News Archives

When the full story is not visible, click on a headline to read more.

  • May - 2017
    • 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.


    • 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.
    • 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.

    • 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!

    • 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).  

    • 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.

    • 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."

    • 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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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).

    • Learn More About the Apostle Paul

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

    • Welcome Back Guest Preacher Drew Stockstill

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

    • Carlisle Presbytery Returns to Honduras

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

    • Celebrate with the Hinderliters on May 17

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

    • Orange Day is April 25

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

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

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

    • New Pastor Information & Upcoming Events

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

      Meet the Candidate Receptions on May 5 & 6: 

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

      Congregational Meeting on May 7:

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

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

    • Church Office Closed on Easter Monday, April 17

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

    • Derry Seniors Learn About the Pennsylvania Turnpike: May 16

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

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

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

    • March 2017 Financial Snapshot

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

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

    • 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.

    • Pilgrim Fellowship Makes Easter Baskets This Sunday

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

    • 12th Annual Pierogi Dinner: April 8

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

    • Easter Greeters Needed

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

    • PW Spring Gathering: April 1

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

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

      Volunteers: please contact Craig Smith (566 4757)

    • Welcome Guest Preacher Rev. Heather McLaughlin Sigler

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

    • Rev. Anne Myers is New Carlisle Presbytery Associate

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

    • New Member Classes Begin April 23

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

    • 9th Annual Mission Classic Golf Outing: June 3

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

    • Saturday, March 25 is Orange Day...

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

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

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

    • Allison Spooner’s Ordination & Installation

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

    • Live Across the Street from Derry Church

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

    • Four Weeks of Lee Barrett Starts on Sunday

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

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

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

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

    • Coin Return on Sunday

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

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

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

    • New Wilmington Mission Conference: July 22-29

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

    • Called Presbytery Meeting to Examine Allison Spooner

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

    • Join the Parsonage Ministry Team!

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

    • Love INC Rose Outreach Report

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

    • Discovery Days Fundraiser Reports

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

    • Join the Discovery Days Advisory Board

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

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

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

    • "These Days" Spring Edition Available Now

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

    • Student Film Festival Submissions Accepted through April 1

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

    • Welcome Derry's Newest Members

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

    • March 2017 Financial Snapshot

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

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

    • “Mission Madness” Fundraiser

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

    • Blanketing the Congregation with Thanks

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

    • Welcome Back Allison Spooner to our Pulpit

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

    • Family Promise Meals Needed!

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

    • Join in the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering

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

    • Tuesday Morning Golf Begins Soon

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

    • Spring Forward on March 12

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

    • Seder Meal: April 12

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

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

    • Maundy Thursday Worship: April 13

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

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

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

    • Easter Vigil: April 15

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

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

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

    • It's Time to Order Easter Lilies

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

    • Easter Treats Needed by April 2

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

    • Children & Sacraments Program

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

    • Holy Week at Derry

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

    • Easter Egg Hunt & Crafts: April 8

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

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

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

    • Mansfield University Concert Choir

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

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

    • Volunteers Needed for Disabilities Camp: Aug 13-18

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

    • Post-Concert Bake Sale

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