter collection fundraiser during Mission Week 2017 with the proceeds to benefit Friends of PEB-Pakistan.  
      • Approved a building use request from Kelly Mehaffie and Ai-Lin Hsieh for a cello recital on June 9, 2017.
    • Read "Waking Up White" and Join a 4-Week Discussion on Race

      Presbyterian Church (USA) co-moderators Denise Anderson and Jan Edmiston have invited the denomination to read Debby Irving’s Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race. According to the co-moderators, “In our current social climate, it is more important than ever that we stay engaged to fight the forces of enmity and division and live into the ‘visible unity’ called for by the Confession of Belhar.” The Monday night women’s Bible study will be participating, and you’re invited to join the conversation beginning 7 pm Monday, April 24 in the John Elder Classroom and continuing on May 1, 15 and 22. Download a study guide.

    • Request for Oatmeal Containers

      Derry Discovery Days is in need of 50 empty and clean oatmeal containers for their spring program. Please drop off containers by Friday, April 17 in the Discovery Days’ basket in the mission closet, lower level, by the church mailboxes. Thanks, Derry!

    • Congratulations to Rev. Allison Spooner

      On March 26, this group gathered to ordain and install Derry’s own Allison Spooner as designated pastor of Hope United and Faith Presbyterian Churches in the Presbytery of Carlisle. Her first Sunday in the pulpit will be on Palm Sunday, April 9. See more photos on facebook.

    • Kids’ Photo at the Ark Playground 10 am Sunday

      Weather permitting, all children and youth are invited to gather at Derry’s Ark playground at 10 am Sunday, April 2 for a large group photo to commemorate this well-used and dearly loved play area. Check the March 2017 Session Highlights on this page for more information. More details coming soon. 

    • PW Spring Updates
      • Bible Study: 10:30 am Monday, April 10 in room 13, discuss "Who Is Jesus According to the Other Abrahamic Faiths." In preparation, read Genesis 12:1-4, Matthew 1:1 and Galatians 3:6-7 and 4:23-29.
      • Lasses and Lassies Dinner: 6 pm Saturday, May 6 in Fellowship Hall.  Mark your calendar... details coming soon.
      • The 2017-18 PW Bible study, "Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews" is available for $11. Contact Doris Feil by April 27 or order a digital copy.
    • Egg Hunt RSVPs Due Friday 3/31

      The annual Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 0 - grade 5 happens 11 am - 12 pm Saturday, April 8, but RSVPs to Jackie Lerch are due by Friday, March 31. Send her the name(s) and age(s) of your child(ren). The event is free, and held rain or shine. Bring your own baskets!

    • One-Day Mission Opportunity: April 29

      You're invited to join groups from Derry Church and Lend A Hand to help Rebuilding Together Greater Harrisburg make home repairs beginning at 8 am on Saturday, April 29. Rebuilding Together helps veterans, the elderly, and low income families with general home repairs that can usually be accomplished in a day. No special skills or tools necessary. Supervision and lunch are provided. Contact Pete Feil to volunteer.  

    • KIWI on Youth Sunday

      On Sunday our youth have some creative things planned which won’t occur until after the Conversation with Children and the sermon. Please talk with your children and share with them that they might want to stay in the Sanctuary for this special service. KIWI (Kids In Worship Instruction) will be offered in Room 3 if they would prefer their usual routine.

    • Pilgrim Fellowship Makes Easter Baskets This Sunday

      12-1:30 pm THIS SUNDAY, April 2 in room 7AB for grades 3-5. We’ll be assembling small Easter baskets that will be delivered to the children of Harrisburg’s Hall Manor neighborhood on Good Friday. Bring your lunch.

    • 12th Annual Pierogi Dinner: April 8

      4-7 pm Saturday, April 8 at Christ Presbyterian Church, Lebanon. Pierogies served in butter and onions with sauerkraut, peas, applesauce, rolls, drink and dessert. Take-out available. Adults $8.50, children (5-12) $5.00, free for children under 5. Orders of two dozen or more must be pre-ordered by April 2: 717-507-0735.

    • Easter Greeters Needed

      Help to be a part of the Easter celebration by volunteering to greet and welcome all who come to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The whole family is encouraged to greet together. Greeters are needed for all Easter services; 8, 9:30 and 11 am Sunday, April 16. Contact Nancy Kitzmiller (566-4138).

    • Volunteer for These Recurring Mission Opportunities
      1. Downtown Daily Bread is on the first Sunday on even-numbered months. Six volunteers are needed to serve lunch at Pine Street Presbyterian Church’s soup kitchen. Volunteers leave Derry Church at 11:30 am and return by 2 pm. Next opportunity: Sunday, April 2.
      2. Bethesda Mobile Mission is on the first Friday of odd-numbered months. Six volunteers are needed to travel in Bethesda Mobile Mission’s van and deliver meals and supplies to homeless individuals in downtown Harrisburg. Volunteers meet 9 pm at Bethesda Mission, finished by 12 am. Youth age 12 and older are encouraged to participate with their parents. Next opportunity: Friday, May 5. 

      Volunteers: please contact Craig Smith (566 4757)

    • PW Spring Gathering: April 1

      9 am - 2 pm Saturday, April 1 at Warfordsburg Presbyterian Church. "Community Gardening" will be the morning program, and Cherry Arwin, a planner at South Central Community Action Program , will present the afternoon program. A light lunch will be served (donation). To carpool, contact Doris Feil.

    • Welcome Guest Preacher Rev. Heather McLaughlin Sigler

      On Sunday, March 26 Derry welcomes Rev. Heather Sigler as our guest preacher. Heather served Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg as Parish Associate from 2008-11 and again since 2014.   Until 2008, she served as Associate for Congregational Service in the Presbytery of Carlisle. Heather was also pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Sayre. She studied at American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, received her BA from Grove City College, an M.Ed. for Penn State and her D.Min. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

    • Rev. Anne Myers is New Carlisle Presbytery Associate

      Reverend Anne K. Myers has been hired to serve as the Presbytery Associate for Connection and Communication with our Sessions. In this position she will work to enhance and foster relationships between congregations and sessions and the Presbytery of Carlisle. Rev. Myers has served in suburban, downtown and rural churches ranging in size from 65 to 2,400 members. She is a long-time member of Carlisle Presbytery, where she has been an installed pastor at two of our churches, and she has preached and/or taught in most of our other churches including Derry. Additionally, Rev. Myers has served as Interim Pastor to three of our congregations. Over the next two years she will be in contact with all of our churches and sessions to schedule a time for the sharing of ideas and strengthening our sense of connectionalism. Anne and her husband, Rev. Charles “Buz” Myers, reside in Camp Hill.

    • New Member Classes Begin April 23

      The six-week spring series of New Member Discovery Classes will begin Sunday, April 23 at 9 am in the Lounge. Classes will be repeated Wednesdays from 6-7 pm beginning April 26. Meet the church staff and leaders and find out more about the mission and ministry of Derry Church and how you can get involved. Those who decide to join will be received as members at the 10:30 am service on Sunday, May 28. Register by Wednesday, April 19.

    • 9th Annual Mission Classic Golf Outing: June 3

      8 am Saturday, June 3 at Deer Valley Golf Course in Hummelstown. This four-person scramble offers lots of contests.  If you don’t have a foursome, sign up and we’ll make a group for you. Proceeds will benefit the Hershey Food Bank and Community Outreach, which provides for those who are in need of food and household items throughout the Hershey area. Download a brochure to register. Questions? Contact Greg German (717- 512-0659).

    • Saturday, March 25 is Orange Day...

      ... a day to show support of those working to educate others and end trafficking of women and children. Trafficking of person means recruitment and holding persons by force, fraud or coercion for purposes of exploitation including forced labor, servitude, removal or organs, prostitution, and other sexual exploitation. Wear orange to show your support.

    • A Safe Church Retreat for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: April 22

       8:30 am - 3 pm Saturday, April 22 at Gretna Glen Retreat Center, Lebanon. Adult survivors are invited to join with others from faith communities for a day of reflection on how the story of Tamar, a daughter of King David who was raped by her brother, speaks to us today about healing, resilience, and hope. Through art, journalism, and discussion we will explore how our stories speak out about surviving, resilience, and ways to use our voices for healing and justice in our churches and community. Those who have previously attended these retreats are welcome back! We are including some new activities and fresh material, so please add your voice! Space is limited so register early to reserve your place. $35/person includes lunch. Registration deadline is April 18.

    • Allison Spooner’s Ordination & Installation

      5 pm Sunday, March 26 in the Sanctuary. On Tuesday, Allison was examined and approved at a called meeting of Carlisle Presbytery, and on Sunday she will be ordained and installed as Teaching Elder. Allison will be the Pastor of the Shared Ministry of the Faith and Hope United Presbyterian Churches in our presbytery. A reception follows in Fellowship Hall. The service will also be live streamed.

    • Live Across the Street from Derry Church

      The church property at 275 Mansion Road is available for rent. This single family home has three bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, a one-car garage, full basement, living room, eat-in kitchen, covered back porch, a large laundry room with washer & dryer, and a woodburning fireplace. Monthly rental is $1,050 plus utilities. Contact Roger Zimmer.

    • Four Weeks of Lee Barrett Starts on Sunday

      Popular Issues Class presenter Lee Barrett returns on Sunday for a four-week series on The Reformation. This year multitudes of Christians will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, a phenomenon that has been hailed as one of the most transformative movements in the history of Western culture. For centuries, people have debated what the upheaval was really about and what its legacy has been. Did it give birth to healthy forms of church life, or did it generate unnecessary religious divisions? Come explore the controversial question of the continuing relevance of the Reformation for our contemporary world with Dr. Barrett, the Mary B. and Henry P. Stager Chair in Theology and Professor of Systematic Theology at Lancaster Theological Seminary.

      Lectures will be presented 9-10 am March 19 & 26 and April 2 & 9 in room 7C or catch up with the podcasts when it’s convenient for you.

    • "Kids to Krislund" Fundraising Dinner & Auction: April 30

      3-6 pm Sunday, April 30 at Krislund Camp & Conference Center. "Kids to Krislund" will feature a delicious home-cooked meal followed by an auction of unique hand-crafted items by local artisans. All money raised will be used to fund "camperships" to help send "Kids to Krislund.” The event starts at 3 pm with a reception; dinner follows at 4 pm. $50/person or $100/couple. RSVP by April 21 to or (814) 422-8878. If you are unable to attend but would like to support the program, mail your contribution to Krislund, Box 116, Madisonburg, PA 16852.

    • Coin Return on Sunday

      Remember to bring your Change 4 Children coins with you to church on Sunday to be collected at the end of morning worship. Check out their video annual report.  

      Do you have foreign coins that you no longer need? Please bag them separately and they’ll be donated to UNICEF’s Change For Good by Derry member and American Airlines pilot Brian Montgomery.

      When you return coins, please make sure that your bag is free of paper clips, guitar picks, stray bits of metal, buttons,and anything that isn’t legal tender: these items clog the coin sorting machine. The next collection will be in June, so keep on gathering those coins.

    • "These Days" Spring Edition Available Now

      These Days devotional booklets for April-June can be found in baskets around the church. Pick up your copy on Sunday... take extra to pop into an Easter basket or share with loved ones.

    • New Wilmington Mission Conference: July 22-29

      July 22-29 at Westminster College in New Wilmington. This year’s speakers include Dr. Rodger Nishioka, Director of Adult Educational Ministries at Village Presbyterian Church, and Rev. Dr. Jim Singleton, Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as well as many others. Visit the conference website for more details and to register.

    • Called Presbytery Meeting to Examine Allison Spooner

      4 pm Tuesday March 21 at Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church. The purpose of the meeting will be to examine for ordination as a Teaching Elder, Allison Spooner to be the Pastor of the Shared Ministry of the Faith and Hope United Presbyterian Churches. Derry Church elders, along with other Presbytery members, will be voting; Derry members are welcome to attend as observers. The Faith and Hope United congregations, at separate meetings, will be voting on Allison’s call on Sunday, March 19. Pending approvals all around, Allison's ordination service will be held at 5 pm Sunday, March 26 at Derry Church. Read Allison’s bio and statement of faith.

    • Join the Parsonage Ministry Team!

      Love INC of Greater Hershey’s Parsonages are looking for volunteers. Opportunities are available Monday –Friday on a weekly, bi-weekly and monthly basis. Contact Irv Smalls at the Parsonage (717-835-0110). You’ll be glad you did!

    • Love INC Rose Outreach Report

      Love INC of Greater Hershey thanks everyone who volunteered and purchased roses for their annual “Share the Love” Rose Outreach on Valentine’s Day. A big THANK YOU to Derry member Vera Kolstrom and to Paula Labonte for their excellent leadership of this event. A total of 350 roses were delivered locally and an additional 130 roses were shared among three women’s shelters and a local retirement community.

    • Discovery Days Fundraiser Reports

      The recent day-long fundraiser at Fenicci’s Restaurant raised $335 for Derry Discovery Days preschool, and the bake sale following Sunday’s “Going for Baroque” concert raised $547. Thanks to all who participated!

    • Join the Discovery Days Advisory Board

      Derry Discovery Days Preschool is seeking a Derry Church member to serve on their Advisory Board. This three-year term begins with the 2017-18 school year. Board members attend monthly meetings held the second Monday of each month from 9 -11 am. This active and evolving Board seeks people willing to share their time and energy with the preschool. Interested? Contact Kelly Mehaffie and ask for a description of Board Roles and Responsibilities, then provide a letter or email indicating why you would like to be a DDD board member and include relevant background information. Questions? Contact Kelly or DDD board members

    • 3rd Annual 5K Hummelstown Hunger Run/Walk: May 13

      10 am Saturday, May 13 at Schaffner Boro Park, corner of Poplar Avenue & Water Street, Hummelstown. Registrants and volunteers who bring a nonperishable food item for our collection bin will be entered into a drawing for one of the many gift certificates provided by our local sponsors. Proceeds benefit the Hummelstown Food Pantry. Outback Steakhouse will provide food and Sweet Dawgs will provide frozen yogurt and slushies after the event. Read more or call Jill Osevala (512-6922).

    • Student Film Festival Submissions Accepted through April 1

      Submissions are now being accepted for the 5th Annual Friends of Hershey Public Library Student Film Festival, which seeks to showcase and recognize local student filmmakers’ creative work. Winning films will be screened 2-4 pm Saturday, April 22 at the Hershey Public Library. Questions? Contact Derry member Steve Ballard.

    • Welcome Derry's Newest Members

      On Sunday Derry Church welcomed 11 new members in worship. L-R: Denn Hollandsmith, Elizabeth Gibson, Nancy Reinert, Dottie & Ron Ross, Pris Berk and son James, Brian, Beatrice and Elia Bentley, John, Tasha and Kahlan Messmer. Read more about these new members on the enews insert. Next new member class begins on Sunday, April 23, 2017.

    • March 2017 Financial Snapshot

      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 2/28/17
           Income YTD: $185,719.57 
           Budgeted Expenses YTD: $238,114.61
           Expenses YTD:  $211,276.24
           Surplus/(Deficit) YTD:  ($25,556.67)

      Questions? Contact George Porter. Thank you for your continued support now and throughout the year.

    • “Mission Madness” Fundraiser

      Do you love mission work, college basketball, and friendly congregational competition? Then you’re invited to join “Mission Madness,” a fundraiser benefitting the Mission House. Participants will fill out their own digital bracket for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, and the winner will get an engraved trophy and a year’s worth of Derry bragging rights! All proceeds (suggested $10 donation/bracket) will benefit the Derry Mission House. All entries must be digitally submitted by noon on Thursday, March 16. Sign up and pay in the Narthex on March 12 or 17, or email Pete Steelman indicating your preferred email to add to the list.

    • Blanketing the Congregation with Thanks

      Many thanks to all who provided fleece fabric and who cut and tied the fleece to create warm blankets this year. We look forward to creating more blankets next fall for the homeless. Watch for fleece fabric sales over the summer and we will be ready for our next blanket making projects. The Christian Education Committee thanks you for your help.

    • Join in the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering

      Since 1949 Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world. Your generous gifts to this special offering help provide relief those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in empowering the poor and oppressed. Prayerfully consider making a gift to help those in need around the globe. Give online, use envelopes available in pew racks, or designate “OGHS” on the memo line of your check and return it to the offering plate or church office. Derry’s Mission & Peace Committee has set a goal of $15,000 for the 2017 offering, which will be received on Easter Sunday, April 16. Watch progress toward  the goal by checking the posters on display throughout the church.

    • Tuesday Morning Golf Begins Soon

      Derry’s weekly golf league will tee off on Tuesday mornings beginning April 11 at Royal Oaks Golf Club in Lebanon. Play begins at 10 am in April, and at 8:30 am from May to September. All skill levels welcome. Contact Bill Uffelman (520-9160) or Jim Warnock (838-8452).

    • Family Promise Meals Needed!

      Family Promise will be returning to the Hershey Adventist Church on Chocolate Avenue during the week of April 9. Volunteers are needed to transport the families and provide evening meals. During this reflective season of Lent, please consider supporting this important mission. To take a meal, sign up at  (last name: Promise, password: Derry).  To volunteer to drive the van, call Jane Robertson (717-439-0830). Thanks, Derry!

    • Spring Forward on March 12

      Remember to turn your clocks forward one hour on Saturday night: daylight savings time will begin at 2 am Sunday, March 12 and end on Sunday, November 5.

    • Seder Meal: April 12

      6-8 pm Wednesday, April 12 in Fellowship Hall. The Passover Seder is a celebration observed in Jewish homes with relatives and friends. The celebration tells the story of Israel’s exodus from Egypt. It is truly an intergenerational event, which centers on a dinner.

      For this covered dish meal, the church will provide beef brisket. You are invited to bring a traditional Jewish side dish or dessert (recipes available in the church office) and join your church family and friends for an evening  of remembering. It is believed that the Passover meal Jesus was celebrating with his friends is the meal which we now remember as the Last Supper. RSVP to Debbie Hough by Sunday, April 9: forms available at the insert rack in the Narthex.

    • Maundy Thursday Worship: April 13

      7 pm Thursday, April 13 in the Sanctuary. Hear the Passion story in a worship service led by the children who will be participating in this year's Children & Sacraments class. Celebrate the sacrament of the Lord's supper and reflect on Jesus' last supper. The communion bread that will be served will be made by the children, most who will be receiving communion for the first time. Worship will also include scripture, hymns and a sermon ... then watch as the chancel is stripped of all the familiar Christian symbols before you leave the Sanctuary in silence. If you wish, walk the labyrinth in Fellowship Hall. The 24-hour prayer vigil begins following this service.This service will be live streamed on YouTube and the church website.

    • Sign Up for the 24-Hour Prayer Vigil: April 13-14

      Derry Church’s annual 24-hour prayer vigil begins at 8 pm on Maundy Thursday, April 13 and continues through Good Friday, April 14. Sign up on the poster in the Narthex for one or more 10-minute time slots...pray at home, at work, or at church (Friday from 9 am - 5 pm).

    • Easter Vigil: April 15

      7 pm Saturday, April 15 beginning in the courtyard, weather permitting. This first service of Easter is led by our confirmation class and celebrates God’s plan of salvation, the resurrection of Jesus, the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism, and the rite of Confirmation. It's a service that keeps you on the move, from outdoors to the Chapel, Fellowship Hall and Sanctuary. Many at Derry claim it's their favorite service. This year, come experience it for yourself. A reception follows in Fellowship Hall.

    • Welcome Back Allison Spooner to our Pulpit

      Allison Spooner is a graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary, where she received her M. Div in May. She is a candidate for ordained ministry in Carlisle Presbytery and is completing the requirements for ordination. She grew up at Derry Presbyterian Church and is extremely grateful and excited to lead worship with the congregation so close to her heart.

    • Post-Concert Bake Sale

      Stop in the Fellowship Hall after the "Going for Baroque” concert on March 12 to pick up a sweet treat and coffee “to go.” Derry Discovery Days is holding a bake sale. Homemade cookies, whole pies and cakes will be sold to raise funds for the preschool. Cash and checks accepted. Can’t come but willing to bake? Contact Kelly Mehaffie.

    • G.O.D. Squad Spring Work Day: April 8

      8 am - 12 pm Saturday, April 8, lunch provided. The Gardeners Of Derry (G.O.D. Squad) is a group of church volunteers who like to play in the dirt and use their skills to help make our church property look cared for and neat.They have a special interest in how God’s house looks for all who come here to be in God’s presence. We are ready to SPRING into action with the signs of spring right around the corner. Many hands are needed with rakes, shovels, big and small clippers,wheelbarrows and forks to pick limbs/twigs, rake leaves, edge beds, put down ground treatments and clean out window wells. Also needed are pickup trucks to take debris to the recycling center. For more information and to volunteer, contact Tom & Nancy Kitzmiller.

    • LAST CHANCE to Have Dinner at Isaacs and Help Build a School: March 30

      5-9 pm Thursday, March 30 at Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches in Hummelstown. For the third and final time this winter, you’re invited to support the building of a school for boys in Sargodha, Pakistan. Have dinner at Isaac’s and when it’s time to pay your bill, hand in a flyer (download or pick up at the insert rack in the Narthex), and Isaac’s will donate 25% of your food and beverage purchase to the Sargodha School fundraising effort. The February fundraiser brought in $146 for the school and dozens of Derry friends enjoyed socializing and dining in groups large and small. Bring your friends and family, have a delicious dinner, and help to improve education across the globe.

    • Easter Treats Needed by April 2

      To fill dozens of plastic eggs for the Easter egg hunt on April 8. Small NON-PEANUT candies are needed by Sunday, April 2. Please bring candy to the designated basket in the lower level mission closet.

    • Children & Sacraments Program

      6-8 pm Monday, April 10, dinner included. The Children & Sacraments program is held annually for all baptized children who have not yet been receiving communion. Children, with their parents or guardians, will have the chance to actively explore a number of issues concerning baptism and the Lord’s supper, to ask questions, and to bake bread. The children will then be invited to participate in the Maundy Thursday communion service at 7 pm on April 13. Led by Debbie Hough, this program is especially for children in second grade and above. Child care provided on request. Registration forms are now available at the insert rack in the Narthex: RSVP by Monday, April 3.

    • It's Time to Order Easter Lilies

      Orders are now being accepted for Easter lilies that will decorate the Sanctuary on Easter Sunday, April 16. Lilies are $9 each. Pick up order forms at the insert rack in the Narthex and return completed forms to the offering plate or collection box next to the insert rack. Please print legibly. Order deadline: Monday, March 20.

    • Holy Week at Derry

      The complete schedule of Holy Week events at Derry Church is now available online. Many activities are planned from Palm Sunday through Easter (April 9-16). Volunteers are needed for several events: tell us how you’d like to help by returning forms available at the insert rack.

    • Easter Egg Hunt & Crafts: April 8

      11 am - 12 pm Saturday, April 8 beginning in Fellowship Hall. For children ages 0 - grade 5. Bring your own baskets. Free! Held rain or shine.  RSVP to Jackie Lerch by Friday, March 31 by providing name(s)and age(s) of your child(ren). 

    • Mansfield University Concert Choir

      4 pm Sunday, April 2 in the Sanctuary, free will offering. The premier touring ensemble of the university is a select ensemble representing some of the finest talent from the American Northeast. While the majority of the singers are undergraduate music majors, membership is open to all students at the university through an audition process. The group has achieved an impressive reputation of excellence, having been chosen for 20 consecutive years to perform at conventions or festivals around the world. The Concert Choir has performed in 16 countries during their seven European tours, and the group has produced 20 CD recordings on the Mark Custom Recording Label. The singers are frequently praised for the emotional spectrum in their performances, their diverse vocal color, and their varied repertoire.

      For their Arts Alive concert appearance, the choir will sing selections including Danny Boy, Shenandoah, Sit Down Servant, Precious Lord and Unclouded Day. Peggy Dettwiler, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Mansfield University, conducts the Concert Choir, Festival Chorus, and Chamber Singers, and teaches choral conducting and methods. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

    • Volunteers Needed for Disabilities Camp: Aug 13-18

      August 13-18 at the Diocesan Camp at Kirchenwald in Mt. Gretna. The camp is designed for adults, ages 18 and older, with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities and no significant behavioral problems. Derry’s own Matt Ross enjoys attending every summer. Volunteers 16 years and older who have a heart for people with disabilities are needed for day staff and overnight, and males are especially needed. In the past, volunteers have included teachers, counselors, therapists, nurses, seminarians and students who want to work with persons with disabilities. Camp attendance will be limited if enough volunteers can’t be found by mid-July. Contact Ginny Duncan or Kate Neri (717-657-4804 x 317).

  • February - 2017
    • Have Dinner at Isaacs TONIGHT!

      The women's Monday night Bible study invites you to support the building of a school for boys in Sargodha, Pakistan: have dinner at the Hummelstown Isaac's between 5 pm and 9 pm ... when it's time to pay your bill, hand in this flyer and Isaac's will donate 25% of your food and beverage purchase to the Sargodha School fundraising effort. Bring your friends and family, have a delicious dinner, and help to improve education across the globe!

      One more opportunity to participate in this fundraiser will be offered on March 30. Save the date!

    • Men's Lenten Breakfasts Begin March 1

      During Lent the monthly men’s breakfasts are happening every week, at 6:30 am Wednesdays in Fellowship Hall beginning March 1. Enjoy a delicious hot breakfast and fellowship around the table.

    • New Softball Season Begins Soon

      Derry's co-ed softball team is warming up for a new season. Minimum age for players is 16 years old. Games are played at Veteran's Park off Elmerton Avenue in Susquehanna Township, across from the State Police building. Games are double-headers and total playing time is approximately two hours. Watch Sunday bulletins and this e-newsletter for practices beginning in April and game schedules beginning in May. Questions? Want to play? Contact Matt Speck.

    • Chili Cook-off Champs

      Congratulations to Chris Bevins who took top honors for chili, and to Michael Anderson who won the dessert category in the 18th annual cook-off last Friday evening. Best costumes were awarded to Keri Keck and to the best-dressed kids: Kylie Mullen and John Potter. Thanks to the Membership & Involvement Committee for hosting the event.


    • Bereavement Camp for Children: June 3-5

      With over 30 years of experience providing end-of-life care and bereavement support to patients and their families, Hospice of Central Pennsylvania recognizes the unique needs that youngsters face while coping with the loss of a loved one. In response to those needs Hospice of Central Pennsylvania offers Camp Dragonfly, a “free of charge” weekend bereavement camp for children and teens (ages 6-15) who have experienced the death of a family member due to illness, accident, suicide or homicide. Camp Dragonfly is open to any child who is comfortable attending an overnight camp. The camp is staffed with hospice volunteers who have experience working with grieving children, and the goal is to give grieving children an opportunity to explore their thoughts and feelings and learn ways to cope. Call 717-732-1000 and ask for a Camp Dragonfly application or download an application.

    • February 2017 Session Report
      • Held the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees for The Derry Presbyterian Church, Inc. during which time the following officers were elected: George Porter, President; Jim Pease, Vice President. Kathy Yingst, Clerk of Session and Steven Guenther, Church Treasurer were affirmed ex officio as Secretary and Treasurer of the Corporation, respectively.
      • Approved Baptismal Instruction and Baptism for: Tanner Robert Smith, son of Derry member Jaime Smith and husband Robert Smith; Amos Richard Krieger, son of Kyle and Dominique Krieger.
      • Approved use of the church building for the following weddings:  April 29, 2017, Luke Gawron and Elizabeth Gibson; June 24, 2017, Elizabeth Phillipy and Samuel Blaydon; July 29, 2017, Lauren Basti and Dan Talhelm.
      • Received the monthly financial statements and reports from all committees.
      • Received the 2016 Annual Statistical Report.
      • Reaffirmed Session’s authorization to collect all four PCUSA special offerings (One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost, Peacemaking, and Christmas Joy).
      • Approved the 2017 Session Committee Membership.
      • Designated the Mission House Committee as a subcommittee of the Mission and Peace Committee.
      • Approved granting to the Mission House Committee the sole responsibility of reviewing applications for extended use of the Mission House and determining who and how it shall be used subject to the review and approval of the Session.
      • Reviewed and approved the Mission House sign design.
      • Approved a request from the Heritage Committee that it be permitted to make a report to the Session in April and October of each year.
      • Approved a building use request from Emily Brandt.
    • Ryan Holp Memorial Blood Drive: Mar 11

      12-4 pm Saturday, March 11 at the Hershey Volunteer Fire Company, 21 W. Caracas Ave. first floor meeting/training room. Come out and show your support of a cause important to Ryan (son of Derry members Ruth & Dick Holp) who passed away earlier this year.  A form of ID is required from all who wish to donate. Read more on facebook.

    • Troop 200 Heads to the Carnegie Science Center: Mar 24-26

      Over the weekend of March 24-26, Troop 200 Boy Scouts will stay overnight at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, then spend one night at a Laurel Highlands Council Scout Camp. Activities will include the planetarium, I-Max, astronomy merit badge and other science projects. Boys new to Troop 200 are welcome to participate: contact scoutmaster Brian Holley (570-404-1206).

    • Pilgrim Fellowship March Events

      12-1:30 pm Sunday, March 12: Finish mission projects, plus fun activities & worship planning

      RSVP by Wednesday, March 8

      12-3:30 pm Sunday, March 19: Lead worship at Lebanon Valley Brethren Home 

      RSVP by Wednesday, March 15

      Both events are for children in grades 3-5. Bring a lunch and gather in room 7AB.

    • Cub Scout Thank-You's and Opportunities

      Cub Scout Pack 200 would like to thank all the members of Derry Church who attended our spaghetti dinner on Scout Sunday, February 12. Because of your generous support and contributions, Pack 200 can purchase advancement awards, provide summer camp scholarships, and so many other items used to teach the boys about citizenship, duty to God and Country, and other Scout principles.

      The Pack is always in need of new scouts and adult leaders. We will be losing many parents next year whose boys will bridge to Boy Scouts. If you have a special skill or extra time to assist in teaching these young boys enduring life lessons, we would love your help - whether it's simply one evening of sharing a special skill or interest that fits into a scout requirement, or a larger commitment. We are in need of Den Leaders and assistant Den Leaders for first, second, and third grade boys. If you can spare a few Monday nights each month, we would be happy to have you. 

      Pennsylvania clearances are required for registered adult leaders, for which the pack can assist you in procuring. Please contact Heather Paterno.

    • Tour Turkey With Derry’s 2016 Theological Forum Speaker: May 20-31

      Dr Meg Ramey of Messiah College and Dr. Mark Wilson will host “Paul’s Walk from Troas to Assos.” This trip includes major sites in western Turkey (Istanbul, Ephesus, Pergamum, and Troy) as well as an excursion to the Greek island of Lesbos. Participants on this pilgrimage will spend three days retracing Paul’s route from Alexandra Troas—walking beside the beautiful turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, following the ancient sacred way leading to the Smintheum, Apollo’s Temple, and meandering over the pastoral hills and farmland of the Troad—until arriving at the ancient acropolis and harbor of Assos, one of the most beautiful spots in all of Anatolia. Whether you’re a lover of nature, history, or the apostle Paul or if you’re in need of time for reflecting on life and the spiritual rejuvenation that hiking and meditating can provide, you're invited to walk this sacred way. Professors and pastors enjoy a 50% discount. Sign up by March 31.   

    • Derry Seniors Present "Music in the Morning"

      At 10 am Tuesday, March 21 in the Sanctuary, the Derry Seniors welcome student musicians from Lebanon Valley College. This year’s musical program will feature handbell solos and duets under the direction of Derry member Shelly Moorman-Stahlman, Professor of Music and College Organist at Lebanon Valley College. Free.

    • A New Way to Pay for Terrific Tuesday Dinners

      Introducing Terrific Tuesday punchcards! In response to those who don’t regularly carry cash or forget to bring a check to pay for their weekly dinners, it’s now possible to purchase 12 dinners for $36. When you and family members arrive for dinner, find your page in the binder at the check-in table and sign for the number of meals purchased that evening. Punch cards are non-refundable and do not expire.

    • Big Tent Returns in July

      You're invited to join Presbyterians from around the country at Big Tent 2017, held July 6 -8 on the beautiful campus of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, The theme will emphasize the hope of the Gospel and its power to transform society in our current cultural context, marked by anxiety, racial division, political animosity, and economic inequality. Through dialogue, workshops, exhibits, and engagement with one another, participants will engage the Church in its mission of justice-making and peace. Registration opens in March.

    • Reminder to the 2017 Nicaragua Mission Team

      Applications and payment for the June 10-18 trip are due by Sunday, March 5. There are several spaces available for those who wish to join the group and help build two houses: contact Pete Feil.

    • Your Debt is Infinite, but Your Credit Limit is Not: Christianity and Consumer Capitalism on Feb 21

      12 pm Tuesday, February 21 in the Lenfest Learning Commons of the John Stewart Memorial Library on the campus of Wilson College, Chambersburg. Christianity taught us that our indebtedness is infinite, and finance capitalism made it so. Today, we are graduating from college already indebted, well-prepared for living with debt for a lifetime. Debt is the principle means by which we are governed, from cradle to grave. Is there a way out? If Christianity got us into this mess, can it also suggest a route of escape? 

      Presenting the lecture is Dr. Thomas James, a pastor in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan and an adjunct professor at Union Presbyterian Seminary. He writes on Christian theology and its interactions with materialist thought, with a special interest in the so-called “new materialism” emerging within recent continental philosophy.

    • The Final Four (Suncatchers, That Is)

      We thought we were all sold out, then we discovered four more of the stained glass suncatchers handcrafted by Laird Morgan of “Art on Derry” across the street from the church. The design is modeled after the Derry Church window in the stairwell near the Chapel that leads to the youth room. Suncatchers -- approximately 2" wide x 4" high -- are $25 each, with proceeds benefiting the boys’ school in Sargodha, Pakistan. Contact Ann Kroh to reserve yours.

    • Paul: Women's Friend or Foe? 2017 Women's Retreat

      These women spent an enjoyable weekend at nearby Camp Kenbrook studying the letters of Paul with Frances Taylor Gench. In their free time, the group enjoyed games, puzzles, good food, long walks and fellowship. L-R, row 1: Kris Englund-Krieger, Marcia Van Dyck*,  Debbie Hough, Mary Speedy. Row 2: Joyce MacKichan Walker*, Sue George, Carol Wehrheim*, Marsha Smith, Vicki Bender, Pam Whitenack, Heidi Keene, Lynne Seidel*, Katharine Sakenfeld*, Chris Gawron, Kathryn Mustaro*.  Row 3: Marie Buffaloe, Rosanne Jacks*, Marilyn Koch, Loretta Blaydon, Frances Taylor Gench, Claudia Holtzman, Marianne Farrin*, Lynn George.

      *Friends from Nassau Presbyterian Church in New Jersey.

    • Got Palms? It's Almost Time to Make Ashes!

      If you still have the palm branches from last year's Palm Sunday service, bring them to church by Tuesday, February 28. Look for a palm collection basket in the Narthex by the information center. Palms will be burned into ashes at approximately 6 pm, following Terrific Tuesday's traditional Shrove Tuesday pancake supper in Fellowship Hall ($3 per person). Ashes will be used at the 7 pm service on Ash Wednesday, March 1 in the Chapel.

    • Souper Bowl Report

      A total of $640 plus 10 canned goods were collected on Sunday for the SouperBowl of Caring… thanks, Derry! Proceeds will benefit local food ministry out-reach programs supported by the church: the Hershey Food Bank, Downtown Daily Bread, and Racetrack Chaplaincy of America. Nationally, more than $4.5 million has been raised by more than 1,700 groups with more reporting daily.

    • Cupcakes and Jello Salads Needed Mar 8

      For the Hershey Ministerium Lenten luncheon hosted by Derry’s Presbyterian Women on Wednesday, March 8 following a 12:10 pm community worship service in the Sanctuary. Donations of 9”x13” gelatin salads and cupcakes (2 dozen) are needed and may be left in the kitchen the previous day or by 9 am on March 8. Volunteers are needed to help prepare the meal, serve and/or clean up: please contact Sharon Henderson, Joan Theal or Doris Feil.

    • Blanket-Making for Bethesda Mission

      9-10 am Sundays, February 12, 19 & 26 in room 7AB. We’re making fleece blankets to keep homeless people in Harrisburg warm this winter. Come join the fun!

    • News from Presbyterian Women
      • After a disaster, Church World Service quickly makes contact with affected communities to offer CWS kits, Emergency Cleanup Buckets and Blankets. In the US, CWS responds with emergency grants for recovery groups, provides mentoring and informs communities of their training program. Use envelopes in the pew racks or write checks to Derry Church with "Blanket Fund" on the memo line. Ten dollars provides one blanket.
      • All women are invited to Morning Circle at 10:30 am Monday, February 13 in Room 13 for the Bible study lesson, "Who is Jesus - According to Hebrews?" In preparation, read Hebrews 1-6;12-13.
      • NPR’s Michelle Norris will present the Leffler Lecture at 7:30 pm Tuesday, February 28 at Elizabethtown College's Leffler Chapel and Performance Center. She will discuss The Race Card Project and how six-word snapshots paint a vivid picture of American attitudes and experiences about race during a fascinating moment in history. The lecture is free but requires a ticket: email or call 361-4757.
    • Pilgrims Spend the Night at Hogwarts, Derry-Style

      Last weekend Derry Church was transformed into the world of Harry Potter, with themed snacks, games, crafts, stories and activities based on the popular books by J.K. Rowling. See photos on facebook. Special thanks to Debbie Hough, Nicola Burke, Pete Steelman, Tom Folts, Wally Patton, Allison Spooner and Lynn George for planning and executing an awesome event, and to youth helpers Allison Cooper and Natalie Taylor. The next event for grades 3-5 will be 12-1:30 pm Sunday, February 19, a mission pillow project with games and a snack. RSVP to by Wednesday, February 15.

    • Register Online for Krislund's 2017 Summer Camps!

      Check out  Krislund Camp’s 2017 Brochure for information on all camping opportunities: Base Camp, Day Camp, Specialty Camps, Mini-Camps, Grandparent Camp, Family Camp, CIT, and Pioneers. View the full schedule and register online.  

    • Upcoming High School Musicals Featuring Derry Church Youth
      • Urinetown at Hershey High School March 2-4 featuring Patrick Gavazzi, Natalie Taylor, Karis Gould, and Erin Wolfe. Read more and order tickets.
      • It's Nice Work If You Can Get It at Lower Dauphin High School March 2-4 featuring Gillian Miller. Read more and order tickets.
      • Grease at Palmyra High School March 9-12 featuring Lizzie Pease.
      • 42nd Street at Annville-Cleona High School April 6-8 featuring Allison Cooper.
    • Lunch & Learn about HersheyPark: Feb 16

      12-1 pm Thursday, February 16 in the Lebanon Valley Brethren Home Fellowship Hall. Derry Church member Gary Chubb, Senior Director of Maintenance at HersheyPark, will present “Growing Up at Hersheypark,” sharing behind-the-scenes experiences and adventures. Bring your lunch or just come to hear the speaker. Reservations appreciated, and required a week in advance for lunch: call 838-5406 ext. 3052.

    • "Going for Baroque" Concert

      4 pm Sunday, March 12 in the Sanctuary, featuring the Hershey Baroque Chamber Players under the direction of Sean McCarthy. Pachelbel’s Canon in D major, Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring and Handel’s Largo from Xerxes are just a few of the greatest hits of the Baroque period that harpsichordist Sean McCarthy and his new ensemble of early-music performers will present in their debut concert. Free will offering supports Arts Alive programming.

    • Directories and Annual Reports Available

      Did you get your copy of the 2017 phone/address directory and the 2017 annual report that was presented last Sunday? Copies are available at the information center in the Narthex and in the church office. One per family, please.

    • Join a Lend A Hand Work Team in 2017

      Lend A Hand all-volunteer disaster response and assistance organization will send work teams to West Virginia from March 19-25 and from April 30-May 6 to help with recovery efforts from flooding that occurred in June 2016. Another trip, planned for June 4-10, will probably go to North Carolina to help with recovery efforts after Hurricane Matthew. Volunteers are desperately needed in both places. Read more and sign up.

    • February 2017 Financial Snapshot

      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 1/31/17
      Income YTD: $91,980.52
      Budgeted Expenses YTD: $104,901.36
      Expenses YTD $72,560.11
      Surplus/(Deficit) YTD $19,420.41

      Questions? Contact George Porter. Thank you for your continued support now and throughout the the year.

    • Violin Recital: Feb 11

      4-6 pm Saturday, February 11 at First United Methodist Church, Hershey. Violinist Will Curry returns home to present “My Favorite Things” with pianist Elizabeth Doran. Will enjoys a diverse musical career in New York City as a violist, violinist, conductor, and orchestrator. Currently the violist and assistant conductor for the upcoming revival of Miss Saigon, Will has previously held the positions of violist and assistant conductor for recent revivals of Fiddler on the Roof and Les Miserables. Free.

    • Serve Lunch at Downtown Daily Bread on Sunday

      Volunteers needed this Sunday, February 5 to work at the Pine Street Presbyterian Church soup kitchen. Depart 11:30 am from the church, return around 2 pm. Contact Craig Smith (574-9296).

    • Souper Bowl of Caring

      Souper Bowl of Caring: On Sunday following both services, look for Derry youth holding soup pots as you exit the Sanctuary. Place canned goods or cash in the pot... a suggested donation is the amount of money you would spend on a meal for your family. Last year Derry raised $1,016 an all-time high for Derry Church. Can we beat that total this year? All proceeds will be donated to the Hershey Food Bank.

      In 1990 the Souper Bowl of Caring began with a simple prayer from a single youth group in South Carolina: “Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those without a bowl of soup to eat.” Since that day, more than $100 million has been raised for local charities across the country through Souper Bowl of Caring. It has become a powerful movement that is transforming the time around Super Bowl weekend into the nation’s largest celebration of giving and serving. Through this mission, young people learn what it’s like to make a positive difference in the world –as they collect food, raise money and volunteer to work in charities that provide shelter to the homeless, food to the hungry and compassion to those in need.


    • Fantastic Fundraiser

      Thanks to all who came out for dinner at Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches last Thursday... you helped to raise $227 to support the Presbyterian Education Board’s school for boys in Sargodha, Pakistan. Enjoying good food with good friends warmed up a winter evening: Derry friends and families filled the majority of tables. You have two more opportunities to participate between 5-9 pm on Thursday, February 23 and Thursday, March 30. Forms for February 23 are available to download or pick up from the insert rack. Remember, 25% of your food & beverage purchase benefits the school when you turn in a form as you pay.

    • Worship on Ash Wednesday

      7 pm Wednesday, March 1 in the Chapel. This contemplative hour-long service in the Chapel will include a sermon and celebration of the Lord's supper along with imposition of ashes made from last year's palm branches.

      Committee meetings have been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 8.

    • Community Worship Services during Lent

      Once again the Hershey Ministerium is hosting a series of noontime worship services beginning at 12:10 pm on Ash Wednesday, March 1 at St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church. Consider attending as a Lenten discipline this year. You’ll have the opportunity to worship at many local churches, hear a variety of pastors and religious leaders in our community, and enjoy a simple and delicious lunch provided by the host congregation following the service ($3). The complete schedule is available online.

    • CWS Blanket Offering

      Envelopes are in pews now for those who would like to contribute to Church World Service's Blankets, an offering supported by our Presbyterian Women. For over 60 years, CWS has worked to help families around the world recover from disasters and displacement.  They help people gain the resources and develop the skills necessary to build or rebuild sustainable lives and communities.  $10 buys one blanket, and a goal of 200 blankets has been set. Write checks to Derry Church notated "Blanket Offering."

    • Introducing Derry’s New Church Treasurer

      Steven Guenther has been attending Derry Church since he was in the third grade. He is a graduate of Middletown High School and the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned an accounting degree. Since graduation from university two years ago, Steven has worked on the audit staff at the Lancaster office of Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz, a CPA firm offering a wide range of accounting and advisory services. On Sunday mornings you can find Steven in the Chapel Choir at 8 am and at the A/V console at 10:30 am where he specializes in audio operations; after worship he helps out with youth fellowship activities. In his free time Steven enjoys downhill skiing. You can contact him at Steven is the son of Derry members Tim & Cindy Guenther.

    • Listen in on the Officer Retreat

      On Saturday morning this large group of elders, deacons and staff gathered under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Bruce Humphrey for a retreat focusing on adjusting to change. The audio file has been posted on this page of the church website, under Special Programs, for those interested in listening. A direct link to the audio file (2 hours, 18 minutes) allows you to download to a portable device. The retreat handout is also available on the church website. In coming weeks, the Long Range Planning Committee will be reviewing and distilling information captured at the retreat and reporting back to session.

    • January 2017 Session Report
      • Welcomed newly ordained and installed Ruling Elders.
      • Elected Steven Guenther as the new Derry Church Treasurer. Re-elected Kathy Yingst as Clerk to the Session.
      • Received the monthly financial statements and reports from all session committees, the PNC, and the Board of Deacons.
      • Accepted with regret the resignation of Ruling Elder Michael Ziegler due to scheduling constraints from his employment.
      • Approved a request from Lisa Lewis Torchia to remove her name from church membership rolls as she has joined St. Joan of Arc Catholic church.
      • Approved requests from Stewardship & Finance to update signatories on bank checks and to establish a protocol in which one signature is required on checks under $5,000 and two signatures on checks $5,000 and above.
      • Approved a request from Communications & Technology to purchase lawn signs from Christian Churches United to join the “Welcome, Neighbors” signage campaign supporting Catholic Charities and their work of refugee resettlement.  The signs will bear the message “No matter where you are from we’re glad you’re our neighbor” in English, Spanish and Arabic.
      • Approved the use of the church van for youth activities and transporting Nicaragua volunteers to and from the airport.
      • Approved the appointment of the following Ruling Elders to the 2017 Nominating Committee:  Greg Taylor as Chairman and Karen Haas.
      • Approved a request from Presbyterian Women of Derry for several offerings and events for 2017.
      • Approved the celebration of communion at the Women’s Retreat on Sunday, February 12, 2017.  
      • Approved building use requests.
      • Approved all active Ruling Elders as commissioners for Presbytery meetings through December, 2017.
      • Approved a fundraising request from the Mission House subcommittee.
    • Love INC Annual Report

      Did you know that from 2000 to 2015, poverty in Derry Township has grown from approximately 4% to almost 20%? In our community, Love INC of Greater Hershey partners with 18 local congregations (including Derry) and more than 60 agencies and nonprofits to provide coordinated service delivery for people who live, work or worship in the 17033 and 17036 zip codes and the Dauphin County portion of the 17022 zip code. Love INC’s services are available to anyone in need regardless of age, race or religion. Learn more in their 2016 Annual Report.