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  • October - 2017
    • Sunday Instructions for CROP Walkers

      Walkers, please fill out and sign the release form on a donation envelope even if you have not collected any contributions. Walkers under 18 need a parent’s signature. Return the envelope and all donations (checks payable to CROP/CWS) to the Information Center in the Narthex by 9:15 am on Sunday, October 22. Donation envelopes are available at the Information Center. Or register and donate online. A group photo will be taken at 1 pm near the start of the walk. Look for the big group of Derry Church friends and families!

    • Schedule Changes This Weekend

      Worship is on a different schedule due to the Hershey Half Marathon. Services with communion will be held at 5 pm Saturday, October 14 and and 11 am Sunday, October 15 in the Sanctuary. Church school classes will return on Sunday, October 22.

    • Tithe Your Treats

      This year, consider "tithing" your Halloween candy: for every 10 pieces of candy, give one away. Derry will have candy collection stations upstairs near the Information Center and downstairs in the library. All candy collected will be taken to Downtown Daily Bread to be given away during the upcoming holiday season.

    • DivorceCare "Surviving the Holidays" Workshop: Nov 20

      6:30-8:30 pm Monday, November 20 in room 2.

      Featuring video instruction and group discussion, this seminar offers support, encouragement and advice to deal with the intense pain of separation and divorce during the holiday season. Coffee and dessert will be served. Child care provided on request up to age 10. A workbook is includede. RSVP requested : 717-533-9667.  

    • Fall Cleanup Day: Nov 11

      8 am - 12 pm Saturday, November 11, concluding with lunch and fellowship. Bring your gloves, rakes, clippers and wheelbarrows as we prepare the Derry Church grounds for winter.  Some pickup trucks are needed to take cuttings, acorns and leaves to the recycling center before 3 pm. Come join the fun and help keep our church property looking neat and cared for!

    • October 2017 Baptisms

      Derry Church welcomed six children into the church family on Sunday, October 8 through the sacrament of baptism. L-R:

      Mason Sims and Ophelia Knight, son and daughter of Frances & Jeremy Mohler

      Kazmir Ellison, son of Elizabeth & Luke Gawron

      Beatrix Georgia, daughter of Amy Backenstose

      Beatrice Mae and Fiona Hazel, daughters of Brian & Elia Bentley

      Congratulations and best wishes!

    • Are You Running in the Hershey Half?

      Please let us know so we can keep you (and all the runners) in our prayers on Sunday morning.

    • Go to “Christmas in the Castle”: Dec 15

      Derry’s new “Faith on Wheels” group invites you to visit the Glencairn Museum in Bryn Athyn on Friday, December 15 for the “Christmas in the Castle” tour. Depart Derry Church at 9 am, return in the evening. The 45-minute afternoon tour reveals how Christmas was celebrated when it was the private home of the Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn family. Before or after the tour, explore the museum’s World Nativities and Do You See WHat I See? Imagery in Nativity Scenes exhibits. $12 adults/$10 seniors & students, plus money for your lunch and transportation. RSVP to Debbie Hough by November 6. Looking ahead, we’re planning a trip to the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC to see the Tomb of Christ exhibit on April 14, 2018.

    • Attention Parents of College Students

      It’s almost time for college students to get some fun mail from their church family, but before we send it, we need your student’s mailing address for 2017-18. Please fill out this form so the mailing will reach your student.

    • College Care Package Update

      In previous years we’ve requested candy to fill college care packages, but this year to save on postage and dental bills, students will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card and a card made by a child in our children’s ministry program. If you’d like to support this effort, contact Jackie Lerch.

    • Lend A Hand Goes to Florida on Nov 4 for Hurricane Recovery:

      Lend A Hand will head to Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday, Nov. 4, with an overnight stop in North Carolina about half-way. Housing will be in a dormitory with bunk beds.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided – dinner is still being worked out.  Head home on Saturday, Nov. 11, stopping once again in NC, with arrival in Camp Hill by mid-afternoon Sunday. Cost is $250 and trip is limited to first 20 people who sign up. Additional trips to the area will begin in January.

    • Derry Worship on the Go

      This week Pastors Stephen and Marie and the Care ’N Share deacons traveled to Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, gathering in the assembly room for worship & communion with Derry members and friends. Next month we're planning to go to Londonderry Village: date will be posted soon. We'll gather for worship and communion at the DiMatteo Worship Center at the Community Center. Derry members and friends are invited to come as the pastors lead in worship. Contact the church if you would like to receive home communion.

    • Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company and the Valley Forge Chorale: Oct 15

      5:30 pm Sunday, October 15 at Faith Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg, where Rev. Allison Spooner serves as pastor. The 10th Donald and Dorothy Stabler Memorial Concert features the Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company of Philadelphia under the baton of Salvatore Scarpa. Thd concert will feature music from West Side Story including favorites such as Tonight and One Hand, One Heart, the rousing finale from Candide, famous operatic solos and ensembles, and well-known choruses from some of the great Italian operas by Verdi, Puccini, and Mascagni. In addition to fantastic soloists, the concert features the Bel Canto Chorus and full orchestra. Tickets are $25 and will be available at the door. Doors open 4:45 pm.

    • Saturday Morning Mission Breakfast Opportunity: Oct 28

      Join Karen Leader and a group of Derry Church volunteers as they serve the people of the Allison Hill community. Depart Derry Church at 7:45 am on Saturday, October 28, return by 11 am. Go to the Unitarian Church on Market Street, Harrisburg to participate in "Gather the Spirit," a monthly breakfast program. Meet Sarah Ballard, one of the organizers and a member of Derry, who will tell about the program. Bring a breakfast item to share (cereal bars, muffins, fruit). RSVP to Karen Leader: 717-608-3337.

    • CANCELLED: Terrific Tuesday on Oct 17

      The annual Hershey Halloween parade is Tuesday, October 17, so Terrific Tuesday dinner and all choir rehearsals are cancelled. Evening worship will be held as usual at 6:45 pm in the Chapel. Terrific Tuesday will be back on October 24.

    • Basically Broadway on Nov 12

      4-5:30 pm Sunday, November 12 in the Sanctuary. Come back to church on the evening of stewardship Sunday, when we’ll share a report of gifts and enjoy a program featuring the many talents of this congregation. “Basically Broadway” features members and friends of Derry singing new and classic Broadway favorites. God’s Hidden Hands puppet team will also participate. A dessert potluck follows. It will be a fun night of laughter, music, and fellowship as we celebrate our church’s talents and the pledged gifts that enable us to fulfill our God-given mission. Fun for all ages! Nursery care available with RSVP.

    • Worship Next Weekend: What to Expect

      Here’s what's happening at Derry Church on the weekend of the Hershey Half Marathon:

      Saturday Evening, October 14

      Worship with communion in the Sanctuary

      Dress casual

      Music includes a couple of fiddles, guitars and dulicmer and Derry’s version of Derek Webb’s song, Take to the World. Read more about it the October 2 edition of the Pastor’s Blog 

      Sunday Morning, October 15

      11 am traditional worship with communion in the Sanctuary

      No church school classes.

      Youth Fellowship will be held in the Youth Room following the service.

    • Philadelphia Brass in Concert: Oct 27

      7:30 pm Friday, October 27 at Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg. One of the world’s leading brass quintets presents a diverse program of music ranging from J.S. Bach to Duke Ellington.

    • Scholarships Available for PCUSA Students Attending Presbyterian-Affiliated Colleges

      The National Presbyterian College Scholarship program will offer $2,500/year beginning in the 2018-19 academic year to assist Presbyterian students attending Presbyterian-related schools. Twenty-five to 30 students will be selected for award. Those students will have an opportunity to renew the scholarship provided that they maintain a 2.5 GPA, participate in campus ministry or regularly attend church during college, and participate in discernment of vocation through a series of essay questions that ask the student to consider who God is calling them to be.

    • Did You Have Problems Accessing Last Week's eNews?

      We were as surprised as you were to find a privacy notice when we clicked through last week to read content in our "This Week at Derry Church" email. The problem has been corrected, and we apologize for the inconvenience. Another way to access all content (except for care concerns) is by going directly to Click on "News" to access news items and the main article... click on "Events" then "Upcoming Events" to find out what's happening. Or try reading the link to the print version that's available at bottom right in the weekly email. Print copies are also available at church. Thanks to all who reached out to let us know about the problem.

    • Don’t Miss Officer Elections on Sunday

      Derry members, your vote is needed following the 10:30 am service this Sunday, October 8 for the purpose of electing seven elders and five deacons for the class of 2020 and two church members to serve on the 2018 nominating committee. Accepting the nomination to serve as elders are Skip Becker, Kristine Elliott, Larry Espenshade, Bob Ganse, Dennis Hosler, Jill Provins and Susan Stagg. Patty Gingrich, Mike Reed, Eleanor Schneider, Mark Verner and Pam van Wyk have been nominated as deacons. Blondie Ferguson, Dan Speck and Ron Vance have been asked to serve on the nominating committee.

    • What's Next this Fall for Pilgrim Fellowship?
      • October 13-15, children in grades 3-5 and their families are invited to the Krislund Getaway Weekend. Download a brochure for more details: RSVP to Debbie Hough by October 6.
      • Mission Day, October 22. Bring your lunch to room 7AB at 12 pm, then choose from:

      32nd Annual Hershey/Hummelstown CROP Walk, begins 1 pm on the grounds of the Milton Hershey School

      Apple gleaning at a local orchard, departs after lunch

      Lancaster Brass Quintet Mission Benefit Concert at 4 pm

      • 6 pm Friday, October 27 at the church, outdoor movie night. Bring your family and friends, lawn chairs and blankets for an evening of great entertainment, fellowship and snacks!
      • 12 pm Sunday, October 29: Fall baking with apples and Mrs. Haas! Bring your lunch.
    • Sign Up for the Oct 22 CROP Walk!

      The 2017 Hershey/Hummelstown CROP Hunger Walk will be held 1 pm Sunday, October 22 on the grounds of the Milton Hershey School.

      Registration begins at 12:30 pm at the Henry Hershey Field and the walk takes place rain or shine. Sign up online or at church for the 1-mile/5K walk and ask sponsors to pledge an amount of money per mile walked. Non-walkers can support the effort by contributing funds online and sponsoring those who walk. Make checks payable to CROP WALK… return funds to registration tables on the day of the walk. Derry’s goal for 2017 is $5,000... 25% of funds raised will be split between the Hershey and Hummelstown food banks. The remainder will help to support the overall ministry of Church World Service, especially grassroots, hunger-fighting development efforts around the world. T-shirts have been ordered and will be available soon for $5 each in the Narthex.

  • September - 2017
    • Donation Drive for the Habitat for Humanity ReStore: Oct 28

      The Mission and Peace Committee is holding its annual Habitat for Humanity ReStore Donation Drive on Saturday, October 28. You're invited to bring the following items to the church parking lot between 9 am and noon: appliances, bathtubs, cabinets, doors, flooring, furniture, home décor, household electronics, latex paint, lighting, lumber/building materials, plumbing fittings, shower enclosures, sinks (no faucets), toilets, tools, hardware, and windows. Items should be in working order and in good condition. For more information, call Jane Robertson. Contact Craig Smith if you need assistance transporting items. All contributions are tax-deductible.

    • Surviving the Holidays Griefshare Workshop: Nov 4

      1-3 pm Saturday, November 4 in room 9 for those grieving the loss of a loved one. This workshop helps with support, encouragement and advice for the upcoming holiday season. Free. RSVP to Rev. Marie Buffaloe (717-533-9667).

      The next GriefShare support group will be held 2-4 pm Tuesdays in Room 9 from January 2 - March 20, 2018 .

    • Hear Our Prayers

      On Sunday, October 1 we will receive individual prayers for wholeness and healing at prayer stations around the chapel and sanctuary. While the congregation sings hymns, you may come forward sharing your names and your prayer request to the elders. Or remain in your pew for prayer and meditation.

    • 10th Anniversary Celebration and Pie Auction

      For 10 years Love INC of Greater Hershey and its partner churches in Hummelstown and Hershey have been transforming the lives of neighbors in need. From 6:30 – 9:30 pm on Friday, November 3 at the Hershey Country Club Picard Grand Pavilion, you are invited to celebrate and support this growing ministry with music, hundreds of sweet and savory pies, and some special events to commemorate the milestone celebration.

      Buy tickets and sign up to bake pies at or by contacting Jill Podczaski. Tickets are $25/person through 10/29, and $30 from 10/30 - 11/3. Come with friends for an evening of food, music, pie tasting, entertaining live and silent auctions, and more while supporting Love INC’s mission to mobilize the church to transform lives and the community in the name of Christ.

    • Fall Gathering of PW in the Carlisle Presbytery: Oct 21

      Saturday, October 21 at Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg for all women.  Registration begins at 9 am.  Lynda Fisher will lead the morning program, "S.O.A.R. into the Future."  The afternoon program is "Opioid Crisis in PA”: learn more about what’s being done to address the crisis and what we can do.  A light lunch will be provided with a donation. To carpool, contact Doris Feil.

    • Korean Food Festival and Yard Sale: Oct 7

      8 am - 3 pm Saturday, October 7 at the Harrisburg Korean Presbyterian Church, Camp Hill. 12-2 pm, Korean dance performance. Korean traditional games every hour between 10 am - 1 pm.

    • Catch Up on Sermons & Issues Classes

      Did you know that audio files of Issues Class lectures and sermons are available to download and listen to at your convenience? You can also watch and share past sermons available on this YouTube playlist.

    • Issues Class Tackles Terrorism on Sunday

      At 9:15 am Sunday, October 1, Derry Church welcomes to the Issues Class podium Dr. Stephen Biddle, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at The George Washington University and a member of Second Presbyterian Church, Carlisle. His areas of expertise include strategic studies, international security, U.S. defense policy and planning, the conduct of war, methods for policy analysis, and multi-method research design.

      His research seeks to bridge the divide between policy and scholarship, using the methods of modern social science to explain underlying causal relationships on which defense policy positions rest. His book Military Power: Explaining Victory and Defeat in Modern Battle (Princeton University Press, 2004) won four prizes, including the Harvard University Huntington Prize and the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Award Silver Medal.

      Dr. Biddle returns on October 22 to discuss Afghanistan.

    • Derry Day at ZooAmerica: Oct 7

      10 am Saturday, October 7, weather permitting. Meet Pastor Stephen and his daughter inside the ZooAmerica gift shop, then enjoy a morning walk through the North American wildlife park with Derry friends and families. RSVP to Pastor Stephen. Everyone welcome! 

    • Women’s Bible Study Reads "The Good Earth"

      You're invited to join the Monday night women's Bible study group this fall to read and discuss Pearl S. Buck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Good Earth." On October 2, the group will watch an introductory video on the life of Pearl S. Buck, then begin discussion of the first nine chapters on October 16. A trip to the Pearl S. Buck homestead in Bucks County is planned for Saturday, October 28. Contact Debbie Hough for the complete schedule.

    • Your Generosity Continues!

    • Thank You from Pastor Stephen

    • It’s Time to Return Boxtops 4 Education

      Drop off Boxtops 4 Education (with expiration dates after 11/1/17) by Sunday, October 22 to the PW basket in the downstairs mission closet.  There are no plans to send another mailing before May 2018 unless a large quantity of boxtops expiring 3/30/18 is received. Boxtops support an inner-city elementary school in New Orleans.

    • Peace & Global Witness Offering Received Oct 1

      A gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering helps the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) promote the Peace of Christ in our world. Each congregation retains up to 25% of what is received for their own peacemaking efforts, and Derry Church has designated Living Waters for the World as this year’s recipient. Mid councils retain 25% for ministries for peace and reconciliation. The remaining 50% goes to Presbyterian Mission Agency to advocate for peace and justice worldwide. Read more. Envelopes for this offering are available in pews.

    • September 2017 Session Highlights
      • Congregational meeting in which the borrowing of $600,000 from the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program to be used for the upgrading of Derry’s HVAC system was approved by common consent with several “no” votes recorded.
      • Received monthly financial statements from the Treasurer, which showed a year-to-date deficit of $12,600 through August 31, and reports from Derry’s staff, Board of Deacons and all committees.  Approved minutes of the August 16, 2017 Session meeting and the September 10, 2017 Called Congregational meeting.
      • Approved parental Baptismal Instruction and Baptism for Beatrix Backenstose, Kazmir Gawron, Beatrice Bentley and Fiona Bentley for October 8, 2017 during the 10:30 worship service. Ophelia Mohler and Mason Mohler previously approved in May will also be baptized on that date.
      • Approved a request from Stewardship & Finance to place the quarterly distributions from the Anderson Trust into a restricted account that will be used to repay the loan taken from the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program for the HVAC update. This motion will be effective through the third quarter distribution of 2020.
      • Received an update on this year’s Stewardship Schedule. The theme of this year’s program is “Rooted. Giving. Growing.” The program begins September 23 with a Leadership Breakfast and Retreat and culminates on November 12 when all gifts are dedicated.
      • Approved the use of the church van for upcoming youth activities.
      • Approved the following fundraising requests from Mission & Peace Committee:  Giving Tree mission project; Silent Auction to benefit Nicaragua Mission Week; Christmas Joy offering; Congregational Christmas Card to support feeding programs.
      • Approved Pamela Van Wyk as a member of the Long Range Planning committee.
      • Approved a church use request from Laura Dogger, member of Highland Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, for her wedding to Jeffrey Dill on October 13, 2018.
      • Approved a project to enhance the use of the Lounge to include a family area where families with small children can enjoy the Sunday morning worship service in an area which is larger and more comfortable for young children. The project includes the donation of several new pieces of child-friendly furniture and gliders/rocking chairs for parents and infants.   
    • Introducing our New Online Giving Portal

      We’ve recently changed programs for managing Derry Church’s member database, which resulted in a move to a new online giving provider. Derry members and friends who use online giving to support the church’s mission and ministry should be aware that the current portal will no longer process online payments after October 31, 2017. Our new online giving provider is now operational. All are welcome to create an account to make regular gifts to the church and to support special offerings. The link is also available on the church website under the “Give/Online Giving” tab. Look for more details in a mailing coming soon.

    • New! Ark in the Grove 2017 Ornaments

      The design for these four-inch diameter wooden ornaments is based on the large iron medallion made by Derry member Mark Smith that hung on the gate to Derry’s Ark in the Grove playground for many years. Ark ornaments are $15 each and will be on sale in the Narthex beginning October 1. Proceeds benefit the boys’ school in Sargodha, Pakistan. Supplies are limited: don’t wait to get your remembrance of the play area that stood along Mansion Road from 2001-2017.

    • Tuesday Evening Bible Study Skips a Week

      Pastor Stephen’s Tuesday evening Bible study will not be held on September 26 because of the stated Presbytery meeting held that evening in Chambersburg. The Genesis study will resume on October 3.

    • Lancaster Brass Quintet Benefit Concert: Oct 22

      4 pm Sunday, October 22 in the Sanctuary with the Sanctuary Choir, Derry Ringers, and Chrysalis Choir. The fabulous Lancaster Brass Quintet -- including Derry Church's own Tracy Burke on trombone -- presents a mission benefit concert. The program featuring a variety of exciting jazz, show tunes, sacred music, marches, and original works for brass. The concert will also include music for organ and brass, with organist Sean McCarthy helping to raise the rafters. The concert will conclude with a blockbuster arrangement of the great hymn, Come, Christians, Join to Sing featuring the Quintet in combination with Derry Church’s Sanctuary Choir, Chrysalis Youth Choir, Derry Ringers and organ. Free will offering. An Arts Alive event.

    • September 2017 Financial Snapshot

      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 8/31/17

      Income YTD $ 769,717 $ 839,210
      Expenses YTD $ 782,409 $ 888,158
      Deficit YTD ($12,692) ($ 48,948)

      Our expectation is that the deficit will continue to grow through the end of 2017 as the Mission and Peace Committee has spent less than was expected so far this year and Pastor Stephen only started in July, therefore there was no head pastor expense for the first half of the year. Questions? Contact George Porter. Thank you for  your continued support now and throughout the the year.

    • Thank You, Derry Church!

    • Family Promise Meals Needed!

      Family Promise of Harrisburg Capital Region will be returning to the Hershey Adventist Church on Chocolate Avenue during the week of October 15. Volunteers are needed to transport the families and provide evening meals. 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!

    • Wear Orange on Monday, September 25

      The trafficking of human beings, often called modern-day slavery, is a multi-dimensional threat that deprives people of their human rights. The majority of those in slavery are women and girls. ECPAT-US is the leading anti-trafficking policy organization in the United States. Wear orange or an orange ribbon on Orange Day, September 25, to show support for this and other organizations working to end the exploitation of women and girls.


    • Sign Up on Sunday for the Bus Trip to NYC

      Look for the sign-up table in the Narthex on Sunday mornings beginning September 24. When you register, you’ll be asked for the names of all those in your party as well as at least one cell phone number for urgent communication while in the city. Payment of $55 per person is required at the time of registration. Then get ready to spend November 18 in New York City!

      The bus will depart Derry Church promptly at 7 am, so plan to arrive no later than 6:45 am. On arrival, enjoy the city to your heart’s content: see a Broadway show, go shopping, tour the city or eat your way through the Big Apple. Then arrive back to the bus for its 7 pm departure from the city. The trip is a fantastic way to start the holiday season and we hope  you’ll join the fun! Trip sponsored by the Sanctuary Choir.

    • Sneaker Drive Success

      Love INC of Greater Hershey’s 4th Annual “Lace Up with Love INC” Sneaker Drive provided sneakers to 375 students in Lower Dauphin and Derry Township School Districts. THANK YOU to the hundreds of volunteers and sneaker donors who made new shoes  possible for so many families in our community.

    • Support Our Preschool with Giant A+ School Rewards

      Once again Derry Discovery Days is participating in the rewards program at Giant food stores. If you registered your card last year, you DO NOT need to re-register this year. If you’re new to the program, log on to using your Giant BONUSCARD and designate our school using #22771, or call the A+ Hotline at 877-275-2758 for assistance. You can visit the website to verify your school designations.  Each time you shop at Giant between October 7, 2016 and March 16, 2017, the school(s) you designate will earn cash back on all of your eligible purchases.  When the program ends next spring, Derry Discovery Days will receive a check from Giant. Last year the preschool earned $1,286. Thanks, Derry!

    • Discovery Days' Family Fall Festival: Nov 4

      10 am - 12 pm Saturday, November 4. Games, crafts, bake sale, entertainment and a silent auction... all proceeds will support Derry Discovery Days preschool. $5 suggested donation for ages 2-12. All ages welcome and the event is open to the entire community.

    • What’s for Dinner? Terrific Tuesday!

      Terrific Tuesday dinners begin on September 19 from 5-6:15 pm in Fellowship Hall with stuffed shells, salad, beverage and dessert. All are welcome. Cost is $3 per person for salad, entree, beverage and dessert, and free for children in kindergarten and younger. Menus will be posted on the church’s facebook page on Tuesday mornings when available.

    • Derry Seniors on October 17

      10 am Tuesday, October 17 in room 7. William J. Curry, MD, MS, Professor, Departments of Family & Community Medicine and Public Health Sciences and Vice-Chair, Population Health at Penn State College of Medicine, will address why wellness visits are important. Free. Lunch follows ($3/person) in Fellowship Hall.

    • Fenicci’s Fundraiser on Oct 9 Benefits Our Preschool

      11 am - midnight Monday, October 9 at Fenicci's Restaurant, 102 Chocolate Avenue, Hershey. When you have a meal at Fenicci's Restaurant on October 9, 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.

    • Coin Return on Sunday

      Your Change 4 Children coins collected on September 17 at the end of each service go to the Alliance for Children Everywhere in Zambia. One of their projects is the Family Preservation Program where Silas's family has seen a drastic improvement in the health of their fifth child. Silas was losing weight after birth and developed a breathing problem at nine months. Fourteen months later the active toddler can walk, explore and play. His mother is grateful for help and is learning how to save money in order to start her own small business.

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

      Please return your coins in Ziploc bags to the designated baskets. 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 December, so keep on gathering those coins.

    • Fix-it Volunteers Needed

      Do you like to fix things?  Are you handy at plumbing, electrical, or carpentry? Are you interested in helping out around the church with minor projects? The Building & Grounds Committee is looking for volunteers. Contact the church office (717-533-9667)to let us know your skills and availability. Thanks, Derry!

    • Third Annual Krislund Fall Festival: Oct 7

      10 am - 2 pm Saturday, October 7 at Krislund Camp, Madisonburg. There will be lots of activities for the whole family, including pumpkin decorating, cookie decorating, hay bale playground, carnival games and good food! Experience the Adventure Park: all attendees receive a ticket for one free ride on the exciting Zip Line or Giant Swing! Please note, this event happens a week before Derry Church’s Krislund getaway weekend.  

    • Pilgrim Fellowship Mission Project & Bowling: Sept 24

      On Sunday, September 24, grades 3-5 will meet in Fellowship Hall following the 10:30 service to assemble hygiene packs to send to the hurricane victims in Texas. Then we’ll head to Palmyra Bowling where we will have pizza for a late lunch and go bowling. Please remember to wear/bring socks! Cost is $10 per person (includes pizza, drink, shoes and bowling). Pick up at the church at 3:15 pm or earlier at the bowling alley.  Drivers and chaperones needed (clearances through the church required). RSVP to by Wednesday, September 20.  

    • Installation of Pastor Stephen

      Derry Church's new pastor, Rev. Dr. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker, was installed in a service by the Presbytery of Carlisle on Tuesday evening, September 12. Check out photos on Facebook and watch the service on YouTube.

    • Hospice Volunteers Needed!

      Homeland Hospice provides care to those at end of life and their families. They seek volunteers to support patients in Hershey, Hummelstown and across Dauphin and Lebanon County. Volunteers provide companionship and a calming presence to patients at end of life as well as respite for weary caregivers. You might read the newspaper or a devotional for someone who can no longer see to read, stop in for a friendly visit and make lunch for someone, take someone who lives in a nursing facility out to sit in the sunshine and enjoy the flowers, listen to a Veteran reminisce about his war experience, or pick up groceries for someone who is unable to get out. Many needs exist today in our community. Contact Leanne Porterfield, Coordinator of Volunteers (717-409-8882).

    • Christian Churches United's 40th Anniversary Banquet with Shane Claiborne: Nov 14

      Tuesday, November 14 at The Best Western Premier Hotel, 800 East Park Drive, Harrisburg. 5:30 pm hors d’oeuvres, 6:15 pm dinner and program. Join with area individuals, churches, businesses and partner organizations to celebrate 40 years of ministry to those facing poverty, homelessness and incarceration. Guest speaker Shane Claiborne has served alongside Mother Teresa in Calcutta and ministered to victims in the midst of the Iraq War. Closer to home, he helped to establish The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that seeks to follow Jesus and rediscover the spirit of the early Church. He has authored numerous books, including "The Irresistible Revolution," and co-authored "Red Letter Revolution: What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said?" with Tony Campolo. Through tears and laughter, Shane will encourage us all as we seek to be faithful to Jesus’ call to love our neighbors. Tickets: $40 • Table of 8: $320.

    • Join the Chapel Choir Once a Month

      Enjoy singing, but just don’t have the time for a weekly commitment? The Chapel Choir is looking for a few singers to join them just once a month. A Chapel Choir offertory is being planned for the 8 am service on the last Sunday of each month. Rehearse prior to the service at 7:15 am. Music-reading experience is helpful. Contact Sean McCarthy (717-533-9667). 

    • Partner with Derry Church!

      Will you partner with us to support hurricane recovery efforts? Make checks payable to Derry Church notated "Hurricane Relief," then join us at 11:30 am Sunday, September 24 to assemble hygiene kits. Thanks, Derry!

    • “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World”: Sept 12

      8 pm Tuesday, September 12 on WITF-TV (PBS). Get ready for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation next month by viewing this two-hour documentary narrated by Hugh Bonneville. The film portrays an obscure monk who challenged kings and popes, sparking seismic cultural changes. The movement called the Reformation would fuel the drive toward individualism, religious freedom, improved education, and women's rights. Interspersed among the dramatic recreations (shot in Europe) is commentary from theologians and scholars from a variety of Christian traditions. Watch the trailer.

    • Space for Reflection on 9/11

      On the 16th anniversary of 9/11, the Chapel will be open 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday, September 11 as a quiet space for prayer and reflection. Please enter the building at the Mansion Road/office entrance.

    • CROP Walk: Oct 22

      1 pm Sunday, October 22 on the Milton Hershey School grounds. Help end hunger one step at a time by joining Derry’s Pilgrim Fellowship and dozens of church members and friends for the 32nd annual Hershey/Hummelstown CROP Hunger Walk. Registration begins at 12:30 pm at the Henry Hershey Field and the walk takes place rainor shine. Sign up online or at church for the 1-mile/5Kwalk and ask sponsors to pledge an amount of money per mile walked.

      Non-walkers can support the effort by contributing funds online and sponsoring those who walk. Make checks payable to CROP WALK… return funds to registration tables on the day of the walk. Derry’s goal for 2017 is $5,000... 25% of funds raised will be split between the Hershey and Hummelstown food banks. The remainder will help to support the overall ministry of Church World Service, especially grassroots, hunger-fighting development efforts around the world.

    • Happy Birthday, Mr. Hershey!

      6:30-7:30 pm Wednesday, September 13 at ChocolateTown Square. Join the Hershey community to remember Milton Hershey on what would have been his 160th birthday. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy a performance of music from Mr. Hershey’s era. The concert concludes with a sweet treat for all attendees. In case of inclement weather, the celebration will be held in the Grand Lobby of The Hershey Story.

    • 2017 Krislund Getaway Weekend

      6 pm Friday, October 13 through lunch on Sunday, October 15 at Krislund Camp in Madisonburg. Experience a fall weekend at the camp loved by generations of Derry’s children and youth. All ages welcome; those under 18 years must have a responsible adult present. Skip town on the Hershey Half Marathon weekend to go hiking and fishing, experience informal worship, enjoy free time for reading, games & puzzles. Stay in your own private cabin (sleeps 1-4). Pay for meals a la carte. RSVP to Debbie Hough by October 6.

    • Saturday Evening Worship Returns

      5 pm Saturday, October 14 in the Sanctuary with communion, on the eve of the annual Hershey Half Marathon. One Sunday morning service will be held at 11 am on Sunday, October 15, and there will be no church school classes that day.

    • We're Filming on Sunday, Sept 10

      A heads up that Derry members will be filming at both worship services and throughout the morning to capture footage for an upcoming stewardship video. We're interested in capturing what's happening in worship and around the church. Thanks in advance for your patience and cooperation -- we'll do our best to be as unobtrusive as possible.

    • Tuesday Evening Bible Study with Pastor Stephen

      6-6:30 pm Tuesdays in the John Elder Classroom beginning September 19. Join the pastor for an in-depth study of the first book in the Old Testament and learn how to read Genesis with ancient eyes. When we read Genesis as an ancient story, written at a particular time to a particular people, it opens up possibilities and worlds we don’t encounter in our limited existence. When we stop using Genesis as an argument, a textbook, or a code of conduct, and begin to see it as an ancient story — with memorable characters, twists and turns, ups and downs, accomplishments and mistakes — we find it fresh, deep, and more true and relevant than we might expect. All are welcome to learn about the nature of God, scripture, and humanity through the Book of Genesis.

    • Returning this Fall: Supper Clubs and Conversation!

      This popular adult fellowship opportunity gets under way in October, and you’re invited! Join church friends new and old over supper in one another’s homes with a group of seven or eight. We are looking for host homes (provide the table setting and entree) and participants who will bring side dishes and dessert. Supper Clubs will be held on Sunday, October 8, Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, January 7, 2018.  Sign up for one, two or all three! Sign up Sundays in the Narthex, or call the church office (717-533-9667).  Questions? Contact Kris Englund-Krieger (566-1902) or any member of the Christian Education committee. We hope you will join us!

    • Fall 2017 Music & Arts Schedule Update

      Music & Arts at Derry Church kicks off a new program year of music-making in praise of God on Tuesday evening, September 19. Rehearsals begin a week later than usual this fall to allow everyone to attend the Service of Installation for Rev. Dr. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker at 6:30 pm Tuesday, September 12. Music will be offered by members of our Chrysalis Youth Choir and Sanctuary Choir, with a 5:45 pm call for both. 

      The Derry Ringers will hold their first rehearsal immediately following the Service of Installation, at 7:35 pm. The Sanctuary Choir will hold their first rehearsal at 7 pm Thursday, September 7. 

      Download the Fall 2017 worship & concert schedule for all choirs.

      Register now so that we can have folders and music for all our choirs ready to go on September 19, and make handbell and handchime assignments. Questions? Contact Sean McCarthy (717-533-9667).

    • Hurricane Harvey: How You Can Help

      Following 10:30 am worship on Sunday, September 24, join us to assemble hygiene kits for the Houston relief effort. Mission & Peace Committee members will be collecting donations of money and/or supplies on Sundays, September 10 and 17 during and after both services. Your donation (cash or checks payable to Derry Church, notated “Hurricane Relief”) will enable the committee to purchase supplies to assemble the kits. The approximate cost for each kit is $15. Our goal is to make 50 kits. Any additional funds will be sent to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

      Items needed to assemble one hygiene kit:

      1 hand towel (approximately 16” x 28”, no fingertip or bath towels)
      1 washcloth
      1 wide-tooth comb
      1 nail clipper
      1 bar of soap (bath size, in wrapper)
      1 toothbrush (in original packaging)
      6 Band-Aids® or other bandage strips

      Please do not add toothpaste. Toothpaste with an extended expiration date will be added prior to shipment.

  • August - 2017
    • Hurricane Support Efforts Coming Soon

      We’re hard at work on a plan to help Houston-area residents affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Watch for details in a special eblast. Until then, know that Presbyterian Disaster Assistance continues to be in touch with presbytery leadership in New Covenant, Mission, and South Louisiana Presbyteries. National Response Teams are being deployed into the affected regions when it is safe to do so, and dollars you have given to One Great Hour of Sharing are supporting their work.

    • New Sunday Schedule Takes Effect Sept 10

      Thank you to everyone who responded to the Christian Education/Worship & Spiritual Life survey about the 9-10 am Sunday morning schedule. We looked over every response and comment and identified a few main concerns or appreciations about the schedule:

      1. Members miss time for fellowship/a breather between 8:00 am worship and 9:00 am Sunday School.  
      2. Members appreciate the time between the end of Sunday School and worship so they don’t feel rushed, can chat with people, so teachers can clean up their rooms etc.
      3. Parents of young children who aren’t singing on a Sunday find 30 minutes a long time to keep the kids entertained and occupied before 10:30 worship.
      4. Members appreciate an hour-long children’s Sunday School and a desire for a Bible-based adult Sunday School

      We took these four things into consideration when the Session approved the following schedule:

      8:00-8:55       Worship
      9:00-10:00     Children’s Sunday School
      9:15-10:00     Adult Sunday School
      9:45-10:00     Sanctuary Choir rehearsal
      10:00-10:15   Youth-led Children’s Activity
      10:00-10:15   Children/Youth music rehearsal
      10:30               Worship

      This schedule allows for a time of fellowship after the 8 am service and gives Pastor Stephen time to be able to teach a Sunday morning class. We will also maintain the 30-minute break between Sunday School and 10:30 am worship, but parents won’t have to rush to pick up their children after Sunday School or keep them occupied for 30 minutes before the service.  

      Parents are invited to bring their children at 9 am for Sunday School and then have time to get to their class, or they can come at 9:15 am when children will begin their Rotation Workshops.

      No schedule is perfect, but this addresses the main points shared in the survey, provides a way for Pastor Stephen to teach a class, and gives the Youth Group a special leadership role in the church on Sunday mornings. We will evaluate how the schedule works over the course of the year and be willing to make tweaks as needs arise.

      If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with a member of Session or staff.

    • Sunday Bible Study with Pastor Stephen

      9:15-10 am Sundays, September 10 - October 8 in the John Elder Classroom

      Join Pastor Stephen for an exploration of the book Half Truths by Adam Hamilton. Hamilton explores popular sayings that miss the point, like "God helps those who help themselves," "Love the sinner, hate the sin," and others. They sound Christian - like something you might find in the Bible. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways.

      You can purchase Half Truths and read each week’s lesson ahead of time to be ready for discussion, but that's not necessary. Join the group in searching for the whole truth by comparing common Christian clichés to the message and ministry of Jesus.

    • Join the Hospice Hymn Sing Ministry

      You’re invited to take part in a new ministry of singing hymns of faith for Derry saints who are nearing the end of their earthly lives and preparing to meet their savior. We all know that hymns are powerful vehicles of the faith with the power to bridge time and place. Hearing certain hymns can transport us to church, remind us of memories long forgotten, comfort us with the hope and promises of the faith we have lived for many years. If you would like to participate, please contact Pastor Stephen. You will be added to the list of Derry friends who will be notified when a request comes in to the church office.

    • Pilgrim Fellowship Meets Pastor Stephen on Sept 10

      12- 2 pm Sunday, September 10 for children in grades 3-5. Bring your lunch to room 7A following the 10:30 am service, and after lunch we’ll have some get-to-know-you activities and make homemade ice cream: Pastor Stephen’s specialty! RSVP to by Wednesday, September 6. Up next: Palmyra Bowling on September 24!

    • Google VP Lectures at Messiah College: Oct 23

      7 pm Monday, October 23 in Hostetter Chapel. Dr. Greg Moore, Google’s Vice President for Healthcare and Google’s senior global healthcare leader will deliver the College Honors Program’s fall keynote public lecture. Before joining Google, Greg had a distinguished career with Penn State Health and Geisinger Health System. Dr. Moore is not only a highly accomplished physician and engineer, he is a serious and thoughtful Christian believer. He will speak on the interface between global health and technology.  

    • Love INC Volunteers Needed
      • Volunteers to help Hershey Plaza residents pack up items prior to apartment renovations.
      • One or two volunteers to help Love INC distribute Personal Care Closet bags at the Hummelstown Food Bank six to eight times a year on Wednesday mornings from 9 am–12 pm.
      • Someone willing to be on a substitute list to serve clients for three to four hours between 9 am-3 pm Wednesdays and/or Thursdays from 4:30 pm-7:30 pm. Love INC is in need of volunteers who are flexible, organized and have strong social skills. Volunteers must be willing to listen compassionately, share Jesus’ love and offer to pray for/with individuals. Training is provided and volunteers will be serving as part of a well-organized team of volunteers and not on their own.

      For more information and to volunteer for any of these opportunities, call Love INC of Greater Hershey: 717-835-0101.

    • PW Bible Study Begins Sept 18

      Presbyterian Women's Circle will meet on the third Monday of the month for the Bible study, “Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews.”   All women are invited to join the study at 10:30 am Monday, September 18 in Room 13. Check the PW bulletin board between the Chapel and Fellowship Hall for the first lesson’s readings.

    • Church Office Closed Sept 4

      The church office will be closed on Monday, September 4 for Labor Day

    • Thursday Morning Bible Study Returns Sept 7 and You're Invited!

      The Thursday morning Bible study group returns September 7 to begin the Gospel of Luke. Study guides will be available. The group meets 10:30 am-12 pm Thursdays in Room 7AB. Bring your favorite Bible. Questions? Contact John McGahan. Everyone welcome!

    • Attention All Singers, Ringers and Instrumentalists

      2017-18 Music & Arts rehearsal schedules are now available to download or pick up at the insert rack. It’s not too late to sign up: contact Sean McCarthy for more information.

    • Pampered Chef Fundraiser: Sept 17

      11:30 am Sunday, September 17 in Fellowship Hall. Stop by to check out the display of the latest Pampered Chef products. Your purchases will help stock the church kitchen and your own kitchen. You will be able to purchase items directly for the church and your personal orders will also help the church earn free products. If you can’t make it to the party, you can still browse the catalog and order online. All orders must be received by October 1. Go to Questions? Contact Jackie Lerch.

    • Buz Myers' Series Begins Sunday

      “The Legacy of the Protestant Reformation: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” begins 9 am Sunday, August 27 in Room 7C. His first lecture is titled “The Protestant Reformation: Its Context and Causes.” Rev. Charles (Buz) Myers, Ph.D. is an ordained Presbyterian minister who teaches in the Religious Studies Department at Gettysburg College.

    • HVAC Congregational Meeting set for Sept 10

      The Session has called a congregational meeting following the 10:30 am service on Sunday, September 10 for the purpose of approving a mortgage to fund the HVAC upgrade in the amount of $750,000 and to authorize the Corporate Officers to execute loan documents on behalf of The Derry Presbyterian Church, Inc., pending subsequent approval by the Carlisle Presbytery. The existing heating and cooling system has not been upgraded for over 20 years; many of the key components were much older, at the end of their design life, and the cooling system is now functioning at half capacity. 

      The Session has approved entering into an design-build agreement with H. B. McClure for renovation and upgrade of the HVAC system; the proposal amount is $634,000 and the loan amount will be $750,000, including contingencies of $116,000 for potential unknown costs (replace Air Handling Unit , fan motors, asbestos abatement, permit, etc.).

      INFORMATION SESSIONS: Learn more about the project and ask questions at 6 pm Wednesday, September 6 in room 7C.

    • Songs of Travel on Sept 24

      4 pm Sunday, September 24 in the Sanctuary. Travel with us to Scotland and beyond through the poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson, beautifully set to music by Ralph Vaughan Williams in his sweeping song cycle, Songs of Travel. Other wayfaring music includes concert arrangements of the folksongs Danny Boy, Shenandoah, and Loch Lomond, Schubert’s The Wanderer, John Ireland’s setting of Sea Fever, and the spiritual City Called Heaven.  Constantine Tsourakis, an award-winning artist based in New York, will be accompanied by Sean McCarthy on piano. The baritone performs with the Sarasota Opera and with opera companies around the world. An Arts Alive event. Free will offering.

    • Imagine Peace: A Prayer Vigil for Peace, Love, and Understanding

      7 pm Friday, August 25 at Chocolatetown Square, Hershey. Local faith leaders including Pastor Stephen are partnering together to lead prayers, readings, songs, and a chance for you to help imagine what a world built on peace, love, and understanding would look like. All are invited and welcome to participate. Candles  will be provided. If you choose to bring signs, please bring signs with a positive message. RSVP on Facebook.

    • August 2017 Session Highlights
      • Received monthly financial statements from the Treasurer and reports from Derry’s staff, Board of Deacons and all committees.  Approved minutes of Session meetings from June 21 and August 13.
      • Approved the celebration of Communion at the closing session of GriefShare on Monday, August 28.
      • Approved the removal of Lyndsay Morrison and Christopher Morrison from Derry’s active membership role due to their relocation.
      • Received and discussed the report of the HVAC Task Force, a joint task force of the Building & Grounds and Stewardship & Finance committees. Following the discussion, the resulting motions were approved:

      Approved entering into a contract with H.B. McClure for the renovation and installation of a new HVAC system at Derry in accordance with a proposal dated August 7, 2017.  Funding of the project is contingent upon the approval of the Derry Church Congregation and the Presbytery of Carlisle.

      Called a Derry Church Congregational Meeting for September 10, 2017 following the 10:30 a.m. worship service for the purpose of approving a mortgage to fund the HVAC upgrade in the amount of $750,000 and to authorize the Corporate Officers to execute loan documents on behalf of The Derry Presbyterian Church, Inc., pending subsequent approval by the Carlisle Presbytery.

      Presentations will be scheduled over the next several weeks to provide information on the project to Derry Church members.

      • Reviewed feedback on the Sunday morning schedule change implemented in January and discussed proposed changes. The following schedule was approved: 

      8:00-8:55      Worship
      9:00-10:00    Children’s Sunday School
      9:15-10:00    Adult Sunday School
      9:45-10:00    Sanctuary Choir rehearsal
      10:00-10:15  Youth-led children’s activity
      10:00-10:15  Children/youth music rehearsal
      10:30              Worship

      • Approved the revised Safe Children Policy as submitted by the Christian Education Committee. 
      • Approved Mission & Peace’s request to hold the annual Peace and Global Witness offering from September 3 - October 1 with proceeds to go to Living Waters of the World.
      • Approved Mission & Peace’s request to hold the annual Christmas Joy offering from December 3-24 with proceeds evenly divided between The Allison Hill Community Ministry and Friends of PEB.
      • Approved scheduling of Rev. Dr. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker’s installation service for Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Derry Church Sanctuary.
      • Approved a request from Loretta Chubb and Jackie Lerch to hold a Pampered Chef Fundraiser on Sunday, September 17 in Fellowship Hall at 11:30 a.m. to provide new equipment for church kitchens.
    • A World of Adventures Happens Sept 10!

      Derry Church kicks off its 2017-18 church school program with a morning filled with adventures. Children in grades pre K - 5 and their families are invited to lower level classrooms 9-10 am Sunday, September 10 for a travel-themed morning of making your own passport, packing suitcases, visiting places like Pakistan, Kenya and Nicaragua, enjoying snacks and games and more! 

      RALLY DAY DONATIONS NEEDED: Plastic caps from jugs and bottles (any size) and leftover scrapbook paper. Drop off in the church office before September 10.

      September 10 is also the kickoff for confirmation, for youth in middle school & high school, and a new five-week series for adults led by Pastor Stephen using Adam Hamilton's book Half Truths.

      Don’t miss this extra-special Rally Day at Derry Church!

    • Corn Roast Report

      The annual picnic at Bill and Marion Alexander’s farm in Hummelstown drew more than 100 on a beautiful late summer evening. Thanks to the Alexanders and to the roasting team: master roasters Jim George, Mike Kinney, Brian Montgomery and Peter Gawron, who cooked through a cloud of smoke to produce dozens of deliciously roasted ears of corn. Thanks to many who helped set up and clean up afterwards. See photos on facebook.

    • Turn In Your Quarters for Education by Sept 10

      It's time to finish filling those M&M containers with quarters to support the Presbyterian Education Board in Sargodha, Pakistan.  Return them to the offering plate or the church office by Sunday, September 10. Thank you for your support!

    • Women’s Bible Study Resumes Sept 18

      7 pm Mondays beginning September 18 in the John Elder Classroom. Led by Debbie Hough, the group will decide that night what will be studied in coming weeks. Newcomers welcome to join in the decision-making process!

    • Discover Derry this Fall

      The fall series of New Member Discovery Classes gets under way 9 am Sunday, October 1 in the Lounge. Classes will be repeated 6-7 pm Wednesdays beginning October 4. Meet staff members, elders and deacons, learn more about the mission and ministry of Derry Church, and discover how you can become actively involved. Those who decide to join will be received as members at the 10:30 am service on Sunday, November 5. RSVP by Wednesday, September  20 (533-9667).

    • Fall Baptism Classes Begin Sept 17

      9-10 am Sundays, September 17 & 24 and October 1 in Room 13. Wondering why Christians believe in baptism... whether you can be baptized more than once... or if baptism can occur outside of Sunday worship? These questions and more will be addressed in this helpful three-week series. If you wish, prepare to have yourself or a family member baptized in worship on Sunday, October 8 or at a later date. RSVP to Debbie Hough (533-9667).

    • Last Call for the Corn Roast

      Have you signed up for the annual picnic at Alexander’s farm in Hummelstown? It’s 5:30 pm Wednesday, August 23. Don’t miss this great evening of fun, fellowship, corn on the cob roasted over hot coals, and lots of homemade salads and desserts. $2.50 per person. Sign up online or call the church office by Sunday, August 20 (533-9667).

    • Special Thanks to Lori Klucker

      For producing this week’s edition of the church eNewsletter. Thanks, Lori!

    • Welcome Derry's Newest Members!

      On Sunday Derry Church welcomed six new members in worship. L-R: Jeff and Jenn Hosenfeld, Donna Powell, Kelly Viozzi-Gjurich, Lindsay Powell and Brenna Goodman. Read more about these new members by picking up an insert available at church. Next new member class begins on Sunday, October 1. Photo credit: Julie Miller.  

    • August 2017 Financial Snapshot

      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 7/31/17

      Income YTD: $ 686,344.33
      Expenses YTD: $ 648,395.65
      Surplus/(Deficit) YTD: $ 37,948.68

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

    • Blessing Backpacks at Derry Church: Aug 27

      Our first “Blessing of the Backpacks” will be held on Sunday, August 27 during the 10:30 am worship service for students of all ages. Remember to bring your backpack to church!

    • Pediatric CPR & First Aid Certification Class: Aug 29

      10:30 am Tuesday August 29 in Room 7. Anyone interested in attending is invited to join Derry Discovery Days staff for training and certification. Cost is $45 per person: contact Kelly Mehaffie for more information and to RSVP.

    • Carlisle Presbytery Seeks Young Adult Advisory Candidates for the 223rd General Assembly

      General Assembly will meet June 16-23, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. A Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD) is a young adult church member who has exhibited leadership within his or her congregation and would benefit from taking part in and contributing to the deliberations of the General Assembly. A YAAD must be at least 17 years old on or before June 16, 2018, and must not be more than 23 years old on June 16, 2018. There are no exceptions to the age requirements. Also, a YAAD must be a communicant member of a congregation in Carlisle Presbytery, who has been endorsed by his or her session. Additionally, the YAAD must be able to attend an orientation session prior to General Assembly (June 15, 2018). Please click for an application. Deadline to apply is October 13, 2017. The General Assembly will pay the YAAD's expenses with the exception of those of a personal nature, which are the responsibility of the YAAD, or the YAAD's home church. Questions? Please contact Carlisle Presbytery.

    • Buz is Back: Aug 27-Sept 24

      From August 27 through September 24, Buz Myers will lead the adult Issues Class in a study of “The Legacy of the Protestant Reformation: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” Join the class 9:15 -10 am in Room 7. Rev. Charles (Buz) Myers, Ph.D. is an ordained Presbyterian minister who teaches in the Religious Studies Department at Gettysburg College. 

      In recognition of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, this series will evaluate some of the central tenets of the Reformation and their historical consequences. Important Protestant notions, such as the “the priesthood of all believers” and sola scriptura (“Scripture alone”) gave rise to a new appreciation for the individual and personal belief. But these same ideas also produced some unintended consequences like disunity within Protestantism and reinforced ancient biases like anti-Semitism. What can the Church of the 21st century glean from the successes and failures of the Protestant movement of the16th century? Come and learn more about our Protestant heritage.

      August 27: “The Protestant Reformation: Its Context and Causes”                   

      September 3: “Martin Luther: His Life and Distinctive Achievements”                       

      September 10: “Sola Scriptura and the Central Tenets of the Protestant Reformation: Faith Alone, Grace Alone, and the Priesthood of All Believers”

      September 17: “Sola Scriptura and Disunity within Protestantism”

      September 24: Sola Scriptura and Anti-Semitism in Protestantism”       

    • Invite Our Neighbors: Aug 22

      The Membership & Involvement Committee is walking door-to-door along East Derry Road and Trinidad Avenue to place doorhangers inviting our nearest neighbors to fall activities, programs and worship. Meet 1 pm Tuesday, August 22 in room 2 for instructions before leaving the church. It will take 60-90 minutes. RSVP to Marie Buffaloe.

    • Thank You, VBS Volunteers!

      “Building Faith in God” Vacation Bible School for 2017 is winding down - just one more day remains on the schedule with a musical program in the Sanctuary at 12:45 pm Friday to conclude the festivities. A big shout-out to the dedicated team of volunteers who shared the love of Jesus Christ with more than 70 young children all week long. Special thanks to coordinators Nicola Burke and M.E. Steelman and to church staff Debbie Hough, Teresa Hutcheson and Loretta Chubb. Look on social media tomorrow for a group photo of Derry’s 2017 VBS volunteers. More photos available now on Facebook.

    • Terrific Tuesday Dinners Return Sept 19

      Plan now to attend Derry’s weekly Tuesday evening meal, served 5-6:15 pm in Fellowship Hall beginning September 8. Salad, a hot entree, beverage and dessert is offered for $3 per person. Most choirs rehearse on Tuesday evenings, so the meal makes it easy for families to eat together while balancing schedules. But you don’t have to be in a choir to come to the meal - it’s open to all. Consider staying for evening worship that begins 6:45 pm in the Chapel come September. Would you be interested in helping the kitchen crew? Early and late shifts are available. Contact Loretta Chubb for more information (533-9667)

    • Baptized on August 6

      Congratulations to three families pictured below who celebrated the sacrament of baptism on Sunday, August 6. (L-R)  Katie and Kevin Bailey’s daughter Sara Grace was baptized along with Ian Taylor and Bailey Rose, twins of Dawn and Paul Bellaman, and Morgan Jean, daughter of Emily and Greg Brandt. Also pictured: big brothers Will Bailey and Caleb Bellaman, Rev. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker and Rev. Marie Buffaloe. Next baptism Sunday is October 8: call the church office for more information (717-533-9667).

    • Funeral Planning In Advance: What to Know, Sept 19

      10 am Tuesday, September 19 in Room 7, the Derry Seniors welcome Adam Kraut, funeral director/advance planning specialist for Hoover Funeral Homes & Crematory. He will discuss topics including:
      ·        Why plan ahead?
      ·        Cremation and its options
      ·        Funding of funeral expenses in advance
      ·        Life Insurance considerations
      Time for questions will follow his presentation. Lunch will be offered in Fellowship Hall following the program for $3/person. The complete 2017-18 Derry Seniors’ schedule is available online.

    • Lunch ‘n Learn on Aug 17

      12 pm Thursday, August 17 in the Londonderry Village Fellowship Hall. Here’s your opportunity to learn about the history of the Lebanon Valley Brethren Home. Directors and leaders will tell how the facility has evolved since its founding in 1978, and show some “then and now” photos. Bring your lunch or just come for the program. To RSVP and order a bag lunch for a nominal fee, call 838-5406.

    • Come for Dinner… Stay for the Pastor’s Installation

      Dinner prepared by Loretta Chubb and the Terrific Tuesday kitchen crew will be served 5-6:15 pm Tuesday, September 12 in Fellowship Hall, ahead of the 6:30 pm service in the Sanctuary to install Rev. Dr. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker as pastor of Derry Presbyterian Church. Rev. Rebecca Weltmann will be preaching. She was the Pastor of Washington Presbyterian Church in Washington, Illinois, and a friend of Pastor Stephen's from his former Presbytery who is now living in NJ.  On the menu: meatloaf (gluten-free available on request), green beans, salad bar, rolls & butter, iced tea and coffee for $3/person. Dessert will follow the service. RSVP by Friday, September 8 to Teresa Hutcheson or call the church office: 717-533-9667.

    • Pilgrim Fellowship Back-to-School Pool Party

      2 pm Sunday, August 27 for grades 3-5 at the home of Kathy & Steve Yingst. Enjoy an afternoon of fun and sun! RSVP to by Wednesday, August 23. Next up: meet & greet & eat with Pastor Stephen on September 10!

    • Musician Needed Aug 15

      The Tuesday evening worship team is in need of a keyboardist or guitarist to accompany a few hymns on Tuesday, August 15 from 6:30-7:30 pm. Please contact Marie Buffaloe for more information and to sign up.

    • Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass: Aug 11

      7 pm Friday, August 11 at First United Methodist Church, Hershey. This ensemble last performed at Derry Church in spring 2015. The musicians present hymn classics with a contemporary flair. Formed three decades ago, the King's Brass features three trumpets, three trombones, a tuba, percussion and keyboards. These professional musicians from across the country desire to use the instruments they love to lead others in praise and worship. Based out of Fort Wayne, Indiana, the group plays over 120 concerts per year from coast to coast as well as international destinations. Free will offering.

    • Installation of Our New Pastor

      The installation of Rev. Dr. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker as pastor of Derry Presbyterian Church is scheduled for 6:30 pm Tuesday, September 12 and will help to kick off this year's Terrific Tuesday program. Details coming soon.

    • Troop 200 Represented at Boy Scouts’ National Jamboree

      Boy Scout Troop 200's James Guntrum, left, and Ezra Smith, right, were members of a contingent from New Birth of Freedom Council to attend the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia last month. Also pictured are Laura Campbell who worked as a kayaking instructor, and climbing instructors Jeff and Matt Campbell. Not pictured: Paul Querry, a Pioneering volunteer, and Andy Freiberg, who worked in "Water Reality" (water obstetrical course). The Troop has more high adventure activities planned for the summer. Weekly meetings resume in September: contact Mike Guntrum.

    • News Across Carlisle Presbytery

      In the culmination of a lot of work, the Faith Immanuel Presbyterian Church was officially formed Sunday, July 30 with the approval of their bylaws and the election and installation of their Session, Deacons and Pastor Allison Spooner. The new congregation will use the building of our Faith Church; the building of the Progress Immanuel congregation is now vacant, under contract and the closing on the sale of the property is pending. Also on July 30, our Harrisburg Korean congregation voted unanimously to call the Rev. Inho Kang. Inho is transferring to us from the Presbytery of James and will begin on September 1.

    • It’s New: Gaga Pit!

      Last week our new Gaga pit was assembled by Dan Speck, Roger Zimmer, Pete Feil, Tom Kitzmiller and Brad Rhyne. This popular high-energy game is played like dodgeball and combines dodging, throwing, running and jumping while trying to hit opponents below the knees with a soft plastic ball. Next week you can see games being played during Vacation Bible School.

    • "Refresh" Event Features Byron Borger: Sept 30

      Saturday, September 30 at Paxton Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg. The Education Committee of Carlisle Presbytery invites you Refresh, an event that seeks to restore your faith, fortify your mind, and revitalize your life.

      The event begins with worship at 9 am, followed by keynote speaker Byron Borger at 9:30 am. Byron, a friend of Derry and owner of Hearts & Minds Bookstore, will speak on "Seeking the Peace of the City (or Small Town): Living in Hope with God's Heart for Central Pennsylvania." Then choose from a series of workshops and learning labs throughout the morning and early afternoon. A spirituality center will be open for quiet prayer and meditation, and a Krislund day camp is available for children and youth. Register online.

    • Derry Seniors’ Schedule Announced

      The 2017-18 Derry Seniors’ schedule is now available. Mark your calendars and plan to attend as many programs as your schedule allows. Programs are open to all in the community. Bring a friend! Questions? Contact Helen George

  • July - 2017
    • DivorceCare and DivorceCare4Kids Begins Sept 7

      6-8 pm Thursdays from September 7 to December 14 in rooms 1 and 2. DivorceCare is a 13-week support group designed to help adults recover from the pain and separation of divorce. This non-denominational program features biblical teaching, small group discussion and video seminars led by renowned experts on divorce and recovery topics. Also included is a workbook to help participants explore topics in depth. DivorceCare4Kids will also be offered for participants’ children ages 5-12. DivorceCare4Kids is a safe, fun place where children can learn skills that will help them heal. There is no cost to attend either program. Advance registration is requested (533-9667).

    • Faithful Readers’ Book List Announced

      The 2017-18 reading list for the Faithful Readers book discussion group has been released, and copies are available at the insert rack. Books will be available soon from the church library in the lower level atrium.

      The Faithful Readers discussion group meets 9-10 am in room 1 on the second Sunday of the month, September through June. Up first on September 10 is Louise Penny’s “The Cruelest Month,” the third title in the Chief Inspector Gamache series by the best-selling Canadian mystery writer.

    • Covenant with Animals Worship

      In celebration of all of God’s creatures and their presence in our lives, Derry Church will offer its 11th annual worship service that includes prayers of thanksgiving for the gift of animals, 6:45-7:30 pm Tuesday, August 29 on the front lawn, weather permitting. Animals on leash, in a kennel, or otherwise controlled are invited to attend along with their owners. Worshipers can also bring photographs of their pets. The service will include praise songs and hymns and hands-on prayers for the animals and people with whom they live. Dress casually. Child care available in the nursery. Worshipers are invited to bring donations for the Humane Society as an outreach to those who help care for animals in need of help and homes.

    • Try Evening Worship

      If it's difficult for you to make it to Sunday morning worship, keep in mind that Derry Church offers an informal, creative Tuesday evening praise and communion service, held weekly from 6:45-7:30 pm. Fall through spring, the service is held in the Chapel. In the summer, the group travels around to various spaces inside and outside the building depending on the theme of the service. Look for signs on your way in to tell you where the service will be held.

    • NYC Bus Trip is November 18

      Save the date for Derry’s annual day trip to New York City sponsored by the Sanctuary Choir. Enjoy a day on your own to shop, sightsee or go to a show. More details coming soon.

    • Sneaker Drive Update

    • Shoe Fitters Needed!

      Love INC of Greater Hershey is in need of more than 50 volunteers to fit back-to-school children who will receive a pair of sneakers through their Lace Up with Love INC Sneaker Drive. Sign up online at or call the Love INC office (835-0101). If there isn’t a shift that fits your schedule, let them know so a convenient time can be arranged.

    • Faith & Finances Class Begins Sept 6

      "It was so helpful to hear how other people were handling their debt and to learn different ways to save."

      "Faith & Finances has really changed my life in more ways than one. I have made new, long-lasting friends and I love you all."

      "With all our trials of daily occurrences of financial stress, this class has given us hope and encouragement to keep God's word our #1 priority and I'm thank for our ally, that we are not given up on."

      These testimonials from graduates of Love INC of Greater Hershey's "Faith & Finances" class speak to the value of the faith-based program that helps participants take control of their financial situation. The class will be held 6-8 pm Wednesdays, September 6 - November 29 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Hummelstown. Registrations are now being accepted from people interested in attending the class as well as applications for "Allies" (mentors/coaches) to walk alongside participants. Participant fee is $20, refundable if you attend all classes. For more information, call the Love INC office: 835-0101.

    • Fantasy Football, Derry Church-Style
      Fantasy Football is a great way to enjoy the upcoming football season. You draft NFL players to form a team and then score points based on how your players perform each week. It’s a fun way to watch football with a bit of friendly competition. If you’re interested in playing in a church league this year, please contact Pastor Stephen at