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  • June - 2017
    • Softball Team Update

      Just three games remain in the regular church softball season: 6-8 pm Thursday, June 22, 5:30-6:30 pm Sunday, June 25 and 9-10 pm Tuesday, June 27. Wins have been few, but the team exhibits great team spirit and camaraderie. Fans warmly welcomed to cheer on the team! Bring your favorite portable chair and enjoy some summer softball: games played at Veteran's Park, off Elmerton Avenue in Susquehanna Township. See more photos on facebook.

    • 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. Change 4 Children goes to the Alliance for Children Everywhere which now has the Family Preservation Program that is built on three elements:

      • Nutrition and Nurture supports the physical, social, and spiritual needs of a family in crisis.
      • Empower and Earn provides economic empowerment of families and children through skills training, business training and seed capital.  
      • Save and Support is the framework for developing financial literacy for the family. Two of the training sessions are in sausage making and sewing. 

      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 September, so keep on gathering those coins.

    • Safe Children Training: July 23

      The continued safety of our children and youth is a top priority of Derry Church. In compliance with legislative changes (Act 44, 45 and 153 of 2014), Derry Church now has a Safe Children Policy. These changes directly impact our valued volunteers, and we want to be sure you are aware of them.

      Most notably: Pennsylvania law now includes more stringent requirements for checking the background of those in contact with children under the age of 18. These provisions apply to all of our volunteers who work with children, even if they volunteer on a limited and/or infrequent basis.

      The next training session will be held 9-10 am Sunday, July 23 in Room 7 for all those who have not yet participated. Sign up online or contact Teresa Hutcheson (533-9667) to reserve your spot.  

      We ask that all volunteers who work with children read the Safe Children Policy and complete the Volunteer Application and Affidavit. Both are available in the “Quick Links” section of the church’s home page:   

      Kathy McGrath is serving as Derry Church’s Safe Children Compliance Officer. She is available to help individuals to obtain their certifications. To set up an appointment, email Kathy at or call Teresa Hutcheson (533-9667).

      Serving as a volunteer now requires you to give more than just your time helping our children. Now more than ever, we appreciate those who are willing to volunteer. Thank you for your interest and commitment.

    • Welcome Back Guest Preacher Drew Stockstill

      On Sunday, June 18, Derry Church welcomes back Rev. 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 he 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. He is pictured here with Rev. Marie Buffaloe.

    • PW Updates & Summer Gathering
      • 50 hygiene bags were delivered to the Domestic Violence Center this month. Thanks to everyone who contributed items to the bags and helped sew the drawstring bags. 
      • Thanks to all who supported the Birthday Offering with contributions totaling $1,260.  
      • Mark your calendar for Saturday, July 15 and the PW Summer Gathering at the Green Ridge Village, Newville. Registration begins 9:15 am. For the morning program, Laura Hart will introduce the new Horizons Bible study, Cloud of Witnesses: the Community of Hebrews. Laura is co-pastor at Falling Spring Presbyterian Church. Grace Marable, Synod of the Trinity representative  the USA Mission experience in San Francisco, will speak after lunch. The purpose of her trip was to study the causes and effects of domestic violence, human trafficking, and immigration issues. Lunch ($6/person) will be provided by Green Ridge Village. RSVP & lunch money to Doris Feil REQUIRED by July 7. 
      • Sunday, June 25 is Orange Day.  Wear orange or an orange ribbon to support those who are working to end exploitation of women and children through domestic violence, and human trafficking. 
    • BBQ & Concert Benefits Love INC of Greater Hershey: July 15

      Saturday, July 15 at Cassel Vineyards of Hershey, 80 Shetland Drive. Dinner 5-7 pm by Blazing Swine BBQ. 6-8:30 pm outdoor concert featuring Tim Warman and Modern Blue. Free wine tasting (optional) included with each ticket. $25 per person ($10 from each ticket sold goes directly to Love INC). Order online or call the Love INC office (835-0101). Rain date: July 16. Bring lawn chairs, canopies welcome.

    • Golf Outing Sets New Fundraising Record

      On Saturday, June 3, 106 people came out on a sunny day for the 9th Annual Mission Classic benefitting the Hershey Food Bank and Community Outreach. More than $6,000 was raised, setting a new record for the event. Thanks to all who supported this worthwhile cause. Save the date for the tenth annual Mission Classic, set for June 2, 2018.

    • Discovery Days Says Thanks

      Derry Discovery Days thanks the Derry Seniors for their generous donation to the preschool, which will be used to purchase much-needed classroom supplies. Your thoughtfulness and support is greatly appreciated.

    • 2018 Presbyterian Peacemaking Conference in Israel/Palestine

      April 29-May 12, 2018. Be inspired by stories of Christian peacemakers in the Holy Land and encounter contemporary Palestinians and Israelis, study peacemaking practices within the framework of PCUSA policy, and connect with global and local partners to take meaningful action for a just and lasting peace in the region. Rev. Mark Englund-Krieger, Executive Presbyter, Carlisle Presbytery, will be leading a small group for this trip.

      Apply online at by November 15, 2017. Notification and commitment packets will be sent shortly after your application is received and processed. First-time visitors encouraged to apply. Minimum age: 18. Double-occupancy rate $2,600 for all conference expenses, meals and ground transportation; airfare not included.

    • May 2017 Financial Snapshot

      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 5/31/17
      Income YTD: $ 391,068.44
      Budgeted Expenses YTD: $ 419,605.08
      Surplus/(Deficit) YTD $ (24,649.52)

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

    • Tuesday Evening Baptism

      Congratulations to Kyle and Nicki Krieger and big sister Eden on the baptism of Amos Richard on Tuesday evening, June 6. Amos is the grandson of Rev. Mark and Kris Englund-Krieger. The next baptisms will be celebrated at Derry Church on Sunday, July 2. 

    • Welcome Guest Preacher Stephens Lytch

      The Rev. Dr. Stephens Lytch recently completed a term as Interim Executive Director of the Lancaster County Council of Churches. Over the past decade he has served as the transitional pastor for eight congregations in Pennsylvania. Prior to that he was an installed pastor in Kentucky, South Carolina, New Jersey and Virginia. He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina, Princeton Theological Seminary and the University of Pittsburgh. His wife, the Rev. Dr. Carol Lytch, is President of Lancaster Theological Seminary. They have two grown children and three grandchildren. Tomorrow Dr. Lytch leaves for Spain where he will spend 40 days walking the Camino de Santiago.

    • Awards Presentation by Music & Arts at Derry

      On Sunday, June 4, Music & Arts at Derry Church Director, Sean McCarthy, announced at the annual church picnic that a record-breaking 16 choristers had been awarded the 2017 Grand Prize for perfect attendance at choir rehearsals from September 2016 to May 2017. They were (from youngest to oldest) Annie Burke, Alex Patton, Kylie Mullen, Tommy Steelman, James Campbell, Addison Dugan, LillieMae Sweigert, Emma Burke, Kate Patton, John Potter, Sylvia Sweigert, Michael Harris, Mayangela Speicher, Emma Taylor, Jacob Taylor and Natalie Taylor. The prize was a ride in the rumble seat of a beautifully restored 1933 Hudson Terraplane convertible, courtesy of owners Andy and Mary Cantrell. For more information on the Music & Arts at Derry program, please contact Sean McCarthy (533-9667).

    • 80+ Lunch Bunch: June 13

      11:30-1:30 pm Tuesday, June 13 at Cornwall Manor. Those age 80 and older are invited to join other Derry members for lunch in the retirement community’s dining room. Approximate cost $8. RSVP to Mary Evans (228-2363). The 80+ lunch bunch meets on the second Tuesday of each month.

    • Picnic Fun!

      Fellowship Hall and the church inside and out were busy places after worship on Sunday as hundreds enjoyed good food and fellowship. Thanks to coordinator Julie Miller and to the Worship & Spiritual Life Committee led by Cindy Warnock for fantastic organization and planning, and to hospitality coordinator Loretta Chubb for invaluable kitchen prep and assistance. Thanks to Boy Scout Troop 200 scouts and leaders for building and overseeing the rope bridge and swing and cooking monkey bread over the campfire. Thank you to everyone who gave a helping hand: the setup and cleanup crews, the food servers, the ice cream scoopers, the hot dog grillers and kitchen prep crew, the game players and face painters, and to the many behind-the-scenes workers who helped to make the day a great success! See photos on Facebook.

    • Be a Commissioner at the 2018 General Assembly

      The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will meet in St. Louis, Missouri from June 16-23,  2018. This year, our presbytery will elect two Ruling Elder and two Teaching Elder commissioners, as well as alternates. Interested? Download an application. Questions? Contact the Carlisle Presbytery office: 717-737-6821.

    • 2018 Mission Trip to Honduras for High School and College Aged Students

      In partnership with the Presbyterian Church of Honduras, Carlisle Presbytery is planning a June 2018 trip to the city of Tegucigalpa for high school and college students. Interested youth should be eager to participate in heavy construction work, be motivated to grow spiritually while immersed in a cross-cultural experience which includes deep urban poverty, seek relationships in a non-English-speaking context and have an up-to-date passport. Contact Rev. Mark Englund-Krieger (717-737-6821) for more information and an application.

    • Reebok Sneaker Drive Shoe Sale

      The Reebok Outlet Store at the Tanger Outlets in Hershey is partnering with Love INC to provide an additional 20% off any store promotion for the duration of the Lace Up with Love INC sneaker drive (now through August 10). To be eligible for this additional discount, sneaker drive purchases must be deposited in the collection box at the store. Most kids’ shoes are $39.97, and the store is promoting buy one pair, get any second pair for $25 PLUS an additional 20% discount and a free gift from Reebok. Follow Love INC of Greater Hershey on Facebook for updates on the Reebok promotion. NOTE: sneaker donations DO NOT have to be purchased at Reebok. All other donations may be placed in collection boxes at church.

    • Mission Week Prayers

      Please keep in your prayers all those serving on behalf of Derry Church in the coming Mission Week, and especially this team heading to Nicaragua: Erin Wolfe, Kathryn and Tracey Kinney, Claudia Holtzman, Matthew Speck, Seth Freiberg, Dr. Al Porter, and Doris and Pete Feil. 

    • Mission Week Supplies Needed
      • Items needed by Thursday, June 15: 
      • Supplies for school kits. Items needed to assemble one school kit: one pair of blunt metal scissors (rounded tip), three 70-count spiral notebooks or notebooks totaling 200-210 pages (no loose leaf or filler paper), one 30-centimeter ruler (12"), one hand-held pencil sharpener, one large eraser, six new pencils with erasers, and one box of 24 crayons (only 24).
      • Two-yard pieces of 60" wide fleece (two pieces needed to make one blanket)
      • Items needed Friday and Saturday, June 16-17 for G.O.D. Squad potting and planting:
      • Medium and large flower pots
      • Potting soil
      • Hostas, liriope, lilies and other easily divided plants donated from your garden
      • Items needed any time: sample-sized toiletries (shampoos, lotions, etc) 
    • Bring Your Childhood Memories to Lunch & Learn: June 15

      12 pm Thursday, June 15 in the Lebanon Valley Brethren Home Fellowship Hall. Attendees are encouraged to bring along (or tell about) their favorite childhood toy or hobby, or share a story with the group. Bring your lunch, order a bag lunch, or just come to hear the speaker. RSVP by calling 838-5406.

  • May - 2017
    • Mission Commissioning on Sunday

      Are you taking part in Mission Week Plus (June 9-July 8), going to Nicaragua, or on another mission trip this summer or fall? In worship on Sunday, all participants will be commissioned for service and sent out with prayer. If you haven’t signed up yet, be sure to check out the Mission Week table in the Narthex or sign up online.

    • Welcome Back Guest Preacher, the Rev. Tom Folts

      A regular worship leader on Tuesday nights at Derry Church, the Rev. Tom Folts will be with us on Sunday, June 4 and give the sermon at the 8 am service. Tom graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1982. He served a yoked parish in Dennison and Stillwater, Ohio, as an interim Associate Pastor in Columbus, Ohio and as an Associate Pastor in Collinsville, Illinois. He and his wife, Debbi Kees-Folts (a pediatric nephrologist at the Hershey Medical Center), moved to Hershey in 1992. Their daughter, Claire, is a music teacher in Ohio. Their son, Ben, is a senior at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. Tom & Debbi are pictured below.

    • Suggest Some Nominees

      During the next few weeks, the 2017 Nominating Committee will be preparing a slate of nominees for the offices of Elder and Deacon and the 2018 Nominating Committee. You're invited to suggest names for consideration by the committee. Fill out and return forms available at the insert rack or email your suggestions to Greg Taylor, Chair, by Monday, June 19.

      Please do not contact the person(s) you are suggesting. It is the responsibility of the Nominating Committee to compile and prioritize a list, then contact potential candidates regarding their willingness to be nominated for office. Serving with Greg on this year's committee are Pete Feil, Peter Gawron, Marilyn Koch and Dan Speck.

    • Wear Nametags at the Picnic

      Thanks, Derry, for your outstanding response and participation in wearing nametags on Sunday morning. You're encouraged to wear your nametag at the picnic on Sunday. Don't have one? Contact Sue George and it will be ready for pickup on Sunday at the Information Center in the Narthex.  

    • Corn Roast! Save the Date

      The annual corn roast and picnic will be held at Alexander’s farm in Hummelstown on Wednesday, August 23.

    • New Members Welcomed on May 28

      On Sunday Derry Church welcomed six new members during the 10:30 am service. L-R, row 1: Lauren and Calista June, Ginny Gu Morgan and Eileen Miller. Row 2: Ray June, Lloyd and Eddie Morgan, and Charley Miller. The next new member class -- a three-week summer series -- begins on Sunday, July 30.

    • Derry Church Celebrated Three Baptisms on Sunday

      Congratulations to Michael & Rebecca Farbaniec (first photo), whose son Benjamin Dominic was baptized on Sunday, May 28 along with Ginny Gu Morgan and Ginny and Lloyd Morgan’s son, Edward Lloyd (second photo). Eddie is also the grandson of Derry member Nancy Morgan. The next baptism Sunday is set for July 2.

    • Dress Casual and Wear Red for Pentecost

      This Sunday, please dress comfortably so you’ll be ready for the church picnic immediately following the 10:30 am service. And because it’s also Pentecost, you’re invited to wear red, the liturgical color of the day. Enjoy lunch indoors in Fellowship Hall or outside in the courtyard and front lawn, weather permitting. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs if you wish, though chairs and tables will be setup inside and out.

    • Derry Church’s Receptionist Retires Today

      After serving as Derry Church’s receptionist for more than eight years, Ruth Uffelman retires today, June 1. Throughout our busiest seasons from September to May, she has been the voice of Derry Church, answering the phone and opening the door to those waiting to enter. Her face has greeted church members, guests, strangers, vendors and repairmen. She has welcomed preschoolers and parents looking for speech classes and families touring Derry Discovery Days preschool. She has kept tabs on Derry staff who roam the building at the same time phone calls and visitors request their attention. She has proofread thousands of bulletins and fed reams of paper through the copiers in preparation for Sunday services -- all the while maintaining her gracious, friendly smile and patient countenance.

      While we will all miss her presence in the office and her gifts of hospitality and helpfulness to all, you will be glad to know that Ruth will remain active in her personal ministry at Derry Church. She will continue to participate in the sanctuary choir, count Sunday offerings, and provide leadership on the Worship and Spiritual Life committee. Join us on Sunday, June 18 when Ruth will be recognized at both worship services.

    • Help Our New Pastor Get to Know Derry Church

      Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey and help our new pastor, Rev. Dr. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker, get to know us. Not only will your thoughts be helpful to the new pastor, they'll also be useful to visitors and others who want to know more about Derry Church. If you’d prefer to answer questions on video, contact Sue George.  Get to know our new pastor by watching his videos on Facebook or YouTube.

    • Rescue In the Night

      A fully staged, costumed production of Rescue in the Night will be presented at the 10:30 am worship service on Sunday, June 4 in the Sanctuary. This musical takes us back to the Old Testament as the children in Derry's Music & Arts program bring the story of Daniel in the lion's den to life! The musical is directed by Dr. Sean McCarthy, with stage direction and choreography by Frances Mohler. Derry’s annual church picnic follows the musical. The 8 am worship service, on this Pentecost Sunday, will be held as usual in the Chapel. Remember to wear red!

    • 3D Puzzles Under Construction

      Are you good at building 3D jigsaw puzzles? Please stop in the Hammond Library throughout the summer to construct some building -shaped puzzles that will be displayed during this year’s “Building Faith in God” Vacation Bible School program in August.

    • May 2017 Session Report
      • Received the monthly financial statements from the Treasurer and reports from the Board of Deacons and all committees.
      • Reviewed recent baptism requests and approved the following:

      ​May 28: 

      • Benjamin Dominic Farbaniec, son of members Michael & Rebecca Farbaniec
      • Edward Lloyd Morgan, son of Lloyd & Ginny Morgan who will join Derry that same day
      • Ginny Gu Qiuyan Morgan, adult baptism upon profession of faith

      ​July 2:

      • Gavin Joseph Berk and James Martin Berk, sons of Derry members Steven & Priscilla Berk
      • Josefine Emerie Minnich, daughter of Shaun & Valerie Barr Minnich (Valerie is a former Derry member who is worshipping regularly at Derry)

      ​August 6:

      • Mason Sims Mohler and Ophelia Knight Mohler, children of members Frances & Jeremy Mohler
      • Sara Grace Bailey, daughter of Kevin & Katie McMullen Bailey (Katie is a former Derry member and actively participating at a Brethren Church in Maryland)
      • Ian Taylor Bellaman and Bailey Rose Bellaman, children of Derry member Dawn Bellaman and her husband Paul 
      • Morgan Jean Brandt, daughter of Greg and Emily Brandt

      • Approved a transfer of membership for Mary and Richard Zesiger to Buffalo-Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Cumberland, Ohio. Approved the removal of Allison Spooner from Derry’s active membership role due to her ordination. Allison is now a member of Carlisle Presbytery.
      • Approved engaging the services of Boyer & Ritter to perform a scheduled audit of Derry’s financial records for the year 2016 in an amount not to exceed $10,000.
      • Approved Steven Guenther as a signatory on Derry’s Vanguard accounts.
      • Approved renewal of the Brong Scholarship for Christopher Houtz as he enters his second year at Princeton Theological Seminary.
      • Approved the addition of Denn Hollandsmith as a new member of the Communications & Technology committee.
      • Approved the 2017-18 Communion schedule as presented by the Worship and Spiritual Life Committee.
      • Approved a building use request from Nicola Burke for Friday January 5, 2018 for a trombone choir concert, proceeds from which will benefit an organization benefiting domestic abuse victims, and waived all building use fees.
      • Approved new software purchases for the office due to out-of-date editions and upgrading to assist with online giving.  
      • Approved Seth Mullen’s request to support Hershey Heroes’ Day on Saturday May 20 in downtown Hershey by setting up a table on behalf of Derry Church and performing face painting.
    • Fourth Annual Lace Up with Love INC Sneaker Drive

      June 4 through August 12, you’re invited to purchase a new pair of sneakers (name brands preferred) for a child in need (grades K-12) in the Lower Dauphin and Derry Township school districts. Sneakers will be distributed by Love INC of Greater Hershey in mid-August so students will have a new pair in time for the start of the school year. Athletic sneakers for boys and girls, children’s size 12 through women’s size 11/Men’s size 15 are needed, as well as NEW socks (low cut and mid-calf). Monetary donations are also welcome and appreciated, and can be made online or brought to the Love INC office across the street from Derry Church. Drop off sneakers in the designated basket in the atrium mission closet. More info by calling Love INC: 835-0101.

    • Church Office Closed Monday, May 29

      The church office will be closed for Memorial Day, and open 9 am Tuesday, May 30.

    • 2017 VBS Registration & Volunteer Signup

      This year’s Vacation Bible School theme is “Building Faith in God.” VBS will be held August 7-11 from 9 am - 12 pm. Children ages 4 through 5th grade are invited to join us for a fun-filled week of stories, music, crafts, games and snacks.

      Registration forms are now available online and at the insert rack

      Many volunteers are needed as leaders in our classrooms, to help with snacks and registration, and to have fun in our story, craft and recreation rooms. Anyone in 6th grade and older is welcome to join the fun. Download a form to volunteer.

      All volunteers 18 and older will need to provide their clearances: Child Abuse from the PA Dept. of Human Services, Criminal History Record from the PA State Police and if you have not lived in the state of PA for the last 10 consecutive years you will need the Federal Criminal History Record.

      Email or call the church (533-9667) with any questions or concerns. We hope you will join us for Derry’s 2017 Vacation Bible School.

    • Congratulations 2017 Graduates!

      These Derry Church high school graduates were recognized during worship on Sunday morning. L-R, seated: Eric Englund-Krieger, Kathryn Kinney, Emilee Brock and Ross Good. Not pictured: Dan and Sam Dornberger, Owen Ladd, Catherine Martinez, Alyson Meyerhoffer, Matthew Campbell & Erin Wolfe. Congratulations to all!

    • It's Back: Quarters for Education, A Mission Project You Can Work on All Summer Long!

      Two summers ago, dozens of Derry friends helped to raise money for the Sargodha boys' school in Pakistan by participating in this simple quarter-collecting fundraiser. On Sunday, May 21, you can sign up to get a tube of mini M&Ms. When the tube is empty, fill it with quarters that will provide funds to continue construction on the Sargodha boys' school. Your generosity will enable more children to receive a quality Christian education. Read more at your tube of Quarters for Education to the offering plate when it’s full or by September 10.

    • Thanks for Delicious Dinners!

      A BIG thank-you to all those who have helped with preparing and serving Terrific Tuesday dinners September through April: Nancy & Tom Kitzmiller, Cinny Parrish, Nancy Morgan, Wendy Cooper, Randy Weaver, Blondie Ferguson, Marion Weaver, coordinator Loretta Chubb, Glenda Speicher, Martha Walker, Russ Boeshore, Gary Chubb, Joy McLure, Ron & Barbara Holmes, and Ron Walker. Thanks also to those who help set up and clean up and have a hand in making Tuesdays at Derry Church the place for great food and fellowship.

    • Pentecost Offering

      The Pentecost Offering is traditionally received on the day of Pentecost (June 4). It provides a direct way to meet the needs of children at risk, youth, and young adults. In addition, 40% of this offering can be kept by individual congregations for use in their own communities. Derry has designated the Community Checkup Center to receive a portion of the 2017 Pentecost Offering receipts. The remaining 60% will be used for leadership development opportunities for Presbyterian youth and young adults and support for children-at-risk programs at the national level. Since 1998, Presbyterians of all ages have raised more than $8 million for these ministries that benefit younger members of God’s family.

    • Coming this Summer: Two Exciting Church School Options
      1. "Milk and Honey Cooking School”: 9-10 am Sundays, June 11- August 20 in Fellowship Hall. Learn the history of God’s people through Bible stories and cooking and eating. Each week we’ll try a different recipe. All ages are welcome! The Milk and Honey Cooking School provides us with a more in-depth look at the culture of the Middle East. Think of the meals you have read about in the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. Each event that happened to God’s people made an impact on their lives, and that included the food they ate. We will be trying some new tastes as we sample such foods as Abraham’s Goat Cheese Dip, Unleavened Bread, Esau’s Pottage, Challah Bread, Grecian Honey Cheesecake, and Roman Bread Pudding (to mention a few of the dishes being served). Come and enjoy the learning and the fun! To lead a session, please contact Debbie Hough. Sessions can be led by individuals, two or three friends, even entire families!
      2. Watching TV Religiously: 9-10 am Sundays, June 18-August 20 in Room 7C. Screens have become inescapable as we carry tiny TVs in our pockets and see big screens almost everywhere we go. How do we choose what to watch, for ourselves and our children? And how do we apply the lens of faith when we watch? Join us as we watch and discuss “Touched by An Angel” episodes from the show that aired on TV from 1994-2003. All ages welcome.
    • Learn About the Holy Spirit on Sunday

      9-10 am Sunday, May 21 in Room 7C, join Derry member Michael Zeigler as he unpacks the mystery and marvel that is the Holy Spirit. What is the Holy Spirit? What role did the Spirit play in Scripture? What is the Spirit’s ministry in the church and the world? Come and learn more about the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, and bring your questions.

    • Derry Church Has Called Rev. Dr. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker

      At a meeting following worship on Sunday, May 7, 2017, the congregation of Derry Presbyterian Church voted to call the Rev. Dr. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker as its next pastor and head of staff. Pastor Stephen comes to us from United Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois, where he has served as Pastor Head of Staff since 2009. Along with his wife Courtney and two-and-a-half year old daughter Verity, they will be relocating to Central Pennsylvania in July. His first Sunday leading worship at Derry Church will be July 16. 

    • Hershey Heroes Day is Saturday!

      10 am - 2 pm on the square in downtown Hershey. Support the Hershey Heroes, Central Pennsylvania's special needs hockey team, and our everyday heroes from the military, police and fire departments. Bring the family and enjoy live music, free games and face painting, Blazing Swine BBQ and more! Be sure to stop by and say hello at the Derry Church table.

    • Derry Church Has Called Its Next Pastor

      At a congregational meeting following worship on Sunday, May 7, Derry Church voted to call its next pastor and head of staff. The pastor’s current congregation will be hearing the news in a mailing they will receive on Friday, May 12, so until then no additional information will be posted on the church website or on social media. Watch for more details in a separate eblast coming to your inbox on May 12.

    • Questions For and Questions From the New Pastor

      As a way to get to know our new pastor, you’re invited to submit your questions and starting next week, the pastor will provide video responses that will be posted on social media and Derry’s YouTube channel. What would you like to know about the new pastor? You could ask about favorite flavors of ice cream, what sports the pastor plays, favorite sports teams, books or movies the pastor enjoys, favorite books of the Bible, what the pastor likes to do in free time, or other general interest questions that will help us all learn more about our new pastor.

      At the same time, the pastor has a few questions for us, so we'll be making some short videos featuring your answers to the following questions. Not only will your thoughts be helpful to the new pastor, they'll also be useful to visitors and others who want to know more about Derry Church:

      • What is a moment, program, or event at Derry Church that was particularly meaningful for you?

      • What do you love about Derry Church?

      • What is a hope you have for Derry Church?

      • What, if it went away, would make Derry Church a completely different place?

      • How does Derry Church impact the community?

      • In five words or less, what do you wish everyone in Hershey knew about Derry Church?

      To have your response to any of the above questions recorded on video, talk to Sue George on a Sunday morning or stop by the church office during the week (Monday-Thursday). 

    • Welcome Guest Preacher Rev. Rick Sweeney

      On Sunday, May 14, Derry Church welcomes the Rev. Rick Sweeney to our pulpit. A Pittsburgh native, Rev. Sweeney received his M. Div. and D. Min from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He is honorably retired after serving pastorates in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He recently finished an Interim Ministry call at the Hope U.P. Church in Dauphin where Allison Spooner served as a student pastor and now serves as pastor. Rick and his wife Prudy live in Silver Springs. They have seven children and 10 grandchildren.

    • Troop 200 Boy Scouts on the Go

      In recent weeks, Derry’s Troop 200 Boy Scouts participated in a spring camporee at nearby McNaughton Memorial Park in Hummelstown and traveled to the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh where they played basketball against a robot, among other fun activities. In late June, scouts head to Hidden Valley Scout Reservation for a week of camping and working on merit badges. At the end of July, two Troop 200 scouts and five leaders join 30,000 scouts from across the country for the National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Contact scoutmaster Brian Holley for more information.

    • PW Boxtops & Hygiene Bag Items Needed This Month
      • May 28 is the deadline for the Boxtops4Education collection by Presbyterian Women.  All expiration dates must be 6/1/17 or later.  
      • Hygiene bags for the Domestic Violence Center in Harrisburg will be filled this month. Items in short supply are wide-toothed combs, deodorants, disposable razors, and pocket tissue packets.

      Donations can be dropped off in the Presbyterian Women basket on the atrium mission shelf area.


    • Sign Up for Mission Week Plus!

      On Sunday, look for tables in the Narthex with signup sheets for 27 Mission Week opportunities happening June 9-July 8. Serve a meal at Downtown Daily Bread, go to Joshua Group's summer learning program, play games at the Grantville Family Night, assemble welcome kits for Church World Service and much more. Opportunities abound for all ages. You can also sign up online.

    • April 2017 Financial Snapshot

      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 4/30/17
      Income YTD:  $391,068.44
      Expenses YTD: $415,717.96
      Budgeted Expenses YTD:  $419,605.08
      Surplus/(Deficit) YTD:  $(24,649.52)  

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

    • Save the Date: Presbytery Worship Service Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

      4 pm Sunday, October 29 at Market Square Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg.

      Singers are needed! A Presbytery- wide choir will debut a newly commissioned anthem by Robert Lau during the service. Rehearsal begins 3 pm on October 29; music will be sent prior to the service. Interested singers, RSVP by June 1, including your name, church, and voice part in your response. This service is being planned by Carlisle Presbytery’s Coordinating Council. Come join this celebration of our Reformed heritage!

    • Drop-by-Duos Need YOU!

      If you have been a first-time visitor at Derry, you probably had a visit from church members carrying a small green bag. Every Monday or Tuesday, volunteers stop by the church office to pick up a bag of goodies including information about Derry and a loaf of homemade Irish soda bread. These volunteers deliver some down-home hospitality to let our visitors know that we appreciate their visiting and worshiping with us.

      Each week, Membership & Involvement committee members, with Marie Buffaloe’s help, determine the recipients after reviewing the friendship registries that everyone is asked to fill out each Sunday. Nancy Kitzmiller gathers items for the bags and Louella Grgic organizes the volunteers who deliver the bags and bake the delicious bread. Many of our recipients have subsequently joined our church and thank you notes show that many appreciate this thoughtful gift. A recent recipient of the soda bread reported that our soda bread was equal to or better than Wegman’s Irish soda bread. That is quite a compliment!

      Here’s where you come in: more volunteers are needed to deliver the welcome bags on a quarterly basis through the year, and to deliver to specific areas when we have a delivery near where you live. Help to keep this very worthwhile ministry running weekly, as it has since 2003 when it was organized by Pat Wiley. Contact the church office (533-9667) or Louella Grgic (533-3075).

    • 2017 Lasses & Lassies Banquet

      Along with the ladies of St. John’s Methodist Church, Grantville, this group of Derry Church women and girls enjoyed a pleasant evening and delicious meal together last Saturday night. Thanks to the St. John’s men who prepared and served the meal. Piercing Word Ministries' presentation of “Passion: The Musical” concluded the evening festivities. Thanks to the Presbyterian Women for coordinating the event.


    • Handbell Choir Spring Concert: May 13

      7 pm Saturday, May 13 at Monaghan Presbyterian Church, Dillsburg. Enjoy an assortment of religious, secular and whimsical pieces. Free. Reception follows. Info: 717-432-4234.

    • Krislund Needs Workers on Saturday

      Monday's severe storm resulted in lost power and downed trees throughout camp. The need for volunteers for the annual spring work day on Saturday, May 6 is greater than ever to  clean up storm damage and prepare for the summer season. Volunteers, please bring along whatever tools you have that might help with the clean up, including rakes and chainsaws. A delicious lunch will be served at 1 pm to thank you for your hard work and support of Krislund. Skilled and unskilled helpers needed to do everything from mulching trails to painting and basic carpentry from 8 am - 1 pm. RSVP: 814-422-8878 or

    • YOU Could be the Next Love INC Bike Outreach Coordinator!

      Do you have some bike repair know-how? Love INC of Greater Hershey hast the bikes, the repair volunteers, the tools, and the parts… they’re looking for someone to put it all together. Requests for bicycles and offers of bike donations have been coming in, but our bike ministry has not come out of hibernation yet because the previous leader retired.  The bike ministry is seasonal and has typically operated one evening each week out of the garage to the rear of the Love INC office from March through Sept./Oct, depending on weather and requests. The new coordinator can choose when it is open based on his/her availability and the availability of volunteers. These bikes are not just for recreation: several of the bikes have been their recipients’ primary mode of transportation. PLEASE CONSIDER THIS IMPORTANT MINISTRY and put the pedals back in motion!  The coordinator should be an active Christian, at least 18 years of age, and have some knowledge of bike repairs. Interested? Contact  the Love INC office (835-0101).

    • Derry Discovery Days’ Spring Concert

      Today our preschool presented their spring concert to an enthusiastic crowd of parents and friends. The concert was directed by Nicola Burke and accompanied by Lee Ann Taylor, both Derry members. The 2016-17 preschool year comes to a close at the end of this month.

    • What You Need to Know About Sunday, May 7

      We’re expecting an Easter Sunday-sized crowd for the 10:30 am service this week as we worship with the candidate chosen by our Pastor Nominating Committee to be our next pastor and head of staff. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

      • No 8 am worship on May 7, but the building will be open by then.
      • Church school will be held as usual from 9-10 am.
      • Please wear your nametag. Contact Sue George if you need one.
      • Save the close parking spaces for those who need them. Overflow parking and shuttle service available to and from the Hershey Trust beginning at 8:30 am.
      • Overflow seating available in room 7C: watch the service by live stream, then come up to the Sanctuary during the last hymn to take part in the congregational meeting.
      • All congregational hymns for worship will be printed in the bulletin.
      • The worship service will be live streamed outside of Derry Church and viewable on the church website and to subscribers of Derry Church’s YouTube Channel: click on the red “subscribe” button to sign up.
      • The live stream will end during the final hymn; the congregational meeting will not be live streamed.
      • The terms of call will be distributed for review, and members will vote by ballot. Use pencils available in the pews or bring your own.
      • A reception will follow the meeting. There will not be a receiving line: go directly to Fellowship Hall to greet the candidate.
      • Youth Fellowship and lunch with our candidate will get under way in the Youth Room following the reception. 
      • Please continue to keep the identity of our candidate confidential until May 11.
    • Pilgrim Fellowship End of Year Picnic: May 22

      1-3 pm Sunday, May 21 at Mike & Karen Leader’s farm near Hershey for grades 3-5 and their families. This picnic celebration recognizes fifth graders who will be moving on to junior high fellowship. Parents, bring a side dish or dessert to share. Dress comfortably. RSVP to by Sunday, May 14.

    • “Chip in for Krislund” Golf Tournament: June 16

      1 pm shotgun start on Friday, June 16 at Mountain View Golf Club, Fairfield. Four-person scramble, $50 per golfer, $200 per foursome with RSVP by May 30. Read more.

    • GriefShare Begins June 5: Register Now

      A new support group for people grieving the death of a loved one will get under way 6-8 pm Monday, June 5 in room 9 and continue weekly through August 28. GriefShare is a Christian program that features biblical teaching, small group discussion, video seminars led by renowned experts on grief and recovery topics, and a workbook to help participants explore topics in depth. There is no cost to attend. Please register in advance by calling the church office (533-9667).  

    • Wow! One GREAT Hour!

      Thanks to all who contributed to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. As of this week, we have reached Derry Church's goal of $15,000 to help those in need around the world. Thanks, Derry!

    • 80+ Lunch Bunch: May 9

      11:30-1:30 pm Tuesday, May 9 at Cornwall Manor. Those age 80 and older are invited to join other Derry members for lunch in the retirement community’s dining room. Approximate cost $8. RSVP to Mary Evans (228-2363). The 80+ lunch bunch meets on the second Tuesday of each month.

    • Synod of the Trinity’s Second Annual Regional Connection for Partnership and Networking: May 18

      9:30 am - 3:15 pm Thursday, May 18 at Krislund Camp, an opportunity for all God’s people to spark exploration and new ministry around and among us. Read more…. RSVP by May 8.

  • April - 2017
    • April 2017 Session Report
      • Approved receiving the following members of the 2017 Confirmation Class into the active membership of Derry Presbyterian Church upon Rite of Confirmation and Profession of Faith during the Pascal Vigil on April 15, 2017:  Benjamin Clary, Nicholas Giampetro, Abigail Han, Christopher Kyper, Amanda Ruch and Natalie Taylor.
      • Received a report from Gregg Robertson informing the Session that Derry’s PNC has found a candidate to fill the role of Derry’s next Pastor and Head of Staff.  Based on that report, the following actions occurred:
        • Called a Congregational Meeting for Sunday, May 7, 2017 immediately following the candidate’s sermon and the conclusion of the 10:30 am worship service to consider and vote upon the candidate’s Terms of Call
        • Approved having one service on Sunday, May 7, 2017 to be held at 10:30 am so that Derry’s congregation can hear the candidate and vote as one body in Christ.
      • Received the monthly financial statements and reports from the Board of Deacons and all committees.
      • Received a report from Jan Nixon of the Heritage Committee.
      • Approved renewal of the Covenant of Agreement with Rev. Dr. Marie L. Buffaloe.
      • Approved the designation of Derry’s portion of the Pentecost offering to The Community Checkup Center.
      • Approved Derry Discovery Days request to use the church grounds for its annual Fall Festival on November 4, 2017.
      • Approved the appointment of Karen Haas and Pamela van Wyk as Derry Discovery Days board members.
      • Approved a building use request from the Susquehanna Chorale for May 7 and 11, 2018.
      • Received with regret the resignation of Ruth Uffelman from the position of Derry Church Receptionist effective June 1, 2017.
    • Spring Offering Updates

      Below, the Michael Reed family is presented with the first annual "Mission Madness" award during worship on April 23. More than 100 participants raised $1,500 to benefit Derry's Mission House. But that's not all: One Great Hour of Sharing receipts now total $14,486 toward a goal of $15,000 .... and on Easter Sunday, the mission fundraiser breakfast raised $900 to benefit Mission Week 2017. Thanks to all who participated!

    • Mental Illness and the Role of the Faith Community: May 11

      7 pm Thursday, May 11 at the Jewish Community Center, Mary Sachs Auditorium, 3301 N. Front Street, Harrisburg. Free. Lecture by Stephen Fried, co-author with Patrick Kennedy of the bestseller, A Common Struggle. The Harrisburg native and award-winning journalist will discuss how the deafening sound of not talking about brain diseases pervades American life. “It is nowhere more troubling - nor more potentially and profoundly reversible - than in our houses of worship and our faith communities.” Members of all faith communities are invited to join in initiating decisive actions that will make our congregations more welcoming, supportive and inclusive. A dessert reception follows.

    • A Thousand Signs of Welcome

      The green, blue & orange welcome signs on the church’s front lawn are two of 1,000 that Christian Churches United has distributed throughout the capital region so far this year, communicating a message of love and welcome to all. Signs are still available from the CCU office at 413 S. 19th Street, Harrisburg, for a suggested donation of $10 each.

    • CCU Spring Assembly: May 16

      5:30 pm Tuesday, May 16 at Camp Hill Presbyterian Church, an evening of Christian fellowship, a time when people from various church denominations come together for a delicious dinner and conversation, to learn about the impact CCU and our ministry partners are making in local communities. This year’s theme, “Who Is My Neighbor?” will showcase God’s work among those whom Jesus calls “our neighbors.” Anyone interested in what God is doing through the local church community to impact our neighborhoods is welcome. Free! RSVP to Steve by May 8 (717) 230-9950.

    • Benefit Concert for the Health Ministries of Christ Lutheran Church: May 14

      2 pm Sunday, May 14 at Camp Hill Presbyterian Church featuring Amanda Silliker, mezzo-soprano and Svetlana Rodionova, pianist. Free will offering. For over a decade the Health Ministries of Christ Church have provided free dental, prenatal, and health care to our low income, uninsured neighbors in Harrisburg. To date, over 210,000 free doctor, dentist and nursing visits have been provided. Derry’s connection to Christ Lutheran is through their Rev. Drew Stockstill, who was our guest preacher on April 23 and in late January. Can’t attend the concert but want to support their health ministry? Look here for more information.

    • Wear Your Nametag on May 7!

      Thanks to everyone who has been so faithful in wearing their church nametags. On Sunday, May 7, the day our candidate for pastor is here, please wear your nametag at the 10:30 am service and at the reception following. If you’ve misplaced your nametag and need a new one, contact Sue George (533-9667) to have a new one made for you.

    • Wanted: Volunteers to Prepare Communion

      The Worship & Spiritual Life Committee is looking for a few more teams to prepare communion elements on the Sundays that the sacrament is celebrated, usually once a month. Each team takes a turn two or three times a year. Watch this video to learn more about what’s involved. For more information and to sign up, contact Al Porter.

    • Annual Church Picnic

      Festivities will begin after the 10:30 am service on June 4. Help yourself to pulled pork and pulled turkey (add the BBQ sauce yourself), potato chips, cole slaw and potato salad, campfire beans, grilled hot dogs, cookies & cake, lemonade, iced tea & draft birch beer! Donations gratefully received to offset costs.

      Choose from indoor and outdoor seating. For the kids there’s face painting, rides and games on the front lawn plus dutch oven monkey bread! Ice cream purchases will help to send youth to summer conferences.

    • Picnic Volunteers Needed!

      Many hands are needed to ensure the annual picnic is a success. Volunteer for either the indoor crew or the outdoor crew. Both teams help with set-up,  keeping food stocked, managing games/grilling/crowd control, and cleanup. For more information and to volunteer, contact Julie Miller.

    • Register Now for the Big Tent Event: July 6-8

      The theme of this year's Presbyterian Church (USA) conference is Race, Reconciliation, and the Reformation, to be held July 6-8 in St. Louis, Missouri. Through plenary events, Bible study, workshops, and worship, you will be challenged and renewed by the power of the gospel message to overcome our current realities of anxiety, division and inequality. The three-day event will provide a variety of opportunities to engage with issues facing the church and society today. Register today at

    • 9th Annual Commonwealth Interfaith Service- Prayers for Justice & Peace: May 8

      6 pm Monday, May 8 at the Hadee Mosque, 245 Division Street, Harrisburg. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Mosque. This service is being held in observance of the National Day of Prayer, which is always the first week of May. It will be a celebration of the religious diversity of our state and our nation, as well as the diversity of ways to pray. Join your sisters and brothers in faith in a celebration of our diverse faith and prayer traditions in central Pennsylvania and to pray for justice and peace.

    • Birthday Offering

      The Birthday Offering is collected in the spring of each year to celebrate the blessings in the lives of Presbyterian Women. At Derry this offering is being collected April 30-May 21. Since 1922, the offering has funded nearly 100 major mission projects that continue to make a difference in the lives of women and children. This year three projects have been selected as grant recipients:

      • The Family Justice Center Safe Haven for Victims of Domestic Violence will assist in constructing a new shelter for victims in Georgetown and Horry Counties, S.C. 
      • The Navajo Water Project will provide running water system for 40 families on the Smith Lake Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. 
      • First Hand Aid Rural Clinic Development will provide and care at six clinics housed in Presbyterian churches in rural Cuba.

      Offering envelopes are available in pew racks. Make checks payable to "Derry Church" notated "PW birthday offering."

    • 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).

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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. 

    • 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!

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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!

    • 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.

    • 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).

    • 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.