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  • April - 2018
    • Senior Forum & Expo

      10 am Saturday, April 14 •  6 pm Tuesday, April 24 at Monaghan Presbyterian Church 

      Are you or your loved one considering a move to senior housing? Are you confused by the wide range of services, terminology and costs? Would you like a better understanding of available options and questions to ask when you consider the options available? At this senior forum and expo, you'll learn about available services in nonprofit and for-profit senior communities, find out what questions to ask when comparing communities, and what to consider when identifying your individual needs.

      Following the presentation, meet representatives from local communities and services. This is a good place to gather information to begin understanding senior housing for your parent, yourself, or a friend. Free! No need to RSVP. Handicapped accessible. 
    • Kids to Krislund Fundraising Dinner & Auction: April 29

      Enjoy an afternoon of fun and fellowship to raise money to fund Krislund's "Campership" program, which provides financial assistance to those campers who might otherwise not be able to experience Krislund Camp.

      The afternoon starts with a 3 pm reception on Sunday, April 29, followed by a delicious home-cooked meal and an auction featuring unique items from local craftspeople. All funds raised will benefit the Campership program.

      $50/person or $100/couple. RSVP by Monday. April 23.
    • Kiss Hershey Back 2018!

      9 am - 12 pm Saturday, May 12, an annual community-wide clean-up effort. Meet at the tent on the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for a free breakfast and instructions, then travel to designated clean-up sites by 9:30 am. A free event with lunch, raffles, kid-friendly activities and more will take place 12-2 pm at the tent. Volunteer

    • Lunch and Learn About Medications: April 19

      12 pm Thursday, April 19 at Londonderry Village's Di Matteo Worship Center. Charles “Chuck” Kray, R.Ph. will present "Understanding How Your Medications Work." 

      As President of Hershey Pharmacy and HersheyCare, Chuck has been faithfully serving residents and nursing home communities for over 30 years. He earned his degree in Pharmacy from Duquesne University. Chuck is known in the industry for providing outstanding customer service in both retail and long-term care pharmacy. His fundamental knowledge of the industry commitment to excellence has taught him that the needs of every customer are inherently unique, and it is this understanding that sets him apart.
      RSVP to 717-687-2521 ext. 3009. Brown bag lunches are available for purchase and must be requested at the time of reservation. Or, bring your own lunch or just come and listen to the speaker.
    • Derry Church Does It Again!

    • Attention Visitors & New Members

      If you've ever wondered, “Who Are We, Presbyterians?” this class has answers for you. Join Pastor Marie at 9:15 am Sunday, April 22 in the Lounge to watch a video on the history and mission of the Presbyterian church and discuss our unique gifts. It’s a great class for newer members and visitors -- and everyone interested in learning more about Derry Church and what it means to be Presbyterian.

    • Learn About Indiantown Gap National Cemetery

      At 10 am on Tuesday, May 15 in Fellowship Hall, the Derry Seniors welcome Randy Plummer to learn about the history of Indiantown Gap National Cemetery and eligibility requirements for interment in a national cemetery. The program is free, with lunch following ($3/person).

      Mr. Plummer retired from the United States Air Force in February 2005 after 22 years of service, and began working for Indiantown Gap National Cemetery two months later as a temporary caretaker. He has served as Caretaker, Tool and Parts Attendant, Cemetery Representative, and Program Support Assistant, and is now the Administrative Officer. He also teaches the cemetery representative class for the National Cemetery Administration at the National Training Center located in St Louis.

    • "How Fear Works" Lectures: April 16

      "How Fear Works" Lectures
      Two lectures on Monday, April 16 at Wilson College:
      12 pm: The Rules of Fear in 21st Century Society
      6:30 pm: Socialization and the Culture of Fear

      The way we fear and what we dread is mediated through social and cultural norms. Sociologist Dr. Frank Furedi, author of the forthcoming publication, How Fear Works: The Culture of Fear in the 21st Century, will discuss the distinctive features of the culture of fear at the present time. He will explore the symbols and rituals through which modern fear is performed in everyday life and  attempt to answer the question of how fear works in the 21st century. Read more.

    • Discovery Days Bake Sale

      At the 4 pm Arts Alive concert featuring pianist Thomas Pandolfi on Sunday April 29. All funds raised will purchase supplies and equipment for Derry Discovery Days preschool. Your homemade bake sale items are welcome: drop off 9 am - 5 pm Friday, April 27 in the church kitchen or Sunday April 29 before noon. Please mark all items "DDD." Sign up.

    • Meet Sharon Cin

      Our video series on getting to know Derry members continues with food scientist Sharon Cin as she demonstrates how she makes fine couverture chocolates at home in Hershey. The first video in this playlist featured Ben Folts. More profiles coming soon!

    • Derry Goes to Bark in the Park

      In our continuing effort to engage with our community, the Long Range Planning Committee, in partnership with Derry's Animal Companion Care team, will participate at the Bark for Life Relay. Stop by our vendor booth where we'll offer pet blessings and hand out dog treats. 

      This year’s event will be held at Herbert A. Schaffner Memorial Park in Hummelstown on Saturday, April 21. Registration opens at 9 am, opening ceremony starts at 10 am. 

      Bark For Life is an American Cancer Society Relay For Life fundraising event. The event includes a noncompetitive walk for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. Fundraising dollars go directly to human cancer research.

    • Engage Celtic Worship on May 12
      5 pm Saturday, May 12 in the Sanctuary. Saturday night worship returns with Celtic liturgies and music for this interactive worship service of peace that includes the creation of two live paintings.
    • Ushering Tips & More

      What do you need to know to be an usher at 10:30 am worship? Watch this short video featuring Skip Becker and Al Porter to learn the basics. How-to videos for 8 am ushering and serving as Elder in the Box are also available. All Derry Church how-to videos are available on this playlist, with more coming soon.

    • Lasses & Lassies Dinner: May 5

      6-8 pm Saturday, May 5 in Fellowship Hall. All women and girls are invited to a buffet dinner featuring vegetable & cheese tray, rolls and butter, salad, stuffed chicken breast, vegetable medley, baked corn, mashed potatoes, beverages and dessert. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available.

      God's Word is the theme for the evening. Following the meal, Derry's own God's Hidden Hands puppet troupe will present a program in the Sanctuary.

      Free for lassies age four and under. $6 for ages 5-12. $13 for ages 13 and up. Purchase tickets no later than April 29 from Doris Feil: see her on Sunday mornings April 15, 22 or 29. This banquet is shared with St. John’s Methodist Church and sponsored by Derry’s Presbyterian Women.
    • Final Standings in Mission Madness 2018

      Kudos to 2018 Mission Madness champion Julie “Prime Time” Yutesler! She had the wisdom several weeks ago to predict Villanova over Michigan in the finals. This year there are also medals for the rest of the Top 5, and they are:

      1. Nancy “Thriller” Kitzmiller
      2. Deb “Messiah Mom” Smoluk
      3. Larry “The Wise” vanHise
      4.  Kelly “Soprano” Barth
      The official “awards ceremony” for the Top 5 finishers will take place at the beginning of the 10:30 am service on Sunday, April 15 (Youth Sunday). The top 25 finishers will be posted in the Narthex… the rest of us dwelling in the cellar probably don’t need the reminder of how poorly we fared! While the final numbers aren’t in yet, with everyone’s help more than $1,800 was raised for the Mission House. Thanks to everyone who participated!
    • Understanding the Resurrection

      9:15 -10 am Sunday, April 15 & 22 in the Chapel 

      Join Pastor Stephen for a conversation about modern theological understandings of the resurrection event from the 19th century up to the present day. This class will consider how different theologians explained and understood the resurrection in light of contemporary philosophies, history, and events.

    • Thanks, Lori!

      You’re receiving this week’s eNewsletter thanks to the efforts of Lori Klucker, who serves on the Communications & Technology Committee. Thanks, Lori!

  • March - 2018
    • Love INC Volunteers Needed

      Love INC of Greater Hershey has a small pool of transportation volunteers and an ever-growing need for drivers willing to help provide rides to medical appointments, grocery stores, job interviews and agency appointments. Most of these driving requests take less than one hour. Needs may be any time of day or day of the week, including evenings and weekends. Can you help? Contact Jill Podczaski.

      The Parsonage next to Spring Creek Church of the Brethren provides a home-away-from home for family members that have to travel to care for their loved ones at the Hershey Medical Center. Volunteers perform light housekeeping to help provide a clean, comfortable space for guests during their stay. Most housekeeping volunteers only serve once a month for approximately two hours. Volunteers are needed on the first Monday, first Wednesday, third Friday, last Wednesday, and last Thursday of each month. Training is provided. Contact Michelle to volunteer.

    • Fantastic Isaac's Fundraiser!

      Thanks to all who came out for dinner at Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches last Thursday... you helped to raise $157 to support scholarships for the Presbyterian Education Board’s school in Sargodha, Pakistan! Thanks, Derry! Watch for more opportunities to support education across the globe in months to come.

    • 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 tonight in the Sanctuary as they help to lead the service.

    • 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, with shuttle service beginning at 8:30 am and continuing through the morning. Sidewalks are available for those who don't mind the pleasant five-minute stroll to church. 

    • Save Room for Derry’s Delicious Easter Breakfast

      8:30 - 11 am Sunday, April 1 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 2018.

    • David LaMotte in Concert April 28

      Musician, composer and teacher David LaMotte will present a free concert at 7 pm Saturday, April 28 at Monaghan Presbyterian Church, Dillsburg. The family friendly concert is sponsored by the Presbytery of Carlisle, the Synod of the Trinity and the Eastern Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (EAPCE). Hitch a ride with Debbie Hough: leave Derry Church by 6 pm, return by 10 pm. RSVP to Debbie.

    • Derry Singers to Perform with Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra in April

      8 pm Friday, April 13 at Messiah College's Parmer Hall and April 14 and 15 at the Forum, Harrisburg. The Susquehanna Chorale -- including Derry Church singers Greg Harris, Karen Click and Janice Click Holl -- will perform with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and Messiah College choirs. The musicians will celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday year with his music from On the Town and the choral work, Chichester Psalms. On the second half, Ernest Bloch’s Sacred Service, a piece championed by Bernstein. 

    • One Great Hour of Sharing: 2018 Progress

      Thanks to everyone giving to One Great Hour of Sharing and helping our neighbors in need around the world. Help us reach the goal by Easter Sunday, April 1!

    • March 2018 Session Highlights
      • Received the Treasurer’s Report and Staff Reports.
      • Approved the Heritage Committee’s request to sell a Christmas ornament of the Session House on April 22, April 29 and May 6, 2018.
      • Approved a patronage campaign for the Arts Alive program.
      • Approved the sale of tickets for the church picnic on Sundays throughout May.
      • Approved the purchase of a baby grand piano for the Chapel using dedicated funds.
      • Removed Barbara Stolz & John Bruckhart from the active membership roll at their request.
      • Approved the use of the church van for various youth activities.
      • Approved increasing the Business Manager’s hours from 20 to 25 per week.
      • Approved the Derry Discovery Days’ staff benefits policy.
      • Renewed the Covenant of Agreement with Dr. Buffaloe together with an updated position description.
      • Approved Derry Discovery Days’ request to hold their Fall Festival and silent auction on Saturday, November 3, 2018.
      • Approved an online Usbourne Book Fair in May to benefit Derry Discovery Days’ library.
      • Approved a bake sale following the Arts Alive program on April 29, proceeds from which benefit Derry Discovery Days.
      • Approved an online Thirty-One Basket fundraiser to enable Derry Discovery Days’ to gain hostess points to purchase items for their silent auction.
      • Approved the Derry Presbyterian Church Credit Card Terms and Agreement to be signed by those to whom a church credit card is given.
      • Approved Shel Parker as a Session representative to the Nominating Committee. Approved various Session committee members.Received and welcomed Carolyn and David Ermak as new members at a called meeting on March 11.
    • HVAC Update #4

      As we move through Easter weekend, our HVAC project in many areas will look like it is finishing up. This week the lower level ceilings are being replaced (except for a few tiles that must stay out a while longer). All of the lower level and narthex/nursery heat pumps have been replaced. The chiller and cooling tower are operating so we will have A/C by Easter as requested in our agreement. The overall control systems and equipment adjustments will continue in the next couple weeks. The new fan coil units in Chapel and the new boilers will be replaced as weather allows because we will not have heat for a couple weeks once boilers are shut down. Thanks to everyone for their patience and help during this upgrade process.

    • Streaming Holy Week Services

      If you can't join us in person, you can watch tonight's Maundy Thursday worship live stream beginning at about 6:50 pm... on Easter Sunday, April 1, the live stream will begin at about 10:50 am. Watch on or YouTube.

    • "Three Pines" Coming to Derry Church June 1-2

      The March 2018 women’s retreat focusing on books by Louise Penny was cancelled due to a power outage... but that's not the end of the story. It's coming back in a new form, to be held at Derry Church 6:30-8:30 pm Friday, June 1 and 9 am - 4 pm Saturday, June 2 (lunch included)... and it's not just for women! Men and women ready to immerse themselves in the world of Three Pines and the stories featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache are welcome: cost is $20/person. When the program ends at 4 pm Saturday, you have the option to continue the fun with late-afternoon crafts and dinner at a local restaurant. RSVP to Debbie Hough by May 25. 

    • Sean McCarthy Presents Solo Organ Recital on April 4

      12:15 pm Wednesday, April 4 at Camp Hill Presbyterian Church. The performance by Derry Church's Director of Music and organist will include Easter music by Dubois, Dupré, Mulet, Widor, Buxtehude and Bach. A free will offering will be received. Arrive by 11:45 am to enjoy a complimentary light luncheon.

      The church's acclaimed 40-rank Schantz pipe organ was installed in May 2008 and serves as the centerpiece of a vibrant music ministry under the direction of Dan Dorty.

    • Thirty-One Fundraiser Supports Our Preschool: Order by Mar 30

      Here's another way you can support Derry Discovery Days Preschool: shop their annual Thirty-One Gifts party now through Friday, March 30. Products earned by the preschool will be used for silent auction offerings at this year's Fall Festival, set for Saturday, Nov. 3. On special this month: 50% off a purse/tote when you spend $35. Questions? Contact Tricia Kohler.

    • Wear Orange on Palm Sunday!

      Wear orange on Sunday, March 25 to show support for organizations like Hope Against Trafficking in Southeast Michigan. It has a 24-month residential program that serves adult female survivors of sex and labor trafficking induced by threat, force and/of coercion. Women who enter the program will likely have first experienced sexual abuse between the ages of seven and 11, started using drugs by age 12 and 13, and been on the streets by age 14. Raise awareness of exploitation of women on Orange Day with an orange ribbon or apparel.

    • Staff Openings at Krislund Camp

      The Krislund Joint Camp and Conference Committee (JCCC) has completed position descriptions for a camp Executive Director and a Program Director. The JCCC has decided that the Krislund ministry has reached a point that it needs both positions if the growth of the ministry is to be sustained into the future. A Search Committee of seven that is comprised of members of the three supporting presbyteries has been elected to perform a concurrent search to fill both positions. Three of the Search Committee members are from the Presbytery of Carlisle. They are: Roz Presby, Harold Nightwine, and Vern Gauthier. Contact them if you have any questions or input as the search process begins.

    • March 2018 Financial Snapshot
      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 2/28/18
        Actual        Budgeted
      Income YTD 249,751         207,236
      Expenses YTD 217,403         210,847
      Surplus (Deficit) YTD 32,348           (3,611)

      Expenses are up over 2017 as expected, as we have a head pastor. There have also been more repairs so far this year. Contributions have also increased over the first two months compared to 2017. Questions? Contact Steven Guenther

    • DivorceCare Facilitator Needed this Fall: No Experience Necessary!

      DivorceCare is a recovery support group for help and healing from a separation and divorce. It is built around a 13-week non-denominational biblical teaching video that features leading experts in divorce and recovery, with discussions following each weekly video. Facilitators (there are two at Derry) can be male or female and it's not necessary to have gone through a separation or divorce. Their primary role is to create an atmosphere of warmth, caring and trust in the discussion group. Facilitators encourage discussion about what was seen on the DVD and allow each participant time for personal sharing. Interested? Please contact Loretta Blaydon or Marie Buffaloe

    • Serve Breakfast on Saturday, March 31

      Join a group of Derry Church volunteers to serve breakfast to the people of the Allison Hill community. Meet at the Unitarian Church on 16th & Market, Harrisburg at 8:30 am Saturday, March 31. At this "Gather the Spirit" monthly breakfast program, you'll serve the meal, then sit down across the table for food and conversation and get to know our Harrisburg neighbors. RSVP to Karen Leader.

    • Celebrate Easter at Downtown Daily Bread!

      Derry’s next scheduled Downtown Daily Bread is on Easter Sunday, April 1. Six volunteers are needed to serve Easter dinner from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Celebrate the resurrection by serving others: contact Craig Smith to sign up.

    • TONIGHT: One More Isaac's Fundraiser!

      Can we beat the February total of $219 for school scholarships for the Sargodha school? Let's find out: one last opportunity is 5-9 pm TONIGHT: Thursday, March 22 at the Isaac's restaurant in Hummelstown. Download a flyer. Thanks, Derry!

    • PW Spring Gathering: April 7

      9 am - 2 pm Saturday, April 7 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Lebanon. The morning program will be "S.O.A.R.(Support, Outreach and Renewal) into the future." A few changes to the by-laws will be addressed before the program. Registration begins at 9:15 am.

    • New Member Classes Begin April 29

      The five-week spring series of New Member Discovery Classes will begin Sunday, April 29 at 9:15 am in the Lounge. Classes will be repeated Wednesdays from 6-7 pm beginning May 2. 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 27. Register by Wednesday, April 25.

    • 10th Annual Mission Classic Golf Outing: June 3

      8 am Saturday, June 2 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.

    • Thomas Pandolfi Presents "Heroic Piano" April 29

      4 pm Sunday, April 29 in the Sanctuary: concert pianist Thomas Pandolfi returns with an exciting recital of masterpieces by Mozart, Liszt, and Chopin, including favorites such as Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude, and Polonaise in A-flat major, the Heroic. Mr. Pandolfi has performed concerts throughout the United States and Canada and across the globe to China and Europe. His performances have garnered critical acclaim for his passionate artistry and dazzling technique. Free will offering. Don't miss this Arts Alive event!

    • G.O.D. Squad Spring Work Day RESCHEDULED: April 28

      The March 24 work day has been CANCELLED. Instead, join the Gardeners Of Derry (G.O.D. Squad) 8 am - 12 pm Saturday, April 28 to mulch the church grounds. Lunch provided. Bring rakes & shovels!  Contact Tom & Nancy Kitzmiller

    • Engage: Lent Leadership Team

      Thanks to this awesome team for leading afternoon worship for children and families on Sunday, March 11. An enthusiastic group participated in singing (and a little dancing)... art projects will soon be appearing in the display case on the ramp and in homes of our shut-in members. See more photos on facebook. Next up, Engage: Celtic on Saturday evening, May 12. Front row: Jennifer Owsley, Liz Gawron, Michelle Califf, Valerie Minnich. Back row: Steven Guenther, Kelly & Craig Barth, Pastor Stephen and Luke Gawron.

    • February 2018 Session Highlights
      • Received the Treasurer’s Report and Staff Reports.
      • Welcomed Rev. Anne Myers from the Presbytery’s Strengthening our Congregations Committee. The discussion centered on the connectional ministry of the Presbytery available to and among all churches.
      • Received the 2017 Financial Audit prepared by Boyer & Ritter, LLC.  There were no issues or recommendations.
      • Approved Baptismal Instruction and Baptism for:  Evelyn Grace McKenna and Jett Alexander Siegrist.
      • Received the annual Statistical Report.
      • Removed Katie McMillen Bailey from the active membership roll at her request.
      • Approved a revised Charitable Purpose Lease Agreement with Love INC.
      • Removed Derry Discovery Days as a subcommittee of Christian Education and established it as a new standing Session committee.
      • Approved revisions to the employee handbook regarding personal leaves of absence and approved the absence/leave policy for Derry Discovery Days.
      • Approved (retroactively) use of the church van for transportation to the Unite Youth event held on February 18 at Gretna Glen.
      • Approved the collection of an offering at the March 11 Engage-Lent service.
      • Approved a building use request from Francis Mohler to utilize fellowship hall for a two-week dance class in June for 12 to 25 students.
      • Approved participation in a mission project on Good Friday at Christ Lutheran Church in Harrisburg for the Pilgrim Fellowship group.
      • Held the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees for The Derry Presbyterian Church, Inc. during which time the following officers were elected: Greg Taylor, President; Jim Pease, Vice President. Kathy Yingst, Clerk of Session and Steven Guenther, Church Treasurer were affirmed ex officio as Secretary and Treasurer of the Corporation, respectively.
      • Received and welcomed the following new members at a Called meeting on February 25:  James and Karla Bennett, Ray Delo, Robbie Hoffman, Barbara Rickard, Patti Jo and David Hibshman, and Sheryl Ryan
    • Welcome Back, Jackie!

      Our director of Youth Ministries is back in the office following her maternity leave. You can reach her at or 717-533-9667 to say hi and welcome back, find out more about the youth program, or ask to see photos of son Frankie, the newest addition to the Lerch household.

    • Note of Thanks from Interfaith Shelter

      Dear Congregation of Derry Church,

      Thank you for inviting me to speak on February 25 and for your generous donation of $3,000. The church was aesthetically beautiful and you were very warm and welcoming. Your willingness to give to those who are less fortunate demonstrates great love and humility, which are qualities Catholic Charities seeks to uphold. 

      We thank you for thinking of the Interfaith Shelter in such a special way. Your kind generosity will bless our families. I would like to extend an invitation to come visit the shelter and see who we are and what we do. Your kindness and generosity is deeply appreciated. 
      Lisa Peck, Program Director
    • 13th Annual Pierogi Dinner: March 24

      4-7 pm Saturday, March 24 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 March 19: 717-507-0735.

    • Coin Return on Sunday, March 18

      Remember to bring your Change 4 Children coins with you to church on March 18 to be collected at the end of morning worship. Change 4 Children goes to Alliance for Children Everywhere which believes education is an integral part of the commitment to support healthy and sustainable families and communities. Cecilia Mvula just fulfilled her dream of working in a medical clinic with the economic support for high school and college provided by ACE. She even volunteered at the House of Moses during school breaks.

      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.
    • Family Promise Meals Needed!

      Family Promise of Harrisburg Capital Region will be returning to the Hershey Adventist Church on Chocolate Avenue during the week of March 25. Volunteers are needed to transport the families and provide evening meals. To take a meal, sign up at  (last name: Promise, password: Derry).  To volunteer to drive the van, sign up online. Questions? Contact Jane Robertson (717-439-0830). Thanks, Derry!

    • Shawl Ministry Celebrates 13th Anniversary

      On Monday night Derry’s Shawl Ministry celebrated its 13th  year of service and blessed its 1,450th shawl. Through the years participants have also made and blessed 194 dorm blankets for our high school graduates as well as dozens of baptism blankets for babies and adults. Thanks to all who have knitted and crocheted through the years to create so many beautiful and comforting items, and to those who have supported the ministry behind the scenes with donations of yarn, money and supplies. And thanks to Derry’s fantastic Deacons who deliver the completed shawls. Pictured here are some of the more than 30 members who participate in the ministry. Seated: Joan Theal, Pam Whitenack, Lorraine Russell, Sue George. Standing: Karen Carns, Chris Gawron, Robbie Hoffman, Chris Bevins and Heather Kegerise.

    • Baptisms on March 11

      Congratulations to Jeremy and Kathryn Siegrist and big brother Noah on the baptism of Jett Alexander, and to Stephanie and Mike McKenna on the baptism of Evelyn Grace. Evelyn's big brothers are Torrin and Callum. Welcome to the family!

    • NEW! Good Friday Worship

      7 pm Friday, March 30 in the Sanctuary

      Good Friday is one of the most important days in the Christian year. It is the day we mourn Christ’s death and lament our own sinfulness. It is also a day to celebrate Christ’s victory over death on the cross and to celebrate and remember God’s great love for us. On this night we will celebrate that even in the darkest nights, our hope lives on in the light of Christ: a light the darkness cannot overcome. We will lament and mourn the pain and anguish of the cross, but we will also celebrate why we call it “Good” Friday. The sanctuary will grow lighter and lighter as we hear the story of Christ’s Passion and what it means for us. At the end of the service, you will hold your own light as we celebrate the light of God’s love that the darkness cannot overcome.

    • What's Next in March for Pilgrim Fellowship?
      • 4 pm Sunday, March 11 in Fellowship Hall: bring your family to Engage: Lent worship experience
      • 12 pm Sunday, March 18 in room 7AB: bring your lunch & get ready to assemble/sort/pack supplies for the health ministry gift basket Pilgrim Fellowship will deliver on Good Friday afternoon, March 30. 
    • Loretta Chubb Marks 10th Year as Hospitality Coordinator

      March 2 is her official anniversary, but the celebration happened at Terrific Tuesday dinner on March 6. There were cards and cupcakes, but the real fun happened in this video. The apron Loretta is wearing in the photo above has been signed by grateful Derry members. There's plenty of room for more signatures:  look for the table in the Narthex.

      Note of thanks from Loretta: 

      I just wanted to write a short note to thank everyone for their cards, kind words and special presentations.  Pastor Stephen even sang me a song…………!!!  It’s actually hard to believe that’s those 10 years have gone by so quickly.  I’ve had a lot of help over the years that is truly appreciated.  With the help, aid and assistance from so many people it helps make things operate smoothly.

      Thank you all once again for the recognition.

    • Notes from Presbyterian Women
      • The next deadline for Boxtops 4 Education is March 18. Expiration dates must be 3/31/18 or later. Drop them in the PW mailbox.
      • The Spring Gathering of PW in Presbytery of Carlisle will be Apr. 7 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Lebanon. Registration begins at 9:15 am.
    • Your Creative Ideas Needed to Serve Up Sunday Snacks

      Gathering in Fellowship Hall for light snacks after Sunday worship is a Derry tradition. You can help keep it going: the Deacons are looking for your ideas on how to fill the weeks when there are no assigned groups or volunteers -- which adds up to about half the year. You'll see many open dates on the schedule posted on the bulletin board by the information center in the narthex. How would you solve this challenge? Contact Patty Gingrich with your creative ideas by March 13. Thanks, Derry!

    • Get ready for Mission Madness II

      Here's your chance to support Derry Church's Mission House and have some congregational fun during March Madness basketball season. Sign up at using Derry for the password and submit your picks by 3/14/18. Questions? Contact Pete Steelman.

      Are you in?

    • Spring Forward on March 11

      Remember to turn your clocks forward one hour on Saturday night: daylight savings time will begin at 2 am Sunday, March 11 and end on Sunday, November 4.

    • Maundy Thursday Worship

      7 pm Thursday, March 29 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. This service will be live streamed on YouTube and the church website.

    • Easter Vigil: March 31

      7 pm Saturday, March 31 beginning in the courtyard, weather permitting

      In this fresh retelling of the book of Exodus, you’ll play the role of the Israelites as you meet Moses and Aaron, follow the Arc of the Covenant and finally cross the Jordan. Elements of fire and the Seder meal, celebration of the Lord’s Supper and renewal of baptism are included in this first service of Easter. It’s a service that keeps you on the move, from outdoors to the Fellowship Hall, Narthex and Sanctuary. Don’t miss it!

    • Tuesday Morning Golf Begins Soon

      The Derry Church Golf League returns to the links on Tuesday, April 10 at Royal Oaks Golf Club, Lebanon. Play begins at 10 am through the month of April. From May to September, play begins at 8:30 am. All skill levels welcome. To sign up, contact Bill Uffelman (717-520-9160) or Jim Warnock (717- 838-8452).

  • February - 2018
    • Have Dinner at Isaacs and Help Build a School: Mar 22

      5-9 pm Thursday, March 22 at Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches in Hummelstown. One last time this winter, you’re invited to support scholarships for students 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 support the Sargodha School.

      The February fundraiser brought in $219 for the school and dozens of Derry friends enjoyed socializing and dining in groups large and small. Bring your friends and family, have a delicious dinner, and help to improve education across the globe.

    • Easter 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. Greeters are needed for all Easter services; 8, 9:30 and 11 am Sunday, April 1. Contact Nancy Kitzmiller (717-566-4138).

    • Help Pilgrim Fellowship Create a Giant Gift Basket!
      This year for their Good Friday mission project, Pilgrim Fellowship (grades 3-5) hopes to deliver a giant basket of supplies to support the health ministries at Christ Lutheran Church in Harrisburg. You may remember the Rev. Drew Stockstill preached here a few times last year: he is their Director of Health Ministries in the heart of Harrisburg’s vibrant Allison Hill neighborhood. Download a wish list or pick up one from the insert rack. Drop items by Tuesday, March 27 in the designated collection basket in the Narthex. Thanks, Derry!
    • Presbyterian Women Thanks & Updates
      • Thanks to all who helped on February 21 by donating salads and cupcakes, preparing, serving and cleaning up for the community Lenten luncheon.
      • The next Morning Circle will meet at 10:30 am Monday, March 26 in Room 13.
      • The winter tea on February 25 was a great success! See photos on facebook.
    • Immigration: A Christian Conversation, Mar 8, 17 & 22

      Highland Presbyterian Church, 500 E. Roseville Road, Lancaster

      • 10 am-1:30 pm Thursday, March 8: Oscar Barbosa, a specialist in federal immigration law, and Christine Baer, congregational resource developer of Church World Service, discuss the 300-year history of resettlement in Lancaster County.
      • 2-6 pm Saturday, March 17: Eric Barreto, professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, Kathleen Dick Leslie, legal counsel for World Relief, and Greg Carey, professor of New Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary.
      • 10 am-1:30 pm Thursday, March 22: Focus on agency support for refugee resettlement in Lancaster County, led by Christine Baer and  Cheryl DeMarco, who represents Citizens for Immigration Refugee Action Committee. Read more
      $15 for the March 8 and 22 sessions; no charge on March 17. Deadline to register: Monday, March 5. Contact the church at 717-569-2651 or go to
    • Come to Game Night at the Interfaith Shelter: Mar 14

      Meet 6:15 pm Wednesday, March 14 at Derry Church, then travel to the Interfaith Shelter for Families in Harrisburg. Along with the Mission & Peace Committee, you'll host a game night for the families. RSVP to Pete Feil. ALSO NEEDED: donations of small prizes for all ages (candy, soap, lotion, small toys, etc.) Bring items to the designated basket in the mission closet on the lower level.

    • Celebrate Loretta's 10th Anniversary on Mar 6!

      Derry's own hospitality coordinator, Loretta Chubb, marks her 10th work anniversary with us on March 2. Join us in celebrating Loretta at 5:30 pm Tuesday, March 6 in Fellowship Hall: bring a card to say thanks and have some cake. You're welcome to enjoy Terrific Tuesday dinner before or after the celebration ($3/person). 

    • HVAC Update #3

      As we enter the last week of February most of the new heat pumps are installed on the lower level of the church. We are seeing the fresh air duct work going in the halls downstairs and many less visible areas. That air system will be fed by two energy recovery units (ERV) were recently installed on the roof. The new chiller and cooling tower have also been set with a large crane. As this equipment is connected we are moving toward our expectation of having air conditioning and all new heat pump units working throughout the church before Easter. This has not been without a couple bumps in the road. We had a large, unexpected leak in our boiler that will not be replaced until after Easter. And we had a pump and control shutdown on our heat pump water system. Both of these failures have been repaired temporarily by HB McClure to get us to the time when each of these systems is replaced with the new equipment. About two more months to completion. Thank you for your patience and thank the committee for their hard work.

    • Welcome Derry's New Members!

      On Sunday Derry Church welcomed eight new members. Read more about them in the insert available at the Information Center in the Narthex. Next new member class begins on Sunday, April 29.

    • One Great Hour of Sharing

      Throughout the season of Lent we collect for One Great Hour of Sharing. This year, 50% of your gifts will be contributed to help denominational missions by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed. The other 50% of your gifts will support our international mission partner Bridges to Community and our efforts to build homes in Nicaragua. Our goal is to raise $15,000 for OGHS this year.

    • Coming Soon: Derry Church CONNECT

      Next week we're launching a new monthly publication: CONNECT. It's a quick look at what you need to know in the month ahead. CONNECT will land in your inbox next Monday, February 26 and subsequently at the end of each month... paper copies will also be available at church.

      The weekly enews will continue to arrive on Thursdays, but the format will be changing to focus on what's happening in the week ahead. 

      Contact Sue George if you have any questions or concerns.

    • February 2018 Financial Snapshot

      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 1/31/18

        Actual Budgeted
      Income YTD $118,319 $103,618
      Expenses YTD $86,827 $105,428
      Surplus (Deficit) YTD $31,492 ($1,810)


      Of the $118,319 in contributions, $47,570 was contributed in 2017 for the 2018 budget. Please let me know if you have any questions about the church's finances. Steven Guenther, Treasurer

    • Join Pastor Stephen for Bible Study on Sunday Morning!

      9:15-10 am in the Chapel. On Sunday, February 25, Pastor Stephen covers the Old Testament book of Esther in one hour... next Sunday, March 4 he'll discuss the book of Job. Series continues through March 25.

    • Watch and Discuss "13th," a Documentary

      You are invited to view and discuss the Netflix documentary "13th" with Derry staff and friends. 13th, by director Ava DuVernay, explores the "intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States." It is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery (unless as punishment for a crime).

      You can watch the entire film with the church staff at 1 pm Monday, February 26 in the John Elder Classroom... at 10 am Thursday, March 8 in room 7 ... or come to Pastor Stephen’s Tuesday night Bible study to watch segments on March 6, 13, 20 & 27 starting at 6 pm in the John Elder Classroom. Please join us for this important discussion.

    • Have Dinner at Isaacs' TONIGHT: Feb 22

      You're invited to support the building of a school for boys in Sargodha, Pakistan: have dinner at the Isaac's Restaurant in Hummelstown between 5 pm and 9 pm Thursday, February 22 ... when it's time to pay your bill, hand in this flyer and Isaac's will donate 25% of your food and beverage purchase to the Sargodha School fundraising effort.One more opportunity to participate in this fundraiser is on March 22. Save the date!  

      In 2017, your support of Isaacs’ and other fundraisers provided scholarships for ten day students at the Sargodha school at a cost of $365 per student. Your participation in tonight’s fundraiser will help to continue that support. Better yet, consider providing a scholarship for an additional student. Donor cards are available at the insert rack in the Narthex, visit or contact for more information.

    • Engage: Lent

      4 pm Sunday, March 11 in Fellowship Hall

      This family friendly worship experience focuses on Lent and the cross through music, art, and teaching. Expect child-focused and adult-focused music, teaching, and art projects.

      Bring yourself, bring the family to this special opportunity to Engage: Lent.   

    • Wear Orange on Sunday, Feb 25!

      Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence works for prevention, intervention and change in the problem of domestic violence. They report that 102 women were killed in Pennsylvania by a spouse or companion last year. Wear orange or an orange ribbon to show support for this organization and others working to end exploitation of women and children.

    • Easter Egg Hunt & Crafts: March 24

      11 am - 12 pm Saturday, March 24 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 16 by providing name(s)and age(s) of your child(ren). 

    • Easter Treats Needed by March 18

      To fill dozens of plastic eggs for the Easter egg hunt on March 24. Small NON-PEANUT candies are needed by Sunday, March 18. Please bring candy to the designated basket in the lower level mission closet.

    • “Mission Madness II” Fundraiser

      Do you love mission work, college basketball, and friendly congregational competition? Then you’re invited the second annual “Mission Madness” fundraiser benefitting Derry Church's Mission House. Participants fill out their own digital bracket for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, and the winner gets an engraved trophy and a year’s worth of Derry bragging rights! Suggested donation of $10/bracket, with all funds going to the Mission House. You can’t begin making your basketball selections until the tournament field is announced on March 12. You can make and change your picks as often as you like, but your final bracket must be submitted before tipoff of the first game on Thursday, March 15. Sign up and pay in the Narthex on March 4 or 11, or email Pete Steelman.

    • Meet n’ Greet Rev Liz Crumlish: Feb 24

      3-5 pm Saturday, February 24 at Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Simpson St. Rev. Liz Crumlish from the Church of Scotland is one of the Pilot Co-founders of Path of Renewal, an organization helping churches in Scotland exist and be relevant in a secular culture.

    • Jello, Cupcakes + Volunteers Needed Feb 21!

      Your help is needed to host the Hershey Ministerium Lenten luncheon on Wednesday, February 21 following a 12:10 pm community worship service in the Sanctuary. Derry’s Presbyterian Women needs your donations of 9”x13” gelatin salads and cupcakes (two dozen) by 9 am on February 21. Volunteers are needed to help prepare the meal, serve and/or clean up: please contact Sharon HendersonJoan Theal or Doris Feil. Thanks, Derry!

    • Pilgrims Spend a Night at the Church

      Last weekend Derry Church was transformed into an exciting new world, with themed snacks, games, crafts, stories and activities based on the movie “Night at the Museum.” See photos on facebook. Big thanks to Debbie Hough and Nicola Burke, to Pete “Teddy Roosevelt” Steelman for planning and running the games portion of the evening, to Allison Spooner and Lynn George for returning to Derry to help plan and run the event, and to the parents who provided breakfast.

      Be sure to check out the children’s dioramas displayed on the ramp leading up to the Chapel. The next event for grades 3-5 will be 12-2 pm Sunday, February 25, a “Wonder” book club & movie gathering. Bring your lunch. Parents are welcome to attend. RSVP to by Wednesday, February 21.

    • Are You a Doctor, Nurse, EMT or Other Medical Professional?

      Derry Church is looking for volunteers with experience in the medical field to provide first aid if there is a medical emergency during a worship service or church activity. The vision is for a Medical Support Team Lead to coordinate volunteer participation. If you are trained as an Emergency Medical Technician, Nurse, Dentist, Doctor, Physician Assistant or other medical professional and have interest in volunteering as a Medical Support Team Member or Medical Support Team Leader, or you’d like more information, please contact Doug Ebner at 717 379-2835.

    • LVC Student Musicians to Perform for Derry Seniors

      At 10 am Tuesday, March 20 in the Sanctuary, the Derry Seniors welcome student musicians from Lebanon Valley College. This year’s musical program will feature Patrick McMullen and Rachel Schulz performing organ works of J. S. Bach and Franck, Abigail Stoner performing Rachmaninoff's Prelude in G# on piano and Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer on handbells, and Catherine Achenbach performing You Raise Me Up as a piano/organ duet. The program is under the direction of Derry member Shelly Moorman-Stahlman, Professor of Music and College Organist at Lebanon Valley College. Free.

    • Pastor Stephen’s Sunday Class Returns Feb 18

      Join Pastor Stephen at 9:15 am in the Chapel for his Lenten class “Book in an Hour,” starting on Sunday, February 18. Each week we’ll explore the context, content, and message of a book from the Hebrew Scriptures in an hour. This overview will help familiarize you with some of the less well-known books of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament).

    • Register Online for Krislund's 2018 Summer Camps!

      Check out  Krislund Camp’s 2018 Brochure for information on all camping opportunities: Base Camp, Day Camp, Specialty Camps, Mini-Camps, Grandparent Camp, Family Camp, CIT, and Pioneers. View the full schedule and register online at 

    • 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 (March 25-April 1). Volunteers are needed for several events: tell us how you’d like to help by returning forms available at the insert rack.

    • Grants Available for the PW Churchwide Gathering

      A limited number of leadership development grants are available to help those interested in attending the PW Churchwide Gathering August 2-5, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. These reimbursable grants will cover up to $500 in Gathering registration, housing and/or travel expenses. The deadline for applying is March 30, 2018 and early application is encouraged. Priority consideration will be given first time attendees. Download a leadership development grant application.

    • “Baroque Palace” Concert

      4 pm Sunday, March 4 in the Sanctuary, featuring the Hershey Baroque Chamber Players under the direction of Sean McCarthy. Enjoy audience favorites such as Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and “Spring” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, to name just two of the “greatest hits” Sean McCarthy and his virtuoso ensemble have planned. Free will offering supports Arts Alive programming.

    • The Last Week: Walking with Jesus from Palm Sunday through Easter

      This Lent we will be walking with Jesus through Holy Week, according to the Gospel of Mark, starting with his entry into Jerusalem on a donkey surrounded by crowds waving palms. We’ll get to see day by day what Jesus said and did during his last week before his death and resurrection. Some of the common stories we hear about Jesus happened in this last week, but we don’t always get to hear and experience them in this context. Please join us each Sunday from February 18 through March 25 as we walk with Jesus through Jerusalem to the cross and to the empty tomb. 

    • Lunch ‘n Learn About Advance Planning: Feb 15

      12 pm Thursday, February 15 in the Fellowship Hall at Londonderry Village. Timothy McGowan, Director of Pre-Arrangements & Family Services at Finkenbinder Family Funeral Homes will present “10 Reasons” for starting the conversation about final wishes and making your wishes known. There will also be time for questions and answers. Order a lunch, bring your own, or just come to hear our speaker. RSVP to Lisa Thomas at 717-838-5406 ext. 3052.

    • Piano/Oboe/Violin/Viola Concert

      3-4:30 pm Sunday, February 25 at First United Methodist Church of Hershey. Mod3 is a versatile performing group consisting of oboes, violin/viola and piano. The term “mod” is reflective of the group’s ability to transform itself (or modularize) based on the literature chosen for the occasion. The New York City based Mod3 plays exciting standard literature written for variable instrumentation as well as new works and arrangements tailored for the group such as Brahm’s 3rd Symphony and movie music themes by John Williams. Mod3 aims to play music that is both musically fulfilling and engaging to any audience regardless of age or exposure to the traditional medium. Read more about the musicians: Will Curry, Carol Ann Aicher and Kevin Chavez.

    • Pondering Life & Faith with Philip Yancey: Mar 17

      7-9 pm Saturday, March 17 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, West Chester. Philip Yancey has explored the most basic questions and deepest mysteries of the Christian faith. He is a speaker who challenges minds and inspires listeners.  Whether you are a fan of his many books, or just someone on your own spiritual journey, you will appreciate his honest reflections on his life experiences and faith questions.  He will invite us to ponder with him God’s grace through Jesus Christ. A book signing follows. His books include Vanishing Grace, What Ever Happened to the Good News?, The Jesus I Never Knew and Prayer: Does it Make any Difference? $15/person. Register online.

    • It's Time to Order Easter Lilies

      Orders are now being accepted for Easter lilies that will decorate the Sanctuary on Easter Sunday, April 1. 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 6.

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

      If you still have the palm branches from last year's Palm Sunday service, bring them to church by Tuesday, February 13. Look for a palm collection basket in the Narthex by the information center. Palms will be burned into ashes at approximately 6 pm, following Terrific Tuesday's traditional Shrove Tuesday pancake supper in Fellowship Hall ($3 per person). Ashes will be used at the 7 pm service on Ash Wednesday, February 14 in the Chapel.

    • Souper Bowl Report

      A total of $594 plus 60 canned goods were collected on Sunday for the SouperBowl of Caring… thanks, Derry! Proceeds will benefit local food ministry out-reach programs supported by the church: the Hershey Food Bank, Downtown Daily Bread, and Racetrack Chaplaincy of America. Nationally, more than $2 million has been raised by more than 1,480 groups with more reporting daily.

    • Directories and Annual Reports Available

      Did you get your copy of the 2018 phone/address directory and the 2017 annual report that was presented last Sunday? Copies are available at the information center in the Narthex and in the church office. One per family, please.

  • January - 2018
    • Fenicci's Fundraiser Benefits Derry Discovery Days: Feb 19

      11 am - midnight Monday, February 19 at Fenicci's Restaurant, 102 Chocolate Avenue, Hershey. When you have a meal at Fenicci's Restaurant on Monday, February 19, 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. Come and support Discovery Days and enjoy a delicious meal with friends and family!

    • CWS Blanket Offering

      Envelopes are in pews now for those who would like to contribute to Church World Service's Blankets, an offering supported by our Presbyterian Women during the month of February. Last year thousands of blankets were distributed in 19 U S states. The Burchett family in Appalachia couldn’t keep warm in their home, so they hung the thick wool blankets from CWS in front of the broken windows. 

      We have been blessed with so much, and we have much to share. Each blanket costs $10, but these blankets can be a vital resource for someone needing support, warmth and encouragement. Mark your checks “Blanket Fund." Please be generous.

    • Community Worship Services during Lent

      Once again the Hershey Ministerium is hosting a series of noontime worship services beginning at 12:10 pm on Ash Wednesday, February 14 at St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church. Consider attending as a Lenten discipline this year. You’ll have the opportunity to worship at many local churches, hear a variety of pastors and religious leaders in our community, and enjoy a simple and delicious lunch provided by the host congregation following the service ($3). 

    • Souper Bowl of Caring

      On Saturday evening and Sunday morning, look for Derry youth holding soup pots as you exit the Sanctuary. Place canned goods or cash in the pot... a suggested donation is the amount of money you would spend on a meal for your family. Last year Derry raised $640. Can we beat that total this year? All proceeds will be donated to local food banks. Check out two videos on Facebook produced by our youth!

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


    • Calling All Men Who are Physically and Spiritually Hungry

      The annual Lenten men’s breakfast gatherings will begin at 6:30 am on Wednesday, February 14 (no breakfast on February 7) and will continue each following Wednesday during the Lenten Season. Our theme will be the “heroes” in our life as Rev. Larry Van Hise leads the group in contemplating the death-defying ministry of Jesus.  Our chef Charlie Koch is rumored to have descended from a long line of breakfast wranglers starting with the chuck wagon cook on the first Oregon Trail wagon train. Great chow and fellowship: come join us!

    • HVAC Update #2

      To date the HVAC project has made good progress. The very large chiller, tower water pumps and quite a bit of pipe has been removed from the building. The electricians and system controls people are wiring the building to give us the control, monitoring and efficiency we asked for through all four seasons of the year.

      New piping is being installed and final layout for fresh air ducting is mostly complete. The first order of new heat pumps is arriving this week and will be installed soon.

      The old cooling tower will be craned off the roof and some other equipment will be lifted into place on the roof during the first week of February. A second crane lift will happen near the end of February to place final large equipment on roof.

      The overall project will go through spring, once the boiler can be shut down and replaced.

      The Building & Grounds Committee and the contractor have been doing a good job of controlling the disturbance to church activity while moving forward with this building-wide major improvement.

    • Welcome Rachael Schirato!

      Derry Church welcomes Rachael Schirato, our new Sunday morning and Tuesday evening nursery caregiver. Rachael will join Sue Fox to care for our youngest children. She is a Hershey native and 2017 graduate of Hershey High School. Rachael has assisted with children's programming in the elementary school and in a Philadelphia inner-city school. She is a Hershey School of Dance ballet dancer who enjoys cooking, reading and writing. She attends HACC now and will enter the University of Pittsburgh in the fall as a business/pre-law major with the goal of becoming an attorney focused on social change. 

    • February 2018 Mission Core Value: Homelessness

      By Lynn Porter, Mission & Peace Committee Member

      I don’t watch much TV, but recently a commercial got my attention. A familiar tune played “Don’t You (Forget About Me)"... some of you may recognize it from the 1985 movie The Breakfast Club, where the Scottish rock band Simple Minds performed the song. In the commercial I learned that Willis Earl Beal was covering it.  His somber version stresses the need to volunteer in one’s community, especially when it comes to the homeless. It is poignant!  Mr. Beal was once homeless himself.

      For many years Derry Church has been committed to aiding the homeless in various ways. From financial support to hands-on volunteering, our church has a long track record of assisting the homeless. In 2018 we continue to support Family Promise of the Harrisburg Capital Region, Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families, Bethesda Mission, Christian Churches United, and Delta House/Gaudenzia. You'll be hearing more about these organizations this month, and you'll meet a representative from Family Promise at the Soup, Salad & Sandwich lunch following the annual meeting on Sunday, February 4.

    • Synod Treasurer Chantal Atnip to Stand for PCUSA Moderator

      It is with great honor that the Synod of the Trinity announces that our treasurer, Chantal Atnip, is standing for the position of moderator for this year's 223rd General Assembly in St. Louis. Chantal, who has worked for the Synod since 2005, is a ruling elder and clerk of session at Pine Street Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg. Chantal's story of feeling God's call to this position is a great one, and her unique approach to the position sets her apart from the rest. "I think we are in, again, a period of time where we need to discover what it means to be Christian, what it means to be Presbyterian, what it means to live our faith in the world that we are in now."

      Learn more about Chantal and her desire to seek this national position. 

      Meet Chantal and hear her vision for her role as moderator of our denomination, 1:30 pm  Tuesday, January 30 and 7 pm  Tuesday, February 6 at the Presbytery of Carlisle office, 3040 Market St., Camp Hill.

    • Make Some Fleece Blankets on Sunday Evening!

      7 pm Sunday, January 28 in room 7. All ages are invited for a fun evening of making knotted fleece blankets to help homeless people in Harrisburg keep warm. Snacks provided! Hosted by the Christian Education committee.

    • January 2018 Session Highlights
      • Elected Kathy Yingst as Clerk of Session and Steven Guenther as Treasurer for 2018.
      • Received the Treasurer's Report, Board of Deacons' Report, and Staff Reports.
      • Established a Session Retreat on Sunday, February 25 from 12:00-2:30pm.
      • Elected all active Elders as  Presbytery Commissioners for 2018.
      • Approved use of the church van for the youth ski trip.
      • Approved the formation of an alternative worship subcommittee of Worship and Spiritual Life and approved dates for alternative worship services (called Engage) for 2018.
      • Approved a revised Investment Policy Statement from Stewardship and Finance that dealt with investment strategies for bonds.
      • Approved receiving the four PCUSA denominational mission offerings in 2018.
      • Approved Pastor Stephen's 2018 Terms of Call for vote at the annual meeting. The Terms of Call are the same as the 2017 Terms of Call except $1000 was moved from the mileage expense account to the profession expense account. This change does not affect the bottom line for the Terms of Call.
      • Approved Debbie Hough's sabbatical proposal for July and August of 2018. Her sabbatical will be focused on organizing and working with the S.H.E Project and organizing the church libraries. She will be focused on these projects and not engaged in her normal duties as CE Director during the sabbatical.
      • Approved new church credit cards for the Church Financial Secretary, Business Manager, and Youth Director
    • Friends of SHE Needs YOU!

      All throughout January, Derry Church has been focusing on different organizations that exist in order to empower women throughout the world. Derry has been supporting the SHE project in Pakistan for over five years. A group of committed women at Derry met and formed Friends of SHE to share the passion of their sisters in Pakistan who want to bring a better life to their families through the power of education and life skills training. We believe that we stand on the shoulders of Presbyterian women who have gone before us, who saw education as the answer for Pakistan, and who helped to establish schools there in the 1800s through the Presbyterian Education Board.

      There is so much more to this story and many opportunities for you to help: please contact Debbie Hough  or Nicola Burke. We will be setting up an informational meeting with those interested sometime within the next couple of weeks.  We look forward to hearing from you!

    • A Message from Rev Mark Englund-Krieger

      In the summer of 2005, Pastor Dick Houtz called me at home in Pittsburgh. In his role as the chairperson of Carlisle Presbytery’s Executive Presbyter search committee, Dick was calling to invite me to the position of Executive Presbyter. That telephone call started the beautiful opportunity I have had to serve this Presbytery, and started my relationship with Derry Church. Soon my family moved here and became active in the ministry and mission of Derry Church. Our boys were blessed by Derry’s youth ministry, Sunday school, Confirmation classes, and trips to Nicaragua. On free Sunday mornings I often worshiped with my family at Derry. Pastors Dick and Marie intuitively knew that when I was at Derry on a Sunday morning I was not “working” and I did not want to discuss Presbytery stuff. For these years now, Derry Church has been a generous, committed, leading congregation in our Presbytery, and a safe haven for me personally. Thank you!

      Now I am delighted to announce that I am stepping aside from my position as Executive Presbyter to serve as the transitional pastor at our Lower Marsh Creek congregation in Gettysburg. In a sentence, this move is simply my deep desire to be the pastor of a congregation again. The Lower Marsh Creek congregation is one of the great, small congregations of our Presbytery. They have a heritage, like Derry, going back to the first Scots Irish immigrants. The congregation has a wonderful, warm, open spirit and a commitment to hospitality. Such hospitality was powerfully expressed during the bloody days of Gettysburg when the church served as a hospital.        

      While I learn the lay of the land in Gettysburg my wife, Kris, will continue her position at Hershey Medical Center, and will continue as a member of Derry Church. Soon, in my new role as a fellow pastor and colleague, I look forward to joining Pastors Stephen and Marie and Derry Church in shared commitments to a larger mission and the larger church. We will always be together and connected in our beloved Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

    • February Coat Drive Warms Those in Need

      Derry Church's mission focus in February is helping the homeless. One way you can help is by bringing in a new coat for a child, youth, or adult. Coats for children and youth will be used by Derry Township schools for children in need. Coats for adults will be handed out the next time Derry works at Bethesda's Mobile Mission in Harrisburg. Others will be distributed to our mission partners including Interfaith Shelter and Family Promise.

      Drop off new coats in the closet near the entrance to the Sanctuary that’s closest to bathrooms. You’ll see a “Coat Drive” sign on the closet. Thank you for helping us to care for  our homeless neighbors!

    • Have Dinner at Isaacs TONIGHT!

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

      Two more opportunities to participate in this fundraiser are on February 22 and March 22. Save the dates!

    • Learn About Baptism

      9-10 am Sundays, February 25 and March 4. Wondering why Christians believe in baptism... whether you can be baptized more than once... or whether or not baptism can occur outside of Sunday worship? Get answers to these questions and more. If you wish, prepare to have yourself or a family member baptized during worship on Sunday, March 11 or a later date. RSVP to Marie Buffaloe by Wednesday, February 21. Learn more in this article on baptism published in Presbyterians Today magazine.

    • Cupcakes and Jello Salads Needed Feb 21

      For the Hershey Ministerium Lenten luncheon hosted by Derry’s Presbyterian Women on Wednesday, February 21 following a 12:10 pm community worship service in the Sanctuary. Donations of 9”x13” gelatin salads and cupcakes (two dozen) are needed and may be left in the kitchen the previous day or by 9 am on February 21. Volunteers are needed to help prepare the meal, serve and/or clean up: please contact Sharon Henderson, Joan Theal or Doris Feil.

    • Attention Parents of Second Graders

      Are you planning to have your child take part in the Children & Sacraments class on March 26 and participate in the Maundy Thursday communion service on March 29? Your child must be baptized in order to receive communion. Plan now to attend the two-week baptism class on Sunday mornings, February 25 and March 4 and have your child baptized during worship on Sunday, March 11. In the class you’ll find out what Presbyterians believe about baptism. RSVP to Debbie Hough (717-533-9667)

    • Presbyterian Women's Tea

      2 pm Sunday, February 25 in the Lounge for all women and girls. We'll share memories of games we played as children, or bring a favorite game. RSVP to Doris Feil by February 22.

    • VBS Save the Dates!

      Mark your calendars now for August  6-10, when Derry Church's annual Vacation Bible School gets under way with the theme of everyday heroes. More information will be coming soon for volunteers and participants.

    • 14th Annual Reducing Cancer in Our Community: A Public Forum

      Saturday, March 10 at the University Conference Center at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.  Anyone with an interest in health-related issues is invited to attend, including patients and their families, patient advocate groups, teachers, and community leaders and organizations. The program opens at 8:30 am with check-in and continental breakfast. Main topics are Tumors of the Nervous System, Environment and Cancer, and Cancer Screening, Surveillance and Prevention in Pennsylvania. Program concludes 2:15 pm. There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.