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  • August - 2017
    • 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

      9 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.

    • 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.

    • 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”       

    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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.

  • July - 2017
    • 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
    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Sign Up for the Corn Roast!

      The annual picnic featuring fresh corn roasted over hot coals is just a month away. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 23 and plan to arrive at the Alexander’s farm in Hummelstown by 5:30 pm. RSVP below or return forms available at the insert rack and in Sunday bulletins by Sunday, August 20.  

    • Wear Orange on Tuesday, July 25

      Show support for those who are working to end the exploitation of women and children. Victims of labor and sex trafficking are often subject to debt bondage. Many are trapped in a cycle of debt because of having to pay for all living expenses in addition to initial transportation expenses. Fines for not meeting quotas and/or "bad"  behavior can used to increase debt.

    • Chicken BBQ & Auction This Weekend

      July 21-22 at Londonderry Village, Palmyra. The New Holland Band will perform under the tent at 7 pm Friday. Auction begins at 9 am Saturday, and chicken dinners are available 11 am - 1 pm. Check out the schedule of events at

    • Join a Lend A Hand Work Team

      Lend A Hand all-volunteer disaster response and assistance organization will send work teams to West Virginia from August 20-25 and October 15-20 to help with recovery efforts from flooding that occurred in June 2016. Cost is $150 per person. Read more and sign up.

    • Join the Conversation with Pastor Stephen

      9-10 am Sundays in Room 7C. Over the next few weeks, Rev. McKinney-Whitaker will be holding open discussions on a variety of topics. On July 23, the focus will be on missions; education will be discussed on July 30 and worship on August 6. Bring your questions, comments and concerns and join the conversation! The “Touched by An Angel” class that had been meeting in this space has been suspended.

    • Gluten-free Communion this Sunday

      This Sunday, we are celebrating how Christ welcomes, and does not separate, us at his Table through Matthew 13:24-30. As a visual symbol of our unity at the Table, we will all be using gluten-free bread. This way we can all share and partake of one loaf as one body of Christ without separation. We hope you will join us as we celebrate God’s grace together.

    • Introducing the Pastor’s Blog

      Rev. Stephen will be posting regularly to “Growing in the Grove,” a new blog you can find on the church website and through a link available in the weekly email that arrives to subscribers on Thursdays. He will be sharing thoughts on a variety of issues, including reflections on the questions he asked of the congregation earlier this spring. Check it out!

    • Fantasy Football
      Are you interested in joining a Derry Church online Fantasy Football League? Once we have enough interested people we’ll set a date for a live draft. If you are interested in playing, please contact Pastor Stephen at
    • Important Notice: Heating & Cooling Update from Jim Pease, Building & Grounds Chair

      You may have noticed the temperature at church has been a little warm this spring. Or maybe it felt a little more humid than usual. If so, thanks for noticing. On Maundy Thursday we discovered a major water leak in our cooling tower. Turns out one of the two coils in the cooling tower (pictured below) was leaking beyond repair. Since then we’ve been limping by on half capacity and we hope to make it through the summer.

      In November 2016 we formed a HVAC Task Force (comprised of me, Steve Yingst and Seth Mullen from the B&G committee, Dennis Hosler from Stewardship & Finance, and Sean McCarthy, Roger Zimmer, and Jeff Miller from the staff) to study our aging system, determine what resources the system provided and were working well, and what wasn’t working. From there we intended to develop a multi-year plan for upgrading the system. What we determined was that virtually none of the system components were working well, most were unreliable, and the entire system needed to be replaced soon. Then with half the cooling tower going down at the beginning of the cooling season, we accelerated the process when we feared that we may lose all cooling capacity.  

      What little history we could glean told us that the system has not been upgraded for over 20 years. Many of the key components were much older. As Derry’s facility grew, things were added onto the HVAC system resulting in a hodge-podge of components that don’t always work well together and are very hard to control. Much of that system is well past its design life span.  

      The Task Force has been working hard to develop a replacement system. Throughout the process we’ve kept two main objectives in focus:

      1. The system needs to have longevity, to support operations of the church for decades; and
      2. The system needs to be centrally controlled, with web-based controls.

      To date, we’ve completed the following:

      • Requested design-build proposals from five contractors, three of which have responded with draft proposals.
      • Reviewed proposals with contractors multiple times, exploring varied approaches to replacing the system, fine tuning the scope of work of the project.
      • Initiated discussion of options to finance the project.
      • Coordinated concerns of multiple parties that use the building through reviewing proposals.

      Approaches from potential contractors have varied. All three continue to refine their proposals based on Task Force review and comments/questions. We continue to meet with them, generally on a weekly basis. 

      In coming weeks we hope to select a proposal from one of the responding design-build contractors and have that proposal approved by session. We would like to start construction in early fall so that the air-conditioning part of the system is complete by next spring. The heating system would be completed next spring and summer. Stay tuned for more information as the project develops.  

    • Welcome Pastor Stephen!

      After more than two years of praying and searching, our new head pastor begins his ministry with us on Sunday, July 16. Rev. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker will preach, and a youth quartet will sing an anthem with lyrics he wrote. Our high school youth (pictured below), back from their Philadelphia mission trip, will help to lead the service. Post-worship fellowships after both the 8 & 10:30 am service offer meet and greet opportunities. If you can’t be with us in person, be sure to tune in to the live stream beginning about 10:20 am. Don’t miss this exciting day in the life of Derry Church!

    • July 2017 Financial Snapshot

      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 6/30/17
      Income YTD: $ 599,009.06
      Budgeted Expenses YTD: $ 572,279.54
      Surplus/(Deficit) YTD $ 26,729.52

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

    • Empower Derry Pres Youth!

      You're invited to participate in a new fundraiser for Derry Church's youth ministry that will empower our youth in their mission and faith development trips. In the Narthex, you will find a bulletin board covered with envelopes numbered 1-200.  We ask those willing to choose an envelope and return it with the coordinating dollar amount. For example, if you choose envelope #37, you would donate $37.00. If all 200 envelopes are claimed, we’ll raise over $20,000! What will we do with these funds? We will have several opportunities throughout the school year and next summer for mission trips and retreats. It is our goal to be able to reduce the cost of these trips for all of our youth families, allowing more of them to be able to attend -- and for everyone to attend knowing our church family is supporting them. We pray that you’ll say YES to an envelope and YES to empowering our youth!

    • Helping Hands Needed at the Hershey Plaza

      Between August 2017 and May 2018, volunteers are needed to help residents of the Hershey Plaza apartments pack and unpack personal items such as knick-knacks, pictures, and kitchenware as their apartments receive planned repairs and renovations. Love INC of Greater Hershey is gathering a team to help residents who are not able to do this themselves and do not have friends or family who can help. Daytime and evening volunteer opportunities will be available, with shifts anticipated to be approximately three to four hours. Please contact the Love INC office (717-835-0101) to be added to the call list: you'll know a few weeks ahead of time when volunteers will be needed.  

    • We’ll Get ‘em Next Year

      On Tuesday, Derry Church’s post-season play came to an abrupt end following two close games against the arch-rival Bumblebees. Thanks for showing great team spirit and playing your best all season long. We’ll see you next year!

    • Looking Ahead: Fall 2017

      In just a few short weeks, fall programming gets under way at Derry Church. Mark your calendars now for these upcoming events:

      Buz is Back: The Rev. Dr. Charles “Buz” Myers, ordained Presbyterian minister and Associate Professor, Religious Studies at Gettysburg College, begins a five-week series at 9 am Sunday, August 27 in room 7C. Don’t miss this popular Issues Class lecturer!

      DivorceCare/DC4Kids: 13-week support group returns beginning 6 pm Thursday, September 7 in rooms 1 & 2.

      Rally Day: The church school year gets under way 9 am Sunday, September 10.

      Terrific Tuesday: Choir rehearsals -- with dinner available to all from 5-6:15 pm -- resume Tuesdays beginning September 12. Enjoy an entree, salad, beverage and dessert for $3 per person.

      Derry Seniors: The new program year gets under way at 10 am Tuesday, September 19 in room 7C when a spokesman from Hoover Funeral Home will answer questions you always wanted to ask.

      Arts Alive: The first concert of the 2017-18 series will be held 4 pm Sunday, September 24 in the Sanctuary featuring “Songs of Travel” by baritone Constantine Tsourakis, accompanied by Sean McCarthy.

    • Corn Roast Volunteers Needed

      Volunteers are needed to help set up and clean up at the annual Corn Roast on Wednesday, August 23. Contact the church office if you can spare some time in the afternoon to set up tables and chairs or in the evening for cleanup and tear down duty.

    • VBS Registration Deadline: July 24!

      Dozens of children have already signed up for  “Building Faith in God” Vacation Bible School. The program will be held 9 am - 12 pm Monday-Friday, August 7-11 at Derry Church. Monday, July 24 is the last day for advance registration. Registration forms are available online and at church. One form per child. $10 per child/$40 family maximum. Make checks payable to Derry Church, notated “VBS.” Class sizes are limited.

    • Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed

      On the third Friday morning of each month from approximately 9:30-10:30 am. Spend an hour of your time delivering a hot meal to homebound seniors in our community and you'll be the one with a big smile on your face for the rest of the day. Contact Cindy Warnock for more info & to volunteer.

    • Safe Children Training Rescheduled for July 30

      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 30 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.

    • Find Derry Church on Social Media

      Derry Church is active across several social media channels. is the place to see the most current photos and find out about events and other news items of interest. “Like” us and join more than 700 other friends of Derry Church. If you’re an Instagram user, check us out at We’re also on and Much of the same content is shared across all platforms, so choose your favorites to keep up with all that’s happening at the church. If you want to look at any of these platforms later, you can find them easily using the social media icons at the bottom of every page on

    • Devotionals Available Now

      “These Days” daily devotional booklets for July-September are available for pickup in baskets at church. Booklets are provided free of charge by the Membership & Involvement committee. Take one for yourself - share one with a friend or family member.

    • Prayers Needed?

      If you or someone you know would appreciate being added to the church's prayer list, there are three ways to make it happen. Call the church office (533-9667), send an email to church secretary Teresa Hutcheson, or on Sunday morning, fill out a prayer request available in the pew racks and hand it to an usher during the first hymn. The usher will hand it to the pastor at a convenient point in the worship service.

      If the prayer concern is of a personal nature, you can request "staff only" prayers. You can count on prayer from the church staff even when those names are not included in the enews or printed prayer list updated each week and available from the information desk in the Narthex and the lower level atrium). Thank you for taking time to let the church office know when someone is in need of prayer... we also appreciate knowing when someone's name can be removed from the prayer list. 

    • Softball Team in the Playoffs

      Derry's co-ed softball team has its first playoff games on Tuesday evening, July 11. Come to Veteran's Field off Progress Avenue, Harrisburg for games at 8 and 9 pm. Want to play? Contact Matt Speck. Spectators welcome! Bring your favorite folding chair.

    • Ryan Holp Memorial Blood Drive: July 23

      8:30 am - 12 pm Sunday, July 23 in Fellowship Hall.  Come out and show your support of a cause important to Ryan (son of Derry members Ruth & Dick Holp) who passed away earlier this year. Sign up for a time slot on July 9 or 16... walk-ins welcome, too! A form of ID is required from all who wish to donate. Everyone receives two Harrisburg Senators' ticket vouchers and a blood donor T-Shirt. 

    • Welcome Back Nancy Joiner Reinert to Our Pulpit

      This weekend we welcome back Rev. Nancy Joiner Reinert as our guest preacher. Nancy Joiner graduated from Grove City College in 1971 and moved to Hershey to begin her ministry as the Director of Christian Education at Derry Church. Here she met and married Wayne Reinert. After David and Paul were born, she returned to educational ministry at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Lebanon and Pine Street Church in Harrisburg. In 1993 she entered Princeton Theological Seminary -- where she met Debbie Hough and Larry VanHise! She earned her M.Div. in 1996 and accepted a call to the First Presbyterian Church of Caledonia, NY. After retiring in 2015, she and Wayne returned “home” to Hershey to be near Paul and Emily and grandchildren Lula, 6, and Paxson, 3. David and Natalie live in Los Angeles with 4 month-old Elizabeth. Besides being “Nana,” one of Nancy’s passions is supporting “Water for South Sudan,” an organization that drills wells and teaches hygiene in South Sudan, where she has traveled as a member of the board of directors.

    • Heading to Philadelphia

      Derry’s senior high youth leave on Sunday for Philadelphia and the Center for Student Missions. Keep them in your prayers in coming days as they serve in soup kitchens and homeless shelters, hand out bagged lunches to people on the streets, clean up a city block  and eat in different ethnic restaurants each night to learn about the city’s variety of cultures. The group includes Lizzie Pease, Amanda Ruch, Tony O’Shea, Natalie Taylor, Chris Kyper, Abby Han, Patrick Gavazzi, Hunter Arnold, Keely Schrumm, Diana Cozzi and leaders Keri Keck, Steven Guenther and Jackie Lerch.

    • Presbyterian Mission Agency 2016 Annual Report

      Following the June 29 approval by the Audit Committee of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, the agency’s 2016 Annual Report has just been published. This year’s report features Presbyterian Mission’s work and ministries during 2016 through impactful photographs and stories. A financial section describes the agency’s stewardship of mission and per capita funds, as well as the sources and uses of funds for the entire agency and its departments. Annual reports for prior years are also available online.

    • Building & Grounds Committee Hopes You'll "Line Up" for this Job!

      Derry Church's Building and Grounds Committee seeks two or three adult volunteers to paint spacing lines in the parking lot. We have a line painter, all we need is someone to operate it. It is very simple (think spray can on wheels with a handle). Interested and able volunteers, please contact one of these individuals: 

      Jim Pease or 717-644-4660
      Roger Zimmer or 717-533-9667
      Jeff Miller or 717-533-9667

    • Church Office Voice Mail Fail

      The church's voice mail system is not operational: it will be fixed when a replacement part can be obtained, either late this week or early next week. If you have a message for church staff, please call during office hours (9 am - 5 pm) or send email.

    • Newly Baptized on July 2

      Congratulations to Shaun and Valerie Minnich, whose daughter Josefine Emerie was baptized on Sunday, July 2 along with James Martin, son of Steve & Priscilla Berk. Josefine's big sister is Genevieve; Gavin is older brother of James. The next baptism Sunday is set for August 6.

  • June - 2017
    • June 2017 Session Highlights
      • Received the monthly financial statements from the Treasurer and reports from the Board of Deacons and all committees.
      • Approved a transfer of membership for Claire Folts to Broad Street Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Ohio.  Approved the removal of Lindsey Yingst from Derry’s active membership role due to her relocation and Dave Sweigert at his request.
      • Approved James Carns, James Warnock, Tracy Burke, Tracey Kinney and George Porter as signatories on Derry’s checking accounts.
      • Approved leasing the Mansion Road property to a family for the term of one year beginning July 1, 2017.
      • Approved making the Safe Children Committee a Sub-committee under the guidance of the Christian Education Committee.  
      • Approved Christian Education’s request to announce a fundraiser entitled “Empower the Derry Youth” proceeds of which will be used to supplement the cost of youth trips.
      • Approved changing the age for Confirmation from 9th to 8th grade.
      • Approved van requests for youth activities.
      • Approved a request from the Mission and Peace Committee to publish information regarding a scholarship program that supports students attending Presbytery Education Board schools in Pakistan and to sell greeting cards, the proceeds from which will support schools in Sargodha, Pakistan.
      • Approved a change in the Vacation Policy for Derry Church staff in which those who are full-time employees for 11 years will be eligible to earn 20 vacation days per year. Part-time employees earn paid vacation in proportion to the number of hours which make up the stated work week.
      • Approved a building use request from the Manada Conservancy to use Fellowship Hall for meetings on Wednesday September 13 and Thursday, October 19.
      • Endorsed Martha Walker as an applicant for the position of Ruling Elder Commissioner to the 2018 General Assembly.  
      • Thanked Rev. Larry van Hise for his leadership as Session Moderator over the past 15 months, pictured below with Clerk of Session Kathy Yingst.
    • Jim Rule in Concert

      Children’s songwriter Jim Rule will present a concert celebrating family, friends, faith and fun at 1 pm Wednesday, August 9 in the Sanctuary. All ages are welcome to join with the children and families participating in Vacation Bible School for a concert by this popular children’s entertainer. 

      Jim Rule has performed concerts across North America and Europe that feature songs and stories in a variety of styles ranging from toe tapping tunes to inspirational anthems. His lyrical voice and warm sense of humor appeal to children and grown-ups alike. The concert will feature audience participation, song and dance, sign language, a little Spanish, some monkey business and lots of laughs.

      Jim's last appearance at Derry Church was in 2012.

    • 80+ Lunch Bunch: July 11

      11:30-1:30 pm Tuesday, July 11 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.

    • Meal Train for the Backenstose Family

      Sign up online to provide dinner for Amy Backenstose, who recently gave birth to a premature baby daughter and has three small children at home. If you would like to help with childcare or providing transportation for Amy in the next weeks, contact Nancy Kitzmiller. Thanks, Derry!

    • Hershey Food Bank Can Help
      The Hershey Food Bank and Community Outreach would like to remind families who have encountered challenging economic times that they are here to help. Our purpose is to serve the Derry Township community by providing food and assistance with the temporary needs of families and individuals in financial distress, no matter how large or small the family may be. Examples of “in need” include: 
      • Your children receive free or subsidized school lunches 
      • You are on the SNAP program 
      • You lost your job or have a low paying job 
      • You are a single mom or dad going through difficult times 
      • You are on low fixed income or disability or receive medical assistance 
      • You are on Section 8 housing program 
      The Hershey Food Bank provides other services such as emergency utility and rent assistance for established food bank clients, budgeting classes, and referrals to other nonprofits and government agencies for needs they are not able to meet. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please email or call 717-520-3143. 
    • Big Enews Thank-You

      To Lori Klucker for producing the church eNewsletter this week while Sue George was on vacation.

    • Church Office Closed July 4

      The church office will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

    • Thank You, Mission Week Volunteers!

      Thanks to all who participated and led activities during Mission Week PLUS! See more pictures of our amazing mission volunteers on Derry’s Facebook page and, in the future, you will hear stories from many of them. The Mission & Peace committee would like to express gratitude for all the helping hands and hearts given to our mission to do God’s work and show God’s love. Remember that most missions continue through the summer and some all year long. If you have found a mission opportunity that you would like to continue, please do! If you need help to get on the schedule, call the organization directly or contact Karen Leader. Watch the bulletin and e-newsletter for information on new mission opportunities

    • Discover Derry Church This Summer

      The three-week summer series of New Member Discovery Classes will be held 8-10 am Sundays, July 30 August 6 and 13 in Room 2 on the lower level. Classes will be repeated Wednesdays from 6-8 pm on August 2 and 9. Meet the church staff and leaders and find out more about the mission and ministry of Derry Church and how you can get involved. Those who decide to join will be received as members at the 10:30 am service on Sunday, August 13. Register by Wednesday, July 26 (533-9667).

    • Time to Renew - and Save!

      Presbyterians Today is our denomination’s award-winning monthly magazine. Each issue includes inspiring mission stories, stimulating theological articles and news about the people and churches across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Copies of the magazine can be found in the atrium library and at the Information Center. Join Derry’s group subscription rate,   now $2 less than last year: only $9.95 for six issues when we maintain ten or more subscribers. That’s a savings of nearly half off the $17.95 cost for a one-year individual subscription, To add or renew a subscription, make checks payable to Derry Presbyterian Church for $9.95, notated “Presbyterians Today.” Return checks by July 1 by mail to the church or place in the manila envelope in Rev. Marie Buffaloe’s mailbox. Please DO NOT place payment in the offering plate.

    • Summer Social for New Members: July 23

      3-5 pm Sunday, July 23 in Fellowship Hall for all who have joined Derry Church in the past 12 months and those who have signed up to attend the summer series of new member classes. Enjoy make-your-own ice cream sundaes, reconnect and get to know others and find out ways you can be involved. RSVP to Rev. Marie Buffaloe by Sunday, July 16.

    • Note of Thanks from Ruth

      A huge, heartfelt thank-you to the good folks at Derry for the calls, the many cards and the love and appreciation shown to me following my recent retirement as receptionist at Derry. The gift of the beautiful angel and the lavish reception in my honor following the service were so much appreciated. I feel very blessed to be part of the Derry Church family! Thank you, Ruth Uffelman

    • Introducing Derry's New Chancel Flower Coordinator

      Sandy Pushnik is the person to contact when you want to place flowers on the chancel on Sunday mornings. She can be reached by email or by calling 838-6902. To honor or memorialize a loved one by donating one or more flower arrangements, contact Sandy to determine available dates, then make a contribution of $60 for one arrangement or $120 for two arrangements. All flower contributions are tax-deductible.

    • 14th Annual Independence Day Celebration: July 3

      7:30 pm Monday, July 3 on the front lawn of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The public is invited to “An American Salute,” a performance by the Hershey Symphony Orchestra. This group of accomplished musicians is one of the nation’s largest volunteer orchestras with more than 80 members. Admission and parking are free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase starting at 6 pm. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. The first half of the concert will feature selections from the Broadway smash “Hamilton,” a few John Williams pieces including ‘Star Wars’ and a medley of Sinatra hits. For the second half of the concert, the orchestra will present “A Salute to America,” accompanied by vocalists. These selections will celebrate America and provide a special tribute to the military.

    • Independence Day Concert

      3 pm Tuesday, July 4 at Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg. The 150-member Utah Valley Children’s Choir, a private music academy whose mission is to “Sing for the Lord,” uses sacred religious music to teach spiritual values and improve singing skills. Founded by Beverly Thomas and Mary Visker, the Choir has been touching lives through music and service for 30 years.

    • Watch All of the “Ask Pastor Stephen” Videos!

      Have you seen all 12 videos made by our new pastor, Rev. Dr. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker, answering questions posed by Derry members and friends? The complete series is available on this YouTube playlist.

    • Calling All Night Owls: Bethesda Mobile Mission Needs YOU!

      9 pm Friday, July 7 at Bethesda Mission: finish up by 12 am. Youth age 12 and older are encouraged to participate with their parents. You'll travel in Bethesda Mobile Mission’s van and deliver meals and supplies (and Derry's handmade fleece blankets) to homeless individuals in downtown Harrisburg. Six volunteers are needed: contact Craig Smith (566 4757). Next opportunity: Friday, September 1.

    • Thank you, Derry!

      Last week eight Derry members partnered with Bridges to Community and 12 local masons to help build two houses in Comejen 4, Nicaragua. These houses were built in memory of Rev. Bob Unverzagt, given by his wife, Joanne, and friends. In addition, daily Bible school activities were received enthusiastically by 35-80 community children and adults. Thank you all for your continued support of this ongoing Mission Week activity. Make your plans now to join Derry's 2018 trip!

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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) 
    • 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).

    • 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.

  • May - 2017
    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.